Devotional 7/15

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5: 7

God cares about everything that concerns you, so feel free to talk to Him about anything.
Joyce Meyer

What thoughts are feeding your emotions? Are they leading you to things? Emotions are messengers from our beliefs and thought life.

The bible says that we are free from the influences of this world (Col. 2), and that Christ is the head of the body (the church). As members of the body, we’re called to care for each other and help each other. The Lord wants us to care about our own thought patterns and feelings, but also of those who we are interrelated with. God cares about what we think and what we conclude from the circumstances of life. God cares about how we feel, and why we feel that way. He knows that our emotions are related to our thoughts and behavior. The Lord brought me back to Genesis 16, to the time when Hagar was being oppressed by Sarah and she had enough and ran away. God met her when she was out in the desert and He told her, go back and submit to your masters and made some promises over her life… she then recognized that God is El Roi: the God who sees her.

Whatever situation God is allowing us to stay in… even if we have had enough and want to escape, right now it’s not the time… God controls the seasons and he wants us to be resilient and be firm for this season… The Lord will not spare us from the pains and losses of life: God will not keep our hearts from being hurt, offended, betrayed, etc. But He has given us principles to live by. The bible says we are to pray about everything with thanksgiving (Phil. 4:6) and to guard our hearts (Prov. 4:23).

Like Job said, He knows the way I take: when He has tried me I will come forth as gold (Job 23:10). He is watching over every detail of our lives and He knows how much we can take! Keep holding on!

By coming to the Lord with sincere and open hearts, we can be resilient and manage our emotions in healthy ways which build endurance and strength.

Let’s pray:

Thank you Father God, for helping us through trying times. I pray you visit your children and comfort them through their grieving seasons. May you strengthen those who are becoming weary. And those who want to run away. You are our soccourer, our help in time of need and the lifter of our heads. We love you Lord, in Jesus name. Amen.

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Devotional 7/12

But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold. Job 23:10

It is a glorious thing to know that your Father God makes no mistakes in directing or permitting that which crosses the path of your life. It is our glory to trust Him, no matter what.

Joni Eareckson Tada

The book of Job is infamous for us: it tells us about the mystery of God which we may not understand on this side of heaven. He allowed Satan to attack Job, as a way of testing Job’s faith and trust in God. Job declared, God knows my heart, He knows my end and my beginning; when I am tested I will come forth as gold. Gold is tested by fire: it is purified.

It’s safe to say that we don’t desire to be accountable to anybody. It is wise to seek the counsel of others (Prov. 11:14), but more importantly to seek God for direction. God knows the end from the beginning, He sees what is around the corner, or a few months away, while we can only imagine what could be. Jon’s friends judged him for losing his crops, his health and his children. They did not understand that God was purifying Job’s character. In ways only He can understand God changes us from the inside out.

The Lord knows us: He created us. And the things He allows are for our benefit. God is not absent to your struggles or tears, He is with you through it all. He is only purifying you through each process. He may want to show you a new facet of His nature. He may want to make you stronger in love, reverence or stewardship (amongst many other things). Or He May simply want to humble you from arrogance, hate, blame, etc.

The Lord God considers your steps. He knows the way you will take. He sees you. God is with you and He knows what you are going through. Remember this process has an expiration date! Will you choose to trust Him?

Let’s pray:

Father God, I thank you for reminding us that you are with us even through the struggles and the loss. Thank you for pruning us, refining us and even remolding is to who you desire us to be. Thank you for making us vessels of honor. I pray for each person going through a hard time: may you visit them and show them that you are present with them even in their pain. I pray for strength and hope in Jesus name, Amen.

Devotional 7/9

For what our human nature wants is opposed to what the Spirit wants, and what the Spirit wants is opposed to what our human nature wants. These two are enemies, and this means that you cannot do what you want to do. Galatians 5:17

Take heart if your soul feels like a battlefield. The sign, you are in dwelt by the Spirit is not that you don’t have bad desires, but that you are at war with them!

John Piper

God uses fire in different seasons to bring to light the attitudes and mindsets which do not complement His call. The greatest hindrance for any believer is to walk in the flesh, and not by the Spirit. We have options, we can walk in our emotions, in the flesh or in the Spirit.

  • Our emotions constantly change, and our heart is deceptive and wicked so it’s not dependable. The soul is the seat of your mind, will and emotions, and it manifests in the way we speak, and behave. As I’ve been saying for a few weeks now: it must be restored.
  • And the flesh is our natural self, the part of us where sin lives, the part that is completely separated from God. It’s mind is completely against the mind of the Spirit of God. And although the flesh seems reliable, it can never lead us into the quality of life which God wants us to have.The flesh will always try to meet its needs apart from God: its proud, self sufficient, in control, calculating and judgemental.
  • But to walk in the Spirit is to walk as the Lord would. The Spirit of God is loving, patient, peaceful, gentle, kind and self disciplined. The Spirit of God opens our eyes and ears to see and hear God: He leads us to do God’s will: He teaches us: comforts us, and looks to do the same for others.

We were all born into sin, and our old way of living influences us on a daily basis. Romans 7 explains what is going on inside of us on a daily basis: I see a different law at work in my body—a law that fights against the law which my mind approves of. It is the law of sin, which is at work in my body (23). Living from a carnal nature causes strife between the Spirit of God in us and grieves Him. Can we actually choose to walk in the Spirit? How?

Yes, if we know the word of God. To walk in the Spirit means that we humble ourselves,

  • to God’s control
  • to follow His lead,
  • to put His word before us as a light unto our path

We can do this!

Let’s pray:

Father God I come before you in the name of Jesus. I ask you to forgive us from walking in our emotions, by sight, in pride or any other carnal way which has saddened you or limited your flow in us. I pray you continue to strengthen us to walk how you desire for us to walk, may we discern and yield to your voice and impressions, and may we silence anything that may lead us in opposition to your will. In Jesus name, Amen.

Devotional 7/5

“Hagar, servant of Sarai,” He said, “where have you come from, and where are you going?” “I am running away from my mistress Sarai,” she replied. Genesis 16:8

Hagar could not but admire the Lord’s mercy, and feel, Have I, who am so unworthy, been favored with a gracious visit from the Lord?

Matthew Henry

We may find that some situations in life make us feel that we have had enough; we are unable to cope, or fear that things will never change. Situations make us run away. Depression makes us run away. In general, life situations make us run away.

Hagar ran away from her ‘master’, Sarah who treated her with contempt. Maybe Sarah was bitter because she was barren, maybe she regretted allowing Hagar to sleep with her husband Abraham. But either way, she treated Hagar with animosity, and Hagar was sick of it and ran away. The lord had his eyes on her. He knew what she was going through, and met her where she was. He told her to return to her masters house, and to submit to her authority. He also told her she would bear a son: she would name him Ishmael and that he would be blessed (Gen. 16:10). Hagar, was technically not supposed to be important to God: she was an Egyptian, a slave and would mother an unruly child born from unbelief (Ishmael): still, God was an ever present help in her silent frustration. God didn’t exactly change Hagar’s situation, but He let her know that He was paying attention to her. Sometimes, all we need is to know how valuable we are to God.

The Lord God does listen to your cries and is aware of your circumstances: He is with you. And even if He does not change your circumstances, He knows you can endure the process. He will give you what you need so that you know that YOU are important to HIM!

Let’s pray:

Lord God, El Roi, the God who sees us, I pray that we all experience you in a different way than what we are accustomed to. I pray you open our eyes to see you work in our lives and open our ears to hear you speak. And may we testify of your faithfulness and goodness to others. May you increase our faith and convictions to rely on you as our present help in time of need. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Devotional 7/3

I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. Joel 2:25

God will put you back together right in front of those who judged you.

The Lord knows we have suffered loss, and He knows our hearts have also been disappointed Unlike the Israelites we cannot stay stuck, we can come before God’s throne of mercy and ask for restoration!

You’ve suffered in a bad relationship or with a sickness for years, maybe you’ve struggled to overcome an addiction or habit, and you may feel that you’ve wasted so much time but God is about to redeem your time! He’s restoring the years that the palmerworm, the cankerworm and the caterpillar have taken (Joel 2:25). Hezekiah had a sickness that would lead to death, but God redeemed his time. He added 15 years to his life (Is. 38). And for some of us, that’s what God is going to be doing. He’s going to return to you, the time you spent crying, struggling, suffering, and in troubling situations.

If there’s anything in your life that has been broken, damaged or taken from you get ready! If you’ve been rejected, abused, offended, if your family is falling apart, if you’re lacking finances: God is ready to restore you! Remember Job, God allowed Satan to attack Job. He lost his crops, his animals, his family and his health (Job 2). But the same God who causes the heartbreak is the same God who binds the brokenhearted: the same God who causes the wound is the same God who heals the wound! Some people had to witness your loss and suffering, so that in this season they could see the goodness of God restore you!

Let’s pray:

Thank you Father God for restoring us for your name’s sake. Thank you for looking past our wrongs, past our gifts and talents and for extending your goodness and mercy to us. Thank you for using our lives to glorify and exalt your own name. We receive your rain God. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Devotional 7/2

He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:3

Let the lover of your soul, restore it.

The Lord God wants to restore our souls this season! He wants to do this, he doesn’t want us to do this by our own strength, remember we’re collaborators with Christ. The Lord wants to glorify Himself through us, and part of doing so, is to restore our souls.

One way of another we need some soul restoration! We all know what it is to feel less than, rejected, disappointed, heartbroken, ashamed, etc. Our souls are fragmented, they’re broken or damaged. Following Jesus, yet battling with bad habits, rebellion, ambivalence, disbelief, distress, the occult, etc. We’re all in need of deliverance (healing or liberation): we all have some kind of soul issue.

The soul is made up of three compartments: the mind, the will and the emotions. When God tells us to renew our minds (Eph. 4:30), He’s telling us to renovate our souls. The flesh and the Spirit both speak to the soul, and for the soul to adequately process the information given- it needs to be restored. God cares about our hearts and minds, He knows that a broken soul, means broken focus and no self-control.

  • If you ever find yourself making wrong decisions again and again, or even going in cycles- it means you have a soul issue (the mind).
  • If you find yourself angry, envious, bitterness, etc. consistently, or you struggle with being happy or joyful, then you have a soul issue (the heart).
  • If you find yourself in indecision, laziness, procrastination, or restlessness, then you have a soul issue (the will). The will tells of what we want and desire: where were going next, and what we will be doing. For example, “I’ll be going to the gym tonight”, “I’m going to pray when I wake up”, or “I will save money for vacation this summer”.

 

God will restore our souls, as He leads us in His paths of righteousness. God’s path is His will, which is good, perfect and pleasing. It is good and perfect for us (Rom. 12:2). It’s in perfect harmony and alignment with who we are, with our character, with our temperament and with our influence, our scope of influence. The will of God is pleasing to us, and to Himself. He knows what we like and dislike; it’s in perfect harmony with who God created us to be.

God, our father wants to restore your heart your vision, your dreams, your aspirations, your relationships. He wants to restore you this season: He wants to restore your soul.

Let’s pray:

Father God, I pray that it falls on fertile ground. I pray that you do a mighty work in each of us Lord God. May you heal the past, the present and even reach into the future and show us where we are headed. I pray that we could rest in you, that we could cry out to you Lord God. May we be sincere before you in prayer Jesus. I pray you would block the enemy from sabotage, and that we may flow with what you’re doing in this season my God. I pray you would open up the windows of heaven and make every crooked path straight. Lord God I pray Lord Jesus that you will give us discernment, wisdom and strategy to do all that you would want us to do in this season. May we be obedient. In Jesus name, Amen. See the source image

 

Devotional 7/1

The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. Psalm 23: 1-2

You have made us for Yourself God;
and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.

St. Augustine

God will lead us, He wants to lead us; He wants to take us to places where we can rest. He wants to give us water for our thirst. He wants to feed us, He wants us to just walk Him. But what stops us from walking with God? What stops us from fully surrendering to God? What stops us from running after our destiny… our purpose? It is sin that stops us.

Sin causes damage. When Adam and Eve sinned, they fell and gave away their authority, the glory and their connection with God. They gave away their perfect state of being: they were perfect! So because of Adam and Eve, we were born into sin. We were born into brokenness, into offense, into rejection and into heartbreak, into sickness, into disease and into mental problems.

We all need peace and calm. And God wants us to have that, He wants to lead us into His rest. We cannot just go and find peace, we can do so many things and not have that peace that surpasses all understanding in our souls. The scripture says that He will lead us to lie down in green pastures. He wants us to know that He’s got it all under control, He is working on it! He will lead us beside the still waters, which mean that there is rest, peace, joy and stability where He takes us. There is no stagnancy in God, there’s stability, consistency and calm.

Let’s pray:

Father God, I pray that you give us rest and give us a knowing of resting in you. May we know how to rest in you, and make it a daily habit. May we recognize when we are not resting in you Jesus. I pray you help each individual, stop worrying and cast their cares on you; may they release all the burdens which cause them stress, tension, heaviness and pain. I also pray that your children will forgive themselves and others. In Jesus name, Amen.

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