Devotional 6/30

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. Proverbs 21:5

Victory: a matter of staying power.

Father God, I thank you for a fresh anointing. Thank you for giving us readjustment and realignment to do your will and accomplish your purposes for our lives. Forgive us for not doing that which we know we should be doing. Forgive us if there is anything in us that we are misusing, whether it is time, energy, finances, or other resources.

I ask you today for renewed strength, stamina, joy and focus. May we be in alignment with your momentum. Help us to refocus our vision, calling and ministry according to you. May you cause us great success. May we be in alignment with you. I ask you for an increase of wisdom and discernment; may we know when you are guiding us and may we yield to your direction and instruction. I also ask for wisdom and discernment to know how to categorize our relationships, whether they be business rapports, friendly associations or acquaintances. Please destroy the relationships, and habits which distract us and steal our energy. Help us to live in our focus, and to say no to whatever is outside of our focus.

I ask you to help us establish our focus, we invite you into our time and space. Your grace is all we need. May we have stronger convictions, and make intentional moves in the direction of our purpose. May you give us inspiration and creativity to novelty in our scope of influence Jesus. May our goals and vision be clear cut, so that we could run like Habakkuk.

May we grow in wisdom and discernment to enjoy this journey with you. May you heal the disappointments, so that we can be renewed in hope and faith: may you renew in us energy, drive and ambition. May we make the most of every opportunity! May it all glorify your name!

In Jesus name, Amen.

 

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Devotional 6/24

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua‬ ‭1:8‬

If God said it, then it settles it.

To be a Christian is to be a little Christ: how can we be little Christ without knowing and studying the scriptures?

The word of God was written by God. The scriptures say that we are to meditate on the Word of God, day and night. There are blessings and curses associated to our obedience and application of the scriptures. To hold a wrong thought or belief about the Bible is detrimental to life and faith. The scriptures are for our growth, correction and instruction (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

The word of God is like no other book, it is to be cherished: it was written by the Spirit of God. It is infallible, it is alive and it is powerful. The scriptures are powerful as to penetrate even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; and judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb. 4:12). It is able to quicken our Spirit in an instant, with healing, deliverance, revelation and/or transformation in a single moment. Anyone who has experienced the supernatural power of scripture can attest to this, including myself. The word of God is the revealed will of God, the counsel of God and the prophetic word of God. There are multiple prophetic words found in the Bible which have been fulfilled throughout history. And many historical events which have been proven by archaeologists and scholars. Some people mistakenly say that the Bible is a man made book, but it is divinely inspired; in order words not of human knowledge, logic, or imagination. Others say that the Bible has contradictions, or mistaken information: which is also not true (do your research).

God used the apostle Peter to heal the sick in the Bible, can we say it was Peter doing the work of God? No, it was God using Peter to His work. God used man to write His word, like a musician uses an instrument but this doesn’t mean it was made by man. For instance, God uses us to do His work: teaching, preaching, prophesying, evangelizing, and many other ministerial labor (healing, cleaning, building, feeding, etc.): we are simply instruments in the hands of God.

Lets live holy lives (separated for God) and be approved before God (2 Tim. 3:15): do you rely on yourself to interpret scripture? Can God trust you with His word?

Let’s pray:

Thank you father God for your word and for your Spirit. We give you honor and praise for your goodness. I pray you create a hunger for all people to search the scriptures and lean into your Spirit for teaching, confirmation and clarification. In Jesus name, Amen.

Devotional 6/9

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Luke 1:41

When you meet the right person, you will know.

When Mary conceived Jesus by the Holy Spirit, her cousin Elizabeth came over to visit. When they met, the child in Elizabeth’s womb leaped. Have you ever met somebody and knew deep inside that this person was assigned to your life?

The lord Jesus was still fully God while in the womb, He was Spirit filled in the womb. And when they met, the Holy Spirit gave Elizabeth’s child a witness, that it was God in the flesh coming to save the world. You may be pregnant with a dream, a God dream: vision from God’s heart. And you will know when you meet people assigned to walk with you. You may be waiting for your God ordained husband or wife, and the God in you will give you a witness! There will be people assigned to you, who will receive your words and accept Christ as Lord and Savior!

See, God guides our steps. He knows the way we will take. He knows the end from the beginning. He works all things together for our good. God will bring the right people to you, and bring you to the right people.

Let’s pray:

Thank you Lord for the work you are doing in us, through us and with us. I pray you usher us into new places, and new opportunities. May doors open, and the right people go into action with us. I ask you give us more wisdom and discernment, each day. In Jesus name, Amen.

Devotional 6/5

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. Romans 8:37

Negative emotions like loneliness, envy and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life. They’re big, flashing signs that something needs to change.

Gretchen Rubin

The word of God tells us that we are overcomers but what exactly are we overcoming?

We are overcoming sin which swells in us, the influence of the world and the shrewdness of Satan. We are overcoming the old nature, the old habits and all that influences. For the most part what needs to be done is to rest and renew our minds according to scripture.

All of us have experienced rejection in life, and I am being intentional when saying ALL of us. Rejection is the enemy’s tactic to destroy our relationship with God and with ourselves: all of life’s issues and wrong self-perceptions stem from rejection. In our youth, we internalize experiences and other people’s projections of us. It is as adults, where we act out on the lies Satan has planted in our hearts. My favorite scripture concerning deliverance is Matthew 15:13, where Jesus tells the Pharisees that God, our father, will uproot all that the enemy has planted.

The Holy Spirit of God can deal with the foundation of our erroneous beliefs, when we choose faith over each individual belief. Before implanting new beliefs, we must till the soil of our hearts, so that the new beliefs can take root! If you’ve ever uprooted a plant, or a beam from the under the ground- you can correlate this with destabilizing the foundation of wrong thinking in your mind. Each scoop of dirt illustrates the way our minds begin to de-clutter, and make space for the Truth of God to take root. Memorizing or declaring scriptures does not guarantee transformation: we then have the ability to plant new beliefs, as we meditate, pray and take hold of scripture.

If we can agree with what God says about us, we are halfway through. God wants transformation for us, and we ought to stand in agreement with Him! There are some deliverances which occur in an instant, while others occur over time. The Lord loves to reveal Himself in whichever way He chooses to bring transformation.

Let’s pray:

Thank you Lord God, for your Spirit doing a divine work in us. You have given us the victory and we thank you for success in all areas of our lives. We give you glory and honor, you are good God. You mercy endures forever. Thank you for causing us to triumph! I pray you reveal these scriptures to your children in a profound and personal way. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

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Devotional 5/21

Joseph named his older son Manasseh, for he said, “God has made me forget all my troubles and everyone in my father’s family.” Genesis 41:51

When God is ready for you to move, He will make your situation uncomfortable.
Germany Kent.

Thank you for your word lord God. Thank you for opening our eyes of understanding to see that which you speak. Thank you for helping us forget all our troubles. Thank you for giving us the strength we need to go after our next. For giving us the peace we need to receive your instruction, grace and favor. Thank you for turning our mourning into dancing, and our caves into places of thought and reflection. Thank you for making the cave and wilderness our places our quietness, where we saw you move in the stillness.

Today I pray for the strength of my brothers and sisters who have experienced frustration and disappointment. I ask you Lord to help them be fruitful, like Joseph and birth Manasseh’s. I pray for those who have been tired, may they cast their burdens on you.

May you use our frustrations to leap us into our next. May we accept what has been and move on to what will be. May our failed expectations direct us into your plan and purpose. May we be locked in and fully immersed in what you are doing moving forward. In the name of Jesus I pray!

 

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Devotional 5/20

The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” 1 Samuel 16:1 

God knows your heart more than you do. God wants you to know that, at the end of the day, your heart is in his hands.

It’s funny how God can tell us, “I am taking this person (or that thing) away” yet for whatever reason… we hold on to it for dear life. It could be unbelief, it could be failed expectations, it could be grief: but mourning keeps us stuck. God has a next, and it’s much better than what He has taken away.
The Lord God gave Saul the chance to prove himself, but God rejected him. It could’ve worked, but it didn’t!  God gave him the opportunity to rule over Israel, can’t say He didn’t. He could’ve… should’ve… would’ve been approved by God.. but He didn’t pass God’s fire tests. The prophet Samuel anointed Saul to be king, under the direction of God and as any would suppose, this Saul would glorify God as the faithful and prosperous king of Israel … but he wasn’t. And so, God moved on. Saul was still king, but the Lord rejected him and it hurt Samuel so much that God had to visit him. The Lord disapproved of Saul, and the prophet Samuel was stuck in mourning. The Lord had to ask him: are you still mourning over one I have rejected? God is funny, sometimes He feels the need to ask us questions, (I believe) it’s so He could bring us up to date. For instance he asked others in the bible, where are you? (Adam and Eve), what are you doing here (Elijah), why do you persecute me? (Paul), where were you when I made the stars and they sky, the oceans and its boundaries? (Job) and a few others. The prophet Samuel was sad, and grieving over his failed expectations, but the Lord came to help him get unstuck. For starters, the Lord gave him directions and instructions: 
  • Fill your horn with oil
  • Go to Jesse’s house in Bethlehem
  • I have chosen the next king
Are you still mourning the loss, the disappointment, the change, the curve ball? The Lord reminds you today
  • Let go fill yourself up with courage and power (anointing)
  • I have something better in store (I will give you direction)
  • I’m in control (I know the future)
Let’s pray:
Father God, thank you for removing the blindfolds from our eyes. Thank you for coming to us, just like you came to the prophet Samuel. Thank you for deliverance Jesus. Great is your faithfulness. In Jesus name, Amen.  

Devotional 5/14

Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. Jeremiah 31:13

To expect unchanging happiness in a changing world, must end in disappointment.
Matthew Henry

A happy heart comes from knowing and having intimacy with the Lord. God wants to go into our places of sorrow and renew our hopes. He wants to make us joyful: joy comes from a heart that has received forgiveness. 

The book of Ecclesiastes says that there is a time for everything. There are times to cry, and times to rejoice, times to mourn and times to dance with joy (Eccl. 3:4). One of God’s great promises to us, is to fill our hearts with JOY. In the OT, the prophet Jeremiah says that there will come a day when the Lord will fill all flesh with His Spirit, and they would dance with joy (Jer. 31). And in the book of John, Jesus tells the disciples that they would be sorrowful for a season, but that they would have joy again when Jesus returns. Although we are waiting for the Lord’s return, we have the Lord’s Spirit in our hearts.

The Lord laid His life for His friends, He made us whole and we lack nothing. He made us rich in Spirit, while He himself was separated from God the father. He was blameless: He did nothing to deserve the treatment He experienced. Who can understand God’s ways? He exchanges our things for His own. Jesus Christ traded His life for our freedom!  Isaiah 53 says that our Lord Jesus was ridiculed and mocked to relieve us from grief and sorrow. He took the punishment of sin to make us whole. He was bruised for our iniquities to be removed. He was wounded  for our transgressions to be forgiven. And His stripes, the brutal lashes, were traded so that we are healed from physical and emotional illness. The apostle Paul told the Corinthians, though he was rich, he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich (2 Cor. 8:9). It is not God’s will that we be poor, sad, brokenhearted or sorrowful: it is God’s will that have joy in our hearts.

God is a trader: He wants to exchange your burdens for His rest. He wants to exchange sorrows for JOY! God wants to trade our grief for the oil of gladness and exchange our mourning to dancing!

Let’s pray:

Father God, I come before you to ask you to fill us all with your joy. Help us find where joy is seeping out through, what is blocking our joy or even what is resisting your forgiveness to flow freely in our lives. Peel off our sackcloth, and clothe us with joy. May our nights turn into mornings! May you fill our hearts with joy and gladness. And help us receive your forgiveness and grace in all areas of our lives.  In Jesus name, Amen.

 

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