Calling, Destiny, and Purpose (7/13)

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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 7/4

People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving. Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house. Proverbs 6:30-31

God, through Christ, restores the sinner, blots out sin, and does away with its eternal consequences. He replaces the sinner where he was before he fell.
Albert Barnes

The Israelites had soul issues! They got stuck in a cycle of sin and repentance! The Lord wanted to heal them, so that He could lead them along the right paths. And today like the Israelites, the Lord God wants to address what the enemy has stolen from us.

God is so faithful, the Lord is so good that even when we are not faithful He is faithful. Remember the Israelites were delivered them from Egypt. They were slave for 400 years and God delivered them; they worshiped God when He did. But next thing you know they made a golden calf, had an orgy party and worshiped it! God had mercy on them, but it doesn’t end there. They began to fornicate and badmouth their leader (Moses), and in judgment God caused an earthquake to swallow 23,000 of them! The Lord knew that they had experienced disappointment and trauma at the hands of Egypt, which represent Satan and the world system. But when they needed God, they would be delivered and backslide again, yet God would give them the victory and bless them again and again.

The scripture above is a biblical principle, if a thief is caught, he must pay sevenfold. A principle is a guiding code that leads us when choosing to do things: a standard/rule for life. The word says that Satan came to steal, kill and destroy while Jesus Christ came to give us life, and eternal life (John 10:10): this means that: God is ready to restore what the enemy stole, sevenfold! 

Let’s pray:

Thank you Father God for restoration. Thank you for redemption and thank you for forgiveness and mercy. May we be generous vessels, giving and lending to others as you have blessed us. May we be faithful with our tithes, and may we continue to be good stewards of all that you have placed in our hands. It’s in the name of the matchless and incomparable Jesus do I pray. 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

 

Announcement July

Hello everyone,

You are the reason why I do what I do… so THANK YOU!
Thank you so much for all the comments, the messages and the likes.

Changes:

  • I will continue to seek God to write devotionals during the week (Monday through Friday), but will be posting videos from my YouTube channel on Saturdays.

  • I will be resting on Sundays (there will be no videos or devotionals on Sundays).

I hope you can all have patience with me as I link and merge my social media content/accounts.

We are in transition.

Tune in, let’s see where God takes us!

God bless and keep us!

 

Devotional 6/27

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me along the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:2-3

Satan can try to destroy you, but God will restore you.

The Psalmist David says, He will restore my soul and lead me in His path. In other words God is saying, I will restore you and give you rest. I know I have sent judgement against you, but I will give you rest: He will help us carry our burdens, He will be the answer to our worries and He will restrengthen us. Rest in Him, He will do His work in you and your life.

God wants to restore our souls, by leading us in His will. His will is good, perfect and pleasing. It is good for us, it is in perfect harmony to our character and capacity, and it pleases us and Him!

Israel was not a great nation with a mighty army of chariots and horses: this is why God called them His own. The people of Israel would seek God when they were in trouble, and once He came with deliverance and healing of the land, then they would end up getting lost again. God knew they would, but He still wanted to use them to glorify His name. The only way He could send a message to the world, was by first restoring them (Joel 2:25). Everything that has been lost can be restored back to us.

In Jeremiah 30, the Lord says I will restore you, I will heal your wounds because they considered Israel, outcasts. Maybe you were never called an outcast, like Israel, but maybe you were judged, accused or under appreciated by others: guess what, God is for you! God knows your capacity and potential: He says those who know their God, should do great exploits!

Whatever situation you find yourself in, remember to rest in God is to be restored. He is ready and willing to mend our broken hearts, renew our minds and open our eyes to perceive His will and goodness. God says He will restore what you have lost.

Let’s pray:

Thank you for your promises Lord God. Thank you for reminding us that you are the God of restoration. I pray these promises come to pass as you have declared, be it unto us. In Jesus name, Amen.