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 5/17

Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 2:1

God answers the mess of life with one word: Grace.

Max Lucado

God is able to help us in our weaknesses: this is grace. Grace means undeserved kindness. It is Gods gift to us, when we feel unworthy of God’s love and favor.

When we pray and ask God for strength, not only does He know what we are going through but He knows exactly what we need to get back on track. Our Lord Jesus experienced the temptations we go through, so that He could know what it was like. The Bible says He became sin for our benefit. He experienced temptations, like we do, so that He could have first hand knowledge of how to help us overcome. This is why the scripture says, that His grace is sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9)!

The word says, God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21). Jesus makes peace with God available. He gives us right standing with God, for no reason– just by faith! When God looks at us, He sees Jesus on the cross. When we need help, in Christ we have entrance to the mercy seat: to His throne of grace. When we fail, in Jesus we have a faithful high priest in service to God, who pays God for our sins: Jesus is our atonement (Heb. 2:17). Grace is not a license to sin, but when acknowledged becomes a reason to live wholly and holy for God. The Lord gives us to grace to do life with Him and for our burdens to be light.

Paul was basically telling Timothy, do the best you can according to your ability and trust God to do the rest. This is grace. He tells us the same today, do your part and God will do His! Repent, and receive God’s forgiveness by grace. Study the Bible and preach, trust God to heal, edify and deliver!

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, thank you for grace and favor. Thank you for salvation and redemption. Thank you for forgiveness and new beginnings. I pray for my brothers and sisters today, who need your grace. May they be able to do their part, and rest as you do yours. In Jesus name, Amen.

Devotionals 2/21

For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9

The Lord will open doors of promotion for us, only when he knows we are able to perform.

John K. Jenkins, Sr.

Thank you father God for all that you are doing in this season. We know that you open doors, and we are to do the walking! But Lord God I do present to you those doors which have opened, and where we may be hesitant to step in faith.

May we take the necessary steps into the opportunities which you have brought into our lives. I thank you for new beginnings, new blessings and new opportunities to be effective for your name’s sake. I thank you for open doors of promotion, new seasons and new levels. Thank you for giving us our best, most reliable, mighty counselor the Holy Spirit! Thank you for all the work you do for us, the doors you open, the healing, the liberation, the encouragement, the empowerment, the ideas, the defense and absolutely all that you do Lord. Thank you for your companionship father God, that you never leave us nor forsake us.

I ask you Lord on behalf of my loved ones, and the family in Christ around the world: May we remain pure, holy, reverential and in your word. May we value our relationship with you above all things. May we hide ourselves in you, and not drive the Spirit away, but welcome you to do your work.

Lord God, I ask you to connect us with the people who are assigned to us: those people who we are to bless, heal and minister to and those people who are assigned to do the same for us. I ask you for partnerships in the secular spectrum, where we would do business, organizational, political or community gatherings together for your glory. May you guide us to meet our spouses, as well. We invite these people into our lives. May we not be prey to enchantment, fascination or deception when you open these doors. I pray for us to be receptive and responsive to the opportunities you bring our way. And any body that is fearful, or in a negative state of mind, I plead with you Lord to deal with them in the secret of their hearts so they do not miss their opportunity and timing.

Lord Jesus, thank you opening doors and closing other ones. Although it hurts at times to wait, or to let go of things we hold so dearly- your ways are above ours. Your will is good, perfect and pleasing. We trust you. I welcome you to open doors of opportunity to us, so that Your will may be done.

May we receive wisdom, discernment and direction to know when a doors has not been closed but in need of a push or two. May we learn to push and jump over barriers and obstacles. I ask you for keen discernment to know when an opportunity is of You and when it is not. I pray for discernment to know when doors have not been closed, and that in the face of resistance, or demonic activity we may not give up, but persist in prayer and action.

May we pray more fervently, become more vigilant and be more thankful in our relationship with you. May you also open doors for your word to be taught, preached and discussed. May the mystery of Christ be revealed through us Lord. I also ask you Lord, to teach us to do Your will and you long to do good works through us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Devotional 2/19

Having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:14-15

Don’t forget- no one else sees the way you do,
so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.

Charles de Lint

Jesus taught on how demons operate, and told the disciples that when they are casted out of person’s life they come back after a while. In Mathew 12, Jesus told them that demons say I will return to the house I left: if these demons find the person’s soul empty (of God’s presence), then it goes and gathers seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go back into that person’s life. The enemy’s intention is to destroy that person’s life, to the point that the final condition of that person is worse than before.

Anything outside of Jesus is demonic, there is only ONE way to God the father: that is through ONE, JESUS CHRIST. The enemy preys over Christians with spirituality outside of Christianity.

  • Divination (astrology, tarot card readings, etc.)
  • Spiritual baths, white magic, black magic, candle magic
  • Clairvoyance (like reading auras and knowing the future)
  • Opening chakras and/or chanting
  • Symbolic omens (celebrating new moons, and following or reading other astral influences)
  • Enchantment (using blood, or people’s things to entice them, etc.)
  • Sorcery, or astral projections (out of body experiences)
  • Santeria or voodoo (African-type religions who work with enchantments and summoning spirits)
  • Humanism (law of attraction, universal laws, mind control, etc.)
  • dualism: (ying yang, Taoism, etc.)

Satan is very subtle and crafty, and his devices become more and more clever. In today’s culture, some Christians still have curses working against them, many who bring curses into their own lives by their deeds but mostly their own words. We are redeemed from the curse, but if we choose to walk in rebellion, the enemy has legal rights to enter our lives! If we are devoid of God’s presence, His word and neglect our relationship… it is guaranteed that the enemy will make us his slaves in any given area. We may continue to assist church, and serve but freedom from demonic influence, and oppression goes beyond the ability to function. Before Christ, I defined my personal beliefs as ‘spiritual. My faith was combined with just about everything! I believed that I knew enough about each religion to decide what I believed… or so I thought. I had faith in Jesus, the occult, Buddha, the prophet Mohammed, and a few other so called Christian theologies. I experienced God’s power in healing, breaking of spiritual chains, soul ties and generational curses, and destroyed strongholds: but Satan looked for ways to return. God desires our love, and low key rebellion (aka pride) is like the sin of witchcraft: which can affect the godliest of men. And I can testify to the extreme warfare I battled, but I rather not. My purpose today is simply to alert you to ask God to search your hearts and minds! It is the small foxes which spoil the vineyard.

Satan is very shrewd and all he needs is one entrance into your life to reap havoc. Close all doors and fight back, fight for true freedom! He who is in you, is greater than all that is out in this world.

Let’s pray:

Lord God, thank you for redeeming us from the curses through the blood of Jesus. In the name of Jesus, we break every curse and repent for any and all involvement which happened in the enemy’s territory. We rebuke the devil out of our lives. Lord God, please forgive me for my sins and cleanse any area in me where I have allowed the devil to enter my life. I renounce relationships, and involvement in works of darkness. I cancel every curse, and even spoken curses against us. I thank you that no curses, and no weapons will prosper against us! Cover us and our loved ones with your blood, in the name of Jesus. Amen. 

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Devotional 2/4

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭

The kingdom of God is within you…

find it.

In a sense, the Lord was telling the disciples that they were different than unbelievers. He tells His disciples to not worry about their basic survival needs, but to worry about God’s kingdom and His righteousness.

The world worries about their basic needs, but as God’s kingdom seekers we don’t need to worry about the bills, the rent, the clothing nor the food we will eat. It’s true that unbelievers are able to reap and sow. Hard work, dedication and self discipline pay off with God and without God. Many of them are financially stable, and well sustained by their own human strength. Yet they worry themselves to death, literally.

  • The Lord does not want us to worry about our needs being met.
  • Seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness, equals the provision of God in our lives.

The kingdom of God is when God’s power interrupts people’s soul cycles and ordinary lives. Jesus says, if I cast out demons by the power of God- then the kingdom of God has come unto you. God wants us to seek this power which can only be attained by seeking Him! We need the power of God to cast demons out of people’s lives or off their bodies! Apart from God, we cannot bring His kingdom to others and we should worry about that! And only by seeking God will we have the unction to use discernment, gifts of knowledge, gifts of healing or any of the gifts to radically change people’s lives.

Apart from God we can do nothing, at least not His will. Doing what is right in God’s standard is righteousness, and obedience to His written will is what we should diligently pursue. When we take care of God’s business, He will take care of ours!

  • Let’s pray:
  • Lord Jesus, thank you for your power and your witness. Thank you for your strength and love. May we search and chase after your kingdom and righteousness. May we be approved stewards of your glory and power. I ask you for increased faith, and wisdom. And for those who are struggling, I ask you to give them a praying Spirit Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.
  • Devotional 12/17

    I have fought the good battle, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

    If God loves me, why am I still single?

    It’s possible that the enemy has been taunting you saying that God is withholding marriage from you, or that you’re getting old and your time is running out. And maybe, you’ve experienced loneliness, or discouragement and have gone comfort seeking, accepting anything as something.

    Most of the single Christians I know have stopped believing that God has an ordained partner for them. And many of us have taken matters into our own hands, at one point or another: coming to the realization that it would have been better to fight the good fight of faith. Life happens to all of us, and it is our own responsibility to build up our faith and stand.

    It is extremely important to assess what we believe about God. Do you believe God loves you? Is He a father to you? Does He care that you desire companionship? God loves you so much, that He wants you to be in a good, happy and glorifying marriage. His timing for you is perfect, and until the appointed time comes: He and you should be working together on YOU! He may want you to deal with personal issues, or family issues: take on ministerial responsibilities: get your finances in order, or just be guided by His Spirit for some time. The Lord wants us to be consciously ready for marriage because He wants the glory! He is most glorified when we are dead to our own desires and egos. God, our husband calls us to die to our ego and desires, we are to crucify our pride, and self involved mentality. Have you fully surrendered to God? How then can you be so confident in saying, that you are ready for marriage?

    There is someone out there for you, I challenge you to hold on to your faith. God is a good Father, and wants to prepare us beforehand. He wants to prepare us individually to glorify His name, in marriage.

    Let’s pray:

    Most High God, Jehovah, you are great and awesome Lord. You are the perfect matchmaker, but we, individually, are also masterpieces in the making, in your hands. I pray for each of us as individuals, may you make us marriage worthy. Marriage is more than a simple I do, lots of sex, have kids, and a happily ever after, so prepare us for success Lord. May the females be respectful helpers to our husbands, and may the males be unconditionally loving towards their wives like Christ loves the church and have His life for her. I pray this in Jesus name, Amen.

     

    Devotional 11/23

    For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. Mark 5:28

    Faith is like WiFi, it has the power to connect you to what you need.

    The power of belief has more power than science can explain. There have been scientific studies conducted called Placebo effects. These studies use 2 subject groups suffering from the same illness/disease. One of these 2 groups is given actual medicine pills, while the second group is given sugar pills. Turns out that both groups were healed over the designated period of time. This is the power of faith, and the creator of our minds our Lord knows that when we believe: we truly will receive as we believe.

    A few days ago, I pointed out that it is by faith that we draw power from God based on the story of the woman with the issue of blood. Today, a friend of mine brought up the point that there had been no interaction between the two; usually Jesus would go to the people and ask them questions or tell them what He desired to do: Jesus always looks for faith and agreement.

    This woman believed Jesus had the power to heal her and that simply touching Him would be enough! The faith this woman had, communicated volumes to God. She thought to herself, He can heal me, this Man can heal my issue, if I could only touch even his clothing; I would be healed… and she was healed! She received her miracle, because she stood in faith and in agreement with the Truth of God.

    The woman believed God could do a thing, and her faith provoked the power of God. Have you ever believed God?

    Faith in God goes beyond believing God exists, it is knowing that He can act on your behalf.

    Let’s pray:

    Lord God, we thank you for today and for all the works of your hands. Thank you for giving us a new day. Today I ask you to increase each and every single persons faith. May your saints no longer be double minded believers, or doubting Toms. May your Spirit convict them as they grow in knowing you intimately. In Jesus name, Amen.