Devotional 7/16

You want things, but you don’t get them. So you kill and are jealous of others. But you still cannot get what you want. So you argue and fight. You don’t get what you want because you don’t ask God. James 4:2

Through prayer, fasting and studying, God will answer.

Monica Johnson

We are always told to pray. Praying means talk to God. God leans in to listen to our prayers.

The moment we raise our hearts to ask God for a favor, the answer is immediately ushered. God says, YES, NO or WAIT. When God says yes, He gives us instructions. When He says no, He is protecting us and waiting for us to yield to His will. And when He says wait, He’s working on our hearts: preparing us for what’s coming. The best attitude to have before God is a disposition of rest, and preparation.

The book of James says, you have because you ask not. God knows our hearts, He knows our thoughts and desires. God knows the intentions of our hearts, and if what we desire is not beneficial for us: He will not release it (Jam. 4:3). Verse 2 tells us a secret: if for some reason you are jealous or comparing yourself to another, it means that you desire/ admire that thing (whatever that person has/does). And God’s solution is prayer! If you don’t have it, it’s because you haven’t asked me for it… so ask Me!

The Lord is simply waiting for an act of faith on our part. Be specific and be intentional. God is ready to answer your prayers.

Let’s pray:

Thank you Lord God for listening to our prayers. I pray you strengthen the feeble knees and the weak hands. Revive the fire of those who feel tired of praying the same prayers, those who have been waiting and face lost hope, and even those who are struggling with shame, sin, or lack of faith. Increase their strength and convictions. In Jesus name, Amen.

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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 7/11

You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11

Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to KNOW GOD, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord.

J. I Packer

You’s the man Holy Spirit! Thank you for coming to us, for being our companion, strength and helper.

We wouldn’t be able to do life without you Mr. Spirit. You teach us, you accompany and comfort us. You do so much for us, there are not enough words or time to express my gratitude or describe all you have done for us.

You are better than our earthly parents and loved ones, and you can bless us in much greater ways: we invite your blessings into our lives. We know that every good thing comes from you, the father of lights; and so I ask you to open the heavens and pour our blessing for your children. I pray you give us what our hearts desire, and increase our faith and convictions to know and follow your leading.

Thank you for changing and restoring us. For not withholding any good thing from us. Thank you for allowing us to experience your joy. Thank you for being for us, and not against us. Thank you for fighting for us. Thank you for giving what we ask for, and providing what we need Lord Jesus.

You did not spare Your Son for us, so we know that you won’t withhold anything else from us.

You Lord God are love, and you never fail!

In Jesus name I pray. 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.

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This is the season of God for your restoration! We can and will glorify God as He intends, when we give Him permission to restore us first!

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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 6/29

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. Acts 13:2-3

Where you go, I’ll go. What you say, I’ll say.

Kim Walker

What is God looking for? He is looking for people ho He can trust and depend on.

God doesn’t’t need us, but He desires to use us. He is not like human beings, who drink a carton of juice and toss it when he’s done: God is not a slave master, we are collaborators with Christ.

We are amazing masterpieces: instruments in the hands of the Creator, the All powerful God. From human perspective, it’s easy to judge ourselves and deem ourselves unable, unqualified or limited. Real self-esteem is acknowledging your greatness and capacity. It is appreciating yourself for what you are. God wants to remind us today, that with Him ALL things are possible. Forget about YOU, and collaborate with God! You and God together can and will do amazing things!

Catapult:

  • hurl or launch (something) in a specified direction with or as if with a machine or mechanical force;
  • Propel, shoot, send flying, send, fling;
  • move suddenly or at great speed as though hurled by a catapult.

God knows our capacity, He knows our caliber. He qualifies us in private, to display us in public. He prepares us in secret, and places us in strategic places. He wants to use you… yes you! He wants to use your voice, your influence your intellect, creativity, temperament, gifts and talents.

Will you take a chance with God? He has approved you; He has tried your faith and found you- fireproof! Brace yourself because God is about to catapult you!

Let’s pray:

Father God, thank you for this word. I pray it falls into fertile ground, and yields a harvest of 30, 60 or 100 fold. We welcome you to use us to expand your kingdom, to set the captives free and save souls. In the name of Jesus I pray! Amen.