Devotional 6/14

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Proverbs‬ ‭4:18‬

Many of the good things would never have happened, if the bad things hadn’t happened first.

Suze Orman

One way or another, once a day or once a year: we will all experience struggle in this journey with God. It happens to the strongest of us.

The enemy, the thief who came to steal and destroy is after the souls. Satan will oppress us, until we throw in the towel. That means you and I are prime targets, especially as ministers of Christ. We may minister to others through song, intercession, evangelism, teaching or any other way. And Satan will do all he can to keep us from the service of the Lord (salvation of souls).

  • Condemnation: stagnating his guilt trips
  • Contamination: damaging our hearts and minds to the point of abandoning God and ministry
  • Destruction: invalidating our testimony (and reputation)
  • Stealing: making us insecure, doubtful and faithless (no faith)
  • Killing: making us hopeless and killing our selves literally, or sabotaging our opportunities again and again (despair)

God knows the battles we face and will be facing on a regular basis. Remember what Jesus told Peter; Luke 22 says, the enemy wants to sift you like wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail.

Some seasons are more challenging than others, but God has called us to be steadfast in faith. He is the Rock where we stand, even when the storms come and the winds blow… we will be standing firm!

Let’s pray:

Father God, thank you for being our Rock! Thank you for being the one who picks up our heads and the one who leads us along paths of righteousness. Again I pray you reveal to us, how profound your love is for us. May you give us keen discernment to know when Satan is using schemes and devices against us, and to know when it is you speaking. Thank you Lord, I’m Jesus name. Amen.

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Devotional 5/9

The angel of God came back, shook him awake again, and said, “Get up and eat —you’ve got a long journey ahead of you.” He got up, ate and drank, and set out. Nourished by that meal, he walked forty days and nights, all the way to the mountain of God, to Horeb. 1 King

God gives us more than we can handle to force us to rely wholly on him.

Jon Bloom

God gives us more than we can handle so that we can go back to Him for help! After Elijah had an episode of hopelessness and exhaustion, the Lord gave him time to recover and angelic provision for strength. After this recharge, an angel woke him again, and Elijah went 40 days and 40 nights to Mount Horeb. 

Mt. Horeb is the same mountain where God gave Moses the 10 commandments, and appointed Aaron as priest. God took Elijah back to basics. But when he got to Mt. Horeb, he crawled into a cave and went to back to sleep! Elijah was a man of prayer, and a man of power but God took him back to the basics. Are you bored with where you are in God? God wants you to get back to the basics!

The word says that he looked for God in the wind, in the earthquake, and in the fire, but God was in a breeze. But the Lord had manifested to Elijah in a different way than he imagined. God manifests to us according to the intimacy we share with Him. In a small, still voice the Lord asked: Elijah, what are you doing here? Of course God knew where Elijah was, and all that was going on in his heart and mind; but God wanted his attention. Elijah told the Lord that he was the only one in all of Israel who was left that was zealous for the Lord. Elijah thought he was the only one left. Have you ever felt alone in your struggle, in your calling, with your ambitions or your walk? God is going to correct our wrong perspectives, just like He corrected Elijah’s wrong thinking. The Lord told Elijah, I am GOD and you are not. I will let you know that I have 7,000 men who have not abandoned their posts, or turned to other gods. Go anoint Hazael, I still have work for you to do. An lastly, the Lord also has a plan for our enemies, and for those puppets who are being used by the devil against us. The spirit world is real, and Satan is very much against us, but God is ahead of us.

The Lord wants to remind us today, to run to Him. he wants us to go back to basics. He wants us to do those things we did in the beginning. The Lord is going to give us a new understanding of being still. We will be able to be still in the presence of the Lord with joy and expectation. 

Let’s pray:

Father God, today I present to you our hearts. may you strengthen us, light a fire in our souls, awaken the sleepers, and revive the lukewarm. I pray you give correct us as you did to Elijah, and may you continue to renew our hope. Thank you for new strength. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Devotional 2/11

I don’t do the good that I want to do. I do the evil that I don’t want to do. Romans‬ ‭7:19‬

Pray, then let it go. Don’t try and manipulate or force the outcome. Just trust God…

The enemy wants for nothing more than for us to live with anger, depression, greed, slander and bound to so many other forms of oppression. Our culture believes it can do whatever and have it all, there is no desire to do things God’s way. Most people don’t even know that God cares about every single detail of their lives, so they do all they can to resolve for themselves.

One of the most heartbreaking things in today’s society is seeing people with so much potential, lack direction and insight, and to observe their questionable personalities. Broken dreams and disloyalty has caused them to become angry people filled with hate and despair. Their passions are mismanaged, and their unfulfilled needs draw them to unhealthy coping mechanisms, like addictions, obsessions and other types of bondage. This is not who God wants us to be!

Disappointments have made our hearts sick too (Prov. 13:12), but as believers we know that God is for us, not against us (Rom. 8:31). The Holy Spirit is living inside of us. His wisdom helps us determine what comes in and out of our lives. He wants to help us make decisions, because not everything we can do or that comes our way, is good for us. Christ died for His creation, to set us free from fear, shame and hate and so that we can live in love, with hope and faith.

The world does not know the Son, Jesus Christ, and it is why they act so freely and without regard. The world does not know what it means to wait on God, or how necessary it is to surrender to God’s will. Instead they strive against God to control the outcomes of their lives, even in the areas where they have no control! As believers, our God defying sin nature (and body) is also ready to take matters into its own hands! But God wants to big things through our hopes and desires, He is not making us wait in vain.

God’s timing is worth the wait! He has the rest of the pieces of the puzzle in place, and He is aligning all of them for the set time of fulfillment!

Let’s pray:

Father God, thank you today and for giving us health, ability and agility. I thank you that your Holy Spirit is always at work. I ask you to develop the fruit of your Spirit in us. May we be the people you intended for us to be: people of love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, faith and self-control. In Jesus name I pray. Amen!

Devotional 10/10

Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. Genesis 17:19

When you don’t wait on the Lord,
you give the enemy room to introduce counterfeits.
Michael Todd

We all know the story of Isaac, and Ishmael. Abraham, the father of faith, received a promise from God: he would have a son who would continue His lineage and would inherit the blessings of God. Abraham had a wife named Sarah, who told him to sleep with their servant Hagar in order to bring the promise of God to pass. So, Hagar bore a son named Ishmael, but he was not the one God had ordained.

The issue was that both Abraham and Sarah were over childbearing age, past 70. Logically the promise of God was unbelievable, literally, and as any logical human being would, they took matters into their own hands. See the source image

Ordained:
  • appointed, commanded;
  • designated, predetermined;
  • established, destined;

We learn a lot from God’s just ways: His discipline, and rebuke make us mature. Abraham and Sarah had failed God, but God’s plan was still on. The Lord visited Abraham and Sarah once again to remind them that God’s promise was still on the table, and had not came to pass. He told them that the child He promised them, would be born from his own wife’s womb but Sarah laughed! She did not think it was funny, Sarah laughed because she doubted. (In my head, she may have laughed because she thought, oops my plan was not God’s plan.)

Abraham had a dilemma! He had both the Promised Child and the counterfeit. And according to God he also had unresolved issues! The counterfeit came before the Promise, and so Sarah told Abraham to put Ishmael and his mother out. Meanwhile, God then agreed with Sarah!

Abraham suffered greatly: imagine he was already attached to his first child, his 12 year old son. The bible says this was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son (Genesis 21:11). In my mind, Abraham could have contested with God, and said no Lord, this is my son. I have built a life with him. I raised him, I am attached to him, I love him. But Abraham knew that in order for God to fulfill His promises, his obedience was required. God was able to bless Abraham, only after he put away the counterfeit.

God requires our obedience as well. If we are not careful, single people in the Lord tend to doubt God, lose hope or faith when it comes to relationships and marriage. And through these open doors the enemy uses logic, desperation or loneliness against us: like Sarah, we too take matters into our own hands. We too must put away anyone or anything we have brought into our lives that was not ordained of God. Things that were born in the flesh, like relationships founded by/in fornication, positions acquired by competition/lie/envy, and any thing done by self effort has got to go!

Abraham loved Ishmael, but He chose to give him up. Abraham chose to obey God, even if it hurt him and even if he did not anticipate it would be required of him. Do you have any friends, lovers or business partner in your life which were not ordained by God? Choose to obey God, put them out and cut those soul ties.

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, I bless your throne, I bless your holy name. You are awesome God. I pray that you would give anyone who’s in need to be strengthened in faith and conviction, and courage to put away hindrances from their lives. I pray for fresh revelation to their lives, that you mean us no harm when you desire us to part ways from things and people who we are attached to, or who we have grown with. I pray for comfort and strength Lord. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Devotional 10/7

And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:4

I mean, you know, God knows everything, but I’m not quite that good. Every once in a while, something will slip by me.
Bob Schieffer

Growing in Christ requires self control to the 100th degree! We must limit our distractions, our pleasures and very thought life. (For those who think that pleasure should not be controlled, try overeating and aww how it goes for you… try sexing without control, then talk to me… and finally I believe that our discernment has to be submitted to God, and His scriptures. There are many people making judgements yet claiming that God revealed. God didn’t reveal, your flesh concluded.

I have spent many years crying over the spilled milk as they say, without rejoicing in the fact that God was the one who turned the cup or shook the table. If God allowed it it’s for a good reason, if He broke it, He will also fix it… I have always comforted myself in knowing that ALL things work for my good. And yes even when things hurt. But I was not as encouraging to myself, when it came to my own timeline.

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You see I had a timeline. Once I graduate, I’ll get this job. Once I get this job, I’ll get this apartment. Once I get that apartment, then I’ll get a car. And then I’ll get married and have a few kids. But the Psalmist David, says “Lord my times are in your hands” (Psalm 31:15). And when we really believe that, then we won’t be emotional rollercoasters at the mercy of Satan’s manipulation.

As mature believers in Christ, it doesn’t matter how much word you can memorize if you cannot apply it to your own life. We must accept suffering, simply because God tells us that we will suffer. We will die, eventually… and if it happens when we will like to live, it will still inevitably happen. We can learn from Job: Satan does not take people’s lives, God gives life and He takes away. Mature believers want to go to heaven, but they also desire the entire world to get to heaven as well. Mature believers do not evangelize to please people, or fulfill ministry duties: they go after souls.

As mature believers, we discipline ourselves to spend time with God. Not of obligation, but from recognition: we recognize we cannot do a thing apart from God, we are not wise, we are limited, and prone to mistakes. I also will push to you all, that a mature believers listens! They don’t teach this in church, but God speaks in an audible, in our hearts, through visions, and even in the small, still voice of the Holy Spirit.

I say all this to say, that we must all accept the will of God for what it is, even when it hurts. In the end all that matters is that this life is temporary, and one day we will be in heaven without social bonds like husband, wife, mom, dad, rich or poor. All we will have is eternity to live with the Lord, so why not start here on earth?

Let’s pray:

Lord God, today I ask that you give us all capacity to accept your will as it is. I pray for strength and wisdom, and humility to serve you with joy at all times. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Devotional 10/5

Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 1:22-24

In order to serve you have to anticipate a need before it arises.
Serita Jakes

The word was made flesh, the word was with God, and the word was God. Jesus left the place of glory which He had with the Father, to save us. I love that God extends His grace to us, and tells us to come to His throne unashamedly to ask for mercy. And I love that He freely gives abundance of wisdom to those who ask!

I love how Paul breaks down who Jesus is depending on their perception. To the unbelievers, Jesus is foolishness, to the religious Jesus is a stumbling block. But to us, the called, Jesus is the wisdom of God!

Most of look for confirmation that God exists” we look for supernatural things and miracles… but this does not prove the existence of God. For instance, the statues of the virgin Mary in South America, tends to shed tears of blood. Can we say this is God? No, it is demonic. The bible says that statues are not to be prayed to nor worshipped, so would God go against His own word and manifest through a statue? Remember, Satan performs miracles too (Matthew 24:24). See the source image

We also tend to clap to worldly wisdom: punch lines and philosophy. We love poetry, we love dropping coded messages and call them revelations of God, and we also love to laugh when ministers subtly insult people from the altar. This is all worldly wisdom, which the bible also calls satanic because it comes from the flesh (James 3:15)! When we speak about grace, we get under the skin of the religious people. When we preach God’s mercy, we are doubted by the religious theologians. When we preach about Jesus return, the unbelievers laugh at us. And when we speak about Jesus power to cast out demons, and heal the sick, they look for any which way to give the credit to the universe, the human flesh or any other things except Jesus!

To us who have the privilege of knowing God, believing God and chasing after God… Jesus Christ is life. We seek the Lord for instruction, direction, counsel, and strategy. We present our needs and ideas to God… and we would not have it any other way. We know that God and Jesus are One, and He is powerful beyond measure and HE IS WISDOM.

When we speak of Wisdom, we must acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Wisdom, (Proverbs 8). He ought to be our foundation, our core and our guide. Imagine the word if God is Jesus, grace is Jesus, and wisdom is also Jesus. We cannot and should not ever believe we have enough Jesus.

Let’s pray:

Father God, King of kings, Lord of lords! We come before you to ask you for wisdom! We need your wisdom Lord. In order to live life and fulfill our greatest potential, and avoid setback, my God we plead for your wisdom. I ask for this grace for myself, and all believers around the world. And I thank you for abundance of wisdom. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Devotional 10/1

Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way. Proverbs 23:19

The moment you feel entitled is the moment you feel superior and distance yourself from a humble heart that believes God knows what he is doing.
Shannon L. Alder

Our hearts are our own responsibility. But I will tell u from experience that with God the outcomes result better, even though we can’t prevent the consequences. It really does somehow work for our good.

We sin because of the thoughts and beliefs in our hearts, but we repent by our faith in God and the working of the Holy Spirit. The bible tells us to guard our hearts, and warns us against hardening our hearts. A hardened heart makes sin seem more gratifying and appealing, and the conscience loses its sense of right and wrong. When we harden our hearts, we are in a place of disbelief, accompanied with complaint, annoyance and other grievances. A hardened heart makes it hard for us to come to a place of repentance: it is not desired, whether we are believers or unbelievers. And this is one of those times, when we must take matters into our own hands and direct our hearts in the right course.  See the source image

I know this sounds like a foreign concept, but I speak from experience. Ultimately as followers of Christ, we should desire to please God and make Him smile. The Holy Spirit in us is grieved when we offend God, and will not let us rest until we make things right! We cannot have peace with God while living with hardened hearts, we lose the joy of our salvation and God’s peace… we become bound to depression, misery and strife. And if it happens that we find ourselves without wanting to change or wanting to give up sin, we can ask God to give us a heart of repentance. All we need to do is accept where we are, and what brought us to that place, ask!

It is possible that church people and its leaders will not speak openly about their own battles, and struggles. And we may perceive them as perfected, ignorant or merciless people: but the truth is that God is the only one who knows the profound thoughts of our hearts. The Lord knows the details of our lives: the who, what, when, where, why, and how. And He is not like humans who can hurt, neglect or even disrespect us. God will use everything, even our foolish decisions or church offenses to mature us: remember all things work for our own good. Church is the place where we serve the Lord and where we celebrate our relationship with God. It’s always good to take some time away, to be alone with the Lord. A little getaway can be a healthy strategy for recovery. 

And in your getaway, ask God to have mercy on you and those you care about, for our decisions, or neglect which have offended Him. I promise you that the awesome God whom we serve will even allow us a do-over. 

Let’s pray:

Lord God, you are awesome. Your mercies are new every morning. Your love is everlasting. And your power is incomparable. Thank you for your word, and faithfulness. Thank you for helping us each step of the way, time and time again. May you touch our hearts and minds, and give us hearts to accept your will and to bring your name glory. Help us get rid of things, whether it is thoughts, people, habits or any other thing that may offend you. You look unto those who are humble and of a contrite spirit, they which tremble at Your word. Help us all Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.

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