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 7/12

But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold. Job 23:10

It is a glorious thing to know that your Father God makes no mistakes in directing or permitting that which crosses the path of your life. It is our glory to trust Him, no matter what.

Joni Eareckson Tada

The book of Job is infamous for us: it tells us about the mystery of God which we may not understand on this side of heaven. He allowed Satan to attack Job, as a way of testing Job’s faith and trust in God. Job declared, God knows my heart, He knows my end and my beginning; when I am tested I will come forth as gold. Gold is tested by fire: it is purified.

It’s safe to say that we don’t desire to be accountable to anybody. It is wise to seek the counsel of others (Prov. 11:14), but more importantly to seek God for direction. God knows the end from the beginning, He sees what is around the corner, or a few months away, while we can only imagine what could be. Jon’s friends judged him for losing his crops, his health and his children. They did not understand that God was purifying Job’s character. In ways only He can understand God changes us from the inside out.

The Lord knows us: He created us. And the things He allows are for our benefit. God is not absent to your struggles or tears, He is with you through it all. He is only purifying you through each process. He may want to show you a new facet of His nature. He may want to make you stronger in love, reverence or stewardship (amongst many other things). Or He May simply want to humble you from arrogance, hate, blame, etc.

The Lord God considers your steps. He knows the way you will take. He sees you. God is with you and He knows what you are going through. Remember this process has an expiration date! Will you choose to trust Him?

Let’s pray:

Father God, I thank you for reminding us that you are with us even through the struggles and the loss. Thank you for pruning us, refining us and even remolding is to who you desire us to be. Thank you for making us vessels of honor. I pray for each person going through a hard time: may you visit them and show them that you are present with them even in their pain. I pray for strength and hope in Jesus name, Amen.

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.

Devotional 6/18

The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned. Psalms‬ ‭34:22‬ ‭

We do not abuse grace but walk in it.

The Bible says we are seated in heavenly places, with Christ. So our position in God is settled, we are free from the wrath of God if we place our trust in Jesus; but how often do we leave our position?

  • We are not free to sin, but by God’s grace we are able to be restored if we do. When we go astray, defy or rebel, His love will correct us. We are now children of God and are subject to chastening.
  • Chasten:

    • to correct by punishment or discipline; subdue; humble
  • We all fall short of the glory of God, and we all make deliberate or hasty choices to sin. But in His sovereignty, all things work for our good- even the punishment we deserve. God knows our inner workings of our hearts, and that we are not yet perfect therefore Christ Himself intercedes for us. He intercedes not to prevent trials or slip ups- but so that our faith may not fail (Luke 22). Often times we believe the lies of Satan and the logical mind and fall into self condemnation. Our faith fails when we walk in guilt and shame. The logical mind believes we deserves punishment for the wrongs we do: but this is not the truth. The word says that Christ died to become our righteousness; through Him we have been justified!
  • It is not His will that any perish, so He is faithful to discipline us so that we are not condemned with the world (1 Cor. 11:32). God’s will is that His plans and promises for your life are fulfilled. He honors His word above His own name: we can rest knowing that His word holds true!
  • Let’s pray:

    Father God, Lord Jesus thank you for justifying us. Thank you for wiping our slates clean on a daily basis, and strengthening us to be firm. I present all those who are struggling with self condemning and ask you to reveal and convict them by your word. May they be steadfast against the thoughts and feelings that go against your word. May we all stand firm in our positions! May we trust your faithfulness to keep our bodies, souls and spirits blameless. In Jesus name, Amen.

    Devotional 5/29

    For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. Romans 5:10

    It is misleading to say that God accepts us the way we are. Rather He accepts us despite the way we are.

    Sinclair Ferguson

    Why the gospel? What’s the good news? What’s the big deal about Jesus? The good news of the gospel is that Jesus died and resurrected to make us right with God.

    From the beginning of creation, God has been trying to be with man. From the Garden of Eden, to the tabernacle, to the temple of God, to the Holy Spirit in us. God has desired to be in a relationship with us since day one. But sin has separated us from God in such a way, that we want to be God, resist Him, while others resent Him. God’s intention has always been to be in relationship with us.

    As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, many people know Jesus came and died for our sins. He forgave us. He offers us new life. But what for? Jesus the Christ, died for the entire world. Through Christ we can be accepted by God. Through Christ we can pray and be forgiven. Through Christ we receive eternal life. But the good news is that the kingdom of God came to be with us and in us. The Cross is the gospel. What happened on the cross?

    The cross gave us peace and brought us back to God.

    Let’s pray:

    Father God, thank you for sending your only son to die in my place. Thank you for redeeming my time and destiny. I pray you reveal to your children what the Good News is. May we be renewed and refreshed by the Good News. Thank you Lord, in Jesus name. Amen.

    Devotional 5/26

    Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers! Matthew 7:22

    God’s endgame is to make us more like Jesus.

    Greg Laurie

    Is Jesus Christ your Lord or your Savior? To be in God’s alignment we must accept His grace for salvation and also humble ourselves under the lordship of Jesus.

    For the most part, we all know Christ came to save us, from sin, from Satan and from the ways of world; even unbelievers know “the story”. But Christ came to be Lord of our lives. We may not be slaves to sin, but are we slaves of Christ?

  • Lord:
    • someone or something having power, authority, or influence; a master or ruler.

    To be in line, or be aligned with God is to know and do God’s will… but we must come under His lordship to do so in full measure. Our time, talents, and finances belong to God; they ultimately come from Him. The Bible says in Deuteronomy that God gives us the power to get wealth (money, riches, treasures, etc.). If we work, it’s because God has opened the door for us to work and we have the health and ability to do so because He grants it to us. The Bible says that we ought to tithe, otherwise we rob God (Mal. 3:9-10). Are you tithing, or do you give God ‘whatever He puts in your heart’?

    We are free to make decisions about where we live and work, and who we are in relationship with, but in our decision-making we must acknowledge God first. How did Jesus live His life? Who did Jesus walk with?

    Let’s pray:

    Thank you father God for the life of Jesus. Thank you that we have a living example of who to be like. May you help us all to be more like you, in all areas of our lives. And show us the areas which we may be withholding from you. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

    Devotional 5/19

    Do all things without grumbling or questioning; Philippians 2:14

    Until our attitude can glorify God, while we are going through a hard time we will not be delivered.

    Joyce Meyer

    What do you do when your life does not reflect the promises of God over your life? Remember God’s plans for us, are to prosper us and give us a hope and a future: God is for us, not against us. God has a plan and He is working on something behind the scenes! When we pray, He hears us!

    I know what it’s like to wait on God, and wonder if it’s worth it, and what it’s like to believe God’s word despite your feelings. I know what it’s like to walk by faith, while reality screams in your face- calling you a fool. I know what it’s like to worship, praise, read the word, congregate and serve God: and still be in a funk. I also know what it’s like to fail God, be desperate, feel hopeless and seek refuge in places other than God. I know what it’s like to wonder if you are paying for some sort of disobedience. I know what it is to wonder if God is even listening to my prayers or does God still love me?

    God has not forgotten you. It is up to us to renew our minds, and to declare what we believe. David said, I believed and therefore I spoke.

    • If you are grumpy, then do some self reflecting and search what things you’ve been believing.
    • If you are hopeless, what have you been thinking about?

    I wish I could have a better response to life, but this is it. You and the Spirit of God are a majority: He’s our teacher, our counselor and the one working in us.

    • Grab a book and study it.
    • Look for scriptures according to your need/circumstance and meditate on them.
    • Join a bible study group or START a bible study group!

    We have full access to God! We can boldly approach the throne of God and find help in our time of need. He will give us grace, comfort, strategy, favor, wisdom, direction, and much more.

    Let’s pray:

    Lord Jesus, mighty counselor! Thank you lord for renewed hope. Thank you for restoring our hearts. May God’s grace strengthen. You as you renew your mind, and shift your perspectives. In Jesus name, Amen.