Devotional 5/27

To show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike]. Matthew 5:45

Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.

Suffering brings us to the end of ourselves. It exposes and confronts our fickle ways, or in better words, areas where we could use more work in. Suffering is inevitable for all human beings, the word says that the rain falls on the just and the unjust alike.

The bible promises us trouble! The word clearly says we will suffer! We will be persecuted for following Christ. We suffer when others accuse us, offend us or ridicule our faith. We suffer when we deny ourselves to obey God’s word. And we suffer when our plans are blown to the wind when they don’t fit Gods agenda. The difference between us and unbelievers, is that God is with us through it all. When we can’t control or understand situations, the Spirit of God gives an inexplicable peace, which surpasses understanding.

God is with us through the ups and downs of it all. He is for us, and not against us. The Lord is faithful to us no matter what, not because of who we are or what we deserve, but because of who He is! God is in control, declare that your God is greater than any situation you may be facing!

Let’s pray:

Father God, thank you for your tender mercies and faithfulness. Thank you telling us the truth, despite of what false teaching may have us believe. We give you glory, and praise for being the true and living God. Our ever present rock. I pray you help all those suffering, may they see their situations in a different positive way. May they see your goodness through it all. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Devotional 5/15

Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15‬ ‭‬‬

If you keep your peace, you will pass the test and God will bring you out better than you were before.

Are you ready for God’s next? If God approves of you, then you are! Approval comes by way of testing! The lord does not tempt us, but He does try our faith.

Trial:

  • A test of the performance, qualities, or suitability of someone or something.
  • test (something, especially a new product) to assess its suitability or performance.
  • a formal examination of evidence before a judge, and typically before a jury, in order to decide guilt in a case of criminal or civil proceedings.

The word says we shouldn’t be surprised when we go through trials and tribulations: but rather rejoice because we will stand like gold tested by fire. Some of the situations we experience are uncomfortable, antagonizing or even unbearable. And at times we may confuse God’s tests for attacks of Satan! God test our hearts, and our faith by trials of fire.

I heard TD Jakes say once, “when you tell God you can’t take it: you’re telling him that you are not ready to go to another level”. I say, God forbid! God knows our caliber: He knows what He placed inside us of us, and needs to develop our skill sets. He knows our value and worth, but needs us to know it for ourselves! He knows our strengths and weaknesses, and must build our character! He knows every detail of our destinies, and needs our full surrender. What better way to know if gold is gold, than to test it by fire?

As long as you are approved by Hod, it doesn’t matter what people say of you. As long as God can trust you with His word, it doesn’t matter who acknowledges you. God says you are approved!

Let’s pray:

Father God, thank you for your Spirit and your Word. Thank you for your grace, favor and tender mercies. Thank you for trusting us with your word and your children. Help us be faithful laborers and willful and intentional God pleasers. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Devotional 4/19

The pain you’ve experienced doesn’t compare to the glory to be revealed. Romans 8:18

In my deepest wound, I saw your glory.

St. Augustine

There’s a place in God, where His love, glory and healing make all the difference. This place is not in church, and it’s less likely to be found in the world. It’s a place of intimacy and surrender in God. Our Lord Jehovah is taking us to a different place in the spirit.

Life can be quite the rollercoaster. Life is a mix of ups and downs. But in God we can receive joy and healing. Healing brings life. The love of God brings us to an inexplicable peace, and calm which stills and propels us.

After healing we are able to speak freely of the very hurtful things which broke us. Once healed we can empower others dealing with loss, grief and affliction. We become living testimonies that even though those moments are never forgotten -but in God there is hope and healing. Jesus Christ was offended, mutilated, disrespected, and crucified! But on the 3rd day He resurrected! The glory He walked in after His resurrection, was much greater than His pain.

Our journeys with God are all different, but we all get the opportunity to explore God’s goodness. One of God’s greatest works in us, is healing. This is because He wants us to grow and mature, even operate in another level of anointing in Him.

Let’s pray:

Lord God Almighty, you are a benevolent God. A merciful and compassionate God, you were tempted as we are. And you leaned on the father for strength and direction. Today I pray we all receive healing in all the areas where you see fit to mend. I thank you in advance for healing, and surrender our hearts to you. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Devotional 4/9

I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4

The purpose of prayer is to change your mind, so that you could see through the eyes of God.

It’s either, walk in truth and be free or walk in a lie and be bound. Holy Spirit doesn’t tell us what to do: we are not robots! He teaches us the right things to do, and as children we choose. We choose what to believe, what to change and what to release. When the Truth sets you free, then you are free indeed. But freedom depends on what we personally believe about:

  • God’s redemptive work at the cross
  • His unique love for us
  • Our reason for living

Walking in Truth means to believe the Bible! It frees us from death and condemnation. You can tell someone is walking in bondage when they condemn themselves and others: they drown in pity parties: or see themselves as victims. This is not voluntary but influenced by demonic oppression, the flesh and the darkness of the soul.

  • Walking in truth creates a healthy fear of God. The fear of God is to respect God and His word, and to fear the consequences of sin. Ultimately, the consequences of sin is for our relationship with God to suffer. Our relationship with God suffers when we sadden or quench the Holy Spirit of God. In addition, we are also very much aware of God’s justice: we will receive correction and/or judgement from God. 
  • Walking in truth also helps us avoid doing the wrong things before God, because we resist Satan (the father of lies). And by pulling down strongholds and casting down imaginations we destroy any darkness in our hearts! If we fail to walk in truth, our progress will be blocked and we’ll become indifferent and lukewarm. Walking in a lie will take us into the broad world of sin (omission, idolatry and/or rebellion).
  • The Lord wants us to walk in Truth so that we serve and worship Him from a place of love. Walking in Truth is to love God and love others. Walking in truth is to dismiss the lies of Satan! Walk in the Truth y’all!

    Let’s pray:

    Lord Jesus, thank you for Holy Spirit, our counselor. Thank you for your patience, help and guidance. Today I ask you to help us all to walk in your truth. May we resist the devil, and may we pull down strongholds, thoughts and imaginations which exalt themselves above your Truth. You are Truth, the way and the life. In your name Jesus I pray. Amen.

    Devotional 3/22

    Strategic planning is the key to warfare; to win, you need a lot of good counsel. Proverbs 24:6

    There is nothing wrong in learning from someone else’s life.

    Christianity teaches us that we have the victory in Christ, but our reality tells us different. When we make mistakes, we feel like complete failures, when attacked our weaknesses are magnified and when the going gets hot, quitting seems like a definite option.

    The Lord places believers in community (aka church) so that we can help one another. We can seek counsel, and receive it. We are able to learn strategies and receive revelation from random conversations. We can learn from others and avoid a lot of suffering, it’s wisdom at its best. I am transparent about my failures and shortcomings so that people can learn how they can fail yet get back up. In all honesty, it’s best to learn the hard things from other people’s experience rather than your own.

    The church is a body, we all matter! We are affected by one another. When people play significant roles in the church, and leave- it’s like an amputation: when someone is bitter, it’s a deep infection: when someone is angry, the body feel high blood pressure. Although our flesh resists, critiques and rebels, the Lord has given us a new family. A family with spiritual fathers and mother, sons and daughters and siblings. Church is not for the faint hearted. There is no perfect church, because are no perfect humans! But don’t we eat the banana and thrown away the peel?

    God places us in a community of believers, to grow, to learn, to commune, to be encouraged, and to develop. The Lord is well aware that we will absorb from whatever and whoever we are around. We read books, listen to music, watch movies and performances, and it’s all good because it’s self expression. But if we can watch celebrities live their best live on social media, why is it an issue to listen to other believers who have overcome hurdles to live the true best life?

    God is good and He knows what He is doing. Live according to His standards, you will be blessed!

    Let’s pray:

    Lord Jesus, thank you for my church family and thank you for the work you have done in my heart that I can say this. You are God, and you do as you will. I pray that your children will be planted in the House of The Lord, and not forsake congregating as you’ve commanded in your word. May they gracefully absorb and guard their hearts as they relate to a new community. And may they have strength to move forward. In Jesus name. Amen.

    Devotional 3/4

    The grace of God trains us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age; Titus 2:12

    Don’t let your happiness depend on something you can lose.

    C.S Lewis

    Self control may be a foreign subject to many. For instance, in order to be fed, receive love and affection, and get their diapers changed- children will cry, fuss and fight. We are programmed to continue in this pattern, and when we are prohibited a thing, we consider it an evil thing. God is not withholding any good thing from us: He is developing SELF CONTROL.

    In the book of Corinthians, Paul ties both food and sexual desire as being created for God, yet for the body… but both would come to an end. You see in heaven we won’t have sexual urges, or intimate relationships- these are things we enjoy only on earth (this is the same with mental health, emotional wholeness, physical health, purity and finances). These things are not bad to desire, they are human desires and good for the body. For instance, if you have a sweet tooth, and they are your weakness- you don’t need deliverance: you need self control. In order to avoid obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and all sorts of things: God has given us self control. God will deliver us from evil, but He will not deliver us from our own desires (pleasures) or temptation!

    Desire becomes an issue, when self control is not present! Most times it’s not a devil, it’s lack of self control and other times it’s a heart condition. The Bible says, where your treasure is, there your heart will be. Temptations come from our own desires. There is no such thing as deliverance from temptation. If you desire to have a partner, and have sexual urges- believe me God will not remove your sexual urges! But He will give you enough wisdom to seek purity, and not lay up with just anyone. But if you’ve made having a relationship, a career, a feeling, a sensation, or any thing your go to place, your escape or in other words that thing that will finally make you happy: it has become your treasure.

    God has capacitated you with all you need to live a godly life (2 Peter 1:3). He knows that you are able to withstand the trials and the temptations, and just when you cannot bear- He will provide the escape. The Lord will not change our human desires- He will teach us to develop self control and manage them.

    Let’s pray:

    Lord Jesus, you are awesome and a loving father. Thank you for creating each of us so uniquely. Thank you for the diversity you’ve placed in each of us, and giving us all we need to live godly lives. I lift up my brothers and sisters in Christ. I pray for contentment, and self control for each of us. May you show each of your children their deep rooted issues and train them to use self control and manage their desires. And if any need deliverance, I pray for you to do so. In Jesus name, Amen.

    Devotional 2/23

    And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:24

    We need our hearts to be healed, and our minds to be changed, and only God can do that!

    Tina Campbell

    When I eavesdropped on Nicodemus and Jesus’ conversation, I became more interested in the kingdom of God. Nicodemus told Jesus that he believes he is from God because of the miracles which He did. It seems that the miracles of God is the kingdom of God. The scriptures say that the kingdom of God is within us (Luke 17:21), and that it comes to us when we encounter the power of God (Luke 11:20). Jesus told Nicodemus that in order to see the kingdom: one must be born again (John 3:3).

    Being born again actually means being translated from darkness to light. It’s almost like an unborn child in its mothers womb, it’s in the dark: when it is birth, it comes to the light. In the spirit realm, we were born into darkness: but when we invite Jesus into our hearts and make Him our lord and savior: He translates us into the light of His love.

    Initially, without knowing it or working on it: our character is immediately changed by love. As soon as someone genuinely confessed Christ as their Lord, their hearts are translated from darkness to light and their spirit brought from death to life. In that moment the person has not received much material, but their spirit has entered a new dimension: this person has been born again. You’ll see the persons face change in an instant! We see the same person but as a new creation (in Christ). As the person continues to follow after Christ, they finalize their re-birth in baptismal waters, and discipleship. Holy Spirit continues to work in that person adding virtues of love, faithfulness, integrity, gentleness, patience, self control and kindness. And as they continue to mature, given their disposition along with the word of God, they continue to become more and more like Christ.

    Most people I know are utterly confused about what it is to be a born again Christian. Relying on perfectionism, good works and sin/devil consciousness prevents people from entering into the kingdom, from growing in God and from good mental health. For some fleshly driven reason, Christianity has a way of keeping people in poverty and in mental health issues. In addition, the church confuses mental health problems for character problems, or lack of faith/spirituality: which causes further mental health issues, demonic oppression and ill behavior as consequence! No wonder there are so many unhappy Christians. They have yet to learn about the finished work of Christ at Calvary, grace, fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and are in dire need of mental renewal and emotional healing.

    Jesus is warring for our souls. Our Lord gave His life so that we could walk in newness of life and abundance. He resurrected to bring us into right standing with God.

    Let’s pray:

    Father God, eternal and sovereign king. I stand in the gap today for all my brothers and sisters who are confused, miserable, condemned and battered. I ask you to reveal your love to them. Give them comfort and grace while they figure out that it is you working in them. May they recognize that it is by your power, and not by their strength. I pray for your living word to quicken their minds towards renewal and restoration. In Jesus name, Amen.