Devotional 7/17

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

God will promote you depending on your tolerance of pain.

TD Jakes

The past cannot be changed, the losses can’t be undone but God gives us strength and courage to endure. The lord is with us to help us endure through the experiences of life.

Endure: suffer through something patiently.

There are some things in life that won’t go away when rebuked. Things like memories, the grief of losing a loved one, heartbreaks, betrayals and many other experiences. We must be able to accept things as they are, and move forward with them. The Bible says that God is with us, and He will never forsake us. He cares about how we feel and why we feel the way we do. He promises to comfort us, even when we feel comfortless. He promises to gives us a peace that surpasses understanding. He doesn’t want us to be so concerned with understanding why things happen, that we dig ourselves into a hole. And even if we do find ourselves in a pit, God says He is with us there too. He doesn’t change on us when we question Him, when we’re angry, or giving Him the silent treatment. He is close to the broken-hearted. And in ways we can’t comprehend, He mends our broken hearts and helps us endure through the hard times.

Let’s pray:

Father God, today I present the people who have lost a loved one, and those who are experiencing some other kind of grief. I pray you strengthen and comfort them As they move forward. May you give them peace and hope each day. In Jesus name, Amen.

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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 7/10

In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:13-14

We are secure, not because we hold tightly to Jesus, but because He holds tightly to us.
R.C Sproul

Branding is a representation of product or services offered. God is our brand and we are His representatives. He is our maker, and we are His product.

We all wear name brand clothes, some are expensive and some are not but we know who they came from. Herdsmen marked their animals with hot signet rings to differentiate them from other herdsmen animals. And God too, has seals us with His Holy Spirit because we belong to Him.

We are branded with the Spirit if God from the moment we repent, and confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It is by faith we believe, and by confession we are saved. The seal of God lets us and the world know that we belong to Him. We are not our own, and we were bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:20). Although in the natural we may not recognize His mark on us, others who do not belong to God know we are different. We talk different, we think different, we move differently. We honor God with all we do, we’re empowered believers, with intimacy with God. He walks with us even if we don’t acknowledge Him. He fights for us, blesses us and hides us because we are His. He will keep us until the day of redemption, therefore we have security in Christ. But we must go a step further: it’s up to us to be filled with the Spirit of God.

He sealed us when we first believed, He is our “down payment” of eternal life (Eph. 1:13). He is the foretaste of glory on this earth. The seal of the Holy Spirit is divine assurance of God’s promises for our lives.

Let’s pray:

God, we love you. Thank you for sealing us and setting us apart for your glory and praise. May you reveal yourself to those who have believed, may you open their understanding to know they belong to you. May they walk worthy of their identity. May they go further and be filled if your Spirit. Help them to build an intimate relationship with you. In Jesus name, 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.

Devotional 7/8

… these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:10-11

God will always prepare you for the place he is taking you. What looks overwhelming for you now, will feel natural when you get there. That’s how you know it’s supernatural.

John Gray

The Spirit of God knows the mind of God. And without the Spirit of God we cannot know what God wills for our lives.

It is impossible to know, much less understand the thoughts and the ways of God. The Bible says that the ways and thoughts of the lord are much higher than our own (Is.55:8-9). But the amazing thing is that we have access to the mind of God, by His spirit. The Holy Spirits helps teach us and direct us in the plans which God has for us. We may not be able to understand what is happening in our lives. But it doesn’t mean that God doesn’t know what is happening. Like Abraham, God wants you to do an absolutely new thing and take you to an absolutely new place. The LORD told Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you (Gen. 12:1) Abram didn’t know He was going but God only needed His faith to make moves.

We may believe to be doing do the will of God, but God will block our path. The apostle Paul had been commissioned by the church and the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel to the nations. He wanted to go to Asia, but God stopped him in his tracks: they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia… they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not allow them (Acts 16:6-7). It is important to lean on the Spirit of God for direction. For some of us, faith looks like setting things in order, for others it’s take a sabbatical to press into God in prayer. One thing is for certain, we must seek God until we receive clear instructions. Paul had a vision of a man in Macedonia calling him, it was a clear direction from the Spirit to where he was headed next.

In the scriptures, the Lord would visit his people and prophets, and tell them Arise to so and so. You see God is infinite and wisdom. He is sovereign and All knowing. He knows the end from the beginning and is in control of all things we submit to Him. He is able to and will lead us along His best path for our lives. It does take faith though, just like Abraham had: and in turn God considered Him a friend. I’m sure his father did not understand why he would leave, but He had to be obedient to God. You are not responsible to people who do not believe your steps are directed by the Lord. He will lead us to go to new places: where God guides, He provides!

 

Let’s pray:

Father God, thank you for directing our steps. Your word says that you will instruct us and teach us in the way we should go. You said you will counsel us and keep your eyes on us. You also said that you turn our hearts in the direction You desire, so I pray according to your word. May you align our hearts and minds to your will and direction. I pray you make it easier for us to let go of familiarity, and move forward into our new places. In Jesus name, Amen.

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