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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Calling, Destiny, and Purpose (7/13)

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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 7/10

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.

Restoration of God (7/6)

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Devotional 7/3

I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. Joel 2:25

God will put you back together right in front of those who judged you.

The Lord knows we have suffered loss, and He knows our hearts have also been disappointed Unlike the Israelites we cannot stay stuck, we can come before God’s throne of mercy and ask for restoration!

You’ve suffered in a bad relationship or with a sickness for years, maybe you’ve struggled to overcome an addiction or habit, and you may feel that you’ve wasted so much time but God is about to redeem your time! He’s restoring the years that the palmerworm, the cankerworm and the caterpillar have taken (Joel 2:25). Hezekiah had a sickness that would lead to death, but God redeemed his time. He added 15 years to his life (Is. 38). And for some of us, that’s what God is going to be doing. He’s going to return to you, the time you spent crying, struggling, suffering, and in troubling situations.

If there’s anything in your life that has been broken, damaged or taken from you get ready! If you’ve been rejected, abused, offended, if your family is falling apart, if you’re lacking finances: God is ready to restore you! Remember Job, God allowed Satan to attack Job. He lost his crops, his animals, his family and his health (Job 2). But the same God who causes the heartbreak is the same God who binds the brokenhearted: the same God who causes the wound is the same God who heals the wound! Some people had to witness your loss and suffering, so that in this season they could see the goodness of God restore you!

Let’s pray:

Thank you Father God for restoring us for your name’s sake. Thank you for looking past our wrongs, past our gifts and talents and for extending your goodness and mercy to us. Thank you for using our lives to glorify and exalt your own name. We receive your rain God. In Jesus name, Amen.

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