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 7/11

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 7/9

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 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 6/27

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me along the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:2-3

Satan can try to destroy you, but God will restore you.

The Psalmist David says, He will restore my soul and lead me in His path. In other words God is saying, I will restore you and give you rest. I know I have sent judgement against you, but I will give you rest: He will help us carry our burdens, He will be the answer to our worries and He will restrengthen us. Rest in Him, He will do His work in you and your life.

God wants to restore our souls, by leading us in His will. His will is good, perfect and pleasing. It is good for us, it is in perfect harmony to our character and capacity, and it pleases us and Him!

Israel was not a great nation with a mighty army of chariots and horses: this is why God called them His own. The people of Israel would seek God when they were in trouble, and once He came with deliverance and healing of the land, then they would end up getting lost again. God knew they would, but He still wanted to use them to glorify His name. The only way He could send a message to the world, was by first restoring them (Joel 2:25). Everything that has been lost can be restored back to us.

In Jeremiah 30, the Lord says I will restore you, I will heal your wounds because they considered Israel, outcasts. Maybe you were never called an outcast, like Israel, but maybe you were judged, accused or under appreciated by others: guess what, God is for you! God knows your capacity and potential: He says those who know their God, should do great exploits!

Whatever situation you find yourself in, remember to rest in God is to be restored. He is ready and willing to mend our broken hearts, renew our minds and open our eyes to perceive His will and goodness. God says He will restore what you have lost.

Let’s pray:

Thank you for your promises Lord God. Thank you for reminding us that you are the God of restoration. I pray these promises come to pass as you have declared, be it unto us. In Jesus name, Amen.

Devotional 6/24

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua‬ ‭1:8‬

If God said it, then it settles it.

To be a Christian is to be a little Christ: how can we be little Christ without knowing and studying the scriptures?

The word of God was written by God. The scriptures say that we are to meditate on the Word of God, day and night. There are blessings and curses associated to our obedience and application of the scriptures. To hold a wrong thought or belief about the Bible is detrimental to life and faith. The scriptures are for our growth, correction and instruction (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

The word of God is like no other book, it is to be cherished: it was written by the Spirit of God. It is infallible, it is alive and it is powerful. The scriptures are powerful as to penetrate even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; and judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb. 4:12). It is able to quicken our Spirit in an instant, with healing, deliverance, revelation and/or transformation in a single moment. Anyone who has experienced the supernatural power of scripture can attest to this, including myself. The word of God is the revealed will of God, the counsel of God and the prophetic word of God. There are multiple prophetic words found in the Bible which have been fulfilled throughout history. And many historical events which have been proven by archaeologists and scholars. Some people mistakenly say that the Bible is a man made book, but it is divinely inspired; in order words not of human knowledge, logic, or imagination. Others say that the Bible has contradictions, or mistaken information: which is also not true (do your research).

God used the apostle Peter to heal the sick in the Bible, can we say it was Peter doing the work of God? No, it was God using Peter to His work. God used man to write His word, like a musician uses an instrument but this doesn’t mean it was made by man. For instance, God uses us to do His work: teaching, preaching, prophesying, evangelizing, and many other ministerial labor (healing, cleaning, building, feeding, etc.): we are simply instruments in the hands of God.

Lets live holy lives (separated for God) and be approved before God (2 Tim. 3:15): do you rely on yourself to interpret scripture? Can God trust you with His word?

Let’s pray:

Thank you father God for your word and for your Spirit. We give you honor and praise for your goodness. I pray you create a hunger for all people to search the scriptures and lean into your Spirit for teaching, confirmation and clarification. In Jesus name, Amen.