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.

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 7/1

The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. Psalm 23: 1-2

You have made us for Yourself God;
and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.

St. Augustine

God will lead us, He wants to lead us; He wants to take us to places where we can rest. He wants to give us water for our thirst. He wants to feed us, He wants us to just walk Him. But what stops us from walking with God? What stops us from fully surrendering to God? What stops us from running after our destiny… our purpose? It is sin that stops us.

Sin causes damage. When Adam and Eve sinned, they fell and gave away their authority, the glory and their connection with God. They gave away their perfect state of being: they were perfect! So because of Adam and Eve, we were born into sin. We were born into brokenness, into offense, into rejection and into heartbreak, into sickness, into disease and into mental problems.

We all need peace and calm. And God wants us to have that, He wants to lead us into His rest. We cannot just go and find peace, we can do so many things and not have that peace that surpasses all understanding in our souls. The scripture says that He will lead us to lie down in green pastures. He wants us to know that He’s got it all under control, He is working on it! He will lead us beside the still waters, which mean that there is rest, peace, joy and stability where He takes us. There is no stagnancy in God, there’s stability, consistency and calm.

Let’s pray:

Father God, I pray that you give us rest and give us a knowing of resting in you. May we know how to rest in you, and make it a daily habit. May we recognize when we are not resting in you Jesus. I pray you help each individual, stop worrying and cast their cares on you; may they release all the burdens which cause them stress, tension, heaviness and pain. I also pray that your children will forgive themselves and others. In Jesus name, Amen.

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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 6/22

But those who wait on the Lord will become strong again. They will be like eagles that grow new feathers. They will run and not get weak. They will walk and not get tired. Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭

In our waiting, God is working.

God doesn’t work the way we work, His ways are much higher than our ways. Being hidden by God means that you are valuable to Him: valuable enough to be prepared in secret.

Value:

  • worth a great deal of money.
  • A thing considered extremely useful or important.
  • A thing that is priceless, cherished, profitable
  • A thing that is of great worth, especially a small item of personal property.

Have you ever heard the phrase, good things take time? God anointed David to be king when he was a teenager, but did not appoint him as king until he was in his 30’s. David was alone in the wilderness with some sheep, while his older brothers served the king in the army. He could have went ahead of God and made himself king, or took it upon himself to prove to people that he would be the next king… but he continued to take care of his fathers sheep in secret. David learned how to walk with God in secret, he learned to listen and serve God in obscurity. In 1st Samuel 17 David says, I used to fight lions and bears to keep my sheep safe: God prepared him to be a fighter and a leader in his shepherding days. When God was ready, He promoted David to be the greatest of Israel’s kings.

During his waiting seasons He was not mad at God, he didn’t feel insecure, he didn’t doubt God… David showed God he could be faithful. Are you showing God that you are faithful in whatever season you are in today?

Let’s pray:

Thank you Jesus for today. Thank you for the lessons, preparation and promotions. Thank you for stretching our capacity. I pray we would see ourselves as you do. May you open our eyes to see your goodness in every season, in obscurity, in those times we feel forgotten, or those dark seasons of life where we feel tired, lost or confused. Help each of your children to guard their hearts and keep a good attitude. In Jesus name, Amen.