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 7/15

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5: 7

God cares about everything that concerns you, so feel free to talk to Him about anything.
Joyce Meyer

What thoughts are feeding your emotions? Are they leading you to things? Emotions are messengers from our beliefs and thought life.

The bible says that we are free from the influences of this world (Col. 2), and that Christ is the head of the body (the church). As members of the body, we’re called to care for each other and help each other. The Lord wants us to care about our own thought patterns and feelings, but also of those who we are interrelated with. God cares about what we think and what we conclude from the circumstances of life. God cares about how we feel, and why we feel that way. He knows that our emotions are related to our thoughts and behavior. The Lord brought me back to Genesis 16, to the time when Hagar was being oppressed by Sarah and she had enough and ran away. God met her when she was out in the desert and He told her, go back and submit to your masters and made some promises over her life… she then recognized that God is El Roi: the God who sees her.

Whatever situation God is allowing us to stay in… even if we have had enough and want to escape, right now it’s not the time… God controls the seasons and he wants us to be resilient and be firm for this season… The Lord will not spare us from the pains and losses of life: God will not keep our hearts from being hurt, offended, betrayed, etc. But He has given us principles to live by. The bible says we are to pray about everything with thanksgiving (Phil. 4:6) and to guard our hearts (Prov. 4:23).

Like Job said, He knows the way I take: when He has tried me I will come forth as gold (Job 23:10). He is watching over every detail of our lives and He knows how much we can take! Keep holding on!

By coming to the Lord with sincere and open hearts, we can be resilient and manage our emotions in healthy ways which build endurance and strength.

Let’s pray:

Thank you Father God, for helping us through trying times. I pray you visit your children and comfort them through their grieving seasons. May you strengthen those who are becoming weary. And those who want to run away. You are our soccourer, our help in time of need and the lifter of our heads. We love you Lord, 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 7/11

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.