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.

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Devotional 7/4

People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving. Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house. Proverbs 6:30-31

God, through Christ, restores the sinner, blots out sin, and does away with its eternal consequences. He replaces the sinner where he was before he fell.
Albert Barnes

The Israelites had soul issues! They got stuck in a cycle of sin and repentance! The Lord wanted to heal them, so that He could lead them along the right paths. And today like the Israelites, the Lord God wants to address what the enemy has stolen from us.

God is so faithful, the Lord is so good that even when we are not faithful He is faithful. Remember the Israelites were delivered them from Egypt. They were slave for 400 years and God delivered them; they worshiped God when He did. But next thing you know they made a golden calf, had an orgy party and worshiped it! God had mercy on them, but it doesn’t end there. They began to fornicate and badmouth their leader (Moses), and in judgment God caused an earthquake to swallow 23,000 of them! The Lord knew that they had experienced disappointment and trauma at the hands of Egypt, which represent Satan and the world system. But when they needed God, they would be delivered and backslide again, yet God would give them the victory and bless them again and again.

The scripture above is a biblical principle, if a thief is caught, he must pay sevenfold. A principle is a guiding code that leads us when choosing to do things: a standard/rule for life. The word says that Satan came to steal, kill and destroy while Jesus Christ came to give us life, and eternal life (John 10:10): this means that: God is ready to restore what the enemy stole, sevenfold! 

Let’s pray:

Thank you Father God for restoration. Thank you for redemption and thank you for forgiveness and mercy. May we be generous vessels, giving and lending to others as you have blessed us. May we be faithful with our tithes, and may we continue to be good stewards of all that you have placed in our hands. It’s in the name of the matchless and incomparable Jesus do I pray. Amen.

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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 6/25

Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me. Psalm 142:7

Sometimes God will deliver you from the fire, other times He will make you fireproof.
Joel Osteen

Father God, I just want to thank you. Thank you for your grace, mercy, deliverance and your presence. Thank you for choosing and calling us to your Light. Thank you for shedding hope into our hearts. Thank you for making us witnesses of your Word and Glory. You are amazing, you are Wonderful.

Thank you for health, ability and agility. Thank you that we have a sound mind. Thank you for all of our senses, and for intelligence and aptitude. Thank you for a home, and relationships. Thank you for your Holy Spirit, for being our most intimate and personal friend, lover and father. Thank you for seeing something in us to call us your own. There are no words to describe my gratitude.

 I thank you Lord God, for making a way when there was no way; for making the crooked paths straight; for opening the doors which had been closed for so long; for giving us chance after chance to get things right. Thank you from not letting us be put to shame, thank you for guarding our testimonies. Thank you for keeping our enemies from having triumph over us! Thank you Lord God, for helping us out of places where we could have been consumed. Thank your for showing us the Truth, when we were caught up in a lie. Thank you for removing the wrong people from our lives, and for bringing others into it. Thank you for being our ever present help, thank you for being in control, and the lifter of our heads. Thank you for giving us discernment and wisdom. Thank you for healing and restoration. Thank you for all the unmerited favors you extend to us on a daily basis. Thank you for delivering us from all of our fears. hank you for challenging us, qualifying us and preparing us for each new level. Thank you for the warnings, and thank you for renewing our strengths when we were depleted. Thank you for providing for us in every area of our lives, thank you for not withholding any good thing from us. Thank you for all the time you invest into us, and for keeping your eyes on us. Thank you for being in control of our lives.

Thank you for bringing us into the knowledge of you, and making us ministers of your grace.

 WE LOVE YOU LORD GOD! And it’s in the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

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Devotional 6/21

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise. Proverbs 11:30

You are a steward of every moment, of every talent, of every gift, of every resource that God has given you.
Chose wisely what you do today!
Paul Washer

The blueprint of God’s plan was first revealed through His prophets. From the beginning it was God’s plan that the world may be saved. Salvation came from the Jews but was not exclusively for them. As a peculiar people they were chosen to glorify God, in comparison to the great nations which surrounded them (Babylonia, Assyria, etc.).
  • All families of the earth were to be blessed through Abraham. (Gen. 12:1-3)
  • Gentiles will come to thy light. (Is. 60:3)
  • God will show mercy upon one who had not obtained mercy and will say to them which were not His people, “You are my people!’ and they shall say, ‘You are my God”. (Hos. 2:23)
Every Christ follower should bear the fruit of the Spirit; the bible says we will know them by their fruit. Jesus told the disciples, that they didn’t chose God- but that God chose them… to bear fruit! John 15:16 says, I have appointed you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. God gives us the anointing and the ability to be fruitful: evangelize, instruct others and build disciples.
The Lord has set us apart, as representatives, to do work in His Name, develop Godly character, and be His witnesses. Those that win souls are wise, lets be the Lord’s witnesses!
Let’s pray:
Father God, we thank you for choosing us and setting us apart for your glory. I pray you help us all to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control. I pray you help us remove all false identifying markers set by this world from our minds, hearts and memories. I also ask you to help us bear fruits of repentance and good works. Thank you for a new nature Lord. In jesus name, Amen.
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Devotional 6/18

The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned. Psalms‬ ‭34:22‬ ‭

We do not abuse grace but walk in it.

The Bible says we are seated in heavenly places, with Christ. So our position in God is settled, we are free from the wrath of God if we place our trust in Jesus; but how often do we leave our position?

  • We are not free to sin, but by God’s grace we are able to be restored if we do. When we go astray, defy or rebel, His love will correct us. We are now children of God and are subject to chastening.
  • Chasten:

    • to correct by punishment or discipline; subdue; humble
  • We all fall short of the glory of God, and we all make deliberate or hasty choices to sin. But in His sovereignty, all things work for our good- even the punishment we deserve. God knows our inner workings of our hearts, and that we are not yet perfect therefore Christ Himself intercedes for us. He intercedes not to prevent trials or slip ups- but so that our faith may not fail (Luke 22). Often times we believe the lies of Satan and the logical mind and fall into self condemnation. Our faith fails when we walk in guilt and shame. The logical mind believes we deserves punishment for the wrongs we do: but this is not the truth. The word says that Christ died to become our righteousness; through Him we have been justified!
  • It is not His will that any perish, so He is faithful to discipline us so that we are not condemned with the world (1 Cor. 11:32). God’s will is that His plans and promises for your life are fulfilled. He honors His word above His own name: we can rest knowing that His word holds true!
  • Let’s pray:

    Father God, Lord Jesus thank you for justifying us. Thank you for wiping our slates clean on a daily basis, and strengthening us to be firm. I present all those who are struggling with self condemning and ask you to reveal and convict them by your word. May they be steadfast against the thoughts and feelings that go against your word. May we all stand firm in our positions! May we trust your faithfulness to keep our bodies, souls and spirits blameless. In Jesus name, Amen.

    Devotional 5/31

    Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins. Isaiah 40:2

    Grace transforms her suffering into discipline. Ellicott

    He reminds us of His love while we’re in the wilderness chasing our other lovers, so that we can have a hope for the future. He gives us grace to change and helps us be loosed. He sees us in the darkness coming to our senses, and waits to embrace us. The Lord knows our hearts and fights for us!

    The book of Hosea tells the story of our relationship with God. God instructs Hosea to marry a prostitute named Gomer, who wanders off to chase after her lovers. He uses Hosea’s life to tell His people about His love for them, despite of their unfaithfulness. In the second chapter of Isaiah, He says no one will take her out of my hands– referring to Israel. And says, I will draw her into the wilderness, speak to her tenderly, give her back her vineyards and make her an door of hope; once again she will call the Lord God, her husband.

    We are not Israel, who went after Baal and other gods; and neither are we Gomer, who went after other men while being married: but we are His children who go after the affection and desires of our hearts. God knows the way we will take, and is willing to bring us back unto Himself, and make us recognize our need of Him. He is faithful to us even when we are unfaithful. His love for us is relentless, and everlasting. His mercy towards us is great. Jesus paid for all of our sins! What an awesome God we serve!

    Let’s pray:

    Father God, thank you for fighting for us. Thank you for your forgiveness and for embracing us again. I pray you help us all redirect our hearts affection to you Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.

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