Daily Devotions

He Healed Them

The leader of the synagogue appealed to Jesus and received life for his dying daughter. A woman infirmed for twelve years touched His garment and was instantly delivered from her infirmity and its deteriorating effects. Two blind men asked Jesus for mercy and four blind eyes opened! Another man, mute from birth, received his miracle when Jesus cast out the demon cause, a public event observed by religious men looking to accuse Jesus.

Healing deliverances in the Bible expressed God’s love lavished upon people, His love a force religionists were powerless to stop – not then, not now! In context, many kinds of healings took place over a period of time and Jesus taught that healing-laborers were needed for every healing-harvest. The harvest he referred to was a harvest of all kinds of healings. Concerning such a time Jesus said His disciples should ask God for laborers, for plenty of them to pray for anyone who is sick, proclaiming the authority of God’s Word for healing . . . to every generation, despite the objection of unbelieving religionists.

This healing harvest Jesus described is consistent with the message He lived. People came to Him with all kinds of affliction. The Bible records a corresponding harvest, a healing harvest, healing for each kind of affliction. And even when there are too few workers since not many really knew God’s power, Jesus heals them anyway, regardless of religious dictates to the contrary. There is no lack in God’s desire to heal because healing is a covenant provision. The lack is in people-laborers who believe the message.

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news (the Gospel) of the kingdom and curing all kinds of disease and every weakness and infirmity. When He saw the throngs, He was moved with pity and sympathy for them, because they were bewildered (harassed and distressed and dejected and helpless), like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, the harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few. So pray to the Lord of the harvest to [a]force out and thrust laborers into His harvest. (Matt 9:35-38, AMP)


Matthew 9:18-34 | Mark 16:17-18 | Matthew 9:35-38, AMP | Verses@Once

The Spirit Searches

But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” (1Corinthians 2:9-12)

We grow in relationship with Jesus and test our progress by the fruit produced as we live our lives according to the Lord’s revealed purpose for us. Reaching beyond the surface, we want depth.

God revealed to Abraham that his lineage, the fruit of his life, would be marked. We belong to that company, that lineage, and we, too, carry divine marking. We are set apart for exploits—more vision, greater depth in the Spirit, and supernatural capacity to love what He loves.

Ezekiel described the supernatural life of the believer. In a manner of speaking a river is forming around us, with soaking waters that represent the new. In the flood are both good and evil but like Abraham, our distinctive is blessing, not curse . . . a prophetic people immersed in the Spirit of light and life. The supernatural river that surrounds us is indeed teeming with life!

The Spirit searches!


1 Corinthians 2:9-12 | Ezekiel 47 | Psalm 63:7-9 | Verses@Once

Receive The End

And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” (Genesis 22:5)

In the midst of a trial, resulting pressures become a voice – at first subtle but then demanding we conform to it. From experience we know that to give in or yield to that voice for even a minute brings more pressure, including its war against God’s Word, the believer’s true authority and final word in every trial.

So, reverse that pressure—turn it back! Refuse to conform to it. Resist its demand to disbelieve. You, not the pressure, determine your boundaries. You say how it will be. You are the voice of authority! You speak to the mountain of pressure and “it” obeys you!

Faith speaks now . . . throughout the process, all along the way, at every crossroads . . . beginning to end. Faith extends out over the trial with proofs of exactly where the final say in the matter rests. Faith predicts the God-inspired result.

Our words spoken in faith are backed by divine power to preside over trials and stand guard against every enemy intruder. Jesus is the author (the beginning) and the finisher (the end) of our faith. He is our entrance as we begin, and He is amen, the last word as we walk it out. We are His voice!

So go ahead, speak! Instead of waiting to see what the pressures will demand next, speak and declare the end . . . receive the end, the desired outcome of your faith.

Abraham said to the servants, the lad and I will return.

Amen—the end is better!

Genesis 22:5 | 1 Peter 1: 3-9 | Hebrews 10:38 | Hebrews 11:1 | Ecclesiastes 7:8 | Isaiah 46:10Verses@Once

Voice of Authority

Change cannot happen until someone with God-given authority steps up. Unfortunately we are tempted to be silent and instead of leading our generation for the purposes of God we yield to the next, strongest influence, or most demanding voice.

In the process, leadership that does not reflect the Lord – a presence that once “in” opposes every valued standard, one by one, until it becomes obvious for all to see – replaces the contributions we should have made and by the time we realize what’s happened the presence that came to take over, has!

Practically speaking life in the natural can be done, even done well, without a shred of Bible faith. In the spiritual though it’s not the same and Paul made the distinction: We forfeit a higher, spiritual inheritance when we choose proverbial bowls of stew and their momentary relief or satisfaction.

The natural life and religious niceties are fine but not where you go in a crisis. When a natural, manageable-with-the intellect setting changes unexpectedly and becomes intensely dark, “natural” senses do not work as well.

In contrast, the true spiritual person sees, knows, and speaks with God-given authority, providing answers to life’s challenge with words of life, not just for personal needs but those of the whole world! The voice of the one who is spiritual steps up as a shofar blast of wisdom . . . to calm the storm.

The voice of the Lord thunders.


Matthew 17:14-21, Psalm 29:2-4, Verses@Once

Riding Shotgun

Thank God for the ministry of intercessor-prophets, those who come along side, even go ahead of, God’s people, prayerfully guarding the path and prophetically clearing the way. The ministry of these  interceding prophets is missing in some congregations but thankfully, more and more leaders are coming to realize the value of this authentic gift.  

  • So Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak rose up and began to build the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and the prophets of God were with them, helping them. (Ezra 5:2, NKJV)
  • So the elders of the Jews built, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they built and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the command of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia. (Ezra 6:14 NKJV)
  • But prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe. (1Corinthians 14:22b)

Start at the beginning. Cut away anything you won’t need in the coming season. After that initial pruning begin afresh with what you have, primarily because you cannot begin with what you do not have. As you begin, embrace the ministry of the intercessor who often is also a prophet, and also the prophet who always is an intercessor!

If your plan is to step forward and take new ground, you’ll need a prophet-intercessor “riding shotgun” with solid spirit-prayer . . . declaring “Kingdom of God—come! Will of God, be done!”



Ezra 5:2 | Ezra 6:14 | 1 Corinthians 14:22b | Verses@Once

Raising The Bar

Prophetic insight is often a revelation from the Lord or a result of prophetic words from someone. This insight usually expresses more than we feel we deserve, something we don’t fully grasp in a natural sense, but because God’s ways are higher than man’s very best and His grace comes with that upward call, God’s best is never out of reach for you!

Prophetic insight speaks to something higher than we might ordinarily ponder. It “raises the bar” for us. Like when God sends words of encouragement to mature and move us forward, or when barriers that held us back are removed with a break-through sign, dream, or vision.

Each day the Lord prophetically raises the bar of possibilities for his people. He moves supernaturally on our behalf so that we are able to go to Him to ask for things beyond the scope of human possibility. He gives us a unique position for success . . . “seated with Him in heavenly places.”

So here’s the goal: We move forward with Kingdom mentality and a sure word of prophecy concerning that Kingdom. Prophetically speaking, our lives aim upward to the standard Jesus set and the path He has opened. Agree with Him. He knows how the end will be.

Amen – that’s good!

Ephesians 2:6, 2 Peter 1:19, Ephesians 4:13, Verses@Once

Collective Power

The idea of covenant is God’s. Ancient cultures picked up on the idea and used covenant principles to preserve, among other things, the wealth of the family line and protection against enemies and outside threats. Apart from God’s loving administration of HIS covenants, covenant agreements often produce something other than godly results for family covenants.

According to F. Douglas Pennoyer, *writing on the subject of collective activity among families and people groups, ungodly covenants are the underpinning for families and communities whose goal in making covenant is restrictive, in a negative sense. In such cases, working together as a unit, the family’s influence is exerted to hold everyone inside established family boundaries.

The resulting limitations firmly maintain family traditions that emphasize ties to family so that the family – not God – becomes the source of strength with unspoken, behaviorally-enforced agreement that views anyone outside the family with suspicion and contempt, literally, a threat to the family’s security. By working together as a family this way, competition for dominance and the upper hand is passed to the children, teaching them compliance with family spirits – spirits associated with a particular family, unique to that family’s beliefs.

God’s idea of covenant isn’t like that. Based on His covenant plan, God called Abram away from family and homeland to a land and purpose the Lord chose. Abram obeyed and trusted God, a decision of his choosing. He became patriarch of the Hebrew people and even received a new name given by God—Abraham, meaning father of nations. The promises of God to Abraham are not just for him but also generations to come: “In Your seed (children) all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”

You and I were in the heart of God when He created Covenant. He gave us the Kingdom with every imaginable blessing and made us family. God loved, gave, and saved. We believe Him and receive Kingdom, connection, and life!

That’s the plan


Genesis 12:1; 15:1; 17:5; 22:17-18, John 3:16, John 17:3, Verses@Once

Rescue Mission

“And they will dwell safely there, build houses, and plant vineyards; yes, they will dwell securely, when I execute judgments on those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God.” (Ezekiel 28:26)

Four hundred years of bondage which actually began as a mission to rescue the patriarch Jacob and his small clan of seventy became history’s great epic story of mass deliverance – a nation of millions, delivered overnight from slavery and hardship by the hands of their Egyptian masters. Millions held for hundreds of years suddenly were freed, their tormentors urging their departure with gifts of gold and silver. Not your typical rescue mission.

Your personal deliverance can parallel this one. Covenant relationship with the Almighty calls every season a rescue season. The mercy of the LORD is everlasting, His judgments certain—it’s time! God has intervened on your behalf. Doors that held you have opened. Your soul can be refreshed with hope. The impasse lifts. The siege is broken. You are free. You are home. Your season of waiting has changed to one of rescue—to deliverance and a way of escape plus abundance.


Psalm 119:156 | Isaiah 26:9 | Ezekiel 28:26 | Verses@Once

Today Is The Day

God’s grace means that our actions have divine enablement. Even those who give little consideration for His working still have His grace; and, because of His grace (which they refuse to acknowledge), they are able to move forward with vision. They think the favor and strength to keep going they experience are their own doing.

In nations, too, history accounts for those in earlier times, and we personally witness many today, whose pride ultimately yields to divine grace – the Almighty God as Source, Savior, and Lord. Men may squander the divine for a season but that can change. Today is the day of salvation!

Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once?”  (Isaiah 66:8)


Ephesians 2:4-5 | Ephesians 2:8 | Isaiah 66:8-9 | Ephesians 5:15-16 | 2 Corinthians 6:2 | Verses@Once

Prophets, Wise Men, & Teachers

“Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers.” Matthew 23:34

Jesus confronts issues of the heart. Addressing the religious order of His day, Jesus confronted misdeeds and wrong thinking among the elite of the elite, the crème de la crème, whose religion was wrong because their hearts were wrong. And so, when He speaks to me today, the question for me, too, is not whether He has spoken or has He spoken clearly, but rather how much truth am I willing to hear?

The Lord often speaks to us through others – including prophets, wise men, and teachers. To overlook the prophet or wise man is to bask in being continuously taught. There are, in fact, prophets and wise men as surely as there are teachers. Study with the teacher, align with the counsel of wise men, and heed prophetic insight from the prophet God sends, before an over-the-cliff plunge.



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