Daily Devotions


Every generation has a company of the willing, those who respond to God’s stirring within to advance His Kingdom in supernatural ways. Today, for our generation, we receive the baton from those who have gone before us, those stirred by the Lord in specific seasons for specific tasks. We remember their purity and “stir ourselves up” to imitate their bold faith.

If the Lord did not stir His people to pray there would be no voice in prayer sufficient to turn the tide of threat and darkness. Isaiah said the Lord calls forth those who are willing, who also stir themselves up to take hold of God’s leading.

Isaiah was stirred this way. In response to his prayers the Lord did rend the heavens. He did come down! (Hundreds of years later, the heavens opened once and for all because of the finished work of the Cross.)

In response to the words of Jeremiah, King Cyrus of Persia, a pagan king, was stirred in his heart to build the Lord’s house in Jerusalem. At that critical time stirring in prayer and words spoken through prophets advanced God’s plan for the Hebrews.

Today, in this generation, The Lord marks those who call on “the Name of the LORD”; men and women who stir themselves with prayer and action so that iniquity [twisting] is turned away from our land!

Amen, so be it!

Isaiah 64:7-8, Isaiah 64, 2 Chronicles 36:22-23, Ezra 1:1-4, Deuteronomy 32:11-12, 2 Corinthians 6:1-3, Haggai 1:14-15, Exodus 35:21-22, Exodus 36:2, 2 Peter 1:13, 2 Peter 3:1, Verses @ Once

Stewardship Of

Stewardship of anything – life,  money, possessions, home or community – reflects an understanding of personal responsibility to cooperate with the Lord’s plan and specifically, with His lordship. We see the way some people steward what they have and wonder how they get away with it. And, to be honest, since all we are and have is given by God to complete our calling and mission assignment, we should also admit that observers of our own stewardship of the endowment could question how we justify what clearly is the squandering of our gift(s).

The physical body, for example, is a gift from God. Anyone refusing to make healthy food choices or reduce portion size, or refuses to feed oxygen and nutrients to the body through the discipline of exercise obviously believes negligence is okay. So, again, if we’re honest, from a stewardship perspective, it’s easy to see that people most often are in the condition they’re in because it’s what they’ve chosen. The human body can only take so much abuse. God is not the cause of resulting crises; failed stewardship is.

Recently I read again the story of Harriett Tubman, a female slave responsible for starting the Underground Railroad in America in 1849. In captivity, Harriett experienced unimaginable suffering, her physical scarring from abuse literally changing the skin texture on her body. A Christian, Harriett often retreated to nearby wooded areas to pray, asking God’s help to endure her experience. Eventually she married a free man but Harriet was not free and remained a “carrier” of slavery, doomed to pass slavery on to her children. This crossroads of her struggle drove her to the secret wooded area in prayer, pleading with God for her freedom, Harriett heard the Lord’s voice answer: “Free yourself.” Harriett understood. It was up to her now. The Lord had released her. So Harriett ran. She ran and did not stop. The former slave who came to be called ‘Moses’ and lived to be 92, reached a free state. The rest, as they say, is history.

Free yourself.  That’s powerful. The Lord “fearfully and wonderfully” made you. What you do with His creation (you), is your stewardship response to His greatness that is inside you.  An slave woman understood freedom’s price and risked everything to be free, not for her only but for all who would follow.

You are able to free yourself. Steward the gift. Obey the Lord. Whatever He tells you . . . do it.


Psalm 100:2-3; Psalm 139:13-15

And So We Lead

God’s people represent the Lord’s divine strength on earth. They are empowered by the Spirit to establish His Kingdom in places of human authority. The combination – human authority and God’s authority – brings heaven to earth, and through the Holy Spirit gives to men the enviable position of living life on earth as heirs of that eternal Kingdom.

And so, we lead. We set the pace. We challenge the status quo. Hope anchors the soul and the Lord’s joy is our strength.

The Lord who began a work will complete it; with Him we are more than conquerors and no weapon formed against us can ever prosper. We are created in His image to do like works as He and we overcome enemies today by the blood of the Lamb and our spoken testimony.

Our portion is not limited but vast, and by His hand we are delivered from darkness into marvelous light to inherit an everlasting Kingdom.

And so we lead.


Lessons From The Pressure Pot

Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him rose early and encamped beside the well of Harod, so that the camp of the Midianites was on the north side of them by the hill of Moreh in the valley.  And the LORD said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ Now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead.’” And twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained. Judges 7:1-3, NKJV

Some battles serve us well, drawing the proverbial line that compels us to act. The process can help us choose the Lord’s way because, as we learn from the battle, to choose something other than His way has consequences so obvious we can’t take that risk.

In the pressure pot of battle, it helps to realize two things: You really can live one day at a time with sufficient faith to take the day, using the light (revelation) you have. We learn that much of what we will experience today is, in fact, answered prayer. Answers to earlier petitions press us in the direction the Lord has for us. Those answers contain revelation and when the revelation has been walked out, a right outcome plus peace of heart and mind to know your best effort has been invested well is your reward, the tangible fruit of your ordeal. Peace. Tangible.

On the other hand, and this would apply to anything in life—at the end of the day if your revelation is compromised you’ll accomplish little and tomorrow’s starting point will begin where compromise occurred, at the point where giants overwhelmed and revelation was (too) small.

As was the case for Gideon, battle pressures can be God’s catalyst for change and the subsequent spiritual battles of the process actually measure God-given potential. In family and professional matters as well as every aspect of life, there are times when pressures are useful, pushing otherwise timid warriors into a braver stance and persuading those reluctant to exercise spiritual authority into an explosive stand, ready before the Lord.

The pressure pot . . . a perfect container to usher you right on through the eye of the needle!


Domino Effect

The longer I think about whether to obey God or not, holding to my own way and reasoning, the more labored the process becomes, not only for me but also all those who cannot move until I do!

Hesitation has a domino effect—an inevitable succession of related events, each caused by the one before it. My decisions affect people I may never meet.

In your decision-making, guard your heart. Don’t mingle ungodly counsel from others with your own fearful meditation on worst-case scenarios because the result of that one-two punch is a struggle, and very possibly a difficult, bitter outcome. Don’t dig yourself into that hole.

Instead, refuse unbelief. Take authority over thoughts of unbelief—any reasoning, counsel, or fear associated with delayed obedience to the Lord.

Remember, whatever situation you face God is already there! Draw His supernatural help from His Word. Read it aloud until His words dominate your thoughts, meditation, reasoning and decision-making.

The domino effect works both ways. Welcome back.


Psalm 1

Spirit, Soul & Body

Never allow past mistakes to be the foundation for your future. Those things you do not have shouldn’t define you. Refuse to build even one day on an injustice done to you or mental comparisons drawn in your own thinking that dwarf or humiliate you. All day today and from now on, choose God’s will for your life as the one definition you consider. Write the vision. Make it plain. Implement the written vision . . . one step at a time.

God loves His creation unconditionally and works behind the scenes, often when least expected, to get us back on track and keep us there. A wrong path opens a door to flesh inspired choices, side-tracking us again and again. He loves unconditionally but never condones willful sin or an unrepentant heart so build upon the strengths you do have and refuse unrighteous paths.

The proud person stands out because his soul is not straight; his concentration is directed toward desires of the flesh and it (the flesh) strengthens to have its way while at the same time resisting God’s leading. By comparison, the humble man knows the Spirit of God is at work in his life to keep him and is thankful.

God created us as speaking spirits; we have a soul (mind, will and emotions) and live in a body. As triune beings He calls us to live by our faith in faithfulness to His leading – He speaks to hearts to guide the soul and the soul in turn guides the body. Ultimately, when born again by the Spirit, soul and flesh transform and we are changed . . . faith to faith, strength to strength, and glory to glory . . . by the Spirit of the Lord!


Habakkuk 2:4, Habakkuk 2, Romans 1:17, Psalm 84:7, 2Corinthians 3:18, Verses @ Once

No More Cliff-Hanging

In every God-inspired venture the person with sufficient maturity to obey the Lord emerges to lead. Their faith gives substance to inspired hope that steps out, and moves forward until the path becomes visible in a natural sense.

If your mission today calls you to be that leader, confront difficult doors with faith-filled words – faith will open them! Along the way, if the process becomes risky, that doesn’t mean your direction is wrong – use your faith! Others may not see what you see but even so, they will come alongside and walk with you if your leadership is decisive.

For you and them, at points where you must decide to move forward or remain in safe, less-complicated territory, remember the example of our Lord – He kept moving! Jesus understood times and seasons and, prompted by His Father, in right timing and the place of God’s choosing, He kept moving, according to Divine mandate.

Follow His example: Refuse to hang between multiplied mental possibilities; move forward, away from the precipice of indecision. Don’t be distracted by worst-case outcomes – those paralyze faith.

Without your active faith there can be no substance, no evidence, of God’s leading; fear waits in situations like that to, at an opportune time, take over your leadership and dominate your decision-making.

Do as our Lord did. He kept moving except to pull aside to pray. Follow His voice speaking on the inside.  Finalize every decision and resolve to move forward, one step at a time. You are empowered to do as He tells you.

Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come to us as the rain.”  Hosea 6:3, KJV


Healing Fields

In His ministry Jesus encountered every imaginable sickness and disease. In towns and villages on his path He ministered divine healing to the people: Jesus restored health to broken bodies, cast out demon spirits of infirmity, and set everything that was twisted and confused into order so the people might choose to believe to be whole again.

Our Savior prophetically saw the harvest of healing His cross would gain and told the disciples to pray concerning it: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few so pray to the Lord, who is in charge of the harvest, to send more workers (to minister healing) into His fields.”

The harvest referred to wasn’t of souls but of healing. Healing is a “sign” and wherever there is healing, the harvest of souls will surely follow. We are the laborers He was calling for—you and me! The field represents those Jesus died for, affirming yet again God’s will concerning healing, Jesus’ own life the purchase price to redeem that field from ravages of disease and brokenness:

But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed.
We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong,
on him, on him.
Isaiah 53:4-6, The Message Bible

Jesus took the punishment—the stripes. You are already whole—really, it’s true. The Cross is your testimony—all the proof you need. Revelation waits—belief outlasts the odds. The knee will bow to something—it might as well be Truth.


Matthew 9:18-28, Matthew 9:35-36, Matthew 9:37-38, NLT, Verses@Once

Forerunner, Father, Making Disciples

“Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes.
Three times I was beaten with rods.
Once I was stoned.
Three times I was shipwrecked.
Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea.
I have traveled on many long journeys.
I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers.
I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles.
I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas.
And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not.
I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights.
I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food.
I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm.
Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of my concern for all the churches.
Who is weak without my feeling that weakness?
Who is led astray, and I do not burn with anger?”
(2Cor 11:24-28, NLT)

Paul makes clear just how great is our salvation – that one man, filled with God’s Spirit, can be graced to build God’s Kingdom in his generation – powerfully, engaged, unafraid.

Defying religion’s claims and resilient even in the worst of circumstances, the apostle opened a path, utilizing every means and all means to offer the Kingdom freely, to all – the weak, the more, the Jews, those under the law, those without the law . . . every one . . . all.

Forerunner, father, disciple-maker . . . Paul led the way. Imitating his example, we step up. We are now sent to family, community and beyond for the work Paul began . . . forerunners and fathers, making disciples.  

The path Paul opened is open still. Tag—you’re it!


2Corinthians 11:24-28, NLT, 1Corinthians 9:19-22, NKJV

So we built the wall . . .

“So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work…So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house of Judah. Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon. Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me.”  Nehemiah 4:6, 16-18

God’s calling affects everything we do, including things small or routine. And the very heart of that calling is the ministry of reconciliation – bringing lives that are moving away from the Lord back to Him. Reconciliation is God’s heart for His creation and He calls us to it.

Additionally, we are uniquely called and specifically gifted with spiritual abilities. As disciples we discern the area of gifting – your gift is unique to you, my gift is unique is to me. We learn more about ways each person specializes and accomplish more by putting it all together and working alongside one another.

The believer’s highest sense of fulfillment in life comes through spiritual gifting, given them by the Lord, and experiencing the Lord as He calls forth that treasure within. Every person is created this way and each has unique ability to specialize to build the Kingdom—each is appointed to do certain things.

Some choose to live to themselves, ignoring the call, squandering the gift, and blind to divine purpose. Don’t do that—don’t waste what God has given you. Invest it! Ask yourself, do I understand the calling; do I joyfully contribute my area of specialty; do I participate in my sovereign purpose?

So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. (Nehemiah 4:6)


Nehemiah 4, 2 Corinthians 5:18-21, Verses @ Once


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