Daily Devotions


Predictable Response

When circumstances press in on you, the response you have tells something about your core beliefs, about a foundation you’ve already established. The more impossible the issue the more necessary it is to be established with revelation of what you truly believe.

  • If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3, KJV)
  • Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105, NLT)
  • And this is the message [the message of promise] which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness in him at all [no, not in any way]. (1 John 1:5, AMP)

In pressing circumstances, the next thing we do actually becomes predictable based on our daily lifestyle, the way we think and respond under normal circumstances. Habitual attitudes (good or bad) produce predictably. If divine government, for example, is not our normal routine under calmer, more normal circumstances, the when we’re pushed or pressured beyond the norm, our response will be identical but magnified by the level of difficulty we’re facing.

In Israel and in the Church, the Spirit of the Lord stands up . . .  to raise foundations with supernatural proofs of the real thing. If belief (and deep revelation of belief) are lacking, then predictably, we blend in rather well; but if what we’ve been through has proven us, we shine brilliantly—out in the open, on display.

Check your foundation.

Amen.

Worldview Prayer

Tyranny: when good people do nothing. – Thomas Jefferson

Then King Darius wrote to all peoples, nations, and languages [in his realm] that dwelt in all the earth: May peace be multiplied to you! I make a decree that in all my royal dominion men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for He is the living God, enduring and steadfast forever, and His kingdom shall not be destroyed and His dominion shall be even to the end [of the world]. He is a Savior and Deliverer, and He works signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth—He Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. So this [man] Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian. Daniel 6:25-28, AMP

Stand up! In prayer push back spiritual darkness.

  • Pray for one thing you know to be God’s will for your home or family, community or nation.
  • Worship the Lord. As He reveals more to you, apply it and walk in that revelation today.
  • Name three righteous world leaders and pray for them.
  • Define three global concerns that must change. Fast one meal today for those, expecting the change that is needed will begin to change as you pray and fast.
  • Declare: In Jesus’ Name, I declare the will of God for my home. I declare ALL the will of God for my nation. I stand up to pray the critical prayer: Your Kingdom come, Lord; your will be done, throughout all the earth, as it is in heaven!   

Father, we invite Your Presence into the center of our lives and declare Your goodness to all.

Amen.

Healing Prayer

We have the Lord’s authority to resist illness and all accompanying symptoms for our own lives, and also we are authorized to declare His healing to others. We resist sickness of any kind and prophetically pray against new sicknesses and disease before they occur. Prayer creates a blanket of God’s protection, shutting out known causes of disease—new virus strains, plagues, hidden germs and bacteria. As believers we do are presently delivered from every curse including sickness and instead believe for and declare blessing—the blessing of healthy, strong bodies!

Prayer is the correct Bible response when physical symptoms occur. We pray, grateful to Jesus for Calvary’s healing covenant and refuse to fear the fear of sickness; and, since fear of disease and the fear of terror derive from the same source, both rooted in Satan’s plan to kill, steal and destroy, we take authority in prayer to nullify the residual effect of terror-related catastrophes.

Today, we repent of anything done carelessly to reinstate sickness’ authority over us. We cast out every spirit of infirmity and related spirits of fear. We pray specifically against breathing-related sicknesses, knowing the Lord cleanses the air we breathe and puts His breath of life into our bodies. We declare perfect health – we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We speak to the mountain of curse that stands in the way and command it – move, leave, go! We receive the benefits of God’s love physically, mentally and spiritually. We receive healing!

As the redeemed of the Lord we say so.

Amen!

Hebrews 11:7 | Jeremiah 6:10 | Exodus 23:24-25 | Luke 13: 11-13 | John 10:10 | Verse@Once

Confident

Keep this in mind. Oppression is only one result of tumult from the dark side, it’s one side of the big picture—the inferior side. The other side is the Lord’s, and He has a prophet of His in every house. His Word is demonstrated in lives of those who are His people—those on the side of righteousness.

  • Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
  • John 12:37 Who Has Believed Our Report? ] But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him,
  • John 12:38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “ Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?”
  • Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “LORD, who has believed our report?”

Oppression seeks to build a case, accusing that the Lord has not performed His Word. Yet those who take their stand on the Lord’s side continue to trust in His Word. Having done everything necessary to stand thus far they boldly continue to stand, no matter what!

Ultimately, oppression is silenced by the voice of the Lord and His Divine rule. The voice of the Lord is forever—never ending, never less, announcing even more loudly today promises believed yesterday, the day before, and the day before that. Romans 5: 17-21

Amen.

Your Righteous Cause

Let them shout for joy and be glad who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” (Psalm 35:27)

The psalmist knew there were others who agreed with his righteous cause. The cause was his — the righteous cause of a man. It was a righteous pursuit so obviously the Lord was involved but here the cause belonged to a man. “My” refers to the psalmist – the man.

The same is true of your righteous cause. Your life is an epistle, read and known of all men, and those people walking with you in the cause you’ve undertaken are joined to the cause right along with you. They cheer you forward and prayerfully keep watch for you. They know if your resolve weakens the ordeal may be prolonged and if your heart is broken in the pursuit, the cause will also break.

God’s Word applies. You know that what you are doing is right – it is righteous. Your humility speaks volumes. You understand in the deepest part of who you are and in the way God has wired you that this is a God-thing! You stepped up and began.

You are not alone. Around you a team of encouragers knows by the spirit what’s ahead. They sense joy and celebration coming! Sure they see what you’re going through and, like you, are impatient for breakthrough but know your cause will be rewarded. They know the Lord is on your side and takes pleasure in you.

And they say continually . . . Magnify the Lord! In the way you do this, in the way you live, magnify the Lord! They say repeatedly, “Let the Lord be magnified! He is so pleased with you, His servant.” They talk about you every day – continually. They speak up to insist upon your vindication. They prophesy about the Lord’s presence that is with you, proven in your ability to make righteous decisions.

As the psalmist said, let those who favor YOUR righteous cause magnify the Lord continually, for His favor that is obviously upon you and the pleasure he has in your prosperity as you accomplish the righteous cause He is working through you.

Amen, so be it!

Psalm 35

Windows In Heaven

So an officer of the king . . . answered the man of God, “Look, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” (2Kings 7:2)

Previous generations saw it and many today also see – a window in heaven is opened! A Kingdom system and people are unveiled and Jesus’ prophetic prayer is being fulfilled. Those “kept from the world” by Him are one with the Father and Son.

Jesus completed His earth mission as the Son of Man and became firstfruit and forerunner of many brethren. Now Christ-followers in every nation arise to complete the mission with supernatural power and grace, endowments from “Our Father.”

My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
         And Your salvation all the day,
         For I do not know their limits.
I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD;
         I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.
O God, You have taught me from my youth;         And to
this day I declare Your wondrous works.
Now also when I am old and grayheaded,
         O God, do not forsake me,
         Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
         Your power to everyone who is to come.

Amen – so be it!

John 17:21-22 | Romans 11:16 | Romans 8:29 | Psalm 71:18 | Psalm 71:15-18 | Verses@Once

The Truth About Where You Are

Much is determined in the low place—where everything screams against resolve to remain confident, where the strong temptation is to waiver from one waterhole of slight improvement to the next and the unspoken fear is what we do next if there isn’t a breakthrough.

So before choosing something less, remember the volcano within can also be your launch and, since complaining is senseless compared to the hope that kindles despite impossible odds, submit completely to God. Choose His perspective.

Your integrity actually gives you the advantage here. As one who believes the Lord implicitly, you have an advantage over any crisis. Hope may slip for those without God’s Word but true Bible faith grows stronger in the process of taking one step at a time, aligned with the Word by speaking and doing it.

For the one who believes against all odds . . . God comes!  He floods your space. He is your comfort. He restores waste places. And because you see Him this way and trust Him fully, the wilderness threat lessens with every step forward.

Rather than wilderness mumbo-jumbo your answer is laugher—The Lord responds to your praise, your thankful determination. You have the voice, melody, and advantage of one who is blessed mightily. You are appointed for increase.      

      Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness,
      You who seek the LORD:
      Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
      And to the hole of the pit from which you were dug.
      Look to Abraham your father,
      And to Sarah who bore you;
      For I called him alone,
      And blessed him and increased him.”
      For the LORD will comfort Zion,
      He will comfort all her waste places;
      He will make her wilderness like Eden,
      And her desert like the garden of the LORD;
      Joy and gladness will be found in it,
      Thanksgiving and the voice of melody. (Isaiah 51:1-13)

Amen!

Matthew 17:20 | Isaiah 51 | Verses@Once

More Than One

Statistically, babies in institutional care are at greater risk of emotional rejection. Long term, when the critical need for sustained, affectionate touch and appreciation are delayed an isolated child doesn’t develop normally.

The opposite is true when we connect with people who complete us—who encourage and build us up in ways that contribute to our overall well-being. As we grow nothing compares to those vital connections God puts in our lives—family and friends of course but also mentors and advisers.

Visionaries especially realize the value of a connected, shared vision, knowing the Lord ordains connections to bring like-minded strengths together. In contrast, going it alone is possible but from a Bible perspective the importance of two or more is obvious.

Biblically, Jesus’ disciples were sent by two’s, the Lord places the solitary person in family, and, Bible covenants, like Jonathan and David’s, join the individual to others for divine purpose. God’s plan includes vital relationships, for watching and protection as well as for social fulfillment.

As we submit our strength to the Lord He joins us to others for multiplied strength, connecting prayers and intercessions to produce divine appointments, plans, strategies and timings while simultaneously guarding relationships with discernment against partnerships or arrangements that are not part of His plan (and placement) for us.

Ask the Lord for righteous covenants – those that are right for you, for this season, to set you apart, to fulfill every purpose of His.

Amen.

Mark 6:7 | Psalm 68:6 | 2 Samuel 20:16-17 | Verse@Once

Governmental

Government insures order and accountability, makes secure, and establishes a foundation to build upon. Every person governs in some way such as in the home or workplace, and those who govern are also expected to submit to being governed on some level.

Every Christian has spiritual authority to govern, they have governmental authority concerning spiritual matters, in a spiritual sense. The believer’s spiritual authority includes leadership within prescribed boundaries and, within those boundaries, authority does and should include headship.

In the Church those with specific governing gifts are God’s provision for specific leadership roles in His Church, Look around. Who holds the place of authority? Who is decisively leading? Who has a leadership mantle and God-given authority to govern? Remember to honor their governmental gift, given by the Lord to serve His people.

Amen.

Isaiah 9:6-7 | Proverbs 20:5 | Proverbs 21:1 | Verses@Once

Time To Draw The Line

Make your decision today. Draw the line and move forward remembering God is the Kingdom’s author and “not we ourselves.” Ask God to reveal to you “hidden things of darkness” and, having prayed that way, allow Him to reveal truth and remove root causes of destruction and loss.

Be decisive. Remain single-minded. Remember deception born of half-baked or weak-willed thinking is a weakness you cannot afford, an inheritance your children cannot endure. It’s time to draw the line.

Amen.

Psalm 100 | 1 Corinthians 4:5 | Verses@Once

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