Daily Devotions


Your Laid Down Life

Humanly speaking we have a certain capacity to prefer other’s needs over our own. Doing so brings out the best in us – humility, nobility, dedication, selfless discipline. Some people obviously have more capacity than others, and some, seemingly, have none at all.

As Christians interacting with those around us, empowerment by the Holy Spirit adds supernatural possibilities. We live and treat others nobly because we have the Holy Spirit to guide us and therefore the same leading Jesus had when He was on earth.

Jesus is our example. He chose the Spirit’s leading and therefore, ultimately, the Father’s will. Jesus came for that very purpose, to do the Father’s will, “laying down His life” for mankind so they could choose. Choosing brings the same Spirit and leading and the same supernatural way of life He demonstrated.

Every day you and I lay down our lives in service to others, preferring their needs over our own personal preferences or convenience, happy to do so and hopeful we have made life better and the load lighter.

Many times just being there, our presence, makes all the difference. For those surrounded by enemy activity that’s “too strong” for them, we lay down our lives to change theirs, helping and ministering to them.

Like the parting of the sea that allowed Israel to cross safely to the other side, your kindness to another person is a sovereign, supernatural rescue. Never stop laying down your life this way. You lay it down and the Lord raises you up again.

Whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.

Amen.

Psalm 118:15-17, Galatians 6:7-8

Carved Out

Any difficulty powerful enough to stand between you and the Lord must logically be greater than He—right? Actually no. But if your mind is not renewed by God’s Word, you just might fall for that kind of logic.

Truthfully, and in fact nothing, is greater than His love for you and nothing can hold you back from receiving His love. God is determined to bring you out!

Think about that.

At the core of destructive forces we find the true nature of that force – oppressive. Don’t be misled by that. Don’t put your faith in that. Don’t believe you’re losing and don’t buy into failure’s devilish taunt, “where is your God now?”  

Refuse to be misled—refuse to believe that anything can separate you from His love.  He is right there with you and has a harvest of good things for you, ordained and certain even if you cannot see it right now.

Stay in faith. The Holy Spirit is leading you. Despite those destructive circumstances around you, He is with you and will carry you through and bring you out! When all is said and done, the Lord’s fragrance of peace, not the smoke of hellish fires will mark and distinguish you.

Go to the rock from which you were hewn. The Lord carved out your life. The Rock of His Presence is your portion. He is for you—who can be against you?

Amen.

Daniel 6: 16, 20, 24, 27, Joel 2:17, Isaiah 51:1-3, Romans 8:35-39, Matthew 16:19, Matthew 18:18, Romans 8:31, Verse @ Once

1 Samuel 17

David the boy shepherd, who would one day be king, faced down a lion and a bear with only his staff and sling. So by the time the giant Goliath stood before him David’s confidence was legend. His appearance as a boy concealed the heart of a man and the wisdom of a king.

Israel’s future was secure in its soon-to-be-king: Faced with threats he was calculating, in contests confident; intimation did not bend him, his style seldom conventional wisdom; Saul’s offer of armor to wear confronting Goliath was refused by the boy warrior.

The fateful day came and the decision was made. For David it would be natural, this battle over before it began, affirming David’s words prophesing the outcome. Authority spoke and destiny slipped into gear as God’s man David advanced.

His life on the line and isolated in the struggle, David reached within for proven strength of heart, stored in those earlier days of preparation, and took aim on another victory as protector of his charge.

Human skill cannot explain David’s win that day. It was the Lord who battled and won though his man David delivered the blow. Without the One no one would even know of the other.

Then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” (1Samuel 17:45)

Amen.

1 Samuel 17

Go Therefore

Divine authority from God imparted to believers is a distinctive of end-time disciples of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 28 verses 18 and 19, authority is the subject. Jesus said all authority, both in heaven and earth, was given to Him and that He therefore sent disciples out with that authority. Disciples are sent. They carry heaven’s authority.

It’s the authority thing—God’s, not yours. You wear it. It’s recognizable to those who oppose the Lord. You’re the target they see. So, yes, a flood is certain but you are a container, ordained to carry His Presence. You are an ark!

More of God’s authority and less fear of man means confidence in His Word permeates your life.  Your level of Holy Spirit leadership attracts opposition from men . . . opposition meant to break your resolve, commitment, and your righteous stand for the Lord. Resist that. Continue to go. Keep going. Soon others will see what you have seen all along.

Amen.

Matthew 28:18-19, Matthew 28, Verses@Once

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 actually serve us well, drawing the proverbial line in the sand, compelling us to act. The process can help us choose the Lord’s way because we learn from the battle choosing something other than His way has consequences so obvious we can’t really take that risk.

In the resulting pressure pot, 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, and much of what we will experience today is in fact answered prayer, answers to earlier petitions that press us into the very thing the Lord has for us.

Answers from the pressure pot contain revelation that, when walked out, contain supernatural outcomes plus peace of heart and mind to know that your best effort has been invested well and your reward  is the tangible fruits 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 not only accomplish little, but tomorrow’s starting point will begin where today’s compromise occurred, 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. Subsequent spiritual battles actually measure God-given potential. In family and professional matters as in every aspect of life, at times pressures are useful, pushing otherwise timid warriors into a braver stance, persuading those who are reluctant to mastermind spiritual authority into an explosive stand, ready before the Lord.

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

Amen.

Stirred By Almighty God

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

Personal Power

If people only knew the benefits of giving their strength to God, they would. Instead, most believe all earthly rewards derive from giving of themselves to something else. It’s why many invest personal power in earthly pursuits and pleasures, and why even those considered religious creatively structure their own brand of relationship with God, one that includes pet indulgences. It also explains why, for them, the power has gone out!

Here’s the truth. True spiritual power is the most critical part of achieving any level of personal power. Yet many of God’s people do not have power in prayer and supernatural power to address life’s challenges; for them, true spiritual power has vanished like light disconnected from its power source and as a result personal power is small—very small. In contrast, those who yield their own personal strength to the Lord receive in the exchange more than their original investment. Because they honor and worship Him in everything, they receive from Him according to the same measure—all!

“Now unto Him that is able to keep me from falling, and to present me faultless before the presence of His glory with great joy, To the only wise God my Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever.”  Jude 1:24-25

Amen.

Revelation 5:12-14, Revelation 7:9-12, Revelation 17:13-14, Jude 1:24-25, Verses@ Once

Steady Diet

For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the [a]breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. Hebrews  4:12 (AMP)

A steady diet of taking in the Word of God brings discipline to our lives. The Word settles into the heart and is stored there, ready to be Holy Spirit administered when spirit-led responses are needed.

Disciplined lives mean we are able to conform to God’s plan rather than another system or source, and whatever the need, an outcome consistent with our Bible-covenant revealed in God’s written Word is our natural expectation.

We must have this discipline for personal faith to be strong—full of true spiritual strength and able to offer Bible-sized results. Worldview followers of every imaginable persuasion give one hundred per cent commitment to their cause but as followers of Christ our leaders too often ask too little of us. Instead of lifestyle excellence as agents of divine help for the world around us, the impression given is comme ci, comme ca . . . lukewarm.

It takes time, study, and purposeful research in God’s Word to build mature faith: So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17, NKJV

Amen.

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 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

Amen.

Domino Effect

Indecision has a domino effect—an inevitable succession of related events, each caused by the one before it so my actions, or hesitation to act, affects others.

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

In your decision-making, guard your heart. Don’t mingle ungodly counsel from others with your own fearful meditation of 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 and take authority over thoughts, reasoning, counsel, or fear associated with delayed obedience to the Lord.

Remember, whatever situation you’re facing God is already there! Draw strength from His Word, reading it aloud until His words dominate your thinking and decision-making.

The domino effect works both ways. Welcome back.

Amen.

Psalm 1

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