Daily Devotions


Increasingly

For those joined to the Lord Jesus Christ there is increase. “From which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.” (Colossians 2:19)  Those who choose the Spirit’s lead are increasing with the increase of the Lord!

Our lives are an offering to Him, framed by words we speak, our declarations of what we believe. Words carry the day. Every dread voiced is a dread that will be faced—increasingly; but, also, every confidence spoken establishes the stand we take and the One we trust—increasingly. Our lives are an offering of words. We speak what we believe.

Utilizing power from the words we speak we assure increase for all that’s ahead. Increase (the Bible norm,) is our expectation. Agreement with God’s Word means we increasingly increase; it also means we are not decreasing through sickness, disease, loss, lack, prolonged grief, faults, beliefs, motivations, emotional problems, mammon or poverty.

As the Lord is, so are we in this world—increasingly!

Amen.

Colossians 2:19 | Proverbs 18:20 | 1 John 4:17 | Verses@Once

Price Equals Value

The price we pay reveals the value we see, and the value we see determines the priority we give. Ultimately, the way we prioritize determines what we can accomplish. At the end we see the true condition, the true reality, derived from the price that was paid. A higher price paid means we handle more carefully.

Wisdom’s price, for example, doesn’t appeal to a fool since the misguided foolish heart sees little value in Godly wisdom. It was this very condition in Israel’s religious leaders that placed the value of Jesus’ life at thirty pieces of silver. It was actually a measure of their reality. The value of God’s Son to them was the price they’d pay to remove Him.

Our choice today is the same: Do we squander value for the soothing of base desires or purchase honor, virtue, and a value “far above rubies”? The Lord’s presence in the center of your home rewards the values of a wise and virtuous heart: What price are you willing to pay, what priority do you give, and what end result and true condition of life do you want—really?

Amen.

Mathew 27:9 | Proverbs 31:10-11

Redemption’s Voice

Some things cannot be changed. Like consequences of earlier actions, when hearts were insensitive and the potential for harm wasn’t discerned. When we are like that – insensitive to the Holy Spirit – we “plant” seeds we later regret; the harvest of that seed can be life-changing and something we wish we could change. Seedtime and harvest remain.

It’s why the Lord moves continually to soften hearts and move us away from poor choices. As we respond to the comfort of His grace, we soften rather than stay with stubborn-hearted pride. Today, as fresh as the sun’s rising, His mercy presides over us. Mercy allows us to see and judge voices that drew us away; mercy also draws us back to safety, away from the fallout.

The spiritually mature person knows both judgment and mercy; if it had not been for the tender mercy of the LORD—new every morning, we definitely would have been consumed long before now! And were it not for certain judgments, we would be doomed to a self-made wilderness, wandering without moisture, obeying the voice of our own goodness.

Thankfully, some things can be changed. Today, Compassion is the voice we hear. We choose mercy and move away from the thing we cannot change and all that goes with it. We turn to the direction of His voice, toward His leading to change both mind and heart. Redemption!

Amen.

Lamentations 3:22-23 | Jeremiah 29:11 | Isaiah 57 | Verses@Once

Offended

Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him. (Mk 6:1-3)

Sometimes without realizing we push past the Lord’s counsel . . . as though we have sufficient brain and will power to handle things on our own. When others offer counsel or warning about the direction we’ve chosen, we are offended. As a result, we find ourselves in turmoil the Lord never intended. Our insensitivity is obvious when the fruit of choosing our own way ripens – in the full-blown crisis we challenge God with why He let this thing happen; why He is not answering our prayers, why He is deaf to our pleas for deliverance, and why He permitted this outcome? We become “offended” at Him.

In a spiritual sense nothing happens in a vacuum, unrelated to other factors and details. If being offended has become a regular habit or attitude, decide today to change that. Open your heart to hear both the Lord and others. Rather than snubbing wisdom and being offended (thinking you are above such), instead consciously practice listening for the Lord and His people Ask God to speak into your situation and send others to help as well. Don’t go your own way alone. The Lord’s counsel is a gazillion times greater than your intellectual dominance. In the crisis, you need more than persona and a heavy hand. You need the Lord’s Presence with dynamics of the supernatural. You need a supernatural break-through!

Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.” And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.” So the LORD said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” (Ex. 33:13-17)

Amen.

Mark 6:1-3 | Exodus 33:13-17, NKJV | Verses@Once

Christian Worldview

The church’s view of the world shifts when believers see the horizon as God sees it. Conviction of heart carries the day with God’s heart for the world, something very different from “business and government as usual.”

As the Church, we check our worldview for a righteous perspective concerning our nation and also neighbors in other nations. God calls us to account inwardly. Prophetically, He places a demand on His Body to choose conviction over convenience.

  • Conviction: any unshakable, fixed and strong belief, opinion, view, sentiment, feeling,
  • Convenience: a position of least conflict and confrontation, especially for comfort’s sake,
    comfort’s purposes, comfort’s needs, including personal comfort, benefit and advantage.

We are His people – Spirit-filled, bold, decisive, and wise. As stewards of the Church’s role we believe God gives us ever-changing strategies to shift the culture toward His Kingdom and change the world for the better.

When the Spirit-call is prioritized, outward views change, spiritual growth with maturity follows, and vibrant, genuine spirituality is the norm.

Amen.

Isaiah 9:6-7, NKJV

Talk Back

When something weighs in on you—as you wake in the morning or just at the time you are trying to sleep—realize your circumstances and their pressure are talking to you.

Don’t listen to the circumstances. You need the Lord’s counsel. Remember the contest is first of all spiritual. A good-evil contest is being waged. Instead of being pressed down by the effect of those, you need spiritual chutzpah to talk back!

Maintain consistent stewardship of your physical body. Reach for the one hundred twenty years of Genesis 6:3. Steward your life and lifestyle to last. Live out the promise of “long life” but at the same time, live as though you have five years to complete your assignment.

You have an assignment from the Lord and life necessary to complete it. Talk that way.

Amen.

Def:
Chutzpah (pronounced huuts-pah), a Yiddish word, describes an action or response that’s audacious or gutsy. Dictionary

The Compelling Voice

Some things cannot be changed. Like consequences of earlier actions, when potential wasn’t discerned and hearts were insensitive. When we refuse the Lord’s appeal the consequence of that refusal includes the planting of seeds we later regret.

It’s why the Lord moves continually to soften hearts and move us away from poor choices. As we respond to the comfort of His grace, we soften rather than stay with stubborn-hearted pride and the resulting consequences.

Today, as fresh as the sun’s rising, His mercy presides over us. Mercy allows judgment upon wrong steps and voices that drew us, but also draws us away from the fallout. The spiritually mature person knows both judgment and mercy; if it had not been for the tender mercy of the LORD—new every morning, we definitely would have been consumed long before now! And were it not for certain judgments, we would be doomed to a self-made wilderness, wandering without moisture, obeying the voice of our own goodness.

There are some things we can change. Today, we choose mercy and move away from the thing we cannot change and all that goes with it, and turn toward the direction of His voice, toward His leading. Today, we change both mind and heart. Redemption!

Amen.

Lamentations 3:22-23 | Jeremiah 29:11 | Isaiah 57 | Verses@Once

A Prophetic People

As God’s prophetic family the history of mankind is written in our decisions; if opportunities are squandered we may never know what we missed; or one day we just may realize exactly what we missed!

This prophetic company carries a mark – they march to an inspired cadence set by the Spirit of God, creating paths for many to follow. They take the Lord at His Word and respond in kind with strength proceeding from character . . . developed in His Word.

Prophetic people know the terrain—they’ve already “been there” in prayer and discern new and future things. They have vision for the future and a connection to strong hope.

As in Numbers 10, this modern company knows where to camp in a wilderness and where to find water and safety. Theirs is the Kingdom today, in lockstep with the Lord, leading many, with wisdom of governance for God-given purposes and tasks.

Thank God!

Amen.

Numbers 10 (especially verses 29-33)

SPECIAL: Signs In The Heavens

Today marks the beginning of something we all have been learning about, a series of important signs in the heavens, beginning this morning with a total solar eclipse visible in the northern Atlantic, in Svalbard (Norway) and the Faroe Islands (Denmark).

The solar eclipse will also be seen as a partial solar eclipse in Europe, northern and eastern Asia and northern and western Africa. The eclipse begins Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:41 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time, also GMT/Zulu time, also GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). It ends at 11:50 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). Click for visual

In my hometown Charleston SC, USA, the eclipse will occur at 3:31am EDT but will not be visible in Charleston or anywhere in the United States.

From God’s word we read:
Then God said, “let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years.” Genesis 1:14, NKJV

“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the seas and the waves roaring.” Luke 21:25, NKJV

I am excited about the signs in the heavens we are about to witness this year. Especially beginning today and throughout this year’s Spring Feast Days of Israel, I believe we will see unusual signs (signals) as we watch the heavens to hear what the Lord is speaking.

For those subscribed to SWM daily posts this is a reminder concerning these special signs, beginning now and continuing thru the Jewish Fall Feasts in the months of September and October. Remember, in Hebrew the word feast is mo’ed. It means an appointed time.

The word sign means signals
The word seasons is mo’ed, again, the same Hebrew word for feast

Hebrew mo’ed = divine appointment
From Genesis 1:14 we learn that there are lights in the heavens, the sun and moon, and they are our Father’s supernatural signals for those watching, who understand God’s times and seasons.

The occurrence of signs in the heavens precisely on a feast day signals the Lord has pre-arranged a divine appointment. Some prophecies predict 2015 will be a year of divine appointments for God’s people and I believe the Lord is making it very clear for us that something’s up!

Mark your calendar:
1. Jewish Year 5775, a Shemittah year, a year of release
2. March 20/ Morning total solar eclipse
3. March 20/ Evening begins Nissan 1, first day of lunar calendar year
4. April 4/ Passover (Pesach) total lunar eclipse, a Blood Moon
5. September 13/ Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashana) Partial Solar eclipse (Sun)
6. September 28/ Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) Total lunar eclipse, a Blood Moon. Also happens to be a Super Moon, called a perigee, when the moon’s elliptical
orbit comes closest to earth.

In this Hebrew year 5775 (2014-2015) we are also experiencing a Shemittah or seventh year; a Sabbath year. Like the seventh day of the week, every seventh year the Lord declares holy. The Shemittah year means release. Debts are forgiven. The farmer allows his land to take a break and the prisoner is released.

Because the Lord has called for release.

Amen. So be it.

Intercession For You

Intercessors are great people—enthusiastic, caring, compassionate, messengers of hope, always believing for God’s highest and best plan in any situation. They are marksmen with their faith and understand its proper use—faith has confidence in what God has said. The intercessor aims God’s Word at obstacles or enemies, confidently speaking the Word with authority to usher in His promise.

Wise disciples ask the Lord for an intercessor’s anointing, that wonderful “ump” that laughs despite bad tidings and courage that pulls others forward. Intercession matures, speeds up, hastens, makes better, adds lavish love, always sees Light and is able to lead.

Intercession for you:
Up and out! I pray for you to stand up, and come out of where you ARE, and right INTO the place God has arranged.

I pray divine appointments to move you forward in the plan, a divine plan greater than all those man-plans.

I pray for Spirit power to come and the mind of the Spirit to be done concerning you. Move away from destructive influences! Your pass-over is upon you, with all that it means.

I pray Holy inspiration for you—for shackles of indecision to fall away and anything half-hearted to become a transformation from weakness to maturity.

I pray for a transfusion of maturity and knowing who you are in Christ: You represent the Lord Christ, you represent the Lord your God.

I pray against ungodly family lines of inheritance and declare instead your established place in the family of the Most High: Separate unto Me those I have called to the purpose I called them! 

I pray for those in every nation that do hear the Spirit’s call and invite the Spirit’s presence.

Get up! . . . Get up! . . . Get up to the high place of His presence – inquire of the Lord. Hear the voice behind you saying this is the way!

Amen.

John 11:40, Proverbs 8:1-3, Acts 13:2, Isaiah 30:21, Verses@Once

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