Daily Devotions


An Uncommon House

You might be surprised to know the difference your life really makes. You probably have no idea how others are impacted – how others are influenced by your integrity, how your character shapes the community spiritually. The “house” you have built is marked by the Lord. Yours is an uncommon house.

God’s creation unfolds, appearing to people, then through them. The Gospel of Jesus Christ unfolds, spoken to, then through you. The working of miracles unfolds today, hinged on your opportunities to carry the miracle message. What you build in the process is not common – you are building an uncommon house.

Therefore we pray, Lord . . . we consecrate our lives for purposes beyond anything we imagine and purposes greater than ourselves. We declare today the beginning of some things and the end of others in a continuous building from beginning to completion – your house, an uncommon house!

Amen.

Consider The Vision

Remember your prophetic authority. We are His prophetic people, possessors of His supernatural presence. We have Holy Spirit anointing to discern today and interpret tomorrow.

Six months of this year are past. We are at the half-way point. Take time to evaluate your progress, count any losses, and consider change necessary to finish the year well. Most importantly, honestly ask where you are in the vision?

Follow through. Press for completion of the plan and also maintain everything acquired through diligence thus far. Stop and gather fresh vision for what comes next. At this point you must have vision . . . either freshness of vision to complete the vision or an entirely new vision.

Write the vision. Make it completely clear.

Amen.

Habakkuk 2:2

Vital Connection

A person who experiences God is never at the mercy of arguments from people who have not experienced Him. The experience moves you beyond religious arguments from those who know nothing of the Spirit and their contradictions from a secular view. In relationship with the Father we experience His love and are forever connected to Him!

As His people we have permanent invitation to spend time with Him. Alone with Him, we gain much needed understanding and answers to our questions: “And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples.”

For the one who truly knows God, the connection is vital. Jesus taught and crowds gathered. Of those who stopped to listen, some returned again to their former routine; others stayed, investing time . . . to stop and listen and to them, Jesus explained all things.

Relationship takes time. Those remaining outside don’t know how to understand or experience the Lord; but as disciples in relationship with Him we glean from that vital connection and share in all things pertaining to His Kingdom.

Amen.

John 17:20-23, Mark 4:33-34, Mark 4, Verses@Once

The Prophetic Word

And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2Peter 1:19-21 NKJV

The Lord speaks to us. Words spoken by His Spirit to the human spirit carry weight because they are God’s words. He has determined to bless and benefit you and He speaks to you today for that purpose. Anytime He speaks, the message is prophetic, something revealed. When you hear Him, you receive prophetic words from Him. Listen.

 

We receive His words and speak them. We speak in declaration of His will according to what we understand as we hear. Our declaration before the Lord is important. Words spoken in faith are heard in the heavens.
Write your declaration today. Do not wait. Your words, spoken in kind with the Lord’s declaration in matters of family, business, and nation, make all the difference. Also, as you discipline your words to speak the same thing He is saying, your thoughts become your expectation, in kind with His. Selah!   

Amen.

Strength On Loan

And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, “Who touched my clothes?” (Mark 5:30)

And the whole multitude sought to touch Him; for there went virtue out from Him, and healed them all.” (Luke 6:19)

We need people around us who, just by his or her presence, add strength to our position, their very presence bringing calm to the situation and strength to our spirits. Jesus’ ministry was marked by this very thing—strength went forth from Him and into all kinds of people; virtue went out of Him and into lives that were instantly marked—changed!

The Gospels refer to this strength as virtue, or miraculous power; from Hebrew, virtue is gevurah, meaning miraculous power or strength. The book of Revelation also speaks of this strength as miraculous power, manifested in God’s people:

”And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” (Revelation 12:10)

Believers who walk in the Lord’s virtue express His strength and miraculous power. Such divine presence is strength that comforts, heals, or whatever is needed. He gives life—abundant life! And when exalted in an individual’s life, He works through them in powerful ways to give abundant life to any situation, right now—today!

God’s Presence in our lives ministers life and rebukes Satan’s accusing taunts against those the Lord sends us to lift up; and because we know Jesus wants to bring His Presence into situations through us, we operate as virtuous, strengthened people. The Lord does it. He makes us suppliers of strength to those who need His strength.

Today, make yourself available to stand with them. You have strength to loan!

Amen.

Mark 5:30, Luke 6:19, Revelation 12:10, Verses@Once

Decisive Leadership

The Lord calls leaders to courageous, decisive leadership; otherwise, indecisive and weak leadership, tending toward indecisiveness, becomes costly when God’s leading for the benefit of everyone involved is squandered. When leaders are weak and indecisive, authority is lost and progress rare.

Leadership requires solid decision-making. Parents, for example, as leaders in the home, make important decisions for the family in their charge. Employers too, as workplace decision-makers, impact the lives of those under their leadership.

Authority acts like a vacuum. Left unoccupied, the place of authority is filled by the next strongest influence. Like the infamous Queen Jezebel who came to be ruler because King Ahab was a weak leader and allowed the take over, instinctively, others take over God-given authority if allowed to.

We see such jezebel-like influences operate when decisive leadership is absent. The resulting authority-theft is gender-neutral; both men and women get caught up in an unauthorized struggle for position and the corresponding authority take-over, often breaking the harmony of a home or workplace.

If you are the one in authority, you need to make the decision. As one authorized to steward what God has given for the benefit and profit of everyone under your charge, make the decision only you can make and lead before someone unauthorized by God takes over.

Amen.
1 Kings 21:1-16

His Purpose in the Midst of Your Situation

You are not alone! Do not fear for your future. Fear (not the future and not your situation) is the troubler of those facing life-altering possibilities. In the shift, everything will be shaken; and in the shaking, wrong things tolerated become more emboldened. Your choice must be truth . . . the truth of God’s Word . . . He will never leave or forsake you!

No matter what, commit to maintain your dignity in God. Head up, shoulders straight, think clearly, one day at a time – you can do anything one day at a time! Decide the Lord has purpose in the situation, possibly even to change your purpose. Patiently allow Him to merge the two, His purpose and yours. And be thankful; there is always a fourth man in the furnace!

Amen. 

Stand With Israel

Presently, Israel’s vulnerability at the epicenter of global upheaval speaks directly to the heart of those who are spiritual: A merger of God’s Word and the gift of His Spirit are prophetic for the saving of the modern world. Today, we are witnesses to spiritual harvests with supernatural occurrences so wonderful that, despite the backdrop of woeful pronouncements and every kind of famine, we sow extravagantly.

Christianity’s harvest identifies with Israel – we stand with her! By revelation of the eternal Word and through the Spirit who breathes the life of God into our lives and circumstances, we prayerfully declare strength to our Jewish brothers and divine blessing and peace to Yerushalayim . . . city of the Great King!

Amen.

Psalm 48:2

Divine Strength

We are in a powerful season and opportune time to accomplish works entrusted to us. In this season we are His strength in the earth, His ambassador-carriers of both Word and Spirit. Selah!

The Lord’s people are extensions of divine strength. He empowers them to establish the Kingdom in places of human authority. Combining human authority with God’s authority we bring heaven to earth and administrate His government as heirs of a supernatural, eternal Kingdom.

So we lead. We set the pace and shape world view: Hope anchors the soul. The joy of the Lord is strength. He that began the work will complete it. We are more than conquerors in Him and no weapon can prosper against us. Created in His image, we do like works as He and overcome enemies again today by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

Our portion is vast. By His own hand He delivers “out of darkness and into marvelous light”, and now, we are receiving a Kingdom in which every breathing thing is invited to praise Him and where, in antiphonal reply to our praise, heavens declare His glory.

Amen.

Sabbath

The Lord sanctified one day in the week and made it a set apart day—a Sabbath.

In many Jewish communities around the world, nightfall on Friday begins the Jewish Sabbath. Throughout the day on Friday flower vendors are busy, the aroma of fresh bread fills the air and the brisk pace of preparation is everywhere. The spirit of Shabbat is tangible.

By mid-afternoon the pace slows; shops close, customers in market areas gradually disappear, and everything settles into quiet as the setting sun marks the day’s end and the beginning of another. Thus begins a new Sabbath and the experience of God’s Spirit in a special way.

As a Christian I see value in the example of my Jewish roots. As a Christian I cherish God’s provision of a day set apart, a day to concentrate on the Lord, a Sabbath Day. Some don’t agree and honestly see keeping the Sabbath as legalistic carry-over from pre-Christian times but I believe keeping the Sabbath (and the spirit of the Sabbath) is a response to God’s Word of blessing for His people.

For one thing, the Sabbath day is a day to rest; it is God’s provision to save the human body, protect it from disease, heal the heart of heaviness, and relieve the brain of tensions and driving routine. This slow down benefits the entire being – spirit, soul and body – with recovery, rescue, a sense of fresh vision and hope rekindled.

Sabbath is also a gathering time for family and, practically and spiritually a protection for affections between family members to have time to develop properly without outside demands. It is a time to refocus on God’s goodness expressed in family. With the Lord at the center and with time to slow the pace, there is “time” unlike other days to experience His love, and focus ours.

The word Sabbath appears in the Bible more than one hundred times, half of which are in the New Testament. Jesus taught not to judge one another according to keeping Sabbath in a legalistic or ritualistic way; He also taught the reality and Spirit of keeping the Sabbath: Six days men pursue a way that seems right to them, but on the Sabbath Day, hearts recalibrate, soften, and become sensitive to the One whose way proves perfect.

Shabbat Shalom – peace!

Amen.

Genesis 2:2-3, Mark 2:27-28, Matthew 5:17-18, Verses @ Once

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