Daily Devotions


Predictable Response

When you’re in pressing circumstances your first response derives from core beliefs, a foundation already established; the more offensive the issue the more necessary it is to be established with revelation of what we 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 is predictable—it’s based on our lifestyle, the way we really live under normal circumstances. Habitual attitudes (good or bad) produce predictably. If divine government is not the norm, when we are pushed or pressured out in the open where we live our lives, the missteps that result are obvious to everyone around us.

 

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 the foundation.

Amen.

Psalm 11 | Psalm 119:104-106 | 1 John 1:4-6 | Daniel 12:3 | Verses@Once

No Spin

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16: 15-18, NKJV

We often make simple things difficult. The Lord said go. Avoid “spin” that confuses the basics. Keep it simple. The message is salvation, with peace that comes from within despite exterior turbulence, and joy that strengthens in relationship with the One who is the source of strength, Jesus Christ.

Disciples should understand the mission. Jesus’ instruction is simple: Go! Make disciples. His words energize and His Spirit equips us to do them. Don’t use religious spin – Jesus said preach, baptize, cast out demons, speak with new tongues, walk in divine authority, lay hands on the sick and rejoice to see them recover! That’s the mission.

Hallelujah, that’s good! 

Amen.

Romans 14:17-18 | 2 Peter 1:16-19 | Verses@Once

Prayer Connection

In prayer we find that certain place where we connect—where Holy Spirit is praying with us and angelic help works for us, and where our expectation level becomes greater than before we prayed. Today’s travail comes from knowing we have the advantage, a confidence proven yet again that the Lord is on our side! Selah!

Therefore we prayerfully declare we are those who continually go forth weeping . . . weeping with travail for anything that is “out of order” . . . against contrary winds . . . bearing seed to sow . . . continually! God’s word is our seed. We go forth, sowing His Word . . . doubtless we will come again with rejoicing, bringing the desired harvest with us!

The advantage is ours and today, we take it!

Amen.

Psalm 124, verses 1-2 | Psalm 126, verses 5-6 | Verses@Once

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 the joy and celebration that’s coming! Sure, they see what you’re going through and, like you, are impatient for breakthrough but they 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.  Continually, those on your side are talking about you and all that’s going on with that righteous cause of yours!

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

Appointed Fires of Breakthrough

Never stop saying what God has said, actively agreeing with His Spirit. In the same way a tomb could not hold our Lord, there are appointed fires of breaking to bring you through . . . and out!

We connect to God’s delivering power through hope. With pure, God-given authority, we hold fast until we see the promised result, denying any enemy a place to stand against truth.

We connect through supernatural leading(s) until the practical and spiritual converge—with purposeful aim we bring forth the glory of God. True sons of God are led by the Spirit of God and are the ones who believe against all odds.

Hope must take root. Faith must rise for God to bring forth exactly as He said: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word WAS God. The same was in the beginning with God.

His Word converts hope to faith and faith to seed. Planted in the human heart, that seed produces fruit (the God-kind) for those whose hope and faith position them to receive tomb-busting Holy Ghost power!

So, again, keep saying what God has said. Agree with Him. In the same way a tomb could not hold our Lord, nothing can stop God-sent appointed fires of breaking to bring you out! Selah!

Amen.

Isaiah 64:7 | Revelation 2:20 | Romans 8:14 | Joel 3:14 | Verses@Once

Make Disciples

In the ministry of discipleship remember to include the spirit life. In making disciples teach the Word. Teach believing. Pray in the Spirit. Encourage others to do the same. Since the human spirit must be nourished to mature spiritually those you disciple are blessed to be taught this way.

As you make disciples you build strength of lifestyle-Christianity into lives that God sends into your path. Likewise, those He sends impart strength back into your life, their gifting and prayers a storehouse of encouragement, their passion a force of momentum to inspire others. .

When the gifting and prayers of more than one person are combined, the strength produced is powerful. And what you give to others as you pour your own strength into their lives not only benefits that person but is also your seed for the increase you are praying for. The Bible example in John 3:16 links every believer to eternal life because of what the Father gave. He gave His only Son. We received the increase—many sons!

You need the Spirit of God to overshadow and energize your human spirit. Your spirit life – your life in the Spirit – is critical in these end times to discern spiritually. You are the Lord’s sent one to those you disciple. You give and it is given back to you – pressed down, shaken together and running over, men give (back) to you.

Amen.

New Day, New Hope, Fresh Vision

We often remember seasons of life in two ways: One, for the good left by the experience and two, for their demand for “change” necessary to transition well into the next season.

In the process we learn to leave behind negative emotions – those culprits of emotional baggage that make for unhealthy lifestyles. We forget and forgive yesterday’s circumstances with its give-and-take in relationships and focus instead on the many benefits gained.

Always remember. anything new begins best in a context of prayer and is best interpreted from a prayer perspective. Prayer moves us forward into a new day with renewed hope and fresh vision. Our hearts merge with God’s heart. In alignment with Him we receive “grace for grace.” (John 1:16)

Amen.

John 1:16 | 2Thessalonians 1:11-12 | Romans 8:28 | Verses@Once

Mercy Day

God’s mercy pours into (saturates) our lives. You could say we are deluged with merciful consideration. He is rich in mercy with plenty to go around!

Choose to leave behind habitual wandering, old ways, wrong beliefs, and petty smallness – any neglect of His will, anything that squanders His mercy.

Our response should also be rich – we steward mercy’s wealth and the reward of that stewardship: The Lord my God goes with me, He will not leave or forsake. Deuteronomy 31:6

You have a new day and new beginning. Breakthrough saturates the air. Press forward. Sanctify the Lord in your heart. Always set the Lord before you. Choose to be personally set apart with Him!

We cross over. His mercy brings us out, to take us in.

The Lord—He is G-d!

Amen.

Governed By Goodness

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:16)

Every created thing began with God and continues under His specific design for good. Our Lord who is perfectly good builds the strength of this goodness into all of Creation. Believers, as His representatives, enforce His goodness and lead governmentally for the good of men everywhere.

The influence of mankind, good or bad, is critical since all created things exist under authority of some kind. That authority determines what the government over them is like—expressions of goodness or evil—and the governance and government are affected by choices men in authority make. Light and good release more light, while darkness and evil produce more of the same.

Transformation is this regard is already underway; agents of God’s authority (His government, power and kingdom) have their orders, and also, the agents of evil (Satan’s realm) have theirs. The contest is obvious. Elohim the Creator governs “as it was in the beginning,” His government of Light swallowing up darkness! Those with Him (you and I) lead boldly and we are the ones who hold the conclusion of the matter. 

Amen.

Colossians 2:12-16 | Genesis 1:1 | Verses@Once

The Measure of Character

Jesus grew as a child, increasing “in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.” Like Him, we are created for a life with God’s design . . . “until we all come, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”

Character is determined by the choices we make and is especially important to Christians, for whom everything begins with the individual and grows to the gathered-group level, ultimately impacting culture with the combination, a wealth of good things, populated by greatness.

A Christian worldview embraces biblical standards reflected in individual God-callings that absorb cultural shifts with both grace and confident faith, and carry an end-time message of visionary influence, evidenced in the character of believers.

Stature is character, one way we carry God’s mark . . . loaded with potential for His plan and audacious in believing all things are possible with God and nothing shall ever be impossible where He is LORD.

Amen.

Luke 2:52 | Ephesians 4 (especially verses 11 & 13) | Verses@Once

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