Daily Devotions


Kingdom Economics

If it had not been for the Lord who is on our side where would we be?

He rides the circle of the earth and with Him all things are possible. Righteous leaders serve Him. They lead and cause vision to rise. Doors of opportunity open. Purity arrives. Wealth transfers. Those appointed by God speak.  

We call forth Kingdom economics and pray release of monies for right purposes. We pray forgiveness to enemies and God’s mercy to deliver, help, and bless. We prophesy against poverty, declaring instead the blessing of the Lord and His divine plan for each life. We look to the future expecting increase and answered prayer: Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven!

Amen.

Psalm 124

Lying Symptoms

Holy Spirit inspired prayer creates a blanket of protection. Think of prayer as one way to block various afflictions like sickness, disease, depression and other kinds of physical oppression. Prayer raises the Lord’s standard against common health challenges as well as new strains of virus and plagues, and germs or bacteria related to sudden illnesses and the effects of terror-related catastrophes.

Spirit-inspired prayer is supernatural prayer that counters fear, possibly the most sinister aspect of a diagnosis; and, since all fear derives from the same source, the fear of death, we know to resist every aspect of this paralyzing force and its control of our lives, believing instead Our Father is the author of life. He has not given us a spirit of fear!

  • If we are afraid, it is for fear of what he (God) might do to us and shows that we are not fully convinced that he (God) really loves us. (TLB, 1 John 4:17)
  • Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love. (1 John 4:18, The MESSAGE)

Fear temps us to believe the symptoms are greater than God’s promise to heal. If not resisted, fear leads to more fear since the root of casual fear is spiritual, literally a spirit of fear, working through “lying symptoms” to take advantage of the open door created by ignorance of God’s Word, the statement of His promises and loving plan to heal and deliver us.

Fear presents symptoms to our mind as though the symptom is all-powerful to dictate and control what happens next. Not true. Almighty God, our Father, alone, is all powerful. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind so take authority over anything to the contrary. Pray that way today!

Amen.

Hebrews 11:7, Matthew 2:12, 22, Luke 13:11-13, John 10:10, Exodus 23:25, Verses@Once

The Third Heaven

“I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven.” (2Corinthians 12:2)

We are seated with the Lord in a heavenly place. Paul referred to that place as the third heaven. We are seated there, with the Lord, already. There, as here, we already have a full inheritance, lived daily by faith. Writing to the Ephesian Christians, Paul described his revelation of the heavenly arrangement.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (Ephesians 1:3). . .which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:20). . .and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6) . . .to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places (Ephesians 3:10). . .For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12).”

Life apart from the Lord is another matter. That life can be done (even done well) without an ounce of Bible faith. Paul distinguishes between the two, explaining the natural man is prone to forfeit higher spiritual possibilities, preferring instead the proverbial bowl of soup to satisfy the immediate, momentary, here-and-now.

Natural life apart from the Lord tends to be religious, not spiritual. As in the sense of Paul’s revelation, nice people, but not those you’d call on when a crisis suddenly shifts your natural, manageable-with-the-intellect world over into intense spirit activity where natural senses do not work as well. A realm where death often wins, where ungodly authority completes for control, and where prevailing antichrist spirits blind those involved.

But as followers of the Lord, we should live according to the heavenly realm—far above all those principalities, powers and rulers of darkness. Disciples of Jesus do not choose the natural life—disciples don’t choose the soup! For one who is spiritual (again, not the same as religious) faith is the way to live here on earth, knowing that what is already established there, in heaven, belongs to me already.

God leads. We follow. Presently and eternally, we have a reserved seat with Him in heavenly places. Paul called it the third heaven.

Amen.

2 Corinthians 12:2

Teach Your Children To Tithe

Teach your children to tithe, a tenth of everything they receive into their hands, given back to the Lord from their hands. It’s one way they learn to put God first; and, as they grow and learn to see money as the way we respond to value, train them to tithe as their heart-response to God’s worth as their loving, heavenly Father. Teach them to pray as they give, recognizing the tithe is not a bill you pay, but a matter of gratitude.

Teach them to put God first: “You shall have no other gods before Me.” Train them now to realize their destiny in God is precious—of value! Children come into the world with a calling. See to it that you discern that calling and sacrifice if necessary to develop it, realizing the world system will also “call” them, though not in the God-sense. The Lord’s plan is to bless them to fulfill their God-given mission but the world will use them for someone else’s gain.

Teach them early. By age five affections are focused. The boy David killed a lion and a bear and those and other experiences developed in him an inner-knowing of who he was in God, and what he could therefore accomplish. Young David was convinced he would prevail over the giant Goliath—he never doubted it. The same is true with your children. Be sure they learn early that God’s Word is true and He will do what His Word says He will do.

Declare Isaiah 61:7-9 for your children every day.

Amen.

Exodus 20:3 | Deuteronomy 5:7 | Isaiah 61:7-9 | Verses@Once

Disciplined Faith

Embracing God’s call matures and positions us for leadership, in the Church and in the culture and secular life. Disciplined faith is distinctive and discipleship marks in a distinctive way. We belong to that spiritual lineage. We are marked for that greatness.

Like Ezekiel’s river, we go deeper to gain revelation and more of the Lord! Yesterday we began ankle-deep, until the water came to our knees. Then deeper as the waters around us were waist-deep. Like Ezekiel’s river, the marking of our discipleship corresponds to depths (of revelation knowledge) until ultimately, the water is too deep to cross or navigate on foot and we become one with the river—we become one with the will of God.

Someone said true relationship with the Lord joins His will to mine; I become one with His will . . . I become the will of God! I agree, and like you, I passionately pursue His will for my life. Simply put, in relationship with Him, I become!

In relationship with Him a disciple becomes one with the Lord; we mature in knowledge, check for progress, evaluate fruit produced, and reach beyond surface levels—for depth! The world around us  even Christian circles may go the other way—away from increasing relationship with and revelation of the Lord. There are converts everywhere but fewer disciples.

Amen.

Ezekiel 27:1-8, John 14:6, John 17:6, Ezekiel 47, John 17, Verses@Once

Healing Prayer

For Christians, our first response to symptoms of sickness or disease is prayer. We pray first . . . thanking Jesus our Savior for His covenant of healing and His deliverance from spirits of fear and infirmity that accompany sickness and disease. We repent of anything we’ve done carelessly to give sickness an open door and we cast out every spirit of fear and infirmity, giving those spirits no place—none!

Christians have authority in Jesus’ name to resist sickness and disease and related symptoms. We use our authority prophetically concerning things to come—in Jesus’ name we pray prophetically against Satan’s plan for new diseases before they occur. Our weapons against sickness are prayer plus steadfast refusal to accept the symptoms or give them any foothold in our bodies and minds. Instead, we expressly decree God’s promises to heal and deliver us.

Pray. Don’t wait. Don’t put it off. Today is the day of salvation.

Amen.

Hebrews 11:7, Matthew 2:12, 22, Luke 13:11-13, John 10:10, Exodus 23:25, Verses@Once

End Time Perspective

But you, O Daniel, shut up the words and seal the Book until the time of the end. [Then] many shall run to and fro and search anxiously [through the Book], and knowledge [of God’s purposes as revealed by His prophets] shall be increased and become great. (Daniel 12:4 AMP)

For Christians in the Middle East, China, and many parts of Africa, daily life-and-death battles dwarf the problems common in other parts of the world. Theirs is a struggle to survive under brutal oppression—more brutal than we can imagine.

We care deeply for fellow believers where religious liberty is threatened; where persecution and murder of Christians in increasing but international protest is scarcely voiced except by compassionate organizations presently at risk as they work to help resist the oppression every way possible.

Even free and more civil societies often are veiled in ignorance, blinded to a passion previous generations demonstrated on behalf of those being persecuted for their faith. Such blindness is the mentality of the times but still many grasp the urgency and know how to pray effectively and where to offer aid.

We know because the Holy Spirit knows!

From an end-time perspective, God’s plan trumps everything. Anti-Christ strategies (that spirit “already at work” among men) will not succeed. God is at work behind the scenes to deliver his people much the same as in Bible examples of His divine rescue.

God is Omnipotent. His Spirit is at work to will and do of His GOOD pleasure. Against impossible odds, today – right now – His Church believes and trusts the Lord to accomplish His plan—in His time.

The Lord leads. Discern His leading. Guard your heart and words. Remain confident in God’s Word. Pray.

Men ought always to pray and not faint.

Amen.

Daniel 12:4 AMP, 2Thessalonians 2:6-8, Philippians 2:13 Luke 18:1, Verses@Once

Prophesy!

Generations invest to create an inheritance for those who follow, those born into the next generation and the next and the next, a convergence of handed-down portions, gifted by past generations.

Treasures received from those who have opened paths for us encourage our future with hope. Today’s generation inherits the estate, spiritually and otherwise. Taking possession is the inheritor’s part.

As the baton is passed between generations Holy Spirit designs both build and humble us, circumstances and mountains prepare and test us, a prophetic atmosphere with prophetic momentum carries us. We see in a natural sense but also supernatural spheres, reserved exclusively for the Lord and His people.

We determine to speak as the Lord speaks. We know in part—the part He has uniquely chosen for us. We specialize in that part, gaining fresh momentum by faith, refusing to doubt that He will do “His part.”

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8

Therefore, I declare blessing to you, prophesying over you fresh vision—a keen eye to focus on destiny. I prophesy courage needed to do “your part,” that which no one else can do, the part the Lord is both waiting for and confident you will do.

Your inheritance in Him is a wealth.

Amen.

Ephesians 1:11, 1:14, 5:5

Held In Trust

If you have ever invested in something expecting to benefit in some tangible way, you can relate to the gospel parable of the minas. In the parable a certain nobleman entrusted ten pounds of silver to three household servants before leaving his home for a period of time on official business.

The master returned and called for an account of the servants’ stewardship of the silver entrusted to them in his absence. One servant invested the equivalent of three months’ wages and received ten times as much in return. The second servant likewise invested, and though it was a lesser amount he still gained profits for the master. The last servant invested nothing and benefitted nothing. The master praised the first two servants but strongly rebuked the third for failing to be a good steward.

Our lives are like the parable, we all invest our time and talents somewhere. As with any investment, trust is expressed and a confident expectation the person or entity involved will pay us the resulting benefits, profits, rewards, etc. Without trust we do not invest and therefore do not gain anything in return. We don’t yield control of something we possess unless we trust the one on the receiving end.

In all of life, ability to trust others is definitely a faith matter; and really, the basis of all trust lies in the way we trust God. Trusting Him is as much an investment as is money or time since with any commitment to Him, we lend ourselves to Him, investing who we are and our possessions, expecting to build His kingdom in the process.

Trusting in the Lord is the most important trust relationship in life. Trusting Him is foundational to a faith that endures. Those who mature in faith also grow their capacity to live with a steady confidence that trusts in a loving heavenly Father.

It is better to trust in the LORD
  Than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the LORD

  Than to put confidence in princes.
(Ps118:8-9)

The fear of man brings a snare,
  But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.
(Pro 29:25)

Amen.

Luke 19:11-27, Proverbs 3:5 Psalm 118:8-9, Proverbs 29:25, Verses@Once

 

Behavior of Royalty

And Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the LORD has chosen, that there is no one like him among all the people?” So all the people shouted and said, “Long live the king!” Then Samuel explained to the people the behavior of royalty, and wrote it in a book and laid it up before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house. And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and valiant men went with him, whose hearts God had touched. (1Samuel 10:24-26, NKJV)

Samuel proclaimed Saul would be king. As one chosen by God, Saul would carry the mark of royalty, something born to beyond deserving or ability. On earth royals are into royalty, regardless of deserving or ability. Similarly, the person who is born again becomes part of a royal priesthood regardless of deserving or ability.

It’s what we see in those around us. The Lord places gifts in each one and each one carries a royal mark, expressive of kings, the behavior of royalty! Each has particular gifts and callings plus a sovereign call and design for their life to cause the release of those gifts through them—naturally, instinctively, gracefully, and for the benefit of many.

Expressions of the supernatural gifts God entrusts to us are our most joyful faith experience. Giving of ourselves into His purpose to bless the whole world means we give of ourselves as a contribution toward greatness for those the Lord sends us to bless. Our vision is the Lord’s vision – above the crowd, visible, favored, blessed!

It’s because we are kings, born (again) into His royal line, carriers of the heavenly element, on assignment . . . chosen!

Amen.

1 Samuel 10:24-26, NKJV, Hebrews 10:7, Proverbs 18:16, Jeremiah 29:11, Verses@Once

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