Daily Devotions


Comparing Spiritual With Spiritual

“These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1Corinthians 2:13-14).

Jesus’ disciples ministered with Him the day that over five thousand people were fed, the day He blessed five loaves and two fishes and miraculously there was enough food to satisfy thousands of hungry people. Obviously for those present that day, the miracle was not the action they expected; in fact, the disciples and possibly others too favored sending the people away hungry. Before Jesus’ blessing opened the way for supernatural supply their thoughts were far from a supernatural or miraculous solution.

Despite their ministry relationship with Jesus, the disciples struggled to believe—for them, spiritual understanding was still limited. And like them we might hesitate when the Lord by His Spirit lays claim to something we cannot explain, something beyond human ability. But for every season in our spiritual journey new revelation from the Lord provides and opportunity to experience more of God’s supernatural intervention in our lives. His miraculous power is supernatural—the more we agree with that power, the more of it we can experience.

As our Lord’s Kingdom advances in ways we haven’t begun to fathom, His power appears daily, in miraculous and supernatural outcomes for those willing to believe Him.

Amen.

Kingdom Demonstration

As you pray today expect an unusual turn-around for your family and nation. Declare God’s Kingdom and His will in specific demonstrations of His love—take your stand on the Lord’s side. You are highly favored in unlikely settings and among unlikely people. You have divine ability for strategic and important world-changing opportunities. Expect miraculous outcomes in answer to your prayer—one after another after another, like dominoes.

Pray the Kingdom of God comes and His will is done. The mission side of that prayer means we are responsible to advance the Kingdom of God each day. Our mission sends us to unlikely places, among unlikely people. For one thing, a love revelation of the Kingdom changes fenced-in notions that where we work is a job that earns a living. Instead, Kingdom-minded believers know the work place factors into life-assignments, a gift from God. We have a position, not a job.

Amen!

Covenant of Deliverance

Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Jeremiah 31:33-34 Hebrews 8:9-10

The covenant between God and Abram meant protection for Abram and Sarah and their family line, including every future generation. In fact, the covenant assured provision for God’s man and his descendants in every way, in every detail of life.

From ancient times and still today the Jewish people have a covenant that again and again proves to be the undoing of their enemies; again and again, God’s loving kindness for Israel has redeemed missteps that drew them away from His covering. The anchor of God’s love for His people holds them safely under His watch care. No question about it.

God’s ancient blessing of covenant protection points us to His Lordship. His love allowed Israel’s unfaithfulness to surface—a saga born of going their own way. Still, God’s love for them did not decrease but remained.

God’s love for Israel is made clear in making and keeping them a people and land of great, great blessing. His blessing has increased and prospered them, which is how we know His deliverance is a powerful part of the Jewish covenant and also our Christian inheritance as well.

But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Hebrews 9:11-15, NKJV

Amen—thank God!

Heaven Comes Down

Today if something must change for the Kingdom to advance concerning you, your family, your ministry or business – pray! Your power to advance is prayer.

Critical areas of our culture need you—your strength, wisdom, and your effectual praying. The fervent prayer of righteous men is effectual, making much explosive power available! The Kingdom of God advances as a result of what, how, and whether you pray.

As you pray, forgive anyone or anything you hold responsible for the situation at hand. Forgiveness doesn’t mean those you forgive have to be your closest friends, nor do you have to agree with the way they think or live.

What forgiveness does do is to undo wrong forces released by un-forgiveness. Those forces are stopped! Forgiving others draws a protection line between you and anything that’s not right; forgiveness means you disconnect from negative influences involved.

So stop right now. Pull aside. Take time to say aloud what you know to be God’s will in the matter. Open your heart. Draw from your understanding of the Word and say aloud your desire to align with the Word (and therefore God’s will).

Thank God for His answer and the privilege of prayer. Now, you are ready for the next assignment needing your prayers. The Kingdom advances and it seems that, literally, heaven comes down when you pray!   

Amen.

2 Chronicles 7:1-3 | Acts 11:5 | James 5:16-18 | Mark 11:24-26 | Job 22:27-29 | Psalm 2:7-8 |
2 Samuel 22 (verse 10) | Psalm 18:9 | Verses@Once

Prophetic Merger

For thus says the LORD: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:10-12

When the storehouse of God’s purpose inside you is released things happen suddenly—including simple things you hadn’t really thought of before; and because this movement will be quick, the LORD leads to fine tune with His Spirit so you do not lose or miss any aspect of its supernatural unveiling.

We are marked for this kind of merger as the ordinary shifts into destiny that has little to do human staging: Solomon’s chariots were a massive army but Gideon’s three-man patrol had no chariots; Esther’s hour came suddenly but Anna and Simeon’s longing spanned a lifetime. Destiny works differently in each life differently but always to reveal a treasure already placed by the LORD and scheduled in His timing.

God’s timing is governor and joining together for combined strength hinges fullness that otherwise could not have been. The pace quickens, details resolve, and the LORD syncs people with His glory. Jesus sent them by two’s—two are better than one. Kingdoms merge—expertise and authority come together. At the appointed time we are quickened—destinies intersect, strength multiplies and a future unimagined beforehand snaps into place.

Amen.

Mark 6:7 | Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 | Verses@Once

Don’t Back Up

Though perceived as uneducated and therefore disqualified intellectually, Jesus’ disciples turned the world upside down, giving precedent to a different kind of authority, God-given authority, demonstrated through men and women who might otherwise be overlooked altogether.

There were also many in Jesus’ day who were educated, those credentialed with privilege and position and they, too, chose to champion the Lord’s righteous cause; both those educated and uneducated were alike in their stand for justice, despite the backlash of ridicule.

Godly character is the Lord’s platform and vulnerability resulting when we take a stand often is the very thing God uses. He marks us uniquely, even in the presence of enemies, out in the open, on display. When Satan seems to have an upper hand, the threat is met by the Lord’s strong hand, extended to guide us out of the impossible place. He reassures and strengthens us, precisely as He said He would.

Disciples lean into the Lord’s strength—an exchange of their weakness for His strength. Disciples are the seed the Lord sows in vulnerable places where He calls for a harvest. A seed disappears in the ground and is swallowed-up by circumstances and the rigors of seed-time and harvest. Enemies of that seed might assume victory if breakthrough of the seed is delayed, but ultimately, the Lord of the harvest prevails and perceived vulnerability becomes a hiding place of power.

Our Lord sows as He decides. He calls for harvest where He wills.

And the seed does not back up!

Amen—I like that!

Psalm 23 | Psalm 35:27 | James 5:6-8 | Psalms 14:1; 53:1 | Mark 3:13-20 |  Acts 17:5-9 | Habakkuk 3:4 | Verses@Once

Able To Discern

Not every voice represents the Lord. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit reveals the true spirit in what we hear—by the Holy Spirit we discern it. Godly standards are raised when individuals discern their part in the mission then do as the Lord directs in the highest and best way possible.

Countering every negative influence God decrees darkness can never overtake the light. Let your light shine. Let others see light evidenced in your life. Strength and beauty are in the Lord’s sanctuary—excellence and beauty thrive in where He is.

Discern the place where the Lord is gathering others to Himself, where groups of two or more continually prophesy (speak forth) God’s grace. You’ll find those who invest their lives building others up rather than accusing. Accusers think they know fully when in fact they do not.

Watch those who are on the Lord’s side and on the side of His people. Their humility counters pride. Their fear of the Lord fights for them.

Prayerfully declare:
I declare Matthew 5:16, that my light is set on a hill —above! According to Psalm 96:6, my light shines, reflecting the Lord’s light for those who pass by! I discern the attack coming from prideful men. I stand clear of confusion. I refuse to align with accusation and the spirit of the strength-breaker. The goodness of the Lord delivers me! Wisdom is my heart-condition! Nothing is impossible.

Hallelujah! That’s good!

Amen.

Matthew 5:16 | Psalm 96:6 | Reading: Book of Nehemiah | Verse@Once

Filled With Light

Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as thought a floodlight were filling you with light. Luke 11:35-36

I have a prayer.

Father, today I release faith for a new level of awareness of all that’s around me and an increase in heart-sensitivity to clearly hear the words you speak. I ask for increased revelation of Your leadership and more keen discernment of the spirits assigned to stop me at this important time. I believe you for courage to resist convenience that weakens my resolve, and I choose instead Your power to stand and, having done all to stand, remain firm despite temptations of unbelief and intimidation. Again today, I choose the reverential fear of the Lord.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

 

 

 

 

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

Intercession For You

Intercessors are special people—enthusiastic, caring, compassionate, messengers of hope always believing for God’s highest, 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 has unbelievable courage to pull 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 right INTO the place God has arranged for you.

I pray divine appointments move you forward in the Lord’s plan, greater than all those man-plans.

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

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

I pray for a transfusion of maturity and knowledge of 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 who hear the Spirit’s call, who invite the Spirit’s presence.

Get up! Get up! Get up to the high place of His presence. Inquire of the Lord. Hear His 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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