Daily Devotions


Fear Not!

Satan is behind anything that steals, kills or destroys. Resist him. Use words—aloud! Every time, resist him! He will flee. The blood of Jesus is against Satan!

As often and as many times as necessary, stop what you are doing and resist Satan. Release your faith according to God’s plan.

  • Saturate yourself in the Bible, God’s Word.
  • Radically change your routine to prioritize reading and meditating in the Word. Bible truth sets free and faith from God’s Word is the strongest reality there is.
  • Breathe in God’s wisdom about the physical body He created for you. Understand the brain needs oxygen from exercise and proper food.
  • Eliminate high sugar content food. Preservatives and processed foods deprive the brain of real food, producing fatigue, attention deficit, hyperactivity, inability to concentrate, plus attacks of anxiety and panic.
  • Prioritize your thoughts. Instead of meditating worst-case scenarios, re-train your mind-brain to meditate on God’s Word. You must get beyond mere faith clichés.
  • Aim your faith. Write what you believe to be God’s highest plan for you. Say it. Meditate on it. Post it everywhere—all over your house, in your car and at work. Don’t stop.

Fear Not.

Amen.

Remain In Me

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. (John 15:7, NLT)

Some think a relationship with the Lord is much the same as other relationship experiences because they filter everything including the Lord and His working in their lives through the whole of life’s experience. Human relationships, for example, have potential to build confidence and provide emotional support but when the outcome is disappointing, and disappointments experienced again and again, the resulting negative pattern drains us; what we actually wind up with falls short of what was expected and our lives are diminished. And so, some might assume relationship with the Lord is the same.

Not so. By comparison a relationship of trust in God is rewarded—again and again! He is consistently loving and forgiving, His grace flows into our lives making genuine fellowship with Him possible, and He sends His Word to confirm the Spirit’s work to quicken and make real every promise of His. Relationship with Him grows as you remain in His Word. Meditate there—one minute, or two, or more—the keys you need are there in His Word. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God. God and His Word are one. Access to Him is through His Word. Go there—every day! And yes, you do have time.

Amen.

John 15:7, NLT

The Power of Believing

Belief transports us. An idea sown into the consciousness develops there and ultimately takes on the form of something believed. We dwell on it and even live as though it were true, allowing the idea and everything attached to enter our lives and carry us to its fulfillment.

Ideas come, take a place in our thoughts and begin to grow. Belief builds and develops until a belief structure settles into place. Ultimately what began as opinion, suggestion, impression, concept, mental image or plan grows until little can be done to dissuade us.

Too often we entertain wrong ideas and grow to believe in things the Lord has no part in.
Jesus said what develops in the heart eventually comes out – is spoken or acted upon. Since what comes out actually first went in, we are wise to guard what we allow in.

Amen.

Mark 7:14-23

Morning

I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Psalm 16:8

Mornings are special – a set-apart time. The Lord’s presence comes, taking us into His confidence and revealing Himself as One who holds everything in His Hand. Each morning as a new day begins knowledge of Him increases with growing awareness of His soon return.

The Lord meets with you early in the day to make you the person you must be today; He takes you into His presence, revealing wisdom you must know today: “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning…” Hosea 6:3

Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Hallelujah!

Amen!

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We are taking a few days to take care of some matters here at home. The daily post will return February 23.

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Whatever He Says

God alone gives authority to those available for the mission—He stirs the heart for divine purpose, He speaks direction to those who are listening. Rulers and cultures do not choose authority, the Lord does.

Think for instance of the wedding in Cana of Galilee, the day Jesus’ miracle ministry began. Mary was the catalyst—she set the stage, encouraging Jesus to intervene in the shortage of food for the wedding feast and instructing the host’s servants to assist: “Whatever He says to you, do it.”

Mary’s demeanor or tone of voice must have conveyed authority because, otherwise, servants in that day and especially in that culture would not listen to instruction from a woman. But this event was different; God’s authority was on Mary. (I love it!)

The servants’ role, too, was important, their actions necessary for the miracle of the water pots. Had Mary not spoken or had the servants ignored Mary’s lead, would water have been turned into wine that day?

Authority speaks – when we hear authority we recognize it.
Authority speaks – whatever He says to you, do it!

Amen. So be it!

Philippians 2:13 | John 2 | Verses@Once

Follow Me

Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing . . . And who is sufficient for these things? . . . we speak in the sight of God in Christ. (2Corinthians 1:14-17)

In the early church a leader’s conduct was tied to the foundation being laid for future generations. For the sake of a strong future, church leaders responsibly set an example for new and maturing converts to follow. That was the context of Paul’s invitation to follow him as he followed the Lord. Paul was possibly the greatest simultaneous expression of strength and humility we could ask for, and a solid example to follow.

Applying the principle, we observe godly qualities in those who lead. We are blessed by their example and motivated to achieve like standards. Humanly speaking, we learn more by example than almost any other way and so, when those we esteem fall short of the mark, the burden of error is felt by everyone involved.

On the positive side, new resolve often results from a mistake or misstep—resolve for greater integrity, commitment to right order personally, and determination to imitate the Lord so others see His example lived through us. Central to the idea of leading by example is our responsibility to forgive the person whose example did not hold true. Because we forgive, the best days are ahead, not behind, and unexpected strength with humility is possible despite a wrong suffered.

Lifting our expectations to believe again—to trust and hope again, the words of the hymn say it well: “Lead on, O King Eternal . . . we follow!”

Amen!

2Corinthians 1:14-17 | 1 Corinthians 11:1 | Romans 3:23 | Verse@Once

Authority Assigned

The assault on true spiritual authority is here. Without obvious and divine intervention, the future of righteous leadership is bleak, a revival of awakening impossible. If it were not for the Lord . . . who is on our side . . . godly nations would be overrun, authority in the church completely rigid, and authority in the home subjected to blatant seduction by lying spirits.

Fortunately, at the center of the onslaught there is a firewall—a resting place for believers, carved out by the Lord as His gold standard. The firewall is Christianity’s household of faith – a true, spiritual house.

Strengthened from within with words of his power, we are the Lord’s possession, on assignment with His authority; together with spiritual elders, sent by the Lord to help, both nation-breaker and home-wrecker are exposed.

The Lord has sent wise counsel—mothers and fathers in the faith who operate above the chaos, and are fiery hot in prayer with wisdom that exceeds (is higher than) natural wisdom. Their authority is sent to help you build your true, spiritual house!

Today gather your family, take communion and pray this way:

Lord, we receive fresh bread and new wine for our home. We pray for a strong anointing to win against giants that threaten the peace of our home. Like David, we run toward that battle, armed with authority “in the name of the Lord!” We declare the Lord’s Name over our home and against tests to the God-given authority established here; we declare strength and leading by the Lord’s counsel ahead of every test!  In the areas of our God-given authority we declare Isaiah 59:19; that we see clearly above confusion, execute authority over the enemy, and invite the presence of Almighty God!   

Amen.

Isaiah 124;2 | Psalm 124:2 | Daniel 11:32-33 | Psalm 37:25 | 1 Kings 21 | Ephesians 1:19 | Hebrews 1:3 | Ephesians 2:6 (also Eph 1:3, 1:20, 3:10) | Genesis 1:5 | 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. (2 Corinthians 12:2)

Spiritual life develops like a procession, with God leading and those who follow realizing their seat “in heavenly places” is assured—they are presently seated with Him there, in heavenly places. Paul referred to this realm as the third heaven, a present-tense reality, an inheritance lived daily by faith. So, for the person who is spiritual, faith according to heaven’s arrangement is a way life and is to be lived here. On earth as it is in Heaven!

Writing to the Ephesians Paul continues his revelation: “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]

In contrast, life in a natural sense—meaning not spiritual, including anything other than life in the spirit—is another matter. Life in the natural can be done, even done well, without a shred of Bible faith. Paul made the distinction—men forfeit a higher, spiritual inheritance to choose a proverbial bowl of stew with its momentary relief or satisfaction. The natural life and religious niceties are fine, but not really where you go in a crisis. When a natural, manageable-with-the intellect setting changes unexpectedly to intense spirit activity natural senses do not work as well.

When you need spiritual help, remember true disciples of Jesus Christ are acquainted with heavenly realms—far above principalities and powers and the rulers of darkness. Before the crisis arrives they know what to do and how to pray. For them, Calvary is the supernatural turning point for every crisis.

Hallelujah!

Amen.

2Corinthians 12:2 | Genesis 25:29-34 | Philippians 3:19 | Romans 16:18 | Verses@Once

National Redemption

“The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do. The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior. Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory—or all its strength, it cannot save you. But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine.” (Psalm 33:13-19, NLT)

In every nation seeds of greatness, a treasure reflected in the national persona, are seen in its contributions to mankind – an expression of divine purpose and alignment with heaven’s plan. National virtue undergirds the kind of greatness that assures the future.

Also present are seeds of downfall and greed; this seed, sown carelessly and without regard for others, corrupts and breaks down national ethos. God blesses a righteous people but unrighteousness locks Him out.

And so we pray for our nation. In divine shaking greatness is birthed—a national awakening, a national redemption. The standard is raised and voices join in, speaking “as one” to a nation’s peril, to any people in despair. One voice begins then more join in. The sound of the Lord comes!

Father, I decree spiritual strength and backbone in my nation to face every threat. I speak national blessing and decree we will not “break” under weights of deceptive influence. Instead, I declare truth and virtue! We, your people, “believe you” to bring Your Word concerning this nation to pass. Destructive plans are found out and Your plan prevails. Divine purpose is established, and many voices join this crescendo of prophetic declaration: Kingdom of God come! Will of God be done, in my nation as it is in heaven!

Amen!

Psalm 33:13-19 | Psalm 33:8-22 | Verses@Once

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