Daily Devotions

God Does It

Understanding what must be done, we never give up, lose heart, or delay moving forward with determination for God’s planned result—His prophesied outcome. Each day, as much and as often as necessary, we apply the Word we have from the Lord like a sword in a battle where oppression can wear down our resolve, gain control and the upper hand, and break our confidence. Determined to believe, know and trust, with visionary eyes we see the contest ending in our favor, settled—here on earth just like as it is in Heaven!

This is the Kingdom, the way we live. From a core of increasing strength, we reach for all that’s promised. Graceful strength overflows to everyone and everything around us, grace and strength like a bow aim us; understanding battles in the unseen realm we never give up, never lose heart, and never stop short of God’s finale! Strengthened, the battle that comes against us is the one we win. Prophetically, and by faith, all is well.



2 Kings 4:8-37, John 7:37-38, Romans 4:16-18, Hebrews 12:27, Ephesians 5:16-17, Verses @ Once

The Gifts & Calling Are Forever

For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn. (Romans 11:29, NLT)

Situated at crossroads of trade and cultural exchange, ancient Israel was blessed with divine favor to live distinctively among all peoples. God’s plan was that Israel—supernaturally chosen and gifted by God as special, favored, and blessed to live above the norm—would gain distinction as a people and therefore bring glory to Almighty God.

Throughout history, Israel’s distinctiveness has attracted the world’s attention as both land and people increasingly become one with divine purpose and calling to woo all nations to their God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The Christian’s call and spiritual gifting is like Israel’s – distinctive and designed by God to mark, favor, and distinguish believers, a display of divine purpose drawing all men to the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob . . . the God of our fathers, to God our Father.

Factually however, Israel did not fully respond to the call and, considering how little the Christian’s spiritual gifts have been understood, neither have we. For the believer, like Israel, much of the gift and call is ineffective, primarily because of lack of knowledge and also, truthfully, because of negligence.

Despite a supernatural genesis, the Church’s enticement to be like the rest of the world is sufficiently strong to dilute the mission. Bottom line, many believers aren’t really sure what God intends for them.

Israel’s lifestyle succumbed to exotic competition from other peoples and their gods. So have we. The standard is blurred, the mission compromised, and chaos in the culture confusing. Instead of realizing “it is He who has made us and not we ourselves” we run on heights and fall to depths, intoxicated by the rush and acting like we are in charge. We are not—He is.

To recover the life style we’ve lost, we must first clarify who we are, what we are doing and why. A Christian worldview and mature discipleship are priority if we are to turn chaos around and get things straight. His mercy is new every morning!

Israel will never cease to be God’s plan and our stand alongside her is settled—period. For us as the Body of our Lord, we must clearly identify our gift(s) and calling and get into position as the Body of our Lord and advance His mission to draw all men and nations to Our Father – the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.


Psalm 100:3, Romans 11, Verses @ Once

Stewardship Of

Stewardship of anything – life, money, possessions, home or community – reflects an understanding of personal responsibility to cooperate with the Lord’s plan, with His lordship. We see the way some people steward what they have and wonder how they get away with it. And, to be honest, since all we are and everything we have is given by God, we should also admit that observers of our own stewardship could question how we justify what clearly is the squandering of our gift(s).

The physical body, for example, is a gift from God. Anyone refusing to make healthy food choices or reduce portion size, or refuses to feed oxygen and nutrients to the body through the discipline of exercise obviously believes negligence is okay. So, again, if we’re honest, from a stewardship perspective, it’s easy to see that people most often are in the condition they’re in because it’s what they’ve chosen. The human body can only take so much abuse. God is not the cause of resulting crises; failed stewardship is.


Psalm 100:2-3; Psalm 139:13-15


Prophetic teaching isn’t the norm for every congregation or group, therefore Bible teaching on the subject varies and the way Bible truth is interpreted can also vary.

Prophecy involves faith, knowledge and understanding. Think of a circle that begins with prophecy—an expression of faith that believes something revealed in His Word—and moves toward its completion.

We “prophesy” according to our faith. Said another way, the amount of faith we have for any matter comes from God’s Word, from study and understanding of His Word.

  • Faith approaches the impossible with expectation of possibility.
  • Faith sees that which is not yet visible.
  • Prophecy speaks so understanding can follow.
  • Confidence increases as we understand
  • We begin to see tangibly and practically what faith originally described.

So, prophecy begins with prophetic declaration, is carried by faith and expressed in knowledge and understanding. Ultimately – and this may take minutes, or years – we gain full, or at least greater understanding of prophetic words we began with, words spoken “by faith”.

Without faith it is impossible to please God and without faith corresponding to words I prophesy, what I speak is only gathered words, with mere natural meaning and little eternal value.

Scripture teaches that we prophesy 1) by faith—according to a level of knowing based upon God’s Word rather than intellect; and 2) by what we believe we have heard from the Lord—are assured of and have confidence concerning.


Romans 12:6, Amos 3:8, Romans 1:17, Romans 10:17, Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17-18

In The Crisis

My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them.      Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Proverbs 4:20-22, NLT

My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them.      Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Proverbs 4:20-22, NLT

We arrive at the beginning of a crisis suddenly, without warning. At that moment, faith needed to believe God for the desired outcome becomes the focus. Just as the crisis arrived suddenly, at that same moment, we realize whether or not our faith is ready for the sudden thing now before us.

At that moment, we realize if faith is sufficiently strong to confidently declare God’s Word final authority for the situation—if God’s Word is our first-resort basis for trust, and firm foundation for a favorable outcome? In the crisis, we quickly realize where we are, and are not, in our faith.

It’s important. Faith only comes from God’s Word. That’s it. Faith is not religion, it isn’t doctrine. Faith builds God’s wisdom into the fiber of everyday life where my right-this-minute reality is whether the storehouse of God’s Word in my heart is sufficient to meet, and carry me through this crisis. I either have it or I don’t.

The church world sometimes gets turned around on matters of faith, which is why the Lord Himself must be your rock, your single focus in any crisis. He is Lord. The enemy is under His feet. Inn covenant with Him you are seated with Him already—all things are possible, your outcome already clear.

Settle down in your faith today. Get quiet before the Lord. Meditate in His Word. Listen. Believe. Don’t put it off.


Proverbs 4:20-22, Isaiah 57:9-11, Hebrews 4:2, Verses@Once

Midnight Cry

At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, Because of Your righteous judgments. Psalm 119:62

We wake in the night and find its solitude perfect to inquire of the Lord. In the stillness of night time clarity comes and we judge the situation for what it really is. Hopeful expectation is a high road of purity for our vigil and often, in the night, when least expected, clear, precise discernment opens the way for justice—a righteous outcome.

In life generally and especially in days like these, we need clear insight to discern plus courage to remain focused on the finish God intends. We need a steady eye and skillful interpretation—things aren’t always what they seem and true motives not always obvious. Step back. Look again. Enemies reveal what friends will not and with the uncovering, the accuser can be discerned.

Discernment with intercession opens the way for justice to prevail, a process in which time is both liability and asset. The passing of time has a wearing down effect and too much time adds pressure, a temptation to compromise; but time also is an advantage to one who will not waiver but faithfully keeps watch in the night, rising early to declare it—patiently, skillfully demanding God’s order.


Proverbs 8


Tabernacles Begins

14 Tishrei 5777
Sukkot | Feast of Tabernacles

Sukkot, the most joyous festival on the Jewish calendar, begins this evening. Consider the impact of this important time when Israel celebrates the Lord’s Presence as He tabernacles with them, a demonstration of the eternal, covenant bond between Yahweh and His ancient Jewish people.

This divine presence appears in the life of King Solomon, is relayed in stories down through the generations and is well-known today: A queen from the land of Sheba—probably present-day Yemen—traveled caravan-style to Jerusalem, a distance of about 1200 miles, to see for herself if reports of Solomon’s kingly wisdom and vast wealth were true.

She came as many do today, drawn to Israel’s renown, her resourcefulness. It’s why the Hebrew nation was planted precisely where it was; placed strategically by the Lord Himself; situated at trade crossroads, centered geographically since ancient times. Israel’s fame lies in the purposes of God—that men seeing kingly blessings upon the land respond as did the queen, “Blessed be the Lord your God!”

This is “the entrance” God gives to every servant of His. For those in governments and medicine, markets and finance, military and civic service, education and agriculture, all are as Solomon in the call from the Lord, first to Himself, then strategically to crossroads of civilizations and cultures, connections where economies are affected.

Prophetically, our futures are designed this way. Divine purpose guides everything we do. His Great Name is our banner, our common bond. We establish righteous order as we go, on every level, including levels of wealth and power, everything is impacted by Solomon’s Lord—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and Israel’s national expression of the Lord’s goodness to the entire world, for His great name’s sake!


Providential Help

Anytime there is an impasse with seemingly nowhere to turn, the Lord is willing to raise a standard unique to the situation, possibly (and often) a “first ever” of its kind. Whether nations or people, and whatever the situation, an atmosphere of expectation attracts His providence so that suddenly things change, governments shift, and impossible structures move.

And when we know this to be true, and specifically know HIM as our Source, promotion rests with His divine orchestration and we are free to trust Him completely. Our part is critical – our part is to pray. The Lord will not leave His people without a prophet and will not withhold His hand if we pray with expectation, trusting Him completely!


Joined To Their Cry

As God’s people we rally to a spiritual trumpet, a sound discerned in passionate hearts, interpreted with spiritual understanding. We are privileged to discern the “spirit cry” of others, to prayerfully demand justice be restored to them. We hear the mother’s cry for her children and the children’s cry for innocence.

Remember to discern when pressures from natural circumstances compete for your attention; when sensitivity dulls, insight is lacking, perception is shallow, and the spiritual trumpet dims in favor of convenience.

As one with spiritual might, stir yourself up, join your voice with their cry. In prayer press God’s Kingdom into the heart of the matter; with your intercessions decree “justice to the fatherless and oppressed so that man, who is of the earth, may not terrify or oppress them anymore. Continually declare the decree “Kingdom of God come, will of God be done!”


Matthew 6:10, Psalm 10:17-18, Isaiah 50:4, Verses@Once

Spirit, Soul & Body

God created us speaking spirits, we have a soul and live in a body. We are triune beings who live by our faith in His leading. He speaks to the spirit—the heart—to guide the soul; and the soul—the mind, will and emotions—guides the body.

Ultimately, when we are born again by the Spirit, our soul and flesh transform and we are changed: Faith to faith, strength to strength, and glory to glory . . . by the Spirit of the Lord!

Never allow mistakes from the past to be the foundation for your future. Refuse to build even one day on an injustice done to you, or mental comparisons that dwarf or humiliate you. Those things don’t define you. God loves His creation unconditionally and works behind the scenes, often when least expected, to get us back on track and keep us there.

Concentrating on wrong paths from the past opens a mental door, side-tracking us again and again. Instead, going forward, choose God’s will for your life as the one single definition you consider.

Build upon the strengths you do have. Write the vision. Make it plain. Implement the written vision. One step at a time.


1 Thessalonians 5:23, Habakkuk 2:2, Romans 1:17, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Verses@Once


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