He Has The Preeminence

Our Lord is before all things, and in Him, all things consist. In Him, all things are held together. Nothing will happen today He did not pre-know, and He has given His authority to us to be vitally involved, participating with Him by faith in both prayer and action.

The Lord presides over everything today and before we experience or even realize, He is already there, holding it all together. This order was established in the beginning: “And He is before all things and in him all things consist.”

The Kingdom of God is among men. His working in our lives and the outcome of that involvement will be determined in what we believe about Him. To the extent we believe, we can participate with Him as the day unfolds. He has the preeminence.

Amen.

Colossians 1

The Eighty-Twenty Rule

We see it in everything. The greater weight of maturity and discipline, commitment of heart, and willingness to contribute is carried by the few. The eighty-twenty rule is obvious—twenty percent of people produce eighty percent of the big picture results. 

Spiritually, we commend the twenty percenters, thankful for biblical diligence that makes the impossible possible. Their unselfish, others-centered, vision-motivated lifestyle is the Jesus pattern… the light that swallows up darkness. 

They put the greater cause first and champion the needs of others. They are movers and shakers, gracing the public square with exemplary leadership, an example for the rest. Spiritually and practically their portion is rich, giving of what they have again and again. 

A life that gives this way is a storehouse, a wealth that benefits many. And for the one giving, expect a personal, exponential harvest—the plowman overtakes the reaper (Amos 9:13). Jesus taught in the parable of the minas, Because you have shown that you can be trusted… I grant you authority to rule over ten fortress cities.” 

Authority to rule. 

Amen.

Luke 19:11-25, The Passion Translation | Amos 9:13, NLT

Change

By definition, change is the act, process, or result of altering or modifying. For Kingdom-minded believers, times of change mean God is bringing attention to anything that might keep us from moving forward. Our part in this intervention is to follow His Spirit’s leading. With resolve to cooperate with changes He calls for. When the Lord decrees change, the last thing we want is to remain the same… spiritually, geographically, relationally. 

Interestingly the word “reconcile” means to totally change. Sometimes we are to leave something behind, even a good or God-thing, as the Lord recalibrates according to His present will for us. In doing so, He adds new and different things to move us forward in relationship with Him. The Holy Spirit is our guide in the process; with fresh revelation and assurance, God is orchestrating all of it for good.

Prayerfully acknowledge your current season and any change the Lord has called for in your personal life. As a parent, do the same for the family you are responsible to lead. Allow an honest, sincere assessment: 1) where am I really; 2) how long have I been here; and 3) am I to be patient with where I am or yield to something new—for change?

Amen. 

Daniel 2:21 | 2 Corinthians 3:18 | Romans 1:17 | Psalm 84:7 | Colossians 1:19-23 | Ephesians 1:11, NLT |Verses@Once

Healing Prayer

Prayer is the correct Bible response when physical symptoms occur. We pray, grateful to Jesus for Calvary’s healing covenant, and refuse the embedded fear sickness brings. And because the fear of disease and all terror derive from the same source—both rooted in Satan’s plan to steal, kill, and destroy—as believers, we take authority in prayer to nullify terror-related catastrophes.

We have the Lord’s authority to resist illness and all accompanying symptoms in our own lives, as well as to declare His healing to others. Prayer creates a blanket of God’s protection, shutting out known causes of disease—new virus strains, plagues, hidden germs, and bacteria. We resist sickness of any kind and prophetically pray against new diseases before they occur. As believers, we are presently delivered from every curse, including the curse of sickness and disease. Instead of a curse, we believe for and declare God’s blessing of healthy, strong bodies!

Today, we repent of anything done carelessly to reinstate sickness’s authority over us. We cast out every spirit of infirmity and related spirits of fear. We pray specifically against breathing-related sicknesses, knowing the Lord cleanses the air we breathe and puts His breath of life into our bodies. We speak to sickness and command it—move, leave, go! We receive the benefits of God’s love—physically, mentally, and spiritually. We receive healing!

As the redeemed of the Lord… we say so.

Amen!

Hebrews 11:7 | Psalm 107:2, ESV | Exodus 23:24-25 | Luke 13: 11-13 | John 10:10 | Verses@Once

Strength To Strength

“Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage…
They go from strength to strength;
Each one appears before God in Zion.”  
(Psalm 84:5, 7)

This passage conveys a sense of strength being released. Strength, and then more strength. What we face today appears before the Lord; in response, His strength speaks through us to reveal wisdom, integrity, and patience. God’s power in our lives is increasing; we pray more effectively—with greater passion and compassion—therefore, our faith to see God’s will accomplished is increasing!  

Early in the morning, we are strengthened for the day; He speaks to us so He can speak through us. His hand moves on our behalf, consistent with the peace He gave in that special time with Him. All day long we are strengthened—from strength to strength!  We are conscious of His presence… of Love and Strength flowing into and through us! A prophetic flow of wisdom results, to build the Kingdom and change what might otherwise have been missed, or completely lost.

Amen.

Psalm 84:5, 7 | Hebrews 11:11 | Verses@Once

Every Believer

Every believer is on assignment with full authority and sending power from the Almighty. Jesus said He had been given all authority, both in heaven and earth, and He conveys that same authority to all who are willing to receive it. With a hands-on knowledge of that authority, the assignment and mission are simple: We are sent by God to fill the earth with tangible expressions of the Kingdom… on earth as it is in heaven!

It’s a fact. The story others hear, more than in the number or volume of our words, is told in the priorities we choose and the actions we live as we reflect the Spirit and mission of God’s Kingdom:  Do we mean what we say we believe and do we live it, or does our story reveal habit over substance, the thrill of things of the earth at the expense of the divine? What level of spiritual maturity and Kingdom reality is honestly present? Do we really know “the Rock from which we were hewn…” or have we settled for less?  

As individual believers—and in our corporate gatherings as the Church—a story revealing our distinctiveness as disciples is written before a watching world. Every believer is on assignment with full authority and sending power from the Almighty. Jesus said He had been given all authority by the Father, both in heaven and earth, and He conveys that same authority to all willing to receive it.  

Amen.

John 20:20-22 | Isaiah 51:1 | Luke 24:49 | Verses@Once

Winning Combination

True spiritual prayer is the believer’s great asset. Each day we connect with the Lord in meditation concerning His Kingdom, speaking His Word into our circumstances. Declaration of His Word brings His presence, beginning with the morning devotion time and remaining with us throughout the day.

Genuine prayer is the norm—nothing mysterious about it, no elitist structure necessary. It’s our winning combination—words from God’s Spirit flow, inspiring divine wisdom, and the word of the Lord. 

At the top of your faith—the point where your greatest level of faith is operating, where you’ve done everything you know to “by faith” move that mountain—ask the Lord to fill you with His Spirit; ask for spirit-filled mentors to teach you greater maturity in prayer.

Growing your faith, you’re empowered to stand against anything. As you “stir yourself up” in the spirit of Romans 8:31, you are convinced that God is for you and is greater than anyone or anything that can be against you.

Amen.

1 Peter 4:11 | Romans 8 | Romans 8:31 | Verses@Once

Bordered By Watchers

Christians are placed strategically by the Lord to bring prayer and intercession that strengthens Godly influences. 

  • Land borders are crucial. They establish authority and jurisdiction. Spiritual watchers take their posts to watch for and resist illegal, ungodly spiritual forces along points of entry. 
  • Borders of moral restraint, of behavior and conscience, form standards that must not fail through negligence. Godly parents lead the way in this protection of sound values, diligently watching for the heart of their home.  
  • Borders of freedom are watched over by Godly champions who watch forthe opportune time, and an open door to boldly speak and fearlessly debate until opposition yields and the tide of public discourse is turned.   

In the United States, the vision, courage, and spirit of the watchman rises to also stand with other nations desiring God’s borders for their land and people. We stand in prayer as bold prophets, as watchmen voices, extended globally in fervent, corporate prayer until ungodly mountainous obstacles move!  

Amen, so be it!
 
Daniel 4

Marching Orders

The morning is our new day, an opportune time. Old things are passé, new mercy arrives! The focus now is on everything born of God, anything rooted in His plan. Familiar patterns are evaluated, some to be eliminated altogether. Every change I make today moves me from where I am to the place I can be.

Discerning the times, we consider our faith—how firm is the foundation, how high can we build? Discerning how much proven faith we really have, we find our place and get there. Discerning, we avoid vain pursuits and prefer God-ordained challenges that enrich life with excellence and strength.

Watching, we give attention to things eternal—the opposite of all that is temporal. The perspective we have is far above the darkened powers beneath us. The view from our seat beside Him stirs vision and prophecy.  

The Lord is leading. In the Spirit and in the heavens, there is movement. Yesterday’s fullness makes room for an increase of His fullness today. The pace quickens, but its cadence is a servant to me. In the momentum, I hear MANY marching with me!

Thank God!

Amen.

Isaiah 6 | Proverbs 8:34 | 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)

We can make something simple, difficult. The message here refers to salvation, with peace that comes from within—despite exterior turbulence—and joy that strengthens our relationship with the One who is the source of strength, Jesus Christ. The Lord said, “go”; He said what to do and what results to expect. We can do as He said, avoiding religious spin that confuses what He said and why.

Our discipleship should be basic and practical. For example, disciples should understand the mission. Jesus’s instruction is simple: Go! Make disciples. His words energize and inspire; His Spirit equips with no need for religious spin. Jesus said to go and 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.

Rejoice to see them recover!

Amen.

Mark 16: 15-18 | Romans 14:17-18 | 2 Peter 1:16-19 | Verses@Once

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