“And being fully convinced that what He has promised He was well able to perform.” (Romans 4:21)
Settle it in your heart that what the Lord has promised He is able to do. Your part is to be fully convinced that what He said—what He promised—He will do, because it is His will to do it. If unconvinced, God’s promises and the full benefit of His Lordship seem distant the road ahead less hopeful.
Without a sure word from the Lord, we spend time waiting and hoping, while doing everything in our power to find out what to do next; and, as time goes by, delay decreases resolve as we weary mentally.
So, right now, establish your confidence. The person fully convinced concerning their covenant with the LORD is mighty! That person represents the will of heaven here on earth. You are that person!
“Now when Abram heard that a member of his family was taken captive, he armed those he had trained personally and knew well and led them in pursuit of that which had taken his family member. Abram’s strategy was to attack with force from all sides – at night. He attacked and then chased the enemy army and brought back the one taken captive, plus all the goods and possessions that were stolen and all the people in relationship with his family member who were also taken into captivity.” (Gen 14:14-16)
Romans 4:21 | Genesis 14:14-16 |Genesis 18:14 | Numbers 11:23 | Jeremiah 32:17 | Matthew 19:26 | Luke 1:37 | Verses@Once
December 13, 2019
The thing we value is the thing that costs.
Christians who have understanding established (anchored) in the finished work of the Cross know that every outcome is already accomplished; and that anything less re-opens and raises doubts about the values and truth we embrace. The investment is your life. It’s who you are!
The way to invest your life this way is to invest every part of your life in the Word. Hearing it (the Word) produces faith so spend time doing just that. Give heed to its principles, instruction, and ideas. As you grow spiritually, add quality time in God’s Word to move from belief to revelation, and from revelation to impartation. You’ll gain greater understanding to rightly interpret things as they unfold, even before they unfold – prophetically.
So prepare. Glean more from the Word. Draw from that deposit both now and in the days ahead. Frame every assignment from the Lord this way, with His Word, spoken aloud, and the assignment will align with His Word and accomplish what it must.
December 12, 2019
Psalm 106 identifies the obstacle that kept Israel outside the Promised Land—forty years in a desert wilderness, going in circles, so close yet so far from their promise. Israel’s failure was they forgot to remember God and His marvelous works, in their midst and on their behalf. Israel forgot to remember.
It’s the same for you and me when undisciplined thoughts focus on unmet desires, all those we do not haves. When the emphasis is what we don’t have rather than what we do, on dreams not yet realized more than those already satisfied, we forget to remember!
Choosing to remember the Lord and his goodness specifically calls to mind his benefits and then think about, emphasize, and meditate on those. When we remember to think this way, our entire being is strengthened.
Recall at least one Red Sea crossing, at least one life and death deliverance and one revelation that changed you. Recalling gives context to the present and, in context, your focus sharpens to realize it was the strongholds you allowed and not the devil that have been blocking your view.
Don’t forget to remember.
Psalm 106 | Exodus 17:14 | Joshua 10:13 | Malachi 3:16 | Verses@Once
December 11, 2019
When you pray put today’s most important intercession at the center of one circle; everything else, assign to a second circle. Now, with your spirit envision the Lord in the center of each circle. Move distractions aside and position the Lord prominently in the center—now begin to pray!
Enthrone Him as Lord. Do it with praise! Get up out of your seat and go for it! Build a throne for Him. Step into the hiding place of His power and establish His Lordship over people, places and things. Allow the strength of all that to come inside you; let it settle down into your human spirit so that your spirit becomes “as he is!”
Start to pray into your critical circle. Address everything to the center—to the One enthroned there. Magnify His greatness over every detail. Exalt His goodness over threat or imagination. Repent of dragging up old, emotional and relational wars. Tear down the images built by fear and fear’s expectation of loss. Create a different one—create an expectation consistent with what is taking place where God is.
Now, pray into the second circle. Spread your spiritual wings and take off! People on opposite sides of the world from you need your spiritual intercessions. Gather portions and send to those who have none. Many cannot wait another day for breakthrough, their lives are in the balance; they cannot win this alone but you can pray them through, and into, supernatural provision.
Now, check yourself—the thing you feared the most has left you—gone! Perfect love casts out all fear. There is no greater love than this—that a man lay down his own life for someone else. That’s what prayer is. Laying down your life. Selah!
Now, establish it—establish all that God has for both circles, saturated with Life, teaming with things that could not have been if you had not prayed. Insist in the spirit against everything that rivals His Kingdom come, and His will done.
1 John 4:17-18 | Nehemiah 8:10 | Psalm 32:7 | Habakkuk 3:4 | Isaiah 40 | Verses@Once
December 10, 2019
“For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are.” (Heb 4:12, NLT)
Similar to the way a metal detector fast-tracks in search of hidden objects, Scripture is an instrument of detection, sweeping back and forth over areas of our lives like the device searching for an object; like that instrument, the Word of God searches our thought life and can bring attention to wrong or misguided thinking. The function of the human mind as it processes thought explains why daily meditation in Scripture is important.
Outside thoughts enter the subconscious mind and are established, literally, before anyone knows they’re there! Hundreds of thoughts pass through the mind this way, some becoming a foundation for something we will eventually believe or trust in—including things we wouldn’t even consider at all, much less believe or trust in—if only we knew. The process is subliminal, “operating below the threshold of conscious perception, inadequate to produce conscious awareness but able to evoke a response.” (American Heritage Dictionary)
Meditation in God’s Word guards the mind and, like a lamp, exposes dark unbelief (developed from misguided thoughts) and doubt (the result of unbelief) that produce thoughts that question the Lord – His Word, His ways and most of all, His unquestionable love. The cumulative effect of such renegade thoughts and the belief systems they create muddies discernment until, eventually, the heart is drawn away from confident trust in God. At times like these, we need more light; we need more of God’s Word!
Difficult times overwhelm us only if we ignore the fact that God’s Word is our protection. It stabilizes our mind and causes light to flood our thinking. The result is confidence with an increase in faith, and strength to rise above anything that questions God’s love and His complete protection for us: For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are. (Heb 4:12, NLT)
Psalm 119:11 | Hebrews 4:12, NLT | Verses@Once
December 9, 2019
Knowing those who are divinely assigned to be with you is important. Their strengths support the plan He has shown you. Those He chooses, add increasingly as your assignment progresses… sufficient strength to begin plus the necessary talent-mix added as you go.
In the process, avoid any who are spiritually undisciplined, those with a stay-at-home mentality who cannot discern when a door has opened, and timing is right. Undisciplined people and attitudes are dull. Their focus is inward, usually selfish, and does not risk because they cannot risk. Yoked with an attitude like that you’ll become mired down with it.
When the Lord joins you to someone, He chooses disciples who know to pray first, and are willing to run ahead of the rest when necessary; those with supernatural wisdom greater than man-made strategies. Choose them—join strength with them. Theirs is strength you will need.
Never be unequally yoked.
Ephesians 4:15-16 | 1 Chronicles 12:8-9 | Verses @Once
December 8, 2019
Many people realize the spiritual contest that exists for the heart of every family and have given their lives to turning their bloodline away from curse and toward blessing. Their life is like the line drawn in the sand—not only do they stand in the gap for their family, but their commitment and determination place them squarely in the enemy’s crosshairs. Like the leader on the battlefield, the mission places them under unrelenting, day and night assault to weaken their resolve.
If you are one of the many with this mission, you’ll need disciplined focus. Don’t consider every tiny detail and possibility; instead, choose three points at a time—to move you from “all over the place” to a locked-in focus. Three things you know you have sufficient faith for because your faith is absolutely necessary to leverage small steps for the big picture outcome you envision.
Anyone can handle three things at one time, but few people can master everything… all at once. Stretched thin across multiple concerns you likely would not recognize the Lord’s moving in response to your prayers, intercessions, and efforts to see your family delivered. If you cannot discern favorable momentum in the battle, you just may begin each new day like you’re starting all over, unaware of momentum built beyond that starting point.
You need three things. Write them. Post them. Zero-in. Pray big prayers! When the three are accomplished, choose another three… then three more. By faith and patience inherit the promised outcome.
Hebrews 6:12| Romans 1:17 AMP | Psalm 107:40-42 | Verses@Once
December 6, 2019
You will always harvest what you plant. (Gal 6:7, NLT)
The principle of seedtime and harvest explains that my life today stems from yesterday’s seed; and because today I am a composite of yesterday’s thoughts and actions, I see within my own heart, as David saw in his heart, the fruit available for harvest in my life.
Rewards are a kind of fruit, connecting earlier fruit-producing actions to the reward… to a harvest. When I understand my actions connect my life to the reward of those actions and I know the source of those, I discover a great deal about my own heart and spirit.
Since actions often “speak louder than words” and reveal where my heart is invested, my actions help me to discern: Today’s fruit proceeds from the depths of my heart, exposing the source-seed of yesterday’s thoughts and actions. We will always harvest what we plant.
December 5, 2019
Collectively we benefit from the example of the rule-follower, the individual who readily yields to the leadership of the one in charge. Applied personally, when I know the rules and have already purposed to obey them my part is simple, freeing creativity and critical thinking to increase. Following the rules, what I bring to the table reflects the standard I steward and stands or falls on the merits of the standard.
Applied as one leading, having one good rule-follower on the team keeps the guard rails up for the mission so the focus remains missional rather than repetitive rule lectures. And also, in the soul of the leader is vision to lead as a king, in many ways a rule-follower who favors the rule of law. God said to Abraham, “I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.” You and I are the kings promised to Abraham’s lineage and like Issachar we understand the times and what must be done.
The presence of Almighty God comes when we obey His lead and follow His rule. Whatever He says to you, do it.
Genesis 17:6, 1 Chronicles 12:32, Daniel 1:20, John 2:5, Acts 3:22, Verses@Once
December 4, 2019
In your spiritual life, what you face today is not a repeat of something earlier, regardless of the similarities. It’s not the same because you are not the same. The last time you experienced this you were not as mature as you are today—not spiritually, emotionally, or in any sense. God’s strength in you plus your revelation and understanding of His will in the situation have increased.
Isaiah prophesied the Lord’s government rests on the shoulders of Jesus and that government doesn’t remain the same but is always expanding. His followers are transformed by the Spirit of the Lord—faith to faith, strength to strength, and glory to glory.
The Lord’s government in the situation is continually increasing. Your authority in the situation is increasing as well. In fact, the only thing reduced is Satan’s part—his interference lessens with every pass. In your spiritual life, each day you are more, and you have more. God-level integrity saturates you. Others observe your rise.
Today you are not the same as yesterday.
Amen, so be it.
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