Personal ambition should be weighed in light of God’s original design as seen in Abraham’s calling: In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed; and, in thee shall all nations be blessed.
The design given to Abraham is ours also—God’s foundational design for Abraham and his lineage is our blueprint. We are distinctive among our peers and as a family are blessed to bring forth the Kingdom: In you all the nations shall be blessed.
And so, our worldview should line up this way. The field we are called to is the place, geographically and otherwise, where we find increase, experience blessing and fulfillment and, in that field, we fill to the max and impact to the utmost all the Lord intended: Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven!
Agree with Him. Boldly prophesy your promotion in your calling-field. Declare all that must take place in that field, this year and next. The Lord knows details. He arranges.
You have sown and now He is moving behind the scenes. You have stood for Him, now His arm is bared to both vindicate you and reward your faithfulness. He knows. He is power. He is might. His reward is with Him.
Psalm 75:6 | Genesis 12:3 | Galatians 3:8 | Ephesians 1:4 | 1 Peter 1:20 | Luke 19:13 | Matthew 6:10 | Verses@Once
November 3, 2019
For he raised us from the dead along with Christ, and we are seated with him in the heavenly realms–all because we are one with Christ Jesus. And so God can always point to us as examples of the incredible wealth of his favor and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us through Christ Jesus.(Ephesians 2:6-7)
Don’t forget the position God gives you. You are seated with Him! Your day is filled with spiritual insight for understanding. Seated with Him you have an enviable position from which to address anything you’ll face today:
And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we are in God because we are in his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life. Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts. (1John 5:20-21)
Don’t forget. Always take the high road. Those closely connected to God are strong to do exploits, always taking the high road with poise to raise the bar for everyone around them. You are seated with Him. You are known for your wisdom. You have discernment to know exactly what to say.
Ephesians 2:6-7, NLT | 1 John 5:20-21, NLT | Verses@Once
November 1, 2019
So any person who knows what is right to do but does not do it, to him it is sin. (James 4:17 AMP)
This Sunday is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. A day of united prayer for Christians around the world who suffer because they are Christian. Many Christians around the world whose belief in, and worship of, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob suffer religious persecution while much of the world is silent.
Increasingly, Christians are being penalized for practicing their faith, or for refusing to convert to other religions. Persecution of Christians includes public beheadings, torture often resulting in death, and mass killings. Other followers of Christ are maligned, discredited, abused, imprisoned, discriminated against, and driven from their homes and families.
This Sunday the world will not be silent—this Sunday we will pray! Join with your prayers and raise your voices. Speak reversal to nations and powers where persecution exists. Ask God to comfort and rescue our Christian brothers and sisters.
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October 30, 2019
Now a certain woman… had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’” And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:25-34, NKJV
If you do not already confess God’s Word for your health regularly, begin now with daily healing declarations, using scriptures that will establish your faith. Thank God for spiritual and mental and emotional wholeness, also peace and mental confidence to believe and receive truth from His Word concerning the cause of sickness and disease and His will for us in health matters;
“Isaiah declared by His stripes we ARE healed. Peter confirmed by His stripes we WERE healed (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24). According to God’s Word, I am sanctified—set apart, appointed—to healing and divine health through the atoning blood of Jesus; His body was offered to purchase healing for me. (Hebrews 10:10).
“My life and health were purchased then, with that price. I choose to glorify God in my body and make my body subject to the All Powerful Spirit of the Living God (1 Corinthians 6:20, 9:27). I resist every force in my body that does not glorify God: I resist disease, I resist sickness, and I resist oppressive pharmacy spirits that weaken my spirit life (James 2:26).
“I declare the anointing of Jesus Christ is magnified in my body (Philippians 1:20). My body is not just one, but many parts; each part works together to produce the glory of God in my body! There is NO schism or division or breaking in my body! (1 Corinthians 12:14, 25)
“Ephesians 4:16 applies to my physical body. Each part is joined together by God to work wholeness and peace; every joint is “compacted” to supply full and vibrant health; and because of effectual working in every part, my body is increased with strength and is edified!
“I declare Colossians 2:19 over my physical body: I minister to every joint and each part holding my body together in wholeness and nourishing each joint and part to make my body strong. Jesus Christ has delivered me into wholeness and vibrant health with a full supply of His peace and “the increase of God” – increased strength, increased health in every part, including hidden parts of my body known only to the Lord, and increase in my entire being.
“I decree the increase of God for my life, my physical body and my health. I decree there is no sickness or disease in my body, in Jesus’ Name.”
Amen, so be it.
October 29, 2019
To the faithful person, God shows himself faithful. The Lord rewards faithful men and women. Faith to pray for them comes easily because, simply put, they are favored before the Lord. On their behalf the supernatural gift of faith activates when their needs become known.
By contrast and to make the point, the unfaithful person may experience God’s never-ending mercy. Perhaps because another person continually holds them before the Lord in prayer. But the unfaithful person is opposite to the one who is faithful… habitually refusing faithful discipline in practical, daily life and because they are not faithful, they cannot receive the same reward as the one found faithful.
There is no comparing an unfaithful man to one who is faithful. The LORD does not minimize a faithful man to bolster up or somehow balance the losing streak of an unfaithful man. So, so it’s not one at the expense of the other. The LORD is not in that because the two are not in the same class.
If God gave an unfaithful person the faithful man’s reward, the imbalance would work contrary to God’s plan for all involved. God our Father is loving and kind. He is also judge. His justice is always innocent, always perfectly just.
Psalm 18:23-27 | Matthew 25:20-22 | Verses@Once
October 28, 2019
The measure of a person’s character is seen when, despite impossible odds, they continue to press for the prize. Our Lord pressed. He moved toward Redemption’s plan and without hesitation resolved to go through as the Son of Man, ensuring victory over the plans of wicked and deceitful men for future generations.
As we press and remain insistent on the outcome we desire, others who have gotten away with a great deal will come to a punctuated stop. While we continue to press in prayer and action we undo corruption to exalt the Lord’s righteous cause – redemption!
In prayer announce a turn-around for your family and nation. Call forth the Lord’s plan. In covenant and with bold prayer and action, believe God for corruption to break. Turn the tide with prayer. Set a right course and lead generations out! And for you specifically… in prayer and by faith… press!
Proverbs 14:33-35 | Deuteronomy 28:7-9 | Verses@Once
October 27, 2019
We shouldn’t be surprised when pressures ramp up to deter our faith, tormenting thoughts we will never have our heart’s desire. We are not surprised because that’s precisely what pressure does—pressure creates self-doubt and God-doubt. Pressure crushes faith while simultaneously opening doors of depression as hope dwindles . . . on and on, and more of the same.
But remember, you have a covenant with Almighty God: “Delight yourself also in the Lord and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord) roll and repose every care of your load on Him); trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.” (Ps 37:4-5, AMPC)
Pressure and torment mingle to dissuade you that the desires in your heart are even possible. Trust in the Lord–do not give up one detail, one inch or one moment’s peace. Not one. None. Satan is a bully, a legalist, a liar; never listen to devilish threats from torment or pressure. Those never come from God. Never. Ever.
Make sure the Word of God profits you by “mixing (your) faith with (God’s) word.” His part is the Word. Your part is faith. Release your faith. Believe him. Do not doubt.
Amen – yes!
Psalm 37:4-5 AMPC | Hebrews 4:1-2 NKJV | Verses@Once
October 26, 2019
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. (2 Cor 2:14-17)
The Apostle Paul encouraged fellow believers to imitate his example of conduct and leadership; he encouraged they follow him as he followed the Lord, a same principle for all leadership roles today–parents to presidents.
Applying this principle to those who lead, we look for righteous qualities in their lives, then imitate those qualities. We are disappointed any time the men and women we esteem in this way fall short of our expectations. Realistically, aside from the Lord’s close watch upon our lives, none can stand against the complex, often satanic challenges heaped upon leaders.
On the positive side, in response to these challenges new resolve is often a result—resolve for greater integrity, greater commitment to guard personal behavior, and greater determination to imitate the Lord so others see His example alive and working through us.
1 Corinthians 11:1 | Romans 3:23 | 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 | Verses@Once
October 24, 2019
Two things are important: Faith to continually see ahead, and confidence in faith’s belief to stand, no matter what! One without the other limits my ability to prevail in the kind of prayer that leads to action on my part resulting in daily demonstrations from the Lord. His is the Kingdom. Selah!
Responsibility to influence has been given me. No question. Success comes from faith and confidence—faith to believe God and confidence that comes from faith to persevere, no matter what.
Glancing at the storm outside the ark, or a frantic reach for what to do next, could weaken my hold but true confidence means there’s no need to haplessly grasp about. Revelation of who I am and my purpose in God is greater. Neither storms nor the crowd move me.
Faith isn’t merely belief or hope. Faith is revelation of the written Word, activated in the heart to build upon hope and reward what I believe. Faith doesn’t fluctuate with crowds, winds, whim or threat. Faith is the real thing, operating above . . . a divine perspective from my seat in heavenly places—right beside the Lord.
What did the Lord say? Stay with that. Keep moving.
October 23, 2019
God establishes His authority through whomever He chooses. He manifests His love through those available for the mission, stirring hearts with divine purpose.
Think for instance of those at the wedding in Cana the day Jesus’ miracle ministry began: Mary was the catalyst; she set the stage. Exhorting Jesus to intervene when a shortage in provisions occurred, Mary instructed the servants to assist Him . . . “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
Mary obviously had authority in her demeanor, or possibly the tone of her voice, otherwise servants in the culture of that day would never submit to or accept instruction from a woman.
Besides Mary, the servants’ role was also important, their actions necessary for the miracle of the water pots. Had Mary not spoken or the servants ignored her 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!
Philippians 2:13 | John 2 | Verses@Once
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