Prophetically we partner with the Lord. We see ahead to envision the future, declaring Thy Kingdom come, Lord, thy will be done on earth as it is (just like it is) in heaven. We declare the Kingdom, a present “now” perspective combined with prophetic “future” expectation.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ proclaims God’s plan for His creation. The power of that plan is made known in His message and its demonstration, separating the hearer to it. Prophetic ministry declares something beyond—separating us for something better and greater.
Avoid anything that denies the importance of prophecy. Keep your own vision high—stay above the chatter. Preserve those deep roots in God, always reaching deeper. Depth calls for more depth and more truth and truth is a separator.
Today is Memorial Day in the United States—an annual remembrance of those who died serving our nation. Freedom is God’s gift; defending freedom often requires a high price, especially for those who sacrifice to serve and the many who have laid down their lives to protect and defend the freedoms we cherish as a nation.
Today’s devotion remembers friends in other nations who pray for America and are passionate concerning God’s plan for this nation. Thank you for your prayers and intercessions; without the strength your prayers provide, we could not continue to stand! Our prayers are with you and your nation – for your call from God and the welfare of your people. We fervently intercede for you, believing God will deliver as He has many times in the past.
For your nation and mine, we compare the present to an earlier time when the Lord decreed nations and tongues would join under His lordship, an evidence of His presence and ability to change the atmosphere for good.
In the U.S. and beyond, today is a time of solemn opportunity; our mutual ambassadorship with God’s global family increases as we remember. We gather spiritual portions here, to sow there; and likewise, receive a harvest of distant prayers… wisdom for what to do and strength to do it!
In the United States this is Memorial Day weekend, an annual time to commemorate American sacrifice, to honor our military members and express gratitude for their service; a time to pay tribute to those with battle injuries, especially those who gave their lives to defend our nation, our freedom.
The call of God covers every area of human existence, including that of the warrior—called to train, to discipline, to a noble cause. Biblically the power of armies is linked to the warrior’s resolve, God’s mark upon them the warrior’s calling.
The Lord Himself is commander, of spiritual armies and human battles. His will is to install righteous rule. He alone defines both war and peace and for every righteous cause it is He who teaches hands to war. He is strength for the warrior’s heart in battle, He gives the defender wisdom and divine counsel… when to avoid battle, when to boldly engage.
God warns men to not trust in weapons and points them to a future day when men will no longer learn war. Until then we honor the warrior-protector of life, of liberty and the pursuit thereof and we as well do our part—prayer to Almighty God seeking His sovereign hand to protect those willing to sacrifice in service to our country.
Lord, Captain of Heaven’s Armies, we honor You and those who serve our nation as warriors. We honor the memory of lives laid down for our freedom and commit to pray for those who now serve: Strong protector, mighty to save, give safe passage we pray.
God bless defenders of our land. God bless the United States of America!
The Navy Hymn
Every experience of spiritual opposition results in temptation to be disobedient in some way. Faced with the challenge, the degree to which Scripture is settled in my heart predicts whether I will obey Scripture’s leading… whether God’s Word is final authority in any given situation. If I obey in part only, taking control of the rest on my own, my unbeliefis found out.
We love the Lord and wouldn’t purposefully disobey His Word and leading. However, deceptively, sort of under the radar, areas of our lordship live large! Like Job, we fear worst possible scenarios and struggle to control matters we aren’t completely sure God will handle, especially in critical or life-threatening situations.
More often than we’d care to admit we use the strength of our will to remain controller-lord of things we sincerely think have been submitted to the Lord’s leading. To change that, learn to release those to the Lord and receive His peace in return, because two lords never work well.
It has been said that peace (Heb. shalom) will be the single greatest sign marking the life of end-time believers in the last of the last days leading to the Lord’s return.
2 Peter 2:19-22, Mark 16:17, Romans 12:21, 1 John 4:4, Verses@Once
And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” (Genesis 22:5)
In the center of all that’s going on, pressure has a voice—subtle at first, then demanding we conform to it. Experience teaches that to yield to that voice, for even one minute, doesn’t help. Yielding adds even more pressure followed by warfare and Satan’s attempt to discredit your true voice of authority, your final word in any and every trial, God’s Word.
Reverse all that! Reverse that pressure—turn it back! Refuse to conform to it. Resist its demand to disbelieve. You have authority to determine your boundaries—your voice is the authority, you say how it will be. You speak to the pressure mountain and it obeys!
Faith speaks now — right now! Throughout the process, all along the way, at every crossroads, beginning to end. Your faith presides over your life, speaking the final say in the matter. Faith predicts the desired result.
Our words spoken in faith are backed by divine power. They stand guard against every enemy intruder. Jesus is author (the beginning) and the finisher (the end) of our faith. He is our entrance as we begin and the amen as we finish. He has the last word. So, go ahead and speak it! Don’t wait for pressure’s next demand to speak. Instead, you speak. You declare the end, receive the end (the desired outcome) of your faith.
Abraham said to the servants, “the lad and I will come back to you.”
Amen—the end is better!
Genesis 22:5 | 1 Peter 1: 3-9 | Hebrews 10:38 | Hebrews 11:1 | Ecclesiastes 7:8 | Isaiah 46:10 | Verses@Once
Discipline is a built-in safeguard to remain aligned with God’s purposes. What would we do without discipline’s training for life, and what would we do without teachers who mentor and train us to choose a disciplined lifestyle?
For those who despise discipline, a path is carved by flesh-desire. Avoiding authority, manipulative of divine principle, presumptuous and self-destructive, self-willed, pretending to be wise yet proudly emboldened to thwart the Lord. Undisciplined flesh speaks loudly, and undisciplined areas tell a story, a distortion of the message God intended.
As Christians we are doubly blessed—trained biblically by mentors and led by the Holy Spirit, a distinction totally unique to Christianity. Biblical examples of those who modeled God’s leadership praised such training. Today also, we recognize the worth and are grateful for the Spirit’s leading, our guide to discipline for life.
2 Peter 2:10 | 2 Corinthians 3:2 | Verses@Once
The Lord puts people together. He joins details and specifics. The teacher is chosen then, those who will be taught are chosen. Anytime you lean-in to hear it’s because you are being drawn—right? You could not hear if you were not drawn, right? Right. By God’s Spirit you are drawn… compelled.
God creates His Kingdom work then invites our participation. We bring into the already supernatural mix, the anointing on our lives, a special and unique presence. Ultimately, anointings join together, making a difference in the teacher’s message and creating a corporate anointing. Multiple individuals join together to create more… a corporate expression.
Prophetic words spoken to those unfamiliar with or hostile to the prophetic anointing do not result in the same message depth as when spoken to those who are drawn… who have depth within, the place in their spirits where there’s a certain connection between the prophetic word God has and the people who long to hear.
The Lord does it.
David experienced the full gamut of regret and humiliation, also great joy and heights of worship. As psalmist writing about his life, David penned the importance of taking everything to the Lord. Habakkuk, too, sought Him this way for divine perspective.
Everything in life carries core influences that move toward an outcome: Every issue has a mixture of motives and every movement has a spirit that drives it, influencing people to do what they do. In the process surface details may be obvious but less clear is the spirit at the heart of the matter.
It’s why we hold everything before the Lord. He judges and marks some things for removal from our lives. For your part, before lamenting something not right, do as David did. Plead your case! Declare things you have done right. In prayer hold those before the Lord—remind Him.
Prayerfully declare: Lord, you have prepared me for exploits. For days and months and years I have shared in great things by your hand. Today, based upon Your excellence within me and Your Lordship over me, I reach from eternity-present into eternity-future and release my faith… for a miracle.
Amen! So be it!
Luke 21:15 ASV | Psalm 51 | Habakkuk 2:1 | Verses@Once
The Lord remembers your gift and calling, deposits of His Spirit made into your soul. He does not change His mind about those but watches over them faithfully.
Guard the vision He gave you. It is a treasure. A much-needed indispensable part! Facilitating the vision of others is noble but don’t forget the Lord’s word to you. It takes less effort and is less costly to do someone else’s vision, though maybe at the expense of your own. Do your best to avoid that.
Be sure to complete the Lord’s word…to you. Don’t put it off. Remember first of all it is required that a steward be found faithful. Avoid religion’s pull to define you. Focus again. Remain clear. Stay with the words He spoke to you.
Romans 11:29 | 2Peter 1:17-19 | 1Corinthians 4:2 | Nehemiah 9:7-8 | Verses@Once
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