Daily Devotions


Whatever He Says To You, Do It!

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 that day and culture would never submit to or accept instruction from a woman.

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! 

Amen.

Philippians 2:13 | John 2 | Verses@Once

Built To Last

“I believe that God can and wants to create good out of everything, even evil…I believe that God provides us with as much strength to resist as we need. But he does not give it in advance…We trust Him alone. In such a trust, all anxiety about the future must be overcome.” –Dietrich Bonheoffer (1906-1945)

The truth is we were built to last, our lives sent by the Lord, our mission success assured inside boundaries crafted by Him. Whatever comes, His plan will last. He will stay the course if I will. There’s every reason to trust Him, especially now. Reasons to trust Him far outweigh trendy provocations to doubt. We were built to last—for eternity.

Choose to live, not for the moment alone or only for the future, but with eternity as command central. Don’t try to impose your plan over His. Quit god-making. The Lord does not allow other gods before, ahead, or instead of Him.

Amen.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

Personal Chutzbah

There will always be people who are visionaries—individuals gifted with vision, hope and, most of all, a plan. Proportionately however the supply of those willing to see futuristically seems less; factor in steel-like courage for times like these or single-minded confidence in orchestration from the Almighty and the gap widens even further.

It’s why we are now seeing an uncovering of hidden ones, because those who should have taken the day didn’t, and individuals no one ever considered, have! These hidden ones made the most of their preparation; their single-minded confidence in divine leading has, well, prepared them. We are seeing them come forth now!

Prophetic and visionary leadership doesn’t occur in the back of the room or on the periphery of the crowd; rather, out in front where every individual benefits from the leader who envisions today before today, and allows a tomorrow of our collective spiritual and moral genius.

To build prophetically this way, we need gutsy, God-sent, God-inspired leaders who are humbled by the opportunity. We need added strength for those leaders who have and are now holding the line; and we need the entire body of God’s people to step up en masse as the people we must be for these times—visionaries with sufficient personal chutzpah to offer hope to the world.

Amen, so be it!

Daniel 10

 

Refuse Unbelief. Believe!

We grow spiritually and realize taking the same ground twice—due to careless words expressing the exact opposite of what we are believing for—is unnecessary if we can simply discipline our thoughts, words, and actions to agree precisely with what we claim to believe.

Supernatural hope is focused. Keep your eye on the continuum. Never back up and always continue to build. Place today’s advance atop yesterday’s and remember what you have invested; remember you believed the Lord was leading you then, so why question His leading now?

Refuse unbelief. Believe.

Amen.

Genesis 1:1-3

Primary Calling

Technology makes flow of information between nations possible. The exchange that results allows Christians to pray with specifics for other nations, for their present need. The genius of technology assists believers in their primary calling—prayer.

All creation groans for the manifestation of His people and by the Spirit of the Lord through passionate prayer we arise in significant manifestation to comfort all people, all nations. We hear a cry for rescue and respond, asking God to send salvation and rescue.

The objective of Christian prayer prophesied in Isaiah 61 and repeated in Luke’s Gospel confirms God’s covenant plan: Passionate prayer fuels missional disciples of Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit prayer is the power tool for rescue.

Amen. 

Isaiah 61:1-3,Luke 4:18-19, Verses@Once  

Free Yourself

Recently I read again the story of Harriett Tubman who as a slave experienced unimaginable suffering and physical scarring in captivity and was responsible for starting the Underground Railroad in America in 1849.

A Christian, Harriett often retreated to nearby wooded areas to pray for God’s help to endure. She eventually married a freed former slave, but Harriet was not free. Her status remained “carrier” of slavery, doomed to pass on slavery to her children.

This crossroads of her struggle drove her yet again to the secret wooded area to pray, pleading with God for freedom. Harriett heard the Lord answer, “free yourself.” She understood it was up to her, the Lord had released her. Harriett obeyed. She ran. Finally reaching the border of a free state Harriett had freed herself. The former slave who came to be called Moses lived to be 92.

Free yourself. That’s powerful. The Lord created you—you are fearfully and wonderfully made! What you do with His creation is your stewardship response. Just as an enslaved woman understood freedom’s price and risked everything to be free—for her, and her children and all who would follow her lead—by God’s grace, free yourself.

Steward the gift you are. Obey the Lord. Whatever He tells you to do, do it.

Amen.

Psalm 139:13-15

Isaiah’s Word Converning You

I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace. You will be secure under a government that is just and fair. Your enemies will stay far away. You will live in peace, and terror will not come near. If any nation comes to fight you, it is not because I sent them. Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat. “I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals beneath the forge and makes the weapons of destruction. And I have created the armies that destroy. But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken! (Is 43:13-17, NLT)

Concerning the LORD’s people, Isaiah describes a magnificent endowment, the blood covenant. Dating from ancient times and applied especially in the present, a course that specifically resonates in modern terms. Our season is joyful – full of joy!

You belong to the LORD. You do not melt in crisis. You are experienced in peace. You have His guardian watch (like an umpire) over each thought and word, and clearly see your mission in difficult times like these, framed by the LORD’s intention that, with your arrival on the scene HE arrives also: Christ in you the hope of glory.

 Hallelujah!

Amen.

Isaiah 54:13-17, Colossians 1:27, Isaiah 54, Verses@Once

Discipline

Disciplined behavior is a built-in safeguard to keep the path ahead aligned with divine purpose. What would we do without discipline’s training for life and what would we do without teachers who mentor and train according to discipline?  

We also see the snare that comes with refusing discipline. For those who despise oversight and corrective input from others, a path is carved by flesh-desire. Avoiding authority, manipulative, resistant to godly principle, presumptuous and self-destructive, self-willed, pretending to be wise. 

Undisciplined flesh speaks loudly. Undisciplined areas reveal the true story, usually a distortion of the one believed by undisciplined flesh and usually precursor to its downfall. Pride comes before a fall. 

As Christians we are doubly blessed—trained biblically by mentors and led by the Holy Spirit, a distinctive unique to Christianity. In Bible examples, those who modeled God’s leadership praised such training. Today also, we recognize the worth and are grateful to the Lord for mentors who train us to recognize discipline and for the Spirit’s leading to mature us spiritually.

Amen.

2 Peter 2:10 | 2 Corinthians 3:2 | Verses@Once

Kingdom Demonstration

As you pray today expect an unusual turn-around. Declare God’s Kingdom and His will, specificdemonstrations of His love. Take your stand on the Lord’s side. You have favor in unlikely settings and among unlikely people. You have divine ability for strategic, important, and world-changing opportunities. Expect miraculous outcomes in answer to prayer—one after another like dominoes. Pray the Kingdom of God come, and His will be done and remember the mission side of that prayer… we are responsible to advance that Kingdom.

For one thing, a revelation of Kingdom changes fenced-in notions that our work is a job and the purpose of work is to earn a living. Kingdom-minded believers know the area of our work factors into our life-assignment, a gift from God. We have a position, not a job. We do what we do, first and foremost, in demonstration of God’s love. For parents in the home, workers in an office, business owners or the entrepreneur – at every level of what we do – the call to walk in love demonstrating God’s will sets the stage for everything else.

Amen!

Equipped To Rise Above It

We all face difficult situations and have learned to refuse be ledby heartache—we know to shift into a different perspective.

Without the Lord, a person experiencing difficulty can be pitiful really. Their blow-by-blow story of their ordeal is exhausting. They tend to think everything is about them. They are selfish. They want it fixed yesterday. They’re rattled by anything that interrupts their routine and life as they know it. They think their burden is unique. They cannot get out of the hole because they will not stop digging. All that energy invested in rehearsing negatives over and over. Worst of all they’re religious, sometimes spiritual but never able to find the power switch.

Don’t be like that. Stand up. Don’t wallow. Stop thinking about it. Do your best. Serve others as sincerely as you can and don’t forget to take care of yourself so you’re not worn to a frazzle. You can do this. You can do it well! Your part is to believe God. Continue declaring faith. That’s your part. His part is to do the work—trust Him.

One thing about difficulty, it’s common to all. No one is exempt. It’s tempting to feel sorry for yourself when the water is troubled but remember the Lord in you is greater than any difficult experience. The person who is born from above—who is born again—knows the Lord personally and has unlimited use of His Name!

The born-again believer is completely equipped through the power of God’s Word combined with true spiritual prayer to rise above any and every difficulty.

You can. You will.

Amen.

Matthew 13:18-23

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