Daily Devotions


Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem

Every year Jewish people around the world celebrate three important fall festivals. This year’s observance has just begun and with it, powerful reminders of God’s detailed plan for descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The roots of Christianity are in Judaism; therefore, Christians have a special love for the Jewish people and the State of Israel. We understand, honor, and consider holy the power of God’s covenant with Israel, both people and land.

“Because I love Zion, I will not keep still. Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent. I will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch. The nations will see your righteousness. World leaders will be blinded by your glory. And you will be given a new name by the Lord’s own mouth. The Lord will hold you in his hand for all to see—a splendid crown in the hand of God.” (Isaiah 62:1-3, NLT)

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
We bless Israel, the special land and people God has blessed. Father, we join our prayer declaration to Yours and pray for the peace of Jerusalem, declaring love for the city and Your ancient people Israel.

Amen!

Isaiah 62:1-3, NLT, Psalm 122:6, Psalm 122, Verses@Once

Rosh Hashanah

Today is the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month on the Jewish calendar, and the first day of the Jewish year 5778. The Jewish fall feast days began at sunset last evening and today is day one of The Feast of Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah.

Trumpets are blown throughout this Jewish feast day, marking the beginning of the Jewish New Year with a day of memorial, of holy convocation and Sabbath-rest. For Jews, it is a time to look carefully at mistakes of the year past and take action to correct those mistakes for the future.

This focus continues ten “days of awe” (Heb. Yamin Noraim) or days of repentance. The whole world is blessed by the richness of this season as the Word of the Lord goes forth from Jerusalem. Many respond and are blessed. Thank God!

Father, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem! We add blessing to the blessing you have declared for Your people Israel. We “delight in the delight” You have in this season and pray You will extend Your right hand over Israel and the Jewish people everywhere—bare Your arm Lord in their behalf and deliver them from every threat. We agree. So be it!

Amen! L’shana Tova!

Isaiah 2:3, Numbers 29:1Leviticus 23:24 

Awakened To Hear

The Jewish Feast of Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah, begins at sunset today. Throughout this first day of the Jewish New Year, called “the head of the year”, the awakening blast of the shofar calls attention as a new year and the fall festival season begin with ten days of reflection and repentance.

The shofar is a ram’s horn, significant in its role on Mt. Moriah when, as Abraham raised his knife over the sacrifice altar and Isaac his son of promise, a ram miraculously appeared, entangled by its horn in a nearby thicket. The message of Moriah is two-fold. Man’s obedience to the Lord’s voice and the Lord’s voice speaking in response to man’s obedience.

Christianity today would be very different if Abraham had not heard and obeyed the Lord. Likewise, God calls believers today to awaken to the meaning of this important time, and to pray for our Jewish brothers around the world, for Israel and our beloved city Jerusalem, city of the Great King. Truly, the Word did come to us from Zion. Thank God!

Amen.

Do Good To Israel

I look forward each year to the Jewish High Holidays, the fall feasts of the Lord. I appreciate them as special times of remembrance for the Jewish people, and as a season of revelation for the Church of our Lord Yeshua concerning His appointed mo’eds, set-apart times established by God and kept by His people.

In this Jewish holiday season God remembers your goodness to His people Israel. He remembers prayers for her and kindness shown to her. He remembers that you share in His desire to “again do good to Israel.” He remembers your righteousness, that you’ve stood with her.

The Lord remembers, His heart is to reward your righteousness. He rewards you because you favor His righteous cause. Drawing from Israel’s history Zechariah prophesied something the Lord is determined to repeat in her future. God promised to show His goodness to Israel! You are demonstration of Zechariah’s prophecy.

Concerning the Lord and His Word, for Israel and for the Church, every remembrance is treasured. Days of difficulty when His love disciplines us are good, as also are times of divine favor and reward. Anytime I purposefully call to remembrance the Lord’s hand in my life, His profound goodness covers and lifts me.

This year’s Jewish holidays begin Wednesday at sunset and continue through October 11th. As Christians, we can allow the goodness of the Lord and His eternal season (Heb. mo’ed) to enter our heart. Hallow the Lord in your home. Make room for Him. Celebrate Him. Celebrate His goodness. His plan is eternal. He is for you, who can be against you?

Amen.

Psalm 35:27, Zechariah 8:12-15, Zechariah 8, Verses@Once

The Eyes Of A King

“A king who sits on the throne of judgment
Scatters all evil with his eyes.”
(Proverbs 20:8)

We all benefit from people whose presence makes a difference: Their God-given authority is established so their countenance and expression supervise the atmosphere. If one is a king in the sense of having been sent by the Lord for specific Kingdom-building purposes their kingly authority commands both good and evil.

A person’s eyes reflect weakness or strength and even reveal depth of character. The eyes convey confident authority or expose its absence. The eyes represent vision to discern goodness and judge righteous choices.

To measure the value of one person’s presence, remove that person—remove that presence—and you’ll instantly know their value; and to measure the impact of an excellent spirit, remove the one exuding that spirit—remove their presence—and you’ll know.

The point is your presence is important. The Lord sends you with keen eyes and His marvelous, comforting presence. You are filled with His life-giving, excellent Spirit and your royal eyes really do scatter evil. Selah!

Amen.

Matthew 8:9-10, Proverbs 20:8, Revelation 1:6, Revelation 5:10, Verses@Once

So We Built The Wall

“So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work…So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house of Judah. Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon. Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me.”  Nehemiah 4:6, 16-18

God’s calling affects everything we do, including things small or routine. And the very heart of that calling is the ministry of reconciliation—bringing lives that are moving away from the Lord back to Him. Reconciliation is God’s heart for His creation and He calls us to it.

We are uniquely called and specifically gifted with spiritual abilities. As disciples we discern the area of gifting—your gift is unique to you, mine unique to me. We learn more about how each person specializes and accomplish more by putting it all together and working alongside one another.

The believer’s highest sense of fulfillment comes through their spiritual gifting, given them by the Lord as He calls forth that treasure from within. Every person is created this way and each has unique abilities to specialize in building the Kingdom—each is appointed to do certain things.

Some choose to live to themselves, ignoring the call, squandering the gift, and blind to divine purpose. Don’t do that—don’t waste what God has given you. Rather, invest it! Ask yourself, do I understand the calling; do I joyfully contribute my area of specialty; do I participate in my sovereign purpose?

So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. (Nehemiah 4:6)

Amen.

Nehemiah 4, 2 Corinthians 5:18-21, Verses @ Once

Personal Power

Many believe earthly rewards derive from giving of themselves to something. It’s why many invest personal power in earthly pursuits and pleasures, and why even those considered religious create their own brand of relationship with God to include personal indulgences. It also explains why, for them, the power has gone out!

Here’s the truth. True spiritual power is the most critical part of achieving any level of personal power. Yet many of God’s people do not have power in prayer and supernatural power to address life’s challenges; for them, true spiritual power has vanished like light disconnected from its power source and as a result personal power is small—very small.

In contrast, those who yield their personal strength to the Lord receive in the exchange more than their original investment. Because they honor and worship Him in everything, they receive from Him according to the same measure—all!

“Now unto Him that is able to keep me from falling, and to present me faultless before the presence of His glory with great joy, To the only wise God my Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever.”  Jude 1:24-25

Amen.

Revelation 5:12-14, Revelation 7:9-12, Revelation 17:13-14, Jude 1:24-25, Verses@ Once

The Gifts & Calling Remain Forever

For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn. (Romans 11:29, NLT)

Divinely situated at crossroads of trade and exchange, ancient Israel was blessed with favor to live distinctively among all peoples and cultures. God’s plan was that Israel—supernaturally chosen and gifted by God as special, favored, and blessed—would live above the norm, gaining distinction as a people to bring glory to Him. Throughout history, Israel’s distinctiveness has attracted world attention as both her land and people increasingly demonstrate a unique purpose and calling to woo all nations to their God.

The Christian’s calling is like Israel’s—designed by God and marked with favor, a display of the Lord’s purposes—to draw mankind to Him. Selah!

Amen.

Psalm 100:3, Romans 11, Verses @ Once

Listening In

I love the company of those like Isaiah who listen in on the Godhead and devote their lives to what they hear. They are the ones who truly have something to say – few words, profound depth. I love it!

Jesus’ message was uncommon and those who “had been with Jesus” left with an uncommon impartation of His wisdom. Jesus spoke eloquently to the crowds but neither He nor his disciples were considered educated men. The distinction came from their divine connection.

Modern disciples understand the mind of the Lord and His plan. For them destiny is known and valued, and elegance is the uncontrived benefit. I love being in their company where the Lord’s presence is as much powerful as elegant.

Many have been trained like this and now, power mantles are coming to this often-hidden company. The Lord stands in their midst, separating for distinction His proven ones.

Amen.

Isaiah 6:8, Acts 4:13, Verses@Once

Forerunner Father, Making Disciples

“Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes.
Three times I was beaten with rods.
Once I was stoned.
Three times I was shipwrecked.
Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea.
I have traveled on many long journeys.
I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers.
I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles.
I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas.
And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not.
I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights.
I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food.
I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm.
Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of my concern for all the churches.
Who is weak without my feeling that weakness?
Who is led astray, and I do not burn with anger?”
(2Cor 11:24-28, NLT)

Defying religion’s claims and resilient in the worst of circumstances the apostle opened a path, utilizing all means to offer the Kingdom freely to everyone—to the weak, the more, the Jews, those under the law, those without the law. To everyone. To all.

Paul makes clear how great is our salvation. That one man, filled with God’s Spirit, can be graced to build God’s Kingdom in his generation. Powerfully and unafraid.

Forerunner, father, disciple-maker. Paul led the way. Imitating his example, we step up. We now are sent to the work Paul began. We are forerunners and fathers, making disciples.  

The path Paul opened is open still. Tag—you’re it!

Amen.

2Corinthians 11:24-28, NLT, 1Corinthians 9:19-22, NKJV

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