Daily Devotions


Free Yourself

Recently I read again the story of Harriett Tubman, a female slave who experienced unimaginable suffering and physical scarring in captivity. A Christian, Harriett often retreated to nearby wooded areas to pray for God’s help to endure. Ultimately, she married a freed former slave but Harriett’s status continued—a “carrier” of slavery doomed to pass 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. Reaching the border of a free state Harriett had freed herself. The former slave lived to be 92 and came to be known as Moses for her role in starting the Underground Railroad in America in 1849. 

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. An enslaved woman understood freedom’s price and risked everything to be free—for herself, 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, do it. 

Amen. 

Psalm 139:13-15

Isaiah’s Word Concerning 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 54:13-17, 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, and emboldened to thwart the Lord’s plan. 

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, specific demonstrations 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.

Feast of Tabernacles Begins

Today is the first day of Sukkot, the most joyous festival on the Jewish calendar began last evening. Consider the impact of this important time when Israel celebrates the Lord’s Presence as He tabernacles with them, a demonstration of the eternal, covenant bond between Yahweh and His ancient Jewish people.

This divine presence appears in the life of King Solomon, is relayed in stories down through the generations and is well-known today: A queen from the land of Sheba—probably present-day Yemen—traveled to Jerusalem, a distance of about 1200 miles, to see for herself if reports of Solomon’s kingly wisdom and vast wealth were true.

She came as many do today, drawn to Israel’s renown, to Israel resourcefulness. It’s why the Hebrew nation was planted precisely as it is, placed strategically by the Lord Himself. Situated at trade crossroads, centered geographically since ancient times. Israel’s fame lies in the purposes of God—that men seeing kingly blessings upon the land respond as did the Queen, “Blessed be the Lord your God!”

This is the entrance God gives to every servant of His. For those in governments and medicine, markets and finance, military and civic service, education and agriculture, all are as Solomon in the call from the Lord… first unto Him, then strategically to crossroads of civilizations and cultures, connections where economies are affected.

Prophetically, our futures are designed this way. Divine purpose guides everything we do. His Great Name is our banner, our common bond. We establish righteous order as we go, on every level, including levels of wealth and power, everything is impacted by Solomon’s Lord—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and Israel’s national expression of the Lord’s goodness to the entire world… for His great name’s sake!

Amen.

Equipped To Rise Above It

We all face difficult situations and have learned to refuse be led by 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 are 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 care for you, 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

Not Down, Not Out

The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms. (Dt.33:27)

Many times those most right are unjustly accused of wrong; worse still are cases where individuals deeply established in truth are diminished or presumed unstable, or, in other words, out of their mind.

For them, time is an instrument of exposure and though seemingly time is not on their side, in fact it is! To say their resolve will break before time allows truth to be uncovered underestimates God’s power at work in them, on the side of those who favor a righteous cause. Believers with strength of resolve stand the test of time and emerge vindicated. 

You or someone you care about may appear near defeat—down. Factually however the Lord is underneath, lifting you up. The Lord’s love and majestic power is lifting you… up! Not down, not out. In the end you will emerge free, stable, standing upright, and in your right mind. 

The Spirit of God is a revealer. 

Amen.

Deuteronomy 33:27 

Come Up Here!

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”  (Revelation 4:1)

The aging apostle John, exiled on Patmos for his faith, was entirely alone when he heard a voice that called him upward with an invitation to be shown “things to come”, things that must take place in the future. 

Heaven’s message to John was the Revelation of the Son of God, the same powerful prophetic gift given to every believer. Today we hear the same voice John heard and that same Spirit calls us… come up! 

Especially now, in this time, see to it that your spirit remains strong. The soul makes demands of you and the flesh even more, but the voice of the Lord is heard in the heart—in the spirit of man. That call is always upward. Always higher.

Release your faith concerning the good things God has in store for you. Prophetic unction is vital for every fresh revelation and like John, who heard the voice and was “immediately in the Spirit” likewise, when you hear His prompting, understand that because Jesus the prophet lives in you and He is speaking, you can hear clearly and receive what he says to you.  

Amen. 

Revelation 4:1-2 | Revelation 1:1, 9-11 | Verses@Once 

By Faith

Those who know the Lord will be strong and do exploits, and those with understanding will instruct many. (Daniel 11:32-33)

I think the believer’s role is more identifiable now. We live in an hour when the Lord draws HIS line, separating justice from man’s watered-down substitute. God establishes the Kingdom of His Son inside the heart and for those who seek Him for this fulfillment there is a sense of urgency.  

That urgency has produced momentum. Prayer encourages more prayer… that encourages even more prayer. In prayer we see as God sees. in faith we usher in justice, first in the Spirit then the natural… on earth as it is in heaven! 

Humility opens the door. We receive the petitions we have asked of Him—answered prayer. This year justice arrives. Flatterers and the scoffer grow silent. Knowledge of the Lord and graced exploits by faithful men open the way. Thank God!   

Today, prayerfully align your life with His Kingdom government. Join your strength to champions of justice who lead. Pray for Life, motivated by the Spirit of Life. Cast out death and the spirit of death. In prayer and in declaration stand Kingdom-minded, thankful, bold. 

Amen.

Daniel 11:32-33 | 1 Corinthians 2:8-10 | Luke 11:1-4 | 1 John 5:14-15 | Verses@Once

Compelled By Love

Yom Kippur | Day of Atonement
10 Tishrei, 5780
 

Today is Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, the most solemn day of the Jewish year and the second of three fall feasts of the New Year 5780 which just began with Rosh Hashanah

Compelled by the love of our God, we pray in solidarity with our Jewish brothers on this Yom Kippur. We join with them according to the prayer-call given the Hebrew nation.

Sh’ma Yisrael Adonai Elohaynu Adonai Echad. 
  Hear, O Israel: the Lord our G-d, the Lord is One.Barukh Shem k’vod malkhuto l’olam va-ed
  Blessed be the Name of His glorious kingdom forever and ever.
 (Dt 6:4). 

Amen. 

Leviticus 16:29-30 | Leviticus 23:26-27 | Deuteronomy 6:4 | Psalm 122 | Verses@Once

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