Daily Devotions


Supernatural

Truths we awaken to by study and discipline lead us to relevant spiritual excellence for this generation; and, those truths, quickened by the Spirit and developed in the heart, transfer to family members and all those the Lord places in our sphere of influence. Our lives are supernatural really because we carry the Lord with us as we go: “Our lives are a fragrance presented by Christ to God…to those who are being saved we are a life-giving perfume.”

Life-giving is our hope, our fervent expectation. And that hope is not ashamed but continues daily, increasing in the expectation that as God-vision and human-hope converge, the message we live, plain-spoken or eloquent, hits the mark and accomplishes the goal: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Amen.

Romans 5:5 | 2Corinthians 2:15-16 | Matthew 6:10 | Verses@Once

Grace

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:11-14)

The Lord’s grace is sufficient for each day and nothing escapes the goodness of God expressed in His grace. Those who gratefully receive grace to live above condemnation are freed from religion’s legalism, knowing missteps are covered as we give our all, our very best, in pursuit of and aligned with His Word.

Grace teaches us to believe strongly, stand firmly, lead by example, live demonstrative faith and love God completely; true Bible grace is a stronghold for the godly, a joy greater than weak-willed excuses and a triumph of redemption over rigid and legalistic doctrine; God’s grace silences rule-mongers and gives voice to born-again hearts who honor His Word and reach by faith for the highest heights of His love.

Grace also teaches us to say “no” to ungodly and worldly passions; grace encourages self-controlled lifestyles and righteous living despite the noise of our culture. Jesus gives redemption from wickedness to purify and set apart for Himself. He is Grace. He makes a way even when there is no way. Grace leads the way out!

Amen.

Titus 2: 11-14, NLT

Ref: Grace and Peace to you.
Romans 1:7, 1Corinthians 1:3, 2Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, Ephesians 1:2, Philippians 1:2, Colossians 1:2, 1Thessalonians 1:1, 2Thessalonians 1:2, & Philemon 1:3

He Will Make You A House

And so you can be sure the future of your house is also settled: Also, the Lord tells you that He will make you a house! (2Samuel 7:11)

The future of the Lord’s house is settled—the city of Jerusalem on earth and that heavenly city “Jerusalem above” will merge. In the meantime, the Lord reveals his will and works his plan through those with understanding of the times, through those willing to build.

The Lord tells us when to build, when to tear down and when to go up. This revelation, given by God to decisive people, builds up everything in its path. In the process His goodness is established by righteous, God-inspired decisions, one step at a time—building.

Concerning your own house—your spiritual and physical house—critical decision-making unlocks important next steps. As you act on what He tells you, He merges both spiritual and physical for all He is building through you.

Amen.

Psalm 122:3 | Revelation 21:2—3:12 | Galatians 4:26 | 2 Samuel 7 | Verse@Once

Convergence

The Lord’s end time plan unfolds and with it, divine pressure applied to things He never intended, refining everything excellent into one thing–convergence! It’s what we see now, prophetically as all things come together, including all that’s taken place until now, a new form unlike the old one, uniquely created by refining processes over time.

Convergence means to unite or merge groups or tendencies that originally were opposed or very different. For example, Jerusalem is in convergence. Jerusalem is “a city compacted together”, the city on earth converging with the Jerusalem above . . . a city above a city, converging more and more to fulfill John’s vision in The Revelation: “And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven.”  Heaven and earth draw closer.

God walked with Adam in the garden until that relationship was lost, but at Calvary and since, all those born-again are restored under Adam’s original open heaven, God’s Spirit resident now and His heavens moving into position for that future day. We often pray Lord, rend the heavens and come down, a prophetic calling forth of a future day when the Lord Himself will literally, split the Eastern sky and come down!

Best of all, God’s people are in convergence; a supernatural joining, overshadowing conditions around us, nothing held back! For you, this means an avalanche of revelation and goodness, breakthrough and overthrow; the thief is bound, the spoiler found out, and corruption is driven from governance.

It’s what we pray for. I believe it.

Amen!

Psalm 122:3 | Revelation 3:12; 21:2 | Genesis 3:8 | Verses@Once

Break The Cycle

Challenges mark then draw us to confront the elements involved. With the confrontation, recurring patterns emerge, each strengthened to occur yet again. The pattern tells a story of personal strengths and weaknesses.

In the same way that history repeats itself, our lives create a history of patterns—cycles. While we should definitely learn from past experiences, refuse to mentally re-entertain them again and again. Learn from them and move on. Refuse to hear the same old harmful messages that come against you—refuse their oppressive, hypnotic influence.

Ignoring history insures its repeat; ignoring our own behavior and response patterns insures their repeat. Every disease has a spiritual root, every hurtful act perpetrated on another has consequences and every hurtful act received marks us.

Step away from the contest.
Discern destructive elements.
Do not sugar-coat the facts.
Now, step back in and break the cycle.

Amen.

Proverbs 4

Bordered By Watchers

Christians are placed strategically by the Lord to bring prayer and intercession that strengthens godly influences.

  • Land borders are crucial – they establish authority and jurisdiction. Spiritual “watchers” take their posts to watch for and resist illegal, ungodly spiritual forces along points of entry.
  • Borders of moral restraint – of behavior and conscience – form standards that must not fail through negligence. Godly parents lead the way in this protection of sound values through diligent watching for the heart of their home.
  • Borders of freedom are watched over by godly champions who “watch for” the opportune time and an open door to boldly speak and fearlessly debate until the opposition yields and the tide of public discourse is turned.

In the United States vision, courage and the spirit of the watchman rise to also stand with other nations desiring God’s borders for their land and people. We stand in prayer as bold prophets, as watchmen voices, extended globally in fervent, corporate prayer until mountainous obstacles move!  

Amen, so be it! 

Daniel 4

Strong Hand of the Lord

And the LORD said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. 8 So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up 19But I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not even by a mighty hand. 20 So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in its midst; and after that he will let you go. 21 And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be, when you go, that you shall not go empty-handed. 22 But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, namely, of her who dwells near her house, articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.” (Exodus 3:7-8, 19-22)

The Lord extends His hand and things happen. Any Bible reference to the hand of the Lord points to a release of His power with two results:

  • God’s people blessed and
  • their enemies destroyed—eradicated, not just contained

Concerning anything taken and withheld from you, the time is now for the hand of the Lord to come, to completely eradicate the spiritual source responsible. For your part, declare the Hand of the Lord to take back and restore, multiplied.

Prayerfully gather your sons and daughters and grandchildren and symbolically, with your right hand, touch each one and declare, “Father, release the power of your hand against the enemy in their lives. Restore. Take back. Deliver.”

Amen.

Exodus 3:7-8, 19-22

True Authority

Observers of Jesus’ ministry witnessed divine authority in operation. Jesus said His followers would have the same supernatural endowment, the same divine authority: “Anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done and even greater works . . .”

Knowing we have His authority means power to establish Kingdom authority in every place. Jesus said, “… the ruler of this world approaches; He has no power over me.” Enemies of the Lord’s Kingdom are not more powerful that He – His authority is greater and as disciples we are His authority, a release of power in His Name.

True authority is foundational to decisive leadership—we need that; but authority can also be destructive—overriding everything and everyone, superior and without humility and, obviously, we do not need that.

Jesus said the world doesn’t recognize (isn’t even looking for) the authority and leadership He gives through the agent of His Spirit. Unlike the world and the world system, disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ base everything on the Spirit’s work, trusting the Spirit’s leadership to truth: “He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”

True authority is foundational to true leadership: Without the foundations, what will the righteous do?

Amen.

John 13:3-4 | John 14:30 | John 14:15-17 | John 14:12 | Psalm 11:3 | Verses@Once

No Jezebel

It used to be that the only familiar member of the five-fold ministry—and the lone individual allowed to lead the church—was the pastor, and even the pastor, it was believed, must be male. A woman’s leadership in the Church was rare with a possible exception of the pastor’s wife or daughter or family member, his male oversight considered a proper restraint for the female’s natural inclination to foolishness.

Another misconception, a superstition, was drawn from the biblical story of the woman Jezebel who, as queen, manipulated those in authority, ruling everyone including her husband with an iron hand. This Jezebel, it was believed, is reincarnated in most women, especially women leaders.

This error meant the church in general, and male leaders in particular, labeled any women who dared venture into governmental roles, spiritual or otherwise, a Jezebel. Unfortunately, the same leaders looked the other way when a male in leadership behaved like the power-obsessed character Jezebel, destructively dominating and controlling everything and everyone.

Obviously, resistance to authority was never a female-only issue, therefore gender specific traditions that sidelined women couldn’t inoculate the Church from Jezebel’s influences—in pivotal and historic times of the Holy Spirit’s moving male leaders have resisted the Holy Spirit in worship, prayer, and matters of spiritual authority.

God-given authority, misused by any individual, has the power to dominate inappropriately; however, every individual, male or female, can choose instead true humility and a right balance for skillful, decisive leadership by the man or woman God chooses.

Thank God.

Amen.

Galatians 3:27-29 | Ephesians 1:22-23 | 1Corinthians 12:7 | Verses@Once

Governmental

Government insures order and accountability, makes secure, and establishes a foundation to build upon. Every person governs in some way and those who govern are also expected to submit to being governed on some level.

Every Christian has spiritual authority to govern. Each has governmental authority in spiritual matters, in a spiritual sense. The believer’s spiritual authority includes leadership within prescribed boundaries and, within those boundaries, authority does and should include headship.

In the Church those with specific governing gifts are God’s provision for specific leadership roles in His Church, Look around you. Who is in the place of authority? Who is decisively leading? Who has a leadership mantle and God-given authority to govern?

Amen.

Isaiah 9:6-7 | Proverbs 20:5 | Proverbs 21:1 | Verses@Once

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