Daily Devotions


God Does It

Understanding what must be done, we never give up, lose heart, or delay moving forward with determination for God’s planned result—His prophesied outcome. Each day, as much and as often as necessary, we apply the Word we have from the Lord like a sword. In any battle an adversary works to wear down our resolve so that he gains control over us to break our confidence. Determined to defeat this adversary, we believe with visionary eyes and see the contest ending in our favor, settled—here on earth just like as it is in Heaven!

This is the Kingdom. The way we live. From a core of increasing strength, we reach for all that’s promised. Graceful strength overflows to everyone and everything around us, grace and strength like a bow aim us. Understanding battles in the unseen realm we never give up, never lose heart, and never stop short of God’s finale.

Strengthened, the battle that comes against us is the one we win. Prophetically and by faith, all is well.

Amen!

2 Kings 4:8-37, John 7:37-38, Romans 4:16-18, Hebrews 12:27, Ephesians 5:16-17, Verses @ Once

Ask For Wisdom

For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. (Luke 21:15, NKJV)

For I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you! (Luke 21:15, NLT)

We need wisdom. First, we need spiritual wisdom, communicated directly from the Holy Spirit. We also need human wisdom, gleaned from those around us respected for their exemplary lives.

For leaders especially, at every level, in any and every setting, the greatest need is for divine wisdom, to know how to lead since often decisions are made at the expenseof godly wisdom, sacrificed in the race to “get there.”

Discipline your thoughts and lifestyle to keep the Lord at the center. Ask Him first. When the Lord is central to our best efforts and strategically involved in all we put our hand to, many are drawn to the result, a divine flow—His wisdom, pure and without mixture.

Amen.

Luke 21:15, NKJV  | Luke 21:15, NLT | Proverbs 8:1-7 | Proverbs 30:5Psalm 119:9 | Psalm 19:8 | 1 John 3:2-3 | Verse@Once

 

Break The Cycle

Challenges 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

Faith Speaks

Faith and fear are opposites. For example, fear is frantic but faith speaks shalom—the peace that comes from being whole. By faith, anything the Lord entrusts to me I can steward, keep, advance, and express exactly as though the LORD were doing it.

Some believe fear is useful to create faith but that’s not true—fear can never ever produce genuine faith. Faith only comes from God’s Word, period. That’s it, nothing else—no technique, formula, pretense.

Listen. Fear has neverproduced faith. Fear only leads to more fear but faith alwaysproduces more confident faith, plus peace of heart and mind. Don’t mistake the difference.

Discern your situation. Determine your motivation – is it faith or fear? Faith begins where the will of God is known so you need to know what you believe. Then boldly live your belief, by faith!

Test yourself. Does what you say produce faith or fear? Speak what you believe—that’s your faith expression. Words matter as does lifestyle. People around you read what you believe. They listen to your words and watch your lifestyle. Others aren’t edified by exhaustive words and terminology that amendsthe Word of the Lord. Instead, simply speak the Word.

Faith speaks.

Amen.

2 Corinthians 4:13, 1 John 5:14-15. Verses@Once

Believe Him

Jesus told Lazarus’ sisters Mary and Martha if they could believe they would see the glory. That’s how we are to believe, to see glory! We do—we believe the Lord, that all He has promised he will do. We believe Him, and not only believe Him but also expect His glory. We believe.

In prayer, believing Him, we fully expect a spiritual awakening in this land—in the culture and among the people and congregations—a forward thrust and redemptive outpouring that awakens us to His power, with reports of personal deliverances eclipsing those we’ve heard or read about.

It matters what we say, it matters what we pray because Jesus presides over each confession, receiving words spoken in His presence. Like Him we aim to speak as the Father speaks and do as the Father does, and we, like Jesus, believe we are one with Him—Father, Son and Spirit.

Pray this way: I decree that Almighty God is working in my life and the life of my nation. I believe His awakening is here! And that He assigns government and authority according to His end-time plan. I decree sovereign, supernatural rescue for impossible situations with powerful divine interventions. The Almighty God stands up. He is ready to act!

Believe Him.

Amen.

Daniel 12:1-3Job 37:7 AMPC | John 11:40-44 | Verses@Once

Believed Accusation

Belief transports us. An idea sown into the subconscious, or unconscious, mind is stored there and ultimately available to form something believed. We dwell on it and even live as though it were true, allowing the idea and everything attached to enter our lives with the potential to carry us to its fulfillment.

Ideas come, take a place in our thoughts and begin to grow. Belief builds and develops until a belief structure settles into place. False accusations are this way—the innocent are deemed guilty not because they are but because someone decided they are.

Ultimately what began as opinion, suggestion, impression, concept, mental image or plan grows until little can be done to dissuade us. Too often we entertain wrong ideas and grow to believe in things the Lord has no part in.

Jesus said what develops in the heart eventually comes out—is spoken, or acted upon. Since what comes out actually first went in, we are wise to guard what we allow in.

Amen.

Mark 7:14-23

Prophetic Merger

For thus says the LORD: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:10-12

Believers are marked for destiny and when the storehouse inside is released, things can happen suddenly—the pace quickens, details resolve, the LORD syncs callings and authority with His glory. Destiny works in each life according to gifts placed there by the LORD.

It has little to do with age or privilege. Isaac was a late baby, Jesus arrived early; Solomon’s chariots were a formidable army, but Gideon’s three-man patrol had neither chariots nor army; Esther’s hour came suddenly but for Anna and Simeon, prophetic longing spanned two lifetimes.

God’s timing is governor and this joining together for combined strengths hinges prophetic outcomes that otherwise could not have been. At the appointed time, we are quickened — destinies intersect, strength multiplies, and an unimagined future snaps into place.

Amen.

Mark 6:7 | Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 | Verses@Once 

Divine Connection

Knowing those divinely assigned with you is important. Their strengths support the plan He has shown you. Those He chooses add increasingly as your assignment progresses… sufficient strength to begin plus the necessary talent-mix added as you go.

In the process, avoid any who are spiritually undisciplined, those with a stay-at-home mentality who cannot discern an when a door has opened and timing is right. Undisciplined people and attitudes are dull. Their focus is inward, usually selfish, and does not risk because they cannot risk. Yoked with an attitude like that you’ll become mired down with it.

When the Lord joins you to someone, He chooses disciples who know to pray first and are willing to run ahead of the rest when necessary; those with supernatural wisdom greater than man-made strategies. Choose them—join strength with them. Theirs is strength you will need.

Never be unequally yoked.

Amen.

Ephesians 4:15-16 | 1 Chronicles 12:8-9 | Verses @Once

Voice of Authority

Change doesn’t happen until someone with God-given authority steps up. Unfortunately, we are tempted to be silent and instead of leading our generation in the purposes of God we yield to the next, strongest influence, or most demanding voice.

In the process, leadership that does not reflect the Lord – a presence that once “in” opposes every valued standard, one by one, until it becomes obvious for all to see – replaces the contributions we should have made and by the time we realize what’s happened the presence that came to take over, has!

Practically speaking life in the natural can be done, even done well, without a shred of Bible faith. In the spiritual though it’s not the same and Paul made the distinction: We forfeit a higher, spiritual inheritance when we choose proverbial bowls of stew and their momentary relief or satisfaction.

The natural life and religious niceties are fine but not where you go in a crisis. When a natural, manageable-with-the intellect setting changes unexpectedly and becomes intensely dark, “natural” senses do not work as well.

In contrast, the true spiritual person sees, knows, and speaks with God-given authority, providing answers to life’s challenge with words of life, not just for personal needs but those of the whole world! The voice of the one who is spiritual steps up as a shofar blast of wisdom . . . to calm the storm.

The voice of the Lord thunders.

Amen.

Matthew 17:14-21, Psalm 29:2-4, Verses@Once

Not The Same

In spiritual life, what you face today is nota repeat of something earlier, regardless of similarities. It’s not the same because you are not the same. The last time you experienced this you were not as mature as you are today—not spiritually, emotionally, or in any sense. God’s strength in you and your revelation and understanding of His will in the situation have all increased.

In spiritual life, remember believers are transformed by the Spirit of the Lord—faith to faith, strength to strength, and glory to glory. Isaiah prophesied the Lord’s government rests on the shoulders of Jesus. That government doesn’t remain the same but is always expanding.

The Lord’s government in the situation increases. Your authority increases as well. In fact, the only thing reduced is Satan’s part—his interference lessens with every pass. In your spiritual life, each day you are more, and you have more. God-level integrity saturates you. Others observe your rise… they see it.

Today you are not the same as yesterday. You’re higher.

Amen, so be it.

Ephesians 1:15-23

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