Daily Devotions


Comparing Spiritual To Spiritual

“These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1Corinthians 2:13-14).

Jesus’ disciples ministered with Him the day that over five thousand people were fed, the day He blessed five loaves and two fishes and miraculously there was enough food to satisfy thousands of hungry people. Obviously for those present that day, the miracle was not the action they expected; in fact, the disciples and possibly others too favored sending the people away hungry. Before Jesus’ blessing opened the way for supernatural supply their thoughts were far from a supernatural or miraculous solution.   

Despite a ministry relationship with Jesus, the disciples struggled to believe—for them, spiritual understanding remained limited. Like them, we might hesitate when the Lord by His Spirit lays claim to something we cannot explain, something beyond human ability. But in every season of our spiritual journey new revelation from the Lord provides an opportunity to experience more of God’s supernatural intervention in our lives. His miraculous power is supernatural—the more we agree with that power, the more of it we can experience. 

As our Lord’s Kingdom advances in ways we haven’t begun to fathom, His power appears daily in miraculous and supernatural outcomes . . . for those willing to believe Him.

Amen. 

The Voice of Redemption

Some things cannot be changed. Like consequences of earlier actions when hearts were insensitive and potential for harm wasn’t discerned. When we are like that, insensitive to the Holy Spirit, Seeds are planted we later regret and the harvest of that seed can be life-changing, something we wish we could change. Seedtime and harvest remain. 

The Lord continually moves to soften hearts away from poor choices. As we respond to the comfort of His grace we soften rather than stay with our stubborn-hearted pride. Today as fresh as the sun’s rising, His mercy presides over us. Mercy allows us to see and judge voices that drew us away; mercy also draws us back to safety.

The spiritually mature person knows both judgment and mercy: If it had not been for the Lord’s tender mercy new and fresh every morning we would have been consumed long before now! And were it not for certain judgments we would be doomed to a self-made wilderness, wandering without moisture, obeying the voice of our own goodness.


Thankfully some things can be changed. Today compassion is the voice we hear. We choose mercy and distance ourselves from the thing we cannot change and all that goes with it. We turn toward the direction of His voice, toward His leading to change both mind and heart. Redemption!   

Amen.

Lamentations 3:22-23 | Jeremiah 29:11 | Isaiah 57 | Verses@Once 

View At The Top

Some of what we think is spiritual, isn’t. Natural means and rational thinking are part of your God-given solution but that’s not where you begin. First trust the Lord with your whole being and intentionally doubt your own understanding. The Lord will lead you from there until you see as He sees, from above.

The Lord’s view is always from the top—above, and His eye concerning you is perfect. Make it your view, from the top, from heaven to earth. You need single-minded faith and a strategic mind that’s disciplined to clearly focus. Surround yourself with others like you—single minded, strategic, disciplined.

You’ll also need even-yoking. Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction? Core beliefs develop early so be sure those are right. You can believe a lie your whole life without realizing and usually the Truth is right in front of you… discernable but for that overarching, life-altering lie. Belief begets more belief, so core beliefs are critical. 

David prayed for truth in the deepest part of his being, in the hidden place of his true identity in God. That’s the right prayer.

Amen.

Amos 3:3 | Job 33:4 | Psalm 51:6 | Verses@Once 

His Authority In You

Those in covenant with the Almighty are authorized to enforce His love in every setting to align circumstances with His redemptive love for all involved. Christians who know Truth are the real influencers; they are not moved by hard situations but rather move the situation with God’s Word.

Comparatively, consider what it takes to “man-handle” the challenge when little-faith authority is in place. Attempts to bring order through sheer mental and emotional strength affect the spiritual role God designed for you—His authority, expressed in your words.  

Besides, since God-given authority speaks by faith, your own faith increases with every word you speak in faith. The subsequent release of power embedded in every Word of God renews you personally as you obey God’s leading.

Faith interrupts stress cycles associated with living life in a toxic environment. Your faith joined to God’s authority puts the emphasis on God’s strength, not yours. Your harvest from all those faith-filled words means renewed personal strength plus energized faith, together producing more of the same!

Amen.

Matthew 17:14-21 | Matthew 21:18-22 | Mark 11:20-26 | Verses@Once 

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 

When the storehouse of God’s purpose inside you is released things happen suddenly—including simple things you hadn’t really thought of before; and because this movement will be quick, the LORD leads to fine tune with His Spirit so you do not lose or miss any aspect of its supernatural unveiling. 

We are marked for this kind of merger as the ordinary shifts into destiny, a plan that has little to do with human staging: Solomon’s chariots were a massive army but Gideon’s three-man patrol had no chariots; Esther’s hour came suddenly but Anna and Simeon’s longing spanned a lifetime. Destiny works differently in each life but always to reveal a treasure already placed and scheduled by the LORD.

God’s timing is governor and joining together for combined strength hinges fullness that otherwise could not have been. The pace quickens, details resolve, and the LORD syncs people with His glory. Jesus sent them by two’s—two are better than one. Kingdoms merge—expertise and authority come together. At the appointed time we are quickened—destinies intersect, strength multiplies, and a future not imagined before snaps into place.

Amen. 

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

Prophets, Wise Men an​d Teachers

“Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers.” Matthew 23:34

Jesus confronts issues of the heart. Addressing the religious order of His day, Jesus confronted misdeeds and wrong thinking among the elite of the elite, the crème de la crème, whose religion was wrong because their hearts were wrong. And so, when He speaks to me today, the question for me, too, is not whether He has spoken or has He spoken clearly, but rather how much truth am I willing to hear?  

The Lord often speaks to us through others – including prophets, wise men, and teachers. To overlook the prophet or wise man is to bask in being continuously taught. There are, in fact, prophets and wise men as surely as there are teachers. Study with the teacher, align with the counsel of wise men, and heed prophetic insight from the prophet God sends, before an over-the-cliff plunge. 

Amen. 

Praying Far Above

Christians pray above the circumstances—above earthly powers, beyond mental limits and emotional involvement. And, because the Spirit leads our prayer, we confront details as the Spirit wills. The Holy Spirit prays this way—through us!  

— For you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. (Psalm 97:9)

— I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.  (Ephesians 1:18-23)

— And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. (Romans 8:26-27)

Amen!

Psalm 97:9 | Ephesians 1:18-23 | Romans 8:26-27 | 1 Samuel 3:7, 21 | Matthew 16:15-17 | Verses@Once 

He Healed Them

The synagogue leader appealed to Jesus and the life of his dying daughter was restored. A woman sick for twelve years touched His garment and was instantly delivered from her infirmity and its deteriorating effects. Two blind men asked Jesus for mercy and four blind eyes opened! Another man, mute from birth, received his miracle when Jesus cast out the demon cause, a public event observed by religious men looking to accuse Jesus. 

Healing deliverances in the Bible were demonstrations of God’s love lavished upon the people, a force that religionists were powerless to stop. In Jesus’ ministry many kinds of healings took place and Jesus said laborers were needed to bring in this harvest; the harvest he referred to was one of all kinds of healings. Jesus said His disciples should ask God for laborers to, for people to pray for anyone who is sick, proclaiming the authority of God’s Word for healing to every generation, despite objections from unbelieving religionists.  

This healing harvest Jesus described is consistent with the message He lived. People came to Him with all kinds of affliction and the Bible records a corresponding harvest—a healing harvest—healing for each kind of affliction. Even when there were too few workers, since not many really knew God’s power, Jesus healed them anyway, regardless of religious dictates to the contrary. There is no lack in God’s desire to heal because healing is a covenant provision. The only lack is people-laborers who believe the message.    

“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news (the Gospel) of the kingdom and curing all kinds of disease and every weakness and infirmity.” (Matt 9:35-38, AMP)

Amen. 

Matthew 9:18-34 | Mark 16:17-18 | Matthew 9:35-38, AMP | Verses@Once 

Voice of Authority

Change cannot happen until someone with God-given authority steps up. Unfortunately, we are tempted to be silent and instead of leading our generation for 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. 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 the proverbial bowl of stew and its momentary relief or satisfaction. 

The natural life and religious niceties are fine but not where you go in a crisis. When natural manageable-with-the intellect settings change unexpectedly and becoming intensely dark, naturalthings don’t work as well.

In contrast the true spiritual person sees, knows, and speaks with God-given authority, providing answers to life’s challenge, giving words of life not just for personal needs but for 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 17:14-21Psalm 29:2-4Verses@Once

   

Sent With Wisdom

These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.(1Cor 2:13)

Wisdom is not something we generate on our own – true wisdom comes from the Lord, a gift given to benefit all of mankind, a storehouse ready for those in need of wisdom. 

We are containers of that gift and the Holy Spirit orders the words we speak so that the storehouse is opened for those we are semt to. Comparing the wisdom of this age to God’s wisdom is impossible. There is no comparison. One is natural, the other supernatural!  

You and I are containers of the Lord in many ways as we “carry” Him into the details of our day. When we show up, He shows up. When we speak, He speaks. Our speaking is wisdom, graced to stand the test and carry the day… in His Name

His words spoken through us are “spirit and life to those who find them,” revealing answers and uncovering truth. Wisdom. 

Amen.

James 3:17John 6:631 Corinthians 2:13Verses@Once

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