Daily Devotions

View At The Top

Some of what we think is spiritual, isn’t. Natural means with rational thinking are in 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 always is from the top 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 the 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.


Amos 3:3, Job 33:4, Psalm 51:6, 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 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.


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

National Redemption

“The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do.” (Psalm 33:13)

In every nation seeds of greatness are seen in its contributions to mankind—a treasure reflected in the national persona, an expression of divine purpose and alignment with heaven’s plan. National virtue undergirds the kind of greatness that assures the future.

Also present are seeds of downfall and greed; this seed, sown carelessly and without regard for the future or destiny or calling, corrupts and breaks down national ethos. God blesses a righteous people but unrighteousness locks Him out.

And so we pray for our nation. In divine shaking greatness is birthed—a national awakening, a national redemption. The standard is raised and voices join in, unified as one, confronting the nation’s peril. One voice begins then more join in. The sound of the Lord comes!

Father, I decree spiritual strength and backbone in my nation to face every threat. I speak blessing and decree we will not “break” under weights of deceptive influence. Instead, I declare truth and virtue! We, your people, believe you to bring to pass Your Word concerning this nation. Destructive plans are found out and Your plan prevails. Divine purpose is established and many voices join this crescendo of prophetic declaration: Kingdom of God come! Will of God be done, in my nation according to the plan in heaven!


Psalm 33:13-19 | Psalm 33:8-22 | Verses@Once

New Strength, More Faith

Those in covenant with the Almighty are authorized to enforce His love in every setting, and align the 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, anytime wrong authority is in place, consider what it takes to “man-handle” the challenge. Attempts to bring order through sheer mental and emotional strength basically forfeit 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 cycles of stress and anxiety associated with living life in a toxic environment. Your faith joined to God’s authority puts the emphasis on God’s strength, not yours.

Here’s what you should do. Step up. Stop yielding to contrary voices. Stand tall. Speak clearly. Your harvest from all those faith-filled words means renewed personal strength plus energized faith that produces more of the same! Selah!


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

Prayer Far Above

Christian 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)


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



Raise The Bar

Prophetic insight is often a revelation from the Lord or a result of prophetic words from someone. This insight usually expresses more than we feel we deserve, something we don’t fully grasp in a natural sense, but because God’s ways are higher than man’s very best and His grace comes with that upward call, God’s best is never out of reach for you!

Prophetic insight speaks to something higher than we might ordinarily ponder. It “raises the bar” for us. Like when God sends words of encouragement to mature and move us forward, or when barriers that held us back are removed with a break-through sign, dream, or vision.

Each day the Lord prophetically raises the bar of possibilities for his people. He moves supernaturally on our behalf, so we ask for things beyond the scope of human possibility. He gives us a unique position for success . . . “seated with Him in heavenly places.”

So here’s the goal: We move forward with Kingdom mentality and a sure word of prophecy concerning that Kingdom. Prophetically speaking, our lives aim upward to the standard Jesus set and the path He has opened. Agree with Him. He knows how the end will be.

Amen – that’s good!

Ephesians 2:6, 2 Peter 1:19, Ephesians 4:13, Verses@Once


He Healed Them

The leader of the synagogue appealed to Jesus and received life for his dying daughter. A woman infirmed 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 expressed God’s love lavished upon people, His love a force religionists were powerless to stop – not then, not now! In context, many kinds of healings took place over a period of time and Jesus taught that healing-laborers were needed for every healing-harvest. The harvest he referred to was a harvest of all kinds of healings. Concerning such a time Jesus said His disciples should ask God for laborers, for plenty of them to pray for anyone who is sick, proclaiming the authority of God’s Word for healing . . . to every generation, despite the objection of unbelieving religionists.

This healing harvest Jesus described is consistent with the message He lived. People came to Him with all kinds of affliction. The Bible records a corresponding harvest, a healing harvest, healing for each kind of affliction. And even when there are too few workers since not many really knew God’s power, Jesus heals 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 lack is in people-laborers who believe the message.


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

Prophets, Wise Men, 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.


Voice of Authority

Change cannot happen until someone with God-given authority steps up. Unfortunately 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 – 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.


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

Rescue Mission

“And they will dwell safely there, build houses, and plant vineyards; yes, they will dwell securely, when I execute judgments on those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God.” (Ezekiel 28:26)

Four hundred years of bondage began as a rescue mission for the patriarch Jacob and his clan of seventy. The mission became history’s epic story of mass deliverance – a nation of millions, delivered overnight from slavery and hardship. Millions held for hundreds of years suddenly were freed, their tormentors urging their leave with gifts of gold and silver. Not a typical rescue mission.

Your personal deliverance can parallel this one. Covenant relationship with Almighty Gad calls every season a rescue season. The mercy of the LORD is everlasting, His judgments certain. God has intervened on your behalf. Doors that held you have opened. The impasse lifts. The siege is broken. You are free. You are home.

Your season of waiting has changed to one of rescue—to deliverance and a way of escape plus abundance.


Psalm 119:156 | Isaiah 26:9 | Ezekiel 28:26 | Verses@Once


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