Daily Devotions

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.


Proverbs 4

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.


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

Time To Draw The Line

Make your decision today. It’s time to draw the line and move forward. God is the Kingdom’s author and “not we ourselves” so ask Him to reveal “hidden things of darkness.”

Pray that way then allow Him to reveal truth about the root cause of destruction and loss. Be decisive. Remain single-minded. Remember deception born of half-baked or weak-willed thinking is weakness you cannot afford and an inheritance your children cannot endure.

It’s time to draw the line.


Psalm 100 | 1 Corinthians 4:5 | Verses@Once

Spirit of Faith

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 am 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 never produced faith. Fear only leads to more fear but faith always produces 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 amends the Word of the Lord. Instead, simply speak the Word.

Faith speaks.


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

Power of Believing

Belief transports us. An idea sown into the consciousness develops there and ultimately takes on the form of something believed. We dwell on it and even live as though it were true, allowing the idea and everything attached to enter our lives and 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. 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.


Mark 7:14-23

Divine Connections

Knowing those divinely assigned with you is a top priority. Their strengths complete the plan He has shown you. Those He chooses add increasingly as the 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 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, and who have supernatural wisdom greater than man-made strategies. They should be your choice—join strength with them. Theirs is strength you will need.

Never be unequally yoked.


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 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 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

Not The Same

In spiritual life, what you face today is not a 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 advanced as you are today—not spiritually, emotionally, or in anyway. God’s strength in you and your revelation and understanding of His will in the situation have all increased.

In spiritual life, remember that believers are transformed by the Spirit of the Lord—faith to faith, strength to strength and glory to glory. Also, Isaiah prophesied that our kingdom government rests on the shoulders of Jesus and its increase doesn’t remain the same but always expanding.

The Lord’s government in the situation increases. Your authority and His government are not less. In fact, the only thing reduced is Satan’s part—his heartbreaking 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 is not yesterday. You’re higher.

Amen, so be it.

Ephesians 1:15-23

Able To Discern

Not every voice represents the Lord. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit reveals the true spirit in what we hear—by the Holy Spirit we discern it. Godly standards are raised when individuals discern their part in the mission then do as the Lord directs in the highest and best way possible.

Countering every negative influence God decrees darkness can never overtake the light. Let your light shine. Let others see light evidenced in your life. Strength and beauty are in the Lord’s sanctuary—excellence and beauty thrive in where He is.

Discern the place where the Lord is gathering others to Himself, where groups of two or more continually prophesy (speak forth) God’s grace. You’ll find those who invest their lives building others up rather than accusing. Accusers think they know fully when in fact they do not.

Watch those who are on the Lord’s side and on the side of His people. Their humility counters pride. Their fear of the Lord fights for them.

Hallelujah! That’s good!


Matthew 5:16 | Psalm 96:6 | Reading: Book of Nehemiah | Verse@Once

Above The Load

You don’t have to know every fact and figure and wrangle control over all working parts to navigate this. God’s Word—His wisdom—is your base for anything tasked to you. Make His wisdom-word your priority, written plainly at the top of the page and, especially, on the tablet of your heart! Begin there, then order everything else under Wisdom’s covering.

On the other hand, if you’re thinking of taking it all on, personally, aside from God’s wisdom, well then yes, you’ll need to be on point in every detail. Arrive in command of all data plus keep mental and emotional superiority for leverage in an atmosphere charged with zero tolerance for human error. So, again, don’t miss anything. It’s all on you, you own this.

You see the difference, right? Believers differ in the way we see the assignment. We do not compare ourselves to those around us. We have revelation of God’s Word to stabilize so that our intellect is freed to create this project as God intends, His purpose for sending us in the first place. Because we carry his Word and presence into it.

Creativity doesn’t flow as well when you’re underneath the load. Stay above.


Zechariah 4:6-8, Deuteronomy 28:13, 2 Corinthians 10:12, Verses@Once


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