Daily Devotions


Believe For A Miracle

“Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.” (Luke 6: 51-52)

“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)

Despite close relationship with Jesusthe disciples struggled to believe. Obviously for them moving beyond their personal level of spiritual experience and into the miracles in Jesus’ ministry was not a simple matter. Their understanding was limited.

Like them, we hesitate when the Spirit of God does something we cannot explain intellectually, something awkward to explain. The reason we hesitate is because the mind naturally overrules anything we cannot understand, and the heart hardens in unbelief. We must understand completely, or we will not believe.

God’s miracles are supernatural and only if we can believe the power of that. The Lord reveals truth to us through His Holy Spirit and we receive this Spirit ministry one way only—spiritually, through the spirit heart. This is the way our Spirit life works.

Stay in faith for the impossible right now. Agree with God’s love. Agree with His power. Believe Him. Don’t stop.

Amen.

 

The Forerunner

Where Jesus has entered in for us [in advance], a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:20, AMP

Some individuals go ahead of the rest, their lives opening a path that leads the way for others to pursue the Kingdom. We honor these mentors as forerunners for our future. We have prospered standing on their shoulders.

Humanly speaking, those who demonstrate personal effort and achievement seem to stand out more than the ones doing critical groundwork to pave the way. We typically notice obvious achievements more than those behind the scenes doing the spiritual heavy-lifting.

A spiritual approach is different. Anyone who is spiritually mature realizes we are blessed to step into much for which we personally have paid little. A forerunner paid the greater price, investing in rigors we may never know. The true estimation of how far we’ve come includes their sacrifice to get us there!

Go back to where the forerunner’s mark established and launched you; go back to the genesis of your journey with the Lord. Identify those who opened the way. Thank God for them. Pray for them. Rehearse their counsel and imitate their courage and then do the same for those who have begun to follow you.

Amen.

Windows In Heaven

So an officer of the king . . . answered the man of God, “Look, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” (2Kings 7:2)

Previous generations saw it and many today also see – a window in heaven is opened! A Kingdom system and people are revealed and Jesus’ prophetic prayer is being fulfilled. Those “kept from the world” by Him are one with the Father and Son.

Jesus completed His earth mission as the Son of Man and became first fruits and forerunner of many brethren. Now Christ-followers in every nation arise to complete the mission with supernatural power and grace, endowments from “Our Father.”

My mouth shall tell of Your righteousnes
         And Your salvation all the day,
         For I do not know their limits.
I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD;
         I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.
O God, You have taught me from my youth;
         And to this day I declare Your wondrous works.
Now also when I am old and grayheaded,
         O God, do not forsake me,
        Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
        Your power to everyone who is to come.

Amen – so be it!

John 17:21-22| Romans 11:16| Romans 8:29| Psalm 71:18| Psalm 71:15-18| Verses@Once

Reading:
2 Kings 6:8-23
2 Kings 6:24-7:2
2 Kings 7

Steady Diet Of The Word

For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the [a]breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart (Heb. 4:12, AMP).

A steady diet of taking in the Word of God brings discipline to our lives. The Word settles into the heart and is stored there, ready to be Holy Spirit administered when spirit-led responses are needed. Disciplined lives mean we are able to conform to God’s plan rather than waffling to another system or source so that whatever the need, an outcome consistent with our Bible-covenant revealed in God’s written Word is our expectation.

We must have this discipline for personal faith to be strong—full of true spiritual strength and able to offer Bible-sized results. Worldview followers of every imaginable persuasion give one hundred per cent to their cause, but our leaders too often ask too little of us; instead of lifestyle excellence as agents of divine help for the world around us, the resulting impression we give is comme ci, comme ca. . . lukewarm.

It takes time, study, and purposeful research in God’s Word to build mature faith: So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom 10:17).

Amen.

Disciplined Faith

Embracing God’s call matures and positions us for leadership both in the Church and culture. Disciplined faith is distinctive and discipleship marks in a distinctive way. We belong to that spiritual lineage, marked for that greatness. Like Ezekiel’s river, we go deeper. We began ankle-deep but going deeper and with more revelation soon the water came to our knees, then deeper still and soon the waters around us were waist-deep.

Like Ezekiel’s river, the marking of our discipleship corresponds to depths of revelation knowledge until suddenly, the water is too deep to cross or navigate on foot and we become one with the river—we become one with the will of God.

It has been said true relationship with the Lord joins His will to mine—I become one with His will . . . I become the will of God! I agree, and like you, passionate pursuit of His will for my life and in relationship with Him, I become! In relationship with Him disciples become one with the Lord; we mature in knowledge, check for progress, evaluate fruit produced, and reach beyond surface levels—for depth!

The world around us, even some Christian circles, may go the other way—away from increasing relationship with and away from deeper revelation of the Lord but disciplined faith is distinctive and discipleship marks in a distinctive way. There are converts everywhere but fewer disciples.

Amen.

Ezekiel 27:1-8, John 14:6, John 17:6, Ezekiel 47, John 17, Verses@Once

Faith, Not Fear

Faith and fear are opposite. Some believe fear useful to create faith but that’s not true. Fear cannotproduce faith. Faith only comes from God’s Word, period. That’s it, nothing else—no technique, formula or pretense.

Listen. Fear has neverproduced faith. Fear only produces more fear. Faith alwaysproduces confident peace of heart and mind. There’s no mistaking the difference. For example, fear produces something frantic, but faith speaks shalom—the peace that comes from being whole. That means anything the Lord entrusts to me I am able to steward, keep, advance, and express exactly as though the LORD were doing it.

Discern the situation you face today and determine which is your motivation – faith, or fear? Faith begins where the will of God is known so settle what you believe about it, then boldly live your belief. You can only do that by faith!

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

Discipleship is critical, maturity easy to spot, and the spirit of faith speaks.

What did God say?
What do I believe about what He said?
Have I embraced HIS words and
do I trust Him completely?
Boom. There you go.

Amen.

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

Purity To Believe

Confident trust that believes God develops in a pure conscience. You and I believe Him best when we guard against anything that contaminates our conscience, against opposing views that contradict Bible faith. Instead, we simply believe Him.

Human opinion or presumption of anything, factual or not, that lies beyond God’s wisdom distract from a sincere capacity for purity, from virtue that strengthens belief and refuses to accuse the Lord when conditions around us change in a way we don’t (immediately) understand.

As inspiration is drawn from the place of purity within, in the inner man of the heart, the opposite of distraction results. Pure, poised confidence concerning the Lord and His Word becomes the mindset, developed because purity of expression matures as we believe Him more and more.

Confident belief produces more and greater confident belief. When I “believe God,” I believe it will be as He said—period.

Amen.

Deuteronomy 1:31-33, Deuteronomy 9:22-24, Mark 9:22-24, John 11:39-41, Verses@Once

Cliff Hanging

Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord:His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come to us as the rain.” Hosea 6:3, KJV 

In every God-inspired venture the person with sufficient maturity to obey the Lord emerges to lead. Their faith gives substance to inspired hope that moves forward until the path becomes visible in a natural sense.

If your mission today calls you to be that leader, confront difficult doors with faith-filled words – faith will open them! Along the way, if the process becomes risky that doesn’t mean your direction is wrong – use your faith! Others may not see what you seebut they will come alongside and walk with you if your leadership is decisive.

For you and them, at points where you must decide to move forward or remain in safe, less-complicated territory, remember the example of our Lord – He kept moving! Jesus understood times and seasons and, prompted by His Father, in right timing and the place of God’s choosing, He kept moving, according to Divine mandate.

Follow His example: Refuse to hangbetween multiplied mental possibilities; move forward, away from the precipice of indecision. Don’t be distracted by worst-case outcomes that paralyze faith. Without your active faith, there can be no substance, no evidence, of God’s leading; fear waits in situations like that to, at an opportune time, take over your leadership and dominate your decision-making.

Do as our Lord did. He kept moving. Follow His voice speaking on the inside. Finalize every decision and resolve to move forward, one step at a time. You are empowered to do as He tells you.

Amen.

Ordained Genius

“I will give you the treasures of darkness,
And hidden riches of secret places,
That you may know that I, the LORD,
Who call you by your name,
Am the God of Israel.” Isaiah 45:3 NKJV

The most essential element in human genius is a providential link between God and mankind.

Fossil fuels, minerals, precious metals and other naturally occurring treasures are extracted from the earth, a work done by men, God’s chosen stewards of creation.

Time and technology converge, connecting authority and ownership with commitment and patience to unearth treasure that’s been there all along—hidden.

Even those who don’t really believe in Him receive portions, gain insight, and prosper from His design, a future reference point when they might turn and acknowledge His benevolence.

Mankind’s savvy, though significant, is not the source of genius, God is. He commands first.

Amen.

1 Corinthians 4:5, 1 Corinthians 2:7, Romans 5:8, Psalm 51, Verses@Once

Point Man

As leader you take a stand, holding the line while others gather sufficient strength to step up. You are a forerunner. You make all the difference.

Every forerunner-leader is a point man . . . one who takes the lead and opens the way. With inner strength despite all kinds of pressures, and courage for critical decisions, integrity in the one who leads launches vision for many to follow.

The baton is passing. Those who were followers now step up into the cadence, to take the point, make up the hedge and watch for those God sends, those chosen to gather there.

Persuaded that every word of the Lord proves true, the forerunner resolves to keep going. Anchored by words from the Lord, the forerunner’s voice to the nation calls forth greatness and is an example for great ones to follow . . . born for such a time as this!

Amen.

Joshua 1:1-9

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