daily devotion-october 08 2017

LEARNING SILENCE ON MY KNEES!
Psalm 46:1-11
If the Lord’s silence is good for us, then how should we respond when we feel as if there’s a wall blocking our access to Him? The only way to break through is to keep on praying. It’s important that we remain on our knees and continue talking to Him.
First, pray to God, requesting that He let you know the reason for His silence. While Jesus was on the cross, He demonstrated that we can approach the heavenly Father with our questions. (See Mark 15:34.) Our Lord invites us to talk with Him about anything because He understands us perfectly. He knows the motivation behind what we’re asking and has an accurate read on where we’re at spiritually.
Second, ask Him to reveal His will for your life and to guide you. Remember that His timing may not match yours.
Third, trust Him. Be still in the Lord’s presence as He works in your life, and believe that He always sees the way clearly, whether or not you do. Be aware that God desires for His children to listen—even when we feel as if He’s not talking, even when we feel like giving up.
Finally, open the Bible and start reading. The Holy Spirit living within you will interpret God’s Word to your heart, and you’ll begin to hear Him speaking to you.
In addition to talking to God, practice being silent in His presence. When you listen carefully, He will satisfy the deepest longings of your heart with a sense of Himself. Then feelings of anxiety will give way to peace.


daily devotion-october 06 2017

When God Is Silent
John 11:1-27
Have you ever felt as if God were giving you the silent treatment? Perhaps you prayed and asked Him to give you direction for your life but didn’t hear a thing. Maybe you are going through some physical illness or a family problem, and nothing’s happening even though you’ve pleaded with God.
How do you respond when the Lord doesn’t appear to be answering your prayers? Do you take advantage of the opportunity to learn something from the experience, or do you simply conclude that He is ignoring you? Typical responses are disappointment (God let me down), discouragement (I should stop praying), confusion (Where is God?), feelings of guilt (I did something wrong), anger (God isn’t faithful!) and fear (God has deserted me).
Today’s passage gives us a good example of a time when the Lord seemed unconcerned with the life of someone He loved. On hearing that His friend was sick and about to die, Jesus delayed doing anything for two days! His disciples and the dying man’s sisters—Mary and Martha—no doubt wondered why Jesus seemed not to care. Yet they continued to trust Him, and ultimately their faith was strengthened.
When we can’t hear God, it doesn’t mean He’s asleep or unaware of our circumstances. It also doesn’t mean He is going to deny our request. However, He wants us to have an intimate relationship with Him that is independent of how He responds to our prayers—we must love Him just because He is God. Consider the basis of your love for the Lord, and ask Him to help you make it unconditional.


daily devotion-october 05 2017

Our Helper in Prayer! It still works!Cora Hayes Barbara Yates
Romans 8:26-27
The Holy Spirit is a practical helper. He is part of the Trinity, which means He’s one with the Father and the Son Jesus Christ. And He is all-powerful and all-knowing, just like the other two members of the Godhead. In other words, the Spirit dwelling within us knows exactly what God in heaven wills for our life.
Since even the most intelligent people operate with limited knowledge, it is wise to depend upon the Holy Spirit’s guidance, especially in prayer. We do not know what the future holds; as a result, our desires may not fit God’s plan. Or it might never occur to us to request something that the Lord knows we will eventually need.
There are believers who give up on prayer because our human limitations prevent fully understanding how it works. But those who stop communicating with God miss out on the awesome work of the Spirit. He directs our prayers, impresses upon our hearts the truth about what we have asked, and ultimately opens our minds to God’s will.
Believers never have to worry about offering up a wrong prayer. In our humanness, we often ask for something that we think will satisfy our fleshly need. But the Holy Spirit won’t present a request that goes against the Father’s will. Instead, He intercedes to ask for what is right. And at the same time, He whispers to our heart that what we have requested is not suitable.
If God’s will is our true desire, then we’ll be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. He is our prayer link to the heavenly Father, and where He leads, we must follow.


DAILY DEVOTION-OCTOBER 04 2017

The Deciding Witness
In the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
Matthew 18:16
You’ve been there many times, standing in the valley of decision. Perched precariously between victory and defeat. On one side of you is the word of the world authored by Satan that says, for example, “You’re not going to get healed.” On the other side of you, the Word of God is saying, “My Word is yea and amen” and “By whose stripes, ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). Who will determine how it all turns out? You will. You’re the establishing witness.
I remember a fellow once who wanted me to pray for him. I said, “Now the Word says you’re healed.” He interrupted me and said, “Yeah, I know it says that, but I’ve got this terrible pain here….”
I looked him in the eye and said again, “The Word says, ‘By His stripes, you were healed.'”
“I know it,” he answered, “but I’ve got this terrible….”
I shook my head. “Listen, the Word says you’re healed!”
He turned beet red. “I know it says that, but I’ve got this….”
Finally, he stopped and stared at me. He didn’t realize it, but he’d allowed his physical symptoms to become his evidence. It was what he believed. No matter what the Word said, he believed the thing he could see and feel.
But when he got quiet, I said to him, “Look, you’re wanting me to agree with you and you’re mad because I won’t. But if I agree with you, you’re going to die. Now if you’ll agree with me and the Bible, we can get you healed.”
Suddenly he saw it. His eyes lit up. “Oh, praise God! I see what you mean. I agree with the Word of God!”
I put my hands on his head and God healed him instantly.
You see, when he finally decided to get in agreement with God, he could have received in his bedroom or driving down the road or anywhere else. He could have received any time he decided to become the establishing witness.
You pray and establish your witness. That’s your part. If you’ll do it, God will back you—and when He backs you, everything else either has to get in line or get out of the way.
You’re the deciding witness. What do you say?
Scripture Reading:
Matthew 18:15-20


DAILY DEVOTION-OCTOBER 03 2017

Avoid Big Failures
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness.
Ephesians 4:17-19
There’s a subtle strategy Satan uses to take control of our lives. The Bible calls it lasciviousness and it means “to have no restraint.”
Lasciviousness has been preached as being extreme immorality, but it doesn’t start out that way. It begins with just a few seemingly innocent thoughts. Then those thoughts grow and grow until they begin to produce serious sin.
Read the story of a 9-year-old boy, who yielded to the desire to curse. He knew better, but he did it anyway. He had a relative who was so good at Texas cussin’ that he thought he invented it. He was impressed and wanted to try it.
When He let go of all restraint and began to say those curse words, something evil moved in on his thinking that seriously affected him for some 20 years. A law was set in motion. As a result, his flesh gradually became boss over his entire being.
Don’t let Satan use the strategy of lasciviousness on you. Make up your mind and heart today to obey God in the little things. Avoid big failures by walking in His Spirit one small step at a time. Major victories will eventually be yours.
Scripture Reading:
Ephesians 4:22-31


daily devotion-October 01 2017

Colossians 3:15 (NIV)
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
“Peace Prescription”
I recently heard this story. A man was pacing in the waiting room of his doctors office for more than 40 minutes after his appointment time, then a nurse calls him into see the doctor. Too angry to sit, the doctor explains, “I can’t examine you if you don’t sit down.” Hesitant the man sits and the doctor checked all his vitals then asks, “What’s brings you in today?” The man responds, “Well Doc, It’s like this. I’ve got troubles in my business, troubles at home, troubles everywhere—and I am just stress out!”
The doctor listened to the man vent for the better part of 20 minutes then asked the man, “Would you like a tranquilizer to help you manage your stress?” The man says, Yes please!” Never looking at the prescription, the man heads straight to his pharmacy. The Pharmacist informs the man, “There isn’t a pharmacy anywhere that can fill this prescription.” Annoyed, the man shouts, “Give me that prescription! The prescription reads, take 3 doses of Colossians 3:15 a day.” He immediately looks up the verse on his phone and his noticeably tense body begins to relax.
We all are dealing with the pressures of life, and it doesn’t take much to get us stressed out. However, just as the mans doctor prescribed 3 doses of Colossians 3:15 to him a day; we too should follow the prescription! The next time you’re feeling stressed, take a moment, get alone with God, and fill your peace prescription!
This Weeks Prayer:
“Heavenly Father, today and forever more, I will trust in You. You alone are the source of my strength, protection, and my help in every situation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”


daily devotion-september 30 2017

Compassion in Action
But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
Matthew 9:36
Compassion. That’s the one thing people need more than anything else in this world. They need someone to reach out to them with the compassion of God.
Compassion is a deep yearning that responds to the needs of people. It’s much deeper than sympathy. Sympathy can just sit around feeling sorry for people. Compassion has to do something for them.
Compassion is what motivates God, and Jesus’ life on earth was a picture of that compassion in action. His whole ministry was driven by it. It was compassion that caused Him to multiply the loaves and fishes, heal the sick, cast out demons and raise the dead. It was compassion that compelled Him to go to the Cross. And it’s that same compassion that He now longs to pour out through you.
That’s a staggering thought, isn’t it?
It’s staggering to realize that we believers are the only body Jesus has on this earth now. His healing must flow through our hands and our faith. His compassion must move us to provide for the hungry. It must compel us to cast out demons and set the captives free.
You say, I don’t have that kind of compassion!”
Yes, you do. If you have the Spirit of God dwelling inside you, you do—because He is that kind of love! You simply need to activate it.
How? Just like Jesus did when He walked the earth. Through prayer and fellowship with the Father. Look through the Gospels and notice how much time Jesus spent alone with the Father. That time activated the compassion of God within Him. It caused Him to feel what God feels about the suffering of mankind. It stirred Him so much that whenever He encountered a need, He met it by the power of God.
Follow His example. Spend time in fellowship with your Father. Meditate on His compassion until it rises up strong on the inside of you. Stir it up until the desire to see others set free becomes paramount in your thinking.
Jesus has sent you to reach out and touch a love-starved world with His compassion.
If you don’t do it, who will?


Daily devotion-september 28 2017

For the [true] love of God is this: that we do His commands [keep His ordinances and are mindful of His precepts and teaching]. And these orders of His are not irksome (burdensome, oppressive, or grievous).
1 John 5:3, The Amplified Bible
Do you know why the Word of God and the orders God gives to you in your spirit are not burdensome or oppressive? Because everything He tells you is for your good and for your victory!
God knows what it takes to live in victory in this present evil world. In fact, He’s the only One who knows. The people of this world cannot tell you how to live victoriously. They don’t know how. But God does! He can make things work, even in the middle of darkness, and if we’ll follow His instructions, commands and precepts from His Word, we can, too!
Let me give you an example. One commandment that God gave to us is to love one another and forgive one another as He has forgiven us. This command is not grievous because it’s the key to our freedom. If you can walk in the love that’s been shed abroad in your heart, you’ll have joy every day. But if you don’t walk in this commandment of love, someone will get your joy before lunch! God knows that. So, He made a command of love and forgiveness because love works! Without love, there won’t be any joy, and the joy of the Lord is our strength.
Don’t resent God’s teachings. Don’t consider His ways a burden to your lifestyle. Rejoice over them. Take them gladly by the hand and let them lead you all the way to victory!
Scripture Reading:
1 John 5:1-5


daily devotion-september 27 2017

Guilt No MORE!
Romans 5:6-11
Guilt is something with which we’re all familiar. Oftentimes, Christians wear it like a badge of honor, in some misguided effort to demonstrate humility. But this is a misunderstanding that poisons the church and steals the joy of Christ from believers. It’s worth taking the time to stop and ask the question, “What is guilt?”
When we see the term in English translations of the Bible, we tend to apply a worldly interpretation of the passage. In the context of the world, guilt refers to feelings of remorse, depression, or rejection over some event from the past. Scripturally speaking, however, the word is used only to denote responsibility.
What does this mean for the believer? Well, we should already know that we have been found guilty—we all have an enormous sin debt that we could never pay. However, Jesus Christ took that guilt upon Himself at the cross, and He paid our debt in full. We need to realize that if He has already paid our debt and released us from liability, then we are no longer guilty. Yes, we have been tried, but we’ve been declared forgiven.
The Lord doesn’t want us to hide the joy of our salvation beneath a smothering blanket of guilt. Rather, we are called to rejoice in the glorious redemption that Christ’s sacrifice made possible. For this reason, we can proudly proclaim, “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). Go, and be free today.


daily devotion-september 13 2017

“Pause a moment, Job, and listen; consider the wonderful things God does” (Job 37:14 GNT).
Sometimes as adults we get spiritual wiggles. We cannot get still and be quiet.
But you have to be quiet in order to hear God speak. If you want to hear God’s vision, then you’re going to have to turn off the television. You can’t listen to God and the TV at the same time!
It is possible God never speaks to you because you’re never quiet. Something is always going on in your mind, so while God is trying to get through to you on the telephone of life, he’s getting a busy signal. You’ve got to reserve time alone with God.
The Bible says in Job 37:14, “Pause a moment, Job, and listen; consider the wonderful things God does” (GNT).
God wants to spend time with you. He says, “Pause, be quiet, get alone, and learn solitude so I can talk with you.”
Is getting God’s dream for your life worth a day of your life? Have you ever taken an entire day and done nothing but be alone with God? Talk to God in prayer. Let God talk to you through the Bible. Relax. Think. Write down the thoughts he puts in your mind. Set some goals. Look through your schedule. Set your priorities. Spend the day saying, “God, where do you want me to go? What direction do you want my feet headed?”
God speaks to people who take the time to listen — not just for a day but also on a regular basis. This is called a quiet time, and it is when we can have an intimate conversation with God.