daily devotion-september 12 2017

Release Your Burdens & Trust Him
One of the ways we can discern that we are truly trusting God, rather than merely trying to trust Him, is whether or not our souls are resting in God’s faithfulness. If I say I am trusting God, but I continue to carry the weight of the burden by worrying and being anxious, then I have not released the burden to the Lord. I may want to. I may be trying to. But I have not done it yet.
Understanding this has helped me to learn what real trust in God is. It is more than words—it is releasing the weight of my burden; a decisive action that brings rest to my soul (mind, will, emotions).
Just imagine that you are carrying a backpack filled with rocks everywhere you go. You take it to work, to the market, to church, and it is a heavy burden, but you continue to carry it. Now imagine that you decide to drop it—just think how much better you would feel and how much easier everything would be.
That’s the way it is when we worry and carry the weight of burdens with us instead of entrusting them to God. We continue functioning and doing what we need to do, but the weight of the burden places a great deal of stress on us and makes our life very difficult. You can decide to drop your burden today by trusting God, if you choose to, and you will be glad you did.
Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to Trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not to thy own understanding in all the ways acknowledge him and he will direct thy path..

daily devotion-september 11 2017

Genesis 50:20 (ESV)
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
It doesn’t matter who you are, your age, or background; we all are given dreams for our lives. But, the enemy can sometimes place us in holes where it seems like our dreams will never come to be.
At the young age of seventeen, Joesph, the son of Jacob had great dreams for his life (Genesis 37:5). However, his brothers became jealous of his dreams and threw him into a dry well a.k.a. a hole (Genesis 37:23-25). Not long after he was sold into the custody of Potiphar, he was placed in jail (another hole). It took Joesph more than 13 years to realize his dreams, but he never stopped trusting in God.
Yes, the enemy continues to use holes to harm us, but God uses them for our good (Genesis 50:20). So, if a hole has been keeping you from your dreams and desires; remember God is working everything (including holes) for your good (Romans 8:28). Through each hole God was preparing a way for Joseph to realize his dreams, and He’s doing the same for you.
This Weeks Prayer:
“Father, thank You for peace even in the midst of the holes of life. I know that You are with me, and I can stand in Your strength because You will always lead me into victory in Jesus’ name. Amen

daily devotion-september 10 2017

Coming in and out of a drought doesn’t mean that you’re on the verge of bankruptcy or that your life isn’t well it just means that your situation appears to be better than your soul…come in out of the drought

daily devotion-september 09 2017

Don’t Worry Worship-
I remember a morning when I sat down to pray and instead began to worry about whatever my current situation was and to consider what I was going to do about it.
Suddenly I heard that still, small voice inside my spirit say, are you going to worship your problem or Me? See, God was more than willing to handle my problem if I was willing to forget it and spend time worshipping Him.
When we worship the Lord, we release the emotional or mental burden that weighs us down. It is swallowed up in the awesomeness of God. When we keep our eyes on Him and worship, we will always see His plan for our lives work out all things for our good.
The Bible says there is no lack for those who truly worship the Lord with godly fear. Do you want to be sure all your needs will be met? Then remember to worship, not worry.
Regardless of the difficulties you face, just keep praising God and giving Him glory. Faith will rise in your heart, and you will overcome.

daily devotion-september 08 2017

For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.
— Ephesians 6:12
Are you facing challenging circumstances? Are you in need of provision in some area and not sure where it’s going to come from? Many Christians today are dealing with serious hardships. Some have lost their jobs and benefits. Others struggle with critical health problems and live with constant concern about how to cover the cost of medicine and doctor visits in addition to simple necessities such as shelter, food and clothing.
There are many things in the world that threaten us. But our biggest enemy—fear—is not “out there.”
Ephesians 6:12 reminds us that we are at war not with flesh and blood, but with the enemy of our souls. We must not be confused about the identity of the enemy in our battles.
Thankfully, our unseen God is more than capable of dealing with our unseen enemy. When we come to a deep understanding of God’s unconditional love for us, we realize He will always take care of everything that concerns us.
You don’t have to be afraid of your unseen enemy. Trust in God, the only One who can defeat the spiritual forces of darkness.

daily devotion-september 07 2017

Remember today what you have learned about the Lord through your experiences with him” (Deuteronomy 11:2a GNT).
You must embrace the experiences of your life — the good ones, the bad ones, the shameful ones, the right ones, the wrong ones, the happy ones, and the sad ones — and stop running from your past if you want God to use it for good in your life.
Galatians 3:4 says, “Were all your experiences wasted? I hope not!” (NCV).
Don’t run away from your past! Because of pain, many people deny their past, ignore their past, discount their past, regret their past, or resent their past. They revise their past and make up stories because they’re happier dealing with the lie than the pain of the past. But if you’re in denial, God can’t use your experience for good.
God can use every experience in your life for good, but you’ve got to stop running from those experiences. You have to embrace them. Maybe your parents weren’t that great, maybe you weren’t that hot in school, maybe you weren’t the football captain or the prom queen — so what? They’re your experiences. Own them.
Stop pushing the bad experiences out of your mind. You’ve got to remember them. Deuteronomy 11:2a says, “Remember today what you have learned about the Lord through your experiences with him” (GNT).
That verse is saying that the important thing is to remember the lessons. But every time you have an important lesson, you write it down so you won’t forget it: “That was painful. I learned that the hard way. I don’t want to forget that.”
To remember what you’ve learned about God, keep a journal. Then you can look back and remember what God taught you so you can be encouraged in the dark times of your life and know that God is still working for your good.

daily devotion-september 06 2017

A Call to Commitment
Exodus 3:1-15
How do you respond when God tells you to do something that seems beyond your capabilities? Are you full of excuses, giving Him reasons why He picked the wrong person? That’s exactly the way Moses responded. In giving him the gigantic task of leading the Israelites to freedom, the Lord was calling Moses to a high level of commitment. If we hope to step obediently into our God-given challenges, we must answer the same two questions Moses asked.
Who is God? The answer is important because it reveals whom we recognize as having authority to tell us what to do. The two names the Lord used in answering Moses—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Ex. 3:6) and “I am who I am” (v. 14)—identified Him as the sovereign Creator and self-existent, everlasting One who keeps His promises. This means there is no higher authority, and He has every right to command our obedience.
Who am I? When Moses questioned whether he was the right man for the job, the Lord gave him a promise: “Certainly I will be with you” (v. 12). Moses was able to fulfill the assignment only because God chose to enter into a relationship with him. Likewise, our source of adequacy is a relationship with Jesus Christ and the presence of His indwelling Holy Spirit in our life.
Has God given you a tough assignment? Remember that as your Creator, He’s designed specific tasks for you to achieve. If you refuse to obey, you’ll miss what He has planned for your life. Just think what Moses would have forfeited, had he said no. Too much is at stake. Trust God and do what He says!

daily devotion-september 05 2017

Revelations 3:20 (NIV)
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
What are you passionate about? God has given us all a heart that has passions, desires, and dreams. But, if you struggled to answer the question of passion, it may be a good indicator that you’re in need of reconnecting with God. God’s word tells us that we can’t be connected to God and be dispassionate (1 John 4:8).
God wants us to live out our passions, desires, and dreams (Psalms 37:4). In today’s verse God says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Reawaken your passion by opening the door of your heart to God every day. When you do, you can’t help but become passionate!
This Weeks Prayer:
“Father, thank You for passionately pursuing me. Today I open the door of my heart to You. Reawaken my passion. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”


What Is God’s Love Like?-
Why does God love us as imperfect as we are? Because He wants to—it pleases Him. It’s in His very nature to love us, no matter how sinful our actions may be.
God conquers evil with good (see Romans 12:21). He does that by pouring out His limitless grace upon us so that when we sin, His grace becomes greater than our sin. And just as it is impossible for God not to love, so it is impossible for us to do anything to keep Him from loving us.
God loves because that is His nature. He is love (see 1 John 4:8). He may not always love everything we do, but He does love us. God’s love is the power that forgives our sins, heals our emotional wounds and mends our broken hearts (see Psalm 147:3).
God’s love is unconditional; it is based on Him, not us! Once you realize that God loves you regardless of what you have or haven’t done, you can experience incredible breakthrough. You can quit trying to earn His love and simply receive it and enjoy it.

daily devotion-September 03 2017

Powerful message I think what we don’t take in affects what we do take in, it’s like the mindset garbage in garbage out