Daily Devotion-August 02 2017

How to Gain Wisdom
If you will turn (repent) and give heed to my reproof, behold, I [Wisdom] will pour out my spirit upon you, I will make my words known to you.
– Proverbs 1:23
We need to pray and obey God’s leading when He speaks to us. Obedience is not to be an occasional event for us; it is to be our way of life. There’s a big difference between people who are willing to obey God daily and those who are only willing to obey to get out of trouble. God certainly shows people how to get out of trouble, but He bestows abundant blessings on those who decide to live wholeheartedly for Him and who make obedience to Him their lifestyle. The only pathway to true peace is obedience to God.
Many people obey God in the big issues, but they aren’t aware that obedience in the little things makes a difference in His plan for their lives. The Bible says plainly that if we are not faithful in the little things, we will never be made rulers over much (see Luke 16:10). There is no reason for God to trust us with a major responsibility if we are not going to be faithful to do the little things He has asked us to do. I strongly urge you to be obedient to God in all things. Have you ever thought that even and picking up a piece of paper off the ground is in obedience to God small things yes Lord small things.
In the verse for today, God says He will make known His words to us if we listen to Him when He corrects us. If we follow His guidance and are pleased to do each little thing He asks of us then He will open His wisdom to us, and we will have more revelation than we could ever imagine.

Daily Devotion-August 01 2017

So that they [even] kept carrying out the sick into the streets and placing them on couches and sleeping pads, [in the hope] that as Peter passed by, at least his shadow might fall on some of them. And the people gathered also from the towns and hamlets around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those troubled with foul spirits, and they were all cured.
– Acts 5:15–16
Peter was a man with a past. He was bold and not afraid of change, but he also had many faults. In Matthew 16:22–23, we see Peter trying to correct Jesus. In Matthew 26:31–35, we see that Peter thought more highly of himself than he should have. In Matthew 26:69–75, it is recorded that Peter denied even knowing Jesus.
Once Peter realized the depth of his sin, he wept bitterly, which showed that he had a repentant heart (v. 75). God is merciful and understands our weaknesses. In John 21, we see Jesus lovingly restore Peter. Peter had been included in God’s plans for the future even though he had a past record of foolishness and failure. Peter had denied Christ, and yet he became one of the best-known apostles. Peter could have spent his entire life feeling bad about his denial of Jesus, but he pressed past that failure and became valuable to God’s kingdom.
Growth Question: How hard have you pressed past your Failures?

Daily Devotion-July 31 2017

An Ordinary Person
JULY 31, 2017
Matthew 4:18-20
The apostle Peter was an ordinary person who lived in an extraordinary time. His was the generation during which Jesus Christ lived on the earth, died for the salvation of mankind, and rose again.
It was through his brother Andrew that Peter (who was originally called Simon) met the Lord (John 1:40-42). When Jesus invited him to become a disciple, he immediately left his fishing trade and placed himself under Christ’s authority (Matt. 4:20). He became a passionate follower who consistently demonstrated an eagerness to be near the Savior and in the middle of whatever was going on. Whether meeting Jesus on the water during a storm (Matt. 14:27-29) or speaking to Him during His transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-5), Peter was devoted to his Master’s service.
In the beginning, the former fisherman was quick to speak and to act, and this impulsiveness created many problems for him. For example, when Jesus was talking about His imminent suffering and death, Peter objected, as if he knew better than the Lord. Christ’s rebuke was swift and direct (Matt. 16:21-23). The apostle, however, learned from his mistakes. He’s a good example of how we should let go of personal desires, wholeheartedly embrace Jesus’ way, and walk closely with Him (Mark 8:34).
The Lord chooses unexceptional people like Peter, you, and me to build His kingdom. He asks His followers to love Him above all else and fully commit to obeying Him. When we do, He will accomplish more through us than we could ever imagine.

Daily Devotion July 30 2017

Psalms 37:5 (ESV)
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
“All In”
Have you had a moment when you stepped out from the assuredness of your life onto the shaky ground of an uncertain future? Peter did, when he stepped out of the boat, and walked on water toward Jesus in Matthew 14:22-33. Walking on water isn’t something you do halfway, and neither is trusting totally in Jesus.
Peter was a fishermen, so the wind storm he and the disciples found themselves in wasn’t so bad to him, as long as he was in the boat. But, the moment the wind began to blow as Peter walked on water toward Jesus, he became afraid and sank. Immediately upon Peter cry out for help, Jesus reached out and saved Peter.
We all go through storms, and although storms aren’t comfortable; the enemy can lead us to believe that they can be safer than actually totally trusting in God to save us from our storms. Jesus saved Peter when he needed Him, and He promises to do the same for you and I. Go all in with your faith and commit your way to God. There is nothing to fear!
“Father, thank You for Your Word which is a lamp on my feet, and a light to my path. Today, I choose to go all in and trust You with all my cares. Thank You for saving me and aligning me to walk in victory in every area of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen!”

Daily Devotion-July 29 2017

Good morning, I had a similar experience with my most recent trial! I encourage you to listen for his voice!
The Extraordinary Experience of Hearing God’s Voice
And the Lord . . . said, Write the vision, and make it plain. . . . — Habakkuk 2:2 (KJV)
I did hear a Voice once. I was in despair. No one was awake at that hour for any good reason. I was because I was broken and helpless and confused. The bedroom door was closed and the windows were closed and everyone else was asleep in their rooms, but a Voice spoke to me.
It was so clear and crisp that I began to say yes Lord I am listening.
The Voice told me to lose the urge to control and repair and fix and understand what was happening in his house. The Voice was gentle and calm but firm about this. It did not argue so I did not argue. I listened long for more, but there was no more. It was enough.
Something loosed in me, and I surrendered to whatever was going to be. I came to realize slowly that all I could do was be patient and gentle and open, and so that is what I tried to be over the next 3 weeks as things went the way they went.
I know this sounds mysterious and mystical, but it wasn’t. It was stunning and real and it might well have saved my family from shattering. It doesn’t make sense, so I’ll just tell you that a Voice spoke to me and I heard it and I believe some of you know what I mean.

Daily Devotion-July 28 2017

While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. ‘Your daughter is dead,’ they said. ‘Why bother the teacher anymore?’ Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” Mark 5:35–36 (NIV)
The most oft-repeated command in the Bible is simple and yet incredibly challenging: Do not be afraid. Jesus says it at disconcerting times: in the midst of a squall that threatens to swamp a boat, when he’s telling his disciples he’s leaving, when a child dies. Jairus looks at Jesus when he hears this awful news, and the look on his face must have prompted Jesus to quickly tell him not to be scared, that everything would be okay.
What are you afraid of? Often our fears are focused not on what is actually happening, but what could possibly happen. When a child or spouse is late coming home, we are afraid they’ve been in an accident. When we’re given a tough project at work, we’re afraid we won’t be able to do it. We don’t confront, because we’re afraid of conflict. In Jesus’ simple statement—“Don’t be afraid; just believe”—we learn that the antidote for fear is faith. But where do we summon up faith like that?
When we are willing to take risks, to step out and believe the rope of God’s love will hold us, we begin to really believe, and our faith pushes our fear aside.
Faith Step: What are you afraid of? In which specific situation you’re facing is Jesus telling you “do not be afraid”?

Daily Devotion-July 27 2017

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

I have always thought that fasting is for those who are holy. So clearly it was not for me. But in the past few years, I have realized that fasting is not for the holy. It is for the desperate. For those who need Jesus to move and work and do miracles on their behalf. And that sounds a lot like me.
Because let’s just be honest. What I want is a chocolate bar. I don’t fast perfectly. I tend to fast in fits and starts. I often put limits on Jesus with my prayers. I may even try to strong-arm Him a little to get what I want. I know that never ends well. I told you up front…I’m not that holy.
But really—most of the time My wants more than what I need. I want what I want. I want healing or breakthroughs or miracles on my terms. I want what I want when I want it. I may say “Jesus, I want what You want!” But I sometimes wonder do I really want what he wants for my life. (that whole watch what you ask for thought).
I have known myself long enough to know that I can’t change myself. But I have known Jesus long enough to know that He can. And so I am taking a page from King David’s playbook this morning. This is my prayer: Create in me a clean heart, O God. And renew a right spirit within me. This is what I would love Jesus to do in me. I think He is already working on it. Because it is what He wants too.
Have a great day on PURPOSE!

Daily Devotion-July 26 2017

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
– John 14:27 (NIV)
Throughout the Gospels Jesus tells his followers not to fear. I want God to answer right away. God helped me to learn patience, understanding, and empathy for others. God gives us all time to grow and to become stronger. In the process we learn never to give up. Now when I am tempted to worry, I try to give my troubles to God completely and not expect quick and easy answers.
Peace he gives to you in a world filled with confusion and fear. We should want and desire more of his PEACE!
Make it a great day on PURPOSE

Verse of the day-July 25 2017

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
– Philippians 4:13 (KJV) 

Daily Devotion-July 25 2017

I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.
– Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
Christ gives us power to persevere.” These words have been written on the chalkboard of our hearts.
The Bible tells us that God alone is the source of our strength (Ps. 18:1; 28:7) and that we gain strength by waiting upon the Lord (Isa. 40:31). The apostle Paul learned this lesson through his “thorn in the flesh” (2 Cor. 12:7). We too can learn from difficult experiences.
Our chalkboard reminder that God through Christ empowers us to endure has seen you and your family so many things trials tribulations persecution and often times just drama connect plug in and know that you have it inside you.
Rather than being a thought for a single day, the promise of Christ’s strength can be an encouraging reminder for us everyday.