daily devotion-september 02 2017

Desiring God More Than His Blessings!
How many of us can actually say, “I am not jealous of anyone else or envious of what others have. If God gave it to them, then I want them to enjoy it”?
The Word says, Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have (Hebrews 13:5NKJV). I believe God tests us to see if we will live by this verse.
There are times when He will put somebody in front of us who has exactly what we want—just to see how we will respond. Until we can pass His “I am happy for you because you are blessed” test, we are never going to have any more than what we have right now.
If you have asked God for something and He hasn’t given it to you yet, rest assured that He is not holding out on you. He simply wants to make sure that you rid yourself of jealousy and make Him your top priority.
God wants us to prosper in every way. He wants people to see His goodness and how well He takes care of us. But we must desire God more than we desire His blessings.


daily devotion-September 1 2017

God Can Set You Free from Your Shame
Do you ever wonder what life was like for Adam and Eve before they sinned?
Genesis 2:25 tells us that though Adam and Eve were naked in the Garden of Eden, they were not ashamed. I believe that in addition to indicating they were without clothes, this scripture also implies they were totally open and honest with each other—not hiding behind any masks, not playing any games. They were free to be themselves because they had no sense of shame. Once they had sinned, however, they hid themselves (see Genesis 3:6-8).
If not for the work Jesus did on the cross, all of us would have to live with the overwhelming shame of sin. But because of His sacrifice, mankind has the opportunity to enjoy perfect freedom with one another and with God.
Unfortunately, most of us still live with the burden of shame, even though the Word of God promises us and assures us that we can be free of it (see Isaiah 61:7).
God can deliver you from shame. Pray and ask Him to set you free from the shame that tries to build up within you.


daily devotion-august 31 2017

When the master comes and finds the servant doing his work, the servant will be blessed” (Luke 12:43 NCV).
All of us have unused abilities. But there are three ways that you can start cultivating your abilities so that they are being used for good and for God’s glory.
1. Estimate your abilities.
Do an assessment of your life. Do an audit of your abilities. What are you good at? Make a list. If there’s one thing I could say to young people today to prepare for their future, this is it: Know your strengths. Know your weaknesses. Consider the capabilities God has given you.
Parents, help your kids understand their SHAPE — their Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences. Your children have far more abilities than they think.
2. Dedicate your abilities.
Commit them to God for the use he intended. Romans 12:1b says, “Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him” (GNT). Say, “God, you gave me these abilities. Now I’m going to give them back to you. I want to use them for the purpose for which you gave them to me.”
3. Cultivate your abilities.
That means practice, improve, sharpen, and develop. Any ability that God has given you can be increased with use. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 10:10, “If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success” (NIV).
How do you get skill? Practice. God says you need to sharpen your ax. A dull ax takes more energy. He says to work smarter, not harder. Sharpening your abilities — your aptitudes, your skills — is a spiritual responsibility.
God has invested in you.
First, he created you.
Second, he shaped you with spiritual gifts and personality.
Then he sent Jesus to die for you. God has made an incredible investment in your life! And he expects a return on the investment. He’s going to ask you one day, “What did you do with what you were given? How did you use your abilities to honor me, to serve others, to make a living, and to be an example? How did you use them to help other people?”
In Luke 12:43, Jesus said, “When the master comes and finds the servant doing his work, the servant will be blessed” (NCV). I want you to have that blessing. I want God to find you using your abilities in the ways that he intended.
Thought for the day: did you use your god-given talent for the purpose it was given to you? Live life on purpose!


daily devotion-august 30 2017

Don’t Waste Time! Just say Amen
Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity]…
– Ephesians 5:15-16
We need to be so self-controlled that we don’t waste time. That doesn’t mean that we can never do anything fun. It doesn’t mean we can’t do things that we enjoy.
We don’t need to be rigid, stiff, or boring. But we do need to use our time wisely, choosing to give the best part of our day to spend time with God.
The Word encourages us to be prepared, saying, Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come (Proverbs 19:20). Starting your day with God’s instruction will keep you walking in wisdom, making the most of your time.


daily devotion-August 29 2017

Catch it Early
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
– 1 Peter 5:8-9
In the United States, there is an over-the-counter medication advertised as the medicine to take at the first indication of a cold, to keep it from getting worse and becoming full-blown. I take a lot of vitamin C if I have a scratchy throat or a runny nose because it often keeps me from getting worse. Catching something before it goes too far is wisdom.
I recommend that anytime you even begin to feel fearful about anything that you immediately begin to pray and confess, “I will not live in fear.” You will see amazing results. When we pray, God hears and answers. When we confess His Word, we renew our own minds and come into agreement with His plans for us. No matter what God wants to do for us, we must agree with Him in order to receive and enjoy it (see Amos 3:3). We must learn to think like God thinks and talk like He talks—and none of His thoughts or words are fearful.
This thought—I will not live in fear—will help you become courageous rather than fearful. Call it to mind the instant you begin to feel fear, and meditate on it even during the times when you are not afraid.
God has not given us the spirit of fear.


DAILY DEVOTION-AUGUST 28 2017

Good morning!
Hebrews 10:36 (NIV)
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
“Breakthrough is Coming”
I recently read that if you plant a Chinese bamboo plant you need to water, nurture, and fertilize it every day. However, nothing happens to the plant for four years. On the fifth year you will see a small bamboo sprout, then the next day it’s even bigger. In about 5 weeks time, the plant will have grown up to 90 ft. tall!
Have you been praying and believing for something that seems like it’s taking longer than you ever expected? In today’s microwave social mindset, people miss God’s best by simply giving up too quickly. Sure situations can go from bad to worse real quick. Just know that those tough times are an indicator that you’re getting close to your breakthrough. The English theologian and historian, Thomas Fuller said it best in: A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine and The Confines Thereof, 1650, “It’s always darkest just before the dawn.”
God is faithful, and He’s working behind the scenes on your behalf. Like the Chinese bamboo plant, above ground there’s no sign of growth, but underneath the ground, everyday the plant is developing more and more. We are also developing each day, and if we daily stay in faith like the caring for the Chinese bamboo plant, we also are gonna breakthrough. Get excited today, for our breakthrough is coming!
This Weeks Prayer:
“Heavenly Father, today I stand believing that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. Give me Your strength to continue to believe until I see Your breakthrough in my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”


DAILY DEVOTION-AUGUST 27 2017

Life is the process of God teaching you and when God is your source not a resource he is in the process


daily devotion-August 26 2017

he Truth Can Set you FREE
Ephesians 1:3-6
All of us have probably enjoyed times when we were selected for some honor or given an assignment that we considered special. Though such moments pale in comparison, they can remind us of the deep joy that comes from knowing we belong to Jesus forever.
How sublime it is to realize that before the foundation of the world, God chose us to be part of His family! This choice—which means we were divinely selected to become conformed to the likeness of Christ—undergirds and defines our identity as God’s children. It stands as a great rock that stabilizes us when fears multiply and anxieties attack.
In spite of this, however, many believers become unsettled when they think about their own sin nature. Knowing God will condemn all sin, they become fearful that the condemnation of the wicked might fall on them. At the same time, Satan is forever whispering in our ears accusatory remarks about our behavior. He preys on our feelings of worthlessness. When this happens, we need to remind him—and ourselves—of God’s Word, which assures us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1).
Remember that the Father has marked you as one of His own. You are somebody very special to God. In fact, you are so dear to Him that He sent His only begotten Son into a sinful world to die on the cross so that you and I could be near to Him (John 3:16). This is pure, unadulterated grace, for which we should praise Him unceasingly.
PRAISE IS WHAT I DO EVEN WHEN I’M GOING THRU!


daily devotion-August 25 2017

Check Your Motives!
The righteousness of the upright . . . shall deliver them, but the treacherous shall be taken in by their own iniquity and greedy desire.
– Proverbs 11:6
Here’s an important question for you: When you do things to bless other people, why do you do it? Do you bless others because you love them, or do you do it to get them to love you? There was a time in my life when I tried to “buy” protection for myself. I thought if I was extremely nice to people and gave them gifts, I could protect myself from their rejection. It took me a while to learn that my motives were impure and therefore my act of kindness was not acceptable to God.
I was deceived. I really thought I was walking in love until God revealed to me that I was not giving my love freely to others without strings attached. I was giving my love to others in order to get them to love me.
When we give gifts, we should always do so for the joy of giving, not with the ulterior motive of trying to manipulate the recipients in some way so they feel they owe us something.
When our behavior is excessive and out of balance people can sense that something isn’t right about our attitude toward them. When you do things to bless others, be sure to do so out of a heart of love, care, or appreciation for them, not out of a personal need for security.
Love Others Today: Take an honest inventory of your relationships. Are you trying to buy anyone’s friendship for your own benefit instead of blessing that person out of sincere love?


daily devotion-august 24 2017

Mark 4:39: Peace be still..KJV…the NIV:Quiet be still… sit those storms down in your life. Make it a blessed day on purpose.
The Sea of Galilee is about eight miles wide and 13 miles long. If you’d been sitting on its shore the evening Jesus calmed the fierce gale, you might have seen ominous clouds and lightning out over the water. Experiencing a thunderstorm while watching at a distance or from the safety of your home is easy and even thrilling. But it’s another thing altogether when your boat starts rocking wildly on the waves and the rain is pelting your face. Then, what is fascinating from a distance can set off panic in your heart—panic that’s not entirely unreasonable if you’re at risk of capsizing in the middle of the sea.
In this fallen world, everyone will face storms of some sort, whether they involve physical, relational, financial, or other issues. These adversities are hard and they hurt. But they’re not the whole story of our lives, especially if we are followers of the One who calms the storm.
When troubles hit, we might find ourselves wondering, God, where are You? But He is where He’s always been; the problem is that we forget to look in the right direction.
So remember, it is Jesus whose voice commands nature, and He is also sovereign over every other type of tempest we face (1 John 4:4). Knowing that we are frail in storms, He stands with us, sheltering us from the full brunt of the pounding rain and speaking peace into our heart (Psalm 103:13-14).
A storm-tossed sea was no match for Jesus. With three words from Him, it calmed instantly. He’ll do the same for you and me every time if we just turn to Him and trust.