daily devotion-august 23 2017

Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women.
– Ephesians 6:7 (NRSV)
I remember praying, “Lord, please remove me from this job. I prayed I will serve you full time.” I had always thought that God called only pastors, church workers, and missionaries to full-time Christian service. But this day, I sensed God telling me, “You already serve me full time. I have placed you with this company.” I didn’t understand it then as much as I do now.
I learned from this experience that God delights in our honest work in various occupations. God calls some people to serve as pastors and church workers. God also calls Christians to serve in their homes and in many different workplaces.
In whatever I (we) do, we can work at it enthusiastically as if for the Lord and not for people. (See Col. 3:23.) We are called to serve with integrity, a positive attitude, and ethical work habits so that in whatever our occupation, we will bring glory to God.
Know whose you are in all you do! Have a great day on purpose.

daily devotion-august 22 2017

The Best Relationship You Can Have!
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me.
– Revelation 3:20
We have the great privilege of developing a relationship with God and inviting Him to be a vital part of everything we do, every day. That starts with simple prayer—just talking to Him and sharing your life with Him as you go about the things you have to do. Be thankful that His presence is with you, and include Him in your thoughts, in your conversations, and in all your everyday activities.
When you let God out of the Sunday-morning box that many people keep Him in, letting Him invade your Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and all day Sunday as well, you’ll be amazed at what a difference it will make. Don’t try to keep God in a religious compartment; He wants to have free access to every area of your life. He wants to be involved in every part of your life. He desires an intimate relationship with you.
Prayer of Thanks: I thank You, God, that You love me enough to want to be in relationship with me. I want to share every part of my life with You. Help me to remember that You are with me every minute of the day.

daily devotion-August 21 2017

I am unqualified but qualified by him!
Acts 4:13 (NIV)
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
“Misfits, Not Misfit”
If you were hiring for your business, what kind of individual would you interview for employment? In order to increase your chances of success, wouldn’t you go out of your way to find the best qualified persons for the job? This wasn’t the case when Jesus chose His disciples, or when He chose us. Jesus selection is based on the heart, and not the qualifications of the individual.
Peter and John were disciples of Jesus, who’s backgrounds would suggest that they would be a misfit to lead. Yet, it pleased the Lord who knew all men, to pick those men for discipleship! Everyone around them marveled at their boldness, and at their ability. It was undeniable that their power and wisdom came only from one place—Jesus.
In the same way as Peter and John in today’s verse; you have been chosen for a purpose, and your qualifications don’t matter. You will also be equipped by His grace, and it will be undeniable that Jesus is living in you. Scripture says He is near to all who call upon His name (Psalms 145:18). The enemy may have you feeling like you’re a misfit; unqualified for success. But, through God, you are not misfit for victory!
This Weeks Prayer:
“Heavenly Father, I humbly come before You giving You all of me. Empower me with Your love as I daily set my focus on You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

daily devotion-august 20 2017

Reminders-Battle of the Mind!
That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you. . . . For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.
– 2 Timothy 1:6-7
It doesn’t matter what kind of problem we have in our lives, we need self-control and discipline to gain and maintain the victory. I believe this is especially true with regard to our thought life and the battle for our mind. What begins in the mind eventually comes out of the mouth, and before we know it, we’re telling anyone who will listen how we feel. We have to discipline our mind, our mouth, our feelings, and our actions so that they are all in agreement with what the Word of God says.
Every quality of God that is in you and me, God Himself planted in us in the form of a seed the day we accepted Christ (see Colossians 2:10). Over time and through life’s experiences, the seeds of Christ’s character begin to grow and produce the fruit of His Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (see Galatians 5:22-23). I have found that it is virtually impossible to operate in any of the other eight fruit of the Spirit unless we are exercising self-control. How can you and I remain patient, for example, in the midst of an upsetting situation unless we exercise restraint? Or how can we walk in love and believe the best of someone after they have repeatedly hurt us unless we use the fruit of self-control?
As Christians, we have the fruit of the Spirit in us, but we must purposely choose to exercise them. Not choosing to exercise the fruit of the Spirit is what produces carnal Christians—¬those who are under the control of ordinary im¬pulses and walk after the desires of the flesh (see 1 Corinthians 3:3). Whatever we exercise the most becomes the strongest.
Our thoughts and words are two areas in which the Holy Spirit is constantly prompting us to exercise self-control. The Bible says that . . . as [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he, and out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks (Proverbs 23:7; Luke 6:45b). The devil is ¬constantly trying to get us to accept wrong thoughts about everything from God’s love for us (or the lack of it) to what terrible thing is going to happen to us next. Why? Because he knows that once we start accepting and believing his lies, it is just a matter of time until we begin to speak them out of our mouths. And when we speak wrong things, we open the door for wrong things to come into our lives (see Proverbs 18:20-21).
What if, instead of allowing our minds to go over all of the things that have hurt us, we would remind ourselves to think about all the good things God has brought into our lives? When we allow Satan to fill our minds with worry, anxiety, and doubt, we wear out our ability to make good decisions. Worry is also thankless by nature. I’ve noticed that people who worry rarely see much good in life. They talk about tragedy, failures, sickness, and loss. They seem unable to focus on the good things that they still have in life.
Try this. Each day, focus on the things God has done for you in the past. This will make it easier for you to expect good things in the future. As I wrote those words, I thought of the memorials mentioned in the Old Testament. Often the people stacked up heaps of stones as reminders that God had delivered them or appeared to them. As they looked backward and remembered, they were able to look forward and believe.
The psalmist wrote, O my God, my life is cast down upon me [and I find the burden more than I can bear]; therefore will I [earnestly] remember You from the land of the Jordan [River] and the [summits of Mount] Hermon (Psalm 42:6). He was reminding himself of past victories. When he was having problems, he recalled God’s great work in the lives of the people.
When doubts try to sneak in, you can do what the psalmist did: You can look back and remember that God has always been with His people. All of us have had times when we wondered if we’d make it. But we did. So will you.

daily devotion-august 19 2017

A functional Faith in a dysfunctional religious system….
Mark 3:3-5
The mans hand could be hidden..God knows your dysfunction!

daily devotion-august 18 2017

Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his. Psalm 100:3
Each of us is an original from God’s hand. There are no self-made men or women. No one ever became talented, buffed, or bright all by himself or herself. God made each of us all by Himself. He thought of us and formed us out of His unspeakable love.
God made your body, mind, and soul. And He isn’t done with you; He is still making you. His single-minded purpose is our maturity: “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6). God is making you braver, stronger, purer, more peaceful, more loving, less selfish—the kind of person you’ve perhaps always wanted to be.
Spiritual growth occurs when faith is cultivated.
“[God’s] unfailing love continues forever and his faithfulness continues to each generation” (Ps. 100:5 nlt). God has always loved you (“forever” goes both ways), and He will be faithful to you to the end.
You’ve been given a love that lasts forever and a God who will never give up on you. That’s a good reason to have joy and to “come before him with joyful songs”! (v. 2).
I’m grateful, Father, that You are at work in me. I find it difficult to change and I wonder sometimes how or if I ever will. Yet I know that You are continuing Your work in me and as I look back I will see the growth You are producing. Thank You!
Spiritual growth occurs when faith is cultivated.

daily devotion-august 17 2017

Be Ready to Be Interrupted!
I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd risks and lays down His [own] life for the sheep.
– John 10:11
The more I study the men and women in the Bible whom we consider to be “great,” the more I see that they all made huge sacrifices and there was nothing convenient about what God asked them to do.
Abraham had to leave his country, his relatives, and his home and go to a place God would not even tell him about until he went there. Joseph saved a nation from starvation, but not before he was violently removed from his comfortable home and put in an inconvenient place for many years. Esther saved the Jews from destruction, but God certainly interrupted her plan in order for her to do so.
The list of individuals who entered into sacrificial obedience could go on and on. The Bible calls them people “of whom the world was not worthy” (see Hebrews 11:38). These people we read about were inconvenienced so that someone else’s life could be easier. Jesus died so we could have life and have it abundantly. Soldiers die so that civilians can remain safe at home. Fathers go to work so their families can have nice lives, and mothers go through the pain of childbirth to bring another life into the world. It seems quite obvious that someone usually has to experience pain or inconvenience for anyone to gain anything.
If you make the decision that you don’t mind inconvenience or interruption, then God can use you. You can make a difference in the world. But if you remain addicted to your own comfort, God will have to pass you by for someone who is more willing to endure the hard things in life in order to do God’s will.
Trust in Him: Think about a situation in which God is asking you to do some things you would rather not do—stay in a situation, leave a situation, spend time with someone you don’t get along with . . . Are you willing to trust the “interruption” from God in order to do His will?

daily devotion-august 16 2017

These things I command you, that ye love one another.
John 15:17
In Luke 6:47-48, Jesus said: “Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.”
That’s probably a familiar scripture to you. But today I want you to do something new with it. I want you to put it together with what Jesus said in John 15:17: “These things I command you, that ye love one another.”
Love. That one word sums up all Jesus said for us to do. If you’ll build your life on it, even the most violent storms of this world will be unable to shake you. It will make you solid in every area of your life.
If you’ll build your family on love, you can win back those the devil has stolen from you. You can win them to Jesus with the love of God.
When love rules, prosperity can flow!
Commit to living the life of love today. Commit to building your house upon the rock. Then when the storms of life begin to blow—at home, at work or in any situation—you can enjoy the solid security of knowing that love never fails.

daily devotion-august 15 2017

For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring Abraham what he promised him.” (Genesis 18:19 ESV,
Don’t Miss God’s Plan for Your Life
Why do you think God chose Abraham to be the father of His chosen people? Whenever I ask this question, the most common answer is, “Because he had great faith.” While faith is essential to partnering with God’s plan, it’s not why God chose Abraham. God chose Abraham because He knew that he would teach his descendants to follow the Lord:
“For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring Abraham what he promised him.” (Genesis 18:19 ESV, emphasis added)
When God chose this childless nomad, He looked beyond Abraham and saw his lineage. It was crucial to God that Abraham “command his children to keep the ways of the Lord” because God wanted to weave His story of redemption through Abraham’s family line. He knew Abraham and Sarah would make mistakes, but he also knew they had the right raw materials. Whenever God establishes covenant with us, He is always thinking generationally because He has already visited tomorrow and knows what needs to happen today to get us there.
The covenant God made with Abraham expanded until it reached into our lives as well. Through faith, Abraham was transformed from a man without children into one with descendants as numerous as the stars. The man who was once a wanderer without a nation became a father of faith to all nations.
“…Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him…” (Genesis 18:18 ESV)
Your story will look different than Abraham’s, but the principle is the same. God looks for people who intentionally allow His covenant to spread through them. Your story is about more than just you. It’s about the generations to come.
Only heaven will reveal the full impact of God’s covenant expressed through your relationship with Him. He desires to reach every life that passes through you (your legacy) and every life that falls within your realm of influence. This means you have to embrace a vision that extends beyond you and isn’t confined to your limited understanding. Get alone with God and seek His will for your life, knowing that His intention for your story will always include the generations to come.
Live life on purpose!

Daily devotion-august 14 2017

Psalms 119:71 (NIV)
It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.
How many of us have said, or heard someone make these similar complaints? “They gave the promotion to someone else!” “My husband/wife left me for someone else!” “I’ve been diagnosed with an illness!” “Life is so unfair!” “God, why me?”
The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 5:8, “The enemy prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Unlike the Psalmist who wrote today’s verse; we make negative statements similar to the ones above. Rather than pausing to consider the possible benefits problems can bring, we complain and sulk.
I know what your thinking, how can I, or anyone else for that matter, possibly have a positive outlook with such negativity going on? Consider this-challenges not only develop a stronger Christian character (James 1:2-4), but they are also a direct indicator that you do have a greater destiny than your current situation (1 Peter 5:10). No matter what has afflicted you, God has promised it will be for your good!
This Weeks Prayer:
“Heavenly Father, thank You for being my Deliverer today and always. I receive Your promises and choose to believe that You are working all things for my good. In Jesus’ name! Amen.”