LENTEN SEASON

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry. Matthew 4:1-2

 
 
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DAY 1

“Deliverance”

Joel 2:32 And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, even among the survivors whom the LORD calls.

Call upon the Lord as you have never done before, with fasting and praying. Let us tear down the walls that we’ve built to keep from hearing what God has to say to us; the things that are a hindrance to our growth and our walk.

Are we willing to stand firm doing the work of God? When the storms of life come in like a whirlwind will you stand and don’t break? God says in His Word that we can call on Him, and in these days and times we need to call on Him more than ever. Call on Him because the Body of Christ is being attacked in more ways than one.

Don’t get stuck looking at the circumstances or situations and forget to call on Him who is able to save and deliver. When we fast, be honest with God and yourself. Tell God exactly how you feel and then do what God instructs you to do.

He will instruct each one differently, but don’t try to make it look good for yourself….turn down your plate, turn your face to the wall and cry out like you have never cried before. Tear down the strongholds in your life that hinders you from serving God. Do what you know He has told you to do and if you don’t know then “Now is the time” to find out by calling upon the Lord!

Thought for the Day
“In order to reach your destiny, God has to shape your character”

 
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Day 2

“He is Always There”

Psalm 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

Does God know my thoughts? Does He see all my faults? When I stray from God, does He love me? Yes, God still loves you. He is right there even when you want to be alone and want anyone around you. Guess what? God is still there. God is everywhere.

The Scripture says where can I go from your presence? Can you hide from God, so you honestly think that God can’t see you…. think about this, there is no place secret that God does not know about. He even knows our little heart felt secrets that we keep so dear, even they are no secret to God.

Let’s try to be honest with God and yourself and pour out to Him what your secrets are (even though He knows them); you see the hardest thing for Christians to do is to pour out (not to man but to God). We can tell everyone else about some of the things that may bother us, but we won’t tell God even half of what may be bothering us.

My question is why can’t we talk to God like we talk to our friends? Do we think there’s no need to tell God because He already knows…well He does. He wants us to speak to Him; to talk to Him; and to ask of Him. Many times, in the Bible it says to ask of me, and I will answer you. Talk to God as you would talk to your friends, ask Him questions, read His Word and don’t try to hide from Him because you can’t.

We all feel like running and hiding and staying away from people at times and sometimes we often make that escape. However, you can’t hide from God and you most certainly can’t hide from yourself. God is always there and so are you. What is holding you from reaching your full potential in God? What are you seeking to do for God that you are afraid to step out on?

There is nothing too hard for God to work out in our lives, so stop trying to hide from God and start doing what God has called you to do.

Thought for the Day
“When we take a detour we will always end up in a hole”

 

 
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Day 3

“Are you doing the Father’s work?”

Luke 2:47-49 “And all who heard Him was astonished at His understanding and answers. So, when they saw Him, they were amazed and His mother said to Him, “Son why have you done this to us? Look, your father and I have sought you anxiously.” and He said onto them “why did you seek me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?” But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.”

The Bible said at the age of 12 Jesus was in the temple listening to the teachings and the Word of God as his mother and Joseph were looking for him. They were two days journey away and noticed that He was not with them. They found him sitting in on one of the teachers listening and asking questions everyone who heard Him was amazed at His understanding and His answers.

His mother said, “Why have you treated us like this, your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” Jesus words to her were, “Why were you searching for me, did you not know that I would be in my Father’s house?

What powerful words Jesus spoke that day. These words should echo in our hearts that we should be in our Fathers house doing what God requires us to: learning, listening, and teaching. In Matthew 28 verse 19 says “go out and make disciples of all nations.” As God’s people we are called to go and the Father’s work.

We must learn how to be about our Fathers business. I pray that in this booklet each day as we read it, that we will know what God wants us to do. The Bible says, “Seek the first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and everything else will be added unto YOU.” So, let’s put our priorities in order and start doing God’s work Gods way.

Thought for the Day
“God must mature us if He is going to trust us with the destiny, He has for us”

 

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Day 4 

“Faith”

Hebrews 11:1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

What is faith? Faith is believing in something that you can’t see. The Bible puts it this way, faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Faith is walking blind; not knowing the end; not knowing the outcome but believing in whatever God said will come to pass.

Many characters in the Bible had faith (blind faith). As I said in the beginning of this booklet many of our brothers and sister stepped out with their faith in tow. Their faith caused them to believe in God in certain areas that they never would’ve before.

I am believing God for great things in the year 2019. This is a year of expectancy. Have faith that this is the year you will see the manifestation of what God is able to do, what He said He would do. As I listen to Pastor Johnson preaching Gods’ word, I realize one thing, we need to stretch our faith. We need to trust more in God and to take God at His Word. Abraham had the faith to believe as he was climbing that mountain to sacrifice his son. He had faith that God was going to provide a sacrifice. We need to learn to experience that same kind of true faith in trusting a loving and faithful God!

As we step out on faith to do God’s work, acknowledge that it is only God who gives us the strength and guidance in every area of our lives. The Bible says that “without faith, it is impossible to please God and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him”. Faith is believing in something that you can’t see, but because we serve a God who can do anything but fail, we know that nothing is impossible for Him.

Thought for the Day
“I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse”
Love yawl!


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Day 5 

“Where is Your Love”

1 John 4:7-8Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

In order to do God’s work, we need to know what He requires of us and one of the requirements is that we love one another. We all have done some things that we feel are not worthy of being loved, but God doesn’t see our faults.

The Bible states how can we say we love God and hate our brother or sister? There are those who harbor unforgiveness in their hearts because someone has wronged them, but the Bible clearly states that we should be forgiving of one another. Unforgiveness is a sin that can cause sickness in our minds and in our bodies. Unforgiveness can also hinder our spiritual growth.

In order to do “God’s work. God’s way” we have to be obedient to His Word, even though it may hurt. Jesus showed what love and forgiveness looks like, when he told the people to cast the first stone if any was without sin/fault. We are living in a time when the enemy is busy and wants to destroy the Body of Christ. We cannot allow the devil to do this, cause if we do, he wins.

Hurt people, hurt people and that is not the way we should be. We need to take a step back and realize that none of us are perfect for ALL have sinned and made mistakes. Let’s stand together not divided. God’s Word says, “let us love one another for we are born of God; we are new creatures: old things are passed away and all things become new.”

Let us love one another as God would want us too, remember unforgiveness is not of God.

Thought for the Day
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us
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Saint Augustine


Day 6

Psalm 143:10 “Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.”

 This is a Psalm of David and it is a prayer of how David is going through much distress and agony as well the danger that he is facing from Saul. David asked that God hear his prayer and not deal with him according to his sins but would give him favor. We all know that David was a man after God’s heart and he earnestly prayed to God in everything.

 In verse 10 David is asking God to teach him to do His Will. David wants God to lead him to be righteousness and deliver him. Sometimes, we are in situations that cause us to go astray and into things that as Christians should not do. Struggles are real, and if we are not strong in the Lord to handle them, then we will eventually fall at the hands of the struggle.

David is an example of what we should be doing in times when the enemy is all around us. The struggles are overwhelming, and the world seems to be caving in. David says teach me God to do your will; don’t turn away from me; I repent, and I need you to lead me on the right path. It’s like the commercial that says, “I have a fallen, but I can’t get up.” However, the truth of the matter is YOU CAN GET UP. If you stretch your hand to God, He will lift you up and put you on the right path.

 You see the key to deliverance is knowing who your deliverer is. God’s ears are always open to those that walk upright before Him, and even when we fall. As the song says, ‘Teach us oh God make us more like you, change us oh God wash me through and through….” Deliverance is yours for the asking.

 Thought of the day: “Release, Relate, and Remain in the Will of God”

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Day 7

“Building the Wall”

Nehemiah 4:6 “So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.”

Nehemiah’s heart was troubled about the temple of God and he wanted to rebuild what was destroyed. He cried, prayed, repented and confessed the sins of the people against God. He reminded God of the commandments He gave to Moses, and asked God to hear his prayer and grant him mercy.

Nehemiah was the king’s cup bearer and one day the king noticed his sad countenance and asked what was wrong. Nehemiah told the king and asked for permission to go to see about the temple.

We should be as adamant about our temple as Nehemiah was. Sometimes, we think the house of God is a meeting place to chat and see people we may not have seen all week. But in retrospect the house of God is a place that we need to come to; be in the presence of the Lord to be refreshed and to hear a Word from the man of God.

The temple in Nehemiah’s day was destroyed and left desolate and it seems no one cared, but Nehemiah wanted to restore God’s Temple back to its former glory. Many things can tear down a temple: fire, storms, natural destructions, back biting, gossip, unforgiveness, hatred (yes, hatred), slander, and many other things can tear down the temple.

We as people of God need to join together when we see destruction at hand. Come together to pray and fast and rebuild what has been torn down. Be warned, opposition will come, but a united front can stand against any weapon.

If we, the body of Christ would be like the people in Nehemiah’s day to set our eyes on God (not on circumstances), and be about God’s work, we can and will be restored and renewed. In other words, let’s have a mind to work and be about God’s business. We can be the “church without a spot or wrinkle.”

 Thought for the day:

A wall with loose bricks is not good, the bricks must be cemented together

~ Corrie Ten Boom

 

Day 8

“HOPE”

Lamentations 3:25-26The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.”

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 A Christians definition of hope is far superior to that of the world. Instead of wishing or hoping for something to happen, a believer knows, that their hope is solid concrete evidence because it is grounded in the Word of God. We know that God cannot lie so hope’s meaning is confident expectation, or firm belief in things that are unclear or unknown.

Jeremiah better known as the “weeping prophet” states the Lord is good to them whose “hope” is in the Lord. If we look at the Biblical meaning of the word hope, we see it means to have confident expectation or a firm belief.

Jeremiah was another prophet who went through a lot of misfortunes for the sake of doing God’s work, but in the end, his hope was in the lord. If we have faith and believe in the Word of God, we have the assurance that when our hope is solid, there is no limit to what God can and will do. We must diligently seek the Lord even through the hardest and toughest situations in our lives. We have to be persistent!

Hope is the confident expectation of no matter what I seek, no matter where my path may lead me, I have the greatest assurance that God is good to all whose trust and hope in Him.

 Thought for the day:

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches on the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.”

~ Emily Dickinson

 

Day 9

“Blessings Shall Overtake You”

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Deuteronomy 28:2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.”

God promised the children of Israel that if they keep His commandments and listen to him many blessings shall be given unto them. They will be blessed wherever they go. Their health will be blessed, the cattle, the flock their land…etc. The key is listening to the voice of the Lord.

God speaks in many ways and if we are not obedient to His words, many of the blessings that we could receive, we won’t receive because of disobedience. We are so busy chasing what we want, that we are not focusing on what God has in store for us.

When we surrendered our lives to God, we became joint heirs with Christ, so that the blessings that was promised to us, would be given to us. We have become complacent and yes disobedient that we sometimes think we got these blessings on our own.

We became like the children of Israel, stubborn, stiff-necked, and unruly. Yes, we are saved and yes, we love the Lord, but we have begun to chase after the things of the world and did not hearken unto the voice of God. We find ourselves like the children of Israel going around in circles chasing after what we think are God’s blessings for us.

The word of God tells us to “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and everything else will be added unto us.” What God is saying to us is, the Kingdom should come first. If we, as His children be obedient, trust Him and do His work, blessings will overtake us.

Thought of the day:

“Your blessings are trying to chase you down, but you keep running away from them.”

 

Day 10

Work while it is Day

John 9:4 “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”

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While we are in the world, we need to do what is required of us and doing God’s work is one of the things He requires. He requires us to worship Him and He wants us to be workers in the vineyard (world). The world now is ripe for picking.

The Great Commission in Matthew 28 that Jesus gave the disciples still apply to us today. We are to make disciples everywhere we go: in our homes, on our jobs, and in the world. People should be able to see the Christ in us. But when we look like the world, act like the worked, and communicate the world ~ How are we representing God? If I backbite my sister or my brother, if I talk with obscenity, and if I lie like others how is that doing God’s work?

Jesus was the light of the world when He was in it and He said I must work while it is day. As long as I am alive, I must work because when night (death) comes, no man can work. We are the light of the world. Is your light shining? Or is your light a little dim from being like the world? Oh yes, we have a light that can shine. Is your light flickering and barely staying lit? It could be because there is unforgiveness, hatred, slander, a lack of love for your sister or brother. Someone needs your light. They may not have as much as you have. It doesn’t matter if you think they are unworthy, don’t look down on them because God is calling us to shine our light on everyone.

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The work God wants us to do can be challenging and sometimes seem unfair (or so we think); but God chose each and every one of us to rise out of the mess we were in. The challenge for us as Christians is after we have been blood washed, over-comers of fear and doubt, is to be willing workers in the vineyard.

The bible says the fields are plentiful, but the laborers are few. As I said earlier, the world now is ripe for the picking. Let’s start picking, but let it begin with us first and then after we get it together then we can be able to make disciples out someone else.

Thought of the Day:

“Keep focused on God through Jesus”

 

Day 11

“Getting Rid of Stinking Thinking”

Proverbs 23:7aFor as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…

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When we think negative thoughts, we will get negative results, as the Word of God states, ‘As a man thinketh so is he.” There are a lot of things in this world that makes you shake your head and wonder, what in God’s green earth is going on, and how did things get like this. People have honestly given up on a lot of things. They have given up on God. They have given up on leaders and some have even given up on themselves.

Their thoughts are always thinking, things will never get better and because they think that way, it will not get better for them. Their thoughts begin to be their message and they begin to speak them out into the atmosphere. They begin to breed life into not only their lives but other people’s lives as well.

Our thoughts can and will affect the way we live and act, and the affects on our lives can be for good or bad. We need to learn how to begin to take God’s Word for the truth that it is. The Word of God tells us in Philippians 4:8 “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be nay praise, think on these things.”

Life can bring us many things that will take our minds off God and His Word, we need to learn how to delight ourselves in the Lord.  In doing so, He will give us the desires of our hearts. In this world of negativity, we must stay focused and choose life; choose positive thinking; and get rid of the stinking thinking.

Trust God, lean on Him, stand on His Word. If the Word says you are forgiven, then believe it. If the Word says you are healed, believe it. If the Word says you are more than conqueror, stand on it and receive it. “Think your self happy, as the saying goes if you worry don’t pray and if you pray don’t worry.” God’s got you!

Thought of the day:

Jesus takes to heart the sufferings of His friends!

~ William Hendriksen

 

Day 12

“Forgiven versus Forgiveness”

1John 1:9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

The Bible says that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us. So, why as “children” of God, we find it hard to forgive? I have learned that we as “children” find it hard to have forgiveness for our sisters and brothers as the Bible tells us we should.  I ask myself why. “Is it because we are fallible, or is it because we don’t want to forgive, or maybe it is because we simply cannot?”

 

Wait, but doesn’t the Bible state that if we have “any ought (fault) with our brethren that we should forgive them?” If Jesus forgave us, after all of the mess we may have done, why can’t we forgive our brother/sister after a fault they may have done? How can we take the speck out of someone’s else’s eye, when there is a whole log cabin in ours?

Has someone confessed their wrong and repented, then the Word of God says they are forgiven. So why are we, as children of the Most High God, not forgiving them? Okay, granted that we are human and are fallible, but aren’t we new creatures in Christ? We are called to walk as the children of God, the light of the world. Yet, we still walk in darkness. We walk in the spirit of unforgiveness.

Matthew 18:21-22 says “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”

As I researched this scripture, one writer says, “that we are to forgive each other without limit, because we should treat each other the same way God has treated us. You see we owe God a debt that is far greater than anything we can repay – a debt caused by our sin. But, God in His grace has forgiven us anyway – not because we deserve it, but simply because of His love and mercy.”

Even though we are not God, we should have been changed when we gave our lives to Christ. If we want to be the church (person) without a spot or blemish, then we have to learn how to forget about ourselves, our selfishness, and forgive.

Holding on to unforgiveness only brings a strain and sometimes sickness into our own lives. Unforgiveness is just like a disease that can spread from one person to another and before you know it…DESTRUCTION.

So, let’s forget about the things that are behind and press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling in Jesus Christ…. In other words, “GET OVER IT

Thought of the day

“Your actions will follow your beliefs”

 

 


Day 13

“Like Fire”

Jeremiah 23:29 “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”

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In my devotion book by David Jeremiah it gave a small excerpt from [1]The Pilgrim’s Progress” ‘about a character named Interpreter, who showed Christian a large fire burning against a wall with a roaring flame. A man was throwing water on the fire, trying to quench the flame. Yet the fire blazed all the greater. Christian asked, “what does this mean?” Interpreter explained, that the devils stands in front of us trying to quench our flame for Christ; but then he led Christian behind the wall where a man with a supply of oil was secretly and constantly feeding the fire.’

Jeremiah was a prophet who went through so much as a prophet and grew very discouraged and really wanted to give up. Writer, David Jeremiah stated in his devotional that we need to make sure that our hearts are always burning with God’s Word through the Holy Spirit.

God said to Jeremiah, “Is not my Word like as a fire always burning, never going out, water can’t quench it, because as long as we belong to God the Holy Spirit continuously feeds the fire in our hearts.” The Word is also like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces, what does that mean… [2]Mathew Henry’s Commentary state that ‘a man’s  heart who is not humbled is like a rock, if it will not be melted by the Word of God, it will be broken to pieces by it as the hammer.’

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The enemy goes about seeking whom he can devour and the problem with some Christians is they are more carnal than Spiritual, so, the enemy can easily quench that fire. They are drawn more to the world then they are to Christ and the flame that is lit in their heart, if not careful, can be quenched.

Let God’s Word burn in our hearts so that we can be the light that God has called us to be.

Thought of the day

“Praise loudly-blame softly”


[1] Devotional “Turning Point” by David Jeremiah

[2] Mathew Henry’s Commentary

 

Day 14

“Wait”

Psalm 27:14Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”

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The hardest thing for people to do is wait. We do not want to wait long for the doctor’s appointment, the food at the restaurant to be prepared, or even waiting for someone to pick you up … we just don’t want to wait.

God says in His Word,” ... if we wait on the Lord and be of good courage, He will surely strengthen our hearts.” Impatience is something that a lot of us have. We want everything in a microwave second. When our problems overwhelm us, we want them to be over as fast as they come; but as the saying goes ‘trials come to make us stronger’.

God wants us to wait in the assurance, that we can trust Him to take us through everything that we go through. Some of our trials are tests to see if we would stand on the foundation of God’s Word or will we faint and fall by the wayside. So many times, we want to give up and say that nothing is ever going to be right, but that is when we need to pull up our bootstraps and press forward even harder.

As we look at the situations in the world today and a lot of people are wondering where God is with the shootings, the crimes, the corruption in the government and so many other things. I guarantee that if you just have patience, wait, and believe because the God we serve is in control.

God will strengthen you to go through the situation you may be going through. Also, remember God is big enough to handle the things of the world. If things were always fixed instantly, we would think that we did it ourselves. Rest assure that the God we serve can and will strengthen even the faintest of heart, so we need to wait with expectancy knowing that He that can calm the winds and the seas can give us the courage and the strength to wait and allow us to be of good courage… again I say WAIT on the Lord and He shall with a certainty strengthen your heart and calm your biggest fears.

Thought of the day

“If I look for God in everything, I will be able to accomplish anything.”

 

 

 

Day 15

“O Lord Hear My Prayer”

Jonah 2:7-10When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord. And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.”

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We all know the story of Jonah and how he tried to run from the work that God called him to do. Jonah didn’t want God to save Nineveh, he wanted God to destroy everything and everybody that was in Nineveh because of the evil that was present. God however wanted the people to repent and turn from their ways, so he told Jonah to prophesy to them and tell them to repent and God will not destroy them.

Jonah was not going to tell the people this, so he ran, but God knew where he was. God caused a storm to come and Jonah to be cast overboard and swallowed by a big fish. While Jonah was in that stinky, foul, disgusting place he remembered God, and began to pray.

So many times when we get into a place where we are drowning in our situations and circumstances, and it seems like all else has failed; we tried it this way and that way; we ran and tried to hide but we couldn’t because when we thought we were safe, we ended up in the belly of the big fish… in a stinky, foul, and disgusting place.. swallowed up in our own mess. Then we need to do like Jonah did (v7) and cry out to God to hear our prayers.

When you find yourself in a situation that you can’t get out of, call on God, because Him and Him only can deliver you. Never think that you can set yourself free and never think that you can run from God.

If God called you to do something and you try to run, let me be the first to you Jonah, you can run but you can’t hide. God called Jonah to do a work he didn’t want to do, and God may call us to do something we don’t want to do, but let me tell you, God’s work will get done one way or the other.

Thought of the day

“When anger enters the mind, wisdom departs”

~Thomas á Kempis

 

Day 16

“The Secret Place”

Psalm 91:1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

This scripture speaks of a secret place and what I find significant in this verse, is the word “shall”. This word is powerful within itself, because whenever it is used in the Bible by God (the Father) or Jesus (the Son) it means something will get done. It means with a certainty; it means that it “will” happen; it means truly; and it means it really is going to happen.

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When we go into a place where there is no one except God and you, things happen, self will get put aside. Your needs will be put on hold and desires will not be desired at that time. Why, because you are in the presence of the Most High God and nothing else matters. He is abiding with you, because you have blocked out everything and everyone, but Him and He can commune with you through the Holy Spirit.

You shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty, because His shadow is our covering, our protection, and our comfort. You see that secret place is where we can go and find solace. The peace that you longed for is there, the need that you prayed for is there, and you know without a doubt that God hears your cry.

It is up to you to find that “secret place” where you can commune with your Father, where the Holy Spirit is making intercession for you, and allowing you to hear what God has for you to hear, but you have to listen.

Don’t clog your life line to Heaven with the cares of the world around you, put them on hold and say I need to spend time with my Father. Until we see God as the loving Father, we will never fully accept the benefits that come from serving, loving, and knowing Him.

We must seek diligently after Him: find your place of your worship, find your secret place, find your closet, find your time to be with Him, shut the door and abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Release the stress and activities from the day. Relax in His Word and have a conversation with Him. He is always ready to listen with certainty. Whatever you ask, if you believe you “Shall” receive.

Thought of the day

“The time you spend alone with God will transform your character and increase your devotion.”     ~ Dr. Charles Stanley

 

 

Day 17

“Make Me Over Again”

Jeremiah 18:4And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so, he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.”

The God we serve is almighty and all powerful. He can mold, twist, bend, and break us just like the potter and we will never know what hit us. At times, we all need to be made over. God can make over our thoughts, our actions, and our love for one another.

We need to ask God to “make us over again”. We talk so much, that we do not allow ourselves to accept change, then the old man will never be totally transformed. God will never go against our will. So, it will be totally up to us, even in the worst of situations, to allow a most powerful God to mold us into the person that He will have us to be.

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We can never be totally transformed unless we are willing to change. We can’t see ourselves as marred or messed up, so we stay the way we are until we hit rock bottom, but sometimes even then, we still can’t see the imperfections that we have.

God said I can change you. I can take your worst habit, your worst situation, and I can even just take you in my hands and make you all over again. You see when we are broken to a point when we are really sick and tired, we can go to the Master builder of original designs that can take what looks like a mess and turn it into someone who is blessed.

God wants to work a work in us. He wants to make us all new creatures in Him. Creatures with a caring heart, but it has to first start in us on the inside and then it will show on the outside. Allow Jesus to come in and mold and make us new.

Thought of the day

The weakest Christian can at any period of life, at any moment of the day, and in any circumstance cry out to God for help and instantly have the resources of an infinite, sovereign God at his disposal” ~ James Montgomery Boice

 

 

 

Day 18

“Conquer the enemy of your mind”

Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus

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Paul told the Philippians to be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord and one mind. Walking in the Spirit requires a mindset, a preoccupation with truth. The battle begins not with temptations to do something, but with the temptation, to not dwell on anything that conflicts with what is true. Walking in the Spirit and with the same mind requires that we become hypersensitive to any thought that conflicts with truth.

Anything that clashes with what is true is not of the Spirit; anything that is not of the Spirit only gets in the way of our ability to follow the lead of the Spirit. Therefore, to walk in the Spirit, we must get serious about guarding our minds.” ~ Dr. Charles Stanley

In warfare of any type, the enemy will try to make you think (play on your mind) that he is coming one way and you are fooled. A spiritual warfare is not something that we can second guess, because the Bible lets us know that we are not wrestling against flesh and blood but against principalities and wickedness in high places.

A Christian’s battle is supernatural, we can’t see the enemy coming, but because of whose we are, we know that he is going to attack. Our best defense is the Word of God, and if we have the same mindset of Christ then we know how to use the Word against the enemy and win the battle. A spiritual warfare is a battle for the mind; if the enemy can make us change our thought patterns the he has succeeded.

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How do we conquer the enemy of the mind? Begin to develop the mindset that Christ has. We begin to seek more of the Father. Jesus stated, “I must be about my Father’s business.” That is the mindset that we need to acquire and then and only then can we ‘conquer the enemy of the mind’, when we start being about our Father’s business.

Thought of the day

A happy life is full of honorable thoughts… fix your thoughts on what is right

~ Susie Larson

 

 

Day 19

“He Rescued Me”

1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

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I believe as we get accustomed to this Christian walk, many of us may have a tendency to forget who we are, we become complacent in our walk and confident in the fact that we know we are saved and that should be the jest of it. But let’s do a rewind in our lives, remember when we came crying to Christ and asking (some of us begging) Him to change our lives and that if He does, we would serve Him and do His will?

Well, we ran a good course for a while and then the road started to get a little rocky, and the bumps began to hurt, people who said they were Christians began to act “some kinda way”; and you begin to wonder “God what is going on?” God answers you and says, “hold on my child, these things come to make you strong.”

But in your mind, you are wondering, “how can I be strong in this, when some “Christians” begins to act like the world. You want to leave, go somewhere else, but your spirit man is asking you what makes you think that the “other church people” would be better.

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God now has put you on a temporary hold, and ask you, “do you now know who you are?” The Spirit of God dwells within you and I am growing and grooming you. The people have not changed, they are not acting any differently than when you first met them. You have changed, and God has opened your eye to see that He has matured you.

You have reached another level in your life and the old things have truly passed away. What is happening now is called “Growth”. It is your turn to instruct and to be the light that God has called you to be. Don’t leave, God is allowing you to see you as you were, and He is now showing you how you can lead others.

The people have not changed, you have. When God puts us in a place that allows us to look at life through a glass door, we need to realize that God has a work for you to do and it is not to judge or condemn, but to show love and teach. Do you not know who you are? Look deep within and see that you are a “Living Epistle” and every day you a “Professed Christian” is being read by men. Be a light in a world full of darkness and let the Spirit of God that dwells in you come forth with “love”.

Thought of the day

“I was a sinner, but now I’m free, His wondrous Grace has rescued me”

~ excerpt from the hymn, “He Rescued Me” by Lida S. Leech

 

 

 

Day 19

“Where is your Power?”

Luke 10:19Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

Declaration: I believe that Jesus words are true, and I believe that if we would get out of ourselves and walk in the Spirit of God with the authority that God has given us, we can pull down every stronghold that the enemy has built and that we have allowed him to build.

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I believe that we don’t believe the Word of God enough to act on what it says. We have allowed society and the government to dictate to us what we can and cannot say. God did not give us the Spirit of fear, but He gave us Power, love, and a sound mind. We have allowed the enemy to instill fear in our hearts, take away the love and cause us to think in a mindset of the world and not of God.

It is time for Christians to gird themselves up with the armor of God; which simply means to put God on; fight the good fight of faith; and stand up for what we believe. Satan has no business attacking the minds of the young people with all the nonsense in this world today.

So, why are we allowing it to happen? Jesus told His disciples that, ”I have given you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing by any means shall hurt you.” I have given you power to do great things, and the same is true for us. The problem is that we are either afraid to use it or we don’t believe we have it.

The world around us is slowly falling apart and there seems like it is nothing that we can do. But people of God we have the power, let us use it, to build up our families and our communities and in doing this we will be building up the Kingdom of God. I read somewhere in one of my daily devotions that “part of the reason God allows us sorrows and trials in this life is to learn that God has power to sustain us.”

Let’s use the power that God has given us, the power through the word of God. Work the Word in your life, in you, in our families’ lives, in our communities, and even on our jobs. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus.

Thought of the day

The Lord God is to me both a Sun and a Shield; a sun to enlighten and comfort me; a shield to protect and defend me.”

~ Matthew Henry

 

 

 

Day 20

“Trust in the Lord”

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

Sometimes we have a tendency to lean on our on understanding and don’t inquire of God for the things that we think are even of little concern. But God’s Word truly tells us to seek God in everything that we do no matter how big or how small. When we lean on our own, we make a mess out of everything thinking that we can make it right.

We overlook the very first Word in this Scripture – “Trust”. If we trust God to take care of all things, then we will not have such a hard time. The scripture states to trust God with all our heart and not to lean to our own understanding. We have a hard time with our not leaning to our own understanding, because we want to do things on our own.

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I read that people find it difficult to ask for directions; that they will go miles out of the way before stopping and asking for directions. And that is the way it is with us we will do everything ourselves without even acknowledging God.

All we have to do is ask for direction from God and we can rest assured the Lord will direct our every step if we allow Him to direct them. We need to be instructed on how to ask God why when we get into certain situations to prop us up on our leaning side. We have to acknowledge God in all of our ways because if we don’t our paths will or than likely not be directed the way in which He has intended for our lives.

Let us not lean to our understanding but ask of God what we must do in every area of our lives even when it comes down to what to wear.

Thought of the day

“Trusting God can turn a trial into a triumph.”

 

Day 21

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“Facing Your Giants”

1 Samuel 17:23, 26And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.  And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

What are the giants that you face in your life? Is it a giant of fear, fear of rejection or just plain unbelief? A lot of us will not admit that we face giants and they are big. The question is “What do we do when welcome face to face to the giant of our lives? Do we run, stare in fright or try to talk our way out of whatever it may be?

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Our lives are full of ups and downs, ins and outs, but it is how we handle these things that determine whether or not we can defeat the giants in our lives.

In our Scripture we read about a young shepherd boy that only knew about tending to sheep, but little did his brothers know that while taking care of the sheep, David faced his share of giants as well. You see David told Saul, that “he killed lions and bears and that this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them” (1 Samuel 17:36).

David had an assurance that God could deliver him from any giant that would come his way. The same kind of faith that David had should be what we who walk with the Lord should have when we face our giants.

Any giant that comes against you is not fighting against you he is fighting the god that is in you and the sooner we realize that the battle belongs to God and stop acting like it is ours alone we can win against these so-called giants, because your giant is only as big as you see them.

As you face the giants in your life, do as David did and stare and  face the giant and say ,”you came against me with your sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel whom you have defiled” (verse 45). As David prevailed over the giant with a sling and a stone, we can conquer our giants with a Word and a prayer (with faith) believing that you are more than a conqueror through Christ.

Thought of the day

“Let God fight your battles”

 

Day 22

“Reflection”

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Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Ask yourself these questions:

“Has my love for Christ grown?” “Am I doing more of what I use to do when I didn’t know the Lord?” “Am I going backwards instead of forwards?” Have I lost my love for the things of God?”

If we have answered “yes” to any of these questions than we need to repent and turn back from our ways. Jesus stated to the church of Ephesus that He knows their works, how they hate evil, and how they were sound in doctrine, but their love has grown “cold”.

We can out on the outward appearance of being “holy, sanctified and all that”; but what about our love, what about the zeal that we had when we first heard and was first born again. “What happened?” We say we are not getting spiritually feed at this place or that and this may be true, but the question remains “What are we doing?”

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Are we stepping up to the plate in area that is deficient or lacking? This day in the middle of the fast let us ask yourselves “am I doing more to help the Body of Christ or is there something that I can do to build up God’s Kingdom?

This day let us do a self-examination, what condition would God find us in if He were to come back today? Would our love for Him be as strong as it was when we first came to Him? Would we be lukewarm, and He would have to cast us out? Would our faith be strong, and would we be caught witnessing or sitting on our back porch doing whatever?

Daily in our walk we do something that I am sure that is not pleasing to God, whether it be in word, thought or deed. Not only should man pray always, but we need repent daily. Let us search ourselves and look deep within our own hearts and see what we need to have God repair, for He is a heart fixer and mind regulator. “He who hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit is saying unto the church!

Thought for the day

Happiness does not depend on outward circumstances, but on the state of the hearts.”

~ J.C. Ryle

 

Day 23

“Don’t Fall”

1 Corinthians 10:12 “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”

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¯“Lord, please keep me from falling.”¯

Our walk is full of slip ups and sometimes we do fall. Some may have a tendency to fall more often than others. When we are prone to be weak in certain areas in our lives that is when the words of this song should ring in our hearts. And we need to cry out to God to ask Him to keep us from falling.

Our scripture today is 1 Corinthians 10th Chapter and in this book, Paul illustration to the Corinthians to take heed that they will not make the same mistakes as the children of Israel. We need to learn from mistakes of others and our own past mistakes. Paul says, let who ever think that they are standing in self-confidence take heed, because temptation can come upon you and overtake you if you are not careful.

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Let us not be so self-confident that once we learn the Word of God and believe that we have a leg to stand on that we need to learn more. Life is about learning, and we learn from mistakes; in one of the daily bread readings the topic was “the pain of falling” and a part of it states that “falling isn’t good, but for anyone who has stumbled in life, something positive can result; if the fall leads to a more careful way of living”.

We as Christians do fall, and the Word of God states that a righteous man falleth seven times, but he gets back up. However, when our falls are to frequent and always falling about the same thing then we need say, “Lord please keep me from falling.”

Ask God to help us in the area that we are weak in and lets us not think that we have arrived and can’t fall.

Thought of the day

Forgiveness is to be set loose from sins

~ G. Campbell Morgan

 

 

 

Day 24

“God our Supplier”

1 Kings 17:13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.”

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How many of us will say to ourselves if someone asked us to give of our last “you must be crazy!” But this was asked of a widow woman in Elijah’s time. You see Elijah was a great prophet of God who was told by God to go to Zarephath, and there he met a widow who was gathering sticks to fix her and her son a meal for the last time. You see she did not expect to live beyond what she had. She was ready to give up.

We are so ready to give up if we don’t see a way out, our walks as Christians is based on faith and not what we see. If we act on what we see all the time we would be in bad shape. That is why it is important to trust God to make provisions for us when we can’t see any other way.

Elijah spoke to the woman and asked her to bring him some water that he may drink and as she was leaving to get the water, he asked her to fix him a bite to eat. No doubt her heart skipped a beat when she heard the last part knowing what she had.

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Now this poor woman only had enough to eat for her and her son. Her expectation was to starve to death but not because she didn’t have it now. So, she said to Elijah, as the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake just a handful of meal enough for me and my son to eat and die.”

Guess what! That is how we as children of God sometimes do. We choose to starve to death instead of expecting God to supply us with what we need. Again, here we see faith at work. This woman didn’t have to fix Elijah anything to eat, but the interesting part about this is that she recognized him as a man of God. This is what she said to him,” as the Lord your God lives”; she didn’t say my God, she said your God.

But Elijah told her to “Fear not”, for God will supply your need and more. Just going by the words that Elijah spoke she went and did as he said, and the God of Israel multiplied unto her more than what she had, because of her obedience and her faith in the man of God.

Expect God to do great things, let Him make your little a lot, trust Him, take Him at His word. I can’t say that enough. TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD!!!!!!

Thought for the day

“God my Supplier

 

Day 25

“My Soul Wait on the Lord”

Psalm 62:5My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.” 

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David again is expecting God to do great and mighty things. He said, my soul waits only upon God, how many times do we wait for man to do something for us and we get disappointed. We learn as we grow that we cannot put our trust in man, we must lean and depend only upon God.

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David says my soul wait only on the Lord for his expectation is from God only. Can we not see how anxious we become? At times, when we want it now and can’t wait, we get impatient and we want to blame God or someone else when we are overwhelmed and anxious.

We have to stop solely relying on ourselves and man so much because we can’t do the things that only God can do. You see, it is not about us, it is all about God and how we choose to wait for Him. We need a heart like David, a heart that no matter what we go through or what we do our hearts will lead us back to God.

Throughout life we hear people say to wait on God and be of good courage and believe me I think that we can do that but when it seems like God is taking too long then we become anxious and want to do it ourselves and we end up messing things up. We all need to be like David and say to our souls “wait on the Lord” and from Him only is our expectation. A lot of times we don’t have because we want to go ahead of God. Let us wait on the Lord.

Thought of the day

“God is only a prayer away”

 

Day 26

“Do You Know When God Is Present”

Genesis 28:16 “And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.”

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Jacob did not expect to have a vision (dream) such as the one he had, but God had a plan for Jacob. We don’t expect God to use us, because we feel unworthy. We feel that we are not good enough for God to use us. But God sees us differently then what we see ourselves, He sees the innermost part of a person and He looks beyond our faults and see our true spirit man, He sees our hearts.

We as Christians should know when the presence of the Lord is around us and as we are in His presence, we should expect a great “shifting” in our lives from God. As the song goes from years ago “when God is in the building the sin sick are healed”. When we come into the presence of God simply by being on one accord in prayer and in fasting, you will feel the “SHIFT”, it will be like something that you have never felt before.

We live a life feeling defeated and unsure, but those of us who commune with God each day should be filled with expectation of great and wonderful things to happen to us each and every day healings and other miraculous things. (But even in this be mindful of false doctrine, know your Word).

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Let God use you as He has never done before. Know when the presence of God is in the place and in order to know this you must be in daily communication with Him. (prayer and reading His Word).

Stop being stagnant. Jacob, when he awoke from his sleep, he immediately realized that he had been visited by God, he worshipped God. If we learn to worship God in our private time, then worshipping won’t be hard when we are around others.

Expect God to do great things in you, God is always with you. His Word assures us that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

God reveals Himself to us when we are alone, because, then He can get our full attention. Be attentive to God’s voice, listen for it. He speaks to us through songs, through dreams, through people, and even through things that we read. But most of all He reveals Himself to us through His Word. Listen for God and let us not be like Jacob and say surely ‘God was in this place and I knew it not’. Stop, look, and listen with expectation to hear a Word from God.

Thought of the day

“Embrace, abide, dwell, and stay with the God who will keep you and shield you from all harm.”

 

Day 27

“Who is in Your furnace With You”

Daniel 3:25 “He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”

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Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were men of God, they prayed, they fasted, they trusted God for everything. They did not eat the wrong foods, they ate only what the Lord had given them instructions to eat. These were God Fearing young men, great in stature and handsome in appearance.

But isn’t this the way children of the most High God are supposed to be like and look like. If we only follow the instructions, we could be a people of great wisdom and great power. If only we did not fear what man could do to us, if only we could be like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

These men trusted God even in the face of one worst kinds of death, to be burned alive in a fiery furnace, all because they refuse to worship an idol. These men went into that furnace with an expectation that God would deliver them and if by chance He chose not to, they still gave Him glory.

Is your faith string enough to believe? That while you’re going through your fiery furnace that the God you serve will bring you out without a hair on your head being burned or your clothes smelling like smoke.

Joshua asked the children of Israel whose God will they serve; so, I am asking you, whose God are you serving? Is it the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob or are you serving the god of this world?

The Hebrew boys knew the God that they served, but when your furnace is heated up seven times hotter can you be like them and stand confident in God and say I know He will and He can bring me out, but, even if He doesn’t it is not because He is not able to.

In the furnace of life who is there with you?

Thought of the day

“We find courage to stand when we kneel before God”

 

 

Day 28

“You Should Hold Your Peace”

Exodus 14:13-14 “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you this day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen this day, ye shall see them again no more forever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”

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Just like the children of Israel we don’t want to let things go; we hold onto them because they make us feel comfortable. We may not see that this is the very thing that is keeping us from our deliverance, we are afraid that if it is gone, we have nothing to blame if we fail.

Don’t let fear keep you from your deliverance, we have not as the Bible states because we ask not. Jesus lets us know that if we have faith in God that anything that we ask of Him in faith we shall receive. Our deliverance is only a word away, God instructed Moses to tell the people to stand still and face their fear. Just as these instructions were given to Israel; it still stands for us as well. God will fight our battles for us if we trust Him and give them all to Him.

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Paul puts it this way, we are to forget those things that are left behind and press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus, what we need to do is let go of everything that will keep us from being who God has called us to be. We should hold on to so much that it stunts our growth in Christ, we think we have matured, but in all actuality we have not, especially if we hold the spirit of unforgiveness in our heart.

Thought of the day

Perseverance makes the difference between failures and success

 

Day 29

“Faith”

Mark 11:22-2322 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

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What is faith according to Hebrews 11:1, it is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen, in our devotion today it states that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, could say to the mountain be moved and it shall be cast into the sea.

Literally speaking we can’t say to an actual mountain move, but we can say to the mountains that come to our lives to be moved, but the key is to believe that they can be moved. You see without faith there is nothing we can do or say that will move any circumstance or at least make it better.

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I say that to say, some things will/may not be removed from our lives, we just need to know that even though it is there, God has us. Remember Paul said that he prayed to God three times that the thorn be removed from him, but God’s reply to Him was when you are weak then I am made strong.

So, in other words even though your mountain may seem to overtake you and you have prayed and asked God to remove it, sometimes our faith is tested to the point where we would like to give up. But God said remember this is your weakness, I am stronger… hold on because this mountain is not to destroy you, but to allow you to know that God has you.

Thought of the day

If we desire our faith to be strengthen, we should not shrink from opportunities where our faith may be tried and therefore through trial be strengthened.”      ~George Miller

 

Day 30

“When You Go Through”

Isaiah 43:2 “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”

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God did not say that we would not have problems or go through things. Paul stated that we should not think it strange that we go through fiery trials. In our scripture today God let us know that even through the waters (floods) may come, it will not overtake us. We have a lifeguard who promises to protect us and when we even go through the fiery trials that will face us, we will go through the fire but will not be burned nor will we smell like smoke as if we were in the biggest forest fire of our lives. We have a fireman who will not only take us safely through the fire but will not even let a hair on our heads or body be burned.

God will never take us to anything and not bring us out. We were not promised that once we come to Christ, we would not have problems, that is a missed conceived perception. When we come to Christ the enemy will get busier than ever to try to convince us that we are not worthy or that God doesn’t care about us, that is why we go through the things we go through.

If God said He will deliver us, HE will, but it will be in His own time. Whatever we do we need to hang on to the Word of God and never forget that God will never leave us nor forsake us. We are in the right position as a body of Christ to receive a blessing, if only we will allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us.

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Pastor Johnson has been adamantly speaking on teamwork and it takes a team to pull together and build the Body of Christ up. The arm can’t work good without the hand and the leg can’t walk without the feet. So, when we go through our trials and circumstance don’t lose heart, for your trial is only a set up for a blessing.

Go through each trial knowing that even though the waters get high you won’t drown, and the fire will not overtake you. Why…because God got you!

Thought for the day

Deliverance is yours

 

Day 31

“Are You Flexible”

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1 Corinthians 12:7-11But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”

Paul told the Corinthians that everyone has a particular gift as given by God. Some may have one and some may have more, but each of us in Christ has a gift. We need to learn how to stir up the gift that is within us to that we will be able to do the work of God, Paul says that the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit all.

We need to ask God to help us know what our gift is and how we should use the gift that God had given us so that we can use them to be stretched beyond our own expectation for Him. Each gift that God has given us should be used to edify, to exalt and to encourage. We were not saved to be complacent in one place, we need to learn to go above and beyond what even our gifts are.

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We should look to God and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us and help us to be stretched so that the Body of Christ can grow and know how to share the love and the gift of salvation that only God can give. Know what your gifts are so that you will use them to build up the body of Christ, learn how to be flexible, learning to be available and always ready to do the work that God has for you no matter what it is. If your gift is to serve with a smile; if it is to help, then help everyone you see; if is sometimes just to listen, then listen intently. Again, whatever it is that God has called you to do, do it with integrity as unto God.

Thought of the day

If I look for God in everything, I will be able to accomplish anything!”

 

 

 

Day 32

Throw Away the Old”

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Luke 5:36-38 “36 And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old. 37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. 38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.

Jesus knew that the Scribes and the Pharisees did not understand His ministry. He also knew that they did not want to let go of old Jewish religious practices. However, he was talking to the Apostles (who represented the new patch) to break away from the old religious practices which has become religious traditions and more of one’s show of holiness than true worship to God.

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The final part of the parable of old wine poured into new skins refers to the Word of God poured into new believers who are being taught the Word.

The new believers must become a new creation in Christ and leave the beliefs of the world behind in order to allow spiritual growth. Jesus knows that it is hard for some to let go of religious traditions because it allows us to look holier than we really are.

But man looks at the outward appearance, but God always looks at the heart.

Thought of the day

“We are transformed into the image of the Lord by beholding it, not by reflecting it.”

~ Charles Hodge

 

Day 33

“Come Let Us Reason Together”

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Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

How many times do we feel that we are not worthy or feel that we can’t do anything right or even feel that we are un-loved, even when we have people around that say that they love you? Maybe you feel that even though you gave your life to Christ, that maybe you still won’t make it into Heaven, maybe you feel that your life is just not God would desire for it to be. Well you are not alone and if each and every one of us would be honest with ourselves we have all felt this way before.

Don’t have a pity party, the Word of God reminds us in Philippians that we should not worry about things and then it gives us instructions  on what we need to do: we need to take it to God in prayer and then we need to start thinking on things that are true… such as you are more than a conqueror and that you have been accepted in the beloved, think on things that are honest… such as the Word of God and all things in it…  think on things that are pure… such as the blood of Jesus…, then think on this that God says that we can reason together… that even if we feel unworthy…God says we can come to Him.

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Contrary to popular beliefs we can talk to God and even question God about our situations and the way we are feeling; God is not a God of terror; He is a loving God who wants all to come to repentance. Stop beating yourself up and stop having pity parties (even though we will all have times when we are feeling down, and this is normal) but we don’t have to allow ourselves to stay in that location (an unwanted place in our lives). Sit down and as the older Mothers use to say, “have a little talk with Jesus”. God desires this from us, He wants us to commune and reason with Him, if He didn’t why would He say it.

So, When we find ourselves downtrodden, feeling unworthy, unloved, left out or even feel that we can’t do anything right… then sit down and “have a little talk with Jesus”.

Thought for the day

“All Christian power springs from communion with God and from the indwelling of divine grace.”

~James Aughey

 

Day 34

“I Am”

Isaiah 48:12-13:16-17  “12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last. 13 Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together. 16 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord God, and his Spirit, hath sent me. 17 Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.

When Moses asked God who should I say send me, God said “tell them I AM sent youWOW! Just typing that made me want to shout. God said “I Am” and He told Isaiah basically the same thing. God told the children of Israel in the chapter to listen to Him and He began to tell them that it was Him that laid the foundations of the earth; and by His right hand He stretched the Heavens; and when He calls they stand up together.

We serve an awesome God and if we don’t walk in the victory and the authority that God has given us we are putting our God to shame. God states that He is the God who teaches us (Holy Spirit) and who will lead us where ever we go. He spoke these Words to Israel, but He also gave them to us as well through Jesus Christ. God is “Sovereign”. He is in complete control of everything and everyone. He rules this entire creation…just begin to think on the things that you can accomplish through faith, just by trusting God to work in you and through you. We serve an awesome God.

God said He has not spoken anything in secret even from the beginning. All we have to do is be obedient and read His Word and follow His instructions… God is just and righteous and full of mercy. Praise God for who He is and whose you are!

Thought of the day

We can be steadfast in our service, unmovable in suffering, abounding in ministry to others, because we know our labor is not in vain.”

~Warren W. Wiersbe

 

Day 35 - April 17

“Let Your Prayers Be Heard”

Psalm 34:15 “the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and His ears are open unto their cry.”

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Even though we are in the fourth month of the year 2019, it is still new and it represents a new chapter in our lives. It doesn’t matter your age, your position, your title or anything else, God has opened another chapter in our lives. Let us start this new chapter by focusing on what God requires of us, we need to see the world the way God wants us to see it.

It may bring happiness, it may bring sorrow, it may bring joy, and it may bring riches but whatever it brings… God is in control and He has a plan for each us. In our lives there are hills that are hard to climb, but when we reach the top of that hill we realize that even though it seemed so difficult when we started out it was a necessary process that we had to go through.

Then there are the valleys that sometimes seem so low and the rains seems to flood us out, but in the process God allows the rain to stop and the sun to shine for the grass to grow greener and the flowers to bloom and then we can see the love in the world that God see amidst all the violence and hatred, there is love.

No matter what the situation is, there is a plan, there is a reason, there is a process. We can either go through this chapter with a happy ending, a sad ending or an ending that give God all the violence and hatred, there is love.

For the Psalmist states that they eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and His ears are open unto their cry, you see the righteous cry; God hears and He will deliver. Let’s open our mouths to the Lord, let Him hear our prayers, our request and our supplications. God hears and God see and God delivers.

Thought of the day

                             “We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on difficulties.”

~Oswald Chambers

 

Day 36 – April 18

“Lord, Catch Me”

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Matthew 7:26-27 “And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

Jesus often spoke in parables and this was one that He used. But, in all actuality the house that He was talking about was not made of brick and mortar, but a house made of flesh and blood. Jesus was talking about you and me, what we are building our house on, are we building ourselves on the things of the world or are we looking for a more solid foundation, one that will last for eternity.

You see if we build ourselves up on the Word of God then we can be sure that when the storms of life beat upon us we can stand with the assurance that we are built on a solid foundation. We cannot walk in the flesh if we expect to receive anything from God. We need to be spiritually minded in order to see and seek the things that God has in store for us.

Do you ever catch yourself and say how did I get here? Why does it seem as though I am going backwards? It was because we were starting to build our house on a weak foundation. The foundation looked good and solid and that was it. We were deceived by the looks of it; it looked good, but it wasn’t solid, it wasn’t stable, and the wind of adversity came, and we fell backwards.

Stand firm on the foundation of God and His Word, so when the wind storms of life comes, we know that we have a solid foundation. No matter how hard the wind blows or how high the water rise, we can be sure we will stand.

Jesus said, great was the fall of the house that was built on the sand, if you’re house is built on anything less than Jesus Christ, then we need to pray, “Lord, catch me before I fall.”

 

Thought of the day

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands that I still possess.”

~Martin Luther

 

Day 37-April 19

“THESE ARE THE DAYS”

 II Timothy 3:1-3This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good…” (read the entire II Timothy 3)

 In reading this chapter Paul tells Timothy how it would be in the last days. Well, where do you think we are? As you read this entire Chapter of II Timothy 3 ask yourself am I a part of this? Does some of these things describe me or even what is happening in the world today? Think about it. Paul told Timothy from a child up you have known the Scriptures; continue in those things which you have learned.

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 However, today we want to put God’s Word and Him on trial, what nonsense is this…..is putting our faith and God on trial a new thing; is it something now that we take everything to be tried in a Court of Law, after all who was it that gave the first set of Laws in the first place. God gave Moses the Commandments on which man is to live by, what happened, where did we really go wrong was it allowing ourselves to say “I am my own god” “I am responsible for me and no one else, because after all it’s a dog eat dog world isn’t it” What happened to RESPECT, what happened to teaching our children to respect older people, all people and even themselves? What happened to honor, what happened to integrity; what happened to treat someone as you would want to be treated; what happened to love, what happened to forgiveness? Have we become people who have no morals, no conscience, no self-respect……have we become ZOMBIES?

 When did we allow curse words to be part of a regular conversation, since when is it okay to degrade girls and even young women? When did we start allowing our young men to make their own decisions at a young age? Let us open our eyes to see that we are living in the last days and that time is truly winding up and we can’t afford to stand around and let people or even ourselves to put God, His Word or our faith on trial.

 After all, where were we when God hung the stars in the sky or put the moon in its place? Let us not have tasted the Good Word of God and fall away, Jesus taught us to LOVE one another as we love OURSELVES. Is this how you love YOURSELF? Do you degrade yourself; do you not love yourself? Tell me what happened!!! Is our Christianity on trial, is our faith on trial? Yes, we are on trial and how we act will show whether we are guilty or not guilty.

 “Thought for the day”

“What does your life say about you?”

 

Day 38- April 19

“Where is your Power?”

 

Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

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I don’t think we believe the Word of God enough to act on what it says; we allow society and the government to dictate to us what we can and cannot say, what we can and cannot do. Whether we know it or not we live in a world of dictatorship.

God did not give us the Spirit of fear, but He gave us Power, love and a sound mind. We have allowed the enemy to instill fear in our hearts, take away the love, and cause us to think in a mindset of the world.

 It is time for Christians to gird themselves up with the armor of God; which simply means to put God on and fight the good fight of faith and stand up for what we believe. Satan has no business attacking the minds of the young people with all the nonsense in this world today. So, why are we allowing it to happen, Jesus told His disciples that I have given you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing by any means shall hurt you” I have given you power to do great things, and the same is true for us.

 The problem is that we are either afraid to use it or we don’t believe we have it. The world around us is slowly falling apart and there seems like it is nothing that we can do. But people of God we have the power so let us use it, to build up our families and our communities and in doing this we will be building up the Kingdom of God.

 I read somewhere in one of my daily devotions that “part of the reason God allows us sorrows and trials in this life is to learn that God has power to sustain us”. Let’s use the power that God has given us, that power is through the Word of God. We need to work the Word in our life, in our families’ lives, in our communities and even on our jobs. We are a powerful people if we stand together and realize that we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus.

 As we end this fast let us be conscious of the fact that Jesus died so that we may be saved and in being saved we need to bring a dying world into the Knowledge of the only one can truly conquer everything.

 Prayer: Father in the name of Jesus, show me how to use the power that you have given me through the Word. I know that through you I can do all things and without you I am nothing; strengthen me in my walk, help me to speak as you would have me to speak and know that with you we can do all things because you have given us the authority in Jesus name. Amen

Thought of the day

“Don’t mistake the commas in your life for a period; it ain’t over until God say it’s over”