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
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”
“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”
“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”
Hebrews 11:1 “Now 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”
“Where is Your Love”
1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, 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”
~ Saint Augustine
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”
“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
Lamentations 3:25-26 “The 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.”
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
“Blessings Shall Overtake You”
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.”
“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.”
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.
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”
“Getting Rid of Stinking Thinking”
Proverbs 23:7a “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…”
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
“Forgiven versus Forgiveness”
1John 1:9 “If 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”
Jeremiah 23:29 “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”
In my devotion book by David Jeremiah it gave a small excerpt from ‘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… 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.’
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”
 Devotional “Turning Point” by David Jeremiah
 Mathew Henry’s Commentary
Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”
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.”
“O Lord Hear My Prayer”
Jonah 2:7-10 “When 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.”
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
“The Secret Place”
Psalm 91:1 “He 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.
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