Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Step into your Calling

The prophet Jeremiah declared, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." (Jerem. 1:5) Here, we clearly see the prophet of God declaring destiny into your life. He confirms to us that before your parents ever planned for you that God had plans for you.

This is an amazing Scripture that proclaims the glory of God at work in you. He mapped out your calling and appointed you to reach the nations before you were ever formed in your mother's womb. God planned out your talent and ability to accomplish great and mighty things for the Glory of the Kingdom.

I encourage you today to step into your calling, to walk in your divine destiny.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Your Promise

"For thus saith the Lord, I will shake the heavens and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house with Glory says the Lord of hosts...the Glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace." (Haggai 2:6-9)

The Lord desires to pour His Glory now in this latter house in a greater way than we have ever seen before. He has promised to place His peace upon this house, shake all nations, and fill this house with Glory.

We need to empty out daily before the Lord in our prayer closet. And we need to pray long enough to be refilled with God's Glory. There is an emptying out and there is a refilling of God's Glory. A fresh fire of God's Glory awaits the people of God who willfully cry out to God with a passion for more, "that He might increase, that I might decrease, O'God". And when God pours out His Glory, the latter will be greater than the rest.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Do Not Be Afraid

It is impossible for you & I to understand the depth of God's words when He said in Isaiah 43, "Fear not, I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name, you are mine." God addresses two obstacles of fear in man in verse 2 that follows: water and fire. Many men are extremely fearful of deep water because they realize the force of power that water holds. Fire is another fear of man because it can cause such great damage in a matter of seconds.

But after verse 2 when God addresses both water and fire, He makes a profound statement. He said, "When you walk through the water" it will have no power over you. And "When you walk through the fire" its' flame will not even sit upon you. There is no reason for your fear because "I am God."

Scripture always reminds us of the awesomeness of God. He is Sovereign and in total control of your life, if you have surrendered it to Him. So, "Fear Not".

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Refuse To Be Distracted

In Mark 1:35, Scripture teaches us that, "...very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed." Often, you and I stay busy babysitting and entertaining our distractions. We need to have a plan, an organized segment of our day designated specifically to God. Even Jesus realized that He had to slip away from the distractions of a normal day to spend time with His Heavenly Father. Even Jesus, needed a solitary place to pray. Luke 5:16 teaches, "Jesus often withdrew Himself away to a lonely place and prayed."

Do you ever begin cleaning in the kitchen and find something that belongs upstairs in the bedroom. So, you stop cleaning to tote the item upstairs only to find yourself completing something that you find upstairs that needs to be taken care of? These are distractions. Something that takes you away from your purpose.

Spiritually we also face numerous distractions. You must stay up late or get up early. It is vital that you have a specific, designated time (away from all distractions) to spend with God. Ezekial 18:31 instructs us in the Word with what should be the precise focus of our heart, "...get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit." When you are determined to "Get Yourself a New Heart and a New Spirit", you will do what is necessary to eliminate your distractions.

Friday, August 4, 2017

God is My Hiding Place

The Psalmist shouts, "You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance." (Psalm 32:7) Sometimes without any help from others, we are able to get ourselves head-deep in trouble. We stick our big foot in our mouth, we fail to crucify our flesh in our daily prayer closet, or we just seem to botch things up. We turn left when God says, "turn right!" We avoid listening to the small still voice of God as He whispers guidance into our day. And we want our own way only to find out that we are headed in the wrong direction. But God has promised to protect us from trouble if we will heed His voice.

Deliverance from our trouble comes with the voice of song. Freedom in Christ will cause you to burst out into singing. Release from the captivity of your old life will result in a shout of liberty because you realize your shackles have fallen off and you are free.

When I feel I have no one to talk to. When I think I have no one to hold me. When I believe I have no one to run to. I realize...God is my Hiding Place! He protects me from trouble and He surrounds me with songs of deliverance.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Mountain of Disobedience

This mountain is actually one of sin. It is one that no one wants to discuss or admit to. We all must stop circling this mountain and make a decision for God to change us. Scripture teaches, "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things pass away, and behold all things become new." The believers new position in Christ is with Christ in heavenly places and he is now dead to the world.  He makes a choice to PUT OFF the old self and PUT ON the new self, created in righteousness and holiness by God.

We then must constantly set our heart on things above and put to death the practices of the old life of sin. Daily we are to ask God to position us in our new nature and we must refuse to live a life where the old nature dominates any longer.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Principal

Proverbs 4:7 resounds, "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." This fourth chapter of Proverbs encourages one to pay special attention to getting and knowing understanding. It teaches us to seek hard after wisdom for this is the most important thing.

Wisdom includes walking the right path: "when thou runneth, thou shalt not stumble." And do not walk the path of the wicked, but avoid it, do not even pass by it. Hold fast to instruction, for she is your life.

Press hard after wisdom, for it is wisdom that will preserve your life. Open your heart to the Word of God and retain His words...and live. Because wisdom is the principal thing!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

God is My Sustainer

The Psalmist proclaims in Psalm 55:22, "Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall."  When you are burdened with the heaviness of life, give it to God. When your load is so heavy it feels as if you are going to fall beneath it, lay it in the arms of God. Cast your cares on the Lord.  When you do, He has promised to keep you, to sustain you.

The word sustain means to hold steady, to support, to carry, to extend duration. Sustain means to provide sustenence, to bear the weight, to withstand the pressure, to hold up when weak. God will never let the righteous fall. He will sustain you, hold you up! So give Him your anxieties and frustrations today. Cast your cares on God.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Peace in our Mind

In our chaotic world, everyone desires peace. Scripture teaches that God keeps us in perfect peace when our mind is 'stayed on Him' because he trusteth in thee. In other words, when we keep our mind on Christ and completely trust Him, we dwell in peace (Isaiah 26:3).

Scripture teaches us also to strive to think on things that are "lovely, pure, and of good report". Sometimes, our thinking is detoured from the positive by the negative. When this happens, our thinking becomes downcast, creating chaos and a lack of faith. This is not an atmosphere that invites the peace of God. Colossians 3:15 declares, "Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which you are called in one body, and be ye thankful".

Therefore, if you and I will think on the good, the positive, the lovely. And if you and I will keep our minds on God and what He alone is able to do - we will maintain peace in our lives (Philippians 4:6-7).

Sunday, July 30, 2017

God is My Shield

2 Samuel 22:31, ""As for God, his way is perfect;  the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a Shield for all who take refuge in him." The ways of God are without defect. He knows about yesterday and tomorrow and He knows what is best for you. He has promised that He will guard and protect you if you dwell in Him daily. He is a Shield.

Scripture also teaches you can trust His Word. It is flawless. Need an answer? Go to a quiet place and open the Word of God and begin to read it's pages. It is life and peace. There you will find answers to your delimma's and hope for what seems like hopeless situations. If you will stop trying to work out your own situations and take refuge in God, He has promised to be your Shield.

2 Samuel 22:3, "My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior."