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Archive for June, 2012

Morning Devotion- 6/25/2012

Sometimes in this life we feel all alone… as if no one hears us or is there for us. But it is so important to realize that the Lord is always with us and will not leave us. Often time the Lord will allow things to come our way so that we will trust in Him more and realize that our strength is in Him, not in the works of our own hands. I pray that the following passage will encourage you to keep pressing on, even when things seem impossible, because the Lord is right there with you!

“O Jacob, how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 49:27-31 NLT

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Devotional – June 22, 2012

Here’s is a wonderful devotional from the book, Everyday Prayers for a Transformed Life by Scotty Smith:

June 21 – A Prayer for Bringing Our Fears to Jesus

“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelation 12:10-11

Dear Lord Jesus, even as these words first thundered from heaven by a loud voice, so shout this good news into my heart today. What a focusing and freeing perspective on spiritual warfare. We live in the “now” of your salvation, power, kingdom, and authority, Lord Jesus – not the “not-so-long-from-now” but the now. You’re calling us to warfare, not war-fear.

I cannot help but wonder if Martin Luther was meditating on this passage when he wrote these remarkable words: “And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us. The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him. His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure. One little word shall fell him.” O sing, my heart, sing the praises of Jesus! The Prince of Peace has gloriously triumphed over the Prince of Darkness!

Indeed, Lord Jesus, though Satan is yet to be removed, you have already thoroughly routed him. The “accuser of our brothers” has been eternally defeated by You, the great lover of Your bride. It’s because You loved us so much that You didn’t “shrink from death” on the cross. Now, in light of Your irrepressible love, empower us to love You more than we fear death. Empower us to show up rather than shrink back. Empower us for overcoming darkness in our hearts, our communities, our culture.

We will overcome, not by our muscle, but by Your mercy – by the sacrifice of Your blood and our grateful testimonies to Your glory and grace. Indeed, Jesus, may the Spirit declare the gospel so loudly in our hearts that it literally drowns out Satan’s constant protestations of our guilt. Indeed, how can I – how can we – keep from singing? “Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing. Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He. Lord Sabaoth, is name, from age to age the same, and He must win the battle.”

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! I pray in Your holy and wholly trustworthy name. Amen.

© 2011 by Scotty Smith

Positive Belief

This is a wonderful devotional that will stir you to believe and trust God more…

The story of Abraham amazes me no matter how many times I read it. It’s not just the birth of a son when he was a hundred years old. That’s a miracle. But just as amazing is the information that he waited twenty-five years for the fulfillment of the promise. He was seventy-five when God promised Him a son.

I wonder how many of us would believe God and live in expectation for twenty-five years. Most of us probably would have said, “I didn’t really hear from God.” “Oh, I guess maybe God didn’t really mean that.” Or “I need to go somewhere else to get a fresh word from the Lord.”

In our impatience, we often take matters into our own hands. I say we get “bright ideas”–plans of our own, which we hope God will bless. These plans open the door for confusion and chaos. Then their results must be dealt with, which often delays our miracle.

The Bible gives us promises, hope, and encouragement. God promises good to those of us who serve Him. Despite the adversity of our circumstances–and some people have absolutely terrible situations–God still promises good. Our sense of goodness, however, may not be the same as God’s. Getting what we want immediately may not be best for us. Sometimes waiting is the best thing because it helps develop the character of God in us.

The Lord chooses to do good to us and to make us happy; the devil chooses to do wrong and to make us miserable. We can remain patient and keep believing God’s promises, or we can allow the evil one’s whisper to fill our ears and lead us astray.

Positive belief in God’s promises yields good results because the Good One sends them to us. Refuse to give up, and you will see the results of your positive belief.

Pray: Dear Father in heaven, forgive my lack of belief. Forgive me for allowing Satan to deceive me or make me think I’m worthless or unworthy of Your miracles. I am worthy because You made me worthy. You are the God of the impossible, and I ask You to help me wait on You and never give up. In the name of Jesus Christ my Lord, I pray. Amen.

From the book Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2005 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

This is my prayer…

Today’s verse of the day is Psalm 119:7, and I wasn’t satisfied with just that verse… I had to read the surrounding verses, and boy, was it powerful!!! This is a powerful passage to meditate on and pray over! I just wanted to share a little snippet of God’s Word with you, I hope it blesses you like it did me! ~t

“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths. You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully. Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees! Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands. As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should! I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me!”

Psalm 119:1-8 NLT