Daily Devotional

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October

Declare and decree your future

The Word of God says, you have the ability to overcome everything.  “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37).  To get victory, you must speak it over your life.  Whatever you want to see God do in your life, you first have to declare and decree it.  If your finances are low, declare Philippians 4:19, “God will provide all of my needs.”  If you need a healing, declare Isaiah 53:5, “By His stripes I am already healed.”  And if you are not walking in your godly confidence, declare Psalms 139:14, “God has made me fearfully and wonderfully.”  Declare and decree and it shall come to pass.

Give God back His Word

One scripture I love in the Bible is Numbers 23:19, which reminds us that God is not a man that He shall lie; so if He says it, it will come to pass. What ever you are facing, if you want to see a change in your life, you have to give God back His Word.  The Bible also tells us in Isaiah 55:11 that God’s Word will never return void.  So we simply have to know the Word and when problems come against us, remind ourselves of the Word of God.

The Power of the tongue

We must be careful of the words we speak.  Proclaiming statements such as, “If it is not one thing, it is another,” or “I can’t ever get ahead,” will impact your life.  Be careful with your words!  Remember there is life in your words!  So whatever you are facing, speak your way through it.

Don’t Stay on Milk

“For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”  – Hebrews 5:13-14 KJV

It is time for you to spiritually train your senses.  You are spiritually grown-up or mature when through practice, you have trained your spirit man to discern between good and evil.  You have developed a habit of walking in the spirit and in the Word of God.

You can do this as you feed and renew your mind on the Word of God.  Don’t starve your spirit by trying to get by on just a little spiritual milk now and then.  Develop the habit of feeding on the solid food of the Word every day.

September

Jesus Our Compassionate High Priest

“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:14, 15)

When you made Jesus the Lord of your life, one of the privileges you received was the right to come to the throne of God any time that you want to or need to.  You have the right to go boldly before God and obtain whatever you need.

We face no temptation that Jesus did not face.  He earned His right to be followed by enduring every temptation, without succumbing to any of them.  He worked to identify with us, but didn’t stop there.  We can put our confidence in Him because He serves us with His sympathy and His salvation.

Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace in a time of need.”

The door is always open for you.  Amen

August

God Will Tell You Everything You Need to Know

“The woman said to Him, I know that Messiah cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.” (John 4:25 KJV)

We are living in a day where we need to be led by the Holy Spirit.  You and I need to be led continually by His divine guidance.  The Bible says, your are led by the Spirit of God because you are sons of God (Romans 8:14).  God wants to speak to you and tell you what you need to know to enjoy your life, to be blessed, be wise, and to fulfill the good plans He has for you.  Jesus tells us that He is the Good Shepherd (John 10) and His sheep hear His voice.  You are one of God’s sheep.

Begin to believe it and declare it with your lips – say it out loud – “I am led by the Spirit of God.  I do hear God’s voice.  I won’t follow the voice of a stranger.”  Believe that God wants you to know His will more that you do!

If our earthly parents talk to their children all the time, so why wouldn’t our heavenly Father speak to us?  He want to tell us everything we need to know in life.  Desire to be led by the Holy Spirit of God.  If you want to be led, God wants to lead you.  What is the biggest issue preventing you?  A desire to be led.

We need the Holy Spirit to guide us through each day of our time on Earth, and He is committed to doing so by speaking to us and telling us everything we need to know.

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU TODAY: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your rememberance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26 KJV)

Day 1

POWER FROM ON HIGH : “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” – Acts 2:4

The apostles and brethren received a powerful baptism of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, a vast increase of divine illumination.  This baptism imparted a great diversity of gifts that were used for the accomplishment of their work.  It manifested itself in the following ways:

  • The power of a holy life.
  • The power of a self-sacrificing life.
  • The power of a cross-bearing life.
  • The power of great meekness, which this baptism enabled them everywhere to exhibit.
  • The power of loving enthusiasm in proclaiming the gospel.
  • The power of teaching.
  • The power of a loving and living faith.
  • The gift of tongues.
  • The increase of power to work miracles.
  • The gift of inspiration, or the revelation of many truths before unrecognized by them.
  • The power of moral courage to proclaim the gospel and do the work of Christ, whatever it cost them.

THOUGHT – In their circumstances all these endowments were essential to their success, but there is more.  They understood that power from on high that Christ promised, and that they manifestly  received was for the purpose to convert the world to Christ.  It was manifested immediately as they began to address the multitude, and three thousand were converted.  god was speaking in and through them.  It was a power from on high to save by impressing others.

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, the disciples understood the meaning of Your diving promise of the Spirit.  Open my eyes to understand it today.  I desire the same baptism they received on the day of Pentecost, and nothing less, because of Your Word.  Amen

Day 2

THE FATHER’S PROMISE:  “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” – Luke 24:49

The disciples had been converted to Christ, and their faith had been confirmed by His resurrection.  But one’s conversion should not be confused with a consecration to the great work of the world’s conversion.  In conversion the soul deals directly and personally with Christ.  The soul yields it prejudices, antagonisms, self-righteousness, unbelief, selfishness: accepts, trusts, and supremely loves Jesus Christ.  All this the disciples had done.  But they had received no definite commission, and no particular empowerment to fulfill a commission.

When Christ had dispelled their great bewilderment resulting from His crucifixion and confirmed their faith by repeated discussions with them.  He gave them their great commission to win all nations to Himself.  But He admonished them to wait at Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high.  Now observe that they assembled the men and women for prayer.  They accepted their commission and undoubtedly came to understand the nature of the commission and the necessity of the spiritual power that Christ had promised them.  Continuing day after day in prayer and conference, they came to appreciate the difficulties that would beset them and to feel more and more their inadequacy to the task.  it is clear that they consecrated themselves with all they had, to to conversion of the world as their lifework.  They renounced utterly the idea of living to themselves in any form, devoting themselves with all their powers to the work set before them. They continued in prayer for the baptism of the Spirit, which included all that was essential to their success.

THOUGHT: How did they wait?  Not in listlessness and inactivity; not in making preparations by study and otherwise to get along without it; not by going about their business and offering an occasional prayer; but they continued in prayer until the answer came.  They understood that Christ was to give them a baptism in the Holy Spirit.  They prayed in faith.  They held on, with the firmest expectation, until the power came.

PRAYER:  Father, I’m willing to wait upon You for the fullness of the Holy Spirit.  Prepare my heart as You did Your first disciples.  My faith is fixed on You.  Amen

Day 3

THE BELIEVER’S COMMISSION:

“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” – John 7:38

We as Christians have the same commission to fulfill as did the believers in Acts.  We also have the same promise of power.  It is of utmost importance that all Christians understand that this commission to convert the world is given to them by Christ individually.

Every believer has the responsibility to win as many souls as possible to Christ.  This is the great privilege and duty of all Christ’s disciples. There are a great many departments in this work — whether we preach, pray, write, run a business, take care of children, or administer a government office.  But in every calling, we may and ought to possess spiritual power — whatever we do, our whole life and influence should be permeated with this power to impress the truth of Christ upon men’s hearts.

The needs of the church in this hour are:

  1. Realizing conviction to the commission to convert the world is given to every believer as his lifework, not just to ministers.
  2. The realizing conviction of the necessity of spiritual empowerment.  Far to many believers suppose it belongs to those who are called to preach.  They fail to realize that all are called to preach the Gospel, that the believer’s whole life is to be a proclamation of the good news.
  3. An earnest faith in the promise of the empowerment.  Many believers seem to doubt whether this promise is to the whole church and every believer.  Consequently, they have no faith to lay hold of it.
  4. Persistence in waiting upon God for it that is commanded in the Scriptures.  They give up before they have prevailed and are left to satisfy themselves with a hope of eternal life for themselves.  they don’t get ready to accept the great commission to work for the salvation of others.

THOUGHT: The pastoral ministry is weak because the church is weak.  And the church is kept weak by the weakness of the ministry.  Our dependence is upon the Holy Spirit, but how little is this dependence realized.  Oh for a conviction of the necessity of this empowerment of power and faith in the promise of Christ!

PRAYER: Father, how often has my desire for spiritual power been for myself rather than for Your glory.  Break down what is selfish in me, and use me for the salvation of others.  Amen.