WHO OR WHAT CONTROLS YOU?
Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me (Psalm 119:133 New King James Version).
In this day and age, we have sin, and the temptation to sin, shoved in our faces. The advertising industry itself is ripe with lies and seduction to increase product sales. There are commercials indicating STD’s are ok because there are drugs, which cannot cure, but will help stop the spread of them. We hear too many news reports of thievery, stealing, murders, beatings…crimes driven by the economy, or driven by the glorification of the offense within the media. Students go to school and are forbidden to mention the name of Jesus, but are inundated with false teachings, false gods, and false religions. Many students are allowed to carry their religious paraphernalia, but a Christian cannot without persecution. Workplaces have become ministry and recruiting areas for those practicing agnostic, atheistic, or pagan religions, but if a Christian stands up to pray it can be grounds for termination based on religious bias. So what do most Christians faced with situations like this do? Many retreat, many take off the protection of the armor of God, many hide in the background praying for someone to stand up and refuse to listen when God tells them to stand. Many give in and relinquish their beliefs to fit in with those they say they are witnessing to. Let me ask you something? Who or what is controlling you when you give in to the temptation instead of standing up for the kingdom of God?
Jesus walked this earth, yet committed no sin. He came to seek and save the lost, and so He was in the midst of sinners. He ate with tax collectors, adulterers, murderers, and thieves. He talked with, and touched, the outcasts of society. He enjoyed the company of children. He is coming soon; this is no time to be selective about whom we associate with. It is time to get selective about what we are doing. We must stop allowing the things of this world dominion in our lives. We must open our bibles, and study the word of God in order to hide it in our hearts.
We must rise up, Church, and gird ourselves with His armor, and stand. Stand up for Jesus. Stand up for His kingdom. Stand up for God’s statutes, His precepts, His Word and be an effective witness. If we find ourselves in a place ripe with sin, we can be a light for Jesus and not give in to the sin. If we find ourselves surrounded with pagan beliefs, we can proclaim His name. There is power and authority in the name of Jesus. We are children of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, and we have no reason to cower behind conformity to this world. If we don’t like what we see on TV or hear on the radio, let’s turn them off. Let us fill ourselves on the things of the Lord and He will give us strength to stand.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for this day. Thank You for being the loving, merciful and faithful Father that You are. We give You praise, we give You glory! We stand before You, Father, asking for Your forgiveness. We have been too long in this world, allowing it to mold us for the sake of making everyone happy. We have been too long letting the world have dominion over us. It is our prayer, now, that we discipline ourselves to hide Your word in our hearts so that when You direct our steps, we will follow. We desire to know You more intimately so that iniquity does not have dominion over us. We pray that we are covered in Your armor and that we dig our heels in to stand against the enemy of this world. We pray that when we are faced with tempting situations, sinful people, worldly behavior that we have discernment and Your endurance to be the salty light that You desire us to be. Teach us to be fruitful witnesses of Your Gospel, show us how to bring Jesus into every situation. May Your Holy Spirit convict hearts, fertilizing and cultivating within those that are lost the seeds that you have allowed us to plant. May be we an effective tool in Your hand. We love You, Father, You are holy, worthy, mighty and worthy to be praised! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Hide God’s word in your heart. Worship, praise and pray. Examine your heart attitude and how you react to situations where you may not be shining the light of Christ or sharing His love, and ask for God to change your heart.
Additional Scriptures: Luke 22:40; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 6:10-20
LIVING IN HIS PRESENCE
The one thing I ask of the Lord—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple (Psalm 27: 4 New Living Translation).
I have been stuck on this Psalm lately. I can’t get past it, and I don’t think I want to, at least not right now. I have made it my prayer, and have let it wash over me again and again and again. I’ve always read this psalm with the idea it is speaking about living in heaven, but recently I’ve begun to view it as heaven touching earth.
We recently had a guest ministry at our church who taught about the manifest presence of God. He imparted wisdom to us, encouraging us to seek and rest in the manifest presence. Healing, deliverance, making decisions – all things we expect from God is found, and is better, when we do it in His presence. The presence of God was palpable within our sanctuary and I was lost in it, I felt electrified and capable of anything! As I took in every word and processed it, Psalm 27 began to resurface in my heart.
The Lord is all around us, He breathes on us, He sings over us, He leads and guides us; it is only fitting we desire to be in His presence all day long. The one thing I have been asking of the Lord, the one thing I pursue most, is to live in His house all the days of my life, delighting in His perfections and meditating in His temple. I want heaven to come and touch my world, I want to look up and see Him seated on the throne, I long to jump in His lap and stay there! I can have it; all I have to do is sit in His manifest presence.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessing of this new day! Thank You for Your presence, may we rest in it, soak in it and rely on Your manifest presence to surround us day after day. Father, we long to live in Your house and delight in You, we strive to meet with You and meditate on Your word. You are loving and caring and You delight in us, draw us closer to You and let heaven touch our earth! Expand our territories, increase our faith, baptize us in Your love that we never step out of Your presence to get ahead of You. Father, we love You and we give You all our praise, all our worship and all of ourselves. In Jesus matchless name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Sit in silence today and capture the presence of God. Learn to listen for Him, and be still when you haven’t had direction. Pursue the Lord and desire to live in His house while on this earth, He will not disappoint!
Additional Scriptures: Psalm 27; Psalm 37:4; Matthew 6:33
FATHER, YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL!
One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple (Psalm 27:4 New King James Version).
Yes, one thing I have desired of the Lord and what I seek is to dwell in His house all my days to behold His beauty. This includes in my daily living, if His presence does not go with me, I don’t want to go! There is none more beautiful than our Lord, and His house contains security, protection, peace, hope, love and comfort. No matter what we face each day, when we truly seek the Lord, when we offer our sacrifices of praise, or when we gaze upon His beautiful face, we open doors for Him to move in our lives. He draws us closer to Him, to rest in His lap, to cradle us in His arms, to shower us with His love and affection, to protect and shield us.
God is beautiful; His beauty is immeasurable but is revealed to us through His creation. Seek His face; ask Him to reveal a part of Himself to you today. Open your eyes, open your ears…it may be something small you’ve never noticed before but suddenly jumps out at you; it could be in a smile from someone; it could be a song that touches your heart. God is beautiful, won’t you seek to dwell in His house and behold His beauty?
Let’s Pray: Oh, Heavenly Father, Your beauty cannot be contained, Your face is glorious! We want more and more and more of You, we desire to dwell in Your house. You are mighty, caring, loving, yet You are sovereign, majestic and so, so Holy. We offer You our praise, our worship, our selves. Lord, we give You the glory due to Your name, and we worship You in the beauty of holiness. We will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted us up! We cried out to You and You healed us, You brought our souls up from the grave, You have kept us alive that we should not go down to the pit! We sing praise to You, and we give thanks to You! We bless Your name, we shout of Your loving-kindness from the rooftops! Thank You Father! In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Attitude of Worship: When seeking the Lord, give Him thanks and praise, even when you don’t feel like it. Put Him in the seat of priority. This opens us up to what the Lord wants to do in our lives and allows us to grow spiritually.
Additional Scriptures: Psalm 27
“When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on His side. If He does not show Himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find Him. And, in fact, He shows much more of Himself to some people than to others—not because He has favorites, but because it is impossible for Him to show Himself to a man whose whole mind and character are in the wrong condition. Just as sunlight, though it has no favorites, cannot be reflected in a dusty mirror as clearly as in a clean one.” ~CS Lewis
In Christ’s Service,
***Adapted from my book, Today’s Bible Treasure, Simple Christianity Volume 1***
This is currently one looping throughout my space – home, car, office. The Holy Spirit ministers each and every time I hear this song. I hope you can feel the presence of God as well!
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward (Psalm 127:3 New King James Version).
I had the distinct pleasure to babysit my 3 ½ month old grandson the other day. We had so much fun and I discovered how much he loves to be sung and read to, played with and simply spoiled! I remember when my children were born, the awe and wonder which filled my heart at their tiny little personages; reliving it again in the arrival of grandchildren is amazing! My heart is overflowing with love for him and when I see him next, it will be such a grand reunion!
As I process this emotional walk into grandparent-hood, I am drawn to see the parallels of the Father’s love for us. How He must long and pine for us when we have strayed from Him and He has no fellowship with us. How sad His heart must be when we turn our backs on Him. But the joy which fills His heart when we return to Him must be overwhelming! The prayers Jesus prayed for us while He was in the garden have similar undertones to the prayers I pray for my grandchildren – to be one with the Father. It’s fascinating to see the hand of God throughout.
Heritage means something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth; an inherited lot or portion. If children are a heritage from the Lord, then we have a responsibility to teach them the ways of the Lord. We have a responsibility to love them and nurture them just as He loves and nurtures us. When they test our patience, these are the times when we need to examine ourselves and see how we can grow and mature. Sometimes we may learn more from the children than they will learn from us in a situation. Angelo and I are looking forward to leaving a legacy for our grandchildren; to teach them the love of Jesus Christ; to show them the power and fellowship that comes through prayer; to model for them Godly living and how to love one’s neighbor. We want to instill in them a deep trust for the Lord that surpasses anything this world offers and we accept the challenges that we will face.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, You are incredible and the love that You have for us is unmatched! The grace and mercy that You grant alongside Your love is wonderful and we can feel it envelope us. Father, if we could but take a fraction of Your love and extend it to others, it would spread like wildfire. Show us how to love our children and grandchildren the way that You love us; guide us in instructing these younger generations so that they know You more intimately; strengthen us against the cares of this world and its oppressive grasp over these generations. May we rise up as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and relatives to help bring our children back to Your sheepfold, but more importantly, may the children have ears to hear Your voice, eyes to see Your hand and hearts ready to receive Your word. Father, we love You and we desire to bring You glory! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: I have been enveloped in a pocket of God’s love and I don’t ever want it to dissipate. Take a look at what’s gone on around you and begin to notice the love of God as He touches and cradles you. If you’ve grown distant, turn back, He is longing for you. His hands are outstretched and His lap is welcoming. If you have children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews, teach them the ways of the Lord. Be the example that Christ was. Let the children see you trust fully in God.
Additional Scriptures: Jeremiah 31:3; Matthew 19:14
It is easier to build a boy than to mend a man. ~Author Unknown
PREPARE FOR BATTLE
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints (Ephesians 6:10-18 New King James Version).
How strong our armor is depends on whether or not we’ve reinforced it lately. We must make sure our belt of Truth is cinched tightly and placed correctly, since the belt mainly holds the sword. Our sword, the sword of the Spirit, is the Word of God. It’s important we be thoroughly grounded in God’s Word so we can adequately wield the sword. The breastplate of righteousness protects our heart and internal organs. When our heart is fully devoted to God, we wear our breastplate correctly. We must have proper footwear on our feet; improper footwear causes fatigue. Have you ever tried walking in bad shoes? It’s neither easy, nor fun, and our feet get so sore and tired we need to sit down and rest them. The terrain we walk as Christians is very rocky and sharp at times and we can slip easily without the correct shoes. Wearing the gospel of peace on our feet indicates we are following Jesus and continuing to be His example on this earth; it also ensures a proper fit so we are able stand. At last, we cannot forget our head protection, the helmet of salvation. The helmet protects the head; when we accepted the gift of salvation, we became new creations. The enemy will always try to attack us in our minds. Holding tight to the fact Jesus has given us new life and we are not who we used to be is the helmet is protecting us.
How do we wield our sword and engage the enemy? Prayer, praise, worship and studying God’s word. Prayer keeps us connected to God, keeps us watchful, holds the enemy back and helps to keep the armor strong and whole. Prayer is not complicated and it’s not only for pastors and church leaders on Sunday mornings. Prayer is available to, and should be practiced by everyone. Prayer only costs the time and effort you put into it. Praise keeps our eyes focused on God, no matter what we go through, no matter what type of situation the enemy throws at us, with attitudes of praise we are telling God we trust Him to fight on our behalf. As Christians, our lives and lifestyle should be considered worship to God. All we do, all we say, all we are is for the glory of God. Studying and reading the Bible will reveal more and more of God’s character and His will for our lives, making it easier to discern spiritual attacks and stand firm against them.
Take time today to reevaluate your armor. Are there pieces of armor that have grown weak and dingy? Do you need a complete armor overhaul? Do you even wear your armor or are you standing behind someone else to fight your battles for you?
Let’s Pray: Dear Lord, thank You for blessing us with another beautiful day. It is a gift and we offer all we do today for Your glory and honor. May you accept our acts of worship and our sacrifices of praise, and may they be a sweet aroma to You. Lord, we ask that our armor be fortified. Reveal to us any holes or dings that need patching and strengthening. Show us how to wear it correctly and to properly wield the weapons You have given us. Grant those of us that are already engaged in battle strength and endurance to make it through, protect us from any sneak attacks of the enemy and grant us discernment to know what warnings are from You and what the enemy is trying to fool us with. Please grant us watchful eyes, and may we heed the warnings from the watchman. May You raise up Your watchman and grant them discernment and boldness to speak Your warnings and Your word. Let us not grow complacent and compromising in the midst of battle, pinch us when we begin to become weary, and reinforce us when we become weak. We give all glory and honor to You, our worship and praise our Yours. In Your name, Jesus, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: If you find that your armor is slack and weak, strengthen it. Spend time in prayer, sing along with some praise songs, make a mental note to offer all that you do today as worship to God, and begin reading His Word.
Additional Scriptures: Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
GET PLUGGED IN
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice (Philippians 4:4 New King James Version)!
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11).
Have you ever been around a person who is truly happy? I mean really, really happy? With twinkling eyes, a quick smile, patient attitudes, peaceful and joyful? People that never seem to have a bad day. I’m not talking about people who act happy, yet their eyes do not smile when they do; I’m talking about happy, joyful people. People, who, no matter what their circumstances are, they remain full of joy. They are the saints who have tapped into the fullness of joy in the Lord’s presence. They have grabbed hold of Him and have not let go. They don’t play the “woe is me” game and they are quick to ensure that others needs are met before their own. They are seasoned servants in the Lord and much is to be gained from their wisdom and insight. It’s always a pleasure to be around these people because the joy they carry in their hearts is infectious!!
God desires that each of us, as His children, carry this joy. His presence is always with us, but there are many of us who don’t grab onto Him and hang tight. There are many who choose not to be joyful, relying instead on being despondent because that always worked for them. When we give in to despair, we have shown God that we don’t trust Him enough to lift us up from our problems. We will be more likely to trust in the things of man than the things of God. How do you tap into this joy, you ask? Prayer, bible study and listening to the Holy Spirit that resides in each of us. Sitting before God on a regular, consistent basis is what plugs us into the source of all joy, all peace, all hope, all strength, all of who He is.
If you’ve been sitting on the fence, going through the motions, gracing your home church with your presence on Sunday mornings only, and avoiding a regular prayer and bible study time – God is wooing you to jump off that fence and pick a side. He’s romancing you to come to Him and to plug yourself in and recharge your battery. Sit before Him so that you can rejoice always!
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, we stand before You today with grateful hearts because You have blessed us with another day full of Your mercy and grace! We thank You for more opportunities to grow closer to You, to listen for Your voice and to sit in Your presence. We ask for forgiveness for climbing the fence and parking up there for too long. We ask that You rekindle the flame of passion in our hearts, that You whisper to our spirits the words of love that You have for us. We pray for strength to jump down and rest at Your feet, filling ourselves with Your presence. We pray to be filled with joy, to have the ability to truly rejoice always. We praise You and honor You because You deserve all praise and honor. We glorify and worship You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Begin to change your attitude by giving God praise and thanks for your blessings. It takes action and determination, but it’s not impossible!
Additional Scriptures: Psalm 5:11; Psalm 27:6; Psalm 35:9
***Today’s devotional comes from my book, Today’s Bible Treasure, Simple Christianity Volume 1.***
NO MAN IS AN ISLAND
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:24-25 New King James Version).
Many Christians do not attend church. They have their reasons and in their minds, those reasons are valid. Some feel they are not in a good spiritual place to set foot in a church. Others were treated unfairly at one house of worship and made the decision to never go back. Then there are those who feel they don’t need to be surrounded by brothers and sisters in Christ because they think they can teach themselves much better. Still there are some who have no desire to serve in their church, so they don’t go, lest they be asked to serve. Church, these are tactics of the enemy to bring division, strife, disunity and conflict to the Body of Christ. Some of these folks may be very strong in their faith, but the longer they avoid fellowship and the feast of God’s word with other believers, the more they starve.
Please read very carefully what is being said here- God is not speaking to those of us who may miss a Sunday or church activity now and then, He is speaking to those who do not go to church for reasons of their own. Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control (1 Corinthians 7:5 NKJV). This verse speaks about marriages, but God granted me insight to it in the context of this message. We, as Christians, are the Bride and Body of Christ. To remain strong yes, we need to fast and pray; but we also need fellowship, corporate and agreeing prayer, as well as worship, to teach and be taught, to be useful to God and others, to share our gifts and talents, to strengthen and encourage one another, to pray for one another and to minister and bring God’s love to the lost. Our relationship with God comes first and foremost above all else, but He also designed us to be social. With our many different gifts we are united in one Body. When we decide we are not fit to be inside a church, or if a church is not fit for us to be inside, we have lost our self-control and given in to the lies of Satan. We may not even realize it, we may still pray, we may still worship…but have we allowed God to use us? Do we have questions God wants to use someone else to answer? We deprive someone else of the purpose God has for them as well as deprive ourselves of our blessings by our refusal to congregate with the brethren.
Make no mistake; God is not just speaking of Sunday services in a church building. Church is wherever we are because we carry it inside. It could be a gathering of Christian friends; it could be coffee with one person. It might just be a small or cell group meeting; or a church prayer meeting. We each are a necessary part of the Body of Christ; let us not give in to the schemes of the devil to tell us otherwise. God has a purpose and plan for us and we have to allow Him to show it.
If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually (1 Corinthians 15-27 NKJV)
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your wisdom and insight. Thank You for the meat of Your word, for Your correction and discipline. May Your truths be hidden in our hearts and may they be applied to our daily living. May we not think ourselves so far above that which You teach us, may we be humble and trusting of You. Forgive us for our selfishness, forgive us for not allowing You to fully use us, forgive us for our giving in to temptation and to the lies of our enemy. Father, remove our doubt, our fear, our pain and show us the path to take. Father we ask that for those who feel they are not spiritually fit enough to gather with Your saints, may they look to the cross again; for those who have been hurt in the past by members of the Body, may they find forgiveness in their hearts and may they have courage to step out in faith and assemble with Your Body; for those who feel that they can teach themselves, we ask that You reveal Yourself to them and to grant them teachable and humble spirits. Father, for those who don’t wish to serve, we ask that You place within them servant hearts, worshipful hearts, gracious hearts. Father we ask for unity within Your Body, within Your Church. We are Your Bride, Lord, purify us, mold us, shape and fashion us to what You desire of us. Let us not deprive one another of the purposes You have for each of us, and let us each fast and pray to draw closer to You. We give You all glory and honor for You are worthy, mighty, faithful, Holy and true. In the precious redeeming name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: If you have not been to church or a fellowship or any gathering of the saints, take that step of faith today and begin to draw closer to the Body of Christ. Ask God to show you where He desires for you to be planted.
Additional Scriptures: see passage
“The bible knows nothing of solitary religion.” ~John Wesley
DON’T BURY YOUR TALENT
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money (Matthew 25: 14-18 New King James Version).
God has gifted each and every one of us with gifts and talents. Most of us use our gifts daily bringing glory and honor to God, yet there are those of us who have chosen to bury our talents because we don’t feel good enough to use them. There are also some who haven’t discovered what their gift or talent is. There are spiritual gifts and there are physical gifts God grants to His children. We sometimes limit the scope of our gifts due to doctrine or self-consciousness, or perhaps even shame, since we may not fully understand the gift. There are obvious gifts and talents such as voice or musical ability, cooking or being available to lend a hand when needed. Then there are less-obvious gifts, such as knowing deep within our heart God is going to answer, or being able to understand the languages around us or always seeming to have an encouraging word for a situation that we knew nothing about!
It doesn’t matter what we are good at, what matters is using these gifts and talents for God’s glory and purpose. We don’t want to bury our gifts, if we do, we aren’t able to hone and perfect them. They are unusable if we have them hidden away. One day, we will have to answer God for what we did or didn’t do with what He gave us. We are all gifted in many different areas, but I believe God reveals where He has supernaturally talented us by where our passions lie, and what we gravitate towards the most.
Church it’s time to rise up and walk in the gifts God has bestowed upon us. It’s time to begin to edify and build up our brothers and sisters and preach the Truth of Jesus Christ to the world. It’s time to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and utilize those talents He entrusted to us. If you have buried your gifting because of pride, or lack of self-confidence…go and dig it up.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for another wonderful day; this is a reminder of how much You love us! Thank You for granting us gifts and teaching us how to use them. We pray that we use our talents for Your glory, to build up and edify Your church, to magnify and exalt Your holy name and to share who You are with those that are lost. We want to hear “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Father, help us to walk in what You have given us; we desire to please You. We give You all glory and honor today! In Jesus name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Whatever God has gifted you in, begin to use it for His purposes. If you don’t know what it is, pray for Him to show you. If you know, but have not used it, ask Him for opportunity!
Additional Scriptures: Matthew 25: 14-30; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12
JUST AS HE HAD SAID
So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover (Luke 22:13 New King James Version).
I want to draw your attention to five words in today’s verse. “Just as He had said.” If you go back and read the preceding verses, you will find Jesus had sent Peter and John to find a place where they could prepare for the Passover meal, and as He sent them, He described in detail the person they would meet and the conversation which would take place as well as a description of the room where they would celebrate Passover. “Just as He had said,” How many times in our lives have we heard Jesus describe something to us and it happened just as He had said? Would we remember and recognize when it came to pass?
When Jesus speaks, He speaks truth and what He speaks comes to pass. There’s no cleaning up of language, no watering down of meaning, no complicating messages; Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and He is the Word. We have authority when we pray in His name and we have victory. There are many, many Believers who don’t fully understand the power we have because Christ is in us. He said in Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” I reiterate, HE SAID! It’s comforting to know whatever Jesus has spoken, it happens. Therefore, we need not be afraid of the times to come, because He said He’s coming back for us. We know we have a place in heaven because He said He’s preparing a place for us. The words of Jesus are not just words, they are life, they are hope, and they are promises He will keep.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for waking us up another day! Thank You for loving us and caring for us. Today, we come before You asking for forgiveness for our doubts. For doubting because we don’t always see fulfillment of Your promises when we think we should; for doubting as we pray; for our unbelief that what Jesus has said will come to pass. Help our unbelief, Jesus, create in us clean hearts and renew our spirits. Revive our hope in You. May the spirit of discouragement be bound and silenced. May the spirit of doubt be cast out, in Jesus’ name. Lord, we come before You and we desire to bow at Your feet in humble worship, offering ourselves and our days to You. Open our eyes to that which You have already fulfilled as You have spoken. Reveal in our hearts those things that have yet to come to pass. We love You, we give You all praise and glory! In Your mighty name, Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Make a list of all Jesus has spoken to you. Then pray to remember when it comes to pass just as He had said; write those revelations down as well. As you look over what has not yet came to pass, pray to be shown those parts of it which are in motion. The purpose of this is to help you increase your faith and trust in the Lord. Without faith and trust, you cannot worship in spirit and in truth.
Additional Scriptures: Genesis 1; Matthew 4:19; Matthew 16:17-19; John 14:6