Devotionals

Go Forward

September 15, 2019

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward” Exodus 14:15, KJV.

Don’t stay in the place of what I call the “In Between”. This is the place of indecision. It is the place we wrestle between two opinions. We are in between God’s promises and what we must leave behind, even our inadequacies. Israel had the same dilemma, as they made their exodus from Egyptian slavery into the promise land (Exodus 14:9-12). While escaping, they arrived at the Red Sea and it appeared they couldn’t go any farther. Their enemy was behind them, the Red Sea in front of them and they know they can’t stay where they are. They faced a life-changing moment of decision at the Red Sea. We all will have our own Red Sea.

At this moment, God instructs Moses to use the rod in his hand He had already given him to split the Red Sea. In essence, God was telling Moses the way is already made. God’s way is not made by man’s hands, but His own, which we may not understand or see every time. Yet, God says go forward and then you will see what I have done. Your Red Sea will split before you, and what appears impossible for us to overcome, isn’t for our Father.

The thoughts of wondering of how will God help you, how will they respond, are you good enough, how will you get the resources, will it work, and you have no clue what I am doing will surely come. Yet in the face of it all, God’s response to you is as it was to Moses: Go forward.

Prayer: Father, I thank You and I know You are telling me to go forward with what You want me to do. I can’t stay here any longer. I will do what You’ve called me to do. Today I say yes, I will go forward! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Exodus 14:9-12

Devotionals

Through it All, Wait on Him!

September 14, 2019

“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:13-14, ESV.

You don’t have to worry. God is in control and on the throne. He takes care of all of His children, even at the right time.

In His timing, He always will bring the best out of a situation, the best out of you and the greatest blessing to you. He is perfect in regarding the work He performs in us. He is sovereign, and even when it doesn’t appear any good will come out of your test or pain, He brings you through it, and uses it to create the masterpiece of your life.

I have always found God to be faithful to His Word, even when it didn’t look like it. He’s been mighty, even when I had no strength, yet had no idea that He was actually carrying me. I would have given up, except that I knew that He was good. Just know that He is forming Christ in you, and in time, you will understand.

Therefore, wait on the Lord! This isn’t the waiting like sitting in a waiting room dental office. This means to have an expectation of Him. Expect Him to do what He said He will do. Expect Him to keep His covenant. Don’t faint because you will see His goodness toward you. He is a good God. So take courage, and through it all, wait on the Lord!

Prayer: Father, you are good! I’m going through some things, even some pain, but I will trust You! Something awesome will come out of this, even more of Jesus formed in me. I will not faint now because I believe You are a good! I will expect to receive Your best. I choose to take courage and wait on You. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!

Study: Genesis 50:20, Ecclesiastes 3:11

Devotionals

Jesus is The Way, Truth and Life

September 13, 2019

“Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” John 14:5-7, NKJV.

There is a way. There is the truth. There is life. Jesus is all three of them. All of them are found only in him. You don’t have to look any further than Christ for the way to the Father, for how to have a blessed life, the way to handle your situation, or the way to live.

He is the Word of God that walked among us, the Truth and any other or evil spirit, is a lie. What Jesus says is true and what he says about you is true. If you are looking for life, he will bring life to your marriage, life to your days, and gives eternal life. He has peace because he is the Prince of Peace. He is your Wisdom and He is your Righteousness.

Like walking on an old country, one-way road, you may feel sometimes like turning around and taking the highway, the broad way, but don’t turn around now. You have found the Way and he wants you to continue walk in it.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise. I’m encouraged because Jesus you are the Way. You are the truth and the life. It gets tough sometimes, but help me to continue to walk with you. Without fail my end will always be life and life more abundantly because I live for you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Study: John 1:1 & 14, 10:10; 1 Corinthians 1:30, Matthew 7:13-14

Devotionals

Nothing Can Stop a Submitted Man

September 12, 2019

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” James 4:7, NKJV.

The enemy is going to come against you, even with temptation, yet when we let God’s will be done in us, and then we say no to the devil when he comes, there is some real power displayed that the devil can’t stay around. There is some real love displayed that the devil can’t do anything with. He can’t do anything against a submitted man.

This is the man that says I’ve got all I need in whatever God says and whatever God wants. This is the same submission Jesus walked in when he was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit. When he came out, he then resisted the devil’s temptations three times and told him “It is written”, exercising authority of him. The devil didn’t want any more punches from Jesus, and fled knowing he can’t win against him.

If you want the devil out of an area of your life, if you want peace, submit to God first. Yield to what He says is just and right. Esteem His will above your own in that area. Then, God will supply grace to resist the devil and he will flee. Where there is no devil, there is all of God, and all of the blessings, soul prosperity and honor He desires for your life.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your truth about the power of submission. I humble myself and I ask you to make me a more submitted man. I decide to submit this area to You, and I say let Your will be done in me. Now I resist the devil and he must flee because of the mighty Christ in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: James 4:6, Matthew 4:1-11, I Peter 5:5, Hebrews 13:17

Devotionals

Fly

September 11, 2019

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” Romans 8:2, NKJV.

There is a law of gravity always at work in the earth. Yet, there is a law of lift and thrust that can supersede the law of gravity, creating man’s ability to fly.

The devil’s chains have been broken. Your past failures, or current challenges can’t hold you down. Guilt and people can’t hold you down. There is a law, the law of the Spirit of life that supersedes and is much stronger then the law of sin and death, and you are free from it. When you add your faith and move with Him, you will see that you are an eagle and you can fly.

Refuse to remain on the runway of life, when you know God has more for your life. You may have never flown, but you are about to. It’s time to leave that comfortable zone and soar. It’s time to fly!

Prayer: Father, thank You for lifting me up with Your word. You’ve freed me from all sin and fear. I am free to be who You created me to be, and You are with me. Help me to leave what’s comfortable and safe. Help me to do my part and by faith move with Your Spirit. It’s time to fly. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Romans 8:1-3, Hebrews 11:8-9, Isaiah 40:31

Devotionals

Fly

September 11, 2019

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” Romans 8:2, NKJV.

There is a law of gravity always at work in the earth. Yet, there is a law of lift and thrust that can supersede the law of gravity, creating man’s ability to fly.

The devil’s chains have been broken. Your past failures, or current challenges can’t hold you down. Guilt and people can’t hold you down. There is a law, the law of the Spirit of life that supersedes and is much stronger then the law of sin and death, and you are free from it. When you add your faith and move with Him, you will see that you are an eagle and you can fly.

Refuse to remain on the runway of life, when you know God has more for your life. You may have never flown, but you are about to. It’s time to leave that comfortable zone and soar. It’s time to fly!

Prayer: Father, thank You for lifting me up with Your word. You’ve freed me from all sin and fear. I am free to be who You created me to be, and You are with me. Help me to leave what’s comfortable and safe. Help me to do my part and by faith move with Your Spirit. It’s time to fly. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Romans 8:1-3, Hebrews 11:8-9, Isaiah 40:31

Devotionals

Our Champion

September 10, 2019

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” Hebrews 4:15, NKJV.

Many times we think on just the actual death of Jesus, yet let’s consider what it took to redeem us. Jesus had to walk on this earth sinless to be the perfect sacrifice. He had to be blameless and He did it. The same fight you have each day, he fought them all and won them all. He knows and He cares about the sin you daily face. No one else may know you, but He sincerely knows what it’s like as a man to be tempted in every imaginable way. He also knows how to overcome it. If you are struggling, you can do it through him. He can and will be your champion.

Confession: Jesus was tempted at all points and did not sin. He is my Lord and King. He is my champion. He will show me and help me do the same. I believe and receive that He can help me to champion over sin. He overcame! Through Him, I can and will overcome any sin in my life today.

Study: 2 Corinthians 2:14, 1 John 5:4-5, Romans 6:6-7 & 14

Devotionals

You must decrease, so He can increase.

September 9, 2019

“He must increase, but I must decrease” John 3:30, NKJV.

“For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” Philippians 2:13, NKJV.

It can be difficult to move yourself from doing what you want to do. Jesus had the hardest battle of His will to get on the cross, yet it yielded the greatest results, the greatest impact, the greatest blessing in His life. What He knew He could not do, or even wanted to do, He set Himself in prayer to humble himself and decrease, so the grace of God, the power of God could increase. The more you decrease, the more He can increase, birthing the results you are looking for.

There are things that we just flat out don’t want to do. In spite of how tough it may seem, it can all be accomplished as you go before God and decrease. Decrease and you’ll hear Him. What you can’t do, allow Him to do in you. It is the key to every victory, every inward fight. He will work in you what you can’t do, what you can’t manufacturer– the will and the ability to do what pleases Him.

Prayer: Father, increase in my life, and I must decrease before You. Only You can work in me the desire and the ability to do Your good pleasure. I humble myself and I decrease, so You can increase in my life, so Your Spirit can lead me. Give me the strength to accept what Your will. Increase Lord and birth the greatest results in my walk with You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Luke 22:41-43

Devotionals

Lord Have Your Way

September 8, 2019

“Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths.” Psalms 25:4, NKJV.

Your way may on the surface appear better or even more sure, but there is nothing like allowing God to have His way in your life. In His hands He holds life, good instruction, wisdom, success, and strength. In His will is where your desires get met. Everything you could ever dream of, He will exceed your expectations because He is just that good.

Your way won’t work. Let God do what He desires to do in your life. Don’t restrain Him or hold Him back. Let His Spirit fill you and use you today. Let His praise flow from your mouth and make Him big in your circumstance. Let Him do what He wants to do, even if that involves launching what’s in your heart, or confidently being who He made you to be. Let Him have His way.

Prayer: Father, thank You for another day and I ask that You have Your way. Your will be done Father. Have Your way in me. Have Your way with what You’ve put in me. Have Your way in my children. Have Your way in my wife. Have Your way in the earth. I surrender to You and allow You to use me in a mighty way. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Luke 22:42, Acts 16:25-26

Devotionals

He’s At Work in You

September 7, 2019

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6, NKJV.

As I was driving to work, I seen a large construction site with all kinds of bulldozers, excavators and more preparing the ground and the infrastructure for what was about to be built.

God does the same with us. He has exactly in mind what He wants to build and He has begun His work in you. It may not feel good. You may find yourself getting up again and again. It may not look pretty, yet He is at work in your life.

You may want the end result, but He wants the infrastructure. He’s preparing your ground for something He’s bringing to pass in your life. Be encouraged to let Him continue His construction and don’t leave the site. Don’t stop His work because it is good work. With the right infrastructure, with the right foundation of Christ in you, He will help you build anything in your life.

Prayer: Father, I thank You. Keep working in me. Complete the work You are doing in my life. I won’t leave the site. Sometimes, it doesn’t feel good, but You are good. Form Christ in me. Help me to understand this season and what You desire to build, and let You have Your way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 7:24-26, Psalm 118:22, 2 Corinthians 4:17, James 1:2-4

Devotionals

Realize how precious this time is.

September 6, 2019

(A Joint Devotional from the writers of Sons and Daughters of the King Daily Devotionals)

“My times are in Your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me” Psalm 31:15, Berean Study Bible.

Bernard: The days we are in, they are precious. We won’t get them back.

Kesha: Yes, I keep hearing the words “time” and “precious.” I keep hearing God say this is a precious time in your life; don’t just let it blow by you. Just like when we were in college and when we were dating, we look back at those days and say to ourselves, that was a precious time in our lives.

Bernard: Yes, when we realize how precious those days were, we realize how precious these days are that we’re in now. You may not have maximized last year, but you can maximize this year. You may not have maximized yesterday, but you can maximize today. The plans, the dreams, the inklings of what can be, decide to do them. Do it for God, do it for the lost, do it for yourself because one day there will be no more time left.

Prayer: Father, we thank you for speaking to both your sons and your daughters. This time is precious for your people, Lord. We pray that you help us to realize how precious these days are and maximize them. Together, we receive your grace and your power to make an impact in this world for your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Read Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Devotionals

True worship is with your life.

September 5, 2019

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” John 4:23-24, NKJV.

A lot of times when we think about what true worship is, we think of it as physically bowing down on our knees and laying prostrate before the Lord. Yet, true worship to God is reverence to Him by bowing down in our heart and walking according to His truth. We exalt God not only by lifting our hands, but we lift up our lives. It extends beyond a Wednesday or Sunday service. It’s a daily service, and God is seeking such to worship Him in spirit and in truth.

As Satan did with Jesus, he will offer you the world for your priceless true worship. He wants you to bow down to him and what this world can give. Yet, tell Satan to get behind you! God says there should be no other gods before Him and only Him will you live for. There will be no sin, no thing, no money, or fame, that you will exalt and put before the Almighty God that saved you and redeemed you. He has been good to you and always will bring you into great places in your life.

Receive the charge as a man to truly worship the Father in this hour. Don’t allow anything to sidetrack you.

Prayer: Father, thank You and help me to always worship You. Help me to recognize if I have exalted anything in my life in worship, instead of You. I will worship You as God and God alone. Jesus is King. You will remain the head of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

“And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.'” Matthew 4:9-10, NKJV.

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The Best Man I Can Be

September 4, 2019

“So you, my son, be strong [constantly strengthened] and empowered in the grace that is [to be found only] in Christ Jesus” 2 Timothy 2:1, Amplified.

Pray this with me today: Good morning Father, I give You praise for Who You are and there is none like You. Thank You Jesus for saving me and it is only by Your grace, Your empowerment, that enables me to live for You. Help me to be the best man that I can be. Help me to be at my best in my walk with You. Be the best husband I’ve ever been. Be the best father I’ve ever been. Help me be the best employee and the best boss that I’ve ever been. I pray in this season Your best comes out of me! Fill this day with the best of times for my life. I ask to use me to impact someone’s life in a mighty way! I am a light for You! I ask for Your wisdom and the best victories today. Help me to run my best race today and leave nothing behind. Greater is He that is in me. This man is giving You his best! I receive grace now! Hallelujah! In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen!

Study: Proverbs 12:14, Colossians 3:19-23, 1 John 4:4

Devotionals

Own Your New Day

September 3, 2019

“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it” Psalm 118:24, NKJV.

God has never made anything the same, including today. This is a new day. You’ve never had one like it, and you won’t ever have another one like it again. It is one of a kind. See each day as valuable, treasure-filled, full of mercy, full of opportunity, full of learning, and victory. God has caused you to open you eyes, which should let you know that He has a plan and a purpose for you. Make the first thing you do, as soon as your feet touch the floor, is to rejoice in God and be glad that He’s blessed you to see a new day. Own it.

The more thankful you are to see another day, the more value you will see in living it and to make it count. It’s up to you. Regardless of what you are going through, choosing to rejoice is choosing God and to have an expectation of Him. He made this day, therefore, He will be good to you and He will be good through you. Be determined to rejoice and live, and press forward in your new day in God.

Prayer: Father, thank You Lord for a new day of life. I will rejoice and be glad in it! I receive Your joy and I thank You for simply waking up. You have blessed me! Life is precious, valuable and good. I’m expecting some great things within this day You’ve made. Choosing to rejoice is choosing to have faith in You. I trust You will lead me. Help me to own it and make it count. Be glorified in my life today! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 118, Ephesians 3:20

Devotionals

You’re Not a Stranger, You’re Family

September 2, 2019

“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” Ephesians 2:19, NKJV.

When you consider a stranger, you don’t know them. You don’t talk to them, let alone they can come into your house, reach into your refrigerator and get something to eat. Yet, someone of your household can reach in and get whatever they need–because of who they are.

You are a son of God, and He knows you by name. Old things have passed away, and all things have become new. You were far away, but now you have been brought near to Him. Whatever your Father has if it is according to His will, it’s already yours. Jesus paid a heavy price not for you to remain foreign, but to draw closer into the family of God, hold tight to a body of believers and get to where God has for your life together.

You’re not a stranger, you’re family.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise and I thank You. I’m no longer a stranger to You, but I’m in Your household. Help me to love on my real family today, and treat them like You would treat them. By Your love and mercy that I walk in, I pray others see how much You love them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Ephesians 2:11-22; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Romans 12:2; James 2:17

Devotionals

More of Him

September 1, 2019

“Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ ” Philippians 3:8, NKJV.

I don’t need of more of me in my life. I have seen what more of me can do. It comes to a point in your life as a man, that you realize what you need. It’s more of Him.

Desire more of His will and His word. Desire more of His love. Desire more of His counsel. Want more of His results in your life. There’s wisdom that only He can provide you. There’s valleys that only Jesus can carry you across. There are fears that only He can get you beyond. There are walls that only He can breakthrough.

Come to the end of having more of you. You’ve found that you can only do so much, you can only reach so far, you only have so much ability. Count everything else rubbish in comparison to Jesus Christ. Desire more of Him.

Prayer: Father, thank You that You say I can ask and I will receive. I want more of You in my life. You are ultimately Who can shape me. Help me to spend time in Your word like I never have before. I want more of Your will, more of Your plan, more of Your results and more of Your change in me. Help me let go of it all and desire more of You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 36:9, 62:7-8; John 3:30

Devotionals

Nothing Like His Presence!

August 31, 2019

I’ve been in the presence of a lot of people, but no one’s presence gives me a full joy, a full perspective of my hope and victory like the Lord. In His presence, there is an exceeding gladness that can’t be compared. It’s not found in the things we can acquire. It’s not found in the sports we watch. It’s not found the wife we have. His word says that in HIS presence is fullness of joy!

How do you get into God’s presence? It is the same as it is naturally–you come to Him. One way to come to Him is with heartfelt praise because He inhabits the praises of His people (see Psalm 22:3). He dwells in your praise. Also, anytime you come honestly and humbly in prayer before Him, the Lord will meet you there. When He is present before you, everything that seemed heavy becomes light. His love, His power, His comfort, and His strength will put you back together again.

God is real and so is a tangible experience of Him. Wherever you are, whether you’re going through a trial, or you are weary, seek His presence today. Being in the presence of God will refresh your soul. He is all that you need.

Prayer: Father, I praise You! I come before You and I will not rush either. There’s nothing like being in Your presence and in it there’s fullness of joy! Let me experience Your presence today. Fill my cup Father and refresh me. Lift everything that is heavy, and before You I am reminded of the victory I have in Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Hebrews 4:16, Matthew 11:28, Romans 5:1-2

Devotionals

You will sit at the King’s table

August 29, 2019

“Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son who was lame in his feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel; and his nurse took him up and fled. And it happened, as she made haste to flee, that he fell and became lame. His name was Mephibosheth” 2 Samuel 4:4, NKJV.

Mephibosheth was the son of Jonathan, David’s closest friend. He was mistakenly dropped when he was five years old and he became lame. Yet, David sought him out and found him. He brought him from dwelling in Lodebar–a place without pasture–into a place of restoration of everything that belonged to Jonathan’s father, he had no lack and he ate at the king’s table for the rest of his days.

If we’re honest, some of us men are just as Mephibosheth. Did someone drop you? Meaning, did someone fail to give you what you needed to walk in everything God has planned for you? They may not have meant to, but they did. Ultimately, they fell short of giving you some important things as a man in life that could have made your course a lot smoother, a little better.

Yet, as David did with Mephibosheth, so has the Jesus done for you. He sought you out and found you. God sent His Son Jesus to remove your sin, to find you in a place without a pasture and carry you into a place of where there is restoration, no lack and you will sit at the King’s table all of your days. No matter what happened, He will make your life what it should be. Keep walking with the Lord and what seemed like couldn’t be turned around, what door couldn’t be opened, what couldn’t be changed in you, He will do it. The Father will make your latter better than your beginning.

Prayer: God, I was made lame and lacked many things as a man. As a result, I made some mistakes in life. Made some wrongs turns. Yet, like Mephiboseth You have picked me up Jesus. Be a Father to me and open doors of favor for me. I thank You for healing my life now. My end will be I will not lack and I will eat at the King’s table all my days. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 2 Samuel 9:5-13

Devotionals

Recognize His Grace

August 27, 2019

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me” 1 Corinthians 15:10, ESV.

I was asking God to help me get something completed one night and I was very tired. For some reason I woke up early the next morning awake with strength. I felt good and rested, and I wondered how could this be? Then the Holy Spirit said, “You asked for My help. Now, you can get up and finish your project, or you can remain in bed. The choice is up to you, but I’m supplying you with the grace to do it.”

It was tough because the bed felt very good. I laid in bed for a moment, deciding to cooperate with the grace or not. Then, I got up and finished my work.

Recognize when His grace is operating and moving in your life. The Lord will answer your prayers and lead You by way of the grace He provides. The Lord will answer you by supplying His strength to do His will. He will give you the words to boldly say. He will even move on your heart with His love to respond to your wife. When He moves, be encouraged to yield and move humbly with Him, because His grace will be more than enough, but the choice to obey will still be up to you.

Prayer: Father, I give praise for waking me up today. You are a good God! Help me to recognize when Your grace is at work. Help this man to learn to function and flow with Your grace. Your grace is sufficient and abounds toward my life. I thank You for even the help to obey You also. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: James 4:6, 2 Timothy 2:1, Isaiah 40:31

Devotionals

A Man’s Greatest Wisdom

August 26, 2019

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” Ecclesiastes 12:13, NKJV.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” Psalm 111:10, NKJV.

With the exception of Jesus, the wisest man to walk the earth was Solomon. Of everything he knew, this is what he said about life itself: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Out of all this wise man could say, who had all the riches ever that you could want, the most important thing he would tell you was to fear God and keep his commandments.

Selah–pause and think on that for a moment.

Solomon had been there and seen it all. He had done it all. Yet, this was his conclusion about life and the whole duty of man. If you center your life around anything, center it around this–reverence and honor God, and keeping His commandments. We have a glimpse of the God that he’s talking about because He is the One that sits in a position to judge (and will judge) everything, good or evil that we do.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of a man’s wisdom. Wisdom begins there because it establishes who God is, and what a man should live for above everything else. Everything else begins to have a lesser meaning and what’s important day-by-day rises above material things and great gain.

Prayer: Father, You are the One that gives life. You are the One with all power and wisdom. Everything I see You made and I give You the reverence due Your name. Help me humble myself and do my duty as a man, to fear You like I should and keep Your commandments. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 25:14, Proverbs 9:10

Devotionals

It’s okay if you’re not struggling.

August 24, 2019

“Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, ‘Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant’ ” Psalm 35:27, NKJV.

Sometimes, there is a misconception that as a believer you should always be going through a hard time. If everything is going well, then something is wrong. We’ve all been there. I’ve had to deal with handling not the times that I’ve struggled in my walk and in my life. I can do that well. I know how to suffer well, but I have to and I’m learning how to reign well. Because the truth is everybody isn’t struggling.

If you’re not struggling, or going through tough times, it’s okay. When what you’ve prayed for arrives in your life, praise God for it, enjoy it and it’s okay to do so. He brought you a long way. As you sit in your Promised Land, it’s a blessing to have gone through your wilderness, and now God says enjoy your prosperity–enjoy your peace.

This is the Father’s expected end for every son and He takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant. Be abundantly grateful and allow God to use you, to your life to be a testimony to let someone else know that’s in a tough situation that God will bring them out also.

Prayer: Father, thank You for encouraging me to enjoy where You’ve brought me. I’m a believer and I’m blessed, and it’s okay. Now, use me to strengthen my brothers. Use me, in any way I can, to help someone else through their struggle. Make me a blessing today. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Jeremiah 29:11, Luke 6:38, 22:32, 3 John 1:2

Devotionals

Stay excited about what He’s doing in your life

August 23, 2019

“And He said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, And should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself…but when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come'” Mark 4:26-29, NKJV.

There’s something about excitement. You are expecting what you know is on the way and it maintains your joy. You are expecting what God is going to manifest in your life, and you know He has told you that the time is now for what you have been waiting for.

Be excited about your growth in Christ and the increase God is about to deliver into your hands. Be excited about all the preparation you have done to walk in your ministry. As crops in the field, God is showing you hints and glimpses of what is to come. It is on the inside of you, stirred up on the inside of you that God is about to do something great in your life. You may not know exactly how. You may not know exactly when. Yet, you know right now God is about to do it for you.

You may have had some rough times, but you have reached the place where you’ve settled in your heart that no matter what, you will trust the Lord. You will trust the way that He’s bringing His will to pass. You said I will sow into God’s kingdom and continue to sow His word in me. You have turned the corner, and there is an excitement that you can’t explain, nor contain. God is taking you from a man of insecurity, to a man of faith. From a man of shame, to a man redeemed. From a fearful man, to a man of love. There is no telling where God is taking your life now, and it is something to be excited about.

Prayer: Thank You Lord this morning! I am excited about what You about to do! I love You and I am grateful man. You are up to something and I know it on the inside. I am leaping on the inside. Continue to lead me Holy Spirit. This is a precious time in my life, even beyond the rough times I have had, You have still brought me to a place of blessings. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: Psalm 37:4, 145:15, 1 Corinthians 2:9-10

Devotionals

Rise!

August 20, 2019

“For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity.” Proverbs 24:16, NKJV.

For a just man, falling is not final. Who are the just? It is those who’s sins have been taken away through Jesus. You may have fallen down, but you are just. You get back up. You rise. A just man will never stay down because he is reminded that God is with him. He knows goodness and mercy follows him all the days of his life, and God’s mighty hand will always help him up.

If you’ve fallen, rise from your place and take your seat as being seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Set your heart to receive God’s abundant grace and know that His plan is always intact. He has a plan already prepared for your comeback and your ultimate victory. You must not remain there as the wicked, those who are without a good Father in God.

You are God’s man and you are needed in these times. Your wife needs you. Your children need you. Turn away from any condemnation, shame or regret. Let the joy of the Lord be your strength. Let it empower you to rise.

Confession: I choose to not wallow in my mistakes, but rise with joy and the knowledge of God’s acceptance of me. I serve a merciful and faithful God. Since He’s not condemning me, I will not either. I get back up! I am the just, and I am who God says I am. I rise from every circumstance. I am needed in these times. God’s plan for me will never change, and surely I have restoration ahead. I will never quit on the LORD because He never quit on me. I will praise Him! I rise!

Study: 1 John 1:9, Psalm 23, Romans 8:1-1

Devotionals

People are ready to receive Jesus

August 18, 2019

“Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest’ ” Matthew 9:37-38, NKJV.

I went out to meet someone about something I was considering buying on Facebook. I didn’t like it, but he said he could get more so I was cool with it. Then, I just very casually asked him was he a christian? He said no, and began to laugh and smile. So I pulled out my phone and took him through some scriptures about our need for Jesus, and that God gave him as a solution for us. I asked him would he like to be saved today? He said yes. I then prayed a prayer of salvation with him. He said, “Man, I feel good! Thank you!” Low and behold he told me He had been thinking about it, but just hadn’t done anything.

You may not realize it, but more than you know there are people that the Lord has already been dealing with. He’s already been been talking to them and they are ready to receive Jesus. They are ready to change. The harvest is ready, and He simply brings you across their path to bring them to Him.

Prayer: Thank You Father! You are good! You desire to bring people to receive Jesus, and there are people that are ready. You’ve already been dealing with their hearts. Give me a hearing ear Holy Spirit when You want to use me and help me share Jesus with them. Give me courage and boldness, and most of all, Your great love for people. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 1 Corinthians 3:7, Acts 8:26-39, Acts , Romans 10:9-10

Devotionals

Will you still serve Him?

August 17, 2019

“And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not” Deuteronomy 8:2, ESV.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” Romans 15:13, ESV.

Any man can serve the Lord when everything is going well. The children of Israel gladly praised the Lord after they crossed over the Red Sea. They gave Him glory with no hesitation after they saw how He delivered them from the Egyptian army. The challenge came when they walked through the wilderness, and God allowed them to, to humble them and prove their heart to see if they would still serve Him.

Are you like the Israelites who lost faith the moment things became difficult, or are you like His servant Job who after losing much, still bowed down and worshiped the Lord? Will you let go of Jesus because things aren’t going your way, or will you hold on and believe Him with all you’ve got?

Although you are being proven, still serve Him. Although you are learning humility and patience, still serve Him. He doesn’t want your worship and your obedience to be conditional. When all is well or when it isn’t, when He gives you what you want or when He doesn’t, still serve Him. There is always a promise land after the wilderness. After obedience, there is always a blessing.

Prayer: Father, I worship You with all my heart because of Who You are. I worship You not outcomes. I choose to trust You no matter what. Strengthen my heart. Strengthen my praise. Strengthen my faith and my joy in believing. Fill me God as I humble myself in worship to You. Let nothing steal my praise and my worship. It’s my lifeline. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Job 1:20; Numbers 14:2; James 1:3-4; Psalms 96:9; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Devotionals

A Man and His Prayer Closet

August 16, 2019

“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly” Matthew 6:6, NKJV.

The Pharisees at the time loved to pray openly so man could see them and say how great they were. They sought the reward that comes from man, but not from God. But Jesus told his disciples don’t pray like that. Go to your heavenly Father in secret, close your door and be only focused on opening your heart to Him your life.

When you shut your door, it signifies a time between only you and God. You aren’t out to impress. No one is around and how you sound doesn’t matter. The way you pray doesn’t matter. Bow, cry or just sit a while and commune with the Father. God will answer and make His goodness known to you and reward you openly.

To help strengthen your prayer life, it may be wise to physically put this in practice. Go daily to your closet, shut the door and begin to pray. When you shut that door, you are symbolically shutting off every distraction. Scripture doesn’t indicate that Jesus always had a physical closet he went into, yet what we do find is that He always went away to pray. The more you get away, the less distractions there will be. The less distracted you are, the more powerful your prayer life becomes.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the riches found in my prayer closet. Help me to stay focused on building my prayer life. Meet me right where I am and help me. Speak to me. Let me experience Your presence right where I am. I will pray in secret and watch You openly reward me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 6:1-13

Devotionals

There’s No More Veil

August 13, 2019

“And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God” Mark 15:37-39, NKJV.

The veil in the temple covered the holiest place where the ark of the covenant and God dwelt. The high priest once a year to offer a sacrifice for man’s sin. He had to be a holy man, living upright before the Lord. The veil was thick and dark, representing the barrier of sin that separated us from the Father. No one was able to go beyond the veil and have access the Father except him.

If you’ve received Jesus into your heart as your Savior, your great and mighty high priest who was without sin, gave his life once for all, and when he did, the veil was torn from top to bottom. There is no more barrier of sin between you and the Father. There’s no barrier between receiving His promises and an eternal inheritance. Because of what Jesus did, don’t allow what you have done to make you believe or feel anything else. Don’t make your own veil. The veil was forever torn and you are redeemed through Christ Jesus.

Tear any veil of guilt or unworthiness in your on life from top to bottom. You are right before God, free to walk with God, reach out to God, be empowered by Him, receive mercy, live in Him, call Him Father, with no condemnation. Because of Jesus, there’s no more veil.

Prayer: Thank You Father. Thank You for giving Jesus for all my sin and the veil is torn. Help me to tear any veils in my own life from top to bottom. I am righteous and I have access to the Father because of it. It’s a Good Friday! It’s good every day because of the price Jesus paid for me that I could not. I will live free in the Lord today. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Exodus 40, Hebrews 9:24-28

Devotionals

Jesus – the Anchor of Your Soul

August 11, 2019

“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” Hebrews 6:19-20, NKJV.

An anchor is defined as a heavy object attached to a rope or chain and used to moor a vessel to the sea bottom, typically one having a metal shank with a ring at one end for the rope and a pair of curved and/or barbed flukes at the other. It keeps ships from drifting or being pulled away. Therefore, the ship owner rests and puts their hope in their anchor to keep their ship, even in the midst of the biggest storm.

When the storms of life come. When you find they begin to rage the most, Jesus is your sure and steadfast hope. He is as sure and steadfast than even before the storm came. He is the Anchor of your soul.

Even when you don’t understand it all, trust Him. Like the two curved flukes on an anchor, one side holds by God’s promises and the other holds by His oath, and He cannot lie. There is a sure consolation, a sure hope that is right there to hold you down, even at the bottom, your rock bottom. At your highest. At your lowest. That’s what Jesus came for, to anchor you. There is a hope that you now always have in Him and eternally. Nothing can move your Anchor. Nothing can move your victory!

Prayer: Father, at the top or even deep at the bottom, Jesus is the Anchor of my soul! I have a sure hope in You and the Father is faithful to keep His Word. Help me to stand on Your Word and keep my eyes on You. You are my joy and peace that I yield to right now. I will see victory! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 16:33

Devotionals

You Will Make It Through

August 10, 2019

“Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side…” Psalm 118:5-6a, ESV.

Can I ask you a question. If God Himself was going through what you are experiencing, do you believe that He could get through it? You may say yes He would. Nothing’s too hard for God. He would definitely make it.

Then why won’t you?

The One you believe would make it, is the same One that set you up free and is on your side. You can make it too. It’s never just our situation or trial. It’s never just our marriage problem. It’s never only our fight of faith, or our journey in this life alone. It’s His. He helps us handle it like He would. The same grace that He has, He has given you and it is very sufficient. It is more than enough for not only strength, but for joy, comfort and triumph. You can make it through–and you will.

Prayer: Father, I really needed this. Sometimes, things get hard for this man, but I will get through it with You. If You can make it, I can too. I say in faith to You–You freed me and You are on my side. Your joy is my strength. Thank You for Your grace and I receive it right at this very point in my life. I will overcome. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Jeremiah 32:27, Nehemiah 8:10, John 14: 16-17, 2 Corinthians 12:9

Devotionals

Obey God. You’ll be glad you did!

August 9, 2019

“So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority…was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go near and overtake this chariot’ ” Acts 8:26-29, NKJV.

There was something God was leading me to do and step-by-step the Holy Spirit was saying to go here, go there and do this. While planning to stop at the gas station to get our kids a treat, we saw a Family Dollar and stopped there. As we were about to leave, a woman comes up to me saying she had to obey and begins to prophesy over my life. It truly blessed me. I’m glad He led and helped me the entire time to be there at that moment to receive.

Throughout the course of your day and your life, know that God is desiring to get things into your hands. Like a key that opens the door, obeying the leading of the Holy Spirit positions us to receive. Through obedience, you will find your blessing and be someone’s blessing that they’re praying for. Through obedience, you will run right into it. The Holy Spirit is your Guide and if you will follow Him, if you obey Him, you’ll be glad you did.

Prayer: Father, You are good and there is none like You! I desire to be guided by You Holy Spirit. As I acknowledge You, direct my path. Help me Father to obey You. Not only to receive a blessing, but also when You tell me to be one. I will be glad I did. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Acts 8:29-39, John 16:13, Proverbs 3:5-6

Devotionals

Prosper Me in My Heart

August 7, 2019

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me” Psalm 51:10, NKJV.

For a man, financial prosperity is good, but prosperity of the heart is far better. It is the heart that doesn’t fail in the face of fear and adversity. You speak the truth and love the Father. We sincerely care about people, and have big hearts towards the lost. We pray for others like we pray for ourselves. We view sin like God, we have a genuine pursuit to please Him and have a clean heart.

This is what David did when he sincerely prayed this very psalm. In spite of his mistakes, the Bible says that he was a man after God’s own heart. His repenting alone caused him to walk in the best prosperity–and if you need to, so will you. Above all you seek after, prosper in your heart today.

Prayer: Father, thank You this morning for Your word. Above money and things, prosper my heart. Increase, grow and enlarge my heart for You and for others. Help me to hold tight to what is good, and give me a heart that loves You with everything I have. This is my best prosperity. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 15, 37:4 & 51; Matthew 5:8, Acts 13:22, 3 John 1:2

Devotionals

At your breaking point, He will carry you.

August 5, 2019

“Save Your people and bless Your inheritance; be their shepherd also, and carry them forever” Psalm 28:9, Amplified.

There’s nothing like the carrying power of the Lord. The One who girded us up when we had no answer for our sin. The One who took all of our sickness and disease on His shoulders. He is able to carry you through whatever you’re experiencing right now.

When you feel you are at your breaking point and you can’t go another step, the Lord will carry you. He’ll step in and lift up a grown man that’s in tears, who’s tired. He’ll pick up the man who says it’s too tough right now. He’ll give hope to the man that is feeling like throwing in the towel.

I know that to be the case in my own life. When I asked God to remove the pain, and although things didn’t change, He told me He would carry me through it, and that’s when I came to know how real God is. He will do the same for you.

He said He would never leave us nor forsake us. He’ll carry you through the storm, through the loss, through the pain, through the disappointment. We must come to Him. We must believe on Jesus and come to Him. Everything else will fail to help us, but He won’t. He’ll meet you at your point of need and carry you through it.

Prayer: Lord, carry me through this. I feel like I can’t go another step and unless You carry me. I am at a breaking point and I need you Lord to pick me up. Be my Shepherd. Heal me. Comfort me. Encourage me. Carry me. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

Study: 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Devotionals

A Prayer of Faith for Healing

August 4, 2019

“But He was wounded for our transgressions,He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” Isaiah 53:5, NKJV.

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” Acts 10:38, NKJV.

Father, we pray today for those who are in need of healing in their bodies and healing in their minds. We ask in faith according to Your word that by Jesus stripes we are healed. We ask in faith according to Psalm 103 that You daily load us with benefits and You heal all our diseases. We come against that struggle with depression and all mental illness. We declare right now that they have a sound and prosperous mind. They have the mind of Christ! We touch and agree for healing to manifest against cancer, tumors, sickle-cell anemia, headaches, chest pains, traumas, cataracts, lumps, back pain, and high blood pressure. We ask for Your mighty power to begin to show up in their lives. We ask that their bodies respond to Your anointing and that the hearer responds to You with faith. We touch and agree for pain to dissipate now! Depression leaves now! We pray that peace comes now in Jesus’ name! You are our Healer. In Jesus’ name we pray the prayer of faith, Amen!

Study: Psalm 103 & 107:20, Jeremiah 17:14, James 5:15, 1 Peter 2:24, 3 John 1:2

Devotionals

Use Your Spiritual Weaponry

August 3, 2019

“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds” 2 Corinthians 10:4, ESV.

The basics in our Christian walk never change. Your challenges, circumstances and situations may change. The intensity, the pressure of them may change. However, how we fight them is no differently. We fight with spiritual weapons that are mighty through God, full of divine power from Him.

We fight through prayer and His word. We fight with our faith and our praise. Don’t allow the devil to belittle what your weapons can do. If you are experiencing a trying situation, pressure or trouble, go back to the basics. They work every time.

Prayer: Father, You are faithful. You are awesome! Your word lights my path. There is power in my prayers, and there is power in my praise. Make it like an instinct in me to not fight according to the flesh, but with my spiritual weaponry. Help me to apply them in my Christian walk and I will win every time! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Ephesians 6:10-17, 2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Peter 2:2

Devotionals

Your delay could be your miracle!

August 2, 2019

“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.” John 11:5, NKJV.

“Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ ” John 11:21-23, NKJV.

Jesus was on his way to raise Lazarus from the dead, but he decided to spend two more days where He was, and it appeared to be a delay in his coming. However, they witnessed the power of Jesus, who in four days still raised Lazarus from the dead. This was beyond the three days Jews believed a man’s spirit remained near their body. They had an even greater testimony of what Jesus could do. What seemed as a delay, turned out to be their miracle.

I’m learning more and more to not lose hope because of a delay. It’s wise to rejoice and thank God for delays. In my own life, we had been looking for a house. We found one and put in our bid. It was accepted, and everything with our buying experience was going smooth and according to plan. However, the lender we were working with came back and told us they needed us to do more things regarding my credit. We weren’t ready to buy as what we were first told and it was disappointing. Yet, we agreed God must have something better, and what God has for us, is for us.

We took a little more to work on my credit, and we found that the very same house was still on the market. This time, we were able to get a lower interest rate and all the closing costs paid. Glory to God!!

Whatever it may be in your life that you desire, don’t fret over a delay. What God has for you, know that it is for you. Don’t get discouraged if what God told you doesn’t happen when you think it should, or when you want it to. You may want to go ahead and obtain it, but always receive godly counsel, even if it appears it will delay what you really desire. Your blessing could be your delay in disguise, and your delay could be your miracle!

Prayer: Father, I praise You and I thank You for all my delays. Help me not to be in a hurry. I want what Your best. What You have for me, is for me. Lead me Holy Spirit and may I receive all the godly counsel You send me. Help me to respond right to any delays, because it may very well be my blessing in disguise. My delay could be Your protection and my miracle. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 11:1-44

Devotionals

A Message of Lord for you!

August 1, 2019

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” Hebrews 10:23, NKJV.

“Hold fast to Me. Hold fast to what I have spoken over you. Hold fast to My promise. If you hold on for a little while longer, I will make a way out of no way for you and your family. If you will obey Me and follow My ways, I will help you reach your place of promise. I will supply all your need according to My riches in glory in Christ Jesus. I am Jehovah-Jireh your Provider and I will keep My promise to you”, says the Lord.

Study: Deuteronomy 11:21-23, 1 Thessalonians 5:21, Hebrews 3:6, Philippians 2:15-16

Devotionals

God Hears You, Even In The Night

July 31, 2019

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles” Psalm 34:15 & 17, NIV.

Very late in the middle of the night, I heard our son cough. I was sleeping good and I didn’t feel like getting out of bed at all. Yet when I heard our son, it did something to me. When I heard him coughing, I could care less about my tiredness, my feelings and comfort. My son was in need. Sure enough, I went into his room and he had no blanket over him. I move him on his pillow, and put the blanket real snug over him. He then woke up a little, smiled, and went back to sleep.

You have a Father that watches over you and hears your prayers. He has heard you, even in a night moment in your life. His eyes are constantly on you and as soon as you gave voice to your situation, as soon as said you really need Him to come through, as soon as He heard you, He began to move.

Continue to trust Him, and don’t be moved by what your feelings or what you see. His answer, His victory, His blessing, a helping hand is coming. God does some of His greatest works during the night. Hallelujah!

Prayer: Father, thank You that as soon as I prayed, You heard me. You really do care about what I am going through. Strengthen me Father and full me with great joy and peace. I believe You are moving on my behalf. You do some of Your greatest works in the night. I receive any direction You give me right now. I praise You in advance. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 1 John 5:14-15, Acts 16:25-26

Devotionals

It will be like a dream when God is done.

July 28, 2019

“When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad” Psalm 126:2-3, NKJV.

There is one thing about God that you must know. He will never allow His children to go through the fire, through the test, and the valley and not experience His grace and goodness in an abundant, outweighing measure in their lives.

When God turned the captivity of Zion, they were like them that dream! They were walking around saying, “Pinch me. God is blessing me in such a way that I feel like I am dreaming!” The nations around them said, “Surely they are the nation whom the Lord has blessed.” Those around you may have seen your captivity, but they will witness God exalting you and blessing you. Your situation is only temporary. God has a greater plan, and it involves you being blessed in a great way.

Prayer: Father, there is none like You! Thank You for helping me to go through the valley experiences in my life. Thank You for being with me when my faith is tested and tried. I declare I will be as those that dream how You turn things around for me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Job 42:10, Psalms 126, Joshua 2:1, Psalms 23:6, Romans 5:20

Devotionals

Make It Final

July 27, 2019

“And Elijah came to all the people, and said, ‘How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him’…” 1 Kings 18:21, NKJV.

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind” James 1:6, NKJV.

For some of us, it isn’t necessarily what we’ve done or didn’t do. It isn’t what happened, or what a sovereign God allowed. It is when we pray to God in faith and pursue to have faith, yet something in your past keeps affecting how you view what your life will be ahead of you. What’s behind us keeps us tossing back and forth, doubting God.

God is with you and He is going to get you beyond what you’re experiencing into the place in life you desire. Free of complex situations, lack and issues. So make it final. No more tossing to and fro between two opinions. No more tossing to and fro because of circumstances. You are going to finally believe God.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for helping me. This man makes it final today. I put a period behind it today. When I pray, I will ask in faith and finally believe what You say. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Mark 11:24

Devotionals

Don’t Receive Those Seeds of Doubt

July 25, 2019

“Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:5, NKJV.

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” Proverbs 23:7, NKJV.

When the enemy comes–and he will–to plant a seed of doubt in your heart, you have a choice to not receive it. Just as a Fedex package brought to your house that you don’t have to sign for and make it your own, don’t make what he offers your own.

Let only God be the One that you receive from through His word. Let Him be the only One you receive from when He speaks to your heart and says have hope. With diligence keep your heart, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and stand in who you are in him–stand until your blessing comes.

Prayer: Father, I praise You. I will not receive what the devil says about my life and who I am. I take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Help me to think according to what You say about me. You say have hope and I receive it. You are telling me I win and I receive it. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Study: Proverbs 4:23, Philippians 4:8

Devotionals

If anyone can restore, God can!

July 22, 2019

“Oh, that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me” Job 29:2, ESV.

“And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning…” Job 42:12 ESV.

Job reminisced about the past. He went there. He went back to how life was before his challenges and losses came. He went back, for a moment, to how everything was flourishing, how he had it all, and there was no lack. He wanted those times back. But he trusted the Lord and Job’s latter was better, far better, far sweeter, even double, than what He had.

Your heavenly Father is a Restorer.

Leave the past where it is. Yes, it felt perfect. Yes, you had it all. Yes, it was marvelous and you couldn’t any wrong. But you can’t live there. You have to let it go. You can’t keep your heart and mind always reminiscing about what you had, when there are great days ahead, even in front of you.

Your heavenly Father is a Restorer.

God is a good God and He restores in mighty ways for those that put their trust in Him. God can do what seems impossible and it doesn’t have to take Him long–trust His timing. Let your place be to do what He says, keep following Jesus forward, excited to know that your latter be greater. He’s going to make it even sweeter, even better than what you had.

Prayer: Father, thank You for being my Restorer. I have had some challenges and setbacks in my life, but You will restore me. You will make it even far better than what I had. Today, I let go of always reminiscing about the past and move forward, trusting in You! You are a good God and great in my eyes. I’ll keep doing what You say and keep following Jesus. My latter will be greater! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Job 42:10-17

Devotionals

He is Your God

July 21, 2019

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:19, KJV.

The writer made it personal in regards to how he referred to God. It is similar to ownership, such as my wife or my child. God isn’t just another believer’s God. He isn’t a God that is far off. He is my God.

In your challenge, in whatever mountain is before you, in whatever success you are in pursuit of, make God personal to you. Bring Him close to where you are. Make your relationship with Him even more relevant and powerful at this moment, making a difference in your fight of faith and in your confidence. Acknowledge Him not only as God, but He is your God.

Your God, your Heavenly Father, will supply all of your need! Your God will help. Your God will deliver. Your God will heal. Your God will speak to you when you ask Him what to do. He doesn’t just provide for someone else. The same God is Your God, and He will provide for you also.

Prayer: Father, You are my God. You are my Provider. You just don’t provide for others, You provide for me too. I am Your son and I have access to You at any time. I believe You are able! I praise You in advance for meeting all my needs. You are my God. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 18:2, Joshua 14:9, Hebrews 4:16

Devotionals

Heaven In Your Heart

July 20, 2019

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You” Isaiah 26:3, NKJV.

“But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” John 4:14, NKJV.

I was on my way home from work yesterday, and I was still singing a song I had been singing since my lunch. I was spending time with the Lord and I had this perfect peace. I had a joy that I wanted to tell everyone about. I experienced the love of God that let’s you know everything is alright. I wanted to put it in a bottle and give away what I had been experiencing. It truly felt like heaven.

Then, God spoke.

Do you know what having Jesus is like? It’s like having heaven in your heart. Christ in you is your perfection and has made you whole and free. He’s made you righteous. He’s not only your Peace, He is your perfect peace. He is your unspeakable joy. He brings a perfect perspective on life, and you see what it’s really all about. He is your heaven and the Lord says when you dwell in Him, there are no worries. When you dwell in him, nothing can shake you.

Devotionals

Unstoppable

July 19, 2019

“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” Isaiah 40:30-31, NKJV.

You weren’t meant to be stopped. You were meant to be unstoppable. You are an eagle, soaring too fast and too high to be denied your calling. The enemy and his devices cannot dwell where you are. You overcome evil with good. You are too positive to be negative. You are too humble to give room to pride. You forgive too quickly to be offended. You repent too quickly to be ashamed and condemned. You have too much favor to be refused. You have too much joy to lack strength. You have too much God to be stopped. You trust He will move for you, as you move for Him.

Yet, when you feel faint and weary, when you feel discouraged, don’t run away from God, run to Him and wait on Him. When you wait on the Lord, you are setting your hope and expectation in Him and in His Word.

Think on His Word and wait on Him. Pour out your heart to Him and wait on Him. Go to Him with your struggles as a man and wait on Him. Stay where you are, and wait on Him to direct your path. He will bless you, renew you and prove that you are in Christ, a new creature in Him and you truly can’t be stopped.

Prayer: Father, thank You for making me unstoppable! I was meant to mount up with wings as an eagle, and I won’t believe otherwise. I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me! I will wait on You. I will expect of You because You will come through. You will help me. You will bless me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Philippians 4:13, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 John 4:4

Devotionals

An encouraging testimony about direction!

July 18, 2019

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come” John 16:13, ESV.

I had been working at this new company for 8 months, just working in the department that I had been hired to work in. I was fine with working there, but God told me that it was my time to leave and that He had some other people He wanted me to reach there, and He wanted to bless me.

One job I applied for, I had an interview and I never heard anything back from the hiring manager. I had to fight to not be discouraged. I then found two positions that I had interest in, but the Holy Spirit said no, just apply for that one. So I did.

Two days later, a high-level woman who rarely comes to my department to get her packages, tells someone on this particular day that she’ll come pick it up. She then talks with my manager, who calls me over to meet her. God graced me to speak very well without effort, causing her to be very impressed with me. I recognized I had favor with her also. At the very moment, I knew it was God’s hand in all of this. The interesting thing about it was because of her high-level position, she didn’t know that she was actually listed as the hiring manager for the one job the Lord told me to apply for!

I had a three-panel interview, and I then received a call with a job offer. God gave me a new position to reach others, and at the same time, making the highest salary I’ve ever had.

I can testify that He is good and will provide direction. Don’t give up on whatever He told you. I didn’t get the first job because I wasn’t supposed to, and I found out it paid a lot less than my new one. Whether financially or another area in your life, if He could lead me and do it for me, know my brother He will do it for you.

Prayer: I give You praise Father for how You bless us! I’m encouraged this morning. Help me to hear Your Holy Spirit to only follow Your direction and Your leading right into my blessing. I thank You for it now! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 37:4 & 84:11, Proverbs 3:5-6

Devotionals

Follow Your Instinct

July 17, 2019

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things” 1 John 2:20, NKJV.

You have an unction from the Holy Spirit and it is like an instinct. One day I was making a decision about something and didn’t know what to do. I started going back and forth about it, but in a moment, I stopped and said to myself, “I have an unction from the Holy Spirit and He will tell me what to do.” I paused for a moment and prayed, then He led me to go in a certain direction and it worked out.

Whether great or small, the Holy Spirit has anointed us and provides direction for us at all times. There are things He will say not to do or go, and then you find the Holy Spirit was right. This is a powerful difference when you walk with God and this is what the Lord desires you to enter deeper into this year.

As you begin inquiring of God what this new year holds, there are already things by His Spirit you know God is speaking about for this season in your life. Like an instinct, you have an unction from the Holy Spirit about what the Lord’s will is for you this year and that’s what you should follow.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the unction to know all things. Help me to walk in a more deeper way, being led by the Holy Spirit in this season of my life. I know in my spirit You are showing me things about this year. I declare I have an unction of the Holy One, and this year, I will follow You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 16:13, Proverbs 3:5-6

Devotionals

There’s Power in Fasting

July 16, 2019

So we fasted and sought [help from] our God concerning this [matter], and He heard our plea” Ezra 8:23, Amplified.

“While they were serving the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul (Paul) for the work to which I have called them’.” Acts 13:2, Amplified.

Have you been uncertain on what God’s will is, or you ever been in a place in your life where you really needed direction? You need His help in a great way.

I heard a Pastor say that if you ever want to drop an atomic bomb in your life–fast.

In those moments and seasons, it is a great time to fast. This may not be a word that some of us as men enjoy, but it is truly one weapon that your adversary doesn’t want you to use. Fasting puts your spirit man in a position of heightened sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and to deeply hear from God. Your light will break forth as the noon day.

You will be surprised how powerful it is when you deny your flesh something, so your spirit man can receive something. There is power when you push away that plate so that you can get closer to the Father. There’s power in a man’s secret work of fasting. Whether all day or until noon. Whether no food or no meats for a time. Ask the Lord what to do. As you fast and pray, God will hear your request in secret and reward you openly.

Prayer: Father, for some reason I have a wrestling on the inside on what to do. I need to know Your will. Are you leading me to fast? Help me set myself to fast so I can deeply hear and draw closer to You. Help me push away the plate by Your grace. As I fast, I believe You will answer and openly reward me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Ezra 8:21-23, 2 Chronicles 20:3-4 & 15, Isaiah 58:6-8, Acts 13:2

Devotionals

Destiny Decisions

July 15, 2019

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” Jeremiah 1:5, NKJV.

To be honest as a man, many times in my life I just didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know His plan. I didn’t know what it was time to do.

Have you ever been there? Are you there right now? If you are, it’s okay. Every man of God has been at that juncture in their lives in which they have had to make what I call those destiny decisions. These are the decisions that can take your life into two totally different directions, such as starting a ministry, job position, relocating or who you marry.

Where you are going is important right now. It is important enough to sincerely seek God and ask Him for what you need. To hear someone better, we get closer to them. Give God your “I don’t know” and he will exchange it for what He knows. He is able to give you the exact wisdom you need for your life. He will provide clarity and His vision for you. He will tell you who you are, where you are going, and step-by-step how to get there.

Prayer: Father, I give You thanks. You have called me and You know me. I sincerely ask in faith for Your direction for my life. I need clarity, vision and I need to know Your plan. I trust You and I set myself to hear Your voice. I praise You in advance. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study James 1:5, Proverbs 19:21

Devotionals

Acknowledge you can’t do it on your own.

July 13, 2019

“But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble’.” James 4:6, NKJV

When you wake up in the morning, one way to begin your day is to acknowledge in prayer that you can’t do it. It’s humbling to not only say you can’t, but to honestly realize it. You can’t live right on your own. You have no godly strength to overcome on your own. There’s nothing good you can do, or become by yourself.

This humility is what swings the door wide open for the grace of God to operate in your life. It causes the grace of God to be poured out to you, as God sees a humble man that truly needs and desires Him to be a part of his life. You will witness an Almighty God meet your need with detail. He will respond to your humility with grace, your weakness with strength, and your questions with answers. This kind of approach in prayer, not eloquent words, is what God will always respond to.

Prayer: Father, as I begin my day praying, I acknowledge that I can’t do this without You. I can’t. You are all I need. I ask that You respond to my humility with an outpouring of Your grace. Holy Spirit rest upon me and give me the strength to do what I can’t do. Let Your love, wisdom, and power reign in and through me today. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 1 Corinthians 15:10, 1 Peter 5:6 & 10, Ephesians 3:8

Devotionals

A Rejoicing Life

July 12, 2019

“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You” Psalm 5:11, NKJV.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice” Philippians 4:4, NKJV.

There is always a reason for you to rejoice. Rejoice over the what the Lord has done and is doing in your life. Rejoice because you are a man that’s going to another level. Be glad that He has made you whole. Yet above all, rejoice because your name is written in heaven (see Luke 10:20).

God’s desire is that your day be full of rejoicing in Him, as the Lord has made you glad. Just as a man you rejoice over your life-long sports team, rejoice over your God. Shout for joy because He covers you and He’s got your back. It will keep your joy full.

As you learn to rejoice, you will be more of a man that’s free of care, and more lighthearted. You will find it to become easier to remind yourself and shout for joy over what the Lord can do, and that you can’t lose.

Prayer: Father, I rejoice over You! There’s no better way to live. I rejoice because my name is written in heaven! I rejoice because You are up to something great in my life! Thank You for defending me and being a good Father to me. I rejoice over the victory I in Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 9:2, 68:4; Philippians 4:4

Devotionals

You will see His goodness in your life!

July 11, 2019

“Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life…” Psalm 23:6a, Amplified.

Your past isn’t all the goodness you are ordained to see, but He will be good to you in your future, and even today.

You may not know how or when, but He will be good to you. If you settle yourself in Him, you will see He already is. Listen as the Holy Spirit says He is bringing what He said to pass. Things may not appear to be going as you would like, or you need a great change within. You may be waiting for direction, an open door, or a job opportunity. You can count on and expect something good from God. He knows what you need before you even ask. Surely the Lord is going to show up with goodness in His hands.

Prayer: Father, You are good! I praise You Lord, and I thank You! Your love abounds toward me. You have been good, and I believe I will see Your goodness in my life. Lead me Holy Spirit. Let my faith stand on this mighty truth. You will come through for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 23, 106

Devotionals

You may bend, but you won’t break.

July 10, 2019

“The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God” Psalm 92:12-13, KJV.

Palm trees can grow up to 197 feet tall. They always grow toward the sun, even if it means they have to contort and bend themselves. They thrive in warm and moist climates. They may appear to be weak and fragile, but its’ looks are deceiving. They are able to bend in huge storms, yet amazingly they do not break.

As the righteous, you are as the palm tree. Swaying and bending in the midst of the storm, yet God is in you and He won’t allow you to break. It frustrates the devil that you seem to keep standing. Even after more adversity, the more glory is revealed on your life.

You thrive in God’s perfect will. You thrive in the water of His Word, planted by it, growing as high as you can and reaching as high as you can. You are drawn to the Son, Who is the light of the world, and you are reaping from your Source, gaining strength and endurance from Him, receiving joy from Him, abounding in grace from Him.

As the palm tree, you may have to adjust and bend in life, but nothing will keep you becoming the man God has declared you are.

Prayer: Father, thank You for making me righteous through Jesus Christ and I flourish as the palm tree. I may bend, but I won’t break! I am like a palm tree and I will continue to reach for You, flourishing into the man You have declared that I am. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 92

Devotionals

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!

July 9, 2019

“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy” Psalm 107:2, KJV.

Redeemed in Hebrew means to be next of kin, as in to buy back a relative’s property. Let the redeemed of the Lord say that you have been bought back by the precious sacrifice of Jesus Christ. When you actually say you’re redeemed, it reminds you of who you are, what you have a right to and who you belong to. You were far away in the enemy’s hands, but Jesus brought you back home. No matter what you go through, He has given you a home for your soul, a place of rest. Jesus paid the price for you and you are now in the family of God.

You are not in the hand of the enemy, but in the hand of God. You are no longer the enemy’s property, but you are God’s son and whom the Son has set free is free indeed. You can expect to always receive everything, every promise, every provision, that comes with your mighty redemption. So let the redeemed of the Lord say so!

Prayer: Father, thank You for what Jesus has done for me. I am redeemed and I say so! I speak according to what You say, not what I see. Help me to line up my mouth with Your word. I am a son of God. I belong to You. I thank You and I declare I am redeemed! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 8:36, Galatians 3:13, Proverbs 18:21, 1 Corinthians 6:20

Devotionals

Settle down in your calling.

July 8, 2019

“Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all” 1 Timothy 4:14-15, NKJV.

Timothy was a young man, and he was about to embark on being a pastor. The Apostle Paul knew the gift that was passed down to him. He knew the calling on his life. It was now time for Timothy to receive it and walk in it. It wasn’t time to be doing a lot of different things, but to give himself and settle down into his ultimate calling from God.

Receive and settle down into your calling. As men, we can find ourselves having many projects, but no evident progress. We can be like a mechanic, working on ten different cars in the shop, but none of them are running well. Receive what you’ve been called to do, and go hard after that. Give yourself wholly to that, and then you will see great progress, the grace of God, the blessings, the favor, and the power that the Father has preordained for you to walk in.

Some pursuits may be a good thing, but not a God thing. You aren’t called to do it all my brother. Timothy had to settle down in his calling and run his course. So will you.

Prayer: Father, I honor and glorify You. I know You have called me to do a mighty work in these times. Give me clarity on what my calling and purpose is. Help me also to let go of what is not of You. I ask for the courage and faith to settle down in my calling and run hard my course with an action plan from You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 1 Timothy 4:16, 2 Timothy 1:5-6, 2 Peter 1:10, Ephesians 2:10

Devotionals

Remember your victories!

July 7, 2019

“Moreover David said, ‘The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine'” 1 Samuel 17:37, NKJV.

At a time David needed to remember his victories the most, he did. That’s why God gave them to him, and he never forgot what He did for him. He defeated the lion, then the bear. When he faced Goliath, he spoke of what God did with the lion and the bear, which helped him have faith against Goliath.

There are some past victories God wants you to remember. You’ve had your own lion and your own bear in your life. You were in the paw of it, but the Lord brought you out, and you gave Him praise. He gave them to you for this purpose. Like David, remember your lion and your bear, so you can receive by faith that God will deliver you now also. He’s going to give you the victory now also.

Prayer: Father, thank You. I remember for the past victories. I remember the lion and the bear in my own life, and I remember I gave You praise for it. Help me never to forget what You’ve done. I’ll boldly rejoice in faith that You will give me victory now. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 1 Samuel 17:33-37, 2 Corinthians 2:14

Devotionals

Someone Should Know

July 6, 2019

“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” James 5:16, NKJV.

“Two are better than one…for if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NKJV.

Sometimes it is hard for a man to open up and share the challenges he face, or what he is going through on the inside. However, this is the exact moment of silence that allows pride to create the downfall-experience itself (see Proverbs 16:18).

A silent man will have no one to help him up or break his fall. We fall into sin and now our relationship with God is suffering. We lost our home. We just divorced. Our daughter moved out unaware. We made an unwise financial decision and now we can’t meet our basic needs. Yet, no one knew. With all that was surrounding us, no one knew. Instead of helping you conquer, all we can now do is console.

God desires to prevent your hardship, and at the same time, heal and reward your humble obedience to Him. Your confession will open the door to it. However, He can’t if we don’t share what we are going through. God will use someone to pray for you, share godly wisdom and help in your time of need. Your openness can prevent your trouble. Someone should know and not before it’s too late.

Prayer: Father, I will not be a silent man. You have surrounded me with other brothers that will help me stand. I rebuke any fear of judgment, and I will not walk in pride. My obedience to You will heal me, free me and reward me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

No weapon formed against you shall prosper!

July 5, 2019

“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.” Isaiah 54:17, KJV.

There may be weapons formed against you, but they won’t work, and God will not allow them to. You are God’s weapon in the earth, formed in His image and likeness, formed to work, formed to advance, and you shall prosper instead. In the heat your battle, whatever you are remaining in faith to obtain, God will surely prosper you.

As you follow His leading, you will receive what He promised. His Word, His ways and His plan works. Don’t be derailed and abort your faith because you have encountered a real fight, because surely He will not fail you. Trust that you have a heritage of victory from God. Victory runs in His family, and He will dominate for His sons, as He did through Jesus.

Prayer: I thank You Lord that You are my Father, and that I am Your son. I have the victory through Jesus Christ, and no weapon formed against me shall prosper or advance in my life. Since You work, Your word works. Your plan and Your leading works. I will dominate, not the weapon. This is my life-long heritage and portion. Thank You Lord in advance! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Devotionals

One thing.

July 4, 2019

“So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, ‘You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.’ But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich” Luke 18:22-23, NKJV.

This was a challenging moment for a rich young ruler, meeting Jesus and finding that he’s not religious and totally about the heart ,and he knows every part of it. He knew where the young man was beyond keeping the law, which was a good thing, yet there was one thing he lacked in the heart.

There was one thing keeping the rich young ruler from becoming all that he was called to be. One thing keeping him from following Jesus all the way. We may be doing all the right things. We may be going to church. We may even be serving there. Yet, what about you? Is there one thing lacking in your life? One thing could very well be keeping you from your greatest life. Be encouraged today that as Jesus invites you to come and follow him in a more deeper way, as he reveals and moves by the Holy Spirit on your heart regarding what is needed to follow him, that you obey him.

Whenever you give up anything for Jesus, you will always receive back more.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me today. If there is one thing keeping me from following you completely Jesus, help me to let go and trust you. Deal with my desires. Help me to submit to Your will Father and let You do what You desire in my life. You are a good God. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Study: Luke 18:18-29

Devotionals

He will never fail to show you what to do.

July 3, 2019

“If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought…” James 1:5-6, Message Bible.

I’ve had times in my life where I just didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what decision to make, or where to turn. There has also been times when although I have known what to do, I didn’t know how or when God wanted me to do it as well.

If God can tell Noah how to build an ark, if He can give David wisdom on how to defeat his enemies, if the Lord can tell Esther what to say and do before the king to save her people, if He can tell Joshua how to bring down the mighty walls of Jericho, if Jesus can reveal to Peter that there was money in the mouth of a fish, an impartial God, a good God can and will show you what to do also.

He doesn’t charge for wisdom. It is free for any man in need of it, and the Father loves to provide it. Continue to seek God and don’t quit on receiving the wisdom He freely gives. Sometimes it’s wise to step away from your very environment and seek to hear Him. No matter the pressure, complexity of your situation or decision, there will never be a time that He will fail to show you what to do.

Prayer: Father God, I thank You that You freely give the best wisdom. If You showed many in Your word what to do, You will show me what to do also. I will not worry, but believe. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Study: James 1:5-8, Colossians 3:15

Devotionals

No preparation time is lost time

June 30, 2019

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. He has made everything beautiful in its’ time…” Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 11, NKJV.

No preparation time is lost time. If a baby is born prematurely it could die, or be born but not be able to live. But the Lord has set a time for the baby to be in the womb and then the birthing comes.

You may say you’ve been preparing for a while, but don’t rush. Let the Lord operate according to His timing and calling. As a loving Father, He will always make sure that you can handle what He has for you. David was tending sheep when he was called to be king. He also killed the lion and the bear, before he slayed Goliath. There’s something you are tending to that God is using to prepare you. There are some battles and some tests that are preparing you for another ahead.

Jesus was prepared for 18 years until he stepped into full-time ministry. If Jesus had a time of preparation, so will you, and it will be beautiful in its’ time.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me today. You have comforted me and giving me peace. Keep preparing me according to Your season and time. Never mind when I want it. Keep my motives right Father. Help me allow the Holy Spirit to keep shaping me. No preparation time is lost time. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Samuel 17:33-37, Matthew 3:17 & 4:17, Proverbs 19:21

Devotionals

New Mercies

June 29, 2019

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness” Lamentations 3:22-23, NKJV.

The mercies of God are new every morning. You haven’t experienced the mercy you woke up to today. Whether you made a mistake, hurt someone, or you completely made a mess of something in your life, He has new mercies available today for you.

The heart of God is nothing old for a new day! New mercies are able to eradicate old things, if you receive them. If we let new mercies do what God has intended them to produce in us, they will encourage us to leave yesterday behind.

This mercy displays the great love and salvation found in Jesus Christ. It’s His way of affirming to us that it is never too late — to change, to live, to love, to heal, to make it right, to be happy, to win, to finish strong. Whatever you are going through, you are never too far gone. As long as He gives you breath, receive His new mercies for a new day.

Prayer: Father, Thank You for Your new mercies You give me every morning. Your compassion never fails. Because of Jesus, I am forgiven. Your hand of salvation reaches me wherever I am and revives me. Help me to completely receive Your new mercies this morning. Let Your mighty will be done in my life today. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Ephesians 2:4, 8-9

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You’re in a good place

June 28, 2019

“You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up…” Isaiah 55:12-13a, NLT.

You may feel like you’re in a bad place, but you’re in a good place. Look around and see all that the Lord is doing for you. If you keep in your view the things that aren’t the way you want them to be, that the enemy keeps putting before you, you won’t see all the good that is already happening in your life.

Be still and know that He is God. Keep the good in mind. God is doing a great work in you, even now. His plans are coming to pass. Your hurdles are to be jumped over and not allow them to keep you from running the race that Christ has already won.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word. Thank You for speaking to me this morning. You’ve done and are doing great things! I’m in a good place. In spite of what it looks like naturally, by Your Spirit I know and I see that You’re working it all out. Help me to stay reminded of all the good that is happening in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 46:10

Devotionals

God’s perfect will starts in your land

June 26, 2019

“Now the Lord had said to Abram: Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing” Genesis 12:1-2, NKJV.

I found a local Kroger that wasn’t doing so well in sales. It was built in a very awkward location and hard to reach off the main road. Well, it moved less than a mile away across the street, and now the store is thriving. Being in the right place is what made the difference.

God told Abraham to go into a land that I will show you, and there is where I will bless you and make your name great. When we are not where God has told us to be, we begin to experience hardship, and God provides no favor there. For some of us, we are simply in the wrong land. Some of us are at the wrong company, have started the wrong business, are serving at the wrong church, have settled in the wrong city, and are dating the wrong woman. If you want the perfect will of God, if you want to experience the blessings God has for your life, it starts with being your land. There is where God will abundantly bless you. There is where God’s favor will surround you. There is where you will begin to hear more of God’s plan for you. There is where you will become great and become the greatest blessing.

Prayer: Thank You Father, You are good, and Your mercy endures forever. Am I in the right place? Am I doing what You told me to do? I need to be where You want me to be, not where I think I should be or have been told by someone else. You saved me, and I have a right to enter into every one of Your promises. I refuse to be off course. Forgive me if I missed your direction. Tell me where to go, and I will go, Lord. Get me into the right place, Your perfect will for my life. I praise You for it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Genesis 12:1-3; Proverbs 8:35

Devotionals

Time to go to work.

June 24, 2019

“Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all” 1 Timothy 4:14-15, KJV.

There’s a saying that I find to be funny. It’s when people say, “It’s time to make the donuts”. It’s an expression that is synonymous for it’s time to wake up and go to work.

Is it time to go to work in your life. There are some things in our lives we need to put down, and some things in our lives we need to pick up. Some things are slowing us down that aren’t good for us, and we have to decide to them go.

It’s time to get busy about what God has called us to do. It’s time to make the donuts in our lives and be serious about the purpose and plan of God. He’s waiting for our obedience. Be encouraged to roll your spiritual sleeves up and be about your Father’s business!

Prayer: Father, You are good and faithful. Help me to go to work in my life. Give me the determination and diligence to be about Your business. In Jesus name, Amen.

Devotionals

A Message from God’s Heart for You

June 24, 2019

“…that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21

“Reconciliation is in the air. Reconciliation to Me, to My assignment, to the mission I’ve called you to, and to your sisters and brothers in Christ. Reconciliation is taking place all throughout My Body. It doesn’t matter who is right. It doesn’t matter if you agree. All that matters to Me is that you operate as one. I am doing what only I can do by My Spirit. I am softening hearts. I am renewing minds. I am helping My people to see the need for unity.”

(Scripture references: Psalm 133:1; Philippians 2:1; Ephesians 4:13; Ephesians 4:2-3)

Devotionals

Think on Good Things

June 23, 2019

“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 good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8, KJV.

SSometimes our minds can be all over the place if we allow them to be, especially in the face of trials and challenges. We think about where we would be if we had more of something, what could have been, why did this happen, or what are we going to do now. This kind of thinking can cause you to be discouraged and full of worry, absent from living right now, absent from joy.

What you choose to think about is in your hands. Whatever is true, whatever is just or right, think on those things. Think on what is pure and holy before the Lord. Think on God’s report, what He has said the outcome will be. Think on what is worthy to give God praise for. You may say that looking for something good happening in your life right now is like trying to find a needle in a haystack, but fight to find it. The Lord of all never leaves us without hope. There is always something to be thankful for.

Pursue to not think on what you see, but what God’s Word says it will be.

Prayer: Father, thank You for helping me to think on good things. Help me to learn to think on what is good, honest, true and praiseworthy to You. Help me catch myself when my mind begins to dwell on what’s wrong and what is not like You. I’m encouraged today. I choose to be a man that thinks on good things. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Proverbs 23:7, Romans 8:28

Devotionals

He’s waiting on you

June 22, 2019

“…Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:9, ESV.

We wait on God for a lot of things. Yet, at some moments in our lives, He’s waiting on us.

He’s waiting on you. God already did what He’s going to do. He already opened the door. He made the way. He cleared your path. Now you have to take a courageous step of faith in order to receive what He has for your life.

It’s your time to perceive the waiting is over. You don’t have to wait for Him to do, or say anything else. Obey God my brother. That vision inside is waiting on you. His blessings are waiting on you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for meeting me where I am. I’ve been waiting on You, but You’re waiting on me to do my part. You’re waiting on my obedience. I ask for the courage and the faith to move on what’s in my heart. You are with me. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Study: Hebrews 11:6

Devotionals

Hold On

June 21, 2019

“Hold tight to God, your God, just as you’ve done up to now” Joshua 23:8, Message Bible.

When someone tells you to hold on, what does that look like for you? You may feel like you’re hanging by a rope on a mountain and holding on is key to your life. Some of us men are trying to hold on with our own hands and we find we can’t do it. Jesus says come and learn of me. Take the rope, tie it tight around your waist and it will uphold you.

If you hold tight to Him, you’ll find He will uphold you.

With the things of God, it’s important to hold on to them. Hold on to your faith. Hold on to your prayer life and study of the word. Hold on to His truth and His will for you. The enemy desires for you to let go of the very thing that got you here. He desires to pull you away from the very habits that keep you strong and constant. The enemy knows this is how you really hold on. This is how you really hold tight to God, and keep obeying Him.

Prayer: Father, thank You for encouraging me to hold on. Help me to continue seek You and allow You to uphold me. No matter what comes, I won’t let go. I will hold on to Your promises. I will hold on to what You say about me. Give me strength. I believe I will see Your goodness in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 27:13, Isaiah 41:13, Matthew 11:28-30, Luke 22:41-43

Devotionals

What you focus on, you will capture

June 20, 2019

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” Hebrews 12:2, KJV.

Using a camera lens, we can zoom in, zoom out, change lighting and make other adjustments to snap a picture. As good as the camera may be, it still requires focus to capture the shot we want. Our lives are as cameras that must be focused in order to accomplish what the Father has for us to do. The bridge between you and your purpose is your focus.

As men, some of us can find ourselves being easily distracted losing our focus on the primary tasks before us. If you don’t focus on seeking God, you won’t find Him. No matter how much talent you have, if you don’t focus on becoming a disciplined individual and perfecting your gifts, you won’t achieve anything. God has an amazing purpose for your life, and with some focus, you can experience the perfect will of God. You will see the prize of your goals obtained. What you focus on, you will capture.

Prayer: Father, You are all that I need, and I know You have great things in store. I get overjoyed when I think about Your plans for me. Help me to stay focused. I come against all of the enemy’s distractions. I have the mind of Christ. By Your power, I ask for a focused heart. I ask for Your direction, and I receive the focus necessary to carry out Your will. I thank You for receiving what You have for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Let patience have its’ perfect work in you

June 19, 2019

“But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” James 1:4, NKJV.

Sometimes, we wonder why God hasn’t moved yet, why something hasn’t happened, or when will God allow you to do something. Sometimes, He is simply shaping patience in you. It may not feel good at the moment, but when patience is complete, you won’t lack the perfect will of God in your life.

Patience produces priority in our lives. It establishes what is more important and needful for us. Patience produces the right perspective. It humbles our hearts to be thankful and content in God alone. Above all, God is working in you the attribute of humility, to where when He blesses you with what you desire, you are able to handle it.

Let patience have her perfect work in you. Like being in the next room in your home, know that God is in another room, working on something needful in you that you may not be aware of. He is preparing a woman for you that you are not aware of. He is opening doors for you that you’re not aware of. He is working on blessing you with something far better than you can think or you’ve asked for. He is building and preparing you for great things.

Prayer: Father, You are a good God and I have to admit, my faith is being tested and You are teaching me how to be patient. It is hard, yet it is doing an invaluable work in my life. It’s humbling me. You are God and You know what’s best for me. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: James 1:3-4, Hebrews 6:12

Devotionals

Thankful in Knowing His Character

June 18, 2019

“Therefore know [without any doubt] and understand that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who is keeping His covenant and His [steadfast] loving-kindness to a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments” Deuteronomy 7:9, Amplified.

It is important to know the character of God. He is love. He is merciful and good. Whatever He speaks, He always keeps His word. He chastises those that He loves as a father does a son. He never disappoints. The Almighty is righteous, holy and just. He is wise. He is patient. He is unchanging. He is omnipresent and wherever you are, He’s there.

You do not have to struggle or wrestle with thoughts contrary to God’s character. If His word is settled in heaven, it is settled about you. God is not shady. What you read about God in scripture is Who He is. If He said He is for you, He is truly for you my brother.

Be thankful and be at peace today because you know God’s character.

Prayer: Father, I am thankful I know Your character. You are good. You are faithful. You are true. You said it and You will do it. I can rejoice and have peace. You will finish what You have started in me. You will be good to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 2 Timothy 2:13, Hebrews 13:8, Psalm 100:5, Romans 8:31

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Don’t wait to praise Him

June 17, 2019

“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” Hebrews 13:15, KJV.

Don’t wait to praise Him for what He’s going to do. We may not how, but we know He will. Praise Him for what He has already spoken about your outcome. Praise Him now.

Thank Jesus for what he’s done, and for being on your side. Praise the Lord for His peace and assurance that if you are going through something, it too will pass. He’s making things right, and He makes all things new. He’s helping you move forward. Praise Him for providing the power to accomplish His will. Let your praise keep you focused on the greatness of your God, and keep you preparing for it.

Let your praise declare to the enemy that no matter what, you have put your faith in God. You have decided to stand on His word. Before He even does it, before He even blesses you, praise Him now!

Prayer: Father, I won’t wait to praise You. I’ll choose to praise You now. Thank you Jesus. I praise you for the many blessings in store. Before I even receive it, I know what You’ve spoken to me. Help me, on purpose, to open my mouth and praise You. Hallelujah! In Jesus name, Amen!

Study: Joshua 6:15, 20; Hebrews 13:8

Devotionals

The Best Father

June 16, 2019

“He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation’.” Psalm 89:26, NKJV.

I don’t know about you, but for most of my life, my biological father wasn’t there. Yet, God was there. He has been the best Father to me more than I could ever imagine.

Think about what your heavenly Father has done for you. He has given you victories, and He has also carried you through the toughest times of your life. He told you that you could do it. Be reminded of how God has been a Father to you and allow Him to help you be the best father you can be.

He has blessed you with the greatest honor and privilege to be a father–a valuable component to the family structure of God. You are the guide of the home, the leader, protector and provider. You are built to handle tough situations, and lead your family through it. A father loves and ministers to his wife and children in every way. You make sure your home is happy. Your children thrive at your wisdom and your voice of encouragement when you tell them they can do it.

God has been the best Father to you. Be the best father for your family. Obey God and may you find joy in leading your family to victory.

Prayer: Father, when I think about what You have done for me, You are the best Father. Thank You for giving one Son for another, and You saved me. Thank You for keeping me and providing me with everything I need to be a great father to lead my family. I don’t take it lightly. Help me to love them like You and be the best father I can be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Psalm 127:3-5, Romans 8:15

Devotionals

Handle the little foxes

June 15, 2019

“Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes” Song of Solomon 2:15, NKJV.

It’s the little foxes that destroy the vine. They are the ones that ultimately cause the damage. It’s the small crack in the foundation that causes the building to crumble.

It’s learning how to handle the little arguments in your marriage that will prevent the big ones. It’s that little habit of lateness that keeps us from peace. That little unforgiveness or offense is what leads to a root of bitterness and keep you from being free.

Begin to focus on handling the little foxes in your life. As soon as you see it, deal with it. You want your marriage to be strong and blessed. You want every area in your life to yield its’ fruit and grow.

Prayer: Father, I give You all the praise today. Thank You for speaking to Me about handling the little foxes in my life. Other people may not see them in my life, but You do. Reveal them to me and help me get them out. Help me not to let things take root in my heart, but while it’s little, I deal with them quickly. I want a blessed and healthy marriage. I want every area of my life to prosper and grow. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Corinthians 5:6, Proverbs 4:23

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Trust God with the job He blessed you with

June 13, 2019

“The good person is generous and lends lavishly; no shuffling or stumbling around for this one, but a sterling and solid and lasting reputation. Unfazed by rumor and gossip, heart ready, trusting in God, spirit firm, unperturbed, ever blessed, relaxed among enemies” Psalm 112:6-7, The Message Bible.

The workplace can be a very stressful place. There are stressors pertaining to performance, promotion, job security, and production goals. The people you work with may be stressed, anxious, impatient, and worried about all of the above, but you don’t have to be that way.

You are too blessed to be stressed. Even at work, enjoy life. God is the One that holds every outcome in your life, not man. If He gave you that job, He will make sure you are blessed on that job. He says to all your work demands, “Give them to Me”. Simply do what you can, do what’s right, and then trust a faithful God with the rest. He is your Source. What’s most important and valuable in your life is not a company or a position, but Jesus, your family and kingdom. Your attitude of trust in God will begin to impact those around you.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise this morning! I thank You I’m blessed to even have a job. Thank You for Your truth that has removed the heaviness of stress from me. Life is short and refuse to worry about this job. I will do my best as unto You, and let You handle every outcome. Help me to have a good time at work and enjoy life. May my attitude of trust in You impact those I work with too. In Jesus’ name Amen!

Study: Matthew 6:27, Philippians 4:6

Devotionals

You Are a Blessed Man Confession

June 12, 2019

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God” Deuteronomy 28:1-2, NKJV.

Declare this over your life today: I diligently obey God when I hear Him speak. I observe to keep God’s commandments. Because I do, I seize the opportunities He provides. I am blessed and blessings overtake me. I am blessed in the city and in the field. I am blessed in my coming and going. I am the lender and not the borrower. I am the head and not the tail. I am above only and not beneath. I am blessed in my body and in my mind. The Lord daily opens His good treasures to me. He rains blessings in the land He’s planted me in. He multiplies the work of my hands.

I am a man with joy. I’m blessed to enjoy my life. The Lord surrounds me as a shield. I don’t fear bad news because my trust is in God. The devil has no victory over me. I don’t waste my time, I maximize it! God shows me how to increase and that’s what I do. I’m blessed to hear the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the author and finisher of my faith. The blessing of God is on my life. I am a blessed man!

Study: Deuteronomy 28:1-14, Psalm 92 & 112, Hebrews 12:1-2

Devotionals

He watches over you

June 11, 2019

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” Matthew 10:29-31, ESV.

Not only one, but two sparrows were sold for a coin at the time of this writing. Yet, these small birds were watched over and each of them accounted for by the Father. There are 43 species of the sparrow, and they abide on mostly every continent on the earth.

Don’t ever doubt for a second that God has abandoned you or will not provide. Don’t receive the lie from the wicked one that God is not watching over you. You are of more value than millions of sparrows. He cares about what you go through and He is there as you go through it.

He also knows the very number of hairs that are on your head. Whether you still have them on your head or not, God counted each of them. Again I say, don’t ever doubt or be afraid that God will not work out your life according to His divine purpose and plan. Choose to not receive the lie from the wicked one that God won’t bring you into a place of victory and peace. Be reminded of the love that He has for you, and the extent that He’s watching over you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for caring about my life. You care about my purpose, my job situation, my marriage, my kids and everything that concerns me. God if you care for the sparrows, you care for this man. If you know the hairs on my head, You surely care for this man. Jesus, I choose to not fear. The Father is watching over me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Matthew 6:28-30, Philippians 1:6

Devotionals

Go Get It

June 10, 2019

“The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich” Proverbs 13:4, NKJV.

There is a difference between wanting something and actually doing what it takes to have it. As a man, I had to face the hard reality that if I don’t do anything towards accomplishing what I desire, I will only have a desire. If I don’t get my family there, we won’t get there. I am seeing more and more that I am built to go the extra mile. I am built to run hard. We are built to go get what God has for us.

The lazy man sits next to his dreams, waiting on them to happen. God wants you to be the diligent man that says I want it and will do what is required to get it. His will is not that you only see it in your heart, but not experience it in your life. He wants to increase you. God wants to make you rich in all things. You may not know it all, but make a sincere effort to act on what you do know to do. God will step in, when you step out. God will step in and bless the work of your hands, providing grace and favor to help you.

You don’t have to just want it. You can have it also. Understand and rest assured that if God gave you the desire, it is yours to obtain. So go get it.

Prayer: Father God, thank you for speaking directly to my heart and my situation. Your wisdom is perfect for me. I ask for a diligent spirit. I will not be afraid. Help me to get this done and may Your grace abound toward me. Be glorified in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Isaiah 40:31, 1 Corinthians 9:24

Devotionals

You can walk in the fruit of the Spirit today

June 9, 2019

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” Galatians 5:22-23, NKJV.

There’s a law against sin, but there’s no law against the fruit of the Spirit. If you’ve received Jesus into your heart, you have been given all of them and they are available at all times. You can have as much fruit as you want. You can experience as much as you desire to experience, and there are no shortages and no limits. Glory to God!

God meant for you to walk in as much love, joy and peace as you can handle. By the Spirit, you can have more self-control than you thought you could ever have. You can be kind and do good to other people all the time. You can draw from a well of longsuffering for the situations, and even the people, you need it for.

If you feel like a man that’s walking in the opposite, begin on purpose to feast on His fruit. Begin to declare each fruit at work in your life. Begin to dwell in God, and sing praises unto the Lord and be filled with the Holy Spirit (see Ephesians 5:18-19). Allow the fruit of the Holy Spirit to reign and enjoy your life.

Prayer: Father, You know the fruit that I need. I lean on You right now. Help me to walk in them and not be controlled by my flesh. There’s no law against them, so declare by Your Spirit that they reign in me. Hallelujah! As I praise and bless You, as I worship You today, fill me with the Holy Spirit, and allow the fruit of the Spirit to overflow and help me enjoy life. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Galatians 5:16-19 & 25, Zechariah 4:6

Devotionals

It’s been a while.

June 8, 2019

“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed” Mark 1:35, NKJV.

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me” John 15:4, NKJV.

Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve stepped away and spent time with God in His presence. Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve opened His Word and really allowed Him to speak to you. Or, maybe it’s been a while since you’ve went to church. One or all of these could be you.

Just as Jesus did, abiding in God my brother is where we belong. It’s hard to walk upright without Him. It’s hard to have joy and peace without Him. Even as strong of a man as you are, it’s hard to have strength apart from Him. He is the source of any fruit you are pursuing to bear in life, and He is how you live, move and have your being (see Acts 17:28).

It’s time to abide in Him again. It’s time to seek Him and hear His voice. It’s time to get back on track. Regardless of what you have done, decisions you’ve made or what you’ve been through, you are never too far from Him. Humble yourself as a man and receive His mercy and grace with no shame. Let Him restore your soul. Let Him lead you. The Father still has a purpose for His son.

Prayer: Father, I am before You this morning solely to seek You. I admit it’s been a while. Forgive me God. Help me to not to condemn myself. Although You know, here is what’s been going on in my life. I receive Your mercy and grace. Thank You Lord. May I set You in Your proper place and priority in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Luke 5:15-16, & 6:12-13, John 15:5-8, Psalm 23:3, 1 John 1:9

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Determined to Serve Him Only

June 7, 2019

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” Matthew 6:24, KJV.

Don’t make your decisions or go in a certain direction because of the money, but because it’s God’s will. Mammon will have you miss the will of God. I wouldn’t be writing if I chose the money. I wouldn’t be advancing the kingdom if I chose mammon.

Mammon in the Greek means wealth and the gain of it is the basis this world system operates by. According to mammon, wealth is the key to your happiness and self-worth, therefore, live for it. Pursue it. Mammon says let money and material possessions be the sun in your life, and all that you are revolves around them. Serve and worship me, not God.

We can’t serve two masters. Either you will love and embrace the one, and hate and despise the other. The devil through mammon will always permanently promise what it only temporarily delivers, and ultimately leaves you empty and unhappy.

Choose to love and embrace the Lord and His ways in your life. No matter how your finances look, remain strong and hold fast to seeking His kingdom and righteousness first, knowing the Father keeps His promises. Continue to do God’s will with your money, Who will bless and prosper you. You will be happy when you choose God, and He financially increased you without having to compromise Who you serve.

Prayer: Father, thank You for revealing to me the truth about mammon. Examine my heart and if I’m serving it. I repent and choose to serve You. My life will revolve around the Son. I reject mammon and my happiness will not be based on money and things, but on You and Your will for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 6:24-33, John 4:34 & 10:10, Luke 6:38

Devotionals

Move Forward

June 6, 2019

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:13-14, KJV.

God and His promises are always in front of you, not behind you. The reality is you cannot change where you’ve been. You may have had setbacks. You may feel there’s too much ground to cover at your age. You may have lost it in your past, yet it will only be restored with an amazing God in your future. It is all ahead of you. This is a guarantee. It will not escape your hands. It will not and cannot elude you. It will be sitting there within the plan of God. People to help and bless will be awaiting you. Wisdom and resources will be awaiting you. Opportunities, relationships and honor will be awaiting you. You will be restored and made new when you move forward.

The perfect will of God is that you become who you are in Christ and that you live an abundant life. This is not a dangling carrot. This is not a place in Him you can only hope to obtain. With the leading of the Holy Spirit, you can arrive there. It is indeed a place, and you know when you are in it. You’re experiencing using your gifts there. You are fulfilled because you are pleasing the Father there. You are producing for Him and you are the greatest blessing there. You have stepped into what God has called you to do for your life. He is calling you to this place of victory and you must now press into it. Ask the Lord from this day on, to help you live a forward life. Let go of the past, and move forward into what God has for you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word. I ask that You to help me let go of the past and move forward into what You want me to be. I will not allow nothing to keep me from moving forward into every victory and every blessing that awaits me. I ask for a focused mind and heart. My victory is in moving forward. Thank You Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 10:10

Devotionals

When you haven’t done everything right, He still loves you.

June 5, 2019

“The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you’ ” Jeremiah 31:3, NKJV.

When you haven’t done everything right, it’s great to know He still loves you. It’s great when the Lord still calls you to spend time before Him. When our minds have been somewhere else, He shows us He does when He puts a song on your heart. When he speaks and encourages you. When those moments we feel the least undeserving, the Lord blesses us.

Even as men, we need to know that Someone loves us. God loves us with an everlasting love. From point to point it can’t be measured, and no matter what you do, God’s love outlasts it. It extends to no end.

With His lovingkindness, He draws us into a place of repentance, surrender and change. With His lovingkindness, He draws us and we come in contact with a Father that is for us, upholding us, keeping us strong, even when we don’t know it. Even if you’re running from what He is asking of you, He yet still loves you.

The truth is it’s never been about you doing everything right, and it never will be. God the Father isn’t interested in your perfect deeds, but in a perfect heart toward Him.

He’s good to us, even when we don’t deserve it, and His love makes us want to love Him more. His love makes us want to do what’s right.

Prayer: Father God, I thank you for your everlasting love that you show towards me every day. Even though I don’t deserve it, you pour it out without fail. Thank you LORD. I receive your love and mercy today and I pray that you will use me to show this same love to those in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Romans 2:4, 1 John 4:19

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Call It Done!

June 4, 2019

“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were” Romans 4:17, KJV.

God calls those things that aren’t, as though they were. He calls it like He sees it, not how it appears. It will be as He desires in your life, not your enemies. He says you who are before your life began. He calls you rich while you have a small amount in your hands. He calls your marriage fixed while it appears to be broken. He calls you strong when you feel weak. According to His will and ability, He calls it already done.

Be like your heavenly Father. Believe the battle is already won for you. Rejoice before anything happens. Say your financial needs are met before it materializes. Say you are healed, in spite of the symptoms. Say your marriage is fixed, even if it appears broken. Say you are strong and excel in all things, although you feel weak. Call the way already made. Call it done!

Confession: I will not dwell on the problem, but be a man of joy today and I will imitate my heavenly Father. I call it done! I call myself victorious! I call my marriage healthy and working. I call my financial needs met. I call my children blessed. I call my faith strong, and I thank God now for all He has promised me. I believe the battle is already won for me. I call it done in the name of Jesus, thank you Lord!

Study: Hebrews 11:1, Ephesians 5:1, Jeremiah 1:5

Devotionals

Run with your vision

June 3, 2019

“Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2, NKJV.

The prophet Habakkuk was seeking God for His response on what He will do about the Chaldeans that were violent and wicked against God’s people. He wanted to know what would God do, so he set himself to hear from the Lord. God then responds, telling him to write the vision that I give you, make plain on tablets so they that read it, can run with it.

Now is the time to set yourself to not only hear from God your vision, but to run with it. There may be a crooked generation around you, yet He will give you His vision, His will for your life, so that you can make an impact. Once He supplies it, write it down. Do the practical step of writing whatever He speaks to you.

When you have a vision, it is your vision. It is what you see. When you write it down clearly, you now are helping others to see it too–the people who God will send after you. God will gladly add to you the people you need, but a clear vision is required so they can run with you. Know and be encouraged to run and not get weary, because He will surely come to pass!

Prayer: Father, You have a vision for my year and for my life. I desire to do my part to impact the world for Jesus. I set myself to know the vision You have for me. Speak to me and help me to write it down plainly, so those that You send to me can run with it. I ask for the grace me to run with it. Also, lead me to whoever You would have me to help also, and we’ll will advance the kingdom together. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Habakkuk 2:1-3, Proverbs 29:18

Devotionals

What are you expecting God to do?

June 2, 2019

“Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off” Proverbs 23:18, ESV.

“The hope of the righteous brings joy…” Proverbs 10:28, ESV.

Are you expecting God to do something big? I’m not talking about the size of what He can do, but the quantity in which He can do them. You can expect God to do something in your marriage, in your finances, in your children, in your mind, and your faith today. That is what He desires. He wants you to expect each day that He will exceed what you can ask or think in quantity (see Ephesians 3:20). Even when He leads you to obey today, know that He desires to bless you today. He can do a lot with a mustard seed of faith that you put in Him.

Prayer: Father, You are a great God that does great things. Jesus, you are my Shepherd, and I shall not want. You will move in my life today, and this brings me great joy. Surely there is a future, and my hope will never be cut off. I believe it. Help me to stand expecting You to do a lot in my life today. As I awake, give me a hearing ear and a willing heart to follow You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Philippians 4:6-7

Devotionals

You can get back into God’s will for your life.

June 1, 2019

“Then let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me in the way which I have gone” Genesis 35:3, NKJV.

Jacob made a vow to God that He would serve Him, and God had told Jacob to go back to Bethel. He didn’t tell him to go to another town, or stop in another city. Jacob was headed to Bethel, but he decided to stop on the way there and dwell in Shehem. When he did, several things happened to his family, his sons took several lives and his household became defiled. God spoke to him again and reminded him of what he was supposed to do. Then, Jacob told his family we need to arise and go up to Bethel and he got back on track.

Some things may very well be happening in your life because you’ve come short of obeying God. Something took you off course and you are out of His will for your life. Somehow you have found yourself in a rough place and you are wondering why am I going through it and how can you get your life back on track again.

Let go of what’s not of Him and arise. It’s time to go up to Bethel. It means “house of God” and represents a right relationship with Him and being where He wants you to be. You have to recognize how you have disobeyed Him (or even left Him), refocus and revisit His will for you. Pray and go back to the very last thing you remember the Lord instructed you do. Start from there, and like Jacob, God is merciful, gracious and will get you back on track.

Prayer: Father help me. I know why all of this is happening in my life and I see why. I need to rise and go back to my Bethel. I haven’t completely obeyed You and I repent. Show me where I have missed the mark, and help me by Your grace, get back into the center of Your will. You did it for Jacob and I thank You for doing it for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Genesis 28:20-22; 31:3; 35:1-5

Devotionals

There’s Always a Way

May 31, 2019

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” 1 Corinthians 10:13, KJV.

I’ve heard it thousands of times, but it is true that with God, there’s always a way. Trials and temptation may come as you press forward, yet with God, just as the temptation or trial exists, there is always a way of escape that exists also, and nothing is too overpowering to keep you from it. His grace abounds much more toward us. The Lord saves, and besides the Lord, there is no Savior. As we submit to His wisdom, He provides the way to life and favor already prepared for us.

Ultimately, the daily challenges we encounter are to prevent the bigger goal, which is fulfilling our purpose to advance God’s kingdom and to walk in His promises. Be forward-minded and resolve all issues, fully aware of the bigger picture. Whether it is financially or relationally, when dilemmas happen, pray for the specific wisdom for the way out, which He freely gives.

Prayer: Father God, You are my God, and I am Your son. Thank You for helping me keep my eyes on the relationship I have with You. From this relationship, I draw strength to face any challenge and resist any temptation and trial. Thank You, Father, for Your promise to give me a way of escape from sin. Guide me Lord and be glorified in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Isaiah 43:11, Proverbs 8:35, Romans 5:20

Devotionals

Being a Forgiving Man

May 30, 2019

“Then Peter came to Him and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven'” Matthew 18:21-22, NKJV.

What do you do when someone sins against you and does the same thing again and again?

What does God do when we sin against Him again and again?

Forgiveness for a man can be tough, especially when they do it again and again, and you’re about ready to throw your trust toward them out the window. Yet, forgiveness is a repeated work and is one of God’s most powerful tools we move forward with in every relationship and allows others to encounter Him.

Forgiving has the sole intent of setting our relationships back right again, just as God does with us. With the same mercy and goodness God commands to follow you (Psalm 23:6), so God says allow it to freely function in your relationship with others, willing to always make things right–no matter the amount.

Jesus gave his life and paid the ultimate price for our sin. Every one of your sins are removed as far as the east is from the west. We owe God no more for sin. All you owe now is to love people (Romans 13:8), and if you love them, you’ll forgive them. Even now, begin to forgive anyone that has hurt you in your past and seek to set those relationships right again.

The Father wants you to be a forgiving man for the rest of your life.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the forgiveness and mercy you’ve shown me all of my life. I pray You help me be like You show others this same love. Right now I forgive everyone who has hurt me and I allow the power of forgiveness to set me free. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 103:12, Matthew 6:14-15, Luke 17:4, 1 John 1:9 & 2:1

Devotionals

He’s God

May 29, 2019

“Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding” Job 38:3-4, NKJV.

“Then Job answered the Lord and said: I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not under-stand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know” Job 42:1-3, NKJV.

After Job and his friends tried to figure out the purposes of God and why He does what does, God asked Job this question and many more of all that He has made, and asked him to declare an answer if he had one. Job didn’t have a response.

As I read this passage and the complete response of God, I had no response either and it brought about a holy reverence and weight for Who God is. When we realize the weight of Who God is, even in our calamity, it has a way of humbling us and helping us to give a holy reverence to Him. He’s God.

There are things only God knows and only He can do. He gives. He takes away. No matter what happens in your life, don’t allow the devil or people to lead you to complain or speak of things that you don’t know of. Because all the while it appears like things aren’t going right, or God’s purpose is harming you, you didn’t realize He’s purpose was blessing you. Just as the expected end He blessed Job with, you can accept that He’s God and trust that He will bless you with an expected end also.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word. As I read of all You have done, I feel like Job and I have no response. I have spoken of things that I don’t know of. Help me to accept Your will, and trust Your will for me. You are God and I reverence You. Do what You want to do in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: Job 38, & 42:12-15; Jeremiah 29:11

Devotionals

You are well able to overcome it!

May 28, 2019

“Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, ‘Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.’ But the men who had gone up with him said, ‘We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.’ There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grass-hoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” Numbers 13:30-31 & 33, NKJV.

What do you do when you see your giant and your land–what God has for you–at the same time? What do you do? I believe that is where some of us are. We see great mountains and great reward ahead. Like Joshua and Caleb, we see giant grapes in season, but we see giants too. Caleb saw them and said we are well able to overcome it. The other men saw the giants and then saw themselves as grasshoppers in their sight.

When you see giants in your land, whatever that giant may be for you, turn your eyes to see your God also. Turn your eyes and see God’s hand is with you, and what He’s put in you. Recognize that He has already given it to you, and He wouldn’t bring you this far not to enter in your season. As we see more of God and how much He is with us, we’ll begin to see the truth concerning our giants.

Prayer: Father, thank You that the place of blessing that You have for my life has already been given to me. Help me to see You are with me and the truth about the giants before me. I choose to believe Your word. You are the real Giant and with You, I’m well able to overcome it. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Numbers 13:21-33, Philippians 4:13

Devotionals

Don’t quit now.

May 27, 2019

“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” 2 Timothy 2:1, NKJV.

You may be experiencing some tough situations as you pursue to press your way into the promises of God. Things may not be the way you want them to be in your life right now. But don’t quit now. That’s what the devil wants you to do. It’s not the time to give up, but to persevere. It is time to strip your boots tighter and endure through His strength, not your own. You are at the threshold of your greatest blessing.

Some things indeed happen and are a result of the devil’s attack. Yet, just because something is hard doesn’t mean it’s not God. Just because it is testing your faith more than it has ever been tested, doesn’t mean it’s not God. He is allowing it to stretch you for His calling and plans ahead.

Tell the devil quitting is not an option and you are more than a conqueror. Your breakthrough and blessing will surely come. It will.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for the power of Your Word. Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. Quitting is not an option. I am more than a conqueror! Jesus give me the courage and grace I need to endure this hardness that I’m facing. Your grace is sufficient. I will trust You and I praise You because my breakthrough is ahead. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: 2 Timothy 2:3, Romans 8:37, Hebrews 12:2, 2 Corinthians 12:9

Devotionals

Come near Jesus–the Word

May 26, 2019

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” John 1:1 & 14, NKJV.

Sometimes, I don’t know what to read in the Bible. I don’t know where to begin, but I don’t allow that to keep me from reading it. I find that whatever I read, somehow the Lord always meets me there. God began to show me why.

It is because Jesus IS the Word. He became flesh and dwelt among us. He experienced everything we experience. If you come draw near to God by opening your Bible to read it, whether day or night, hill or valley, good times or bad, Jesus will come near and dwell with you.

Draw near to God, and He will never fail to draw near to you.

God’s word has everything you need for life, strong faith and freedom. You will find rest for your soul. He is the Prince of Peace. He is our Counselor. He is the Lion of Judah. He is the Word of God.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the Word Jesus Christ. He is near. Help me to draw near to the Word today, somewhere in the Word–and find that you meet me right where I’m at in my life. Jesus will come near and meet my need. In Your great name I pray, Amen.

Study: John 1:1-16, James 4:8

Devotionals

All things are working for your good.

May 25, 2019

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28, KJV.

It may not appear like it, but everything you have been through will come together for a bigger and glorious picture. From every single experience, every mistake, every trial, every hurdle, every test that you’ve faced, God will make sure you experience every single promise of blessing because you love Him and you are called by Him.

Nothing can derail God’s plan for your life. Whatever you’ve been through, whatever you’re going through, will make you better, stronger and wiser. So don’t be occupied in your mind with regret, but rather be thankful. Don’t live in the “what if’s” of the past, but rather be thankful, for God will make it benefit you and someone else going through the same experience. God will make it work for you, not against you, and the devil can’t stop the restoration power of God. God is a good God. He will set you in victorious places and blessings, just as if you didn’t go through anything at all.

Be encouraged because God causes things to always work out and all things are working for your good!

Confession: God is a good and I am thankful that all things are working together for my good! No matter how it feel, it’s working for me. I will decide to give thanks, and praise the Lord! I will not live in worry, regret, or fear. I Thank You God that Your plan is in front of me and is unfolding right before my eyes. I am truly a blessed man and I thank You Lord all things work for me!

Study: Romans 8:28-30

Devotionals

He is Jehovah Shammah-The Lord Who is There

May 24, 2019

“It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there” Ezekiel 48:35, KJV.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” Psalm 46:1, KJV.

Jehovah Shammah means “The Lord Who is There”. It is one of God’s names to specifically reveal all that He is. He provides the knowledge of this name for a reason. His name is such because He wants us to above all, to always be aware that He is with us, and Jesus lives in us.

You don’t have to wonder where is God. Right now, right where you are, whatever you are going through, He is there where you are. He is in heaven on His throne, yet walks with you at the same time. If you’re going through some rough times, He is there. If your marriage is rocky and you just don’t see any light, the Lord is there. If you are jobless or without a home, He’s is there. If you are in prison, He’s mightily there. Wherever or whatever situation you find yourself in, He is right there. Just this truth alone brings us real joy and a real hope.

He isn’t present just to stand by and watch. He is present to help you when you call. He is there to counsel, protect you and encourage you not just sometimes, but at all times. He will meet your need.

Prayer: Father, thank You for being Jehovah Shammah. You are there. You are here right now with me. Help me through what I’m facing. I also ask that you change me through what I’m facing also. Jesus lives in me. You will help me and You will provide. I will yet praise You! I will believe and trust You Jehovah Shammah. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Study: Psalm 139, Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5

Devotionals

A Message from the Lord for You

May 23, 2019

“Be still, and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10, ESV.”

“I am in control. I want you to know that I am in control. I see all that you see. I see all that you experience, and I am still in control. I want you to know that I am in control, so that you will be in control over your thoughts, over your mind, and over how you see your outcome. Be still and know that I am God. You are in My hands. I am in control says the Lord.”

Study: Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28, Proverbs 16:9, Isaiah 14:24, Job 12:10

Devotionals

Search me Lord.

May 22, 2019

Search “Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; Test me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” Psalms 139:23, Amplified

The first step to changing anything in your life is allowing God to search you. Tell the Lord that you have nothing to hide. Try me and prove me. Make your utmost desire to be right before You. Here I am Lord and I want you to know me. Search my heart. Here is why I do what I do, yet is it right in Your sight? It’s right in other people’s sight, yet is it right in Yours?

Go before a holy and good God that doesn’t condemn or hold you in guilt. No longer hide what has never been hid from Him in the first place. He knows what’s in your heart, your motives and how the wrongful things in can harm you; when you say search me Lord, you realize it as well. Your exposing says you invite Him in to change you. Your exposing says you want to be pleasing in His sight. This is the open heart that God desires.

Prayer: Father, thank You Lord for You truth. Search me Lord. Try me and know me. I want to be pleasing in Your sight. If there is anything wrong in me, any sin in me, show me. I open my heart for You to change me and continue to work on me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Job 31:6, Psalm 26:2, Jeremiah 17:9

Devotionals

What are you sowing?

May 21, 2019

“Don’t be misled; remember that you can’t ignore God and get away with it: a man will always reap just the kind of crop he sows! If he sows to please his own wrong desires, he will be planting seeds of evil and he will surely reap a harvest of spiritual decay and death; but if he plants the good things of the Spirit, he will reap the everlasting life that the Holy Spirit gives him” Galatians 6:7-8, The Living Bible.

Within every decision, the law of sowing and reaping is active. If you sow time into God’s Word and in prayer, you will reap power and victory for your day. Within your marriage, if you sow love, you’ll get some loving. If you sow words that support and nourish your wife, you’ll reap the building up of your marriage. But if you sow control and disrespect, you’ll reap aggravation and her rolling neck. If you sow into the Spirit mercy, love and truth, you’ll reap the the eternal things which last.

Consider what you sow, because it will produce after its’ kind. God desires for you to reap His fullness, His abundance and every good thing He has for you. Your harvest will always be greater than the seed you sow. Submit to the Lord and sow the right kind of seed today.

Prayer: Father, thank You for helping me to understand this spiritual law. From my decisions in my calling and my marriage, to what I pour into my children, help me sow what pleases You today. I thank You for reaping a great harvest in my life because I sow the right seed. I receive it now! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Study: Genesis 8:22

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Cast your cares on Him

May 20, 2019

“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7, NKJV.

Like an adamant solicitor, our cares call to us louder and louder to get our attention, including what we consider good things to care about. However, we end up becoming men burdened, depressed, wasting time worrying, and distracted while trying to figure out what to do.

God wants every care to be far from you. In the midst of it all, He wants you to cast your care upon Him and live a free life, full of joy and peace every moment of your life. He wants you to thrive in your relationship with Him. He will work out all of the knots you need untied in your life. He knows the sum of your needs and desires. God will not only take your cares upon Him, but He will surely do something about them all. Why? Because He cares for you. He really does care about what you’re going through.

Humble yourself and put your faith in your Provider, your Way-Maker, and give it all over to Him. Develop a habit of going to God and casting every care to Him when they arise, and be determined to live free in Christ.

Prayer: Father God, because You care for me, I thank You that I can cast my cares, every one of them, upon You. I see the devil’s scheme to load me down with cares. I will trust in You the Almighty God. I praise You now! I will go on serving You and enjoying a free life in Christ! Help me to continually stand on the truth that You do care. You will help me, and before it even works out, I thank You in advance. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 55:22, Matthew 6:26, Philippians 4:6-7

Devotionals

Thankful for Jesus

May 19, 2019

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8, NKJV.

Know the things you’re thankful for, but most of all, know Who you’re thankful for and Who is responsible for it all. Be thankful for Jesus today. No matter where you are, no matter what you’re experiencing, Jesus always puts every thing in perspective.

Jesus told the disciples rejoice because your name is written in heaven. Each day you can rejoice, celebrate and be thankful that you are redeemed and your debt of sin was eternally paid. Every one of them have been blotted out, never to be known in connection to you again. Because of Jesus, when God sees you, He sees you as completely righteous in Christ.

Jesus opened the door of salvation and you freely walked through it. Because he rose, you rose too and you realize the blessings have been countless since he has been in your life. How many times has God failed you? When did He not provide? When have you not seen His goodness and mercy follow you? Let your thankfulness for Jesus cause you to give him praise. If it weren’t for him, where would you be. You now have a life that overflows with God, with His promises and victory.

Prayer: Father, I can thank You for a lot things, but above all, thank You for Jesus. Thank you Jesus for my great salvation. There’s nothing I can make it through because of you! I thrive because of you. You are the source of my joy and every blessing in my life. If if weren’t for you, where would I be. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Romans 8:1-18, Luke 10:20, Isaiah 53:5, John 10:10

Devotionals

Being fully persuaded that you can trust Him.

May 18, 2019

“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform” Romans 4:20-21, KJV.

Faith is being fully persuaded in Who God is, what God says and in what God does. He wants you to believe Him right now.

He wants you to read His word and discover how He always came through for His people. See how He always guided them. Experience how He never allowed anything on His people more than they can bear, and He always made a way for them. As you get to know Him, you become fully persuaded by the power of His Word that the God you are reading about, the God that parted the Red Sea, the God that forgave David after committing adultery and murder, the God that blessed and prospered Joseph even in prison, the same God that rescued Paul and Silas what they prayed at midnight, is the same God that you serve and the same God you pray to.

The same thing God wanted from Abraham then, is the same thing He wants from you now. He wants you to have faith in Him. He desires for you to take Him at His word and become fully persuaded that He will do what He said He will do. Take what He was written and become fully persuaded that you can trust Him enough to obey Him in any area of your life.

From your full persuasion will come more and more of your very own experiences with God like never before of what He will do, how He will come through–not just for someone else–but for you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to the core of my faith. Teach me more and more about Who You are, and strengthen my faith through the power of Your word. I desire to be like a rock any time I need to believe and be fully persuaded that You will do what You said You will do. Thank You Jesus! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Romans 1:17 & 10:17, Hebrews 11:6 & 8

Devotionals

Confident in this–He’s not done with you.

May 17, 2019

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6, NKJV.

Confidence will keep you in the ring when you know you’ve already won. You can be confident that God isn’t done with you. You’re not an old car that has too many issues, too much to fix and God says I’m leaving you just like you are. You have messed up too much, you are beyond what I am willing to do.

God’s response is you are My son, and I will perform the work that I have begun in you. He is faithful that called you. God never sleeps nor slumbers. Night and day, the Lord your God is doing a good work in you.

You can be confident and fully persuaded of that. Whether you feel like He’s close or you feel like your last sin, don’t let go of your confidence toward Him. Keep coming to God. Hold your head up in confidence and with joy as a son to his father — He’s not done with you!

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your love and faithfulness. Thank You that I can always be confident of the good work You have begun in me. You will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. I am before you and I gladly say keep working on me. I praise You now. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 121:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:24, Hebrews 10:35

Devotionals

He will do above what you can ask for!

May 16, 2019

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” Ephesians 3:20, NJKV.

When a man asks God for something, you can expect Him to exceed what you’ve asked for. Exceedingly abundantly in the Greek means that God will do what is superabundant in quantity and superior in quality beyond what we can ask for or imagine. It’s like asking for a good deal, but He gives you the greatest deal. You ask Him to work something out, and He does that and much more. Your dreams will never be bigger than what God will do.

Look at the very power at work in you. Look at the great work He’s done in you. Who would have known the man He could make you into. It affirms that you have a good heavenly Father that fulfills every promise that He’s made. You have a big God that you serve with a big plan for you, and it is nothing short of glorious in His eyes.

Whatever you’re praying about, whatever you’re believing God to work out, He’s going to bless you according to His will, and it will be far better than you can imagine.

Prayer: Thank You Father! Thank you Jesus for such a great salvation. Each day, every time I pray, help me to always know that You will do exceeding and abundantly beyond what I can ask or think of, according to the power at work in me. I serve a big God. Let me never view what I ask for the same. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Mark 11:22-24, 1 John 5:14-15

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Your Crown Awaits You

May 15, 2019

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” 2 Timothy 4:7-8, NKJV.

We are to love His appearing. We are to be on the edge of our seats awaiting Jesus’ coming. There is nothing preventing Jesus from coming back at any time, even today. This helps keep everything in your life in perspective, and all of your labor of love for God is not in vain.

Yes sometimes it is tough being a man of God, yet it is good fight–a victorious one! Like Paul, continue to fight good fight of faith, and let your crown you will receive encourage you. Keep loving God and loving people. Listen for His voice as if you will not hear Him again. Obey God as if your life and calling depend on it because it does. Lay aside every weight and any sin that so easily ensnares you. Set your affections on things above and finish your course. The eternal reward of the Lord will be great, and your crown awaits you.

Confession: I give up what this world has to offer. I set my heart and my eyes totally on the Lord. I will obey God like never before, loving the appearance of Jesus Christ. When He comes, I will be ready. I have been given His grace, His empowerment, for my race. I am encouraged today! When I finish my course, when this life is over, I have a crown of righteousness and eternal rewards awaiting me. Thank You Lord!

Study: Colossians 3:2, Hebrews 6:10 & 12:1-2

Devotionals

Jump

May 14, 2019

“Now the Lord had said to Abram: Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing” Genesis 12:1-2, NKJV.

You have done all you know to do. You have received the multitude of counsel you need. Like Abram, you have a direct word from God. Like Abram, it feels like a leap of faith. You have prepared, and now He says it is time. If this is you, all that’s left to do is jump.

Jesus is your Rock and believe that as you jump, He is jumping with you! This will be the greatest time in your life and you are going to enjoy it. You are going to taste and see how good He is as you step out and obey Him. Glory to God.

“When will you jump? What are you waiting for? Are you waiting for the perfect conditions, the perfect situation. You won’t get it. Rely upon Me. Trust in Me. At My voice, don’t hesitate on what I have spoken. I have given you the instruction. I have given you the command. I have given you the signal and the green light is here. Jump! Go! Do My work. Your time, your season is now. Right now it is time to receive. Right now it is time and you have to seize it”, says the Lord.

Study: Romans 1:17, Psalm 34:8, Proverbs 3:5-6

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You’re More than a Conqueror!

May 13, 2019

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” Romans 8:37, NKJV.

To conquer means “to overcome and take control by use of force. It means to gain mastery over or win by overcoming obstacles or opposition, even to conquer or climb a mountain successfully”. Yet to your mighty God, this definition isn’t sufficient enough to describe who you are through Christ that loved you. He called you more than a conqueror.

The Greek meaning for more than a conqueror is “properly, exceedingly conquer, being more than a conqueror, i.e. a ‘super-conqueror’ who is ‘completely and overwhelmingly victorious’.” God didn’t make a mistake when He called you this. He didn’t exaggerate or stretch the truth regarding who you are. He put a lot in you, and most of all, the Lion of Judah lives in you.

Therefore, be affirmed that you can exceedingly conquer. He has made it proper to declare that you not only have the victory, but you have a complete and overwhelming victory over the wicked one, over sin, anything unlike God, any spirit of fear, or any tribulation. You can get back up because you are a super-conqueror!

Boldly charge your faith today. Receive in your heart today that you who God says you are and walk in it.

Prayer: Father, I thank You and I receive your affirmation of who I am in Christ. This man is more than a conqueror! I’m just like Jesus. Yes I am, and I can completely dominate over whatever I face. I can rule over this flesh and its’ desires. I know who I am and I receive boldness from You Father to walk in it. I am more than a conqueror! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Luke 10:18

Devotionals

He’s making you faithful.

May 12, 2019

“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much” Luke 16:10, NKJV.

“A faithful man will abound with blessings…” Proverbs 28:20, NKJV.

Although a father could give his son a brand new car for college, he deems it necessary to buy him a dependable, used car first to show himself faithful. After the real need has been achieved, that same father takes his son to get a brand new car with the money from selling his well-kept, used one. This was the father’s plan all along.

Your heavenly Father always has a greater purpose in mind when He starts us with something small. He has deemed it necessary for us to be faithful with the little. Once you show yourself faithful (trustworthy, constant) with a little, He will overwhelm you with more. So don’t be discouraged because certain things have not materialized yet. Keep working what’s in your hands. He is a good Father and He knows exactly what He’s doing. He is faithful and He wants His character established in you.

You have a core need of faithfulness where you’re going. There are no limits for a man with a faithful foundation, and he will abound with blessings. God is going to flood your life with what you have desired, which you will find was the Father’s plan all along because He now knows you can handle it.

Prayer: Father, You know what I need and You always have my best interest in mind. Make me even more into a faithful man, and help me to be found trustworthy with the little You have given me. Where I am in life, complete Your work in me. I will wait on You. As I am faithful, I will abound in blessings. Thank You for making me faithful! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Zechariah 4:10, Luke 19:17

Devotionals

I Am That I Am

May 11, 2019

“And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you” Exodus 3:14, KJV.

God appeared to Moses telling him that He had seen the affliction of the people of Israel and He was sending him to tell Pharaoh to let His people go. The name I Am That I Am was given to Moses to tell the children of Israel. God wanted His children to know not Who He was, but Who He is.

I Am That I Am speaks of God being current and relative any situation, no matter how complex it is. I Am denotes that He is present right now to be active in your life–His son. I Am means He is not dead, He is alive! He is accessible. To use so simple of a name at that moment expresses His power and authority.

I Am That I Am. I am whatever good that you need.

God is whatever you need. Yesterday He was your Waymaker, and right now He will be your Waymaker. Yesterday He was your Provider and today He is your Provider. I Am peace. I Am your strength. I Am your deliverer. I Am your grace. I Am your wisdom. I Am your righteousness. I Am holy. I Am your prosperity. I Am your Father. The same God that moved for the children of Israel, will move for you. Turn to the great I Am.

Prayer: Father, You are the great and I reverence Your power and sovereignty. You are not in the past and You are not dead. You will be for me whatever I need You to be in every moment of my life. Help me to live according to Who you are. Just as You brought the children of Israel out, You will bring me out. I can turn to You at all times because You are I Am That I Am! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Exodus 3, Psalm 46:1

Devotionals

All Goliaths Talk, but All Goliaths Fall

May 10, 2019

“So the Philistine said to David, Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. Then David said to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts…” I Samuel 17:43, 45, NKJV.

Goliath came to Israel and talked to them like they were scum. He stood 9 feet tall before David and referred to him as a stick. He told them he is going to kill him and give his flesh to the birds. He cursed David by his gods, talking to David and Israel as if they were literally nothing.

We all have Goliath’s. Is yours standing before you and talking to you the same way? It is standing before saying you’re not going to walk in God’s plan for you. Nothing will change for your life. He won’t restore you. You won’t make it. God isn’t able to deliver you and the devil is mocking your God.

Talk is cheap, so give it no place in your life. It is about what the end will be, and the devil is no match for your God. Goliath talked much, but ended up doing little. Not saying much, David slew him with a sling shot and a stone, showing how mighty our God is. The Great I AM doesn’t need much, just a seed of faith that you put in Him. Just as the small stone in David’s hands, you will overcome your Goliath with that small seed of faith in yours.

Now take your faith and slay your giant!

Prayer: Father, I thank You and praise You. You are my mighty God and I will have what You have promised me. Talk is cheap and my Goliath will fall. I put my seed of faith in You. Lead me Holy Spirit. Jesus is greater in me, and with You, will accomplish everything God has told me to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 1 Samuel 17, Matthew 17:20, 1 John 4:4

Devotionals

Do what you’re good at and you’ll find your increase.

May 9, 2019

“Jesus said, ‘Then the children get off free, right? But so we don’t upset them needlessly, go down to the lake, cast a hook, and pull in the first fish that bites. Open its mouth and you’ll find a coin. Take it and give it to the tax men. It will be enough for both of us’. ” Matthew 17:27, MSG

It is interesting that Jesus told Peter to go fishing to find the money they needed to pay their taxes. Peter wasn’t only called to be a fisher of men, he was a fisherman by trade. It was his profession and he was gifted to do it. Jesus instructed him to do what He was good at to find his increase.

Do what you’re good at and you will find your increase. That is where you will find the financial gain you’ve been looking for. We have to be like Peter and do what the Lord says. Trust God with that gift, Who gave it to you to bless others and to bless you also. If we become fearful doing what we’re good at, He can’t cause it to prosper us.

Just like within the fish, it may be rare that a piece of money, of all places, will be found in what you’re good at, but the Lord will cause it to be there. So step out and do what He says, because there is where you will abundantly find your increase, and great joy also.

Prayer: Father, I have been looking for my financial increase and it’s been right in front of me. I need to trust You and do what I’m good at. Help me to trust and believe You. I will do it by faith and get what You have for me and my family, and so I can be a great blessing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Return to a place of rest

May 8, 2019

“Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you” Psalms 116:7, NKJV.

You ever had to return to the place of rest that you constantly dwelled in? You may have moved far from it, yet you can return back to it. Leave that place of stress and worry, and return to your place of rest. That place of rest in the Lord.

Remember all the things that God is doing and say the Lord has got this too. Look at everything He has done. Look at how over the years He’s dealt well with you and blessed you, even beyond what you deserve. He’s been and will be good, so rest. He’s faithful, so rest. It’s already done, so peace be still and rest.

Prayer: Father, I give You all the glory and I thank You for a place of rest. Help me to let go by faith and rest. You got it. My needs and my entire life is in Your hands. You’ve been good and faithful. I say peace be still and I will rest in You. Thank you Jesus. In Jesus mighty name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 116, Matthew 11:28, Hebrews 4:1-10

Devotionals

There is no catch.

May 7, 2019

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9, NKJV

While coming home from work one day, there was an ice cream truck parked in our community. They had a sign up that said “Free Today”. I thought to myself, there must be a catch and that I probably would have to buy something first. Yet, I saw some residents and their kids go up to it and get a variety of ice cream treats. They were happy. I asked one lady, “Is that ice cream free?” She said, “Yes! It’s free! The community paid for it.” I then went and told my wife and we all went and received free ice cream that day.

You may feel about Jesus how I felt about that ice cream truck. However, the truth is there is no catch. You’re forgiven and there’s no catch. What God is offering you is free. Jesus paid for your complete freedom and it’s yours to receive. You can receive and have what He has promised in His word.

Don’t be reluctant to receive God’s free gift. The life that God has for you, the joy, peace, and love He has is yours. There is no catch.

Prayer: Father, I give you praise. forgive me if I have doubted Your goodness, Your mercy and grace. I gladly receive everything Jesus purchased for me. Set me free. Help me to live free today. Fill my heart with your love, peace and joy. I freely receive the life you have for me. May I walk in all You’ve promised. May I love others the way You love me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Romans 5:1 & 13:8

Devotionals

He is Good

May 6, 2019

“Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever” Psalm 106:1, NKJV.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6, NKJV.

God is good! That is Who He is, and that’s all You will see from Him.

Since God is always present, His goodness is always present. No matter what it looks like. No matter what is going on in your life or how challenging it may seem, you can count on His goodness always shining on you, following you like the sun.

Even when it doesn’t feel like He is doing anything, He’s right there working the most. He is working out your situation, and you can trust that you are going to see a glorious and good outcome. Whether you even feel like you’re worthy, or that you deserve it, He is and will always be good to you.

Give voice to what you know to be true, not to your temporary circumstance. Even if all you can say right now is that He’s working on your heart, He is good. If all you see is that He’s showing you some areas that you need to change, He is good. If His outcome isn’t the one you wanted, if His will isn’t your will–He is still good. Know that things will always work out. He will provide. It will get better, because He is good.

Prayer: Father, I wake up and say that You are good! I choose to be a man of praise. No matter what I see or how I feel, it doesn’t change Who You are. Surely goodness and mercy follows me. Help me to constantly remember not only are You good, but You always be good to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 136:1, Nahum 1:7

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Count it all joy!

May 5, 2019

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” James 1:2-3, NKJV.

As you wait on God in faith, you give God room to bring His great plans for you to pass, no matter how long it may be.

Your faith is the substance. It is what’s in your hands, and although God allows it to be proven and tested right now, count it all joy! It may not feel good right now, but count it all joy. Call it joy because He is working on your behalf, and your situation is working for you also. You may not have what you desire yet, but you without question have the God that you will receive it from.

It is a good thing when the mighty fruit of patience is produced in you, because with patience on your side, what promise can you not receive from the Lord? What victory can’t you have? One thing the devil doesn’t like dealing with is a patient believer because they are walking by faith, and not by sight. Glory to God!

God is a good God, not only toward someone else, but to you. So be encouraged right now while you are waiting on what He has spoken, that situation to work out, that financial backing, that increase, or blessing. Consider your entire experience joy. Your faith is being proven, bringing about His will for you, but what’s most rewarding and eternal, His will IN you. When the wait is over, YOU won’t lack no good thing.

Prayer: Father, I thank You during this time of waiting and I won’t back down in my faith. I will praise You and count it all joy! I ask for patience to continue to trust You. You are working behind the scenes something great and although I don’t see it, I believe it. When it’s over, I won’t lack no good thing! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: James 1:4, Romans 8:28, Ephesians 3:20, Hebrews 11:1

Devotionals

Reminded of the God you know

May 4, 2019

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save…” Zephaniah 3:17, ESV.

If you’re a coach and I recommend a player to add to your team that you could trust to help you win basketball games, but you’ve never seen him, you would ask to see his stats. He’s 6’8″ and 33-0 in his career. He’s won several championships and MVP’s. He shoots an astonishing 95% from the free throw line and 55% from the field. In the final minutes of a crucial game-time situation, you would have faith in him.

You’ve never seen God physically, but He’s never lost a battle. He has all power in His hands. He is good and a Rewarder of them that seek Him. With an outstretched arm He rescued Israel from the hands of Egypt. He has carried Israel like He said He would, and this tiny nation still stands today. He has never left the righteous. He is the Healer. Go and stand on the beach and see how far the mighty ocean can come to your feet–God set that boundary (Prov. 8:29). At the same time, He split the Red Sea. He loves us beyond our mistakes, obliterated sin by giving His only begotten son Jesus for us, and He raised him from the dead.

Know Who is on your side and let it bring you joy. Even under pressure, whatever you’re facing, remind yourself of the victory you have in Christ Jesus and the God you know.

Prayer: Father, I praise You today. I know You to be my Rock. You are on my side. As I read and think on the God I know, my joy is rising! Open my eyes to see all that You are and remind me there’s nothing too hard for You. May it increase my faith and change my moment, and change my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Exodus 14:21-31, Deut. 5:15, Romans 10:17, Luke 17:5-6, 1 Cor. 6:14

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A Living Sacrifice

May 3, 2019

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” John 15:13, NKJV.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1, NKJV.

Jesus gave of Himself for someone else and His sacrifice has caused a glorious impact on generations eternally. Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice for sin and changed our destiny. Now God desires us to be a living one–a living sacrifice.

It may sound deep, but it isn’t. Jesus loved God and loved people. His dedication and worship to God went beyond living holy to the giving of Himself for someone else. One sacrifice, one act of giving of yourself, one selfless act, one extra mile, one sharing of Jesus, one jail visit, one helping hand, can change someone’s life eternally. His sacrifice restored the kingdom, and your sacrifice can even restore someone’s faith in a real God that sees and cares about what they’re going through.

Every sacrifice, whatever you give, whatever you lay down, will result in someone being impacted because, in a tangible way, they experience Christ in you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for making me a living sacrifice. Make me more like Jesus. Help me to love You and my love for You shows in how I love people, even if it costs me something. Let me not be all about me, but all about You and Your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Romans 12:1-2, John 12:32

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Lead Your Family with Faith

May 1, 2019

“By faith [with confidence in God and His word] Noah, being warned by God about events not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his family. By this [act of obedience] he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness which comes by faith” Hebrews 11:7, Amplified.

Noah did what men in the world around him weren’t doing. He had a relationship with God. He had a heart after the Lord and He heard His voice of instruction to do something. Up to that point, it had not rained on the earth, yet Noah heard God tell him to build an ark. He then walked by faith, obeyed God and built an ark for him and his family to be saved from the flood to come.

Like Noah, as men being the head of our families, we ought to lead our family by our faith in God. He set the example for his family spiritually through his obedience. He had his entire family on one accord helping to build something for God. He didn’t care about the persecution and ridicule from others around him. Noah wasn’t moved by the pressures of those that didn’t believe. He didn’t consider how he looked to man, but how he looked to God.

As in Noah’s day, you’ll hear men that don’t believe in these times say, “I don’t pray with my family”, “You’re crazy for giving money for some kingdom. It’s only going to the pastor”, or “I don’t go to church anymore. You shouldn’t either.” Don’t be moved. By faith keep building. Build what is centered completely in Jesus Christ to the saving of you and your household. Noah lead them by faith and seen God’s salvation and blessings, and so will you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me to lead my family by faith. You are a good God and I am blessed to know You. No matter what other men are doing, may I be a pillar of obedience for my home. Make my home centered on Jesus Christ. Help me build what is eternal to the saving of me and my family. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Genesis 6:13-7:1, Matthew 24:38-39

Devotionals

Learning to prepare for your next season.

April 30, 2019

“The lazy man will not plow because of winter; he will beg during harvest and have nothing” Proverbs 20:4, NKJV.

“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest” Proverbs 6:6-8, NKJV.

The most disappointing moments I’ve experienced is not that God didn’t provide, or the opportunity didn’t come. It wasn’t even that I didn’t clearly see what God had for me. My greatest disappointments have been when they came, yet I wasn’t prepared to seize them.

Farmers plant in the Spring, so they can reap in the Fall. Learn to prepare in one season for another. Learn to prepare in one season for the next. Sow in your time of planting, so you can reap in your time of harvest. Whether naturally with your financial state, or spiritually regarding a work you are called to, the Holy Spirit is showing you something. Trust what the Holy Spirit is showing you is to come and diligently prepare for it.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for Your everlasting word. It will never fail, because You never fail. Teach me to be a wise and diligent man, preparing in one season for the next. Make it clear to me Holy Spirit what is to come. I declare I’ll be ready when Your blessing comes. I’ll be prepared and reap my harvest. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Proverbs 24:27, 30-34; Luke 14:28, 2 Timothy 2:15

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If you want to live free, get His word

April 29, 2019

“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free’.” John 8:31-32, NKJV.

The truth of God is what makes you free. If you want to live free, get the word. If sin has a grip on you, get the word. If you want be a man of courage, get the word. If you want to walk in joy and victory, get the word. If you want walk around smiling for no reason, get the word. When you know the word, nothing may not have happened yet, but you’ll be happy. You’ll be leaning inside on Jesus, trusting in the Lord because He’s near through His word.

Man cannot live, truly live as God intended, by bread only. It takes the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ, the Word that became flesh and dwelled among us (John 1:14) to make you free. He came to give us life and that life more abundantly, and it belongs to you. Every bit of it belongs to you. It all begins with getting His word.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise and I thank You for the power of Your word. Help me to get Your word today. Help me to know the truth and make this man free through it. I will walk in joy and victory today. I am Your disciple Jesus and I choose to abide in Your word. As I do, I will be made free and live. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Matthew 4:4, John 10:10 & 15:1-5

Devotionals

Blessed to go the distance

April 28, 2019

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” James 1:12, ESV.

If you look around you, if you consider how far you have come, if you consider time after time how God continually causes you to triumph through any situation, it is clear you are empowered to go the distance.

Like a boxing match, your fight may feel like it is going the full twelve rounds, but He won’t allow you to experience more than you can bear. He has equipped and anointed you for it. You can handle more than you think. You are more courageous that you think. Your are a lot stronger than you realize, and there is more that God has put in you than you give yourself credit for.

Jesus Christ in you, the Hope of glory, who had the strength to go the distance, lives in you. Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world, and you are finding that out. He is right there. The King has made you more than a conqueror. You will make it through this test because the Lord has graced you, has blessed you to go the distance!

Prayer: Thank You Father that I am blessed to go the distance! I am not weak, but strong through Christ. I will not give up in the fight. Because nothing can stop him, nothing can stop me from receiving victory. I say I am already victorious! I am graced and strengthened by You, equipped with Your Spirit, and I will receive what You have promised me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Romans 5:3-5, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Hebrews 12:1-2, 1 John 4:4

Devotionals

Just want to please Him

April 27, 2019

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory. No good thing will he withhold from those who walk uprightly” Psalm 84:11, NKJV.

“Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours? The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing” 1 Kings 3:9-10, NKJV.

I’m proud of our children already, but I am so godly proud of them when they desire to do what’s right and ask for what’s right. No one is looking, or they aren’t after a reward. As a father, it fills my heart with thanksgiving to God.

I know if I feel this way, how much more our heavenly Father. It makes the Father proud when He sees you do what’s right when no one is looking, not to get something, but because you just want to please Him. The Father is proud when He sees you do what’s right and ask for what’s right. He’s proud when He sees you decide to love. The Father is proud when you ask of Him with clean motives. He is pleased when you desire to walk upright and walk by faith in Him.

Walk upright and ask of Him in an upright way. Like Solomon, who God blessed with riches and honor also, He will even bless you with what you didn’t ask for.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for giving me Jesus. I know I am already righteous through him. You are already proud of me. Help me to walk uprightly and ask of You uprightly. May You smile even more from heaven as You see me choose what’s right, ask for what’s right and please You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Kings 3:9-13, Matthew 3:17, Philippians 2:13, Hebrews 11:6

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Born to Win

April 26, 2019

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1 John 5:4-5, NKJV.

In some moments, we have all felt like a failure. I’ve been there. Your joy and peace feels like it hit a wall. Your confidence feels like it ran away. Your strength feels like it is at its’ end, to where you even physically need rest. You look at your own heart, your mistakes and you ask can you change.

Then, I stop. I stop and decide I will yet go on by my faith. I’m born to win. You decide you are going to believe God anyway. You are going to do what He desires of you anyway. You will continue to reach and press, standing on His word. The moment you stop and decide regardless of how feel to go on, you will feel alive again. Your joy and peace will begin to rise and God lifts your head. This is what your faith will do.

Whatever place you find yourself in, the applying of your faith in Christ will always cause us to experience the victory already given to us. You are born of God, predestined to overcome anything. This moves us beyond living by feelings, but by faith in the Son of God. All of God’s promises are yes and amen and the Father’s truth will stand.

You are not a failure. You were born to win!

Prayer: Thank You for encouraging me Father to go on. Thank You for lifting my head. Help me not just to have faith, but help me apply it. Help me to apply it right where I am. You still saved me and regardless of how I feel, I have already overcome through the Son of God. I receive what I need from You right now. I have the victory and I am born to win! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 3:3, 1 Corinthians 15:57, 2 Corinthians 1:20

Devotionals

Shielded in these times

April 25, 2019

“For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield” Psalm 5:12, NKJV.

I was given a vision of a building collapsing all around me. I could see broken walls, enormous concrete pieces, wires, dirt particles and great amounts of smoke just continually falling. As I looked at myself, I noticed that I was on my knees and a circle of protection surrounded me. Nothing was harming me. The Lord spoke to me and said that there will be much that happens in these times around you, but like a shield, I will surround you, as long as you stay on your knees.

Things may be happening all around you, but nothing will harm you if you stay on your knees. As you stay on your knees, He will surround you and protect everything that concerns you. He will speak to you in prayer and lead you. The Holy Spirit will show you things to come. He will bring favor to you and be a shield as you take the offense to advance the kingdom. More than anything or anyone else, He is Who you need.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise and thank You for Your Word. Help me to stay on my knees, praying and seeking You. I submit to Your will. Keep my heart right as I walk before You. As I do, I thank You that You with favor You will be as a shield surrounding me. You will light my path and show me how to handle my life in these times and show me how to effectively advance Your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Chronicles 12:32, Psalm 91:1-7, John 4:23-24 & 16:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:17

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Your Peace and Success

April 24, 2019

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8, NKJV

I don’t know one man that doesn’t want peace and success. God’s word is our manual for living, and He told Joshua to meditate in it day and night. Observe to walk in it and the result will be peace (one Hebrew meaning for prosperity) and good success. His word is life to you. It provides wisdom and shows you the way to get to where you desire in every area of life. When you apply it, it will make your way prosperous. When you address issues the way He says is the best way to resolve them, your way will be made prosperous.

God is a holy, loving God, all-wise, a Rewarder, and there is no spot in Him. If He has said anything to you in His word, it will not fail based on His character alone. So turn and think on His word. Hide it in your heart. Let the Bible be your structure, your go-to manual, your problem-solver, your key to prosperity, your key to having a blessed life. It will without fail reward you and those around you with peace and good success.

Confession: I will esteem God’s word. It is life and health for me. It is strength for me. It is the resolution for any issue or conflict I face. It is the key to every reward and blessing in my life. With God’s help, I can hide it in my heart and it reflect in my life. I thank God for peace and good success because I meditate and observe to do God’s Word. Thank You Lord!

Study: Psalm 1, 119:105, John 6:63

Devotionals

Understand His Will for You

April 23, 2019

“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” Ephesians 5:17, NKJV.

The will of God is the compass of your life and His Spirit leads you according to it. When His will turns, we are to turn with it. When it is still, be still and know that He is God. When it moves forward, you move with it. His Spirit will always lead us into a blessed life. However, we can experience frustration, loss and unnecessary hardship when we attempt to make something His will–that is not.

Develop a habit of asking the Lord to understand His will for you. It is unwise to live without understanding this and where He is ultimately is guiding you. The safest place for your life is in the center of His plan, and no matter how bad you want something, you can’t afford to live outside of His will in these times.

You are blessed and the greatest blessing where He wants you to be. Where the Lord plants you, you will surely grow. Who He says to marry, that is what will last. Refuse to lean on your own understanding right now, no matter how something appears or feels. Trust in the will of the Father.

Prayer: Father, thank You for wisdom today. I humble myself and ask for a greater understanding of Your will. Help me redeem the time because the days are evil and understand your will for me. Quicken me Holy Spirit to the knowledge of Your will and You will never lead me wrong. I believe You know what I need, and You will always bless me. I choose to be in Your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Ephesians 5:15-16, Proverbs 3:5-6

Devotionals

Knowing what you want

April 22, 2019

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” Psalm 37:4, NKJV.

Your heavenly Father is a good God, and just like an earthly father, when it is according to His Word, He will give it to you. I have went to my children on several occasions and asked them what they wanted though, but they didn’t know. So I would wait on them to decide. I would ask them questions to help them see what the desires of their own heart, and then when they seen it, I blessed them with it. Even for me, when I finally seen what I truly wanted in a wife, then God gave her to me–exactly what I desired.

Sometimes, as men we can find ourselves wandering in life, when the heart of it is, if we’re honest, we simply don’t know what we want. It seems very simple, but with certain decisions, it can be challenging to do. No matter the area of your life, ask God to help you to see what you want. Delight yourself in the Lord, pursue the Lord, and He will show you your own heart, who you are, His will for you, and what you really want out of life. Jesus the Good Shepherd desires for you to abide satisfied.

Verse 5 says, “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” Now that you know what you want, you can then commit to the course, and the Lord will help you get there.

Prayer: Father, I delight in You and in Your plan for me. In every area, help me discover what I really want and show me what is best for me. As I ask, I will not settle. I commit my way to You, trusting You will bring it to pass. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 21:22, Psalm 23:1-2 & 103:5

Devotionals

Rejoice because He Lives

April 21, 2019

But the angel answered and said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice! So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. ” Matthew 28:5-6 & 9, NKJV.

He is not in the tomb. Death could not hold him. The grave could not stop him. He came to do what He said He would do, and He did. He completed the work the Father sent Him here to do, which was to save you and I. You are now sitted with Christ in heavenly places. You are a joint heir with Christ.

Jesus Himself said rejoice! Since He conquered then, you conquer now. He rose means sin and death and all that comes with it–guilt, condemnation, bondage, shame, and defeat–have been swallowed up in victory. He paid the ultimate price for your ultimate, complete redemption. He wants more for you than only knowing this and rejoice, but for you to actually experience what you are rejoicing over.

Nothing can truly hold you down. Nothing can truly stop you. You truly are victorious. No matter what you face–rejoice! Let it be a reminder that if Jesus rose from the dead, you can rise from anything!

Prayer: Thank You Father. Thank you Jesus! Hallelujah Lord! You conquered the grave. You defeated sin and death. I will rejoice today. You rose and you are alive right now. I am alive and I reign just like you Lord. I am victorious just like you Lord! Nothing can keep me down and I will always rejoice. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 1 Corinthians 15:53-55, Ephesians 2:4-7

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Steps to receive

April 20, 2019

“And they lifted up their voices and said, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ So when He saw them, He said to them, ‘Go, show yourselves to the priests.’ And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed” Luke 17:13-14, NKJV.

When Jesus walked the earth, He would heal someone when they asked. Sometimes, He would ask them to do something, a step, an instruction, and when they did it, or even as they did it, they would find themselves receiving what they asked for.

The Father will do the same with you. There are times with your daily walk, when you ask for something from God, before you receive what you’ve asked for, you will receive an instruction. He will speak to your heart and tell you to do something. You now have your opportunity, your door to receive what you’ve asked for.

You may ask God to help your marriage, and in the heat of a moment, He will say forgive her. When you ask God to increase you financially, at the time your paycheck arrives, He will ask you to put some of it aside. You may ask God for some peace of mind, then the Father will ask you to read My word. When you ask Him for His will to be done in your life, He will reveal His will and the Holy Spirit will begin leading you into it.

When you ask for something from God, He may ask something of you. It is the very step to receive. He will open the door for you, but your obedience and faith is what will open the door for Him to powerfully move, so you can powerfully receive.

Prayer: Father, there is none like You! Thank You for speaking to me, and that You always hear me when I ask You for anything. Help me to have faith and do what You ask of me so I can receive. According to You word, I trust You will even do exceedingly and abundantly beyond what I can ask for or imagine! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Judges 6:10, 13-14; Ephesians 3:20, Isaiah 1:19, Matthew 8:3, John 9:7

Devotionals

Salvation is a gift from God

April 19, 2019

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” Ephesians 2:8-9, NKJV.

Jesus was given, so that you could freely receive a great salvation. It can’t be comprehended. It is not earned, fought into, educated for, begged for, or bargained for. You don’t have to get qualified for it. You don’t even have to change for it, because it is the one gift that will change you.

No one can brag about how they attained it and someone else couldn’t. No one can say they worked enough to have it. It was too high for man, so God brought it low to us. He brought Jesus to mankind to pay what we couldn’t on the cross, and faith in the saving grace of God is all that is required.

Remind yourself today of the greatest gift you have in Jesus and the sacrifice made to save you. God has given you His gift of salvation and it can never be taken away.

Prayer: Thank You Father for this awesome gift of salvation. By Your unchanging love and grace I have made righteous and saved through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Thank you Jesus. I simply receive this gift and it is mine eternally. All my sins are gone! Help me to allow this gift to change me each day, becoming more and more like You, and give this gift of Jesus to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Romans 5:6-8, 6:23, & 10:9-10

Devotionals

He Still Called You

April 18, 2019

“Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God” Romans 1:1, NKJV.

“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” Romans 11:29, NKJV.

Without question, one of the greatest blessings and comfort in your life is to simply know that you have been called. The Apostle Paul knew that he was called to be a preacher, apostle and teacher. The knowledge of this call, the knowledge of the will of God for his life, kept Him in his most challenging times.

In times of pressure, you’re still called. If you’ve messed up or you are at a low point in your life, you know what my brother–you’re still called. The Father will not withdraw your calling or gifts, nor will He change His mind or His expected end for your life. Since you are still called, you are still graced, still anointed and favored.

Whatever the will of the Father is for you, stay the course, trusting in His promises. Whatever you may be going through, as Paul always walked in, stand in the face of your challenge and say I know what I’m called to do.

Prayer: Father, I give You all the praise and glory today. Thank You for still calling me. Allow the knowledge of Your calling to keep me and encourage me right now. Since I am called, I win and I thank You. Lead me by Your Spirit. I will press on through Jesus Christ, trusting in Your promises. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Ephesians 1:18, 2 Timothy 1:9

Devotionals

Wake up–I have something to show you

April 17, 2019

“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days” Psalm 90:14, ESV.

The Father just isn’t waking you up to give time in prayer in the morning. He wants to show you His mercy. He wants to show you great things. He’s joyfully trying to get something you need into your hands. He’s waking you up to give you an idea, a vision, a new song, a business venture, a ministry, or a book. He’s waking you up to answer you. He is truly pursuing to answer our prayers and take us as men higher in everything in our lives, but as his people, we have to cooperate with Him.

There will be a reward for beginning your day with getting up and obeying Him. The morning is very quiet and you’ll find yourself hearing Him clearly. He’ll show you more of Himself and great things clearly. You’ll hear Him talk to you about your family, ministry, business, and anything else that pertains to you clearly.

He is excited about the same things you are excited about in your life. He wants to position you to completely experience your calling and spread the Gospel. He wants to make your days successful. A key is to begin responding to Him calling you in the morning. Make any adjustments you need to help you wake up. You’ll find how beneficial, how satisfying it will be for your day and for your life.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me. I realize that it’s You nudging me to show me something. It can be hard to get up, but I ask for You to help me establish the discipline of waking up early to seek You when You call me. Most of all, show me more of You. I Thank You in advance. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Proverbs 8:17, Mark 1:35

Devotionals

He put your life back together again.

April 16, 2019

“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, My great army which I sent among you. You will eat in plenty and be satisfied…” Joel 2:25-26a, NKJV.

I remember when my first car was involved in a wreck. It was while I was working with my manager, and I backed into a pole. The cost to repair the damage was $452. One day at work, a semi-tracker trailer was backing into one of our docks and hit my car while parked in the exact place that I had the previous damage. I ended up getting the repair performed for free. I was amazed how things end up working out, and it was fixed as if nothing ever happened.

You may not see it right now, or understand how God will get you through the damage you’ve experienced in your life. You may need an area repaired or restored. Although what you’ve lost is real, the restoration of God is just as real also. You will see the hand of God will move in a mighty way to put you right back where you belong. He will put your life back together and restore the years you’ve lost. He’s even going to refresh in you those visions and dreams, and stir up those gifts again. The days ahead will have you thanking God as He satisfies you because He is putting everything back together again. You won’t be left to shame. He’s going to fix it just as if it never even happen.

Prayer: Father, I praise You for how You restore. You are an awesome God and awesome in all Your ways. Help me to just remain in faith and keep obeying You. I’m going to see even better days than I’ve ever seen because You’re a God of restoration. Thank You for putting my life back together again. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Joel 2:25-27, Jeremiah 17:14

Devotionals

Because He Loves You

April 15, 2019

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircum-cision avails anything, but faith working through love” Galatians 5:6, NKJV.

When I received Jesus into my life, the first thing God revealed to me was simply His love for me. He didn’t show me anything deep. He didn’t speak to me about His glory. He began to show me why.

The foundation of anything you do for God will be based on knowing that He loves you. His love is your foundation for anything you will overcome and anything you stand in faith to believe God for. It’s knowing that He loves you is what will get you through your trial. It’s knowing that He loves you will get you through that struggle. It’s knowing that He loves you will keep you trusting in His wisdom and His word.

The Father gave His Son Jesus to confirm His love toward you. It doesn’t matter what you have done, or how low you may feel. He won’t let you stay there. He is going to meet your deep need. He is going to answer you and overwhelm you with what is good. He has all power in His hands and He is willing to use it on your behalf. Not based on you doing everything right, but because He loves you.

Right where you are, allow His love to be the first thing you consider and it will change your life.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your great love for this man. I’ve been through some things, but You still love me. You gave Your Son Jesus, and I receive everything he has provided. Help me to receive that if Jesus was given for me, there’s nothing You won’t do for me. There’s nothing You won’t help me accomplish. Teach me more about You and take me higher in my faith through a growing knowledge of Your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 3:16; Romans 5:8, 8:32-39

Devotionals

Not A Man, But More

April 14, 2019

“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it” Numbers 23:19-20, NKJV.

A man is defined by the word he keeps. If he says it, you expect him to keep his word and do it, especially if you know he has the resources backing him. God is not a man, but much more. He not only is holy, all powerful and sovereign, but He also has every resource in heaven to back Him. Every good thought toward you, every God-given idea, every ounce of favor, every open door, every divine meeting, every instruction, all wisdom, is at His disposal.

He has decided to bless you and He will. God has said He loves you and will provide for you, and He will. It is your choice to believe in Him and in His character. It is your choice to walk upright and trust Him. An unlimited God is limited only by the faith you have in Him. You can be confident that He will honor what He said. Don’t allow time to detour you from believing and thank Him now! He will bring it to pass for you and it will be right on time.

Prayer: Father, You are not a man, but more! I thank You in advance for Your goodness! Everything backs You and You have no ability to lie. You said You will provide for me. You said You will bless me. You said You will heal me and I believe You will make it good. You will keep Your word. I am listening for Your instructions and I know You will move for me. I will rejoice and thank You now. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 103:20, Jeremiah 1:12

Devotionals

A good word will make you glad

April 13, 2019

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad” Proverbs 12:25, ESV.

Your mind is a powerful tool and if you can discipline it to think on the right things, like a good word, you’ll experience the freedom and joy that resides through Christ in us. The Father has left us so much good word to think about and live free, so many mighty promises toward us, which when He couldn’t swear by none greater, He swore by Himself to keep every one He made. He didn’t do it because He had to, but He did it affirm His love and for our peace. He did it to settle all disputing in our heart and mind. For every matter of life, the Father left no room for anxiety and to be weighed down. Everything is going to be alright.

Get a good word from God, put it in your heart and let it make you glad today.

Prayer: Father, I give You all the praise. Thank You for good words that lift me up. I give all anxiety and anything weighing me down to You. I will pray, not worry. Help me to keep my heart and mind on a good word from You. You say You are for me. You say You will provide and that makes me glad. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Hebrews 6:13-17, Philippians 4:6-7

Devotionals

Perfect love casts out fear!

April 12, 2019

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” 1 John 4:18, NKJV.

Perfect love casts out fear. When perfect love shows up, it takes fear by the shirt and pants, picks it up off the floor, and casts it out the door of your life. Why? Because this is a spirit that is somewhere that it has no right to be. It use to, but not now. You are God’s property. You’ve been bought with a price paid by Christ according to (1 Cor. 6:20). Fear has no right, no authority to govern you, to rule over you, to dictate the decisions you make, to tell you whether or not you will be who God says you will be, and do what God says you can do.

Christ is in you. His Spirit is in you and He has not given you the Spirit of adoption to fear (Romans 8:15). He didn’t give you the Holy Spirit to stay the same. He gave you the Holy Spirit so you can cry Daddy. You now have a closeness, a relationship with God where you know that He loves you and there is nothing He is not with you about. He is for you, and since He is for you, who can be against you. Glory to God!

If He is for you, you can climb higher and higher. You can speak to the mountain, and it must obey you. You can leap over a wall, you can run through a troop. There’s no call to big for God and there’s no call too big for you!

Prayer: Father, I give You praise today. Thank You for the love You have for me. I allow Your perfect love to cast out fear in my heart and my life. You didn’t give it to me, but You’ve given me a spirit of love, power and a sound mind. I’m going for it! Fear will not tell me who I can be or what I can do any longer. I’m a man after Your own heart, and You are with me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 2 Timothy 1:7, Psalm 18:29

Devotionals

Get Better and Better

April 11, 2019

“But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble’ ” James 4:6, NKJV.

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen” 1 Peter 3:18, NKJV.

I remember talking to God about my perspective towards my growth. He began to show me there was some pride in my heart. He told me you don’t know a lot because you think you know everything. This is what is hindering the pace of your growth.

We hinder ourselves when we think of ourselves higher in any area than we ought to. We then won’t go higher, won’t study and pray more, won’t perfect our gifts and won’t seek Him more because we think we already have all that we need. We won’t say it, but our actions say we think we’ve arrived, when the fruit in our lives say we’re still at the airport.

God desires for us to humble ourselves and realize we need more of Him each day. We need Jesus living through us more each day. Also, invest in the growth of your gifts, your talents and educating yourself in what you’ve been called to do daily. Every day, it is God’s desire we get better and better.

Prayer: Father, if there is anything I think I have arrived, show me. I don’t want anything to hinder my growth in any area of my life. Forgive me of any hidden pride. Help me to humble myself to seeking You and growing in Christ, as well as my gifts and calling. As I do, let Your grace abound in my life. I will continue to press forward in what You have put in my heart to do. I will get better and better. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Being Willing and Obedient

April 10, 2019

“If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land” Isaiah 1:19, NKJV.

Just like with Israel, it’s not only about being willing and having good intentions. It’s not only about being obedient. It’s about being both. God wants us to be willing and obedient.

You may have been willing for a long time. You may having been obedient, yet you haven’t had a desire or delight in doing it. This year, you will have both. I’m finding this to be coming to pass in my own life also.

What is amazing about this is a promise made that you shall eat the good of the land when you do. No longer does He want you to look at your land, but not eat of it. Rest assured that as you are willing and obedient, you will experience the good, the increase, and the fruitfulness in your life that you long for, that you know belongs to you.

As the potter does with the clay, let God shape you from being unwilling to willing, from disobedient to an obedience in that area that He’s been dealing with about, or that next step He’s being asking you to take. We all have our reasons, but we have to make that decision to refuse Him no more. Let Him move you from being one, or the other. Finally be a willing and obedient man. You can do it.

Prayer: I praise You Father for desiring Your best for my life and wanting me to experience all that You’ve ordained for me. Help me to not be just willing or obedient–one or the other. Help me Jesus to be both willing and obedient with what You’ve been dealing with me about. I won’t refuse You anymore. I will be a willing and obedient man. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Isaiah 1:18-20, Psalm 37:4, Jeremiah 18:5-6, Philippians 2:13

Devotionals

Come Boldly

April 9, 2019

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

We have been made a new man in Christ, old things are passed away. Behold. Understand. Comprehend and receive the truth, no matter who you use to be, that all things are become new.

Sometimes we pray with our eyes on our situation, but not God. We pray with eyes on our mistakes or weakness, rather than on Jesus. We pray in hiding, instead of praying with openness to God, Who actually knows already where we are. Come before Him in light of the new man instead of the old one. Don’t go before your Father in fear, come before Him in faith. He even invites you to come boldly, not condemned or ashamed, to Your Father Who’s mercies are new each morning.

Come just as if you are His son because you are. Come boldly, qualified, worthy and with your head up. You have Jesus now. You have power now. You’ve been forgiven now.

Prayer: Thank You Lord for this insight to help me change how I come to You. I come to You boldly Father. Through Jesus, I ask for whatever I need. I give to You all of my fears and concerns, and I receive Your peace. I receive the righteousness that I have in Christ. I receive the victory that I have in Christ. Help me to always come to You not ashamed, but boldly. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 2 Corinthians 5:17, Proverbs 28:1, Romans 5:17, 1 Corinthians 1:30

Devotionals

If It Weren’t For His Grace

April 8, 2019

“But by the [remarkable] grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not without effect. In fact, I worked harder than all of the apostles, though it was not I, but the grace of God [His unmerited favor and blessing which was] with me” 1 Corinthians 15:10, Amplified.

I remember when I had oral surgery to remove my wisdom teeth, and it went very well. It went so well, I wasn’t feeling any pain. It went so well, I said to myself these first few days have been easy and it seemed as if I was having an uncommon, speedy recovery process. But on the third day, I messed up and didn’t take my medication on time. I began to feel some real pain and discomfort, and I realized at that very moment what had happened to me. It wasn’t that there wasn’t any pain present from the surgery, but it was the medication keeping me away from it all.

This is how God’s grace is in your life. Things are are going so well in your life, favor that abounds toward you, doors that seem to open, the strength and gifts you walk in, the success you have, what you made it through, and things that always seem to work out on your behalf. It’s not you. It’s His remarkable grace. All through the years it’s been His grace. It is God’s divine hand of unmerited (unearned) favor and blessing on your life. Moment by moment, because of Jesus, His grace is upon you.

Never take it for granted, but be as Paul and use God’s grace to work more than them all, and bring Him all the glory you can. You are who you are because of His grace!

Prayer: Father, I give You praise. If it weren’t for Your grace…I can’t even imagine where I would be. Thank You for all the unmerited favor and blessings You richly provide this man each day. You keep me and you help me. When I don’t even realize it, Your grace is abounding toward me. Help me to never take Your grace for granted and bring You great glory because of it. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 2 Timothy 2:1, Romans 5:20 & 6:1

Devotionals

Give me a clean heart.

April 7, 2019

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” Hebrews 4:12, NKJV.

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh” Ezekiel 36:26, NKJV.

The heart is a vital organ to all of us. It is the core of the body and without it, the entire body cannot function. When some people find they have a condition of the heart, they may require heart surgery for it to work properly again.

For some of us, we can tell something is wrong in our spiritual heart, because it’s not functioning properly. It’s not beating like it should. Our pursuit, our intents and our motives are not what we know they should be. We’ve become full of fear, instead of full of faith. We are compromising in our walk with Christ. Maybe your heart has become hard and you don’t seek God like you use to.

This is not the time to continue on. God, the Great Physician, is desiring to do real spiritual heart surgery, just like a physical one, in your life. As a doctor uses a scalpel to perform physical surgery, God uses His word to perform His. He will take your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. What He speaks through His word truly can make you free. Then, set yourself to get before God in prayer, get into His presence and He will help you live again.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise. You know exactly where I am in my heart as a man. I need You to work on my heart. Give me a clean heart. Help me to let Your word, the exact scriptures, to change me and I believe in the changing power of Your word. By the light of Your truth, by the power of Your Spirit, make me free and cause me to live. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 24:3-5, 51:6 & 10; John 8:32, 2 Timothy 3:16

Devotionals

Run and Obtain

April 6, 2019

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it” 1 Corinthians 9:24, NKJV.

Since you have to run in this life of faith, run in the way that causes you to win it all. Know that the same God that put you in the race, is the same God that will empower you and defend you to the finish, no matter what, or who tries to stand in your way.

When you run in a way to obtain, the devil–your adversary–recognizes the way you are running and takes notice. He sees a resemblance of Jesus Christ in you. He sees a godly man full of faith, focus, self-control and joyful diligence, pressing toward more of God and His will being done in his life. He knows that you will receive if he doesn’t pursue to derail you, especially as you get closer to the goal. However, he can’t keep you from growing. He can’t keep you from climbing. He can’t keep you from winning.

Run and keep your eyes on obtaining the prize Jesus Christ. In him, you will find every ounce of grace for your race and every promise awaiting you.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise today. Teach me how not only to run, but to run in such a way that I obtain. I desire more of Christ formed in me. From faith to love, help me to add them to my life today. Through You, I can do all the things. Through You, I can lay hold of what You have for my life. I thank You for Your power and grace to obtain Your promises and eternal prize for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, 2 Peter 1:5-10, Philippians 4:13

Devotionals

Nothing good is made without His Word.

April 5, 2019

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” John 1:1-3, NKJV.

In the beginning, God made nothing apart from His Word. It is how He made everything good that was ever made. We are made in His image and in His likeness, and as a result, nothing good can be made in our lives without His Word either.

This means when it comes to what we are speaking, the Word is what we’re speaking. When it comes to believing, the Word is what we’re believing and agreeing with. When it comes to applying, it is what we’re applying. We use it to make everything good in our lives.

There is power in His Word. It was powerful enough to make everything that was made, it is powerful enough to make a change in you. It will change how you think, strengthen you, teach you how to resolve conflict and problems, cast out your fears, clean your heart, and build your faith. It truly will make you free and produce your victory.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your mighty Word. Since You used it and made something great, I can too. Help me in any given situation, at any given moment and whatever I face, to immediately believe, speak and apply Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Genesis 1:26, John 8:32

Devotionals

You’re going to have to fight for it.

April 4, 2019

“For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. That you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” Hebrews 6:10 & 12, NKJV.

The promises of God are yours. They indeed are yours, yet they just won’t be allowed to be easily handed to you. You’re going to have to fight for it. It may require you to sacrifice and be patient. It may require some early mornings and late nights. You may have to fast. You may have to turn off some things. You may have to increase your education, or change your spending habits. Whatever it may be, you are going to have to be diligent and tenacious about where God is taking you.

Nobody may see you, yet your Heavenly Father does. He sees your labor of love. He sees your tears, your press, and He will provide the grace to help you. He sees your fight to give more to Him than you ever have, and my brother, He is right there. He will reward you.

Jesus didn’t give in and don’t you give in either. Be strong in God’s grace (2 Timothy 2:1)! Keep the joy of walking in your calling before you. Keep the joy of accomplishing your goals before you. Trust Him and be reminded that what you are fighting for is worth it. His call is worth it. That promised land is worth it. Changing lives is worth it.

Prayer: Father, thank You for encouraging me. I realize that I have to fight for it. Help me to do that. Help me to walk in Your grace provided to help me possess what You have for me. Refresh me Father. I will continue to praise You for the joy of my labor of love, my victory, my promise land. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Hebrews 12:2, Psalm 84:11, Philippians 3:13-14

Devotionals

You Won’t Complain

April 3, 2019

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain” 1 Timothy 6:6, NKJV.

Complaining about the pay on your job. Complaining about how you aren’t recognized. Complaining the house is too small. Seeing someone else get a new car, makes you complain about the car you have. Secretly complaining within that your wife isn’t attractive with that additional weight. You don’t have anything good to say about anything. Everything is falling short of your expectations, even God.

Go to the hospital and see the sick fighting for their lives. Go to the husband that just lost his wife to cancer. Go the father that lost his son to violence. Go the 25 year old in jail for life. Look under the bridge where the homeless sleep. Talk to the countless of men that don’t have job, yet you do.

Don’t be a complaining man. Be a grateful man. You are where you are and you have what you have. Be thankful for what God has done, and be confident that He will provide what you need. A loving and all-wise God will bless you when He blesses you. Let your contentment stand on the truth that God always rewards godliness. Serving Him and having a grateful heart is being godly. Considering and being a blessing to those that have less than you is being godly. Praying for those that have suffered loss is being godly. If He didn’t do anything else, be thankful and godly. This will bring great gain in your life.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your truth. Forgive me Lord for complaining. Teach me Lord to always count my blessings and be thankful! Help me to walk in godliness with contentment which is great gain. I will serve you with a grateful heart and thank You for what You have done. Thank You for helping me to love my wife and others. Help me to pray for those suffering loss. I will no longer be a complaining man. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Timothy 6:7-9, Psalm 103

Devotionals

Even if you’re midstream, get back into the will of God.

April 2, 2019

“Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, saying, ‘Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives’.” Acts 27:9-10, NKJV.

Even if it’s midstream, get back into the will of God. No matter how strong the current of being out of God’s will is, you can change midstream. The moment you perceive you are out of His will, you should turn around. It’s better to have a small loss than a big one.

You may be at the altar, but follow what you perceive by the Holy Spirit and do what God says. You may be at the cash register, or about the sign the dotted line, but you perceive this isn’t what you need to do–apologize and do what God says. Yes, you may be attempting to make your wife happy by buying it, but apologize midstream and tell her you perceive it’s God’s will, but it’s not the right time. She’ll respect you more for your obedience.

When you can recognize your error and turn back toward the will of God, you’ll grow and profit in that instance of a mistake more than you can imagine.

Prayer: Father, I praise You and thank You for speaking into my life. Help me to be a man that always perceives Your will in every decision for me. Teach me to follow Your peace. Allow Your peace to the umpire of my life. Even midstream, give me the strength and courage to turn around and get back in Your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Acts 27:9-22, John 16:13, Colossians 3:15

Devotionals

He is With You

April 1, 2019

“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you” Genesis 26:24, NKJV.

“They will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you,” says the Lord, to deliver you” Jeremiah 1:19, NKJV.

So many men in the Bible were called by God to follow Him and to accomplish something for Him, from Abraham, Isaac, Moses to Joshua and more. When God called them, or as they were pursuing to obey Him, one thing the Father always made sure to tell them is that He was with them.

Before you even step out to obey Him, before you consider your adversity, while you are climbing higher, while that important decision is but a thought in your mind, know this powerful truth: God is with you. Nothing comes close to the strong assurance this provides. Nothing compares to knowing He is very present and active, moving beyond what your eyes can see.

He is right there every step of the way. Whether on the mountain top or in the valley, the Almighty is with you. The Everlasting Father, the All-Wise God, your Strengthener is with you. Jesus and the Holy Spirit are with you and in you to help you prevail.

Confession: My heavenly Father is with me. I am His son and He is on my side. As I climb higher, He will be the air I breathe. He is my Strengthener, my Counselor, my Guide, and my Friend. He has already made a way. He fights for me and He delivers me from all my fears. I thank God that He is with me!

Devotionals

Fill your heart with what He says

March 31, 2019

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” Psalm 1:2-3, NKJV.

A tree cannot survive without water. But with it, a tree can thrive. You are a tree of righteousness, and it is vital to plant yourself by the river of God’s Word. Do not underestimate its’ power. He framed the world with it. Jesus fought with it. He healed with it.

His Word has the power to strengthen your faith, fuel your praise and keep you thriving. It doesn’t mean we won’t go through anything, but God’s Word will sustain you, feed you and help you overcome through it. Don’t fill your heart with what the devil says. Fill your heart with what God says!

Confession: God’s Word is powerful. I am a tree of righteousness and I will plant myself by the river of His Word. It flows with strength. It flows with life. I fill my heart with what He says right now. I believe, therefore, I speak. According to Isaiah 53:4-5, by His stripes I am healed. According to Proverbs 4:22, Your Word is life and health to my body. I am more than a conqueror. I fill my heart and my mouth with what He says. Hallelujah!

Study: Psalm 91:14-16, Proverbs 4:22, Mark 11:22-24, 2 Corinthians 4:13

Devotionals

Don’t Let Go of His Promises

March 30, 2019

“And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” Hebrews 6:11-12, NKJV.

If I know something is mine. If I know something is meant for me, I am not letting go of it.

Though the winds may blow. Though you may be pressing through some things. You may be waiting on a job, on a mate or in pursuit of God’s will for your life. You may be believing God for your healing. You may even feel like giving up, but hold up your head and be deeply encouraged. Don’t let go of what He promised you. Don’t give up on His awesome will for you. Don’t let go of what He has specifically spoken to you.

Every promise from God is yes and amen (2 Corinthians 1:20), and don’t allow anyone or anything to convince you otherwise. Keep your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith. Jesus didn’t let go. He stood on God’s Word, listened to the Holy Spirit, and received what the Father promised Him. Now lean on Him, listen to the Holy Spirit, and keep believing. Keep praising. Keep joyfully standing.

The Father has promised great things for you. Don’t let go.

Prayer: Father, I really needed this. Thank You for encouraging me deep down. I’m not letting go. I will not let go of what You promised me. According to Your word, You will heal. You will provide. You will help me do this. Jesus I lean on You right now for grace and I follow You. Every promise I will receive. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Hebrews 12:2

Devotionals

Be encouraged, someone’s praying for you.

March 29, 2019

“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” James 5:16, NKJV.

When someone says I’m praying for you, I don’t take it lightly. It tells me someone really cares about what I’m going through. Someone is taking time in their lives, time they could be praying about anything in the world, yet they are asking God on my behalf to do something in my life.

When someone tells you they’re praying for you, it will encourage you. They may not have even prayed yet, but just the knowledge of someone going to God for you, will lift up your head.

As a man, sometimes we can feel like so much is on our shoulders. You can feel like you’ve gone around in circles and you need some solid direction for your life. You could be believing God for healing or experiencing some struggles, yet know that someone is praying for you.

We are praying for your healing. We are praying for the perfect will of God to be done in your life, and that you grow in the knowledge of Him. We are praying that you experience His goodness and grace. We are praying that you walk in what He has called you to do. We ask of Him that you receive the specific direction you’re looking for. We are praying that you walk in power and authority. We are praying that all your needs are richly met. We’re asking God on your behalf to help you, and He always answers our prayers.

Prayer: Father, thank You that someone is praying for me and standing with me. I’m encouraged. I need it Lord. I ask that you answer the prayers of the same people that are giving of themselves to pray for me. I thank You for the power of prayer, and according to Your Word, You will answer. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Job 42:10, John 14:13, 1 John 5:14-15

Devotionals

According to Your Word Prayer

March 28, 2019

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” Isaiah 55:11, NKJV.

“He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions” Psalm 107:20, NKJV.

Father, I thank You and give You praise today. You are an awesome God and Your Word never falls to the ground, but it accomplishes what You send it to do. I set my heart to agree with what You say about me. I set my spirit man to receive Your Word and what Christ has done for me. Let it be so in every area of my life, including healing in my body and mind, according to Your Word.

Let healing flow in my body according to Your Word (Isaiah 53:4-5). Let love, joy, and peace flow in my life according to Your Word. Let victory in my health manifest in my life according to Your Word.

According to Your Word, I am more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). According to Your Word, the battle is not mine, but the Lord’s. According to Your Word, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God and even now, as I declare Your Word over me now, my faith is rising and I say I’m healed! I say I am whole through Jesus Christ. Be it unto to me according to Your Word. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Matthew 9:20-22 & 35, John 6:63, James 5:15-16, Romans 10:17

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A Prayer of Faith for Healing

March 27, 2019

“But He was wounded for our transgressions,He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” Isaiah 53:5, NKJV.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies” Psalm 103:2-4, NKJV.

Father, we pray today for those who need healing in their bodies. I ask in faith according to Your word that by Jesus stripes they are healed. I ask in faith according to Your word You daily load us with benefits and You heal all our diseases. We touch and agree for healing to manifest against cancer, tumors, sickle-cell anemia, eye issues, headaches, chest pains, traumas, cataracts, and high blood pressure. We ask for the power of God begin to show up in their lives. We ask that their bodies respond to Your anointing and that the hearer responds to You with faith. We touch and agree for pain to dissipate now! We pray that peace comes now in Jesus’ name! You are my Healer. In Jesus’ name we prayer the prayer of faith, Amen!

Study: Jeremiah 17:14, James 5:15, 1 Peter 2:24, 3 John 1:2

Devotionals

Walk by Blind Faith

March 26, 2019

“For we walk by faith, not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7, NKJV.

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” Romans 8:14, NKJV.

We walk by faith and not by sight. Turning one way my appear to be the best thing to do, yet it may not be what you’re led to do. As a blind man takes the hand of someone to lead him, so the Lord calls you to be led of Him.

It is as having blind faith. You won’t see the whole picture, but He does. It will not make sense to you, but it makes perfect sense to God. There are times when God will tell you to do something that seems crazy. There are times during your daily living that God will direct you to do something and you don’t understand why you should. All you know is you have a word for God and a leading to do it. There are also times you will feel like you’re jumping out of a plane without a parachute, and if God doesn’t come through, you are going to fall greatly. Yet, in all of these following Christ experiences, are the moments in your life where you will find out just how real, how secure, how faithful, and how good your God is.

What seems foolish to you is wise to God. Be led by the Spirit of God because you are a son of God. His direction is the best wisdom you can live by. Abraham didn’t receive all that God had for him until he obeyed, and by faith, went where God told him to go (Genesis 12:1-3). It was on the other side of his blind faith. How long will you go before you do what He says? There is no telling where your obedience, where your step of faith will lead you to.

Prayer: Father, You are awesome and good! Walking by faith feels like I can’t see, but help me to trust that You can. You know everything I need. As a son, I must learn to be led by Your Spirit. Help me to not lean to my own understanding, but acknowledge and let You direct me. What you have for me is on the other side of my faith. I’m open to hear You now. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Proverbs 3:5-6, 1 Corinthians 1:25, Romans 1:17, Hebrews 11:6

Devotionals

Rely on God

March 25, 2019

“Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the Lord” Psalm 4:5, NKJV.

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly” Psalm 84:11, NKJV.

I use to be a car salesman and in my line of work, my pay was based on commission. I had to trust God to send me customers that were not only able to buy, but willing to also. Yet, even when He did, in the moment I still found myself having to rely on God.

I remember a customer who was a definite buyer, asked me a question that I didn’t know the answer to. I had a choice to make up something to get the sale, or to be honest, risking him not buying or wanting to work with another salesperson. I relied on God and I sincerely told him that I didn’t know the answer to that question, but I would definitely find out for him. He then told me to call my sales manager over. I had no idea what He was going to tell him, which could have easily been negative. Instead, He told my sales manager that while he was at another dealership, a salesperson lied to him. Yet, I was honest, and because on my honesty, we have a deal and he would buy a truck from me.

No matter your line of business or your position, rely on God and walk uprightly. He knows your desire as a man to increase financially for your family. He knows your desire for promotion. However, you don’t have to compromise your righteousness to get there. God is your Provider and as you put your trust in Him, He will take care of you. He sees you and at any moment, He can and will plentifully reward you.

Prayer: Father, thank You that I can rely on You. I will trust You and walk uprightly. Help me to serve You Lord in all I do, and never compromise my righteousness. No matter what others do, I will be a light for Christ. I thank You for bountifully rewarding me because my ways please You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 115:14

Devotionals

You’ve started strong, now finish strong.

March 24, 2019

“The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, but diligence is man’s precious possession.” Proverbs 12:27, NKJV.

A lazy man, knowing that he needs to eat, will not cook what he caught. It is amazing that the Bible describes this man as lazy. From the onset, you would say he at least gets credit for his hunting, but there is a point that scripture wants to reveal to us.

Laziness or procrastination can come at any point while we are pursuing God’s will for our lives, even when it’s time to prepare, and when it’s time to seize what He has for us. There are seasons that we enter into that call for our utmost diligence in order to seize the moment and seize the doors that God has opened. You have the opened door, you have the opportunity, you have the favor, you have the support, yet you also have to remain diligent to walk through them. Your diligence will determine whether you eat of what God has set before you.

This is why God calls your diligence your precious possession. It will help you eat of what you have pursued, what you have waited so long for, what you have worked so hard for, what you have endured and believed God for. Now it is before you. It’s time to prepare what God has blessed you with and enter into what He has for your life.

Just as excited as you are in knowing God’s will, remain just as excited to execute it. You’ve started strong, now finish strong also.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word today. You have placed everything I need before me. Help me to not let up now. I come against any hindering spirit in Jesus name. Refresh me Father. I ask for strength by Your Spirit and stir up diligence in me in this moment in my life. Thank You for the grace and vigilance to seize this time in my life and finish strong. Glory to God! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Proverbs 13:4, Galatians 6:9, Hebrews 6:10-12

Devotionals

Jesus remains the same

March 22, 2019

“Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever” Hebrews 13:8, Amplified.

Jesus is always immovable, unshakable, impenetrable, all powerful, and completely in authority. He rules and reigns. He’s been sitting down on the right hand of the Father since his victory over the cross, and over sin and death. He remains the same.

Know that your Savior won’t change on you. He saved you then, and he’ll save and deliver you now. He rose with all power then, and he still has that same power. He forgave you then, and he’ll forgive you now.

No matter what you experience, his desire is that you remain the same. Let Like a thermostat, your faith, your joy and your peace are set at the right temperature. You have been sitted with Christ in heavenly places, therefore, his victory is your victory. His triumph is your triumph. Feelings will come and go, but what you have in Christ won’t ever change.

In the face of your challenge, even if the challenge is within you, Jesus is still the same. He will see you through. He will complete the work he has begun in you. You will see the victory God has for you!

Prayer: Father, I give You all the praise today. What a great day! Jesus you won’t change on me. You save and deliver. You heal and set free. You are the same, and since you have the victory, I have it also. Allow the revelation that you remain the same impact every area of my life today and give me a full joy. Let praise erupt in this man! I will not be moved because you are the same. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Ephesians 2:5-7, Matthew 28:18, Hebrews 10:12-13

Devotionals

When He asks for everything

March 21, 2019

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” Mark 12:30, KJV.

It’s something as a man when God begins to ask you for everything and you know it. There is a tugging from Him on your heart. No one knows that God is knocking on the door of your heart, but you. No one knows He is asking for that area, but you. He wants everything in your life to be given to Him–your obedience to His word, your time, your focus, your mind, and your strength. He wants to be your agenda.

God’s best is missing from our lives because we really haven’t given God our best. We know when we are holding back our all from God. Something is in the way and that is what He is asking for. When you give God everything, that is when you will receive everything from Him.

As He asks of you, give it to Him. Let Him be the Man in charge and trust Him. It can be the biggest test of your faith when God asks for everything, but it will abundantly produce your greatest reward.

Prayer: God, thank You for Your Word. You have been speaking to me. You want my all. You are God and You are calling me higher. You have something for my life that I can’t explain, and I must trust You. I surrender Jesus. Help me to give You everything. I thank You for experiencing everything You have for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Revelation 3:20, Hebrews 3:7-13, Romans 10:9-10

Devotionals

His blessings will overtake you

March 20, 2019

“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God. The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you” Deuteronomy 28:2 & 8, NKJV.

You may be going through a number of twists and turns as you continue to walk by faith and obey God, but be encouraged. As you obey Him, His blessings will come and overtake you. Good things will continually happen in your life beyond what you can explain. In my own life, as I have allowed Him to direct my path, I find myself always running into and overtaken by all kinds of blessings.

From every side, His blessings are going to overtake you. They will pour out as a faucet into your life and you will know that it’s the mighty hand of God at work! You will know God is rewarding you for seeking Him (Hebrews 11:6). Know that His word is true, and the devil is a liar. He is a covenant-keeping Father. He is a just and loving God. He is a good God and this is His nature. You aren’t obeying Him for blessings, but this is the very reason why He overtakes you with them. He is not only interested in blessing you spiritually, but naturally also–the things you desire.

As you obey Him, you will experience the goodness of God like never before and even tough times won’t keep it from you. Know that blessings are coming and they will overtake you!

Prayer: Thank You God for such an awesome covenant! You want to bless my life and I receive it. Bless me and make me a blessing. Overtake me with blessings and let them run over in my home, in my bank accounts, my ministry, my job, my business ventures, and every area of my life! I thank You. I serve a good God! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Deuteronomy 28:1-14, 2 Chronicles 1:8-12, Psalm 37:4; Proverbs 12:2, 3 John 1:2

Devotionals

You Have a Measure of Faith

March 19, 2019

“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith” Romans 12:3, NKJV.

We all have been given a measure of faith. It is a matter of who, or what, we are putting our faith in. Faith makes room for God. It gives Him the opportunity to get involved in your situation any time you decide to put faith in Him.

There’s no risk when we believe Him, but it can feel that way because we physically can’t see Him. Yet, take the same faith you use to believe your company will give you a paycheck at the end of the week, that your car will work when you turn the key, and even the same faith in the chair you believe will hold you up when you sit down, and confidently put it in the Lord. Even when you don’t understand why, keep your faith in a faithful God.

The more of His word you receive, the greater your measure of faith becomes to believe.

Prayer: Father, thank You for giving me a measure of faith. Whether I realize or not, I am using faith every day. I ask now that You help me redirect my faith toward You. Increase my faith as I think on Your mighty word today. Even in the circumstance I’m facing, show me how to use my faith and have the joy I need in my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Study: Romans 1:17 and 10:17, Psalms 146:3, Proverbs 30:5

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He will bring it back to life

March 18, 2019

“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord” Psalm 118:17, NKJV.

Do you have something that appears to be lifeless and there is no recovery for it in your life? Something that is final in the hands of man, is never final in the hands of God. Last time I checked, He brings the dead back to life, and He makes all things new.

Some things are no longer alive in your life, or you don’t have in your life for a reason. He let it dry up because it needed to dry up–for a sovereign reason. Leave it there. Yet, the things that God has told you that He will bring back to life, believe God for it because He will do it.

Prayer: Father, I give You all the praise, honor and glory. What You have told me You will bring back to life for me, I will believe You for it. Help me to not be moved. I will have what You say. What You say will live again, what You will make new again, what You have for me is for me, and I will joyfully believe You for it! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Study: John 11:25, Romans 8:28 & 15:13, 2 Corinthians 5:17

Devotionals

What Are You Doing Here?

March 17, 2019

“So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?'” 1 Kings 19:12-13, NKJV.

God asked Prophet Elijah this question 40 days after he fled from Jezebel, who was plotting to kill him. This is the same Elijah that just called down fire from heaven as proof of who serves the true and living God. He had become afraid and comfortable where he now was.

For many men, what we have been through is brutal. The losses have been sorrowful. A lack of money in the past has caused us to hold tight to our great jobs and careers, more than we hold tight to God. Next thing we know, God nor the things of God is not first in our lives any longer. You dare not move, but rather remain fearfully comfortable and complacent.

In the midst of your comfort and pleasures, in the midst of the struggles our women and mothers, in the midst of young men being loss to craziness, drugs and violence, do you hear the still, small voice of God asking you, “What are you doing here?”

Now He is asking men, “What are you doing here?” It is time to really set God and His kingdom first in your life. It is time to move forward into His perfect will for your life. It is time to obtain the prize of the high calling of God. The one that backs that small voice is more important than your career. He is more powerful than the pain you’ve been through. He is more powerful than yours fears. He is more good, merciful and restoring than you can figure out. You can’t stay there. It is time be God’s man and serve Him.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your truth. I hear You. Forgive me if I have put my career, worldly pleasures or anything else as my pursuit in life. I choose to serve You! Use me Lord to advance Your kingdom! Use me to make a difference in the lives of others! Help every man step up and be Who You have called us to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Kings 19, Matthew 6:33, Philippians 3:14

Devotionals

Look into their eyes and be moved.

March 16, 2019

“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few” Matthew 9:36-37, NKJV.

Sometimes at work, I feel like getting in my car and going home. Yet, I am moved to stay because I see my family. I am moved to keep working hard because I see my kid’s faces, knowing their need. In spite of my weariness, I continue on laboring for them.

Jesus was working faithfully in doing what He was sent here to do and the Bible says, “When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion.” God is looking for the man that can see beyond himself and into the eyes of those around him and be moved to help. In spite of how you feel, or even in your weariness, keep laboring for God. When you look at the lost, the homeless, the men in prison, the young men around you, see their need for God. Look at them with Jesus’ eyes of compassion. See they have no shepherd and no light. Be moved to reach out more. Be moved to go a little farther, and be a laborer in the harvest.

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for Your truth and for giving me understanding. Let me be moved with compassion in reaching the lost. Help me see people with your eyes of compassion. Help me to not get weary, but to stay a moving and active laborer in your harvest. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

When all is well, but you expect something to go wrong.

March 15, 2019

“The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it” Proverbs 10:22, ESV.

Just because everything is going right, doesn’t mean to begin looking for something to go wrong. Some of us as men have been conditioned by our past to not expect things to be well in our lives for too long.

When there is nothing missing and nothing broken in your life, when you begin to actually experience what God promises, are you paranoid something’s about to go wrong? It’s hard to enjoy life living that way. Instead of enjoying your blessings and the season of your life you’re in, you’re looking over your shoulder waiting for trouble, or a let down that doesn’t come.

You aren’t under the curse, but under the blessing through Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:13-14, 29). You don’t have to look over your shoulder. Be thankful you are living for God and enjoy the out-pour that you’re experiencing. Jesus said you would have tribulation, but he didn’t say you would live in it. He said he came to give you life and that life more abundantly, and that’s what you are walking in.

I don’t know what your past experiences have been, but the Father’s desire is that you stop expecting something wrong, and begin to expect to having nothing missing and nothing broken.

Prayer: Father, as a man I’ve gone through some things so many times, it can be hard to believe and enjoy when things are finally going right and are staying that way. Help me to not expect something wrong to happen, but begin to expect something right. Help me to expect peace, expect prosperity, expect to see You move on my behalf, and expect more blessings to come. It’s okay when there’s nothing missing and nothing broken in my life. Thank You Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 126:1-3, John 10:10 & 16:33, 2 Timothy 1:7

Devotionals

Slow down in your trial

March 14, 2019

“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 good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” Philippians 4:8, KJV.

You may be in the middle of a trial or trouble, but it doesn’t mean you have to be troubled. You can take your moments and choose to be stressed, or you can take your moments and choose to be thankful.

Slow down your life. We can be in a rush to find our way out of it, and totally miss what God is doing through it. Slow down in those moments and find whatsoever is good, whatsoever is true, whatsoever is praiseworthy and think on those things in the midst of it. I guarantee you will find God in the chaos. Just knowing and thinking on that single truth alone calms the sea. That alone brings peace to your soul. That alone will cause you to open your mouth in the moment and give God thanks. Because He’s with you, there’s nothing too hard for Him and there’s nothing you won’t get through.

Prayer: Father, thank You for this moment with You and allowing me to see what You’re doing in this trial my life. I slow down and choose to praise and worship You. No matter the moment, help me to slow down and think on whatsoever things are according to Your word. Help me to continually slow down and I will always find You. Thank You for victory. Thank You for a full, blessed life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 66:8-12, Proverbs 8:35, John 16:33

Devotionals

Marrying on Potential

March 13, 2019

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the Lord” Proverbs 18:22, NKJV.

If you were buying a pair of shoes, you wouldn’t settle for a little tightness and say you’ll deal with it. You would refuse to have any struggle or discomfort in them. You wouldn’t even buy shoes on potential. No matter how good they look, no matter the brand, your primary concern is that the shoes fit well.

Just as you would search with careful consideration for what shoes would fit you, take a careful consideration for who fits your life in marriage. What woman will best help you do what God has assigned for you to do in this life? Is she your best friend? What woman are you happy with beyond what you see?

Marriage is a big decision. It is not wise to marry someone based on potential. Potential means process. It will be a process for them to get to that potential, which is a work in them only God can do. It is sobering to know there is no timetable for that. If you marry them on potential, you will have to go through their process with them. Allow God to complete the work He is doing in their lives. When they are complete and when they are fit for marriage, if she is God’s choice for you, He will add her to you.

Let the Father lead you to the woman for you. He knows you, and He knows the perfect fit for you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me. I ask that You help me to grow in wisdom when it comes to dating and marriage. I want to marry someone complete in You. I want her to perfectly fit me. Help me not be in a rush, but to trust Your judgement and make the best decision regarding the one for me. I thank You for it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Proverbs 2:6, 3:5-6; Genesis 24:10-20

Devotionals

Listen to the needs of your wife.

March 12, 2019

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” Ephesians 5:21, NIV.

“Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers” 1 Peter 3:7, NIV.

We talk about listening and quickly obeying God, but we also have to listen to the needs of our spouse and do what they ask.

One evening, my wife shared her heart with me. She wanted us to increase the romance in our marriage. She wanted to feel more cherished and loved. Because I had been working long hours at work, I would come home feeling tired. I knew what my wife needed and I wanted to minister to those needs quickly. After I spent some quality time with her, in return, she did some things that I was desiring her to do without even being asked. One seed of selfless love opened the door for an entire harvest of love in return.

Many times it isn’t a prayer issue. It’s a matter of listening to what your wife wants from you and doing it. As long as it lines up with the word of God, it is the will of God to meet her needs.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word and for Your great desire to bless my marriage. Help me Jesus to walk in your love toward her. Help me to listen to her needs and quickly look for ways to meet them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Ephesians 5:21-33; 1 Corinthians 13:5

Devotionals

Like a father and a son.

March 11, 2019

“And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty” 2 Corinthians 6:18, ESV.

Sometimes, we can make our relationship with God deeper than what it really is. It is just like a relationship between a father and a son. That father is going give his son the world, yet at the same time, he is going to challenge his son, correct his son, stretch his son, teach him discipline, teach him to use his money wisely, tell him to get an education and stay out the streets. Love others, enjoy life, and at the same time, leave an inheritance for your children and save for your family.

God is our heavenly Father. He is a good Father and He treats you like His son. He will stretch you. He will correct you and teach you. He will challenge you and He will exceedingly, greatly reward you for your obedience, just as a you would your own son.

In the same manner, a son knows he can go to dad about anything. You can go to your heavenly Father about anything in your life. You can share with Him what you are afraid of, your victories and failures, your temptations, your questions, and where you need some support.

If you didn’t have a father in your life, now you do. He is your Father, you are His son. Treat Him that way. Relate to Him this way and you will realize how good He really is. You’ll realize He is there. You’ll have a desire to please Him as every son does. You’ll realize how proud He already is of you.

Prayer: I thank You God that you are my heavenly Father and You are here with me. I receive You as Father and I thank You for receiving me as Your son. Continue to chastise me and shape me into the man You’ve called me to be. Help me walk and talk with You as a son would. And if I don’t do anything, You’re already proud of me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 1:12, Hebrews 12:6, Psalm 68:5 & 103:13, Proverbs 3:11-12

Devotionals

That’s what He’s here for.

March 10, 2019

“Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’ ” Mark 9:23-24, NKJV.

We have to come to God from a real and honest place, and sometimes we don’t. I went before Him to spend time with Him and I begin praying. I’m praying for everybody and it sounded good, very professional and all the right things. Yet, I suddenly stopped and said what am I doing. I then broke down and said Lord I feel fearful and doubtful. Please help me and He did. The next words that came to me were that’s what He’s here for.

Don’t go before God in prayer and put up a front. That’s not what He’s there for. He’ll pick you up from where you really are. He will help you do what you feel like you can’t do. Change what you can’t. Give you strength where you lack it and joy when you need it. As the man in scripture, in his moment was very honest with Jesus, I believe, but help my unbelief, so you do the same. He will do what seems impossible, beginning with you. That’s how you experience a real God and grow.

Prayer: Father, thank You that I can pray from a real place to You. This is where I am. Help me. I desire to do Your will and I ask You to do a work in me, even right now what feels impossible to do. I thank You for helping me and whatever I need, I can come to You and you will supply. That’s what You’re here for. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Philippians 2:13

Devotionals

You Are Changing, You Are Rising

March 9, 2019

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” Romans 12:2, NKJV.

The word “transformed” here in the Greek means to literally transform, like a metamorphosis. It’s like a caterpillar changing into a butterfly. It’s like changing a 1987 Buick into a 2019 Bugatti. You’re one way, but then you get God’s mind on living and He completely changes you into another.

You are rising because God is renewing your mind with His Word. He’s takes away Buick thinking, and working in you Bugatti thinking. You don’t have to conform to this world and you are not the same man anymore. You can be who God has called you to be and you can do what God says you can do.

He’s showing you in His word Who lives in you. He’s teaching you what it means to be a good man. God doesn’t transform us from the outside in. He changes our foundation, the inside, and then we rise! With Christ and God’s word as your foundation, the man in you is rising. Keep changing through His word and you will see more of God’s good, acceptable, and perfect will for you.

Prayer: Thank You Father! I praise You. I’m changing. I’m doing it Your way. Help me keep Your word as priority in my life. When I give time and think on Your Word, cause the new man in me to rise. Keep changing me and I declare I’m not staying where I am. I’m going higher and higher. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Study: Romans 12:1-2, Psalm 1, Proverbs 23:7

Devotionals

Trusting everything will be alright!

March 8, 2019

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all” Psalm 34:19, NKJV.

You may see everything around you and you say to yourself, how in the world will He get me through this. There’s seemingly no where to turn, and it can be difficult to believe everything is going to be alright.

With God, most of the time when we need something worked out, at the same time, He is working something more glorious in us. He is working in us an experience of Him as Deliverer in our lives. He is strengthening our faith and courage. He is working in us trust. A trust that says I will stay committed to God no matter what happens. A trust that says I will continue to press toward my purpose, even after you’ve messed up.

As challenging as it may seem, as much as it tries to discourage you, God’s love, provision and rescue is present all the more. Don’t allow your temporary situation to deter your faith because He will see you through it. Make a decision to continue to serve God gladly and rejoice for the work He is doing in you. Be encouraged, you will see victory. Everything will be alright.

Prayer: Thank You God that You know exactly what I need. It doesn’t feel good what I am going through, but You said You will never leave me nor forsake me. Work in me whatever You desire. You are here with me and I will continue to serve You. I declare with my mouth that everything will be alright! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Devotionals

Just Do It

March 7, 2019

“And David said to his son Solomon, Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord” 1 Chronicles 28:20, NKJV.

I remember years ago, my wife and I went sky-diving for her birthday. It was an unforgettable experience. We went up 20,000 feet in the air and jumped out of this little airplane. As I walked up to and stood at the plane’s door right before the jump, I felt fear grip me; I could turn around and sit right back down in my seat, but I had literally come so far. I also had an instructor with me tandem jumping, so I wasn’t alone. I looked out at the wonder of God, and in a split second, I spread my arms wide and began to fly.

You may feel afraid, but do it anyway.

Sometimes, you just have to do it. Forget the feelings, the second-guessing, the what if’s, and just do what God told you to do. You were made to fly with faith. You were made to live this God-given life with no regrets.

You are not alone. The best Instructor—the Holy Spirit—is taking the leap with you. The grace of God is with you. Only be strong and do it.

Prayer: Father, I give You all glory, praise and honor today. I thank You for bringing me this far! I will let go and just do it. I feel afraid, but I will not allow fear to hold back my life. You are my Help Holy Spirit. I trust You Lord that You are with me and for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Chronicles 28:9-10, 2 Timothy 2:1

Devotionals

Man to man, it’s going to cost you.

March 6, 2019

“Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it” Luke 9:23-24, NLT.

Man to man, it is going to cost you everything to follow Jesus. He will say stand for Me. Love those that purposely hurt you. Forgive when you don’t feel like it. He will lead you to humble yourself, be patient and kind to others.

It will cost you when this company wants you to work for them, but God tells you go work for another. It will cost you when you clearly see doing this vocation pays so much better, but God says do what i called you to do where it appears to be no money in it at all. She may be beautiful, but God says look at the heart and not the outward appearance only–not her. There is no telling where Jesus will tell you to follow him to.

You may give up everything, but like Jesus, that’s not your end. Yes Jesus died, but He rose. Jesus died, but He lives and reigns. You will live and reign also. You may give up what you like, but you will end up with what you love. You may give up your own way, but you’ll find God’s way to be much better, for Jesus says His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). You may let her go, but He blesses you with a godly woman fit for you—beautiful inside and outside.The reward is what the devil doesn’t want you to consider. Consider the cost and always pursue to remember the reward that will come from it.

Prayer: Father, I praise You. You are a good God! Thank you for challenging me to follow you Jesus no matter the cost. I don’t want it just to sound good, but I actually walk in it. May I always consider the reward and keep it before me. No matter what I give up, You will always cause me to receive an abundance of life from my sacrifice. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Hebrews 12:2

Devotionals

It’s tempting, but do what’s right.

March 5, 2019

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly” Psalm 84:11, NKJV.

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” James 1:12, NKJV.

Our 9-year old son likes to trade action figure cards. He ended up seeing a card he really wanted in a classmate’s book bag. He said he took the card out of his bag, but once he did, something didn’t feel right. As he was headed to the door to the leave, he said he had this bad feeling on the inside. So he turned around and put the card back. We were so proud of him, that we asked him what the name of the card was so we could buy it for him. He told us the name, but he said I already had it. We didn’t understand how could he have the card that he just said he put back? He said he met another boy in school that had the very same card he was about to steal and traded him for it! We erupted in a laughter, praise and said look at God rewarding our son for doing what’s right.

I am certain God erupts in joy when He watches you do what’s right. When you feel that tug on the inside to do anything, you follow the voice of His Spirit. God sees all that you do, even when in secret, you turn the temptation down. Resist that temptation of that woman, to steal, lie, cheat, not forgive, and all of the above, knowing God will reward you for making the right choice. You may not know how or when, but the very thing you desire God will give it to you, it could even happen the same day.

Prayer: Father, thank You for being so good and You see all the right things I do. Thank you for protecting cereal. No matter how easy and tempting it is to do what’s wrong, help me to obey Your Spirit on the inside and do what’s right. Help me to hear You say that you shouldn’t do it. You are a good God and I will trust You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 2 Chronicles 31:20, Nehemiah 5:9, 1 Corinthians 10:13

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Flow with Him

March 4, 2019

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come” John 16:13, ESV.

There is a ride at a water amusement park called the lazy river. It flowed in one direction, and nothing could change the current of it, nor can you fight against it. This river was designed that if you would relax and flow with it, it would carry you throughout the park.

Like that river, The Holy Spirit is described as living water, and He’s always flowing. Always leading and guiding. If you yield, He will carry you to a victorious place. Some of us are fighting against the current of the Holy Spirit, instead of flowing with the Holy Spirit.

Tell the Holy Spirit You win. Lay back and flow with His leading so He can carry you right into the truth of God’s will. The Father wants to show up do all the awesome things you hear that He can do in your life.

Trust Him and flow with His Spirit.

Prayer: Father, I ask that You open my eyes to His leading. I desire to live a blessed life. You are always leading and guiding Holy Spirit. I’m going to flow with You into everything God has for me. I quit fighting against the current. You win.I’m living Your way. I’m flowing with You in every area of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 4:14, 7:38-39; Romans 8:13-16

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A Message from the LORD to You!

March 3, 2019

“Hallelujah! O my soul, praise God! All my life long I’ll praise God, singing songs to my God as long as I live. Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God” Psalm 146:1 & 5, NKJV.

“In spite of what you see, don’t take long to choose to praise Me. Don’t stay on the floor. Continue to believe Me for more and more. Yes your feelings are real. Yes your circumstance is real. But yes, I Am real also, and what I speak I plan to bring to pass in your life. So don’t look down, look up! Look up to the hills where your help comes from, it comes from Me Who has eternally set you free. Choose to praise Me. Choose my presence where there is fullness of joy. Choose to thank Me for what you have. Choose to let go and let Me do it.” says the Lord.

Study: Psalm 118:17; 121:1-2; 71: 14 & 19-21; 1 Peter 1:3

Devotionals

Getting rid of the clutter in your life

March 2, 2019

“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” Ephesians 5:17, KJV.

Just as it is healthy to remove clutter in your home, it is healthy to remove the clutter in your life. You come to the understanding that some things are not in the will of God for you. Pursuing some things or someone may be a good idea, but not a God idea, which will result in us wasting our time, resources, energy, and focus. Before long, we find that our lives become overcrowded with the clutter, and we have been pulled away from the real opportunity, the real pursuit, the real plan from God.

Be wise and evaluate where you are and where you need to be going. Take the time to pray and even fast, get organized and understand what the will of the Lord is for you. In these times, clutter will cause you to become confused, stagnant, unfulfilled, and unhappy. Sometimes the guidance, focus and rest we seek can become very clear by simply getting rid of the clutter. Clear off the table of your life and let only the peace of God’s will remain.

Prayer: Father, help me remove the clutter. Reveal to me any clutter in my life. Every good idea or opportunity isn’t Your will for me. What have You told me to do, and what have You told me not to do? What have You said now is not the time? Help me clear the table of my life, and let the peace and joy of Your perfect will remain. I make this my single pursuit and I thank You in advance for victory in this season! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Proverbs 3:5-6

Devotionals

Let Him prune you so you can live!

March 1, 2019

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit” John 15:1, NKJV.

When a tree or flower is pruned, it is being pruned for a greater purpose. It is pruned for the purpose of bearing more fruit and removing what’s dead, so it may live.

This is what God does with us. There are things in our lives that are unfruitful, therefore, the Lord deals with us in those areas, not for the purpose of harm, but for the purpose to bear more of the likeness of Him in us and through us. The fruit of His Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23).

If you are not bearing them, God is going to prune you. He will cut away offense, unforgiveness, laziness, impatience, fornication, rebellion, selfishness, pride, unfaithfulness, and other works of the flesh that stagnant your growth. He will even allow and use circumstances to prune and get what is not producing off of you. It may not feel good, but it is good for you, as He removes what is dead, that you may freely live! Pruning precedes growth. Pruning precedes power. Pruning precedes purpose and being Christ-like.

Yield to His pruning process, and let Christ be formed more and more in you.

Prayer: Father, it doesn’t feel good, but prune me. Make this man more like You! Work on me to bear more fruit for You. Cut away any sin and anything that is not like You. I yield and rely on You Jesus to give me the strength to grow from what I’m going through. Thank You Jesus for being formed in me to be more like you and truly live. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Live like you don’t have a care in the world

February 28, 2019

“Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, as to what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?” Matthew 6:25-26, Amplified.

There will always be a whisper in your heart from God as His son to do one thing–don’t worry. God’s heart is that you learn to live without a care in the world.

The Message Bible says the birds who are free and have no job description, are careless in the care of God. They don’t have money, but they eat each day. They don’t have a home, but they always receive shelter. They fly in their freedom and every day the Lord never ceases to fail them. If God provides for them, would He not provide for you? If He works out each day for them, will He not do it for you? You are worth far more than all the birds combined.

Be encouraged to let it all go. There is so much you could worry about, but my brother it will surely keep you from truly living. Your Heavenly Father knows what you need before you even ask. Enjoy your precious moments. Fly in your freedom. Go after the kingdom and His righteousness, and He will handle the rest.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise and I thank You for Your word. I am a man without a care in the world! I am careless in Your care, trusting You. Help me to enjoy abundantly my life and not worry about the situations of my life. May I enjoy my precious moments. May I laugh like I’ve already overcome. I will fly in my freedom that Jesus has given me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Matthew 6:25-34

Devotionals

Your Cup Runs Over

February 27, 2019

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over” Psalm 23:5, NKJV.

I want you to literally get a cup and sit it in front of you. As you look at that cup, say this with me: “My cup isn’t empty. My cup isn’t full. My cup runs over.”

Running over in the Hebrew means satisfaction and wealthy. You have no shortages, including a shortage of God. When God says your cup runs over, He means it. He has given you all things that pertain to life and godliness. You are suited and equipped for whatever your situation calls for. Jesus is your shepherd and there’s nothing you lack, and there’s a miraculous God is overflowing in you.

Some things you may not physically have in your hands yet, but you will. Your cup may appear empty, but it won’t remain that way. You will see the goodness and mercy of God. What you see with your eyes in the distance that God has for you is coming closer and it is about to come to pass. Let it be a reminder that every cup in your life is running over.

Prayer: Father, I sincerely thank You. My cup is running over. You are filling my life with a satisfaction and wealth that can’t be explained. It is because of Jesus that I’m blessed and victorious. I access what I need right now and let it run over. Help me to continue to let Jesus be my Shepherd and I receive everything You have for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 23, John 4:13-14, Ephesians 1:3, 2 Peter 1:3

Devotionals

Still Your Calling

February 26, 2019

“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance” Romans 11:29, KJV.

If someone gave you a gift for your birthday, it is your gift. You could leave it at their house and come back the next day, and they would still say it is yours. The struggle comes when you leave and didn’t come back for a considerable amount of time, and we wonder is it still there, is it still our gift. We even get tempted to think it’s gone or it’s too late. However, when you arrive, they tell you your gift is right here, and it is still yours. That person is God.

Our gifts and calling are miraculous, and God has given them to us, never to be taken away. The Amplified version says, “For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]” God did not give your gifts and calling to someone else. The devil wants to keep you away from what God has for you. They are right there where you left it. Those gifts are still yours. That calling is still yours. This is the amazing love of a faithful God. He will continue to call you, and now it is time to answer. Let go of the past, take this new season and step into your calling.

Prayer: Father, I thank You that just as You will never leave, what you have called me to do will never leave either. I thank You it is still there. Forgive me for walking away, yet I am here as Your son to pick it up again. With joy, I answer You now. In this new season, I receive Your grace to step into my calling. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Devotionals

Feels good when you’re the blessing.

February 25, 2019

“I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Acts 20:35, NKJV.

I have been honored and am very grateful to have lately helped some people get jobs. I also assisted a relative get a free washer and dryer, who didn’t have a working one for a long time. It feels good to be a blessing.

It feels good to get blessed, but it feels even better to be one. When you become what someone has been believing and praying for. When you become and meet someone’s desire or need. You won’t find a happier and more gratifying place than when you choose to be like Jesus and give your time, your resources and your life, so that someone else can be blessed.

Be open to being a blessing today. The kingdom meets needs and that’s what we’re called to be now in these times.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise today and I thank You for speaking to me. Your word says it is more blessed to give than to receive. Show me even more how to walk this out in a simple and practical way. Use me to meet someone’s need. Use me to be what someone has been believing and praying for. There’s not a more happier place than to give of myself and be a great blessing! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Matthew 5:16, James 2:14-17

Devotionals

Never Been Here Before

February 24, 2019

“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” 2 Timothy 2:1, NKJV.

You are in a new place, a new season, a new level in God and you have never been there before. It is amazing how God takes us from faith to faith and glory to glory. He moves us from not believing to believing, and then, believing greatly. You are moving forward in God’s plan for you, yet it is all new to you and you need to know how to be successful there.

A new level in God requires a new you. You can’t operate like you use to. It is like bringing old furniture into a new home, yet, new furniture is being supplied. Where you are requires a new discipline, a new focus, a new courage, a new dedication in your time with God, and a new commitment, which the Lord by His grace supplies.

Don’t doubt the Father or yourself. Know that since You had enough spiritually to move into this new season, you have enough spiritually to operate in it. Decide to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Truly His grace is sufficient and has always been. It was in the last season and it is in your new one. He was with you in the last season and He is with you in your new one.

As you obey God, you will see God do new things, see His hand move and bless you in a fresh and new way.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for bringing me into this new season, this new territory in my life. It is refreshing, yet at the same time, it requires a new me and more of me. Help me to be strong in the grace that is in Jesus Christ to prosper where You have brought me to. I have faith I can do it through You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 2 Corinthians 12:9, Matthew 9:16-18

Devotionals

Your best life is on the other side of the cross.

February 23, 2019

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” Matthew 16:24-25, NKJV.

Denying yourself of that cake isn’t easy. However, you make the decision to follow the doctor’s advice because his desire is for you to live. You may lose the cake for the moment, but you find health, happiness and you feel a whole lot better.

God is like that doctor. He is interested in you living more than know. His desire isn’t to harm you, but to get real life to you. Jesus doesn’t say deny yourself and follow Me into death. He did that. He desires us to follow Him into life–an abundant life found in Him. This is why He came. There is true peace, joy, love, strength, purpose, and fulfillment on the other side of the cross.

Life won’t get any better than a surrendered life in God’s hands. This is where God’s grace and favor pours in every area of your life. You will find yourself experiencing the blessings and victory God intended for you. By faith, take up your cross and follow Jesus into an amazing life far greater than you can ever imagine.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to my heart. Today, I deny myself, take up my cross and follow You Jesus. Help me to love others like You today. I realize that life is not found in the the abundance of things, but in You. I reach out to You and give You my life, that I may find the amazing life You planned for me. Have Your way! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Corinthians 1:18, Galatians 2:20

Devotionals

You Are God’s Tailor-Made Man

February 22, 2019

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” Ephesians 2:10, NKJV.

I have been given suits before. Most of the time, the coat sleeves were too long, or the pants were too short. However, I have been given nice, quality suits that fit me perfectly. It was as if the suit was designed just for me.

Whatever your life use to be, whatever lifestyle that use to bring you pain, whatever you have been through, God has newly-designed you. You are now His workmanship. Once you received Jesus Christ, old things have passed away and all things have become new (2 Cor. 5:17). God’s new design for us is toward good works and we have been ordained, or fitted, in advance for them, like a suit, sized, measured, and tailor-made, just for you.

You are like a mighty tool in His hands. You are a walking blessing and a world changer. All that you are and every gift inside of you was carefully thought of by God for a divine purpose. It is only a matter of God revealing to you the work He has called you to, your reason for living.

Prayer: Thank You Lord that I am Your workmanship in Christ Jesus. You made me new in Christ, and my divine purpose is to do good works wherever I am, beginning now. Ultimately, show me the work you have called me to do. Reveal to me my reason for living. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Look Forward to It

February 20, 2019

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report” Hebrews 11:1-2, NKJV.

Are you looking forward to what God said He is going to do in your life? Are you looking forward to how He is going to work it out? You can look forward to, once again, God coming through for you! The Father calls those things that are not as though they were. You may not see it right now, but through the eyes of faith, you know that He is setting you up to receive another testimony, another great blessing and move you farther along in His plan for your life. If you’ve believe His word, you’ll receive His word.

So brighten up your countenance and let the joy of the Lord fill your heart, fill your car, fill your workplace, and fill your life. God is up to you receiving His perfect will and all of His promises, and it is something to look forward to!

Prayer: Father, You are so good and You are setting me up for something great in my life. Help me to have a joyful expectation, even to where by faith I know it’s already done. I will not worry, be stressed or have a sad countenance. Your joy is my strength, and I rejoice in receiving Your perfect will and what You have promised me. I rejoice and look forward to it! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Mark 4:26-29, 11:24, Proverbs 15:13

Devotionals

Nothing More, Nothing Less

February 19, 2019

“Therefore David inquired again of God, and God said to him, ‘You shall not go up after them; circle around them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines’.” 1 Chronicles 14:14-15, NKJV.

King David inquired of the Lord twice with fighting the Philistines and God gave him detailed instructions regarding each of those decisions before him. David did nothing more and nothing less than what God told him and he won each battle.

When you ask God what should you do regarding a decision or challenge before you, God will not only tell you what to do, but also when and how to do it. When He does, do nothing more and nothing less than what He says. Victory is in the details. Grace and favor are found in the details. If God says take two steps and then turn, don’t take three. If He leads you to enjoy yourself, and go on a short vacation, don’t take a long one. The Holy Spirit will lead and guide us. He is our Helper. It is up to us to follow His lead and do nothing more, nothing less.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for always being present to help me and You know what’s best for me. As I seek You regarding the decisions before me or what I’m facing, show me exactly how to handle it. Help me to trust You, and do nothing more and nothing less than what You say. That is all I need to do to be blessed and victorious. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Chronicles 14:10-17, Proverbs 8:35, 1 Corinthians 10:13

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Make His perspective–your perspective.

February 17, 2019

“This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has revived me and given me life” Psalms 119:50, Amplified.

The major key to developing the right perspective on life’s challenges is a constant view of God’s word. This is His written word, as well as what He has spoken to help you see what you experience His way. It is your constant view of your end and expectation. It may feel as if your trial is going to kill you; however, the truth is you will live and not die to declare the works of the Lord. You may not see how it is going to come to pass, but your perspective keeps you moving and you believe in something—you believe in what He says. Know what God says about you, and it will right now revive you.

You don’t have to become another man, one full of fear, anger and frustration in the face of adversity. Make His perspective your perspective. Let His word bring joy to you. It will fill your tank, build you and quicken you. It will help keep you handling your affairs with character. His word empowers you to go through whatever you are going through, not giving a temporary circumstance your permanent attention.

Prayer: Father God, I receive Your life-giving words and I thank You for the power it has to quicken me. All things are working for my good! My challenge could very well be my blessing in disguise. Strengthen me Lord by Your joy, and help me to see my life from Your point of view. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalms 119:89, Nehemiah 8:10, John 6:63, Romans 8:28

Devotionals

A Precious Life

February 16, 2019

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits…” Psalms 103:1-2, NKJV.

The only reason I have breath this morning is because the Lord provided it. The only reason I opened my eyes is because He blessed me to open them.

If you consider the blessing of being alive, you will realize how precious life is. If you can consider out of all the people they didn’t wake up, but you did, we have no reason to complain. Regardless of what is going on in your life, the thankfulness of life outweighs your concerns and puts them in their proper place.

Stop and consider, occupy your heart with the greatest blessing of life itself–and give thanks. No matter your financial state, every rich person combined could not buy what you already have. There are those who would immediately trade you for your health, your right mind, your eye sight, your family, your peace, for every ounce of wealth they have because life weighs in and valued as much more. So be reminded to keep it on the scale, and it will keep you humble, content, and thankful–no matter what you’re going through. God has graciously extended to you life today…so live it. As long as you are breathing, there is always hope.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for the blessing of life. I wake up and that makes it a great day already. I am alive and I am very thankful. I choose to live! You will handle my concerns as You have always done. May I not always be found looking for a blessing, that I forget I’m already blessed. I praise You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalms 103 & 138:8, 1 Timothy 6:6

Devotionals

Be found faithful and wise when He comes.

February 15, 2019

“And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes” Luke 12:42-43, NKJV.

In these times, don’t be the believer that is not looking for the Lord’s coming and who is drawn away by the pleasures of this world. These are those who lay down their love for God, for people, and advancing His kingdom. Things they once deemed important will take a back seat, and the love of God is squeezed out and their conscience seared. This person says with their heart my Lord is delaying His coming, so I’ll have time to get back on track later. There is a clear distinction being made between those who are looking for him, looking to be found faithful and wise, and those who are not.

Be encouraged to continue to devote your life, your time and your energy to God. Don’t get discouraged when you make a mistake, but quickly get back up because you know the love God has for you. Work out your own salvation with a deep reverence, joy and gladness. Be a faithful and wise servant. We have a God to serve and to glorify. He is our portion and He has an abundant portion appointed for us in this life and in the life to come!

Prayer: Father, I give You praise today. Thank you Jesus. I ask that You help me to continue to look for your return. Keep my heart pure and help me to continue to be a wise and faithful man. Forgive me if I’ve allowed anything to turn my heart away and let it be turned back to You today. Let Your purpose and will be done in me, and may I be found doing exactly what you’ve told me to do when you come. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Study: Luke 12:42-46, Matthew 25:1-13, 2 Peter 1:10, Galatians 6:7-10, Revelations 2:4

Devotionals

Do It With All Your Heart

February 14, 2019

“Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered” 2 Chronicles 31:20-21, NKJV.

Hezekiah did what he did for God with all of his heart and prospered. Whatever you do for God, do it with all of your heart. If you sing, do it with all of your heart. If you are a dentist, build smiles with all of your heart. If you are a business owner, strive to give the best service with integrity with all of your heart. Honor the Lord to the utmost in all you do. Do it as if Jesus was doing it himself, as ministry to one another.

You may be in a place right now, or doing something that isn’t God’s best for your life and you don’t enjoy it. It may not be what you desire overall, and you’d rather not even be there. Consequently, it can be hard to do it with all of your heart. Be encouraged to press beyond the emotions, and focus not on what you do, but Who you do it for. It is good, right, and true. Above all, the worth and value of what you do is it pleases God. Above all, He will help you get where you desire, but it is your ministry for now, and God will see you still honoring Him.

Give Him all that you have for the glory of God. As the Father did with Hezekiah, so He will do with you–He will prosper you.

Prayer: Father, I desire to be in your perfect will, and it gets hard to do this with all of my heart. Yet, I will praise You and I believe You will get me there! I have a God to serve and glorify! Help me to remain focused on serving You and my service to others. Remind me of the great value of being pleasing in Your sight. You will prosper me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 2 Chronicles 32:27-33, Colossians 3:17

Devotionals

Let Him Use You

February 12, 2019

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” Matthew 5:16, NKJV.

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” Romans 5:5, NKJV.

When a car needs oil, the most effective way to get that oil into that car is by way of a funnel. You are a funnel of God. You are a funnel of His love, His wisdom and light. You are a funnel to be used to break down the hardest of hearts, shatter the ceiling of fear and free others to go higher in God.

The Holy Spirit says let Me flow through you. There is much repair to do and change lives, but we have to let Him use us. The love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts by His Spirit, and God’s desire is that you yield and let Him pour it out all around you. Like a running faucet, be willing to let Him use you everywhere you go, in everything you say and do today.

Prayer: Father, You can use me today. Help me to yield and allow Your love to flow through me to others, to bring joy in someone life’s today. People have secret needs of healing, repairs in their lives, and a building of faith. People need to know experience You today. Help me to make it easy and just lead me Holy Spirit to be a funnel of You. Pour and encourage others. Pour and save others today. In Jesus name, Amen.

Study: 1 Corinthians 13, Galatians 5:6, Philippians 2:14-16

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Work While It’s Day

February 11, 2019

“I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” John 9:4, NKJV.

Jesus knew He was on the earth for a specific reason. While He was living, He worked the works of God.

Your life is your season. It is your day. One day night will come and you will ask yourself did I do the works of God while I had the chance. While you are living, while you have the strength, while your mind is sharp,while the idea is fresh, while the doors are open, work while it’s day.

While it’s day, while the kids are young and love being around daddy, enjoy them. While you have your wife, bless her. While you can encourage your friends, call and impact them. Night will come and one day they will be gone.

There is also a season for all things, and we have to be mindful of the timing of God. When it is your season, when it is your time and His power is abounding, when it is your day, work the works of God. Work the plan of God. Be strong in His grace and win others while you can.

Prayer: Father, I give You all of the praise, honor and glory today. Thank You for all that You are doing in my life. I pray for myself and other men to understand the time and season we are in. May I do all that I can, while I can. Help us to seize every moment and work while it is day. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Study: Psalm 63:8, Isaiah 40:31, 2 Timothy 2:1

Devotionals

The Prayer Life of Jesus

February 10, 2019

“So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed” Luke 5:16, NKJV.

Jesus had a huge ministry and it required of him a lot. It primarily required him to remain plugged into God and to be sensitive to the will of the Father. Most of all, He loved God. Therefore, he not only prayed to God in the morning, he prayed often. He spent time with Him often.

Jesus’ prayer life is our example. At some point during your day, God is going to move on your heart to withdraw from everyone and everything, to a deserted place to pray. Do not quench His Spirit, but rather yield and be led into spending time with God. Give Him praise and fellowship with the Father, and watch Him add strength to you and reveal something you need to know. You may be experiencing something weighing on you and He will remove it. In that time given to Him, He will replenish you, give clarity in your day and mightily bless your life.

Prayer: I thank You Father that I can come to you and pray not only in the morning, but anytime. You are the strength of my life. Help me to be sensitive to when You speak to me to withdraw from everything, even if it’s for five minutes, to spend quality time with You. Help me to be like Jesus and do it often. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Mark 1:35, Luke 4:42, 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Devotionals

Go to war for your brother in prayer

February 9, 2019

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” 2 Corinthians 10:3-4, NKJV.

Prayer isn’t just for you. Prayer is also for someone else. There are men that are lost and seeking a way out of what they’re facing. There are men that Satan is attacking them aggressively–one thing after another. There are men facing pivotal decisions, fighting for their marriages, seriously considering turning to God, trying to live right, desiring to let go of a homosexual lifestyle, seeking God’s will for their life, just lost a loved one, and they are in need of your help through your powerful prayers.

Don’t let them fight alone. Go to war for your brother. Our weapons are not carnal, or natural, but are spiritual and mighty through God. Pray to God on their behalf and loose the entanglements of the wicked one, and help them triumph. Trust God that He hears and answers your sincere requests.

Prayer: Father, I give all the glory, honor and praise today. I first war in prayer for my brothers out there. I come against all the plots of the wicked onel on my brother’s behalf. I bind you Satan in Jesus name! You will not have your way in their lives and not mine! I rebuke all principalities and demonic forces in pursuit to destroy them. God, have Your way in their life instead. Bless them instead Father. Bless their heart and mind to receive Your word and to hear Your mighty counsel. Open the eyes of the lost that they may see fully the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Light their way Father. God of all Comfort, please comfort the men who have lost their spouse or child. Cause them to completely trust and put their faith in You! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: James 5:16, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Matthew 22:39, 2 Cor. 1:3-5

Devotionals

He’s Able!

February 8, 2019

“And being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform” Romans 4:21, NKJV.

When we hear that God is able, we sometimes look at ourselves and our own ability. We can’t see Him, but we see our situation. We can find ourselves predetermining the possibilities, the victory, based on our own power, not His.

You can’t see God, yet He says look at what I did for Joshua and Israel making the walls of Jericho fall. See how when it seemed far from happening, I gave Abraham a son at an old age. Look at how, even after his mistakes, I helped Peter bounce back, empowered him to win three thousand souls and be a pillar for advancing the kingdom. I even raised my Son Jesus from the dead. I AM able to not only give You my promises, but I am well-able to perform every last one of them!

God announces His ability in His Word! God is able to change you. He is able to move the mountain! He is able to turn your finances around! He will bring another opportunity! He is able to give you strong faith! He’s able to get you through a hard time. Just as He brought others through, He will do the same for you! He needs your faith and obedience so He can show you what He is capable of doing for the man that puts their trust in Him. He’s able!

Prayer: Father, I praise You today. Thank You for Your word. You are able Father! You are not only able, but willing to move in my life in a mighty way. Help me not to look at what I can do, but what You can do. I take my eyes off of my situation and look to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith! The battle is already won. Nothing is impossible for You because You are able. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Romans 4:19-21, 1 Corinthians 15:4, Hebrews 11:30, 12:2

Devotionals

When a Man is Dragging His Feet

February 5, 2019

“Don’t drag your feet. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them” Hebrews 6:12, Message Bible.

To physically drag one’s feet is defined as someone who doesn’t completely pick up one foot or the other while they walk, so they drag with each step. It also means when someone is taking too long to do something or finish. Are you a man that is dragging your feet regarding what God has instructed you to do?

There are many reasons why men drag their feet. One reason men drag their feet is because deep down we are afraid. God wants you to receive deep down that you not only can walk and do what He’s called you to do, He’s given a grace to run after everything He’s put in your heart and everything He’s promised you.

I declare a grace to run in the name of Jesus! No more dragging your feet about it. No more staggering in your faith over what God has spoken about your life. You will mount up with wings like an eagle. You will run and not get weary! You will walk and not faint! You will not drag your feet, but I speak over you a greater pace that you begin to move in on what He has instructed you to do. No more sluggish years, lingering in the same place. No more years of dragging your feet. This will be your bountiful year!

Father, thank You for speaking directly to me. Nobody knew but You, and I praise You for meeting me exactly where I am. I receive Your great and joy-filled grace to go ahead and do what You’ve told me. No more dragging my feet. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Genesis 19:15-17, Isaiah 40:31

Devotionals

He Made an Oath

February 3, 2019

“Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath” Hebrews 6:17, NKJV.

When a man makes an oath, that man enters that oath with the utmost diligence about doing what he said and knowing he has the resources to carry it out. If a mere man does this, how much more the God of the universe, the God that created heaven and earth, the God that is able to say His word and carry it out.

God made a covenant with Abraham. He made an oath and swear by Himself because there was none greater. He made an oath not to settle His word–His word does that alone. He did it to settle the disputes of your heart. You don’t have to be afraid today, but you can have faith today. You can expect of God, assured that if God said it, He will keep His covenant with us, a better covenant filled with better promises in Christ Jesus.

He wants you to know that even in these times, you can count on Him. You can have real strong faith in Him. Your Father will move heaven and earth before He let’s His word fail. Confirmed by an oath, He carries out every single one of His promises.

So let your faith rise, as you more and more allow to settle your heart that God not only gave His Word, but on top of that, He made an oath to help you, to answer you and abundantly favor you.

Prayer: Father, You made an oath when You didn’t even have to. You swore by Yourself. You want me to live free, have peace and believe You. Your word is sure and I declare I will not worry in these times. I serve a good God that made a good oath toward me. I praise You and I’m going to keep standing on Your promises. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Study: Hebrews 6:11-18, Psalm 119:89

Devotionals

You don’t know how, but He’s going to do it.

February 2, 2019

“Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand (be carried out)” Proverbs 19:21, Amplified.

Being a man, it can be tough when you experience those moments where you don’t have an answer. When asked what will I do at that moment, my only response was an honest I don’t know.

It is okay to have to say that you don’t know. What is not okay is that you accept that as your outcome. What you do know is the Lord is on side, and somehow He is going to do it. Somehow it is going to get done, and He will get you through this. Right now you may not even know regarding what He’s called you to do. The plan of God may appear to be too big for you, but He is going to show you the way.

Sometimes, it is a good thing to be able to say you don’t know and man can’t help you find out either. It positions you to have no other choice but to turn to God. You have no other choice but to seek Him and trust Him. This is the place where your faith and confidence in the Lord made strong.

He is going to answer you and He is going to provide the clarity you need. Don’t allow your situation or cares to lead you down a road of stress and depression. Hope in God and know that He will do it!

Prayer: Father, I will trust You! I don’t know what to do right now, but I believe You do. I may not know how, but as I seek You, You will show me. I turn to You. Your perfect will be done in me. My outcome is victory, just as Your Word says. I give You all my cares. I give You all of my praise. You will lead me and You will do it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 143:8, Job 42:2, James 1:5

Devotionals

How Faith Comes

February 1, 2019

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” Romans 10:17, NKJV.

Imagine that faith was your brother and you called him saying, “Faith, I am trying to get through some things in my life. I am depressed and discouraged, and I feel like I’m about to lose it. I need you to come right over. Also faith, I am trying to believe God and who He has called me to be, but I could use some courage as well. Can you help me?”

Faith would respond, “Sure my brother, you know I’ll do whatever you need. I’ll do the impossible for you. I’ll move mountains for you. I’ll get you through anything, but I only have one way to come to you.”

Faith doesn’t come by boat. Faith doesn’t come by car or plane. Faith doesn’t come by a man’s will power. Every man’s faith comes the same way, and that is by consistently hearing the Word of God. If you are trying to have faith any other way, you are fighting a losing battle. Only God’s Word will make your faith strong, maintain it and help you to overcome.

Devote the time to open His Word and hear from Him about that specific area, Who He is, who you are in Christ, and all of the good news of His promises toward you. Then, watch faith mightily show up in your heart and change your life.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me. Faith only comes one way and that is by hearing Your Word. I decide not to do it my own way any longer. I turn to Your Word. As I hear it, thank You for strong faith showing up in my heart. I will build my life on the rock of Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 7:24-25, 17:20; Romans 12:2, Psalm 119:105

Devotionals

Don’t ever change.

January 31, 2019

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit” Psalm 51:12, ESV.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” Ephesians 2:8, ESV.

When I first got saved, I use to sit on the floor in front of my radio listening to the same song before the Lord. I would sit and bask in God’s presence. I would just quietly sit and spend time with Jesus. Nothing else mattered and I found joy and peace at His feet. Salvation was simple then, but I allowed life to make it complicated. Yet, not anymore.

Maybe life happened and now salvation isn’t as simple and you feel it isn’t as pure it use to be. Maybe you’ve started looking for what Jesus can do, rather than looking to walk with Him. You have many needs and it’s challenging to just sit before Him.

Be encouraged to return to the simplicity and joy of your salvation and your walk with Christ. Jesus hasn’t changed, nor has your salvation. The same man that you were, the excitement of just being saved, the purity of your seeking God, the child-like faith and the joy of your salvation shouldn’t ever change.

Study: Luke 10:42, Romans 14:17, Revelation 2:4

Devotionals

Make Sure You Remember

January 31, 2019

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” Hebrews 13:8, NKJV.

Many times my wife and I will remember all of the great times we’ve had together. We’ll reminisce about how we met in college and our first date. We’ll laugh about the all of the wonderful experiences, the ups and downs, and those timeless moments during our marriage we’ve had that we’ll never forget. In the midst of our remembering, we don’t allow ourselves to forget what God has done for us and that He is still with us right now.

Do you remember when you first met Jesus? Do you remember that day? He is still the same today, yesterday and forever. Remember the moments you’ve seen God show Himself real to you. Go back to that time when you didn’t know how you would get the money, but He provided. Go back to the time you thought that there was no possibility that a door would open, but somehow God made it happen for you. It’s important to remember what God has done for you.

When we’re going through something, the last thing the enemy wants you to do is anything that stirs your faith and hope in God. Yet, in light of what you face or are in pursuit of, remember Who is on the throne, Who is in control and Whose hands you are in. Remember what He has done, and the same God is with you right where you are. Make sure you remember.

Prayer: Father, thank You for reminding me to remember Who you are. I remember Jesus and how you saved me. No matter what I go through, help me to make sure I remember what You’ve done. You are the same God. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 23:6, James 1:22-25

Devotionals

Be All In

January 28, 2019

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment” Mark 12:30, NKJV.

In sports, there’s a term coaches use when they want their players to buy into the type of game he or she wants them to play. That coach will ask them to be all in. He tells them if they give their all to their system, to practicing and also in the game, they’ll experience their best play, even beyond what they thought they could do.

The Lord wants you to be all in today. He commands us to love Him with everything–all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. The Message Bible terms it as loving God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy. The Father desires for you to be all in when it comes to His plan for your life and when you do, you’ll experience the best that God has for us.

Love Him with not just some of your heart, not just some of your soul, not just some of your mind, and not just some of your strength, but with all of it. Give all you’ve got to His plans for you. Believe and be all in for God today!

Prayer: Father, I’m all in today! I love You and I choose to love You with not some, but all of me. I’m all in with advancing the kingdom work. I’m all in with Your plans for my life. I’m giving everything I’ve got today. I trust that as I’m all in, I will my best life! Glory to God! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Mark 12:31, Deuteronomy 10:12-13, Philippians 3:14, Romans 5:5

Devotionals

You are blessed and no one can reverse it.

January 27, 2019

“Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it” Numbers 23:20, NKJV.

Three times Balak asked Balaam the prophet to go to God and ask Him to curse his enemy Israel. It made Balak mad and greatly frustrated that every time Balaam came back with a word from the Lord, it was always a word declaring that God had blessed Israel, and God wouldn’t change.

The devil is angry and frustrated that God has commanded the blessing on your life. He tries to attack you this way and that way, yet God’s grace and favor still rises. He tries to stop God’s plan for your life, but the commanded blessing keeps overtaking you and victory comes. He forms weapons against you, but the blessing causes you to prosper instead of the weapon.

No matter what you are experiencing, stay full of expectation. Don’t be moved by what comes against you, or the trials you are facing. There is absolutely nothing the devil can do to stop you from having a bountiful life. According to Ephesians 1, you’ve been blessed with every spiritual blessing! According to Psalm 103, you are daily loaded with benefits from God! You are blessed! You shall prosper. You will excel and walk in what He has told you! It is settled and the Lord has done it. He has blessed you and it cannot be reversed!

Prayer: Thank You Father this morning and I give You praise for commanding the blessing on my life. No one can reverse it! Your hand is on my life and that won’t change. Your victory, goodness and favor will always rise! Help me not to worry, but to rest in the blessing and keep following You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Numbers 23, Isaiah 54:17, James 1:2-4; Psalm 103, Ephesians 1:3-6

Devotionals

When a Man Cries Out to The Lord

January 26, 2019

“I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill” Psalms 3:4, KJV.

David was being chased down by his own son. Can you imagine your own son attacking you to take your life? Yet, when things became so deep, so horrible and unbearable, David knew where to run to. He made it a point to cry out to the Lord.

Whether you are stressed out as a man. Whether you’re experiencing heaviness from all the decisions you have to make. Whether you just don’t know what to do at this point in your marriage. Whether you feel it’s just too much or you feel you’ve messed up too much. You may even need a deep work done in your heart. Cry out with your voice to the Lord and He will hear you.

Crying out doesn’t necessarily mean your tears, yet it is a reaching out in faith for God to do what you know only He can do. You single Him out and say God You can meet this need based on what He said in His Word.

Like David, from where He is, from His holy hill, He will hear you. He will hear you with the intent to do something about what you are crying out for. He is present with power and wisdom. He is a resurrecting God, able to bring life and strength right where you are. He is faithful to hear you and help you.

It’s not time to be a hardcore man, but in humility, cry out to the Lord.

Prayer: Father, You are good and I thank You that You are a faithful God. Lord, I cry out to You! I reach out to You with faith in Who You are. Hear my voice Lord. Hear me from Your holy hill. Rescue me. Shape me. Direct me. Help me with this situation. Come right where I am and make a way. I praise You and glorify You! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 9:12, 145:19, Exodus 15:25

Devotionals

Aligned with His will

January 25, 2019

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding” Colossians 1:9, ESV.

Where are you? Really. Where are you? Do you know if you are in the perfect will of God for your life?

I had to ask myself this same question. At the beginning of one year, I began to pray and fast to seek God about His will for me. He revealed to me that I was living completely in the wrong city. Then He did something very amazing to me. As with two lines, He took His will and lined it up next to my life. He showed me where I was, the wrong turns I made, where He wants to be, and how to get there. That is when everything in my life began to change and get better. It became abundant and peaceful. That’s when restoration unfolded. That’s when I felt really like myself again. When you begin to align your life with His will, that’s when your life straightens out.

It is a simple question, but a serious and important one. It is a question worthy of seeking the Father for, Who withholds no wisdom from you. God won’t align His will to ours. We align ourselves with His. If you aren’t sure that you are in God’s will, it is good time to seek Him for it.

Prayer: Father, align me with Your will. Straighten every area in my life out. Reveal to me where I am, and if I’m not in Your perfect will for my life, help me get there. In whatever You show me, help me to obey You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Colossians 1:9-10, Ephesians 5:15-17

Devotionals

Today, and everyday, I praise You!

January 23, 2019

“You have rescued me! I will celebrate and shout, singing praises to you with all my heart” Psalm 71:23, CEV.

Father, I praise You and give You all the glory. I’m not coming to You to ask for anything, but only to give You praise. Thank You for all You’ve done. Thank You for making ways that I couldn’t see. Thank You for comforting me in the storms. Thank You for delivering me and placing me on a firm foundation. I praise You for Your goodness, and if You didn’t do anything else, I can still praise You for all eternity. You are awesome and faithful. You find the weak and make them strong. You use the foolish things to confound the wise. You give me breath each day and the gift of life. You have blessed me and you are still blessing me. Thank You! What a great Father and friend You are. Today, and everyday, I praise You!

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Stay with it. You’re coming forth as gold.

January 22, 2019

“That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,” 1 Peter 1:7, NKJV.

You may be a man experiencing one of the most trying times in my life. It is testing your faith, the true desires of my heart and your will to follow the Lord. Yet in the midst of your trial, you can tell that something is breaking forth. The will of God and His call is breaking forth. For me, like a baby in the womb, the pressure is pushing me forward. I can tell I am about to experience something great for God in my life and I’m staying with it.

It may be testing you to the core, but stay with it. Like being in a fiery furnace, Jesus was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3:25), so He is with you. He is right there with you. They came out unharmed and God did a great work through them, and so He will with you. You are at the cusp of something great in your life. Stay with whatever God is doing in you. You are coming forth as gold!

Prayer: Father, I feel pressed on every side, yet I’m staying with it. Whatever You are doing in me, have Your way. It may be challenging, but I know deep inside You are bringing greatness out of me. Purify this man and cause me, the called me, to break forth! I ask for grace and strength right where I am and I thank You Jesus, my Champion, is with me. I’m coming forth as gold! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Daniel 3:16-28, 2 Corinthians 4:7-12

Devotionals

Having Gospel Conversations

January 21, 2019

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise” Proverbs 11:30, ESV.

Sometimes, we view sharing our faith as something we do door-to-door. There is a place to for that, but most of the time sharing Jesus is going to be done very easily and with joy within the relationships and conversations we are already having. God wants you to use the conversations that you’re already having and turn them into Gospel conversations–conversations about the Good News of Jesus Christ. Here are some tips on doing that.

Recognize – There is a purpose for every conversation we have. Pursue to pivot those conversations into something meaningful. You may have started talking about sports, but look for an opportunity to turn what you’re talking about into something about life. Recognize when who you’re talking to takes the conversation into something going on in their own lives or what they believe as well.

Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you – Listen and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you about what they are saying, as well as what they are not saying. He’ll cause you to hear a whole lot when you listen to people. He will reveal to you about pinpointing what their real need is. He’ll cause you to be sensitive to what they are looking for or asking, and give you the words to say.

Relate to them – It’s okay to get personal with someone. It’s okay to open up about what you believe or your testimony. Open up and to love them enough to tell them the truth about their life. As the Holy Spirit leads you, be bold to share Jesus.

Prayer: Father, thank You for making sharing Jesus simple. Hell is real and I don’t want anyone to go there. Show me how to have Gospel conversations each day. When it’s time, help me love people enough to tell them about Jesus. Let no fear stand in my way. Give me the words to say, wisdom and boldness Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 4:4-26, Acts 4:5-12, & 8:26-36; 2 Corinthians 5:18

Devotionals

When Gods says I’ll give it to you

January 20, 2019

“Then Abram said, ‘Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!’ And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.’ Then He brought him outside and said, ‘Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.’ And He said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ Genesis 15:3-4, NKJV.

Abram had lived for a long time with a desire. He wanted a son, and we know this from his response to God about being His great and exceeding reward. Yet, when he told God he had an heir already in the house, the Lord responded with no that’s not going to be your heir. You will have your own son to be your heir. I’m going to give it to you.

Sometimes, when you look at your life, you look at your conditions, your age, and you wonder will you receive your desire. You may feel like Abram, where you already have looked and accepted an alternative, you’ve settled in on something less, something second to what you really desire. But like God’s response to Abram’s desire, what has God spoken to you?

God is your great and exceeding reward, and in Him, in His will for you, in His timing, His best will meet your desire. His best far exceeds, goes far above we can ask or think of. Abram not only received his very own heir, but heirs as countless as the stars that couldn’t be numbered. God really does care about your desire and has spoken to you about them. The Father wants you to stand and fully believe what He said He will give you.

Prayer: Father, You know what I purely desire. You will give me what I desire and more because I delight myself in You. Forgive me if I’ve secretly given up or settled. I get right back in faith, and like Abram, I will believe what You’ve told me. It will exceed far above what I can ask or think of. I thank You for it coming to pass! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Genesis 15:1-6 & 21:2; Psalm 37:4-5, John 14:14, Ephesians 3:20

Devotionals

Prize the Kingdom

January 19, 2019

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it” Matthew 13:45-46, NKJV.

Jesus’ parable describes a merchant, who was looking for something valuable, something to benefit him, something that could bring the wealth he was looking for in his life. He set out looking for multiple pearls, yet He came to find one more valuable than them all. So much so that he sold everything for the one he found and it became his prized possession.

The Lord wants us to comprehend how valuable He is and the great value of His kingdom. It is so valuable, so beneficial, so enriching, so fulfilling, so good, so full of peace and unspeakable joy, so many blessings, so victorious, so eternal, that like the merchant, you will give up everything for the precious pearl of the Lord and His Kingdom.

It is beyond money, and you must see it. As soon as your eyes open in the morning, you prize fellowship with the Lord. When you receive the accolades of men, you see how valuable it is to give God the glory. You are glad to serve, glad to be a blessing, because you prize operating in the Kingdom.

God is your great exceeding reward. All you could ever need and desire is found in Him.

Prayer: Father, You have caused your son to find the pearl of Your kingdom and I will advance it. You have cause me to know salvation and I will live abundantly victorious. Help me to understand more, to see the whole of what I have found. I make You my prized possession. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Genesis 15:1, Mark 12:30, Matthew 6:33

Devotionals

Make It Count

January 18, 2019

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” Psalm 90:12, KJV.

If someone gave you one year to spend one million dollars, how would you spend it? But if you were given only one day to spend that same million dollars, you would use it an entirely different way. The basis for your wisdom would be you only have one day.

This is the reality God wants to give us regarding life. You only have one. It is but a vapor, a few seconds. It is here one day and gone the next. Before you realize it, this life is going to be over, and you will ask yourself what did you do regarding your walk with Jesus and with all of the things God put in your heart. How did you spend your time with this precious life that God afforded to you?

God has given you His Son, the Holy Spirit, so much potential, gifts, a good wife that has been there for you through it all, children, opportunities, a ministry, a platform to share Jesus Christ, a home, business ideas, great friends, health, purpose, and so much more. Now, number your days and make it all count.

Don’t live life foolishly. Don’t live life stagnant, but wisely. Enjoy it and run for Him!

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word. As I step back and look at my life, You have given me so much Lord and I thank You. Teach me to number my days and to apply my heart to wisdom. Lead me by Your Spirit. I will not waste this life. With all You have put in my heart, I will run for You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 39:4, Ecclesiastes 3:2, James 4:14, Hebrews 12:1-2

Devotionals

You’re already out of the boat.

January 17, 2019

“And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus” Matthew 14:28-29, NKJV.

There’e never been in a time in my life that I needed God like I do now. The weather all around me is getting tougher. The pressure is saying to turn around on every side. The waves are raging, saying look at the chaos and quit. It all didn’t begin until I got out of the boat.

We usually focus on him sinking, yet Peter did what no other man, besides Jesus, had ever done. He got out of the boat and walked on water–so have you. You are walking on water right now and things are challenging your faith to go back. Things are challenging your faith to remain diligent. However, you are so close to Jesus’ hands. You are so close to fulfilling the purpose of God for your life.

Keep your eyes focused on Jesus and you will press beyond your fears. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus and you will make it past the raging winds. Realize you’re already out of the boat. You’re already doing more than you realized you ever could through Christ. You have already changed more than you ever have. The impossible in your life is being done already. It’s time to finish with faith. Keep walking on the water and lay hold of what God has for you!

Prayer: Thank You Jesus for being a rock for me. I am already out of the boat, so I will keep walking on water. You will help me continue to do the impossible. You are taking me farther than I’ve ever gone. Through You, I can do this. Help me to stay focused on You and become all that You have called me to be! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 14:25-33

Devotionals

Wife Material

January 16, 2019

“But God told Samuel, ‘Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart’.” 1 Samuel 16:7, Message Bible

When I met my wife, she was a freshman in college wearing some blue jean shirts, a tank top shirt and a baseball cap to the side. She looked like she was straight from Atlanta. She was cute, but she wasn’t dressed to the nine. However, for some reason it was just something about her. It wasn’t the outward appearance that the Lord was pointing me to look at. God was pointing me to the heart.

As the year begins, you may be believing God for a wife. Sometimes, love won’t look like you think it should. We can have a preconceived notion on what someone is going to be, or look like when we find love, but she may not be the one God points you to. You may be looking for the supermodel, when God points you to the woman right next to you at church. You may be looking for her name in lights, when God points you to the woman in the cubicle at work.

You think you know what you want until love shows you. You thought you needed a model and nothing would keep you from her, until you meet someone you can be yourself with. Until you meet someone that is beautiful, wise, and you can’t stop laughing while you’re with her.

Have an open heart to who God points you to. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, because there will be something about her. The Lord will show you who is wife material for you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me. Yes, I do desire a wife–a good one. Help me not miss Who you have for me. Help not to be look so much on the outward appearance, that I comprise the heart. That’s what You look at and that’s what I’ll look at too. Keep me sensitive Holy Spirit to who You point out who is wife material for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Proverbs 3:5-6, 18:22, & 31:10-31; 1 Peter 3:2-4

Devotionals

Look up and hope in God!

January 13, 2019

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance” Psalm 42:5, NKJV.

The psalmist said this two different times in this psalm, denoting that he had anxiety, a restlessness, a tossing and struggle for peace, going on in his soul, but he hoped in God. When he wrote this, he was going through a hard time, having been exiled by Saul from his home. He longed to be back in the house of God, among the people of God and freely give God praise there. He longed to be where he use to be.

You may be experiencing a rough time. You may be a man being faced with anxiety or worry. You may long to be where you use to be in your life. You may feel confused about where you’re headed and you desire peace. You may feel you were in the perfect will of God and you praised Him, but how can you praise Him where you are.

Tell your soul to look up and hope in God. He will do what He said He will do. He has a master plan, and even when it feels like He isn’t at work at all, that’s when He is doing His best work in you. When it feels like He is the farthest away, is when He is the closest. What is in you, He is going to bring you out and He will be glorified. He will bring you into a great place.

Let nothing keep your praise quiet, for there is power, joy and strength in it. Praise Him and experience His presence, as He fills your cup and encourages you deep down where you need it. Remind yourself today to look up and hope in God!

Prayer: Thank You God for Your word. Why be disquieted my soul? Hope in God! I may not understand what You are doing and my faith is being tested, but I can trust You are doing your best work in me. I will yet praise You! Jesus is my rock and I will have joy as God’s work in me unfolds. My hope is in You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 3:3 and 22:3; Nehemiah 8:10, John 7:38

Devotionals

While others are sleeping, be awake.

January 12, 2019

“But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed” Romans 13:11, MSG.

I woke up recently in the middle of the night and I was wide awake. God spoke to me and said, This is how I want you to be. I asked Him what do You mean. He said while others are sleeping, I want you to be awake. I want you to be awake to the calling I have on your life. I want you to be awake to the labor you need to do with your time that I give you. I want you to be awake like the ant, who prepares in the summer to be ready when the winter comes. I want you to be awake to the times you are in. I want you to be awake to how I desire to bless you.”

There are those that are sleeping around you, but don’t be deceived. Be wide awake. When others aren’t studying and praying, you are. When other men keep to themselves, you are calling other men and seeing how they are doing–praying with them, encouraging them. While others just visit their family, you are wide awake to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with them while they are still here. While some men aren’t going to church, you are going and getting involved. When others are just working a job, you are working your plan. While others are spending, you are saving. When others aren’t taking care of their bodies, you’re in the gym.

Be awake to the Father and to His business. That is how He wants you to live.

Prayer: Father, You are good and I thank You today. Help me to live according to how You want me to live. While others are sleeping, I want to be wide awake. I pray we all are awake to Jesus. I ask that Your grace be multiplied in my life and I thank You for a blessed life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Ephesians 5:14-17

Devotionals

Seek the Lord Early

January 11, 2019

“Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days!” Psalm 90:14, NKJV.

There’s nothing like seeking God early, when no one is awake but you. It is quiet and peaceful–a table set for prayer. Before the busyness of life begins, let it just be you and God.

He wants to be the first One to speak to you. He wants to give you water in a dry land. He’ll cause you to start your day encouraged, not discouraged. He will minister grace and wisdom to you, and give you the insight of His will for the day ahead.

Not only seek Him early in your day, seek Him early with your decisions. Before next month comes, pray about it. When a situation arises, seek Him early instead of when you get in the middle of it and you find trouble. He wants to show you what to do and what to prepare for.

It can be a challenge to get out of the bed, but when the Lord tugs on your heart, and you realize the Lord is here, it means that He is calling you and He has something to say. That is the time He wants to show you great and mighty things and bless your life.

Prayer: Father, I praise You and I thank You for the quietness that comes with seeking You early. Thank You for the peace early in the morning. I am here to fellowship with You. Speak to me through Your holy Word. Build in me a discipline of seeking you early when You wake me up. Give me insight for Your will for my life today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Proverbs 8:17, Jeremiah 7:13; 25:3-4

Devotionals

My peace I give to you.

January 10, 2019

“Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]” John 14:27, AMP

Jesus has given His peace to you. No matter your conflict, no matter your fight, His peace He left with you and He gave it to you, knowing you would need it right now. Don’t approach walking in His peace as the world. Jesus doesn’t want you to put Him in the same category with it. The world gives an imperfect peace that you can’t depend on, expects something in return, it is conditional, and runs out. His peace is given freely, it is available at all times and it will never run out. Even if you caused the trouble, He has still given you His peace and wants you to walk it.

His peace is perfect. His peace isn’t dependent upon what you do, possess or your situation. The peace that Jesus gives is strong, lasting and sure. This peace will keep your heart and mind, as the anchor of a ship that holds you firm, even in the midst of a storm.

Be troubled and afraid no more. Jesus has given you His peace.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise today. Thank You for the peace found in You Jesus. I am facing a huge challenge in my life, but I engage Your peace right now. I will not live troubled, fearful or without hope. Anchor me in Your peace. Calm me with Your peace. I say You have already given me the victory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: John 14:1, 1 Corinthians 15:57

Devotionals

The Name Works

January 8, 2019

“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13, KJV

“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.” Luke 10:17, KJV

One Sunday morning I went to visit a small church in a small town. There wasn’t a lot of people present. They had pews, no chairs. Their microphones and instruments weren’t the best. The choir didn’t sound like they had won an award. Yet, from a sincere heart, they began to call on the name of Jesus, and God’s presence filled the place and He moved in a mighty way there.

No matter where you are, whether at church, in your home, on your job, facing a challenge, depressed, discouraged, without hope, sick, lacking, or alone, the name works. The name saves. The name empowers. The name delivers. Call on the mighty name of Jesus. His name is so powerful, you can call His name where you are in prayer, and it will work for someone overseas.

There is something about the name of Jesus. When you don’t know what to say or do, call on Jesus. The name works.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for speaking to me today. The name of Jesus works. I call on His name right now. Jesus, help me. Jesus, strengthen me. I am a man in need of change in my life. The devil trembles at Your name. Thank You Jesus that I can always call on You! In Your name I pray, Amen!

Read: Acts 3:6, Romans 10:13, Philippians 2:9-11

Devotionals

Your Constant Provision

January 7, 2019

“Jesus said, ‘Then the children get off free, right? But so we don’t upset them needlessly, go down to the lake, cast a hook, and pull in the first fish that bites. Open its mouth and you’ll find a coin. Take it and give it to the tax men. It will be enough for both of us’.” Matthew 17:27, MSG

It is interesting that Jesus told Peter to go fishing to find the money needed to pay their taxes. Peter was not only called to be a fisher of men, he was a fisherman by trade. It was his profession, it’s what he was good at and he was gifted to do it. Jesus peacefully instructed him to do what He was good at to obtain the money he needed.

Do what you’re good at and you will find your increase. Do what God tells you to do with it and you will find your increase. That is where you will find the money that you’ve been looking for. It’s not God’s will that you struggle financially. You have to be like Peter unafraid to do what the Lord says. Trust God’s wisdom and with your gift, Who gave it to you to serve others and to bless you also. If you don’t use what you’re good at, He can’t cause it to prosper you.

Just like within the fish, it may be rare that a piece of money, of all places, will be found in what you’re good at, but the Lord has already blessed it for it to provide. So step out and do what He says, because only there you will find your constant provision, and great joy also.

Prayer: Father, I have been looking for my financial increase and it is right in front of me. I need to trust You and do what I’m good at. That’s where it is. Help me to not fear and believe You. I’m going to go forward in faith and get what You have for me and my family, and so I can be a great blessing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Philippians 4:19

Devotionals

God will help you make a holy request.

January 6, 2019

“Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts..” James 4:2-3, KJV

Just like any good father, God will prosper you in every area when you ask, but if your motives are impure, He won’t. Yet, when you make a holy request for anything, I mean anything, of God with a pure heart, there is nothing He won’t do for you.

This is why God directs us to pray according to the most pure, most holy, most clean book there is–His Word. His holy Word will help your prayers and requests to be holy. Examine your motives. Purify your heart with the Word of God, and He will answer you.

His Word searches the heart and examines our motives (see Hebrews 4:12). When you ask in all purity and sincerity, that’s when you see the hand of God move and you will receive the greatest blessings in your life. You will experience His blessing that has no sorrow with it.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for helping me to make my requests holy to You. Help me not to ask amiss. Help me to trust You more, praying according to Your Word and allowing it to purify my heart. For every pure request, I thank You in advance for moving in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

We Cover You in Prayer

January 5, 2019

“For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield” Psalm 5:12, ESV.

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding” Colossians 1:9, ESV.

We pray a prayer of covering over you right now. We cover your walk with God and that you walk strong for Him this year. We cover your ability to hear and know God’s voice this year. According to Colossians 1:9, we pray you are filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. We cover your heart. We cover your decisions and your mind. We cover your finances and every blessing God wants you to receive. We cover your marriage. We cover your home and your family is divinely protected. We cover you on your job. We pray and cover every victory that belongs to you this year. We cover you even if you mess up, you’ll repent and quickly get up. We cover your good fight of faith! We cover your discipline of studying God’s word this year. We pray over every person you are ordained to reach. We cover your passion for Christ and focus to accomplish God’s will for your life. We pray what God has put in you, will come out of you this year and bring great glory to Him! In Jesus name we pray, Amen!

Study: Psalm 32:10-11, Galatians 3:26-29, 1 John 5:15

Devotionals

A Shipwrecked Faith

January 4, 2019

“Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck.” 1 Timothy 1:19, KJV

Peter was devastated that he denied Jesus three times. After walking with Jesus all this time, he denied him when he needed him the most. He felt doubtful of who he was, he turned away from ministry and went back to fishing for a living. After Jesus rose from the dead, He came to Peter, showed him his love and his truth and revived his faith.

Have you ever gone through something so traumatic that it wrecked your faith? Maybe it caused you to question God, who you are, or whether you can do what He has called you to do. Your faith, your strength to stand, has now been damaged. This is called ‘shipwrecked faith’.

How do you fix a shipwrecked faith? Recognize that lie caused the shipwreck of your faith. The truth is what will build it again. Faith comes by hearing God’s Word and the more you hear it in your heart, the more it will build your faith. It will repair what was done and also give you more faith.

God ‘s Word is powerful enough to fix your faith. It gets to the root of where you are broken. You may not even realize why that experience affected you so deeply, but God will begin to speak to you in love and expose the root cause.

Maybe someone you know went through something so severe, it wrecked their faith and they have turned away. Be like Jesus and go to them with love and with truth. Just as Jesus repaired Peter’s faith and set him free, he will repair them and set them free also.

Prayer: Thank You Lord for Your love and Your truth. It is so real. It affirms who we are in You. Repair my faith. Make my faith strong again. I believe in the changing power of Your Word. I ask that you help me to share Your love and Your truth to someone that needs their faith made new again. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Read Matthew 26:75, John 21:15-19)

Devotionals

Follow Your Instinct

January 3, 2019

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things” 1 John 2:20, NKJV.

You have an unction from the Holy Spirit and it is like an instinct. One day I was making a decision about something and didn’t know what to do. I started going back and forth about it, but in a moment, I stopped and said to myself, “I have an unction from the Holy Spirit and He will tell me what to do.” I paused for a moment and prayed, then He led me to go in a certain direction and it worked out.

Whether great or small, the Holy Spirit has anointed us and provides direction for us at all times. There are things He will say not to do or go, and then you find the Holy Spirit was right. This is a powerful difference when you walk with God and this is what the Lord desires you to enter deeper into this year.

As you begin inquiring of God what this new year holds, there are already things by His Spirit you know God is speaking about for this season in your life. Like an instinct, you have an unction from the Holy Spirit about what the Lord’s will is for you this year and that’s what you should follow.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the unction to know all things. Help me to walk in a more deeper way, being lead by the Holy Spirit in this season of my life. I know in my spirit You are showing me things about this year. I declare I have an unction of the Holy One, and this year, I will follow You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 16:13, Proverbs 3:5-6

Devotionals

The safest place to be is in the Lord.

January 2, 2019

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe” Proverbs 18:10, NKJV.

When you are buying a car, one of the first questions you want to know is whether that vehicle is safe. Is it dependable and solid. It doesn’t matter how good it looks on the outside, or how well it drives, it must be safe enough to get you where you need to go.

God is safe enough for you. His will is solid enough for you. It may look like on the outside what can prayer do, what can allowing Him to direct your path do, what can being in His will do, but those are the very things that will bless your life.

This year, decide that in the Lord is the safest place to be. When you decide to do what He says, work where He says work regardless of the salary, marry the woman He tells you to marry, live in this city, join this church, you are choosing Him and He is a strong tower. His Name is proven and His plans are sure. You can run to Him for all that you need. He will also help you withstand anything.

Prayer: Lord, I rejoice in You. I have run into You and I am safe. I’m solid in You. No matter the circumstance, I follow You and always find a safe place and provision in my life. You are a strong tower. Help me Father to humble myself to Your will this year. In You is the safest place to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Proverbs 1:33, 3:23; Psalm 127:1, Isaiah 1:18

Devotionals

A Year of the Glory of God

January 1, 2019

“Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him” Isaiah 43:7, NKJV.

“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you” Isaiah 60:1, NKJV.

The people of Israel were made for the glory of God and so were you. The glory of God in the Hebrew means His splendor, and honor, and the weight of it. It also means the manifestation of His greatness, His holiness expressed, as well as abundance.

This will be a year of the glory of God in your life. The weight of His splendor and the manifestation of His greatness will be seen in and through you this year. His glory has risen upon you, and it will now be seen in the earth.

What the Lord has put in you, is now the time He is bringing it out of you. What He created you for will be revealed, and it is going to bring glory to God. You’ve been behind the scenes being prepared, and now He is about to put His glory on full display. He’s going to use it to bless you and those around you.

You weren’t just created to exist. You were created for His glory. So arise and shine. Your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!

Prayer: Father, I thank You for speaking to me. Be glorified in and through me this year. Let what You created me for prevail in my life. Let me arise and shine the brightness of Your glory! What you’ve put in me to bring glory to You, I ask that You cause it to be revealed this year, even Your abundance. Make Yourself more known in the earth through me and every believer. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Isaiah 60:1-3; Psalm 84:11

Devotionals

No Word, No Victory. Build Your Word Life.

December 31, 2018

In these times, you can’t fight, you can’t advance, you can’t take the offensive without God’s Word. You will continue to defend, defend, defend, and never overcome the devil. The devil keeps telling you to give up, you don’t have enough faith, you’re a fearful man, you’re nothing, God can’t use you, what you did, and all the while you have no response of power. The Word is what makes the devil get off of you! The Word is what breaks the rock in pieces. The Word is what removes the strongholds in your life. God’s Word gives you a response with power! Having an awesome prayer life and all of God’s weaponry is powerful, but it isn’t God’s Word.

For daily living victories and to build your faith it takes the Word of God–the sword of the Spirit. When you put His word in you, at any given moment, the Holy Spirit uses the Word like a sword to help you dominate over your adversary. When you are faced with a decision requiring your faith, the Spirit reminds You of what God says, and you advance. When the devil tells you one thing, the Spirit quickly pulls out the sword of the Word and says no, here is the Truth! Yet without the Word, you are just like a gladiator armored down with no sword, and it is only a matter of time that your adversary will wear you down and dominate over you because you don’t have a Word life.

There are believers, battling with all our might, without the weapon of God’s Word. Jesus is the Word (John 1:14) and the more Word you put it your heart, the more you become like him. The more you become like Him, the more you dominate, the more you walk in faith, the more you will advance this year!

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your mighty Word. Help me to be complete believer, where I not only can pray, fast and praise You, but I have the sword of the Spirit–Your Word. I ask for a great desire, a discipline and habit of reading and studying the Bible. Your Word is the key to moving forward and being who You have called me to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Ephesians 6:13-17, Matthew 4:4-11, John 14:26

Devotionals

He Has Plans For You!

December 30, 2018

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11, NKJV.

Don’t you know we serve a big God that will do anything for you? He is full of purpose for you. He is full of great plans for you. He is full of desire to use you, bless you and to give you what He has in store for your life.

The Message Bible says it this way: “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Therefore, be full of thanks and keep living for God. If you have any regrets, leave them behind. Don’t spend your time thinking on what could have been, what was supposed to happen, and the mistakes that have resulted in where you are now. It happened, but the Lord doesn’t change, and His plan for your life doesn’t either. Move forward into the resolve of God, Who has mighty plans for you and walk in joy unspeakable today!

Prayer: Father, this is the day that You have made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. God You have mighty plans for me that can’t be stopped. You aren’t done with me yet! In spite of the past of my life, You have plans to use and bless me. Help me to leave any regrets I have behind. I put Your word before me. I will trust Your resolve for me and choose joy today! Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 118:24, Malachi 3:6, Romans 11:29, Philippians 3:13-14

Devotionals

In the new year, your humility will determine your success.

December 29, 2018

“Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, and before honor is humility” Proverbs 18:12, NKJV.

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8, NKJV.

Humility will always lead to obedience, and your obedience will always lead to honor. A heart of pride will ultimately dishonor and destroy you, yet humility will always cause you to receive from God the very thing you seek. As you become a humble man and trust God with your life, the christian walk, the honor, the increase, the fulfillment in your life will surely follow.

It takes a humble man to say “baby…you’re right”. It takes a humble man to say “You know what, I’ve been wrong”. Most of all, it takes a humble man to say I need God, and I submit to Your will.

For many of us, success in your christian walk in the new year will be determined by the level of humility you walk in. For some of us, God has been waiting to receive humility from you. Now He can lead you. Now you can hear Him speak. Now He can bless you. Now He can trust you with abundance. Your humility is going to be the defining factor for you. The lower you go, the higher He’s going to take you in the new year.

I prophesy if you decide to be a humble man, next year will be the best year of your life!

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word. Help me to be a man of humility. I can’t do this on my own. You are God and I am not. Help me to live according to Who you are, and Who you have said You will be for me. Begin with humility and bless me with Your abundance for my life. Begin with humility and shape me into the man of honor You have called me to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Proverbs 15:33 & 22:4; 1 Peter 5:6, Matthew 6:33, Philippians 2:8-9

Devotionals

Plant yourself by the river of His Word.

December 28, 2018

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” Psalm 1:2-3, NKJV

A tree cannot survive without water. But when planted by it, a tree will thrive and bear tremendous fruit. You are a tree of righteousness, and in these times, it is vital to plant yourself by the river of God’s Word. Do not underestimate its’ power. Within His Word, God has something to say to meet every need you have. It will also be a place to draw comfort, courage and faith.

God framed the world with it. Jesus fought with it. He healed with it. His Word has the power to keep us prospering. It doesn’t mean we won’t go through anything, but God’s Word will sustain you, counsel you and feed you through it.

Confession: God’s Word is powerful. I am a tree of righteousness and I will plant myself by the river of His Word. It flows with guidance and sustenance. It flows with strength. I will thrive in these times because I fill my heart with what He says. I fill my mind with how He says. I speak His Word only. His Word will provide counsel for every situation in my life. I will act on His Word and prosper!

Read: Isaiah 61:3

Devotionals

You Will Make It

December 27, 2018

“Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side…” Psalm 118:5-6a, ESV.

Can I ask you a question. If God Himself was going through what you are experiencing, do you believe that He could get through it? You may say yes He would. Nothing’s too hard for God. He would obliterate it. He would make the right decision. He would handle it with no problem. He would definitely make it.

Why can’t you?

The One you believe would make it, is the same One that is on your side. You can make it too. It’s never just our situation or trial. It’s never just our marriage problem. It’s never only our fight of faith, or our journey in this life alone. It’s His. The Spirit of God is in you. Jesus said he is always with us, even in the valley. He helps us handle it like He would. The same grace that He has, He has given you and it is very sufficient. It is more than enough for not only strength, but for comfort and triumph.

Don’t stop believing. You can make it–and you will.

Prayer: Father, I really needed this. Sometimes things can get hard, but if You can get through it, I can too. If You can make it, I can too. I say in faith to You–You are on my side. Help me to handle what I’m going through just like You would. Give me the grace that I need, and through Christ, I will live for You and obey You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Jeremiah 32:27, John 14: 16-17, 2 Corinthians 12:9

Devotionals

Let Him Have His Way

December 26, 2018

“So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” Luke 11:2, NKJV.

Sometimes at points in our lives, we don’t know what to specifically ask for from God. Some things are happening in your life outside of your control that you truly don’t understand. You don’t know which way to turn or how to change. The decisions you make are crucial right now, especially in the new year, and it’s important to make the right ones.

One of the greatest, constant prayers that you can pray in those moments is for the Father’s will to be done in your life and to have Your way. You don’t know everything, but He does. He knows your current and future needs. He also knows how to turn your heart, into a heart like His.

Trust Him and pray that He have His way within you. Ask for God to have His way in your dating and in your marriage. Ask for God to have His way in your home. Ask God to have His way in those situations in which your hands are tied and only He can turn them around. Ask sincerely for the Father to have His way, and then, allow Him to.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for Jesus showing us how to pray. You are holy and there is none like You Father. I humble myself and sincerely ask for Your will to be done. You know every detail. You know every need. Have Your way in the earth. Fix me. Change me. Have your way in me, and may I yield and allow You to do it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Jeremiah 18:4-5, Psalm 143:10, James 1:5

Devotionals

If He said it, He will do it.

December 24, 2018

“Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it” Jeremiah 1:12, Amplified.

You may be a man of your word and can make a strong commitment to do something, but there’s still a possibility something will come up. Stuff happens out of our control. The kids may need that “oh, we forgot daddy” something for school and you have to be late. You could drop your wallet. You could have a flat tire on the way. I mean all types of the unexpected could arise to prevent you from doing what you said.

But not God.

He is infallible, all-wise, holy, and just. Nothing will come up with God. Not one thing will stop Him from doing what He said in your life. Nothing will happen outside of His control because He’s always in control. He’s never late and always on time. When He says something, He watches over what He spoke to perform it. He is the only One that can and will always keep His word.

He is not surprised by where you are. He’s not losing it because there’s just too many people praying, and He can’t keep up. God isn’t sweating bullets, wondering can He make it to you on time. He’s not under any pressure. He loves His sons and He won’t let you down.

He is not a man that He should lie. He is unstoppable, and if He said, He will do it. He knows exactly what He is doing and you can joyfully trust Him!

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your ability to do what You said in my life. Nothing has come up and You are always in control. I will rejoice because You watch over Your word to perform it. I may not see it, but You are active in my life, and You will bless me with exactly what I have need of. Help me to always rejoice and joyfully put my trust in You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Numbers 23:19, Psalm 138:8, Jude 1:25

Devotionals

Living Glad!

December 23, 2018

“Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart” Psalm 32:11, NKJV.

“Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; And let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns’.” 1 Chronicles 16:31, NKJV.

Your daily life is to be seen as time spent not worrying, but assured and glad about your mighty God. He has made your day to live and rejoice in, not die (Psalm 118:17). The Lord being in your life is your greatest blessing. By Him, life is good, abundant and meant to be enjoyed. This should continually make you glad.

You will experience tribulation; however, make the grit decision to be of good cheer. Be determined to live the one life you’ve been given happy because the Lord reigns! Allow nothing to detour your gladness because the Lord reigns! Be whole and full of life, enjoying the good and progress in your life. Celebrate your victories. Celebrate where God has brought you from. Go deeper into your purpose–a purpose-filled day will make up a purpose-filled life. See what God is doing in your life as marvelous in your eyes.

Confession: I thank the Father for His awesome, unfailing word. I make a decision I’m living glad and I will rejoice! I’m glad God is on my side. I’m glad He upholds me and answers my prayers. If He said it, He’ll do it! I am glad He continually blesses me. I will rejoice and say among the nations that the Lord reigns!

Study: Psalm 118, 119:14; John 16:33

Devotionals

Enjoying Where You Are

December 22, 2018

“Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am” Philippians 4:11, Amplified.

I have had times when I have felt like being somewhere in life that I am not at right now. I imagine myself at the destination and it feels so good, to the point that I want to desperately be there. I then find it causes me to forfeit my contentment today and the enjoyment of where God has me right now.

Learn to be content and enjoy where we are. As strange as it may sound, learn to enjoy the journey, as much as the destination. Even while God is working on you, be thankful and appreciate what He is doing in your life. Even while He is teaching you and changing your circumstance, see that you are getting better, stronger and wiser. You may not be where you want to be, but if you consider your life for a moment, you aren’t where you use to be.

Abide in God and He will keep you living in the present, and remind you of the joy of where you are. There are breaths to take right now. There is life to live right now. There are people to reach and love right now. There are blessings all around you, and when you have a content heart, if you didn’t take another step, God shows you He’s blessed your life far more than you realize.

Prayer: Father, it’s good to desire to go farther in life for You, but let me not forfeit my joy of where I am today. Thank You for how much You’ve blessed me. You’ve turned me around and I won’t forget it. Even while You are working on me, remind me of the joy of where I am. Help me abide satisfied in You, trusting You. I will be content. Help me stay present, and enjoy living now. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 2 Corinthians 4:17

Devotionals

Remember the Outcome

December 20, 2018

“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure” Isaiah 46:10, NKJV.

No matter what you are going through, keep in mind the outcome. God wants our focus to be on what He said our end will be. Many times I have felt pressure all around me, yet the one thing that has kept me was faith that victory will be on the other side.

God is going to bring you through it. You may not understand why. You may not understand how will He do it. It may look bleak or it may look like it won’t ever change. Yet, know that the Lord’s outcome will prevail. In the midst of your challenges, your faith can only stand, your joy can only rise, your praise can only be voiced when you stop and consider what the Lord has said He is going to do on your behalf.

This will steer you away from worry and keep you moving forward. This will bring you peace, contentment and triumph within. This will encourage you, in spite of what you see, to keep doing what He has instructed you to do because the outcome is in His hands, not man’s. Keep obeying Him. Keep letting the Holy Spirit lead and guide you, even with what you are mindful of. Your outcome will be victory!

Prayer: Father, thank You for reminding me to remember the outcome that You have said. You are a good God. Your Word is perfect and sure. I can count on You at all points in my life. Help me to be vigilant about not worrying. I will set my mind on Your outcome. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 16:8, 18:30; Romans 15:13

Devotionals

Seize Your Moment

December 19, 2018

“The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, but diligence is man’s precious possession.” Proverbs 12:27, NKJV

Laziness can come at any point while we are pursuing God’s will for our lives, even when it’s time to prepare, and when it’s time to seize what is before us. There are seasons that we enter into that call for our utmost diligence in order to seize the moment and seize the doors that God has opened. You have the opened door, you have the opportunity, you have the favor, you have the support, yet you also have to remain diligent to walk through them. Your diligence will determine whether you eat of what God has set before you.

This is why God calls your diligence your precious possession. It will help you eat of what you have pursued, what you have waited so long for, what you have worked so hard for, what you have endured and believed God for. Now it is before you. It’s time to prepare what God has blessed you with and enter into what He has for your life.

You are so close. Be refreshed in Jesus’ name. Give laziness no place. Continue to use your precious possession of diligence and seize your season.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word today. You have placed everything I need before me. Help me to not let up now. I come against laziness in the name of Jesus! Refresh me Father. I ask for strength by Your Spirit and stir up my diligence in this moment in my life. Thank You for the grace to seize my season. Glory to God! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: Proverbs 13:4, Galatians 6:9, Hebrews 6:10-12

Devotionals

There is none like You!

December 18, 2018

“For your servant’s sake, O Lord, and according to your own heart, you have done all this greatness, in making known all these great things. There is none like you, O Lord, and there is no God besides you…” 1 Chronicles 17:19-20, NKJV.

When I think about the Father and all that He has done. When I think about how Jesus was given for us to redeem us from sin. As I see all the ways He has made out of no way and His mighty works, I cannot help but to thank Him and conclude that there’s no one like Him!

Consider all He has done for you–and still is. He works beyond what you can see. He daily blesses you, loading you with His promises. He always takes the bad and makes good from it. He delivered, and even when you didn’t want to be, the Father still watched over you. He still brought you through it and restored you as if you didn’t experience it at all.

When you, and even others, thought you couldn’t change, God made you a better man. You are a changed man through Christ. Only God could have done it, and only He can do what is being done in your life right now. He is a big God with big plans for you. You may not see how, but He is going to bring it to pass.

Remain thankful, excited and at peace that He is a mighty God and there is none like Him!

Prayer: Thank You Father. All I can do is shake my head when I think about what you have done, and what you are about to do in my life. How could I have come this far except by the wonders of Your mighty hand. Only You God could have done it! Have your way in me Father, and if anyone can bring it to pass, you can because there is no one like You! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 103

Devotionals

Unstoppable

December 17, 2018

“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” Isaiah 40:30-31, NKJV.

You weren’t meant to be stopped. You were meant to be unstoppable. You are an eagle, soaring too fast and too high to be denied your calling. The enemy and his devices cannot dwell where you are. You overcome evil with good. You are too positive to be negative. You are too humble to give room to pride. You forgive too quickly to be offended. You repent too quickly to be ashamed and condemned. You have too much favor to be refused. You have too much joy to lack strength. You have too much God to be stopped. You trust He will move for you, as you move for Him.

Yet, when you feel faint and weary, when you feel discouraged, don’t run away from God, run to Him and wait on Him. When you wait on the Lord, you are setting your hope and expectation in Him and in His Word.

Think on His Word and wait on Him. Pour out your heart to Him and wait on Him. Go to Him with your struggles as a man and wait on Him. Stay where you are, and wait on Him to direct your path. He will bless you, renew you and prove that you are in Christ, a new creature in Him and you truly can’t be stopped.

Prayer: Father, thank You for making me unstoppable! I was meant to mount up with wings as an eagle, and I won’t believe otherwise. I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me! I will wait on You. I will expect of You because You will come through. You will help me. You will bless me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Philippians 4:13, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 John 4:4

Devotionals

We declare living water in your life!

December 16, 2018

“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” John 7:37-38, NKJV.

We prophesy that rivers of living water from God begin flow throughout your life today. We declare that living water begins to flow out of you that you can’t even understand. The life of God won’t be something you have to try and manufacture, but will flow out of you effortlessly. You just come to Jesus, and joy, peace and self-control begin to flow in your life effortlessly. As you come to Jesus, he gives you living water. The Lord is having free course in you. Jesus, the Hope of Glory has redeemed you and he is giving you the grace to walk in a high place.

We declare over you that living water begins to pour in every dry place in your marriage. These rivers begin to flow in your relationship with your children. We pray that living water flow into your home. We declare no more dry seasons in your life! Even when you find yourself in the valley, you will experience the waters of God that flow and bring you new life and refresh you. The Holy Spirit is causing living waters to flow out of you and into a dry world all around you. Now we declare you experience living waters begin to bless your life!

Study: John 4:7-14 & 14:16-17; Galatians 5:22-23

Devotionals

If God is for you, who can be against you?

December 14, 2018

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31, NKJV

Who can be against us and prevail? Who can be against us and win against the One Who stands with us? Nobody. No one can defeat the One that you have taken sides with; and He, the Almighty God, has sided with you. He is committed to making sure you win. His mercy has sided with you. His grace has sided with you. His power has sided with you.

Know that Lord is not only with you to defend you, but to assist you with whatever you need in the midst of your enemies, in the midst of your opposition. Whether you need protection, justification, grace, favor, or courage, stay in faith and you will see God move right before your very eyes. Regardless of how it appears, you will see God triumph and bless you right before your very eyes. Keep going after what He has for you. It is your time, it is your season and all you need to know is that the Lord is on your side!

Prayer: Thank You Lord that You are on my side! You favor me and You will bless me. I rebuke fear and distress. You will make sure that I come out on top. Help me to continue to trust You and give me courage. You are on my side! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: Romans 8:31-37

Devotionals

God Hears You

December 13, 2018

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles” Psalm 34:15 & 17, NIV.

Late in the middle of the night, I heard our son cough. I was sleeping good and I didn’t feel like getting out of bed at all. Yet when I heard our son, it did something to me. When I heard him coughing, I could care less about my tiredness, my feelings and comfort. My son was in need. Sure enough, I went into his room and he had no blanket over him. I move him on his pillow, and put the blanket real snug over him. He then woke up a little, smiled, and went back to sleep.

You have a Father that watches over you and hears your prayers. He has heard you, even in a night moment in your life. His eyes are constantly on you and as soon as you gave voice to your situation, as soon as said you really need Him to come through, as soon as He heard you, He began to move.

Continue to trust Him, and don’t be moved by what your feelings or what you see. His answer, His victory, His blessing, a helping hand is coming. God does some of His greatest works during the night. Hallelujah!

Prayer: Father, thank You that as soon as I prayed, You heard me. You really do care about what I am going through. Strengthen me Father and full me with great joy and peace. I believe You are moving on my behalf. You do some of Your greatest works in the night. I receive any direction You give me right now. I praise You in advance. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 1 John 5:14-15, Acts 16:25-26

Devotionals

Learn from the Best

December 12, 2018

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” Matthew 11:28-30, NKJV.

If you hang around a millionaire, it won’t be long before you become one. They will mold you and teach you all of the disciplines and secrets to obtaining wealth. You will even learn intangibles by observing them, by hanging around them in meetings and just by merely being in their presence.

When you decide to be meek and learn from God’s Word, you are deciding to walk with Him. When you decide to pray, ask questions and hear what He has to say about your life, you are walking with Him. You are deciding to come and learn life from the best–Jesus Christ–and the Master will teach you how to handle what is before you, walk by faith and live victorious. You will find a mighty rest for your soul. He will mold you into the man God called you to be. No one can change you like the Lord.

Whatever you may face, let nothing detour you from learning from the Lord. He will walk you right through it. You will always arrive at His will, His strength, and His blessings for you.

Prayer: Father, You are God and Creator of all things. You are King, You are love, You are strength, You are wisdom and You are peace. You are all that I need. My desire is to walk and learn from You. Teach me many things today Lord. Disciple me and change me into being more like You. No matter what I face, You will walk with me through it, right into Your victory and blessings for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 25:13-15

Devotionals

Why Do You Call Me Lord

December 9, 2018

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” Luke 6:46, NKJV.

Sometimes, it can be tough for a man to let Jesus have control, but you are going to have to. You may not like what He says, you may not feel like doing what he says, but if he’s Lord, you should do it.

If he’s Lord, then let him be. He’s giving a lot of direction right now to us, telling many of us how to get things right in our lives, how to handle our circumstance, and what to do at this very moment in order to overcome. Yet, hearing the things that he says, but not doing them is like building house after house, area after area in our lives, with no foundation but wonder why we keep falling.

It feels good to be lord. It feels good to call the shots, but your wisdom isn’t deep enough to stand in the flood and you’re not powerful enough to speak peace when the storm comes. He’s Lord because everything bows down to the words he says, and when you should choose to also, you can overcome anything and you are blessed in everything you do. If you really want to see a mighty change in your life, make the transition from only saying he’s Lord, to truly letting him be Lord in your life.

Prayer: Father, thank You for telling me the truth. Show me Jesus anything or any area that I’ve just been calling you Lord, but I’m really not doing the things you say to do. From my marriage to my money, you are Lord. It’s tough, but help me to humble down and let you have control of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Study: Luke 6:46-49, James 2:22-25

Devotionals

Success is in the details.

December 8, 2018

“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous…” 1 John 5,3 KJV.

Our son got home from school and shortly after it was time to do his homework assigned that his teacher gave him. As I was in the kitchen, all of sudden he had a moment of discouragement, anger, confused and frustration all expressed at one time. He yelled, “I can’t do this! This is too hard!” I went over to him and said, “Your teacher wouldn’t have given it to you if you couldn’t do it.”

Then, I said let me sit down and help you. First, he wanted to know where is the mouse, I don’t see it. Yet, Those weren’t the instructions. The instructions said find the picture that rhymes with the word mouse, not to find a picture of one. Success is in the details.

Is there anything, being married, any assignment, any mountain, any challenge, before that you are so frustrated with and saying this is just too hard. Are you going through something that you feel that you can’t bear? God is good and He wouldn’t have given you the assignment if He knew you couldn’t do it. His will isn’t grievous either. He will never allow anything above what you are able to bear, and there is nothing before you in your life that you can’t handle.

The question is are you doing what He says, and have you leaned on the Holy Spirit for help? How did God say is best to handle the circumstance? Are you doing it the way God said to do it? Did He say do it now? Did He say do it with them? Whatever you are wanting to succeed at, remember success is in the details.

Pray out the details if you need them and the Father will sit down beside you and provide exactly what you need. That’s what He’s here for.

Prayer: Father, thank You for clarity. God, this assignment, situation, this mountain feels so hard and I am getting discouraged. Yet, Your commandments are not grievous. Therefore, I turn to You. Holy Spirit I lean on you for help. Step by step, I thank You for helping me do what You are telling me to do and Your success in my life. Success is in the details. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Proverbs 8:35, Philippians 4:13, 1 Corinthians 10:13

Devotionals

It’s Already in You!

December 7, 2018

“Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, ‘The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you” Luke 17:20-21, NKJV.

The Pharisees were looking afar off for God’s kingdom to come. They looked outward, instead of inward. They were looking for what they thought their king should be, yet their King was actually already in their midst.

Everything you need is in God’s Kingdom and Jesus is not far off. Everything you need, from the power to do right, to the way to prosper is already in your midst–close and accessible. Many times we are looking afar off for the kingdom, when Jesus says the kingdom is already in you!

I understand how frustrating it can be when you are wondering what God has for your life. You could be looking far off for it, when the answer is in your midst. What is already in your hands, what gifts have you been given–that is your answer. It has been in your midst the entire time, and that is what God wants to use to expand and impact His kingdom. That is what God wants you to use to bless you and others.

Prayer: Father, nothing You have for me is far off. It is near. The kingdom is me. Jesus lives in me. Everything You have for me is already here. Show me the things You freely given us. Show me the gifts in my midst that will help me provide for my family and bless others. I thank You and ask that You be glorified in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 1:12, Matthew 6:33, Romans 14:17

Devotionals

Out of the abundance of your heart.

December 6, 2018

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” Luke 6:45, NKJV.

We truly have what we say, and out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Your heart is full of something, and whatever you fill your heart with, that is what you will find yourself, intentionally or unintentionally, talking about. If you find yourself complaining, saying you will always be struggling with this or that in your life, or giving voice to what you can’t do, then that is what your heart is full of, and that is what you believe.

Begin filling your heart in abundance with what God says. He says He has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). He says He’ll supply all your need (Philippians 4:19). He says He will always cause you to triumph in Christ and no enemy will triumph over you (2 Corinthians 2:14).

When the issues and affairs of life arise, your abundance of what God says will come right out of you. When fear says you can’t do it, God’s word will rise and respond within, yes you can, because He’s with you! God’s word will turn your heart into a believing machine, your speech will change and what you produce in your life will change too.

Prayer: Thank You Father for Your word, which You have supplied in abundance to us. As a man, I know how to eat physically in abundance; however, help me to learn to eat spiritually in abundance too and get filled with the good treasure of Your word. Bring forth good things in my life. When I feel like saying the wrong thing, help me Holy Spirit and remind me of Your word. Overhaul anything evil in my heart and change what I speak and what I believe. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 2 Corinthians 4:13, Proverbs 18:21, Isaiah 59:19

Devotionals

Advance His kingdom right where you are.

December 5, 2018

“Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him” Acts 28:30-31, NKJV.

“And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come” Luke 19:13, NKJV.

Even while under house arrest, the Apostle Paul advanced the kingdom from right where he was. He wrote several of the New Testament letters that impacted the church in his time and is still changing lives today. You can advance God’s kingdom right where you are.

If you are at your job, advance His kingdom. If you have a small business, advance His kingdom. With the family and friends you have, advance the kingdom. The kingdom of God is in you (Luke 17:21), and wherever you are planted, let the kingdom grow.

It doesn’t take much for God to begin changing someone’s life. He is only looking for someone that will step out and believe He will bless whatever He directs you to do. Whatever idea, small gesture, encouraging word, or something that you give, you are pressing to help others know Christ and come to experience the love of the Father. It didn’t take David but a small stone to slay Goliath (1 Samuel 17:49). Take your stone, take what you have been given by God, and use it to the glory of God–right where you are.

Prayer: Father, advance Your kingdom right where I am. I desire for others to know You like I know You. Use me today. Help me to use what you have given me and advance Your kingdom. Lead me Holy Spirit I will not limit You and I will be used to change lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Luke 17:21

Devotionals

Be a Partaker

December 3, 2018

“Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God’s holy people) in the Light.” Colossians 1:12 (Amplified)

There is a rich inheritance that awaits you in eternity and a rich inheritance that is to be enjoyed right here on earth through Christ. You have been made fit and qualified to enjoy a blessed life and to be a great blessing! Go from being a spectator to being a partaker of your inheritance. Go from simply believing to receiving. You may feel unworthy, but Jesus made you worthy! Because you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, great grace and favor rests upon your life, you have miraculous power and authority, supernatural peace, healing, deliverance, sound wisdom and knowledge from God, the grace to thrive during lean times, and the ability to love the way God loves! This is your inheritance in Christ! Receive it by faith and walk in everything God has provided for you through Christ!

Prayer: Father, I thank You for giving me such a rich inheritance, both here and in eternity. Thank You for making me fit to receive it and walk in it. I receive by faith all that You have provided for me and I declare I walk in it now! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Your Reasonable Service

December 2, 2018

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service” Romans 12:1, NKJV.

It’s our reasonable service to daily present our lives holy to God and to worship Him with our lives. After considering what Jesus has done for you and the price he paid for all of your sins, as you consider the truth that he shed his blood for you, once and for all, as you understand that God’s commandments are not grievous (burdensome, heavy and weighty) and all the blessings that He has in store for your life, it is more than fair.

Like receiving the best deal for a purchase, the best thing that can ever happen in your life is when you are a living sacrifice–reflecting what you were purchased for. Let your life humbly be not your own today. As His Holy Spirit moves on your heart to make certain decisions, you make them. When He wants to use you to make disciples and do good to others, you let Him. As you give all that you have to Him, you will find there is no losing in God, and even as a sacrifice, you receive more life, living an abundant one. You flourish. You dominate. You receive grace and you walk in victory.

Whatever He wants to do in and through you, be encouraged to be a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto your Maker as your reasonable service.

Prayer: Father, the word sacrifice alone sounds like I am about to die, or give up everything. Remind me that I will actually live abundantly. Remind me Your desire is to see this man have victory. To not have to physically pay the price required that Jesus paid for me, a living sacrifice is my reasonable service. It’s fair to completely live for You. My life is hid now in Christ and I humbly ask that You help me to trust and obey You today. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Study: 1 John 5:3, Luke 17:33, 18:26-30; Romans 5:8

Devotionals

Hang Around God, Hang Around People

November 26, 2018

“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matthew 22:39, KJV

Two things Jesus did: He hung around His Father God and He hung around people. He spent time with God and He spent time with people. When you hang around God, He can affect you. When you hang around people, you can affect them. The same God that affected you, that influenced you, impacted your life, your plans and direction, will be the same God that affects those around you.

This is the love of God.

Take time and hang around some young guys that could use godly wisdom. They will appreciate the love. Go to lunch with your co-worker and be a friend. Open your life and make room for others. God wants to bless you and use you to bless others.

Confession: I hang around God and He speaks to me. I hang around God and I am flooded with encouragement that I can do it. I hang around God and He empowers me. I have seen God change my life. I will hang around people and allow God to change theirs. I will spend time with people and watch God encourage them. People are the heartbeat of God and I decide to make them mine.

Devotionals

Keeping Your Mind Stayed On Him

November 25, 2018

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You” Isaiah 26:3, NKJV.

We all have minds and they are going to be on something. If we are worrying, doubtful, anxious, stressed out, and fearful, our trust is in something or someone else other than God. We are relying on another source other than God for help.

If your mind is on Him, that means you are trusting Him. Things may come to try to get our minds to wander away, but keep it on the Father. Trust Him to be your way-maker, your help, your strength, your Provider, and your delight. Keep your mind on hearing and obeying Him, trusting that everything will fall in place when you do. Keep your mind on spending time with God, trusting that He will give you what you need for your day. Set your heart on taking care of His business because He will faithfully handle yours.

Seek God above everything else, trusting you will lack nothing, including joy and His strong, steadfast peace. You will notice that He will supply a perfect peace of mind and heart when it is on Him.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the joy of Your word. I say what You say: You will keep me in perfect peace when my mind is on You. Instead of the need, help me to keep my mind on the One that will meet the need. Help me not to wander to a place of anxiety and fear in my mind. Help me to trust You. I set blinders on my mind right now and I receive the grace to keep it on You. I have all I need in Christ and I thank You for perfect peace! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Romans 8:6, Philippians 4:6-8

Devotionals

Let God Reset You

November 24, 2018

“But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” Luke 10:42, NKJV.

“Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the Lord” Lamentations 3:40, NKJV.

On many technology devices there is a reset button, that when pressed, restores the device to it’s original factory setting.

There are times in our lives where we can get so far from God’s original plan. For whatever reason, we have added onto our lives different assignments, relationships, and tasks that are good, but not God. For whatever reason, we made some mistakes or wrong turns, and we wonder how do we get back to where we should be. We’ve complicated our life, with what God never intended to be in our life.

When life gets to be overwhelming, complicated, and frustrating, we know it’s time to press reset. Let God restore you to your original place in Him. Return to the simplicity of your walk with Jesus Christ. Let Him reestablish, resettle and reconfirm you. As we come to the close of the year, let God reset you.

Prayer: Father God, my life has gotten away from Your original plan. I’ve added projects, relationships, tasks to complete, and all this stuff to my life that You never told me to add. Forgive me. Your grace is in Your plan and I know when I stay with your plan there’s grace and peace. Bring me back to my original state and place in You. Reset me Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Study: Luke 10:40-42, Jeremiah 24:7, Ephesians 5:17, Revelation 2:1-4

Devotionals

Walking In the Power of Your Faith

November 23, 2018

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report” Hebrews 11:1-2, NKJV.

Walking in the power of your faith is like going to the grocery store and buying everything your wife asks for on her shopping list. You return home with all of your grocery bags and your wife asks, “Did you get the eggs?” “Yes”, you respond. She then says, “I don’t see them.” You next response is, “Yes I did. Here are the eggs right here on the receipt. See, I purchased them”. You then recall leaving them at the register, so you drive back, show the cashier your receipt for the purchase and take them back home. God’s word is the receipt of what has already been purchased through Jesus Christ.

Realize the power of your faith. It is so powerful because it brings substance to what you are hoping for, what we have been freely given and that God will keep His promises. By faith you can go to God’s word, and believe on what He says.

You will have what He said, even restoration. Just as we have faith in what a receipt says as evidence of what is ours, do the same with God’s word and stand in the power of your faith today!

Prayer: Father, I come to You today thanking You for every promise You have made. I thank You for every ounce of wisdom You offer and the success that comes with following it. Help me stand more and more in the power of my faith. I have the receipt of Your word and Jesus paid for it all. Create in me a greater hunger and joy about Your word. Thank You for walking in the power of my faith! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Hebrews 11:1-6, Numbers 23:19-20, Mark 11:23, 2 Corinthians 4:13

Devotionals

Thank Him For It

November 22, 2018

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” Psalm 100:4, NKJV.

“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” 1 Thessalonians 5:18, NKJV.

Before you ask for anything from God this morning, give Him thanks and praise. Praise Him on behalf of your family. Praise Him with conviction, power and faith. Praise Him with tenacity and passion. Praise Him for His holiness, righteousness and unending grace.

Thank Him for being your Savior and Deliverer. Thank Him for removing the chains of sin off of you. Thank Him for being there when no one else was. Thank Him for the victories. Even thank Him for the trials–He worked them for your good. When you praise and thank Him, it will bring into focus how small your situation is for such a big God.

What You praise God for is what you will experience.

Prayer: Father God, You are good and I praise You with a shout-Hallelujah! Thank You Jesus for saving me. I will give You strong praise even now. You are holy, merciful, loving and faithful! You are God alone and there is none other beside You. I have great joy and courage because of You. I praise You for being my Provider and Strength! In everything and for everything, I thank You. Thank You for all that I have, and for all You have done for me! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 148:14, Romans 5:1, Colossians 3:15, Hebrews 4:16

Devotionals

Look to God

November 22, 2018

“Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that He have mercy upon us” Psalm 123:2, NKJV.

This is the heart of a servant and a maid. They know who their source is and they look to them. Also, with their eyes fixed, they wait in silence, giving full attention until their master or mistress’s will is made known.

This should be the heart of a son of God. In these times, look only to God and His will for you and your family. When and after you pray, expect Him to speak and reveal His will to you. With a fixed heart, as you continue to serve God, silence all the questions, the anxiety, and the going back and forth to figure out what to do. Quiet your soul and look to God to provide. Look to God to show His power, His goodness, His favor, and His direction to you. He said He will be your only Source, so allow Him to be. It’s His way or no way. It’s His blessing or none at all. Your quietness and confidence will be a strength to you.

Prayer: Father, I am a son of the King, yet, my heart is as a servant. I stand in silence and attentive, awaiting Your command, awaiting Your will to be made known, awaiting Your provision. There is no alternative and I have nowhere else to go. I say I have no options. I will look to You only, and I know You will show Your favor, Your goodness, and Your direction. I will not be moved by the evil doer. My eyes are fixed, waiting on You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Isaiah 30:15, Lamentations 3:26

Devotionals

Thankful in Knowing His Character

November 20, 2018

“Therefore know [without any doubt] and understand that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who is keeping His covenant and His [steadfast] loving-kindness to a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments” Deuteronomy 7:9, Amplified.

In these times, it is important to be thankful in knowing the character of God. He is good. He is merciful. He is love. He keeps His word. He chastises those that He loves, as a father does his son. He never disappoints us.

He is wise. He is patient. He is unchanging. You do not have to struggle or wrestle with thoughts contrary to God’s character. If His word is settled in heaven, it is settled about you. If He said it, no matter how it appears, He will do it. God is not shady. What you read about God in scripture is Who He is. If He said He is for you, He is truly for you my brother.

Whatever point you stand in your life today, be thankful in knowing God’s character!

Confession: Father, I am thankful I know the character of my God. I am thankful God will not change on me. He tells me what He will do and He does it. My faith is strong. My believing endures because I know God’s character. I know He is holy, good and righteous. I know He is faithful. Anything contrary to His character is not from Him at all. I will rejoice because I serve a God with character that keeps His promises.

Study: 2 Timothy 2:13, Hebrews 13:8, Psalm 100:5

Devotionals

Treat Your Blessings Right

November 20, 2018

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” James 1:17, NKJV.

Respect means to esteem, or consider someone or something of high regard. Everything you have you have been blessed with. We show a high regard to God and our blessings from Him by treating them right. From your home to your spouse, respect your blessings. If your house is junky, clean it. If your car looks a mess, wash it. If your wife has hurt you, forgive her as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.

Spend some time laughing with your children. If your friends have not heard from you in a while, call them as God places them on your heart. Reverence God by esteeming those that are a blessing in your life. The truth is we don’t have to have these good gifts from God. Yet, you are humbled, knowing where they come from. Thankful for what you have.

This very simple principle applied will yield awesome fruit in your life and others.

Confession: I will not allow circumstances to distract me from respecting, from highly regarding, all that God has done for me. Those in my life, they actually give life to me. They bless me. My wife and children are a blessing to me. My vehicle is a blessing to me. My friends and family are here to be a blessing to me. I will show someone they are appreciated today. I will respect and honor God by respecting my blessings.

Study: Ephesians 5:20, 2 Corinthians 9:8, Proverbs 22:9, Colossians 3:17

Devotionals

His Word is Like a Hammer

November 18, 2018

“Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:29, NKJV.

A rock in our lives can be something in our way and it seems we can’t get past it. If you have a rock in your life, don’t use your hammer. Use God’s! It is much more effective. Just the habit of picking up our own hammer, instead of God’s, can be a rock in itself. Just the habit of having faith in our own strength, instead of God’s, can be a rock in itself.

These times call for making this transition of using His word, not our own method, to overcome. The Word of God can handle it. It can break that rock in pieces. Use God’s hammer on any stony, hard places, or obstacles in your life. Apply His Word and watch God break it for you.

Confession: We truly do live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. I do not have any obstacle in my life the Word of God cannot handle. I lay down my hammer and pick up God’s. I break the rock right now. Greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world. There is nothing too hard for God! I break it right now! The Word is like a hammer and shatters all rocks in my way. Glory to God!

Study: Psalm 119:11 & 18, Matthew 4:4, John 17:17, 6:63; 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12

Devotionals

Understanding Where You Are and Your Need to Pray

November 17, 2018

“He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy” Matthew 26:42-43, NKJV.

Do you understand the magnitude of where you are right now in your life? Do you realize what is ahead of you? Jesus did, and he prayed. If you did, you would pray too.

Purpose promotes prayer. Awareness promotes prayer. Love promotes prayer. If there wasn’t a time to be praying for God’s will to be done in you, for His Spirit to be a consuming fire in you, it’s now in your life. Pray for the strength to resist the devil that wants you to be asleep during this mighty hour for you.

Yet, as you are awake and pray, you’ll see that the same Jesus that conquered over the flesh and the cross, is in you and with you, and he won’t let you down. Just as he didn’t at first want to do the hardest thing he had to do, and didn’t feel like doing God’s will, but he did it through the power of prayer, so will Jesus help you do the Father’s will also.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for opening my eyes to the magnitude of where I am in my life, and the need for me to pray. Jesus you conquered over your flesh, and I ask you to help me conquer over mine. You empowered Jesus to do Your will and I ask that You empower me. Your grace is enough and I receive it by faith to follow Jesus. In your name I pray, Amen.

Study: Matthew 26:36-43, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Devotionals

Let go of the expectations and forgive her.

November 16, 2018

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” Ephesians 4:32, ESV.

Sometimes we put certain expectations, whether unrealistic or not, on those close to us, especially our spouse. When they don’t do something, or they fall short of that expectation, we become upset or deeply hurt. Yet remember, your spouse is not you. Your spouse is growing, just like you. Your spouse is fallible, just like you. Your spouse is not God, just like you are not.

They may fall short; however, it is our responsibility to forgive and move forward. Anytime we don’t forgive and hold a grudge, we act as if we are God, sitting in the judgement seat that He alone is qualified to sit in. Only He is holy and worthy to decide whether someone should be forgiven. Yet, God is rich in mercy, backed by His love, toward all of us, and He requires that we love enough to extend the same mercy to one another.

Prayer: Father, You know what, I’ve been holding certain expectations on my spouse that I shouldn’t. I realize You are God and I am not, even when it comes to forgiveness. Help me to show the same mercy You show me and forgive my spouse. She’s growing just like I am. Allow Your love and freedom to continually flow in our marriage because we walk in forgiveness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 6:14-15, Mark 11:25, Romans 12:19-21

Devotionals

When a man takes his place.

November 15, 2018

“For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior” Ephesians 5:23, ESV.

The more I get into God’s will, the more my family does too. The more I get in my place, the more I see my wife get into her place and the more blessings she receives into her life. The more I get in my place, the more blessings my children are experiencing in their life.

As husband and father, the man is the head of the home, and the head of the man is Christ. The more submitted you are to Christ, the more of him you will experience in your home. As you get in your place by loving your wife as Jesus would, you’ll see her submit easier to you, as well as your submission to each other. When we’re true fathers, our children will divinely listen to us and have no problem following us.

A man that decides to stay strong in God, will see his family divinely stay strong. When you have faith, the Lord will cause your family to have faith too. God has given such power and authority to us as men, we can bring joy and peace after work and change the mood of everyone in the house.

When we as men take our place, the devil gets in place–which is under our feet! When the man lines up, everything, and I mean everything will fall in place, and the more of God and more blessings your family will experience in their lives–far beyond monetary.

Prayer: Father, I thank You today. Help me to take my place and submit to Christ. As I do that, I trust You that You will cause everything to divinely fall in place as I take my rightful place in You. Use me to minister love and strength to my family. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Ephesians 5:23-29, 1 Timothy 5:8, Proverbs 22:6

Devotionals

Your delay could be your miracle!

November 14, 2018

“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.” John 11:5, NKJV.

“Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ ” John 11:21-23, NKJV.

Jesus was on his way to raise Lazarus from the dead, but he decided to spend two more days where He was, and it appeared to be a delay in his coming. However, they witnessed the power of Jesus, who in four days still raised Lazarus from the dead. This was beyond the three days Jews believed a man’s spirit remained near their body. They had an even greater testimony of what Jesus could do. What seemed as a delay, turned out to be their miracle.

I’m learning more and more to not lose hope because of a delay. It’s wise to rejoice and thank God for delays. In my own life, we had been looking for a house. We found one and put in our bid. It was accepted, and everything with our buying experience was going smooth and according to plan. However, the lender we were working with came back and told us they needed us to do more things regarding my credit. We weren’t ready to buy as what we were first told and it was disappointing. Yet, we agreed God must have something better, and what God has for us, is for us.

We took a little more to work on my credit, and we found that the very same house was still on the market. This time, we were able to get a lower interest rate and all the closing costs paid. Glory to God!!

Whatever it may be in your life that you desire, don’t fret over a delay. What God has for you, know that it is for you. Don’t get discouraged if what God told you doesn’t happen when you think it should, or when you want it to. You may want to go ahead and obtain it, but always receive godly counsel, even if it appears it will delay what you really desire. Your blessing could be your delay in disguise, and your delay could be your miracle!

Prayer: Father, I praise You and I thank You for all my delays. Help me not to be in a hurry. I want what Your best. What You have for me, is for me. Lead me Holy Spirit and may I receive all the godly counsel You send me. Help me to respond right to any delays, because it may very well be my blessing in disguise. My delay could be Your protection and my miracle. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 11:1-44

Devotionals

Faith Works By Love

November 12, 2018

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.” Galatians 5:6, NKJV.

“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love” 1 John 4:8, NKJV.

When my son has any kind of need, the most important thing I want him to know is how much I love him. Because of this truth, my son believes there is nothing he can’t come to me for, talk to me about, or get wisdom and help for.

This unconditional love I have for him came from God and this is how He loves His sons. The most important thing He wants us to know is that, no matter what you’ve done or didn’t do, He loves you. He IS love, and there is nothing your heavenly Father won’t do for you.

There is nothing you can’t talk to Him about, ask for grace and mercy for, it doesn’t matter the dilemma, it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve messed up, whether you are on the mountain top or the valley, it doesn’t matter what you’re going through, your faith can rest in Him because your Father loves you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me. There is nothing you won’t do for your son. Nothing. Help me to receive the revelation to core of me that You are love and You love me. I sincerely ask for that, and I thank You in advance for it causing a revolution in my life to where I exercise my faith, obey and believe You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 3:16, Matthew 18:19, 21:22

Devotionals

I Want To Be Happy

November 11, 2018

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8, NKJV.

In Atlanta, Georgia, one of the major highways is 285. It is literally a massive circle around the city, which can lead you to anywhere you need to go. Yet, if you don’t get off 285, you will eventually end up right back where you started.

True fulfillment and happiness isn’t found where it may appear to be. It may seem for a man as if it’s found in riches, women, a position of prestige, but eventually, you find like 285 you are right back where you started–unfulfilled and unhappy. Even as a godly man, if you’re not careful, you can find yourself going around in this same circle in one area or another. It can be frustrating to want something to work, that wasn’t ever meant to be.

True happiness is not meant to be found in creation, but in the Creator. It is found in knowing Christ. The Bible says blessed, or “How happy!”, is the man that has decided to hear what the Lord has to say, abide by it, and then, discovers that He really is that good! He really will give you the desires of your heart when you delight in Him. Taste and see that He will cause you to arrive at His destination for your life, and will also help you be truly happy with yourself.

Prayer: Father, I turn to You. How happy I am when I put my trust in You! Show me Jesus what I have in you. Help me to believe that Your ways will make me happy. Help me to have faith that you really are good. You have the sure blueprint to happiness. Have Your way in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 23:6, 118:1, 139:14: 1 Timothy 6:17

Devotionals

You Are Free

November 8, 2018

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” John 8:36, NKJV.

Make this confession with me this morning: “I am free! I’m not bound by my past. I have no limitations. Jesus has paid the price for all my sins and I live forgiven. I have the mind of Christ. I am free to love God and gladly seek Him. I am free to understand and retain His Word. Depression is bound and His joy flows freely in me. My ambition is free. My confidence is free. My faith is free. I can do all things by the strength He provides. I am free to live. The devil is under my feet like he should. I am worthy. I am encouraged. I am more than a conqueror through Christ who loves me. I am free to prosper. I am a new man. I am free to be blessed and a great blessing. Wealth freely comes to me. Favor freely comes to me from all directions. More and more grace is abounding freely toward me. I am healed. I am free to walk in my purpose and make disciples. I am free to do what He has called me to do. I am free to work hard like I should. I am free to play hard like I should. I am free to share Jesus. I am free to trust God and follow Christ. I am strong to obey God. I am free to win. Thank You Lord for making me free!”

Study: Romans 8:37-39

Devotionals

Make it your goal to please God.

November 7, 2018

“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier” 2 Timothy 2:3-4, NKJV.

Make it your goal to please God. Make it your sole aim to give Him your best and focus on your assignment. Nothing else matters more. Therefore, don’t get entangled with the affairs of this life that have nothing to do with what you are aiming for. Don’t allow minor things to move you from walking in joy and faith. A hardness that we have to endure is simply keeping our goal, our pursuit, to please God in everything we do.

As you aim your heart at pleasing God, He will point you toward those God-inspired goals, and by the Holy Spirit, help you achieve them. You will say God is surely with me, aiding me to please Him.

Confession: I thank You Father for being my aim right now. I set my heart and mind to please You. I am a good soldier. I can be all that You have called me to be. I will put my trust in You and serve You with conviction. I praise God for helping me hit every target in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: Psalm 35:27

Devotionals

The devil is a liar!

November 6, 2018

“…He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks what it natural to him, for he is a liar and the father of lies and half-truths” John 8:44, Amplified Version.

Don’t let the devil tell you what you can’t do, what you can’t overcome, and what you can’t accomplish for God. Don’t let the devil tell you what God will and won’t do. The devil is a liar and there is no truth found in him.

The devil will always focus on the facts, a half-truths, because he is incapable of telling you the whole truth. He wants us each day, in any given situation, to not hope in God. Yes, the fact is you may have messed up. Yet, the whole truth is that God has made a way and is going to bless you in spite of your mess up. Yes, you may have encountered a setback, yet the whole truth is God is at work and will provide you with the greatest comeback of your life. Yes, you may have record, but you are going to see God bless you in spite of your record. You may even not love the Lord like you should, but God is able to work in you the will and to do His good pleasure, even at this very moment (Philippians 2:13).

The whole truth is because of Jesus Christ, there is always hope. There’s always a blessing. It’s never over.

So the next time the devil to tells you what your end will be, ask him is that whole truth—I guarantee he won’t answer you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for reminding me of Who I belong to and Who’s hands my life is in. The devil is a liar! I speak against every thought telling me what I can’t do. My life’s destination is determined by You God and I will trust You. I already have the victory. I will not live according to facts, but according to the whole and final truth of Your Word. I receive what You say about me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Devotionals

There’s Always a Way

November 5, 2018

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” 1 Corinthians 10:13, KJV.

I’ve heard it thousands of times, but it is true that with God, there’s always a way. Trials and temptation may come as you press forward, yet with God, just as the temptation or trial exists, there is always a way of escape that exists also, and nothing is too overpowering to keep you from it. His grace abound much more toward us. The Lord saves, and besides the Lord, there is no Savior. As we submit to His wisdom, He provides the way to life and favor already prepared for us.

Ultimately, the daily challenges we encounter are to prevent the bigger goal, which is fulfilling our purpose to advance God’s kingdom and to walk in His promises. Be forward-minded and resolve all issues, fully aware of the bigger picture. Whether it is financially or relationally, when dilemmas happen, pray for the specific wisdom for the way out, which He freely gives.

Prayer: Father God, You are my God and I am Your son. Thank You for helping me keep my eyes on the relationship I have with You. From this relationship I draw strength to face any challenge and resist any temptation and trial. Thank You Father for Your promise to give me a way of escape so that I can bear whatever comes my way. Guide me Lord and be glorified in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Isaiah 43:11, Proverbs 8:35, Romans 5:20

Devotionals

Don’t Look Back

November 4, 2018

“But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt” Genesis 19:26, KJV.

When something isn’t good for you, either you must let it go, or it will consume you. This is what happened to Lot’s wife. After being made free, she wouldn’t let go of Sodom and Gomorrah. She looked back and she became a pillar of salt.

Like Lot’s wife, God doesn’t want our testimony to be that we physically left the city (the world), which is a great decision. However, we didn’t make it to the Lord’s destination for our lives either, because if we’re honest, on the inside we haven’t let it go and God knows. For only reasons we know within ourselves, we keep looking back on what’s holding us back.

Maybe you are saved and you go to church, but within you there’s a desire and love for this world, and that desire for the world system is keeping you from reaching your full potential in God. For some of us, this is a warning. It’s keeping you from completely obeying God and fulfilling your calling. God has great things in store for you, yet you must trust God, and release your grip on this world. Release your grip on the past and let it go. Go with everything you’ve got toward the place in life that the Lord is calling you to, and don’t look back.

Prayer: Father, I will worship You and You alone. You’re telling me to not look back and I hear Your voice. If there’s any desire and love in me for this world, I repent and I ask that You take it from me. Help me to not look back on what will consume me. I will look to You and completely pursue Your calling for my life and who You want me to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Genesis 19:13-26, Matthew 24, Colossians 3:2, Hebrews 10:38

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Nothing Else Will Do

November 3, 2018

“Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:13-14, NKJV.

I never have drank water that didn’t quench my thirst. In these times, many are seeking to quench their thirst for love, fulfillment, peace, and happiness with things, only to find they have the house, but not a home. They obtain the money, but they can’t buy what they really want and need. At the end of the day, they are still thirsty.

What we thirst for can’t be purchased with money or found in a relationship, it can only be found in Jesus Christ. Nothing else will do. All of our reaching out for love and identity, for forgiveness and validation are only found in Christ. Jesus is that water, and He would cease to be water if He couldn’t quench our thirst. He is the missing piece that fills every void. Don’t turn to things, relationships or anywhere else. Receive His living water and you will never thirst again.

When you encounter someone who doesn’t know the Lord, share with them how Jesus has quenched your thirst and how He can do the same for them.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Son. I realize I need Jesus, the living water. Nothing else will do. I ask for You to come into my heart and provide the everlasting supply that I need. I thank You for a well of water on the inside of me that springs up unto everlasting life. Thank You Lord and I access Your living water today! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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The Best Help in Life

November 2, 2018

“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever” John 14:16, NKJV.

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” John 16:13, NKJV.

I have found the best Help we have in this life is the leading of the Holy Spirit. I have been in some pressured situations, and if it weren’t for the Holy Spirit giving me the guidance I needed in those moments and telling me what to do, I would have thrown in the towel. He led me to overcome.

When no one else is there, He is. When you don’t know what to do, the Holy Spirit will direct you to the answer. If you find yourself in trouble, He will lead you out of it. If you need restoration, He will lead you step by step into God restoring you, even better than what you had. When you are seeking to get God’s will accomplished, the Holy Spirit will show you how to do it.

The Holy Spirit desires each day, in every situation, to help you by leading you. If you will let Him drive, if you will have faith in His wisdom, He will steer you like a wheel into the Father’s will for you. Sometimes, you may not understand why He is telling you to do something, but He will never let you down. You may not understanding where He is taking you, but He will not let you down. He may tell you to apologize or do good to them anyway, but trust Him. He is perfect and He guides us into the perfect truth of God’s Word and we experience that His way will work every time.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the Holy Spirit. Jesus left me the best Help I have, the same as if He was here. Holy Spirit lead the way. In everything in my life, lead the way. As I acknowledge You, as I turn to You, help me to recognize your leading all the time. I let go of my agenda and I will follow You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Enjoy Your Wife Again

November 1, 2018

“You are all fair, my love, and there is no spot in you. Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon…you have ravished my heart. You have ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; you have ravished my heart with one look of your eyes, with one link of your necklace” Song of Solomon 4:7-9, NKJV.

One thing that maintains a strong marriage is when there is time you get away with fun and enjoyment involved. Laughter is good for you soul, good for your body and good for your marriage. It ministers to your spouse happiness and refreshes the love you have for each other.

It only shouldn’t be you enjoyed her before you got married, and now you both have not had a good time in years.

When will you both laugh again? When will you let everything go and just get away without a plan or schedule. When will you both just be yourselves and laugh like you use to. Let your only plan be is to have a good time with your spouse. Go get dressed up again. Enjoy your spouse again. Laugh again.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word. thank You for this reminder to enjoy my spouse. Help us spark the flame and get back into what drew us together in the first place. Help me not to allow money to delay us. Deal with anything that is in our way and let us submit to Your will to have an enjoyable marriage with my best friend-my spouse. Help us to laugh again. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Song of Solomon 4:1-11, Ephesians 5:25, Proverbs 5:18 & 17:22

Devotionals

Cooperating with Holy Spirit

October 30, 2018

“Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia” Acts 16:6, NKJV.

As Paul went forward in spreading the Gospel, there were some places that the Holy Spirit told him not to go. For whatever reason, he was forbidden to go to Asia. The Holy Spirit also told him don’t go to Bithynia. However, he was given a vision from God about a man in Macedonia and that’s where he knew the Holy Spirit is leading him to go. Paul had a powerful relationship with the Holy Spirit, cooperating with Him, allowing Him to lead the way.

As Paul cooperated with the Holy Spirit, so can you. It is possible to be guided by the Spirit of God even now, right where you are in your life. Some things the Holy Spirit is strongly telling you not to go or do. There are also things He has placed on your heart to do. Listen to Him. There is a direction or course that the Holy Spirit is telling you to take and if you follow Him and follow His peace, He will lead you into God’s will for you.

God has much to bless you with, much to accomplish in you and through you. Stay excited and stay sensitive to His leading. God is greatly desiring to bless you and move in your life even before the year ends, yet it requires you to cooperate with, working hand-and-hand with the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Spirit whom I have to lead and guide me. Help me recognize when You are speaking to me, Holy Spirit. I ask for clarity and direction in my life. If You need to give me a vision or dream, give me a vision or dream. I ask for answers and decisions that I should make that will get me into Your will. Day by day, teach me Holy Spirit to check in with You and cooperate with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Acts 16:6-10, John 14:16-17 & 26, 16:13; Galatians 5:25

Devotionals

When you miss an opportunity.

October 29, 2018

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” Philippians 3:13, KJV

One thing about the game of football, you have to learn to move on to the next opportunity. I was watching football and the game had become a very close one. The team with the ball ran a play and the quarterback threw a long pass to a very wide open receiver, but he dropped the ball. The receiver couldn’t believe it. He was very disappointed, hitting the ground, because he missed such a great opportunity. Later in the game, the same quarterback entrusted the same receiver with another opportunity and he caught the ball this time.

You may have dropped the ball and are wondering how you could have missed such a great opportunity. However, don’t continue to beat yourself up, nor allow the devil to do it. The Father is rich in mercy and He is the God that always will provide another chance. Like that quarterback, God is going to come right back to you with the same opportunity to fulfill what He desires in your life. The quicker you can move on, the quicker you will position yourself for the next opportunity. God will open another door and the key is staying ready.

Prayer: Father, thank You for encouraging me today. I missed it, however, I thank You that You are rich in mercy! You will give me another opportunity, and another open door. I pray You help me to seize it! I Thank You for helping me be ready for what You have in store for me! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Devotionals

God is Moving

October 28, 2018

“And should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come” Mark 4:27-29, NKJV.

As crops in the field, God is showing you hints and glimpses of what is to come. It is on the inside of you, stirred up on the inside of you that God is about to do something great in your life. You may not know exactly how. You may not know exactly when. Yet, you know the time is now and you are expecting what God is about to manifest in your life.

You may have had some tough times, but you settled in your heart that you will continue to trust the Lord and you are about to see your reward. You said I will sow into God’s kingdom and sow His Word in me. You have turned the corner, and there is an excitement that you can’t explain nor contain. Keep obeying God. There is no telling how God is about to move in your life, and it is something to be excited about.

Prayer: Thank You Lord this morning! I am excited about what You about to do! I am a grateful and thankful man. What a God I serve. Even beyond the rough times I have had, You blessed me, and I will continue to trust You are moving in me and through my life. Help me to continue to be led by You Holy Spirit. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: Psalm 37:4, 145:15, 1 Corinthians 2:9-10

Devotionals

Do you love Me?

October 27, 2018

“He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep” John 21:17, NKJV.

It can be hard to run for Jesus when you have denied Him. Peter did it three times. After Jesus rose from the dead and visited the disciples, Jesus asked him three times on purpose do you love me. It was evident that Jesus was making a point to deal with a root of issues Peter had, and He wanted him to move beyond them.

Do you feel like Peter? Jesus knows you love Him, but your denial, your sin, your mistakes, have turned you from pursuing His will for your life. You told Him you would stand for Him, you said you would be there, but you have left Him multiple times. In fact, you have decided to not even pursue God’s call any longer.

In these moments, only one question matters to the Lord: “Do you love Me?” If you love Jesus, feed His sheep. If you love Jesus, get back up. If you love Jesus, go on and run your race. He loves you and He has dealt with everything that you have been through. Do what He has asked you to do, not because you’re perfect, but because you love Him.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word. Jesus, I have been hurt by how I failed You. Yet, all You want to know is do I love You and I do. Help me to forgive myself and deal with every issue in me. I will get up and I will feed Your sheep. Thank You for the great love You have for me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Read: John 21:15-19, Acts 2:40-41

Devotionals

What has God told you repeatedly?

October 26, 2018

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9

This wasn’t the first time God had spoken this word of encouragement to Joshua. Prior to this, Moses declared the word of The Lord to all of Israel in Deuteronomy 31:6, and then spoke directly to Joshua in verse 7, “And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.” This wasn’t a new word. God was repeating Himself.

This is why spending time in God’s Word is healthy for growth, affirmation, and forward motion into what’s unknown, for it will allow God to repeat Himself. He can and will remind us, and say some things again, which He has already said for our benefit. It will keep us focused, strong in faith, and encouraged. What has God had someone tell you at several points in your life, and He then repeated that same word? What has God repeatedly reminded you of? What has God commanded you to do? Who has God commanded you to be? He told Joshua to be strong and of a good courage. To enter into the promise land God has for you, you must do the same.

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for speaking to my heart. Thank You for being patient and longsuffering with me and my growth. I choose to follow You and obey what You have repeatedly asked me to do. Strengthen me, Lord. Help me to continue to walk with You and say Yes to the leading of Your Holy Spirit. Be glorified in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

A Hunger For Jesus

October 25, 2018

“And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:35, NKJV

One thing about a natural hunger and a thirst, it will remain until it is satisfied. You will fight when you’re hungry. You will end a phone call abruptly when you’re hungry. You will stop and tell your manager, even your wife, I have to go get something to eat when you’re hungry. It is essential to your ability to live and function, and everything becomes secondary to it.

Make every hunger secondary to Jesus. He knows you need to eat and He has what we hunger for. He knows your thirst for love and identity. He knows your hunger for peace of mind. He knows your hunger for fulfillment. We can pursue pleasures, people and places, but none compares to the Person of Jesus Christ. He says trust and try Me.
Come and believe on Him, and acceptance will no longer be a hunger because He will affirm who you are. Peace will no longer be a hunger because He will supply great peace in your life. Love will no longer be what you thirst for because He will pour His love into your heart to make you free, healed and whole. Everything you seek is found in Him.

He will prove Himself to be all that you need.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word to me. Jesus, You are the Bread of Life. You are all that I need. I walk by faith and come to You. Help me to make every hunger secondary to You and I will find that You can satisfy them all. Help me to make You Who I hunger and thirst for, and I won’t hunger and thirst again. In Your name I pray, Amen.

Devotionals

Fruit comes from denying yourself.

October 24, 2018

“Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me’.” Luke 9:23, NKJV.

When you wake up in the morning, you are faced with the most vital decision of your day, yet can get overlooked. It isn’t your responsibilities. It isn’t the tasks before you. It is the decision to deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Jesus.

Sometimes, even while spending time with God in prayer, we really didn’t get all of what we went into it for. It is not just a time to ask of God. It is also a time to take up your cross and to ask Him to help you do it. It is a time to truly submit your will and plans, to His will and plans. It is the time that you decide not to lead, but you say I will follow as He leads me.

He will then lead you and empower you by the His Spirit. He will lead you into what to plan, where to go and what to do during the course of your day. What may at first appear like you were giving up your life by taking up your cross, you will find, from the fruit that is produced, that Jesus leads you into life–an abundant one.

Prayer: Father, thank you for your wisdom. I submit my life to you and yield to you. Have your way in me. Lead me and guide me. I want the life you have for me. I want your plans and purpose to be fulfilled in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

New Moments

October 23, 2018

“Do not call to mind the former things; pay no attention to things of old. Behold, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert” Isaiah 43:18-19, Berean Study Bible.

Sometimes your good can hinder your great. You did a lot in the past, you conquered many mountains, you accomplished much in God. Yet, you can’t allow the glory of the past to be your best days. You are still here, therefore, God has more for you to see. He has more mountains to climb. He has more of the kingdom for you to advance. Those moments were great and should never be forgotten. Yet, you have new days for new moments in Him.

Go on into the new moments He has for you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for your word. I ask that You help me to let go of the good in my past, and embrace the great things before me. Let me not limit You to my old glory days. Help me go on into the new moments you have waiting for me. Help me to trust you every step of the way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Happy is the man that trusts Him!

October 22, 2018

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8, NKJV

In the Hebrew language, the word blessed in this scripture means “how happy!” Therefore, how happy is the man that trusts in God, not in the way that seems right to man, not in the deceitfulness of riches, not in a company or person, not in an opportunity with strings attached, not in pleasures, but trusting in God is where this man will continually find abundant happiness.

The man that trusts God has decided to hear what the Lord has to say and allows that to be how He lives, how he patterns his life, and how he handles his business affairs. He obeys God and He sees, tastes and discovers that God is good, merciful, favors him, and is on his side. This is the reason this man is so blessed, so happy.
Begin to truly trust the Father with everything in your life. You’ll see He wants you to succeed. He wants you to overcome. He wants to bless you over and over. When you allow Him to be Who you pursue, rely on and follow, you will experience how good God really is.

Prayer: Father, how blessed, how happy is the man that trusts in You! There is no one like You. I leap when I think about how good You are. Help me to realize how good You are and to simply trust You, for it is a sure blueprint to all of my happiness. You are my help and I will totally rely upon You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 144:15, 146:5

Devotionals

When you’re thirsty, draw from your salvation.

October 21, 2018

“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation” Isaiah 12:3, KJV.

Within the salvation the Father has provided in Jesus Christ is rescue for not only your soul, but for everything that pertains to living and overcoming in this life. The Bible describes our salvation as not only being a well, but having many wells that we can draw from.

What is a well? It is a source of water made by digging a hole within the earth. In biblical times, they were a valuable resource. A well wasn’t built far away, but very close to where a reliable supply of water was. It has something to draw with and wells cannot be moved. Our source of water is our salvation, and we can draw with joy from its’ wells because we know the water–the life–we need will come out of it. Our salvation isn’t authored by man’s hands, but by the Everlasting Father, the Almighty God, Who is good and perfect in not just some of His ways, but in all of them.

God desires for us to draw more from it in these times. You are a man, built to handle many things, but you need to joyfully draw from Jesus Christ! There is a well of courage in your salvation and you can draw it out. There is a well of strength in your salvation and you can draw it out. There is a well of mercy, a well of wisdom, a well of strength, a well of comfort, and more within your salvation and you can draw it out.

Prayer: Father, Your salvation has many wells because You know all that I need. I am not my source, You are. I come and draw with joy! What a pillar of strength I have in the salvation that You have given me! Help me to lean on and understand You more Jesus and this great salvation found in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Take the wheel, Holy Spirit, and drive!

October 20, 2018

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:13

Let the Holy Spirit take the wheel and drive today. When He turns left, you turn left. When He turns right, you turn right. When He says do this, you do it. When He speaks to you to share Jesus, you open your mouth. When He says call them, you make the call. When He gives you wisdom, follow it.

To let Him take the wheel of your life, humble yourself and ask Him to, and He will. You can’t win without Him. He is assigned to steer you in the right direction, assigned to help you be like Jesus and to help you do the will of God.

Prayer: Thank You Father for the Holy Spirit Who leads me and guides me into all truth. I humble myself and ask You Holy Spirit to lead me and guide me. Take the wheel and steer me according to the Father’s will for me today. Help me to be sensitive to when You are leading me. You are my Help and I thank You for victory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Provision Follows Purpose

October 19, 2018

“But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides” Matthew 6:33, AMPC.

As men, we desire provision. We want to be able to take care of our wife. We want our kids to have the best things in life, especially if we didn’t have them growing up. We want to support our parents better. We also desire to be in a position to be a great blessing.

With God, provision is found within purpose. God’s wisdom for us is to seek our purpose and within the purpose, there will be the provision. Go after God first and He will add the promised provision to you. Fear will tell you to operate backwards. But know that God will bless you financially when your first priority is to strive for His kingdom and living right, living with integrity. He has promised provision for you and your family.

Confession: Thank You God for being my Provider. You will add your promised provision to me when I seek Your kingdom and Your righteousness first. My trust is in the Lord. By faith, my wife, children, and parents are provided for. I am in a financial position to be a great blessing.

Study: Psalm 115:14

Devotionals

When you pray with your wife.

October 18, 2018

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].” James 5:16, Amplified

One of the greatest things you can offer your wife is when you take her by the hand and say let’s pray together. When you stop and take the lead in the middle of what your facing, and say we’re going to pray about it. When you say baby I can tell you’re going through something–let’s pray about it together.

This serves a dual purpose. There is power in agreement, according to Matthew 18:19. It also shows your wife how much you love them. It shows that you care about them as you cover them as her head and protection. Also when you pray together, several things will happen. God will prompt you of any wrong you’ve done to each other and will instruct you both to ask forgiveness, He will strengthen your bond together, He will cause the enemy to flee, and He will bring supernatural peace. God will use prayer to do something supernatural in your marriage and He will answer.

Join hands with your wife and come into agreement with God and His will. The marriage you want and need is in your time of prayer. It is true, the fervent prayers of a righteous man avails much!

Prayer: Father, thank You for the power available when I pray with my wife. I thank You for the victory we have in Christ and the power of agreement. Help us put aside how we feel and our personal agendas to focus on what matters most to You. Help us to remember that our prayers together are powerful. I make a commitment to consistently pray with my wife. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Ephesians 5:23-26

Devotionals

Lord, Have Your Way

October 17, 2018

“Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths.” Psalms 25:4, NKJV.

The Father’s way, His course of action, His will is the best way. Your way may on the surface appear better or even more sure, but there is nothing like allowing God to have His way in your life. In His hands He holds life, good instruction, wisdom, success, and strength. In His will is where your desires get met. Everything you could ever dream of, He will exceed your expectations because He is just that good.

Our way won’t work. Let God do what He wants to do in your life. Don’t restrain Him or hold Him back. Let His Spirit fill you and use you today like never before. Let His praise flow from your mouth and make Him big in your circumstance. Let advancing His kingdom be what you’re all about. Let Him have His way in you and through you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for another day and I ask that You have Your way. Have Your way in me. Have Your way on my job. Have Your way in my children. Have Your way in my wife. Have Your way in the earth. I surrender to You and allow You to use me in a mighty way. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Devotionals

Follow His instructions, it will turn out fine.

October 16, 2018

“If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land” Isaiah 1:19, ESV.

If you’re like me when it comes to cooking, I don’t do much of it at all. My wife even says what would I do without her. Yet when I do cook, it can feel a little intimidating when I begin to prepare a meal. In the midst of what to do, how to do, how much, and all the things that come with being in front of that stove, I would be reminded by God if I just follow the instructions, it will turn out fine.

Whatever you are facing in your life that appears intimidating. Whatever giant is before you. Whatever your back is against the wall about. Whoever the Lord is leading you to disciple or minister to. There may even be something the Lord has put on your heart that you’ve never done. Be reminded to get the instructions of God and then follow them. Those steps that He provides are sufficient enough. Those steps will bring you the success He has for you. Those steps will lead you into the restoration of God.

Don’t allow your focus to be on what you’ve never done, how will this turn out, how long will it take, how will they respond, or will you fail. The instructions are your part; causing it to succeed is God’s. Let Him determine the results. Sow your seed of obedience, and He will make it grow!

Prayer: Father, You are good and You give great instructions. Help me to not be afraid of what is before me, and remind me of what You have said. I ask for a hearing heart. I will obey You and follow Your instructions, and everything will turn out fine! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Joshua 1:8, 1 Corinthians 3:7

Devotionals

It’s Working For Your Good

October 15, 2018

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28, KJV

It may not appear like it, but everything you have been through will come together for a bigger and glorious picture. From every single experience, every mistake, every trial, every hurdle, every test that you’ve faced, God will make sure you experience every single promise of blessing because you love Him and you are called by Him.

Nothing can derail God’s plan for your life. Whatever you’ve been through, it has only made you better, stronger and wiser. So don’t be occupied in your mind with regret, but rather be thankful. Don’t live in the “what if’s” of the past, but rather be thankful, for God will make it benefit you and someone else going through the same experience. God will make it work for you, not against you, and the devil can’t stop the restoration power of God. God is a good God. He will set you in victorious places and blessings, just as if you didn’t go through anything at all.

Be encouraged and walk in joy. It is working for your good!

Confession: I am thankful that all things are working together for my good. No matter how I feel, I will give thanks. God is a good God. I will not live my life full of regret, guilt or condemnation. Thank You that Your plan is in front of me and is unfolding right before my eyes. I am truly a blessed man and I Thank You Lord!

Devotionals

A Prayer for My Brother

October 14, 2018

“But the Lord said to Samuel, Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7, NKJV.

Pray this prayer with me today: Father, I desire to be right before you in the hidden places of my life. People can see how I look on the outside. People can see how well I do my job. Yet, they don’t see the thoughts that I have privately. They don’t see what I have been lusting for. They don’t see my heart like You do. You see whether I am really putting you first in my life. You know if I am being a man of integrity and honor. You see my heart, Lord, and I want to be pleasing to you in the area you deem as most important of all. I want to have clean hands and a pure heart. I want to be right before You. I ask You to repair me. Really change me in the areas that You can see, because when it is all said and done, that is what matters. I thank You for it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: Psalm 51

Devotionals

Think on Good Things

October 13, 2018

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” Philippians 4:8, NKJV.

Sometimes our minds can be all over the place if we allow it to be. In the face of being tempted to be dissatisfied, your mind can think on what if you made different decisions in life and what could have been. In the face of not having enough income, your mind can be full of what you don’t have instead of what you do. When a challenge comes, your thoughts can be consumed with why did it have to happen?

It is our responsibility to, on purpose, think on good things. Just as you turn your head, turn the thoughts of your heart and mind toward whatever is true and noble, whatever is just or right, and pure. The battlefield is the mind and what you think on can determine whether you dwell in the past or you live in joy and hope right now. Think on God’s word, His report, and what He has said the outcome will be. You may say looking for something good happening in your life right now is like trying to find a needle in a haystack, but fight to find it. The Lord never leaves us without hope and there is always something that is worthy to give God praise for.

In the midst of trial, if there is anything you are gaining from it, anything Jesus is teaching you from it and it’s working for your good, think on that. It is a new day. Pursue and choose to not dwell on what you see, but what God’s word says it will be.

Prayer: Father, help me to think on good things. Help me to learn to think on what is good, honest, true and praiseworthy to You. I refuse to be a worrying man, but I will live. Help me catch myself when my mind begins to dwell on what’s wrong and what is not like You. May Your word your always weigh in on every matter. I ask for a mind that stays on Jesus and the victory I have in him. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Devotionals

Nothing less than what He promised you.

October 11, 2018

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” John 10:10, NKJV.

When you go to work, you put in all your hours, you expect to receive what belongs to you. If your company came to you at the end of the week with only some of your pay check, that would not be good enough. Most of your pay check would be better, yet that still wouldn’t due either.

You did all of your work, therefore, you rightfully expect all of your compensation–nothing less.

Jesus came and lived a sinless life, loved, discipled, saved, healed the sick, opened blind eyes, caused the lame to walk, delivered, empowered, forgave, endured, and then, gave his life on the cross for you and I. He finished all the work, he came to save, and as a son of God, you can rightfully expect everything he paid the price for.

Rightfully expect nothing less than an abundant life. It is the Lord’s joyful desire. He died, so you can live an awesome life. Expect nothing less than being free in Christ, nothing holding you back. Expect nothing less than what Jesus said. Expect nothing less than what He promised you.

Prayer: Thank You Father for Your Word. Thank you Jesus for the work you finished on the cross and I can rightfully expect to be blessed above measure. I am free. I believe You, and I will expect nothing less than to experience Your goodness, faithfulness and promises in my life. It is your joyful desire for me. Thank You Lord! In Your name I pray, Amen.

Study: 2 Corinthians 1:20

Devotionals

Make an impact with your prayers!

October 10, 2018

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” 1 Timothy 2:1-4, NKJV.

A wave of water can be small and it can also be massive. Either way, when it comes and hits the beach shore, it affects what it hits. The power with waves is that they continue to come in, one after another, making an impact on land.

There are waves of prayers that are coming. Wave of believers, waves of churches, waves of pastors and leaders, businesses, women, children, and more asking of God to war for us. Asking God to use our leaders for His purpose. Asking God to touch and change lives. One after another, prayers are coming, and like a powerful wave, our intercession will have an impact on our land.

God is calling us as men to intercede individually and collectively to affect what we target them toward. Whether you are at home or work by yourself, with your family or at your church, make waves of prayer that will change your city, your leaders, your nation and the world. Like a wave, continually let your prayers enter in and touch the shores of leaders and lives.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the power of prayer and I join in, making waves of intercession extending from Your people right now. According to Your Word, I also give thanks for our leaders. Help me to pray and give thanks each day for them. Guide them, instruct them and use them for Your mighty purpose and plans Father. According to Your Word, my prayers will have powerful results of quietness and peace, and most of all, people being saved and coming to know Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Devotionals

If you don’t have peace, stop and get wisdom.

October 9, 2018

“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding” Proverbs 4:7, NKJV.

“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God…” 1 Corinthians 1:30, NKJV.

Wisdom is the principle thing and above all, it is what you want to receive from God for every decision you make. It is like the foundation of a home–it’s what you build on. Wisdom is the foundation for all of the choices and plans, and you don’t want to approach doing anything without it.

When doing a work for God, get wisdom. When deciding on who to marry and when to marry, get wisdom. When making a financial decision, get wisdom. Practically, get all the information you can about that area and your decision can become very clear. In the multitude of counsel there is safety (see Prov. 11:14), so ask other godly men do they have any advice and even share any of their own experiences. You’ll be surprised at how God will speak to you through them and help you locate the exact wisdom you need for your situation.

Most of all, the Bible says that Jesus has been made unto us wisdom. He is our wisdom because He is the word of God (see John 1:14). It is principle, it is foundational, to find the wisdom Jesus give through the word, then follow his lead. Follow his peace.

Don’t settle and refuse to be pressured. You want peace. In these times, it is crucial as a man to be wise, to pray and understand God’s will for your life. Therefore, “if you don’t know, don’t go.” Stop and get the principle thing–wisdom.

Prayer: Father, I needed this. I have so many decisions before me. Give me wisdom. Help me to find the wisdom I need, even through the counsel of others. As I get all the information I can from Your word, as I pray about it, Jesus speak to me and I will follow your lead. Help me to stop and not move until I receive Your wisdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Proverbs 3:19, 8:11 & 35, James 1:5, Ephesians 5:14-17, Philippians 3:15

Devotionals

Will you still serve Him?

October 8, 2018

“Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” Psalms 100:2

Anyone can serve the Lord when everything is going well. The children of Israel gladly praised the Lord after they crossed over the Red Sea. They gave Him glory with no hesitation after they saw how He delivered them from the Egyptian army. The challenge came when they walked through the wilderness and God allowed them to — to humble them and prove their heart to see if they would still serve Him.

Are you like the Israelites who lost faith the moment things became difficult? Or are you like His servant Job, who after losing everything still bowed down and worshiped the Lord? Will you let go of Jesus because things aren’t going your way right now? Or will you hold on and believe Him with all you’ve got?

Although you are being proven, still serve Him. Although you are learning humility and patience, still serve Him. He doesn’t want your worship and your obedience to be conditional. When all is well or when it isn’t, when He gives you what you want or when He doesn’t, no matter the wilderness, no matter the trial, serve Him. There is always a promise land after the wilderness. After obedience, there is always the blessing.

Prayer: My LORD, You are my King, and I worship You, not outcomes. I worship You with all my heart because of Who You are. I choose to trust You no matter what I face. Strengthen my heart. Strengthen my praise. Strengthen my faith and my joy in believing. Fill me, God, as I humble myself in worship to You. Let nothing steal my praise and my worship. It’s my lifeline. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

A Rejoicing Life

October 7, 2018

“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You” Psalm 5:11, NKJV.

There are always reasons for you to rejoice. Rejoice over the good things the Lord has blessed you with. Rejoice because the Lord is up to something in your life. The Lord fights your battles. Rejoice because you are a man that’s going to another level in your life. Be glad that He has made you whole. Yet above all, rejoice because your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life.

God’s desire is that your day be full of rejoicing in Him, as the Lord has made you glad. He wants our all when it comes to rejoicing and to do it more. Just as you rejoice over your life-long sports team, rejoice over your God. Shout for joy, shout because you have overcome, no matter what you face! It will keep your joy full. It will keep you reminded of Who you serve, Who kept you, Who restored you, Who is faithful, Who is pleased with you, loves you and with Him, you cannot lose.

If you learn to rejoice, you will handle your challenges a lot better. You will be more of a man that’s free of care, more lighthearted, less stressed. You will find it to become easier and easier to remind yourself and shout for joy over what the Lord can do. There is no better way to live than to rejoice!

Prayer: Father, I rejoice over You. My name is written in heaven! I rejoice that You have set me free. I rejoice because You are up to something great in my life! Thank You for being a Father to me. I celebrate You and the victory I have in Christ. Develop in me a life of rejoicing. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: Psalm 9:2, 68:4; Luke 10:20, Philippians 4:4

Devotionals

You no longer live, but Christ lives in you.

October 6, 2018

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” Galatians 2:20, NKJV.

The Apostle Paul said I am crucified with Christ. This is the ultimate statement to say you don’t live any more, yet your life is now Christ to lead. All of his sin, the sinful nature and its’ desires for doing what doesn’t please God has been nailed to the cross. Jesus lives in him and a new man has risen.

That old man may call your name, but refuse to be the man you use to be. A new man has truly risen. The devil my remind you of what you have done, even something recent, but don’t allow him to define you by it. You have been crucified with Christ and live by the faith you have in him. He removed the power of sin and its’ dominance over you, and the life God has planned for you is yours to seize and experience today. The freedom, joy, peace, strength and success is yours to experience each day. This is what He paid for.

With no condemnation, rejoice in your day. Live in Him and let Christ live through you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for sending Your Son to die for me. Jesus paid the price for my sin. I make the ultimate statement: I am crucified with Christ. I don’t live, but Christ lives me. That old man is gone. Your agenda is my agenda. My life is hid in Christ and what He has done for me. Help me to not tell myself where to go or what to do. I don’t lead, I will follow You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 2 Corinthians 5:17

Devotionals

A Man and His Prayer Closet

October 5, 2018

“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Matthew 6:6, NKJV

The Pharisees at the time loved to pray openly so man could see them and say how great they were. They sought the reward that comes from man, but not from God. But Jesus told his disciples don’t pray like that. Go to your heavenly Father in secret, close your door and be only focused on opening your heart to Him to pray.

When you shut your door, it signifies a time between only you and God. You aren’t out to impress. No one is around and how you sound when you pray doesn’t matter. The way you pray doesn’t matter. Bow, cry or just sit a while and commune with The Father. God will answer and make His goodness known to you and reward you openly.

To help strengthen your prayer life, it may be wise to physically put this in practice. Go daily to your closet, shut the door and begin to pray. When you shut that door, you are symbolically shutting off every distraction. Scripture doesn’t indicate that Jesus always had a physical closet he went into, yet what we do find is that He always went away to pray. The more you get away, the less distractions there will be. The less distracted you are, the more powerful your prayer life becomes.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word this morning. Thank You for the riches found in my prayer closet. Help me to stay focused on building my prayer life. Help me to not seek after the reward of man, but the reward that comes from You. I will pray in secret and watch You openly reward me. Be glorified in my life. I believe I receive. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: Matthew 6:1-13

Devotionals

Real Peace

October 4, 2018

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…” Romans 5:1, NKJV

There’s something about not being right with God that causes us to be restless, without peace. In other words, our soul is not at one with God, Who is Jehovah Shalom–The Lord Is Peace. When we are separated from the One Who embodies it and supplies it, we cannot have it. We cannot access it.
We try to find it in gaining more, vacationing more, eating more, drinking more, and/or accomplishing more. Yet, it seems to always come short of peace. More money seems to always come short of peace. More women seems to always come short of peace. It’s sugar, but it is not sweet, and it always eludes satisfying us.

Jesus became the bridge to having this peace that passes all understanding. It is a peace that you will find yourself, above all, being so thankful for. This is the amazing peace which only comes from merely being right with your Maker God. There is an unspeakable joy and peace that comes from knowing that all of your sins have been washed away, your past forgiven, and the penalty of them, the guilt of them…all gone, and every promise from God, all of His mercy and grace, is yours. Eternal life is yours. This is real peace.

Prayer: Father, thank You for peace with You that comes through having faith in what Jesus did for me. Forgive me of all my sins. Cleanse me now. I ask Jesus to come into my heart. I am set back in a right relationship with You. I receive the peace I’ve never known. Turn my life around like I’ve never known. Thank You for it today! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: Judges 6:24

Devotionals

You’re solely responsible for the seed.

October 3, 2018

“And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: ‘A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside…but others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold” Luke 8: 4-7, NKJV.

A farmer doesn’t consider how the soil will respond to the seed they sow. They know they have no control over that miraculous part of the harvest. That part is beyond their ability. They understand their responsibility is to sow the seed, and then, watch it grow.

Many times when we consider sharing the seed of God’s word with someone, we consider the things that we can’t control. Yet, just as a farmer is not responsible for the soil of the ground, you are not responsible for the condition of a man’s heart. God is. He is the Lord of the harvest. We can’t make anyone change, only a patient God can and it’s in His timing. He is the One that causes the power of His word to produce even long after He used you to sow it.

You never know what the Lord has already been dealing with someone about. Just be a faithful sower for Jesus and let God make it grow.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word. I am not responsible for the soil of another person’s heart. You are. I am responsible for only being a sower of Your word. Help me to be about Your mission to spread the good news everywhere I go because people need You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Luke 8:4-15, 1 Corinthians 3:6-7

Devotionals

In Due Time

October 2, 2018

“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” Romans 5:6, KJV.

When you were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for you. No matter what you’re going through, if you’re in Christ, in due time you will see what Christ dying for you has given you. It has given you rescue, mercy, deliverance, favor, and right-standing with God. In due time, you will see how much God loves you, as He brings you out. In due time, you will see Him make it right. You will see His plan completely unfold. He will turn it around. In due time, you will see your restoration and blessings ahead, and you will say this is all a result of what Jesus has done for me.

This is how it always will be for a believer. Because He died, you will live and live more abundantly. All because of Jesus Christ and all that we have in Him, most of all, the forgiveness of sin.

Continue to stand in your righteousness and serve the Lord with a happy heart. Thank Him as you reflect on His goodness and mercy. Don’t be moved by what you’re going through. Know in due time He will always step in and bring you victory.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for all You have done. You are good and faithful. Thank You that I can trust You and Your timing. Thank You that in due time I will see Your plans come to pass. Thank You that what I’m going through has an expiration date. I trust that You will always bring victory in my life! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: Romans 5: 7-8

Devotionals

Real Peace, Real Rest

October 1, 2018

“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.” Hebrews 4:1, 9, NKJV

Believing God will help us enter into a rest that we’ve never known. It’s a place when daily stuff doesn’t bother us like it use to. Things that use to occupy our thoughts and minds because we are worried about them, don’t bother us like they use to. We believe God and we have entered into His rest for our souls.

God doesn’t want your rest and peace to be dictated by circumstances; that isn’t real. If good things are happening, you are happy. If you make an error, if the sales decline in your business, if a co-worker does something wrong that affects you, if your money gets low, in an instant, your mood changes. Just like you insert a letter within an envelope, God wants you to insert your faith, engage your faith in Him in those moments during your day–and rest. He wants you to believe on Him that He will handle every matter in life.

As a parent tells their child to trust they will take care of it, so does God say to you. He has a real rest and a real peace He wants you to operate in, so He can fill your life with joy, and you can live life as He intended. He also desires for others to see Him shine through you and what He can do in the life of someone that decides to trust Him.

Prayer: Father, I desire real peace and real rest. Help me to believe You when you tell me You got it. I come against stress and moodiness. I will not come short of this promised rest. I thank You for rest and peace because I believe You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: Hebrews 4:1-10

Devotionals

You’re not perfect, but Jesus is.

September 30, 2018

“For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness” Romans 4:3, NKJV.

“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption” 1 Corinthians 1:30, NKJV.

Abraham wasn’t perfect at all. He lied about his wife being his sister and also slept with his wife’s handmaid. What made him right before God wasn’t what he did, but Who he chose to believe, and the Father accounted his faith as righteousness. Because he believed God and didn’t allow his shortcomings to hinder his obedience, he became the father of faith and of many nations.

You will never be a perfect man. Yet, Jesus became your perfection, your righteousness, and because you believe in Jesus, you are in right-standing with your Father. Therefore, you don’t have to feel you have to do enough, feel condemned, unworthy, or unqualified. What you have done will never change who you are in Christ.

The Father knew you when He called you. He isn’t looking for a perfect person. He is looking for a perfect heart toward Him. A perfect heart says in spite of your flaws, you choose to love and believe God. In spite of your mistakes, you will follow Jesus and do what God wants you to do. All God requires of you is to believe in what Jesus did for you and what He says about you.

Receive it and move forward. Jesus is your perfection.

Prayer: Father, thank You that I am washed and made new in Christ. I am made perfect, not by own works, but through faith in You. I ask that You remove any condemnation from my heart. I have been counted worthy and qualified for what You have for my life. Even with my flaws and my past mistakes, You have called me, and that settles everything. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study: Genesis 16:4, 20:1-3; Romans 5:1, Galatians 3:1-9, 26

Devotionals

Encourage yourself in the Lord.

September 28, 2018

“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” 1 Samuel 30:6, KJV

As men, we have a lot of responsibility and we pursue to handle it all. However, we can fall short, get greatly distressed and heavy. This is exactly what happened to King David. David felt defeated and needed to be encouraged. Yet, he didn’t go to his friend. He didn’t go to the prophet. To receive what he needed, he went directly to Lord.

Sometimes, no one will be able to encourage you. At that point, you still must decide that you will not stay in a place of heaviness and encourage yourself in the Lord!

No one can strengthen you like the Lord. No one can show you the way out like Him. No one can lift your burdens and give you joy like the Lord. No one can revive you like the Lord.

He will put might in your heart. His peace will keep you knowing that you can hope in God. His Spirit will comfort you in times of loss. His Word will remind you of Who He is and Who you are. The Father will speak to You and assure you that everything is going to be alright.

Choose to do like David did. Encourage yourself in the Lord.

Prayer: Lord, I thank You that I can encourage myself in You. There is no one like You! Encourage me Lord. You are my fortress, my healer and my Provider. I don’t feel like it, but I praise You now. I receive strength in my heart and peace in my mind Father. Thank You Father for lifting my head and showing me what to do. I have the victory! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 3:3

Devotionals

Be a sure, firm and strong man!

September 26, 2018

“He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great” Luke 6:48-49, NKJV.

A foundation is something sure, firm and strong, set in place to build any house or structure upon. As a man, you are as a foundation for your home, and you are a leader of those within it. You have to be sure, firm and strong. Your family needs you to be sure, firm and strong.

The only way you can be strong, no matter what comes your way, is if you have the right foundation yourself. If you build your life, your marriage, and your home on the Rock, which is Jesus Christ and His word, He will make you like a rock in these times. He becomes your firm foundation when you learn of him, apply his instructions regarding how to live, and depend of God’s Word as your constant guide.

As a house, a man can look impressive on the outside, yet with the wrong foundation, it is only a matter of time when the right flood, the right pressure, the right storm comes to make it crumble. Choose the Lord be your firm foundation, and let Him help you build something great in your life. Let him build in you what will stand and endure!

Prayer: Thank you Father God for being this man’s firm foundation. I will build my life on your ways and principles. Anything can come my way, but in Jesus, I am steady like a rock. I am firm, sure and strong. Help me and other men to always put our trust in Your mighty Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

The Safest Place

September 25, 2018

“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalms 32:7, NIV

The safest place to be is in the will of God during these times. God’s will maneuvers you around the blows you would otherwise take being out of it. The devil cannot stop God; therefore, he can’t stop you when you are in the will of God. The written word of God is the will of God, and it is lasting through the ages. It is an armored truck, and you will not get robbed of the plan of God for your life!

As long as you remain in it, you will come out victorious. Yes, weapons will be formed, but they will not prosper. You will prosper instead. Desire the will of God, want it, pursue it. The goodness of God is real and is experienced in His will. Ask God what is your plan for my life? What is your will for my family? What is your will for this career decision I must make? What are the steps in fulfilling your will for me? Seek God’s will for your life today and you will prosper in these last days!

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for Your rich words spoken directly to my heart. Help me to stay in Your will and not go my own way. Give me wisdom and direction and be glorified in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Nothing is Impossible with Him

September 24, 2018

“For with God nothing shall be impossible” Luke 1:37, KJV.

Beloved brother, the heart of what Jesus is speaking about is putting our faith in action. Our faith needs to be built on a solid foundation of His Word, and what we have heard, we must be able to put forth in this world in how we live and in good works. As we abide and grow in the Vine (see John 15:5) and use our faith, we will see the Lord do great things, even see a revival of the miracles and wonders of the time of the apostles. Do you dare believe it? Nothing is impossible with God!

I challenge you this week to go crazy with your faith. Speak life and love, prophesy, lay hands on the sick, and proclaim victory in Jesus name. Speak and move those mountains in your way. Believe, believe, believe and then do!

Prayer: Father God, thank you for filling my life with purpose. Thank you for talents, gifts and abilities to glorify Your Name. Please continue directing my footsteps by Your will and believe You for the impossible. Teach me to fill this world with light and love so that I can secure salvation for anyone who enters my life. Holy Spirit, I invite You to fill me and may good works flow as I walk by faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Matthew 17;20, 7:24 – 27; James 2

Devotionals

His Grace is Upon You

September 22, 2018

“And the Child continued to grow and become strong [in spirit], filled with wisdom; and the grace (favor, spiritual blessing) of God was upon Him” Luke 2:40, Amplified version.

Long before God’s grace is experienced in your life publicly, it will rest on your life privately. It will be present to help you and prepare you for God’s will. As a child, the grace of God was upon Jesus helping him and preparing him for the assignment from God ahead.

Grace is not only God’s unmerited favor, but it is also God’s spiritual blessing and empowerment from Him to carry out His will for you. Learn to recognize God’s grace upon you in every moment and season. It is His indicator to what He wants you to carry out. It will also confirm again and again what your purpose is and that you are not ever asked of God to do anything alone, even when you prepare. The grace of God is upon you.

There will be days the Lord will have you rise up early to work on your ministry, your business, or that God idea. Be encouraged to obey the Holy Spirit and flow with His grace. There will be nights He will be flooding you with strength to do something. Flow with His grace. By His Spirit, He is giving you the grace in private to accomplish His purpose for you.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for not only providing the grace to walk in my calling, but also the grace to prepare for it. Help me to recognize Your grace when it is operating in my life. As I see it, give me the courage and grace itself to obey You. May I be like Jesus and continue to grow, as more and more grace is placed on my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Study: 1 Corinthians 15:10

Devotionals

Own Your New Day

September 21, 2018

“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24, NKJV

God has never made anything the same, including today. This is a new day. You’ve never had one like it, and you won’t ever have another one like it again. It is one of a kind. See each day as valuable, treasure-filled, full of mercy, full of opportunity, full of learning, and victory. God has caused you to open you eyes, which should let you know that He has a plan and a purpose for you. Make the first thing you do, as soon as your feet touch the floor, is to rejoice in God and be glad that He’s blessed you to see a new day. Own it.

The more thankful you are to see another day, the more value you will see in living it and to make it count. It’s up to you. Regardless of what you are going through, choosing to rejoice is choosing God and to have an expectation of Him. He made this day, therefore, He will be good to you and He will do good through you. Be determined to rejoice, live and press forward in your new day in God.

Prayer: Father, thank You Lord for a new day of life. I will rejoice and be glad in it! I receive Your joy and I thank You for simply waking up. You have blessed me! Life is precious, valuable and good. I’m expecting some great things within this day You’ve made. Choosing to rejoice is choosing to have faith in You. I trust You will lead me. Help me to own it and make it count. Be glorified in my life today! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Welcome His Word into your heart today.

September 20, 2018

“So get rid of all uncleanness and all that remains of wickedness, and with a humble spirit receive the word [of God] which is implanted [actually rooted in your heart], which is able to save your souls” James 1:21, Amplified Version.

Just like words from a good friend, God has something good to say to encourage and revitalize you. He wants to speak directly to your heart to refresh and transform you.

Welcome His Word. Let the Word shape you. Let the Word teach you. Let it show you the way. Let it light your path. Let it instruct you. Let it uproot that desire for sin. Let it calm you down. Let it lift you up. Let it remind you of the victory you have in Christ.

It’s the Word that will do the work in you. It is full of power. It can save and prosper you soul. It will change your life. There is something in His Word for whatever you’re going through. There is something in His Word for whatever you’re seeking to achieve.

Sit down, open your Bible and welcome the Word into your heart today.

Prayer: Father, with so many things going on, it can be easy to not sit down and hear what You have to say. Help me to humble myself and obey You with welcoming Your Word into my life. Your words are the words I need to hear every day, especially regarding what I am facing. As I open the Bible, say something to me that brings me success and victory. Thank You Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Romans 12:2, Philippians 2:13

Devotionals

Enduring Hardness

September 19, 2018

“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” 2 Timothy 2:1, 3, NKJV

You may be experiencing some rough situations as you pursue to press your way into the promises of God. Things may not be so comfortable in your life right now. But don’t quit and turn back. It is time to strip your boots tighter and endure.

Some things are hard because it is not God’s will for us. Yet, just because it is hard, doesn’t mean it is not God. Just because it is testing your faith more than it has ever been tested, doesn’t mean it is not God. He is stretches us for His calling ahead.

Be strong in God’s grace–His strength to help you through this season. Proclaim God’s will for you more. Pray more. Think on His Word more. Praise God more. Cover yourself in the Lord. Like Jesus endured the cross, endure hardness as a good soldier and keep your eyes on the joy before you. Your breakthrough and blessing will surely come.
Prayer: Father, I thank You for the power of Your Word. Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. I am more than a conqueror. Give me the courage and grace I need to endure this hardness. Help me be strong in the grace. I trust You and I praise You because my breakthrough is ahead. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

(Read Hebrews 12:2)

Devotionals

All Is Well

September 18, 2018

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18, KJV
If you slow down and live in the present, you will hear God saying quietly, “Look around. Look at all I have done, and what I am doing for you.”

Look at how far He has brought you. To the same extent that God has brought you, is evidence of how much farther God is going take you. You are being stretched, yet know that all is well. He is going to continue to bless and do great things for you, even now at this moment in your life. If you ever asked what is the will of God for your life. Here is one of His victorious desires for you: In every thing give thanks.

You’re alive and He is working out the unseen things on your behalf, just like He did before. You are truly blessed. He has surrounded with people to help you, encourage you and that are on your side. He has and will continue to keep you. Take account of what