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He’s about to increase you!

October 26, 2020

“May the Lord give you increase more and more, You and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, Who made heaven and earth” Psalms‬ ‭115:14-15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬.

I had a dream I was sitting down at a table with basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal. He pulled out an open envelope, and inside of it was money. I began flipping through it, and there were many $100 bills. Then, once I got through looking at that one, he passes me another folded opened envelope, and it had letters in it, but in between the letters was more money. One was a wad of $100 bills. Then, he said, oh, I forgot one, and passed me another envelope with many high dollar gift cards as well. I left the table, took one of the envelopes, and sat it by the door of my uncle’s house. I was so full of joy. I was so thankful in the dream, and I wake up praising God!

I believe God is about to do something financially for His people, and there will be waves of it. We will be blessed financially, and then we will be a blessing. Prepare your heart and your life to receive it. God knows you have need of it for the kingdom, as well as for your household.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise. You are faithful to not only meet my need, and You are faithful to do beyond what I can ask or think in the financial area of my life. I receive it, and help me to prepare my life for it. As you bless me, I will be a blessing. Thank You, Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Proverbs 13:22, 2 Kings 4:1-7, Luke 6:38, Ephesians 3:20, 2 Corinthians 9:10

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Faith isn’t pretty sometimes.

October 25, 2020

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?'” Matthew 27:46, NKJV.

“And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him…” Matthew 28:7, NKJV.

I wonder how the people felt looking at their beat-up King on the cross. He didn’t look like the same powerful Man they walked with. He didn’t do anything while marred on the cross. I’m sure they wondered what do we do now because it looks like it’s over. Even Jesus Himself felt forsaken by the Father. It all just didn’t appear to be a victorious time at that moment.

It can be the same for us in our own lives, and sometimes, faith isn’t pretty. You were believing God for something, but He didn’t do what you thought. You prayed and asked God to keep that job, but they still let you go. You asked God to restore that relationship, but you both ended up parting ways. It can become hard to believe in times like these.

But remember this. Jesus died and it was a rough time…but He rose. He said He would allow something to die in your life, and it may be a rough time, but He will bring you through it and bless your life even greater. It can feel like the Lord has no plan for you, but He had a plan all along, and what appeared to be your end will become your victory. This is the hope that we lift up high in Christ. Keep your faith in Him.

Prayer: Father, You know what my faith needs. It’s been rough, but You are faithful. It hasn’t been pretty, but I’m still here. Help me to continue to walk by faith, even when I don’t understand. I know You are good, and I choose to trust You. I choose to keep living for You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Luke 22:31-32 & 23:39-43, Romans 8:28, 1 John 5:4

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Redeem the time.

October 24, 2020

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” Ephesians 5:15, NKJV.
Redeem means in the Greek to buy back, ransom, to rescue from loss; improve opportunity. As you realize the times we’re in, let your perspective turn toward living a life poured out.

Allow the goodness of God and Christ to be experienced through you. From helping someone, to launching what’s in your heart, whatever you can do to impact this world while you yet have the opportunity to do so. People are hurting, hungry for love, and in desperate need for the answer Jesus Christ. Be a redeemer of the times, and win others back to Him.

Prayer: Father, I praise You. Thank You for this understanding today. Help me to redeem the time. Help me to remain focused on what truly matters right now. The days are evil and people need Christ. Use me and shine through me today. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 139:4, Matthew 5:16, Colossians 4:5

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Giant faith on the inside!

October 22, 2020

“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, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand…” 1 Samuel
17:45-46, NKJV.

David was small in stature on the outside, but he had faith bigger than Goliath on the inside. The Lord was bigger than any giant he faced. That’s how he saw his God, which was the source of what he believed he could do with the Lord on His side.

No matter the giant you are facing, even an inward battle, it doesn’t bear in comparison to the size of your God. The Lord towers over your adversary as the sun towers over the earth. He is all-powerful and has all authority. He reigns, and He is more than able to bring victory in your life.

Don’t back down from what God has called you do, called you to overcome or be free in. Fight for the will of God. Fight for what is in your heart to accomplish. The real giant–Jesus Christ–lives inside of you, and through Him, there’s nothing you can’t do!

Prayer: Father, You are great and there is none like You! I will not back down in my faith. I stand knowing You are on my side. Through You, I will defeat this giant in the name of Jesus! It is no match for You. I will fight with giant faith. I believe in the Christ in me to overcome! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study : 1 Samuel 17:32-51, Philippians 4:13, Romans 8:31

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It’s Working for Your Good

October 21, 2020

“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. He’s causing it to work 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

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No weapon formed against you will prosper!

October 18, 2020

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me’ says the Lord” Isaiah 54:17, NKJV.

There are weapons we can’t see being formed against God’s people in these times, but they won’t work, and God will not allow them to. You are like God’s weapon in the earth, formed in His image and likeness, formed to work and formed to prosper.

Instead of seeing the devil’s plots against you work, God’s word, His ways, and His plan will work for you instead. You will see God’s goodness and favor work for you instead. You will prosper instead!

Don’t be derailed from standing in faith because you have encountered something formed against you because surely God will not lose. You have a heritage of victory from God. Victory runs in His family, and He will dominate for His sons, as He did through Christ!

Prayer: Father, thank You, Lord, that no weapon formed against me shall prosper or advance in my life. Your will for me will prosper instead. Your word will prosper instead. Your plan and Your leading will prosper me instead! Help me to stand in faith, knowing Christ has given me a heritage of winning. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study:1 John 5:3-4

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A man’s secret struggle with pornography.

October 17, 2020

“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman.” Job 31:1, NLT.

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results” James 5:16, NLT.

Victoria isn’t the only one with a secret. Victor has one too. He struggles with pornography. It is eating away at his view of intimacy with his wife. Graphic sexual images have been set up in his mind, that he can still see them from ten years ago. When he makes love to his wife, he mentally sees other women too. He knows Christ and doesn’t know what to do.

Victor isn’t a real person but represents many men struggling in secret in this area of their lives. If this is you, know that God loves you and holds no condemnation over you. The Father says if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). He also says there is power when we open up about it, even the power to be healed from it.

The secret of pornography is not worth the open loss of your family. It is not worth your walk with God. Renew the covenant you made with your eyes when you got married. God gave you your wife to meet all your sexual needs. If you’re single, renew the covenant you made with your eyes when Christ came into your life. Save your eyes and passion for the wife that you haven’t been blessed with yet. Jesus came in the flesh and defeated the works of the flesh. He will help you can overcome it.

Prayer: Father God, thank You that Your truth makes us free. Help me to open up about my struggle. Forgive me and help me to honor the covenant with my eyes I made to my wife and children. I ask for help today. I ask for power today. I say “No” to pornography today, and the next day and so on, until the enemy understands, I’m not going that way. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 2 Corinthians 10:5, Romans 8:3-4, James 4:7, 1 Corinthians 10:13, John 8:32

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Stay with it. You’re coming forth as gold!

October 16, 2020

“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 experiencing one of the most trying times in your life. It is testing your faith, the true desires of your heart and your will to follow the Lord. Yet in the midst of your trial, you can tell that something is breaking forth. Like a baby in the womb, the pressure is pushing you forward and you can tell you are about to experience something great from God in your life if you just stay with it.

It may be testing you to the core, but stay with it. As Jesus was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:25), so He is 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. I ask for grace and a renewed 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: Proverbs 17:3, Daniel 3:16-28, 2 Corinthians 4:7-12

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Make Sure to Remember

October 14, 2020

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” Hebrews 13:8, ESV.

“I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands” Psalm 143:5, ESV.

Do you remember when you first met Jesus? Do you remember that day you were eternally forgiven? 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 where the provision would come from, but He provided. Go back to the time you thought there was no possibility that a door would open, but somehow God made it open for you. It’s important to think on His works and 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 up your faith and your hope in God. Yet, in light of what you face or are in pursuit of, remember Who is on the throne, Who loves you, and Whose hands you are in. Remember what He has done, and the same God will do it again. Make sure you remember.

Prayer: Father, I praise You. Thank You for reminding me of Who You are and what You’ve done. I remember I’m saved and forgiven. No matter what I go through, help me think on the works of Your hands in my life. You are the same God. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 23:6 & 119:55, Romans 8:1, James 1:22-25

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Agree with God

October 13, 2020

“But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God” 1 Corinthians 2:9 & 12, NKJV.

When the Lord shows you something, it’s important to agree with Him. Don’t back up from what He shows you. Agree with God. If the Father says this is what you will do, respond that I agree with You. When He says I’m going to use You in a mighty way, agree with Him. If He says I will restore your life. I will wipe away the past and make things new again. You will have a powerful ministry. I will do what seems impossible. I will deliver you. I will heal you. Whatever He reveals to you, agree with Him. When you agree with His will for your life, you’ll experience His will for your life. You will find the Holy Spirit begin to navigate you and lead you there.

Lift your hands and thank Him today, as you stand on God’s word in total agreement with Him. Receive a victory, a rest, and a joy that you’ve never known, all because you decided to agree with God.

Confession: Father, thank You for what You have shown me. Today, I decide to agree with You about my life. I will not back down. I will not believe the devil. I believe You, God! I am who You say I am. I can do what You say I can do. This man has what it takes because You have spoken it about me. I agree with Your will for me, and I rejoice over what You have freely given me. Hallelujah!

Study: I Corinthians 2:9-12, Luke 5:5

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Lay down your life for a friend.

October 12, 2020

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

I had a three-hour conversation with a brother to help his life, and now, he is not the same. Piece by piece, issue by issue, God poured through me to help him. That ministry, that counsel, that help he received from God through me could have very well have been the tipping of the scale toward trusting God that he could go on, instead of giving up and doing something horrific in his life. It was all a result of laying my life down, giving of myself to someone else.

He told me this, “I appreciate you taking the time to help me, Mister. Man, you know, Christians know a lot, but some don’t take the time to show someone they care, to help and hear what someone is really going through.” I was convicted by the Lord and felt I needed to do this more.

Jesus is our example of truly helping and loving people. He left heaven where there is no time and spent 33 years with us. He eternally had it all, but He loved us so much that He stepped into time, our time, our life to save us, considering us as friends.

Let Jesus be your model and take the time to help someone victoriously live.

Prayer: Father, thank You for this. Jesus, help me to love more. I desire people to know Your great love for them, and I ask that You use me to do that. I do have time. My life is Yours, Lord. Help me to show I care by laying down my life for someone else. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 10:8, Acts 20:35

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Even if you’re midstream, get back into the will of God.

October 11, 2020

“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 about to get married, but you don’t have peace, and God is telling you they’re not the one, follow what you perceive by the Holy Spirit and do what God says. You may be at the cash register or about to 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 God says it’s not the right time. She’ll love and respect your obedience.

When you recognize your error and turn back toward the will of God, you’ll grow and be rewarded by the Father 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. Teach me to follow Your peace. Allow Your peace to be like an umpire in 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, Hebrews 11:6

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Careless in the Care of God

October 10, 2020

“Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life…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 we learn to live with faith in Him and 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 fails 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 my life abundantly and not worry about the situations of my life. May I enjoy my precious moments. I will praise You like it’s already done. I will fly in my freedom that Jesus has given me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Matthew 6:25-34, 1 Peter 5:7

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Happy because He took your place.

October 9, 2020

“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 6-8, NKJV.

I don’t know how many times I have humbly rehearsed the truth that Jesus took our place. We could have been the ones nailed to the cross and rightfully deserved it. Yet, Jesus took our place, and we have received the immeasurable grace of God.

You can be glad that you don’t have to pay what sin requires. It’s a heavy price. It’s a great price, and only One man could pay it for all. All of your sins are gone, never to be associated with your life. You stand righteous, whole, and free because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. You are a clean man. That should make you happy.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise and glory today. Thank You, Jesus, for taking my place. Help me to continue to understand Your immeasurable grace toward me. I have victory over sin, and now I reign through Christ! If You loved me enough to take care of my sin, You love me enough to take care of everything in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 1:12; Romans 5:17-18, 6:23 & 8:31-32

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Sow your time.

October 8, 2020

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” Ephesians 5:15-17, ESV.

Time is one of the most important areas to tame in a man’s life. It is the ability to focus on a goal or desired change and give time to it. The Father’s desire is that we give our time toward what causes His will to be experienced in our lives and more people to be impacted for Christ.

A spiritually-wise person in my life told me when they spend their money, they like to have something in their hands to show for what they spent. This nugget of wisdom applies to how we spend our time also. It’s not foolish to play video games and watch sports. It is foolish to spend ALL of your time playing video games and watching sports. You always want to have something to show for how you’ve spent the precious commodity of time.

It is deemed as precious because once it’s gone, it’s gone. You will never see this week again. You will never see your next hour or minute again. Make it your mission to be about your mission from God. Give your time to what ultimately will give back to you. Make it your mission to know what God’s will is for your life right now, set your eyes on your goals, and sow your time into doing that.

When your day is done, you will have whatever you gave your time to.

Prayer: Father, thank You. Help us all to be serious about redeeming the time because the days are evil. Help me not to do too much or go too far with the things I enjoy. Jesus, cause a focus to rise up big in me to be about the mission you’ve given me and Your plan for my life. When today is done, I will praise You for helping me maximize and wisely spend my time! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Ephesians 5:14, Galatians 6:7-8

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He’s At Work in You

October 7, 2020

“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, but He is good. It may not look pretty, yet know that He is at work in your life.

You may want the end result, but He wants the infrastructure. He’s preparing you for something great 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 allowing His work in you 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

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His goodness will change them.

October 6, 2020

“Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” Romans‬ ‭2:4‬, ‭NKJV‬‬.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness…” Galatians‬ ‭5:22‬ ‭NKJV‬‬.

You may have some children, loved ones and friends that aren’t doing what you know they should be doing. They may have turned away from God, or they may be living in a way or going in a direction that you don’t agree with for their lives.

But it is not your judgment that will cause them to change. It will be your goodness that will cause them to change. It is the goodness of God leads man to repentance, not his judgment, not His anger, not His wrath. He wants you to continue loving them, continue praying for them, and be good to them, whether you understand it or not. There is a fruit of the Spirit that God wants us to operate in toward them and that is goodness.

Release their lives into the hands of God and trust Him.

Prayer: Father, You are so good. I needed to hear that. Regardless of their choices, help me not to grow weary in being good to the ones I love. I have the fruit of goodness in me and I will operate in it. Help me to let You lead me and trust You’re at work in their lives. By faith, I let go and I release them to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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When that person doesn’t fit you.

October 5, 2020

“Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him” Genesis 2:18, NLT.

When dating, we have to be careful and pay attention when God reveals that a person doesn’t fit you–isn’t suitable, beneficial, complementary to you. It’s like going to the store and finding a pair of shoes that really look good, but they don’t have your size. However, you are still adamant about having those shoes. Be careful because you are about to cause yourself some unnecessary pain, waste, frustration, time, and struggle to try to make something for you that is made for someone else.

When we go to the store to buy some shoes, most of us find it very easy to say even though we like them, they don’t have your size and don’t fit. We leave those shoes in the store and go to another to find what we’re looking for.

It is the same with relationships. Be willing to admit, be honest, and accept they are not the right fit and let them go. Don’t hold on to someone who God made for someone else. The sobering truth is while you’re with the wrong fit, you miss out on the right one. Trust God that He will bless you to find another one that perfectly fits. If He can reveal and help you notice who is wrong for you, He will help you meet the right one for you.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise today. Thank You for sending this wisdom my way. I want to be with the right one. Help me pay attention to the Holy Spirit and recognize when someone isn’t just right. When You reveal it to me, give me the strength to let them go. I trust You will bless me with the perfect fit for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Proverbs 3:5, 18:22 & 31:10, Psalm 37:4, Hebrews 11:6

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You can always come home.

October 3, 2020

“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father…” Luke 15:17-18a, NKJV.

The prodigal son had seen enough hard times and gone through enough in the world to see there’s nothing out there for him. He said I’m going home. It’s good to know that you can always come back home.

Maybe that’s you, or was you. You’ve seen enough and gone through enough of trying to live life by yourself. Like the prodigal son, you’re now starting to have this feeling that you can’t do this anymore. Whenever you find that you are living in sin, are away from God or out of His will, there will be that wake-up moment and you see that you’re better off going back to the Father. You’re better off in His will and embracing His plans for you.

It’s rough outside, but to Him, you are not an outsider. You are not a servant either, but a son. The father ran to meet the prodigal son and blessed him, and so He does with us. You have been redeemed and set free through the blood of Jesus, and you can come home.

Prayer: Father, thank You that I can come home. I repent before You and receive what Christ has done. I’ve had enough, and I’m coming back to You. I’m coming back to Your plan and Your will for me. I ask that You straighten out my life. I feel good and I praise You for it. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Luke 15:11-32, 1 John 1:9

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Don’t focus on the problem. Fix your eyes on Jesus.

October 2, 2020

“My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net” Psalms 25:15, ESV.

In life, it can be easy to have our eyes fixed on the problem because they are right before us. It’s so easy to look at the situation and become depressed, discouraged and feel as though there’s no hope.

Keep your eyes on Jesus. The devil wants to use your current situation to distract your eyes from looking unto God. He wants to distract your ears from being set on hearing God, because if you can hear God, you can hear hope and victory. If you set your eyes on God, He will show you what to do.

Don’t focus on the problem. Fix your eyes on Jesus and you will see everything you need is found in Him. You’ll see the way He has already made.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word. I’m not looking at the problem. My eyes are on You. My eyes are on how awesome You are. My eyes are on how faithful You are. My mind is set on Your Word. My heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 112:7

Devotionals

Choose Life

October 1, 2020

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” Deuteronomy 30:19, NKJV.

God has set before you life and death, blessing and cursing today. If you’ve chosen Christ, you have made the choice of life and blessing. Yet, there will also be things that will happen today in which you’ll have to choose life and blessing also.

Regardless of what occurs, the thoughts that come to your mind, or the responses you make, maintain a stance that you have life and blessing through your Savior. You love God and continue to serve Him. You will have life and you will be blessed. As a man, you set the tone for your home and your family of choosing life and walking in everything God has ordained for you.

Prayer: Father, I choose life. I choose blessing. Not only with my decision for Jesus and to love You, but as I live this life. I will not perish. I have life and I am blessed by You. Surely goodness and mercy follows me. Your favor is on my life. In whatever is before me, may I choose life and blessing. Because this man does, me and my seed shall abundantly live. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Deuteronomy 30:18-20, Psalm 118:17, John 10:10

Devotionals

God will navigate you through anything.

September 30, 2020

“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.

“Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left” Isaiah 30:21, NKJV.

Navigation has become an integral part of our world. Phone and vehicles have the capabilities to guide you from one place to your desired destination. Who do you think gave humans the idea to create such technology? God did. He gave us the intellect and creativity. He cares about all of humanity being guided through life. Just as He cares in this way, He also cares that you are guided through life, through unpleasant situations, and negative emotions. He wants to navigate you through what you are facing today. He knows how to get you from where you are to where He wants you to be. He only needs you to trust His leading.

If you can trust a satellite in the sky that you do not know to provide you with direction, you can trust a God who loves you, who sees everything and lives within you. He wants to help you avoid unnecessary hurt, delays, and wrong turns in life. How does He navigate us? With His word and with His Holy Spirit, who lives within every born again believer. When we are allowing ourselves to be guided by Him, even in the most adverse circumstances, we can have peace. We can know that because He is good, somehow He is going to bring us to a good place.

Prayer: I ask you, Lord, to navigate me through this situation. Navigate me through how I feel to a place of peace and rest in you. I trust the presence of your Holy Spirit, who lives within me. I trust that I can be guided by you through anything! Lord, you care about me, and you want to guide me through life. Thank you, Lord.

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Seek His Presence

September 29, 2020

“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” Psalm 16:11, NKJV.

In one of my favorite songs, the chorus simply says, “Your presence is heaven to me”.

I’ve been in the presence of a lot of people, but no one’s presence gives a fullness of joy like the Lord. It can’t be 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 the fullness of joy, a complete joy!

How do you get into God’s presence? It is the same as it is naturally with a person–come to Him with no agenda. One way to come before 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.

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, the presence of God will refresh your soul. Seek His Presence today.

Prayer: Father, I praise You! I come before You with no agenda. In Your presence there’s fullness of joy! I desire to 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 Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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

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No More Excuses

September 28, 2020

“‘Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.’ But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?’” Exodus 3:10-11, NKJV.

Excuses will leave us in an old day when the Lord has a new one ahead. There would be no Passover if Moses would have held on to his fears. He would have missed what is considered the greatest miracle of God and the deliverance of His people if he would have held on to his excuses and not believe God.

If you hold on to what you think you can’t do, you won’t experience what God can do through you. He says no more excuses. They will ultimately keep you from the most awesome miracles and breakthroughs in your life, restoration, the highest height of God’s plan for you, and the best version of you in Christ. It’s time for those dreams to come to pass. Let nothing keep you from it.

Prayer: Father, I thank You and give You glory today. I want to see You in a fresh, new way in my life. I want to see You use me for greatness. Help me not to allow an excuse to keep me from Your best and the exciting things You have planned for my life. Help me to believe and trust You. I can do what You said I can do! You are with me. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

Study: Exodus 3:1-4:1-17, Philippians 4:13

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Get Your Fire Back

September 27, 2020

“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love” Revelation 2:4, NKJV.

I have a lifelong friend of mine, and sometimes we can go gaps of time without talking. It can seem as if we are not even close. However, all I have to do is call him. We get to laughing, and it’s always just like old times again. Our friendship never left. We just needed to rekindle it.

Your fire for God is still there and don’t believe otherwise. You only need to call on Him and rekindle it. Get your fire back!

Prayer: Father, I feel so far away, yet You’ve never left me. I believe all I have to do is call. I want my fire back! I want to be who You have called me to be. I come against any hindrances in my life, and I stir up the gift in me. I receive Your unearned grace today. Fill me with Your Spirit! I love You first, Lord. Father, it feels like old times again! Thank You for Your presence and Your joy! Even move beyond the old, and I ask for a new fire. Thank You for saving me, and You still keep blessing me! Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 16:11 & 51:12, John 21:15-17, Romans 8:1, 2 Timothy 1:6

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A Good Word Will Make You Glad

September 26, 2020

“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” Proverbs 12:25, NKJV.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things” Romans 8:32, NKJV.

The Father has given us His word to think on and be free. He has given us so many mighty promises, which when He couldn’t swear by none greater, God 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. He did it to bedrock your peace and joy, no matter what you go through. His good words settle all disputes in our hearts and minds. For every matter of life, His Spirit even speaks a word in season-specific to give us hope, to cheer us, and lift us up.

Tell yourself I’m not worrying today. I’m not being weighed down today. I give place to a good word that encourages me right where I am in my life and makes me glad!

Prayer: Father, I praise You and thank You for good words that lift me up. I receive it. I give all anxiety and anything weighing me down to You right now. This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it! Help me to keep on my heart and mind a good word from You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 8:36, Hebrews 6:13-17, Romans 8:31, Philippians 4:6-7 & 19

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God Hears You, Even In The Night

September 25, 2020

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry” Psalm 34:15, NKJV.

“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed” Acts 16:25-26, NKJV.

Late one night, I heard our son coughing. I was sleeping very well, and I didn’t feel like getting out of bed at all. Yet, when I heard his voice, it did something to me. 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 always on you, and as soon as you gave voice to your situation, as soon as you said you need Him to come through, as soon as He heard you, He began to move.

Continue to trust and give Him praise. His answer, His victory, His blessing, a helping hand is coming. God does some of His greatest works during the night.

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. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 34:17, Acts 16:25-34, 1 John 5:14-15

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For Your Glory

September 24, 2020

“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” Revelation 4:11, NKJV.

“I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore” Psalm 86:12, NKJV.

Be sure to do all that you do for the glory of God and not your own. Let Him handle exalting you. Even when men seek to give you the glory for what you’ve done and accomplished, humbly give it to God.

We become more humble when it’s not about our honor and name being known, but His honor and Name being made known in the earth. Exalt the Father as Creator of all things, and we were made for His good pleasure.

As He has been good to us, as we have seen so much mercy and grace toward us, it is only right to give Him the praise for it. He is the source of it all, and He alone deserves it all. As you honor Him, watch Him honor you. This is the heart attitude that will always take you far.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me. I will do what I do for Your glory. I desire for You to be lifted high in my life for all the world to see. Let this always be my heart attitude toward everything done in my life. Be glorified in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 29:2, 148:13; Isaiah 14:12-15, John 8:50, 1 Corinthians 1:31

Devotionals

Go Get It

September 21, 2020

“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

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You’re a Wise Man

September 20, 2020

“So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, will be like a wise man [a far-sighted, practical, and sensible man] who built his house on the rock” Matthew 7:24, Amplified.

If you hear Jesus’ sayings and do them, Jesus calls you a wise man. It is as if He stands in front of you after you’ve heard and applied His word in your life, and He says that’s a great decision. Imagine Jesus Himself calling you wise–practical, far-sighted, and sensible.

It is wise to hear and apply what Jesus says right now. Many things are happening all around us. There are many things built on sand that are being shaken. Yet, choose to build your house on the rock of Jesus Christ, and they will uphold you in the storm. You will keep standing. Regarding your marriage, your finances, your friendships, and your home make Christ the foundation. Be a wise man.

Prayer: Father, I give You all the praise and glory! Thank You for making me a wise man. Even in these times, there is a rock for me found in Jesus Christ. Come what may, my house will not be shaken! Cause to make any adjustments in any area of my life from building it on sand. Help me to hear Your sayings and apply them. I declare my house will victoriously stand. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 7:24-26

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New Moments

September 19, 2020

“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 our good can hinder our 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 hold your best days. You are still here; therefore, God has more in store for you. 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. Be glorified this year. 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!

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Prosper me in my heart.

September 17, 2020

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

Many times we look at the best way for God to prosper us is in terms of money. However, money is the lowest form of prosperity. Desire for God to prosper you in your heart. 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 open hearts towards the lost. We pray for others as 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. Despite 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 with money and things, prosper this man’s heart. Increase, grow and enlarge my heart for You and for others. Help me 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

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You won’t be able to contain it all

September 14, 2020

“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us” Ephesians 3:20, MSG.

There are so many blessings ahead of you, and you won’t be able to contain it all! So much God is about to do in your life. So many times you are going to say I was just thinking about that and God did it. So much favor you will have with man.

There is so much God is setting you on fire for. There is a change going on in you that you can’t explain. The Holy Spirit’s voice about direction is becoming very clear. He is going to do exceedingly and abundantly beyond what you can ask or think, according to the power, His Spirit, that is at work in you.

Keep an expectation of God that you won’t just see it, but you will seize it. There is an outpouring and you won’t be able to contain it all.

Prayer: Father, thank You! I am so excited about what You are about to do, even doing right now in my life. You are going to do far beyond my wildest dreams. You are going to blow my mind. Help me to listen, and with courage, obey Your leading Holy Spirit. I won’t be able to contain all, and I praise You now for it. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 126:1, John 16:13

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He wants to talk to you.

September 13, 2020

“The Spirit of the Lord speaks by me; his word is on my tongue” 2 Samuel 23:2, ESV.

When you wake up in the morning, the Father wants to talk to you. When you are going throughout your day, the Father wants to talk to you. As a father with a son, there’s a fellowship that the Father wants to have with you.

With so many things happening around us, it can be easy to be distracted in our lives. Then, we find ourselves during our day, hearing everything us more than we are hearing God. Yet, if you will stop and allow Him to talk to you, you’ll hear Him tell you exactly what you need. You’ll hear Him give you the right perspective about your situation. He’ll say it’s going to work out. The Holy Spirit will remind you of what Jesus the Prince of Peace has said, and you don’t have to worry.

Whatever you may be going through, open His word because He wants to talk to you. He has given you an expected end.

Prayer: Father, thank You for wanting to talk to me. The God of all things, Creator of all things, wants to speak to me. Help me to allow you to. Help me to position my mind and heart to not be distracted, but walk and talk with you. It’s a great day today. The Lord is with me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Jeremiah 29:11, John 14:26, Romans 10:17, Hebrews 1:1-2

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Call On the Name of Jesus

September 12, 2020

“Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name'” Luke 10:17, NKJV.

I had a dream that I literally saw demon-like creatures in the doorway of every room of our house. I was in my bed, and one of them felt as if it was the devil on top of me, attempting to pin me down. Yet, I pushed back, and the devil struggled to handle my strength. Then, I called on the name of Jesus, and the entire dream stopped, and I woke up with a feeling of victory.

Some of us, as men, may feel like you and your family are being attacked by the enemy. I don’t know what secret plot or scheme that the devil has against you, but it will not work. It cannot prosper. You’ve been empowered to push back with strength, and God wants you to call on the name of Jesus. Call on the name of Jesus over every area of your life and over everyone you love. The greater One lives in you, and at the name of Jesus, demons must flee.

You know how things should be in your life and what God said will be. Settle for nothing less. Apply the Name today.

Prayer: Father, I give You all of the glory. Thank you, Jesus, for the power and victory that is in Your great name. I call on Your great name right now, and demons must flee. When I call Your great name, the secret plots and schemes cannot work. Help me apply Your name in every area of my life and over everyone I love. I’m unstoppable. In Your name, I pray, Amen!

Study: John 14:13-14, James 4:7

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Being glad in the Lord

September 11, 2020

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.

“But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God; yes, let them rejoice exceedingly” Psalm 68:3, NKJV.

Your daily life is to be seen as time not spent on worrying, but assured and glad about your mighty God. Glad means to experience pleasure, joy or delight; to be made happy. He has made your day to live and rejoice exceedingly in. By Him, life is good, abundant and you have been redeemed. By Him, your enemies are driven away. This should continually make you glad.

Even in tribulation, make the grit decision to allow nothing to steal your joy because the Lord reigns! Be full of life, enjoy what is good and be thankful for the progress in your life. Celebrate your victories and 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 and where He’s taking you as marvelous in your eyes.

Confession: I thank the Father for His awesome, unfailing word. I make a decision to rejoice and be glad! I’m walking in joy today because the Lord 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 my life.

Study: Psalm 118 & 119:14, Nehemiah 8:10, John 16:33

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When bad news comes, have a faith response.

September 10, 2020

“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord” Psalm 112:7, KJV.

I was told yesterday by the company I work for some news about having to make some changes due to economy. My response was God is my Source.

When you are given any kind of bad news, you may have an initial natural response. However, turn away from it. Put it down. Meet it with a faith response. God is your Source! Your job is a stream of income, but not your source of income. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. He can provide for you in many different ways. He will bless your gifts, as you step out in faith, to create other streams. If your doctor gives you a bad report, respond that your Great Physician, your Source of healing, says that by Jesus’ stripes you were healed. He is your Healer and let your complete trust rest in Him.

Whatever it may be brother, receive His peace right now about it. Your God is able. Lift your hands and have a faith response.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise! To everything happening around me, I choose to have a faith response. I will not fear bad news, but my heart will be fixed trusting in You! Help me to stand trusting in You my Source and unlimited Supply. Thank You for already meeting my need. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 112, Isaiah 53:5, Romans 8:35, Philippians 4:19


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One Man Made Everything Alright

September 9, 2020

“For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous” Romans 5:15 & 19, NKJV.

I’m glad one man made everything alright. By one man Adam, sin entered into the world and death by it, but by one man Jesus, the gift of grace and righteousness now completely belongs you.

No matter what you’ve done, one man made you free. If by one man you had trouble, by one man you’ve been delivered and can overcome all trouble. By one man you became powerless, and now by one man you have power.

Adam brought the anchor to your sin, but now Jesus is the anchor of your righteousness–being right with God. The anchor of your salvation and redeemer. Where sin abounded, grace abounds much more. One man started it, but one man finished it. He paid your debt of sin for you. One man was a key that locked the door, but one man was the key that opened every door of God’s promises to you. You are free to be all that God has called you to be.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your abounding grace. Thank you Jesus for redemption and righteousness. I stand in you without sin. You have made me free indeed. Help me to let go of everything behind me and press forward. I can reign in life through Christ. One man made everything alright. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Romans 5:12-20, 8:1-2; John 8:36

Devotionals

You Have Favor with God

September 8, 2020

“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. For You, O Lord , will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield” Psalms 5:11-12, NKJV.

In spite of the enemy we face, we can rejoice and be joyful. Why? Because God will always bless the righteous and you’ve been made righteous by the blood of the Lamb Jesus Christ. Scripture goes on to tell us why we can rejoice and be people that walk in joy. This is not conditional joy, but a constant joy which is our way of life.

We rejoice and are joyful because Jesus satisfied the debt in full, and nothing keeps the Father from delighting in us. The debt of sin has been removed and we are a delight to God, even to the degree that Jesus is. We stand in Christ as righteous as he is, and nothing keeps away a holy God from coming near us and encircling us to protect us like a shield on every side with favor. His favor surrounds as a crown on the head, symbolic of the victory already won, the blessing of eternal life that awaits us, and the way already made.

Never be mistaken, you are a man with favor. The favor of God is on your life.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the favor I now have with You through Jesus! Help me to grow in understanding of who I am in You and the favor I’ve received. I say out loud that I am a blessed man, a forgiven man and a favored man. Your hand is on my life and I am surrounded at every side by Your favor! Thank You Lord for blessing me. In Jesus name, Amen.

Study: Genesis 39:21, Proverbs 12:2, Psalm 35:27

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Let God Arise!

September 7, 2020

“Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; let those also who hate Him flee before Him” Psalm 68:1, NKJV.

If you have ever seen a sunrise, it is one of the most beautiful sights to behold. Everything makes way for the sun and dawning of a new day, and as the sun takes over, darkness must leave.

It may not appear like it, but God is doing the same in this hour. There is more prayer happening than ever before. He is rising in the earth like the sun. He has brought goodness and victory with Him, and darkness can only scatter because the Lord is showing up. He is showing up more and more, bigger and bigger, greater, and greater in your life.

As you see God arising, declare or announce, agree to let Him rise, and His enemies be scattered! Let the joy of the Lord arise, and His enemies be scattered! Let the peace of God break forth, and His enemies be scattered! Let His will for your life arise, and your enemies be scattered! Let His blessings arise abundantly, and your enemies be scattered! This is your time of manifestation of a God-given victory.

Prayer: Hallelujah, Father! Yes, arise and let Your enemies be scattered! When You arise, all my enemies are driven away. I worship and thank You for being good in these times. You are moving and drawing people to You. Help me to continually stand on Your word and let You arise! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 68, Proverbs 4:18, Isaiah 60:1-3

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You Have a Strong Help

September 5, 2020

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help?My help comes from the Lord…” Psalm 121:1-2, NKJV.

Where does your help come from when everything looks bleak around you. When everything appears to be chaotic. When you feel like there is pressure on every side. When you are faced with either breaking down or breaking through.

Where does your help come from? Look to the hills and see your great God. Your help comes from the Lord!

It comes from the Lord, Who will move heaven and earth to find you and deliver you. He will reach His hand in any given situation and make it right. No trouble is too hard or strong to keep the hand of God from meeting you right where you are and give you exactly what you need. He will show you where the blessing is. You have an Almighty help. You have a consistent help. You have a perfect help. You have a strong Help.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise! You surely know how to come right on time. You are more than enough and will provide exactly what I need. You are everything I need to win right now, and I thank You. I look to the hills and see my great God. My sure help, my strong help comes from You! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 121, John 10:4, 1 John 5:4

Devotionals

Cast your cares on the Lord.

September 4, 2020

“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

Thank for Jesus

September 3, 2020

“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

Take the First Step

September 2, 2020

“So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you” Matthew 17:20, NKJV.

The hardest step for many of us is the first one. When you received Jesus, you stepped out of who you were, into a new person in Christ. You step out of your sin and into His righteousness. Salvation and all that comes with it is yours, including the love of God, joy, peace, and power. Words just cannot explain, yet you are not the same. It all came from one pivotal decision, one step of faith.

This is our model for entering into God’s promises in our day-to-day living. It takes a step of faith to decide to live holy. It takes a step of faith to forgive a trusted friend or mentor, to love again, to start a business or ministry, even if you’ve failed before, or to continue applying for a job when the odds are against you. His direction affirms He is with you and there is nothing too hard for Him. He will bless you, yet you have to start somewhere. If you don’t start, you’ll never see Him help you finish.

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for your word to me. I make the first step to believe and yield to You, and I trust You will step in with Your ability to help me. Help me move from fear into faith. Help me step out of bondage into freedom. Help me step out of selfishness, into Your love. Help me step out of weakness and into Your strength. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Jeremiah 32:17

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Your victory lies in moving forward

August 31, 2020

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14, NKJV.

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 ahead of you. This is a guarantee. 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. Provision, opportunities, relationships, and honor will be awaiting you. You will be restored and made new when you move forward.

The Father’s perfect will 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 His will, and you know when you are in it. You are fulfilled because you are pleasing the Father there. You’re experiencing using your gifts there. 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 even in these times, you must now press into it. 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 help me let go of the past and move forward into what You want me to be. I will not allow anything 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

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He Won’t Let You Drown

August 30, 2020

“He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters” Psalm 18:16, NKJV.

I remember, as a child, we took a family trip to Panama City Beach in Florida. I couldn’t swim then, but my father was far off on a boat, and I wanted to go where he was. So I tried to swim out to him, but the deeper the water became, the more I realized I couldn’t handle it. I began going underwater. I stretched my hand up one last time, and then I blacked out. I was drowning. Even with so many people on the beach, somehow, my older cousin saw my hand go up for the last time and saved me.

You may not have experienced this physically, but you feel like you are drowning. The waters of everything that is happening in the world, the sum of it all at once, is getting very deep, and you feel like you can’t swim through it. You feel like you can’t breathe. You may even feel like you don’t want to live.

While there are many waters around you, the Lord says He is the air you breathe. He is your strength in turmoil. He is your rock and refuge when things get so tough to bear. He not only rescued your soul, but He rescues your life, and He will be good. He’s standing there right now, and He sees your hand reaching for Him. Your reaching for Him is not in vain. There may be many waters, but the Lord will draw you out of them.

Prayer: Father, sometimes it feels hard right now. I’m just being real. I reach my hands above the waters to You. Minister to me deeply. You are my Refuge and my Strength. You are the air that I breathe. I will not drown, but I will live and overcome by my faith in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 18:1-19, John 16:33, 1 John 5:4

Devotionals

Step away and get some rest.

August 29, 2020

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’. ” Matthew 6:31, NIV.

Have you ever felt like you were beyond tired? You need a second wind. You’ve been going and going, working and have had no time to rest. Even when you do sit down and relax, you aren’t doing anything, you still find yourself still at an unrest, you still are not in a place of peace.

It’s good to step away naturally as a man, with all of our responsibilities, and do something we enjoy. Yet, many times the true rest as men that we need isn’t physical. It is a spiritual rest that we need. It is a rest for the soul that we need, and this rest only comes from the Lord.

You need to still away and get some time to yourself and God. Still away and give it all to Jesus. Push away your schedule, go to a different environment and let Lord minister to you. Let Him refresh you in His presence. Let Him show you how to enter into His rest about everything before you.

Let God answer your questions as you’re quiet before Him. Let Him rearrange and restructure anything about what you’re doing and the way you’re doing it. God will even reveal to you if there’s anything you are involved in that really isn’t His will for your life.

When you choose to find rest in Him, He will give you a fresh perspective on your life, and give you more grace. This is how you can run and not get weary, and walk, but not faint in the Lord.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me today. I admit tired and I need some rest. Help me do something naturally to rest. Yet above all, help me to spiritually rest by spending time with You. Only You can do something about my life. Only You can ease my mind. Only You can provide rest for my soul. Minister to me and refresh me today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Isaiah 40:29-31Hebrews 4:1-210-11Matthew 11:28-29

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I Will Worship Nobody but You

August 28, 2020

“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 4:10, 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 Him up on the throne of our heart. He is God and He alone is who you serve.

As Satan did with Jesus, he will offer you the world for your priceless true worship. If he can get your worship, then either quickly or over time, he can get your life. Yet, tell Satan to get behind you! Like Jesus, tell him you will put no other gods before the Lord. There will be no sin, no entertainment, no money, or pleasure, that you will lift up and put before the Almighty God that saved and redeemed you. He has been good to you and will always bring you into great places of victory in your life.

Receive the charge as a man to worship the Father alone in this hour.

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. Nobody but You Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 4:1-11, John 4:23-24

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Rain or shine, keep seeking Him.

August 27, 2020

“Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You” Jeremiah 32:17, NKJV.

When going through a tough situation, it can be a challenge to keep your mind on God. The situation is trying and uncomfortable. Your situation will tell you to think on it. Put all of your energy, focus and spend all of your time thinking about it.

Yet, God is right next to your situation, and says regardless of what you’re going through, you still need to seek Me. You still need to occupy your thoughts with Me. Meditate on Who I am, and that I have every answer that you need.

Just as rain or shine, as a man you will go to work, decide that rain or shine you will seek the Lord.

It’s tough, but seek the Lord! Your bank account may be low, but seek the Lord! It may feel rocky in the world around you, but seek the Lord! Don’t allow the situation to slow you down, keep you from church even virtually, and from leading your home.

Confession: I’m going to trust God today! According to Jeremiah 32:17, there’s nothing He can’t do. Everything is going to be alright. I’m going to occupy my thoughts on His Word! When thoughts about my circumstance come, I’m going to stop myself from thinking on it and keep my mind on Jesus. I’m going to keep seeking Him. I praise Him now! I receive joy in my day. Hallelujah!

Study: Isaiah 26:3, Philippians 4:8, Ephesians 3:20

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Don’t get discouraged. You just got started.

August 26, 2020

“After that, the Word of came to me: ‘Zerubbabel started rebuilding this Temple and he will complete it. That will be your confirmation that God-of-the-Angel-Armies sent me to you. Does anyone dare despise this day of small beginnings? They’ll change their tune when they see Zerubbabel setting the last stone in place!’…” Zechariah 4:9-10, Message Bible.

God will give you a great dream about what He’s called you to, but when you to start it, it may look nothing like what He showed you at first. He shows us the end at the beginning, but when you step out and do it, at that very moment it may not receive the response you desire. Sometimes, this is the moment we get discouraged, question God’s will and throw in the towel.

Don’t get discouraged my brother. You just started. All fruit doesn’t begin as fruit. All fruit began as a seed. Then, it grows into something greater. Don’t give up so quickly. You just started and small beginnings are not to be despised, but actually cherished. You will remember this time and say this was the time that God built character in me.

It may start out small, but it is going to end up big. It will be just as God said it will be. Don’t be moved just because it doesn’t look like what God showed you yet. Celebrate your victory. You obeyed the Lord, and it is something to be proud of. Keep sowing your seed and watch God will bless it to grow.

Prayer: Father, I praise You. You’ve told me to start and I’ve obeyed You. Thank You for helping me not to get discouraged that I don’t see the results I want yet. Help me remember I just got started and not to despise small beginnings. Continue to build character in me and help me stay with it, and keep sowing my seed. You will bring it to pass. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Isaiah 46:10, Ephesians 3:20, Galatians 6:9

Devotionals

His Goodness is Coming to You

August 25, 2020

“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 will show you hints and glimpses of what is to come. On the inside of you, He has revealed that He’s about to do something great in your life. You may not know exactly how. 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 trust the Lord, and you are about to see your reward. You will see the glory of God, His goodness, in your life. You have turned the corner, you made it through 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 tough times I have had, You blessed me, and I will continue to trust You are moving in me and through my life. Great things are to come. Help me to continue to be led by You Holy Spirit. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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

Devotionals

He’s doing something new in you.

August 24, 2020

“Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19

A horse wears blinders that cause them to see only what’s before them. In life, we can also operate with blinders, where we are so used to God moving one way. We can find it hard to see when He is moving in a new way.

It is a new time and a new season. God is doing something new for you. He wants to get something new to you, but you have to let go of the old. He isn’t doing the old things you are used to. He’s doing something new in your life, and He is asking you to move with Him, even if it’s uncomfortable.

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for the new thing you are doing in me. Help me to let go of the old, and receive the new season. I rejoice because You care for me, and You have great things in store for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Even in the dark, there’s a path for you.

August 23, 2020

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV.

“I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread” Psalm 37:25, NKJV.

It would be contrary to the character of God for darkness to surround you, and He not give you light in the midst of it. He will never leave or forsake you, and will always show you a path to receive what He’s already provided.

There is a path to abundant life. There is a path to blessing, peace, and provision. As you acknowledge your God, as you lean on Him to help you understand, He will show you the way. His Word will light your way.

You may be tempted to be anxious, but don’t be. You may be tempted to be under pressure, but don’t be. Keep praising and blessing Him. Be mightily encouraged in knowing there is a path, and He will always direct you to it. He will get you there.

Prayer: Father, You are a good Good, and I praise You. There is no one like You. I ask that You show me the decisions to make and the paths to take. You are my Shield and my Source. As I draw close to You, You will not fail to draw near to me and show me the path You’ve already made. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 32:8 & 119:105, Jeremiah 33:3, James 1:5 & 4:8

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Come back and thank Him.

August 22, 2020

“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, ‘Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God…’ ” Luke 17: 15-18, NKJV.

Nine of the lepers went on to enjoy their blessing. They forgot what Jesus had done for them. But, like a bill that’s due, one of the lepers Jesus healed felt the Lord was due glory and praise. He realized all that the Lord had done for him. What this meant for his life. I am sure he thought about how this blessing he just received was going to change everything and was very, very grateful.

Look around and think about everything the Lord has done for you. He has kept you. When you needed money, He brought it to you on time. He has been answering your heartfelt prayers. He’s been healing and restoring you beyond what others will ever truly know–but you know. There is a divine work of the heart that you can’t express that the Father has done and is doing in your life.

He’s rescued your life and has been so good, even in a pandemic. He’s changed everything for you. Like the one leper, come back and thank Him.

Challenge: I challenge you to praise the Lord for 15 minutes. Take the time not to ask of Him, but to give Him. With great gratitude, thank Him for all He has done. Give Him due praise. Give Him the glory for it all, and bless His great name.

Study: Luke 17:12-19, Isaiah 43:21, Hebrews 13:15

Devotionals

I am revealing gifts to you.

August 21, 2020

“A man’s gift opens doors for him, and brings him before great men.” Proverbs 18:16

“A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.” Proverbs 17:8

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James‬ ‭1:17‬

“I am revealing gifts to you. As I reveal the gifts to you, don’t hold them back. They are going to make you a blessing and are for your profit. Your gift will make room for you and put you before people you otherwise wouldn’t be put before. As I inspire you, respond and act on it. Let Me use you through your gifts. You may not have known that gift was inside you, but it is and I want you to run with it. Yield to it and run with it. It will be the other stream of income you were looking for during these times. You will truly say that the Lord is your Source because He makes your hands to profit, says the Lord.”

Devotionals

A Message from the Lord for You

August 20, 2020

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” Psalm 37:4-5, NKJV.

“I am going to bless you, and you know it. It is time to completely trust Me that I surely will. What you know must translate into the actions of trusting Me. You must trust Me and do what My will is as You wait on Me. Let me steer you. Let me guide you. Let Me cause you to reign in your finances, reign on your job, reign in your home, and family. You know I am going to do it, so choose to act like it is so. Have faith like it is so–right now. Let your trust in Me confuse the enemy. Let the knowledge of the truth of My word fill your heart with great joy. I’m going to do what I said I will do, but you must trust Me. Waiting doesn’t mean no. Waiting means I am preparing My best for you. Don’t you want My best, or do you want your own? Wait upon Me. Be still and know that I am God. Follow my Spirit and His wisdom that He gives, as a step-by-step plan is given when you pray to Me. Keep your eyes on Me and My will. Stay focused on My calling for you. Revolve your decisions around it. I WILL bless You! says the LORD.”

Study: Psalm 37:3-7; Isaiah 26:4; Jeremiah 29:11-13; Matthew 6:33; Matthew 28:19

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You will make it through it!

August 19, 2020

“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.

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.

Then why won’t you?

The One you believe would make it, is the same One that is with you and for you. 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 while you’re in it, for comfort and triumph. Like passing a town on your way home, you will make it through it.

Prayer: Father, I praise You! I really needed this. Sometimes, things can get hard for this man, but if You can make it, I can too. You freed me and You are on my side. Your joy is my strength. Thank You for Your grace being sufficient, 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

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Jesus is with you in the fire.

August 18, 2020

“… ‘Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?’ They answered and said to the king, ‘True, O king.’ ‘Look!’ he answered, ‘I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God’” Daniel 3:23-25, NKJV.

Their enemy not only saw the three Hebrew boys in the fire, they saw One more in the fire with them. They saw One that looked like the Son of God. Even in the fire, Jesus is with us.

You may be in the fire right now, but Jesus is with you in it. The devil may try to overcome you, but be assured that he sees Jesus right there with you. We are never alone even in the fire, and what your adversary thought will take you out, is only taking you in. When you come out the fire, you won’t even smell like smoke. You won’t look like, resemble, and no one will be able to tell that you have been where you’ve been. The fire only caused you to know Jesus in a more deeper way. The fire only purified your heart and your faith. Your life is going to so blessed after being with Jesus in the fire, that you’ll be able to thank God for it.

Prayer: Father, thank You. Jesus is with me in the fire. I thank You that the devil sees Jesus right beside me, and he can’t win over me. Let this purify me and make my walk stronger in Christ. May I know you Jesus in a deeper way, and grace me to thrive right now. Help me to praise and serve You even in the fire. I declare I’m coming out more blessed than I’ve ever been in my life because I’ve put my trust in You. I pray the same for other men as well. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Daniel 3:12-30, James 1:2-4, 1 Peter 1:7

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Stay By the River of His Word

August 17, 2020

“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 in these times, it is vital to stay by the river of God’s Word. Do not underestimate its’ power. His Word flows abundantly with everything you need. He will meet you right where you are. There is no greater shelter, no greater comfort, no greater counsel, no greater offense than His Word.

He framed the world with it. Jesus fought with it. He healed with it. You will win with it. His Word has the power to keep us planted and thriving. It doesn’t mean we won’t go through anything, but God’s Word will sustain you and feed you through it.

Confession: God’s Word is powerful. I am a tree of righteousness and I will plant my life 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 what He says. His Word will provide counsel for every situation in my life. I will meditate on Your Word and prosper!

Study: Psalm 1, Joshua 1:8, Hebrews 4:12

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Let God keep you.

August 16, 2020

“…Do not arouse or awaken love until the time is right” Song of Solomon 8:4, Berean Study Bible.

It’s important in relationships that you keep sex out of the picture in the dating process. It confuses your soul and your entire body. It makes it harder to hear God’s voice and His direction. Your body is precious. Your man parts are precious and only to be enjoyed by your future wife. I know saving yourself for marriage is not at all popular in the world today, but if you let God keep you, He will greatly reward you. He will reward you with a strong friendship built on trust and commitment. He will reward you with the greatest sex life in marriage.

Your future wife will be the right woman for you. She will be everything you need, wrapped up in what you want. Tell your body no when it’s screaming for sex. Tell your body, “My future wife is going to satisfy this part of me.” You have the same self-control that Jesus walked in, and with His help, you can do this! Trust Him and watch how the Lord blesses you beyond your wildest dreams with His right woman for you!

Prayer: Father God, I need your help to keep my body under control. Help me, Lord, to see your prize and give me something to look forward to that will help me wait for what you have for me. I ask for your forgiveness for my sin. Restore my purity Lord and help me glorify you in this area. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Corinthians 6:16-20

New book coming soon, “Best Friends, Best Sex” by Bernard and Kesha Trippett! Stay tuned…

Devotionals

You’re Not Staying the Same

August 15, 2020

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”” Romans 12:2, Message Bible.

You can walk up to your front door of your house and put your key into it. However, you won’t enter in until you put your hand on the doorknob and turn it.

What God has spoken, and is speaking, about your life is in front of you. You have the key, who is Jesus. It’s time to enter into another level in your relationship with God. It’s time to discover and enter into the plans and purposes God has for your life. You won’t be the same man as before. You are growing in Christ more and learning to be led by the Holy Spirit. Everything in your life is going higher, including your humility and freedom to be the man you now are in Christ.

Declare and say to yourself, I’m not staying the same.

Prayer: Father, I thank You. I desire what You have spoken to be experienced in my life. Help me, Jesus, to allow you to transform me so that I can walk in the plans You have for me. From spiritually to financially, I humble myself to applying Your word. Take my prayer life and word life higher! Take everything higher! I refuse to stay the same. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 14:6; James 1:25 & 4:6; Galatians 5:1

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A Message from the Lord for You

August 14, 2020

“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

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Talk Victory

August 12, 2020

“In God we boast all day long, and praise Your name forever. Selah”, Psalm 44:8, NKJV.

The last thing the devil wants to do is deal with a man that talks victory. Every time he comes against you, all he hears is your talk of faith and victory.

A victorious believer is a speaking believer about how he will overcome through Christ. This is the man that praises and makes his boast in the Lord. No matter what he sees, a victory-speaking believer is agreeing with God’s Word, and finds joy right where he is.

Your words hold life and power, and within your boast is a stirring of your mighty faith. When you boast, it helps you to see clearly your outcome in God. You see clearly that indeed great things are in store for you. Don’t allow the devil to deceive you into talking about defeat because there is none found in God. Stand toe-to-toe with the devil and declare who your God is. Joyfully tell him he is no match for the Great I AM. Boast on Jesus Christ and what He has done for you. His plan for your life is unfolding right before you, the goodness of God is coming and your victory cannot be stopped.

Prayer: Father, Thank You for Your Word. You have overcome for me. Help me to not talk defeat, but talk victory! By faith, it is already done! I boast in your face devil that My God is good and He is able. Thank You God I have victory in this situation. Thank You for the awesome plan You have for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 1 Corinthians 15:57, 1 John 5:4, Isaiah 53:5, Proverbs 18:21

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It’s never over with God

August 11, 2020

“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord” Psalm 118:17, NKJV.

When a sports team is down with seconds left in a game, the world will count them out and everyone says it’s over. Sometimes, life can feel that way.

When it looks like nothing is happening, God is behind the scenes at work in your life. People may have counted you out, but even right now, He’s at work in you.

It’s not over until you are free. It’s not over until you are walking in His plan for your life. If He allowed you to lose your job, know that He’s going to give you a better one. Your turn around will be so great, that only God can get the glory. You will look back and say look what the Lord has done in my life. It’s never over for the man that will trust in Him.

Prayer: Father, You are good and with You, it’s never over. I declare it’s not over and the best is yet to come because You are on my side. I say by faith my best is happening right now. You are at work right now. Steer me during this time. Help me to obey and keep praising You because it’s not over. I will see Your glory in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 10:10, Romans 8:28 & 31-39

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Reach Your Family

August 10, 2020

“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them gets lost, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountain and go in search of the one that is lost?” Matthew 18:12, Amplified.

One day while on Facebook, I came across a post from one of my cousins, who seems to always have posts about no one cares, his problems and what he’s going through. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said that’s who I want you to go after. You’re so focused on reaching the world, but you have those right in your midst that is lost.

There is a place for witnessing and going after those that are already close to you that need Jesus–your family. You’ve been divinely connected to them. There are those already near, that if you slow down, watch and pray, He will show you family that you just may be overlooking.

The Lord didn’t intend on your spreading of the Gospel to be complicated, but very simple and the devil doesn’t want you to receive a revelation of that. Ask yourself what would show the love of God to them the most–right now? What is their real need, and how can you meet it? Some of your family need your time, and some need wisdom on how to get through their challenges. Some have been giving up on and forgotten, and God wants you to step in and say He hasn’t.

I challenge you to reach your family. Leave your comfort, and go after them.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word today. Help me to simplify it and show me how to reach my family in these times. Help me to minister to that have been giving up on and forgotten. That family member that is always posting on Facebook about their problems–I pray for them now. Help me to love them in a great way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Acts 1:8

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You Have to Keep Pushing

August 9, 2020

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8, NKJV.

The reward is ahead, so keep pushing. The promise is before you, so keep pushing. Just because you have to push, doesn’t mean it’s not God’s will for you. Just because you have to apply great effort, doesn’t mean it isn’t yours to possess.

It is a battle sometimes to keep the faith in order to see your victory. One step of obedience after the other, one transparent prayer to God after another. The struggle to get what the Lord put in you, out of you is real. Yet, if we want manifestation in our lives, we have to push ourselves beyond what we’re comfortable with.

Even if you need someone close to you to hold you accountable to what God has spoken to you, do it. Whatever it takes. Don’t get stagnant now. Keep pressing. By God’s grace, you can keep pushing.

Prayer: Father, I praise You! You are my all and all, and I thank You for encouraging me to keep pressing. Help me, Jesus, to keep pushing like You. I can’t get stagnant now. I thank You that my reward is ahead of me, even in these times You are doing great things for me. I ask and receive the grace to keep pushing. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Corinthians 9:24, Hebrews 10:35-36 & 12:1

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I Won’t Forget You

August 8, 2020

“So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full— then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out…” Deuteronomy 6:10-12, NKJV.

Increase is coming, and you may say in your own life is already here. Great things are happening, and you are in a promised place. God has been good to you. But remember once you have eaten and are full, don’t forget God.

The man that remembers God remembers where God brought him from. It was the Lord that kept you going. He paid the bill just in time, He gave you the wisdom, He sent the help you needed, and kept the family happy while you got your stuff together as a man. It was and has been God’s goodness all along.

As God blesses you more and more, walk in the principles of humility and wisdom more and more. Keep Christ as Who you obey and serve. The man that remembers God is the man the Lord will continue to bless.

Prayer: Father, I won’t forget You. Help me to remain obedient and faithful when Your goodness shows up in my life. Give me meekness and humility like you, Jesus, even while I’m experiencing great blessings. I will put nothing else before You. So whether I have little or when I am full, I will not forget You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Deuteronomy 8:3-14, Psalm 115:14, Proverbs 30:8-9, Luke 16:10

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He’s putting your life back together again.

August 6, 2020

“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 at 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 experiences in your life that weren’t good. 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 are seeing and will see the glory of God, His goodness, in a powerful 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, even right now, you will give God praise as He satisfies you because He is putting everything back together again.

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

Study: Joel 2:25-27, Jeremiah 17:14, Isaiah 60:1-2

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A Made-Up Mind

August 6, 2020

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left” Isaiah 30:21, ESV.

Take on a made-up mind today. You will receive what God is showing you, and you will walk in it. Your experience of what you receive in your life will be one way or another based on when you make your mind up to follow that voice you are hearing. It’s the Lord speaking to you. You may have all kinds of thoughts going on in your head, but make up your mind on you will believe Him about your challenge, about your life. Walk in the way that will bring manifestation to what you want to see happen in your life this year. The sooner you make up your mind, the sooner you’ll eat of God’s plan for your life.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise, and You alone are worthy of it. I hear You speaking to me. I hear a voice behind me, and it’s You. Help me to have a made-up mind on trusting You. Help me to have a made-up mind on going in the direction You have for my life. May I not turn to the right or left, but believe and walk in it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 32:8, Jeremiah 33:3, Isaiah 41:10, John 10:27

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I Will Praise Him at All Times

August 3, 2020

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth” Psalm 34:1, NKJV.

Sometimes, you have to stop everything you’re doing right where you are and bless the Lord. Praise Him for His goodness and His mercy, and for all that He has done. Praise Him in the midst of these times we are in. Praise Him because He has come through for you every time. He is up to something amazing in your life. So praise Him now.

Make praise your attitude and your expression of faith. No matter what you’re experiencing, you won’t complain. No matter how others are responding, you have decided that you will bless the Lord, and His praises will continually be in your mouth. When you tell the Father He is awesome, and He can do all things, the Father will inhabit your praise, and tell you that you are awesome and you can do all things also. When You say You are my Provider, He will say I have already provided for you now. As you bless the Lord, you’ll find Him blessing you!

Give God the glory with your praise and watch your joy remain full. Watch your strength remain full, and your eyes of faith are kept on the Waymaker, on the One Who is good to you.

Prayer: Father, You are worthy, and I will praise You, even in these times. I will praise You for everything You have done for Me. I bless You for the great things You are doing in my life. I praise You for being my Savior, my Provider, my Deliverer, my Waymaker, and Friend. I remind myself of Who I serve, and nothing will keep me from blessing You. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 71:14, Ephesians 5:18-19

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Your Lane of Purpose

August 2, 2020

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” Ephesians 2:10, NIV.

A tool can be utilized much more effectively when we know the purpose of it. For example, a spoon was created for eating soup. When that spoon is doing what it was designed to do, it is most useful. However, take that same spoon and use it to cut steak, and you will have a great deal of work ahead of you. Eating is going to be much harder, overwhelming, and frustrating. As good as the steak is, you can’t enjoy it as it was meant to be enjoyed.

Aside from our purpose to live for Him and know Him, God has something He created you for. You are an original, built and designed by God with a specific purpose in His mind, not yours. Without walking in His purpose for your life, it will be hard, full of toil, frustration, confusion, and fear. Don’t fight against it any longer. Yield and completely surrender to Him. Completely surrender to being you. Seek God and get into your lane of purpose.

Prayer: Father, thank You for creating me with a purpose in mind. I desire to know that purpose. I surrender my life to You. I surrender to being who You created me to be. Help me cooperate with You every day of my life as I allow You to use me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Jeremiah 1:5

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Ask Him for it.

August 1, 2020

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

I’m sure when you were a little child, you wouldn’t hesitate to ask your parents for literally everything. You would ask your dad to help open a jar that’s too hard to turn, tell your mom when you needed something to eat, or ask for wisdom. No matter what it was, it always made sense that if you need help with anything, you would ask them for it.

I’m learning more and more to go to God for literally everything in the same way. I’m learning more and more to come to the end of myself from the start. Like a car with no power steering, even our will (the desire, the want to) in some areas is too hard to turn toward Him–without Him.

If you desire a work of the heart to be done in you, ask Him for it. If you want upright living when no one is looking, ask Him for it. Because of Jesus, we can without shame come boldly and say, Lord, I don’t love you like I should. Help me to love You more. God is able and will perform a marvelous work in you. With child-like faith, He wants you to come to Him. Whatever it is, come to the end of yourself and ask Him for it.

Prayer: Good morning, Father, here I am. What I want and need in my life, I ask You for it. Move in me. Right now, I take my hands off of it and even ask for the will, the desire–the want to–for more of You. By Your power, do a marvelous work in me. I thank You for it, Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 51, Philippians 4:13

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Teach me to do Your will

July 31, 2020

“Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness” Psalm 143:10, NKJV.

When a student doesn’t know how to do what they’ve been instructed to do, a good teacher will take the time to show them how.

I have to admit that like that student, I need help in my life. There are some things I have found myself continually doing, even when I make a great effort to stop. I have also found myself knowing what to do, yet for some reason, I still haven’t changed my ways. I need God to teach me to do His will.

This goes beyond us just knowing or being aware of what to do. This goes beyond even understanding it. It is when our actions catch up to where our heart is because our sincere desire is for more of God. It is when our actions show we want to arrive at the places God wants to take us. It is when our actions show we don’t want the sin or something else in our lives that secretly is harming and hindering us.

Ask God to teach you to do His will. No matter where you are, He is still your God, and His Spirit is there to help. His Spirit is good. If you allow Him to teach you, He will lead you into a great place for your life.

Prayer: Father, You are my God. Teach me. I don’t want to keep doing the same things in my life. Show me how to change. Help me, God. Help me apply Your word. I ask for a hearing ear and a humble heart, so You can teach me to do Your will. Thank You in advance. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 14:26, Romans 7:18-20, Philippians 2:13

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Seeing That The Lord Reigns

July 30, 2020

“The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting. The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty!” Psalm 93:1-4, ESV.

The Lord is mighty and He reigns. Strength is the belt of the Lord. He doesn’t lose a battle because He reigns. He has all dominion and authority. The earth is His footstool. He decrees and His word comes to pass. When you see the Lord as He is, you’ll see that your adversary has no power. When you have a perspective that God is in control and that He has all power in His hands, your adversary’s attacks won’t rob your peace and joy.

As you look out on the landscape of your day and your life, the hand of God is reigning over it all. Tell every area of your life that the Lord reigns and He will have the final say. His will and His promises will stand.

Father, I glorify You and thank You for Who You are. You are King and You reign. Help me to rest in knowing that over every situation, You reign. I will let nothing rob my peace and joy today. No matter what the devil says, You will have the final say because You reign! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 24 & 93, Proverbs 19:21, Nehemiah 9:6

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I can’t do it on my own.

July 28, 2020

“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 you can’t do it on your own. You have no godly strength to overcome on your own. There’s nothing good you can do, or become by yourself without the Lord.

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, I acknowledge 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 Your strength to live for You. Let Your love, wisdom, and power reign in my life today. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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


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Nothing less than what He promised you.

July 26, 2020

“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.

If the company you work for came to you at the end of the week with only some of your paycheck, that would not be okay with what you received. Most of your paycheck 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.

Rightfully expect nothing less than an abundant life. 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 the work. He sowed his life so you can reap an abundant one. Now as a son of God, you can rightfully expect everything he paid the price for.

It is the Lord’s joyful desire, and His plans are still to bless your life. Expect nothing less than being free in Christ, nothing holding you back. Expect nothing less than what Jesus has provided. 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 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, Jeremiah 29:11

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You don’t have to be perfect for God to use you.

July 25, 2020

“For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness” Romans 4:3, NKJV.

“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong” 2 Corinthians 12:10, NKJV.

Abraham wasn’t perfect at all. He lied about his wife being his sister and slept with his wife’s handmaid. Yet, he believed God, and the Father accounted his faith as righteousness. Because he didn’t allow his shortcomings to hinder his obedience, he walked in God’s purpose for his life, becoming the father of faith and of many nations.

The Father doesn’t just know your strengths, but He knew your flaws, the mistakes, the failures, and everything else about you and your life. He knew all of you, and He still called all of you. You’re not perfect, but Jesus is your complete perfection. The Father isn’t asking you to be perfect before He can use you. He’s asking for your faith in Him to show Himself strong even in your weaknesses. We are like cups with a hole at the bottom, but in Christ, God uses us to carry water to thirsty souls.

You don’t want to miss what God has for you. He loves you. He had a great plan for Abraham, and He has a great plan for you. Don’t allow your imperfections to keep you from obeying God.

Prayer: Father, thank You that I am washed and made new in Christ. I am made perfect, not by my works, but through faith in You. Help me to let You use me, flaws and all. May I glory in weaknesses instead so You can show Yourself strong. I don’t have to be perfect to obey You. I receive Your love today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Genesis 16:4, 20:1-3; Romans 5:1, Galatians 3:1-9, 26, 1 Corinthians 1:30

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Favor Surrounds You

July 20, 2020

“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. For You, O Lord , will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield” Psalms 5:11-12, NKJV.

We can rejoice and shout for joy because Jesus became your substitute and satisfied the debt of sin. The debt of sin has been removed, and your sins have been thrown as far as the east is from the west. They truly have. You stand in Christ as righteous as he is, and now a holy God has come near and surrounds you. Like a shield on every side, His favor surrounds you.

Favor is simply God delighting in you because you received His love through His Son. You accepted His Son, and God’s delight is to accept you not based on what you’ve done but grace–the unmerited favor of God. It may come, but don’t allow condemnation or guilt to surround you. Favor surrounds you. Don’t allow hopelessness to surround you. Favor surrounds you. Despite what is happening around you, in between all of it and you, in between the enemy’s attacks and you, is the favor of God. He will bless you.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the favor I now through Jesus Christ! I will shout for joy about it. Help me to understand more and more the favor I’ve received. I say out loud that I am a blessed, forgiven, and loved. Help me allow nothing but Your favor to surround me. Things will work out because of Your favor. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Genesis 39:21, Proverbs 8:35 & 12:2, Psalm 35:27

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It’s not the time to condemn them.

July 19, 2020

“When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’” John 8:10-11, NKJV.

You will notice the only One that could have condemned the prostitute was still there. But He didn’t. The One who could rightfully accuse sent all her accusers away.

You can choose to be like the accusers, or you can be like Jesus. People are desiring to see Jesus right now. Stoop down like Jesus, get into their dirt, and allow Christ to extend the grace, forgiveness, and love found in Him.

Be careful not the condemn the stripper. Be careful not to condemn the man that’s doing what’s illegal to feed his family, the fornicator, the drunk cousin, or anyone that isn’t living the way you think they should be living. It will keep you from loving them, when love is what they need the most. This is the love that will cause someone to go and sin no more.

Prayer: Father, I give You all the honor, praise, and glory. I thank You for helping me not to condemn people, but to love people. Forgive me if I’ve been condemning, or have been an accuser in my heart. Help me to reach others with grace. They need Jesus and the love that’s found in Him. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 3:17 & 8:4-11, Luke 6:37, Romans 8:1-2, 1 John 1:9-2:2

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Fill My Day, Fill My Life

July 18, 2020

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” Psalm 16:11, ESV.

“For you make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence” Psalm 21:6, ESV.

Father, You are awesome, and I praise You. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me. Thank You for waking me up today and giving me life. Now I ask that You fill my life. Fill all of it–everywhere. Fill me with Your word. Fill my day with Your presence, and my mouth with Your praise. Fill me with Your peace. With outstretched arms, get involved in everything that concerns me.

Fill my decisions. Fill my day with goodness and wisdom. This is the day that You have made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it! Let my cup run over because You are with me. You are my strong Tower. You are my Shield. Fill my day with Your favor! Fill me Holy Spirit so much so that I bear fruit without effort. I declare love, joy, peace, goodness, gentleness, longsuffering, faithfulness, self-control, and kindness are filling me now. This will be a great day. This will be a day full of You! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 81:10, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 5:18-20

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The Safest Place

July 17, 2020

“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. 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 and pursue it. The goodness of God is real and is experienced in His will.

Ask God, what is His will, and are you in it? What is Your will for my family? What are the steps to take in fulfilling His plan for you? When you hide in Him, He promises songs of deliverance for you. He will surround you will favor as a shield. When you abide in His word, He will guide you and handle all the matters of life. Many voices may be pulling after you, trying to tell you what to do, but in His will is the safest place to be.

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for Your precious wisdom spoken directly to me. I’m safe in Your will. Victory is in Your will. No matter what I see or hear, help me to stay in Your will and not go my own way. Give me wisdom and direction. Be glorified in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 5:12, Proverbs 18:10

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Expecting His Goodness in Your Life

July 16, 2020

“Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!) Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His mercy and lovingkindness endure forever!” Psalm 106:1, Amplified.

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth: Psalm 34:1, Amplified.

If He was good before, He will be good again. Your past isn’t all the goodness you are ordained to see, but He’s being good to you now and will be in the days to come. You may not know how or it may be in a way you didn’t notice, but His goodness is surrounding you right now. Look forward to as for certain and expect something good from God!

This is the reason the psalmist declares to keep praise on your lips. The understanding that He’s good will keep you in a place of thanksgiving and appreciation, in spite of what you experience.

Even in this hour, it seems like the devil is going to win, but the Lord is strong and masterfully at work for you, and will show up with goodness in His hands.

Prayer: Father, You are good! Because You are always good, I praise You Lord and I thank You! Your love abounds toward me! You have been good and you will continue to be good to me. Help me to expect Your goodness in my life. Let my faith stand on this mighty truth. You will bless me. You will provide. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 23 & 106, Romans 8:28

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Keep Going

July 14, 2020

“Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.’ And they launched out.” Luke 8:22, NKJV.

Sometimes, everything isn’t going to look like you want it to look. It won’t be how you would like it to be. Yet, those are the times you have to keep going until it does.

You can take your towel and wipe your sweat with it. You can take your towel and wipe your tears with it. But don’t throw it in.
Storms may come, and the winds may blow but have a made-up mind that you are going to the other side. You are going to have what God said you will have. You are going to be the man that God has called you to be. Your finances will be well. Your family will thrive.
Let the memories of your last victory encourage your faith for the next one (John 6:12), and you keep going. If He said it, He’s going to do it.

Prayer: Father, I thank You and praise You. You are the Almighty God, powerful and awesome in all Your ways. I say I see my victory already. I choose to walk like a man of God today. I ask for a deep rest about it all. Let my heart be after only you, Jesus. I will keep going. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Luke 8:22-25, Mark 8:18-21

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If He said it, He will do it!

July 13, 2020

“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.

We can make a strong commitment to do something, but there is still a possibility, something will come up. Things can happen out of our control that can keep us from doing what we said we would do. Yet, God is infallible, holy, righteous, and faithful. Nothing will come up with Him. He is the only One that can and will always keep His word to you.

The Father is not surprised by where you are. He isn’t sweating bullets, wondering can He meet your need on time, nor should you be either. He’s not worrying or under any pressure about how can He get you into what He predestined for your life, nor should you either. Choose to rest in the character and faithfulness of God Who covers you, and He won’t let you down. If He said, He will do it!

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your ability to do what You said You will do! Nothing will come up and You are always on time. I can rejoice today because You watch over Your Word to perform it. You are active and You will bless me with what I have need of. I choose not to walk under any stress. Help me keep my mind on You and joyfully trust You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Numbers 23:19

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Trust the Driver

July 12, 2020

“Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday” Psalm 37:5-6, NKJV.

Years ago, my wife and I went on an African safari. We rode in a jeep with other tourists and had to trust the driver could navigate us through it. We saw all kinds of animals–rhinos, a lion, giraffes, and elephants. We even experienced an elephant charging at us, and my wife and I were tempted to jump out the truck and run! But we trusted the driver. He gave us instructions for our safety in the midst of big animals and rough terrain. We had to give up control and let him lead the way–and we arrived back safe and it was a great blessing.

You may feel like you’re in some rough terrain in your life right now. Things in the world have gotten so deep, and your eyes see so much happening. Yet, don’t be discouraged. Don’t jump out of His will. The Lord is your driver. He knows the end from the beginning. He is sovereign, good, and is for you. It’s time to trust Him. So when the Lord gives you instructions, adhere to them. God is giving you instructions for your safety and for your good. There is a path He has for you, but you must let Him have full control. Let Him lead the way. He is taking you right into your blessing.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise. I thank You that even in rough terrain, You are my driver. You are a good God and I can trust You. Help me to let go of control and adhere to Your instructions. I will trust You right now. I will arrive at every blessed place You have for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 37, Proverbs 3:5-6 & 29:25, John 14:1, Hebrews 11:6

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Be Still, and Know He is God

July 11, 2020

“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth” Psalm 46:10, Amplified.

There have been times as a man when I have had to ask myself how in the world can this work out. A barrage of questions is pacing back and forth through my mind.

Then God calmly speaks, “Be still and know that I am God.”

Be still and acquaint yourself with Who God is. Recognize and put before your eyes the truth that He indeed is God, and if anyone has already made a way and will get you what you need, He can. If anyone can open a door, He will make it swing wide open. If anyone can move the mountain, if anyone can turn it around, if anyone will provide, He can.

God will be exalted in your life. Now it will be no different. So peace–be still. The resolve for your situation is not based on your own ability, but His supernatural ability. Be still and rejoice because you are in His hands.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise and all of the glory that’s due Your name. Thank You for helping me to be still and know that You are my God. You see the end from the beginning, and You have already worked it out. Help me to stand on Your word, and I receive peace. Help me to stand in faith and allow You to lead me into whatever I need. Be exalted in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Isaiah 41:10, Philippians 4:6-7

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The wisdom of quickly handling being offended

July 10, 2020

“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires” James 1:19-20, NLT.

My wife has told me not to allow certain foods, like grits or oatmeal, to sit in the pot after they’ve been made. If you let them sit there, it hardens in the pot. The pot then becomes harder to clean than if I would have cleaned it right after it had been used.

As a man, you can get angry, and yes, you can get offended too. Yet, it is wiser to quickly handle your hurt. It’s much better to quickly handle what you’re upset about right when it happens than to let time go by, and it begins to fester and harden your heart toward them. If you hold on to it, in time it will be God. Therefore the Lord says don’t even allow the sun to go down on your wrath (Eph. 4:26). You will give place to the enemy the longer you allow the offense to sit there and the devil is the one we don’t want to give any place to. With that one seed, he will use it to produce strife, pain, arguments, unforgiveness, and a root of bitterness in your marriage and in your life.

Don’t live secretly angry or offended from something you’re now bitter from. Jesus set you free. Love God’s law and imitate Him, as He quickly loves us–a holy God lets it go again and again, and gets things right with us. With Christ’s help, handle it today.

Prayer: Father, help me not to let anger or offense live in me. I desire for any seeds of offense to be plucked up and dealt within me. Help me to not give the devil any place to come in and ruin my marriage and the relationships I have. You made me free. I will love Your law of forgiveness and imitate You. Teach me how to set things back right again quickly, just like You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 119:165, Proverbs 18:19, Ephesians 4:32

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Do It With All Your Heart

July 9, 2020

“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 calling by God is in your heart, 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. Ministry may be your calling and God wants you to put all your heart into it. Honor the Lord to the utmost in all you do. Do it as if Jesus was doing it himself, as ministry, as service to one another.

Be encouraged to press beyond everything happening around you, and focus on Who you do it for. You love God and desire to please Him. You love people and you desire to make a difference. 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 will do what You’ve called me to with all of my heart. I have a God to serve and glorify! Help me to remain focused on serving You and loving others. As I seek You and do it with all my heart, You will prosper me. I praise You for it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 2 Chronicles 32:27-33, Colossians 3:17

Devotionals

Nothing can separate you from His love.

July 8, 2020

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life,…nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:37-39, ESV.

Through the fire, through the tough times, that try to separate you from His love, you find He’s still right there. He has proven to you time and time again, even in your mess-ups, that when He says nothing can separate you from His love, He means it. His love is what He wants you to receive today. His love is what He wants to strengthen you and find joy in. You can’t stop now. He’ll be good to you because He loves you. He’ll be merciful and gracious to you because He loves you. You won’t find a better Friend than Jesus because he loves you. You are more than a conqueror because God’s great, unfailing love will literally pull you through. We try not to talk like this as men, and we want to be strong, when all the time, His love is exactly what we need to keep us going.

Prayer: Father, I praise You, and I receive Your love for me. In tough times or mess-ups, You still love me. You did the greatest act of love be giving Your son for me. I won’t stop now. I am more than a conqueror, and Your love will pull me through. Thank you, Jesus! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

(Study: John 3:16; Romans 5:20, 8:35; Ephesians 2:4-5)

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Rise!

July 7, 2020

“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 whose 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 follow 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 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 a mistake 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 8:1-2

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Take Up Your Cross

July 6, 2020

“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.” Matthew 16:24, NKJV.

I can say that I don’t always feel like getting up in the morning to study and pray. Yet, with the decision before me to seek Him or not each day, what God has begun to spring up within my heart is that I have to take up my cross.

It is a decision as a believer you must daily make. Your day and your year depends on it. Experiencing the will of God for your life, your family, provision and blessings depend on it. Taking up your cross is when you go before Him, and truly surrender your will and your plans, for His will and His plans. It is the place where you give up your weakness and receive His strength. The cross is the place where you give up your way to handle your situation, and let Him be Lord over it, and allow Him to direct you on what to do about your situation.

It is humbling and it’s where the rubber meets the road, but Jesus says if any man will come after him, he must deny himself (say no to himself), take up his own cross, and follow him. I have found my greatest life, and have become a better man then I’ve ever been through the cross–and you will also.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word. I’m taking up my cross today. Here is my will and here are my plans, and I receive Yours. Here is my weakness and I receive Your strength. I say yes to You today. Help me today to humbly deny myself and follow Jesus. You are the Good Shepherd of my life. I will trust in You. Thank You for blessing me through the cross. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 10:10, Psalm 23

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Realize how precious life is and be thankful.

July 5, 2020

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

The only reason you have breath this morning is that the Lord provided it. The only reason you opened your eyes is that He blessed you to open them.

If you consider that you have just been blessed with life, you will realize how precious life is. When you humbly think out of the thousands of people that didn’t wake up, but you did, you will realize how precious life is and be thankful. Regardless of what you face, the thankfulness of life outweighs your concerns and puts them in their proper place.

Stop and occupy your heart with the blessing of life itself and praise Him. Rejoice, and be glad. No matter what you have, some would immediately trade you for your health, your right mind, your eyesight, your family, your peace in Christ, for every ounce of wealth they have because life weighs in as the greatest blessing.

No matter what you’re going through, as long as you have breath, there is always hope. God has graciously extended to you life today–so He must desire that you live it!

Prayer: Father, I praise You for the blessing of life. You gave me life today, and I will rejoice. I am alive. Therefore, You want me to live! Help me to trust You will handle all of my concerns as You have always done. May I not always be found looking for a blessing, that I forget I’m already blessed. Thank You, Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalms 103 & 138:8, Galatians 2:20, 1 Timothy 6:6

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You’re going to have to fight for it.

July 4, 2020

“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 sometimes won’t be easily handed to you. You’re going to have to fight for it, even if it is a fight within. 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 fought and finished. Be strong in God’s grace (2 Timothy 2:1)! Keep the joy of making a difference before you. Keep the joy of God’s will and heaven before you. 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: Joshua 1:5-8, Hebrews 12:2, Psalm 84:11, Philippians 3:13-14

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Being Fully Persuaded

July 3, 2020

“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, NKJV.

Abraham didn’t see how the promise of a child would happen, but he was fully persuaded and gave the Lord praise. Faith is being fully persuaded in Who God is, what God says, and what He is able to perform. He wants you to remain strong in believing Him right now.

The same thing God wanted from Abraham then, is the same thing He asks from you now. The enemy wants you to stagger, but the Lord says have faith in Me. Praise Me. You may not even understand why you’re going through it, but faith is choosing to hold on to what God told you when you have every reason to let go. Don’t let go. What He said, He is able to perform it.

Take Him at His word and be fully persuaded to the place that you obey Him, that you are led by Him. From your obedience will come your 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. By faith, help me to obey You. I choose to praise You 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

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We cry out, we need You.

July 2, 2020

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” 2 Chronicles 7:14, ESV.

Father,

We need You.

We need You. This is our heartfelt cry to You today. There are so many hurting. There are so many in pain. Many people are dying. Father, we cry with humility and say what is happening in the world is beyond what we can fix. Within ourselves, we are incapable of stopping this virus. Within ourselves, we cannot stop everything that is happening all at once. Step in and do what only You can do. We need You.

The world needs what only You can provide. You are the Relief. You are the Cure. You are the Answer. Jesus is the Way. It is the love of Christ that can change the heart and cause us to truly love each other. According to Your word, as we humble ourselves, repent, and seek Your face as Your people, You will heal our land. Open the eyes of the unbeliever to the light of Your gospel. Only You be glorified in the earth. We need You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 14:6 & 27, Proverbs 14:34, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Matthew 18:19

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Remember Your Outcome

July 1, 2020

“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, be reminded of the outcome. Many times I have felt pressure all around me, even now, yet the one thing that has kept me was the faith that victory is on the other side.

God is going to bring you through it. You may not understand how He will do it. It may look bleak, or it may seem like it won’t ever change. Yet, know that the Lord’s outcome will prevail. Amid 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 done, and focus on what He said your end will be.

This will steer you away from worry and keep you moving forward. It will bring you peace, contentment, and triumph within. This will encourage you to keep standing because the outcome is in His hands, not man’s. Continue to allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you, even with what you are mindful of. Your outcome is blessing and victory!

Prayer: Father, thank You for reminding me of the outcome You have said it will be. 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 and stand against all pressure around me. I will set my mind on Jesus. I will set my mind on the outcome. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Isaiah 26:3, Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 16:8, 18:30; Romans 15:13

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Your Source Comes First

June 28, 2020

“O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land where is no water” Psalm 63:1, NKJV.

“You need to check your Facebook and the news, you have to send that e-mail, you have to prepare to go somewhere, your wife wants to discuss those important plans, what about the electric bill, how will you elevate the business, you must decide about your mortgage, that big client is coming next week and you have to get ready for that…”

In the morning, all of these things and more are waiting on you with pressure. They all say we come first. They all say we’re most important; however, nothing is more vital than your time with God. Your relationship with Jesus is your greatest possession in these times. The wisdom for everything else hinges on it alone. You are about to travel on a road you have never been to, and it is important to have your Guide close. You are in a dry land and He has all the water, from joy and peace to patience and power, that you need.

Either we will seek God early prior to our success, or we will seek Him after our failure. The devil wants to rush you right past your relationship with the Lord today. Yes, you need to handle other things. However, you need God more.

Confession: God is my source for all things. Nothing is more important than seeking Him first. He is the key that unlocks every door. I will search for Him early. I will search for His wisdom early. I will search for His power early. I will seek Him first. I will inquire of Him and find out what He thinks. That’s my plan and He will handle everything else.

Study: Matthew 6:33

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When fear comes to grip you, stand on the Word.

June 27, 2020

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you” Psalm 56:3, ESV.

“My peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you…Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” John 14:27, ESV.

My mother has successfully been living with congestive heart failure for over 15 years now. She changed her diet and has been doing everything needed by the doctor to live a normal life. Yesterday, she called me sounding very weak and said she was on her way to the emergency room. After she spoke, immediately fear came to grip me that this was her last day. But the Spirit of God spoke to me and said stand on the Word. Not only stand on My written Word, but also on what I told you about her life that she will help you in ministry and she’s not going anywhere. She left the hospital feeling better.

When fear comes to attempt to grip your life, stand on the Word of God. Stand not only His written Word, but also stand on what He has specifically said He will fulfill in your life or someone close to you. If He said it, He will do it and no devil in hell can change what God has promised.

Standing on the Word means to apply it in your moment. Stand on the Word with prayer, including agreeing with others to stand praying with you. Speak the Word and the Word only. Speak only what He said specifically to you what He will do.

God has not given you the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). You are equipped to not allow fear or any form of it, to rob your joy, your peace, or your ability to emotionally function. A stronger Man has come, Who is Jesus Christ. You can say no to fear and stand on His Word!

Prayer: Father, I praise You. Your Word is settled and true. With so much happening, when fear comes to grip me, help me to stand on Your Word. Remind me Holy Spirit of what You said will come to pass. Let that be my response. I cast my care on You today. Jesus is greater and I will walk in victory. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Study: Exodus 14:14, Psalm 34:4, James 5:16, 1 Peter 5:7

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Give attention to what you sow.

June 26, 2020

“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 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, Luke 6:38

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You Will Thrive

June 24, 2020

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God” Psalm 92:12-13, NKJV.

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” 3 John 1:2, NKJV.

You were made to thrive. You were made to soar. You were made for much more. Even under pressure, you still will thrive. Even when the unexpected happens, you still will thrive.

Jesus has given us the ability to thrive, to flourish, to prosper under the most unlikeliest circumstances. You are planted in the Lord. It may look like you will be last, but you will be first. It may look like you will be at the bottom, but somehow God says your end will be on top.

Thrive is what you do.

Prayer: Father, I praise You today. You are good to me. Because I’m planted in You and in Your word, I will thrive. Even in the unlikeliest circumstances, help me to know that I will still bring forth fruit in my season. The devil can’t stop me. He can not stop me from being who I am in Christ. Let Your Spirit continue to fill me and direct me. I declare my life will prosper. I will thrive. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 1:1-5 & 91, Proverbs 11:28, Job 14:7-9

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God’s Perfect Will Starts in Your Land

June 23, 2020

“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. If you want the perfect will of God, if you want to experience the blessings God has for your life, it starts with being in your land. If we’re honest, some of us are at the wrong company, have started the wrong business or didn’t start one, are at the wrong church, have settled in the wrong city, and are dating the wrong woman.

Pursue to get in 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. I desire to be where You want me to be, not where I think I should be or have been told by someone else. 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 my land, Your perfect will for my life. I praise You for it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

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Your Cup Runs Over

June 22, 2020

“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 set 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 here means satisfaction and wealth. You have no shortages in every area of your life, including Christ in you. When God says your cup runs over, He means it. He has given you all things that pertain to life and godliness. Jesus is your Good Shepherd and as a shepherd overflows the cup for their sheep, so does Christ do for his sheep.

Some things you may not physically have in your hands yet, but you will. He has prepared a table before your enemies for you. 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. Jesus causes my cup to run over. You are filling my life with 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. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 23, John 4:13-14, Ephesians 1:3, 2 Peter 1:3

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Father, You Are Priceless

June 21, 2020

“But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.” Isaiah 64:8, NKJV.

There is no price tag to who you are as a father. You are priceless. You can look, but you won’t find a replacement for your God-given ability to mold and shape who He has placed into your care. Your children and your wife will never get from someone else what they can only receive from you.

Another man can say the same thing to your children, but it won’t have the same impact as when it comes from you. When daddy says you can do it, they believe it. You give identity and purpose. You give a perspective of victory to your wife and children. You mold and shape. You have a God-given position and voice in your home, and money can’t buy who God has made you.

May you feel honored and appreciated on this day as a father. Your children are as clay in your hands, and everything God is to you, you are called to be to them. In the climate of the world around us, don’t get weary now. Continue to be engaged in your priceless role as a father. Be a reflection of your Father, and love them like Christ.

Prayer: Father, I honor You today. I’m honored You made me a father. Help me to always be mindful of my value and the impact that only I can make. I am priceless in the earth. Help me to lead my family and to be a good father like You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Matthew 7:11, Proverbs 13:22 & 22:6, Hebrews 12:5-7

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Exalt the Lord above your circumstance!

June 20, 2020

“The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted” Psalm 18:46, NKJV.

The Father is the Most High God. All of His ways are perfect, and there is no one like Him. He is Alpha and Omega. He is holy and righteous. The Lord is good. He is love, all-wise, your Counselor, Redeemer, and Strength!

When you exalt the Lord and bless His name, you lift God up above what you’re going through, and something powerful happens. When He is exalted, acknowledged, and put in His proper seat of authority, everything else is put in its’ proper place—including you. He lifts your head and exalts you. He lifts you up, reminding you of who you are, that the devil is defeated and that you are seated together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus with victory!

When you tell God what you see in Him, He will tell you what He sees in you. He will affirm that the same great God that you are exalting lives on the inside of You. Because He can do it, you can do it. Because Jesus reigns, you reign also.

Prayer: Father, You are great, and there is no one like You! You are all-powerful and You reign. You are faithful and good! I thank You that as I lift You up above my circumstance, You are lifting me up above it also. Lift me above my feelings and set my faith on Your truth. Christ has given me the victory. I receive joy and I will rejoice in this new day You have made. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 1 Chronicles 29:10-12, Ephesians 2:4-6

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He brought you out, to take you in!

June 19, 2020

“Then He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in, to give us the land of which He swore to our fathers” Deuteronomy 6:23, NKJV.

Israel had a terrible and hard past of slavery in Egypt that God brought them out of. He delivered them with mighty miracles and wonders that were not to be forgotten. They were to be told even to this day how the Lord brought them out. Yet, the Father’s heart was not to only bring them out of it but to take them into their Promised Land.

No one will ever know your story or your past. God has done wonders in your life and delivered you. He has helped you move beyond what was too strong to get through yourself. However, when things get tough, the enemy comes against us to try to get us to doubt or question if we’ll make it. Yet, be comforted and encouraged in knowing that if He brought you out, He will bring you in.

It is the sole reason He brought you out, and just as powerfully as He brought you out, it will be even more powerful when He takes you in. Continue to trust Him. He brought out of sin, to take you into real freedom. He brought you to His Son, so He could turn your entire life around—and He will.

He brought you out, to take you in!

Prayer: Father, thank You. I praise You for bringing me out. But that’s not all. I praise You because You will take me in. In spite of what I’m going through, help me to keep following Jesus. You have a plan for my life and it will come to pass. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Deuteronomy 6:20-23, John 10:10

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If He’s repeating it, hold on to it.

June 18, 2020

“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.

Let me ask you a question. If God spoke to you and said the same thing to you three different times, what would you immediately say to yourself?

I need to really hold on to this.

As you seek God at this moment in your life, if God begins to speak something to you over and over, the Lord is speaking something to you that is very important for your season. It is important to get you through whatever you may be facing, or you may be about to face. Whatever He is saying or showing You in His word, begin to give great attention to it.

This is what God did with Joshua, and he kept it before him to possess the land already given to them. This is what Jesus did with Peter, which helped him get up and move forward to do what he was ultimately called to do.

I believe there’s something God wants you to remember in these times. It’s something you need to hold on to with a tight grip and don’t let go. Like a song on repeat, keep it before your eyes and on your heart. It will be the very word that helps you get through a valley, that helps you move forward. It will be the very word that helps you succeed and possess what God has for you.

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for speaking to my heart. Help me to hold on tight what You are speaking to me. I receive it, Lord. Let it be like a song on repeat in my life, and may what You speak to me, carry me forward into what You have for me. Be glorified in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Joshua 1:6-9, Psalm 1, John 21:14-17

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According to Your Word Prayer

June 17, 2020

“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 and prosperity manifest today in my life according to Your Word (3 John 1:2). 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 today will be a great day because I know You, and You know my name (Psalm 91:14). I say I am blessed and 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: Psalm 107:20

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God is love.

June 15, 2020

“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love” 1 John 4:8, NKJV.

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

If your son has any kind of need, the first thing you want him to really know is not how much money you have in the bank. He doesn’t even need to know that you are the president of a company and you have volumes of accolades. The very first thing you want him to be grounded in knowing in his time of need is that you simply love him. Because by this truth, your son will know you will aid him, will be there and there’s nothing you won’t do for him, even if it even costs you.

You are God’s son and the first thing God wants you to receive is that He loves you. He IS love. He is not evil. He sent Jesus, not to show His strength or to get glory, but to say He loves you. He sent one son to save another. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve messed up, it doesn’t matter how broken we may feel, it doesn’t matter what you’re going through, His love is the same as when Jesus died for us.

As you think on the revelation of His great love for you, allow it to help you to have faith in His word. You can say I see the peril in the earth all around me, but God loves me. You can stand and believe He will move for you. He will meet your need.

Prayer: Father, there is nothing you won’t do for me your son. Nothing. Whether I feel it or not, you love me. I thank You that You will always meet my need. Help me to receive the revelation to the core of me that You love me, and even share it with others. Let it be applied in all I do and cause it the spark great faith in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study: John 3:16, Matthew 18:19, 21:22

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Seize Your Moment

June 14, 2020

“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 possess 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. Seize your season.

Prayer: Father, I praise You! 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. Thank You for the grace and diligence to seize this time in my life. Glory to God! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Proverbs 13:4, Galatians 6:9, Hebrews 6:10-12

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He Is Greatly to be Praised!

June 13, 2020

“From the rising of the sun to its going down the Lord’s name is to be praised. The Lord is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens” Psalm 113:3-4, NKJV.

As I looked outside my window this morning, I saw a clear, blue sky. The brightness of the sun was perfect as it it was rising. I watched soft, fresh breezes come by and blow on the trees. I heard the sound of birds chirping, as if they were happy to be alive. I was too.

It’s the simple things that we find God in and see He hasn’t changed. Things are happening all around us, but look outside. You will see the Lord hasn’t changed. His goodness, beauty of life and what He has in store for you hasn’t changed. His greatness is still unmatched. He reigns, and He is greatly to be praised!

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me. From the going down of the sun, to the rising of the same, You are to be praised! You are Creator, Alpha and Omega. All that I see, including me, speaks of Your glory. Jesus is Lord. You haven’t changed and Your plans haven’t changed for me. You are greatly to be praised! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 148:1-14, Jeremiah 29:11, Malachi 3:6

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He Made An Oath to You

June 12, 2020

“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, the God that created heaven and earth, the God that is able to say what will be and carry it out.

God made a covenant with Abraham. He made an oath and swore 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 our hearts. You don’t have to be afraid, but you can have faith today. 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. 

Your Father will move heaven and earth before He let’s His word fail you. Confirmed by an oath, He carries out every single one of His promises. So let your joy rise, as you more and more allow to settle in your heart that God not only gave His word, but He made an oath and if He said it, He will do it.

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

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They’re fighting God, not you.

June 11, 2020

“‘Therefore, in the present case I advise you: leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.’” Acts 5:38-39 NIV.

There’s a saying that goes, “Your arms are too short to box with God”. Peter and the apostles were before the Sanhedrin after they were imprisoned, and the Sanhedrin were trying to prevent the apostles from preaching the Gospel when a respected Pharisee told the council that if what the apostles were doing was from God, the Sanhedrin wouldn’t be able to do anything to stop them. As a matter of fact, he said that they would be fighting against God, not the apostles. In other words, their arms are too short to box with God.

The same principle applies to all of us. If we apply ourselves to do what God has instructed us to do, anyone who opposes us isn’t fighting against us, but against God. In the same way that Peter and the apostles didn’t fear the Sanhedrin and others that opposed them, we shouldn’t fear anyone who
opposes us as we carry out God’s will for our lives. Any problem people may have with us living for God has nothing to do with us, but the God we serve. The Lord will protect you and provide for you, and no one can do anything about it!

Prayer: Father, I bless Your holy name! I have confidence that no one can hurt me or stop me as I follow Your word and do Your will. You promised that You would never leave me nor forsake me, and I rest in Your promise. I pray for Your mercies for anyone who opposes me because they are opposing You, and I ask You to bring those people into the knowledge of who You are and into repentance. I ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Deut. 3:22, Joshua 1:5, Acts 5:27-39

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It will be like a dream when God is done.

June 9, 2020

“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 and working things out for 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. The enemy 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

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You Will Not Live in Regret

June 8, 2020


“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing…” Isaiah 43:18-19a, NLJV.

“So if I fall and if I fail
I will trust Your mercy is
Greater than all of this
And if I bend and if I break
I’ll trust the hands that hold me are
Greater than all my regrets”

-Tenth Avenue Band

Regret is when there is sorrow aroused by circumstances beyond one’s control or power to repair. What do you do when something happened or you made a decision, and now you have to live with what you can’t change? My biological father wasn’t in my life for almost 30 years due to drug addiction and still says he regrets not being there. He is fully aware he can’t get that time back. Now, he is living with something that he can’t change. I have my own decisions and mistakes that I would like to take back, relive and change, but you know what–I can’t.

And you can’t either.

This is the essence of regret. Yet, understand the power of a mighty God, who wants you to let go of the former, so you can lay hold of what’s new.

Your heavenly Father is not only good, but He is the Healer of all sorrow, including of what you can’t change, and has joy in His promises. When the Lord created you, He already knew that would happen, but He still says I will finish your story and your end will be as I have said it would be.

Prayer: Father, I needed that. You care about what I’ve experienced. You care about the regret of my decisions and mistakes. I give them to You permanently, and when thoughts come, I will decide to give it to You again. I will not live in regret, but I will be open to the new thing You have for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 147:3, Eccesliastes 7:10, Isaiah 42:9, Philippians 3:13-14

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What is He telling you to do

June 7, 2020

“Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, ‘But Lord, what about this man?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.'” John 21:21-22, NKJV.

At a pivotal moment, before Jesus ascended to heaven, he gave Peter and John two different instructions on what their assignments were when he is gone. As Peter asked Jesus about John’s assignment, Jesus’ response was essentially what I tell John to do doesn’t concern you. Let your focus be on what I’ve told you to do.

You may see another believer doing things that are different right now from what you’re being led to do. That’s okay. Their assignment may be different from yours. Let your focus be on what has Jesus told you to do during these pivotal moments we are living in. What is He telling you to do regarding your call? What is He telling you to do regarding leading your family? What is telling you in the midst of a pandemic? What is God specifically telling you to respond to injustice, protesting, and all of the unrest? Whatever it is, do it for God. Don’t do something for man, but because the Lord told you to.

Prayer: Father, I glorify You and praise You for all you’ve done for me. Thank You for speaking to me to keep my focus on what You want me to do and how to respond to what’s happening around me. Help me not to be moved by man, but only move by Your Spirit directing me. The best place for me is always in faith and in Your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 21:15-23, Romans 1:16-17 & 8:14

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Be Careful Who You Follow

June 6, 2020

“And Jesus answered and said to them: ‘Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” Matthew 24:4-5, NKJV.

I had a dream last night that I was in a big, hot-air balloon that I let someone else steer. I asked them did they know how to steer and how to get us to our destination and they said yes. For some reason balloon had sliding doors, which I shut and went to sleep. Then, all of a sudden a loud crash woke me up. The person that was supposed to be steering the hot-air balloon was nowhere to be found. We had run into the back of an airplane, and it was nosediving into the ocean and taking me with it. I was standing at the edge of the balloon and right before it hit the water, I jumped off and was able to swim to safety.

Be careful who you follow. Don’t back anyone the Lord is not telling you to back. Don’t entrust anyone the Lord isn’t telling you to entrust. We are in a time where you are going to have to know the voice of God, know who is truly for and against Christ, beyond what you see or what they say. We are in a time where you will need to be able to discern what’s of God and what isn’t. Ask God to help you see beyond what you physically see and trust His leading in these times.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise and I thank You for blessing me with wisdom in these times. I ask for understanding and discernment of the times for me and all of Your people. Help me to see beyond sight. Help me Holy Spirit to know what and who is really for Christ. You will never lead me wrong. Thank You for being with and for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 24:1-6, 1 Chronicles 12:32, 1 John 4:1, Colossians 2:8, Hebrews 5:14

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Keep your mind stayed on Him.

June 5, 2020

“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, anxious, and fearful regarding what’s happening around us, our trust is in something or someone else other than God.

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 and His word. 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 spending time with the Lord, 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 it all, 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. You are always the answer. Help me to keep my mind on the One that can and will meet our needs. 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. All I need in Christ and I thank You for perfect peace! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Romans 8:6, Philippians 4:6-8

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You Can Rest

June 3, 2020

“For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God” Hebrews 4:3 & 9, NKJV.

You may see a lot of unrest, but the Father wants you to rest. You may see a lot of trouble, but the Father doesn’t want you to be troubled.

God wants us to enter into a place of rest in our lives because we believe His word. Things that can trouble us, make us fearful, or burdened down, don’t bother us like they use to. We believe God and we rest.

God doesn’t want your rest and peace to be dictated by circumstances; that isn’t real. If good things are happening, you’re a happy man. Yet, if you see or hear of trouble, in an instant, your mood changes, and you are troubled and burdened. Just like you put a letter within an envelope and seal it there, put your faith in Him, and seal it there–and rest. He is still in control.

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 walk in, and be a light for Him.

Prayer: Father, I desire real peace and real rest. Help me to believe You when you tell me You got me. Help me to guard what I’m taking in. I come against being troubled and fear. I will not come short of this promised rest. I thank You for rest and peace because I believe You. I believe Your word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Hebrews 4:1-10, John 16:33, Matthew 24:6

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Only Be Strong and Courageous

June 2, 2020

“Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go” Joshua 1:7, NKJV.

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. Destiny is waiting on you. God already did what He’s going to do. He already opened the door. He cleared your path. He has made the way. Now, only be strong and courageous.

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 say, or do anything else. Obey God my brother. That vision inside is waiting on you. His blessings and your destiny are waiting on you. Only be strong and courageous.

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 strength and courage to do what You’ve put in my heart to do. You are with me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Joshua 1:1-9, Hebrews 11:6

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Have Your Way

June 2, 2020

“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

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Give Him Everything

May 31, 2020

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” Hebrews 12:1, NKJV.

It’s something as a man when God begins to ask you for everything and you know it. No one knows He is asking for that area or more of you, but you. There is something He is dealing with you about in your heart. He wants everything in your life to be given to Him–your time, your focus, your mind, your strength and your priority. He wants to be your agenda.

He is asking for everything in this hour. He has a new place for you. If something is in the way, know that the Father with lovingkindness and grace, is asking for it. 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 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. Help me to surrender all Jesus and give You everything. I thank You for experiencing everything You have for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Hebrews 12:1-2 & 3:7-13, Mark 12:30, Revelation 3:20, Hebrews 3:7-13

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Let patience have it’s perfect work.

May 30, 2020

“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, why something hasn’t happened, or when will God cause you to get beyond a trial. 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. 

Like being in one room in your home, know that God is in another, working on something needful in you and for you that you may not be aware of. The Father is forming Christ in you where you need Him to be formed. He is preparing the best wife for you that you are unaware of–and preparing you. He is opening doors for you that you’re unaware of. He is working on blessing you with something far better and eternal than you can ask or think of. 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’s tough, yet it is doing an invaluable work in me. 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, Luke 8:15, Hebrews 6:12

Devotionals

Encourage Yourself in the Lord

May 28, 2020

“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. Things also can happen out of our control, and we can become faced with becoming heavy and greatly distressed. This is what happened to King David. At a hard moment in his life, 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 the Lord.

Sometimes, no one else will be able to deeply encourage you. At that point, you must decide that you will not stay in a place of heaviness and encourage yourself in the Lord! No one can encourage you like the Lord. No one can lift your burdens like the Lord. No one can revive you like the Lord. No one can give you a second wind like the Lord. No one can show you the way out like the Lord!

He will strengthen the core of you. He will put might in your heart. His peace will keep you when your back is against the wall. His Word will remind you of Who He is and Who you are. In prayer, the Father will speak to You and assure you that everything is going to be alright.

Do as 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 like David, You will show me what to do. I have the victory! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Samuel 30:3-20, Psalm 3:3

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You’ve tried it your way. Now try it God’s way.

May 27, 2020

“And He said to them, ‘Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish” John 21:6, NKJV.

All night some of the disciples had been pursuing to make a catch and nothing worked. Jesus told them to cast your net on the right side and you’ll find some. When they did what the Lord said, then they reaped abundant success.

There have been times where I just came to the end of myself. I came to an end of my doing it my way, leaning on what I think will work and the direction I think seems best, continuing to find myself not reaping in life. Only when I did what the Lord said, is when the plan and blessings of God unfolded for me.

There are great blessings in store for you. Your fulfillment is at the door. Your increase is at the door. Yet, it will only be experienced when you honestly answer that you haven’t caught anything, and come to the end of yourself, your own understanding, your own intellect, and decide to do it God’s way. Save your efforts and do it your way no more. Surrender your plans for His. Let this be the year you go to the other side, and you will find every single blessing unfold before you.

Prayer: Father, I have come to the end of myself. I’ve tried and like the disciples, I’ve caught nothing. I decide to do it Your way. I decide to live like You’ve been telling me to live. Help me to have faith in Your plan, Your ability and I thank You for every single blessing unfolding before me. In Jesus’ name Amen.

Study: John 21:5-6, Jeremiah 32:17, Proverbs 3:5-6

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Handling Missed Opportunities

May 26, 2020

“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 I’ve learned about missed opportunities is if you’re not careful, they can take your attention off the ones that are right in front of you. If you dwell on missed opportunities, if you give them your attention, if you live in their regret, they have a way of causing you to miss more.

The best response and comfort for a missed opportunity is wisdom. It is wise to take your eyes from looking backward and look forward. Look at what is in your hands. Look at what is all around you. I guarantee there should be something you see and something good the Lord is speaking to you. It is wise to dwell on the opportunities that God is presenting to you right now.

The Lord always turns it around, restores us, and sets us in a place where it will be as if we never missed an opportunity at all. Listen to His wisdom and move on to the opportunities ahead.

Prayer: Yes, Lord, I missed it. Yet, I receive Your mighty wisdom today. Establish Your wisdom in me and give me eyes to see what is before me now, what Your plan is now. Give me ears to hear what You still are going to bring to pass. I thank You for new opportunities for my family and me now. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Judges 4:14, Proverbs 3:18, Isaiah 43:18-19

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Your challenge, your opportunity.

May 25, 2020

“You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’…” 2 Chronicles 20:17, ESV.

There is a great quote that’s so true that says, “The only difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how you use them.”

We all have challenges, but that doesn’t mean they make us stop. That doesn’t mean we cave in, or give up. That is the time to seek the Lord on how to rise above it. If God is on your side, a challenge is never the end-all. The Lord has given you a hope and an expected end. Your challenge is your opportunity.

Your challenge is your opportunity in disguise to build your trust in God. It’s God’s opportunity to provide, reveal, and make a way. It’s an opportunity to hold your position and watch Him fight for you, watch Him save. Draw closer to Christ, and hear Him teach you something beyond how things in your life appear.

In these times, be bold and confront your obstacles. They will turn out to be opportunities for growth and strength for you. It is our decision on how to handle it, how to respond with faith in God, is what moves us forward.

Prayer: Father, thank You for giving me the right view on the challenge before me. Give me eyes to see this challenge as an opportunity for You to do something great not only for me, but in me. Jesus, I receive Your mind on the matter and I decide to let You use this challenge to propel me forward in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Jeremiah 29:11, John 16:33


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It’s All By His Spirit

May 23, 2020

“So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.” Zechariah‬ ‭4:6‬, NKJV.

How do you know what to do? How do you know what to decide or which way to turn? With as many thoughts as there are decisions, sometimes, life can feel confusing when God makes things simple. I’ve learned and am learning that it is not by power or might, but by His Spirit. It’s all by His Spirit.

His Spirit will tell you what to do. By His Spirit you will be given the words to speak. His Spirit will say go here or there. His Spirit will unction you on how He says to fix it, or how to work it out. Let go of trying to figure it out in these times, even by your own power to reason, and give the Holy Spirit room to lead you. Then, yield to Him.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise and I worship You. Your Spirit is all I need to win every time. By Your Spirit, I’ll get it done. Teach me to have faith even when I don’t understand Your unction. May I not walk in my own power or reasoning, but yield to Your mighty Spirit. By Your Spirit, I’ll walk in Your will for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Ephesians 5:18-20, Galatians 5:25, 1 John 2:20

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Thankful in Knowing His Character

May 22, 2020

“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 your God. He is holy and good. He is merciful. He is love. He keeps His word. He chastises those that He loves, as a father does his son. The Lord will never disappoint you. He is wise and just. He is patient. He is unchanging. He is omnipresent, therefore, wherever you are, He is right there with you.

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 faith 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. Hallelujah!

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

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Yet, You Still Rejoice

May 21, 2020

“Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls—yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills” Habakkuk 3:17-19, NKJV.

Things weren’t going well for Habakkuk, even God’s people, the way he wanted them to. What used to be flourishing and going right, was now going wrong. But he had to make a decision and so do you.

It’s not when everything is going well that defines you. It’s when it’s not, yet you still choose to rejoice. It’s when your faith is tested, even when you don’t understand the Lord’s sovereignty, yet you still rejoice. Things may not be flourishing right now like it used to. You may have a little, when you would like more than what you have. As with Habakkuk, your field isn’t yielding food. There’s no herd in your stalls. Yet, make it your focus to rejoice because your God always saves.

He will always be good to you. He will strengthen you beyond what you feel you’re capable of. Whether He moves the obstacle or gives you the supernatural grace to leap over it, the supernatural grace to climb it. One way or another, you will win.

Prayer: Father, You are the God of my salvation. I will yet rejoice in You. Even when it doesn’t feel good or I don’t understand Your sovereignty, I will praise You. I ask for wisdom and for You to be my strength right now. My faith will stand in You. My joy will be in You Who saves. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 34:1-8, Philippians 4:13 & 19

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I Will Not Fret

May 20, 2020

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7 NIVUK.

Paul wrote this text to the Philippians from a prison cell. It shows how amazing it is that you can have peace, even under such circumstances when we decide not to fret (continually worrying and anxious), but pray.

Naturally, it’s being a man to try to solve problems ourselves. We also try to decide and rule over the outcome. I have been guilty of trying to solve it myself. Yet, when we don’t pray, we are simply showing God that we are not depending on Him when the truth is He is everything we need. The Lord wants it to be as a natural response for us to bring everything to Him in prayer, no matter what it is, and not to fret. Let Him decide, let Him solve it, and let Him rule over the outcome, trusting in Him.

Starting today, be an ocean of calm and pray. Be still and know He is God. Don’t spend your day fretting. Give it to God and get some peace. Then, gives thanks for it. The fruit of every prayer is joy, peace, and His perfect will done for you.

Prayer: Father God. Thank you for Your ever-abounding mercy and great kindness. I don’t have to fret. I won’t spend this whole day in worry. Thank you that You always hear me and that You will answer. As I pray with thanksgiving, I receive Your joy and peace. Lead me and let Your perfect will be done in my life. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 141:2, 1 John 5:14-15

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It Belongs to You

May 19, 2020


“And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight” Numbers 13:30-3133, KJV.

Joshua and Caleb had a different spirit than the other men that went with them to scout out the land of Canaan. They believed that they could have what God said belonged to them. 

The men that didn’t believe that was with Joshua and Caleb, assumed in fear and saw themselves as grasshoppers and their unbelief kept them from entering into the promised land–a land flowing with milk and honey–and receiving what God had already given them. 

The Father is wanting your faith to be as Joshua and Caleb right now. What God has said is yours, it belongs to you. Take your faith and enter in. No matter the giant in your way, no fear the enemy tries to put in your way, be determined to allow nothing from keeping you from receiving what belongs to you. Even if you missed it, His will has not changed. Everything He has told you, everything God has spoken over you, He has said you are and what you can have, that is who you are and that is what you will have. 

Prayer: Thank You Lord for Your word. I can have what You say I can have. A blessed and victorious life belongs to me. Help me to see myself and Your plans through Your eyes. I will have faith as Joshua and Caleb and enter into the land you have for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Romans 8:31 & 11:29Galatians 3:28-292 Cor. 1:20

Devotionals

A Prayer for You

May 18, 2020

“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 for my brother reading this right now. You are an awesome God and Your Word never falls to the ground, but it accomplishes what You send it to do. Set his heart to agree with what You said about him. Set his spirit man to receive Your Word and what Christ has done for him. Let it be so in every area of his life, including healing in his body and mind, according to Your Word. Let healing flow in his body according to Your Word. Let love, joy, and peace flow in his life according to Your Word. Let victory in his health manifest according to Your Word. He is more than a conqueror. According to Your Word, the battle is not his, but is yours. As I declare Your Word over him now, his faith is rising and he is healed and made whole through Jesus Christ. Be it unto him according to Your Word. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Scripture references: Matthew 9:20-22, 35; John 6:63; James 5:15-16; Romans 10:17; Romans 8:37

Devotionals

Become a Blessing

May 16, 2020

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.

The devil would rather you pursue a blessing, than become one. He would rather you focus on what you can receive. He would rather you to focus completely on you. It is dangerous to him when you become a blessing because you begin to make God known in the earth. It’s when the Lord makes you the very answer to someone’s prayer. You make the love of Jesus real to someone, seen and felt by someone, as you become what He freely gives away.

We are living in times where the Lord strongly desires for us to listen for His voice, and yield to the Holy Spirit when He says become a blessing. This is beyond monetary. This is in spite of what is happening around you, and yes, while it may be tough, even in spite of what you’re going through. Expect from Him the unexpected, because in an instant you could meet or talk to someone and He says yield to My goodness, yield to My love and bless them. Lay down your life and bless them.

Prayer: Father I praise You! Thank You for helping me become a blessing in these times. I ask for You to be good through me. Make me an answer to someone’s prayer. No matter what I give for Your sake, it will abundantly be given back to me. Help me to be sensitive to You Holy Spirit in this area, and make me a blessing in someone’s life today. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Matthew 10:8, John 15:13, Luke 6:38, Job 42:10

Devotionals

Good morning SOTK Family!

May 14, 2020

Yesterday’s devotional was powerful and we would like for you to reflect on the devotional once again. Also, submit a prayer request for what you are believing God to do in your life. We will host a live prayer call to pray for you. Details regarding the day and time of the prayer call will be announced.

Devotionals

Praise is your voice of triumph!

May 12, 2020

“Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!” Psalm 47:1, NKJV.

“Let my mouth be filled with Your praise and with Your glory all the day.” Psalm 71:8, NKJV.

God told me one day, “You don’t praise Me enough”. I thought I praised God a lot. His response was, “Exactly. You need to say it more.”

The devil opens his mouth, but he doesn’t want you to open yours with praise to God. The more he can get you listening to his words of defeat, the less he has to hear of the victory you already have in Christ Jesus.

Life and death are in the power of your tongue (Proverbs 18:21), and the more you give God praise with your mouth, the more of the fruit of joy and strength you will experience. Praise is your voice of triumph, reminding you of Who God is, and keep you in faith that you will see the victory He promised you. With your praise, declare that He is all-powerful, and you have already triumphed over the enemy. The Lord is more than able to overcome any obstacle before you. He will do what He said He will do.

No matter what it looks like, set yourself to continually praise Him and shout with a voice of triumph. He has done and is doing great things!

Prayer: Father, I thank You this morning for speaking to me. You are a great God and I praise You! Help me to open my mouth and praise You. I will see the victory You’ve promised me. I will not let up on my faith in You. Every day, I will stir up the fruit of joy! I have a voice of triumph. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 40:3, Ephesians 3:20, James 3:2

Devotionals

Give Me a Clean Heart

May 11, 2020

“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.

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 not what it should be in our spiritual heart, because it’s not functioning properly. It’s not beating as 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 faith. Maybe you have compromised some things in your walk. 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. The difference is His Word is powerful, and heals and delivers when it comes in contact with our hearts. It brings light to any dark place. His Word will get your motives and intentions right. God is doing heart surgery in these times. This is not the time to be fake. As you pour out truth to Him, He will pour out His truth to you and bring change to you. He desires to do something great in your heart!

Prayer: Father, I give You praise. You know exactly where I am in my heart as a man. Do a work in my 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 and the power of Your Spirit, make me free and give me a clean heart. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Ezekiel 36:26, Psalm 15, 51:6 & 10; John 8:32, 2 Timothy 3:16

Devotionals

Thank Mom For Being There

May 10, 2020

“Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. John 19:25-27, NKJV.

Even while Jesus was on the cross, enduring all manner of agony and pain, Mary was there. Mom never left His side. She gave birth to Him, raised Him, and helped Him throughout His life. Now, when her son needed her the most, mom was there.

When you needed her the most, your mom or someone like a mother to you, was there. God made mom as a masterpiece of strength. Aside from Him, He created her to help you in life in every way. Through your pain, through your successes, through your mistakes and disappointments, through your trouble, through the times you needed prayer, mom has always been there. She has been so influential to you, so special to you. Your mother may have passed away, but she is still there helping you.

As Jesus instructed His disciples to do for His mother, be there for her–your wife and your mom. Take the time to always act on your appreciation for them. Thank them for all they have done for you. Without your wife, your children wouldn’t be here. Without your mom, you wouldn’t be here. They deserve your honor, appreciation, and care for them not just today, but at all times.

Prayer: Father, I praise You and thank You for my Mother, especially today. I love and honor her. She has been there for me. I will take care of her. Help me to always be there for her–for my wife and my mom. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen!

Devotionals

You Are God’s Tailor-Made Man

May 9, 2020

“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, you are now newly-designed. You are now God’s workmanship. Once you received Jesus Christ, old things have passed away and all things have become new (2 Cor. 5:17). You are now like a mighty tool in His hands. You are a walking blessing and a world changer. You are not who the enemy says you are. You are not an after-thought. All that you are and every gift inside of you was carefully thought of by God Himself for a divine purpose. As you seek to know Him more, He will reveal more about you.

God’s new design for you 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.

Prayer: Thank You Lord that I am tailor-made by You. 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 walk in. Reveal to me my reason for living. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Are You Playing Your Part?

May 8, 2020

“Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands onSaul, he said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit’” Acts 9:17, NKJV.

Steam trains in the 1800s and 1900s carried cargo and people in several cars one behind the other all across the country. The cargo cars were connected together by a small device called a linchpin. Withoutlinchpins connecting the cargo cars to each other and to the locomotive engine, nothing reached where it was supposed to go. It was very easy to appreciate the train for all the cargo it brought, but no one paid much attention to the linchpins because they were hardly seen.

Much like the linchpin, Ananias played a small, yet critical part in the life of the early church and the New Testament as a whole. Without Ananias being obedient to the Holy Spirit, Paul’s conversion experience wouldn’t be complete and all his writings would not have been accomplished. Can you imagine the lives that would’ve never been changed by Paul’s ministry if Ananias had not played his part?

God has given all of us a job to do and part to play in fulfilling His will. The question is can we be faithful to do our part, even if it’s as small as a linchpin? Scripture teaches us not to despise humble beginnings because He takes pleasure in the work being started. Just because you may be doing something that seems small and unnoticed, doesn’t mean that what you do isn’t of the utmost importance to the Father. No job or role that is done in obedience to God is ever insignificant, and He will honor your faithful commitment and obedience in His service.

Prayer: Father God, thank you for loving me and including me in Your divine plan. Lord, help me to understand the job You’ve given me so I can play my part in furthering Your will on the Earth, no matter how big or small. I praise You because You take pleasure in me doing whatYou’ve called me to do. Let Your will be done in my life and I ask it all in Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Zechariah 4:10 and Acts 9:1-18

Devotionals

Hold On

May 6, 2020

“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.

Hold on to God, and He will supernaturally uphold you today.

Prayer: Father, thank You for encouraging me to hold on. Help me to continue to 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

At your breaking point, He’ll carry you.

May 5, 2020

“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. 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 will 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 openly to Him. Everything else will fail to help us, but He won’t. He’ll meet you at your exact point of need and carry you through it.

Prayer: Father, You are good. I ask that You step in and mightily 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: Deuteronomy 1:31, Psalm 23 & 91:11-12, Corinthians 1:3-4

Devotionals

Blessed When You Walk in His Ways

May 4, 2020

“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart! They also do no iniquity; they walk in His ways” Psalm 119:1-3, NKJV.

God’s desire for a man is that he be blessed. When we are asking how to receive God’s will, not usually, not some or not even most, but every time the way into His will of being blessed is doing what’s right. It sounds very simple, but time and time again, viewing your situation and your life through the lens of righteousness will never fail.

In those times of going back and forth on what to do, in the moments of indecision, ask yourself what would be the right way to God. If you don’t know what He says in His law, turn to the word of God. His word holds every right way to love, live in Christ, and handle challenges. It holds how to treat your wife, what kind of wife to choose if you’re single, how to work on your job, financial wisdom, and wealth. It will show you how to rightly lead your family.

Set your trust in the truth that His word has all the principles you need. In all honesty, sometimes living the right way will involve a wait, make you uncomfortable, forgive, inconvenience you, or even cause you to have a truthful conversation or admit that you were wrong, but in the end, the fruit of the way of righteousness will never disappoint you.

Prayer: Father, according to Your word, blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Help me to trust and simply do and live the right way. May this simple principle have a profound impact on my mind and my life. I praise You for being blessed when I live Your way. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 119:1-11, Proverbs 2:1-6, 3:1-4, & 28:20

Devotionals

Jesus is calling you forth.

May 3, 2020

“Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’ And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go’.” John 11:43-44, NKJV.

Lazarus was dead, but Jesus called him forth and brought him back to life. For those that use to love seeking the Lord and spending time in His presence. For those that use to love to pray and study God’s Word, but now you don’t. You use to be a man of ambition, but now you’re a man of comfort. Jesus is calling you forth!

The Lord is calling you, all of you, forth. He’s calling your obedience, your faith, your diligence, and perseverance forth. He’s calling you from the background to lead in this hour. As with Lazarus, He’s commanded all of hell to let you go. He’s spoken to sin and death, even your past, to let you go. You can walk in whatever God has destined for your life.

Jesus says come forth and rise. It’s time to take your place.

Confession: I hear my Lord calling me, all of me, forth. I will step forward and embrace my purpose. I will be who He has called me to be. I will love Him with all my heart. I will love His word. I will let go of this world for heaven. I will advance the kingdom. I will break forth! I will come forth!

Study: John 11:19-44, Matthew 6:33

Devotionals

Called to Be Yourself

May 2, 2020

“So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off” 1 Samuel 17:38-39, NKJV.

David came to realize that he couldn’t use the armor that Saul used for his own fight. It fit Saul, but it didn’t fit him. David said I need to use what God has given me. I can only be myself. He took his slingshot and those small stones, and slew Goliath.

You are called to be you. You can’t do someone else. You are not ordained to be someone else. You are ordained to be you. As long as you try to be another man, like David, it won’t fit you. It won’t work for you. Use your own God-given gifts and talents, your own personality, and your abilities, your own God-given way to make an impact for Jesus.

There are a lot of mighty men God is using in great ways. They aren’t better or more intelligent. They are just being themselves and doing it the way God told them to. Like David, be a man that is confident in how God made you. Be a man that will trust you have everything you need to do great things right where we are.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise. Help me to be myself. You didn’t call me to be another man. You called me to be me, and I will be confident in who You created me to be. I am a great man how You made me and the gifts You’ve given me. I thank You for winning and the joy of You using me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Samuel 17:38-40, Psalm 139:14

Devotionals

He is Faithful

May 1, 2020

“He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it” 1 Thessalonians 5:24, NKJV.

The word “faithful” appears 28 times in the Old Testament and 50 times in the New Testament. We are living in a time when we are seeing God’s faithfulness like never before. He is faithful to His promises, His Word, and faithful to keep His covenant with us. If He is faithful, everything about Him is faithful also.

You will never need Him, and He not be there. He is a very present help in time of need. You will never need provision and He not provide. He supplies all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. You will never be in trouble and He not make a way. Even when you haven’t been faithful, He will always be faithful to you. You will never lose something and He not cause you to experience it again. He is faithful to restore you.

Maybe you use to be strong in God and you’re wondering can you get that fire again. You have seen what God can do in your life and you are wondering if He will move again? Yes, God can, and yes, God will. Faithful is He that has called you, He also will do it. He will show Himself to be faithful to shaping you into the man He has called you to be–into the image of Christ Jesus. You may not know how, but what He has promised my brother, He will do because He’s faithful.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your faithfulness toward me! I rejoice over Your promises toward us. I set my heart and mind on Your faithfulness. Thank You for not giving up on me. Thank You for Your will for me, and making everything in my life better than I could ever imagine. I’m staying on the Potter’s wheel. You will get me there. You are faithful. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Study: Deuteronomy 7:9, 1 Corinthians 1:9

Devotionals

A Prayer of Faith for Healing!

April 30, 2020

“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 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 the coronavirus, all cancer, tumors, sickle-cell anemia, headaches, chest pains, depression, 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. You are our Healer. We touch and agree for the miracle that causes pain to dissipate now! We speak recovery and victory over the coronavirus now! We pray that peace comes now in Jesus’ name! In Your name, the name of Jesus, we pray, Amen!

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

Devotionals

You are well able to overcome it!

April 29, 2020

“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 grasshoppers 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? 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. It may get tough sometimes, but turn your eyes and see God’s hand is with you, and what He’s put in you. Turn your heart to His word. Recognize that He has already given it to you, and He wouldn’t bring you this far not to enter into what He has for you. As you see more of God and how much He is with you, you’ll begin to see the truth concerning your giants. You are an overcomer by Christ Jesus.

Prayer: Father, thank You that the place of blessing that You have for my life has already been given to me. I am an overcomer through Christ Jesus. 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

A Prayer of Protection for You

April 28, 2020

“No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways” Psalm 91:10-11, NKJV.

Father God, I pray for my brother, who is reading this right now. I pray that you cover him and his loved ones today. Protect him, Lord, and surround him with your angel armies. Let him know that you are with him in a great way, and no weapon formed against him will prosper. He is covered and is surrounded by you. Lead him Lord and guide him by your Holy Spirit. Show him how to hear your voice more clearly and teach him how to be led by you in all that he does. You love your son with an everlasting love. Keep him Lord close to your side. Give him the peace that surpasses all understanding. He will not walk in fear of traveling, fear of sharing the gospel, or fear of his future. He walks by faith. You divinely protect him. I call him and his family covered by Jesus Christ. Thank you, Lord, for hearing and answering my prayer. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Study: Psalm 91

Devotionals

Let Him Use You

April 27, 2020

“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 every way.

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 You today. Help me to make it easy and just listen to You Holy Spirit. Pour, encourage, and save others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Corinthians 13, Galatians 5:6, Philippians 2:14-16

Devotionals

He is Determined

April 26, 2020

“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.

“I am determined to be glorified in your life. I am determined to finish the work I’ve started in you. My promise to never leave you or forsake you is also a promise to never leave My work in you. It is a promise to never abandon My purpose and plan for your life. I will get you to the place you long to be in Me. I am faithful, and I will do it. I am the author and the finisher of your faith. I will finish what I’ve begun building in you. I am determined to establish you, settle you, and place you on a firm foundation. I will bring you out of bondage and into a place of freedom in Me. I will bring you out of captivity and into My promise land. You are not forsaken. You are not forgotten. You are not abandoned. I will be glorified in your life. I will open those doors before you that no one can shut. I will grace you to overcome all of your obstacles and will deliver you from all of your fears. You will be a testimony of My grace and power. You will be a reflection of Me. You will walk in all of My purpose and plan. I am determined to accomplish this in you,” says the Lord.

“He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:25

Study: Isaiah 62:4

Devotionals

You are in a good place

April 25, 2020

“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. A loving God is on your side. 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, and He is determined to help you receive what He said. 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, I give you great praise! Thank You for speaking to me this morning. Thank You for Your joy. You’ve done and are doing great things! I’m in a good place. Despite 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. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 46:10, Romans 8:31

Devotionals

On the other side of your prayers is a big God!

April 23, 2020

“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles” Psalm 34:17, ESV.

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me” Jeremiah 32:17, ESV.

I don’t know what you are going through, but there’s nothing your prayers can’t handle. You serve a big God. He is the One that made all things. He is Jehovah Jireh your Provider. He is the One that made you and knows you by name.

What feels too far to reach, He can reach your situation. He can do the supernatural and the miraculous, even when you feel the miracle you need is in you. He will do exceeding abundantly beyond what you can ask or think, even in you. There’s a real God on the other side of your prayers. He hears when you call, moves where you can’t and propels you over your own flesh, over all the works of the enemy. You don’t serve a weak God. The Lord of hosts–of angel armies–is His name!

Put your trust in a big God. There’s nothing your prayers can’t handle, because there’s nothing your God can’t handle.

Prayer: Father, I thank You! You are great and I praise You this morning. You are mighty God! You are bigger than whatever comes against me. As I pray, there is tremendous power at work and You move on my behalf. I ask for Your strength and that I walk in Your Spirit. As I pray, do the supernatural and miraculous in my life. You are a big God! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Ephesians 3:20, James 5:16, Philippians 2:13

Devotionals

Only believe.

April 22, 2020

“While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.” But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe…” Luke 8:49-50, NKJV.

Don’t stop believing things will change. Don’t stop believing that God can get you to where you need to be. Don’t stop having faith for the dreams that He put in you. Don’t quit pursuing His will just because you face a challenge on your way to where God has promised you.
The enemy will entice you to walk in fear and stop believing God in one area, then, he will pursue to stop you from believing God in another. The result will be you begin to quit in your prayers and in your faith. Yet, in contrast, when you stand and believe God, even with faith the size of a mustard seed, you can believe God for more and more.
Nothing is ever dead in the hands of God. What pertains to you will live. Consider it only as adding a greater testimony to your championship belt. Don’t quit believing that God is going to do what He said.
Stand on His word and only believe!

Prayer: Father, thank You for encouraging me today. It is trying my faith right now, but I will not stop believing You! I will not stop trusting You. I thank You for Who You have been and Who you are in my life. Help me to continue to stand on Your word. I say to the enemy I will not fear, but I will only believe! Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Luke 8:49-51, Matthew 17:20, Mark 11:22

Devotionals

There is a psalm for your moment

April 21, 2020

“Lord, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me…but You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head” Psalm 3:1 & 3, NKJV.

David was in trouble, a serious moment in his life, being pursued by his own son, and he wrote a psalm about it. When he messed up and slept with Bathsheba, he had a moment of seeing himself and what he had become. He wrote a psalm of his cry to God for change. In times of blessing and deliverance, he and others would write about them also.

The Lord instructs us to read and sing psalms, even among each other. They are a real, moment-by-moment ministry to you. They minister to the moments we have in our daily walk. Like a wave, we have emotions even as men, in times of trouble, questions, victory, mistakes, and confrontations of our faith. None of them are new under the sun, which the Lord has something to say about them all. When you question your own heart. When you need to tell yourself, keep trusting in the Lord. When you need to rejoice and loudly boast on God before the devil. He gave someone the words in Psalms to address them that went through the same thing you are going through.

When you feel like you have nothing to say, or know what to pray, His word will speak for you. When you the enemy talks defeat, pick up a psalm and talk back your victory! Be encouraged to take hold of a Psalm and make it your own today.

Prayer: Father, thank You for giving me so much of Your word to help us get through and have victory in our moments. Lead me to a Psalm each day to meet me right where I am. Teach me how to war with Your word! I give You praise that as I receive Your word, it will provide me with joy, strength, and hope in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 13, 34, 43 & 51, Ephesians 5:18-20

Devotionals

Leading Your Family Through It

April 20, 2020

“…Be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man. And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn;” 1 Kings 2:2-3, NKJV.

“May the Lord give you increase more and more, you and your children” Psalm 115:14, NKJV.

As the man, you are the head of your home. Be the head of it. You are used by God to be a covering over your wife and your family. Be a covering over them. Take your family by the hand and lead them through this.

If anyone is up early praying, it is you. If anyone is pleading the blood of Jesus, which was shed to redeem and cover us, it is you. If anyone is standing in faith, not fear, it’s you. Christ is your rock, and He lives in you. No matter what comes or what you hear, you have been made a rock also.

Go to the frontline of your family and remain there. Give them counsel, wisdom, and His plans for them. God is good is the life that’s coming from your mouth. Take nothing less than what God’s word says what He will do and what He reveals to you, as He shows you things to come. In these times, be the man.

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for entrusting me with a wife and family. I surrender to Your will to each day rise up and pray, and cover my home. I will stand in faith and not fear. I come against all sickness and disease in Jesus’ name. It always gets brighter for Your people! You are good to us and we are victorious is the life I speak over my family. You are going to abundantly bless us in these times. Help me take my family by the hand, and by the strength of Christ, lead them through this. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Proverbs 18:21, 1 Peter 3:7

Devotionals

In the midst of it, He’ll be good to you.

April 19, 2020

“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’s word says surely goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life. Surely is a very strong expression made by a strong God regarding His own goodness and mercy. It is certain. It is guaranteed. There’s no doubt or question about it. Somehow, someway, in the midst of it all, He’s going to be good to you.

Their assignment is to follow you and bless you! Follow you and uphold you, minister to you and favor you. Like a vehicle behind you on the highway, nothing the enemy tries to do will prevent goodness and mercy from trailing you. As surely as you have breath, God is going to meet you in the midst of it. He is faithful to complete the work He’s begun in you. He is a good God and withholds no good thing from those that walk uprightly before Him.

Stand patiently trusting Him. The priceless truth to receive is even if you’ve lost your way as His son, His goodness and mercy are picking you up again. You’ll see that surely nothing can stop them from following you. So let your praise be sure also.

God’s going to find you and bless you!

Prayer: Father, You are good and surely you are going to bless me. I don’t know how or when, but it is sure that goodness and mercy follow me! I receive it now! Help me to recognize this and know I serve a good God. In the midst of this, You still will be good to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 23, 84:11 & 103, Hebrews 6:12

Devotionals

A Complete Reliance

April 18, 2020

“But He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.’ Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me” 2 Corinthians 12:9, Amplified.

You were never called to be self-reliant. You are called to a complete reliance on God. This reliance is where your power, that is where your depth, that is where your root of strength, your anchor of strength comes from.

It will never be your hedge of protection. It will always be His hedge of protection. It will never be your countenance. It will be His countenance that lifts people and leaves them at a standstill when they see the joy of the Lord in you. No matter what is surrounding you, the Lord has you surrounded. You have comfort within the discomfort. You’ve been given light within the darkness, and this is never manufactured. It is through the Lord. It is His joy and His strength that bears you up as you rely on Him.

Prayer: Father, I am encompassed by You. I am in awe of You and all that You are. I am thankful that You will be all that You are for me. I can rely on You. I don’t have to rely on myself. I bless Your name for the glory being revealed in me. Help me to come and press into more of You in my life, as I give up depending on me. I depend on You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Exodus 4:10-12, John 15:4, 2 Corinthians 12:8-10, 1 John 4:4

Devotionals

Shielded in these times

April 17, 2020

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust’” Psalm 91:1-2, NKJV.

“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 cover you, 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. As I do, I thank You that You with favor You will be as a shield covering me. I thank You that You all that I need. 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: Psalm 91, 1 Chronicles 12:32, John 4:23-24 & 16:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Devotionals

We Declare Nothing but Victory

April 16, 2020

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” Ephesians 2:4-6, NKJV.

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57, NKJV.

We declare stress has no victory over you. Sickness, lack, pain, fear have no victory over you. A troubled mind has no victory over you. You have victory over all of it instead. You reign instead. You are seated in a place where these things cannot reach you. You have risen above it all as an eagle mounted on its’ wings, and we declare you are high above it all. We declare heaven’s mindset is what you maintain and walk in. The word is your meditation and company. It is your morning cup of coffee and is the first thing you speak. God’s word is what you stand on, and whatever you do shall prosper.

Study: Isaiah 54:17, Romans 5:17, Ephesians 1:19-21, 1 John 5:4

Devotionals

No More Excuses

April 15, 2020

” ‘Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.’ But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?’ ” Exodus 3:10-11, NKJV.

Excuses will leave you in an old day when the Lord has a new one ahead. They will keep you in the same situation and you never launch out into a new one ahead. There would be no Passover if Moses would have held on to his fears. He would have missed what is considered the greatest event in history of the Red Sea, one of the greatest miracles of God and the deliverance of God’s people if he would have held on to his excuses and didn’t decide to believe.

If you hold on to what you think you can’t do, you won’t experience what God has for you either. The Father has given you everything you need. Even the things you can think of you aren’t the best at, the “what about this” and “I don’t have that” He has all that covered too. He says no more excuses. They will ultimately keep you from the greatest miracles in your life, the greatest restoration, the highest height of God’s plan for you, and the greatest version of you in Christ. Don’t miss it because of an excuse.

Prayer: Father, I thank You and give You glory today. I want to see You in a fresh, new way in my life. I want to see You use me for greatness. Help me to not allow an excuse to keep me from Your best and the exciting things You have planned for me. Help me to stop responding with any excuses and decide to believe You. I can do what You said I can do! You are with me. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

Study: Exodus 3:1-4:1-17, Philippians 4:13

Devotionals

Going Higher, Going Deeper

April 13, 2020

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” 2 Corinthians 4:7-9, NKJV.

No one knows how deep your fight is but you. No one knows the trials you are facing but you. No one knows how much you are being pressed on every side but you. No one knows your inward struggles to do what’s right but you. Yet I will tell you this, God knows.

The treasure of the Good News of His salvation will bring you victory. God will show Himself strong on your behalf and you will not be conquered. Your triumph will only prove the greatness of His power. Your triumph will only show that grace comes from God, and not you. You are walking out the Gospel that you preach. Don’t let anything stop you from going higher, going to a new level, a greater strength, a stronger passion for God, a faithfulness you crave, a faith walk unwavering. Be determined that you’re going higher and going deeper.

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for giving me encouragement today. I am pressed on every side, but I will not be denied the victory You have for me. I will not be denied the lives you are changing through my reach for more of You. I will continue to stand as a light in the darkness and help others to see this treasure in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Philippians 3:14, Luke 8:43-48, Hebrews 11:6

Devotionals

He Is Risen!

April 12, 2020

“He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you” Matthew 28:6-7, NKJV.

Jesus had been telling His disciples what He came for. He had come to give His life as a sacrifice for our sins. Yet, He told them that wouldn’t be all that would happen. He also prophesied in three days that He would rise from the dead. He would tell them in different ways again and again that He would overcome the grave and rise. Now, the angel says He is risen, just like He said.

Jesus didn’t come only to wipe away your sin. He came to make you alive. He came to give you eternal life. He came to make you new. He came to make the life of God, the purposes of God, the plan of God for you to rise!

When He rose, you rose too. When He rose with all power in His hands, you have risen with power in yours. You have been raised to be the man God created you to be. Yes, it is amazing, beyond your comprehension, with everything you’ve been through, but you stand now in Christ, full of His Spirit and joy, and you are alive!

Whatever He said will rise in your life, it will. It will be just like He said.

Prayer: Father, Jesus is alive! He rose just like He said. You’ve done great things for me. You have done what You said you will do in my life. Things are rising that appeared like they couldn’t. What an awesome God You are! Thank You Jesus for Your resurrection and mine! You made me alive! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 10:10

Devotionals

Blessed are those that haven’t seen, but believe!

April 11, 2020

“Jesus said to him, ‘Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed'” John 20:29, NKJV.

Thomas wouldn’t believe the impossible until he saw it. How about you? What in your life appears to be impossible that you are waiting to believe God at His word? Jesus says you are blessed when you haven’t seen it, but you believe it.

I promise you that a waiting joy for a man won’t do him any good. A praise on hold won’t lift you up and bring you hope. You may not see it yet. You may not have it in your hands yet. But faith will bless your life when you decide to put it in Christ before you see Him. Before the money arrives, before the door opens, before the complex moment becomes unknotted, I dare you to believe when you haven’t seen. Your day and your life will be blessed from it.

Prayer: Father, Hallelujah! I haven’t seen You move yet, but You will. I haven’t seen my prayer answered yet, but I believe You will answer. May my joy and peace not wait to be walked in. Help me to stand believing You for the impossible. If You rose Jesus from the grave, just like You said, You will surely keep Your word to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 16:24 & 20:24-29, Mark 11:23, Psalm 65:4-6

Devotionals

Real Peace

April 9, 2020

“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

Better and better.

April 8, 2020

“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

Maintain Your Steadfast Trust

April 7, 2020

“You know we call those blessed [happy, spiritually prosperous, favored by God] who were steadfast and endured [difficult circumstances]. You have heard of the patient endurance of Job and you have seen the Lord’s outcome [how He richly blessed Job]. The Lord is full of compassion and is merciful” James 5:11, Amplified.

In the face of what he didn’t understand, Job remained steadfast. Yes, he had experienced many feelings and had questions regarding what he was experiencing. Yet, at the end of the day, he maintained his steadfast trust. He never cursed God and he was used to pray for his friends. He still did what God wanted him to do.

You may have a lot of feelings right now. You may have questions and you may even be hearing the enemy talk in your ear. Yet, at the end of the day, still do what God said to do. Let nothing paralyze you to keep you from the actions, inspired by the Holy Spirit, to be used to be a blessing and to be a difference-maker. Maintain your steadfast trust. Maintain that He is doing something great and He going to richly bless your life. Endure with patience, knowing what your end will be.

Prayer: Father, I thank You and praise You. I choose to maintain a steadfast trust in You. Help me not be moved by feelings, what I see or hear. But I will only be moved by Your unchanging word. Even when I have certain feelings, at the end of the day, help me to still do what You said. Like Job, my end will be blessed. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: James 1:1:2-4 & 12, Psalm 28:7 & 34:8

Devotionals

He Watches Over You

April 6, 2020

“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 fear that God will not work out your life according to His divine purpose and plan. By His word, God will 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

Keep Your Lamp Burning

April 5, 2020

“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning” Luke 12:35, NKJV.

Keeping your lamp burning is comprised of trimming the wick within it, and making sure your oil never runs out. It can be easy to allow your lamp to quit burning, but I don’t let it. It may be darkness all around you, there may be unbelief all around you but keep your lamp burning.

With honesty, recognize when you need oil. His Spirit and His anointing are symbolic of His oil, and you can come into His presence to be filled and refreshed when you are low. Trim your wick and keep what is important to God, important to you. Remain balanced and keep following Christ as first in your life. Keep praying, praising, and seeking the Lord through His word. Continue to desire His will to be done in You. You don’t want any blessings no other way than His way in your life. You are ready to serve, open to being used for His service. Your light in you is shining, ready to show someone the way.

Jesus isn’t here yet, but He’s coming–even when you don’t expect Him to. Keep your lamp burning!

Prayer: Father, I give You praise. Help me to remain ready, and in the midst of the darkness right now, keep my lamp burning. Keep me on fire for You! I will abide in Your presence and in Your word. Use me greatly in these times. I’m ready for any service You desire of me. May my heart stay focused and after You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Luke 12:35-48, Matthew 5:16 & 25:1-4

Devotionals

I’m Not Giving Up on You!

April 4, 2020

“For everyone born of God is victorious and overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has conquered and overcome the world—our [continuing, persistent] faith [in Jesus the Son of God]” 1 John 5:4, Amplified.

Pray this prayer with me: Father, I am not giving up on You. I am not giving up on Your word and on Your promises. I am not giving up on You making me into the man You have called me to be. I am not giving up on your plan for me. I am determined to follow You all the way. No matter what is going on in this world, nothing will move my faith in You. I will continue to trust You! I will remain joyful and encouraged! Refresh and renew my strength. You didn’t quit on me, and I am not quitting on You. I do believe. I pray for other men who are struggling and feel like quitting right now. I ask that You supernaturally meet their need and that You strengthen them to their core. Minister to the root of their need Father. I come against all fear, and I receive Your peace. I will continue to put my faith in You. I give You all the praise and glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen!

Study: Romans 1:17, Isaiah 43:19-21, 48:21 & 53:5, Philippians 4:19

Devotionals

Be a Willing and Obedient Man

April 3, 2020

“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.

As the potter does with the clay, let God shape you from being unwilling to willing, from disobedient to an obedience in what He’s been dealing with about, or that next step He’s been asking you to take. It could be something He wants you to act on, or it could be simply putting your trust in Him. We all have our reasons, but we have to make that decision to move forward in Him. Let Him move you into being both. Be a willing and obedient man. 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. You can do it.

Prayer: Father, I praise You! I want Your best for me. I want to be a light in these times. 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

A Concentrated Fight

April 2, 2020

“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.’ Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him” Matthew 4:9-11, NKJV.

Multiple times Jesus countered with the Word of God specific to the fight He was in. Just as a physical bout, for every lie from Satan, Jesus had a truth from God ready to overcome with it.

You may find yourself as Jesus, having to counter blows with whatever is coming against you. Like concentrating on working out certain muscle areas to strengthen them, strengthen your faith by putting into your heart and speaking specific scriptures to fight against what you are being tempted or challenged with. Meditate on what God says specifically to your battle, concentrated to that fight.

For example, if you are fighting depression, Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, which can be used to help you know what you’re capable of. Yet, put into your heart a scripture that specifically ministers to you even deeper, such as Psalm 3:3 “But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head”, 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your cares (anxieties) on him, because he cares for you”, and Psalm 30:5″…Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning”!

God’s word is so vast, yet so specific, and He meant it to be. He knew exactly what you would be going through and He has words of victory for everything you face. He put it all there. The more specific word you use, the more powerful your fight of faith will be.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word. Your word has it all! Help me to give time to it and help me walk in a concentrated fight, receiving Your word in the area I need it. Teach me, fill me, encourage me, reveal to me as soon as I read Your word specific for my fight. I thank You for already being victorious over the enemy, just like Jesus is. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Matthew 4:1-11, Psalm 34:17-18, Hebrews 4:12, Romans 8:37

Devotionals

God, I Value Your Word

April 1, 2020

“The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold” Psalms 119:72 NIV.

It goes without saying that we esteem things and people that we hold in high regard or value. I remember in my late teens and twenties making vision boards from clippings of mansions, expensive cars, luxury items, and scenes of board room power from Forbes and Fortune magazines. I saw those things as valuable and worth diligently pursuing. Now twenty years later, after I’ve accumulated just a few items from those vision boards, the value I initially put on those things just doesn’t invoke the same level of excitement, diligence, or value I once put on them. In short, my perspective of value changed, and with it, what I was willing to invest in pursuit of those things changed as well.

The psalmist, in various places within Psalms 119, has come to a place in their growth and development as a person and as a follower of God, where they place a higher value on the word of God than material possessions, riches or the status those things could bring. In assigning a higher value to God’s word, the psalmist created an environment that gives them daily excitement and purpose to diligently pursue God’s word in knowledge, understanding, and obedience that set them apart from others. The heart of the believer that is turned to the heart of God by and through His word will create a lifetime of excitement and intimacy with the Father as He reveals Himself in ways that others may never come to know.

Prayer: Father, Your word is more valuable than I could ever understand. Your word gives and sustains life, and preserves all Creation. I thank You for Jesus, the Word made flesh and the Holy Spirit who lives in me. Lord, teach me how to value Your word above all things and lead me into a lifetime of discovering who You are in a deeper way as I pursue Your heart. I thank You that Your word will stand forever and that I stand on a sure foundation in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalms 119:24, 72, 93, 127-128, and Matthew 24:34

Devotionals

Come Alive!

March 31, 2020

“And He said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ So I answered, ‘O Lord God, You know.’ Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: ‘Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live’…Then you shall know that I am the Lord’ ” Ezekiel 37:4-6, NKJV.

The Lord told the prophet to seek to the dry bones and tell them to come alive. I believe the Lord wants us to do the same.

There are dry bones and dry places in the world that you can begin to speak and prophesy to. With the power of your faith in Christ and in His authority, declare healing, declare provision, declare strength. Speak to what is dry in your own life that it’s time to come alive! Command life and light come to those in need of it. Act on your faith and you will see the Lord do great things! God will perform His word and make dry bones come alive!

Prayer: Father, I believe Your word. Yes, You are still the Healer. You are still the God Who is more than enough. I speak to dry bones to come alive! Let Your Spirit move all over the earth Father. People that don’t know You, I prophesy they will see You do great things. I prophesy their eyes are being opened to Christ. I prophesy no more dryness in my own life. I’m alive in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Stud: Ezekiel 37:1-14

Devotionals

Your Praying Are Needed

March 30, 2020

“…the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” James 5:16, NKJV.

“He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions” Psalm 107:20, NKJV.

Have you been waking up in the middle of the night and you don’t know why? Are you up not knowing exactly what it is, but something is on your heart that you just can’t explain? It’s the Lord.

Your prayers are needed.

There are people fighting for their lives that you may not ever know. There are those exhausted that need strength. There are those that feel like giving up and your prayers are what God will use to help them not to. There are people literally gasping for air that need to breathe, that need to be healed. Your prayers are heard and received by God. Angels excel in strength and move at the mention of God’s word (Psalm 103:20). When you pray, something happens.

You may not see yourself on the frontline, but you are. You may not see how your prayers will move mountains, but they do. Many are in the balance for Christ. Be a soldier right now and obey the Lord. Your prayers are needed.

Prayer: Wow, I didn’t see it like that Father. You’ve been waking me up so I can pray. People are in tremendous need right now. May the love of Christ strengthen me to get out my bed and fight against the wicked one, the virus and any other unseen challenge that has come against others and the Body of Christ with the power of prayer. I will obey and see You move in a miraculous way! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 2 Chronicles 7:14, Isaiah 53:5, Luke 11:9-10 , Acts 10:38 & 16:24-26

Devotionals

We declare living water for you

March 29, 2020

“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 begins to 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. 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. These rivers begin to flow in your home. His word will quicken you and bring you a mighty trust in Him. We declare even if you are in the valley, you will experience the waters of God that flow and bring you new life and begin to refresh you all around. Come to Jesus, your living water!

Study: John 4:7-14 & 14:16-17; Galatians 5:22-23

Devotionals

Pause…

March 28, 2020

“Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified, says the Lord” Haggai 1:7-8, ESV.

It’s interesting how we find out how much we loved something when it is taken away. It’s also a good thing when you can pause and really see just how much something had a hold on you in your life more than God. Amid what is happening in the world, we have had no choice but to pause and notice where our hearts really are.

In this moment, pause and consider where your heart is. Have you been loving anyone or anything more than your Maker. Has the things of the world brought you more delight than Jesus Christ. Has your time been consumed in pleasures more than your purpose and calling.

While you were living your daily life, you may have been too busy to see where your affection is, but God has paused you so you can see now. He needs you to run after the pause.

Prayer: Father, all I can say is wow. Thank You for speaking to me. You know every part of me. I appreciate the pause to help me consider my ways. I appreciate the pause to help me see myself. Forgive me if I have put anything before You. I thank You for Your great mercy and grace. My whole heart and life is Yours. I will do Your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Haggai 1:5-8, Matthew 22:37-39, 1 John 2:15

Devotionals

Stay Connected

March 26, 2020

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” John 15:5, NKJV.

When a baby is born, they immediately cry for their mother. The newborn desires to stay connected, just as in the womb, knowing where their food and protection comes from.

We may be grown men, but we have a similar dependency as a new baby does. We have to stay connected to Jesus and learn the discipline of abiding in Him. It extends beyond spending time with the Lord in the morning; this is where dwelling in Him begins. He is the True Vine and we are the branches, and like a baby apart from that womb, apart from Christ, we can do nothing.

It is humbling when you realize you can produce no good fruit on our own. You will find more and more these are not times to pursue to be strong in yourself because your strength, your love, your patience, will run out. It will only take you so far. Yet, when you live connected to Jesus, when things happen, you won’t be shaken.

Pray in the morning, yet continue to pray. Praise God in the morning, yet continue to praise Him. Abide in His word in the morning, now keep your mind on what He promised you. These are the small keys that will help you abide in Him.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your mighty Word. Thank You, Jesus, that You are all I need. I ask for the grace and focus to abide in You and Your Word today. Not just in the morning at home, but help abiding to become the way that I live. Let Your fruit overflow. Because I dwell in You, I will not be shaken. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 15:1-10, Galatians 5:22-23

Devotionals

Your Mighty Refuge

March 25, 2020

“I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.’ ” Psalm 91:2, NKJV.

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe” Proverbs 18:10, NKJV.

Trust has several meanings in the Old Testament, but it also means refuge. It is strong and steady that you can hope in and be assured of life. When I think about a refuge, it always brings about a vision of a house with a porch and I am standing under that porch protected from the rain. I can hardly see myself. I just mainly see what is covering me.

God is your strong tower and refuge. When we take refuge in Him, we are taking our very lives and putting it under the mighty covering of God. When so much is happening around us, it’s in Him that we can run to and put our trust. In Him, we can take shelter in those times when it gets tough. When it’s hard to see your way through the storm, you can hide in God and He’ll get you through it all.

Prayer: I thank You, Father God, for being my refuge. In the midst of what I face, right now I make You my refuge. You are my shelter and you are covering me. Help me to make You, not the trouble, my mighty dwelling place. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 91 & 112:7, John 15:3-8

Devotionals

The answer is in the leading.

March 23, 2020

“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 leading of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God in us, and He desires each day to lead you and keep you. In every situation, He wants to help you by guiding you. If you will acknowledge Him and let Him drive, if you will have faith in what He’s speaking to you, He will steer you into the Father’s will for you.

After you pray, seek for the leading. Sometimes, you may not understand why He is directing you to do something, but He will never lead you wrong. You may not understand why you perceive a restraining not to do something, but He won’t lead you wrong. Think on what He says to think on in these times. The answer is in His leading. He is your Comforter and Helper, and His leading will take you to the blessing every time.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the Holy Spirit, Who dwells in me. Jesus left me the best Help I need. In everything in my life, as I acknowledge You, Lord, lead the way by Your Spirit. Help me recognize your leading all the time and keep me in Your perfect peace. I quiet down my will, and I receive Yours. I will follow You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

A Message from the Lord for you!

March 22, 2020

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty…He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge” Psalm 91:1 & 4, NKJV.

“I am surrounding you as a shield, and you are covered. I will keep you covered from the wicked one. He is no match for Me. When the enemy comes in like a flood, I always lift up a standard against him that he cannot overcome. Watch Me take care of My people. Watch me move what appears impossible. Watch Me deliver them with My mighty arm. I am the God that is more than enough for you. I will keep My word. I will deliver you. I will answer you. I will hide you under the shadow of My wings. I am your covering at all times. Even when it doesn’t feel like it, I’m covering you. I will see you through. Take your rest in Me. Take hold of Me and My Word, and don’t let go. For I am the LORD,” says the Lord.

Study: Psalm 91 & 81:10, Isaiah 59:19, Deuteronomy 9:29

Devotionals

He Will Provide Again

March 21, 2020

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:19, NKJV.

“I’ve seen You move
You move mountains,
And I believe I’ll see you do it again
You made a way out of no way,
And I believe I’ll see you do it again”
-Elevation Worship, Do It Again

In my life, there were times I didn’t know how God would provide, but He did–again and again. Don’t worry, even in these times your God, your Heavenly Father, will provide. He is faithful to His covenant and faithful to His word. He will meet your every need, and He has multiple ways to get it to you. Look for Him to move the mountain! Look for Him to make a way out of no way. Look for Him to open a door again. Never will you see the righteous forsaken, nor His children begging for bread (see Psalm 37:25).

No matter what, let this keep you walking in joy and praising Him for what He always does. He will provide!

Prayer: Father God, You are my Provider and I praise You! I choose to put my trust in You and cast my cares on You. You are a good God and You will never leave or forsake me! You are right here with me, and I believe You will provide again! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Matthew 6:25-30, 1 Peter 5:7

Devotionals

Make His perspective–your perspective.

March 19, 2020

“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 you, to help you see what you experience a 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

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A Message from the Lord for You

March 18, 2020

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7 NIVUK.

“I am all that you need. Do not worry today. Do not be anxious today. I am all that you need. Don’t look to man. Don’t look to a company. Don’t look to money. I am all that you need. When you press into Me, you will see all that I am for you. I will provide for you. I am your peace. I am your calm. I am your joy. I will help you get it together. When you need comfort, I am there. Focus on My kingdom and give Me all the rest. Focus on Me and give Me all the rest. I will handle what you can’t handle. I will do beyond You can ask for or imagine. I need your trust to be put in Me” says the Lord.

Study: Ephesians 3:20, 1 Peter 1:3, Philippians 4:19

Devotionals

God didn’t give you a spirit of fear.

March 17, 2020

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV.

God didn’t give you a spirit of fear. He didn’t give you the worry, the doubt, the unbelief, and the torment that comes from that spirit. The key is recognizing it when it comes, and identify it operating in your life.

You can be living according to fear and not even realize it. Fear can be disguised and subtle. When a decision needs to be made, when something happens, when you question who you are and your self-esteem, what people think about you, when you consider a challenge and the possibilities ahead of you, your response is one of stress, doubt, a worried mind, and pessimism, rather than one of love and faith. Call out that spirit. That is fear, not love, and God didn’t give it to you!

God has given you a spirit of power, love and a sound mind. No matter what you encounter, you can walk in love, confidence and according to the freedom Jesus has given you. You have been given everything you need to respond like God and accomplish His will for your life.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word. Help me to recognize when fear is trying to operate in my life. With every thought and concern, I will call fear out. I have been given a spirit of love, power and a sound mind. Through Christ, I will walk in the power of Your love and by the faith I put in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 1 John 4:18

Devotionals

My peace I give to you.

March 16, 2020

“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

If It Weren’t For His Grace

March 15, 2020

“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 I had 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 going so well in your life, the favor that abounds toward you, doors that seem to open, the strength and gifts you walk in, 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.

Be reminded to never take it for granted, but be as Paul and use God’s grace to work more than them all. 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 protect 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 with it. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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

Devotionals

You have one life, so live it well. Live it wise.

March 14, 2020

“The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook” Proverbs 18:4, NKJV.

From fearing the Lord and managing your money, to being lazy and certain women to stay away from, the book of Proverbs has it all. It is mostly wisdom poured out from Solomon–the wisest man, aside from Jesus, to ever walk the earth. Throughout his life, God gave him a wealth of wisdom, good judgment, and understanding, and he shared it with others around him.

When God places people in your life that flow with wisdom, it’s best to get under that spout. Sometimes, my stepfather would almost put me to sleep with everything he was sharing, but I stayed under that wellspring of wisdom, and I’m glad I did. I’m a better man because of it.

I know some men of God that can pour out all kinds of spiritual and natural wisdom. They provide great answers to the questions you have about life because they’ve bought and sold that t-shirt–they’ve been there. They’ve been where you’re going, and you may not understand, but blindly do it anyway, trusting the wisdom of God. Receive all the Father uses them to give you early in life so that He can bless you in your latter.

Many hard times we experience can be avoided if we would not assume we know it all, but humble ourselves as a man, and listen to someone’s counsel. Simply asking and then sitting under a steady flow of sound godly wisdom will tremendously bless your life. You’ll get to where God wants you to be a lot smoother and a lot faster. Remember, you only have one life, so live it well. Live it wise.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the wellspring of wisdom–Your word. Thank You also for putting people with a wellspring of wisdom in my life. I don’t know everything, therefore, help me to walk in humility of heart. Let me seek godly counsel on this road of life, and may it tremendously bless my family and me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Proverbs 3:5-6, 11:14, Ecclesiastes 12:1 & 13-14

Devotionals

He will bring your dream to pass.

March 13, 2020

“Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming” Genesis 37:5 & 19, NKJV.

God gives all of us dreams. It may not be a literal dream, yet you can say He has shown you something about your life. You know it was no one but Him. He gave it to you, and it keeps you going. It gives you joy, encourages, and strengthens you. It helps you to endure and continue to press forward in spite of your challenges.

God has given you a dream, yet like Joseph, you didn’t know what you may experience before you get there. Joseph was set up and sent to slavery by his very own brothers, his own family. He went through something, just like you and I. He had to decide to have faith and trust God, just like you and I.

Yet, God divinely used it to ultimately escort him right into the very dream his brothers were trying to stop. God is all-knowing, all-wise, all-powerful, and no matter what you’ve experienced, the devil cannot stop whatever God has shown you. God takes it all, and divinely turns it to escort you into the very plan the devil is trying to stop.

So be encouraged. Remain a dreamer. Don’t let go of it because of what you’ve been through. I don’t know why He allowed it, but like Joseph, you will end up blessed and being a mighty blessing. You’ll see. Keep that dream from an awesome God. He will surely bring it to pass.

Confession: I am not giving up on my dream! God has fashioned me to do great things for His glory. Everything will work for me, and like Joseph, if I don’t give up I will arrive at my dream. I will keep my eyes on an awesome God and keep the joy of it before me.

Study: Genesis 50:20, Numbers 23:19

Devotionals

Man to man, it’s going to cost you.

March 12, 2020

“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

Come Boldly

March 11, 2020

“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

You are changing, you are rising!

March 10, 2020

“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 1957 Buick into a 2020 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 taking 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 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 growing and I’m changing. That’s a good thing! 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 me to rise above every circumstance. 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

It’s okay if you’re not struggling.

March 9, 2020

“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

There Are No Limits

March 8, 2020

“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” Matthew 19:26, KJV.

There are no boundaries, no borders, and no limits to what God can do in your life. Just when the people Israel thought it was over and were stuck between a Red Sea and an Egyptian army, God split the Red Sea and caused them to walk through it. Just when the widow thought her and her son wasn’t going to make it another day and had accepted the fact that they were going to starve and die, God sent the Prophet Elijah to bring increase into her home. When Peter felt it was over for him because He had denied Jesus, Jesus loved him through his mistake and restored him, encouraged him, gave him a charge, and later we find with his first sermon on the Day of Pentecost, 3,000 men were saved and his very shadow caused men to be healed.

When it appears there is no hope for you, God is going to come in and turn your situation completely around. God can make a river in your desert, a stream to flow through your dry places, repair what’s missing in your life, bring dead situations to life again, and do the impossible for you! Don’t you put Him in a box, thinking there is only one way, and only one solution. He is the God Who His no limits!

Take the limits off of Him and trust Him to do what He said today!

Prayer: Father, all things are possible with You. Nothing is impossible for You to work out, no problem is too big for You to fix, no heart is too hard for You to soften, no life is too far gone for You to resurrect. By faith, I will not limit You. Do what You said You will do in my life! I take the limitations off of you now, and I put my trust in Your ability to make a way out of no way for me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Study: Exodus 14, 1 Kings 17:7-16, John 21:15-17, Acts 2:41, Acts 5:15

Devotionals

Keep Walking by Faith!

March 7, 2020

“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV

“…as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’” Romans 1:17, NKJV.

God did not give you the spirit of fear. He gave you what it takes to dominate and reign in this life. He gave you what it takes to be a man of God. He gave you what it takes to build what He has called you to build, lay hold of what He told you to lay hold of, win those He has called you to win, receive what His will is for you to receive.

Jesus proved His power through overcoming the cross and that same power, by His Spirit, resides in you. The same love resides in you. The same mind, the mind of Christ, one of discipline and quietness, resides in you. The Holy Spirit is well able to bear you up and get you past whatever you’re facing as you go higher. Do not receive the spirit of fear as your own. Receive His unchanging word instead.

Don’t fear, keep walking by faith and keep moving forward.

Confession: Nothing is too hard for my God. I will not fear. I will not be intimidated by the devil or man. Through my God, I can do this! My Father has given me the Holy Spirit, filling me with power, love and a sound mind. I have the mind of Christ. I receive no spirit of fear, and nothing will stop me from moving forward by faith in You!

Study: Numbers 23:19, Hebrews 6:12, 11:1 & 8-10

Devotionals

He is Papa now.

March 6, 2020

“And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Galatians 4:6, NKJV.

Jesus called God “Father” more than anyone else in the Bible when he walked the earth. He would tell us to do the same when we pray. Then, He went even deeper by referring to Him as “Abba” (Mark 14:36). Abba expresses a more intimate, closer, and affectionate description of the Father. It is similar to when we say “papa” or “dad.”

When He gave His life for us, anyone that receives Him now receives the Spirit of Adoption, and we can now know God just as He does. Jesus wants you to know the Father as He does. He is not just God. He is not just Father.

He is Papa. He is Dad.

When I call God Papa, that alone causes me to work beyond any unworthiness, feeling unqualified, and all others. Calling Him Papa alone helps me deal with the hurt and disappointments of my own natural father, who wasn’t there. It may seem far from you being able to be so close to the Father, yet that is what God has intended through Christ. Jesus removed the gap of sin for you and restored you to sonship.

God wants you to relate to Him in a deeper way. He wants you to treat Him closer. He doesn’t just want to be God. He doesn’t just want to be Creator, the Alpha and the Omega, the Almighty to you. When you need Him the most, He wants to be Abba. When you are trying your best to be a great man, or when you’ve messed up, He wants to be Abba. He wants to be Abba — denoting closeness, transparency, love, and mercy. The One you can lean on, turn to, and confide in. The One Who tells you who you are. The One who’s always proud of you. He is Papa now.

Prayer: Papa, I am no longer in bondage, and I don’t have to be afraid. You are not only God. You are Father, You are Papa. There is nothing in the way. I am Your beloved son. I have received Your Spirit of Adoption, and I can call You Papa. Help me to move beyond anything that my natural father did or didn’t do. Help me begin to walk with You in this way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Galatians 4:7

Devotionals

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

March 5, 2020

“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

Devotionals

Keep Your Desire to Grow

March 4, 2020

“As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” 1 Peter 2:2, NKJV.

A newborn baby has a strong desire for milk from its’ mother. Each day that baby will crave it, fully aware of what they need. That baby was created that way, so by the milk of the mother, that baby may develop and grow.

God’s word is compared to being milk for us. You may be a grown man, but the constant need for God’s word will never change. You may know a lot about the things of God, but the constant need for God’s word will never change. The enemy will come after your crave and desire for it, especially in the toughest of times, but the Word is the very thing you need to get through it. Keep your desire to grow in Christ through the word. The good and the work that His word does within you cannot be replaced. It is milk to you, and it will always be how you stay solid and strong.

Prayer: Father, there’s nothing like the milk of Your word. Create in me a crave and desire for it like never before. Even today, help me keep my desire to grow by Your word, even in my circumstance. I thank you, Jesus, for making me solid and strong like you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Peter 2:1-3, Hebrews 5:12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Devotionals

Sow Good Seed

March 2, 2020

“…It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35, NKJV.

Today, I pray you say no to fear of sharing Jesus. I pray you help someone and buy their groceries. I pray you help your child with their homework. Give an ear to someone that needs you to listen. I pray you yield to the Holy Spirit’s leading today. Make your wife laugh today. I pray you celebrate someone else’s promotion.

Sow and buy that extra coffee for your co-worker. I pray you obey God when He says fast. Encourage someone. Give that homeless person some money out of your car window. I pray you love and do good to your enemies. I pray you show mercy to at least person that deserves it. Call a friend that you haven’t heard from in a while and to check on them. Live mightily for God. I pray you let your light shine and glorify the Father.

I pray you sow good seed today!

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for blessing me to be a blessing to someone today. I am available to be used by You in whatever way You desire to make someone’s day. Let my good works cause people to see Your light and glorify You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 10:8; Ephesians 5:1-2; Romans 12:21

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A Message from the Lord for you!

March 1, 2020

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” 2 Corinthians 9:8, NKJV.

“Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.'” Mark 9:23, NKJV.

“I am the God that is more than enough for you. I have everything you need, and I am all that you need. My desire is that you do not struggle, but My desire is that you receive the kingdom. My desire is that you not only see it but that you receive it into your hands. Do not settle for nothing less than My best for you. Believer Me for greater. As you go after what is before you, believe that I will bring it to pass. Lift your hands and believe. No more of the less. Believe Me for more. Believe Me for more victory, more income, more wisdom, and more consistency. You will not stay where you are. Believe Me to help you through the tough times and know that the light is just ahead. Believe Me for Greater!” Says the Lord.

Study: Genesis 17:1, Ephesians 3:20, Hebrews 11:6, Luke 12:32, John 14:12, 3 John 1:2

Devotionals

Time.

February 29, 2020

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” Ephesians 5:15-17, ESV.

What are you doing with your God-given time? Are you making the most of it? Are you giving it to the things that are giving back to you?

A very spiritually-wise person in my life told me that when they spend their money, they like to have something in their hands to show for what they spent. This nugget of wisdom applies to how we spend our time also. It’s not foolish to play video games and watch sports. It is foolish to spend all of your time on video games and sports. Facebook is fine, but it shouldn’t have all of you. Pursue to have something to show for how you’ve spent your precious commodity of time, which you cannot buy more of.

It is deemed as precious because once it’s gone, it’s gone. You will never see this weekend, your next hour or your next minute again. Make it your mission, to be about your mission for Jesus Christ, to know God’s will is for your life right now, and sow your time into it. Make it your mission to love who you have, while you have them. They won’t always be here.

When your day is done, when your life is done, you will have whatever you gave your time to.

Prayer: Father, thank You for giving me this wisdom nugget about my time. Help me to use it wisely and be serious about redeeming the time because the days are evil. Help me not to do too much or go too far with the things I enjoy. May the focus of Christ rise up big in me to impact others for you. When the day is done, I will praise You for how You helped me spend my time. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Ephesians 5:14, Colossians 3:2

Devotionals

A Message from the LORD for You

February 28, 2020

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” Psalm 37:4-5, NKJV.

“I am going to bless you, and you know it. It is time to completely trust Me that I surely will. What you know must translate into the actions of trusting Me. You must trust Me and do what My will is as You wait on Me. Let me steer you. Let me guide you. Let Me cause you to reign in your finances, reign on your job, reign in your home, and family. You know I am going to do it, so choose to act like it is so. Have faith like it is so–right now. Let your trust in Me confuse the enemy. Let the knowledge of the truth of My word fill your heart with great joy. I’m going to do what I said I will do, but you must trust Me. Waiting doesn’t mean no. Waiting means I am preparing My best for you. Don’t you want My best, or do you want your own? Wait upon Me. Be still and know that I am God. Follow my Spirit and His wisdom that He gives, as a step-by-step plan is given when you pray to Me. Keep your eyes on Me and My will. Stay focused on My calling for you. Revolve your decisions around it. I WILL bless You! says the LORD.”

Study: Psalm 37:3-7; Isaiah 26:4; Jeremiah 29:11-13; Matthew 6:33; Matthew 28:19

Devotionals

Sow Into The Spirit

February 27, 2020

“For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” Galatians 6:8-9, NKJV.

While in prayer, God said to sow into the Spirit. He kept saying over and over again, sow into the Spirit. I then asked what does that mean?

To reap the life that comes from the Spirit, what the Holy Spirit has, Who the Holy Spirit is, what He offers, what He reveals, how He empowers, we have to sow into the Spirit. If you give Him your cup, He will fill it. If you sit before the Word of God, He will speak to you and show you mighty things that concern you. If we sow into acknowledging Him, we’ll reap His leading. If you sow into your spiritual growth, you will reap power and walking in your purpose.

It is time to sow more into the Spirit. It is the key to your faith and reaping eternal life. It is the key to receiving more God’s ideas for provision, direction, your joy, and your peace. It is the key to becoming the man God has called you to be.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word this morning. To get something out of my walk with You, I have to sow into my walk with You. It is not just going to happen. Help me to not get weary, but sow into the Spirit, and I will reap victory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Romans 8:6

Devotionals

A Hunger to Finish

February 26, 2020

“In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” John 4:31 & 34, NKJV.

Jesus was hungry for the will of God and to finish His work, that he deemed it more vital than food itself. It was his meat. His life’s focus was upon the will of God being completed. Now is the time to hunger for His will.

Are you a man that’s hungry to finish? Is your high calling your highest goal? Show me a hungry person, and I’ll show you a champion. Be determined not only to start, but to cross that finish line before you. Do not be satisfied with just doing God’s will, but also finishing God’s work that He has given you. You have a job to do. You are on an assignment by God. It should drive you and fulfill you more than spending your time doing anything else. As God causes you to see the reward, the great joy, the blessings and being a blessing in front of you, you’ll get excited. Nothing satisfies like accomplishing His will.

Prayer: Father, thank You for choosing me and giving me purpose. I am honored and humbled You have called me to a work. Reveal it even more to me. I ask for a greater hunger to not only start, but finish. Help me be centered and focused on finishing. Like Jesus, my meat is to do my Father’s will and to finish this good work in my hands. I thank God for the grace, the wisdom, and the counsel to do it. I receive the strength, joy and courage to finish. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Study: Hebrews 12:1-2

Devotionals

Don’t Miss Your Blessing

February 25, 2020

“And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, ‘Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.’ But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ ” 2 Kings 5:9-11, NKJV.

Naaman wanted to be healed a certain way, and almost missed his blessing. Have you ever said God I was looking for You to bless me that way, not this way? I was looking for a woman like that to marry, not like this one. I thought You would increase me financially this way, not the way You’ve set before me. You were expecting a different gift and calling. The whole time you are asking the Father why, you could be missing His move in your life. You could be missing your blessing.

You may be looking for God in the earthquake, but He’s in the still small voice. You may be expecting Him in the supernatural, but He’s answering you right now in a simple way. Your blessing my not look like you thought it would, but if you look at it through God’s eyes, you will see it’s the blessing you’ve been praying for. Your talent may not be the same as someone else’s but it’s God’s talent for you, and it will produce the same results you desire, even more.

Pray and ask for the clarity you need. Don’t miss your blessing. You have what you need to live right now.

Prayer: Father, thank You. You just may have already blessed me and I’m overlooking it because I’m expecting You to do it another way. Help me to receive what You have blessed me with. Help me to see my gifts as You see them. I thank You for the clarity I need, and I will not miss my blessing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 2 Kings 5:9-14, 1 Kings 19:11-12

Devotionals

Trust the Wisdom of God

February 24, 2020

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy” James 3:17, NKJV.

“For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord” Proverbs 8:35, NKJV.

When you are searching for the will of God, the Father gives us some powerful descriptions of His wisdom to help us identify it, including that it will first be pure. It will be morally and spiritually undefiled. It will be perfect. If you are doing it being driven by pleasing people or for perception in front of them, you can know the decision is not from God because it is not pure. If you are doing it because you seek the applause of men, if you are marrying or dating her just because of her body, it’s not gentle or pure. With all of your decisions, from what you do with your money, to what church you are planted in, let them be pure before the Lord.

If we look at every decision through the lens of God’s word, it will filter out any wrong intents and motives. As men, we want to have certain things, appear a certain way, and show that we’ve arrived. That’s what the devil wants you to do. However, that won’t deliver peace, nor what you really desire in the end. Don’t do it to please people, do it to please God. You want God’s will and favor in your life.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me. I believe this truth is going to help me make wise decisions, even in the heat of the moment. May all my decision be pure. Help me to seek Your word to help me check my intents and motives. I will not do what I do for man, but for You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: James 1:5 & 3:14-17, Psalm 15 & 84:11, Hebrews 4:12

Devotionals

Live Your Original Life!

February 23, 2020

“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well” Psalm 139:14, NKJV.

Even with all of the people on this earth, God has something specific in mind for your life when He created you. He has a select plan and purpose solely fashioned for you. It is one of a kind. No one has lived the plan that God has for you, and no one ever will.

Just as original as your DNA, your attributes and personality are, is as original as you are created. There’s only one ‘you’ coming through the earth. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, highly-regarded as the creation of the Almighty. Formed by His hand, given good and perfect gifts to use to glorify Him.

Dare not believe that you don’t have greatness on the inside of you. Greatness is what He made you with. Dare not believe you are not equipped. Dare not believe that you are incapable. The devil fights you so hard because you have been created so well in the image and likeness of God.

Reject all fear and move forward in who God made you to be. You have work to do. Live your original life.

Prayer: Father, thank You for making this man an original. There will only be one of me. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Greatness is inside of me. You don’t want me to delay living this great life that You have planned for me. I do have so much to live for. Help me to move forward. Show me what You created me to do, and I will live my original life. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

Study: Jeremiah 1:5, Ephesians 2:10, James 1:17

Devotionals

Don’t Let Go of His Promises

February 22, 2020

“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, and 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

Just Do It

February 21, 2020

“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 remembered 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

Lift everything up to the Father!

February 20, 2020

“This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you. Ask in my name, according to my will, and he’ll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing its banks!” John 16:24, MSG

Everything you want to be done. Everything you want to see. All that you perceive is waiting for you. All that God wants to accomplish in you and through you. All of the growth you want to see in your life, lift it up before God.

Give it to Him. All of His perfect will. All of the advancing of His kingdom He wants you to do. All of your desires, all of your dreams, all of the changes you want to see happen. Your family, your friends, your son in jail, your daughter that’s living contrary to God, with lifted hands, lift it all up to the Lord! Let Him have His way. Put it in His hands for Him to do it, not your own. Let God do what only He can do! Surrender more and let Him have control, doing what He knows is best for your life.

Prayer: Father, I lift everything in my life up to You. Do great things in me! Make me a great light and a great blessing. Use me continually. Your abundant will be done in me. I give everything to You! I thank You my joy will overflow like a river above its’ banks! Help me to flow with Your Spirit and I thank You for a blessed life. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 15:7, Mark 11:24, Jeremiah 33:3

Devotionals

Jesus remains the same

February 19, 2020

“Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever” Hebrews 13:8, Amplified.

“For I am the LORD, I change not…” Malachi 3:6

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. Your God will never change.

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

It Will Work Out

February 18, 2020

“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” Matthew 6:27, NKJV.

It can be easy for me to tell you, don’t worry and that it will be alright, but I’m not there. I’m not it. Yet, I can tell you that I’ve been there. I’ve been in it. I have found that while I was worrying, it didn’t add anything to me. It didn’t benefit me. I wasted all that energy and time. While I was worrying, God was moving, and He worked it out–His way.

We are all tempted to worry, but your response to the worry is what will make the difference in your day–in your life. You can choose joy or anxiety. You can choose to worry about it, or choose in the midst of it all to trust Him. You can decide to listen to the enemy, or you can lean in and hear the whisper of God that it will always work out.

Prayer: Father, thank Your for speaking to me. You know what I need every time. I choose to praise You. I decide to walk in joy today. I choose to live! Worrying will add nothing to me, but You will always add to me what I need. I receive Your peace about it now. I give it to You. You always work it out, and Your promises are true. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Matthew 6:25-34, 1 Peter 5:7

Devotionals

Lead Your Family

February 17, 2020

“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. He covered his family not only financially, but spiritually. 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 served the Lord.

Don’t be moved. Keep serving the Lord, and by faith, keep building. Build what is entirely centered on Jesus Christ to the saving of you and your household. Noah led his family by faith and seen God’s salvation and blessings, and so will you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me to keep leading my family. As for me and my house, we will serve You. You are a good God. Above all, the ways to lead my family, help me lead them spiritually. Make my home centered on Jesus Christ. Make my home full of You. Help me build what is eternal to the saving of my household. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

Devotionals

You Have Authority!

February 16, 2020

Listen carefully: I have given you authority [that you now possess] to tread on serpents and scorpions, and [the ability to exercise authority] over all the power of the enemy (Satan); and nothing will [in any way] harm you” Luke 10:19, Amplified.

An evil spirit will be bold, bombard your mind, try to control and rule over you. It’s time to be free of anything that is binding you. Step into your authority.

Jesus has given you authority over all the power of the enemy. Refuse to be a man backed up in fear, but to back that evil spirit up by faith. A stronger One has come, Jesus Christ, and He now lives in you!

If there is an evil spirit operating in your life of any kind, it has no right to rule you. It has no right to torment you. Jesus said, “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you” (Matthew 12:28). The kingdom has come upon you, and now you are free, now you reign!

If you don’t know Jesus, ask Him to come into your heart, and He will give you the authority to drive out the enemy in your life by His mighty Spirit, so you can live the life God has promised you.

Prayer: In Jesus’ name, I exercise my authority over any evil spirit now, and I command you to leave my life! Who the Son sets free is free, indeed! You will govern my life no longer, and I declare peace. I declare joy and victory in my life! I have the Spirit of God dwelling in me, and the kingdom of God has come. Help me, Father, to always walk in my authority over the of the enemy trying to operate in my life. In Jesus’ name, hallelujah! Amen!

Study: John 1:12, Matthew 10:8 & 12:28-29, Acts 19:11-17

Devotionals

Find Your Burden, Find Your Destiny

February 15, 2020

“And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick” Matthew 14:14, NKJV.

A burden is to simply have a charge or duty to meet a need. Show me someone that has done something great for God, and I’ll show you the burden the fueled it. I’ll show you their passion. I’ll show you the burden that moved them to give up mediocrity for greatness.

Yet, God’s burden—a burden on your heart from Him—doesn’t make you heavy. It makes you light. You can run and not get weary. You can walk and not faint with God’s burden because He will give you the grace to do it. When you find your burden, you’ll find your purpose. You’ll find great joy, and you’ll find God’s anointing and favor. It drove Jesus to give His life for us, and your burden, your passion, will drive you to give your life too.

Find your burden, and you’ll find your destiny.

Prayer: Father, I ask that You show me what I have a godly burden for. Show me my passion where I can’t help but do it. I can’t help but leave everything to achieve it. Show it to me. Give me a heart like Yours toward people, and I will do what You’ve called me to do. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen!

Study: Mark 6:34, Romans 5:6-8 & 9:1-3, Hebrews 12:2

Devotionals

He Loves Us

February 14, 2020

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

“…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. It was not anything profound, and 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 using it, even now, 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. Take me higher in my faith through a growing knowledge of Your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

Devotionals

Let Someone Pray For You

February 13, 2020

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16, KJV

“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” James 4:6, KJV

One of the greatest acts of humility for a man is when you can open up to someone and ask them can they pray for you. You open up and say this where I am. I don’t feel as strong right now as I appear to be. I am not going to cover it up. I am not disguising it. I have decided to admit that I have an area in my life that has been stagnant for a long time. To be honest, everything isn’t going well and I could use some prayer.

Two are better than one (see Ecclesiastes 4:9). An amazing God has surrounded you with some amazing people in your life. They have been placed in your life for a godly reason. There’s nothing you’re experiencing that another man hasn’t gone through, and can help you through it. Don’t allow shame to keep you from being transparent. Once you confess your faults, that’s when real healing begins. The more humble you are, the more grace you will receive. If you would gladly pray for others, open up and allow someone to gladly pray for you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word. Thank You for placing others in my life that You can use to pray for me. Help me to not be prideful or ashamed, but to rather open up to someone and allow them to gladly pray with and for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 145:18, Proverbs 27:17, Colossians 1:9-12

Devotionals

Be a Reflection of Him

February 12, 2020

“But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” James 1:25, NKJV.

A reflection is a production of an image by or as if by a mirror. The image of God, the reality of Him, the goodness and glory of all that He is, is produced by the mirror of His Word. When we agree with His Word and apply it, there is a reflection of God and His goodness seen in the earth, as if light were to shine and break forth in a dark place.

You have been made as light in the world, chosen to agree with His word and reflect Him. Jesus is our Light, and He is our Way. When you make Jesus the Way you respond, handle matters, lead your family, treat your wife, forgive others, and serve God, the result will be a reflection of God seen through your life.

Decide to be the man that reflects light that reflects Him. When we get on the same page with God and agree with Him, that’s when we will see Him. That is when you will walk in and understand His perfect plan for you. That is when the man He created you to be will break forth. That is when the unbeliever will see your life and believe. The more we do what Jesus says, the more God you will see.

Prayer: Father, I’m so grateful this morning for Your Word. I am called to reflect You so the world can see You. I am light in this world so people can see the reality of You. It is time to obey You completely, so the man You created me to be can rise forth. In every situation, help me to agree with the mirror of Your Word so You and Your goodness can be seen in the earth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 8:12, Ephesians 5:1

Devotionals

Jesus is confronting you.

February 10, 2020

“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.

Have you ever had someone bring up something you didn’t want to deal with, but you had to in order to move forward? This is what Jesus did. He purposefully confronted the stumbling block of Peter. Jesus came to deal with the root of Peter’s pain.

My brother, God cares enough not to leave you where you are. For every mistake, every hurt, every loss, every letdown, and for every pivotal wrong turn in life, Jesus is confronting you and asking you, “Do you love me?” Let your response be yes, and do what you know He is asking of you. Move forward. What you have done is not who you are.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for your truth. Thank you, Jesus, for confronting what is hindering me from doing what you are asking me to do. I love you, and since I do, I will do what you say. I receive Your mercy and grace right now. I will obey you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Philippians 3:13-14, 2 Peter 2:9-10

Devotionals

Let Him Fight Your Battles

February 9, 2020

“And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s” 2 Chronicles 20:15, NKJV.

When you are in a battle, sometimes it can appear like God is nowhere in sight. As a man, it can seem like you have to take matters in your own hands and get it done. But be encouraged not to take the position of God. Your position is not, and never will be, to fight the battle on your own.

Your position isn’t to fight the battle, but to have faith in the One Who fights all of your battles for you. Your position is faith! Your position is not fear. Your position is not depression or to live without hope. Your God is always in His position to fight for you. His desire is that you be a light in the midst of it. Obey Him in the midst of it. Be an example of trust and praise in the midst of it.

If you look back over your life, even when you didn’t realize it, your God has fought many battles for you and won them all. This will be no different. Maintain your stance of faith, and let God fight your battles.

Prayer: Father, You are God, and I give You praise this morning. The battle is yours! You fight all my battles and You are fighting them now. Help me not to take Your position, but to keep my position of humility and faith. Help me to be a light to the unbeliever and an example of how to trust in You in the midst of a battle. I thank You for winning this for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 2 Chronicles 20:15-201 Timothy 6:12

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Come Learn of Me

February 8, 2020

“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 decide to join a millionaire in how they live, 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 learn from Him. When you decide to pray, ask questions and hear what He has to say about how to live, you are walking with Him. You are deciding to come join and learn life from the best–Jesus Christ–and the Master will teach you if you lose your life for Him, you’ll find it (Matthew 10:39). He’ll show 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. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 25:13-15

Devotionals

While others are sleeping, be awake.

February 5, 2020

“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

Know Your Season

February 4, 2020

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1, KJV.

“Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit” Leviticus 26:4, KJV.

Just as there are seasons with the weather, there is a season for everything, and it is important to know what season you are in for your life. I have personally recognized this year is a season of learning and launching for me. What season are you in?

If it’s your season to sow, then sow well. If it is your season to reap, then make the most of your harvest. If you are in a time of learning, then set yourself apart for really getting deeper into God’s Word. If your season is due for a financial increase, move forward in it and get what God has said is yours to possess. If it is your time to step out and launch your ministry, then take the leap. When God opens those doors, run boldly through them.

Whatever time you are in, make it count. You don’t want to miss what God has in store for you. Whatever season you are in, God is giving you an abundance of grace like rain in that season to accomplish whatever it is that He has told you to do. He is going to blow your mind at all the blessings that will come from identifying the time and obeying Him.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me today. It is awesome to know my season. Help me to identify my season. What is it time for me to do right now? As the man of my home, I ask for you to show me so I can lead my family into everything You have for us. I thank You for Your grace, which is able to empower me to maximize every season in my life. I thank You for the best in me continues to break forth. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 1 Chronicles 12:32, Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, Galatians 6:9, 2 Timothy 4:2

Devotionals

He’s removing the old, establishing the new.

February 3, 2020

“Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” Isaiah 43:19, NKJV.

One of the toughest parts of renovating a house is uprooting all the old things inside. From old cabinets, old tile, unwanted walls, windows, appliances, tubs, and more, it all must be removed and/or demolished. Yet, if we allow that house to go through the process, it will be made into something beyond what you can recognize, better than what you can imagine.

Your renovator is God, and He is removing the old and establishing the new.

He is removing your old mindset, old perspectives, and the old ways of doing things. He is uprooting the old pursuits, the ones that have not caused you to arrive at His plans for your life, into new pursuits that will. He’s giving you a new mind about your purpose and what indeed will fulfill you.

He is giving you a new perspective on wealth and a new way to get it. You’re leaving the old places in your life. He is doing a new thing in your life, and He wants you to know it.

Your new has come. It is here. Don’t run from what is happening in your life. In these times, the believer that holds on to the old will remain barren and unfruitful with the old. The believer that lets God lead them into the new thing He’s doing will see great blessing and reward, you will see your dreams come to pass.

Prayer: Father, it may not feel comfortable, but I see now what You are doing. You are renovating me. Continue to remove the old and establish the new in my life. I don’t want the old any more. Help me to respond and do the new things You are showing me. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Proverbs 3:5-6, Mark 2:21-22

Devotionals

Never Been Here Before

February 2, 2020

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

“But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved” Luke 5:38, 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 require a new discipline, a new focus, new courage, a new dedication in your time with God, and a new commitment, which the Lord by His grace supplies.

Know that since He brought you into this new season, there is power 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. He was with you in the last season, and He is with you in your new one.

As you obey God, you will see 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 level 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, Luke 5:36-38, Romans 1:17

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Devotionals

You don’t have to handle it all. Go to the Lord.

February 1, 2020

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28, NKJV.

When you need strength, where do you go? When you feel confused, heavy, or unsettled about your outcome, who do you turn to? I mean really–where do you go? The Lord wants you to come to Him. Sometimes, it’s not easy to go to God because, as a man, we feel we can handle it. We may feel maybe we just need to do something to take our mind off of it, but we find the issue still remains.

Go to the Lord. For the need you have, go into a place where you won’t be disturbed, and in humility, give the Lord what you’re going through. Come to Jesus, and he will give you the rest that you need. Allow the Father to be a Father. Let Him, minister, to you. Let Him extend love and forgiveness to you…and you are worthy to receive it. He’ll supernaturally give you exactly what you’re looking for.

Prayer: Father, I praise You. Right now, I come to You. I have no shame. Please meet my need. Jesus, give me the rest that only you can provide about my life and my situation. Expose what needs to be exposed in me. As I am before You, I believe You will do a supernatural work in me. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

Study: Matthew 11:28-30, Psalm 72:12, Exodus 14:14, Ephesians 6:10-13

Devotionals

Handling Missed Opportunities

January 31, 2020

“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 missed opportunities, if you’re not careful, they can take your attention off the ones that are right in front of you. If you dwell on missed opportunities, if you give them your attention, if you live in their regret, they have a way of causing you to miss more.

The best response and comfort for a missed opportunity is wisdom. It is wise to take your eyes from looking backward and look forward. Look at what is in your hands. Look at what is all around you. I guarantee there should be something you see and something good the Lord is speaking to you. It is wise to dwell on the opportunities that God is presenting to you right now.

The Lord always turns it around, restores us, and sets us in a place where it will be as if we never missed an opportunity at all. Listen to His wisdom and move on to the opportunities ahead.

Prayer: Yes, Lord, I missed it. Yet, I receive Your mighty wisdom today. Establish Your wisdom in me and give me eyes to see what is before me now, what Your plan is now. Give me ears to hear what You still are going to bring to pass. I thank You for new opportunities for my family and me now. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Judges 4:14, Proverbs 3:18, Isaiah 43:18-19

Devotionals

Right Now

January 30, 2020

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

Yesterday, I had a computer issue at work, and I submitted an IT request ticket asking for help. The IT guy received the ticket and called me, but I wasn’t at my desk, and I missed his call. He then e-mailed me, saying I missed his call. He then asked when would be a good time to reach me? I responded you can call me right now, and he did.

Maybe you have felt like the Lord called you in the past to something. He gave you a dream from Him. For whatever reason, you didn’t obey Him back then, and it can feel like you missed your call. Yet, in His mercy, goodness, and faithfulness, He is calling you again and saying what you didn’t do back then, I still want You do it, and it’s right now. He says the time is right now.

As for all of us, at the appointed time, He will bring back the dreams, the calling, and assignments before us again. You didn’t obey God back then, but be encouraged to obey God right now.

Prayer: Father, You’ve brought some things You’ve called me to back before me. You’re saying right now is the time. My gifts and calling won’t change, and I praise You for that. I didn’t do it then, but I receive Your help to obey You now–right now. As I obey You, things will change right now. As I obey You, usher me completely into Your purpose and plan for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Isaiah 1:19, Ephesians 2:10

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Call it done!

January 29, 2020

“(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 as He sees it, not how it appears. It will be as He desires in your life, not your enemy. 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. Expect and 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. 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 a man of faith, and I have joy today. I will not dwell on the problem. I will not dwell on the enemy. I will dwell on my faithful God. I will imitate my heavenly Father and 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 thank my heavenly Father now for all He has promised me. I expect and believe the battle is already won for me. I praise my God, and I call it done. Hallelujah!

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

Devotionals

Perceive His Will

January 28, 2020

“Then I perceived that God had not sent him at all, but that he pronounced this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him” Nehemiah 6:12, NKJV.

Perceive means to become aware or conscious of (something) or to come to realize or understand. God helped Nehemiah to perceive that someone was saying they were with him, but they were really against him. Paul perceived that for a centurion and his men that there would be destruction and much loss if they set sail on a voyage they desired to take.

In these moments, pray to perceive the Lord’s will. It is important to perceive what the Lord wants your focus on and what He doesn’t, who is really on your side and who isn’t, who is good for you to be dating and who isn’t good for you. Perceive the wise decisions that are good for you and those that could lead to a loss. By the Holy Spirit, perceive His will and remain in His safety, perceive His will and prosper.

Prayer: Father, I praise You and thank You for Your holy word. Give me the eyes and ears to perceive Your will. Help me to perceive how You are moving. As soon as I come in contact with something or someone, I desire to perceive what’s good for me and what isn’t. I receive this by the Holy Spirit, and I thank You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Nehemiah 6:11-13, Acts 17:21-23, Ephesians 5:17

Devotionals

He Will Make a Way

January 27, 2020

“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert” Isaiah 43:18-19, NKJV.

The Lord promises His people that He will always make a way. Just because you don’t see how it will be done, doesn’t mean He can’t and won’t do it for you. You may feel like you’re in the last hour, running out of time, and you’re wondering when will God come through like He said He would. Sometimes, it can be tough waiting on the Lord. But He always comes through.

He will always come through for you.

The trying of our faith produces patience (see James 1:3). Maybe your faith in God is being tried, and you are having to trust and depend on Him in a deeper way, but God says He will make a way out of no way for you.

Again I say, wait on God. You will see Him do the impossible for you. You will see His favor for you. Stay in faith. Stay vigilant to listen to be led and receive the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. He will make a way.

Prayer: Father, You are good and faithful. You will make a way. Even when we put ourselves in troubling situations, You still are merciful, and You know how to make a way out of no way for us. Thank you! Help my faith in You to deepen right now. By faith, I praise You for it in advance. May I not lean on to our own understanding. Be glorified in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Only Believe

January 26, 2020

“While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.” But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe…” Luke 8:49-50, NKJV.

Don’t stop believing things will change. Don’t stop believing that God can get you to where you need to be. Don’t stop having faith for the dreams that He put in you. Don’t quit pursuing His will just because you face a challenge on your way to where God has promised you.

The enemy will entice you to walk in fear and stop believing God in one area, then, he will pursue to stop you from believing God in another. The result will be you begin to quit in your prayers and in your faith. Yet, in contrast, when you stand and believe God, even with faith the size of a mustard seed, you can believe God for more and more.

Nothing is ever dead in the hands of God. What pertains to you will live. Consider it only as adding a greater testimony to your championship belt. Don’t quit believing that God is going to do what He said.

Stand on His word and only believe!

Prayer: Father, thank You for encouraging me today. It is trying my faith right now, but I will not stop believing You! I will not stop trusting You. I thank You for Who You have been and Who you are in my life. Help me to continue to stand on Your word. I say to the enemy I will not fear, but I will only believe! Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Luke 8:49-51, Matthew 17:20, Mark 11:22

Devotionals

Don’t Ever Change

January 25, 2020

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit” Psalm 51:12, ESV.

I remember 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, your relationship with the Lord, isn’t as simple, and you feel it isn’t as pure it used to be. Maybe you’ve started seeking only for what the Father can do, rather than seeking 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, you are still that same man. The excitement of serving the Lord, the purity of your seeking God, the child-like faith, and the joy of your salvation doesn’t have to change.

Prayer: Father, in spite of life, family, and other things, help me not to change my walk with You. I receive a fresh joy of my salvation. Even if You want me to do the things I did when I first got saved, I will. I will sit at your feet, Jesus. I will praise and purely seek You, Lord. I will serve You with gladness. I won’t change. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Luke 10:42, Romans 14:17, Ephesians 2:8, Revelation 2:4

Devotionals

The humility we don’t think about.

January 24, 2020

“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you” James 4:6 & 12, ESV.

It not only takes faith to receive God’s word about you. It not only takes courage to receive God’s Word about you. It takes humility.

I use to think being humble was only when I would tell God I am nothing and can’t do anything without You. Yet, examine yourself. When the Lord says you are called by Him to do great things for His glory, or when the Lord leads you to do something, do you humble yourself to what He says about who you are in Him and what you can do? This can hinder you from being the man you have been called to be.

We are in an hour where we have to humble ourselves that the grace of God, the power, the mighty hand of God will be seen and experienced in our lives. This is the hour for men to get beyond our “I can’t” and insecurities, every last one of them, and humble ourselves to who we now are in Christ.

Be willing to receive not only who you are without the Lord, but who you are with Him. Be willing to accept God’s word about you, and to humble yourself to His will. You are who God says you are, and you can do everything He says you are called to do.

Prayer: Father, I praise You! I never looked at humility this way. Just as I can humbly say, I can’t do anything without You, I lift my hands and humbly say I can do all things with You! Help me to apply humility in every area of my life that Your grace may abound and use me mightily in this hour. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Proverbs 16:18, Philippians 4:13

Devotionals

Before I Formed You, I Knew You

January 23, 2020

“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, at one point, I just didn’t know where I was going or know God’s will for my life. I didn’t have any direction. I didn’t understand His plans.

Have you ever been there? You may be there right now. The Father knew you would be right where you are, and He knows how to guide you right where you need to be. He wants you to come to Him and find everything you need.

Before He formed you, He knew you.

He knows what He created you to do. He knows every gift He placed on the inside of you and things you are blessed to do with joy and ease. He knows the things you have a passion and burden for. He knows what He has called you to do.

He had a specific purpose in mind when He created you, and that will not change, regardless of what you’ve been through. Set yourself to move forward, seeking the Lord for everything ordained for you. He can give you the exact wisdom you need at this juncture in your life. He will reveal to you who you are in Christ, His great plans for you, and show you step-by-step how to get there.

Prayer: Father, You created me, and You know me, even by name. I sincerely ask to know Your purpose for my life and what You designed me to do. I thank You that what You created me for, I am equipped to do. I will trust You and Your plan for me, and I set myself to seek You. I praise You in advance for great things for me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Proverbs 19:21, Jeremiah 29:11, James 1:5, Romans 11:29

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Devotionals

Nothing more, nothing less.

January 22, 2020

“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 you should 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

Devotionals

There’s nothing your God can’t do

January 21, 2020

“Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You” Jeremiah 32:17, NKJV.

When you take a moment and realize that He is the God that made the heavens and the earth, you realize there’s nothing He can’t do.

He covers your past and what is to come. He is everlasting to everlasting. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. With an outstretched arm, He brought Israel out of Egypt, and with that same arm, He will mightily bring you out of whatever challenge you’re facing. He is not only powerful enough to bring you out of it. He’s powerful enough to bring to pass what He has spoken over your life.

Set yourself to continue to pray and believe on Him. Put aside any worry. Lift up your head and delight yourself in the Lord God. There’s nothing that your God can’t do!

Prayer: Father, I thank You. What am I worrying about? I serve a good God. Help me to realize at this very moment, there’s nothing You can’t do in my life. There’s nothing too hard for my God. You are with me. You are on my side, and I will with joy, believe in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Genesis 18:14, Deuteronomy 7:19

Devotionals

He’ll make you sure, firm and strong!

January 19, 2020

“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 in 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 on God’s Word as your constant guide.

Like 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. With the Lord as your firm foundation, He will help you build something great in your life. He will help you build 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 as a rock. I am firm, sure, and strong. Help other men and I always to put our trust in Your mighty word. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Devotionals

The Power of The Blood

January 18, 2020

“That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” Ephesians 2:12-13, NKJV.

Yesterday, we had a blood drive at work, and I gave a unit of blood. As I sat in the chair, as I was pricked with the needle and inserted into my vein, I realized my blood was going to literally help someone live. As I watched the blood flow from me, I was soberly touched because this is what Jesus did for me.

This is what Jesus did for you.

He hung on a cross and shed not just a unit of blood, but every ounce he had for our atonement and redemption. Sin made us far, but the blood of Jesus has made us near. We once were separated from God, but now we’ve been brought near having forgiveness, promises, and hope.

The life of the body is in the blood (see Leviticus 17:11). The blood has done everything you needed it to do for you. Whatever was behind you in your life, no matter what it is, the blood has settled it. You can literally live now. Live by faith in the power of the blood.

Prayer: Father, I give You the highest praise, hallelujah! Thank you, Jesus, for the power of your blood. Help me to put all my faith in its’ power. The blood has settled the promises and the hope I have with Christ in my life. Nothing can hold me down. I can live. Glory to God! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Ephesians 1:5-7, Hebrews 9:7-14, Romans 3:25, John 10:10

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Devotionals

Decide you’re not talking about it anymore.

January 17, 2020

“Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel”.Joshua 1:2, KJV.

When we keep giving voice to something to a high degree in our past, it is an indicator that we haven’t been made free from something, and we’re living there. It is keeping you from living now.

God told Joshua Moses is dead. Let go, arise, go to the land I have for you. That situation or even a multitude of them, what happened is dead, and it may be one of the hardest things for you to do, but you have to let God unchain you from it, and from the anger, unforgiveness, your disappointments, and go on to what God has already given you.

Instead, agree with His word and give voice to what a good God is doing, and how He’s moving right now. Talk about God being able to heal and restore your life. Talk about the doors He’s opening for you.

Prayer: Father, help me to quit talking about this and to go on with my life. I will forgive. The reality is that situation is dead, and I can’t do anything about it. It’s time to let it go. Change my thoughts and change my talk. You have plans for me now. You are moving in my life right now. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Ephesians 4:31-32, Isaiah 43:18-19, Colossians 3:16

Devotionals

Think about where you were and praise.

January 15, 2020

“So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord. And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight…” 2 Samuel 6:21-22, NKJV.

Think about who and where you were. Now, think about who and where you are. You should praise God. Where would you be as a man right now if the Lord would not have helped you in your life? You should praise God.

David danced out of his clothes because he considered just how much the Lord had done for him. God took him from watching over sheep, and out of anyone He could have chosen, to choose him to be king over Israel. He thought of his own journey, his own walk of faith, and all the times that the Lord provided for him. Through every fight, God delivered him out of them all and brought him to this blessed place in his life.

It’s always in order each day to remember where the Lord has brought you from and pursue to not allow where you would like to be to hinder your hallelujah. It will lift your head. It will cause you to be humble and take note with joy of how blessed you are.

Prayer: Father, when I look back and think about who I was and who I am, I praise You. I can’t even count all that You have done. I praise You because You did it, not me. I humble myself and thank You for it all. I won’t complain. Help me never to forget all that You have done for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 30:11-12

Devotionals

It Belongs to You

January 14, 2020

“And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight” Numbers 13:30-31, 33, KJV.

Joshua and Caleb had a different spirit than the other men that went with them to scout out the land of Canaan. They believed that they could have what God said belonged to them.

The men that didn’t believe that was with Joshua and Caleb, assumed in fear and saw themselves as grasshoppers and their unbelief kept them from entering into the promised land–a land flowing with milk and honey–and receiving what God had already given them.

The Father is wanting your faith to be as Joshua and Caleb right now. What God has said is yours, it belongs to you. Take your faith and enter in. No matter the giant in your way, no fear the enemy tries to put in your way, be determined to allow nothing from keeping you from receiving what belongs to you. Even if you missed it, His will has not changed. Everything He has told you, everything God has spoken over you, He has said you are and what you can have, that is who you are and that is what you will have.

Prayer: Thank You Lord for Your word. I can have what You say I can have. A blessed and victorious life belongs to me. Help me to see myself and Your plans through Your eyes. I will have faith as Joshua and Caleb, and enter into the land you have for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Romans 8:31 & 11:29, Galatians 3:28-29, 2 Cor. 1:20

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Devotionals

Make His perspective–your perspective.

January 13, 2020

“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 you, to help you see what you experience a 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

You’re Not Staying the Same

January 12, 2020

“…Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you” Romans 12:2, Message Bible.

You can walk up to your front door of your house and put your key into it. However, you won’t enter in until you put your hand on the doorknob and turn it.

What He has spoken, and is speaking, about your life for this year is in front of you. You have the key–Jesus. It’s time to let him turn some areas in your life so you can enter in. Be determined that you will not stay the same. You won’t see the same year as last year. You won’t be the same man as last year. Knowing Christ more and being led by the Holy Spirit won’t be the same this year. Everything in your life is going higher, including your humility and freedom to be the man you now are in Christ.

Declare and say to yourself, I’m not staying the same.

Prayer: Father, I thank You. I desire what You have spoken to be experienced in my life. Help me, Jesus, to allow you to turn any area, even turn me, so that I can walk in the plans You have for me this year. From spiritually to financially, I humble myself to applying Your word. Take my prayer life and word life higher! Take everything higher! I refuse to stay the same. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 8:6 & 14:6, James 1:25 & 4:6, Galatians 5:1

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Devotionals

He Shifts, He Moves

January 11, 2020

“And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up” Exodus 40:35-37, NKJV.

While in the wilderness and traveling to the promised land, God led His people Israel by a cloud that was filled with His glory by day and fire by night. When God wanted them to move on, the cloud would be taken up off the tabernacle, and Israel would move also. When the cloud would stay, Israel would remain where they were until God moved again.

God shifts and moves, and you have to be able to recognize when He is doing so and move with Him. Just as there are indicators of transition from winter to spring, you will experience indicators that it is time to move into a new thing or a new season. Your time will be up where you are.

God desires for us to follow His voice by the Holy Spirit regarding when He is shifting and moving. The Holy Spirit will lead and guide us. He will show us things to come in our lives. Be in prayer and listen right now. Just as God moved to ultimately cause Israel to arrive in the promised land He had given them, He is doing the same for you.

Prayer: Father, I desire to move when You move. Teach me how to recognize when it is time to transition into a new season in my life. According to Your word, Your sheep know Your voice. Thank You for leading me into the plans You have for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Exodus 40:34-38, Ecclesiastes 3:1, John 10:4, 16:13

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Devotionals

Stay with it. You’re coming forth as gold.

January 10, 2020

“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 experiencing one of the most trying times in your life. It is testing your faith, the true desires of your 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 pushes 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

New Moments

January 9, 2020

“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 hold your best days. You are still here; therefore, God has more in store for you. 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. Be glorified this year. 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!

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Devotionals

Don’t compare yourself to another man. Run your race.

January 8, 2020

“For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise” 2 Corinthians 10:12, NKJV.

Women will talk about comparing themselves, but many men won’t. Don’t silently be a friend of comparison. Jesus desires that you run your own race. Just like a mighty God made them–He made you. Measuring yourself to others is unwise, and it will only be a hindrance to you.

It doesn’t matter where another man is. God wants you to fix your eyes forward on Christ, remain in your lane, and run in your season. Finish your course with joy. You give your best, and that’s all that matters to your heavenly Father.

You may or may not have obeyed God like you should’ve, but continue to run your race. You may feel like you’re behind schedule, but you still must run your race. The Lord is known for using His power toward ordering our steps and putting His people right back on schedule. He only wants your focus to be on your course, not someone else’s.

Prayer: Father, You are right. Help me to not look at another man and silently compare myself. I will fix my eyes on Jesus, the author, and finisher of my faith. I thank You for helping me run my own race and finishing my course with joy. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Acts 20:24, 1 Corinthians 9:24-25

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Laugh and have a joyful heart.

January 7, 2020

“Then he said to them, ‘Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength’ ” Nehemiah 8:10, NKJV.

“A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones” Proverbs 17:22, NKJV.

The joy of the Lord is your strength. With all of the responsibility and the work we do, even the work we do for God, can have us so driven that we become unbalanced and unhappy. Some of us have experienced some tough times in our past, and we don’t laugh like we use to.

Let up a little. Relax and enjoy the goodness of the Lord. Rejoice over all the great things he has already done for you. Don’t be so focused on looking for a blessing, that you forget you are already blessed. You can laugh and have a merry heart, which is good for you. Above all, you are in His hands. God has it all under control. Let nothing outweigh the joy of the Lord from operating in your life.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word. I want to experience happiness and joy in my life. I desire a merry heart like I use to. Help me Lord to lighten up, trusting You have it all under control. Regardless of my situation, help me to always feast on Your goodness and stand on Who You are. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Proverbs 15:15, Psalm 126

Devotionals

Sow your life into Christ.

January 6, 2020

“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it” Mark 8:35, NKJV.

Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. He is our example, as he shows us the way to live is to actually lose our lives for him. This is not something physical, but rather we die to our own desires and give up all for the sake of Christ and the kingdom.

Losing our lives for Christ’s sake isn’t easy, but in so doing, we come to save it. If we suffer with him, as in taking up our own cross, we will reign with him. Be encouraged to trust Jesus is showing you the way to be a great man. He is revealing how to reach your full potential in life. He wants to bring the Father’s will to pass in you. We have to sow our life for a better one found in Christ–even in the life to come.

Prayer: Father, I thank You that Jesus gave his life so that we can live an abundant one. He is the author and finisher of my faith. He shows me how to get it done. Father help me to take this leap of faith and sow my life into Christ. As a result, I will sit in a seat of authority, victory and blessing. I have eternal life also. Touch someone through the life that live for You. I receive Your grace to live for You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 10:10, Philippians 3:10, Hebrews 12:2

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Devotionals

He’s Ready

January 5, 2020

“Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, ‘Bring me another vessel.’ And he said to her, ‘There is not another vessel.’ So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, ‘Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest'” 2 Kings 4:6-7, NKJV.

God used the prophet, Elisha, to multiply this woman’s oil for her. In her time of desperation, she encountered a miracle of provision right before her very eyes. God gave them not only a miracle for a moment, but a financial change for a lifetime.

Your oil is going to come. Your oil is going to pour. God is going to blow your mind at how He is going to provide for the dreams He’s given you. He is going to give you the direction you need this year not only to meet the needs of your family but to give you more than enough. No more check-to-check or just getting by. Your sincere desire is not only for miracle for a moment, but a change in your finances for a lifetime, and that’s what God is going to do.

Whether He gives you instructions, or He does it simply out of compassion. Be ready to receive because He’s ready to bless you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for being ready to meet my need for a miracle, but to change my life financially. As Your son, no more just getting by. Bring Your provision into my hands. Lead me Holy Spirit. You are ready to bless me. I’m ready Father to receive. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 2 Kings 4:1-7, Ephesians 3:20

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Devotionals

Encourage yourself in the Lord

January 4, 2020

“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. Things also can happen out of our control, and we can become faced with becoming heavy and greatly distressed. This is what happened to King David. At a hard moment in his life, 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 the Lord.

Sometimes, no one else will be able to deeply encourage you. At that point, you must decide that you will not stay in a place of heaviness and encourage yourself in the Lord! No one can encourage you like the Lord. No one can lift your burdens like the Lord. No one can revive you like the Lord. No one can give you a second wind like the Lord. No one can show you the way out like the Lord!

He will strengthen the core of you. He will put might in your heart. His peace will keep you when your back is against the wall. His Word will remind you of Who He is and Who you are. In prayer, the Father will speak to You and assure you that everything is going to be alright.

Do as 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 like David, You will show me what to do. I have the victory! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Samuel 30:3-20, Psalm 3:3

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Devotionals

He will be right on time!

January 3, 2020

“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil” 1 Peter 3:12, KJV.

“Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word” Psalm 103:20, KJV.

When you don’t see anything happening, it can be challenging to remain confident and encouraged that God will come through when you need Him to. This is especially when you are in a tough situation right now.

But know this: God’s eyes are on you, God’s ears are toward you and He will be right on time.

God sees you, He has heard you and He is moving on your behalf. God is moving like an underground workman, handling all the intricate details of your prayers, of your life, that you can’t see. His angels move at His word on your behalf, in your marriage, on the provision, the opportunities, the favor, and the open doors that we can’t see. He not only sees our immediate need, but the things we don’t even realize we need also. He is bringing about His perfect will for you.

Your God never sleeps nor slumbers, and He never fails to perform His word. Praise Him now with confidence because God is always in control, and He will be right on time.

Prayer: Thank You Father for encouraging me. I am having to trust You more and more. It brings me joy knowing that You see me, that You hear me and that you are always on time. You won’t be late. Give me great peace today. I ask for patience as I wait on You. I will praise You now! Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: Proverbs 3:26

Devotionals

Go and possess what God has for you!

January 2, 2020

“Then Joshua said to the children of Israel: “How long will you neglect to go and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers has given you?” Joshua 18:3, NKJV.

There is a difference between having something and possessing something. A son can have an inheritance, but he still has to go and possess what has been given to him. God had given the children of Israel the promised land, yet they had to go and possess it.

As men, we have to face the reality that if we don’t work the plan that God has given us, what is in our hearts won’t happen. We have to go and possess what God has given to us.

Let’s not neglect or be slack about it. Sometimes, procrastination and neglect are fear disguised, which is something we must be honest about. Let’s open up to the Lord in prayer about any fears, and ask Him for the courage to face it head on and go get what the Father has for us. He wouldn’t have given you a dream, an idea, and goals, if you couldn’t possess it. He gave it to you, therefore, He will help you do it!

Prayer: Father God, thank you for speaking directly to my heart. Thank You Lord for courage to possess what You have already given me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Joshua 1:6-9, Deuteronomy 3:18, Numbers 33:53

Devotionals

The Year of Dreams

January 1, 2020

“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 126:1-3, NKJV.

Israel had been captive in Babylon for so long when God brought them out, it was like they were dreaming. The Message Bible says the first verse like this: “It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion’s exiles. We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. We were the talk of the nations—’God was wonderful to them!’ God was wonderful to us; we are one happy people.”

I don’t know how long you’ve been where you are, but no more. This year will be a year of dreams for you. A year where your dreams from God will come true. A dream is a cherished aspiration, a strongly desired goal or purpose, to consider a possibility, or something that fully satisfies a wish. The dreams for becoming the man God has called you to be, the dreams for your ministry, your family, your finances, your restoration, and your relationships, will come true. There will even be places you have dreamed about seeing that you’ll see this year.

You will laugh in victory this year at how God restores you. You will have prophetic dreams. There will be many first times for you this year, and what God does in your life, many will look and say just like Israel, the Lord has done great things for them. Glory to God!

-Pray over and study Psalm 126

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Devotionals

He Does the Unexpected

December 31, 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, NKJV.

With God, expect the unexpected. I have had it happen so many times when He has blindsided me with a blessing. I didn’t feel spiritual or feel even worthy of it, but He answered me. He will show up out of nowhere, and you will know that only God could have done it for you.

You may or may not be expecting Him to show up, but I believe He’s at the door. He didn’t forget your prayer.

From small to great, God does the unexpected. So let your faith strong in God, even as you enter into a new year. Let your faith stand strong in His ability, His love, and favor towards you. You don’t know how or when, but know at the right sovereign moment, He’s going to bless you, even more than you thought He could.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise. Do the unexpected in my life. You are able to do above and beyond I can ask or think of. I believe it, Lord! Your thoughts are toward changing and blessing my life in a great way. I may not know how or when, but I believe You will bless me and do what You said You will do. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Matthew 21:22, Jeremiah 29:11, Proverbs 23:18

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Devotionals

He Sees Your Labor of Love

December 30, 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” Hebrews 6:10, NKJV.

I have worked for a staffing company before, and even though I worked at an entirely different location, the staffing agency was the one that took care of me. When I did something great on the job, although the staffing agency wasn’t physically there, somehow, they would always find out and would reward me for it.

Likewise, though we live on this earth, we serve God and are citizens of His kingdom, not this world. Our blessings come from the Lord. He sees you in His word to know Christ more. He sees when you prayed and fasted. He sees you hold your tongue, forbearing others, and love your enemies. He sees when you didn’t feel like going to church and serving, you went anyway.

Love appears like you receive the least, but in fact, it yields the greatest fruit in your life. The Father is pleased when we represent Christ, and it is pleasing in His sight. Don’t become weary in well-doing because you will reap if you don’t faint. When no one knew, you will find somehow that He saw all your work of faith and love, and He’s going to reward you for it.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word. It can get challenging sometimes, but I will continue my work of faith. You see all of my labor of love, Father, and may it be pleasing in Your sight. I do it for You, and I will worship You. Renew my strength and help me to continue to serve You with gladness. You are the One that sees me, blesses me, and rewards me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Corinthians 13:13, John 17:18-23, Galatians 6:9, 1 John 3:11

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Devotionals

It will cost you something.

December 29, 2019

“Then Jesus said to them, ‘Children, have you any food?’ They answered Him, ‘No.’ And He said to them, ‘Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish” John 21:5-6, NKJV.

To get something we’ve never had, we have to do something we’ve never done. It will cost you something. It may not necessarily cost you money, but it will require a higher level of commitment and change.

To reap different fruit, you’re going to have to sow different seed.
If we keep spending your time the same way, our days and years will be repetitive and unfruitful.

God’s desire is that your life is filled with new experiences, new knowledge, new income, you become healthier, your marriage gets better, and most of all, you go higher in Him.

Refuse to be stagnant in regards to what you want to see happen in your life. You can be all the Father desires for you to be. God has said it is yours, and Jesus will help you do what you’ve never done.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me today. I ask that You show me and help me do what I need to do to have what I’ve never had. I can’t keep doing the same things expecting different results. Help me not to be afraid of what’s required of me. Your grace is sufficient, and You have great plans for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 10:10, Romans 1:17, 2 Corinthians 1:20 & 3:18

Devotionals

I’ll Trust You

December 28, 2019

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV.

“Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5, NKJV.

When there are certain shifts and decisions, when changes are needed in our lives, at the root of it all, it requires our trust in the Lord. When you know it’s time to embrace what He’s put in you all the way and to dive fully into following Him, it requires a trust in God.

You may have given some of your heart to God and seeking Him, but never like this. You may give some of your time toward the vision you have, but never like what He is asking of you. You have acknowledged the Lord, and He is answering you, speaking to your heart, and now He wants you to trust Him. He wants you to take all of your focus, all of your pursuits, and put it in His hands. He wants you to know that the same outcome you desire in your life, He not only has the same in mind but better and much greater.

With meekness and humility, let Jesus lead the way. It’s time to trust God.

Prayer: Father, thank You for encouraging me to put all of my trust in You. You are a good Father. You are speaking to me, and it is time to trust You. Reveal to me how to not lean on and trust in my own understanding. Help me to give my time toward what will produce fruit in my life. Help me to dive with all of my heart into following You. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

Study: Psalm 37:3-6 & 63:8, Matthew 11:29-30

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Devotionals

The war is real.

December 27, 2019

“For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law” Galatians 5:17-18, NKJV.

The flesh is wicked. It won’t tell you that it is. You will only notice that it always wants to do the things that are against God and wants you to think contrary to Him. You will notice it always wants you to go no farther in the Lord. On the other hand, the Holy Spirit will always speak to you. He will remind you of God’s word and will even show you things to come in your life. He will show you the desires of God, and if you oppose the flesh, you will experience God’s plans for you.

The flesh and the Spirit war against each other, and this is real. The choice you make to let His Spirit reign that is in you, will cause you to win. Decide to face your day and face your moments today, spiritually-minded. Live and walk step-by-step with the Holy Spirit. Your end will be life and peace.

Prayer: Father, I thank You! The victory and freedom over this flesh have already been given to me through Jesus Christ. Help me to let the Holy Spirit reign in me. Teach me to be spiritually-minded, not carnal minded. May the fruit of the Spirit reign in me. By the Holy Spirit, I will dominate over my flesh and experience the life You’ve ordained for me and peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Galatians 5:16-25, Romans 8:1-11, Philippians 3:3

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Devotionals

Let nothing stop you.

December 26, 2019

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:14, KJV.

Have you ever been moving forward in what God has called you to do, then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, things begin to happen, and before you realize it, you have stopped your pursuit? Many times those things have come to stop and hinder you from pressing into the will of God.

Don’t allow them to. Keep your mind on the prize of your high calling. Put your attention on the assignment at hand and what you know to do. You may not know everything, yet move forward in what you do know and keep praying regarding your circumstance. You may be experiencing a financial challenge, but don’t let it distract you. You may need some answers right now, but don’t let it distract you. Keep your eyes on Jesus and on your press.

Trouble can chain you and put you at a standstill if you allow it to. You can breakdown or breakthrough. Feelings are temporal, yet we don’t live by them–we maneuver around them.

Let nothing stop you.

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for encouraging me. I see the distractions that come, and the devil is trying to hinder me. I will not let this stop me. Help me to maneuver around it all and keep my eyes on You Jesus. I put my attention on You now, and I am moving forward in what I know You want me to do. I am going to keep living by my faith in You. Glory to God! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Philippians 3:13-14, 2 Corinthians 2:11

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Devotionals

Remember the Greatest Gift

December 25, 2019

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23, NKJV

This season that we abundantly enjoy every year is very special. The love, peace, and joy that fills our God fill the entire earth. It cannot be contained. With the exalting of Jesus Christ, the Father pours out everything He is, and man, whether saved or not, is witness to what happens when God gives His greatest gift.

His greatest gift to us is Jesus Christ, to be with us and never leave. He is truly the reason that we can come together, and we experience the outpouring of love and His Spirit that we do in this season. He was born for you, died for you, and rose for you! He came that you might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Take the time to humbly appreciate and reverence God’s gift to you–the overflowing, life-changing, eternal gift of Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Jesus Christ, our Lord, and King. You are Immanuel, God with us, and I exalt you! Everything we experience in this season is because You gave the greatest gift, Your Son, to be with us and to save us. Help me to be thankful that Jesus was born and paid a dear price for me. I will tell what he’s done and I’m eternally grateful. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Isaiah 9:6-7

Devotionals

Christ Makes Chrismas

December 24, 2019

“Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord'” Luke 2:9-11, NKJV.

The holiday season can be a depressing time for us as men because we desire to do so much for our families, but for whatever reason, we can’t. I want to encourage you with what the Lord has shared with me.

Gifts don’t make Christmas. A tree doesn’t make Christmas. Christ makes Christmas. Jesus is truly the reason for the season. If you help your family focus on Christ, if you decide to be thankful for who you have and what you do have, you will find this special day never loses its’ power. It never loses its’ gladness and joy. God is an awesome God, and He will make sure you and your family still have an awesome Christmas.

Prayer: Father, I praise You for the greatest gift of Jesus. Christ makes Christmas. I will not be depressed, but I decide to be full of joy. There are things that I wanted, but I thank You for giving my family and me what we need. I thank You for who I have and what I have. Use me to help my kids and my family to enjoy Christmas. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:21, John 3:16

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Devotionals

When You Don’t Understand Why

December 23, 2019

“And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before” Job 42:10, KJV.

Some good friends of ours had something occur in their lives that has shaken them to their core, and they didn’t see it coming.

Maybe you’ve experienced or are experiencing something right now that you truly have no answers for. You prayed. You had faith. You gave it your best and thought God would give you a certain outcome, but it didn’t happen. You didn’t see it coming, and now you are asking God why.

Although you don’t understand why be encouraged in this holiday season to keep trusting Him. Know when things happen in our lives, we don’t understand, it doesn’t change Who God is. God cares about your situation and your life. He is not the author of evil but good. Companies may fail. People may fail. Our bodies may fail. Yet, God never fails.

You may not see it now, but you’ll understand in due time. One day, the Lord will make it all clear to you. He will also bring people around you, and although it’s not their valley, they’ll walk with you as if it was. That’s God and His way of showing you He’s there. At the end of it all, Job triumphed and was given double. His end was he was blessed and so will you.

Prayer: Father, I don’t understand why, but I put my faith in You. I will yet praise You. It’s hard, but I will still praise You. I thank You for the people You are sending to help me. As I pray, speak and strengthen me. As I pray, lift my head. I thank You for overcoming. Be glorified Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 11:1-27

Devotionals

He Will Bring Your Dream to Pass

December 22, 2019

“Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming” Genesis 37:5 & 19, NKJV.

God gives all of us dreams. It may not be a literal dream, yet you can say He has shown you something about your life. You know it was no one but Him. He gave it to you, and it keeps you going. It gives you joy, encourages, and strengthens you. It helps you to endure and continue to press forward in spite of your challenges.

God has given you a dream, yet like Joseph, you didn’t know what you may experience before you get there. Joseph was set up and sent to slavery by his very own brothers, his own family. He went through something, just like you and I. He had to decide to have faith and trust God, just like you and I.

Yet, God divinely used it to ultimately escort him right into the very dream his brothers were trying to stop. God is all-knowing, all-wise, all-powerful, and no matter what you’ve experienced, the devil cannot stop whatever God has shown you. God takes it all, and divinely turns it to escort you into the very plan the devil is trying to stop.

So be encouraged. Remain a dreamer. Don’t let go of it because of what you’ve been through. I don’t know why He allowed it, but like Joseph, you will end up blessed and being a mighty blessing. You’ll see. Keep that dream from an awesome God. He will surely bring it to pass.

Confession: I am not giving up on my dream! God has fashioned me to do great things for His glory. Everything will work for me, and like Joseph, if I don’t give up I will arrive at my dream. I will keep my eyes on an awesome God and keep the joy of it before me.

Study: Genesis 50:20, Numbers 23:19

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Devotionals

Nothing can separate you from His love.

December 21, 2019

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life,…nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:37-39, ESV.

Through the fire, through the tough times, that try to separate you from His love, you find He’s still right there. He has proven to you time and time again, even in your mess-ups, that when He says nothing can separate you from His love, He means it.

His love is what He wants you to receive today. His love is what He wants to strengthen you and find joy in. You can’t stop now. He’ll be good to you because He loves you. He’ll be merciful and gracious to you because He loves you. You won’t find a better Friend than Jesus because he loves you. You are more than a conqueror because God’s great, unfailing love will literally pull you through.

We try not to talk like this as men, and we want to be strong, when all the time, His love is exactly what we need to keep us going.

Prayer: Father, I praise You, and I receive Your love for me. In tough times or mess-ups, You still love me. You did the greatest act of love be giving Your son for me. I won’t stop now. I am more than a conqueror, and Your love will pull me through. Thank you, Jesus! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 3:16, Romans 5:20 & 8:35, Ephesians 2:4-5

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Devotionals

Receive Help for Him

December 20, 2019

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth” Psalms‬ 121:1-2‬ NKJV.‬‬‬‬‬‬

There will never be a moment in your life when you will not receive God’s help. Lift your eyes to the hills from where your help comes from. Your help comes from the Lord.

You are not helpless. You are not without support. When you call on the Lord, His Holy Spirit will come to your aid. As a father will do for his own son, He will mightily rush to your rescue. He will help you lift your hands in worship and praise. He will help sustain you under pressure without breaking. He will help you seize every promise that God has for you.

Don’t worry, my brother, the Lord, will help you, the true and living God, and He’s here to help you right now.

Prayer: Father, I turn my eyes away from everything around me, and I look to You. I can’t do anything without you, but with you, Jesus, nothing is impossible. I need Your help. So I cry out for strength, heal me, lift me, set me free, and help me to persevere by faith. I receive your supernatural help. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 16:7-15

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Devotionals

The joy set before you!

December 19, 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” Hebrews 12:2, NKJV.

The best way to set your joy before you is talking about your joy ahead. Whatever God is talking to you about, you should be talking about. Jesus always set His joy before Him. Throughout His whole life, He would mention the cross, but He talked a whole lot more about what was on the other side of the cross. There was a joy, a reward and a redemption for us that was so abundantly good, He talked about it and it helped Him endure.

I have a plan God gave me and I am waiting on a financial joy, and it seems like a long time. It couldn’t come any sooner. Yet the Lord told me it seems that way, it seems hard, it seems unbearable because you haven’t set the joy it before you. Then He told me begin to speak life and talk about what I’m about to do in your life.

Begin to talk about what He said He would do! You should be walking around and telling your wife, “It is going to be so good when that joy comes into our hands!” Tell your wife and children, “We’re going somewhere great!” Say what you’re going to do. Make plans for it! See yourself there, and even call it already done.

Your joy could be God told you something He is going to do in your life, healing or walking in your calling. Whatever the area is, set your joy before you by talking about it. It will be worth it and it will help you endure!

Prayer: Father, Glory to You this morning! You’ve given me a joy and I set it before me. With the power of life in my tongue, I talk about it! I say it’s going to be abundantly good! Allow what I say to affect what I think on, which is what You said You will do in my life. I thank You for it in Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Proverbs 18:21

Devotionals

He will turn it around

December 19, 2019

“Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.’ ” Genesis 41:39-40, NKJV.

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” Psalm 27:13, NKJV.

And it won’t always be like this,
He will perfect that concern in me
And sooner or later, it’ll turn in my favor, it’s turning around for me. -Vashawn Mitchell

He is the God of the turnaround. I don’t know what you’re going through. I don’t know how it may appear that there’s no sign of light in your life. If you will lean in and listen to the voice of God, He’s saying to you right now He’s turning it around for you.

Prayer: Thank You, Father. You are always on time to speak right into my situation. I praise You because, at the right moment, You always turn things around. Help me to stand in faith and continue to trust that You are a good God. I say with all that is in me, I believe You. I say You are turning it around. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Genesis 41:16-45, Psalm 30:5

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Devotionals

Just Do It

December 17, 2019

“His mother said to the servants, ‘Whatever He says to you, do it.’ ” John 2:5, NKJV.

What if it doesn’t work? What if they say no? What if I fail? What if no one comes to my ministry? What if no one comes to my new business? What if they ask me something I don’t know? What if I don’t see the outcome I thought I should have? What if it doesn’t turn out right, God?… To whatever question you have about what He is instructing you to do in your life, God’s answer is simply: just do it.

This was Jesus’ mother’s response to the people at a wedding when they ran out of wine. She told them whatever he tells you to do, do it. As they did what Jesus said, he worked a miracle and turned water into the best wine there.

We’re not responsible for making the miracle, we just do what he says.

Don’t focus on making it work. Don’t focus on making it turn around. Don’t even concern yourself with how the person will respond, past mistakes, or even changing yourself. Shift your heart to say I will leave the results to Him and just do whatever Jesus says.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word, and I’m encouraged today. Help me to shift from focusing on making it happen, to only doing what you say. Help me to keep this before me. I praise You now. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 2:1-10, Ephesians 3:20

Devotionals

Your Peace and Success

December 16, 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

Change It Up!

December 15, 2019

“And I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health—that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul!” 3 John 2, Message Bible.

I remember going bowling with some friends, and I have two techniques I use to bowl with. Well, the first technique wasn’t getting me anywhere that night. I thought to myself this isn’t working, and maybe I need to change it up. I began using my other technique and made two strikes in a row, and ended up with a good score.

Sometimes in life, we realize it’s time to change it up. As you embark on your new year, you may have been doing things one way, but you haven’t seen the results you’d like. You may have been handling a particular area of your life the same way, but you can admit it hasn’t been working. Change it up! The Lord desires for you to be in good health and to prosper in every way.

Take inventory of where you walk is, and where God wants to take you. Look at your walk with God, your marriage, your finances, and how you can take them higher. Then, make the life adjustments to get there. Yet, don’t wait until a date arrives. Let God begin to change it now.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise. You’re right. It’s time to make some changes. I refuse for these areas of my life to remain the same. Begin to show me what You have for me, especially for this new year. Help me to walk in step with Your Spirit for change in my life, so every area of my life can prosper! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 21:6

Devotionals

He’ll save you.

December 14, 2019

“For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'” Romans 10:13, NKJV.

Jesus will save you. He will change you. I know you’re tired of how you’ve been living. You’re tired of the pain. Jesus wants to take it away and give you a new life. God wants to set you apart for His purpose and plan. He has a great plan for your life, and the things He intends to bring to pass are far beyond you can imagine. He is real, and He wants to make Himself real in your life. You only need to call on Him. He’ll save you.

Prayer: Jesus, I believe you are God’s son that came and died for all my sins. Every last one of them. You rose, and you are alive today. I call on you, and I ask for you to save me. Not only save my soul but save my life. Lord, I give you all my pain and receive now Your peace. Live in me and make me a new man. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Romans 10:9-10, John 3:16 & 10:10, Acts 4:12, 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Devotionals

Keep Your Desire to Grow

December 13, 2019

“As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” 1 Peter 2:2, NKJV.

A newborn baby has a strong desire for milk from its’ mother. Each day that baby will crave it, fully aware of what they need. That baby was created that way, so by the milk of the mother, that baby may develop and grow.

God’s word is compared to being milk for us. You may be a grown man, but the constant need for God’s word will never change. You may know a lot about the things of God, but the constant need for God’s word will never change. The enemy will come after your crave and desire for it, especially in the toughest of times, but the Word is the very thing you need to get through it. Keep your desire to grow in Christ through the word. The good and the work that His word does within you cannot be replaced. It is milk to you, and it will always be how you stay solid and strong.

Prayer: Father, there’s nothing like the milk of Your word. Create in me a crave and desire for it like never before. Even today, help me keep my desire to grow by Your word, even in my circumstance. I thank you, Jesus, for making me solid and strong like you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Peter 2:1-3, Hebrews 5:12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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Devotionals

A man that secretly throws in the towel.

December 12, 2019

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses” 1 Timothy 6:12, NKJV.

In a boxing match, a trainer always knows his fighter and how much he can handle. When he feels his fighter is taking a beating and his opponent is too much for him, he concedes and throws in the towel to stop the fight in defeat.

Have you secretly thrown in the towel? As a man, with all that’s in front of you, it feels like your fight is too much. You appear to be fine on the outside, but you’ve quit on something on the inside, and nobody knows except you and God. Jesus knows how you feel. He was tempted at all points, including the temptation to throw in the towel before the cross. He was faced with the fight of his life, and He was tempted to give up. You are not alone.

Yet even in the fight of our lives, we find there is no towel in the hand of God. The Almighty Who is for you doesn’t have a towel because He always wins. He won’t ever quit on you, and He already knows your outcome. He is in the fight with you. He will never allow what you experience to forfeit your victory and His glory. The level of your fight confirms your constant need for God and the level of blessing that you’re about to receive. So hold on with your faith, continue obeying God and be encouraged to stay in your good fight. Jesus has already won it for you.

Prayer: Father, I needed this. Nobody knows what I am going through, but You. I feel like throwing in the towel. Forgive me if I have quit on You. I repent and get back into my good fight of faith. Give me the strength to lead my family. I ask for Your grace to do what I can’t do myself. It’s a good fight because You’ve already won. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 2 Timothy 4:7, 2 Corinthians 2:14, Luke 22:42

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Devotionals

Train them in the way they should go.

December 11, 2019

“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it” Proverbs 22:6, NKJV.

“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up” Deuteronomy 6:7, NKJV.

I wake up this morning to pray, and my 3-year old son said I want to pray too. I brought him into our closet, and we sat down. I helped him put his hands together, and we began to pray. He said some of the same things I did, then he said he wanted to pray like daddy. I told him as long as you’re praying from the heart, you’re praying like daddy.” I’ll continue to pray with him in the morning because one day, when he needs the Lord, he’ll have to pray on his own.

A father’s most important ministry is his family. The Bible teaches us to take our children at every given opportunity to train them in the way they should go. In the least expected moments, God will provide you with opportunities to teach your children about Him. There are so many lessons and wisdom to pass along to them that the best way is to include them in the things that you already do.

Whether you are with your children washing the car or at the store. Whether you are reading God’s word, fixing something, or at the bank. The Lord will touch their hearts and yours to talk about life and the principles they need for successful living.

Prayer: Father, thank You for being a great Father to me. You teach me all the time. Even when you correct me, You train me up and teach me. Help me to be a good father like You and continue to see the needs of my children and train them up. I thank You in advance for mighty seed in the earth. Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Deuteronomy 6:1-9, Ephesians 6:4, 1 Timothy 3:5 & 5:8

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Devotionals

Your Mighty Refuge

December 10, 2019

“I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.’ ” Psalm 91:2, NKJV.

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe” Proverbs 18:10, NKJV.

Trust has several meanings in the Old Testament, but it also means refuge. It is strong and steady that you can hope in and be assured of life. When I think about a refuge, it always brings about a vision of a house with a porch and I am standing under that porch protected from the rain. I can hardly see myself. I just mainly see what is covering me.

God is your strong tower and refuge. When we take refuge in Him, we are taking our very lives and putting it under the mighty covering of God. When so much is happening around us, it’s in Him that we can run to and put our trust. In Him, we can take shelter in those times when it gets tough. When it’s hard to see your way through the storm, you can hide in God and He’ll get you through it all.

Prayer: I thank You, Father God, for being my refuge. In the midst of what I face, right now I make You my refuge. You are my shelter and you are covering me. Help me to make You, not the trouble, my mighty dwelling place. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 91 & 112:7, John 15:3-8

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Devotionals

Life Is As a Vapor

December 9, 2019

“…For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” James 4:14, NKJV.

The Bible says life is as a vapor. This is a sobering truth to pause and think on. Life is like the fresh, warm cup of coffee in your cup in the morning that lets off a little smoke, and in a moment, it disappears. It’s like the visible air you see from your mouth on a cold day, but before you can turn your head, it’s gone.

Life may seem long, but it isn’t. It seems as if we have all the time in the world, yet we don’t. It is here one moment and gone the next. When you are old, will you be able to say I did everything the Lord put me here to do, or will you with regret say I could have done more? I have little to show for all the potential God put in me, and this life the Lord gave me.

It is time to be who God created you to be now. Do what He put in your heart to do now. Live life now. The reward you have for eternity will depend on what you do with your vapor, your life, that Jesus paid for.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the gift of life. It is truly as a vapor, here one day and then gone the next. Help me to live like I don’t have tomorrow. Help me to give maximum effort today. I ask for your strength and grace to run like never before. I want to be and do all that You created me for. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 89:47; 1 Corinthians 9:23-25; Hebrews 12:1-2

Devotionals

Trusting everything will be alright!

December 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

Make Your Boast in the Lord!

December 7, 2019

“In God we boast all day long, and praise Your name forever. Selah” Psalm 44:8, NKJV.

Many are cheering on their favorite college football teams today, and you may be also. No one will be able to dispute or talk you down that their team is better than yours. Before the game comes on, your boast is already that your team is going to win.

Make sure you boast on your Almighty God. Before the outcome even comes, know that the Lord is going to win. He has never lost to the devil, and He never will. He has provided. He has answered you, and Jesus is the champion of your life. He defeated hell, sin, and the grave, and no matter your circumstance, he has already won the battle for you. It may feel like you’re in the 4th quarter of your life, but hold on. He will come through.

Prayer: Father, I give You all the praise this morning, and this is the day that You’ve made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. If I can boast in my team, I surely can boast in my God! You will win for me. You will answer me. You will make me a better man. You will increase my family and me. You are good, and Your mercy endures forever! I will boast in the Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 34:2, 2 Chronicles 20:15, 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

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Devotionals

Pluck It Out

December 6, 2019

“If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell” Matthew 5:29, NKJV.

There come mature moments in your life when you say you want more of Him, you want His will, and you decide to be honest and upfront with yourself about what’s keeping you back. There are some things that aren’t good for you, and it’s evident that there are some things that you can’t handle. Jesus says it’s wise to pluck it out. If something (which can be anything) is causing you to sin and is controlling you, if having too much is affecting your walk and time with Christ, if it’s even becoming an idol in your life, you’ve got to pluck it out. It’s better to cut it off and have victory than to lose what God has for you.

Plucking out something will hurt. Yet, it’s better to miss some games than to miss His promises. It’s better to lose that woman than to lose your family. It’s better to lose those magazines than to lose your soul. It’s a serious matter and you know what to do.

Do it. Pluck it out.

Prayer: Father, thank You for tough love. Only You knew what I needed to hear. I hear You speaking and I’m plucking it out. I recognize some things aren’t good for me and there are some things that I can’t handle. I choose to trust You in this area and press on into what You desire of me. After obedience, there is always a blessing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 5:28-30, Romans 6:23, Galatians 5:7 & 16-24

Devotionals

He is Determined

December 5, 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.

“I am determined to be glorified in your life. I am determined to finish the work I’ve started in you. My promise to never leave you or forsake you is also a promise to never leave My work in you. It is a promise to never abandon My purpose and plan for your life. I will get you to the place you long to be in Me. I am faithful and I will do it. I am the author and the finisher of your faith. I will finish what I’ve begun building in you. I am determined to establish you, settle you and place you on a firm foundation. I will open those doors before you that no one can shut. I will grace you to overcome all of your obstacles and will deliver you from all of your fears. You will be a testimony of My grace and power. You will be a reflection of Me. You will walk in all of My purpose and plan. I am determined to accomplish this in you. Says the Lord.”

“He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24, NKJV.

Devotionals

Release It to Him

December 4, 2019

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

“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” Matthew 6:27, NKJV.

Many times what keeps us from truly living with joy is we still hold on to life situations and our past, instead of releasing them over to God. We pray, but then we begin to burden ourselves with deep thoughts like why did it have to happen, why now, I shouldn’t be in this situation, and we stress out about it. We pray, but then we can find ourselves behaving as if we didn’t.

There is power in releasing it all over to the Lord. Release all your care over to God and leave it in His hands. Release that heaviness about that son or daughter in jail, that relative, your marriage outcome, your job, and provision over to the Almighty God. Release the stress of when He’s going to do it, how He’s going to do it and what will He use to work it out. Release whether what He instructed you to do will work. Release all your questions about can He restore you. Release every regret.

Your constant worry won’t change anything, but your faith in God will. Release it, my brother. God doesn’t want you to spend another moment worrying, but living. Let your concern be to pray, do your part to obey His voice, and then release it by faith, and let Him do His.

Prayer: Father, thank You today for Your Word and I choose to release this situation over to You. I lift my hands and release it now! I release my concern for promotion, my business, my ministry, my marriage, my son, my daughter to You. You hold all my victories! It’s in Your hands now and I’m going to live with joy my life. Thank You, Lord! In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen!

Challenge: Meditate on Psalm 23:1 today.

Devotionals

Stay by the River.

December 3, 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 in these times, it is vital to stay by the river of God’s Word. Do not underestimate its’ power. Within His Word, God has something to say to you that will cause you to never lack what you need. He will meet you right where you are. There is no greater shelter, no greater peace, no greater comfort, no greater counsel, no greater offense than His Word.

He framed the world with it. Jesus fought with it. He healed with it. You will win with it. His Word has the power to keep us planted and thriving. It doesn’t mean we won’t go through anything, but God’s word will sustain you and feed you through it.

Confession: God’s Word is powerful. I am a tree of righteousness and I will plant my life 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 what He says. His Word will provide counsel for every situation in my life. I will abide in Your Word and prosper!

Study: Psalm 1, Hebrews 4:12

Devotionals

Grace and Glory

December 2, 2019

“For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11, Amplified.

The Lord has a present grace for you for whatever you need. Whatever He has assigned you to accomplish, there is grace for it. There is favor for it.

The Lord desires me to launch something from this ministry, and He’s providing the grace to do it. He has put some things in your heart, and by His grace, He will bring it to pass in you. There is not only a present grace but a future glory to come. Because you honor Him, He is going to honor you. All because you have decided to be a man that walks uprightly. A man that walks upright, even in the hardest of circumstances. He’s not withholding any good thing from you. Stay your course because there is grace and glory for you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for grace and glory in my life. Be glorified and exalted. I will not turn from walking upright before You. Help me to continue to seek You with my whole heart. Because I remain an upright man, no good thing will You withhold from me. I praise You for it. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 37:4, John 15:8 & 17:10, 2 Corinthians 9:8

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Devotionals

He Says Rejoice!

December 1, 2019

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

I didn’t feel like rejoicing this morning, but He told me to. He told me to take my eyes off of my feelings, and rejoice! I believe He is telling you the same.

Take your eyes off of your feelings, your circumstance and obey His voice to rejoice! Rejoice over Jesus and the hope we have in him. Rejoice over His goodness. Rejoice over His plans for you. Rejoice that it’s not over. Rejoicing isn’t based on a feeling or a condition. It stands on the truth of God’s word and His truth about your life.

Sometimes, you won’t feel like rejoicing about your victory, yet that doesn’t mean you don’t have it. Sometimes, you may wake up and not feel like you are more than a conqueror, but that doesn’t change that you are. Your obedience to rejoice will change how you feel and as an eagle, you will mount up and soar over your circumstance.

Some of us men God is even commanding to rejoice. He says no more. We’ve been down too long and He wants us to come out of the place we’re in. He says rejoice!

Prayer: Father, I hear You this morning. Regardless of how I feel, this is the day You’ve made. I will obey Your word and rejoice. I will be glad. Help me to stand in the truth of Who You are, and what You say about me. As I rejoice, take off all heaviness and give me a garment of praise. Let joy rise. I will rejoice! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 89:16, Isaiah 61:3, Romans 8:37, Philippians 4:4

Devotionals

Declare It!

November 30, 2019

“Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them” Isaiah 42:9, NKJV.

I declare this to be established in your life today: I declare His love reigns in your life. I declare His favor surrounds you as a shield. I declare you will sow in certain areas of your life, and you will begin to abundantly reap. I declare over you healing, rest, and peace. Your best days are now. Your season is here to rise and conquer. You will have no more delays. I declare you are a man after God’s own heart. I declare your pain turns to fuel what you are passionate about. Your dreams are being stirred up and awakened. I declare a love for Jesus over you that you’ve never known. I say more power is coming in your walk with the Lord. I declare you are a man of courage and intensity. I declare great experiences and great joy. I declare great blessings of victory to come. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

“You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways”-Job 22:28

Devotionals

Your time with God is important

November 29, 2019

“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed” Mark 1:35, ESV.

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

It is important to begin your day by spending quality time with God. The truth is praying in your car on your way somewhere won’t do. With everything you may be facing, only through God will you overcome them all. With where He wants to take you, only He can get you there.

Naturally, it can seem like spending time with God doesn’t help you, and to belittle the part that it plays in your success. The devil will lie and fight against you to invest in it. He will gladly provide you all kinds of reasons, including sleep, to not begin your day with God. However, your most vital relationship is the one you have with Him. It is the powerful key to every door, every answer, every financial decision, all grace, and every bit of strength you’ll ever need.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your truth today. I can’t do anything good apart from You. Teach me how to spend quality time with You. I rebuke you, Satan! I will trust in the power of prayer, worship, and God’s word. I pray that as I spend time with You, where I am weak Father, make me strong. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 15:5, Galatians 5:16, Luke 22:39-40, 1 Chronicles 16:12

Devotionals

To my brother, Thank You

November 28, 2019

“We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other” 2 Thessalonians 1:3, NKJV.

To you the reader, we just wanted to say thank you! Thank you for your continual support, your prayers, every comment, every transparent post, and every testimony of how God is using these devotionals to change your life. Thank you so much. We could not do what we do without you! May His grace and peace be poured to the overflow in your life.

Father, we pray a prayer of blessing over the reader right now. We thank You for them. We pray that You fill them with Your light and Your love today. Fill them with the reminders of Who You are. May they walk in Your joy and Your life. Cause them to know that their best days are now. These are precious moments in their lives and to not take any for granted. You will exceed what they can ask for or imagine. Minister to their minds and fill them with Your peace. We thank you and Lord continue to grow them in their relationship with Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen!


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Devotionals

His Timing is Perfect

November 27, 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 & 11a, NKJV.

Winter. Spring. Summer. Fall. God created every natural season and there is a time for them all. God has done and always does great things for us, but sometimes the challenge for us is that He does them in His timing, not our own. God’s timing may not be your timing, but the truth is still the same: His timing, His season, is always on time.

Just as He is perfect, so is everything that He does. He is never late, and no matter how it appears, He’s never behind schedule and always in control. He knows all of your days and the current state of your life. He knows better what you have need of than you ever will. Leave it in His hands and appreciate what you have. Appreciate who you have. Just as His timing is perfect, what He has for you will be perfect also.

Prayer: Father, You are a good God, and everything You do is good, and Your timing is perfect. Help me to trust You. Help me to know that it’s in Your hands. I choose to be thankful for who I have and what I have. Thank You for receiving Your best for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Ecclesiastes 3:11, Lamentations 3:25-26, Psalm 126, James 1:17

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Devotionals

A Love Nugget

November 26, 2019

“The second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others]” Matthew 22:39, Amplified.

“Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken at the right time” Proverbs‬ ‭25:11‬, Amplified.

I come across a lot of people, and I find that everyone likes it when you express to them they are doing a good job, how great of a person they are, or when they are impacting your life. People, men as well, always brighten up when you do. People light up when, at the right moment, you give a good word in season to them.

Pursue not to withhold your praise of others. If someone did a good job, tell them they did. If a waiter at a restaurant or representative serves you well, compliment them, even to their manager. If someone is inspiring, tell them they are inspiring you. You never know just how much that good word will encourage them to go on. This is how we love our neighbor as ourselves in the smallest ways.

Prayer: Father, thank You for being able to love people in the smallest ways. Help me to compliment others or encourage whenever I can, even with my wife and kids too. Keep teaching me how to others as myself. I would want someone to do the same toward me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Proverbs 12:25

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When the LORD blesses you

November 25, 2019

“The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it” Proverbs 10:22, ESV.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” James 1:17, ESV.

When God blesses you, it makes you want to serve Him even more. His blessings are so good and perfect that once received, you don’t want to be blessed any other way, but by God alone.

You could bless yourself with what you think you desire, yet you’ll have to care for it yourself, watch over it yourself and make it prosper yourself. This is the sorrow (toil, labor, work) along with it when we choose to make something happen, and not allow God to. It’s when we had to have it now and didn’t wait on God.

However, when the LORD blesses you, there will be no sorrow with it. When He blesses you, it will make you rich and full. You won’t lack. It will add to you joy and peace. With His blessing, there will be nothing missing and nothing broken. It will also benefit everyone around you. His blessings humble you and overwhelm you, to the point where it even causes you to say surely if not for Jesus, I don’t deserve this.

Be patient and remain in His will. Refuse to bless yourself. Be resolute that if God doesn’t do it, then you don’t want it.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word today. When You bless me, it makes me rich and adds no sorrow to me. I desire the blessings that only come from You. If you don’t do it, I don’t want it. Help me to wait on Your best. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 84:11, John 10:10

Devotionals

He will never leave you.

November 24, 2019

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed” Deuteronomy 31:8, ESV.

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” Hebrews 13:5, ESV.

There is an overwhelming truth that can help you in the most trying times. It’s knowing that God will never leave nor forsake you. The devil will tell you that God has left you, but He hasn’t. Your Almighty God is always at arm’s reach.

Whether you are in prison or a penthouse, He’s there, and He won’t ever leave you. Whether you are in court or ICU, He’s there and He won’t ever leave you. You could have just decided to live in sin, or for the moment, you just don’t care anymore, yet He still won’t forsake you. Some people will leave your side when things get tough, but in the heat of the fire my brother, that’s when you learn the Father is with you the most.

He will never desert you, or leave you in a bad place in your life. Since He won’t ever leave or forsake you, an access to Him won’t either. He is Jehovah Shammah, The Lord Who is There, meaning where you are, He will be present and always help when you call. He is Jehovah Jireh, meaning He is your Provider, and He will supply all your needs. Jesus said he is the Way; therefore, as long as he’s with you, there’s always a way to win.

Prayer: Father, thank You for never leaving nor forsaking me. No matter where we are, You are there. Help me always to remember You are at arm’s reach when I call. My peace comes from You. May my faith rest in You and that in my battle, You are with me to overcome it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Genesis 22:14, Ezekiel 48:35, John 14:6, Philippians 4:19

Devotionals

He is not the author of confusion, but peace.

November 23, 2019

“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints” 1 Corinthians 14:33, NKJV.

This is not only true within the order in the church, but it is true of the Lord in our lives.

God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. Confusion is based in a lack of knowledge when the Lord wants your faith to stand in knowing Him, even when you feel like you don’t have all the answers. He wants you to know who you are today and rest in it. He wants you to know you are called with a purpose, and He’s taking you somewhere in your life and rest in it.

Whenever you feel confused, stop, and ask for order and peace. As you draw closer to the Father, He will draw closer to you and give you the perspective you need. Let Him settle you in His peace, for Jesus is the great Author of your faith, and He will finish what He’s begun in you.

Prayer: Father, You are the Answer and always will be. Help me to always come to you when I feel confused about life, and let You give me peace. Give me peace today about it all. I choose you Jesus the Prince of Peace. I refuse to live in what You’re not the author of. I receive Your rest. I receive Your affirmation of who I am. I receive divine order and divine peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Philippians 1:6, Isaiah 9:6 & 26:3; James 1:5, Hebrews 12:2


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Devotionals

Taste and See that the Lord is Good!

November 22, 2019

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8, NKJV.

I assure you, anyone you’ve heard say that God is good, they’re not making it up. He is a Way-maker and a life changer. He will provide and prosper you. He will make something glorious out of your life.

Yet, just as it would require you to taste and see a new restaurant experience you’ve only heard was good, so you will have to taste and see that God is good too. Taste of His will by surrendering to it, and you’ll see He’s been trying to turn your life around and greatly bless you this entire time. You just needed to taste and see. Once you do, you will never be the same. Taste and see that He is good to you!

Prayer: Father, I choose to taste and see that You are good! Help me to put my trust in You and obey You. Because I trust You I will try You, and I declare that I will see, I will experience that You are good! Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 34:9-10, 84:11, 100:5; Nahum 1:7


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Devotionals

If you don’t have peace, stop and get wisdom.

November 21, 2019

“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 principal 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, deciding on who to marry, or making a financial decision, get wisdom. 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, Jesus has been made unto us wisdom. He will speak and guide you. He is your wisdom because He is the word of God (see John 1:14). It is principal, it is foundational, to find the wisdom Jesus gives through the word, then follow his leading. Follow his peace.

Refuse to be rushed or pressured. You want peace. In these times, it is crucial as a man to be wise, to pray, and understand God’s will for you. Therefore, if you don’t know, don’t go. Stop and get 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 practical information I can, and 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

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Devotionals

He Will Help You

November 20, 2019

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” Psalms 121:1-2, NKJV.

If you are going through a very hard time in your life right now, pray this prayer with me today: Father God, all I can say is help me. I don’t know what to do, or where I’m going. I’m hurt, confused and all of the above. My head is barely above water. You are the greatest Help I know of and I reach out for You. I lift my eyes up to where my help comes from and it comes from You. You can do great things and I know You have for others. I ask You to do great things for me. Change the circumstance that I am in and even change me while I’m going through it. I receive Your help to persevere in these trials. I receive the hope, wisdom, and strength I need to overcome what I’m facing. I praise You and thank You for it! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 121, Psalm 40:17, John 14:16, Hebrews 4:16

Devotionals

I WILL praise the Lord!

November 19, 2019

“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being” Psalm 146:1-2, NKJV.

Praise Him because Jesus is Lord. Praise Him because you are alive today. Give Him praise because He has a plan for your life with an expected end. Give Him praise because He is the same God.

Praise Him when things are good and praise Him when they seem bad. Praise Him when you have money. Praise Him when you don’t. Praise Him when you are healed. Praise Him if you are still going through chemotherapy. Praise Him if they are out of jail. Praise Him if they are in jail. Praise Him if they came home last night. Praise Him if they didn’t.

I don’t know what you are going through brother, but make up your mind today that you WILL praise the Lord!

Prayer: Hallelujah Lord! Father, thank You for waking me up this morning. Thank You for stirring up Your joy in me. Let it be like a fire in me. As I praise You, hear every bit of faith I have that You will see me through. I have breath and I WILL praise You! You are the same God and You are a good God. I trust You Father and I will praise You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 7:17 & 98:1-4, 2 Samuel 6:14, 21-22 & 22:4, Jeremiah 29:11, Nehemiah 8:10

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He’s the Potter of Your Life

November 17, 2019

“But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand” Isaiah 64:8, NKJV.

“And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make” Jeremiah 18:4, NKJV.

A potter doesn’t rush their work. They take their time. God is the potter, and you are the clay. He is taking His time. Don’t rush the process. Don’t get off the wheel. Stay in His hands and continue to let Him do the work He is doing in your life. Sometimes, it’s not pretty, but nor does a pot look that way in the process. Yet in the end, the potter makes something great and what you didn’t know that was possible the potter could do. So is the Potter of your life.

Prayer: Father, You are the Potter, and I am the clay. I will continue to do what You say. Help me to stay on the wheel. When it gets tough, help me to remain on the wheel and allow You to do what You desire in my life. I love You and thank You for all that You do. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Study: Jeremiah 18:1-6

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Keep Going

November 16, 2019

“Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.’ And they launched out.” Luke 8:22, NKJV.

Sometimes, everything isn’t going to look like you want it to look. It won’t be how you would like it to be. Yet, those are the times you have to keep going until it does.

You can take your towel and wipe your sweat with it. You can take your towel and wipe your tears with it. But don’t throw it in.

Storms may come, and the winds may blow but have a made-up mind that you are going to the other side. You are going to have what God said you will have. You are going to be the man that God has called you to be. Your finances will be well. Your family will thrive.

Let the fragments from your last victory encourage your faith for the next one (John 6:12), and you keep going. If He said it, He’s going to do it.

Prayer: Father, I thank You and praise You. You are the Almighty God, powerful and awesome in all Your ways. I say I see my victory already. I choose to walk like a man of God today. I ask for a deep rest about it all. Let my heart be after only you, Jesus. I will keep going. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Luke 8:22-25, Mark 8:18-21

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You’ve been purchased by God: Glorify Him.

November 14, 2019

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NKJV.

If you bought a new car and sat inside of it, you would desire for that vehicle to do what you purchased it for. It’s yours. You paid a price, and you bought it for your goodness and pleasure.

Just like that new car, we have been bought with a price. Jesus paid a great price for you and me, the way we choose to treat our body and our spirit is an indicator of how we honor that price. We humbly are now God’s and we have been purchased for His goodness and pleasure.

I was tempted to look at a woman in a magazine in the grocery store line. I said, “No! Get behind me Satan!” I said I will glorify God. Jesus didn’t put in all that work to defeat sin for us so that it still reigns over us. We can reign over it. The Holy Spirit (Who is absolutely holy and perfect) now lives in us, and He dwells within us with strength for character and power. He is all that we need to live holy and experience the goodness of God.

The Lord wants us to walk in all that He purchased us for. When we wholeheartedly do what He created us for, we glorify Him. When we flee sexual sin in our body and spirit, we’re glorifying Him. When we live holy, when we are faithful to our wives, and when using our gifts for His glory, that glorifies the Father. The most satisfying and greatest joy you will have in life is when God Almighty is looking down at how you live as a man and is well-pleased.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for Your Word. Thank You, Jesus. I have been bought with the price. Help me to understand that price and honor it. Help me to glorify You Father in my body and spirit, which are Yours now. Be glorified in me against sexual sin and keep me for one woman–my wife. With You Holy Spirit, I can reign over sin. I can live holy before You. I declare the world will see You glorified in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Corinthians 6:18, Genesis 39:7-12, Ephesians 2:10

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Be glad in the Lord!

November 13, 2019

“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 steal your joy because the Lord reigns! Be full of life, enjoy what is good and be thankful for the progress in your life. Celebrate your victories and 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 be 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

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You Are Free!

November 11, 2019

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” John 8:36, NKJV.

If someone paid all of your financial debt, you would declare that you are debt-free. Jesus paid all of your debt of sin. He said it is finished, and now you are free.

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 with no chains. I am not under sin, but under grace. I am free to love God and walk with Him. I am free to understand and retain His Word. I can hear His voice. I am not chained by depression, and the joy of the Lord flows freely in me. My faith, ambition, confidence 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, and according to God’s word, I have the mind of Christ. Wealth freely comes to me. Favor freely comes from all directions. 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 enjoy this life. I am free to share Jesus. I am free to trust God and follow Christ. I am free to win. Thank You, Lord, for making me free!

Study: John 19:30, Romans 8:37-39

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Thank God He’s Been Patient With You!

November 10, 2019

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy” Psalm 103:1 & 8, NKJV.

I can’t say I’ve done everything right, but I thank God for being patient with me. I’m sure you can say you haven’t done everything right also, but you can mightily lift your hands and thank God that He’s been patient with you!

The Father always abounds in mercy, taking the time to teach us how to change. God is faithful to complete the work He has begun in you. He is steady working His truth down in us, a work He could easily give up on and have the right to do so. Yet, He remains determined. So should you.

Remain determined to be like Christ. There may be an area of your life that you’re struggling with, but remain determined because you will overcome. Keep getting back up, refusing to turn back. Don’t throw in the towel on yourself. Be patient as you grow in God, just as He is with you. As He is patient with you, keep this in mind, and be the same way toward others.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for being patient with me. The goodness You show me fuels my desire to change and live for You! I am a man that determined to be all that You’ve called me to be and I’m not turning back. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 86:15, Romans 2:4 & 15:5, 2 Peter 3:9

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Remember the Outcome

November 9, 2019

“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, be reminded of 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 the faith that victory will be on the other side.

God is going to bring you through it. You may not understand how He will do it. It may look bleak, or it may seem like it won’t ever change. Yet, know that the Lord’s outcome will prevail. Amid 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 done, and said He is going to do on your behalf.

This will steer you away from worry and keep you moving forward. It will bring you peace, contentment, and triumph within. This will encourage you to keep doing what He has instructed you to do because the outcome is in His hands, not man’s. Continue to allow the Holy Spirit to 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 will be. 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 Jesus. I will set my mind on the outcome. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Isaiah 26:3, Psalm 16:8, 18:30; Romans 15:13

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Trust the Wisdom of God

November 8, 2019

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy” James 3:17, NKJV.

“For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord” Proverbs 8:35, NKJV.

When you are searching for the will of God, the Father gives us some powerful descriptions of His wisdom to help us identify it, including that it will first be pure. It will be morally and spiritually undefiled. It will be perfect. If you are doing it being driven by pleasing people or for perception in front of them, you can know the decision is not from God because it is not pure. If you are doing it because you seek the applause of men, if you are marrying or dating her just because of her body, it’s not gentle or pure. With all of your decisions, from what you do with your money, to what church you are planted in, let them be pure before the Lord.

If we look at every decision through the lens of God’s word, it will filter out any wrong intents and motives. As men, we want to have certain things, appear a certain way, and show that we’ve arrived. That’s what the devil wants you to do. However, that won’t deliver peace, nor what you really desire in the end. Don’t do it to please people, do it to please God. You want God’s will and favor in your life.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me. I believe this truth is going to help me make wise decisions, even in the heat of the moment. May all my decision be pure. Help me to seek Your word to help me check my intents and motives. I will not do what I do for man, but for You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: James 1:5 & 3:14-17, Psalm 15 & 84:11, Hebrews 4:12

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Repair In Your Relationships

November 7, 2019

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” 1 John 5:14, NKJV.

How do you get through a situation where you use to be in a relationship with someone, but for whatever reason, it is now broken? You’ve forgiven, and you’ve done all that God’s word says to do, but it still hasn’t been put back together again. Women aren’t the only ones that need repair in relationships. Men do too.

If God can repair your soul, He can repair your relationships. It is only a matter of if it is God’s will. If He restores it, it will surely be at the right time. If He doesn’t restore it, in His sovereignty, it must be for your good. This area can be tough even for men, but you can finally let go and let God. Let His will be done. Let your trust and your joy is found in God’s will.

Prayer: Father, I thank You that you can repair and restore anything, including my relationships. You know what I want, but help me to trust and find joy in Your perfect will. Help me not to carry this anymore. Today, I let it go and let You have your way with my relationships. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Romans 8:28, Matthew 18:21-22, Ephesians 4:32, 1 Peter 4:8

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A Man and His Treasure

November 6, 2019

“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” Matthew 6:20-22, NKJV.

Jesus says where your treasure is, that’s where your heart will be. Whatever you value, hold as precious and dear to your life, is the proof of what you care for and what you invest yourself in. Wherever your time, money, resources, and efforts to acquire things are, that’s where your heart is. It is the indicator of what you truly are after in this life.

No man can hide the heart from God. No man can disguise what they treasure from God, and there are things you may be valuing that, in the end, really won’t matter. Examine what your treasure is, and if it isn’t toward heaven, begin to put it there. You have one life to live my brother. Store up good works there. Store up the good treasure of a good heart and your reward there. What you store up there will last, won’t be stolen or eaten, and most of all, that’s where you will be.

Prayer: Father, man, this hit home. I may be valuing what really doesn’t matter in the end. Help me to put my treasure in an eternal place, where it can’t be stolen or eaten. Turn my perspective, resources, and efforts toward doing good and the things that are above. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Matthew 5:6, Luke 6:45, Ephesians 2:10, 1 Timothy 6:18

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I’ve Been There

November 5, 2019

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…” Revelation 12:11, NKJV.

Man, I’ve been there. I’ve been where my faith has felt like it has been shipwrecked. I’ve been so afraid when people all around me thought I was so bold. I’ve lost the house that my wife loved. I’ve been evicted and had cars repossessed. I’ve been at the bottom. I’ve been in a place of confusion and unbelief about being able to do what He’s called me to do. I’ve been there when you have kids but not enough money to take care of them as you would like. I’ve been there doubting that I can be a good man. I’ve been there when I’ve felt like I couldn’t hear God’s voice at all.

I’ve been there, yet I say boldly to you my brother, I’m not there anymore. God did what seemed impossible for me, and He will do it for you. Jesus did something in me I thought couldn’t be restored, and He will do it for you. He won’t leave you there. He is actually right there with you. You may feel like how can He turn you around, but He’s going to pick you up and place you in your promised land, in your promised life.

Prayer: Father, thank You for encouraging me this morning and refreshing me with hope. If You did it for someone else, You will do it for me. Help me to continue to seek You and obey You. I will see good. I will see greater. I will see what You’ve promised me come to pass in my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

Study: Psalm 37:25, 66:16; Luke 8:39, Romans 8:30

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He Gave His Life For You

November 4, 2019

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32, NKJV.

The greatest revelation you will ever receive is that God gave Jesus, His only begotten son, to die for you, and to apply it in your everyday life. He laid down His life, so we can abundantly live ours. We exchanged our sin for His righteousness. We exchanged our weakness for His strength. He also rose, therefore, whatever your situation, you will rise too.

Once you open the gate of understanding of what Jesus did on the cross and that He lives, even in you, God will begin to pour the power of this revelation into every part of your life. He will begin to flood you with His love in every part of your life and make it easy to extend mercy and love to others, as you see just how much He did toward you. You’ll find joy and freedom because He wiped the slate clean of your past. You will find His rescuing power always at work and that God will save us in all things. He will freely give us all things. He will provide you with rest and peace about everything. You will then know that there is nothing God won’t do for you. Nothing.

Meditate on what Jesus did for you. Your life will never be the same.

Prayer: I thank You, Father, for the revelation that Jesus died and rose for me. It brings joy and peace to me that You always save. There’s nothing you won’t do for me. May this revelation help me to love like Christ. I am inspired to live free, not condemned. I am encouraged to trust and obey You. My life is yours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Lamentations 3:22-23

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Your Steps Are Ordered

November 3, 2019

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way” Psalm 37:23, NKJV.

When I was young in knowing God, I use to think that life was going to be smooth and everything was going to fall into my lap. Success was going to be easy. Little did I know the trials and obstacles I would face. Little did I know the failures I would end up having, and the opportunities I would find myself missing.

Yet through it all, I have found something amazing about what God does for a good man: He orders his steps. He always brings triumph from our trials. When we don’t see a blessing coming, it comes! When one door closes, another will open for you! You will always run into something good, as if God had been at work the entire time. It’s because He was.

You will come to realize that not some, but all of your steps are ordered by the Lord.

Regardless of what you experience or see, do not let go, do not sway, do not be discouraged from being a good man. Remain a good man that does good things because God is ordering your steps. You will find favor because He delights in your way! He’s carrying you without you even realizing it. A good man will always find success because the Lord orders His steps there.

Prayer: Father, I praise You for Your word. Everything’s going to work out. Help me to continue with faith, being a good man that does good things. I will see victory come to pass. Deeply plant Your ways in me and give me a hearing ear at all times. You delight in my way and the steps of a good man are ordered by You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 119:133, Romans 8:2-8-31

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Don’t expect perfection from anyone but the Lord.

November 2, 2019

“So Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God” Mark 10:18, NKJV.

Don’t expect perfection from anyone but the Lord. I sincerely try but fall short each day. There’s only One that is infallible. There’s only One that won’t let you down.

Sometimes, we can put those closest to us or those we admire on a pedestal that only Jesus can sit in. When you sat someone high in that perfection, the fall of offense and hurt is that much greater. You expected they could do no wrong, but when they offended you, you couldn’t bear it. You set them high on a skyscraper, when they should have been set on the ground–with you.

So examine yourself. Have you cut someone out of your life because, at the root of it all, you were expecting perfection? The Message Bible says in Hebrews 11:6, “So come on, let’s leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ…”. Let us go on to perfection. We aren’t perfect, but we can walk in the perfect love found in Jesus Christ. The world will see that he’s real by the love we extend to each other. They will see that God won’t leave them when they mess up and we won’t either. No one is perfect but Him.

Prayer: Father, I praise You today. Thank You for showing me not to expect anyone to be perfect but You. Perfect Your love in me and give me the courage to walk in it. Help me to forgive and restore any relationship You tell me to. They aren’t perfect, just like me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Romans 3:23, 1 John 2:5 & 4:12

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The same power lives in you!

October 31, 2019

“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you” Romans 8:11, NIV.

Jesus died for us on the cross, but the Spirit of God made him alive. He was dead, but God sent His mighty Spirit to quicken his body and he immediately rose from the grave. If the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead now lives in you, what can’t you accomplish for God? What can’t God bring back to life in you? The same Holy Spirit, the same anointing, now lives in you!

You can be glad you aren’t in your fight alone. The same Spirit that led Jesus, will lead you. He helped Jesus fulfill his purpose, and He’s here to help you fulfill yours. You have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. You have the same power like Jesus to overcome the enemy.

Jesus lived full of the Spirit and that was the strength of his walk with the Father. Give God praise and allow the Holy Spirit to fill you. Get in the presence of God, and let the Holy Spirit fill you. Let Him have His way. Nothing in your life has to remain the same. We have His Spirit in us.

Prayer: Father, Your Spirit is in me to give me victory and power right now. I welcome Your power in my life by Your Spirit today. Fill me Holy Spirit and anything dead in me, make it alive! By Your power, I overcome the enemy right now! You can use me to witness. You can use me to heal. Like Jesus, the same power lives in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Acts 1:8, Ephesians 1:18-21, 2 Timothy 1:7

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You Can Live Again!

October 30, 2019

“But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat” Luke 8:54-55, NKJV.

You were down, but Jesus raised you up. You were broken, but the Lord fixed you. What is in your past, it happened, but it’s gone. Like Jairus’ daughter, now you have to not only get up—but live.

The length of time we were down, or we beat ourselves up, may have been so long, that it can cause us to feel like we’re dead inside. We almost don’t remember how it feels to be alive, to be ourselves, to be happy, or to worship God and mean it, to be full of Jesus and his rest.

Begin to enjoy your life. Don’t just get up, but eat also. Even if you have to go out to eat at your favorite restaurant today as an act of your faith, then do it. You can go after His plans for you. You can live again.

Prayer: Father, I praise You today. I thank You for a great life before me. Jesus, you raised me up, and now you say live. If I have to go and eat physically at my favorite restaurant, I will, but help me not to continue to beat myself up about what I went through. I’m going to enjoy life. I’m going to live. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Luke 8:40-56

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Don’t Miss Your Blessing

October 29, 2019

“And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, ‘Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.’ But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ ” 2 Kings 5:9-11, NKJV.

Naaman wanted to be healed a certain way, and almost missed his blessing. Have you ever said God I was looking for You to bless me that way, not this way? I was looking for a woman like that to marry, not like this one. I thought You would increase me financially this way, not the way You’ve set before me. You were expecting a different gift and calling. The whole time you are asking the Father why, you could be missing His move in your life. You could be missing your blessing.

You may be looking for God in the earthquake, but He’s in the still small voice. You may be expecting Him in the supernatural, but He’s answering you right now in a simple way. Your blessing my not look like you thought it would, but if you look at it through God’s eyes, you will see it’s the blessing you’ve been praying for. Your talent may not be the same as someone else’s but it’s God’s talent for you, and it will produce the same results you desire, even more.

Pray and ask for the clarity you need. Don’t miss your blessing. You have what you need to live right now.

Prayer: Father, thank You. You just may have already blessed me and I’m overlooking it because I’m expecting You to do it another way. Help me to receive what You have blessed me with. Help me to see my gifts as You see them. I thank You for the clarity I need, and I will not miss my blessing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 2 Kings 5:9-14, 1 Kings 19:11-12

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He’s Rerouting You

October 28, 2019

“The Lord will accomplish that which concerns me; Your [unwavering] lovingkindness, O Lord, endures forever-Do not abandon the works of Your own hands” Psalm 138:8, Amplified.

I have been traveling somewhere by following my phone navigation app. As I’m listening to the prompts on when to turn, there have been times when I’ve missed some turns that I should have made, yet the navigation app would say “rerouting”.

You may have had some expectations about your life, but it hasn’t turned out as you thought. You may have known the will of God and His plan for you, yet as we all have, you missed some turns. But don’t worry. God is rerouting you. Like a navigation system, God will give you the proper directions to get you back to the road you were on or provide new turns to get you to His destination for your life.

His perfect will is not behind you, but ahead of you. Keep making your turns, obeying Him with patience and have faith in the mighty sovereignty of God, in the faithfulness of God. He’s going to get you there!

Prayer: Father, thank You for encouraging me today. I have been through some stuff, even made some wrong turns in my life. However, I thank You for Your love and Your ability to reroute us. I believe You are going to get me right where I’m supposed to be as if nothing happened. Help me to trust Your leading and keep following hard after You. I praise You now for bringing it to pass! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Romans 8:28-30, Psalm 63:8

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