Devotionals

Let go of the expectations and forgive her.

November 16, 2018

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” Ephesians 4:32, ESV.

Sometimes we put certain expectations, whether unrealistic or not, on those close to us, especially our spouse. When they don’t do something, or they fall short of that expectation, we become upset or deeply hurt. Yet remember, your spouse is not you. Your spouse is growing, just like you. Your spouse is fallible, just like you. Your spouse is not God, just like you are not.

They may fall short; however, it is our responsibility to forgive and move forward. Anytime we don’t forgive and hold a grudge, we act as if we are God, sitting in the judgement seat that He alone is qualified to sit in. Only He is holy and worthy to decide whether someone should be forgiven. Yet, God is rich in mercy, backed by His love, toward all of us, and He requires that we love enough to extend the same mercy to one another.

Prayer: Father, You know what, I’ve been holding certain expectations on my spouse that I shouldn’t. I realize You are God and I am not, even when it comes to forgiveness. Help me to show the same mercy You show me and forgive my spouse. She’s growing just like I am. Allow Your love and freedom to continually flow in our marriage because we walk in forgiveness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 6:14-15, Mark 11:25, Romans 12:19-21

Devotionals

When a man takes his place.

November 15, 2018

“For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior” Ephesians 5:23, ESV.

The more I get into God’s will, the more my family does too. The more I get in my place, the more I see my wife get into her place and the more blessings she receives into her life. The more I get in my place, the more blessings my children are experiencing in their life.

As husband and father, the man is the head of the home, and the head of the man is Christ. The more submitted you are to Christ, the more of him you will experience in your home. As you get in your place by loving your wife as Jesus would, you’ll see her submit easier to you, as well as your submission to each other. When we’re true fathers, our children will divinely listen to us and have no problem following us.

A man that decides to stay strong in God, will see his family divinely stay strong. When you have faith, the Lord will cause your family to have faith too. God has given such power and authority to us as men, we can bring joy and peace after work and change the mood of everyone in the house.

When we as men take our place, the devil gets in place–which is under our feet! When the man lines up, everything, and I mean everything will fall in place, and the more of God and more blessings your family will experience in their lives–far beyond monetary.

Prayer: Father, I thank You today. Help me to take my place and submit to Christ. As I do that, I trust You that You will cause everything to divinely fall in place as I take my rightful place in You. Use me to minister love and strength to my family. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Ephesians 5:23-29, 1 Timothy 5:8, Proverbs 22:6

Devotionals

Your delay could be your miracle!

November 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Study: John 11:1-44

Devotionals

Faith Works By Love

November 12, 2018

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

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

When my son has any kind of need, the most important thing I want him to know is how much I love him. Because of this truth, my son believes there is nothing he can’t come to me for, talk to me about, or get wisdom and help for.

This unconditional love I have for him came from God and this is how He loves His sons. The most important thing He wants us to know is that, no matter what you’ve done or didn’t do, He loves you. He IS love, and there is nothing your heavenly Father won’t do for you.

There is nothing you can’t talk to Him about, ask for grace and mercy for, it doesn’t matter the dilemma, it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve messed up, whether you are on the mountain top or the valley, it doesn’t matter what you’re going through, your faith can rest in Him because your Father loves you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me. There is nothing you won’t do for your son. Nothing. Help me to receive the revelation to core of me that You are love and You love me. I sincerely ask for that, and I thank You in advance for it causing a revolution in my life to where I exercise my faith, obey and believe You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 3:16, Matthew 18:19, 21:22

Devotionals

I Want To Be Happy

November 11, 2018

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8, NKJV.

In Atlanta, Georgia, one of the major highways is 285. It is literally a massive circle around the city, which can lead you to anywhere you need to go. Yet, if you don’t get off 285, you will eventually end up right back where you started.

True fulfillment and happiness isn’t found where it may appear to be. It may seem for a man as if it’s found in riches, women, a position of prestige, but eventually, you find like 285 you are right back where you started–unfulfilled and unhappy. Even as a godly man, if you’re not careful, you can find yourself going around in this same circle in one area or another. It can be frustrating to want something to work, that wasn’t ever meant to be.

True happiness is not meant to be found in creation, but in the Creator. It is found in knowing Christ. The Bible says blessed, or “How happy!”, is the man that has decided to hear what the Lord has to say, abide by it, and then, discovers that He really is that good! He really will give you the desires of your heart when you delight in Him. Taste and see that He will cause you to arrive at His destination for your life, and will also help you be truly happy with yourself.

Prayer: Father, I turn to You. How happy I am when I put my trust in You! Show me Jesus what I have in you. Help me to believe that Your ways will make me happy. Help me to have faith that you really are good. You have the sure blueprint to happiness. Have Your way in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 23:6, 118:1, 139:14: 1 Timothy 6:17

Devotionals

You Are Free

November 8, 2018

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” John 8:36, NKJV.

Make this confession with me this morning: “I am free! I’m not bound by my past. I have no limitations. Jesus has paid the price for all my sins and I live forgiven. I have the mind of Christ. I am free to love God and gladly seek Him. I am free to understand and retain His Word. Depression is bound and His joy flows freely in me. My ambition is free. My confidence is free. My faith is free. I can do all things by the strength He provides. I am free to live. The devil is under my feet like he should. I am worthy. I am encouraged. I am more than a conqueror through Christ who loves me. I am free to prosper. I am a new man. I am free to be blessed and a great blessing. Wealth freely comes to me. Favor freely comes to me from all directions. More and more grace is abounding freely toward me. I am healed. I am free to walk in my purpose and make disciples. I am free to do what He has called me to do. I am free to work hard like I should. I am free to play hard like I should. I am free to share Jesus. I am free to trust God and follow Christ. I am strong to obey God. I am free to win. Thank You Lord for making me free!”

Study: Romans 8:37-39

Devotionals

Make it your goal to please God.

November 7, 2018

“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier” 2 Timothy 2:3-4, NKJV.

Make it your goal to please God. Make it your sole aim to give Him your best and focus on your assignment. Nothing else matters more. Therefore, don’t get entangled with the affairs of this life that have nothing to do with what you are aiming for. Don’t allow minor things to move you from walking in joy and faith. A hardness that we have to endure is simply keeping our goal, our pursuit, to please God in everything we do.

As you aim your heart at pleasing God, He will point you toward those God-inspired goals, and by the Holy Spirit, help you achieve them. You will say God is surely with me, aiding me to please Him.

Confession: I thank You Father for being my aim right now. I set my heart and mind to please You. I am a good soldier. I can be all that You have called me to be. I will put my trust in You and serve You with conviction. I praise God for helping me hit every target in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: Psalm 35:27

Devotionals

The devil is a liar!

November 6, 2018

“…He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks what it natural to him, for he is a liar and the father of lies and half-truths” John 8:44, Amplified Version.

Don’t let the devil tell you what you can’t do, what you can’t overcome, and what you can’t accomplish for God. Don’t let the devil tell you what God will and won’t do. The devil is a liar and there is no truth found in him.

The devil will always focus on the facts, a half-truths, because he is incapable of telling you the whole truth. He wants us each day, in any given situation, to not hope in God. Yes, the fact is you may have messed up. Yet, the whole truth is that God has made a way and is going to bless you in spite of your mess up. Yes, you may have encountered a setback, yet the whole truth is God is at work and will provide you with the greatest comeback of your life. Yes, you may have record, but you are going to see God bless you in spite of your record. You may even not love the Lord like you should, but God is able to work in you the will and to do His good pleasure, even at this very moment (Philippians 2:13).

The whole truth is because of Jesus Christ, there is always hope. There’s always a blessing. It’s never over.

So the next time the devil to tells you what your end will be, ask him is that whole truth—I guarantee he won’t answer you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for reminding me of Who I belong to and Who’s hands my life is in. The devil is a liar! I speak against every thought telling me what I can’t do. My life’s destination is determined by You God and I will trust You. I already have the victory. I will not live according to facts, but according to the whole and final truth of Your Word. I receive what You say about me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Devotionals

There’s Always a Way

November 5, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Devotionals

Don’t Look Back

November 4, 2018

“But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt” Genesis 19:26, KJV.

When something isn’t good for you, either you must let it go, or it will consume you. This is what happened to Lot’s wife. After being made free, she wouldn’t let go of Sodom and Gomorrah. She looked back and she became a pillar of salt.

Like Lot’s wife, God doesn’t want our testimony to be that we physically left the city (the world), which is a great decision. However, we didn’t make it to the Lord’s destination for our lives either, because if we’re honest, on the inside we haven’t let it go and God knows. For only reasons we know within ourselves, we keep looking back on what’s holding us back.

Maybe you are saved and you go to church, but within you there’s a desire and love for this world, and that desire for the world system is keeping you from reaching your full potential in God. For some of us, this is a warning. It’s keeping you from completely obeying God and fulfilling your calling. God has great things in store for you, yet you must trust God, and release your grip on this world. Release your grip on the past and let it go. Go with everything you’ve got toward the place in life that the Lord is calling you to, and don’t look back.

Prayer: Father, I will worship You and You alone. You’re telling me to not look back and I hear Your voice. If there’s any desire and love in me for this world, I repent and I ask that You take it from me. Help me to not look back on what will consume me. I will look to You and completely pursue Your calling for my life and who You want me to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Genesis 19:13-26, Matthew 24, Colossians 3:2, Hebrews 10:38

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Nothing Else Will Do

November 3, 2018

“Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:13-14, NKJV.

I never have drank water that didn’t quench my thirst. In these times, many are seeking to quench their thirst for love, fulfillment, peace, and happiness with things, only to find they have the house, but not a home. They obtain the money, but they can’t buy what they really want and need. At the end of the day, they are still thirsty.

What we thirst for can’t be purchased with money or found in a relationship, it can only be found in Jesus Christ. Nothing else will do. All of our reaching out for love and identity, for forgiveness and validation are only found in Christ. Jesus is that water, and He would cease to be water if He couldn’t quench our thirst. He is the missing piece that fills every void. Don’t turn to things, relationships or anywhere else. Receive His living water and you will never thirst again.

When you encounter someone who doesn’t know the Lord, share with them how Jesus has quenched your thirst and how He can do the same for them.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Son. I realize I need Jesus, the living water. Nothing else will do. I ask for You to come into my heart and provide the everlasting supply that I need. I thank You for a well of water on the inside of me that springs up unto everlasting life. Thank You Lord and I access Your living water today! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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The Best Help in Life

November 2, 2018

“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever” John 14:16, NKJV.

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” John 16:13, NKJV.

I have found the best Help we have in this life is the leading of the Holy Spirit. I have been in some pressured situations, and if it weren’t for the Holy Spirit giving me the guidance I needed in those moments and telling me what to do, I would have thrown in the towel. He led me to overcome.

When no one else is there, He is. When you don’t know what to do, the Holy Spirit will direct you to the answer. If you find yourself in trouble, He will lead you out of it. If you need restoration, He will lead you step by step into God restoring you, even better than what you had. When you are seeking to get God’s will accomplished, the Holy Spirit will show you how to do it.

The Holy Spirit desires each day, in every situation, to help you by leading you. If you will let Him drive, if you will have faith in His wisdom, He will steer you like a wheel into the Father’s will for you. Sometimes, you may not understand why He is telling you to do something, but He will never let you down. You may not understanding where He is taking you, but He will not let you down. He may tell you to apologize or do good to them anyway, but trust Him. He is perfect and He guides us into the perfect truth of God’s Word and we experience that His way will work every time.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the Holy Spirit. Jesus left me the best Help I have, the same as if He was here. Holy Spirit lead the way. In everything in my life, lead the way. As I acknowledge You, as I turn to You, help me to recognize your leading all the time. I let go of my agenda and I will follow You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Enjoy Your Wife Again

November 1, 2018

“You are all fair, my love, and there is no spot in you. Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon…you have ravished my heart. You have ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; you have ravished my heart with one look of your eyes, with one link of your necklace” Song of Solomon 4:7-9, NKJV.

One thing that maintains a strong marriage is when there is time you get away with fun and enjoyment involved. Laughter is good for you soul, good for your body and good for your marriage. It ministers to your spouse happiness and refreshes the love you have for each other.

It only shouldn’t be you enjoyed her before you got married, and now you both have not had a good time in years.

When will you both laugh again? When will you let everything go and just get away without a plan or schedule. When will you both just be yourselves and laugh like you use to. Let your only plan be is to have a good time with your spouse. Go get dressed up again. Enjoy your spouse again. Laugh again.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word. thank You for this reminder to enjoy my spouse. Help us spark the flame and get back into what drew us together in the first place. Help me not to allow money to delay us. Deal with anything that is in our way and let us submit to Your will to have an enjoyable marriage with my best friend-my spouse. Help us to laugh again. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Song of Solomon 4:1-11, Ephesians 5:25, Proverbs 5:18 & 17:22

Devotionals

Cooperating with Holy Spirit

October 30, 2018

“Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia” Acts 16:6, NKJV.

As Paul went forward in spreading the Gospel, there were some places that the Holy Spirit told him not to go. For whatever reason, he was forbidden to go to Asia. The Holy Spirit also told him don’t go to Bithynia. However, he was given a vision from God about a man in Macedonia and that’s where he knew the Holy Spirit is leading him to go. Paul had a powerful relationship with the Holy Spirit, cooperating with Him, allowing Him to lead the way.

As Paul cooperated with the Holy Spirit, so can you. It is possible to be guided by the Spirit of God even now, right where you are in your life. Some things the Holy Spirit is strongly telling you not to go or do. There are also things He has placed on your heart to do. Listen to Him. There is a direction or course that the Holy Spirit is telling you to take and if you follow Him and follow His peace, He will lead you into God’s will for you.

God has much to bless you with, much to accomplish in you and through you. Stay excited and stay sensitive to His leading. God is greatly desiring to bless you and move in your life even before the year ends, yet it requires you to cooperate with, working hand-and-hand with the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Spirit whom I have to lead and guide me. Help me recognize when You are speaking to me, Holy Spirit. I ask for clarity and direction in my life. If You need to give me a vision or dream, give me a vision or dream. I ask for answers and decisions that I should make that will get me into Your will. Day by day, teach me Holy Spirit to check in with You and cooperate with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Acts 16:6-10, John 14:16-17 & 26, 16:13; Galatians 5:25

Devotionals

When you miss an opportunity.

October 29, 2018

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” Philippians 3:13, KJV

One thing about the game of football, you have to learn to move on to the next opportunity. I was watching football and the game had become a very close one. The team with the ball ran a play and the quarterback threw a long pass to a very wide open receiver, but he dropped the ball. The receiver couldn’t believe it. He was very disappointed, hitting the ground, because he missed such a great opportunity. Later in the game, the same quarterback entrusted the same receiver with another opportunity and he caught the ball this time.

You may have dropped the ball and are wondering how you could have missed such a great opportunity. However, don’t continue to beat yourself up, nor allow the devil to do it. The Father is rich in mercy and He is the God that always will provide another chance. Like that quarterback, God is going to come right back to you with the same opportunity to fulfill what He desires in your life. The quicker you can move on, the quicker you will position yourself for the next opportunity. God will open another door and the key is staying ready.

Prayer: Father, thank You for encouraging me today. I missed it, however, I thank You that You are rich in mercy! You will give me another opportunity, and another open door. I pray You help me to seize it! I Thank You for helping me be ready for what You have in store for me! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Devotionals

God is Moving

October 28, 2018

“And should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come” Mark 4:27-29, NKJV.

As crops in the field, God is showing you hints and glimpses of what is to come. It is on the inside of you, stirred up on the inside of you that God is about to do something great in your life. You may not know exactly how. You may not know exactly when. Yet, you know the time is now and you are expecting what God is about to manifest in your life.

You may have had some tough times, but you settled in your heart that you will continue to trust the Lord and you are about to see your reward. You said I will sow into God’s kingdom and sow His Word in me. You have turned the corner, and there is an excitement that you can’t explain nor contain. Keep obeying God. There is no telling how God is about to move in your life, and it is something to be excited about.

Prayer: Thank You Lord this morning! I am excited about what You about to do! I am a grateful and thankful man. What a God I serve. Even beyond the rough times I have had, You blessed me, and I will continue to trust You are moving in me and through my life. Help me to continue to be led by You Holy Spirit. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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

Devotionals

Do you love Me?

October 27, 2018

“He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep” John 21:17, NKJV.

It can be hard to run for Jesus when you have denied Him. Peter did it three times. After Jesus rose from the dead and visited the disciples, Jesus asked him three times on purpose do you love me. It was evident that Jesus was making a point to deal with a root of issues Peter had, and He wanted him to move beyond them.

Do you feel like Peter? Jesus knows you love Him, but your denial, your sin, your mistakes, have turned you from pursuing His will for your life. You told Him you would stand for Him, you said you would be there, but you have left Him multiple times. In fact, you have decided to not even pursue God’s call any longer.

In these moments, only one question matters to the Lord: “Do you love Me?” If you love Jesus, feed His sheep. If you love Jesus, get back up. If you love Jesus, go on and run your race. He loves you and He has dealt with everything that you have been through. Do what He has asked you to do, not because you’re perfect, but because you love Him.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word. Jesus, I have been hurt by how I failed You. Yet, all You want to know is do I love You and I do. Help me to forgive myself and deal with every issue in me. I will get up and I will feed Your sheep. Thank You for the great love You have for me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Read: John 21:15-19, Acts 2:40-41

Devotionals

What has God told you repeatedly?

October 26, 2018

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9

This wasn’t the first time God had spoken this word of encouragement to Joshua. Prior to this, Moses declared the word of The Lord to all of Israel in Deuteronomy 31:6, and then spoke directly to Joshua in verse 7, “And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.” This wasn’t a new word. God was repeating Himself.

This is why spending time in God’s Word is healthy for growth, affirmation, and forward motion into what’s unknown, for it will allow God to repeat Himself. He can and will remind us, and say some things again, which He has already said for our benefit. It will keep us focused, strong in faith, and encouraged. What has God had someone tell you at several points in your life, and He then repeated that same word? What has God repeatedly reminded you of? What has God commanded you to do? Who has God commanded you to be? He told Joshua to be strong and of a good courage. To enter into the promise land God has for you, you must do the same.

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for speaking to my heart. Thank You for being patient and longsuffering with me and my growth. I choose to follow You and obey what You have repeatedly asked me to do. Strengthen me, Lord. Help me to continue to walk with You and say Yes to the leading of Your Holy Spirit. Be glorified in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

A Hunger For Jesus

October 25, 2018

“And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:35, NKJV

One thing about a natural hunger and a thirst, it will remain until it is satisfied. You will fight when you’re hungry. You will end a phone call abruptly when you’re hungry. You will stop and tell your manager, even your wife, I have to go get something to eat when you’re hungry. It is essential to your ability to live and function, and everything becomes secondary to it.

Make every hunger secondary to Jesus. He knows you need to eat and He has what we hunger for. He knows your thirst for love and identity. He knows your hunger for peace of mind. He knows your hunger for fulfillment. We can pursue pleasures, people and places, but none compares to the Person of Jesus Christ. He says trust and try Me.
Come and believe on Him, and acceptance will no longer be a hunger because He will affirm who you are. Peace will no longer be a hunger because He will supply great peace in your life. Love will no longer be what you thirst for because He will pour His love into your heart to make you free, healed and whole. Everything you seek is found in Him.

He will prove Himself to be all that you need.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word to me. Jesus, You are the Bread of Life. You are all that I need. I walk by faith and come to You. Help me to make every hunger secondary to You and I will find that You can satisfy them all. Help me to make You Who I hunger and thirst for, and I won’t hunger and thirst again. In Your name I pray, Amen.

Devotionals

Fruit comes from denying yourself.

October 24, 2018

“Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me’.” Luke 9:23, NKJV.

When you wake up in the morning, you are faced with the most vital decision of your day, yet can get overlooked. It isn’t your responsibilities. It isn’t the tasks before you. It is the decision to deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Jesus.

Sometimes, even while spending time with God in prayer, we really didn’t get all of what we went into it for. It is not just a time to ask of God. It is also a time to take up your cross and to ask Him to help you do it. It is a time to truly submit your will and plans, to His will and plans. It is the time that you decide not to lead, but you say I will follow as He leads me.

He will then lead you and empower you by the His Spirit. He will lead you into what to plan, where to go and what to do during the course of your day. What may at first appear like you were giving up your life by taking up your cross, you will find, from the fruit that is produced, that Jesus leads you into life–an abundant one.

Prayer: Father, thank you for your wisdom. I submit my life to you and yield to you. Have your way in me. Lead me and guide me. I want the life you have for me. I want your plans and purpose to be fulfilled in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

New Moments

October 23, 2018

“Do not call to mind the former things; pay no attention to things of old. Behold, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert” Isaiah 43:18-19, Berean Study Bible.

Sometimes your good can hinder your great. You did a lot in the past, you conquered many mountains, you accomplished much in God. Yet, you can’t allow the glory of the past to be your best days. You are still here, therefore, God has more for you to see. He has more mountains to climb. He has more of the kingdom for you to advance. Those moments were great and should never be forgotten. Yet, you have new days for new moments in Him.

Go on into the new moments He has for you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for your word. I ask that You help me to let go of the good in my past, and embrace the great things before me. Let me not limit You to my old glory days. Help me go on into the new moments you have waiting for me. Help me to trust you every step of the way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Happy is the man that trusts Him!

October 22, 2018

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8, NKJV

In the Hebrew language, the word blessed in this scripture means “how happy!” Therefore, how happy is the man that trusts in God, not in the way that seems right to man, not in the deceitfulness of riches, not in a company or person, not in an opportunity with strings attached, not in pleasures, but trusting in God is where this man will continually find abundant happiness.

The man that trusts God has decided to hear what the Lord has to say and allows that to be how He lives, how he patterns his life, and how he handles his business affairs. He obeys God and He sees, tastes and discovers that God is good, merciful, favors him, and is on his side. This is the reason this man is so blessed, so happy.
Begin to truly trust the Father with everything in your life. You’ll see He wants you to succeed. He wants you to overcome. He wants to bless you over and over. When you allow Him to be Who you pursue, rely on and follow, you will experience how good God really is.

Prayer: Father, how blessed, how happy is the man that trusts in You! There is no one like You. I leap when I think about how good You are. Help me to realize how good You are and to simply trust You, for it is a sure blueprint to all of my happiness. You are my help and I will totally rely upon You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 144:15, 146:5

Devotionals

When you’re thirsty, draw from your salvation.

October 21, 2018

“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation” Isaiah 12:3, KJV.

Within the salvation the Father has provided in Jesus Christ is rescue for not only your soul, but for everything that pertains to living and overcoming in this life. The Bible describes our salvation as not only being a well, but having many wells that we can draw from.

What is a well? It is a source of water made by digging a hole within the earth. In biblical times, they were a valuable resource. A well wasn’t built far away, but very close to where a reliable supply of water was. It has something to draw with and wells cannot be moved. Our source of water is our salvation, and we can draw with joy from its’ wells because we know the water–the life–we need will come out of it. Our salvation isn’t authored by man’s hands, but by the Everlasting Father, the Almighty God, Who is good and perfect in not just some of His ways, but in all of them.

God desires for us to draw more from it in these times. You are a man, built to handle many things, but you need to joyfully draw from Jesus Christ! There is a well of courage in your salvation and you can draw it out. There is a well of strength in your salvation and you can draw it out. There is a well of mercy, a well of wisdom, a well of strength, a well of comfort, and more within your salvation and you can draw it out.

Prayer: Father, Your salvation has many wells because You know all that I need. I am not my source, You are. I come and draw with joy! What a pillar of strength I have in the salvation that You have given me! Help me to lean on and understand You more Jesus and this great salvation found in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Take the wheel, Holy Spirit, and drive!

October 20, 2018

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:13

Let the Holy Spirit take the wheel and drive today. When He turns left, you turn left. When He turns right, you turn right. When He says do this, you do it. When He speaks to you to share Jesus, you open your mouth. When He says call them, you make the call. When He gives you wisdom, follow it.

To let Him take the wheel of your life, humble yourself and ask Him to, and He will. You can’t win without Him. He is assigned to steer you in the right direction, assigned to help you be like Jesus and to help you do the will of God.

Prayer: Thank You Father for the Holy Spirit Who leads me and guides me into all truth. I humble myself and ask You Holy Spirit to lead me and guide me. Take the wheel and steer me according to the Father’s will for me today. Help me to be sensitive to when You are leading me. You are my Help and I thank You for victory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Provision Follows Purpose

October 19, 2018

“But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides” Matthew 6:33, AMPC.

As men, we desire provision. We want to be able to take care of our wife. We want our kids to have the best things in life, especially if we didn’t have them growing up. We want to support our parents better. We also desire to be in a position to be a great blessing.

With God, provision is found within purpose. God’s wisdom for us is to seek our purpose and within the purpose, there will be the provision. Go after God first and He will add the promised provision to you. Fear will tell you to operate backwards. But know that God will bless you financially when your first priority is to strive for His kingdom and living right, living with integrity. He has promised provision for you and your family.

Confession: Thank You God for being my Provider. You will add your promised provision to me when I seek Your kingdom and Your righteousness first. My trust is in the Lord. By faith, my wife, children, and parents are provided for. I am in a financial position to be a great blessing.

Study: Psalm 115:14

Devotionals

When you pray with your wife.

October 18, 2018

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].” James 5:16, Amplified

One of the greatest things you can offer your wife is when you take her by the hand and say let’s pray together. When you stop and take the lead in the middle of what your facing, and say we’re going to pray about it. When you say baby I can tell you’re going through something–let’s pray about it together.

This serves a dual purpose. There is power in agreement, according to Matthew 18:19. It also shows your wife how much you love them. It shows that you care about them as you cover them as her head and protection. Also when you pray together, several things will happen. God will prompt you of any wrong you’ve done to each other and will instruct you both to ask forgiveness, He will strengthen your bond together, He will cause the enemy to flee, and He will bring supernatural peace. God will use prayer to do something supernatural in your marriage and He will answer.

Join hands with your wife and come into agreement with God and His will. The marriage you want and need is in your time of prayer. It is true, the fervent prayers of a righteous man avails much!

Prayer: Father, thank You for the power available when I pray with my wife. I thank You for the victory we have in Christ and the power of agreement. Help us put aside how we feel and our personal agendas to focus on what matters most to You. Help us to remember that our prayers together are powerful. I make a commitment to consistently pray with my wife. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Ephesians 5:23-26

Devotionals

Lord, Have Your Way

October 17, 2018

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

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

Our way won’t work. Let God do what He wants to do in your life. Don’t restrain Him or hold Him back. Let His Spirit fill you and use you today like never before. Let His praise flow from your mouth and make Him big in your circumstance. Let advancing His kingdom be what you’re all about. Let Him have His way in you and through you.

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

Devotionals

Follow His instructions, it will turn out fine.

October 16, 2018

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

If you’re like me when it comes to cooking, I don’t do much of it at all. My wife even says what would I do without her. Yet when I do cook, it can feel a little intimidating when I begin to prepare a meal. In the midst of what to do, how to do, how much, and all the things that come with being in front of that stove, I would be reminded by God if I just follow the instructions, it will turn out fine.

Whatever you are facing in your life that appears intimidating. Whatever giant is before you. Whatever your back is against the wall about. Whoever the Lord is leading you to disciple or minister to. There may even be something the Lord has put on your heart that you’ve never done. Be reminded to get the instructions of God and then follow them. Those steps that He provides are sufficient enough. Those steps will bring you the success He has for you. Those steps will lead you into the restoration of God.

Don’t allow your focus to be on what you’ve never done, how will this turn out, how long will it take, how will they respond, or will you fail. The instructions are your part; causing it to succeed is God’s. Let Him determine the results. Sow your seed of obedience, and He will make it grow!

Prayer: Father, You are good and You give great instructions. Help me to not be afraid of what is before me, and remind me of what You have said. I ask for a hearing heart. I will obey You and follow Your instructions, and everything will turn out fine! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Joshua 1:8, 1 Corinthians 3:7

Devotionals

It’s Working For Your Good

October 15, 2018

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

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

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

Be encouraged and walk in joy. It is working for your good!

Confession: I am thankful that all things are working together for my good. No matter how I feel, I will give thanks. God is a good God. I will not live my life full of regret, guilt or condemnation. Thank You that Your plan is in front of me and is unfolding right before my eyes. I am truly a blessed man and I Thank You Lord!

Devotionals

A Prayer for My Brother

October 14, 2018

“But the Lord said to Samuel, Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7, NKJV.

Pray this prayer with me today: Father, I desire to be right before you in the hidden places of my life. People can see how I look on the outside. People can see how well I do my job. Yet, they don’t see the thoughts that I have privately. They don’t see what I have been lusting for. They don’t see my heart like You do. You see whether I am really putting you first in my life. You know if I am being a man of integrity and honor. You see my heart, Lord, and I want to be pleasing to you in the area you deem as most important of all. I want to have clean hands and a pure heart. I want to be right before You. I ask You to repair me. Really change me in the areas that You can see, because when it is all said and done, that is what matters. I thank You for it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: Psalm 51

Devotionals

Think on Good Things

October 13, 2018

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” Philippians 4:8, NKJV.

Sometimes our minds can be all over the place if we allow it to be. In the face of being tempted to be dissatisfied, your mind can think on what if you made different decisions in life and what could have been. In the face of not having enough income, your mind can be full of what you don’t have instead of what you do. When a challenge comes, your thoughts can be consumed with why did it have to happen?

It is our responsibility to, on purpose, think on good things. Just as you turn your head, turn the thoughts of your heart and mind toward whatever is true and noble, whatever is just or right, and pure. The battlefield is the mind and what you think on can determine whether you dwell in the past or you live in joy and hope right now. Think on God’s word, His report, and what He has said the outcome will be. You may say looking for something good happening in your life right now is like trying to find a needle in a haystack, but fight to find it. The Lord never leaves us without hope and there is always something that is worthy to give God praise for.

In the midst of trial, if there is anything you are gaining from it, anything Jesus is teaching you from it and it’s working for your good, think on that. It is a new day. Pursue and choose to not dwell on what you see, but what God’s word says it will be.

Prayer: Father, help me to think on good things. Help me to learn to think on what is good, honest, true and praiseworthy to You. I refuse to be a worrying man, but I will live. Help me catch myself when my mind begins to dwell on what’s wrong and what is not like You. May Your word your always weigh in on every matter. I ask for a mind that stays on Jesus and the victory I have in him. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Devotionals

Nothing less than what He promised you.

October 11, 2018

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” John 10:10, NKJV.

When you go to work, you put in all your hours, you expect to receive what belongs to you. If your company came to you at the end of the week with only some of your pay check, that would not be good enough. Most of your pay check would be better, yet that still wouldn’t due either.

You did all of your work, therefore, you rightfully expect all of your compensation–nothing less.

Jesus came and lived a sinless life, loved, discipled, saved, healed the sick, opened blind eyes, caused the lame to walk, delivered, empowered, forgave, endured, and then, gave his life on the cross for you and I. He finished all the work, he came to save, and as a son of God, you can rightfully expect everything he paid the price for.

Rightfully expect nothing less than an abundant life. It is the Lord’s joyful desire. He died, so you can live an awesome life. Expect nothing less than being free in Christ, nothing holding you back. Expect nothing less than what Jesus said. Expect nothing less than what He promised you.

Prayer: Thank You Father for Your Word. Thank you Jesus for the work you finished on the cross and I can rightfully expect to be blessed above measure. I am free. I believe You, and I will expect nothing less than to experience Your goodness, faithfulness and promises in my life. It is your joyful desire for me. Thank You Lord! In Your name I pray, Amen.

Study: 2 Corinthians 1:20

Devotionals

Make an impact with your prayers!

October 10, 2018

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” 1 Timothy 2:1-4, NKJV.

A wave of water can be small and it can also be massive. Either way, when it comes and hits the beach shore, it affects what it hits. The power with waves is that they continue to come in, one after another, making an impact on land.

There are waves of prayers that are coming. Wave of believers, waves of churches, waves of pastors and leaders, businesses, women, children, and more asking of God to war for us. Asking God to use our leaders for His purpose. Asking God to touch and change lives. One after another, prayers are coming, and like a powerful wave, our intercession will have an impact on our land.

God is calling us as men to intercede individually and collectively to affect what we target them toward. Whether you are at home or work by yourself, with your family or at your church, make waves of prayer that will change your city, your leaders, your nation and the world. Like a wave, continually let your prayers enter in and touch the shores of leaders and lives.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the power of prayer and I join in, making waves of intercession extending from Your people right now. According to Your Word, I also give thanks for our leaders. Help me to pray and give thanks each day for them. Guide them, instruct them and use them for Your mighty purpose and plans Father. According to Your Word, my prayers will have powerful results of quietness and peace, and most of all, people being saved and coming to know Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Devotionals

If you don’t have peace, stop and get wisdom.

October 9, 2018

“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding” Proverbs 4:7, NKJV.

“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God…” 1 Corinthians 1:30, NKJV.

Wisdom is the principle thing and above all, it is what you want to receive from God for every decision you make. It is like the foundation of a home–it’s what you build on. Wisdom is the foundation for all of the choices and plans, and you don’t want to approach doing anything without it.

When doing a work for God, get wisdom. When deciding on who to marry and when to marry, get wisdom. When making a financial decision, get wisdom. Practically, get all the information you can about that area and your decision can become very clear. In the multitude of counsel there is safety (see Prov. 11:14), so ask other godly men do they have any advice and even share any of their own experiences. You’ll be surprised at how God will speak to you through them and help you locate the exact wisdom you need for your situation.

Most of all, the Bible says that Jesus has been made unto us wisdom. He is our wisdom because He is the word of God (see John 1:14). It is principle, it is foundational, to find the wisdom Jesus give through the word, then follow his lead. Follow his peace.

Don’t settle and refuse to be pressured. You want peace. In these times, it is crucial as a man to be wise, to pray and understand God’s will for your life. Therefore, “if you don’t know, don’t go.” Stop and get the principle thing–wisdom.

Prayer: Father, I needed this. I have so many decisions before me. Give me wisdom. Help me to find the wisdom I need, even through the counsel of others. As I get all the information I can from Your word, as I pray about it, Jesus speak to me and I will follow your lead. Help me to stop and not move until I receive Your wisdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Proverbs 3:19, 8:11 & 35, James 1:5, Ephesians 5:14-17, Philippians 3:15

Devotionals

Will you still serve Him?

October 8, 2018

“Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” Psalms 100:2

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

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

Although you are being proven, still serve Him. Although you are learning humility and patience, still serve Him. He doesn’t want your worship and your obedience to be conditional. When all is well or when it isn’t, when He gives you what you want or when He doesn’t, no matter the wilderness, no matter the trial, serve Him. There is always a promise land after the wilderness. After obedience, there is always the blessing.

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

Devotionals

A Rejoicing Life

October 7, 2018

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

There are always reasons for you to rejoice. Rejoice over the good things the Lord has blessed you with. Rejoice because the Lord is up to something in your life. The Lord fights your battles. Rejoice because you are a man that’s going to another level in your life. Be glad that He has made you whole. Yet above all, rejoice because your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life.

God’s desire is that your day be full of rejoicing in Him, as the Lord has made you glad. He wants our all when it comes to rejoicing and to do it more. Just as you rejoice over your life-long sports team, rejoice over your God. Shout for joy, shout because you have overcome, no matter what you face! It will keep your joy full. It will keep you reminded of Who you serve, Who kept you, Who restored you, Who is faithful, Who is pleased with you, loves you and with Him, you cannot lose.

If you learn to rejoice, you will handle your challenges a lot better. You will be more of a man that’s free of care, more lighthearted, less stressed. You will find it to become easier and easier to remind yourself and shout for joy over what the Lord can do. There is no better way to live than to rejoice!

Prayer: Father, I rejoice over You. My name is written in heaven! I rejoice that You have set me free. I rejoice because You are up to something great in my life! Thank You for being a Father to me. I celebrate You and the victory I have in Christ. Develop in me a life of rejoicing. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: Psalm 9:2, 68:4; Luke 10:20, Philippians 4:4

Devotionals

You no longer live, but Christ lives in you.

October 6, 2018

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” Galatians 2:20, NKJV.

The Apostle Paul said I am crucified with Christ. This is the ultimate statement to say you don’t live any more, yet your life is now Christ to lead. All of his sin, the sinful nature and its’ desires for doing what doesn’t please God has been nailed to the cross. Jesus lives in him and a new man has risen.

That old man may call your name, but refuse to be the man you use to be. A new man has truly risen. The devil my remind you of what you have done, even something recent, but don’t allow him to define you by it. You have been crucified with Christ and live by the faith you have in him. He removed the power of sin and its’ dominance over you, and the life God has planned for you is yours to seize and experience today. The freedom, joy, peace, strength and success is yours to experience each day. This is what He paid for.

With no condemnation, rejoice in your day. Live in Him and let Christ live through you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for sending Your Son to die for me. Jesus paid the price for my sin. I make the ultimate statement: I am crucified with Christ. I don’t live, but Christ lives me. That old man is gone. Your agenda is my agenda. My life is hid in Christ and what He has done for me. Help me to not tell myself where to go or what to do. I don’t lead, I will follow You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 2 Corinthians 5:17

Devotionals

A Man and His Prayer Closet

October 5, 2018

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

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

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

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

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word this morning. Thank You for the riches found in my prayer closet. Help me to stay focused on building my prayer life. Help me to not seek after the reward of man, but the reward that comes from You. I will pray in secret and watch You openly reward me. Be glorified in my life. I believe I receive. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: Matthew 6:1-13

Devotionals

Real Peace

October 4, 2018

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…” Romans 5:1, NKJV

There’s something about not being right with God that causes us to be restless, without peace. In other words, our soul is not at one with God, Who is Jehovah Shalom–The Lord Is Peace. When we are separated from the One Who embodies it and supplies it, we cannot have it. We cannot access it.
We try to find it in gaining more, vacationing more, eating more, drinking more, and/or accomplishing more. Yet, it seems to always come short of peace. More money seems to always come short of peace. More women seems to always come short of peace. It’s sugar, but it is not sweet, and it always eludes satisfying us.

Jesus became the bridge to having this peace that passes all understanding. It is a peace that you will find yourself, above all, being so thankful for. This is the amazing peace which only comes from merely being right with your Maker God. There is an unspeakable joy and peace that comes from knowing that all of your sins have been washed away, your past forgiven, and the penalty of them, the guilt of them…all gone, and every promise from God, all of His mercy and grace, is yours. Eternal life is yours. This is real peace.

Prayer: Father, thank You for peace with You that comes through having faith in what Jesus did for me. Forgive me of all my sins. Cleanse me now. I ask Jesus to come into my heart. I am set back in a right relationship with You. I receive the peace I’ve never known. Turn my life around like I’ve never known. Thank You for it today! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: Judges 6:24

Devotionals

You’re solely responsible for the seed.

October 3, 2018

“And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: ‘A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside…but others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold” Luke 8: 4-7, NKJV.

A farmer doesn’t consider how the soil will respond to the seed they sow. They know they have no control over that miraculous part of the harvest. That part is beyond their ability. They understand their responsibility is to sow the seed, and then, watch it grow.

Many times when we consider sharing the seed of God’s word with someone, we consider the things that we can’t control. Yet, just as a farmer is not responsible for the soil of the ground, you are not responsible for the condition of a man’s heart. God is. He is the Lord of the harvest. We can’t make anyone change, only a patient God can and it’s in His timing. He is the One that causes the power of His word to produce even long after He used you to sow it.

You never know what the Lord has already been dealing with someone about. Just be a faithful sower for Jesus and let God make it grow.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word. I am not responsible for the soil of another person’s heart. You are. I am responsible for only being a sower of Your word. Help me to be about Your mission to spread the good news everywhere I go because people need You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Luke 8:4-15, 1 Corinthians 3:6-7

Devotionals

In Due Time

October 2, 2018

“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” Romans 5:6, KJV.

When you were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for you. No matter what you’re going through, if you’re in Christ, in due time you will see what Christ dying for you has given you. It has given you rescue, mercy, deliverance, favor, and right-standing with God. In due time, you will see how much God loves you, as He brings you out. In due time, you will see Him make it right. You will see His plan completely unfold. He will turn it around. In due time, you will see your restoration and blessings ahead, and you will say this is all a result of what Jesus has done for me.

This is how it always will be for a believer. Because He died, you will live and live more abundantly. All because of Jesus Christ and all that we have in Him, most of all, the forgiveness of sin.

Continue to stand in your righteousness and serve the Lord with a happy heart. Thank Him as you reflect on His goodness and mercy. Don’t be moved by what you’re going through. Know in due time He will always step in and bring you victory.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for all You have done. You are good and faithful. Thank You that I can trust You and Your timing. Thank You that in due time I will see Your plans come to pass. Thank You that what I’m going through has an expiration date. I trust that You will always bring victory in my life! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: Romans 5: 7-8

Devotionals

Real Peace, Real Rest

October 1, 2018

“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.” Hebrews 4:1, 9, NKJV

Believing God will help us enter into a rest that we’ve never known. It’s a place when daily stuff doesn’t bother us like it use to. Things that use to occupy our thoughts and minds because we are worried about them, don’t bother us like they use to. We believe God and we have entered into His rest for our souls.

God doesn’t want your rest and peace to be dictated by circumstances; that isn’t real. If good things are happening, you are happy. If you make an error, if the sales decline in your business, if a co-worker does something wrong that affects you, if your money gets low, in an instant, your mood changes. Just like you insert a letter within an envelope, God wants you to insert your faith, engage your faith in Him in those moments during your day–and rest. He wants you to believe on Him that He will handle every matter in life.

As a parent tells their child to trust they will take care of it, so does God say to you. He has a real rest and a real peace He wants you to operate in, so He can fill your life with joy, and you can live life as He intended. He also desires for others to see Him shine through you and what He can do in the life of someone that decides to trust Him.

Prayer: Father, I desire real peace and real rest. Help me to believe You when you tell me You got it. I come against stress and moodiness. I will not come short of this promised rest. I thank You for rest and peace because I believe You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: Hebrews 4:1-10

Devotionals

You’re not perfect, but Jesus is.

September 30, 2018

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

“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption” 1 Corinthians 1:30, NKJV.

Abraham wasn’t perfect at all. He lied about his wife being his sister and also slept with his wife’s handmaid. What made him right before God wasn’t what he did, but Who he chose to believe, and the Father accounted his faith as righteousness. Because he believed God and didn’t allow his shortcomings to hinder his obedience, he became the father of faith and of many nations.

You will never be a perfect man. Yet, Jesus became your perfection, your righteousness, and because you believe in Jesus, you are in right-standing with your Father. Therefore, you don’t have to feel you have to do enough, feel condemned, unworthy, or unqualified. What you have done will never change who you are in Christ.

The Father knew you when He called you. He isn’t looking for a perfect person. He is looking for a perfect heart toward Him. A perfect heart says in spite of your flaws, you choose to love and believe God. In spite of your mistakes, you will follow Jesus and do what God wants you to do. All God requires of you is to believe in what Jesus did for you and what He says about you.

Receive it and move forward. Jesus is your perfection.

Prayer: Father, thank You that I am washed and made new in Christ. I am made perfect, not by own works, but through faith in You. I ask that You remove any condemnation from my heart. I have been counted worthy and qualified for what You have for my life. Even with my flaws and my past mistakes, You have called me, and that settles everything. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study: Genesis 16:4, 20:1-3; Romans 5:1, Galatians 3:1-9, 26

Devotionals

Encourage yourself in the Lord.

September 28, 2018

“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” 1 Samuel 30:6, KJV

As men, we have a lot of responsibility and we pursue to handle it all. However, we can fall short, get greatly distressed and heavy. This is exactly what happened to King David. David felt defeated and needed to be encouraged. Yet, he didn’t go to his friend. He didn’t go to the prophet. To receive what he needed, he went directly to Lord.

Sometimes, no one will be able to encourage you. At that point, you still must decide that you will not stay in a place of heaviness and encourage yourself in the Lord!

No one can strengthen you like the Lord. No one can show you the way out like Him. No one can lift your burdens and give you joy like the Lord. No one can revive you like the Lord.

He will put might in your heart. His peace will keep you knowing that you can hope in God. His Spirit will comfort you in times of loss. His Word will remind you of Who He is and Who you are. The Father will speak to You and assure you that everything is going to be alright.

Choose to do like David did. Encourage yourself in the Lord.

Prayer: Lord, I thank You that I can encourage myself in You. There is no one like You! Encourage me Lord. You are my fortress, my healer and my Provider. I don’t feel like it, but I praise You now. I receive strength in my heart and peace in my mind Father. Thank You Father for lifting my head and showing me what to do. I have the victory! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 3:3

Devotionals

Be a sure, firm and strong man!

September 26, 2018

“He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great” Luke 6:48-49, NKJV.

A foundation is something sure, firm and strong, set in place to build any house or structure upon. As a man, you are as a foundation for your home, and you are a leader of those within it. You have to be sure, firm and strong. Your family needs you to be sure, firm and strong.

The only way you can be strong, no matter what comes your way, is if you have the right foundation yourself. If you build your life, your marriage, and your home on the Rock, which is Jesus Christ and His word, He will make you like a rock in these times. He becomes your firm foundation when you learn of him, apply his instructions regarding how to live, and depend of God’s Word as your constant guide.

As a house, a man can look impressive on the outside, yet with the wrong foundation, it is only a matter of time when the right flood, the right pressure, the right storm comes to make it crumble. Choose the Lord be your firm foundation, and let Him help you build something great in your life. Let him build in you what will stand and endure!

Prayer: Thank you Father God for being this man’s firm foundation. I will build my life on your ways and principles. Anything can come my way, but in Jesus, I am steady like a rock. I am firm, sure and strong. Help me and other men to always put our trust in Your mighty Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

The Safest Place

September 25, 2018

“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalms 32:7, NIV

The safest place to be is in the will of God during these times. God’s will maneuvers you around the blows you would otherwise take being out of it. The devil cannot stop God; therefore, he can’t stop you when you are in the will of God. The written word of God is the will of God, and it is lasting through the ages. It is an armored truck, and you will not get robbed of the plan of God for your life!

As long as you remain in it, you will come out victorious. Yes, weapons will be formed, but they will not prosper. You will prosper instead. Desire the will of God, want it, pursue it. The goodness of God is real and is experienced in His will. Ask God what is your plan for my life? What is your will for my family? What is your will for this career decision I must make? What are the steps in fulfilling your will for me? Seek God’s will for your life today and you will prosper in these last days!

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for Your rich words spoken directly to my heart. Help me to stay in Your will and not go my own way. Give me wisdom and direction and be glorified in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Nothing is Impossible with Him

September 24, 2018

“For with God nothing shall be impossible” Luke 1:37, KJV.

Beloved brother, the heart of what Jesus is speaking about is putting our faith in action. Our faith needs to be built on a solid foundation of His Word, and what we have heard, we must be able to put forth in this world in how we live and in good works. As we abide and grow in the Vine (see John 15:5) and use our faith, we will see the Lord do great things, even see a revival of the miracles and wonders of the time of the apostles. Do you dare believe it? Nothing is impossible with God!

I challenge you this week to go crazy with your faith. Speak life and love, prophesy, lay hands on the sick, and proclaim victory in Jesus name. Speak and move those mountains in your way. Believe, believe, believe and then do!

Prayer: Father God, thank you for filling my life with purpose. Thank you for talents, gifts and abilities to glorify Your Name. Please continue directing my footsteps by Your will and believe You for the impossible. Teach me to fill this world with light and love so that I can secure salvation for anyone who enters my life. Holy Spirit, I invite You to fill me and may good works flow as I walk by faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Matthew 17;20, 7:24 – 27; James 2

Devotionals

His Grace is Upon You

September 22, 2018

“And the Child continued to grow and become strong [in spirit], filled with wisdom; and the grace (favor, spiritual blessing) of God was upon Him” Luke 2:40, Amplified version.

Long before God’s grace is experienced in your life publicly, it will rest on your life privately. It will be present to help you and prepare you for God’s will. As a child, the grace of God was upon Jesus helping him and preparing him for the assignment from God ahead.

Grace is not only God’s unmerited favor, but it is also God’s spiritual blessing and empowerment from Him to carry out His will for you. Learn to recognize God’s grace upon you in every moment and season. It is His indicator to what He wants you to carry out. It will also confirm again and again what your purpose is and that you are not ever asked of God to do anything alone, even when you prepare. The grace of God is upon you.

There will be days the Lord will have you rise up early to work on your ministry, your business, or that God idea. Be encouraged to obey the Holy Spirit and flow with His grace. There will be nights He will be flooding you with strength to do something. Flow with His grace. By His Spirit, He is giving you the grace in private to accomplish His purpose for you.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for not only providing the grace to walk in my calling, but also the grace to prepare for it. Help me to recognize Your grace when it is operating in my life. As I see it, give me the courage and grace itself to obey You. May I be like Jesus and continue to grow, as more and more grace is placed on my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Study: 1 Corinthians 15:10

Devotionals

Own Your New Day

September 21, 2018

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

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

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

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

Devotionals

Welcome His Word into your heart today.

September 20, 2018

“So get rid of all uncleanness and all that remains of wickedness, and with a humble spirit receive the word [of God] which is implanted [actually rooted in your heart], which is able to save your souls” James 1:21, Amplified Version.

Just like words from a good friend, God has something good to say to encourage and revitalize you. He wants to speak directly to your heart to refresh and transform you.

Welcome His Word. Let the Word shape you. Let the Word teach you. Let it show you the way. Let it light your path. Let it instruct you. Let it uproot that desire for sin. Let it calm you down. Let it lift you up. Let it remind you of the victory you have in Christ.

It’s the Word that will do the work in you. It is full of power. It can save and prosper you soul. It will change your life. There is something in His Word for whatever you’re going through. There is something in His Word for whatever you’re seeking to achieve.

Sit down, open your Bible and welcome the Word into your heart today.

Prayer: Father, with so many things going on, it can be easy to not sit down and hear what You have to say. Help me to humble myself and obey You with welcoming Your Word into my life. Your words are the words I need to hear every day, especially regarding what I am facing. As I open the Bible, say something to me that brings me success and victory. Thank You Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Romans 12:2, Philippians 2:13

Devotionals

Enduring Hardness

September 19, 2018

“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” 2 Timothy 2:1, 3, NKJV

You may be experiencing some rough situations as you pursue to press your way into the promises of God. Things may not be so comfortable in your life right now. But don’t quit and turn back. It is time to strip your boots tighter and endure.

Some things are hard because it is not God’s will for us. Yet, just because it is hard, doesn’t mean it is not God. Just because it is testing your faith more than it has ever been tested, doesn’t mean it is not God. He is stretches us for His calling ahead.

Be strong in God’s grace–His strength to help you through this season. Proclaim God’s will for you more. Pray more. Think on His Word more. Praise God more. Cover yourself in the Lord. Like Jesus endured the cross, endure hardness as a good soldier and keep your eyes on the joy before you. Your breakthrough and blessing will surely come.
Prayer: Father, I thank You for the power of Your Word. Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. I am more than a conqueror. Give me the courage and grace I need to endure this hardness. Help me be strong in the grace. I trust You and I praise You because my breakthrough is ahead. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

(Read Hebrews 12:2)

Devotionals

All Is Well

September 18, 2018

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18, KJV
If you slow down and live in the present, you will hear God saying quietly, “Look around. Look at all I have done, and what I am doing for you.”

Look at how far He has brought you. To the same extent that God has brought you, is evidence of how much farther God is going take you. You are being stretched, yet know that all is well. He is going to continue to bless and do great things for you, even now at this moment in your life. If you ever asked what is the will of God for your life. Here is one of His victorious desires for you: In every thing give thanks.

You’re alive and He is working out the unseen things on your behalf, just like He did before. You are truly blessed. He has surrounded with people to help you, encourage you and that are on your side. He has and will continue to keep you. Take account of what He has done and be grateful, because truly all is well.

Prayer: Thank You Father for all that You have done and are doing in my life. I give You thanks for every blessing I have. Thank You for my family. Thank You for my home. Thank You for the people that encourage and help me. Thank You for my salvation and this journey of faith. I’m walking it with You. I’m being stretched, yet I will follow You. You are with me. All is well Father, all is well. In Jesus name, Amen.

Devotionals

Giant faith on the inside!

September 16, 2018

“Then David said to Saul, ‘Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine’. 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 17:32, 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 how he saw himself and what he believed he could do with the Lord on His side. His faith in God ministered to him to have faith in himself.

No matter the giant you are facing, 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, wisdom and sovereignty. He reigns and He is more than able to deliver victory into your hands. Therefore, it doesn’t bear in comparison to what you are able to do through Christ which strengthens you and is on side. Don’t back down from what God has called you do. Fight for the will of God. Fight for what is in your heart to accomplish, because the real giant–Jesus Christ–lives on the inside of you, and with faith in him, there’s nothing you can’t do!

Prayer: Father, You are great and there is none like You. I will not back down from what You have called me to do. You are on my side! Through You, I will defeat the giant in my life in the name of Jesus! I will fight with giant faith. I believe in who You have made me and I will do Your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Prayer: Philippians 4:13, Romans 8:31

Devotionals

Just One Scripture

September 15, 2018

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” Psalm 1:2-3, NKJV.

“Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day” Psalm 119:97, NKJV.

Sometimes, you just need one scripture. You just need one to hold on to and to set your faith on. You only need one to stir your joy and give you strength in your life. One word from God can change your circumstance, or change you while you are in the middle of it. God will speak through His word, and provide exactly what you need.

Get a scripture regarding what God has promised you, what you are facing, a need you have, or maybe you are seeking to simply know God more. Start there. Meditate on a little and watch God make it into more. Take a little of His word and think on it while go here and while you go there. Before you know it, the day has gone by and you notice more of His word dwells richly in you.

Prayer: Father, thank You that Your words they are spirit and they are life. One word from You can change my entire perspective on where I am. Lead me to just one scripture that is exactly what I need right now and change my life. As I go here and as I go there today, let it remain on my heart no matter what comes. I declare I am a man with great joy and peace because Your word dwells richly in me . In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 1, 119:97-105; John 6:63, 15:7

Devotionals

God didn’t give you a spirit of fear.

September 14, 2018

“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

He will never fail to show you what to do.

September 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

Prayer: Father God, I thank You that You are not a partial God and You freely give the best wisdom. If You showed many in Your word what to do, You will show me what to do also. I will not worry, but believe. I humble myself before You and acknowledge that You know me better than myself. I sincerely want to know Your wisdom for my life. As I lift it all before You, I ask for wisdom and direction on what to do. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

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

Devotionals

Your Last Obedience

September 8, 2018

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

“But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.” Jeremiah 7:23, ESV.

Just as we can make a wrong turn while driving, do you feel like you are off course in God’s will for your life, and genuinely desire to get back on track? You may be asking God how do I get from this place that I am in, back to the other? How do you get to where God wants you to be?

Some of us may very well need to go back to our last place of obedience. What was the last thing you remember God told you to do, and did you do it? When did things go off course in your life? That’s where the turn back towards the plan of God begins. That’s where things will become well for you again. That’s where all the confusion will cease and everything will begin to fall back in place.

You are never too deep, or too far away to obey God and get back on His path for your life.

Prayer: Father, thank You that You never leave us where we are. You are ready to help me get my life back on track. I declare you will eat the good of the land again! I want Your will for my life. Show me my last place of obedience. May I begin there and do what You told me to do. As I do, I praise You in advance for turning things around for me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Devotionals

The Benefits of Order

September 7, 2018

“The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children” Psalm 115:14, KJV.

What I have realized is that everything in life needs order. For example, without a traffic system, there would be chaos on the road. However, with a traffic system that drivers abide by, there is great peace and more people can safely travel to their destination. Even as powerful and sovereign as God is, He operates with order.

Establish some order in every area of your life and abide by it. The result of order will be the peace you’re looking for. The devil wants your life to be in disorder and chaos so you can be distracted from the things and the people that really matter. If you’re so frustrated and without control of your money, bills and drama, you will find it difficult to focus on advancing the kingdom of God, pouring into your kids, watering your wife and investing into building yourself.

Regardless of how much money you make, when there’s financial order, you will be happy. With order, God’s wisdom–the principal thing–is made the foundation in which now God will build upon, and then supernaturally increases you more and more, you and your children. Favor will flow because the order of God has been set in your family and in your home. If you desire increase, get some order.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me. I need some order. Help me to settle down and submit to Your order, Your will for every area of my life. I set the stage for You to move in my purpose, my family, in my marriage, and in my finances. As I abide by Your order, increase everything Lord in my life. I Thank You in advance for change and flowing favor because of Your order. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Proverbs 4:7, 8:35

Devotionals

Rekindle the Fire

September 5, 2018

“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” Revelation 2:4, KJV

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 I believe all I have to do is call. I need a work done in my heart only You can do to get my fire back. I want my fire back! I want it and I need it in order to be who You have called me to be. I come against any hindrances in my life and I stir up the gift that is in me. I praise You now! Fill me with Your Spirit now! I love You first Lord. Oh 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 I remind myself of all You have done for me, and You still keep blessing me! Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: 2 Timothy 1:6

Devotionals

Handling Missed Opportunities

September 4, 2018

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before” Philippians 3:13, KJV.

One thing about 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.

Don’t do that. The best practical antidote and comfort for a missed opportunity is wisdom. It is wise to take your eyes from looking backwards 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. 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 big. Yet, comfort me by Your mighty Spirit. Comfort me with Your mighty wisdom. Establish Your wisdom in me and give me eyes to see what is before me now, what Your strategy is now. In You, all is never lost and You will restore. I thank You for new opportunities for me and my family now. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

Devotionals

Taste and see that the Lord is good!

September 3, 2018

“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 Waymaker and a life changer. He will give you the desires of your heart. He will provide and prosper you. He will bless you to the core of the real need you have. He will give you divine purpose and 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.

He will give you joy, but you have to try Him. He will give you peace about the outcome, but you have to try Him. Try doing what He says and see He’s been waiting to be good to you. Try surrendering to His will, and you will see He’s been trying to turn your life around and bless you this entire time. You just needed to taste and see. Once you do, you will never be the same.

Be reminded He will never fail to perform His word. No matter what you are facing, try God today. He will be good to you!

Prayer: Father, I choose to taste and see that You are good in my life. Help me to put my trust in You and obey You. Because I trust You, I declare I am a blessed man. As I try You, I will see that You are good! Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 34:9-10, 84:11, 100:5; Nahum 1:7

Devotionals

Through the Will of God

September 2, 2018

“Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother” 1 Corinthians 1:1, KJV.

The most important aspect of this scripture is not that Paul said he was an apostle. It isn’t even that he was called of Jesus Christ. The most invaluable insight here is that he was who he was through the will of God. As Paul became who was called to be through the will of God–so will you.

You are not a happen-stance. You can receive that your calling is God’s will for you because God has designed and fully equipped you to do it. You can operate in your calling with a strong confidence when you understand, before you were even conceived in your mother’s womb, it was His will for you. It is established, never to be revoked, altered, stripped away, or changed.

As you pursue to walk out your calling each day, be assured that God is with you. No matter the obstacle, you are not alone. His love and grace are backing you. His favor is backing you. His will is backing you. You can operate in authority because He made you, He put you exactly where your are, and no weapon will prosper against you because of His plan for you!

I know of no one that can turn the will of God from you. I know of no mistake that can turn the will of God from you. He has authored it and He will help you finish your specific assignment in the earth. You will be who you are called to be through the will of God.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the truth of Your Word. Show me what You have called me to do. Show me Your will for my life. Through Your will, I am blessed and graced to do what You called me to do. I declare I am called and through the will of God, I won’t be stopped. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: Jeremiah 1:5, Romans 11:29

Devotionals

Agree with God

September 1, 2018

“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.

I’m so excited about what God is doing and what He is about to do in our lives. We may not know it by our natural mind, but by His Spirit, we have an expectation to see Him move in a great way. Watch Him do a new thing because you begin to agree with what He has shown you.

When the Holy Spirit 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. I will cause you to start a business. Whatever He reveals to you, you are who God says you are, and you can do what God says you can do.

When you agree with His will for your life, you’ll begin to 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 peace and a joy that you’ve never known, all because you simply agree with God.

Confession: Father, thank You for what You have shown me. Today, I decide to agree with You. 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!

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

Devotionals

You Are The Church

August 31, 2018

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” Luke 4:18, ESV.

These are not the days to be a believer that just goes to church. People are hurting and going through the deepest of situations. And with all that is happening around us, we have the answer. They need you and I to be the church. The same presence of God and power you experience at your church, the same love you experience at your church, is the same power and love that you carry everywhere you go. It is because Christ lives in you and you are the church. The kingdom of God is in you.

Don’t just go to church. Be the church. Be an extension of Jesus Christ. Be His hands and reach out. Be His feet and go. Be His heart and listen to someone’s situation to help deliver them. You’ve been given authority over the devil. You are equipped with His Holy Spirit and you are anointed just like Jesus. People may not come to your church, but nothing says you can’t take the church to them.

Let His love, power, wisdom and authority flow through you. Offer pray to someone, offer to meet someone’s need, share the wisdom of God, love them like the Lord would, and set others free! You are the church!

Prayer: Father, thank You for making me the church. I see the church isn’t the four walls, but it is us Your people. Show me more how I can be the church wherever I am and love others. Christ lives in me. The kingdom is in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Luke 9:2, Acts 1:8; 2:42-47; 8:5-6, 12

Devotionals

Keep walking by faith and keep moving forward!

August 30, 2018

“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 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; just do not receive the spirit of fear as your own. Receive His 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.

Devotionals

Let nothing stop you!

August 29, 2018

“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 sudden, out of nowhere, things begin to happen, and before you realize it, you have stopped your pursuit? You stopped witnessing. You stopped preparing yourself. You started looking for answers, instead of praying for answers. Those things have come to stop and hinder you from doing the will of God.

Don’t allow them to. Keep your mind on the Lord. 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 living for Him.
Trouble can chain you and put you at a stand still if you allow it to. Feelings are temporal, yet we don’t live by them–we maneuver around them. Keep living by faith.

Let nothing stop you.

Prayer: Thank You Father for encouraging me. All of a sudden, this just came out of the blue. This is a distraction, 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 for You. I will not be stopped. Glory to God! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Devotionals

Set Your Affection

August 28, 2018

“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” Colossians 3:2, NKJV.

Affection here means to intensively interest oneself in, with concern or obedience. It also means to be mentally disposed, more or less earnestly in one direction. It’s like traveling to your vacation spot that has your intense interest, so much so you get excited just thinking about how it will be. You then base your decisions regarding your time, your money, your planning, and your efforts all around getting to that one place.

We all have one affection. What have you set yours on? There’s nothing wrong with having things, yet they should not have your affection, your intensed focused, to where all of your life’s decisions are made to obtain them and not Christ.

Set your affection your eternal destination, your eternal vacation spot–heaven. Nothing will compare to it. All of your labor for the Lord will be worth it. His well done will be worth it. Be concerned more about your soul, than your income level. Be more interested in having a lit heart, than a lit home. Deem it a greater gain to have clean hands, than a high position in which it took doing anything to reach it. Be focused on your relationship with God and intensely interest yourself in walking with Him.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for showing me where I need to set my affection. Forgive me if I have been focused on earthly things. Help me to set my affection on things above. Help me to have an intense interest in my relationship with You. Reveal Your purpose for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Going Higher, Going Deeper

August 27, 2018

“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 the level of warfare and persecution you are experiencing as you enter into God’s calling for your life 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 His salvation will bring you the 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!

Devotionals

Don’t Fret Today. Pray.

August 26, 2018

“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, 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 fretting, trying to rule over my own life and 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 all and everything we need.

As men of God we must come into the habit of having a prayerful life. He wants it to be natural for us to bring everything to Him in prayer, no matter what it is, and not fret. We let Him solve it, let Him decide and let Him rule over the outcome, trusting in Him. Don’t spend your day fretting. Give it to God and get some peace. Pray and thank Him that you have already received what you have asked for because He will provide.

Starting today, be an ocean of calm and pray about it. The fruit of every prayer is joy, peace and His perfect will being done in 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. Let Your perfect will being done in my life. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Scripture reading: Psalm 141:2, 1 John 5:14-15

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Let Him Use You

August 25, 2018

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…” 2 Chronicles 16:9, KJV.

We went to the hospital yesterday to share Jesus and God’s love the sick. At first we visited and prayed for someone we knew to be healed from cancer. God’s presence and peace filled the room, and she very touched by our company. Afterwards, we went to some rooms nearby and offered prayer. One lady wasn’t talking well, but we prayed for her healing, cast out spirits and her relative said she is talking better, and could now understand what she is saying.

As we got in a packed elevator to leave, a family asked if we could pray for their relative. No one knew anybody, but we all, black and white, stepped out of the elevator, joined hands, powerfully prayed and we hugged each other. Then, moments later, two more people stopped us and asked for prayer. We thanked God for sharing His love and for moving in a mighty way.

God wants to move in the earth, and He is simply looking for a willing vessel, a willing heart, to show Himself strong through. Wherever you show up at, whether hospital, jail, at the mall, or even just on your phone, you carry Him with you. His love, His joy, His peace, His healing is in you. If you will show up, show up, He will show out! If you yield in those moments and let Him use you when He tells you to, you will see great and mighty things!

Prayer: Father, people are hurting and in need Jesus in these times. Help me to be a man that’s about Your kingdom. I will not be walk in fear, but love. Wherever I am, whoever I talk to today, help me to let You use me when You tell me to. If I will just show up, You will do great things! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 10:1, 7-8; Luke 10:2, 17

Devotionals

Living right and being merciful.

August 23, 2018

“He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor” Proverbs 21:21, NKJV.

There’s something powerful about living right and being merciful. God will give you life, righteousness, and honor.

When you seek after living right, when you are content with living in a way that pleases God, you will find the benefits, the prosperity, the peace, and the reward that living right brings. Living right isn’t an empty cup; it is full of the life God has for you in Christ Jesus. It is full of the leadership, conviction and strength that people look up to. When you do your job, you do it right. When you deal with people, you treat them right.

As you seek after mercy, you are mindful to extend to others the same mercy that God has extended greatly to you. You are full of God’s love and compassion. Anytime you need mercy, you ask for it. Anytime someone needs your mercy, you give it away. You keep others right with you, and you keep yourself right with the Father. Both God and man will honor you for the way that you live before them. It will keep you as a man above reproach and as a light for Him.

If you desire to have God’s kind of success and honor in your life, simply live right and be merciful. Jesus has made you righteous and there are no chains–you are free to be this kind of man.

Prayer: Father, thank You for this simple but powerful truth. Help me to apply it in my everyday living. I desire to be a light of Your love and compassion. Help me to trust in Your ways. Help me to live right and be merciful, and I will watch You do great things in and through me. Be glorified in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 84:11

Devotionals

He Is The Great I Am

August 22, 2018

“And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you…this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations” Exodus 3:14-15, KJV.

He is mighty. He is strong. He is your shield. He is Who you can put all of your trust in. He is your confidence. He is your invincible Army. He is your strength, peace and joy. He is whatever You need Him to be. He is the great I AM and there is none like Him!

When you abide, dwell in, rest back in the truth of how matchless God is, your circumstance becomes swallowed up in the knowledge of Him. Situations become as dust in size, compared to God. When He shows up, even stress, unbelief, fear, and limitations say that He is God, and bow down! He reigns. He is all-sufficient, multi-faceted in how He can provide, unstoppable, perfect, and He is the all-wise God. There is nothing He can’t be for you and there is nothing He won’t do for you.

Let nothing keep you away from making Him big in your life today and rejoicing in Who He is. Let nothing keep you away from going to God for whatever you need. He is everything to you and all you have to do is ask. Then, rest back and dwell on the great I AM, the God that can do anything!

Prayer: Father, thank You this morning for Your Word. You are the Great I AM and that makes me glad. At every moment, You are all that I need You to be. Fill my mind and heart with Your truth today. Help me to rest back in the knowledge of Who You are. You are an awesome God and there’s nothing You can’t do. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: Exodus 14:7-15

Devotionals

Rule Over Your Money

August 21, 2018

“Know your sheep by name; carefully attend to your flocks…and then, when the crops are in and the harvest is stored in the barns, you can knit sweaters from lambs’ wool, and sell your goats for a profit; there will be plenty of milk and meat to last your family through the winter” Proverbs 27:23-27, Message Bible.

There have been many occasions when I felt like I didn’t maximize the money that was put into my hands. Yet, the more I ruled over and planned the use of my money, the more I applied the financial wisdom I’d been given, the better my financial situation was, the more peace I had regarding my needs, and the less self-inflicted, unnecessary struggles I went through.

Many times lack occurs because we don’t apply the financial wisdom we already know. We have to ask ourselves how long will we keep experiencing the same self-inflicting struggles? How long will we keep living without ruling over our money? We rule over our money by planning our money. Is doesn’t seem spiritual at all, but it is very godly and wise. If you don’t rule over your money with your spirit, your flesh will use it and rule over you with it. Next thing you know you’re buying things and you don’t even know why. You’ll be spending based on how you feel, not because it was a part of a God-given plan on how to use it.

The more faithful you are with ruling over the money you have, the more God will bless what you have and with abundantly more. The more you’ll have to do the things you enjoy. When applied, this kind of wisdom carries you quickly to a wealthy place and a place of plenty, without even having the wealth to begin with. It will make your life as a believer more positioned to be a blessing.

Prayer: God, You are not only God over my life, but over my money too. Teach me on how to submit to Your counsel over the money You bless me with. I am a man that rules over my money. I declare no more self-inflicted struggles due to not having a plan. Be glorified through me to the world and use my stewardship as light of godliness and contentment. Cause my bank account to be full so I can help someone in need and I can properly do the things I enjoy. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Proverbs 13:11; 21:5, 20, Malachi 3:10, Colossians 3:23

Devotionals

Unafraid

August 20, 2018

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:9, NKJV.

Three times God told Joshua to be of good courage and to not be afraid. That is the same thing God is saying to you. Don’t be afraid of your circumstance because He will deliver you. Don’t be afraid of where He is taking You because He is with You. Fear will keep us in the same place and we don’t find ourselves experiencing anything new in life.

Fear will cause you to accept being comfortable where you are, instead of being excited about where you are going. It will tell you that you can’t do great things, so you have to settle for what you have. Like Joshua, your promise land is ahead and only be of good courage. Go get what God says is yours. God is commanding you to go get your blessing. Go get what He has for you. Keep God’s word before you, because it will be the key to your success.

Prayer: Father, you have told me to not be afraid, but be of good courage. You are with me. I must enter into what You have for my life and I will be unafraid. Through You, I can do it! I am designed and equipped to do what You have called me to do. I will go forward and possess the land you have for me. Help me keep Your word before me, and I thank You for it bringing me good success. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Scriptural reading: Joshua 1:1-9, Philippians 4:13

Devotionals

You Are Free

August 19, 2018

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36, NKJV

Make this confession this morning: “I am free! I’m a man not bound by my past. I have no limitations. Jesus has paid the price for all my sins and I live forgiven. I have the mind of Christ. I am free to love God and gladly seek Him. I am free to understand and retain His Word. Depression is bound and His joy flows freely in me. My ambition is free. My confidence is free. My faith is free. I am free to accomplish the dreams He has given me. I can do all things by the strength He provides. I am worthy. I am encouraged. I am healed. I am more than a conqueror through Christ who loves me. I am free to prosper. I am a new man. I am blessed and a great blessing. Wealth comes to me like it should. Favor comes to me from all directions. The devil is under my feet like he should. I am free to understand and walk in my purpose. I am free to win. I am free to work hard like I should. I am free to play hard like I should. I am free to share Jesus. I am free to trust God. I receive grace to freely obey God. I am free to be happy and enjoy this life. I am free. Thank You Lord!”

Study: Romans 8:2, 37-39

Devotionals

Let the word be your mirror

August 18, 2018

“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.

In the morning, even as men, at some point we are going look into the mirror. Once we see ourselves and determine we are ready, we are literally free, liberated, of that concern. We know how we look and we go on our way.

The Word of God is as a mirror, but a different type. You don’t literally see yourself like in a natural one. In His word, we don’t see who we are; God tells us who we are. It is as a mirror that we look into and it tells us who we are free to be in Christ.

Therefore, when you read “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens you” (Philippians 4:13), the Almighty God is showing you yourself and that He made you able. His word will be just like a mirror, a perfect law of liberty, and when you are challenged, boldly remind yourself that you overcome it. When you read “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God” (1 John 3:9), you see that there is a seed of His Spirit, seed of His character in you, you are born of God and there’s no sin that can rule your life. His word tells you you’re not the same man anymore and you’re free.

No matter what the devil says, agree with God and say who you are. Remind yourself to operate according to the mirror of God’s word and you will be blessed in all you put your hands to.

Prayer: Thank You Father for looking into the perfect law of liberty–Your word. I receive who You tell me I am and what I can do. Therefore, I declare Christ lives in me and I am able! I am Your son. I am born of God. Help me not to be a forgetful hearer and I thank You that I am blessed in all I do. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: James 1:22-25, Ephesians 5:1-2

Devotionals

Change Your Mind

August 17, 2018

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” Matthew 11:29, NKJV.

To become a millionaire, you must think like a millionaire. To become like Christ, you must think like Christ. Change your mind with God’s word. Change your outlook with His word, and you will see the transformation and joy in your life you’re looking for. Read the Scriptures below and meditate on them. They will help to change your mind and your thinking.

1 John 5:4 “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”

Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

Psalm 84:5, 12 “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. O LORD of hosts, blessed (happy!) is the man that trusteth in thee.”

Psalm 1:2-3 “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the power of Your Word. I desire to be more like Christ, but I need Your help. Change and renew my mind by Your word. Transform me by Your word. Give me the discipline to learn of You and Your ways. Help me to be changed from the inside out as I allow Jesus to be my example. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Redeem the Time

August 15, 2018

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” Ephesians 5:15-17, NKJV.

I woke up to seven headlines in the news: 5 shot inside Wal-Mart, 8 killed in an Oregon crash, benches clear in LA for a fight, Bridge collapse toll, New Mexico judge receives threats, Southern California earthquake, and wins historic primary. Of the seven headlines, six of them were bad news. It hit me that the evil that is in the world now and that we are truly in the last days.

With all of these things we see, the Bible says wake up and see that the days are evil, so redeem the time. 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 be more and more on rescuing others before they are lost. More and more, allow God to use us to do good, so we can see more good in the world. From giving your time to helping someone, to launching that idea God gave you; whatever you can do to impact this world with good while you yet have the opportunity to do so. People are hurting, hungry for love, and in desperate need for Jesus Christ. Be a redeemer like Jesus, and get someone back to God.

Prayer: Father God, thank you for this understanding today. Help me to redeem the time. The days are evil and people need to know you. Use me to help minister salvation to someone today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Live your original life!

August 14, 2018

“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 build and your personality 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. 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 being 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 really am special. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. 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.

Read: Jeremiah 1:5

Devotionals

A Real Brother Sharpens You

August 13, 2018

“As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” Proverbs 27:17, NKJV.

My friend told me there were some things that he was learning from me, and in turn, there were some things that I was learning from him. He has given me some wisdom about the financial area of my life. I have shared with him some marital wisdom that he needed. He has encouraged me, and I’ve encouraged him. There are areas that are being fine-tuned, or sharpened, in our lives as a result of our friendship.

Iron sharpens iron. However, listen carefully. Iron is required to be struck at just the right angle in order to become sharp.

A lot of men spend time together, yet hide, evade, or turn our heads from discussing the things we really need to be open up and talk about. We have to ask the hard questions that really need to be asked like how’s our relationship with God, our marriage, being a father, or any sin you’re struggling with. We aren’t saying what we really need to hear. We aren’t confessing and praying with one another like we need to be. As a result, we are missing just the right angles of friendships to make each other sharper, better.

As a man, don’t hide from discussing the rough areas in your life, or you will remain dull. There is someone God has placed in your life that He wants to use to sharpen you, and God wants to use you to sharpen them. We aren’t meant to walk alone. You both can help one another become better husbands, better fathers, better men.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word. Although You sharpen me, there are people in my life you want to use to sharpen me also. I can’t get sharper on my own. I humble myself Lord. Help me to talk about the things I’m going through and admit I can use some godly advice. Help me to not be ashamed and really talk openly so I can become a more effective man. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Proverbs 28:13, 17:17, 1 Peter 5:6

Devotionals

When you don’t understand why

August 12, 2018

“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. After all of the prayer and all of the faith, they don’t understand why would God allow it to have happened.

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 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 my fail. Yet, God never fails.

You may not see it now, but you’ll understand in due time. The Lord will make it all clear to you and bring light to what you’re going through. 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. In the end of it all, Job triumphed and was given double. His end was he was blessed and so will you.

Prayer: Father, help me get through this. Why? I don’t understand why, but I put my faith in You. I will trust You. Help me to not be silent or prideful about what I’m going through. I thank You for the people You are sending to help me. As I pray, speak to me. As I pray, lift my head. I believe there is a purpose for this and You will cause me to win. Be glorified Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 11:1-27

Devotionals

It’s been a while.

August 11, 2018

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

Maybe it’s been a while since you have spent time with God. Maybe it’s been a while since you have opened His Word and allowed Him to speak to you. Or, maybe it’s been a while since you went to church.

One or all of these could be you. Abiding in God, my friend, is where we belong. It’s hard to walk upright without Him. It’s hard to have joy and peace without Him. Even as strong of a man as you are, it’s hard to have strength apart from Him. He is the source of all that you are. He is the source of any fruit you are pursuing to bear in life. He is how you live, move and have your being.

It’s time to abide in Him again. It’s time to seek Him and hear His voice. It’s time to get back on track. Regardless of what you have done, decisions you’ve made or what you’ve been through, you are never too far from Him. Humble yourself as a man and receive His mercy and grace. Let Him restore you. Let Him lead you. The Father still has a purpose for His son.

Prayer: Father, I admit it’s been a while. Forgive me Lord. Help me to not be ashamed or condemn myself. I am before You this morning solely to seek You. Although You know, here is what’s been going on in my life. I receive Your mercy and grace. Thank You Lord. I move everything out of the way, and I set You in Your proper place of my life. Give me the strength to abide in You every day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 15, Acts 17:28, 1 John 1:9

Devotionals

What won’t He do for you?

August 11, 2018

“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.

For someone to give their life for you, it communicates they must without question love you and there isn’t anything they won’t do for you.

If God gave Jesus on the cross for you, what won’t He do for you? Think on that for a moment. If there is anything you are going through, if there is anything you need help accomplishing or overcoming, if there are any answers you seek, there’s nothing He won’t do for you. Let this deeply encourage you. There is no way that God would give His only begotten Son to go through what He did to save you then, yet not save you now. If He gave the greatest victory for your soul, what won’t He do to give you victory in your life? He will help you, bless you and direct you now. He will freely give you all the things that are good toward your life.

He will give you joy and wisdom freely. If you’re single, He will bless you with a beautiful, godly wife. If you’re married, He will help your marriage be strong. Since He loves you, as long as it doesn’t harm you, and it is according to His word, He will freely give it to you—not some things, but all things.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word. When I ask myself the question what won’t You do for me, I do not have an answer. You gave Jesus for me, therefore, there is nothing for me You won’t do. Hallelujah! You freely give, so help me to always come to You for every need. I will live full of joy and faith. You will freely give me all things! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study : Psalm 84:11

Devotionals

Time to surrender your plans

August 9, 2018

“Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand (be carried out).” Proverbs 19:21, Amplified.

In movies, I have seen characters get cornered in an alley. They have run as far as they can go, and then it is time to surrender. The same thing has happened with your own plans. It is humbling, but they have come as far as the Lord will allow you to go with them. Now, your plans are cornered, and the conclusion is very apparent. It’s time to let God be in the driver’s seat and surrender your plans to Him. It’s time to let the will of the Lord stand.

Nothing else is going to work, but God’s way. Like the children of Israel, your own plans will keep you going in circles in the wilderness. The Father’s plans will truly get you from where you are into your promised land.

His plan for you will not fail. He will not let you down. He is not trying to take something from you, but He’s trying to get something to you. Everything you can dream of is found within His plan for your life. Let God be God and follow Him. His plan for our lives always produces the desired outcome we’re longing for.

Confession: My plans have not worked and I realize they won’t. They are cornered and I give them up today. I choose to let God be God. I will do what You want me to do. I will follow His plan for me. I will not fear. He knows what He is doing and I choose to trust Him.

Devotionals

He is Determined

August 7, 2018

“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 began 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

(Read Isaiah 62:4)

Devotionals

No Fear, Just Forward

August 6, 2018

“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.

Accept no fear which comes to stagnant you. 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, and receive what His will is for you to receive.

The Holy Spirit is well able to bear you up and get you past whatever you’re facing as you go higher. Jesus displayed 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. He didn’t give it to you, so do not receive the spirit of fear as your own. Receive His 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 in my God.

Devotionals

A heart like yours

August 5, 2018

“These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me” Matthew 15:8, NKJV.

Jesus said this to the Pharisees that did all the outward things to appear like they knew God. They walked in their religious exercises, they robed themselves and dressed like holy men. They said all the right things, however, their lifestyle, their genuine love for people, their pride, their hunger for glory, their motives, were far from reflecting the heart of Jesus and what He was really all about.

The pharisees had religion, yet no relationship. Religion wants the praise of men, rather than the praise of God. Religion only pursues going to church; relationship is being the church. Religion says I need a suit to go, yet relationship says I can come as I am. Religion secretly seeks to be known. Relationship seeks to make Him known. Religion sees someone hungry and prays, “Lord help them”, while relationship will take them to the grocery store. Religion will see someone drowning, then pray while walking by. Relationship will save them, then pray while walking with them.

Don’t focus on having an outward appearance of knowing Jesus. The truth is a religious heart is far from Him. A heart of relationship is near to Him. In these times, religion is going to produce nothing for your life. Relationship is going to produce everything for your life–and through it. Connect your heart with His and truly honor Him with your life.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to my heart about having a relationship with You, not religion. I truly desire to know You and have a heart like Yours. Examine me. Help me and help Your people to not only worship You with our lips, but with our hearts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Samuel 16:7

Devotionals

Don’t let it stop you.

August 4, 2018

“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 sudden, out of nowhere, things begin to happen, and before you realize it, you have stopped your pursuit. You stopped witnessing. You stopped preparing yourself. You started looking for answers, instead of praying for answers. Those things have come to stop and hinder you from doing the will of God.

Don’t allow them to. Keep your mind on the Lord. 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 living for Him.

Trouble can chain you and put you at a stand still if you allow it to. Feelings are temporal, yet we don’t live by them–we maneuver around them. Keep living by faith.

Let nothing stop you.

Prayer: Thank You Father for encouraging me. All of sudden, this just came out the blue. This is a distraction 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 for You. I will not be stopped. Glory to God! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Devotionals

It’s New Now

August 3, 2018

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” 2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV.

I remember when my family and I were taking a road trip from Columbus, Georgia to Miami a year ago. I knew that driving was best, but I did ask God whether we should rent a vehicle or drive our own. When He told me to take our van, I seriously wondered could our van make it. We’ve had that van for so long and I knew all of the engine problems it had. Then God reminded me that I replaced the engine. The van doesn’t have that old engine any longer. It has a new one now.

Sometimes, it can be easy to think of yourself and your life like that old engine. You consider your past, what you’ve done and how you use to live, and you wonder can you make it. You wonder can you really do what the Father is asking of you, and can you really become the man God wants you to be. Yet, let God remind you of who resides in you now, Jesus Christ. You have new engine.

When you came to Jesus, all things have been made brand new. Everything! There’s not one thing regarding your old man that hasn’t passed away. You’ve been given a new start. You have a new life in Him to experience and joyfully live out. The blessing and favor of the Lord rests upon your life. Your spirit man is brand new. God has redeemed our lives from destruction and Jesus has sitted us together in heavenly places with him. You now always have this position of victory in Christ Jesus. You have a new engine and there is nothing you can’t do through him. There’s nothing you can’t accomplish through him. For so long life was one way, but it’s new now.

Prayer: Father, thank You for making all things new. Jesus lives in me, I am a new man and I can be all that You’ve called me to be. I receive that it’s new now! I’m new now! Allow Your word to renew my mind to the great work You’ve done for me. I declare I leave my past and go forward into what You’ve destined for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Ephesians 2:5-7, Philippians 4:13

Devotionals

Call It Done!

August 2, 2018

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

God calls those things that aren’t, as though they were. He calls it like He sees it, not how it appears. It will be as He desires, not your enemies. He says you who you 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, even though you feel weak. According to His will and ability, He calls it already done.

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

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

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

Devotionals

Keep Going After God

August 1, 2018

“Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?” Jeremiah 2:5, NKJV.

God asked Israel the question is there something in Me that would cause you not to want Me? What sin is found in Me that you would not follow after Me and go far away from Me after other gods? What harm do you think I would do toward you? Let that sink in for moment. They said God You don’t work. Your ways don’t work and You will default on Your promises. You are not good and we rather live for what’s empty because we don’t believe You can fill us.

This is an issue of the heart that Israel had at the time, that we must be careful of in these times. They rather live according to what’s vain–what is empty and the things that will never satisfy.

No matter what the devil offers you. No matter how your faith gets tested, know that there is no sin, no ill-motive, no worship-hungry, no pride found in God. He is a holy and just. He will do what He said He will do. His thoughts and plans toward you are of peace, not of evil, to give you an expected end. He is a good, and He does satisfy. He will keep His promises and His word!

The reality is there is always an element of faith regarding experiencing the promises of God. We’ll find Him, His expected end, when we search for Him with all of our hearts. It’s not bless me, then I’ll believe You. It’s rather believe, then you will see what your mighty God will do. That’s when you’ll find His expected end for you. Living for God is satisfying and rewarding in this life, and the life to come. Let nothing derail you from that.

Prayer: Father, thank You. I will not be deceived to pursue what is empty, but I will pursue You. Thank you Jesus for saving me. There is nothing wrong with You and You work! You word works! Help me to continue to serve You, knowing You do satisfy with good things and a good life. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Jeremiah 29:11

Devotionals

Don’t Be Dismayed

July 31, 2018

“And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed” Deuteronomy 31:8.

Feeling dismayed is like playing a game you still haven’t conquered. You play again and again and lose, and you wonder if you will ever win. When it comes to your wife, your life, and your situations, you may feel like you will never get it right. I was sitting in my car one morning, and I started thinking about everything I was up against. I felt like I didn’t know how to overcome what I was facing.

As men, we have a number of responsibilities and expectations. We have to work and support our families. We feel the pressure to perform and are pulled on every side. It can be tempting to feel dismayed. Dismay means to breakdown, which I perceive is prevalent with men in these times.

Our dismay comes as a result of listening to the wrong voice. What are the words Satan is tormenting you with for the purpose of breaking you down? God’s words should be the only one you receive. He is telling you now, “Don’t be afraid. I am fighting your battle. I will make a way. I can fix it. I can fix you. I will not fail you. Don’t be dismayed!”

Don’t breakdown under the pressures of being a man. God has already gone before you and has already provided the answer. His desire is victory—through Him and His grace. In the midst of it all, slow down and pray. Open God’s Word and listen for God’s words of life, and respond with courage. Satan says breakdown. God says breakthrough.

Prayer: I thank You Father, Your word for me today is to not be dismayed. I thank You for dealing with all my fears. I rebuke Satan and his pressure right now! I will listen to You only and have faith. I am who You say I am. I am built for this. I ask You to give me instructions on what to do, how to do it and I will do only that. I will respond with courage. I receive a refreshed spirit now! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Receive God’s Help!

July 30, 2018

“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

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. However, it’s up to you to receive the help He has provided to you. When you call on the Lord, His Holy Spirit will come to your aid; He will mightily rush to your rescue. He will help you lift your hands in worship. He will help you sustain under pressure without breaking. He will help you seize every promise that He’s made to you. Don’t worry my brother, He will help you!

There will never be a moment in our lives when we will not need God’s help. So look up and say, “Father, I need your help. I can’t make it without you. I can’t do anything without you. But with you, nothing’s impossible. So I cry out, heal me, strengthen me, set me free and help me to persevere by faith. I receive your supernatural help. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

(Read John 16:7-15)

Devotionals

New Mercies

July 28, 2018

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

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

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

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

How exceedingly great His love is toward us. How faithful He is to His word that He’ll forget about all our sins and let us start again. This morning, no matter where you are, remember and receive the triumph and joy from the new mercies of the Lord today!

Prayer: Father, I love You today. Thank You for new mercies. Because of Jesus, I am forgiven. Your hand of salvation reaches me wherever I am and revives me. It delivers and sustains me. It brings hope and joy to the core of me. My heart is full from the love You show to me every morning. Your new mercies and Your compassion never fails. You continue to bless me. Let Your will be done in my life today. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Ephesians 2:4, 8-9

Devotionals

Bring it Forth

July 27, 2018

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” Habakkuk 2:3, KJV.

You would say I’m out of mind if I say that men give birth too, but we do–we give birth to vision!

The vision God gave you is so real to you and has been for a long time. You see it so clear on the inside, but brother, it can’t stay there. It must be birthed. If a physical baby is ready to be birthed, but stays in the womb, it couldn’t continue to live. As good as the womb is for preparation, it’s only for a season, just like with the plans of God in you. It only is to remain in you for a season, and if you don’t allow God to bring it forth, it will die with you.

Understand the season you are in. Some of us men are at a point that the Lord says prepare. Others have already been preparing, and now it’s time for it to come to pass. Now, God says it’s time for what is in you to come out and bring life to a dying world.

The most difficult time of birthing is in the labor room, but at the same time, it is, without question, the most rewarding. You must depend on God and His grace to push beyond the adversity so you can bring life to the vision He gave you. This is when you have to rely on the Holy Spirit, Who Jesus specifically refers to as your Comforter and Helper. He will comfort, help, strengthen, lead, guide, and empower you to give birth to your vision. Some of us even have something that the Lord wants to bring forth before the year is out. Some of us, He will direct to fast to help you bring it forth, whatever it takes.

Don’t let your vision remain in you. Give birth to it.

Prayer: Father, it’s time to birth the vision You’ve graciously put within me. I understand the season I am in and it’s time! Help me, Lord, to bring forth what You have called me to do for You. Give me the strength and focus I need to move beyond the sacrifices I have to make and see that what’s in me is worth it. I won’t let it die. I make a decision to give birth to it. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Study: Joshua 1:8

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He is Papa now.

July 26, 2018

“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

Your Time with God is Important

July 24, 2018

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” 2 Corinthians 10:3-4, NKJV.

I was talking to a brother and he made reference to all he was going through and the challenges he was facing. Then I asked him how was his prayer life and did he begin his day with spending any quality time with God. He said when he wakes up, he just goes to work and prays throughout the day.

It is important to begin your day with spending quality time with God in prayer and in His word. You can’t make it without it, and just praying on the way to work, or when you bless your food won’t do. With everything you are facing, only with God you to overcome them. With where He wants to take you, only He can get you there.

Naturally, it can seem like spending time with God is not the answer and to belittle the part that it plays in your life. This is your first battle. The devil will pursue to lie to you and fight against you to not invest into it. He will give you all kinds of reasons, including sleep, to not take the time to start your day with prayer, worship and studying God’s Word to spend time with Him. However, it is the one powerful key to every door, every answer, all grace, wisdom, every bit of strength you need. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22) and this is the fruit you will bear when you decide to sit at the feet of Jesus.

Your time with God will do volumes in your life. It has done a tremendous work in mine. When you are weak, He will make you strong. He’ll show you what to do.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your truth today. I humble myself. I can’t do anything good apart from You. I rebuke you Satan and I will rely on You. I will trust in the power of prayer, worship and Your word. I make a decision to spend quality time with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 15:1-5, Galatians 5:16, Matthew 6:6, Luke 22:39-40

Devotionals

Let Him fight your battles

July 23, 2018

“And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s” 2 Chronicles 20:15, KJV.

When you are in a battle, it can appear like God is no where 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 to not take the position of God. Your position is not, and never will be, to fight the battle.

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, nor confusion. Your position is not depression or to live without hope. Your God is always in His position to fight for you and He will. 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 and won them for you. This will be no different. Maintain your stance of faith, and let God be God and fight your battles.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise this morning. I don’t have to take matters into my own hands. The battle is yours! You fight all my battles! Help me not to take Your position, but to keep my position of 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 praise You now! Guide my steps Father and I thank You for winning this for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 2 Chronicles 20:15-20

Devotionals

Talk Victory

July 22, 2018

“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 how God did it last time and it will be no different this time. Boast on what Jesus did for you. His plan for your life is unfolding right before you, 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

Devotionals

God will bring your dreams to pass

July 21, 2018

“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 derail.

So be encouraged. Don’t stop dreaming. Don’t let go of it because of what you’very been go
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 a not giving up on my dream! God has fashioned me to do great things for His glory. My God is faithful! Everything will work for me and I will arrive at my dream. I will keep my eyes on an awesome God. I will keep the joy of it before me. I will keep trusting God because He will bring my dreams to pass!

Read: Genesis 50:20

Devotionals

Time to Reap What Has Been Sown

July 19, 2018

“Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in” Galatians 6:9, Amplified.

You have sown seed into God’s kingdom. You have given to others, helped others and been a great blessing throughout the years. You have served, giving God your time and abilities. You’ve loved and sacrificed. When it was hard, you remained faithful to God.

Every man hasn’t been sowing what you’ve sown, and every man will not reap what you’ll reap. Every seed you put in the ground of God’s kingdom will always produce a harvest. It’s only a matter of time. It is time to reap what you’ve sown. This is the year of reward and there are some things you’ve been waiting for that are now springing forth.

God says it is time for Him to also reap what He has sown as well. He has done a lot of sowing in you. He has sown His word into your life and much bout Who He is. He has revealed much about His plans for you and your calling. He has sown great wisdom, leadership and many experiences that seemed to not have meaning, but He says now I will show you I’m going to use them. Some things you’ve been through have hurt you, but He is taking the bad and causing you to receive something good from it.

He wants to take everything He put in you, everything He has invested into you and use it now. It is time for the man on the inside to come forth on the outside. When God reaps what is sown in us, everyone benefits from the harvest. Don’t faint my brother. Keep pursuing God and walking upright. You are about to reap your reward and He is making you a great blessing.

Prayer: Father thank You for speaking to me. No matter the seed, You never forget a seed sown. It’s been hard, but I’ve been faithful. It is the year of reward and my time to reap. Help me to not faint and give in, but continue to serve You. Reap what You’ve sown in me Father. I give You all the glory and I thank You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 126:5-6, Galatians 6:7-9

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He will be right on time

July 17, 2018

“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

I’m not giving up on You!

July 14, 2018

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 from You. I will continue to trust You! I will remain faithful. You didn’t quit on me and I’m not quitting on You! Even when I feel like quitting, remind me of who I am. Strengthen me to my core today. I am not alone. I come against the devil now, and I command peace in the storm. I ask that You give me wisdom and joy. I ask that your truth makes me free and give me power. I believe You will meet the root of my need, Father. You will bless me, Father. I will continue in faith in You. I give You all the praise and glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen!

“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, AMP.

Devotionals

His Main Concern

July 13, 2018

“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26, NKJV.

When someone has a main concern, it is what governs everything they do. Above you being blessed with accomplishments and things, God is interested in you living clean and living right. Before prospering you financially, He is concerned about prospering your character. Before He changes your address, His utmost desire is to change you. The Father’s mainly concerned about you having a clean heart. His will, what He tells you to do, and how He instructs you to spend your time, will reflect that.

Don’t expect God to put anything before you focusing on your sanctification and a pure heart. This is the greatest reward you can receive. This is the greatest outpouring of blessings you can receive. Let this become what you value. When you live upright and tell the truth. When you forgive and are above reproach. When you don’t accept bribes and you are a keeper of your word. There is nothing that matters more to God. If nothing else matters more to your heavenly Father, let nothing matter more to you also.

At the end of the day, the Father wants Christ to be formed in you. Let Him do it. This is the man that won’t be moved. This is the man that will ultimately be blessed.

Prayer: Father, I thank You today. Your main concern is me having clean hands and living right. Your main concern is my soul. Help me to focus on what is more value than anything I could ever accomplish in this life–Christ being formed in me. Nothing matters more than this. I will let You do this great work in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 15

Devotionals

Nothimg formed against you shall prosper

July 12, 2018

“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.

In these times, there are weapons we can’t see being formed against God’s people, 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 work against you, God’s word, His ways and His plan will work for you instead. You will see God’s goodness and favor work for you. You will see nothing will move God’s hand that is on your life. You will keep moving forward and being blessed instead.

Don’t be derailed from standing your 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: 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 works for me. Help me to stand with my faith knowing Christ has given me a heritage of winning. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Devotionals

Keep your word

July 11, 2018

“It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay” Ecclesiastes 5:5, ESV.

Heaven and earth would pass away before God lets His Word fail. This is a part of His character that if He says something, He’s going to perform it. God keeps His Word.

Do you keep yours?

If you tell someone you’re going to do something, do you do it? Can your boss trust you to carry out what you commit to? People may not say anything, but they notice when we say we’re a believer, but they can’t believe us.

As a man of your word, don’t make commitments that you aren’t sure you can keep. Yet if you give your word, you should do it and it’s honorable to do so.

Keeping your word is a small principle, but it goes a long way. Ultimately, the character of God is operating in you. People will say he keeps his word, just like the God he follows. It’s a display of greatness when people believe you when you put your word on something. Your wife and kids will say when daddy says something, he does it. Let them be excited over your word, just like we are over God’s.

Prayer: Father, I praise You today. Help me to be like You and be a man of my word. Help me to consider everything before I give my word. If I tell someone I am going to do something, I need to do it. Just like people believe Your Word, I want them to believe mine. Allow this small principle to bring You great glory and draw others to know You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Ephesians 5:1

Devotionals

He won’t let you down!

July 10, 2018

“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 126:3, NKJV.

Throughout my entire life, I cannot think of a time where the Lord has let me down. Not one time. Not a moment that He was not there. Not an experience that the Father didn’t carry me through. When it was all said and done, He always brought blessings and victory into my hands.

No experience will you go through where He is not there. The times you feel like He is there the least, are the times He is there the most. He will not let you down. Not one thing God has spoken will fall to the ground. He will deliver you. He will help you. He will fulfill His promises.

When He does, just as with the people of Israel, it will be like those that dream. You will say how could He have done this. You will be have great laughter when you see the great things the Lord has done for you. He won’t let you down!

Prayer: Father, I’m encouraged today. I thank You that no matter what I go through, You are with me and You will never let me down. You are going to come through and when You do, it will be like those that dream! I am going to laugh and say look what the Lord has powerfully done. Great things are on the way for me. I call it done already, and I’m glad about right now. Thank you Jesus! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Jeremiah 29:11

Devotionals

Prepare for what you expect

July 9, 2018

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

When you watch the weather channel, if the meteorologist said we are expecting heavy rain tomorrow, there are things you’ll begin to prepare for it. You would get an umbrella, and dress appropriately in expectation of the rain to come.

We prepare for what we expect, and we expect what we believe.

What has God told you that He’s going to do in your life? If God has spoken to you about anything, it would be wise to expect it and prepare for it. If He said He’s going bless with a wife, than begin to save and get your finances in order. If God gave you a vision or dream and said it’s coming, write it down and begin to run with it. Whether it’s your calling, an opportunity or a blessing, believe what He said and expect it to come, because it surely will. He that has called you, will surely do it!

Get focused, prepare yourself and be ready to seize your open door. Be ready to possess what He promised you. Be ready when your blessing comes.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me. You desire to do great things in and through my life. Help me to increase my expectation of You. I will believe what You told me. Show me how to prepare for what You said You will do. I will prepare and be ready when the blessing comes. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Isaiah 55:11

Devotionals

He Will Provide Again

July 7, 2018

“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, God 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

A Man of Courage

July 7, 2018

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand” Isaiah 41:10, NLT.

As strong as men appear on the outside, some of us are afraid on the inside. We’ve been afraid for different reasons. Some of us have been told we can’t do anything, won’t be anything and have been deeply discouraged. Some of us failed before and now we don’t dream anymore. We then settle for what’s comfortable in God and avoid the decisions that require stepping out in faith. No matter the reason, we’re stuck and need help overcoming it.

God wants you to let Him in. Let Him into those deep, masked areas so He can minister to you and plant His truth in you. Some decisions you are going to have make in order to follow God, while you face fear, but that’s courage. He is with you. He will strengthen you. He will help you. He is going to hold you up with His victorious right hand! He will heal your hurt and establish who you are–a man of courage.

Let God bring permanent change to the man behind the muscles. He wants to give you real strength, real courage, real freedom.

Prayer: God, as strong as I appear, I am hurt inside. I am afraid inside, but no more. I surrender and let You in. I choose to believe that You are with me, and I receive Your word over my life. I can make the decisions needed to walk in Your plan for my life. I thank You for making me a man of courage! Glory to God! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: Joshua 1, Philippians 4:13

Devotionals

Focus on pleasing Him

July 5, 2018

“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier” 2 Timothy 2:3-4, NKJV.

Make it your goal to please God. Make it your sole aim to give Him your best and focus on your assignment. Nothing else matters more. Therefore, don’t get entangled with the affairs of this life that have nothing to do with what you are aiming for. Don’t allow minor things to move you from walking in joy and faith. A hardness that we have to endure is simply keeping our goal, our pursuit, to please God in everything we do.

As you aim your heart at pleasing God, He will point you toward those God-inspired goals, and by the Holy Spirit, help you achieve them. You will say God is surely with me, aiding me to please Him.

Confession: I thank You Father for being my aim right now. I set my heart and mind to please You. I am a good soldier. I can be all that You have called me to be. I will put my trust in You and serve You with conviction. I praise God for helping me hit every target in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: Psalm 35:27

Devotionals

You’re solely responsible for the seed.

July 4, 2018

“And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: ‘A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside…but others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold” Luke 8: 4-7, NKJV.

A farmer doesn’t consider how the soil will respond to the seed they sow. They know they have no control over that miraculous part of the harvest. That part is beyond their ability. They understand their responsibility is to sow the seed, and then, watch it grow.

Many times when we consider sharing the seed of God’s word with someone, we consider the things that we can’t control. Yet, just as a farmer is not responsible for the soil of the ground, you are not responsible for the condition of a man’s heart. God is. He is the Lord of the harvest. We can’t make anyone change, only a patient God can and it’s in His timing. He is the One that causes the power of His word to produce even long after He used you to sow it.

You never know what the Lord has already been dealing with someone about. Just be a faithful sower for Jesus and let God make it grow.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word. I am not responsible for the soil of another person’s heart. You are. I am responsible for only being a sower of Your word. Help me to be about Your mission to spread the good news everywhere I go because people need You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Luke 8:4-15, 1 Corinthians 3:6-7

Devotionals

Jesus is calling you forth

July 3, 2018

“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 studying 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!

He’s calling your diligence. He calling your obedience. He’s calling you from the background to lead in this hour. He’s calling lukewarm hearts to come forth. He’s calling men from a pursuit of pleasures and gain, to a deeper love for His kingdom, His righteousness and the things of God.

Jesus says come forth and it’s time to rise. It’s time to take your place. He will make everything in your life come alive!

Confession: I hear my Lord calling me, all of me, forth. I will step forward and embrace my purpose. I will do what He has called you to do. I will love Him with all your heart, not just half of it. 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

To get something you’ve never had, do something you’ve never done!

July 2, 2018

“Then Jesus said to them, ‘Children, hget something you’ve never had, do something you’ve never done. 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 21:5-7, NKJV.

My wife and I decided to take some classes to acquire something we desire. The classes weren’t free either. Yet, to get something we’ve never had, we have to do something we’ve never done.

In your life, to get something you’ve never had, you will have to do something you’ve never done. It will cost you something. It may not necessarily cost you money like us, but it will require you to change, have a greater level of commitment, or do something you’re not use to doing.

To reap different fruit, you’re going to have to sow different seed.

If you keep doing the same things, spending your time the same way, reading the same things, yet expecting different results in your life, your days and years will be repetitive and unfruitful.

God’s desire is that your life be 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 to not 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

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He is Greater!

June 30, 2018

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4, NKJV.

Know that deep inside you rests a power that by faith can move mountains because of the greater One that lives in you. It’s a fight to not allow ourselves to fall prey to those negative voices, and those that are against us. The TRUTH and the good news is that the devil and none of those people that he uses to come against you matter. God deemed you perfect to do His will. You are here, you are alive, so surely God has a great purpose for your life.

If you ever find yourself faced with an obstacle you don’t know how to overcome, speak this verse over your life. Proclaim it in Jesus’ name. When you feel like asking, “why me?” Well then you must ask yourself why Noah? Why Moses? Why Joshua, Jacob, and David? They all were chosen to do great things and you are as well.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 114:39). Every fiber of your being is specifically designed to do His will, and at your very core rests His great Spirit and that is something no one can take away from you.

Praise God for His Holiness. Praise God that we can be strong and be blessed because He is greater!

Prayer: Father God You are greater! You are greater in me! I cast down all negative thoughts. Bless my physical man and take it wherever You desire and may it be used for Your glory. Let me be a shining light in the darkness for all who cross my path. Lord, thank You for brothers and friends that always bring back to our minds that You are greater in us! Bless my brothers abundantly. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen!

Devotionals

God is Rerouting You

June 29, 2018

“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, AMP.

Have you ever been traveling somewhere using a navigation system and you miss your turn? What you’ll find is that the system will immediately 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–it’s ahead of you. Continue making your turns, obeying Him with patience and have faith in the mighty sovereignty of God. He will get you there!

Prayer: Father, thank You for encouraging me today. Even though I made some wrong turns in my life, I trust You to reroute me. Your goodness and mercy follows me all the days of my life. Help me to keep being lead by You. I praise You now for bringing it to pass! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 8:28

Devotionals

Just Do It

June 28, 2018

“His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.’ ” John 2:5, NKJV.

What if I do it and it doesn’t work? What if they say no? What if I fail? What if no one buys my book? 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’m not great at doing it? What will my wife say? What if it doesn’t turn out right God, what will I do? 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 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. It’s hard to believe if you have to make it happen, it can even be fearful. Yet God is the Almighty, able and the earth is His footstool. Therefore, leave that to God.

We’re not responsible for making the miracle, we just do what he says.

So don’t focus on making it work. Don’t focus on the outcome or 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

It’s wise to quickly handle your anger

June 27, 2018

“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.

Some things aren’t worth it, and if you can, decide to let it go or go get it right. Yet, don’t be prideful and live secretly offended from something you’re now bitter from. Handle it today. Love God’s law and imitate Him, as He quickly loves and gets things right with us.

Prayer: Father, help me not to let anger live in me. I desire for any seeds of offense to be plucked up and dealt with in my heart. Help me to not give the devil any place to come in and ruin my marriage and the relationships I have. 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 I pray, Amen.

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

Devotionals

Dealing with doubt

June 26, 2018

“Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen” Mark 16:14, NKJV.

The disciples were told more than once that Jesus was alive, but they didn’t believe. Jesus rebuked them for it. From his standpoint, he had told them that he would, and he had shown them that he had the power to do it. All the times he brought the dead back to life, which they seen him do, but they doubted he himself was alive.

When it comes to doubt, what helps us get beyond it is when we remind ourselves of the great things we believe he has done. Do you believe Jesus rose from the dead? If you do, you can believe he can make you alive again. Do you believe Jesus walked on water? Then you can believe he can do the impossible in your life right now. Do you believe scripture that he caused the blind to see and healed the sick? Then he can heal you too. Do you believe he fed thousands with a fish and loaves? Then he can get you more food in your house, change your financial status and supply all your needs.

Doubt is something the we all face, but through Christ, we can get through what we’re facing. If you can exercise your faith in what he did, you can believe he can do anything and have great joy!

Prayer: Father, thank You for all that You have done. As you remind me of all that You have done, deal with any doubt in me. Jesus, you rose from the grave! Since there’ nothing Jesus that you can’t do, there’s nothing you can’t and won’t get me through! Whenever doubt comes at me, teach me more and more to exercise my faith and walk in joy. May this truth radically change my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Mark 16:9-14, Romans 10:17

Devotionals

Do what you’re destined for

June 25, 2018

“For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost” Matthew 18:11, KJV.

Like all men, Jesus had a vocation while on earth. He did what we as men do. We work for a living, and Jesus was a carpenter by trade. That is what he did, but that wasn’t who he was. At the appointed time, Jesus moved from being a carpenter into being the Savior.

Jesus wasn’t fearful and worried about leaving carpentry. The Bible makes no mention of him having any concern about how becoming the Savior would affect His life or income. He simply obeyed the Father and moved on from carpentry to save us. He moved from working for a living, to do what he lived for.

When will you do what you are destined for? The time comes when you have to do what you were born to do. If Jesus would have remained a carpenter, he wouldn’t have become our Savior. If you remain just a mechanic, just an engineer, only a doctor, how will those around you be saved? As God takes care of the sparrow, as He daily waters the grass, your Provider will take care of you.

Follow God. He may direct your path to make the type of step that Jesus did. He also may not tell you to leave your vocation, but to begin doing what God has put in your heart to do within your vocation–right where you are. Either way, it’s time to move from just being a carpenter and to go after what you’re ordained for.

Prayer: Father, You didn’t just create me to work. I was born to be to make disciples and advance Your kingdom. Help me to know and obey Your voice. Help me to not be fearful, but like Jesus, put my trust in You and do what I was born to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Jeremiah 1:5, Matthew 6:25-33, Mark 6:3, Ephesians 2:10

Devotionals

Nothing can separate us from His love

June 24, 2018

“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 angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, 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, in the times where I could do no wrong, He was right there. He has proven to me time and time again that when He says He loves us, He means it.

He wants you to know today that He gave His son for you. He’s been there even when you didn’t realize that He was. When you couldn’t walk, He carried you. As long as you have lived, there has not a day gone by that God has left you. Every blessing you have, every open door, His hands provided it. He did it all because He loves you.

His love is what He wants you to come to receive today. Right now, His love is what He wants to strengthened you. You can’t stop now. Why? Because nothing can separate you from His love. In the face of the enemy, tell him that nothing can separate you from God’s love! We are more than conquerors because He loves us!

We try not to talk like this as men and we want to be strong, when all the time, this is exactly what we need to keep going.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word today. I am a man that will receive that I am more than a conqueror because You love me. You gave Your son for me. You’ve been there for me. I won’t stop now. Thank You Jesus! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Study: John 3:16, Ephesians 2:4-5

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Learning to be a calm man in the storm.

June 23, 2018

“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side’…Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” Mark 4:35 & 39, NKJV.

As with the disciples, Jesus can be with you, but still a storm may come. Yet, when the winds of life are raging, learn to be a man that’s calm in the storm. The disciples weren’t going to the other side based on outside conditions or the quality of the ship. They were going to the other side because of the word of Jesus. If you are in a storm right now, you will make it to the other side, not based on outside conditions, not your own or someone else’s ability. It is solely because God said it, and that is where you draw your faith, calmness and joy from.

As you are calm, you will stand in faith and command peace in Jesus’ name. While others around you may be hollering, even in your home, you bring hope. A calm man gain’s control over something that appears to be out of control, declaring what God said the end will be.

Jesus is with you when all is well, and he is with you in the storm–be immovable and confident in both situations. Always tell yourself and your family that we’re going to the other side!

Prayer: Thank You Father for Your word today! May I always be a man of a calm spirit. I am going to the other side to victory because You said I would. I rebuke the storm in Jesus’ name, and I say peace be still! Help me have faith and allow the Holy Spirit to lead me to the other side. In Jesus name, Amen.

Study: Mark 4:35-41

Devotionals

So Blessed, So Thankful

June 22, 2018

“When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you” Deuteronomy 8:10, NKJV.

You are excelling in your line of work. Your business is thriving and sales keep coming your way. Your ministry is growing. There’s substantial money in the bank. You and your spouse are on one accord, and your family is happy. The time off you needed lined up just right so you can take an awesome vacation. You just bought a new vehicle at a great price and you are loving it. Everything is working for you.

When you are experiencing so many blessings, remember to remain thankful. Sometimes, it can be so easy when it appears that you have it all, to feel like you don’t need God or need to seek Him. That is actually the time to thank God and to continue seeking Him even more. Don’t fall for the ploy of pride the devil sends to subtly drift you away from your Source, which is how you’ve arrived there in the first place.

Thankfulness is the voice of humility. It will keep you balanced. You don’t get too high or too low. Thankfulness has reminded me, sometimes with tears in my eyes, that it wasn’t always this way. God did what He said He would do. He did it, not you.

Stay thankful to God for your blessings, with all that you have, so He can keep using you to be a blessing.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for bringing me into this place of plenty. Thank You for delivering me! Thank You for prospering me. It wasn’t always this way. You had mercy on me and blessed me. Help me to remain humble and seek You even more! Use all that You have given me to advance Your kingdom! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Deuteronomy 6:10-12

Devotionals

Don’t stop doing the work He’s called you to.

June 21, 2018

“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless” (1 Corinthians 15:58, NLT).

Whether you are a believer, pastor, a missionary, a volunteer, doctor, or whatever work God has called you to, remain strong (steadfast), immovable, always abounding each day in it. Always give your best toward it, going way above what’s required and remain excited about your purpose. The enemy may be telling you to stop the work you are doing, it’s useless and where’s the money in it. That is far from the truth of God. His work is never useless. It was never about money for Jesus, and don’t allow it to become about money for you. Do what you do for God. Your blessings and reward always comes from Him.

God is saying to you today, “Be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work I’ve given you to do. Know that your labor is not in vain. You may not see any visible proof of the difference I am using you to make, but you are making a difference. Don’t me moved. Don’t lose heart. Don’t lose your eternal perspective. Continue to abound in My work and I will cause all of My grace and favor to abound toward you.”

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for speaking to me today. I receive Your supernatural encouragement and I thank You for giving me the victory through Jesus Christ. No matter how it looks or what I hear, help me to abound and stay on fire about the work You’ve called me to. Restore my passion for it. Help me to maintain my joy and an eternal perspective on what I do for You. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Study: 1 Corinthians 15:57,58

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Be reminded of how awesome He is

June 20, 2018

“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” 1 Corinthians 2:7-8, NKJV.

The devil thought he had defeated Jesus through the cross. When little did he know, by the hidden wisdom of God, the cross was the way He made for our salvation. The devil thought Jesus was ruined, but the cross was used to cause him to reign. Satan didn’t see it coming and had no idea he set up his own defeat instead.

Let this be a reminder of how awesome God is. He will show you no matter what it looks like, He is always in control. He has a hidden wisdom that He operates in and is always steps ahead of your adversary. If you remain in faith, He will show you Who He is and what He has ordained for you.

Just when it seems like you will see defeat and failure, when it seems like the devil will ruin you, God will use it to make you better, take your higher and you will reign. When what you’ve gone through appears wouldn’t have any benefit at all in your life, like the ultimate chess move, God is going bring you great victory from it.

“Come up higher, says the Lord. Come up higher and then you will see. I am working it together for your eternal victory.”

Prayer: Father, I give You all the praise and glory right now! I’m an excited and encouraged man today. You know exactly what You are doing. You are going to make something out of all that I have been through. Let it break forth. I will remain in faith about my life. I have faith in Your hidden wisdom and I will walk out my purpose. Continue to shape me in the image of Your Son. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 1:12, 1 Corinthians 2:1-10, Acts 4:12

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Acknowledge that you can’t do it on your own.

June 19, 2018

“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 this truth. You can’t walk this walk out on your own. You can’t live right on your own. You have no godly strength in you and you can’t love people like He does. There’s nothing good you can do, or become, by yourself.

This humility is what swings the door wide open for the grace of God to operate in your life. It causes the grace of God to abound toward you, as God sees a humble man that truly needs and wants Him to be apart of his life. You will witness an Almighty God and Father meet your need with detail. He will respond to your humility with grace. He will respond to 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, I thank You for Your word. As I begin my day praying, I acknowledge that I can’t do it on my own. I can’t. Yet, I know that You can. You are all I need. I ask that You respond to my humility with an outpouring of grace toward me. Holy Spirit rest upon me and give me the strength to do what I can’t do. Let Your love, wisdom, counsel, and power reign in and through me today. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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

Devotionals

Sow your life into Christ

June 18, 2018

“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 fleshly desires and give up all for the sake of the Gospel of the Kingdom.

Losing our lives for Christ’s sake isn’t easy, but in so doing, we come to save it. We experience his suffering so the will of God can be done in us. Yet, if we suffer with him, we will reign with him. We display his love because we live selfless. We find ourselves reap strength and we triumph over the flesh. Christ in us rises and we walk in power to overcome evil with good. His grace breaks forth to do what He has called you to do, and you walk in it. God’s blessings and favor begin to show up in our lives, confirming that He has our desires in mind.

You may be enticed to save your life and live it your way, but don’t because in time you’ll lose it. 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. 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 now. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 10:10, Philippians 3:10, Hebrews 12:2

Devotionals

He makes you a good father like Him

June 17, 2018

“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.

When I think about what it means to be a father, I cannot help but to look to the greatest Father of all. God is our example of what a good father is and we can be abundantly thankful for. He loves us, He is merciful and gracious, correcting, encouraging, provides, strengthens, our Teacher, helps us through tough times, patient, gives us a perspective of victory, gives us identity and purpose, shows us how to love our wives and treat women, teaches us to leave an inheritance for our children’s children, never gives up on you and I, and He keeps His word.

No matter where you’ve come from. No matter your upbringing before we came to know God. No matter if we had no natural father there for you at all. God is a good Father and He will make something great out of you. As in Isaiah, we are like clay in His hands and He continues to mold, shape and make us like Him.

You too have children that are as clay in your hands and everything God is to you, you are called to be to them. Don’t get weary and give up on them now. Keep being a reflection of the Father to them, and He will use you to make something great out of them. May you feel honored and appreciated on this day as a father.

Prayer: Father, thank You for being a good Father and being my great example. I honor You today. I appreciate the role of being a father. I ask You to continue to mold and shape me. Bring the best our of me and help me to give my best to my kids, to my family. Teach me to love and raise them like You. May all fathers feel very appreciated and continue to make something great out of them. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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

Devotionals

For His Glory, Not Your Own

June 16, 2018

“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.

As men, it can be hard not to want the glory. We want the praise and to be lifted up. We want the honor and to stand as the champion. We have a desire in our flesh to have our weight of worth made known for all the world to see. When this happens, we do what we do for our own glory.

Be sure to do all that you do for His glory, not your own. Let Him handle exalting you. Even when men seek to give you the glory for what you’ve done, give it to God. You’ll notice when you are seeking His glory and not your own because you will turn toward doing His will. You’ll have right intents and motives. Your priorities won’t be self-seeking. You’ll after the things that bring God glory.

You’ll become a more humble man because it’s not about your honor and worth, but His honor and worth being made known in the earth. He alone is to be exalted as Creator of all things and we were made for His pleasure.

As He has been so good to us, as we have seen so much mercy and grace toward us, it is only right to give Him the glory for it. He is the source of it all and He alone deserves all the glory. Jesus is the champion over sin and death, and He deserves all the glory.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me . Teach me to seek after Your glory, and not my own. Remove any lifting up of myself in 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. 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

True worship is with your life

June 15, 2018

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

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

As Satan did with Jesus, he will offer you the world, he’ll offer you anything, for your priceless true worship. He wants you to bow down to him and what this world can give. Yet, tell Satan to get behind you! God says there should be no other gods before Me and only Him will you live for, only Him will you serve. There will be no thing or no woman, no car, no money, no fame, that you will put before the Almighty God that saved you and redeemed you. The God that has been good to you and always brings you into an awesome place in your life.

Receive the charge as a man to truly worship the Father in this hour. God is seeking such to worship Him in spirit and in truth.

Prayer: Father, thank You for defining worship to me and help me to always worship You. Help me to recognize if I have exalted anything in my life to worship instead of You. I will not worship no one or nothing else. You are God and God alone, Jesus is King. I will serve You only and keep You first in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

Devotionals

Settle down in your calling

June 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word and I know You have called me to do a mighty work in these times. Give me clarity on what my calling and purpose is, and let go of what I don’t need to be doing. I ask for the courage and faith to settle down in my calling and run hard my course with an action plan from You. I praise You for the evident progress as I give myself wholly to it. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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

Devotionals

He Sees Your Labor of Love

June 13, 2018

“Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.” 1 Thessalonians 1:2-4, NKJV

I have worked for a staffing company before, and even though I worked at another business, the staffing agency was really the one that took care of me. All my pay and benefits and rewards came from them. When I did something great on the job, the staffing company wasn’t physically there, but somehow they would always find out and would reward me for it.

Likewise, though we live on this earth, we are citizens of the kingdom of God, and we serve Him, not the world. Our blessings come from the Lord. He sees your labor of love. He sees your acts of kindness. He sees you hold your tongue and love your enemies. He sees you apologize when you didn’t have to. He sees you opt to not defend yourself. When you chose to be a man of integrity and be honest about your mistake, the Lord watches that. He sees your longsuffering and forbearing of others.

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 that He saw all your work of faith and love, all that you do, because He’s going to reward you for it my brother.

Wherever you are, be encouraged to keep up the good work of His love.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word. It can get challenging sometimes, but I will continue to love. You see all of my labor of love Father and may it be pleasing in Your sight. I do it as unto You. I worship you through how I live. I serve You and You are the One that sees me, blesses me and rewards me. Grace me to love and I pray the more I love others, the more Your love changes their lives–and mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Corinthians 13:13, John 17:18-23, Galatians 6:9, 1 John 3:11

Devotionals

Jesus is praying for you

June 12, 2018

“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens” Hebrews 7:25-26, NKJV.

Intercession is one of the greatest displays of love, going before the Father to pray on the behalf of someone else. It is great to know that this is what Jesus does for us. Right now He is interceding for you. You are not alone. You have a great High Priest in Him.

A high priest went before the Almighty God to intercede for himself and the people. He would primarily go daily before a holy God to offer up a sacrifice and atone for the people’s sin, as well as his own. If in biblical times, a high priest with sin prayers availed much, how much more the prayers of our spotless King on your behalf.

He gave Himself once for all our sin and now Christ stands as a perfect, continuing High Priest for us with compassion. He has been here in this earth, in this world, and He knows exactly what it is like to live here. He knows every day the things we go through. He knows the things we daily resist. He knows the trials we experience and everything that we face, yet He says be of good cheer (take courage) because He has already overcome the world.

You have come to Him, and He is with you. He is praying that your faith does not fail. He is praying for your heart not to worry. He is praying for the Father’s will to be done in you and through you. He is always before God at the throne of grace, praying for you with power. At this very moment, be encouraged knowing Jesus is praying for you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word. Thank You Jesus for interceding for me. I sure need it. You are my great High Priest, always before the Father on my behalf. Even when I have felt like I couldn’t pray, You are praying for me. I am truly not alone in this life and I truly have the victory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Hebrews 7:16-28, Romans 8:34

Devotionals

Teach me to do Your will

June 11, 2018

“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 isn’t doing what they’ve been instructed to do, a good teacher will take the time to show them how.

Speaking for myself, 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 for many of us men, our sincere desire is for more of God. It is when our actions show a higher level of preparation for where God is taking us. It is when our actions show we don’t want the sin 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 will allow Him to teach you, He will lead you into an upright life and into His perfect will.

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. I know a lot, but I only do half of what I know. Help me God. Help me read to Your word and apply it to my life. I ask for a hearing ear and to be humble, so You can teach me to do Your will. I thank You in advance. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 14:26, Philippians 2:13

Devotionals

A Man of Power

June 10, 2018

“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.

Your own power runs out, but the power of God doesn’t. It is present all the time. He gave you power to be the man He created you to be. The word power here means “dunamis” in the Greek, which is where we get the word dynamite. The Father has given you by His Spirit, not only love and a sound mind, He has given you power–this kind of power.

This is the power to operate as a man of God with strength. You have power to live right. You have power over the devil and every evil work. You have power to overcome evil with good. The power of God gives you the strength to dominate over your flesh, and tell it to do what your spirit man tells it to do.

Step into your God-given power, as well as the authority given through Jesus Christ. You have delegated authority, like an officer with a badge. They could be small in stature, but that badge makes them as big as who backs it, they walk in the same power as the one who backs it. How much more with Jesus who backs you! Take a stand against your unseen opposition and tread upon them. Take a stand against not having a joy. Possess what God says is for you. The devil knows Christ is in you and he knows who you are. You must know also. You are a man of power.

Prayer: Father, thank You for filling me with power. Make me like a dynamite in prayer and explode over the works of the enemy. Cause when I pray, even when I prayer over my wife and children, the power of God moves their obstacles out of the way. I have been given authority to walk in victory in every situation. I declare I am a man of power! Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Luke 10:19, Acts 1:8

Devotionals

In the moment, what is God saying?

June 9, 2018

“And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward” Exodus 14:15, NKJV.

With Pharaoh and his army behind them, and the Red Sea in front of them, the people of Israel found themselves in a tough situation. It seems there’s no where to go and no where to turn. Yet, God spoke and told Moses to go forward. In the heat of a decision, in the face of pressure, He said to them what they needed to hear.

In these times, the first thing, most important thing you need to know regarding your life, a situation, your ambitions, your challenge, your victories, is what is God saying? In the heat of a decision or obstacle, God isn’t silent. He is speaking right now regarding being wise with your blessings or to navigate you through a storm. He is speaking of a way out and where to turn. Many of us experience what the devil is saying to us, and we can hear him loud and clear. Yet, the great thing to know is that God is speaking also–much more.

In a moment of plenty or a moment of drought, He is speaking much more. In a time of devastation, He is saying something to you. In a time where you and your spouse aren’t talking, He is talking. What He is saying always agrees with His word. Also what He says will always call us to use what we live by–faith. He tells us if we pray, if we speak to Him, He will speak to us. He will not only hear us, and let us down. He hears us with the intent to answer, to lead, to take us forward. If Moses can hear God in the moment, and you have Christ in you, you can too.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word. At this very moment in this situation I face, what are you saying to me? I thank You for hearing Your voice and just as Moses, give me the courage to go forward with what You are telling me to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 10: 1 John 5:15

Devotionals

It’s not over, the best is yet to come!

June 8, 2018

“To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified” Isaiah 61:3, NKJV.

In sports, when a team is down in a series 3-0 or down with seconds left in the game, the whole world will count them out. Everyone says it’s over. Sometimes, the things we go through can seem the same way.

It’s great to know that you may can count out man, but you can never count out God. No matter what the devil says in your ear about your end. He may even tell you it’s too much, or it’s too big of a mistake, but you are never counted out with the Lord on your side. With God, it’s never over, and the best is yet to come. He takes what is nothing, and makes something good out of it. He takes what appears dead and makes things alive. You will rise from this situation better, wiser, and blessed.

Sometimes, He will allow you to be uprooted, but He will plant you in a place far better than you were. Your turn around will be so great, that you know only He will get the glory. You will look back and only be able to say only God could have done this in my life. No one can tell you how He does, but He does for the man the puts His trust in Him.

Prayer: Father, You are good and You are awesome. I will not count You out. I declare it’s not over and the best IS yet to come because You are on my side. Steer me during this time and help me to obey and keep trusting You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Devotionals

Don’t live empty, live filled with His Spirit.

June 7, 2018

“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” Ephesians 5:18-19, NKJV.

When you begin your day, get filled up with God. Even if you’re already at work, don’t live today on empty, or half a tank. Act on His Word, praise God and let His Spirit fill you now.Pray, give Him praise and glory. Worship the Lord and spend time in His presence. Bless the Lord with your mouth and thank Him for all He has done. Don’t stop in your time with God until you are filled with the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit came upon the apostles, and now on us, with power to be a witness for Jesus. He also lives in us, and at the same time, He daily fills us to help us. Just as a cup gets filled, God will fill you with His Spirit, and He will fill you with His joy peace, love, and all the fruit of His Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-23). Once He fills you, the Father will send you to go forward with power and direction for your day.

Prayer: Father, fill my cup this morning. Fill me with Your peace. Fill me with Your love. Fill me with Your joy. Fill me with Your power. Hallelujah! You are good and Your mercy endures forever! There is none like You and I give You praise today. Fill me Holy Spirit! Overflow in me and through me to a dying world. I go forth boldly being a witness of Jesus in my words, my works and in my lifestyle. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 14:16, Acts 1:8, 2:4, 4:8 & 31

Devotionals

His Timing is Perfect

June 6, 2018

“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, NKJV.

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1, NKJV.

The timing He sent Jesus to redeem us was perfect. In His great wisdom, He knew exactly when to we needed him and we’re blessed because of it.

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 perfect.

Just as He is perfect, so is everything He does is. He isn’t late and no matter how it appears, He is in control and never behind schedule. He knows better what you have need of than you ever will. He knows all of your days and the current state of your life, He sees every one of your needs, and even knows what you will need in the future.

Just as God’s timing, what He has for you will be perfect also. His results will be better than you could ask for or imagine. What He is doing for you even now, and going to give you will be far greater than what you could produce on your own.

Wouldn’t you wait for what is perfect? Don’t settle by trying to make something happen in your own ability, by your own hands. The Father is going to be good to you. Don’t bail out because of the wait. What God has for you, His blessing, will be perfect and will have no sorrow with it.

Prayer: Father, You are a good God and everything You do is good and perfect. Help me to trust Your timing. Help me to know that it is in Your hands. Help me to leave it in Your hands. I don’t want my best, I want Yours. Keep me in Your will Father. In faith I will continue to serve and obey You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Ecclesiastes 3:11, Lamentations 3:25-26, Psalm 126

Devotionals

He will bless your giving

June 5, 2018

“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” Luke 6:38, NKJV.

My son said to me, “Guess what daddy? Christian (brother) was sad today at the store because he needed a dollar to buy something, so I gave him one.” “That’s great. That was nice of you”, I said. He then hesitantly responded, “Yeah, mommy said God will bless me, but I don’t believe it.” I then reminded Him of how God has blessed him before, and he remembered and was glad.

Some of us may have had the same experience. God asks you to give and you do it for the right reason, yet you doubt that you’ll be blessed in your giving. Yet, if you remember the times that you have given before, there was not a time that God didn’t bless you, and that should make you glad. According to His Word, when you give, He will give back to you pressed down, shaken together and running over will He cause men to give to you. He may cause men to give back to you in money, it could be with favor, help, mercy, wisdom, knowledge that people usually pay for, an opportunity, or something that you need.

From money, time and resources, imitate the Father and be a giver. When you do good for God, He will always cause more good to come back to you. That’s the heart of God. You will never out give Him. Not that you do it to get; that’s just how good God is, and His desire is to bless you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me about giving. I will give, and I will not doubt You. I remember how You blessed me before and it makes me glad. No one loses when I give. You want me to know that You desire to bless me, therefore, I believe You. You are just that good. Help me to always be a cheerful about giving to advance Your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 2 Corinthians 9:7

Devotionals

A man that praises God

June 4, 2018

“Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day” Psalm 71:8, KJV.

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 your praise, declaring the victory you have through Christ Jesus.

Life and death is in the power of your tongue (Proverbs 18:21), and the more you give God praise with your mouth, the more you will stir up your joy and your faith. Your praise will remind you of God’s power and keep you encouraged. Your praise will declare that He is a great God, and that He is more than able to overcome any obstacle before you. He is able to do what He said He will do.

One practical way to help you open your mouth and praise God more is christian music. Turn it on in your home, in your car and begin thanking Him for making a way. Praise is not an aspect of your christian walk that God wants you to be quiet about. 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 more. Make it a lifestyle for me. Let it stir up the joy of the Lord in me. Every day, let it stir up my faith and remind me of the God I serve. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 40:3, James 3:2

Devotionals

He will never leave you

June 3, 2018

“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.

There are some things I have been through and there was only reason why I didn’t give up–because He was there. There are some mistakes I’ve made and even lessons I learned the hard way in which I’ve said to myself I don’t desire to experience that again. Yet, even as I went through it, He never left me.

You may be wondering where is He, but you can be assured He has not left you. He gave His son Jesus for us to confirm there’s not anything He won’t do for us. God wants you to know that He will NEVER leave or forsake you. No, not the Almighty God. Not Jehovah Jireh our Provider, Not the God Who is love and is good. At every trial, any turn you take, any aspirations you are in pursuit of, any mountain you climb, He will not leave you. Let this bring you courage and hope as you consider the truth that nothing will cause God to ever loosen His hand on your life.

You may not understand why, but don’t you give up. You may not see the way yet, but you will. Like finding a set of keys you know are there, He will cause you to find the way He’s already made.

Prayer: Father, thank You for encouraging me that You will never leave or forsake me. You’re right here Lord. You are with me through this. I will not give up on seeing Your salvation! Show me the way already made and I will walk into it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Deuteronomy 31:6, Joshua 1:5, Hebrews 13:5-6

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Help me Lord

June 2, 2018

“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 every kind of 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 circumstances I am in and change this man even right where I am. I receive Your help to persevere in these trials. Give me the hope, wisdom and strength I need to overcome what I’m facing. I need You God. Help me now. I thank You for it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 121, Psalm 40:17, John 14:16, Hebrews 4:16

Devotionals

Be still and know that He’s God

June 1, 2018

“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. I have felt like I had so many needs and wondered how will they all get met. Even as I stepped out in faith to do the will of God, to others I look as calm as the sea, but inside I am searching for how will this get done, and like a person, a barrage of questions are pacing back and forth through my mind.

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

Be still and acquaint yourself, remind yourself of Who He 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, He can.

God will be exalted in your life. Time and time again He has come through for you, and it will be no different now. Be still. The resolve for your situation is not based on your own ability, but His supernatural ability. Be still and remind yourself that you are in His hands.

Prayer: Father, thank You for helping me to stop, be still and remind myself that You have already worked it out. Help me to stand on Your word. Help me to stand in faith and allow You to lead me into what I need. Be exalted in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Isaiah 41:10

Devotionals

A Divine Life

May 31, 2018

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire” 2 Peter 1:3-4, ESV.

God has given us a divine life. Divine means what proceeds directly from God. It also means supremely good! It is a life filled with what God intended for you when He created you.

God meant for us to have a divine life all along, even from the beginning in the Garden of Eden. In spite of what you have gone through, when you give your life to God, He turns it into something supremely good and supplies what comes from Him. He will turn every part of your life into what it is meant to be. He will turn every pain into something divinely used for His glory. He will take your setback and use it as a testimony to divinely prosper you. God will make all things new, better than the first. Don’t settle for anything less. He has given you all the things that pertain to life and godliness.

He follows the above verses with this encouragement in verse 5-8, which He gives to you today: “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement (or add) your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Prayer: God, you can do far more with my life than I can. I want to experience all what You meant life to be. Take this life and do with it what only You can do. You will take every pain, and divinely use it for Your glory. Show me my purpose. Show me how to add all things that will make me fruitful in life. I praise You for giving me a divine life! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 2 Peter 1:1-8, Luke 11:2

Devotionals

Jesus asked, Do you love Me?

May 30, 2018

“He said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?’ Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, ‘Do you love Me?’ And he said to Him, ‘Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed My sheep’ ” John 21:17, NKJV.

After denying Jesus three times, Peter decided to turn away from his calling and go back to fishing, which was his vocation. When Jesus rose from the dead and came back to visit his disciples, he sat down and ate with them. He then asked Peter three times “Do you love me?” Peter’s answer was yes, and Jesus tells him then feed my sheep.

After you have faced difficult times, you may wonder whether you really should just go back to living like you use to. After you have messed up with the same thing multiple times, the devil will say you really don’t want to follow the Lord, just go back to living for sin and pleasures. Yet like Peter, Jesus is going to ask you for every mistake, every wrong turn, do you love me?

Your love is not defined by your mistake, but your decision to choose Jesus in spite of your mistake. The truth is God knows our wrong turns before we even make them, and He is rich in mercy for a reason. Yet, He still chooses us. He still chose you and you are a forgiven man.

God cares enough not to leave you where you are. For every mistake, every hurt, every denial of him, every let down, and for every wrong turn in life, Jesus is asking you do you love me? Let your response be yes, and do what you know He is asking of you. Move forward. Get back up, and walk out your calling.

Prayer: Thank you Father for Your word. Thank you Jesus, for with one question, you settle all matters of the heart. Yes, I do love you. I choose to love you by getting back up and waking out my calling. I receive Your mercy and grace now. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Luke 22:54-62, Philippians 3:13-14, 2 Peter 2:9-10

Devotionals

Moments of Transitions

May 29, 2018

“Being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time” Luke 4:2-3, & 13, NKJV.

When Jesus was being born into the earth, the devil pursued to stop his coming. When Jesus was exiting the wilderness and entering into his ministry, the very thing he was called to do, the devil came while he was hungry and tempted him. One thing you will find in scripture is that the devil watches for and attacks during very important moments of transitions.

When I look back on all the moments of transitions in my own life, the devil pursued to keep me from making them. During those times, you want to especially walk close with the Lord, receive His plan and be very diligent to follow it. As you are walking with Him, the Holy Spirit will show you things to come. He will reveal things to you about your new transition and what you are entering into. Those are the times to be watchful for any subtle trickery or scheme from the wicked one to derail you from God’s will to be blessed and advance the kingdom.

Also practically as a father, when you notice your children entering into key moments of transitions in their lives, be there to share with them what is to come, and pour into them the godly wisdom and insight they need. Whether it’s the change from high school to college, college to finding their purpose, or singleness to marriage, these are especially the times to not be ignorant of Satan’s devices, and to watch over them to help them successfully through it.

Prayer: Father, thank You for this insight about moments of transitions. Let me follow Your plan and not be ignorant of the devil’s devices. Holy Spirit show me what is to come for myself and my family. I will lay hold of your blessings and advance the kingdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 16:13, Matthew 2:13-15, 2 Corinthians 2:11

Devotionals

Fight with your faith!

May 28, 2018

“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.

I once heard a great quote: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog” -Mark Twain. This is true, and I would say further that it is not the size of your situation, but the size of your faith within it. The best choice you can make right now is to fight with your faith.

No matter the situation, Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith, and your faith in God will see you through to the finish. Keep believing for what He promised you. Don’t quit because you don’t see anything yet. Your faith will award you the victory. The situation may be fierce, however, it is no match for your God and what He is able to do. He will not fail you. He will keep His word. When you hold fast to what is good, you will watch your victories come in by the droves in this season of your life.

You may ask yourself, “how can I strengthen my faith?” Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). His word is powerful and able to make your faith strong within your heart.

Feeling like God has left you? God promises, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you” according to Hebrews 13:5.

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

Feeling intimidated? He tells us “Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world” according to 1 John 4:4.

Fighting against laziness? Proverbs 10:4 says, “He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”

God will do what He said He will do. He is a good God, and He wants you to put your total trust in Him and fight the good fight of faith!

Prayer: Father, I praise You! I have the victory through Christ Jesus and I fight with faith. You have already won the battle for me. I already have what I need. Nothing is too hard for You, according to Jeremiah 32:17. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, according to Philippians 4:13. I will overcome through You. Continue to lead me until I possess the victorious outcome You’ve promised me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Numbers 23:19, Romans 10:17, Hebrews 12:1-2

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Your Refuge, Your Trust

May 27, 2018

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

Trust has several meanings in the Old Testament, but it also means refuge. It is something that 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, but I just mainly see what is covering me.

God is our 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. I the midst of what I face, right now I make You my refuge. You are my shelter. Help me make my dwelling place, not the trouble, but make You my dwelling place. Let this show the trust that I will put in You and Your word! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 91, 112:7

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This is Who You Are

May 26, 2018

“But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you-from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.” 1 Peter 2:9, MSG

Has anyone ever told you who you are? A number of men haven’t been, but rather who they are not; or they haven’t been told anything, leaving them without hope and direction in their lives.

At this moment in your life right now, which may be a defining one for you, God wants you to know who you are. You have made in His mighty image and likeness. You are a royal priesthood and king in a crooked and perverse generation. No matter what you’ve done, You are His son. You are blessed by God Himself! You are equipped with the mind of Christ. You’ve been made free from sin and the enemy through Him. You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. You are a light. You have a purpose and you have God’s grace to fulfill that purpose. You are above only and not beneath. You are the lender and not borrower, not matter your current state. You may be bending right now, but you won’t break or fold.

You are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. You can do all things through Christ which strengthens you. Everything you do prospers and the blessing the Lord is upon you to create wealth. Your heart is fixed trusting in the Lord and you shall not be moved (Psalm 112:7). You are a game changer. You can’t be held down. The joy of the Lord is your strength. You can’t be stopped! Whatever God has called you to do, you WILL do it. You are ALREADY victorious.

Tell yourself who you are in Christ according to His word, and don’t back down from it. Only receive it.

Prayer: Father, thank You for encouraging me. Thank You for defining me. I reject any harmful words that have been spoken over me in my life and I choose to believe in You God and believe in myself as a man. Every time I speak Your Word over me, I choose to believe and receive it. I am who You say I am and I can do what You say I can do. I give You all the praise. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: Deuteronomy 28:1-14; John 1:12, 1 John 4:4, Romans 8:37, Philippians 4:13

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You’ve tried it your way, now try it God’s way.

May 25, 2018

“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, when they decided to do it God’s way, 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 ability, doing it my way, leaning on what I think will work and going in the direction that seems best, and 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 financial increase is so close. Yet, it will only be experienced when you honestly answer like Peter that you haven’t caught anything. Like Peter, you come to the end of yourself, your own understanding, your own intellect, and what makes sense to you. It is time to give up trying it your way and do it His way. Save your efforts and do it your way no more. Surrender your plans for His. Let this be the year you cast your net to the other side instead, 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 what You have been telling me to do. 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

Devotionals

A Message from the Lord

May 24, 2018

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” 1 Corinthians 15:10, NKJV.

“My grace is here. My grace is here and upon you to do what I have called you to do. Don’t wait to do what My grace is present for. It is here now to do it. It is My Spirit of grace that has risen upon you to help you perform a great task, one that you could not accomplish on your own. Yet, by My Spirit, by My great grace you will do it and you will easily do it. I will make it sweat-less and delightful to you. Don’t wait to do what My grace is present for. Take it and run with it. Yield to My grace and seize your time and season to perform the work that I have called you to do”, says the Lord.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word. Thank You for Your great grace. I feel Your Spirit of grace upon me. Help me to recognize and discern this season. Help me to recognize and discern what You have specifically provided grace for. It is Your indicator to me that is time to do it. Give me the courage to yield to Your grace and do what Your Spirit has risen upon me to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Luke 4:18, Acts 4:33, 6:8; 2 Timothy 2:1

Devotionals

The best meal of the day

May 23, 2018

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” Matthew 4:4, NKJV.

I was sitting down before God’s word and it felt like food to me. Truly the best meal of the day is God’s word. It is food for the man you can’t see. It’s food for the man that needs joy, hope and strength for great battles. God’s word isn’t physical food, but it has the attributes of it and what it will do for you:

It’s good!
It strengthens you.
It helps you keep going.
It quickens you with life.
It feeds your faith.
It helps you focus.
It refreshes your soul.
It quenches your thirst.
It will fill you inside.
It satisfies.

I’ve had some great food, but nothing does all the above like the word of God. Just as when you don’t eat physically, you notice the difference, so it will be when you don’t eat spiritually. You will notice the difference inside, and the word of God is what you need. Bread alone won’t do it. Coffee won’t do it. God’s word alone feeds the areas in our lives that are empty and without strength.

Again, the best meal of your day is God’s word. Remember to eat today.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me. The best meal of my day is Your word. It is the key to my success today. Just like I make sure I eat physically, help me to make sure I eat spiritually. I can’t live without. Like I love to eat food, show me how to love Your word. I praise You for it. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Study: John 6:63

Devotionals

It’s By His Spirit

May 22, 2018

“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.

Pray this prayer with me: Father, we thank You today. We can not be who we’ve been called to be on our own. It is not by our own strength, but by Your Spirit. Fill us with Your Spirit Lord! Fill my cup Lord! Lead me Holy Spirit. Overflow in my life and in my heart Father. Help us, your sons, to flow with Your Spirit. Fill our hearts with Your mighty Word. Help us to depend on Your Spirit to walk in love. By Your Spirit, we have self-control, power and steady peace no matter the situation. By Your Spirit, we can provide for our family. By Your Spirit, You will show us how to prosper in everything we do and show us where Your promotion is for us. By Your Spirit, we can be great fathers. By Your Spirit, help us live, think and obey like Jesus. I declare I have the mind and wisdom of Christ. By Your Spirit, I overflow with Your joy, which is my strength! We can do it through Christ! Show us the things God has for us to come Holy Spirit. We lean upon You Holy Ghost for victory today! Glory to God! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

“It’s not by power, not by might, but by My Spirit. Utilize my Spirit at every turn. Let Him lead as you follow. Let Him be in front of you, not behind you. Allow Him, let Him, Yield to Him. My people must get filled with Me and they will see, they will see, then you will see, so come to Me, come to Me and watch Me bring you the victory, says God”.

Study: John 16:13, Ephesians 5:18-20

Devotionals

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!

May 21, 2018

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

Redeemed in Hebrew means to to be next of kin, as in to buy back a relative’s property. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. It means let the redeemed say that they have been redeemed. “Why should I say it? Why should I say that have been bought back by the precious sacrifice of Jesus Christ?”

There is something powerful about saying where you belong and what the Lord has done for you. When you actually say you’re redeemed, it reminds you of who you are. You were far away in the enemy’s hands, but Jesus bought you back and you’re home now. No matter what you go through, He has given you a home for your soul, a place of rest. Jesus paid the price for you and you are in the family of God.

It helps you not forget your place in God and remember the devil’s place in your life. The devil, nor sin, has no level of ruler-ship in any area of your life, and he doesn’t want you to say it. But don’t be silent. You are no longer the enemy’s property, but you are God’s son and whom the Son has sets free, is free indeed.

No matter what you face, you can be still and trust God, saying and expecting to always receive everything, every promise, every provision, that comes with your mighty redemption. Say I’m redeemed!

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

Study: John 8:36, Galatians 3:13, Proverbs 18:21

Devotionals

He will help you get your fire back.

May 20, 2018

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

I have a good, life-long 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 pick up the phone and call. We get to joking, catching up and it’s always just like old times again. Our friendship never left, we just needed to rekindle it.

The Almighty God is more than a life-long friend. He is your heavenly Father and will never leave. Your fire for God is still there, and don’t believe otherwise. You only need to call on Him and He will help you rekindle it. He will help you get your fire back!

Prayer: Father, I feel so far away, yet I believe all I have to do is call. I need a work done in my heart only You can do to get my fire back. I want my fire back! I need it in order to be who You have called me to be. I come against any hindrances in my life and I stir up the gift that is in me. I praise You now! Fill me with Your Spirit now! Thank You Father! It feels like old times again! Thank You for Your presence right now, and thank You in Your presence of the fullness of joy! Even move beyond the old, I ask for a new fire. Thank You for saving me and I remind myself of all You have done for me, and You still keep blessing me. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 2 Timothy 1:6

Devotionals

Are you hungry to finish?

May 19, 2018

“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 completing the work of God 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

Through it All, Wait on Him!

May 18, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Study: Genesis 50:20, Ecclesiastes 3:11

Devotionals

What are you doing here?

May 16, 2018

“So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?'” 1 Kings 19:12-13, NKJV.

God asked Prophet Elijah this question 40 days after he fled from Jezebel, who was plotting to kill him. This is the same Elijah that just called down fire from heaven as proof of who serves the true and living God. He had become afraid and comfortable where he now was.

For many men, what we have been through is brutal. The losses have been sorrowful. A lack of money in the past has caused us to hold tight to our great jobs and careers, more than we hold tight to God. Next thing we know, God nor the things of God is not first in our lives any longer. You dare not move, but rather remain fearfully comfortable and complacent.

In the midst of your comfort and pleasures, in the midst of the struggles our women and mothers, in the midst of young men being loss to craziness, drugs and violence, do you hear the still, small voice of God asking you, “What are you doing here?”

Now He is asking some of us, “What are you doing here?” It is time to really set God and His kingdom first in your life. It is time not to fear, but to do what He has called you to do. The One that backs that small voice is more important than your money. He is more powerful than the pain you’ve been through. He is more powerful than any of your fears. He is more good, merciful and restoring than you can figure out. He is with you, therefore, who can be against you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your truth. I hear You. Forgive me if I have walked in fear, put my career, worldly pleasures or anything else as my pursuit in life. I choose to serve You! Use me Lord to advance Your kingdom! Use me to make a difference in the lives of others! Help every man step up and be Who You have called us to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: 1 Kings 19, Matthew 6:33, Philippians 3:14

Devotionals

If anyone can do it, God can

May 14, 2018

“And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.” (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.) Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing” Genesis 18:10-11, NKJV.

Abraham and Sarah had many odd stacked up against them in their ability to have a son, but if anyone could pull it off, God can.

Like Abraham, God has spoken some things that He is going to do in your life, and you wonder how in the world is He going to get it done. You may be saying, “But God look how far I am behind.” “Look at all my faults.” “I don’t have the money.” “I missed my opportunity and it’s over now.” “God, look at the delays I’ve experienced.” “You will heal me?” “Are You sure You can use me. Look at me.”

He has shown me time and time again that if He said it, He will pull it off. You may not know how, but He will. He will either bless you with the money, or favor from man. He will open the door, or provide a new one. He will help you learn it, or bring someone in your life that already does. He will mold you and change you into a completely new man. God created the earth. He can work your life out.

If you would allow yourself to be led by God, step by step, you will find yourself in the exact place you have desired to attain in life. Be encouraged. God is going to pull it off, and it’s going to be better than you could have ever dreamed of.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word. If you can pull it off for Abraham, I believe You can do it for me. Help me to not lean to my own understanding. Help me to hear Your voice and to do what You instruct me to do–step by step. God, pull it off in my life. Hallelujah. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Genesis 18, Proverbs 3:5-6

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Thank Mom for being there

May 13, 2018

“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 master piece of strength. Aside from Him, He made 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, thank You for every Mother today. Thank You for all I pray they are so loved and honored. She has been there for me. I will take care of them. Help me to always be there for her–for my wife and my mom. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Devotionals

Make This Man a Blessing

May 12, 2018

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 receiving than giving. 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 gives away.

We are living in times where the Lord strongly desires for us to listen for His voice, and obey the Holy Spirit when He says become a blessing. Expect from Him the unexpected, because in an instant you could meet someone and He says yield to My goodness and bless them.

Yesterday, my wife and were selling our kid’s bunk bed without the mattresses on Facebook. The mattresses were old and we bought them new beds. A grandmother responded to the ad and was very interested in buying it for her two grand children that lived with her. Her and some family members came over, and not even a minute after meeting them, God told me don’t sell it to them, give it to them, and tell her it’s a blessing from Him. I shared it with my wife, and when she told the lady, tears began to come in her eyes. The reason is what we didn’t know was she did not have the money to buy the mattresses, but now she can.

God had greatly blessed us with something that day, but honestly, what we did for that family was without question the highlight of our day. It was far, far better and brought us far more joy giving than receiving. It felt so good to not receive a blessing, but be one.

Prayer: Wow, thank You God for this testimony. Thank You for showing us to become a blessing in these times. You have been good to me. I ask for You to be good through me. Make me a blessing! Make me an answer to someone’s prayer. Help me to be sensitive to You Holy Spirit in this area, and make this man a great blessing in someone’s life today. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Matthew 10:8

Devotionals

Don’t give up on what He told you!

May 11, 2018

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” Psalm 37:4, ESV.

“By his blessing they multiply greatly, and he does not let their livestock diminish” Psalm 107:38, ESV.

I had been a temporary worker at a company for 8 months, just working in the department that I had been hired to work in. I was fine with working there, but God told me something. He said that it was my time to leave, and that He had some other people to use me to reach. He also told me that He was going to financially bless me.

One job I applied for there, I received an interview, but never heard anything back from the hiring manager. I had to fight to not be discouraged, and He showed me He didn’t tell me to go on that interview. I then found two other positions that I had interest in, but the Holy Spirit lead me just apply to the second one. So I did.

Two days later, a high-level woman who rarely comes to my department to get her packages, tells someone on this particular day that she’ll come pick it up. She then talks with my manager, who calls me over to meet her. God blessed my words and I spoke very well, causing her to be very impressed with me. I recognized I had favor with her also. At the very moment, I knew it was God helping me and His hand is in all of this. The interesting thing about it was because of her high-level position, she didn’t know that she was actually listed as the hiring manager for the one job the Lord told me to apply for! I was then called for an interview, and received a call with a job offer. God gave me a new position to reach others, and at the same time, making the highest salary I’ve ever had.

Don’t give up on anything He has told you He will do for you. I didn’t get the first job because I wasn’t supposed to. Whether financially or another area in your life, God wants to give you His best, so obey each step of direction that He provides. Know my brother He will do it for you!

Prayer: I give You praise Father for how You bless us! I’m encouraged this morning, and what You do for others, You will do for me. Help me to follow Your directions to lead me to my blessing. What You have for me, it is for me. I thank You for it now! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Genesis 12:1-2, Psalm 84:11

Devotionals

Be Devoted

May 10, 2018

“But what do you think?” A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go.” Matthew 21:28-30, NKJV.

In the parable, the first son showed more devotion to His father than His brother. Even though he disrespected his father in speech, he still honored him by going to the vineyard afterward. How many times have you committed to a cause with such burning passion, and then somewhere along the line, things get complicated–and by complicated I mean excuses get the upper hand, your fire runs out or you just grow weary. The book of James advises us to be doers of the Word, and not hearers alone.

Let me tell you this: There can be times the people you devote to, will not even notice what you do. Can you imagine how God must feel? This can be applied to all areas of our lives because devotion is one of the greatest acts of love, and mysteriously, people can overlook it–but not the Lord.

Regardless, be devoted to your wife, be devoted to your family, your friends, your work and above all of this be devoted to your God. Why? Because the Father is utterly and totally devoted to you. He says, “I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward” (Genesis 15:1). He also says He shall work a work in your day (Habakkuk 1:5). Just think of all the provision He makes for you on a daily basis. So devote yourself each day anew to God’s will for your life, and you shall inherit His kingdom.

Prayer: Father God, your devotion to me has gripped my heart. Please forgive me for straying from Your perfect will, and thank you for loving me even through my stumbling. Lord Jesus, please help me when I grow weary, and remind me that the reward in You is greater than any Earthly joy. Father, grant me the wisdom to discern where my devotion should rest, for Your word says where my treasure is, there my heart will be also. I will devote myself to You anew. Holy Spirit move within me, and may the glory of the Kingdom rise and spread to every person who comes into contact with me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 6:21, 21:31, James 1:22-27, Acts 20:35

Devotionals

You’re In Your Finest Hour

May 9, 2018

“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour” John 12:27, NKJV.

You are in a great time. You are in a great moment in your life. Make sure you don’t allow it to simply pass by. Don’t allow yourself to not notice that the Lord is blessing you. Like Jesus, some of us may not feel like it, but He is. He truly is blessing you–the real you. The man with vision and dreams of doing great things for God. The man that desires for his life to have meant something when he’s gone. This is the man that is breaking forth and cannot be contained!

Every thing you’ve been through is coming together to bring forth who you were called to be. Everything you’ve experienced, all the decisions, all the times you felt the Lord was far, all the times you wondered what is He doing in you, yet He was in control of it all. He’s been at work the entire time, even when you had to bounce back from some challenges. Now, you are seeing the life He has for you unfold. Your steps were ordered (Psalm 37:23), and now, you are seeing all the pieces come together and it’s all starting to make sense.

Don’t stop now. Keep going. The discomfort of not remaining where you are is for a reason. It is compelling you to not settle for anything less than His perfect will for your life and walking in your finest hour.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for being in my finest hour! This man is breaking forth. I will enjoy and be excited about how you’re working in my life. I won’t give up now! Help me to follow Your leading Holy Spirit, as you unfold and launch me into the man I’m called to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 16:21

Devotionals

When the LORD Blesses You

May 8, 2018

“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.

Yes, 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 do it, and not God. It’s when we had to have it now and didn’t want to wait on Him.

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 wait on God. 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.

May 7, 2018

“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 not God. In the heat of the fire my brother, that’s when you learn He 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 need. Jesus said that he is the Way, therefore, as long as he’s with you, there’s always a way to get beyond what you’re going through.

Prayer: Father, thank You for never leaving nor forsaking me. No matter where we are, You are there. Help me to always 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

What you focus on you will capture.

May 6, 2018

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

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

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

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

Devotionals

Go After Your Family

May 5, 2018

“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, Amp.

During the course of my day, I always pursue to listen to the Holy Spirit to see if there is anyone the Lord will want me to encourage or share Christ with. Then, one day as I was looking at 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 strangers, but you have one right in your midst that is lost.

There is a place for witnessing to people you don’t know to help and witness to, but God simplifies ministry, directing us to go after those that are already close to us that need Him–our 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 someone that you just may be overlooking.

The Lord didn’t intend on your spreading of the Gospel to be complicated, but very simple. 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 men in your family need your time, and some need wisdom on how to successfully live their lives. Some have been giving up on and forgotten, and God wants you to step in and say He hasn’t.

I challenge you to target one family member and reach them. Leave your comfort, and go after them. Your ability to change lives is close to you. Sharing Jesus is easier than you think, and the devil doesn’t want you to receive a mighty revelation of that.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word today. Thank You for simplifying ministry. Help me to minister to that have been giving up on and forgotten. That family member that is always posts on Facebook about their problems–I pray for them. That person you know down the hall that talks to me all the time–I pray for them. Help me to love my family and go after them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Acts 1:8

Devotionals

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

May 4, 2018

“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 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, with His mercy 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 though when we don’t deserve it. 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

You must decrease, so He can increase.

May 2, 2018

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

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

It can be difficult to move yourself from being head of your own life. What do you do when you find your will is not God’s will? What do you do when God is asking you to do something that is a challenge for you to do? You know you need to humble yourself and submit to it, but it is difficult to submit your will and desires to His. The very will and ability to do what pleases Him, actually comes from Him.

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

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

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

Study: Luke 22:41-43

Devotionals

It starts with being in the right place.

May 1, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Devotionals

Don’t be afraid, only believe!

April 30, 2018

“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 that things will turn around. Don’t stop believing 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 and another and another. The result will be you begin to totally stop believing God and quit 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 anything.

Nothing is ever dead in the hands of God. Your marriage will live. Your dreams will live. Your relationship with God will live. Consider it only as adding a greater testimony to your championship belt. Regardless of how it looks, regardless of how it seems, 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! Thank You Father in advance. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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

Devotionals

He will do more than what you ask for!

April 29, 2018

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

When a man asks God for something, you can expect Him to do far exceed what you’ve asked for. Exceedingly abundantly here in the Greek means that God will do what is SUPERABUNDANT in quantity and SUPERIOR in quality above what we can ask for or imagine. It’s like asking for a good deal, He gives you a great deal. You ask for one salary, He gives you a far higher one. You ask for a good woman, He gives you an outstanding one, even full of the attributes you didn’t even realize you wanted. Your dreams will never be bigger than what God will do, and you can always view all of His promises this way.

Look at the very power at work in you. Look at the great work He’s done in you, the work of His Holy Spirit in you, the great salvation you have received, and how your life has changed. Who would have known the man He could make you into! It is as a blueprint and affirms that you have a good heavenly Father that fulfills every promise that He’s made. You have a big God that you serve with a big plan for you and it is nothing short of glorious in your eyes. He’s going to bless you with every dream and every prayer you’ve asked for according to His will–and it will be far better than what you can imagine.

Therefore, when with a right and clean heart that you ask, sincerely ask of the Father for anything you need, know that He will not only answer, but He is going to always superabundantly exceed your petition.

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

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

Devotionals

Step away and get some rest

April 28, 2018

“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 40:29-31, Hebrews 4:1-2, 10-11, Matthew 11:28-29

Devotionals

When a man takes his place.

April 27, 2018

“For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior” Ephesians 5:23, ESV.

The more I get into God’s will, the more my family does too. The more I get in my place, the more I see my wife get into her place and the more blessings she receives into her life. The more I get in my place, the more blessings my children are experiencing in their life.

As husband and father, the man is the head of the home, and the head of the man is Christ. The more submitted you are to Christ, the more of him you will experience in your home. As you get in your place by loving your wife as Jesus would, you’ll see her submit easier to you, as well as your submission to each other. When we’re true fathers, our children will divinely listen to us and have no problem following us.

A man that decides to stay strong in God, will see his family divinely stay strong. When you have faith, the Lord will cause your family to have faith too. God has given such power and authority to us as men, we can bring joy and peace after work and change the mood of everyone in the house.

When we as men take our place, the devil gets in place–which is under our feet! When the man lines up, everything, and I mean everything will fall in place, and the more of God and more blessings your family will experience in their lives–far beyond monetary.

Prayer: Father, I thank You today. Help me to take my place and submit to Christ. As I do that, I trust You that You will cause everything to divinely fall in place as I take my rightful place in You. Use me to minister love and strength to my family. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Ephesians 5:23-29, 1 Timothy 5:8, Proverbs 22:6

Devotionals

Will you yet praise Him?

April 26, 2018

“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.” Job 13:15, NKJV.

Job was going through a lot that he didn’t quite understand. He had experienced losing his children, his livestock, and on top of all of that, he was stricken with boils all over his body. All of this happening back to back in his life. Yet in spite of all, he said that he will praise the Lord.

Whether it works out, or it doesn’t, whether you land the new position or you don’t, whether He heals you or He doesn’t, will you yet praise Him? If you don’t ever get married, or become a millionaire, continue to praise the Lord. Sometimes things happen outside of our control, but know it is never outside of His. He is always in control and sovereign, and whatever God is allowing to happen in your life, it will ultimately be for a greater purpose than at the moment, we don’t comprehend. However, make a decision to still hope in your God, come what may in your life, come whatever obstacle, come whatever tribulation or trial.

If you’ll praise Him, you’ll serve Him. When your praise doesn’t leave, your servitude won’t leave either. Job did just that and the Bible says his his latter was greater. His awesome end was double than all that he lost, and like Job, your latter will be greater.

Prayer: Father, I will yet praise You. Whether You do it or You don’t, I will yet praise You. My praise is going no where. I may not understand, but You are in control. Help me to stand strong in the midst of it all and trust You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Job 42:10-17

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Devotionals

You were purchased by God, so glorify Him!

April 24, 2018

“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 I, 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 on 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 use 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

Devotionals

You’re Almost There

April 22, 2018

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

I’ve found in football, it always gets the toughest and the grittiest at the 1-yard line. The team with the ball meets their greatest challenge right before the end zone. Yet, the team with the ball is confident, coming to realize that if they’ve come this far down the field, they can do it, and there’s no reason to stop now. They’re almost there.

My brother, you’re almost there. You’re facing your greatest challenge, but that doesn’t mean something is wrong. You’re at your 1-yard line. You’re having to give everything you’ve got because you’re almost there. At this pivotal point, the devil is throwing everything at you, trying to fight you the hardest because the greatest blessing in your life is on the other side. His tactic is to get you distracted off the goal God has given you. He is trying to turn your heart to pursuing the things of this world, and not the things of God. You’re so close to entering into what the Lord created you for, and your visions and dreams from God are about to come to pass! The blessings and awesome things God has shown you are coming to pass!

Why stop believing at the goal line? He brought you this far. He’s done too much to give in now. You’ve seen too much favor to not know that He’s with you. He’s shown you too much to doubt yourself and what He put in you now, especially right before you receive.

Prayer: Father, that’s what going on. I’m almost there. It’s hard, but You’re harder! Your grace is sufficient. I ask that you renew my strength. Help me Holy Spirit to remain aggressive in prayer, in seeking You and going after what You have for me. Through Christ, I will enter into what God has for me to do. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Study: 2 Corinthians 12:9, Hebrews 12:1-2, 1 John 4:4

Devotionals

Take up your cross and live.

April 21, 2018

“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.

Lately, I can say that I have not felt 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 and follow Christ.

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.

You can be a believer and decide not to take up your cross. Yet, you will wonder why you aren’t experiencing the benefits and reward from the relationship with the Lord–it is because you truly aren’t allowing Him to be Lord in your life. 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. Yet, I have found my greatest life and have become a better man then I’ve ever been through the cross–and you will too.

Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly (John 10:10). The cross isn’t your course to die, Jesus did that for you. It is rather your course to mightily live. You’ll see Jesus lead you into great change and great blessings in your life, only discovered on the other side of your cross.

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 each day to humbly deny myself and follow Jesus. You are the Good Shepherd of my life. I will put all my trust in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 10:10, Psalm 23

Devotionals

You will sit at the King’s table.

April 20, 2018

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

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

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

Yet, as David did with Mephibosheth, so has the Jesus done for you. He sought you out and found you.

God sent His Son Jesus to find you in a place of sin without pasture and carry you into a place of where there is restoration, no lack and you will sit at the King’s table all of your days. It’s not over. No matter what happened, He will make your life what it should be. Keep walking with the Lord and what seemed like couldn’t be turned around, what door couldn’t be opened, what couldn’t be changed in you, He will do it. Be encouraged because God will make your latter better than how you beginning.

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

Study: 2 Samuel 9:5-13

Devotionals

Your victory lies in moving forward.

April 19, 2018

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

God and His promises are always in front of you, not behind you. Your victory is ahead of you. Your best days are ahead of you. People to help and bless are awaiting you. Wisdom and resources are awaiting you. Opportunities, relationships and honor are awaiting you. Instead of looking back for it, you will be restored and made new when you move forward into His will.

This is the salvation we have in Christ Jesus, not only spiritually, but in all things. In no area is there not a rescue and a way in front of us, already prepared for us. This is not a place of victory that is not attainable, but with the leading of the Holy Spirit, you can arrive there.

It is indeed a place, and you know when you are in it. The perfect will of God is that you become who you are. You’re experiencing using your gifts there. You are fulfilled because you are pleasing the Father there. You are producing for Him and you are the greatest blessing there. You have stepped into what God has called you to do for your life. He is calling you to this place of victory and you must now press ahead into it. Your victory lies in moving forward.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word and that I can move forward into what you have for my life. I ask for a focused mind and heart. I ask to help me move at the pace You want me to. Help me to allow nothing in the past to keep me from moving forward into every victory, every blessing. Forward is victory. Thank You Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Devotionals

Move Forward

April 18, 2018

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

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

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

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

Study: John 10:10

Devotionals

A Confident Man

April 17, 2018

“For You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord shall enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop; by my God I can leap over a wall” Psalm 18:28-29, NKJV.

Sometimes as a man, we just needs some confidence. It is amazing what a little confidence will do. You may not be superman, but God wants your confidence to be as if you were-through Christ. David was roughly 5 feet tall, yet he believed he could leap over a wall and he could run through a troop. His confidence was that he could do it by God.

Let all of your confidence be rooted from a great confidence in God. Jesus lives in you. Someone with power lives in you. Someone with wisdom lives you. By Him, you can leap over your walls and you can run through a troop of your enemies! By Him, you can do what He is asking of you.

Don’t cast away your confidence, for it has great reward! For some of us men, all the pieces are there, and this is the final piece you need. Confidence will cause you to take the risk. It will cause you to take the leap over all fear. It will cause you to run with the vision God has put in your heart. You are confident in His ability, His plan, and like David, by God you can do anything!

Prayer: Father, thank You for believing in me. Thank You that others believe in me. But it is vital that I believe in me too. I will put my confidence in You! Help me God to leap over all fear. Lord, tear down anything hindering me, even in my past. I’m going to do it! Help me be confident in the gifts inside of me. Add this final piece in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: Hebrews 10:35, Philippians 4:13

Devotionals

Life is a Vapor

April 16, 2018

“…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 Bibles 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 morning that let’s 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

Your New Has Come!

April 15, 2018

“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 home is when you have to uproot all the old things inside of it. 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 home to go through the process and be renovated, it will be made into something beyond what you can recognize, beyond 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 old way 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 truly 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 demolishing lies and fears, establishing the Truth of His Word and faith. He is putting your plan to the side and saying try this one. 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 stuck and barren with the old. The believer that let’s God lead them into the new thing He’s doing, will see great blessing and reward.

Prayer: Thank You Father, 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. I want new in every area of my life. Help me to respond in faith and do the new things You are showing me. I will go Lord. It’s time for the new! Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Proverbs 3:5-6, Mark 2:21-22

Devotionals

You are passing through your wilderness

April 14, 2018

“Who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end” Deuteronomy 8:16, NKJV.

The wilderness is described as a barren and uninhabited place. It was actually a great place for shepherds to pasture their sheep. Most of all, it wasn’t a place suited for daily living, but a place meant to pass through.

If you feel like you’re in your wilderness, know that you are passing through. There is a divine and eternal purpose for it. The Good Shepherd is pasturing you. Your wilderness appears to have nothing to offer on the outside, but God is doing a mighty work on the inside. There is a proving of the heart there. A humbling of the heart created in you there. A dependency and trust established in God and God alone. A knowledge of Who God is, not to someone else, but to you and that He will provide. He is molding you and know that you are passing through it. In time you will see what God had to do in you, before you could enter into your good in the end–His promised land for your life.

You will not die in your wilderness. You serve a good God, and it may feel tough, but you are on your way to your promised land. Your Shepherd says, “Don’t go back to where He brought you from. I brought you out, to bring you in. My will is that you enter into all that I have promised you. Look to Me, your Shepherd and Lord. Look to Me your Help, for I am bringing you into a great place. A land of milk and honey. A land blessed by Me for you.”

Prayer: Father, this doesn’t feel good what I’m going through. Yet, I will rejoice and trust You! I will yet praise You. In this wilderness experience, mold me. Shape me into the man You have called me to be. I’m not going back. Prove me and Your will be done in me. Thank You Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Exodus 14:11-12, Psalm 23, Jeremiah 29:11, Matthew 4:1

Devotionals

It won’t always be this way.

April 13, 2018

“May the Lord give you increase more and more, you and your children” Psalm 115:13, NKJV.

I remember our pastor at the time, would see us around church with all of our children. We had four back then, and I must say, it was challenging. He’d been where we were before in his life. After service, he would come to me, stop for a second, and say, “It won’t always be this way”. Those were few words, yet they spoke volumes and would console me to the core. If we just keep walking with God, it will get better.

Wherever you are in your life, I speak to you brother the same. With all sincerity and consolation, I say to you the same. It won’t always be this way. You won’t always be at that job. You won’t always be driving that car. If you are, you won’t always be at this trying time, or facing a financial challenge. As long as you remain faithful to God and faithful to your family, it will always get better.

The Lord has a plan and as you continue to walk with Him, His plans for your life will unfold and they will stand. His will for your life will stand, including increasing you more and more, you and your children. His desire is that you lack no good thing, and that you abound to every good work.

He will not fail you. He will bring it to pass.

Prayer: Father, you know what I’m going through, yet I’m encouraged to know it won’t always be this way. As long as I keep walking with You, it will get better. I just have to stay faithful and keep trusting You. According to Your word, You will increase us more and more, us and our children. According to Your word, a faithful man shall abound in blessings. If there’s anything I need to do, help me to know and submit to Your will for me. Help me also to encourage my family. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 115:13-15, Proverbs 28:20, 2 Corinthians 9:8, Philippians 1:6

Devotionals

Don’t wait, praise Him now!

April 12, 2018

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

Praise Him for what He has already spoken about outcome. You’ve seen Him move before and you know He will do it again. He is the same yesterday, today and forever! Don’t wait to praise Him for what He’s going to do. Praise Him now.

Thank Jesus for what he’s done. Thank the Lord for being on your side. Praise Him for His peace and assurance that if you are going through something, it too will pass. Praise Him because He makes all things new. He’s making things right. Praise Him because He’s helping you move forward. Praise Him before you even have to do what He is asking of you because He is going to provide the power to accomplish it. Let your praise keep you focused on God, not on what you see. Let praise continue to remind you that you’re in covenant with a mighty God!

He is still with You. Your praise to God will show Him you are still before Him in faith, trusting Him. Whatever His will is, either way, praise Him because He knows what’s best for you. Before He even does it, before He even blesses you, praising Him will keep you preparing for it. It will keep you expecting it. It will keep you enjoying life. Praise Him now.

Prayer: Father, I won’t wait to praise You. I’ll praise You now. I thank you Jesus. Each day help me, on purpose, to praise You. I thank You for how You are going to use me. I praise You for changing this man’s life. I praise you for the many blessings in store. Before I even receive it, I see it by what You’ve spoken to me and I won’t wait to praise You. Hallelujah! In Jesus mighty name, Amen!

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

Devotionals

Go to your last place of obedience.

April 11, 2018

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

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

Some things may very well be happening in your life because you’ve come short of obeying God. Something took you off course and you are out of His will for your life. Somehow you have found yourself in a rough place and you are wondering why am I going through it. You were on the way, focused and ready to do what God said, but something got you off track. Before you realized it, you have become complacent, stagnant or even slid into turning away from God.

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

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

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

Devotionals

It’s All Through Christ

April 10, 2018

“Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” Hebrews 13:21, KJV.

At least thirty times in the New Testament and even much more, you will see God make reference to being in Christ, through Christ, by Christ, or by Him. It is even mentioned in scripture to put on Christ. This tells us that we should always be seeking to do the Father’s will–through Christ. It is by Christ Jesus that we are who we are, do the good work that we can do and be well pleasing in God’s sight in how we live.

Everything we do, everything we accomplish, any power that we walk in to have a victorious christian life is through the grace found in Christ. He is our ability. There is no overcoming, except by Jesus Christ, and without Him, even being a strong man, you cannot overcome the enemy alone.

Through Christ, you receive power to do the will of God. You will find power to love your enemies. You can receive grace to fast. You can say the right things. You are a focused man, a man under control. You can resist those temptations. In Christ, you’re unstoppable!

By yourself, you can’t do it. Yet, just like stepping into a suit of superpowers, when you step into Him in prayer and yield to Christ in you, you step into His grace, His love, His joy, His wisdom, His power, to execute the will of God for your life.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for letting me know how much I need to depend on Jesus and to live pleasing to You. It’s all in Christ. I ask that You help me to apply this truth and as I pray, I put on Christ today. I yield to the Jesus in me. It is through Christ, in Christ, and by Him that I live victorious! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Romans 6:11, 13:14; 1 Corinthians 15:57

Devotionals

Tell him, “It is Written”

April 9, 2018

“Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, ‘If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.’ But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:3-4, NKJV

Jesus didn’t debate. He didn’t argue about the issue. He didn’t allow the devil to lead him into despair. In response to the devil’s temptations and schemes, in response to what the devil said about who He was and what God can do, He just simply said, “It is written”.

When it comes to everything in your life, declare it is written! Don’t fight with your own words, fight with God’s. Let God’s Word stand alone and win for you. Let it stand alone and show you how powerful it is. It is sharper than any two-edged sword. It drives away your enemies. It is able to shut the mouth of condemnation when it speaks. It doesn’t buckle in the storm. It doesn’t waver and always comes through to bless you. It will tell you hold on. It is able to establish peace in your heart and mind. God’s Word still has the same power now from the time that He spoke it. God doesn’t change and His Word doesn’t either. It is written.

Whether five minutes or longer, start somewhere, and make the greatest commitment in your life to consistently spend time putting into your heart the Word of God every day. Jesus couldn’t win without knowing what was written–nor can you.

Prayer: Father, I truly thank You for Your Word. You left us what is written so I can know You and build my faith. You left it so that I can use it to win my fight. Develop in me the habit, like Jesus, of saying what is written. Make it like a reflex in me! I commit to starting somewhere and putting Your Word daily in my heart and change my life. Thank You Lord! I am victorious with Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: Matthew 4:5-11, Romans 10:17, Hebrews 4:12

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Learn to listen when you pray.

April 8, 2018

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known” Jeremiah 33:3, ESV.

Prayer is not only about asking of God, but listening to God. Prayer is a complete communication with the Father. You speak to Him, and He speaks to you—yes, He will. You ask of Him regarding what you are going through, about a change you seek, or a desire, and then you listen to see what God has to say about it. Prayer isn’t about just making a request, then walk away.

The Lord has something to say to you.

Yet, you won’t ever know if you don’t take time in prayer to listen. Take the time after your requests to see just maybe the Lord has a request of you. He will answer you if you allow Him to. There are times when I’ve asked God about something about my life, and before I can even finish, He answers me. There are times where I’ve had to keep listening for His voice and receive the peace of God regarding a big decision. Even after you pray, sit still, quiet yourself and the Lord will answer.

Listening in prayer helps us not to make plans, but fail to even ask God was it His will in the first place. It helps us to be led by His Spirit and learn how to recognize His voice when He speaks. Most of all, it helps us to humble ourselves and submit our will to His will. Because the truth is sometimes we don’t want to listen, but we must. His will is what’s best.

Prayer: Father, You are good. I ask that You adjust my prayer life to one where I not only ask, but I listen. Do You have a request of me? I’m here and I’m listening. Show me Your will. Show me Your answers. From the start of my day to the end, when I pray, help me to listen for You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Proverbs 2:1-5, Philippians 4:6-7

Devotionals

Your delay could be your miracle!

April 7, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Study: John 11:1-44

Devotionals

Your faith will bring about His will.

April 6, 2018

“Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-3, Amplified.

As we wait on God in faith, we give God room to bring His will for us to pass, no matter how long it may be. It doesn’t seem like it, but God’s timing is always better than ours. God’s plans is always better than ours. Whatever you’re waiting for, you will receive His best and it will be far better than you could have imagined or asked for.

Your faith is the substance of what you’re trusting God to do. It is what’s in your hands, and although it gets proven and tested, it is producing the mighty fruit of patience and with patience on your side, what can you not receive from the Lord? What battle can you not see victory and overcome? Count it all joy. You may not have what you desire, but you without question have the God that you will receive it from! He is working on your behalf, and your situation is working for you also.

So be encouraged right now while you are waiting on that situation to work out, that financial breakthrough, that blessing. Consider your entire experience joy. Your faith will bring about His will for you. What’s most rewarding and eternal, is your faith will bring about His will IN you. When the wait is over, you won’t lack no good thing.

Prayer: Father, I thank You during this time of waiting and I won’t back down with my faith. Develop my faith even more God. I ask for patience to continue to trust You and not listen to the enemy about the outcome. I count it all joy! I will praise You. You are working behind the screens Your will for me and I thank You for it. When this is over, I won’t lack no good thing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: James 1:4, Ephesians 3:20, Hebrews 11:1-2 & 6

Devotionals

The faithfulness of your God!

April 5, 2018

“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 keeping His covenant with us. If He is faithful, everything about Him is faithful also.

You will never need Him, and He not be there for you. He is a very present help in time of need. You will never need provision and He not provide for you. 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. He is faithful to make a way so that you can bear it. 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 there again. You have seen what God can do in your life and you are wondering if He can ever do it again? Yes, God can and yes, God will do it again! Faithful is He that has called you, He will do it. He will show Himself to be faithful to shaping you into the man He has called you to be. You may not know how, but what He has promised my brother, He will do.

Rather than looking at who you are, or what you’ve lost, look at His faithfulness. Rather than looking at the problem, fix your eyes on the faithfulness of your God! Set your eyes on His faithfulness and His ability, trusting your God will always do great things!

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 doing it again for me and making everything in my life better than I could ever imagine. You will get me there. You are faithful. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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

Devotionals

Even when you don’t feel like it.

April 4, 2018

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful 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, ESV.

There are times that you don’t feel like going to work, but you do it anyway. You assess everything in moment, and you come to the conclusion, while sleep is sitting heavy on your shoulders, that your livelihood depends on it, and you go to work.

Whether you feel like it or not, give time to reading and studying the word of God. Assess how beneficial the word is to your life and do it anyway. Let it be like the job you go to each day for provision. Your life and your soul depends on it. Your future-self depends on it. Your strength, faith and your prosperity depends on it.

Sometimes you just won’t feel like it, yet some of us may be waiting until we do. We’re waiting for the anointing, or the goose bumps of being in His presence, then we’ll joyfully dive into God’s word. If you waited until you felt like it to go to work, you’ll soon be unemployed. If we wait for the feelings to become discipline in reading the word of God and keeping our mind on it, we honestly won’t ever do it.

Once you decide to do it, the feelings will come because of the revelation of truth you receive–He’s a good God. But don’t depend on the physical feelings, but do it in faith, making it a daily part of what you do. This is a secret to being mighty in God. This is the secret to becoming who you desire to be. Doing what you’re should do with the word of God, even when you don’t feel like it.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me. Reading and studying Your word is just what I do. In the times what I don’t feel like doing it, give me the strength to do it anyway. Help me to assess the benefits and my desire to walk with You, and do it anyway. From this day forward, help me to start somewhere, and commit to the reading and studying of Your word each day, and cause me to prosper. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 119:11, 105, Proverbs 2:1-5, Matthew 4:4, 2 Timothy 2:15

Devotionals

Your Source Comes First

April 3, 2018

“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 to work, 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 today 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 are 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, 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 the money. Yes, you need the deal. However, you need the will of God more.

Confession: God is my source for all things. Nothing is more important then 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

Devotionals

It’s a New Day

April 2, 2018

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

God has never made anything the same including today. This is a new day. You’ve never had one like it, and you won’t ever have one like it again. See each day as valuable, full of blessings, new mercies, full of opportunities, full of learning, and victory.

Make the first thing you do as soon as your feet touch the floor, is rejoice and be glad to see a new day from God. He opened your eyes, HE did it, which should let you know there’s a divine plan for your life–and it’s a good one! The more you are simply thankful to see another day, the more you’ll live it.

It’s not up to people. It’s not up to the devil. Your new day is up to you.

Regardless of what’s happening in your life, praise Him and have a new, fresh expectation of the Father. Today He will guide you, be good to you and be good through you. Be a light today. Let nothing keep you from sharing Jesus when God opens the door to it. Walk in joy today and give your best. Be determined to abundantly live your new day in God!

Prayer: Father, I thank You for waking me up. You have blessed me with life! You have a plan for me and it’s a good one. I’m expecting great things. I choose to live! I choose to rejoice and I choose to have faith in You. I will trust You. Help me to receive all that You have for me. Be glorified in my life today! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 103

Devotionals

He Got Up!

April 1, 2018

“He is not here; for He is risen, as He said…” Matthew 28:6, NKJV.

“And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty…For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive” 1 Cor. 15:14 & 21-22, NKJV.

If you went to Jesus’ tomb in Golgotha, you will find he’s not there. If you looked for his bones, you wouldn’t be able to find them either. The reason is what God’s word states is true. It’s because he’s not there. Jesus got up.

The Gospel hinges not only on the death and burial of Jesus Christ. It stands on the truth that He got up too. Without him rising from the dead, the doctrine of Jesus is nullified, hopeless and without power. Yet, he literally rose from the grave by the power of an almighty God and is alive, even right now as you read this devotional.

Even as you stand in whatever situation you are in, your faith can stand in a powerful Savior. Having Jesus means there is always a rising for you. It may look dark as the grave, but your light will always come. If he can conquer the devil, death and the grave, he can surely handle what you’re going through. Through him, you will trample over the enemy. If he freed us then, he can surely free us now. He’s not dead, and you never are either because he lives, and he lives in you. He saved you then, he will save you now.

You will live and not die to declare the works of the Lord! You will rise! You will be restored! God gave life again to one son, He will give life again to you His son also. He got up then, means you can get up now.

Prayer: I thank You this morning Father for the great salvation through Your Son. Jesus you rose from the dead! You got up! That means the Father will always cause me to get up too. I have joy! I have abundant life and eternal life in Christ Jesus. I pray that many lives receive the revelation of Jesus and make him their Lord and Savior today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 10:10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-21, Romans 6:23 & 10:9-10, Psalm 118:17

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Thankful for Jesus

March 31, 2018

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

Many things may be going well in your life, and from friends to family, there is so much you can stop and thank God for. Yet, the most important thing you can be thankful for is your Savior.

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

Jesus opened the door of salvation and you freely walked through it. Also 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 come through for you this year? When did He not provide? How many times did He not blow your mind with His goodness and favor on your life? You can be thankful that through Christ you have a life that overflows with God, with His promises and victory.

Know the things you’re thankful for, but most of all, know WHO you’re thankful for and Who is responsible for it all. Thank God for giving you a Savior today. No matter what you have, Jesus always puts every thing in perspective.

Prayer: Father, I can give thanks for many things, but above all, thank You for sending your son for me. Thank you Jesus for my great salvation. You are the source of my joy and every blessing in my life. I have what I have, all the family and friends that I’ve been blessed with because of you. 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

Send it their way!

March 30, 2018

“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” Matthew 21:22, NKJV.

Pray this today with me: Father, I pray that You send men what they are in need of all over the world. Send a solution their way God! I pray that men step into their rightful place in their relationship with You, in their church, and in their homes. I pray for the core of who they are and their purpose. They are sons of God, mighty to win and not get weary in well doing. Breathe life into their lives and shine Your light of hope in every dark place right now! Send hope their way!

I come against principalities, secret plots, and schemes to distract men from the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news of an abundant life awaiting them. Remove any torment and confusion of the mind. Send freedom of the mind and we say, “Peace Now” In Jesus’ name! I come against the secret battles that attack their faith! Send a word in season their way! Help them hear You. I declare men are courageous!

Send a spirit of unity among all godly men and leadership! Help men in jail and send waves of encouragement, protection, peace and strength their way! Send healing to the gang member! Send a word that it’s not over their way! For the men without jobs, send a great job their way!

Touch men Father! Give men a joy for living right! Help us win the lost with Your love. Send strength to men in between making a decision to surrender to You, in between disposing of their pornography, in between living for money, send a resolve their way to trust You and do it! Send a miracle their way! Thank You that everything we ask You to send, they receive, I receive! Thank You for changed men today. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: 1 Timothy 2:1-4, Ephesians 1:15-17

Devotionals

When you feel like you’re failing as a man

March 29, 2018

“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands” Psalm 138:8, NKJV.

Right now, I feel like I’m failing as a man. I have said on the inside to my wife I apologize that over the years I have not lived up to your expectations. Let’s just remain together for the kid’s sake, and once their older, we can go our separate ways. Yes, these are real feelings men have. And yes, if I counted all of my failures and gave up because of them, I would have left my family, left it all by now.

Yet, when you count how far you’ve come, when you count how close you are, the feelings of your failures don’t measure up to the truth of your successes. It affirms that truly God is doing what He told you He will do for you. You are already a great success for being His son alone, yet He will also perfect what concerns you.

Perfect means He will accomplish what concerns you. He is going to succeed at forming you into the great man He ordained you to be. He will not stop until Christ is formed in you. He will not turn His back on the work of His hands–you. Like clay in the hands of a potter, remain in His hands and He will keep working on you.

Accept your failures, but accept and rejoice over your greater successes. He’s not done until you get it. He’s not done with you until you succeed as a husband, as a father, and most of all, a man of God.

Prayer: Father, this really hits home. I may have failed, but I am not my failure. You will perfect and You will succeed at everything You are doing in me, at everything that concerns me. I ask for encouragement and that You pick me up. I declare I’m moving forward. I believe I will succeed as a man of God, husband, father, and everything else You’ve called me to. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Genesis 39:2, Joshua 1:8, Romans 8:1 & 28-30, Philippians 3:13

Devotionals

He gave His life for you.

March 28, 2018

“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

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21, 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 for you at the cross and that He now 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 give you rest and peace about everything. You will then know that there is nothing God won’t do for you. Nothing.

Meditate on the depth of what Jesus did for you. Your life will never be the same.

Prayer: I thank You God for the revelation that Jesus died for me. It brings joy and peace to me that You always save. This revelation helps me to love and show others the same mercy You showed me through Christ. I am inspired live free, not condemned. I am encouraged to trust and obey You. My life is yours. Thank You for showing me there’s nothing You won’t do for me through Christ, even in these times. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: John 3:16, Romans 8, Lamentations 3:22-23

Devotionals

Walk with Him

March 28, 2018

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” Matthew 11:28-30, NKJV.

If you hang around a millionaire, it won’t be long before you become one. As you walk with them, they will mold you and teach you all of the disciplines and secrets to obtaining wealth. You will even learn intangibles by observing them, and just by merely being in their presence.

When you decide to be meek and learn from God’s word, you are deciding to walk with Him. When you decide to pray, ask questions and listen to what He has to say as you live, you are walking with Him. You are deciding to come and learn life from the best-Jesus Christ, and the Master will teach you how to handle what is before you and live victorious. His way is easy and light, and 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 be facing, you don’t have to labor trying to overcome in your own strength. Walk with him. Refuse to live heavy and let him walk you right through it. You will always arrive at His will, His peace, and His prosperity 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 the best–You. Teach me many things today Lord. Disciple me and change me into being more like You. No matter what I face, You will walk with me through it, right into Your victory and blessings for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 25:13-15

Devotionals

Go Get It

March 26, 2018

“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!

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Rise!

March 25, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Read: 1 John 1:9, Psalm 23, Romans 8:1

Devotionals

Your faith will get you there.

March 24, 2018

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony” Hebrews 11:1-2, NKJV.

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” Romans 10:17, NKJV.

If faith was a car, it is what you must use to arrive at every destination God has for your life. I’ve looked for other ways to step into the will of God for my life. I’ve tried to search for another route, but I say humbly–I have found none, and you won’t either.

Your faith is required to get into God’s will. Your faith is required to become the man He has ordained you to be.

Since faith in God is required, then it is absolutely vital to get more of it. If you want more faith in your life, God’s word is what will bring it into your life. His word is like a seed you allow the Lord to plant in the good ground of your heart. It will increase your faith. The more you hear God, the more faith will come.

Before you read the word of God, consider what you are believing Him for and locate those scriptures. Think on them, think on what He has spoken about this year and watch you will begin to respond in faith to God. Watch you begin to respond in faith to His Spirit when He leads you to do something. The Father needs a faith response from you so He can bring His plans for you to pass!

Prayer: Father, I praise You for all You have done. This year, You have said You will do great things in my life. I ask that You get me there by faith. Teach me how to give time to hearing Your word. The moment I hear Your word, let faith become stronger. As You lead me by Your Spirit, help me to have a response of faith and obey You, most of all in how I live. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen!

Study: 1 Kings 17:8-16, Romans 10:14-17, Hebrews 11:6

Devotionals

Give, and it will be given back to you.

March 23, 2018

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” Luke 6:38, KJV.

My son said to me, “Guess what daddy? Christian (his brother) was sad today at the store because he needed a dollar to buy something, so I gave him one.” “That’s great. That was nice of you”, I said. He then hesitantly responded, “Yeah, mommy said God will bless me, but I don’t believe it.” I then reminded Him of how God has blessed him before, and he remembered and was glad.

Some of us may have had the same experience. God asks you to give and you do it for the right reason, yet you doubt that He’s really going bless you for obeying Him. Yet, if you remember the times that you have given before, there was not a time that God didn’t give back to you, and that should make you glad. According to His Word, when you give, He will give back to you pressed down, shaken together and running over will He cause men to give to you. He may cause men to give back to you in money, or it could be with favor, help, wisdom, knowledge that people usually pay for, an opportunity, and things that you need.

Whether it is your time or resources, when you do good for God, He will always be good to you. Not that you do it to get–that is just how good God is! That is just the heart of the Father. You will never out give God and His desire is to bless you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me about giving. I will give, and I will not doubt You. I remember how You blessed me before and it makes me glad. No one loses when we give. You want me to know that You desire to bless me, therefore, I believe You. You are just that good! Help me to always be a cheerful giver to advance Your kingdom and help those in need. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 2 Corinthians 9:7

Devotionals

Think on God in the situation.

March 22, 2018

“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.

Paul and Silas were going through a tough situation in their lives. Having been beaten and thrown into jail wasn’t a pleasant experience. However, they made a decision to not abide in their circumstance, but to abide in God while in their situation. They prayed and praised and surely the Lord suddenly as always came through. He rescued them from prison, and at the same time, saved the jailer with his whole household (v. 30-34)! What a mighty God we serve!

When going through tough situations in your life, it can be a challenge to keep your mind on Jesus. The situation is trying and uncomfortable. I’ve been there.
Yet, God’s desire is that we keep our mind on Him. Jesus is our peace, and our calm in the storm. God is our refuge and our strength. God is sovereign and even when it doesn’t appear like it, He’s always in control.

In due time, God will turn your situation around. Be reminded to trust that there is always a greater work that God accomplishes in our situations and when you come out of it. God is pleased when we decide to praise Him in spite of what we’re going through. In this, He is glorified and made known to those around us like He did with the jailer. All because they see you abiding in Christ and watch the Lord suddenly bless you out of your situation.

Confession: I’m going to trust my Father and think on His word. I’m going to occupy my mouth with praise. When thoughts about my current circumstance come, I’m going to keep thinking on Jesus. I’m going to keep seeking Him and desiring to know Jesus more. His word says He hears me, He WILL deliver me, He WILL never leave me and He WILL provide. His word says I’m blessed. I thank the Father that’s it’s already done. Hallelujah!

Study: Isaiah 26:3, Psalm 37:4 & 25

Devotionals

You don’t have to give in to it.

March 21, 2018

“Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.” Luke 22:46, NKJV.

Any man can spend countless hours in the gym trying to look like Mr. Universe. However, God didn’t just save us so that we could look strong, He saved us so that we could be strong in Him. While exercise is beneficial, real strength is when we can resist the temptation to sin.

We all know how to live according to our fleshly desires, but now that we belong to Jesus, we have to learn how to live in a way that pleases Him. To be tempted doesn’t make us any less of a believer. It’s when we surrender to that temptation that it becomes a sin.

In the days before Jesus’ crucifixion, He asked His disciples to stay awake and pray with Him. He knew that great temptation of the enemy was lurking right around the corner and it would be advantageous that they pray. We are in that hour today, and a strong and consistent prayer life will help us not fall into sin. That’s why God nudges you early in the morning, while the house is quiet, so that you can pray. That’s why He nudges you when you’re on your lunch break at work so that you can get alone with Him and pray. He sees what you do not see. He knows what is lurking around the corner.

My brother, you don’t have to give in to any solicitation of the enemy. You can rebuke him in the name of Jesus. Any time you resist temptation, you grow stronger spiritually. The devil knows this so he works overtime to try to distract God’s people from praying consistently so that he can cause us to fall. His ultimate goal is to destroy our effectiveness as believers and make a complete mockery of our God. But God says He will not be mocked, and whatsoever we sow, we will reap. While everyone around you is sowing to their flesh and reaping corruption, God wants you to sow to your spirit by spending time in prayer, and He promises you will reap life! This is how we bring glory to His name!

Prayer: LORD, thank you for challenging me by your Spirit to come up in my prayer life. Forgive me of all my wrong and wash me clean. Change my heart. Renew my mind. Help me to hate sin. I want to bring glory to you. So I sacrifice my time, LORD, and I ask you to establish in me a stronger and consistent prayer life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Read Romans 8)

Devotionals

Rule Over Your Thoughts

March 20, 2018

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down (demolition of) strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled” (2 Corinthians 10:4-6).

Let’s say someone comes to live with you for a day, and you welcome them to make themselves at home. The moment you leave to pick up a few things from the grocery store, they begin to vandalize your house. They bust your windows, put holes in the walls, tare down your valuable wall paintings, destroy your sentimental family memorandums, and spill dark-colored juice on your expensive carpet. The bathroom sinks are damaged and food is all over the kitchen. You left for one brief moment and someone you allowed inside did the unthinkable, and now multiple, lengthy repairs are needed to correct all of the damages.

This is what evil imaginations and thoughts that rise up against the knowledge of God come to do. If you allow them in, they will mess up your day, your mind, your emotions, your peace, and your faith. In time, they will eventually derail and rob you of God’s perfect will for your life. The knowledge of God is what we esteem and count as most valuable. It is what He has said about you, your challenges, and your future. This is why God commands us to take every thought captive and He leaves no place for any other action.

Take authority over your mind. Catch yourself if you find any evil thoughts and any high thing trying to develop. Do not allow them to make themselves at home in your life. Philippians 4:8 tells us the type of thoughts to think on instead: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Whatever you can find that is good, dwell on it and speak it. Think on what God has already done and what He is going to do, which is His Word. There is an abundance of promises from God there. If you work His Word, it will work for you. We have to move from dwelling on what has happened, into purposely thinking on the God Who will make something happen.

Prayer: Father God, I thank you for victory over my thoughts. I cast down every vain imagination in my mind that is trying to exalt itself against the knowledge of your word and I bring every thought captive in the obedience of Christ. Help me to think on your word and be diligent in keeping my thoughts in check. Thank you LORD. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Happy is the Man that Trusts Him!

March 19, 2018

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8, NKJV

In the Hebrew language, the word blessed in this scripture means “how happy!” Therefore, how happy is the man that trusts in God, not in the way that seems right to man, not in the deceitfulness of riches, not in a company or person, not in an opportunity with strings attached, not in pleasures, but trusting in God is where this man will continually find abundant happiness.

The man that trusts God has decided to hear what the Lord has to say and allows that to be how He lives, how he patterns his life, and how he handles his business affairs. He obeys God and He sees, tastes and discovers that God is good, merciful, favors him, and is on his side. This is the reason this man is so blessed, so happy.

Begin to truly trust the Father with everything in your life. You’ll see He wants you to succeed. He wants you to overcome. He wants to bless you over and over. When you allow Him to be Who you pursue, rely on and follow, you will experience how good God really is.

Prayer: Father, how blessed, how happy is the man that trusts in You! There is no one like You. I leap when I think about how good You are. Help me to realize how good You are and to simply trust You, for it is a sure blueprint to all of my happiness. You are my help and I will totally rely upon You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 144:15, 146:5

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A Message from the Lord

March 18, 2018

“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.
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“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 you 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.”

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

Devotionals

If you don’t have peace, stop and get wisdom.

March 17, 2018

“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding” Proverbs 4:7, NKJV.

“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God…” 1 Corinthians 1:30, NKJV.

Wisdom is the principle thing and above all, it is what you want to receive from God for every decision you make. It is like the foundation of a home–it’s what you build on. Wisdom is the foundation for all of the choices and plans, and you don’t want to approach doing anything without it.

When doing a work for God, get wisdom. When deciding on who to marry and when to marry, get wisdom. When making a financial decision, get wisdom. Practically, get all the information you can about that area and your decision can become very clear. In the multitude of counsel there is safety (see Prov. 11:14), so ask other godly men do they have any advice and even share any of their own experiences. You’ll be surprised at how God will speak to you through them and help you locate the exact wisdom you need for your situation.

Most of all, the Bible says that Jesus has been made unto us wisdom. He is our wisdom because He is the word of God (see John 1:14). It is principle, it is foundational, to find the wisdom Jesus give through the word, then follow his lead. Follow his peace.

Don’t settle and refuse to be pressured. You want peace. In these times, it is crucial as a man to be wise, to pray and understand God’s will for your life. Therefore, “if you don’t know, don’t go.” Stop and get the principle thing–wisdom.

Prayer: Father, I needed this. I have so many decisions before me. Give me wisdom. Help me to find the wisdom I need, even through the counsel of others. As I get all the information I can from Your word, as I pray about it, Jesus speak to me and I will follow your lead. Help me to stop and not move until I receive Your wisdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Proverbs 3:19, 8:11 & 35, James 1:5, Ephesians 5:14-17, Philippians 3:15

Devotionals

Let Him Reign

March 16, 2018

“Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God. Therefore he said to Judah, “Let us build these cities and make walls around them, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us, because we have sought the Lord our God; we have sought Him, and He has given us rest on every side.” So they built and prospered” 2 Chronicles 14:1 & 7, NKJV.

Early in his kingship, king Asa understood although he was king on the earth, God was King over all. He reigned, yet the Lord reigns over him. He let God call the shots and followed Him. Because He allowed God to reign, king Asa had no war for 36 years and had rest on every side. However, he turned away later in his life, didn’t depend on God, and from that point forward, he had wars as king.

Never forget that although you have a life, the Lord reigns. Keep Him as God and no one else. In a spirit of humility, don’t call the shots anymore, and follow Him. Do what is good in His eyes. When He reigns, His peace will reign in your life. When He reigns, His will is done in your life. His success will always be established and you will have rest on every side. You will always find your provision and rise above every circumstance.

You have been sitted in heavenly places with Christ Jesus, and nothing will keep you from dominating over your adversary the devil. You will reign because the Lord remains exalted, held high above everything in your life!

Prayer: Father, I tell You this morning You reign in my life! Nothing will be exalted in my life above You, not even myself. Keep this under-standing before me as long as I live, that You are King and to let You continually reign. Help me to always do what is good and right in your eyes. I thank You for rest on every side. Since Jesus reigns, I reign also. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: Psalm 47:8, 2 Chronicles 16:7-13, Ephesians 1:3, 2:4-6

Devotionals

Your Constant Provision

March 15, 2018

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

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

Do what you’re good at and you will find your increase. Do what God tells you to do with it and you will find your increase. That is where you will find the money that you’ve been looking for. It’s not God’s will that you struggle financially. You have to be like Peter unafraid to do what the Lord says. Trust God’s wisdom and with your gift, Who gave it to you to serve others and to bless you also. If you don’t use what you’re good at, He can’t cause it to prosper you.

Just like within the fish, it may be rare that a piece of money, of all places, will be found in what you’re good at, but the Lord has already blessed it for it to provide. So step out and do what He says, because only there you will find your constant provision, and great joy also.

Prayer: Father, I have been looking for my financial increase and it is right in front of me. I need to trust You and do what I’m good at. That’s where it is. Help me to not fear and believe You. I’m going to go forward in faith and get what You have for me and my family, and so I can be a great blessing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Philippians 4:19

Devotionals

The best way to handle going through something.

March 14, 2018

“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.

The reality is yes you’re in the situation, but the question is now how do you handle it?

While in jail, Paul and Silas could have done two things. They could have decided to worry, be afraid and put all of their focus on resolving their issue. Even after being beat and thrown into jail, even after finding themselves in a tough situation, in the midnight hour, they began to pray and sing praises to the Lord. They decided not to be in jail, but to be in Him in jail. They decided to dwell in Him, in their situation.

The most powerful thing you can do when going through any situation is to abide in God. Exercise your faith and make Him your dwelling place. Pray and praise. Take up resident in the Lord. Think on His Word and desire God the most, not your circumstance. He is a refuge, a fortress and shield. He is your Strength. If you keep your mind on His Word, and not the problem, that is where you will find life and peace.

Your situation is real, however, your faith will rise in the truth of His Word that you’re not in it alone. The One Who delivers and fights your battles is with you. The One Who has already defeated the enemy is with you. The One Who has declared that He will provide is with you. Your situation, no matter what it may be or how complex it is, is no match for your Guide, your Waymaker, your God.

As you abide in Him, as you keep your thoughts on His Word, the life-changing revelation will hit you that He is bigger than your situation. You will decide not to live under the worry and pressure of a situation any more, no matter what it is, but live in Him.

Prayer: Father, the answer to getting through my situation is You. By faith, I give it to You in prayer now! I make You my dwelling place now! I decide to want You the most, not my circumstance. Give me the discipline to study and continually think on Your Word. Renew my mind concerning living this life in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: John 15:4, Acts 16:20-34, 17:28

Devotionals

Jesus is the Anchor of Your Soul

March 13, 2018

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

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

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

Even when you don’t understand it all, trust Him. Like the two curved flukes on an anchor, one side holds by God’s promises and the other holds by His oath, which He also cannot lie. There is a sure consolation, a sure hope that is right there to hold you down, even at the bottom, your rock bottom. That’s what Jesus came for, and there is a hope that you can always look to in Him. Jesus went behind the veil, the holiest of holies, the mercy seat of God and secured salvation for those that receive Him. You are not anchored in a sea on earth, but He anchored you there in Heaven.

He won’t let you be taken away in the midst of what you ‘re experiencing. Nothing can move what Christ has done. He will keep you through it. He will carry you through it.

Prayer: Father, I feel like I can’t do this. But even deep at the bottom, Jesus is the Anchor of my soul! I have a sure hope in You and the Father is faithful to keep His Word. Help me to stand on Your Word and keep my eyes on You, as You carry me through the storm. You are my joy and peace that I yield to right now. I will see victory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

I pray you sow good seed.

March 12, 2018

“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.

Today, I pray you help someone and buy their groceries. I pray you help your child with their homework. I pray you give an ear to someone that needs you to listen. I pray you give financially to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I pray you yield to the Holy Spirit’s leading today. I pray you make your wife laugh today. I pray you celebrate someone else’s promotion. I pray you say no to fear of sharing Jesus.

I pray you buy that extra coffee for your co-worker. I pray you obey God when He says fast. I pray you encourage someone. I pray you 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. I pray you call your friend, your boy, you haven’t heard from in a while. I pray you live mightily for God. I pray you visit that relative in jail just to encourage them.

I pray you sow good seed today. Not just the seed of money, which is a form of seed, but the seed of being good to those around you. This seed that displays the character and nature of God.

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

Devotionals

Your steps are ordered!

March 11, 2018

“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. The opportunities I would find myself missing. I didn’t expect there to be adversity in life.

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. No matter the state of your finances, remain a good man because God is ordering your steps. You will find yourself hearing from God and finding out how to get things back on track. A good man will find favor because God delights in His way! He’s carrying you without you even realizing it. He’s doing things for you don’t even realize He’s doing. A good man will ALWAYS find success because the Lord orders His steps there.

Prayer: I thank You Father for Your Word. I’m excited! Everything’s going to work out. Regardless of what I go through, my steps are being ordered! I will remain a good man. I will see victory and all that You have for me. Deeply plant Your ways in me and give me a hearing ear at all times. I know I will find my success because the steps of a good man are ordered by You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 119:133, Romans 8:28-31

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You can have money, but money shouldn’t have you.

March 10, 2018

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” Matthew 6:33, NKJV.

“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” Deuteronomy 8:18, NKJV.

When God is first, you are glad to use your power to get wealth for His glory and to be a great blessing. When He’s first, it’s not about yourself, but the kingdom. It’s okay to have money, as long as money doesn’t have you.

God says seek His kingdom and righteousness first. Above all, His will and His plans for you is most important to you. Money doesn’t give you peace, the Lord gives you peace. Money is not what you love. God is Who you love, and He can tell you at all times what to do with it. You don’t live for money, you live for God, trusting Him when He says He’ll continually bless the work of your hands and add all things to you because He can trust you with it.

Seeking first the kingdom also means that you always pursue financial growth within His laws and principles, according to the borders of His righteousness. If you do whatever it takes to get it, money has you. Don’t operate in wickedness to make your business grow. Don’t lie, cheat or gouge people to get money. Don’t stop giving to the spreading of the Gospel so that doesn’t lessen what you have. More will be given when you do! More ideas to create wealth will be given when you do. Remember, everything you have, it’s because of God’s goodness shown to you.

We can’t afford to let money have us as men right now. There’s people to reach and much work for the kingdom to do.

Prayer: Father, thank You for showing me it’s okay to have money, but we do it Your way and let You add things to us. You are first in my life and I will keep you first, not the pursuit of money. Show me Your will to create the wealth you have for me. I declare I have more than enough financially to provide for my family and to be great blessing! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: 1 Timothy 6:10, 3 John 1:2

Devotionals

You will produce whatever fruit your challenge calls for.

March 9, 2018

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

The Bible refers to love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control as the fruit of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is like a mighty tree that produces all of this amazing fruit, and just like physical fruit, they are good and they satisfy.

Every one of these fruits come, flow out of, are produced by the Holy Spirit. They aren’t anything we can produce in and of ourselves. They all extend from the Holy Spirit, which we can receive and continually produce. No matter the situation, if you live in the Spirit, you will produce whatever fruit your challenge calls for because this mighty Tree doesn’t grow in the ground. This mighty Tree lives inside of you.

Everything you need to maintain your stance in God in these times, to love, to have self-control, to be good to others, to be a man of joy and peace, and respond like Him each day, is found not in your own ability, but by living in the Holy Spirit. Fill your mouth, and your home with song and praise. Fill your mind with His Word, let Him lead you and live in the Spirit.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your mighty Spirit that lives inside of me. Teach me how to live in Him. Help me to full my home and my mouth with praise. Help me to keep my mind on Your Word. Help me to stay full of Your Spirit, that I may glorify You by the fruit my life produces. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: Galatians 5:16-17, Ephesians 5:18-20

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Serve Him Only

March 8, 2018

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

“Cash rules everything around me, cream, Get the money, dollar dollar bill ya’ll!” C.R.E.A.M. was an old popular rap song by the Wu Tang Clan, summing up what mammon is.

Mammon in the greek means wealth and the gain of it is the basis this world system operates by. According to mammon, wealth is the key to your happiness and self-worth, therefore, live for it and not God. Mammon says you see what wealth and material possessions can do, and you can have it all if you serve me–not God.

Ask yourself, even as a believer, “Is money all I think about?” “Are my decisions based on material gain or God’s will?” “Does what I’m pursuing say I believe possessions will make me happy?” “Am I serving mammon and not God?” God says we can’t serve two masters. Either you will love one and hate the other. Either you will embrace the one, and despise the other. Despise mammon because it will always permanently promise what it only temporarily delivers. Hate mammon because it ultimately leaves you unhappy.

Choose to embrace the Lord’s ways in your life. Hold fast to seeking His kingdom and righteousness first, knowing the Father keeps His promises. Love to do His will with your money, Who promises to bless and prosper you. He defines who you are, and with him, you can do all things, including have a blessed life financially without having to compromise who you serve.

God is the key to real happiness, and it won’t cost you a dime and He saves the soul. Make the gritty choice to truly serve God with your life–not mammon.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word today. Thank You for revealing to me the truth about mammon. Examine my heart and if I am a man serving the wrong master, I repent and choose to serve You. I reject mammon and my happiness will not be dictated by money and things. I am happy living and doing things Your way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 6:24-33

Devotionals

Obey and He will make a way!

March 7, 2018

“Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing…” Joshua 3:15-16, NIV.

Today, be thankful to serve an almighty God! A God Who makes the impossible possible. When the Israelites crossed the Jordan river into the promised land, they did so on dry ground. As they obeyed and put their feet in the Jordan, God stopped the flow of the river, even in its’ flood time.

Brother, the same way God demonstrated His power in Israelites, He will do the same in yours. The key is obedience. Hearing God’s voice and doing what He says without delay is key to experiencing Him making a way. If He tells us to turn right and there you will find the way I’ve made, but you say God I turned left, where is it? You cannot expect to receive what He has for you. If you obey, He will make a way.

If you ask the Lord to reveal His will to You, it will be done (Matt 7:7), and when you decide to walk in it, just as the Israelites, there will be no obstacle impossible that you cannot cross. They will be cast into the seas!

Prayer: Father, thank you for adding Your strength to my life and carrying me on Your wings. Thank You that I can ask and it WILL be given. I ask to hear You voice and I as obey, you will make a way. Thank You for eradicating every obstacle and enemy before me. Bless and fortify my brothers and let none of the glory be visited upon us, for all the glory is Yours. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Scripture reading: Joshua 3:1-17; Deuteronomy 11:1, Isaiah 43:19

Devotionals

A Message from the LORD for You

March 6, 2018

“I am interested in meeting all of your need. Not one of them escape from My view. Whenever you come to Me, I see all that you need, and I’m not just standing by watching you helplessly. I’m ready to do what only I can do for you. I am ready to heal you. I am ready to free you. I am ready to supply all your need. But when you come to Me saying in your heart that I am unable or unwilling, it closes the door to you receiving from Me. I am Able and I am Willing! I am All Powerful and nothing is too hard for Me. Stretch your hands towards heaven and receive My rich supply of glory manifested in your life. Lift your eyes to the hills from where your help comes from, your help comes from Me. I am your healer. Your healing comes from Me. I am your deliverer. Your deliverance comes from Me. I am your provider. Your provision comes from Me. And I’m always, always able and willing to supply your need.”

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

(Read Psalm 121; Jeremiah 32:27)

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Anticipate the goodness of God!

March 6, 2018

“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.

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

The Lord wants us as His people to receive a steady dose that He is good. If He was good before, He will be good again. Your past isn’t all the goodness you are ordained to see, but He will be good to you in your future and in the days to come.

You may not know how or when, but He wants you to anticipate His goodness toward you. Anticipate means to look forward to as certain; regard as probable; expect or predict. Things may not appear to be going as you would like or you need a great change within, but keep anticipating His goodness. You may be waiting for an open door or a job opportunity, but you keep anticipating, looking forward to as certain and expect something good from God!

This is the reason the psalmist declares to keep thanksgiving on your lips and His praise in your heart. This understanding that He’s good will keep you praising Him, in spite of what you see or feel.

Even in your darkest hour, praise Him in the midst. You shall see the goodness and mercy of God show up in your life. It follows you wherever you go, and just when it seems like the devil is going to win, the Lord shows Himself strong toward us with goodness in His hands.

Prayer: Father, You are good! Because You are 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 always anticipate 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

Devotionals

Will you walk with Me?

March 5, 2018

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8, NKJV

“I didn’t bring you this far to leave you. I will help you. I am your strength, I am your hope, and I am your confidence. You will endure to the end only with My help. I am healing your feet. Your feet represents your walk with Me. Do not be deceived into thinking you have a stronger walk than you really do. You will know the truth and the truth will make you free. Just because I use you to do great things doesn’t mean you are walking with Me. Many of My people have lame feet that are gone out of the way. Many of My people have diseased feet; they are no longer walking with Me. But I the Lord your God, I am healing your feet. You will walk with Me and I will walk with you as we did in the garden. You will talk with Me and I will talk with you as we did in the garden. You will not go the right or to the left. I am strengthening you now. I am strengthening your walk with Me. Says the Lord. As long as you’re walking with Me, you will see victory. But if you turn away from Me, and go your own way, you will surely die spiritually, your plans will fold and the influence you once had will be no more. If you choose to no longer hear Me, if you close your ears to the voice of My word, your spiritual vision will grow dim, and you will struggle to hear what you once were able to hear so clearly in your ears. I want to walk with you all of your days, but the choice is yours. Will you walk with Me? Says the Lord.”

(Genesis 3:8; 2 Chronicles 16:7-14; 7:17-20; John 8:32)

Devotionals

Taste and see that the LORD is good.

March 4, 2018

“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, the LORD is good, they’re not making it up. He is a Waymaker and a life changer. He will give you the desires of your heart. He will bless you to the core of the real need you have. He will give you divine purpose and make something glorious out of your life. Yet, just as it would require you to leave home for a new restaurant experience you’ve only heard of, so you will have to leave a place of fear and doubt to see the goodness of God.

Try doing what He says and see He’s been waiting to be good to you. Try surrendering to His will, and you will see He’s been trying to get that blessing to you this entire time. You just needed to taste and see. Once you do, you will never be the same.

If you haven’t seen His goodness yet, ask yourself have you truly tried Him yet. Have you done what He told you to do yet? It’s time to do it. It’s time to trust Him brother. Then, you will see something. Then you’ll see how good He is and how blessed you become.

Prayer: Father, it’s time for me to taste and see that You are good in my life. Help me to put my trust in You and obey You. Help me to put my trust in your instructions, even in the face of challenges. Bless my Father. Bless my marriage Father. Bless my bank account. Bless the work of my hands. Finally get me over the humps in my life and I am going to see that You are good. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 34:9-10, 84:11, 100:5; Nahum 1:7

Devotionals

All things are working for your good

March 3, 2018

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

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

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

Be encouraged because all things are working for your good!

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

Study: Romans 8:28-30

Devotionals

It’s Your Hour

March 2, 2018

“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour” John 12:27, NKJV.

Jesus said His hour had come. It was time to go to the cross and he knew it. He knew it was going to be tough, and the pain He would have to endure to save us. Yet, he came to the conclusion that this hour is the very reason he was birthed in the earth in the first place. Then, there was nothing left up to discuss, or to think about, and He made the courageous decision to do it.

Have you felt like Jesus, asking God to save you from your calling? Yet, if you were birthed in the earth to write, and your hour comes, you should write. Why? Because to write is the very reason you’re here. If you are called to ministry and your hour has come, then don’t run. Embrace it and minister. Why? This is the very thing God put you in the earth to accomplish. For whatever it is, if your hour has come, do it. You are at this very moment to do what you were created for.

There’s nothing left to discuss, hesitate about, or doubt. Just as God graced and favored Jesus, he has graced and favored you. Just as He anointed Jesus, He has anointed you to do what you came here for. It’s your hour to courageously do what God purposed for you to do.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word. Jesus you are awesome! When your hour came, you did what you were put here to do. Help me do the same. Give me your courage to do the same. Give all of us men the brave heart of obedience to do the same. I thank you and I will do it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

Jehovah Shammah-The Lord Who is There

March 1, 2018

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

Jehovah Shammah means “The Lord Who is There” (Ezekiel 48:35). It is one of God’s names to specifically reveal all that He is. He provides the knowledge of this name for a reason. His name is such because He wants us to above all, to always be aware that He is with us, and Jesus lives in us.

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

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

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

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

Devotionals

Your Heavenly Father is a Restorer

February 28, 2018

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

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

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

Your heavenly Father is a Restorer.

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

Your heavenly Father is a Restorer.

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

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

Study: Job 42:10-17

Devotionals

I Can Flirt Can’t I

February 27, 2018

“Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: therefore the Lord will strike with a scab the heads of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will lay bare their secret parts.” Isaiah 3:16-17

The Lord makes it clear that He doesn’t regard flirting as a good thing. He told the women of Zion that He would put sores on their heads and make their secret parts bare because of their flirting. He doesn’t want His daughters to do it, nor His sons.

For a man, flirting simply says there something else we see we’ve encountered that attracts us. Relative to being married, we get as close as we can without actually touching her. Yet, Jesus says if you lust in your heart, adultery has already been committed. Every sin begins in the heart. Therefore, the issue is more so not what flirting is, but what it does in the heart, when God’s word says to guard our hearts with all diligence because out of it flows the issues of life.

If you have a desire to flirt, your flirt tells a deeper need. Is the fire for the one you married gone? Why do you want to flirt with another woman? If you can remember, there was a time that you flirted with your wife. If there is something you aren’t getting at home from your wife, you have to open up and tell them. This is a tough admission, yet it’s better to be honest with her, than to be drawn away from being ravished, passionate and captivated by the woman God gave you.

Let your eyes only be for one woman–your wife. Drink from your own well and be satisfied with her breasts. Turn up the fire in your own bed. Step away from everything and take your wife on an excursion that she’ll never forget. Dress up again. Get clean again. Flirt again.

Your flirt should be with one woman every day-your wife.

Prayer: Father, this is good. Thank You for Your awesome word and for dealing with me about flirting. Help me to be mindful of this and not to do it. If the desire is in me, take it away. Let my flirt and passion only be for the woman You gave me. I use to flirt with my wife. Help me get back to that. Help my wife and I to do the same thing that caused us to marry in the first place. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

One of the toughest prayers a man can pray.

February 25, 2018

“He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” Matthew 26:39, NKJV.

At this moment, I desire a new car. We have the money and we wouldn’t have any problem getting approved. There wouldn’t be any issue with walking out the door and buying one, except for one thing: I prayed and it’s not God’s will.

One of the toughest prayers sometimes to pray is to ask not your will, but that God’s will be done in your life. You know what you want, but at the same time, you know what you need and that is His will. You believe He knows what He’s doing, but the rubber meets the road when you have to act like you do. We know He has your best in mind, but it’s whole another thing to humble yourself to what His best is.

This prayer means you have to let go of your desire for His desire. His will sometimes feels as beyond a closed curtain and involves the things that you may can’t see or don’t understand. His will is sometimes yes, and sometimes He says you will have to wait. Either way, He wants you to surrender your will, and be content with His plan.

Don’t be afraid of what He shows you–whether He says I want you to focus on this right now, stop going out with them, or My will for you is to be single right now and pursue Me, as I prepare you for the wife I have to come. Remember, He is perfect and His will is perfect. When His will is done in our lives, when it’s all over, we’ll have nothing missing, nothing broken. His will is full of blessings and adds no sorrow to you. That’s the God we serve and that’s His will for us, but we have to humble ourselves like Jesus did, even unto the cross.

If you humble yourself to it, He will mightily exalt you through it.

Prayer: Father, thank You for even having a desire and plan for my life. I humble myself and surrender my will. I believe You know what’s best for me. I know what I desire, but I pray right now that Your will be done. Whatever You want Lord. Now I ask for the strength through Christ to walk out Your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 26:36-44, Ephesians 5:17, 1 Peter 5:6, John 10:10

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He is the Spirit and He lives in me

February 24, 2018

“Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” 2 Corinthians 3:16-17, NKJV.

Did you know that the Lord Jesus is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit living in you is the very Spirit of the Lord. The one that speaks to you, guides you, strengthens, leads, and comforts you is Jesus himself. He lives in us by his Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. How is that? It is because the Spirit is the Lord in us, and where Jesus is, there is freedom.

We are closer, much closer to Jesus then we realize. We are walking with him each and every day. The redemptive work of Christ has made us free from the guilt of sin and made us to stand as righteous before the Father. Wherever you are, whatever situation you face, whatever mountain before you to climb, you are free–so be free.

Let nothing keep the mercy & grace of God from pouring out in your life and let nothing keep you from partaking of the liberating joy of the salvation you have in Christ. Since you have Jesus, everything is going to be alright, because He already made it alright. He is helping us through His Spirit to continually be transformed from glory to glory into His likeness. It is a work being done in us far beyond glorious, and Jesus confirms it by the Spirit is with you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Jesus. Thank You according to Your word that Jesus IS the Spirit. Wow! By the Spirit, Jesus lives in me. There’s nothing I can’t overcome with Jesus in me. Give me more revelation that the Lord is the Spirit and I am free. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 2 Corinthians 3:12-18, John 14:16-18

Devotionals

A Man of Ambition

February 23, 2018

“Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and the silver for things of silver…Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house.” 1 Chronicles 29:2-3, KJV

David prepared with all of his might to aid his son in building God’s house. He encouraged the people to give and they willingly did. He gave more out of his own goods than what was gathered to build God a house. It lets us know David’s ambition, his drive to be successful, was intense toward completing this holy work.

When our affection is set on building God’s kingdom, on doing a work for Him, our actions, our giving, our pace, and our time will show it. Above all, our actions will reflect our ambition. With the work God has called you to do, take inventory of your ambition. Take inventory if you are preparing for it with all of your might. Examine your drive toward it coming to pass and why.
You are valuable and you have much to offer. God made you great. You are called to complete a holy work and you are equipped to do it, yet your ambition, your drive, is what the devil wants to be dormant. He doesn’t want your ambition to catch on fire. A man of ambition will climb high and dig deep to do what is in his heart. A man of ambition will pull away from his past mistakes to God’s success ahead. A man of ambition will start with whatever God has put in his hands right now and build something.

Make any adjustments needed and ask God to make you a driven man, because your ambition is needed to complete God’s work.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word. I set my affection on You. Examine me and my drive toward doing the work You have called me to. Whether deep down I don’t believe or I’m afraid, deal with my heart Lord! Build my ambition Lord. Set it on fire Lord! Make me a man of ambition. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Read: 1 Chronicles 29, Hebrews 12:1-2

Devotionals

Know Your Season

February 22, 2018

“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? What is the Lord telling you it’s time for?

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 financial increase, move forward in business 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

“I Am a Blessed Man” Confession

February 21, 2018

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

I diligently obey God when I hear Him speak
I observe to keep God’s commandments
Because I do, I seize the opportunities He provides
I am blessed and blessings overtake me
I am blessed in the city and in the field
I am blessed in my coming and going
I am blessed in my body and my mind
I am blessed in my bank accounts
The Lord daily opens His good treasures to me
He rains blessings in the land He’s planted me in
He multiplies the work of my hands
I serve God only
I set my love on God and He delivers me
I am a happy man
The Lord surrounds me as a shield
I don’t fear bad news because my trust is in God
The devil has no victory over me
I am the lender and not the borrower
I am the head and not the tail
I am above only and not beneath
I don’t waste my time, I maximize my time
I have power to obtain wealth
God shows me how to increase and that’s what I do
The Holy Spirit leads me and that’s what I do
I humbly set my eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith
I am a blessed man because I’ve decided to diligently obey the Lord and keep His commandments.

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

Devotionals

Thank God He’s been patient with you!

February 20, 2018

“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 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. He isn’t short in being good to us. He stands ready to forgive before we even do what we need forgiveness for. He always has been willing to give you understanding and make you to know wisdom. He says in Philippians 1:6 “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”.

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. Be determined to get that area right. keep getting back up, refusing to turn back. Don’t give up on yourself, and throw in the towel on you. 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 greatly 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. Help me to show the same love and patience to others so they can know how good You are. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 86:15, Psalm 103, Romans 2:4 & 15:5, 2 Peter 3:9

Devotionals

It’s New Now

February 19, 2018

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” 2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV.

I remember when my family and I were taking a road trip from Columbus, Georgia to Miami a year ago. I knew that driving was best, but I did ask God whether we should rent a vehicle or drive our own. When He told me to take our van, I seriously wondered could our van make it. We’ve had that van for so long and I knew all of the engine problems it had. Then God reminded me that I replaced the engine. The van doesn’t have that old engine any longer. It has a new one now.

Sometimes, it can be easy to think of yourself and your life like that old engine. You consider your past, what you’ve done and how you use to live, and you wonder can you make it. You wonder can you really do what the Father is asking of you, and can you really become the man God wants you to be. Yet, let God remind you of who resides in you now, Jesus Christ. You have new engine.

When you came to Jesus, all things have been made brand new. Everything! There’s not one thing regarding your old man that hasn’t passed away. You’ve been given a new start. You have a new life in Him to experience and joyfully live out. The blessing and favor of the Lord rests upon your life. Your spirit man is brand new. God has redeemed our lives from destruction and Jesus has sitted us together in heavenly places with him. You now always have this position of victory in Christ Jesus. You have a new engine and there is nothing you can’t do through him. There’s nothing you can’t accomplish through him. For so long life was one way, but it’s new now.

Prayer: Father, thank You for making all things new. Jesus lives in me, I am a new man and I can be all that You’ve called me to be. I receive that it’s new now! I’m new now! Allow Your word to renew my mind to the great work You’ve done for me. I declare I leave my past and go forward into what You’ve destined for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Ephesians 2:5-7, Philippians 4:13

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Don’t do it for man, do it for God.

February 18, 2018

“But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic…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 3:14-17, NKJV.

The wisdom of God is the will of God. It is not only what we need to make sound decisions, it also IS the sound decision. When faced with decisions, the question is how can we determine what He wants us to do? Are there indicators that let us know what is of God and what’s not?

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, 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, your decision is not pure. If you marry her just because of her body, it’s not gentle or pure. With all of your decisions, from who you marry, what church you attend, what job you accept, what you do with your money, what car or house you buy, let them be pure before the Lord and made solely because you seek what pleases God.

Ask yourself these questions:
Is this decision pure?
Am I doing this for man or for God?
Am I doing this because I feel pressured?
Am I seeking to appear a certain way that I’m really not to people?
What does God’s word say about this specific decision?

If we look at every decision through the lens of God’s word, it will filter out all the bad 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 for your life and His favor before you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me. I believe this truth is going to change my life. Help me to digest these scriptures and apply them in my life. May all my decision be pure. Help me to seek the 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

Devotionals

A Boy Left to Himself

February 17, 2018

“The rod and rebuke give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother” Proverbs 29:15, NKJV.

My biological father was addicted to crack cocaine for over 20 years and wasn’t present in my life. My mom re-married my stepfather, who came into my life at the right time in my early teens, steering me in the right direction. God used him to teach me a lot of things, from responsibility, confidence, discipline, and hard work. He taught me how to deal with rejection when a girl didn’t like me. He taught me if I didn’t go out there and cut the grass like he asked me to, I can’t expect to use the car. He was tough, but the right way tough. Many times he would hold me hostage for hours (lol) listening to him talk about God and life.

I appreciate all of it now. He didn’t leave me to myself.

Many of the bad choices young men make, especially those with dire consequences, would not be made if they had a man there effectively pouring into them the right things. There is a grave danger when a boy is left to himself. When no one is there to love them. When we as fathers, examples and mentors are present, but we’re really absent, leaving him to himself to understand what is means to be a man. He’s left to himself to figure out how to handle issues, altercations, fears, success, and failures. When left to himself, he can gain a bad understanding and handle things the wrong way. Life is made hard when God never meant it to be.

Do you know a young man that is being left to himself? I challenge you to reach out to them with the love of God today. You can tell the young men that are being left to themselves. If you watch them and listen to them, you will say he’s being left to himself and then step in with guidance. Step in with good understanding. Step in godly wisdom and teach them how to live. There’s nothing wrong with pulling a young man aside and saying here are some things about God and life that I can share with you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word today. I pray you help us to be the best fathers, examples and mentors that we can be. My boys and the young men you have put into my life, help me to not to leave them to themselves. Enlarge my heart to make a difference in a young man’s life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Proverbs 17:25, 22:6, Jeremiah 4:22, Ephesians 6:1-4

Devotionals

A Good Life Prepared for You

February 16, 2018

“For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us]”. Ephesians 2:10, Amplified

You would be disappointed if you went on a cruise to Hawaii, but there was no food prepared to eat, or a cabin to sleep? You would look around and say yes the ship is wonderful, the views are awesome, the sunshine and beaches are amazing, but I do not have anything to eat, nor do I have a cabin to live in. What about me?

God didn’t make all of these wonderful things in the earth that you see with your eyes daily and leave you out? He didn’t make so many great people you see with gifts and abilities, but leave you out. No. There is an awesome life, awesome winning of lives to Jesus, awesome victories, awesome works, awesome power, awesome wisdom, awesome blessings, great restoration waiting for you in Christ Jesus! You’ve been specially made to live a good life. It is good life found only in Christ Jesus.

It doesn’t matter what you’ve been through, you still have a life that is already prepared, prearranged, ordained for you in Christ Jesus. Like a meal already prepared when you come home, God has prepared a good life for you in His Son.

Prayer: Father, I am so thankful that You prepared a good life for me. I receive Your Word and You purpose for me. I receive Your plan for me. Help me to move forward in the awesome things, even Your mighty restoration. Help me to move forward into what was ordained for me before the foundation of the world-a good life. I won’t settle for anything less. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 139:14

Devotionals

Sometimes it’s Tough Being a Man

February 15, 2018

“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 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 Cor. 12:9-10, NKJV.

You’re a man, a father, and a husband. You have make your wife happy. You work to provide. You’re a leader of your family. You possibly are in some level of leadership in the workplace where you make weighty decisions. You’re a protector. When something breaks, you’re the repair man. Where you go in life, whether good or bad, right or left, so the family goes too. You are the one God put in charge to lead your family to fulfilling their purpose and you are responsible for getting your family there.

Sometimes, it is down right tough being a man. Your wife doesn’t know that it can be grueling. However, as the Lord said to Paul, He says to you–His grace is sufficient. To everything on your shoulders, His grace is sufficient. There is a dependency, a weakness in the Lord we must establish ourselves in and accept. When you are weak before Him, then you will find yourself strong. He will be strong through you. He is the only way you can be it all. You can’t do it without His grace, and He designed it that way.

Be humble each day before God and glory in your weakness, so then He can step in with strength. We have to pray and seek Him. We have stay connected to Christ where our strength comes from. He created us to find our Source and Strength in Him.

Prayer: Father, it’s tough sometimes, but Your grace is sufficient. I find the more tougher things get, the more of You I need. I stand with me weak before You. I ask for more grace to completely be the man You’ve called me to be. Whatever I need to be in the moment, from husband to father, I receive strength to be it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Devotionals

The Veil is Torn

February 14, 2018

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

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

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

You are right before God, free to walk with God, reach out to God, be empowered by Him, and live for Him with no condemnation. Because of Jesus, there’s no more veil.

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

Study: Exodus 40, Hebrews 9:24-28

Devotionals

Welcome His Word Into Your Life Today

February 13, 2018

“So get rid of all uncleanness and all that remains of wickedness, and with a humble spirit receive the word [of God] which is implanted [actually rooted in your heart], which is able to save your souls” James 1:21, Amplified.

Just like words from a good friend, God has something good to say to encourage and revitalize you. He wants to speak directly to your heart to refresh and transform you.

Welcome His Word. Let the Word shape you. Let the Word teach you. Let it show you the way. Let it light your path. Let it instruct you. Let it uproot that desire for sin. Let it calm you down. Let it lift you up. Let it remind you of the victory you have in Christ.

It’s the Word that will do the work in you. It is full of power. It can save and prosper you soul. It will change your life. There is something in His Word for whatever you’re going through. There is something in His Word for whatever you’re seeking to achieve.

Sit down, open your Bible and welcome the Word into your heart today.

Prayer: Father, with so many things going on, it can be easy to not sit down and hear what You have to say. Help me to humble myself and obey You with welcoming Your Word into my life. Your words are Spirit and they are life. Your words are the words I need to hear every day, especially regarding what I am facing. As I open the Bible, say something to me that brings me success and victory. Thank You Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Romans 12:2, Philippians 2:13

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Cause Me to Run for You

February 12, 2018

“Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward-to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us” Philippians 3:13-14, MSG.

Pray this with me today: Father, I praise You and there is no one like You. Cause me to run for You. Ignite a fire and excitement in me to go after what You have for me. Make me to run after Jesus like I never have before. Let no shackles or chains hold me down. Let it even blow my own mind how I begin to pursue You more, pursue Your calling more.

Help me to trust You there is greatness in me. I am a great man fashioned by a great God. I feel You cheering me on. I will get better and I will go higher! Rest on me Holy Spirit and help me to run in such way that I obtain the prize–the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. As I pray, let Your grace flow into my life. Empower me to run fearlessly and unashamed. Empower me to press. Help me to not to look back on the past because it only will slow me down. I’m going forward. Help me to remain focused on Your plan for me and I thank You for causing me to run for You. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Isaiah 40:31

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You Are Blessed Beyond Measure!

February 11, 2018

“For out of His fullness [the superabundance of His grace and truth] we have all received grace upon grace [spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favor upon favor, and gift heaped upon gift]” John 1:16, Amplified.

The Father wants us to realize how blessed we are. Sometimes, we can forget that the things that really matter, we have been given an abundance of.

I was in my car one day with a lot of concerns on my heart. I said instead of worrying, let me spend some time with the Lord and I began singing a song to praise Him and thank Him. All of sudden, I found myself in His presence surrounded in peace. I couldn’t explain it. All I could say is wow the Lord is here, and it reminded me that we’re blessed that we can simply sing His praises and the Lord shows up and there’s joy and peace in His presence. This access that you have to God at all times can’t be quantified or bought. You’re blessed!

It’s a blessing to know that whatever fight you’re in, you will have the belt in the end. To know nothing can hinder you from receiving what God has for you, not even your mistakes. That’s how blessed you are! Somehow, no matter what the devil throws at you, you don’t break. That’s how blessed you are! You have been able to stand and you just keep standing–that’s how blessed you are!

It’s a blessing that we have perfect credit spiritually because Jesus paid all of our debt of sin and our names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20). It’s a blessing to know that wealth and riches will be in the house of the man that reverence’s God and delights in His commandments. He will increase us more and more, us and our children (Psalm 115:12-14)! Most of all, you know Jesus and all you need is in your God. You are blessed beyond measure!

Prayer: Father, I’m so blessed. I receive it all Father! I thank You for reminding me of how much You have and are blessing my life. It is beyond measure! I’m a blessed man. Help me to keep counting my blessings and be a man that expects to come out on top every single time because my trust is in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 1 & 112:1-7, Ephesians 1:3, James 1:12

Devotionals

A Chosen Man

February 10, 2018

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” 1 Peter 2:9, NKJV.

I remember when I was younger, I would go to the park to play basketball. When creating teams to play against each other, two captains would pick who would play with them. The rest of us would then stand in a line, and with all types of height, shapes and sizes of young men in that line, it felt good to be chosen to be a part of a team.

You are just like that. Out of all the men He could have chosen by name in this hour, He chose you. He hand-picked you, and it is honorable. You were standing in the world, among the hurting and the bruised, didn’t know where to turn, and God called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

God says you are part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood of men, a holy nation, called to be light and proclaim the praises of the Father. If He chose you, everything you need is already in you. You can do it. You can make it! You can conquer any mountain. You are God’s man–called to make disciples and spread the Gospel to those in need of it. You are called to show people how they can win in life through Christ Jesus. You are chosen, and the Father is asking for your best game right now.

Prayer: Father, thank You for choosing me. You wouldn’t have picked me if I couldn’t be everything You’ve called me to be. I am a man of God and priest of my home. I am royalty and holy. I am favored and blessed. I have been called out, to be sent back into the world to be a light for You. I pray more men answer Your call. I yield to You Holy Spirit and I will live for You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Ephesians 2:10, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Jeremiah 1:5

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Give Your Abundant Attention

February 9, 2018

“Neglect not the gift that is in thee…Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all” 1 Timothy 4:14-15, KJV.

Just because a seed is in the ground, doesn’t mean it’s going to grow. It needs water and an abundance of it. Whatever the Lord has put in your heart to do, from becoming a better man to doing a godly work, it needs your attention and an abundance of it. The truth is even some things may appear innocent, but the devil works subtly to draw our attention away from what we’re supposed to be doing.

If you are completely giving your time in the things that are not taking you anywhere, don’t give it your abundant attention. Give yourself abundantly to the things that ultimately give back to you, and this will be your best year yet.

Give an abundance of your attention to what really matters, such as your relationship with Jesus and the goals before you. Some things don’t deserve all of your attention. To the degree that you give your attention to something, will be the degree of it that you possess. If you give a little attention to what God has put in your heart to do, at the end of the year, that’s how much of it you will have of it. However, the things that truly matter, the things that will shape you as a man and the very course of your life, the things that God has ordained for you, you will not lack when you give an abundance of your attention to it. You will have plenty of it in your life.

Prayer: Father, help me to give my abundant attention to what You have called me to do. I need to give an abundance attention to what matters most. Help stay focused on Jesus and finishing my race. Guide me Holy Spirit. This will be my best year yet because of my abundant attention to what’s in my heart to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 1 Timothy 4:14-16

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When You Need Help

February 8, 2018

“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” Psalm 121:1-2, NKJV.

It’s good to develop the habit to just stop what you’re doing and look to where your help comes from. I’ve had many times at work, where I’d had to take a break from what I was doing because I had so much I was going through or many responsibilities to handle being a man. I left my desk, walked through a glass window to the heavens, and look to where my help comes from.

Let the Lord remind you to look to Him when you need help. Don’t stand overwhelmed at that critical point in your life and look at the problem, but turn and look to your solution. Wherever you may be, step away from it and look to the Lord! Set your eyes on your mighty God. Your awesome help comes from Him and there not a time He didn’t speak to me through His word. There has never been a time that as I’ve reached for His help that He didn’t reach back–every single time.

He is the One that saves. He is the One that delivers. He is the One that opens doors. He will make it better. He can and will change it all for you my brother. He made heaven and earth, surely He can help you through it. Look to where your help comes from. It comes from your faithful God.

Prayer: Father, I take a moment right now to stop and look to You. Thank You for reminding me to look to You where my help comes from. Help me get to the place you desire for me. Help me with all these decisions as a man. Help my finances Lord. Minister to me now Father. I trust You and I look up to my Help. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 121, James 4:8

Devotionals

Doing What’s Right

February 7, 2018

“Blessed are those who keep justice, and he who does righteousness at all times!” Psalm 106:3, NKJV.

Sometimes, I have to remind myself not to make being a christian man complicated. God’s ways are not grievous. If you really just stand back and look at all that God says, it is simply doing what’s right.

Treat people right. Speak what’s right. There’s no bondage to being able to tell people the truth or admit that you messed up. It’s right to apologize. The same compassion God has for you, give it to others. The same mercy God has toward you, give it to others. He is good to you–be good to others expecting nothing in return. Do the things that help and build up, not hurt and tear down. It’s right to pay who you owe. Give an honest day’s work on your job. Love what God loves, and hate what God hates. If you desire to hear God’s voice and know His will, He is telling you whatever is right and good, that’s what you do.

Right living is not according to what the world defines as the right way to live, but according to what God deems as being right in His sight. You will find right living will help you make clear, wise decisions (not emotional decisions) and really simplify life. You may have to be patient when you do what’s right financially, but keep doing it. As a result, you will be a mighty man that will be blessed at ALL times.

Prayer: Father, thank You this morning for life, and thank You for the simple principle of righteousness. Thank You for the peace of righteousness. Help me to keep life simple and just do what’s right in Your sight. According to Your word, as I do what’s right, I thank You that I will be blessed at ALL times! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Colossians 3:23, Psalm 15, Proverbs 16:13, Hebrews 12:11, 1 Thess. 5:15

Devotionals

Refuse to stress over your job.

February 6, 2018

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

The workplace can be a very stressful place for us men. There are stressors pertaining to performance, promotion pursuits, job security, and when there are production goals to meet. The people you work with may be stressed, afraid, anxious, impatient, and worried about all of the above. Yet, your heavenly Father says don’t you be that way. Don’t stress out over your job or your pursuit for promotion–He is the One that holds every outcome in your life, not man. Don’t worry if you make a mistake because He will fix it.

He says for all your demands, give them to Me. He says do what you can, do what’s right and trust Me with the rest, but don’t live heavy like that at your job. He says keeps your eyes on what is most important in life, which is not a company or business, but on Him, on your family and on kingdom work. Put it in God’s hands in prayer as things arise and worry about nothing.

Prayer: Father, I give You praise this morning! Thank You for Your truth that has removed the heaviness of stress from me. You are right Lord! Life is short and I choose not to stress this stuff. I will do my best as unto You, and let You handle every outcome. Have a good time at work and enjoy your life. May my attitude of trust in You, impact those around me too. In Jesus’ name Amen!

Study: Matthew 6:27, Philippians 4:6

Devotionals

When you pray together with your wife.

February 5, 2018

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].” James 5:16, Amplified

One of the greatest things you can offer your wife is when you take her by the hand and say let’s pray together. When you stop and take the lead in the middle of what your facing, and say we’re going to pray about it. When you say baby I can tell you’re going through something–let’s pray about it together.

This serves a dual purpose. There is power in agreement, according to Matthew 18:19. It also shows your wife how much you love them. It shows that you care about them as you cover them as her head and protection. Also when you pray together, several things will happen. God will prompt you of any wrong you’ve done to each other and will instruct you both to ask forgiveness, He will strengthen your bond together, He will cause the enemy to flee, and He will bring supernatural peace. God will use prayer to do something supernatural in your marriage and He will answer.

Join hands with your wife and come into agreement with God and His will. The marriage you want and need is in your time of prayer. It is true, the fervent prayers of a righteous man avails much!

Prayer: Father, thank You for the power available when I pray with my wife. I thank You for the victory we have in Christ and the power of agreement. Help us put aside how we feel and our personal agendas to focus on what matters most to You. Help us to remember that our prayers together are powerful. I make a commitment to consistently pray with my wife. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Ephesians 5:23-26

Devotionals

It Should Bother You

February 4, 2018

“What shall we say [to all this]? Should we continue in sin and practice sin as a habit so that [God’s gift of] grace may increase and overflow? Certainly not! How can we, the very ones who died to sin, continue to live in it any longer?” Romans 6:1-2, AMP.

We can continue in sin, but how can we if we died to it? There is a difference between making a mistake regarding sin and living comfortably in it. Being born again, we no longer have the human nature tendency to live in sin. If we are truly born again in Christ, sin should bother us.

If you can always say things that hurt people, and it’s how you live, it should bother you. When we lie and don’t mind doing it at the blink of an eye, it should bother us. Having sex with someone you’re not married to and you’re comfortably enjoying it, it should bother you. If you’ve become okay with flirting or cheating as a married man, I say the truth in love: something is wrong and it should bother you.

We should no longer live in what we’re free from. Jesus now lives in us, and His Spirit lets us know it bothers Him. We have His heart on all matters, and we are awake to sin. He lets us know it is wrong for a reason. The wages of sin is death, and that is what sin will surely pay us if we live according to it.

If you are living in sin, the Holy Spirit is still there in the midst. Jesus wants to fix your life. God says He will never leave you nor forsake you! Be a man right now and be honest with whatever you’ve become comfortable with. One thing about the Lord I have found in my own mistakes, He is good and His mercy endures forever. He is rich in mercy (Ephesians 2:4) and if we come to Him, He will change us, forgive us and treat us just as if we never sinned.

Prayer: Father, just being honest, there’s sin in my life and I’m comfortable with living in it. You have awakened me to it. Help me and take it from me. I repent before You and ask for Your forgiveness. Help me to forgive myself. Renew my mind with Your Word about that area. I receive Your mercy and give me the grace to do what pleases You. You treat me just as if I’ve never sinned. Thank You Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Psalm 107:1, Romans 5:12 & 6:23, 1 John 1:5-9 & 2:1-2

Devotionals

How are you spending your time?

February 3, 2018

“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 things that are giving back to you? This is probably the single most important areas to tame in a man’s life. It is the ability and focus to maximize our time. As a son of God, He tells us to spend our time to what causes His will to be experienced in our lives and more people to be impacted for Christ.

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 with 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. 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 weekend again. You will never see your next hour or minute again. Make it your mission, to be about your mission from God. Make it your mission to know what God’s will is for your life right now, and sow your time into doing that.

When your day is done, you will have whatever you gave your time to. If you gave it to growing in God, studying His word, financial planning, steps toward your goals, and watering other areas in your life, you’ll be a changed man. You will have something because of how you spent your time.

Prayer: Father, thank You for giving me 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. Jesus cause a focus to rise up big in me to be about the mission you’ve given me. When today 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

Devotionals

God will strengthen you!

February 2, 2018

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

Throughout history, men of God experienced weariness of heart. They had to go to God to strengthen them, and just as He was with them, God is with you. Just as He was their strength, He will be your strength too. He will uphold you by His right hand. He will help you go a little farther. He will help you walk by faith when nothing makes sense. He will help you by His Holy Spirit to keep standing for what is right in His eyes.

No matter how tired you feel my brother, keep going. Keep seeking God for His wisdom and keep receiving His supernatural strength. He will cause all grace to abound towards you. He will fill you completely and will be your fuel. He will renew and refresh you. He is your strength.

Prayer: Father God, I’m tired. I ask that you strengthen me according to your word. Without your strength, I can’t walk another mile. Without your help, I won’t last another day. I need you God more now than ever. Refuel me, LORD. Renew my strength. Refresh me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Meditate on this today: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9

Devotionals

Make it new Lord.

February 1, 2018

“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new.’ Then He said: ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true” Revelations 21:5, NIV.

Beloved. Is there something you are battling with in your heart today? Something that is weighing you down to breaking point? A broken marriage? Broken relationship? Trouble at work, or problems with your finances? I have often found that when something is not right within my family, my inner circle, although it appears to be a small thing, it affects me in the deepest way, and then there is a domino-effect of mishaps in other areas. If this is the same for you my brother, then I have a solution. See, our King says He makes everything new (Rev 21:5 & Isa 43:19), and He wants to renew you in every way.

The past two months have been a trying time for me and a brother. We have been at odds and misunderstanding each other so I kept trying to reach out to him and it felt, at the same time, that he was trying to get away from me as much as possible. Until one morning I was inspired and the Spirit of the Lord was upon me (Isa 60:1). I went to him, called him aside and I took his hand, and prayed for him, for our friendship to be renewed and to grow from strength to strength. When I was finished, I could see his eyes were on the verge of tears. It was just what we both needed. Restoration and renewal. Praise the Lord!

So if you have any troublesome relations, go ahead and give it all to God. Plead the blood of Jesus Christ over them, and tell your family and friends how much you love them because your King never ever hides His love from you.

Prayer: Father, this day I want to let go of all my material worries and only carry those I love in my heart. I give all of these relationships to you, Lord, all of my people. You are my Savior and You and only You can bring renewal to my life. I stand ready in you, Jesus. I won’t be shaken by any challenge or trial. I welcome it for You, oh Holy Father, are the God over the storms. I rest in your peace and I rejoice in the renewal to come and Your will be done. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Study: Isaiah 43:1-11, 14-20

Devotionals

A Confident Man

January 31, 2018

“For You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord shall enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop; by my God I can leap over a wall” Psalm 18:28-29, NKJV.

Sometimes as a man, we just needs some confidence. It is amazing what a little confidence will do. You may not be superman, but God wants your confidence to be as if you were-through Christ. David was roughly 5 feet tall, yet he believed he could leap over a wall and he could run through a troop. His confidence was that he could do it by God.

Let all of your confidence be rooted from a great confidence in God. Jesus lives in you. Someone with power lives in you. Someone with wisdom lives you. By Him, you can leap over your walls and you can run through a troop of your enemies! By Him, you can do what He is asking of you.

Don’t cast away your confidence, for it has great reward! For some of us men, all the pieces are there, and this is the final piece you need. Confidence will cause you to take the risk. It will cause you to take the leap over all fear. It will cause you to run with the vision God has put in your heart. You are confident in His ability, His plan, and like David, by God you can do anything!

Prayer: Father, thank You for believing in me. Thank You that others believe in me. But it is vital that I believe in me too. I will put my confidence in You! Help me God to leap over all fear. Lord, tear down anything hindering me, even in my past. I’m going to do it! Help me be confident in the gifts inside of me. Add this final piece in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: Hebrews 10:35, Philippians 4:13

Devotionals

No Interruptions, No Distractions

January 30, 2018

“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:13, ESV.

Some of us need to stay in the house for while and seek God with no interruptions, no distractions. Even if you begin by simply sitting quietly before Him and being still. You need to hear from Him.

You know and perceive that He is speaking. You know He is tugging on your heart about something, and it is important to know what is. Just like obtaining the ability to hear a radio station by turning the dial closer, so we do the same. We quiet our hearts and get closer to God so we can clearly hear His voice.

Set yourself to hear from God with no interruptions. Turn the cell phone off. Put away the Facebook for a moment. Turn off the game. He knows your desires, yet you know His, and His great desire is to give you the kingdom (Luke 12:32). Tell Him I am setting myself to hear Your voice and to understand what You trying to get to me.

You don’t want to miss this season of your life. You don’t want the year to go by without hearing and determining the will of God for you. One word from God will give peace, settle you down and you can say that’s what I needed. One word of wisdom will cause you to understand why you are experiencing what you’re going through. One word of direction will be exactly what you need to hear. You only need to hear Him.

Prayer: Thank You Father. You know what I need. Here I am Lord, and I am setting myself to hear from You without any interruptions. You have my complete focus and attention. As I spend this time with You and get closer to You, I thank You that You will provide the direction I need. I desire Your will be made known. I praise You in advance for the great things You will reveal to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Habakkuk 2:1, Jeremiah 33:2-3, James 4:8

Devotionals

How to Believe God for It

January 29, 2018

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1, KJV.

I remember watching the telecast of Apostle Fred Price’s ministry and the song playing would say, “Evidence. Evidence. Do you have enough evidence!” What it meant was do you have enough word to support what you’re believing God for.

Faith is the evidence that we believe there is a God we can’t see, that will affect what we can because His word says He will. There may be trouble, but there is a God Who will turn our trouble into triumph. There may be pain, but there is a God that gives us beyond the pain, a promise. He’ll never leave us or forsake us. He’ll always give us an expected end. All the while we put our faith in Him, He moves us to continue to support our faith more and more with His word.

If I asked you what scriptures are you standing on to support what you’re believing God for, could you tell me? Faith can’t be exercised where the will of God is not known. His word is what our faith stands on in our daily living. His word is what our faith stands on until it comes to pass. His word is your evidence that if God did it for them, He will do it for you! It helps us have faith and obey God in our behavior toward others. When others see Jesus displayed through your faith, they see you become the evidence that He is alive. Support your faith with His word today.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the evidence of my faith that You’re alive. Help me to stand on Your word and stand on what I am believing You for. Lead me to what scriptures I can think on and stand on today to support my faith. Let my faith display You to others by the love, joy and peace I walk in. Make me walking evidence that Jesus lives and He saves. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 1, Hebrews 11:1-12

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Reject the devil’s Lies, Receive God’s Truth!

January 28, 2018

“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” John 8:44, NKJV.

The devil is a liar and there is truth is in him. This is who he is. If he tells you one thing, you can be sure the truth is another.

If he says you’re going to lose, through Jesus you already have the victory. If he saying you have to stay down, you can mightily get back up. If he says you can’t do it, you can be sure that you can and God has anointed you to do it. If he says it’s over for you as a man, it’s really not and never will be. If he says there’s nothing to live for so take your life, you have so much to live for! If he says you won’t make it, you are going to blow it out the water! If he says you will stay broke, God is going to make you financially blessed!

Don’t allow him to go on a monologue in your mind. He says it’s going to fail, you’re not intelligent enough, he’s going to take you out. All he can do is lie and he desires to get you to receive them. He sends packages to your door like the post office, but don’t you sign for them.

Receive the opposite, believe the opposite and boldly speak the opposite, which is what God says. That is the truth! Take the truth of God and you do your own monologue by declaring what your end will be. Receive the word of God as final authority and that you are who God says you are. God’s truth is you will have what God says you will have. You can do what God says you can do!

Prayer: Father, Your truth is forever settled in heaven. I receive Your truth and Your truth always makes us free. I am floored by the plans You have for my life! You are an awesome God! I rebuke the devil and his lies right now. It’s never over. I am who You say I am and I can do what You say I can do! Thank You Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalm 119:89, John 8:32, 1 John 4:4, Romans 8:39 & 11:29

Devotionals

Check His Stats…

January 27, 2018

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” Romans 10:17, NKJV.

If you’re a coach and I recommend a player to add to your team that you could trust to help you win basketball games, but you’ve never seen him, you would ask to let you see his stats. He’s 6’9″ and 33-0 in his career. He’s won a state championship back-to-back. He shoots an astonishing 95% from the free throw line and 55% from the field. In the final minutes of a crucial game-time situation, you would have faith in him. You’ve seen the stats and you would give him with the ball.

You’ve never seen God physically, but according to His word, He’s never lost a battle! He has all power in His hands. Read that He is good and a Rewarder of them that seek Him. Study how with an outstretched arm He rescued Israel from the hands of Egypt. Read how He has carried Israel and this tiny nation still stands today, which owns much of the world’s wealth. Read how in every situation, He has never left the righteous. He is the Healer. Go and stand on the beach and see how far the mighty ocean can come to your feet–God set that boundary for us (Prov. 8:29). At the same time, God split the Red Sea so His children Israel could escape from pharaoh. And after all of that, He loves us beyond our mistakes, obliterated sin by giving His only begotten son Jesus for us, and He raised him from the dead.

Just like with that player, fellowship with God’s word so you can know more about the God Who is on your side. Even under pressure, you can have faith knowing He’s always on time. If you’re going through a tough time–check His stats–remind yourself of the victory you have in Christ Jesus. Sit and hear the preaching of God’s word to you. The more you know Him, the more and more faith you’ll have by His word!

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word. Give me a desire for more of Your word. Develop in me the habit of reading and studying to know more about You and that You’re on my side. Help me to commit to hear the preaching of Your word. May it increase my faith and change my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Exodus 14:21-31, Deut. 5:15, John 3:16, Luke 17:5-6, 1 Cor. 6:14

Devotionals

Take the First Step

January 27, 2018

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17, 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, authority, deliverance, wholeness, oneness with God again, prosperity, access, justification, right-standing with God, freedom, forgiveness, wisdom, 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 and for 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.

Your start is another step using your seed of faith, after which nothing is impossible, and every promise from God for you is obtained.

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.

(Read Jeremiah 32:17)

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I Want to Finish

January 25, 2018

“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 completing the work of God 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

Only Believe

January 24, 2018

“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, and she will be made well.” Luke 8:49-50, NKJV

Don’t stop believing things will change. Don’t stop believing that God can get you to where you desire to be. Don’t stop believing that things will turn around. Don’t stop believing just because you face a challenge on your way to where God has promised you.

The enemy will entice you to stop believing God in one area, then, he will pursue to stop you from believing God in another and another and another. The result will be you begin to totally stop believing God and quit 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 and more.

Nothing is ever dead in the hands of God. Your marriage will live. Your dreams will live. Your relationship with God will live. Consider it only as adding a greater testimony to your championship belt. Regardless of how it looks, regardless of how it seems, 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 and what You have said to me. I say to the enemy I will not fear, but I will only believe! I believe He will come through for me. Thank You Father in advance. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: Luke 8:49-51, Matthew 17:20

Devotionals

IN DUE TIME

January 23, 2018

“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” Romans 5:6, KJV.

When you were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for you. No matter what you’re going through, if you’re in Christ, in due time you will see what Christ dying for you has given you. It has given you rescue, mercy, deliverance, favor, and right-standing with God. In due time, you will see how much God loves you, as He brings you out. In due time, you will see Him make it right. You will see His plan completely unfold. He will turn it around. In due time, you will see your restoration and blessings ahead, and you will say this is all a result of what Jesus has done for me.

This is how it always will be for a believer. Because He died, you will live and live more abundantly. All because of Jesus Christ and all that we have in Him, most of all, the forgiveness of sin.

Continue to stand in your righteousness and serve the Lord with a happy heart. Thank Him as you reflect on His goodness and mercy. Don’t be moved by what you’re going through. Know in due time He will always step in and bring you victory.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for all You have done. You are good and faithful. Thank You that I can trust You and Your timing. Thank You that in due time I will see Your plans come to pass. Thank You that what I’m going through has an expiration date. I trust that You will always bring victory in my life! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: Romans 5: 7-8

Devotionals

God will be glorified, so stand.

January 22, 2018

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” Romans 8:18 NIV.

In times of suffering it may be hard to hear God’s voice. Everything is difficult and you fear you may never see the light of day again. Today I am here to tell you to hold on for weeping endures in the night and joy comes in the morning. The battles you think you have to fight have already been won by God. May knowing the glory that shall be revealed in you cause you to bear up and mightily stand.

He will give you new strength and new energy. With His wings you will fly in the highest heavens. All you need to do is lift your arms, like Moses had to lift his staff to do God’s work, and Joshua had to raise his sword against Ai to ensure victory. Lift your arms and surrender for there is freedom in surrender and the plans God has for you are always good.

Prayer: Father God. Thank You for strengthening me with Your Word. I pray that You saturate my soul with Your presence today, that You may overflow and spill forth from my being and give birth to new glories in Your Name. Nothing compares to the glory that shall be revealed in me. Let nothing stand in my way as I seek to do Your will. In the name of my Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!

Scripture reading: Psalm 30:5, Exodus 14:14, Isaiah 40:31, Romans 12:1, Job 11:13, Jeremiah 29:11

Devotionals

Have you truly prayed about it?

January 21, 2018

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7, NKJV.

Sometimes, I find myself pacing back and forth in my mind about something I already prayed to God about.

At least I thought I did.

If we are worrying, have an unrest about something, or just simply thinking about something too much, we have to ask ourselves have we really prayed about it to God? Have we just thought about praying, but not prayed? Have we only did a drive-by prayer on our way to work, or church, or is it something we really took it before the Father? Have we took it before Abba-our Papa? Have we put aside other things to inquire of God about, and said I’m going to on purpose take time to specifically pray about this. Take time to give to God and truly pray regarding that one thing.

We should stand in prayer free, transparent and humble before Him. He will stand before you also, revealing His will for your life, with the answers, the reassurance, the direction, the peace that you need that will keep your heart and mind by Christ Jesus.

Lastly, when you truly pray about it, always thank Him. You will find you can’t thank God and worry at the same time. Give time to thanking God for Who He is, what He has done and you are reminded of what He can do! Again, go ahead and thank Him, considering that He’s good and call it already done!

Prayer: Father, Papa, You are good and I thank You for always hearing me when I pray. I thank You for all You have done and You always come through for me. I take the time to pause and truly humbly pray about this situation or this person in my life. Here I am and I listen to You now. I already call it done! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: James 1:5

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Time to Fly

January 20, 2018

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

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

God will lift you. His word and His Spirit by His grace will lift you, but you have to add your thrust and move in faith. When His Spirit moves upon your heart to do something, you have to move with Him. The wind of His Spirit is blowing and God is moving at a fast pace because Jesus is soon to return. When we move when He tells us to, that’s when we abundantly experience His results.

The devil’s chains have been broken. Your past failures or current challenges can’t hold you down. Guilt and people can’t hold you down. There is a law, the law of the Spirit of life that supersedes and is much stronger then the law of sin and death. When you add your faith and obey Him, you will do what He created you to do and fly.

Some men have never flown naturally, but there are men who’ve never flown spiritually also. God sent His word to lift them up and His Spirit moved, but they didn’t move by faith. As a result, they’re like an airplane with mighty wings, but are stuck on the runway of life, being who they weren’t created to be and doing something they weren’t meant to do. You may have never flown, but you will this year! It’s time to leave what’s comfortable and soar. It’s time leave everything behind and fly!

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

Study: Romans 8:1-3, Hebrews 11:8-9

Devotionals

There’s Power in Fasting

January 18, 2018

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

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

Have you been uncertain on what God’s will is? Have you ever been in a place in your life where you needed direction from God? You desire the peace of God in your heart about some important decisions ahead. You pray but you still aren’t clear on what to do and you discern you need to something deeper spiritually. You need His help in a great way.

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

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

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

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

Devotionals

Lead Your Family

January 17, 2018

“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. They probably said, “Look at that man having his family work like that and follow him. It’s never rained.” “He’s crazy!” Noah wasn’t moved by the pressures of those that didn’t believe. He didn’t consider how he looked according to the world and served the Lord.

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

Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me to lead my family by faith. You are a good God and I am blessed to know You. Above all ways to lead my family, help me lead them spiritually. Make my home centered on Jesus Christ. Help me build what is eternal to the saving of me and my family. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to me about leading my family by faith. You are a good God and I am blessed to know You. Above all ways to lead my family, help me lead them spiritually. Make my home centered on Jesus Christ. Help me to build what is eternal to the saving of me and my family. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

Devotionals

Less talking, more listening in prayer.

January 16, 2018

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” John 10:27, KJV.

Many times we go before God asking Him to change something in our lives. We say, “Father work out this situation in my home. Change my wife. Do this at my job. Help my kids.” We come to Him with questions also such as, “Lord, what is your will for me? Why am I going through this? What do you want me to do right now to overcome this? Should I go this way or that way?”

We do so much asking in prayer, then we leave His presence without giving time to listening to the Father. It’s like asking your boss a question about a project, but then as soon as you ask, as soon as he or she is about to open their mouth, you walk away. Even when you physically leave praying at home, you should not leave prayer in your hearts. We should always remain in an attitude of prayer. Listening in your car, at work, wherever you are. You may leave your house, yet never leave His presence.

Your challenges may be intensed, but you must specifically set yourself to listen more after you pray. Listen for the Father’s response about everything you’ve asked of Him. Many believers are experiencing victory because they are listening and following the leading of the Holy Spirit. At the same time, there are believers struggling because they are indeed praying, but simply not listening enough.

He is on your side and does have a response. He is for you and He does have an answer, yet if we move too fast, or if we don’t humble ourselves, we miss it. We miss His still small voice. We miss the Holy Spirit’s leading, which He will lead you into a direction, which will confirm what you should do and the choices you need to make.

So listen after you talk to God, and let God talk to you.

Prayer: Father I thank You for the power of prayer and how important it is to listen to You speak. Help me learn to listen more. Help me to not only ask of you, but also hear Your voice of wisdom, direction and counsel. There is always a way made by You, and I will listen and allow the Holy Spirit to lead me to it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Psalms 34:10; James 1:5, 4:8; Romans 8:14, 1 Corinthians 10:13

Devotionals

A Man & His Prayer Closet

January 15, 2018

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

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

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

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

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word this morning. Thank You for the riches found in my prayer closet. Help me to stay focused on building my prayer life. Help me to not seek after the reward of man, but the reward that comes from You. I will pray in secret and watch You openly reward me. Be glorified in my life. I believe I receive. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: Matthew 6:1-13

Devotionals

A Man’s Greatest Wisdom

January 14, 2018

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

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

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

Selah–pause and think on that for a moment.

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

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

This reverence is actually the key to success. The Father speaks all the time, but because you reverence Him, you’re listening and you hear Him clearer. It will cause you to walk closely with Him and receive a deeper counsel from Him. Because you fear Him, He will show you His will for you. He’ll show you more about Jesus. He’ll show you more about life’s purpose and He’ll make your way prosperous. It will cause you to esteem what He says is right and wrong, keeping His commandments.

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

Study: Psalm 25:14, Proverbs 9:10

Devotionals

Get Your Finances Together

January 13, 2018

“Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds” Proverbs 27:23, ESV.

A number of us know when the devil is attacking us spiritually. He attempts to keep you from spending time with God and obeying His word. He tempts us to sin, or walk in fear. But for many of us, it isn’t your spiritual walk that the enemy attacks you in. It’s your finances. He wants this area to remain like a secret, and as a believer, you never figure money out. It is spiritual to manage your money and prosper financially. The enemy tries to hold back the Body of Christ and hold you back is this area. He knows how better your life will be. He knows just how much you’ll help the kingdom and just how great of a blessing you would be.

Are you spending more than you make? Do you live above 70% of your gross income? Do you buy your wants, but struggle with your needs each month? Do you have any money in savings for an emergency? How’s your giving into God’s house? How often are you eating out? Can you downsize? How’s your debt? Are your credit cards spent to the maximum–or very close to it? As a man, do you have life insurance?

While you pour all of your diligence into praying, put all your diligence into budgeting too. Know where scriptures are, but also know where you money goes. Don’t just fast from food, but you have no self-control and patience regarding the money you spend. It is biblical and it pleases God when you faithfully manage and multiply what He’s put into your hands.

No matter your income, you can get wisdom from God, make wise decisions, manage it well, and prosper. If you need it, if this area of your life is out of control, humble yourself and seek some financial help (for example-Dave Ramsey, financial expert). Either way, get your finances together.

Prayer: Father, wow. Thank You for speaking to me practical financial wisdom today. Help me to get my finances together, Show me how to apply diligently Your word. Help me to trust You and consistently give into Your house. I ask You Holy Spirit to lead the way regarding my bank account. As I do, I know You will bless my finances. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Proverbs 3:9, 6:6-8, 13:22, 22:7; Luke 16:11, Romans 13:8, 3 John 1:2

Devotionals

A Message from the LORD for You

January 12, 2018

“I am interested in meeting all of your need. Not one of them escape from My view. Whenever you come to Me, I see all that you need, and I’m not just standing by watching you helplessly. I’m ready to do what only I can do for you. I am ready to heal you. I am ready to free you. I am ready to supply all your need. But when you come to Me saying in your heart that I am unable or unwilling, it closes the door to you receiving from Me. I am Able and I am Willing! I am All Powerful and nothing is too hard for Me. Stretch your hands towards heaven and receive My rich supply of glory manifested in your life. Lift your eyes to the hills from where your help comes from, your help comes from Me. I am your healer. Your healing comes from Me. I am your deliverer. Your deliverance comes from Me. I am your provider. Your provision comes from Me. And I’m always, always able and willing to supply your need.”

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

(Read Psalm 121; Jeremiah 32:27)

Devotionals

God Will Give You Wisdom

January 11, 2018

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” James 1:5, NKJV

For everything that you need, God has wisdom for you. There is wisdom to help your marriage, for your growth in Him, for doing your job better, for financial stability, and for being a good father. There is wisdom for your year. There is wisdom for your day. Even if you feel like you are under a lot of pressure, there is exact wisdom for you.

Prayer is the key to receiving this from God. While you pray, He reveals to you His will, which is the greatest wisdom we can receive. He will allow you to see your situation from His view. He will give you His perspective of your life from what He has planned for you. His way you’ll find to be simple and bring you peace. His wisdom will be based on what He knows and what He can do, not on our limitations. So when He does tell you specifically what to do, respond in faith. Trust Him according to His ability to equip, provide, deliver, and cause men to favor you.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for wisdom being available for my situation. You made heaven and earth. Surely You can provide me with exact wisdom today. I ask for it. At every turn, I know exactly what to do. Help me to hear Your voice in my heart. I will not lean to my own understanding. I listen for You now. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Read: Matthew 17:24-27, James 1:5-6, 3:17, Proverbs 3:5-6

Devotionals

HE WILL PULL IT OFF

January 10, 2018

“And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.” (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.) Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing” Genesis 18:10-11, NKJV.

Abraham and Sarah had many odd stacked up against them in their ability to have a son, but if anyone could pull it off, God can.

Like Abraham, God has spoken some things that He is going to do in your life, and you wonder how in the world is He going to get it done. You may be saying, “But God look how far I am behind.” “Look at all my faults.” “I don’t have the money.” “I missed my opportunity and it’s over now.” “God, look at the delays I’ve experienced.” “You will heal me?” “Are You sure You can use me. Look at me.”

He has shown me time and time again that if He said it, He will pull it off. You may not know how, but He will. He will either bless you with the money, or with favor from man. He will open the door, or provide a new one. He will help you learn it, or bring someone in your life that already does. He will mold you and change you into a completely new man. God created the earth. He can work your life out.

If you would allow yourself to be led by God, step by step, you will find yourself in the exact place you have desired to attain in life. Be encouraged. God is going to pull it off, and it’s going to be better than you could have ever dreamed of.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word. If you can pull it off for Abraham, I believe You can do it for me. Help me to not lean to my own understanding. Help me to hear Your voice and to do what You instruct me to do–step by step. God, pull it off in my life. Hallelujah. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Genesis 18, Proverbs 3:5-6

Devotionals

Put Your Prayers in Past Tense

January 9, 2018

“…Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying.And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me..” John 11:41, NKJV.

Jesus’ words provide key insight into how to receive from God. Right before commanding Lazarus to rise from the dead, Jesus thanked God, His Father, that He had already heard Him before a miracle ever took place.

God has already heard you. Already provided for you and given you everything you need that pertains to life and godliness in Christ. Thank Him for what He has already done through Jesus. Your situation will stay in your present until you begin to push it in the past. We must practice calling those things that be not as though they were (see Romans 4:17).

One day I was in need of wisdom. Instead of praying, “Lord, please give me wisdom regarding this situation.” I remembered what the Holy Spirit had taught me and said “Lord, I thank You that You have given me wisdom in this situation. I receive it now by faith.” Immediately wisdom began to flow. Another instance was when my family needed a financial breakthrough. I remembered the prayer of faith and said, “Lord, I thank You for providing supernaturally for my home.” My faith kicked into gear and He provided supernaturally.

Keep speaking over your life…

“Lord, I thank You that You have supernaturally healed my body. I receive my healing now by faith.”

“Lord, I thank You for giving me wisdom and direction today. I receive it now by faith.”

“Lord, I thank You that you have given me supernatural favor and promotion. I receive it now by faith.”

When you thank someone, it shows you have received what’s been given. Receive what’s been given through Christ. We are called to live by faith, not by what we see, or hear, or feel. And we can appropriate by faith every redemptive right and any blessing God has provided us through Jesus by thanking Him for what He has already done.

Prayer: Father, thank You for teaching me how to receive from You and live by faith. Thank You that You have heard me. Thank You that You have healed and delivered me, and You have given me strength and wisdom. Thank You for helping me push everything I see in front of me, into the past, and walk in the victory I have in Christ. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Devotionals

Sow Into the Spirit

January 9, 2018

“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 walking in your purpose.

It is time to sow more into the Spirit. It is the key to reaching your purpose and eternal life. It is the key to your growth. It is the key to your self-control. It is the key to peace. It is the key to reaping more God ideas for provision. It is the key to becoming the man that 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. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Romans 8:6

Devotionals

He Will Give it All Back

January 8, 2018

“And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.” Joel 2:25

God is a restorer. He specializes in restoring to His people all that rightfully belongs to them. Many of you lost time, lost your money, lost your health, lost great opportunities and even lost yourself, but God is faithful and He is restoring everything back to you multiplied. You may know Him to be your Provider, your Peace and your Protector, but God is getting ready to show you a new side of His nature you may have never seen before–God your Restorer!

Everything the devil stole from you, God is restoring it all back! Everything you wasted out of a lack of understanding, God is going to restore it back to you and give you the understanding that you will need to keep it this time. Don’t try to figure out when or how God is going to bring restoration in your life, just trust that He will. He is faithful to His promises.

He will restore!

Prayer: Thank you God for being my Restorer! Yes, restore my soul. Restore my joy. Restore my health and my wealth. Restore the time I wasted. Restore everything the devil stole from me and everything I handed over to him out of my own ignorance. I want it all back, my Father God! You are good and faithful to me. Help me to wait in great expectation for your mighty restoration in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Read Psalms 51:12; Jeremiah 30:17; Psalms 23:3)

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No Limitations

January 7, 2018

“Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: ‘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.

God told Jeremiah what he was created for and what he was ordained to do. Yet, the first response of Jeremiah was his limitations instead of looking at the God Who is without them. “Then said I: ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth’.” The Lord told him not to say he is but a youth. Don’t say what you can’t do. Don’t speak of any limitations.

Any time you have to use your faith, the thoughts will come regarding the faults you’ve lived with. Others may not know, but you do. For some of us, it’s confidence. For others, it’s the lies that those around us have spoken that are totally unaware of the damage that was done to you simply believing in yourself. Some of us in are times of adversity, we give up. Some of us have been afraid for a while, and fear is choking the life out of us. If we focus on our limitations, we will be like a plane that just can never lift off the ground. It’s like saying I want to use my faith but my limitations aren’t strong enough to pick me up. It’s Jesus who makes us fly, not us. It’s Jesus that will make you soar, not you.

You don’t know how much the Lord has put in you, until now. You will go for it all this year. Realize and believe that you have no limits to doing what He’s ordained for you to do.

Prayer: Father, You don’t limit me so why should I. Help me not speak of any limitations. Let me focus on Your strength and not my own. Jesus makes us soar, not us. I’m going for it this year! I thank You that I have no limitations in doing what You’ve ordained me to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Jeremiah 1:6-19

Devotionals

Add to Yourself

January 6, 2018

“Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited” Isaiah 54:2-3, KJV.

When God is taking you higher in Him, you’ll find that it will be time to make some adjustments for the new responsibility you have. It’s time to make some changes so you can win on the new level that you are in God. You may have to add more prayer in your life. You may have add more studying of His Word. You may have to add more fasting. God may direct you to spend less time on the internet and add more time perfecting your God-given gifts. You may watch less tv and add more book reading. You may have make adjustments in your diet, and add exercising to your daily routine so your body can handle all the new demands of the new things God has for you ahead.

If you desire to experience great things, change is inevitable my brother. We have to add to ourselves as we go higher in life and deeper in God. As you obey God and add to yourself, you will break out with wisdom and power in your life. You will break out with promotion and increase. He is saying to you today, “Get ready, for I am about to break out with blessings from every direction in your life.”

Prayer: Father, You are a great God and I thank You for showing me it’s time to add to myself. You are preparing me for greater places in my walk with You. It’s time for some changes as I go higher in life and deeper in You. Help me to yield and obey You as You lead me to make these adjustments in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: 2 Peter 1:5-8

Devotionals

You Have Favor with God

January 5, 2018

“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. 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

Devotionals

People will be people, but God will be God

January 4, 2018

“Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.’ And they divided His garments and cast lots” Luke 23:34, NKJV.

In this life, as long as you’re on the earth, there will be people. People that are going to choose to talk about you. There are people that are going to choose to be evil and hurtful. There are people who will enjoy causing train wrecks. They’ll choose to like seeing people down. They will have a negative attitude, instead of having a positive one. They will choose to not support you and be against you.

People are going to be people, but God will be God. He is on the throne and His will for you is going to be done in spite of what people decide to do. They won’t change His mind, His favor nor His word. He will continue to be faithful, and He will be Your defense. He will bless you in the midst of your enemies and set you a table before them. He is going to tell you to love them anyway. The real enemy is the devil who is behind it all. The Lord will tell you pray and ask for them to be forgiven, just as Jesus did while even on the cross, because they truly don’t understand what they do.

Let God continue to be God in your life and don’t be moved. No matter what they choose to do, as a man of God you’re responsible to keep doing what you’re supposed to do. Remember, the powerful truth is that the love of Jesus you display will sooner or later, change people.

Prayer: Father, people will be people, but you are still God. In spite of them, I choose to be like Jesus. I ask that You forgive them for they know not what they do. I ask that you heal their pain and use the love of Jesus that I display to change them. I ask that the light of Jesus bring them out of darkness. I thank You that You are God and You are good. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Study: Matthew 5:44, Acts 26:17-19, Romans 12:19-21, 1 Corinthians 13:8

Devotionals

Ask Him to Bless Your Year

January 3, 2018

“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 this year, lift it up before God. If He leads you to, trust Him and fast regarding this year.

Lift this year up to the Father! 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 with this year what only He can do! Surrender more and let Him have control, doing what He knows is best for your life this year.

He knows what you need. Ask Him to bless your year!

Prayer: Father, I lift this year up to You. I lift it up to You and ask You to bless it. 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 this year 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 year. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: John 15:7, , Mark 11:24, Jeremiah 33:3

Devotionals

Be Devoted, Be Committed

January 2, 2018

“But what do you think?” A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go.” Matthew 21:28-30, NKJV.

There is a sharp difference between devotion and commitment. To commit means to pledge, and thereby binding oneself to a word. To devote means to freely give of ones time to a specific cause. Where I would normally say commitment, I have recently transformed my vocabulary to saying devotion.

You see, commitment is good. It is good to say, “I will do it for you,” because it holds the promise and gives assurance to the person or cause you wish to commit to. Yet, commitment is by word and word alone, while devotion is about doing. As men we, we should talk the talk AND walk the walk.

In the parable, the first son showed more devotion to His father than His brother. Even though he disrespected his father in speech, he still honored him by going to the vineyard afterward. How many times have you committed to a cause with such burning passion, and then somewhere along the line, things get complicated–and by complicated I mean excuses get the upper hand, your fire runs out or you just grow weary. The book of James advises us to be doers of the Word, and not hearers alone.

Let me tell you this: There can be times the people you devote to, will not even notice what you do. Can you imagine how God must feel? This can be applied to all areas of our lives because devotion is one of the greatest acts of love, and mysteriously, people can overlook it–but not the Lord.

Regardless, be devoted to your wife, be devoted to your family, your friends, your work and above all of this be devoted to your God. Why? Because the Father is utterly and totally devoted to you. He says, “I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward” (Genesis 15:1). He also says He shall work a work in your day (Habakkuk 1:5). Just think of all the provision He makes for you on a daily basis. So devote yourself each day anew to God’s will for your life, and you shall inherit His kingdom.

Prayer: Father God, your devotion to me has gripped my heart. Please forgive me for straying from Your perfect will, and thank you for loving me even through my stumbling. Lord Jesus, please help me when I grow weary, and remind me that the reward in You is greater than any Earthly joy. Father, grant me the wisdom to discern where my devotion should rest, for Your word says where my treasure is, there my heart will be also. I will devote myself to You anew. Holy Spirit move within me, and may the glory of the Kingdom rise and spread to every person who comes into contact with me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 6:21, 21:31, James 1:22-27, Acts 20:35

Devotionals

It’s a New Year

January 1, 2018

“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” Philippians 3:13, NKJV.

For many of us, 2017 was the best year of our lives. So many great things happened and God brought so many dreams came to pass. For others, you honestly feel like 2017 couldn’t have been worse. You had some losses, took some wrong turns and you couldn’t wait for 2018 to come.

Well, it is here. Thank God for a new year and a new start. No matter how your 2017 went, the truth is it’s old and it is gone. It may have had some hurts and made some mistakes, but it’s gone my brother. The key is to only bring into 2018 the wisdom you can learn from it, but that’s it. Don’t bring anything old into the new. Let go of then, so it doesn’t effect your now. Forgive what they did, so you can receive what He’s doing.

As long as you are living, that is the Lord’s way of telling you there’s a second chance for you. The devil, who is the father of lies, says it won’t get better, but the Lord, who never lies, says to trust Him that it will. Last year wasn’t the end. You can make the choices for a different outcome. Believe and receive what He is speaking to your heart about what He is going to do in your life. It’s a new year. Your best is ahead of you and now move forward into it!

Prayer: Father I have to admit, 2017 didn’t go like I thought, but it is a new year and a fresh start. As I pray to You, I let go of the old and receive the new. I let go of the past and receive what You are speaking to me right now about my new year. Show me Your will for me and my family. Help me to obey you. I thank You 2018 will be the best year of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Study: Isaiah 43:18-19, Ephesians 4:31-32

Devotionals

It’s Time

December 31, 2017

“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 6:20-21, NKJV.

Some of us must answer the hardest question at this juncture in our lives: When? I’ve sat back, taken deep breaths and asked myself this question countless of times. I know what to do. I’ve also prepared well. Everything is all set. All the while He has spoken to me, guided me, by His mighty Spirit inspired me, and provided what I need. After all of the sawing, and hammering, and building, then, there’s a silence. I don’t hear anything else from Him. His when is in the silence.

It’s time.

As this new year approaches, for many of us it’s time. It’s time to give everything you’ve got to Him. It’s time to seize your moment. It’s time to do the God-ordained work in your heart whereby you will win the lost. It’s not time to focus of the earth anymore. It’s time to focus on heaven. It’s not time to focus on storing up treasure here. It’s time to focus on storing up treasure in heaven. No moth can’t eat it and it won’t rust away, and you’ll enjoy your reward for eternity. It’s time to pursue that, and where your treasure is, so will your heart be also.

You’ve been given what you need. He gave it, and that day has come to use it. Don’t fear in your when. Have faith in your when. You may be in the stadium. You may be on the team. Yet the truth is some of us have been on the sidelines. But it’s time with faith to get into the game.

If you go forth when He tells you to, you will receive the win that He already has for you. Because truly it’s not about the car you drive, the house you can own and the money you can acquire. It’s about the impact you make in the lives of others. Only what you do for God will last.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word. It’s time to make the greatest impact of my life. It’s time to focus on storing treasures in heaven. Help me to live by faith and set my affection on things above. Help the entire Body of Christ to focus on what will last. Our time is now. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Matthew 16:27 & 25:21, 1 Timothy 6:17-19, 1 Cor. 2:9

Devotionals

He’s Preparing a Place for You

December 30, 2017

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” John 14:1-3, NKJV.

Before Jesus left the earth, he said that he was leaving, yet he told us what he was going to do. Jesus is preparing a place for you!

There are countless of people who have witnessed what heaven is like. Whether they had a near-death experience or while they were sleeping, they have all agreed just how good, how beautiful and how wonderful heaven is. It is full of the glory of the Lord. There is no pain. There is no more death or sorrow. He wipes the tears from our eyes there, and since we have been washed in the blood of the Lamb, the Father will say welcome into the joy of the Lord.

One of the most notable people, Mary Baxter, author of ‘Divine Revelation of Heaven and Hell’, was taken to heaven to literally experience it for herself, for God’s purpose of telling the people of the earth about its’ reality. She’s traveled to over 90 countries sharing the good news of heaven. She testifies of angels over 40 feet tall, the tree of life, flowers with diamonds in them, instruments we’ve never heard, and books full of accurate recordings of all we do. It is a real place.

She also mentioned huge diamonds that were created. There are given to Jesus, who takes them and builds them into the very mansion he is preparing. It makes sense that Jesus’ trade even while he lived on earth was carpentry. He is the Master Builder.

Jesus wants you to know that there is a place being made for you. May the knowledge of heaven full you with great joy. May the knowledge of heaven put everything in perspective, and inspire you to finish your course and bring someone with you.

Prayer: Father, I praise You. I pray for the unsaved to come to know Jesus Christ for remission of their sins. I desire for everyone to go to heaven and I pray they simply ask, believe and receive the free gift of salvation through Your son. Thank you Jesus. It brings me great joy when I think about heaven and that a place is being prepared for me. Living for You is good and it’s all worth it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study: Revelation 21:4, 21-25 & 22:1-5; 1 Corinthians 2:9, Hebrews 11:10

Devotionals

Tell him, “It Is Written!”

December 29, 2017

“Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, ‘If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.’ But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:3-4, NKJV

Jesus didn’t debate. He didn’t argue about the issue. He didn’t allow the devil to lead him into despair. In response to the devil’s temptations and schemes, in response to what the devil said about who He was and what God can do, He just simply said, “It is written”.

When it comes to everything in your life, declare it is written! Don’t fight with your own words, fight with God’s. Let God’s Word stand alone and win for you. Let it stand alone and show you how powerful it is. It is sharper than any two-edged sword. It drives away your enemies. It is able to shut the mouth of condemnation when it speaks. It doesn’t buckle in the storm. It doesn’t waver and always comes through to bless you. It will tell you hold on. It is able to establish peace in your heart and mind. God’s Word still has the same power now from the time that He spoke it. God doesn’t change and His Word doesn’t either. It is written.

Whether five minutes or longer, start somewhere, and make the greatest commitment in your life to consistently spend time putting into your heart the Word of God every day. Jesus couldn’t win without knowing what was written–nor can you.

Prayer: Father, I truly thank You for Your Word. You left us what is written so I can know You and build my faith. You left it so that I can use it to win my fight. Develop in me the habit, like Jesus, of saying what is written. Make it like a reflex in me! I commit to starting somewhere and putting Your Word daily in my heart and change my life. Thank You Lord! I am victorious with Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read: Matthew 4:5-11, Romans 10:17, Hebrews 4:12

Devotionals

Whether Sunny or Storm, Seek Him

December 28, 2017

“Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore!” Psalm 105:3-4, NKJV.

“One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life…” Psalm 27:4, NKJV.

In these times, we will need to remain on our knees and sitting at His feet. We will be on our knees to pray to Him and sitting at His feet to learn of Him. We must understand that the quality of our lives rests in the quality of our seeking. What makes our seeking of quality and valuable is when it is the same in all conditions. Whether its’ sunny or we find ourselves in a storm, we are seeking Him. Whether the bank account is full or you’re waiting for Friday to come, we are seeking Him. Whether He heals you or He hasn’t, we are seeking Him.

He doesn’t want us to be conditional when it comes to seeking Him. When the storm comes and the waters rise up, we cry out for God. We use our faith, calling on Him for wisdom and to help us out of what we’re in. Yet, when the sun is out, when the blessings are overflowing, He can’t find us. Never allow blessings to take us too high that we begin to think it’s us, when it’s always because of Him.

Let your seeking be with humility, steady and constant. Before you start your day, before you make decisions, let it precede you and go before you at all times. In all conditions, develop the habit of pursuing His will, stopping to listen to the Holy Spirit’s still small voice and spending time with God. Your success is in your seeking. No matter the weather in your life, seek Him.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for all that You are in my life. No matter if it’s sunny or the storm is raging, but I make a decision to seek Your face. Even right now God I’m so blessed. I choose to continually seek You. I ask for a humble heart. No matter the weather or conditions, I declare I am a man that seeks the Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Study: Deuteronomy 4:29, 2 Kings 22:5, Matthew 6:33

Devotionals

Don’t Wait, Praise Him Now

December 27, 2017

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

Praise Him for what He has already spoken about outcome. You’ve seen Him move before and you know He will do it again. He is the same yesterday, today and forever! Don’t wait to praise Him for what He’s going to do. Praise Him now.

Thank Jesus for what he’s done. Thank the Lord for being on your side. Praise Him for His peace and assurance that if you are going through something, it too will pass. Praise Him because He makes all things new. He’s making things right. Praise Him because He’s helping you move forward. Praise Him before you even have to do what He is asking of you because He is going to provide the power to accomplish it. Let your praise keep you focused on God, not on what you see. Let praise continue to remind you that you’re in covenant with a mighty God!

He is still with You. Your praise to God will show Him you are still before Him in faith, trusting Him. Whatever His will is, either way, praise Him because He knows what’s best for you. Before He even does it, before He even blesses you, praising Him will keep you preparing for it. It will keep you expecting it. It will keep you enjoying life. Praise Him now.

Prayer: Father, I won’t wait to praise You. I’ll praise You now. I thank you Jesus. Each day help me, on purpose, to praise You. I thank You for how You are going to use me. I praise You for changing this man’s life. I praise you for the many blessings in store. Before I even receive it, I see it by what You’ve spoken to me and I won’t wait to praise You. Hallelujah! In Jesus mighty name, Amen!

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