DAILY DEVOTIONS PG:2
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The Athens Christian Monday, September 18, 2017 Ephesians 2:12 says, “Once you were … without God in the world.” The Scripture is saying that the Gentiles were going through their lives as if He didn’t really exist. The Greek word for without God is atheos, from which we get the word atheist.You might think an atheist is someone who denies God, but the root of the word really denotes someone who’s without God. If you’re not careful, you could end up being a Christian atheist- a Christian who lives as if God doesn’t exist. Much of modern Christianity, many churches, and ministers exist not for God, but to keep existing – serving the house of the Lord, not the Lord of the house. They wouldn’t run well without computers, phones, consultants, databases, or their business practices, but they’ll run smoothly atheos/without God. Beware that you don’t end up the same way, running activities in your life quite smoothly without God. Get back on your knees, because atheist really means without God, and without God nothing else matters.
From Message #295 – Strangers To The Commonwealth
Scripture: Ps. 37:34
TODAY’S MISSION – Acknowledge your need for the Lord in everything you do today. Live in the very present reality of God.
Giving To Your Creditor Friday, September 15, 2017 The inventor, A. A. Hyde, found himself deeply in debt. Believing that because of his debt, any money he had belonged to his creditors, he didn’t tithe. One day, he was impressed with the thought that God was his first creditor and everything he had, had been borrowed from God in the first place. He began tithing in his debt, and as he did, the Lord caused him to become debt-free and greatly blessed him so that he could bless others. You, too, may be dealing with a lot of needs, lack, and want. You may not think you have much to give. It doesn’t matter. The Lord praised the tithing of the widow, because she gave out of her poverty. Poverty could be very affluent if you give out of it. Don’t ever think you have too little to give. If you have too little, you have too little not to give. Give to God out of your prosperity or your poverty. Give and it shall be given to you . In God’s eyes, giving is never limited by the size of your resources, only the size of your heart.
From Message #1148 – The Holy Debt
Scripture: Matt. 25:37-40
TODAY’S MISSION – Give to the Lord today out of your much or your little. Bless Him in every way you can.
The Masks Of God Thursday, September 14, 2017 There are times the Lord appeared to His people in disguise: walking on water and they thought Him a ghost, to Mary/Miriam looking something like the gardener, to the disciples as a stranger on the road to Emmaus. So, too, the Lord often appears to your life in disguise, and just as His own disciples didn’t recognize Him, chances are you’ve missed Him. He may speak to you disguised as the radio teacher, the pastor, a friend, your conscience, or even as an unbeliever. The Lord may touch you through your boss, your parent, as sunlight on a beautiful day, or as a smile from a stranger. It’s the Lord in disguise. He might save your life through the correction of a friend, through the hurt of the enemy, or even through what looks like a tragedy at the time. If you belong to Him, the Lord says to you, “I am with you always even to the end of the age.” If you don’t always see H im or feel Him, it doesn’t mean He’s not there. It means He’s there right by your side in disguise.
From Message #253 – Recognizing Him
Scripture: Is. 41:10
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, seek to identify all the appearances of the Lord in your life, in people, circumstances, guidance, provision, and blessings.
Talking To The Saints Wednesday, September 13, 2017 There are some denominations that believe in the veneration of saints. They build statues to honor them and pray to them- Saint Joseph, Saint Jude, etc. Is it biblical to venerate saints? Yes, as long as it’s the right saints and the right venerating – as in giving honor. Scripture teaches that everyone who’s born of the Spirit is a saint – thus we must believe in all of them. It’s saints who greet you at Worship Service, who teach the word, who sit next to you in the service. We’re to honor the saints around us, never to worship or pray to them, but to revere and bless them. The saints who are already in heaven don’t need your reverence, but the saint who sits next to you, your brother and sister in the Lord, could use real love, respect, honor, and encouragement. It’s okay to ask a saint to pray for you as long as the saint is alive. It’s even nicer to pray for a sain t, because the saints can use your prayers. Love a saint today, because saints are biblical and so is their veneration and blessing. rnFrom Message #752 – To Become a Saint
From Message #752 – To Become a Saint
Scripture: Eph. 6:18
TODAY’S MISSION – Take every opportunity the Lord gives you today, to honor and encourage the saints around you.
Rabbi Paul And Your Commentary Tuesday, September 12, 2017 The Talmud and the Targums are Judaism’s writings on the Bible and commentary on the commentaries of the Bible. When you read the writings of Paul, it’s clear that he was a rabbi schooled in the Writings of the Rabbis. His writings are every bit as rabbinical in style and approach as that of the Talmud and the Targums of Judaism – except that he has the answer, the truth of Messiah, and the Spirit of God. God prepared him all his years before Messiah – to become an expert in commenting on Scriptures and bringing out their deeper meanings so that you could be blessed with the epistles. So, too, God has given you His Word and salvation and He wants you to comment on it, discuss it, share it, proclaim it, rejoice in it, and contemplate it. He’s given you His Word. Your life is to be the commentary on His Word. Let everything in your life, word, and deed be a commentary on G od’s love and salvation.God gave you the Bible. Let your life now become its living, continuous, and never-ending commentary.
From Message #163 – The Five Gospels
Scripture: 1 Tim. 4:15-16
TODAY’S MISSION – Make everything you do today a commentary on the truth, love, and salvation of Messiah.
The Thomas Touch Monday, September 11, 2017
Upon hearing the reports of the Resurrection, Thomas said, “Unless I see the nail prints in His hands, put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand in His side, I will not believe.” Eight days later Messiah appeared and said to him, “Put your finger here, see My hands, reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas responded, “My Lord and my God.” It’s literally a touching scene, and touching is the key. When Thomas touched the Lord, he stopped doubting. We need to do the same. Messiah doesn’t say, “hide or repress your doubts,” or “shame on you for having them.” He says, “Bring your doubts to me. Don’t let them separate you from Me. Touch Me and let Me touch your doubts and make them disappear.” Do you have doubts? Learn from doubting Thomas. Really, it’s unfair to call him doubting because he ended up very much believing. He appr oached the Lord with his doubts and touched Him. You do the same. Touch the Lord with your doubt and He’ll touch you with faith.
From Message #192 – Touching God
Scripture: Is. 26:4
TODAY’S MISSION – Bring any doubts you may have to Messiah today. Bring everything to Him, even the most ungodly parts of your life and touch Him with it.
The Light Of The Virgins Thursday, September 7, 2017
Messiah’s parable of the ten virgins was based on the ancient Hebrew wedding. The maidens would wait with the bride, not knowing exactly when the groom would come. They had to keep their lamps oiled because it often happened at night. This parable is linked to the end-times, and we’re near the coming of Messiah. Five virgins didn’t keep themselves ready, and at the time of His coming had lost their light. We have to be like the faithful virgins. In the end-times, it’s especially crucial for believers to keep that light of faith strong, because for many it goes out. It’s easy to let your love of God get snuffed out by the world, relationships, distractions, money, materialism, or selfish ambition. Even busyness in ministry can snuff out the light simply by not refilling it. You’re an end-time believer, and you have to be wise. Stop getting distracted. Refill your oil i n prayer, in the Word, in doing His true will, in rejoicing in Him, and just being in His presence. Refill your lamp every day, and your light will shine bright through the end-times.
From Message #995 – Lights of the End-Times
Scripture: Matt. 6:22
TODAY’S MISSION – Refill your lamp today in prayer, in the word, and by rejoicing in His presence.
Your Storm Brother Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” A brother is born for hard times, not just for the good times. In the good times, having a brother is good, but a true brother is born in the times of hardship, to stand with you when no one else will. That’s the most important time for being a brother. If you’re born again, you’re the brother of Messiah. You’re born for times of adversity, to show yourself true not just when everything seems fine, but also in times of testing. You’re born not to abandon, forsake, or deny Him, but to stand with Him all the more in adversity, trouble, and persecution. When times are tough in your life, that’s when you should show your true devotion to Him in your brotherhood. When you go through a trial, don’t despair. Praise and bless Him all the more; He’s your brother and you’re His. You’ll be bl essed because you were born as His brother. A brother is born for adversity and He will stand in your adversity just as well.
From Message #997 – The Storm Brother
Scripture: 2 Sam. 22:26-27
TODAY’S MISSION – Express your true devotion to God today by praising Him through whatever situations you go throu
Inside The Name Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run into it and are safe.” If you are named among the righteous, you need to run into the name of the Lord. The name of the Lord is not just a group of letters or sounds. It’s His authority, His identity, it’s Him. To run into the name of the Lord means to get yourself inside Him, inside His identity- your name inside His name, your weaknesses inside His strength, your unrighteousness inside His righteousness, and your sins inside His holiness. Get inside Him. Salvation is getting your identity in God’s identity, getting your life inside His life so you are in Him. It’s no longer I that live, but Him. When you run into a tower, you disappear. If you want to be safe, disappear in Him. Get covered. Get your life, heart, emotions, sins, fears, ego, ambition— everything— inside the name, identity, authority, and will of God. Because the name of the Lord is a strong tower, and if you run into it, you will be safe.
From Message #986 – Inside the Tower
Scripture: Ps. 16:1
TODAY’S MISSION – Run into the Lord today and let Him encompass you with His strength.
The Boa’s Strategy Monday, September 4, 2017
Boa constrictors can crawl 85 meters through a forest to enter the hole of a large mammal, coil there, and wait for the bait for days. The enemy is a serpent and uses the same strategy; he seeks to find an opening in your life, an unprotected open area, a foothold, a position to strike at you. If you know that the serpent is waiting to strike, the wise thing to do is identify that opening in your life. It can be an ungodly attitude, a habit, an ungodly incident, or something in your past— a hurt, a wound, unforgiveness, bitterness, a connection to the occult. Even pride, jealousy, insecurity, rejection, idolatry, lust, or a lack of trusting God can be openings. It could be any entrance at all, such as gossip, that television show, that magazine, the internet, that association, that place you go to that gives the enemy a foothold. He’s waiting to strike you. Be wise and s eal up that hole in your life once and for all. The enemy is a serpent who needs only an opening. Don’t give him room anymore; close the door.
From Message #987 – The Serpentine Strategies
TODAY’S MISSION – Today focus on sealing up any openings, gaps, weaknesses, sins, and danger areas to close the door to the enemy.
THE PARADIGM Friday, September 1, 2017
Shalom to you, my Friend and Co-Minister in the Great Commission…rnrnThis month will be the release of The Paradigm. So I thought it’d be good to let my partners and co-ministers know in advance what it is and some things I would not share elsewhere.rnAs the year began, I had no idea I would be writing “The Paradigm.” It only came to me after the year began. Most of it came to me in one month (as did The Harbiner). Things moved very quickly. I had about sixty days to write it and it would go to print about one month later, and be in the stores two months after that.rnSo The Paradigm will be coming out this September.rnThe Paradigm is definitely the most explosive book I’ve ever written – so much so that I’ve joked I might have to leave the country for a few years. Of the books I’ve written, The Paradigm is most similar to The Harbinger. It is an ancient biblical mystery t hat lies behind what is taking place in our day, even before ourrneyes.rnThe Paradigm is a master blueprint that not only reveals the big picture of what’s taking place before our eyes but even the details of the events of our day. Hard as it may be to believe, it even reveals specific peoplernof our day. This three thousand year old blueprint has determined the rise and fall of governments, even who will win elections and who will lose, more accurately than modern pollsters and analysts. It even reveals whenrnspecific occurrences must take place down to their exact years, months, and, in some cases, down to their exact days and dates – including the exact day of a presidential scandal, the time and manner of Osama bin Laden’srnassassination, and even the exact date of 9/11. It is so exact that one would have been able to pinpoint the day of the calamity years before September 11.rnIt goes right up to the present, to this last election, which it foreshadows, and beyond. It even give s revelation on what lies ahead of us, what the future holds. It brings forth a prophetic warning. And it reveals critical keys to know how to overcome and live victoriously in such a time as this.rnBecause it is so specific and touches the powers that be, I would ask you, my friends and partners, to please keep me, my family, and all else in prayer – and please pray that God would powerfully use The Paradigm forrnHis purposes. (It will be released on September 19 and available everywhere – and even before that, by the time you read this, it should be available online.)rnIt ultimately shows, above all, that God truly is in control, over all things and through all things, even down to the most minute details – and in every moment of our lives.rnThis month dare to rise higher in the Lord and in His calling than you ever have before. And may God greatly bless you as you do!rnrnYour brother and co-laborerrnin His love and service,rnJonathan
See Message: Josiah’s Window
Scripture: Prov. 9:11
TODAY’S MISSION –
He Who Is Joy Thursday, August 31, 2017
God is the King of the universe and the Lord of all. You are part of the universe. Therefore the only way things can be right in your life is when you make Him who is the King of the universe, the king of your heart, and when you make Him who is the Lord of all, the Lord of your life. The Lord is also the Joy of all existence. The only way things can be truly right and blessed in your life is to make Him who is the Joy of all, the true joy of your life. You are to rejoice in the Lord always, because you’ve made Him the joy of your life. You are to delight yourself in Him, because you’ve made Him the delight of your heart. If you’ve made God the Lord of your heart, that’s great and essential. If you’ve made Him the Lord of your life, that’s just as important. But now do something even more: make Him who is the Joy and Delight of all creation, the joy and delight of your he art and your life will be blessed.
From Message #985 – Delight Yourself in the Lord
Scripture: Ps. 51:12
TODAY’S MISSION – Spend time delighting in the Lord today and allow His joy to fill you to overflowing.
The Blessing Of Anti-Semitism Wednesday, August 30, 2017
For two thousand years, the Jewish people have been hated, persecuted, oppressed, killed, and massacred. One of the greatest evils the world has ever known, Adolf Hitler, was devoted to the total destruction of the Jewish people. You might think that all the hatred and suffering goes against the Word of God, but the Bible foretold it and it does just the opposite. If you look at it objectively, you have to say that there’s something supernatural and unique about the Jewish people. What else explains why all the forces of hell are against them? The darkness is so great against them because they are greatly linked to the Light. The darkness doesn’t disprove the light, it proves it. They’ve survived because the Bible said they would. In your life, all the evil you’ve dealt with, sin, problems, adversity, attacks, and setbacks should not discourage you, but encourage you. If you’re following God, it’s a witness that He’s real, He loves you, and you’re called to overcome and fight the good fight.
From Message #967 – The Beast Of A Thousand Faces
Scripture: Ps. 139:5
TODAY’S MISSION – Whatever challenges you have today, know that God’s power is greater. You’re on the winning side – Fight your good fight!
Magnifying The Magnificent One Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The Koran contains a statement directed at believers in Yeshua (Jesus). It says, “Oh people of the scripture do not exaggerate in your religion, the Messiah, Jesus, Son of Mary”. It calls Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah, but doesn’t understand what the Messiah is. Don’t exaggerate the Messiah? How could you exaggerate the Messiah? He’s the One who reconciles man to God, becomes a light to the nations, brings peace- first spiritually and then physically to the world, makes the lion lie down with the calf, ushers in God’s Kingdom, and reigns upon the throne of David. Don’t exaggerate the One who saves us from hell and who redeems us for everlasting joy? Don’t exaggerate Him? How can you? If there is one thing you can’t exaggerate, it’s the Messiah. As people of the True Scriptures, followers of the Anointed One, Messiah Yeshua, don’t stop lifting up the Lord. You can’t sp eak enough about Him, praise Him enough, lift Him up, and rejoice enough in Him. Don’t worry about exaggerating the Messiah. You couldn’t if you wanted to, because He’s just too great. He’s the Messiah.
From Message #984 – The Secret of Islam
Scripture: Acts 4:20
TODAY’S MISSION – Magnify the Lord today in everything you say and do.
The Rabbis’ Savior Of The World Monday, August 28, 2017
Judaism says that Jewish people can’t believe in Yeshua/Jesus, because one man can’t die for the sins of others. But in ancient rabbinical writings is this amazing statement: “When God wants to bring healing to the world, He strikes a righteous man among them with disease and sufferings. Through Him, He gives healing to all. As it is written, He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, and by His stripes we are healed.” Even though most rabbis deny it, it says in Isaiah 53 that atonement comes through striking a righteous man. There’s only one, Yeshua/Jesus of Nazareth, who died for our sins that we would be healed. He was wounded and bruised for your sins. He gave His life for you, so give yourself to Him. He went through a lot for you and He counted it joy because it was for you. So count it joy when you’re going through trials for Him. He bl ed on an execution stake for the love of you. Live completely and entirely for Him, because even the rabbis agree— someone died for you. rn
From Message #983 – The Prince of Tears
Scripture: James 1:2
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, do everything, live every moment for the One who gave everything for you.rn
The Titanic And The Solid Rock Friday, August 25, 2017
The Titanic scraped along an iceberg and didn’t sink until hours later. In the beginning, everything was still level and the people continued their activities. They saw the iceberg through the windows, but didn’t think that there was real damage. They couldn’t see it, but the damage was real, and the water began flooding the chambers. It was mortally wounded. People continued to talk and play cards. The band continued to play as if everything was fine, but there was limited time left. That’s a picture of life. It appears solid, but it’s mortally wounded. Eventually it’s going down. If your well-being is based on anything in this life, your well-being is going to sink. Messiah spoke of a rich man who stored up his treasure, but then his life was required. He put all his treasures in a sinking ship. Beware of growing comfortable in a sinking ship. No matter how much it glit ters, it’s still sinking. Put your treasure where you can’t lose. Messiah is the rock; build your hope on Him, for all other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is the Titanic.
From Message #982 – The Floating Palace
Scripture: Lam. 3:24
TODAY’S MISSION – Is your well-being dependent on anything other than Him? Today place your hope, your well-being, and your peace on nothing less than Messiah, the solid Rock.
One Believer Under God Thursday, August 24, 2017
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declared the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ unconstitutional because of the words ‘under God’. God is being removed from American mainstream culture. But it’s not just about the word ‘God’, it’s about the word ‘under’. Without God, there is no under; the state becomes the final authority, man becomes the measure of all things, there’s nothing above him, and everybody becomes a god. What separates a true believer from false believers and non-believers is that they live under. They don’t just know about and praise God, they live under God by actually submitting their lives to Him. Are you truly living under God? When God’s will, plan, and desire isn’t yours, do you put your will, plan, and desire under God? The desire to remove the words ‘under God’ isn’t good, but the real point isn’t the words ‘under God’. It’s whether God’s people are living u nder God. If you want ‘under God’ to be in the pledge of allegiance, put ‘under God’ in your own pledge of allegiance to God. Live your life as a true believer, one believer under God.
From Message #981 – The City on the Hill
Scripture: 2 Cor. 5:5
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, truly submit your will to God and allow Him to direct your plans. Live truly as one believer under God!
The Simple Maxim Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Psalm 37:3 says, “Trust in the Lord and do good”. This perfectly sums up a great theological truth. Without faith, it’s impossible to please God. If you don’t believe, you can’t do good. If you do believe, you have to do good. Faith without works is dead. Works without faith are empty. Work out your salvation, because it’s God who’s at work with you. Trust, believe, and then act on your faith. Don’t try to do good without believing. Don’t believe and then not apply your faith into action. Let every work come from faith, and let your faith work. As the hymn says, “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey”. The key to abundant life is very simple. Believe His Word and then just do it, just truly believe. Then take that faith into your life, with real faith actions, and see what happens. Keep it simple. Trust in the Lord and do goo d. Even more simple: “Trust and obey. For there’s no other way to be happy in Yeshua/Jesus, but to trust and obey”.
From Message #980 – The Fruitful Bough
Scripture: Prov. 16:20
TODAY’S MISSION – Take a word from Scripture today. Believe it, and then act on it.
The Path Of The Magi Tuesday, August 22, 2017 The magi were priests of a pagan religion, yet they found Messiah because they were seeking Him.The Jewish leaders of that day, knew about God but didn’t find Him because they weren’t seeking Him, they were heading the wrong way. It’s not your position or your past that matters – it’s where you’re heading. A sinner who’s heading to God is better off than a saint who’s falling away. So where are you heading? Paul said, “I discipline my body[…] so that after I’ve preached to others I won’t be disqualified”. He also said, “Forgetting what lies behind, I press on”. He started out every day as if he were a new believer who had as much to know about the Lord then as at the beginning. Have the same attitude. Seek to know God, because we don’t even know the half of God. It’s not who you have been, or even where you are, it’s where your heart is heading. Don’t rest on your laur els. Seek God again as you did at first. It’s a good road, it’s the road of the Magi.
From Message #979 – Amazed in Cyprus
Scripture: Jer. 24:7
TODAY’S MISSION – Make it your aim today to seek God with all your heart and draw nearer to Him.
The Other Heaven Monday, August 21, 2017
The Hebrew word for heaven is Shamayim. The ‘im’ at the end makes it plural, so the word heaven means specifically two or more. Shamayim means not just heaven, it means heavens. We think of heaven as that which comes after this life is over; it’s not yet, but it will be. In one sense, yes. But that’s just one heaven, so there has to be another one. If one is then, then the other heaven is now. Heaven can’t just be a place you go to after this life, it’s got to be the place you live now. For a child of God, heaven is not just something that will happen in the future, it’s where we live now. We’ve been born from above. We’re already seated in the heavenlies. It’s not just getting into heaven, it’s about letting heaven get into you, into your life, because it’s not just heaven, it is Shamayim – heavens. Discover the secret of it and start dwelling in it right now. Don’t wait until you’re dead to start living it. Heaven is too important to not live in now.
From Message #978 – Shamayim: The Mystery of Heaven
Scripture: Eph. 2:6
TODAY’S MISSION – Learn the secret of dwelling in the heavenlies now, and live our life from heaven to earth.
Your Sacred Access Friday, August 18, 2017
In the Scriptures, those who minister to God are called Cohanim, meaning the priests. They were those in charge of God’s service and were given access to the Holy Place behind the veil. It’s no accident that the ministers of God were given access to His presence because those who minister to God have to dwell in His presence. The only good things we can do for God are the good things we receive from Him first. Those who do the will of God are given special access to the presence of God. As a servant of God, He’s opened for you the doors of His sanctuary, to meet you in the secret place. If you’re committed to doing His will, He will open the doors to show you His glory and fill you with His power so you can do His work. Because you are a spiritual Cohanim through Messiah, serve Him with all your heart. Come into the Holy Place daily where the glory, power, and presence of God are waiting just for you, His priest. Enter in behind the veil, for that is your privilege and your access.
From Message #975 – Sailing Away
Scripture: Ps. 132:9
TODAY’S MISSION – Enter into the holy place of His presence today and minister to Him in His presence, as His priest.
Barachat Avote Thursday, August 17, 2017
Scripture teaches us about the father’s blessing; Abraham blessing Isaac, Isaac blessing Jacob, and Jacob blessing his sons. In every generation, fathers are supposed to bless their children and children are supposed to receive the blessing. Adolf Hitler, who propelled the world into WWII and was responsible for the death of 6 million Jews and millions of others, was raised by a father who treated him harshly, with rage and beatings. Not that his father was responsible for what he did, but it’s noteworthy that he never received his father’s blessing. It’s really important to receive your father’s blessing. Maybe you never did and your life has been affected by it. The good news is, if you’re born again, you now have a Heavenly Father who’ll never refuse to give His blessing to you, the child He loves. As a beloved child of God, you can now receive your Father’s blessing. Receive it, because it’s time to live as a beloved child. All you need to do to live a blessed life is get blessed. So get your blessing, because your Father is waiting to give it.
From Message #977 – Your Father’s Blessing
Scripture: Prov. 10:22
TODAY’S MISSION – Receive the blessing from your Heavenly Father today and become the beloved.
The Promised Land In All Places Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Eretz is a Hebrew word used in scripture for the world or the land – specifically, the land of Israel – and the earth. In the Sermon on the Mount, Messiah was quoting Psalm 37:11: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”. Eretz can mean both promised land and the whole world. As a believer, wherever you are in the world, you’re meant to be dwelling in the promised land. Anywhere in the world/eretz, you can dwell in the eretz/promised land. Anywhere you live can become a promised land for you. Wherever you live, live as if you’re in a land of promises. That’s the way to dwell in His perfect will, His blessings, His promises, and His goodness. It doesn’t matter where you are, it’s Who you’re with that makes any place in the world the Promised Land. It’s great to make a pilgrimage to Israel, but it’s even better to dwell in the Promised Land no matter where you live. Learn to dwell there all the time, because as a child of God, you’re given the blessing of dwelling in the land of promises.
From Message #974 – Dwell
Scripture: 1 Kings 8:56
TODAY’S MISSION – Whatever you go today, live as if you’re
Seeing Things As They Are Not Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Much of world history happened because of revolutionaries making a difference. There’s a trait that revolutionaries share. They never accept things as they are, or the status quo as the final story. They see it as temporary, something that’s going to change. They see their defeats as temporary setbacks and their dreams as if they’re already the final reality. Most believers tend to just accept the world, situations, and people as they are, resigning themselves to the darkness. God called you to be a light to the world, to make a difference, to be a true revolutionary. In order to do that, you need to see things in a revolutionary way. As God’s revolutionary, you can’t accept the world, or the status quo, as the final story. Your situation is only temporary. Darkness and sin is not the final story. Your failures are no longer failures, they’re now only setbacks. There ar e no more real problems in God, only challenges. No more hopeless defeats, only victories and triumphs waiting to happen. Put on revolutionary eyes, because it’s time to change the world. It’s time to live like a revolutionary.
From Message #973 – Revolutionary
Scripture: Ps. 33:4
TODAY’S MISSION – Put on revolutionary eyes today. Don’t accept things as they seem, but as God has willed them to be – your circumstances, your life, and even yourself.
The Tarrying Factor Monday, August 14, 2017
Some people have formulas about how to receive the fullness and empowering of God’s Spirit, some have seminars on it. Messiah said, “Tarry in Jerusalem”. The word in Greek is kath-id’- zo. It means to stay, to continue. They had to continue in Jerusalem, in God’s will and presence. If they’d only stayed four days instead of ten, they’d have missed the blessing. If you want the fullness and power of His Spirit, you have to kath-id’ – zo. Stay, continue, and keep on in the will of God. Consistency in God is important. Many people give up before they get the blessing. The secret of receiving the blessing in God’s Spirit is linked to tarrying. They didn’t just go to Jerusalem and get the blessing, they had to stay there and persevere before they saw anything. The Spirit life is about continuing, abiding, perseverance, consistency, endurance, and continuing in His Word and wil l without giving up. Do you want to reap? Keep on keeping on, in the will and calling of God and He will come to you to fill your life with fullness and power from on high. You just continue.
From Message #972 – Welcoming the Spirit
Scripture: Luke 24:49
TODAY’S MISSION – Make it your aim to keep on in what is good. Don’t give up in the Lord, but press on no matter what.
The Mirrors Of God Friday, August 11, 2017
I knew two great saints of God, Sabina and Richard Wurmbrand, leaders of the underground church in Romania. In Sabina’s last days, she was in great pain. Feeling overwhelmed, she asked the Lord, “How long?” He reminded her of how, as a young woman, she’d taken some jewelry to be worked on. The jeweler put her jewelry over a flame.Panicking, she’d cried, “You’re going to destroy it!” He turned up the fire and said, “Trust me, I know what I’m doing. I have to keep it on the fire until I can see my reflection on the metal. Then it’s finished.” She heard the Lord say, “Don’t panic, trust Me. I Am the Master Jeweler. You must go through the fire for a moment and when I can see My face reflected in you, it will be finished.” Soon after that, she peacefully went home to be with the Lord. When you go through trials, don’t fear. God’s purpose isn’t to hurt you, but to change you i nto the image of Messiah. God wants to see His reflection in you because you’re His jewel and He’s your Master Jeweler.
From Message #970 – The Way of the Great
Scripture: Rom. 12:12
TODAY’S MISSION – Are you going through a trial today? Allow God to purify you so that He can see His reflection in you.
The Always Right Direction Thursday, August 10, 2017
What’s your direction? Do you have a direction or a goal? In any journey, it’s important to know your direction and stay on course. In life, sometimes we come up with our own directions— to school, our jobs, getting married, directions of self-improvement, or of making more money. What’s the direction the Bible says? It’s really simple— “make love your aim”. Love is to be your direction. When you have a direction, you aim everything there. Do you want to find God’s will for your life? It’s not necessarily what you might think it is, but pursuing His love is. Love the Lord with all of yourself, and your neighbor as yourself. You need to chart your course to one goal; the goal of love and that’s it. Heaven is a place of love, and you’re heading to heaven.rnSo go in the direction of love and aim away from that which isn’t love. Whatever it is, get away from it if it’s not lo ve. Set your compass and chart your journey to love. Don’t go north, south, east, or west. Simply go in love.
From Message #966 – The Heavenly Calling
Scripture: 1 John 4:9
TODAY’S MISSION – Make it your aim today to walk in love and away from whatever is not.
The Deadly Double Standard
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Proverbs 16:11 speaks about double standards. In many hospitals, there are two doors. One door is prenatal care, where everything is devoted to the carrying of unborn babies. The doctors are devoted to making sure the unborn baby’s needs are met. Through the other door, there are no doctors devoted to ensuring the unborn baby is healthy. Beyond this door, the baby is not safe. The doctors, rooms, and machines are wholly devoted to the killing of the baby— abortion. It could be the same baby, if a mother changes her mind. It all depends on which door the mother enters. Through one door, the baby is protected, through the other door, the same baby becomes the victim of a killing. How can that same baby’s life be priceless in one door and worthless in the other? When there are two sets of weights and values, you have a double standard. Do not get used to the double standard in regards to life. Uphold God’s standard. Be a person for righteousness and life. No matter what changes in society, you hold to what is true.
From Message #965 – The Weights of the Bag
Scripture: Lev. 19:36
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, hold to what is righteous and speak up for what is true.