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Daily Devotional – “Did You Know That Waiting On The Lord Really Reveals What’s In Your Heart?”

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Saul was the king over the nation Israel. Their enemy, the Philistines, greatly outnumbered them, like the sand on the sea shore, with greater chariots and a multitude of horsemen. When the people of Israel saw the strength of their enemy, great fear began to overtake them and many fled, leaving him exposed with only 600 men.

God had told The Prophet Samuel to inform King Saul to go wait inside the temple for 7 days, and then upon his arrival, he would offer a special sacrifice unto The Lord, which would give Israel God’s grace, favor and strength to subdue the enemy and win the battle. But late upon the 7th day, Samuel hadn’t yet arrived and Saul grew tired of waiting because the people of Israel were fearful, complaining and even spoke of desertion. He believed that a few more hours of delay might prove fatal to his plans, so he decided to act without the counsel and the assistance of God by taking disobedient measures.

So, King Saul intruded into the priestly office and performed activities only meant for a prophet and offered a burnt offering unto The Lord. And as soon as Saul had broken God’s commandment, The Prophet Samuel came, rebuking him.

1st Samuel 13: 11-12 NASB says, “But Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “Becau I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the appointed days, and that the Philistines were assembling at Michmash, therefore I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not asked the favor of the LORD.’ So I forced myself and offered the burnt offering.”

Many of our problems are gradual or progressive in nature. They didn’t just appear or happen overnight but took time developing and growing. Why then do we expect an immediate resolve, solution or a quick fix?

While none of us like waiting, its God’s method of teaching us endurance, building character, giving us new wisdom and insight, and causing us to mature in faith. Waiting is the complete opposite of taking matters into your very own hands. You must learn to make God’s Word your priority in life if you want to experience His mighty and gracious hand moving in your affairs. And we can get into deep trouble when we don’t train ourselves to wait on The Lord.

Though his excuse seemed sufficient in his judgment, yet because Saul did not obey the word of God and wait for Samuel, his disobedience eventually led to his destruction. Saul’s character was being tested and regardless of his motives, he should’ve remembered, honored and stood on God’s Word and not have taken steps on his own.

So, don’t jump to conclusions and rush ahead of The Lord. Don’t bow to the pressures all around you and force doors to try to open yourself. Listen to The Holy Spirit of God and allow Christ to lead you. Stay connected with God, recognize His Will, rest in The Lord and faithfully stand on His promises as you’re waiting on Him.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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Daily Devotional – “Are You Trusting The Lord Or Taking Matters Into Your On Hands?”

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Do you really believe that God can handle your situation? Then why do so many people try to develop and activate a “back up plan?” Why are you always trying to figure things out instead of listening to Him guide and direct you? Why do some try to manipulate, intervene, or help out after declaring that they’ve taken all of their burdens to The Lord?   Are they not leaving them there for God?

On the night of His arrest, Jesus told his disciples that he would be betrayed, arrested and killed. But He also told them about His Resurrection, the coming of The Holy Spirit, the new intimacy they would have with God and His Second Coming.

Jesus had just spent a brief time in agonizing prayer, when soldiers led by Judas came to arrest Him in the Garden of Gethsemane. Just as they advanced to seize and apprehend Christ, Peter purposely thought that he had to somehow defend his Lord to prevent His arrest.

In John 18:10 -11 NIV says, “Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.).  Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”

Why did Peter draw his sword in the first place? After hearing The Lord’s words, why was he trying to activate “plan B?” Didn’t Peter realize that by trying to defend or trying to rescue Jesus was to prevent the perfect will of God from occurring and keep salvation from being made available to the world? Had he not heard all of the promises and benefits that Jesus stated would happen through His death and resurrection?

The injured servant’s name was Malchus. His name is not mentioned by any of the other gospel writers, nor did they reveal who was the disciple that delivered the blow by swinging the sword. Only John provided us with the full account.

Now regardless, whether Peter was just not good at handling the sword or whether God turned Peter’s aim aside and only permitted the ear to be taken off in order to present this opportunity of giving them more proof of his Divinity in working an astonishing miracle on the occasion, we just don’t know.

But Jesus rebuked Peter’s rash, foolish, selfish, dangerous and unnecessary action and told him that if He wanted He could have summoned His Father to send more than 12 legions of angels to protect and deliver Him. Peter’s bold imprudent action also had placed all the lives of the remaining disciples at risk, had not Christ immediately intervened by touching and healing the servant’s severed ear.

Yes, even though they came to destroy His life, Jesus Christ came to save the lives of all sinners that would call upon Him. And then make the continual difference by orchestrating in the affairs and lives of all believers.

So, can you name a time that The Lord IS NOT completely worthy of your confidence or trust? You are exhorted and encouraged to trust in or rely on Him AT ALL TIMES and not try to handle matters on you own. Are you standing on God’s Infallible Word or are you busy trying to create your own back plan known as “plan B?”

In times of adversity, he can cause you to prosper. In times of affliction, He’s promised never to leave you or forsake you. In times of temptation, you’ll find that His Grace is sufficient for you. In times of darkness, He will be your Light and guide you through your wilderness season. In times of danger, He’s able to protect us. In times of need, He’s promised to supply us and make ways out of no ways. In times of doubt or uncertainty, He’s able to birth hope in your heart and give you peace of mind and bring you through the most difficult situations.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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Daily Devotional – “Does God Save Good People Or Bad People?”

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Ordained a Presbyterian minister on July 1, 1824, Charles Finney appeared in a number of churches and other buildings to lead revivals over the next few decades throughout New York and Pennsylvania.

Preaching three times on Sundays and three more times during the week throughout the “red light district” areas in these states, great revivals broke out as Finney taught that the atoning blood of Jesus Christ was all that was needed to open up the way for God to pardon people of their sin and only by repentance and the acceptance of Christ in one’s soul could one be saved from damnation and Hell’s fires and be assured of a place in Heaven.

A great decrease of the criminal activity in these areas was solely attributed to his gospel preaching and leading of thousands of sinners to Christ.

On one particular occasion, as Finney was about to enter the church he was to preach at, a man approached him and asked if he could privately speak with him after the service. Finney said yes and after entering the building, a deacon pulled him quickly to the side and said, “Do you know who that man is?” Finney said no. The deacon said, “Don’t have anything to do with him. It’s rumored that he’s the one responsible for all the gambling, drugs, prostitution and murders in this city. He’s a really bad man! Don’t have anything to do with him!”

Finney said that he had given his word to meet him after the service and must keep his word to see what he wanted, and entered the church.

After the service, that man was waiting for Finney on the doorsteps of the building. Finney greeted him and the man said, “I would like to speak privately with you. Can you come to my office?” Finney said yes and began following him.

They walked a couple of blocks, then suddenly turned down a dark alley, before coming to a door that led downwards into a small room in the cellar. In the room were just an old desk and one chair.

As the man sat down, looking up at Finney he said, “Do you know who I am?” And Finney responded, “Yes.”   Then, the man slowly reached into his desk drawer and pulled out a gun and laid it on top of the desk and said, “I’d like to ask you a question.”

He proceeded, “It has been said that I’m the one responsible for all the gambling, drugs, prostitution and crime in this city. Can God forgive a man for having done all of these things?” Finney replied, “In First John 1:9 it says, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

The man just nodded, then said, “There are several families that have been ruined because I’ve had their husbands or fathers murdered. Can God forgive a man for having done all of these things?” Finney again responded, “In First John 1:9 it says, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Again, the man just slightly nodded his head.

Then the man said, “I’m married and have a little daughter that I rarely see because I’ve been with several other women. Can God forgive a man for all of this?” Once again Finney declared, “In First John 1:9 it says, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Finally the man just looking up from his desk at Finney in the dimly lite room said, “You can now go.” And without another spoken word from either, Finney departed.

After sunrise the next morning, the man went home. Upon hearing the front door unlock, the man’s wife quickly told her daughter that “Your daddy’s home but whatever you do, stay out of his way.” The man entered his home, upon smelling the scent of the breakfast, he entered into the kitchen where they were nervously standing. He walked over to his little daughter and picked her up and held her for the first time in his arms and kissed her cheek and told her how much he loved her. Then he proceeded to embrace his wife and after kissing her, he asked her forgiveness for all that he’d ever done to her and announced that their lives would never be the same again because of Christ.

You don’t get to Heaven by being “good” or go to Hell for being “bad.” The Bible says we’re ALL born in sin or all bad, and we’ve ALL fallen short of the Glory of God and in need of a savior. God therefore saves those who believe in His Son, that He died on the cross for them and washed their sins away. Then God not only forgives our sin, but also purifies our heart.

The Eternal Son put on flesh and blood and died to wash us from our sins in his own atoning blood that we may have a new relationship and intimate fellowship with Christ and be destined for Heaven.

God Himself has provided the sufficient and effectual Sacrifice for sin that is needed throughout all the generations of mankind, without which a person is lost forever.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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Daily Devotional – “Did You Know That You Cannot Run With The Turkeys If You Want To Soar With The Eagles?”

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Have you ever heard it said that, “Birds of a feather, flock together?” That’s just a parabolic way of stating that the people and the things you associate with are either adding to your life or taking away from it because it’s impossible not to imitate those that are influencing you from becoming just like them.

 Achieving or wining is a continuing lifestyle that’s filled with good choices and discipline. So, if you’re unhappy with your lifestyle and you really want to change the direction of where you’re going, one of the first steps is to carefully consider who you’re “hanging around with” or what you’re allowing into your spirit.

The people that you’re associating with the most are the ones that are “speaking into your life” either by what they say or by what they do to influence you. They are either using you as a “dumping ground” for their negative and pessimistic comments, their critical and discouraging ways, their counteractive and ineffective ideas and their corrupt and deprave manners……

Or they’re “impacting your life, family, finances and your future” through their constructive, spiritual, optimistic, positive, desirable, upbeat, faith-filled, acceptable and edifying ways, ideas, instructions, advice, assistance, guidance, wisdom and manners. Good role models are those people that refuse to accept their current conditions when they knew they were created for so much more.

God says in Proverbs 13:20 NIV, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” Isn’t it interesting THAT IT’S NOT GOD who will bring down the harm or destruction into your life, NO it’s following the advice, instructions, ways, influence, input and companionship of the foolish and unwise people. It will bring untold misery, depression and destruction upon your own head during this lifetime as well as for eternity.

Not only does it apply towards those you’re associated or involved with but it also pertains to the type of television, radio, internet programing that you watch or listen to. The movies you see, the books, newspapers, magazines and other literature you read will also have a great impact on your life.

But God is now saying that “You Have A Choice Or The Decision Is Yours.” So, choose carefully whose advice you’ll follow and what you’ll be influenced by. If a person gets out of prison, only to go back to his or her old environment, he has set himself up for re-incarceration. You must escape the environment in order to have a brand new beginning or fresh start. You can overcome anything if you’re first willing to be transformed. Learn to regulate and control your conduct and behavior by rising up, trusting The Lord and reaching higher.

So select your friends and associates carefully and be led by The Holy Spirit. Take on the mind-set of champions, the attitude of those who’ve achieved in the field that you’re interested in and learn from their wisdom and commitment to excellence. Develop the lifestyle of a winner simply by associating with those who are what you want to become. Learn from their character and re-shape your habits in order to become a high achiever and a good role model yourself.

Become a leader. Make prayerful and wise personal, career, family and financial decisions. Remember, IT’S YOUR LIFE, and it’s just too precious to waste.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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Daily Devotional – “Did You Know That God Wants You To Believe Him More Than Anything Else?”

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Have you ever felt as if it was just too late for anything to be done about your situation? Has things gotten so bad that you now feel that everything’s hopeless?

Learning how to trust The Lord during trying times never comes easy. But, we should always remember that Our Lord wants you to realize that your life, your welfare, and your best interests are always on His Mind.

The Bible has countless stories of God entering into “seemingly impossible or hopeless situations” and intervening in the lives of individuals, groups, communities or nations. Whether outnumbered by surrounding enemies, facing times of famine, lack or drought, experiencing sickness and even death, or in just not knowing which way to go, God always desires to work in the lives of those that will look to Him.

But, you have to decide if these Bible stories or events are just archaic cute children’s fairy tales or if it’s indeed The Living Word of God and if it’s still relevant and authoritative today.

The faithfulness of God has stood the test for countless centuries just like it does yet on today. And another great example of this can be found within the verses of John chapter 11. Jesus had heard from Mary and Martha that His dear friend Lazarus was very sick.   Upon His arrival to the city of Bethany, He was tearfully informed that Lazarus had now been dead and buried for 4 days and if He would’ve been there then Lazarus would not have died.

They knew of His love for their family, they knew of His power over all of nature’s conditions, and they also knew of His authority over sickness, infirmities, and even demon possession. So, their question upon His arrival was literally this, “Lord where were you when we needed you most?”

In John 11:25-26 NIV Jesus said, “”I Am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

To raise her hope and birth faith, Jesus spoke these words to teach her that He was not just a mere man but the very Author of Life.

The words “I AM” are very significant here. Martha had stated the resurrection as a doctrine which she believed would take place at the end of time. Jesus stated it as a fact, identified with His own person. Notice He does not say, I raise the dead and I will perform the resurrection, but He declared, “I AM” the resurrection and the life. And in doing so, Christ is still informing all believers that “HE IS” our solution, cure, remedy and answer to all the problems that we face.

In Him is lodged everything that is essential to life. Never before has words so strong and piercing been uttered from the lips of a sane individual. Not only does it reveal that “HE IS” the power which opens every grave, but in this life, as a person enters into His presence and stands on His word, that Jesus alone “IS LIFE” and “Will BE Life” in any of our dark, discouraged, defeated and seemingly dead situations.

He’s asking you the very same question that He asked Martha, “Do You Believe This?” If you do, then point the way to the dark, discouraging, defeated or seemingly dead area in or surrounding your life and allow HIM to mightily move in your affairs.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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Daily Devotional – “Are You Willing To Fight In Faith Or Settle For Something Less?”

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What would you say to a high school or college student that studies extremely hard, disciplines his time and behavior, but still finds it hard to achieve a passing grade?

We’ve all had to deal with circumstances that didn’t produce the hopeful results that we were looking for.   An employee, who worked very hard to get ahead in his career, is un-expectantly handed a pink slip layoff notice and now must face unemployment during the recession.   A mother proudly delivers a beautiful bouncing baby boy, only 16 years later, has to struggle to get him off drugs and has to bail him out of jail.

Many of our attempts to be successful can be met with situations that will try to beat you up and take you down no matter how courageous you might be. Are you facing any difficulties like this? Then, are you trying to win in faith or are you merely trying to endure and hope for just something to happen?

In Mark 5: 24-34, we are given the brief but wonderful story of the woman who had been hemorrhaging from a chronic disorder for 12 years. She had suffered many different treatments at the hands of many different doctors but even continued to grow worse, yet after spending all of her money. But, then she heard about Jesus and allowed faith to arise in her heart to win against her battle with sickness.

Mark 5:27-28 says, “When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be made whole.” Jesus commended her for her faith and she was totally healed from her painful and lengthy condition.

Like the woman with the issue of blood, we must become relentless and tenacious in order to prevail over many of the adversities that we face.   At first her secret act of faith was only known to the Lord. But, finally it was revealed that she had the mind-set of a champion and refused to accept anything else outside of touching Jesus. Her faith became her strong assurance and confidence, which against all odds, drove her to press her way through the crowd, forward to extract what she needed from Christ.

We too can tap into Christ and harness and convert the storms of life into winds that will allow us to soar. Whenever you feel that you’re being pushed to the wall, then breakthrough that obstacle and enlarge that room.   Trust Christ to help you rise up and move beyond the limits of your past mistakes or wounded past and be transformed by faith in His Word.   

Recognize that your battle scars have now made you more tough and resourceful and go forward in the power of His Holy Spirit.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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Daily Devotional – “How Can God Turn A Bad Situation Around?”

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Left for dead by his brothers, then sold into slavery, then falsely accused of rape by his boss’s wife, imprisoned for something that he didn’t do, Joseph still never gave up on God and his dream.

Why did he refuse to succumb to his circumstances? How was he able to keep clinging on to the promises of God throughout his various ordeals?   What kept him from becoming possessed with rage, anger and blame?

During these times of corporate down-sizing, foreclosure, bankruptcy, divorce, and mental anguish, many are asking “Why does life seem more difficult for some while others seem to escape unaffected?”

Many times throughout my earlier personal life and parade of suffering, I have remembered the story of Joseph as recorded in Genesis chapters 37-50. And his word from Genesis 50:20, “But as for you, you meant evil against me. But God meant it for good in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”

As I remembered his ascent from prisoner to prime minister or his elevation from the pit to the palace, I had to come to the realization that God is NO respecter of persons. And that The Lord would always move in the life of any individual no matter of his surrounding enemies, persecutors, painful conditions or negative situations, as that person would continually look to Christ in faith.

With relentless tenacity, Joseph chose to believe God under the most horrific circumstances and on a continual or constant basis. Somehow we too must believe that when things seem hopeless, THERE’S ALWAYS GRACE. And just like Joseph, I chose to believe God’s Word and stand against the odds of surrender and defeat.

Just going to church on Sundays, is not the answer. You’re going to need a daily dosage of God’s Word, intimate time in prayer and fellowship with Him, listening to some inspiration gospel music and good bible teaching lessons, and then STAND and persevere through your wilderness conditions.

Now, as I look back, I never saw any angelic being appear to me or I never heard any special heavenly musical sound. I just stood homeless and broke on the street corner and looked up into the face of God and asked Him, “Can you still take a man from the pit to the palace just like you did Joseph?” “If you can, then prove it to me because I’m not going to let go of your word.”

After I expressed or voiced my outrage for my situation, I set down and wrote out my prayer or confession. These are the words that I wrote and daily confessed that I believed: “Heavenly Father, I come to you today in the name of Jesus Christ. And I fully believe that I am saved, delivered from, healed, protected from and provided for by you throughout every adverse circumstance, negative situation, painful condition, satanic entrapment and demonic activity. As I stand on your Holy Word, guide me by your Holy Spirit and I thank you for moving mightily in and through my life, in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ.”

Over a period of time, God miraculously took me from being homeless and unemployed into being an employee, then a supervisor of a major corporation, then the second manager in charge of another major larger company. Through trusting Christ, just like Joseph, Christ took me from “the pit to the palace to the right hand of the pharaoh in charge.” And now, God has given me the wonderful opportunity to preach Christ and encourage people all over the world to look to Jesus.

So, it doesn’t matter how old you are, what you’re going through, how many battles you feel like you’ve lost or even where you are today. You too can change the outcome of your life if you will refuse to give up and every day keep His Word and promises before your face. His Word must become more real that the physical hardships or dire circumstances that you see. There’s no magic pill to swallow or no magic wand to wave. It’s going to take you giving yourself fully over to the life-changing, invisible yet almighty, powerful, loving and compassionate hand of God.

And He Will Be the difference in your life….

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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Daily Devotional – “How Can I Rebound From Defeat Or Start Over After Disappointments?”

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   My daughter was a professional basketball player for many years but one of the greatest insights that I’ve  ever received from the Lord came at the end of one of her high school freshman games.

   It had been a very tight and hard played game. The score was tied and with less than 30 seconds remaining, our team had the ball running down the court as the ball was quickly passed to her. She quickly took aim, then the ball took its flight but the basket was missed. Then, after much scrambling, somehow the ball found its way right back into my daughter’s hands.

Suddenly, with only a couple of seconds remaining, again she took aim. But this time there appeared to be a difference. Having had the bad experience of previously missing, her aim was now more carefully and skillfully planned. She was better positioned, there was a new sparkle in her eye and a new smile on her face, she knew the score, and she was more confident as she aimed. Then, just as the ball left her hands, the buzzer sounded and a great hush fell over the crowd as all eyes were on the ball. Suddenly, there was the sound of the ball snapping into the basket and the crowd going wild as our team began to celebrate their victory.

Just then, as people were celebrating everywhere, The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart revealing what it takes to “rebound from defeat.”

Have you ever missed the mark? Have you ever tried and failed? Have you ever experienced any type of set-backs? Have you ever made any serious mistakes that you thought you’d never recover from? Do you feel confused, fractured or wounded? Have your ambitions been crushed? Do you want to be made whole?

The Holy Spirit spoke the words from Psalms 34:19 which says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

You can learn to leave your wounded past behind. You can start over after disappointments. If your dreams have been shattered, you can re-discover how to re-focus on your vision. God can bring great blessing through times of great failure, tragedy and even discouragement. You can recover loss dreams and rediscover your cutting edge.

So, open your heart to the healing touch of Jesus Christ today. Take another look at the promises of God and re-discover His Grace and renewed hope through Jesus Christ. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to minister to your heart the words on today.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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Daily Devotional – “Have You Ever Felt As If God Has Forgotten You?”

Daily DevotionalAre you in a place where it seems as if God has forgotten all about you? Are you crying out, “Lord, are you there? Are you wondering what’s going on and if God really cares about your situation, struggle or the trouble that you’re dealing with?

Yes God cares and it’s always during those dark, difficult or trying times in our lives that God will show Himself to be all that you need and more as you turn to Him in your dismay.  It’s through those dry places in life that you’ll come to realize that God has been invisibly orchestrating in your affairs and working things out for your benefit and His glory.

In Genesis 8:1 it says, “And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that were with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided;”

Noah, who having heard nothing from God for five months, and having been in the ark longer than he originally expected, might have begun to think that he had been forgotten by God.

But, when it says that “God remembered Noah” it wasn’t because God had forgotten all about him and all the animals aboard the Ark.  No, God always honors His covenant and word to man but it meant that God is now taking steps to deliver him from the waters through certain divine measures.  God sent an electrifying wind to promote evaporation and aid in the retreat of the waters and was preparing to bring them all to a safe place for landing and a new beginning.

In Ephesians 3:20 The Bible says that “GOD is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.”   HE IS ALWAYS ABLE.   And we must walk by faith, believing that He will do all that He said He would do.   God will not abandon you, and you must not abandon him, but remain steadfast to His Word.   He will never leave you or forsake you and is always there for you.  God will even show up with might, power and grace which will surprise you in ways that you never could’ve even imagined.

Hannah wanted a child. She wept greatly and was in anguish over the fact that she could not get pregnant. But she continued to ask God in faith for her need to be met.  And Samuel finally was born.

Joseph did not see his life changing after he had been sold into slavery by his jealous brothers.  But he continued to pursue the faith he had known as a child; he continued to keep a positive attitude and trust God through his circumstances. And God mightily took him from the pit to the palace.

Ruth had lost her husband.  She did not know what to do in the natural, but trusted the God of her mother-in-law that He would be faithful and take care of them.  And she was obedient to honor Naomi and go with her, believing in the promises of God to take care of her. Ruth was finally blessed with a wealthy and loving husband and became an heir in the very lineage of Christ because of her faithfulness.

Daniel was going to be thrown in the lion’s den for his faith. But he chose to continue worshipping God in spite of the edict that he would be killed when he prayed to God and not the king. He persisted by faith, knowing that God would make a way.  And God miraculously closed the mouths of the lions and brought great victory to Daniel.

The truth is that trials will come, and life will not always be easy. You will experience or encounter times when it will appear as if your faith is being tested. But through it all, God is faithful. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

No my friends, God has forgotten you, for the only thing that He’s promised to ever forget is our confessed and repented sins.   Therefore, keep walking and standing on God’s promises to deliver you.

Trials are going to come and go, but always allow them to help you grow and enjoy the grace of God.  In everything give thanks, so don’t just praise him when you see the victory coming, learn to praise him beforehand and rejoice that there’s “Nothing’s Impossible For God!”

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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Daily Devotional – “Did You Know That Your Darkest Hour Can Become A Place Of New Revelation?”

Daily Devotional
Did you know that God can turn any bad day or low point in your life to a mountain peak experience with Him?  An angry mob demanded her death but the power of God broke through and brought deliverance to her. Then her darkest hour became her brightest day.

In chapter eight of John’s Gospel, we read the story of the woman who was caught in adultery. In John 8: 10-11 NIV is says, “Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Jesus reached out to her at the lowest point in her life and when nobody else cared, HE DID. And Christ took her from disgrace and dishonor to faith in God.

Be it out of envy, jealousy, ignorance or hatred, our world is full of accusers, evil spirits, negative people, and others that always want to point their fingers and blame you. But this Bible story should begin to persuade you that your lowest point or worst day IS NOT your end, IT’S A NEW BEGINNING. It’s then you should realize that you’re NOT a loser, but a learner as you come to understand that a greater work is being done in you than around you by God.

Up to this time, prostitution, fornication and adultery was more than a singular event, it was her lifestyle. Caught in the very act, she was separated from her money, her client or lover and her clothes, as she stood embarrassed, exposed, scared and all alone when she was dragged into the street after providing her sexual service.

Various accusations were being screamed, with many demanding her conviction and death as they threw her at the very feet of Jesus.

While many other crimes merited a far more severe punishment than hers, the Pharisees only brought her to Jesus to entrap Him in preaching against the Law of Moses. But he stooped down as to write on the ground, not to become distracted by the devil but to allow The Holy Spirit to bring conviction through His Words.

He then stood and said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” And He stooped back down and wrote on the ground. He knew that realistically, He was the only one there that qualified to stone her but instead of harsh judgment and punishment He offered forgiveness, mercy and grace.

Christ came to bring sinners to repentance; not to destroy, but to save. He aimed to bring, not only the accused to repentance, by showing her his mercy, but the prosecutors also, by showing them their sins. While they thought to entrap him, he sought to convict and convert them through His Words.

Convicted, when the crowd left, Jesus arose and asked, “Woman, where are thy accusers?” Naturally speaking, it seemed as if He was referring to the members of the crowd, the Scribes and the Pharisees. But this was also a reference to the broken power, the dismissed influence and the destroyed control that the devil had over her.

Once stricken with panic and fear, the woman now stood in peace, alone before The Prince Of Peace. Free, liberated, delivered, healed and changed, she now had a new way of walking and talking and to live a new lifestyle. After receiving her new instructions from Christ, to “Go and sin no more,” she headed off in a new direction.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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