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Daily Devotional – “How Can I Learn To Trust God When My World Is Being Turned Upside Down?”

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Psalms 46: 1-2 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be changed, and though the mountains slip into the midst of the sea.”

Then in Psalms 46:10 God says, “Be still and know that I AM God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

These passages of scripture should be able to give you unshakable confidence in knowing that God will always protect and provide for His children. But the secret in learning to trust God to be your “refuge, strength and help” only comes from learning how to “BE STILL” before The Lord.

The only reason that you’re troubled is because of you trying to figure it all out. Once you stop trying to orchestrate or manipulate the outcome of things, cease from striving for your own solution, and stop blaming others for past mistakes or failures, you can then learn how to “BE STILL” before Him, hear from The Holy Spirit and yield to God’s plan.

Now, as painful or difficult as some situations may seem, God’s now calling you to “BE STILL” and stand in faith before His Presence.

“Well, how do you do this when I’m having a financial crisis, or have suffered the loss of a loved one, or have just experience a job layoff, or a son is arrested for drug possession or my unwed daughter runs away because she’s pregnant?   How can I be still when my husband’s having an affair, or my wife files for divorce, or my dreams have been shattered and I’m even disillusioned with God because my prayers have not been answered?”

BEING STILL before the Lord doesn’t mean that you become physically inactive. It means you “becoming open to The Lord” in order to hear His Voice and be led by His Spirit. It means you becoming more attentive and ready to obey and follow His directions and His Word. “How can you hear from God when your mind is filled with confusion and just running wild?” There are certain things God now wants to reveal to your heart and mind but you can’t hear or receive from Him while you’re always on the run and driven by panic and fear.

In Exodus 14:13-14,And we all know the great miracle that took place on that day.when the Israelites saw Pharaoh and his army coming to destroy them on the shores of the Red Sea, under heart-wrenching circumstances, Moses said “Fear not, STAND STILL and see the salvation of the Lord which He will show to you today.   For the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you shall see them again no more forever. For The Lord shall fight for you and you shall hold your peace.”

It takes courage and faith for you to surrender and become still. But, it’s a matter of choice. Either you’ll choose to worry and remain frustrated or you’ll choose to “BE STILL” before The Lord.

The devil wants you distracted, disturbed, disillusioned and then defeated. But Christ is now calling you to get alone with Him. You can learn to steal away from everything around you and know that your life and your welfare are now at stake. So begin by establishing some time away from the TV and other activities and get before God in His Word.   Learn that if you seek His face, you’ll get His hand moving in your midst.

Despite having worked a full time job, I was totally refreshed and amazed after arising earlier just to spend some quality time with Christ before beginning my day.   And it clearly made the difference in my life and circumstances.

Christ will reveal Himself to you as your savior, deliverer, helper, healer, provider and whatever else you need.   No matter what you’re facing or going through, God is available, willing, sufficient, all loving and all powerful, full of mercy and wonderful grace.

He is “your place to run to” when your world turns upside down and is filled with chaos. He is “your rest and your strength” when you feel you can’t go on any further. He is “your energy and strength” when you’re too exhausted to continue and fight.

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?”

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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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Daily Devotional – “Are You Sick & Tired Of Being Just Sick & Tired?”

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Does it seem that everything is getting worse before it ever starts to get better? Well, often you are not alone. Then what are you to do in the middle of a stressed out situation?
We are given a great insight from God in the story recorded in 1st Samuel 30:6 NASB. It says, “Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.”
David and his 600 mighty men had gone off to war, leaving their village unprotected, and in their absence the Amalekites ravaged their homes, kidnapped their families and stole their cattle and belongings. Then upon their return and discovery, his troops being overcome with grief, began to murmur and spoke of mutiny against him.
But, in the very midst of this horrific situation, David encouraged himself in the Lord and set his face to seek direction and help from his maker.
He encouraged himself by getting before the presence of God, while standing on the promises of God and praised God for His faithfulness in keeping His Word. He remembered his covenant relation to God, and he remembered the grace, mercy, and the goodness of God throughout his past experiences. So, he fully hoped and believed that God would appear for him in some way or another, and once again work salvation for him.
David called for the Ephod, the priestly garment to be brought in front of his face, which signified the anointing and the presence of God. Then he sought the will of God through the Urim and Thummim, knowing that the person making an inquiry always placed the matter before God in prayer, and then would receive an answer from God.   David received a Word from The Lord that led to a full victory, recovery and even greater blessings in their lives.
We on today, should open up The Word of God and cry out, “Lord direct me in this matter in which I know not what to do,” for He knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and how to handle every adverse circumstance, negative situation or painful condition that’s ever before you.
Today, believers have the indwelling presence of The Holy Spirit and He’s there to help you, so you must learn to tap into or extract down from Him by seeking God’s face and trusting in the promises from our Lord Jesus Christ.
Listening to some good inspiring music, hearing some good gospel teaching and preaching, and then surrounding yourself with positive, spiritual and anointed influences always helps to breakout of any downward and negative mood swings, discouragement or depression.
As you meditate on Him and His Word and give Christ the praise, He will always direct and lead you in the ways that you should go towards having blessed results.
THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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Daily Devotional – “Do You Know That You Can Never Be In Any Impossible Situation Where The Lord Cannot Find You?”

“The Victory Corner” – from Pastor Andrew Bills
“Do You Know That You Can Never Be In Any Impossible Situation Where The Lord Cannot Find You?
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I often sing a verse of a song that reads: Have you any rivers that you think are un-crossable? Have you any mountains that you can’t tunnel through? God Specializes in things thought impossible. And He can do, what no other power can do….

In Matthew 14: 22-33 we read the amazing and miraculous story of Jesus walking on the water to come to the aid and rescue his disciples.

Jesus had earlier instructed His disciples to get into the boat and to cross over to the other side of the sea. Then he left them that night to go up into the mountains alone to pray.

Now the disciples had sailed about 4 to 5 miles across the Sea of Tiberias, which is no more than 10 miles wide, so that they were literally in the very midst of the sea. Suddenly the circumstances severely changed and these expert fishermen became overwhelmed with fear and panic from the impending danger.

In verses 24 & 25 we read, “But the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.”

As they aimlessly struggled to save themselves and keep their boat from sinking, Jesus went walking on the sea directly to them. He not only knew where they were the whole time, but despite the darkness and the lack of visibly from the stormy conditions, they never got out of His divine sight.

He revealed His unlimited power and authority over the laws of gravitation by walking upon the sea; as on dry land. And though the sea was raging from the cold blowing winds in the darkness of night, because of the utmost danger surrounding the disciples that He loved, He came to their rescue.

There’s no storm that might arise in your life that Christ cannot subdue or appear in. He will do whatever is necessary to demonstrate His saving and delivering power, His love and His wonderful grace in your life and circumstances.

Your every passage may not be peaceful and lovely, but He will always be with you through the storms in your life and bring you to a calm landing.

When we walk in obedience and faith we are in the safest place in the universe, for He has promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us. So, Have Faith In God!

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