Daily Devotions

Archive for August, 2016

Don’t Question Your Family Bond

FatherOpenArms(Kathy G.)  Another key we can take from Jesus’ wilderness example will equip us:  >> Don’t allow your identity to come into question during the process.  You don’t question your family bond, and if anyone else does, don’t answer them.  Stand confident that your Father will not de-son nor de-daughter you, and you must be on guard against allowing a rebellious or orphan spirit to de-Father you.


 


Teachers of What is Right and Noble

StudentsTeacherMay the Lord Most High keep His powerful hand upon our school teachers in this coming year. May He minister to them their importance in our culture and bless them for giving of themselves to our children. May He protect them and make them righteously effective beyond all logical measures for the children’s future and the future of our nation.

“…They are to give good counsel and be teachers of what is right and noble,” (Titus 2:3, Amp)


 


Led out of the Wilderness

WildernessLeaving(Kathy G.) I believe the reason Jesus was led into the wilderness was because He was the prototype for wilderness training.  He went there as a son and left there as a son, and there’s no indication it took a long time in between!  Some keys we can take from His wilderness example will equip us: 1) It is difficult to be led by one thing while dominated by another.  So when you are in wilderness circumstances, don’t allow an orphan spirit or rebellious spirit to dominate your thinking.  Father will always see to it that  sons “are led by the Spirit” out of wildernesses to fulfillment and glory, but orphans and rebels are not thinking like sons and do not know how to be led of His Spirit.
(This is the sixth excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Bringing Sons to Glory“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


 


Remain Solidly Committed

DevotionToGodAs the people of God assemble today, may they recall the blessings of God and the rich, life-giving Word of God and be encouraged and strengthened to remain solidly committed to Him.
“When he arrived there, he was pleased to see what God had done for them out of kindness. So he encouraged all the people to remain solidly committed to the Lord.” (Acts 11:23, GW)


 


Sprout out on Every Branch

May you sprout out on every branch and may every bloom become valuable fruit.  May you labor under and rejoice and revel in awesome, excruciating FigLimbFruitgrowing pains that bring you to the height of your Lord’s expectations for you.  No more withering, no more stunted growth but God-enabled enlargement, production, extension, multiplication and proliferation be unto you for the glory and the Name’s sake of our LORD JESUS CHRIST and His fame in the earth. May our Lord’s success be manifest through you like a vine that bears fruit. (Jn.15:2, NKJV) ”Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” We are praying you discover daily God’s fruitfulness in your life.
(A Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24 hours/day.


 


The Wilderness and Sabotage

(Kathy G.) Though Satan could not sabotage The Only Begotten Son’s relationship with Father, he obviously hasn’t quit trying to sabotage sons of God.  It gives us an edge to realize that devils are not geniuses nor mind-readers, but they can smell “wilderness” on us.  Sons are most vulnerable to be WildernessJesusdevoured when they are in a wilderness condition.  We are simply more easily shaken when we are in a wilderness place of feeling desolation, loneliness, abandonment, confusion, oppression and depression.  The wilderness is a low place with no way out, a smothering place with no wind of change or breath of hope stirring.  The issues of our own soul usually drive us into wilderness conditions, but Jesus was led by the Spirit into His wilderness experience.  That indicates some wildernesses are God plans for the process, but whatever the drive or draw, wilderness times are part of the process of moving “from glory to glory.”  The good news is that Father intends they work out for our good.  As mature sons, we can be confident that coming to glory means coming to a God outcome, and it is Father’s will that wildernesses end up positioning and changing us to fit promise and be equipped for purpose.
(This is the sixth excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Bringing Sons to Glory“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)


 


Redemptively Impact Your Environment

It doesn’t take much awareness to notice all around us there is great need and a lot of KneadDoughhurting people. If our God is anything, He is Redeemer. His people will, therefore, bear His characteristics and likeness and they shall redemptively impact their environment and the people in it. May the people of God be like yeast growing in the dough and permeating arts and entertainment, business, education, family, government, media and religion. May we influence the present culture with the love, compassion, authority and wisdom of the rule of God. (Matt.13:33, GW)  “He used another illustration. “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman mixed into a large amount of flour until the yeast worked its way through all the dough.” We are praying you discover daily our Lord’s redeeming influence working through your life.
(A Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24 hours/day. www.txpraise.com  _  Listen on your default player-click on right side of Texas Praise homepage.)