Daily Devotions

Posts tagged “comfort

Stand Firm on the Word

We must stand firm and solid upon the Word of God for we have been given a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. Heb.12:28, Amp — “Let us therefore, receiving a kingdom that is firm and stable and cannot be shaken, offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship, with modesty and pious care and godly fear and awe;”  We must (1) pray every opportunity that arises; (2) call ourselves and others into alignment with the written Word of God and with prophecy (we mustn’t speak out disagreement with the Word and what we have prayed and declared); (3) speak the opposite of what we see. Back when the mask emphasis was being so stressed a woman left the service at Grace and went to a store. A man was not standing right on the tape square for social distancing and the woman behind him began screaming at him and he began screaming back at her. The whole atmosphere was in an uproar. The lady from Grace just began to quietly declare the peace of Jesus and the whole thing quieted down and everyone went through the line without any further disturbance. Ps.4:8, Amp — “In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust. Isa.33:22, TPT—”The Lord Yahweh is our judge, our Lawgiver, and our King; He will save us completely!”


A Grievous Pang of Body

Kathy — As I considered the prayer of David in Ps.139:23, I noticed the definition of “wicked” even included: “a grievous pang of body.”  Many people are distracted or diverted from their destiny by physical distress.  I believe this prayer could be the catalyst for change in our physical bodies as well.  I pray, “Lord, reveal any sorrow or offense that is the root of disease or dysfunction in my body.  Don’t let me hold to any issue or belief that hinders my soul or body.  Let neither soul nor body distract me or defeat me as I follow your lead in the ordained path you have for me.  I am confident that with your answer will come the grace to make any changes necessary and remove mountains WITHIN in the remainder of this year.”  Amen.


Strength of Prophetic Lifestyle

Melissa — The strength of human nature comes from being in charge, having control, trust in self and the tangible. The strength of the Prophetic Lifestyle comes from faith, knowing the Great I Am exists and trusting His love and plan.


Search me, O God

Kathy — As he prayed “Search me, O God, and know my heart,” (Ps. 139:23) David wasn’t just praying for an examination and a test score. He was positioned to repent. He submitted to God knowing God’s answer or instructions would bring change in his thinking and his opinions, perhaps in his relationships and daily lifestyle. David knew he must release fear or grief or offense as God pointed them out so that those things would not block his view of God.


Avert the Curse

As the people of God assemble today may they look to their heavenly Father, trust in Him as their loving Father and emulate Him in this hour so that the hearts of the children will be turned to them and to God and avert the curse. Mal.4:6,Amp—“He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers [a reconciliation produced by repentance], so that I will not come and strike the land with a curse [of complete destruction].”


God in Response to Prayers

I received the longest text I have ever received with a testimony from a woman we have known for decades. About a month before, she was dying from several life-threatening issues and required immediate surgery. She lives by herself and was unable to work and was physically wasting away (90#). Let me share with you the high spots: She says, “I had stopped praying. I had basically given up. But thanks to you and Kathy and Melissa not giving up on me and praying for me, I have truly come out of illness, a dark place. My mind is clear. I’m back on my knees praying. God has blessed me so much since my surgery. I am working out again, eating again, doing things for my elderly mother and praying nonstop for my family.”  Blessed be the name of the Lord forever! Don’t stop praying for people. God is moving in response to your prayers, even in the midst of national crisis.


More Than Meets the Eye

Melissa — Let’s break it down. The Prophetic lifestyle (spiritually minded) is based on realizing there is more going on than meets the eye. There is an unseen realm always present and in action in the midst of the seen realm.  “For ever since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through His workmanship [all His creation, the wonderful things that He has made], so that they [who fail to believe and trust in Him] are without excuse and without defense.” (Romans 1:20, AMP)
       Human nature/soul (carnally minded) is largely based on the seen realm without much thought or regard for the unseen.  “Now the mind of the flesh is death [both now and forever—because it pursues sin]; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace [the spiritual well-being that comes from walking with God—both now and forever]; the mind of the flesh [with its sinful pursuits] is actively hostile to God. It does not submit itself to God’s law, since it cannot,” (Romans 8:6-7)The word ‘carnal’ in vs. 6 – sarx (Greek) – literally means “human nature”To be “human nature” minded is deadly? How so? Because human nature wants to be in charge — reasonable, logical and do it ourselves.
       Human nature is carnally minded and operates in the seen realm which is based on man’s power, wisdom and experience. The Prophetic Lifestyle is spiritually minded and operates in the unseen and seen realm based on the wisdom and power of God for every situation. “If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5, AMP)


The Mountains Within David

Kathy — May we be like David as he prayed for the mountains within himself to be revealed in Ps.139:23,24. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (NKJV) A paraphrased word study reveals this in his prayer: “O God, examine me and reveal my mind, my knowledge, my thinking, my memories, my inclinations, my determinations, my conscience, my moral character, my appetites, my emotions and my passions.  Scrutinize me and reveal my disturbing thoughts and opinions.”  When David asked God to search him for wicked ways he was NOT on a guilt-driven search for evil and moral decay in himself.  The word translated “wicked” here is used only two other times in the Old Testament and both times it was translated “sorrow.”  So David was asking God to see if there were any high places of idolatry in him that had been built on wounds or offense or sorrow or hardship or bitter memories.  He was asking God to see if there  was any experience or threat bigger or more important to him than God.  David knew those things could distort God’s counsel and instructions and even block him from God’s presence.  Every soulish mountain-stronghold becomes a blind spot that blocks us from seeing God’s truth and purpose, thereby keeping us from God’s presence and plans in some part of our life.
(Read Kathy’s magazine articles. Click here to read: SEEC Magazine.)


Father’s Footprints Already There

Though the Israelites did not notice, the footprints of Jehovah were already in the bottom of the Red Sea before they crossed it (Ps.77:19). If there is a sea in the middle of the course we are required to stay, then Father’s footprints must be in the bottom of it already. Father’s plan has been devised, has been implemented and those who determine to stay the course will enjoy the benefits of the divine conclusion.

(Marty will be speaking at DREAMS VISIONS PROPHECY which will be held September 10-12, 2021 at Grace Church Willis,TX (gracewillis.org). No Fee to attend. 


Going to be Reversed

Melissa — Let me give a recent and personal “for instance”.  I’ve been dealing with a physical matter, not life or death, but an irritating battle that has almost caused a lock down due to the “WHAT IF this gets worse” record playing in my head… on repeat.  It’s that kind of battle that sent my emotions from one side of the spectrum to another.  After all, I’m not the only person to have dealt with this issue.  There are plenty of others living with it.  BUT I don’t see why I HAVE to live with it. So, I have been seeking God on the matter, and He has so beautifully and faithfully been giving me revelation regarding my healing all along this journey.  Throughout this journey I have known in my core that this physical issue is a done-deal.  In fact, at the beginning of this year I heard someone say that this is going to be a year of reversal! WELL, COME ON NOW (go ahead and take that for you and yours right now!).  Just another confirmation that not only am I being healed, but this thing is going to be reversed!


Father’s Intent Not Voided

Kathy — Having  a cracked self-image, a shattered self-worth or a failed self-government, does not void our Fathers love or intent, nor His good plans for us!  If we learn to think in our hearts like that, that truth will free us up to walk in destiny and keep us from giving up before we become all God had in mind that we were born to be.  Father, may my life glorify you to the fullest extent.  Let me see me as You see me.  Cause me to value as You value.  Grace me to live honoring Your boundaries for my life.  May I live in the truth and may it be not only my freedom, but also my legacy.
(Kathy will be speaking at DREAMS VISIONS PROPHECY which is
September 10-12at Grace Church Willis. No Fee to attend.)


Our Secure Place

As the people of God assemble today may they rejoice together in God their Savior and in the fact that He has welcomed them, through Christ Jesus, into His family and that He is presently keeping them and, in future, able to keep them and what they have committed to Him and that they be confident in their secure place in the fellowship of the beloved. 2Tim.1:12,TPT—“The confidence of my calling enables me to overcome every difficulty without shame, for I have an intimate revelation of this God. And my faith in him convinces me that he is more than able to keep all that I’ve placed in his hands safe and secure until the fullness of his appearing.”


Our Own Self-Sabotage

MG MSG KCPromo 3-4-19Melissa — If God cloaks something for a time, it is not only to hide it from the devil and his destructive minions, but it is also to hide it from our own self-sabotage. Yes, the devil and self-sabotage are two different things.  However, the devil LOVES stoking the flames of self-sabotage! All we have to do is let our fears and concerns fall out of our mouths like kindling for the enemy’s threatening bonfire.  So many times we make the devil’s job so easy.

MELISSA WILL BE SPEAKING on the Prophetic Lifestyle at DREAMS VISIONS PROPHECY which will be held at Grace Church Willis,TX — gracewillis.org. September 10-12, 2021. NO FEE to attend.)


Word of God is Our Antidote

Kathy — The Word of God is our antidote.  The Word is our bulldozer.  The Word has the power to displace the emotional residue pushed ashore by the tide or even by a tidal wave of circumstances.  So our part of the process is to clear out the blockages within self by agreeing with the Word and by speaking the Word and telling every contrary force to be removed! (Matt. 17:20)  And the truth is that if stress, anxiety, fear, anger, frustration, guilt and confusion are removed and God’s Peace is in the house, what’s going on outside does not hold the same threat.


Don’t Miss Ordained Opportunities

MPG Grace 4-5-20Marty — John fulfilled his course (Acts 13:25). He stayed the course and remained in that position of preparing the way throughout his life. Even though he may well have wrestled with doubt while in prison, John did what he had to do in order to stay the course, even enlisting the help of others (Matt. 11:2-3) so that he might not miss the divinely ordained opportunities of the moment.

(Marty will be speaking at DREAMS VISIONS PROPHECY September 10-12, 2021 at Grace Church Willis… gracewillis.org)
NO FEE to attend.


Turning Our Thoughts

Melissa — We meditate on God’s will, His original intent for this earth. We stop fixating on the enemy’s war around us by realizing his war has intensified because he is feeling the pressure of this never-ending Kingdom in Luke 1. We turn our thoughts toward that powerful fact. We engage in power, love, and a sound mind by dumping fear-thoughts that have wreaked havoc (2 Timothy 1:7). This is all possible in our lifetime! “Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only one plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, He does.” (1 Peter 5:8-11, The Message)

(Melissa will be speaking about the prophetic lifestyle at Dreams Visions Prophecy September 10-12, 2021 at Grace Church Willis. gracewillis.org)
NO FEE to attend.


Mindsets and Transition

Kathy — I believe we are in a transition moving from a religious mindset that views church as meetings that satisfy an obligation to God to realizing we are all sons of God gathering to be effectual, by living our lifetime demonstrating His Kingdom come and will being done on earth as it is in heaven. This is not a new transition. It’s just a time of greater momentum with more obvious results and changes. The yeast is spreading, permeating our understanding. (Matt. 13:33)
       So many challenges church leaders are facing are signals of how much this transition is needed: finances decreasing, the same number of broken families in church as out, local churches losing respect and influence in the community and people losing motivation to be a part of the local church. Rather than be discouraged, we can take these things as a sign that this is time to take new ground. If we will move from traditional expectations and limitations to sonship, we’ll move into the empowerment of relationship where people are no longer just members of a church but Sons of God gathering to strengthen and equip and be enabled to serve their place of purpose and calling in life.

Can we Equate Joy With Ease?

Kathy — As we position our hearts to receive the joy of the Lord, may we have the wisdom not to equate JOY with EASE. If we think JOY means EASE then the least bit of opposition can add discouragement, oppression and depression to the mountains we face.JOY does not pivot around EASE.Joy comes on the heels of conflict: Isaiah 29:19 tells us, The “afflicted” shall increase their joy in the Lord. That statement is both an assurance and a challenge: the temptation and trial process shall not win, nor shall the accuser of the brethren or failure prevail; so we must forge ahead, confident the Joy of the Lord is rooted in overcoming.Joy confronts the depleting foes of grief, vexation, disappointment, hurt and worry to defy and defeat them. Joy is a by-product of relationship with God.Joy is not an emotional state.It is an attitude of the heart that does not bow at the throne of EASE.

(Kathy will be speaking at DREAMS VISIONS PROPHECY Sept.10-12, 2021; Grace Church Willis   gracewillis.org)


In His Name Mountains Move

MichelleMountainSunsetAs the people of God assemble today may they hold one another up in prayer and share with one another by exhortation that the mountains of difficulty and impossibility that stand in their way are nothing in the sight of their loving Father and He is a mountain mover. Matt.17:20,TPT—“He told them, “It was because of your lack of faith. I promise you, if you have faith inside of you no bigger than the size of a small mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move away from here and go over there,’ and you will see it move! There is nothing you couldn’t do!


June is For…

THE MONTH OF JUNE
The month of June is for looking and seeing over the top of the hump that stands in the path of our being able to see the next step or the solution to a great need. Ps.3:3,TPT—“But in the depths of my heart I truly know that you, Yahweh, have become my Shield; You take me and surround me with yourself. Your glory covers me continually. You lift high my head.”


God’s Intent for You

MSG No Rival 3-4-18picMelissa — The beauty is you just live your personal Jeremiah 29:11, and watch God.  All you have to do is do what you were born to do, and stop allowing fear to guide your life.  You see, fear makes you think you don’t have anything specific to do, you missed it, you don’t deserve it.  God has an original intent for you personally that is absolutely connected to His original intent for this earth. 


Image

Read SEEC Magazine June/July2021

Vol25Iss3_Cvr500Generic


King of the Hill?

Kathy — King Of The Hill? — The problem with strongholds in the soul is that self takes the lead, surrounding itself in a defensive determination, demanding a right to survive. As king of the hill, the banners of NO SUBMISSION and SELF-SUFFICIENCY defy all comers – even God. Soulish determinations, demands, self-justifications and self-sufficiency are the opposite of humbling self; and it is those who humble themselves to God that receive God’s enabling grace, His ability to overcome. (1 Pe 5:5b) “…for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”


God Uses the Impossible

Concerns about jobs and income are at the forefront for most people. At the beginning of the pandemic a couple who own their own business contacted us. They had been very concerned because of the shutdowns and restrictions that would affect their business plus they live in a small town. They had just received a phone call that would insure they had work for several months. They said that it was unconventional because it was not exactly what their company does but because of their expertise, their company would be able to do the work.  I spoke with them last week and was told that they still have more work than they can handle and a relative had to move to their town to help them. One lady told us that she was looking around on the internet and discovered someone owed her money and they paid her. A widow was going through some of her husband’s papers and discovered that he had communicated with a company to buy some of his professional camera equipment. She called them to see if they might still be interested. The man said, “I have been trying to contact your husband because I owe him $450.00! I will send the check today.” Our God is unconventional and, therefore, accomplishes the necessary in unconventional ways. We have heard from several churches that income has actually been up since the pandemic started. Blessed be the name of the Lord that He does not consider the impossibilities His people are up against as being something that can’t be overcome! Yahweh has always used the impossible to glorify His name.