Daily Devotions

Posts tagged “encouragement

God Makes Known

Tomorrows that have already become check marks on the calendar of history were declared by God. “I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them…” (Isa 48:3) God has declared. “Declared”: to be conspicuous, to tell, to make known; to avow. God not only makes known what is to come but He guarantees it. “And I shewed them” actually means that God has made “them” plainly heard.  Now the question is: who is asking and who is listening?

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Don’t Let Your Mind Go There

We can deflect what the enemy sends against us. DEFLECT: “to change direction by interposing something”. How do we interpose one of these God-provided tools? When the enemy launches an attack, whether it is physical, verbal, mental or spiritual, we can “change the direction” of that attack (deflect) by speaking out the Word of God, or praising God, or by making the opposite declaration of what the enemy is bringing against us. Don’t let your mind go where the attack wants it to go. Keep your mind on those things that are noble, just, pure, lovely, good report and things that have virtue (Phil.4:8). (Excerpt three from Marty’s article “Deflecting Attacks and Seeing the Intervener”.)

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Beyond What we Have Seen and Heard

As the people of God assemble today, may they worship and hear the Word of God that shows them that their God is preparing things for them, to supply and equip them, that they have not yet even imagined; that Almighty God is working behind the veil that our doubt, fear and the obstacles of this age have formed.  (1Cor.2:9, CEV) ”But it is just as the Scriptures say, “What God has planned for people who love him is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard. It has never even entered our minds!”

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Order and Priorities of God

The thing about seeing Thy Kingdom Come is that it carries the order and priorities of God, even if that shocks or contradicts or shakes current theology, current cultures, current belief-systems or even our interpretation of “Church”.  Those three words, Thy Kingdom Come, give God access to every level of our lives that must change to align with His Kingdom.  Just as He sent the Last Adam, the Redeemer to bring His original intent and order of the garden into reach once again, so He intends to bring our core values into His original intent and order.  That will mean major shaking in our thinking, in our conditions, in our priorities and in our earth . . . as it is in heaven.—Kathy Gabler

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Interjecting the Positive

The lady was in the hospital for the third time in the last two weeks. Doctors were having a tough time getting her systems to stabilize. She listed her diagnosis on Facebook. Someone negatively wrote, “I have heard of that and it is not good, but I am praying and hope it doesn’t get worse.”  May the people of God develop the habit of interjecting a positive outlook when we discover ourselves in the midst of mindless and hopeless drivel.   (Rom.4:18a, Msg) “When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said He would do. ”  We are praying you discover daily that you are full of the Word of God and speaking it positively in every situation.

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Deflecting Missiles

We can deflect missiles the enemy sends against us. We can speak in such a way and act in such a way that those things “change direction”.  DEFLECT: “to change direction by interposing something”. We can interpose the Word of God, the will of God, praises, declarations, while thinking on the true things of Phil.4:8—noble, just, pure, lovely, good report, virtue. (Excerpt two from Marty’s article “Deflecting Attacks and Seeing the Intervener”.

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What Can Defeat

This is the day the Lord has made so…    I will rejoice and be glad for neither sin nor satan can defeat me because they were defeated at the Cross. Only ignorance of who I am in Christ can defeat me but I overcome that through the indwelling Christ.
16 May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].
17 May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love,
18 That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];
19 [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! Eph 3:16-19 (Amp)

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