Where do you turn? Do you dig in to find out what’s the cause?


Do you issues or problems materializing within your city, province/state, country/region? Do you know what the underlying issue or cause is? Could it be a broken covenant? Could it be a broken promise? Could it be …? Where do you turn to find out? Where do you look to see what was promised in the past? How will you determine the cause of the challenges, the problems, the concerns, the withholding of blessings? Is there someone you can turn to? Is there somewhere you can look? There is! His name is Jesus. He is an intercessor for you and for me. There is! The book is called the Bible. It is the living Word of God that will speak to us daily guiding us to things unseen. God is alive and He speaks to us about the very situation we are facing through His Word. So will you posture yourself in a way to receive wisdom from God? Will you allow the truth to set you free? Will you permit the power of love to breakdown walls of unforgiveness and bitterness and fear?

“During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the Lord.”2 Samuel 21:1a

Did you commit to something and it is still unfulfilled? Did you make a promise that you haven’t kept? How about corporately as a town/city? How about as a state/province? How about as a country/region? Before it is too late consider the following:

“First, when we make a covenant, God expects us to fulfill it. God is a covenant maker. He made one with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He made one with each of us through Jesus Christ. The Scriptures are numerous regarding the importance of honoring our commitments.

Second, God is a very longsuffering God. He gave Israel many years of grace before He exercised judgment for their sin. However, there always comes a day when God must uphold His standard of righteousness. ” – Os Hillman in The Cost of Broken Covenants

 

So as you consider the issues/concerns/problems that you are facing consider if it something you have done or haven’t done yet, consider if it is something from the past that corporately was committed to and has been left undone, consider if it something from the past that was committed and the complete opposite was done. In any case turn to God for wisdom and then take action not only to help get out of the problem, but also to glorify God by your obedient, loving, caring heart. And then walk in the blessings of God as He desires for you to do. Don’t be paralyzed by fear for God’s plan is to give us a hope and a future, so let’s live out that plan.

 

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My Prayer:

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will go into and through it. This is the day that You have made, so I will rejoice and be glad in it. Grant me wisdom Lord for every situation I will face today. Grant me courage to do what You call me and ask me to do. Grant me a vision of the future that will produce encouragement and hope not only for me but for those around me that we may pursue after this vision with vigor and perseverance so that Your will and Your way will be accomplished in and through our lives. Lord, help me today so that with every thought, word, and action I take, You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Don’t just go with the flow and be afraid of the same things.


The plans for our lives should be different. We should be servant leaders to show people the love of God so that in what we do, what we say, and how we act others get to see that there is hope. There is a lot of fear around us and I know that where I was there were many people who were stuck and just going with the flow out of fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of change. Fear of what if… As was preached this last weekend we need to be able to give the devil a 3 count when he tries to mess with us with the “what if …” of life. And it goes something like this:

  1. Count it ALL. Consider ALL that you are going through, all that you have.
  2. Count on GOD. Give Him the ball and see what He is able to do in and through your life.
  3. Count it all JOY. Remember the end of the story. When we see the end of the trial or the struggle and the joy that comes and overwhelms us consider the joy that overflows. So why not start to celebrate what is going to be sooner rather than allowing the enemy to rob your joy during the process.

Fearful to Fearless shares this verse with us today:

With his great power the LORD warned me not to follow the road which the people were following. He said, “Do not join in the schemes of the people and do not be afraid of the things that they fear. Remember that I, the LORD Almighty, am holy; I am the one you must fear.” – Isaiah 8:11-13

 

So let’s consider WHY. Why are we doing what we do? Why are we allowing ourselves to get into such a situation? To put it another way, what is our motive? Sometimes we fall into turn this question around and pointing at others and trying to figure out their motives without all the facts.

Do you know what God’s motive is for doing what He does?

“His desire is to bring us into a spacious place. He wants us to go beyond our borders of safety and security so that we might experience life at a level that goes beyond ourselves.” – Os Hillman from God’s Motives

 

Knowing this, what do you think God wants for you? What do you think of when you are being brought “into a spacious place”? Os shares the following thoughts:

“No limitations? A large, grassy field? Open air? These are positive images. Sometimes these spacious places encourage us to step out in faith into areas where we’ve never ventured. Sometimes we need to be rescued by the Lord. When Peter walked on the water, God was inviting him to a spacious place. He went beyond the borders of his boat and ventured into a whole new world. He didn’t have complete success in his venturing out, but it was a process that would lead him to the next victory in his faith walk with Jesus. Sometimes failure is what is needed in order to move us to the next level of faith with God. However, we must be willing to fail and let God rescue us.” – Os Hillman from God’s Motives

So let’s not judge God’s motives since His plans for us are good. He will use what the enemy has planned for evil and use it for good. His plans are to give us a hope and a future. He is LOVE. So let’s pursue after God with trust and dependence on Him and allow the miraculous to overwhelm any fear or anxiety and be filled with faith and hope.

 

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My Prayer:

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that is in it. I praise You Lord for Your Word that speaks life and hope to me. As I step out into the spacious places you have called me to I put my hope and trust in You to help me to grow and expand my faith in You. Grant me wisdom for every situation. Grant me vision for a future that is to come. Help me Lord to speak life and hope into the lives of those people around me so that they will not lose hope, but will have faith because of what You have done and will do in my life and their lives. As this journey began pursuing after the verse where Peter steps out of the boat onto the water, I put my hope and my trust in You for You helped me find the right side of the boat and confirmed what boat it was that I needed to get out of. Lord, as I start this day, I lift it up to You and ask Lord that with every thought, every word, and every action that You Lord will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Being threatened? Don’t walk in fear!Don’t worry!


Think this is just something that happens in the school yard? Think this is just something that happens to the little kids at school? Do you realize it takes place no matter what size you are and how old you are? Do you realize there are people out there who for some reason or another think it is there purpose in life to try to stir up fear and worry in the lives of others. Be it the schoolyard bully. Be it the little scrappy guy who wants to make a name for themselves. Be it the workplace person who feels it is their responsibility to shut others down to make themselves look bigger. Be it someone who leads with fear rather than through a servants heart. God’s Word which never returns void speaks today:

Tell Ahaz, ‘Be careful. Be calm and don’t worry. Don’t let those two men, Rezin and Pekah son of Remaliah, scare you. Don’t be afraid of their anger or Aram’s anger, because they are like two barely burning sticks that are ready to go out. They have made plans against you, saying, “Let’s fight against Judah and tear it apart. We will divide the land for ourselves and make the son of Tabeel the new king of Judah.” But I, the Lord God, say, “Their plan will not succeed; it will not happen,”’ — Isaiah 7:4-7 (NCV)

from Fearful to Fearless365 Fear Nots: Verse of the Day

And what is it speaking?

Do not let the anger of those that are against God cause you to be afraid or worry, their threats are ultimately snuffed out. God is our consuming fire that is able to extinguish fear and worry.

Ask God for wisdom so that you know how to respond. Ask God for wisdom so that you can hear and understand what is causing this behavior in the person. Are you that person? Ask God to help you to understand why and what you can do about it to become more of a servant leader who walks with and in alignment to God’s will for your life. Stand firm! Be strong and courageous! Put on the full armor of God! And see what God will do for you, in you, and through you. Maybe He wants you to step up or step in because someone else is getting picked on. Ask and see what God will speak into your life.

 

Don’t give up and don’t give in! There is hope and His name is Jesus! He defeated the grave. He defeated the temptations of the devil. He showed us the way, so let’s live lives that will glorify Him. Let’s live lives that will point the way to Him for others to see. Let His power flow through you, not just into You so that by the word of our testimonies and the sacrifice and blood of Jesus the ultimate victory will take place. This is the day that the Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it!

 

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My Prayer:

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. Help me Lord I pray that You will provide me with the wisdom and courage to step forward and step out to accomplish the work and the will and the plan You have for me today. I won’t step back but I will step forward in faith trusting and believing in You. Grant me wisdom for each step. With every step I take, guide my foot. Every step I take I take in You, You are my way Jesus. I may be stepping out, but you are directing my path. Help me today Lord so that in every word, every thought, and every action, You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Who do you relate with in the Bible? You aren’t the first one to deal with that type of issue/situation.


11These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age. 12If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
1 Corinthians 10:11-13

 

We see in the Bible that God is references as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob… Ever consider why? In today’s TGIF devotional, we see two possibilities expressed. What does it speak to you?

One view that came up was:

“could it be that the Lord has given us a “type of trinity” in Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Abraham was considered a father figure to the nation of Israel. Isaac was the son who had to be sacrificed on the altar. Jacob was the man who had to learn to walk according to the Holy Spirit instead of his flesh. Each of these patriarchs had a particular relationship with God to fulfill.” – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob by Os Hillman 

The other spoke to:

“the patriarchs are examples of three distinct types of personalities. If the Lord had cited only one of the patriarchs, we would tend to seek to model that leader. However, the Lord has given us three distinct personalities in whom He performed His work. Abraham was the pioneer who ventured out into unknown territory and was considered righteous for his faith. Isaac was faithful to follow in his inheritance with few ups and downs in his life. He had the fewest calamities among the three. He was called simply to be faithful to what had been already given. Jacob had extreme conflict in his life. He suffered more pit experiences than either of his predecessors. He had much conflict in relationships that became the source of his inheritance. Each of us can identify with one of these men in how God has related to them.”– Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob by Os Hillman 

What did you come up with? Why do you think the Bible references God in this way? (leave me a comment and let me know)

 

Do you identify more with any of these three lives?

 

Are you walking with God? When you do even though you will face challenges, you can find peace in knowing that He is with you every step of the way.

 

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My Prayer:

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. I praise You Lord for the incredible blessing of having found You and for my wife, family, and friends. Lord, grant me wisdom today as I expand as You have done previously for Jabez. As I look for answers and the right person may You guide my step as You have done before. As I look for the right person grant me a name, a resource, a connection that will ensure that I find the right person to help me to accomplish the task before me. Grant me wisdom and vision Lord for what is to come and may You receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name through every thought, word, and action that I take I pray. Amen.

When will you trust God? In great troubles? In great needs? In the middle of a storm?


How about when you have lots of money? How about when you get a raise? How about when you get a bonus?

 

Some may find it easier to be in relationship with God when they are struggling or in need. Some me turn to God more readily and call upon Him when they are at rock bottom. The biggest challenge to your faith will happen when you have everything you think you need. God is after your heart and when you have everything that most people think they would need to be “happy” or to be “satisfied” or to be “complete” that is when the biggest test of all comes. Do you still need God? Do you still look to God? Do you still have a relationship with God? Are you walking in alignment with God during these good times? Are you still walking with the Spirit through all of this and sensitive to His prompting? Is your prosperity moving your trust from God to your money or ability to produce money?

Today’s devotional from TGIF gives us the following verse:

“I know, my God, that You test the heart and are pleased with integrity.”1 Chronicles 29:17a

Today’s devotional from 365 Fear Nots gives us the following verse as we aren’t to worry but to be be walking with and trusting in God:

Don’t let anything worry you or cause you pain. You aren’t going to be young very long. – Ecclesiastes 11:10 (GNT)

To some the content of their heart isn’t revealed until they have everything they materially could want and then they become filled with arrogance and pride. Others remain humble and servant leaders who now that they have the provision they are able to give more. One of the things that is taught in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class is that you need to learn to live like no one else so that you can give like no one else.  It is a matter of perspective and prosperity puts you to the test. Who will you give credit for where you are at? Is it because you are all that? Is it by the grace of God that you are where you are at? Who will you give the credit to?

What is in your heart? Will you give God all the praise, all the honor, and all the glory because He deserves it? Will you take all the credit and praise and honor for yourself?

Will you be faithful on the mountain tops as much and even more than 
when you are in the
valley lows?

 

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My Prayer:

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. I praise You Lord for the incredible truth and testimony that You have been and are enabling me to live and share with others. I thank You Lord for Your Word and Your truth and the preaching of the Word we were able to receive yesterday from James 1 where we were able to hear the truth preach that it isn’t over until it is over so count it all, to give you the ball and to count on You, and to celebrate the joy from the beginning as we count it all joy. Lord I thank You for an incredible message from Pastor Ed Luther on how to give the devil a 3 count – 1) I am counting it all, 2) I am counting on God, 3) I am counting it all joy for I am celebrating the incredible truth and end that is in Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior and the victory that will and is and has taken place. Lord, thank You for all that You do and have done in and through my life. May my thoughts, my words, and my actions bring You praise, honor, and glory today in Jesus’ name. Amen.