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Introduction The Daily Devotional Rhema of Bliss, is aimed at enhancing your personal spiritual growth and development. The daily devotional message will help in your day-to-day walk with God and be conscious of His divine presence and His assurance of love and grace, always. Start every morning with your prayers, songs and words of praise for God in your lips. Experience a new beginning, a new break through, a new prayer answered and a brand new encounter with our awesome God. Be completely energized with His blessed presence and protection. Gather your family members together and have the devotional together as a family. As you read and meditate on the word of God, you will be empowered with divine wisdom and knowledge .Your faith in God’s word will deepen your complete trust in Him. God has a plan for you and which will be revealed as you continue to build up your relationship with God Almighty. HOW TO USE THIS DEVOTIONAL FOR A GLORIOUS AND WONDERFUL IMPACT Read and prayerfully meditate on the message for the day. Pray the prayer aloud. Allow God to listen to your confessions and your prayer requests. Learn to listen to God’s responses. Read the given daily scriptures and by doing so, you will be able to complete reading the whole bible within a year. The scripture reading has been set aside for reading in the morning and evening before you go to bed. YOUR REWARDS AND JOYS Through this edition of the Rhema of Bliss, you are in for an exciting life time of experiencing God’s work in your personal life, in your family, in your business, in your studies, in your career and in your country. You will enjoy and experience God’s glorious presence and blessings in your daily walk with Him. New break through, New Victories and an abundance of greater blessing will fill you, always. RHEMA OF BLISS A Daily devotional that will change your life forever and will enable you to experience God’s love and His divine blessings always.
CONTENTS Saturday November 1st ……………………….What Love Looks Like Sunday November 2nd ……………………………..Afraid of Failure? Monday November 3rd …………………………….He Will Save You Tuesday November 4th…………………...Cooperating With A Smile Wednesday November 5th ……………………………..Our Transfer Thursday November 6th………………………….Giving Him the Key Friday November 7th ………………………………...Fresh Evidence Saturday November 8th ……………..Radical, Inner Transformation Sunday November 9th……………………………..Lord, Be With Me! Monday November 10th ………………….Salvation Is Regeneration Tuesday November 11th ……………………...Obedience with a Cost Wednesday November12th …………………...The Lordship of Jesus Thursday November 13th ……………………….An Entirely New Self Friday November 14th ……………………………………New Places Saturday November15th …………………..Understanding Your Gift Sunday November 16th…………………………….Treasures Within Monday November 17th………………………………...Ready to Go? Tuesday November 18th…………………...Seven Benefits of Prayer Wednesday November 19th.………With God All things are Possible Thursday November20th……………….The Essence Of Temptation Friday November 21st ……….……………………..Wanted: Disciples Saturday November 22nd ……………….Walking in Divine Overflow Sunday November23rd …………………………..Am a New Creation Monday November 24th …………………….Help Me Not To Doubt’ Tuesday November 25th ……………………..Beyond The Boundary Wednesday November 26th ………………………..Decision-Making Thursday November 27th ……………………………...Not Ashamed Friday November 28th ……………………………..Send Picture First Saturday November 29th ……………………..Led By the Holy Spirit Sunday November 30th ……………………….Your Concept Of God
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 1ST What Love Looks Like "My little children let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth."1 John 3:18 Have you ever felt like a spiritual failure? If so, then you're in good company. Even the apostle Peter felt that way after he denied the Lord. When Jesus told the disciples they would abandon Him in His hour of need, Peter insisted that he never would. But Jesus said that Peter would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed that day. And he did. Now, Peter finds himself in an awkward moment. Jesus was crucified and had risen on the third day. He suddenly appears to them at the Sea of Galilee. Before they knew it, Jesus was cooking breakfast for everyone with the fish He had just helped them catch. Maybe as they ate, Peter was remembering when, not all that long ago, he denied the Lord by the glow of another fire. Eventually, the Lord breaks the silence. He asks Peter a series of questions, each with the same phrase: "Do you love Me?" Peter had learned his lesson. Instead of boasting of his love for the Lord, he simply answers, "Yes Lord; You know that I love you" (John 21:15–17). In the original language, the word Peter used for "love" was “phileo”. It could be translated, "have an affection for." At least Peter was being honest. We can talk all day about how much we love God, but never act on it. Peter eventually proved his love for the Lord. A leader in the early church and the writer of two New Testament epistles, he reportedly was crucified upside-down as a martyr for his faith. How about you? Is your love for the Lord expressed more by your 7
words than your actions? And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ
Father, in Jesus â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Name, I thank You that the love if God has been poured forth into my heart by the Holy Spirit who has been given to me. I keep and treasure your money. The love of and for you, father, has been perfected and completed in me and perfect love casts out all fear in me.
I am Your child, and I commit to walk in the God kind of love.
Morning Luke 23, Evening Luke 24
1 John 2:5, 1 Corinthiansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 13:4-8
Guidance The indwelling love of God inspires me to live freely and creatively. The words of a speaker or an author may encourage me to more fully practice spiritual discipline in my own life. Whether it’s a suggested meditation practice or a creative way to practice spiritual principles, the message resonates within me. I put spiritual principles into practice that bring me greater understanding of the presence and movement of Spirit in me and in my life. Being open to the indwelling love of God, I am inspired to live with freedom and creativity. I move forward to greater expressions of divine love, spiritual understanding, and right action. However guidance comes to me, I know that the indwelling love of God is my source of inspiration for living freely and creatively. “When the Spirit of truth comes; he will guide you into all the truth …. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”— John 16:13-14 EVERLASTING FATHER And he will be called. . .Everlasting Father. Isaiah 9:6 FROM THE FATHER'S HEART My child, someday death will sever the ties with your earthly father. Remember that I am your Everlasting Father. My arms of comfort never tire; My plans for you are always good; My relationship with you will always be secure. You can run to My arms anytime, day or night, and I will be available. You will always have a home in My heart. A GRATEFUL RESPONSE No matter how good or how painful our relationships here on earth, You are the One who never changes. You are the One who lovingly prepares a home for all His children. You are the One who plans our future with wisdom. For always, Lord, You are my Everlasting Father. SIMPLE TRUTH Children run to their Father's arms, not to win a race, but to embrace the object of their love. 9
Psalm 15:3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. Ruth attended every church function held, and she never refused to pitch in when there was work to do. She gave liberally of money, time, and talent. There was nothing she would not do for her church. Even so, she found that others did not welcome here or invite her to join in their special functions. One day she complained to the people she was with that, "Too many people think too highly of themselves, and they're jealous of me because I do so much." She began to list by name those whom she meant. Finally, one of her associates stopped her and said, "The reason you're not more welcome is because you always talk about others. You spend a lot of time doing good, then you undo it by gossiping. We get tired of hearing you criticize everyone who doesn't do things like you want them to." We are all called to be Christian in thought, deed, and word. If the love of God truly dwells in our hearts, then we should show it by the way we treat and talk about others. What we say matters a great deal, and God will judge us on our words and feelings, as well as on our actions. Prayer: Lord, help me to love with Your divine love. Keep me from judging others, but never let me forget that to grow, I must continually judge myself. Amen.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 2ND Afraid of Failure? Many good things are left undone because of the fear of failure. The fear of being censured, ridiculed, or pitied can keep us from doing what God has called us to do. I had a soul-shaking experience with this when the Lord called me into the healing ministry. A fear so great arose in my mind that I fell on my knees and sobbed, "O God, what if I fail?" Then I felt God say, "Son, you already have." I realized I had no reason to be afraid of failure-I had already failed! Now God was giving me a chance to take His healing and forgiveness to others. I had never felt so dependent on God. I learned then that His strength is indeed made perfect in our weakness (II Corinthians 12:9).
Father I submit to your will concerning me, I choose to really on faith to overcome all fear that comes my way. Because you have not given me a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline, and of a sound mind. I cast away troubled thoughts, and I choose not to be afraid. I believe in you lord that you will perfect all that concern me today and forever more in Jesus name Amen.
Morning John 1 Evening John 2,3 12
Today and Forever, God's grace is sufficient for me, for His strength is made perfect in my weakness.
2 Timothy 1:7,8 John 14:1,17
MONDAY NOVEMBER 3RD He Will Save You “…Surely this is our God; we trusted in Him, and He saved us” (Isaiah 25:9). Isn’t it good to know that you can trust God today? He is faithful, and He will save you! Save you from what? He’ll save you from anything that you need to be saved from! First and foremost, He’ll save you from the bondage of sin and death and give you eternal life. He’ll save you from fear. He’ll save you from the bondage of debt. He’ll save you from sickness and disease. When you open your heart to trust the Father by obeying His Word, the Bible says that He will save you from all the snares, or traps, of the enemy. If there’s something in your life that you need deliverance from, begin to declare that you trust God to save you. Sing a song of worship and declare His victory in your life today. As you step out and trust Him, He will bring His deliverance to you, and you will move forward into the life of freedom and victory the Lord has in store for you!
Heavenly Father, today I choose to trust in you. Because I know you are my faithful Deliverer in times of need. I cast all of my cares on You because I know You care for me. Thank You for saving me! In Jesusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Name. Amen.
Morning John 4 Evening John 5 14
Through the blood of Jesus I have been saved from failures and disappointed. Today I plead the blood of Jesus on the portals of my mind, my body, my Emotion, and my will. I believe that am protected by the blood of the lamb which gives me access to the Holy of Holies.
Exodus 12:7,13 1John 1:17
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4TH Cooperating With A Smile “Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had – though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave ….” (Philippians 2:5-7 NLT) Cooperation is doing with a smile what you have to do anyway. You’ll never find that sentence in the Bible, but I think its spirit is implied throughout God's Word. We are called to be obedient to God's commands, and part of that obedience is having a sensitive servant’s attitude. I learned this lesson years ago when I was working for someone, who at the time, I didn’t respect. I would do whatever he asked me to do – eventually – but I tended to drag my feet, complain, or point out how wrong he was. God used that relationship to teach me godly obedience. Through his Word, God taught me to obey my earthly authorities. He showed me that Christ-like character required me to work with the same servant’s attitude, regardless of how I felt about my work environment or my employer. God not only changed my attitude, he led me to seek forgiveness from my boss for my disrespectful attitude. It was a major turning point in my life, as I came to understand what it meant to be a man under authority, regardless of who was in authority. God can work through a boss who is a model of godliness, and he can work through a boss who is a tyrant. No matter who we work for, ultimately, God is our authority, so in any situation we should work as unto the Lord. And you know what? As I responded to God’s authority through my earthly employer, I developed considerable respect 15
for my boss, and he became one of my greatest mentors and supporters. Though not a believer, he taught me, “Cooperation is doing with a smile what you have to do anyway.” Live the life of the Gospel – How you conduct yourself at work is part of your Christian witness. Today, go beyond the minimum requirements and see how those around you respond. To quote Francis of Assisi: “Share the gospel; if necessary, use words.” Change your attitude – Be respectful, helpful, and gracious to those in authority over you – no matter how difficult it may be. Go the extra mile with a smile – Christ said, “If someone compels you to carry his pack one mile, carry it two.” People are more likely to listen to what you say when your actions show respect and concern for them, when you do more than the minimum required.
Father God today I ask in Jesus name that you turn those tough situations at my place of work to a peaceful and easy things for me to handle, that all will experience you through me in Jesus name Amen.
I will portrait an attitude of righteousness so that my life will be a turning point to others today in Jesus name Amen.
Morning John 6 Evening John 7,8
John 1:12-13 Romans 12:1-2
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 5TH Our Transfer Colossians 1:13 He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son Perhaps you have heard the illustration of the two dogs. Some people say that we have two natures within us vying for control of our lives. They claim that our old sin nature, which we inherited from disobedient Adam, is like a big black dog. Our new nature, which we inherited through Christ's redemptive work, is like a big white dog. These two dogs are bitter enemies, intent on destroying each other. Whenever you involve yourself in worldly thoughts or behavior, you are feeding the black dog. Whenever you focus your mind and activities on spiritual things, you are feeding the white dog. The dog you feed the most will eventually grow stronger and overpower the other. This dramatic illustration may motivate Christians toward saintly behavior, but is it accurate based on who we really are in Christ? Since God "delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son" (Colossians 1:13), can we still be in both kingdoms? When God declares that we are "not in the flesh but in the Spirit" (Romans 8:9), can we be in the flesh and in the Spirit simultaneously? When God says that "you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord" (Ephesians 5:8), can you possibly be both light and darkness? When God states that "if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come" (2 Corinthians 5:17), can we be partly new creature and partly old creature? But be careful. Can a Christian sin? Of course! "If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us" 17
(1 John 1:8). But having sin and being sin are two completely different issues. When we choose to walk by the flesh we will sin, but, as 1 John 2:1 reminds us, we don't have to: "My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin." We will spend the next few days exploring the scriptural bases for this truth.
I thank you lord, for forgiving me of all my sins. The blood of Jesus has redeemed me from my past sinful nature, he has made me free from sin and so sin shall have no dominion over me. I am cleans from all unrighteousness, cleans from all things that would have cause condemnation in my life. I am redeemed from failure and set back because am a new creation old things have passed away in Jesus name Amen.
Morning John 9 Evening John 10 18
My new creation in Christ grants me victory in everything I do and everywhere I go in Jesus Name Amen.
Romans 10:9,10 2 Corinthians 5:17
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6TH Giving Him the Key Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20 A friend of mine tells the story of an encounter he had with a very important government official - the head of state for a country. In the course of some meetings with my friend, the official came up to him and said, "I perceive that there is a difference between you and me. Is it because I come from a different denomination?" My friend began to explain why there was a difference. "If you were to come to my home, I would invite you in as an honored guest. As my guest, you would enjoy everything I had in my home. However, you would still be a guest. You would not have the keys to the home, and your authority in that home would be merely as a guest. However, if I said to you that I am turning over my home to you and you now have the keys to my home, I would be your servant." My friend continued, "This is the difference between you and me. You have merely invited Jesus into your home as a guest. I have given Jesus the keys to my home [heart] and I am his servant." "How can I do this too?" the man replied. "All you have to do is invite Him in as the new owner." The man did this and is now allowing Jesus to rule and reign in every detail of his life. So often many of us enter a relationship with God that brings us salvation. This is the gospel of salvation. But what God really desires for us is to experience the gospel of the Kingdom. He wants us to experience His power and presence every day of our lives and to see His hand at work in us. This only happens when we give Him the key to our life; He must be more than an honored guest. 19
Where are you today? Has your life with God been more like an honored-guest relationship, or does He have the key to your life?
Today dear lord, I submit the key to my heart completely to you, for you to guild me and keep off all enemies away from my life. That I would succeed in my walk with you in Jesus Name Amen.
Morning John 11 Evening John 12 20
Am surrendering all what is left in my life to you today, be in charge of my life, direct my life to a faithful end in you in Jesus name Amen
Romans 5:8 John 16:8,9
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7TH Fresh Evidence Has something bad ever happened to you that shook you to the core of your being? When John the Baptist was arrested by King Herod and thrown into prison, John’s faith was shaken to its core. As he lay in a filthy jail cell, waiting to die, doubt began to creep in. He became discouraged and disillusioned and began to question what he believed about the Lord. So John sent two of his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you really the one we are waiting for [the Messiah], or shall we keep on looking?” (Matthew 11:3 tlb). John needed fresh evidence for his faith. He was crying out, “Jesus, are You the Messiah, or am I going through all of this for nothing?” Jesus sent the message back, “Go and tell John . . . The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them” (vv. 4,5 nkjv). He was saying, “John, just keep on believing because I’m the real thing!” When John asked Jesus for fresh evidence for his faith, the Lord began to tell him about the miracles. Why? Because a miracle settles the issue! A miracle gives us evidence that Jesus’ power is real and that He can do something about our situation. John was going back to the basics of his faith. And right in the middle of his jail cell, Jesus gave him fresh evidence to help him overcome the trials he was facing. When we encounter a detour in life, when we’re down and hurting, it’s important for us to go back to the basics of our faith. All of us need fresh evidence for our faith at some point in our lives. We serve a God who is real, and He stands ready to give us the fresh evidence 21
we need to face each new day with overcoming faith and victory.
With my soul I will bless the lord with In the name of Jesus today I take every thought and Purpose in life. My authority over the thought of my mind will not wander out of the pres- life. ence of God. My life shall ever glorify you. I have the mind of Christ, the messiah, and do hold the thought of his heart. In Jesus name I will practice what I have learned and received and heard and seen in Christ and model my way of living on it in Jesus name Amen.
Morning John 13, 14 Evening John 15, 16 22
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 Colossians 3:2
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8TH Radical, Inner Transformation 1 Corinthians 15:10 By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain If you believe that you are part light and part darkness, part saint and part sinner, you will live in a very mediocre manner with little to distinguish you from the non-Christian. You may confess your proneness to sin and strive to do better, but you will live a continually defeated life because you perceive yourself to be only a sinner saved by grace who is hanging on until the rapture. Satan knows he can do nothing about who you really are, but if he can get you to believe you are no different from the natural person, then you will behave no differently from the natural person. Why does this profile describe so many Christians? Because we are ignorant of our true identity in Christ. God's work of atonement in changing sinners to saints is His greatest accomplishment on earth. The inner change, justification, is effected at the moment of salvation. The outer change in the believer's daily walk, sanctification, continues throughout life. But the progressive work of sanctification is only fully effective when the radical, inner transformation of justification is realized and appropriated by faith. "But didn't I read somewhere that Paul referred to himself as the chief of sinners?" you may wonder. Yes, but he was referring to his nature before his conversion to Christ (1 Timothy 1:12-16). He made a similar statement of self-depreciation in 1 Corinthians 15:9, but continued by saying: "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain" (verse 10). Paul knew that who he was before Christ and who he became in Christ were two separate identities. 23
If you claim to be just a sinner, what will you do? You will sin! You are professing that sin is at the core of your identity. That's not what the Bible teaches. Why don't we just believe God that Jesus is at the core of our being and then begin to live like it by His Spirit?
Lord, I submit to follow you. I am Jesus is my Lord. I choose to putting aside my own desires and become his servant. He calls me conveniences. I yield my desires his friend. that are not your plan for me. Even in the midst of my fear, I surrender and entrust my future to you. I choose to take up my cross and follow You, so that the life of Christ meant be confirmed in me, in Jesus name I pray Amen.
Morning John 17 Evening John 18 24
1 Peter 5:5 James 4:7
Commitment I am making the most of my wonderful life. Being true to myself as a child of God is my holy commitment. Through this commitment, I identify the personal expressions and life experiences that are of the highest value to me. I recognize my God-given qualities, such as perception, caring, understanding, and trust all of which are mine to offer. God’s guidance helps me to apply these qualities in my conversations and interactions with others. I appreciate those near and dear to me and also those I meet only briefly in the course of a day. They bring fulfillment to my life. I value our relationships as we share and rely upon one another. As a child of God, I commit to making the most of wonderful relationships, wonderful opportunities, and my wonderful life. “As for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause.”—Job 5:8 ANCIENT OF DAYS "As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat." Daniel 7:9 FROM THE FATHER'S HEART My child, don't be troubled by the events you see unfolding in your world. I was Lord of My creation in the beginning, and I am Lord of coming events. Although you do not understand the future, or even the present, remember that I do. Live one day at a time, trusting Me, and bearing witness of Me. As Ancient of Days, I am always in control. A GRATEFUL RESPONSE One day all will know that the God of the future is the same God of the past. All will recognize You, Lord, as the ageless God who sees and knows everything. You have always been in the world, long before creation drew its first breath. You are the Ancient of Days, and You will rule forever. I stand in awe of Your presence. SIMPLE TRUTH Tomorrow is often a question on hold, but God knows exactly how life will unfold. 25
Psalm 16:4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips. Ralph had grown up desiring to be wealthy one day. He had worked hard, devoting himself to the pursuit of his precious money. Now he could honestly call himself rich, but he wasn't sure it was all he had dreamed it would be. He spent so much of his time protecting what he had accumulated. He lay awake at night worrying about investments, deals, taxes; anything and everything that might ruin his status. His every waking moment was tied up in the acquisition of more and more wealth. On rare occasions, Ralph found himself wishing for just a little peace of mind and a chance to forget about money for awhile. The pursuit of God is one of the few life choices we can make that has no strings attached. We give very little, and receive so much. Money, fame, power, prestige all sound nice, but they require more effort than they are worth. Worse, they pay temporary benefits that fade away, leaving us empty, lost, and alone. Give your life to God, and walk in the ways that He chooses, and you will find that He will bless you continually. Prayer: Turn me from the things that cannot offer me lasting satisfaction. Turn me instead, Lord, to the things that are eternal and holy. Amen.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9TH â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lord, Be With Me!' I think sometimes we feel as though we're out in the world all by ourselves when we're not. God is there with us. Hebrews 13:5 NKJV tells us that Jesus said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." Maybe the reason we think God is not with us is because we haven't asked Him to be there. The Word says in James 4:2, Ye have not, because ye ask not. I believe that if you'll begin each morning by saying, "Lord, be with me this day. You won't be following me around; I'll be the one following you," you'll be surprised just how much smoother your day will go and how much better you'll feel.
Lord lead me while I follow you, so that I can be confirmed to the image of Christ the Anointed one, I belong to Jesus Christ, the Anointed one, who breaks down and destroys every yoke of bondage in my life. In his name and in obedience to your will, Father, I submit to the control and direction of the Holy Spirit whom you have sent to live in me. I am your child .All to you I surrender. I am an overcomer by the blood of the lamb and by the word of my testimony. In Jesus name I pray Amen
Morning John 19 Evening John 22,21 28
God has promised never to forsake me. I live confidently in the assurance of that promise.
Colossians 1:13, 14 Revelation 12:11
MONDAY NOVEMBER 10TH Salvation Is Regeneration 2 Peter 1:4 He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature What does the Bible specifically say about our nature? The Greek word for nature is used in this way only twice in the New Testament. Ephesians 2:1-3 described the nature we all shared before we came to Christ: "And you were dead in your trespasses and sins . . . and were by nature children of wrath." What was your basic nature before you were born again spiritually? You and every other Christian "were by nature children of wrath," dead in sin, subject to Satan's power, living completely to fulfill sinful lusts and desires. This is the condition of every unbeliever today. The second occurrence of the word is in 2 Peter 1:4 describing our nature after we came to Christ: "He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature." When you came into spiritual union with God through your new birth, you didn't add a new, divine nature to your old, sinful nature. You exchanged natures. Salvation isn't just a matter of God forgiving your sins and issuing you a pass to heaven when you die. Salvation is regeneration. God changed you from darkness to light, from sinner to saint. There is newness about you that wasn't there before. If God hadn't changed your identity at salvation, you would be stuck with your old identity until you died.
How could you expect to grow to maturity if you didn't start as a transformed child of God? Becoming a partaker of God's nature is fundamental to a Christian's identity and maturity.
We are no longer in Adam; we are in Christ. We can still choose to walk according to the flesh, but why should we want to? "You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him" (Romans 8:9).
Father, Your Son, Jesus, said that whatever I ask for in prayer, having faith and really believing, I will receive. Lord, I believe; help my unbelief. I count myself blessed, how happy I am, I get a fresh start, my slateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wiped clean. I count myself blessed, happy fortunate, to be envied. You are holding nothing against me; you have given me a new life through the death of your son on the cross I am saved in Jesus name Amen
Morning Acts 1 Evening Acts 2 30
Lord, may my understanding of who I am in Christ grow today so that I may walk in the victorious life You secured for me.
Romans 10:9, 10 1 John 1:9
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 11TH Obedience with a Cost Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people, and You have not rescued Your people at all. - Exodus 5:23 Have you ever felt like you have been obedient to the Lord for something He called you to do and all you get are more roadblocks? This is the way Moses felt. When Moses went to tell Pharaoh to release the people because God said so, Pharaoh simply got angry and made the people make bricks without straw. Moses caught the blame for this from the people. Moses was just learning what obedience really means in God's Kingdom. You see Moses had not even begun to release plagues upon Egypt. He hadn't even gotten started yet in his calling, and he was complaining about his circumstances. There were many more encounters with Pharaoh to come, and many more plagues with no deliverances in sight. Why would God tell Moses that He is going to deliver them and not do it? It was all in timing. God never said when He was going to deliver. He just said He would. In the next chapter, we find Moses arguing with God about not being capable of the job God had called him to do. But Moses said to the Lord, "If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?" Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron about the Israelites and Pharaoh king of Egypt, and He commanded them to bring the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 6:12-13). 31
Do you get the feeling God was losing His patience? God had a good reason for His delays. He said, "And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I stretch out My hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it" (Ex. 7:5). God not only wanted the people of Israel but also the Egyptians to know Him. It would be the greatest show of God's power on earth. God often causes delays in our lives that we cannot understand. Sometimes it seems our obedience is not getting rewarded. Jesus said He learned obedience through the things He suffered (see Heb. 5:8). Imagine that - Jesus having to learn obedience. What does that say for you and me? Sometimes God's delays are simply because He wants more glory in the situation, more recognition, more Christlikeness in you and me through greater patience and obedience. Faint not, for the promise may yet come.
In the name of Jesus, I cast the whole of my care on you, for you care for me most affectionately and care about me watchfully. I expect a life of victory and awesome deeds because my actions are done on behalf of a spirit humbly submitted to your truth and righteousness in Jesus name Amen.
Morning Acts 3 Evening Acts 4 32
Father, May your will be done on earth in my life as it is in heaven. That today in my life there shall be showers of blessing upon me in Jesus name Amen.
Hebrews 4:12 Galatians 6:4,5
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 12TH The Lordship of Jesus I believe the only way to achieve your full potential is to surrender your will and your life to One who is bigger and greater than yourself-Jesus Christ. An example of this is the apostle Paul, who, before his conversion, was known as Saul. Saul persecuted the Christians and even held the coats of those who stoned Stephen to death (Acts 7:58). After the stoning, Saul got permission from the Jewish authorities to go to Damascus to hunt down followers of Christ and take them to prison. But an unusual thing happened on the road to Damascus. Saul was knocked down by a bright light, and a voice from heaven asked, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" The light blinded him, and knowing that something supernatural had knocked him to the ground, Saul called out, "Who are You, Lord?" The voice said, "I am Jesus, the One you are persecuting." Trembling, Saul asked, "Lord, what do You want me to do?" And the Lord told him to go to a man named Ananias. Saul, now blind, was led by his hand to Damascus (vv. 4-9). When Saul arrived, Ananias hugged and prayed for him, and immediately Saul's eyes were healed (vv. 17-18). He was converted, began to preach, changed his name to Paul, and spent his life establishing churches and conquering Rome by writing letters from jail cells. The man named Saul could never have accomplished all that. But the man named Paul, by submitting his life to Jesus' authority, became the great apostle who spread the Gospel throughout the 33
world. In the same way, it is through the lordship of Jesus Christ that our lives can be changed and we can be all that God wants us to be.
Jesus is lord over my spirit, my soul, and my body, because Jesus has been made unto me wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Jesus is the lordship of my life
As I daily surrender my will to the lordship of Christ, I can become all that He wants me to be.
Morning Acts 5 Evening Acts 6
Philippians 2:9-11 Philippians 4:13
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 13TH An Entirely New Self Ephesians 5:8 You were formerly in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light Ephesians 5:8 describes the essential change of nature which occurs at salvation. It doesn't say you were in darkness; it says you were darkness. Darkness was your nature, your very essence, as an unbeliever. Nor does it say you are now in the light; it says you are light. God changed your basic nature from darkness to light. The issue in this passage is not improving your nature. Your new nature is already determined. The issue is learning to walk in harmony with your new nature. Why do you need the nature of Christ within you? So you can be like Christ, not just act like Him. God has not given us the power to imitate Him. He has made us partakers of His nature so that we can actually be like Him. You don't become a Christian by acting like one. We are not on a performance basis with God. He doesn't say, "Here are My standards, now you measure up." He knows you can't solve the problem of an old sinful self by simply improving your behavior. He must change your nature, give you an entirely new self--the life of Christ in you--which is the grace you need to measure up to His standards. That was the point of His message in the Sermon on the Mount: "Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:20). The scribes and Pharisees were the religious perfectionists of their day. They had external behavior down to a science, but their hearts were like the insides of a tomb: reeking of death. Jesus is only interested in creating new persons from the inside out by infusing in them a brand-new nature and creating in them a new self. 35
Only after He changes your identity and makes you a partaker of His nature will you be able to change your behavior.
Dear Jesus, thank You for rescuing me from the kingdom of darkness and transferring me into Your marvelous light. I choose to walk as a child of light today. And live a life of the kingdom that you have made available to me through your blood. Thank you Jesus for all you did for me, in Jesus name Amen.
Morning Acts 7 Evening Acts 8 36
Am a child of the kingdom, washed and cleans by the precious blood of Jesus Christ my redeemer
Colossians 1:13-15 Matthew 6:10
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 14th New Places “…you have not passed this way before” (Joshua 3:4). God desires to take you into new places in your life. He wants to take you to deeper places in your walk with Him, and He wants to take you into higher places of blessing in your life. Are you ready to go to places that you’ve never been before? So many people today get stuck in a rut because they don’t want to get out of their comfort zone. They want to stay with what they know because it’s comfortable. But in order for you to reach your full potential, you have to be willing to step out into the unknown. You won’t ever walk on water until you step out of the boat! We all have areas we can rise higher in. Open your heart today and be ready to step out into the unknown. Trust that the Lord will guide and order your every step. Begin to expect that the unexpected is on the way. Be ready to step out into new places. As you approach your day with faith and expectancy, you will move forward in the abundant life He has for you!
Heavenly Father, thank You for bringing me increase in every area of my life. Thank You for taking me to new places. I expect that You are working behind the scenes in my life, and I open my heart to all You have for me. In Jesusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Name. Amen.
I walk in an unusual blessing this month of November, because am ready to step out of my comfort zone to the arena God has prepared for my blessing
Morning Acts 9 Evening Acts 10
Psalm 100:1-5 Philippians 2:13
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15TH Understanding Your Gift Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. - 1 Corinthians 12:1 In First Corinthians 12 and Romans 12, the apostle Paul is teaching us about the role of spiritual gifts in the Church. He correlates these gifts to a human body, telling us that each person's gift helps the whole Body of the Church. This is such an important principle for us to learn. I must say I learned this principle regarding my own spiritual gift the hard way. "God will never speak as strongly to you as to someone else," said my mentor to me one day. The statement shocked me. "What in the world do you mean by that?" I argued with him. "Your spiritual gift of administration/leading is one of the most dangerous gifts in the whole Body of Christ. The reason is that you can see the big picture better than anyone else, and you're so taskoriented that you will run people into the ground getting your project completed because you think you see it so clearly. That is why the best friend you could ever have is someone with a prophetic gift to discern whether the big picture you see is actually the picture God is directing. It is the one gift that can almost stand alone better than any other - at least that is the opinion of the one with that gift." Oh, how I have learned this lesson the hard way! He was so right. There has been many church staff destroyed by a person with the gift of administration. During my years working in church, I saw how I stressed out my staff because of the tremendous load I put on them with multiple projects. It was so easy for me because the more balls I had juggling, the better I felt. I was oblivious to how 39
my multi-task personality impacted those around me. Today, I have some special relationships with intercessors and prophetic people whom I depend on for confirmation of direction. I have learned their spiritual gifts of discernment are of great value in determining strategic direction. I have learned that God has placed within each person a spiritual gift that is designed to make the Body of Christ function better for His purposes. When we discover the spiritual gifts God has placed in those around us, we are better able to see the Body function as a real body-totally dependent on one another. Some of us are more sensitive to God's voice because God has gifted us in that way. Others of us are less sensitive because God wants us to depend on others in the Body for their gifts. Find out whom God has placed around you today and discover a new dimension of spiritual productivity.
Father I am full of belief, confident that i am filled with the uniqueness of your gift, that is able to build me to operate perfectly as a member of the body of Christ, that I will continue to use my gift to perfect the body of Christ that your name will always be glorified as we work together to build the kingdom you have prepared for us through Christ Jesus. Amen.
Christ very breath and blood flow through me, nourishing me so that I will continue to grow up healthy in God , robust in love.
Morning Acts 11 Evening Acts 12,13
Ephesians 4:4-6 Colossians 3:12:15
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New Horizon I am ready for a new experience of endless possibility.. I am ready for a new experience. I am ready for a fresh perspective. I need not view any situation or circumstance in my life as permanent or limiting. Instead, I allow my God-given imagination to soar, encompassing a wide horizon of new possibilities. As my vision expands, I may even surprise myself with the ideas of unlimited potential that I give voice to and channel my time and energy toward. With excitement and enthusiasm, I claim my acceptance of this broadening horizon and affirm: I am ready for a new experience of endless possibility. I rise up, move forward, and enjoy the fulfillment within the journey toward a new and unlimited horizon. “If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.”—Psalm 139:9-10 SPLENDOR O Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty. Psalm 104:1 FROM THE FATHER'S HEART My child, I am thrilled when you reach for the hem of My garment. I have dressed you in My robe of righteousness so that you, too, can be adorned with royalty. Garments of praise become you! When you touch My heart, all of heaven rejoices with you. A GRATEFUL RESPONSE Like a beautiful ornament among a thousand, twinkling lights, You shine far above Your creation. Your clothing surpasses any earthly king. There is none with which to compare Your beauty, majesty, and power. I am awed by your brilliance and humbled by Your splendor. How great You are, Lord. SIMPLE TRUTH With pitchers from heaven, He waters the earth and paints it with 49
Psalm 18:34 He teached my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by my arms. Angela was the youngest of six children. Her memories and childhood conjured images of constant fighting and competition. She had learned very early how to fight. Her young years had been a painful lesson in the survival of the fittest. It was only after she left home that she found out that living didn't mean fighting. She met and married a strong Christian man whose strength came not from any physical source, but from a keep and abiding faith in the Lord. He taught her patience and compassion and peace. Her world was turned upside down as she realized that true strength came not from fighting, but from refusing to fight. God granted her a power greater than any she'd known. By her peace of mind and spirit, Angela broke free from the bondage of her past and faced the future with the assurance that nothing could ever defeat her again. Prayer: Lord, remove from me my spirit of competition in trying to be better than other people. Whenever my will says to fight back in anger, let my spirit prevail with a desire to forgive. Make me strong in Your love. Amen.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 16TH Treasures Within “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels…” (II Corinthians 4:7 NKJ). Did you know there are treasures deep on the inside of you? As a believer in Jesus, the greatest treasure within you is the Spirit of God. You carry the most precious treasure in the universe inside of you! Beyond that, He has deposited many other treasures on the inside of you. You may not even see these treasures yet, but God has given you gifts and abilities that are tied to your purpose. He has fully equipped you to succeed in this life. What do you need to move forward? What do you need to break out of your comfort zone? It’s on the inside of you. The Bible also says in Proverbs that understanding is like a well within and the wise person draws it out. Draw out those treasures inside of you by speaking words of faith today. Stir up the gift inside of you by praying in the Spirit and thanking Him in worship. As you seek the Lord and submit yourself to His leading, you will discover the treasures within, and you’ll live a life of purpose all your days!
Father God, thank You for choosing to live inside of me. Show me the treasures you have deposited within me so that I can fulfill your purpose for me all the days of my life. I love you and bless you today. In Jesusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Name. Amen.
Morning Acts 14 Evening Acts 15,16 52
The seed of success is in me , I know that am born to be a winner at all time, and today is one of those day I take charge over all God has provided for me.
John 17:22,23 Ephesians 4:2,3
MONDAY NOVEMBER 17TH Ready to Go "Denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ." (Titus 2:12--13) If the rapture happened today, would you be ready to go? The Bible says that Christ is coming for those who are watching and waiting. Does the thought that Jesus could come back today make your heart leap? Or does it make your heart sink? Any person who is right with God should be excited about the imminent return of Jesus. It is a good litmus test of where you are spiritually. If the thought of His return brings joy to your heart, then that would indicate to me that you are walking with God. But if it causes fear, then that would be an indication that something is not right spiritually. As Jesus spoke to His disciples about end times events, He closed His teaching with a personal exhortation: "But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth" (Luke 21:34--35). As followers of Christ, we need to be living in such a way that we are ready for His return. We need to be living in such a way that every moment counts. One day, each of us will be held accountable for how we spent our time, our resources, and our lives. Let's not waste them. Let's allow the anticipation of the Lord's imminent return to keep us on our toes spiritually. Let's allow it to motivate us to live godly lives.
Father I am prepared for your My mouth shall be filled with return, I am waiting patiently for your praise and with Your honor you to come and take me home, all the days of my life. to that place you have prepared for us who have surrender our life and have taking the image of Christ, I look forward to meet you and tell you how much I love you
Morning Acts 17 Evening Acts 18,19 54
Psalm 71:8 Psalm 119:105
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 18TH Seven Benefits of Prayer Did you know that there are seven powerful benefits of prayer that can give you renewed strength and hope each day? First, prayer draws you into fellowship with God. Like spending time with a good friend, spending time with God brings you closer to Him and opens the door for greater intimacy. James 4:8 tells you to draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Second, when you fellowship with God in prayer, there is an exchange of your weakness for His strength (II Corinthians 12:9). Third, prayer helps you get your priorities in order. We're often so busy doing things for our families, schools, and churches that our priorities get out of order. Jesus said, Make the kingdom of God your primary concern (Matthew 6:33 NLT). Then other things will fall into place. Fourth, prayer helps you hear God's voice more clearly and protects you from being deceived by the wrong voice. Through prayer, the Holy Spirit can guide you into all truth (John 16:13). Fifth, you receive revelation in prayer-insight that only God can give about His plan for your life (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV). Sixth, you experience repentance when you pray and turn away from sin. Then you get rid of any guilt and shame, and forgiveness floods your heart (Psalm 103:12). Seventh, when you let go of your guilt and embrace God's forgiveness, you undergo a transformation that frees you and lets you 55
rest in Him (II Corinthians 5:17). And that rest, that peace, may be the best benefit of all!
Father you have made me your As I make prayer a vital part of righteousness in Christ Jesus, my my life, I am receiving many prayers avail much. You brought benefits. salvation to my soul, you brought deliverance to my oppression, you healed my body when I pray to you, and you brought me prosperity. Father thank you for changing my life through prayers in Jesus name Amen.
Morning Acts 20 Evening Acts 21, 22 56
Matthew 6:33 I kings 18:25-29
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 19TH With God All things are Possible. “Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God" (Mark 10:27). With God all things are possible! Now that’s a very broad statement. But, it doesn’t mean you can just do anything you want. You have to get with God first. In order to get with God, or align yourself with Him, you have to obey His Word. You have to submit yourself to Him and His plan for your life. You must turn your back on your old life and your old way of doing things. When you are in agreement with God and His Word, then all things will be possible. When you make your thoughts agreeable to His Word, than your plans will be established and you will succeed! Make whatever changes are necessary in your life today so that you can align yourself with God. Don’t hang around people that will try to drag you down. Guard what you watch on TV and what you listen to. Be determined everyday to spend time in prayer and studying the Word. The Bible promises that as you draw near to God, He will draw near to you. As you are in agreement with God, all things will be possible for you, and you will live the life of victory He has planned for you!
Heavenly Father, I want everything You have in store for me. Today I choose to align myself with You. Show me if there is anything in my life that is displeasing to You so that I can walk with You all of my days. In Jesusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Name. Amen.
father today I submit to every kind of wisdom, practical insight, and prudence, which you have lavished upon me in accordance with the riches and generosity of your gracious favor.
Morning Acts 23 Evening Acts 24, 25
Philemon 1:6 I Timothy 5:8
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 20th The Essence of Temptation Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin I have found that many Christians struggle with the distinction between temptation and sin. Bombarded by tempting thoughts, they conclude that there must be something pretty sick about them. But even Jesus was "tempted in all things as we are." But finish the verse: "Yet without sin." As long as we are in the world, we are exposed to temptation just like Jesus was. But He didn't sin, and we don't have to sin either (1 Corinthians 10:13). The basis for temptation is legitimate human needs. We will either look to the world, the flesh and the devil to have our needs met, or we will look to Christ who promises to meet our needs (Philippians 4:19). The essence of temptation is the invitation to live independently of God. The power of temptation depends on the strength of the strongholds which have been developed in our minds as we learned to live independently of God. If you were raised in a Christian home where magazines and television programs of questionable moral value were not allowed, the power of sexual temptation in your life will not be as great as for someone who grew up exposed to pornographic materials.
Why? Because your legitimate need to be loved and accepted was met by parents who also protected you from exposure to illegitimate means of meeting your needs. The person who grew up in an environment of immorality may experience a greater struggle with sexual temptation simply because that stronghold in the mind was
well-established before he was born again. Jesus was tempted to meet His own physical needs by using His divine attributes independently of the Father to turn a rock into bread. But instead He responded, "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). We also must respond to temptation by relying on God to meet our needs.
With my soul I will bless the lord Christ ability in me helps me to with every thought and purpose in overcome all temptation my life. My mind will not wander out of the presence of God. My life shall glorify the father, with my Spirit, Soul and body will I magnify you lord all the days of my life, in Jesus name Amen.
Morning Acts 26 Evening Acts 27,28 60
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 Colossians 3:2
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21ST Wanted: Disciples "Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.' " (Matthew 16:24) The great English preacher John Wesley once said, "Give me a hundred men who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I do not care if they be clergymen or laymen. Such men alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth." I don't know if Wesley ever found such men. But I know that Jesus did. Jesus called these men to be His disciples. In the Book of Acts, they were described as "these who have turned the world upside down" (Acts 17:6). When that statement was initially given, it was not meant as a compliment. In fact, it was more of a criticism. But in a sense, that statement was a supreme compliment, because it acknowledged the impact these men were making. If there was ever a time in history when a world needed to be turned upside down or, should I say, right side up, the time is now. But if it is going to happen, then it will need to be through committed believers like the ones John Wesley was looking for: people who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God. No fairweather followers need apply. God is looking for disciples. So what does it mean to be a disciple? It simply means that you take your plans, your goals, and your aspirations and place them at the feet of Jesus. It simply means saying, "Not my will, but Yours be done." Let's commit ourselves to being true disciples of Jesus Christ. Not 61
mere fair-weather followers, but disciples doing the work of the ministry.
Father you have destined and appointed me to come progressively to know your will- that is to perceive, to recognize more, strongly and clearly, and to become better and more intimately acquainted with your will . I thank you Father, for the Holy Spirit who abides permanently in me and who guides me into all truth and declares to me the things that are to come, thank you lord in Jesus name
So father, I have entered into that blessed rest by adhering to, trusting in, and relying on you, in the name of Jesus Hallelujah! Amen
Morning Romans 1 Evening Romans 2,3
Colossians 4:12, 1 Corinthians 2:16
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 22ND Walking in Divine Overflow Most people know the story of the twelve spies Moses sent out to scout the Promised Land and how all but two-Jacob and Calebreturned with a negative report. In Numbers 14:9 NKJV Moses told the people, "Do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us." I've learned from that verse that to live in God's divine overflow we need to: One, rebel not against the Lord. Isaiah 1:19 NKJV says, "If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land." If God speaks to your spirit, don't shrink back. Stand firm and obey Him. Two, get rid of fear. Second Timothy 1:7 NKJV says, God has not given us a spirit of fear. Fear comes to all of us, but don't share it. Recognize that fear is not of God and take authority over it, in Jesus' name. Three, know the limitations of your enemy. Numbers 14:9 NKJV says, "Do not...fear the people of the land, for they are our bread." While there were giants in the land, Joshua and Caleb recognized that what the people in that land had accumulated was intended for God's people. It was bread for them. Four, know the power of your God. Mark 10:27 says, With God all things are possible, and when you believe, Nothing shall be impossible unto you (Matthew 17:20). It's important to recognize that God is all-powerful, He loves you, and He wants to do awesome things for you. 63
Knowing this can enable you to walk out of lack into God's divine overflow.
Father I recognize your ability I walk out of my lack into God's that is able to bring all things to divine overflow to receive all pass in my life, I lean on you for that He has promised me. you are the source of my victory the lord of my life, my so provider, my king of kings, my lord of lords, my all sufficient God, my great provide, with you everything in my life is possible, thank you lord for everything you have done for me in Jesus name
Morning Romans 4,5 Evening Romans 6,7 64
Ephesians 1:5 Proverbs 16:3,9
Acts of Kindness I am expressing my love for God through acts of kindness toward others. Participating in life in a loving and kind manner every day, I express my love for God in ever-increasing ways through my attitudes and actions. Some acts of kindness are unplanned, but sometimes putting love into action requires a little preparation. So I consider whether Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m aware of some kindness or assistance that I can act upon. Perhaps a person who lives nearby is not feeling well, and I could be of help. I might be able to share my time and talents in service to others in my community. Through kindness and consideration, I give expression to the love of God within me toward my neighbors and beyond. As I actively share a blessing with others, I am blessed beyond measure in return. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27 SON OF THE LIVING GOD "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Matthew 16:16 FROM THE FATHER'S HEART My child, when others ask you about Me, what do you say? How would you describe our relationship? Never forget who I am, and that My Father and I are one. I am God's Son, but I am also your Father. Does that confuse you? Simply rest in the knowledge that you are My child. As you stay in My presence daily, you will come to understand Me more. A GRATEFUL RESPONSE Lord, some say You were only a historical figure, a good man, but nothing more. You lived; You died. But You live today in my heart, the Son of a living God--not just a higher power, a spirit being, or a cosmic force in the universe. You are God's own Son. SIMPLE TRUTH Even when we understand less, we can love more 65
Psalm 18:36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip. Brent thought he was going to freeze to death. He had set out to Jill's house during the early throes of the blizzard. It was four miles to her house, but the drifting snow was making progress almost impossible. He was halfway, so it didn't matter whether he went forward or back; the trip was going to be rough. He could have kicked himself for not leaving the house prepared. Now he was paying for it. As he passed the Johnson house, Ed Johnson leaned out and called to him. As Brent looked up, Ed held out a pair of snowshoes, waving them with a big grin on his face. Brent broke into a smile and struggled over to the Johnsons'. When he was young, Brent thought people in Minnesota were eccentric for keeping snowshoes around. Suddenly, it didn't seem so funny anymore. There are some situations that arise in our lives that are as difficult to get through as a deep snowdrift or shifting sand. We struggle, and the more we do, the worse off we become. God reaches out to us in those times, gladly lending a hand. He will enlarge our steps, so that we might get over the toughest problems. Believe it. Prayer: Dear Lord, equip me with the means to meet life's problems. Often I flounder around, sinking deeper and deeper into tough situation. Liberate me, and set me back on my feet, I pray. Amen.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 23RD Am a New Creation “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” (II Corinthians 5:17). Everyone loves to get something new. But as a believer in Jesus, you’re not only getting something new, you are something new. You are a brand new creation! Your eternal being, or the spirit on the inside of you, is re-created in Christ. The old is gone, the new has come. The Bible says that we are to work out our salvation. That means you have to retrain your body and mind to act, think, speak and live according to the new spirit within you—instead of the old habits you used to have. Don’t ever get stuck in a rut thinking, “I’ll never change…that’s just the way I am.” No, the Bible says that the Spirit of God aids us in our weakness. He gives us strength to overcome. He empowers us to live as more than conquerors. Is there something you want to change in your life today? Remember, you are a new creation in Christ. You are empowered to overcome. You are equipped to walk in the new, abundant life the Lord has in store for you!
Father in Heaven, thank You for making me a new creation. Thank You for empowering me to live as an overcomer. I give this day to you and ask you to help me fully understand the plan You have for me. In Jesusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Name. Amen.
Today I stand firm and mature in Spiritual growth, convinced and fully assured in everything willed by God in my life will come to pass.
Morning Romans 8 Evening Romans 9, 10
Hebrews 4:10 Ephesians 1:5
MONDAY NOVEMBER 24TH Help Me Not To Doubt’ “I do believe, but help me not to doubt!” (Mark 9:24, NLT) Recently, I've been thinking my life verse should be Mark 9:24: “… I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (NIV) I do believe, yet I have so much unbelief in my life. I walk in faith, yet my faith is often more in the things I see than the things I don’t see. I follow God, yet I repeatedly find myself stumbling down a path of my own choosing. Paul teaches this is a common disorder among Christians, but he also says the cure for our unbelief is, quite simply, to believe God. In the midst of our complex negotiations with God on the subject of belief, Paul sums up the issue with one simple phrase: "Abraham believed God" (Romans 4:3) · Abraham believed God to be a loving Father; · Abraham believed God wanted fellowship with him; · Abraham believed God would speak with him; · Abraham believed God would listen to him; · Abraham believed God wanted to use him in a great mission; · Abraham believed God knew more than he did when the childless patriarch was called to birth a great nation; · Abraham believed God was telling him to go, even if it was to a land he did not know; · Abraham believed God would guide and provide step-by-step. · Abraham “went out, not knowing where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8) Abraham acted on his belief because he was in intimate fellowship with the Father, and this “up-close and personal” relationship showed Abraham that God could be trusted to do the things he said he would do and to fulfill the commitments he promised to complete. Abraham believed God. Paul believed God. I believe; God, help me overcome my unbelief -· I believe; help me live like I believe. · I believe; help me make decisions like I believe. · I believe, my Lord, you are trustworthy; help me to abandon mythology that says I am more trustworthy than you. 69
“Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led,” writes the great saint Oswald Chambers. “But it does mean loving and knowing the One who is leading. It is literally a life of faith, not of understanding and reason – a life of knowing him who calls us to go.” · ‘Help my unbelief’ – You cannot work yourself up to greater belief; rather, your belief will deepen as you deepen your fellowship with God. Tell him, “I believe; help me overcome my unbelief.” · Believe God, not yourself – As you face decisions today, ask yourself: “Is this decision based on my belief in God, or my belief in myself?” · Move from ‘if’ to ‘of course’ – God's desire is that you to move from “if God can do this” to “of course, God can do this!” He doesn’t expect perfection from you; if you could be perfect, then Jesus needn’t have died on the cross. Even Abraham failed to believe God at points along his journey. · Listen to Jesus – When we say, “Help me, if you can,” Jesus says, “If I can? Don’t you understand that everything is possible to you when you believe?” (Mark 9:21-23) · Keep confessing – Lord, I believe; help me overcome my unbelief
I am the body of Christ and Satan has no power over me. For I overcome evil with good. I am of God and have overcome Satan. For greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. I will fear no evil for Thou art with me Lord, Your Word and Your Spirit they comfort me. I am far from oppression, and fear does not come nigh me. No weapon formed against me shall prosper, for my righteous-
Morning Romans 11 Evening Romans 12,13 70
I believe, therefore I declare that today, whatever I do will prosper for I'm like a tree that's planted by the rivers of water
1 John 4:8,18 Philippians 4:19
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 25TH Beyond the Boundary 1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. Most of us won't often be tempted to commit obvious sins such as armed robbery, murder or rape. Satan's tack is to entice us to push something good beyond the boundary of the will of God until it becomes sin. He treats us like the proverbial frog in the pot of water: gradually turning up the heat of temptation, hoping we don't notice that we are approaching the boundary of God's will and jump out before something good becomes sin. Everything is good and lawful for us because we are free from sin and no longer under the condemnation of the law. But the following statements reveal how we can wrongly take good things beyond the boundary of God's will. Physical rest becomes laziness ability to profit becomes avarice and greed enjoyment of life becomes intemperance physical pleasure becomes sensuality interest in the possessions of others becomes covetousness enjoyment of food becomes gluttony selfcare becomes selfishness self-respect becomes conceit communication becomes gossip cautiousness becomes unbelief anger becomes rage and bad temper loving-kindness becomes overprotection judgment becomes criticism same-sex friendship becomes homosexuality sexual freedom becomes immorality conscientiousness becomes perfectionism generosity becomes wastefulness self-protection becomes dishonesty carefulness becomes fear. Why all we have to do is to live in the peace of God that he has made available through the blood of our lord Jesus Christ. 71
Today take a careful look at your life from January until date and ask yourself, have lived beyond the safe provision of my salvation? Has righteousness fully taking control of me?
Father, help me not to go beyond the boundaries of your will concerning my life. That I should live according to the leading of the Holy Spirit every day of my life. Thank you for giving me your peaceful Spirit to guild and lead me all time, in Jesus name I pray Amen.
Morning Romans 14 Evening Romans 15, 16 72
Lord, I seek your balance in my life today to do what is profitable without being mastered by anything, even good things.
Luke 6:28 Isaiah 43:1
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 26TH Decision-Making "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." - Proverbs 3:5 This is one of the most quoted verses in the Bible related to gaining wisdom and direction from God. Yet I have never heard one teaching on this passage that teaches what I believe the psalmist is really saying. The first part is pretty easy; we are to trust with all our heart. But the next part is not so clear. We are not to lean on our own understanding. If we are not to lean on our own understanding, on whose understanding are we to lean? God understanding Throughout the Old Testament we find that God set up structures by which those in authority made decisions. God has always set a principle whereby we are to seek Him in all our decisions, that He might truly make our decisions. In the Old Testament, the priest made decisions based on which way the Urim and Thummim fell inside his breastplate. The casting of lots was another means of allowing a decision to be left with God. Proverbs says, "The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord" (Prov. 16:33). Another means of making a decision was through the agreement of two or three. No one could be guilty of any crime without the witness of two or three. This was a biblical way of confirming a matter. Still another means of making a decision is through a multitude of counselors. Given all these scenarios, what are we to gain from these examples? We are told in Jeremiah 17:9a, "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure." So what really protects each of us 73
from the deceit of our own heart? I believe it is the combination of all the above. When we get to a place with God that our decisions are accountable to others, whether that be a wife, a board, or a few close friends who are committed to the same godly ideals, this is when we are protected from the deceit of our own heart. This is one of the hardest things to yield to God-the right to make our own decisions. Yet, it is the most elementary principle God requires of us to receive His blessing in our lives. This principle took a long time for me to appreciate. However, today I can tell you I would never make a major decision without the counsel of others who are close to me. Relational accountability has become lost in our culture due to our hunger for independence. I have experienced too often the hardship that results from making decisions that God isn't behind. Walking in obedience is the only real freedom in Christ.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 27TH Not Ashamed "For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jews first and also Gentiles." Romans 1:16 In his book, The Devaluing of America, former Secretary of Education William Bennett made this statement. "During my tenure as U. S. Secretary of Education, nothing I said seemed more unforgivable than my good words about religion. I was attacked as an Ayatollah when I supported voluntary school prayer and the posting of the Ten Commandments in school." His experience is so typical of our culture today. You can say anything. You can believe anything. But if you stand up and say there are absolutes, if you say there is right and wrong and the Bible says so, then you are accused of hurting our society. You are the worst possible thing that could happen to our culture. Ironically, the very problems that are the result of society's rejection of God are then placed at the feet of the Christian, as though the Christian has brought these troubles on our culture. But this is not the first time in history that Christians have become scapegoats for the ills of a culture. Christians were blamed for the burning of Rome when it was Caesar Nero who was largely responsible for its destruction. We live in a time when people are standing up for all sorts of causes. We have people standing up for the rights of animals. We have people standing up for the environment. We have people standing up for perverse sexual lifestyles. We have people standing up for everything imaginable, even willing to die for their cause. Isn't it time that we, as Christians, stand up for what we 75
believe? It's time to stand up and be counted for Jesus, be the church carrier in your environment, in your home, in your school. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continue to talk Jesus talk everywhere we find ourselves and Jesus will continue to talk about us to the father.
I am a doer of the Word of God and am blessed in my deeds. I am happy in those things which I do because I am a doer of the Word of God. I take the shield of faith and quench every fiery dart that the wicked one brings against me in Jesus name Amen.
Morning 1 Corinthians 5,6 Evening 1 Corinthians 7,8,9 76
Christ has redeemed me from the curse of the law. Therefore, I forbid any sickness or disease to come upon this body.
Ephesians 4:22-24, 2Timothy 2:21
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28TH Send Picture First “So we have stopped evaluating others by what the world thinks about them. Once I mistakenly thought of Christ that way, as though he were merely a human being. How differently I think about him now!” (2 Corinthians 5:16 NLT) “Send picture first, then I’ll reply” – It’s a pretty common message in the personal ads, and in this age of alienation and e-community, it makes a lot of sense to exercise care and caution in any relationship with a new person. But let me ask this question: When it comes to real love – real as opposed to some fantasy-romantic love – do you find yourself saying, “Send picture first?” We may say it in different ways. For instance, we may say, think, or judge: “I have to see if you’re good enough.” “I’m not sure you’re worthy of my love.” “You need to act the way I expect before I’ll love you.” And we don’t do that just with strangers who cross our path. We often make these judgments about the people closest to us, our loved ones. In our walk with Christ, the apostle Paul instructs us to stop judging people according to the flesh (2 Corinthians 5), which is a King Jameson way of saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover or people by appearances.” To paraphrase Paul: “We don't evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don't look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new ….” (2 Corinthians 5:16b-17a MSG)
Now, let me ask you a pointed question, one I’m also asking myself today: When it comes to loving God, do you find yourself saying, “Send picture first?” My own answer to that is “Ouch!” Yet, God in his grace did send a picture first – the picture of Jesus, his body broken and stretched out on the cross, dying for your sins. Even as we had yet to send our picture, God sent his picture first. That’s my paraphrase of Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (NIV)
The thing is, while we’re actively engaged in a passive love – saying, “You send your picture first” – God already is setting a place for you at the banquet table. We’re sticking a toe in the water to see if it is warm enough to risk rejection. Yet God in his grace invites us to the wedding feast, where we are guaranteed to be accepted among his beloved. God takes the initiative – God is reaching out to you, and he’s already provided the means for you to come into a close, lasting relationship with him. The king invites us to a wedding feast in honor of his Son! (Matthew 22) What pictures are you sending? – When you are timid or uncertain in seeking or responding to God, you are passively saying, “You go first, God. Send me a picture of what this looks like before I decide if I’m going to do it.” Are you sending God pictures of disobedience, faith-lessness, lukewarm attitudes, a refusal to accept his grace? “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NIV) What does God look like? – Here’s one likeness of him: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us ….” (1 John 3:16a NIV)
Father it is written in your word that the love of God has been poured forth into my heart by the Holy Spirit who is given to me. I believe that love flows forth into lives of everyone I know, that we may be filled with and abound in the fruits of righteousness which bring glory and honor unto you, lord in Jesus name .So be it! Amen
Morning 1 Corinthians 10,11 Evening 1 Corinthians 12,13 78
Father from this moment on, I purpose to walk in love, to seek peace, to live in agreement, and to conduct myself towards others in a manner that is pleasing to You.
Romans 12:16-18 Philippians 2:2
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29TH Led By the Holy Spirit Learning to be led by the Holy Spirit is important because it helps you make decisions based on God's Word and His will for your life. When you seek the Holy Spirit's guidanceâ&#x20AC;Ś - You learn to listen for God's voice to direct you, - You allow Him to fill you with His Spirit, and - He confirms by His Word what He has said to you. But we must be careful when we feel that God is telling us to do something. We need to question God to make sure it is His voice. He will confirm it in His own way. For example, Acts 10 tells how the apostle Peter was praying when he had a vision in which a sheet came down from heaven with all kinds of animals inside. He heard a voice telling him to kill and eat whatever he wished. But being a Jew who observed strict dietary laws, Peter questioned God, saying, "I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean." God replied, "What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy" (vv. 14-15 NASB). At the same time, God spoke to Cornelius-a devout Gentile-telling him to send for Peter to come and share God's Word with his household. Because of his vision, Peter realized he wasn't to consider Cornelius unworthy because he was a Gentile. God confirmed His Word. Peter obeyed the Lord and the Gospel was opened up to all people! First John 4:1 NKJV says, Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God. God promises to lead us, and when He tells us something, He will work it out His way and in His time. Our part is to pray and trust Him to lead us by His Spirit. 79
I step into the fullness and power that I desire in the name of Jesus. I confess that I am Spirit â&#x20AC;&#x201C;filled Christian, always listening and following the leading of the Holy Spirit, who guilds me into all truth.
As I seek to be led by the Holy Spirit, Lord guides me in the path I should follow.
Morning 1 Corinthians 14 Evening 1 Corinthians 15,16
Acts 19:2, 5, 6 Acts 2:4
Leadership I lead by example, giving expression to divine qualities within. I am a creation of God, with divine qualities awaiting my expression in everyday matters and unusual circumstances. Whether in a formal role of leadership or pursuing my individual goals, I express divine qualities in ways that benefit me and others. In any supervisory position, I remember the principle of giving and receiving. I honor others and expect to be honored in return. In working with a supervisor, I look for and discover the divine nature in the person who is fulfilling such a leadership role. The true essence of a leader is revealed by a person who cares about the opinions and needs of others in ways that transcend position or title. I give voice and action to this capacity as I lead by example, no matter what role I fill in the lives of others. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. Luke 22:26 RULER The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. Psalm 99:1 FROM THE FATHER'S HEART My child, do you know how much it hurts Me when you put others ahead of Me? Just as your own parents want to know you respect their wishes, I need your full obedience. I understand your struggle, but I will not abandon you or steer you off course. Trust Me to rule your life. A GRATEFUL RESPONSE Nations war against nations, fighting for the right to rule. A hundred voices cry out within me, each vying for first place in my heart. But it is You, Lord, who reigns supreme. And it is You who deserves my full devotion. Ruler of my heart, I bow before You. SIMPLE TRUTH Trying to rule our own life is like trying to tame a wild animal. 81
Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handy work. Steve slammed on the brakes and pulled to the side of the road in anger and frustration. Grabbing the map and a flashlight from the glove compartment, he burst up out of the car. He knew he was lost, but he didn't have the slightest idea how to get himself found again. He leaned on the roof of the car, tracing out his location on the map. After a few moments, he snapped off the light, closed his eyes, and laid his head against the metal of the car. When he opened his eyes, he was startled by the number and beauty of the stars in the Arizona sky. Like a child, he gazed at the heavens with his mouth hanging open. Never before could he remember such a beautiful sight. A peace came over him that totally removed the rage of a few minutes before. Forgetting the time or the situation, Steve climbed up on the hood of his car, leaving back to soak in the splendor of God's creation. This day, we need to stop for a moment to open new eyes to the wonder of God's world. If we will only try to see it through His eyes rather than our own, we will find new beauty that we never noticed before. His is a world of wonder and miracle. See it. Prayer: Lord, open my eyes that I might see all that this world is meant to be. Do not let the pressures of the day create a cloud that prevents me from seeing Your beauty. Amen.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 30TH Your Concept of God Matthew 7:11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! Most people in spiritual conflict have a distorted concept of God. Mentally they may have embraced correct theology, but emotionally they feel something different. True concepts of God are filtered through a grid of negative experiences to produce false concepts of God. These false concepts must be replaced by truth in order for freedom to be realized. A pastor's wife who came to me for counseling told me about her rigidly moral home which was dominated by her demanding mother. The father was a wimp who knew better than to interrupt the mother's tirades against their daughter. "You really love Jesus, don't you?" I asked the pastor's wife. "Oh, yes," she responded. "And you really love the Holy Spirit?" "Yes, I do." "But you don't even like God the Father, do you?" She could only respond with tears. Her concept of the heavenly Father was distorted by the image of her earthly father. She perceived Jesus and the Holy Spirit as actively involved with her, but in her mind God the Father, like her earthly father, just sat around passive and uncaring while she went through torture in her life. I often ask, "If you performed better, would God love you more?" Most people know the right answer: no. But when I ask if they feel loved by God, most express that they show more love and concern for their own children than they expect God to show for them (see Luke 11:9-13). This is all part of Satan's strategy to raise up thoughts 83
against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5). If the enemy can keep you from a true concept of God, he can destroy Your hope in God.
Dear Father, I don't want any distorted concepts of You to come between us. Correct me where my concepts are wrong so I can know You in complete truth, show me more of you so that I can be hungry of more of you, in Jesus Name Amen.
Father, you dwell in me and walk with me. So I leave the corruption and compromise; I leave it for good. You are my father I will not link up with those who would pollute me, because you want me all for yourself.
Morning 2 Corinthians 1,2 Evening 2 Corinthians 3,4
John 17:17,19 Isaiah 1:16.17
We trust you have been blessed by this devotional. We invite you to make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life by praying this prayer. God, I acknowledge you in the existence of Jesus Christ and I acknowledge your love for me to come as a human and to die on the cross for me. I too love you and I desire to live my life in a relationship with you. Thank you that you love me. Thank you that you hear me when I call upon your name. I accept your death and your blood as the full penalty for all my sins and I acknowledge that by the blood of Jesus I am cleansed. I ask that you, having cleansed me, will in your spirit come into my life and make me your child. God I give you my life this day to take and to do with me whatever you will. I now walk in faith day by day and moment by moment in the love and resurrection life of Jesus Christ. To God be the glory and praise to His son Jesus Christ as I now confess that Jesus is my God, my lord, my savior, my companion, and also my friend, In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen. I now walk in the consciousness of my new life in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah!" Congratulations! You are now a child of God. To receive more information on how you can grow as a Christian, please get in touch with us through our contacts below:
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Psalm 143:10 Galatians 1:4