Devotions

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2020

Matthew 6:12 (NLT)  …and forgive us our sins,  as we have forgiven those who sin against us.   Jesus teaches us that if we do not live in  “God’s dimension of release and forgiveness toward others,  we will inevitably become an obstruction to our own life,  growth and fruitfulness.”  Forgiving faith works both ways.  We must confess our own violations against God,  and we must forgive others who we believe have violated us.  Forgiveness is a primary,  essential truth to…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2020

Deuteronomy 33:25 (NIV)  As your days,  so shall your strength be.  When we pray,  “Give us this day our daily bread,”  we find in the Lord a strength proportionate to each day’s needs.  “Whatever challenges a day holds—confrontations,  difficulties,  even tragedies—we will receive the strength to face them.  Just as we derive physical strength and nourishment from eating daily bread,  so we will gain spiritual strength and nourishment when we learn the wisdom of acknowledging our dependency upon the Father—and…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2020

Matthew 6:11(NIV)  Give us today our daily bread.  This supplication shows our need to learn an accountability for each day’s hours and events.  Jesus is teaching us to ask for the Father’s direction and provision in every event and during each hour of our day.  “Committing each day’s details to God in prayer—requesting today’s bread—can deliver us from pointless pursuits and wasted time.”  Such prayer paves the way to victorious days.  “Daily bread”  prayer is  “daily victory”  and  “daily overcoming” …

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2020

Psalm 90:12  (NLT)  Teach us to realize the brevity of life,  so that we may grow in wisdom.   This is a  “sound-minded request for wisdom to recognize how few days we have and how much we need to employ them wisely.  The psalmist also says,  My times are in Your hand;  deliver me from the hand of my enemies  (Ps. 31:15).  What wisdom!  When we put our day in God’s hands,  any enemy we face can be conquered.  Whether…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2020

Matthew 4:4 (NIV)  Jesus answered,  “It is written:  ‘Man does not live on bread alone,  but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” When Jesus prayed,  “Give us this day our daily bread,”  He was talking about more than having enough food or having our physical needs met.  He was inviting us to come to the Father daily for refreshing,  renewal and nourishment for both soul and body.  We must recognize our dependency on the Lord…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2020

Luke 19:13 (KJV)  And he called his ten servants,  and delivered them ten pounds,  and said unto them,  “Occupy till I come.”  The promise of Christ’s future Kingdom  “must not keep us from possessing the dimensions of victory that God has for us now.”  We must not neglect our prayer responsibilities but  “occupy”  by drawing on the resources of God’s Kingdom and power and reach into the realm of the invisible through prayer and change one circumstance after another.  It…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY FEBRUARY 17, 2020

Genesis 1:28 (MSG)  God blessed them  (Adam and Eve):  “Prosper!  Reproduce!  Fill the earth!  Take charge  (KJV:  have dominion).  Jesus prayed,  “Your will be done.”  And He teaches us to pray for the reinstatement of God’s will on earth as in heaven.  “Most of the confusion,  agony and distress in our world today exists as a direct result of our having betrayed God’s initial entrusting of earth to us.”  We violated our God-given responsibility at the fall of man and…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2020

Matthew 6:10 (NIV)  Your kingdom come,  your will be done…   Prayer is not getting God to do what we want.  Rather,  people  “need to invite God’s rule and power into the affairs of their lives through prayer.  For if humans will not pray,  God’s rule in their circumstances is forfeited.  This thought runs counter to the common supposition that if God wants to do something,  He will do it.  This sorry strain of fatalism infests most minds.  But the…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2020

II Corinthians 3:18 (NASB)  But we all,  with unveiled face,  beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,  are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory,  just as by the Spirit of the Lord.  Encounters with God on a regular basis bring transformation—the conforming of our wills to God’s and the shaping of our lives into His likeness.  We must respond to the Word of God,  obey the Holy Spirit and walk in daily obedience; …

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 13, 2020

Psalm 22:3  (NASB)  Yet You are holy,  O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel. This verse helps explain  “why worship is so important and so potentially transforming of our lives and circumstances.  It teaches that through worship,  God’s people may literally make an earthly place for Him to be enthroned in the midst of them.  We see that the dynamic objective of worship is not simply an exercise in religious forms;  instead,  worship is God’s assigned way…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2020

I Peter 1:15-16 (MSG)  As obedient children,  let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life,  a life energetic and blazing with holiness.  God said,  “I am holy;  you be holy.”   Jesus taught his disciples to pray:  Hallowed by Your name.  In these words we are invited to experience the transforming power of prayer.  The throne of God is an actual place—not some mysterious place  “up there somewhere.”  John describes it  (Rev. 4:8)  and tells…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2020

I Thessalonians 5:5 (NLT)  For you are all children of the light and of the day;  we don’t belong to darkness and night.  “Nothing is more crippling to effective prayer than not having confidence in our relationship with God.”  When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray,  He began with the words:  Our Father… “We are given grounds for confidence in prayer on the strength of a Father-child relationship,  which the Bible says is established and secured through Christ  (I…