The Prayer Closet – Daily Devotional for Wednesday November 30th 2016

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The Prayer Closet

Daily Devotional for Wednesday November 30th 2016

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.  Matthew 6:6

Have you ever considered what Jesus was referring to when He said enter into thy closet?  Everyone of us have closets in our homes. Closets are commonly the place where clothes are hung awaiting a person to put them on. The closet has come to represent the place where we CHANGE! A person can enter their closet, shut the door, and change clothes, but Jesus said to enter into our closet to pray.

There are some interesting things about the closet. Once you shut the door, you have shut out everything else in the world. The closet is also the place where your real self is exposed; your flaws, shortcomings; who you really are is open for the Lord to see. This is a very humbling thing. God knows us anyway, so there is reason why we shouldn’t just bear ourselves honestly and come clean before Him in humility.

In this closet, there are no distractions. There is nothing to hinder. In the closet, the common noises of the world are eliminated. So many times we want to pray while we are doing something else. Jesus said when ye pray, enter into thy closet. We must understand that when we pray the way God wants us to pray, then all other distractions are laid aside. Jesus resorted to a mountain apart to pray. Matthew 14:23. Once we find ourselves in a solitary place to pray, we can start to pour our hearts out to the Lord.

Prayer cannot be substituted for church attendance, bible reading or anything else. Prayer is our contact; our communion with God. In our closet, we enter into the atmosphere of Heaven in prayer. This is why Moses face shined like the sun when he came down from the mountain of God. The devil will try everything he can to keep you from intimate alone time with the Lord.

But when we purpose to get alone with the Lord, something wonderful happens. Spiritual change takes place in our alone time with the Lord. Our Heavenly Father sees and hears your prayer in secret, and promised to reward you openly.

Thanks In Every thing – Daily Devotional for Tuesday November 29th 2016

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Thanks In Every thing

Daily Devotional for Tuesday November 29th 2016

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God concerning you.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

In a generation where people find it difficult to be thankful at all, it’s quite amazing when we read this apostle’s letter. Fewer people will render thankfulness in a great many good things that happen in their lives.  Most of us, though, would find it virtually impossible to give thanks in hard times.  Paul however, had something very extraordinary to say to the Thessalonians.

When Paul wrote this letter to the Thessalonian Christians, he was writing to a people who were facing continuous persecution.  To be honest, they had no comfort that their lives would not be taken out prematurely in the midst of tremendous slaughter of believers in Jesus Christ.  It’s not easy to be thankful in the midst of hard times and struggles, but it is well pleasing unto our Heavenly Father.  

Paul did not say to be thankful “for everything;” but to be thankful “in everything.”  While most people see only the storm clouds with fierce winds, there are some people who will choose to see the “silver lining.”  We may not understand why something is taking place in our lives, but it doesn’t mean we cannot be thankful in that circumstance.  

It is in God’s hands that our lives are in, if we are His children.  This is the best place for us to be.  It is also the safest place to be.  God means no ill toward us.  We may be in a season of great difficulty.  Just because it may seem hard, we can still be thankful to the Lord.  Why you may ask?  It is because God will be with you in all of these things.  God may be cutting away pieces of your life that prevent you from being the image of Jesus Christ.  Be thankful.  This is the will of God concerning us.  If we are thankful in the hard times, there’s no reason why we can’t be thankful at all times.

Blessings to the Thankful – Daily Devotional for Friday November 25th 2016

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Blessings to the Thankful

Daily Devotional for Friday November 25th 2016

..And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God.  And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.  And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?  There are not found that give glory to God, save this stranger.  And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.  Luke 17: 15-19

As we are all well aware of by now, God blesses His children beyond compare.  The blessings placed on God’s genuine children stand as a testimony to the world that living our lives for Christ is the best life there is.  A thankful heart grows from the realization that although we don’t deserve anything, God freely pours out His blessings unto us. 

As Jesus sent these ten lepers to the priests, they were cleansed as they walked.  When the one leper say that he was healed, he turned back and gave praise unto God.  This is our proper response to anything that God does in our life.  The other nine lepers were cleansed as well, but thankfulness did not consume them enough to the point where they returned to Jesus. 

It is evident from the scriptures that the other nine lepers were Jews.  This one leper who returned was a Samaritan; a Gentile.  Gentiles were not directly promised the blessings of the Jews simply because they were not in covenant with God.  This is most likely the reason why this Samaritan returned.  He was so overwhelmed that God would do anything for him although he was not in the covenant with God, it caused him to return and thank the Lord for what He had done.

Leprosy was a disease that caused the extremities to be eaten away.  Those who carried leprosy for a while would eventually lose their fingers, toes, etc.  This leper’s return to Jesus and falling at His feet would prove to be more than what this stranger could hope for.  There was an added blessing given to him simply because he returned with a thankful heart to Jesus.  Although all ten lepers were cleansed, this Samaritan was the only one who was made whole.  This meant that Jesus miraculously restored the fingers, toes, etc. that he had lost from leprosy.

His thankfulness caused greater blessing to come in his life.  What about you friend?  Have you received of God but have not returned to give Him thanks?  Are you enjoying the blessing Jesus has given you but have failed to return, fall at His feet and thank Him for all He has done?  Greater blessings await your returning and thanking Jesus for what He has already done.  Could it be that unthankfulness is holding back greater blessings, healings, deliverances from you?  Why don’t you come before Him and thank Him for all He has done?  Greater things may be given when you do.

A Heart of Thankfulness – Daily Devotional for Wednesday November 24th 2016

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A Heart of Thankfulness

Daily Devotional for Wednesday November 24th 2016

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  Psalm 100:4

This world mostly revolves around self.  We are all advised to look out for number one!  Most of the time, many of our lives are spent catering to our own selfish needs.  Many people focus on the things other people have, instead of the things they possess.  When we focus on what we don’t have, our heart will soon turn into a heart of unthankfulness.

Some people feel entitled to certain benefits they receive.  This is mostly due to the idea that they deserve what they’ve been given.  Therefore, thankfulness is absent from the heart.  Paul warned that in the last days people would be unthankful.  2 Timothy 3:2.  What a tragedy!  Even some of us feel entitled to the blessings we receive of the Lord.  We should never ask of the Lord for things with the attitude that we deserve those blessings.  The reason is simple; we don’t deserve anything we receive. 

Being thankful or unthankful is all about the condition of the heart toward something we have or something we have received. Receiving anything from the Lord is due to God’s love for us and not our merit.  God gives because it is His character; it’s who He is! 

Jesus taught His disciples to never feel as though God owed them anything, even when they had done all for the glory of God.  We should always look to the Lord as unprofitable servants.  Luke 17:10.  It’s not that hard to be thankful.  Just realize that we have undeservingly received abundantly from the Lord.  God doesn’t owe us anything, but we owe everything to Him!

Unto us a Son is given – Daily Devotional for Wednesday November 23rd 2016

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Unto us a Son is given

Daily Devotional for Wednesday November 23rd 2016

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

In this Holiday season there are so buying gifts for their loved ones in hopes of bringing joy into their hearts.  None of that is bad in itself, but many people distracted by the things of this world and lose sight of the more important things!  Our families come together and spend very valuable time while the weather outside is cold and dark.  But in the midst of all of the holiday shopping, we fail too many times to stop to see why we recognize this time of the year that brings so much joy and light to the entire world.

Jesus coming was in response to man’s terrible condition in sin.  Satan, through the open door of sin, had taken over and set up his kingdom of darkness and government upon this world.  But unto us a child is born!  Unto us a son is given.  The world cannot understand it, but Jesus is the Son, He is the Holy One from the Father!  God could have sent angels or other men to wage this war against Satan but He sent the King!  No other kingdom on earth would allow the king to come and fight the enemy, but the kingdom of Heaven sent the King!  He sent the Son!  The entire government and powers of darkness was upon His shoulders and Jesus defeated the entire kingdom of darkness by Himself!

His name is Wonderful because that is just exactly what Jesus is!  He’s wonderful!  He rescues!  He sets men and women free even today!   Everyone who has been born again knows that Jesus delivers!  Do you need someone to talk to and cast all your cares upon?  Jesus is the Counsellor!  No other counsellor will advise you to just turn your troubles over to them and let them take care of them for you, but that’s exactly what Jesus asks!  Give it to Him!  “Come unto me” He said “and I will give you rest.”

Are there strongholds or walls of opposition in your way of victory?  Jesus is the Mighty God!  Ask Him today!  He wants to deliver!  That’s the reason He came so that you can be free, if you want to be free!  Satan’s chains cannot and will not keep you held down if you will call on the Mighty name of Jesus today!  Because He is our father, we are His children!  Praise the Lord!  He will willingly take the responsibility of caring for you and nurturing you through your entire life if you’ll allow Him to!  Do you have peace today?  Is there turmoil in your life?  Are the armies of darkness on the hunt for you and attempting to tear you down?  I’ve got good news!  Jesus is the Prince of Peace!  He will give peace if you will just ask in faith believing today!  Cast all your troubles on Him!  This is why the King came!  Peace will come if you’ll surrender it all to Him! 

Charting Our Course – Daily Devotional for Tuesday November 22nd 2016

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Charting Our Course

Daily Devotional for Tuesday November 22nd 2016

And it came to pass, that after we were gotten from them, and had launched, we came with a straight course unto Coos, and the day following unto Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara.  Acts 27:7-8

In the purest form of the word, the word course is used to describe a race.  It is also used of a journey, specifically a journey at sea.  The captain of the ship surveys the map and then charts his desired travel path accordingly.

God has created every life with a purpose.  The Lord had specifically said of Jeremiah that He knew the plans He had for him.  This is why men and women are never satisfied living their lives to please self.  This is the reason why finding the will of God in our lives is so important.  Walking in the will of God cannot be substituted for anything else.  Being in the will of God brings such a satisfaction that once you experience it, you’ll never be satisfied unless you’re in God’s will.

Some people are amazed to hear of the lives of people who devoted their lives to God and seemed to miss out on many pleasures.  But the truth is, once we surrender our lives unto the Lord Jesus Christ, we can be content with walking in God’s will, with very little else to entertain us.  Joy does not come from the entertainment of earthly things, but in thy presence is fullness of Joy!  Psalm 16:11.

God has a will and plan for your life.  He has charted your course!  You, as a navigator in this spiritual sea called the world, can choose to surrender your ship to the course charted for you by Jesus the Captain, or you can choose to chase earthly desires which continually prove to be emptiness and vanity!  He said “Be ye not unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:17. There is truly no satisfaction until there is a surrender to the Lord’s course for your life!  Will you surrender to Him today?  Ask the Lord to reveal His will for your life.  He will direct your path and make known His plan for your life.

After Gods Own Heart – Daily Devotional for Monday November 21st 2016

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Daily Devotional for Monday November 21st 2016
And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Acts 13:22
In a generation where the overwhelming majority seek for wealth, influence and other gains, desiring the things of God has never been more important.
The Lord truly has blessing in store for each of us, but if our hearts desire is for what God can give us, then we have totally missed the point of God’s redemption plan. Jesus suffered in every way humanly possible to give us the opportunity to enjoy God alone.
Joy and happiness is not based upon material things we possess, or even the blessings that God provides to us, but as David declared, In thy presence is fullness of joy. (Psalm 16:11) Knowing the Father
God’s heart is Love. If you are seeking to love the world without partiality, then you have taken upon you God’s heart. If you can look beyond someone’s faults and love them regardless, then you have tapped into the heart of God.
God’s desire is to win the lost souls that are headed for destruction in Hell. If you are seeking to win souls, then you have taken upon you the heart of God.