The Disciple’s Oath – Daily Devotional for Tuesday February 28th 2017

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The Disciple’s Oath

Daily Devotional for February 28th

Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.  Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee.  Likewise also said all the disciples.  Matthew 26:34-35

Walking with Jesus and knowing Him face to face had to be the most wonderful privilege anyone could ever imagine.  We’ve all had the desire to have been upon the earth during that time and what it must have been like.  But for the disciples, things were about to turn in a very troubling direction.  As much as they enjoyed the seeing the victories in people’s lives by the touch of Jesus, they would also have to endure the persecution that would come with it.

Each of us who truly know the Lord know to this very hour the same.  We enjoy the fellowship with the Lord in the Holy Spirit, but have to endure the ridicule from the world.  They do not know Jesus like you do.  They have not had the burden of sin lifted.  They have not experienced the joy of the new birth and how we have been made alive in Christ.  Even though you know the Lord, there is still a battle of how far you are willing to go for Christ. 

The disciples were faced here with a decision that could have cost them their lives.  Do deny or not to deny; this was the question.  Your commitment to Jesus will always cost you something.  2 Timothy 3:12.  There will come a point in your life as a Christian when you will face ridicule, persecution and maybe even death for Jesus.  The disciples made a promise to the Lord.  They made an oath to Jesus that they would not deny Him.  Peter would sadly deny the Lord shortly after. 

The commitment you make to the Lord can only be made and kept based on your love to Him.  Jesus taught that it was love that caused Him to lay down His life for His friends.  We endure ridicule because we love Jesus.  Don’t let a little bit of laughter or slander for your faith, drive you away from Jesus.  As a matter of fact, this persecution should drive us closer to our Saviour.  Have you committed your life to Jesus?  Have you made a promise to the Lord to follow Him even through some hard times?  There is a decision we must make as to who will be our master.  What choice have you made? 

Keep you eyes on Jesus – Daily Devotional for Monday February 27th 2017

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Keep your eyes on Jesus

Daily Devotional for February 27th

And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. Matthew 14:

Whether we want to admit it or not, our lives are much compared to Peter’s. We have times of great faith while at other times are overcome with unbelief.  We’ve all had times where we could move mountains.  When we leave the house of God, we have been so encouraged in the word that we believe that God will move mightily on our behalf.  But after some time, our faith becomes just as weak then as it was strong.

The greatest trouble we have with our faith is where our eyes are focused. Faith is rooted in a person; Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians says Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. This means that our faith is increased by the hearing of God’s word.  Most of the time, the reason why our faith is not at a level where we can believe God for answers to prayer is because we have not been in the word of God. 

Peter, when He saw Jesus and knew that it was Jesus walking on the waves, he knew that where Jesus was, was the place he wanted to be. The only trouble was, once Peter stepped out of the boat and began to walk on the water, his eyes became distracted from Jesus, and began to look at the storms and waves.  We cannot ignore the winds and waves in our lives, but we can choose to maintain our focus on Jesus through it all.  Your faith all depends on what you choose to focus on. 

Jesus will NEVER let you down. If you choose today to keep your eyes set on Him, His promises are true and will deliver you.  He will answer you when you call upon Him.  Hebrews 12 says Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. What are your eyes looking to?  Are your eyes continually on your troubles?  Are they on the storms your in or are they on Jesus?  Keep you eyes fixed on Jesus and you’ll see victory come.

What Manner of Spirit – Daily Devotional for Weekend February 25th & 26th 2017

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What Manner of Spirit

Daily Devotional for February 25th & 26th

And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?  But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.  Luke 9:54-55

Often times in our walk with the Lord we can misunderstand spiritual things.  Sometimes we even try to justify why feel the way we do by searching for biblical examples that fit our moods and attitudes.  Our walk with the Lord is so impactful to the world that the devil will attempt to turn your understanding of scripture just to use you to accomplish his will.

Does Satan use God’s people at times?  Yes, sadly he does.  How does he do this?  He does it by turning the scriptures in his favor.  James and John were great men and followed the Lord.  They were originally disciples of John the Baptist.  This comment was more than likely the reason why they were called sons of thunder. 

In the heat of the moment, we can allow an influence of another spirit to take control of us.  Although a spirit cannot possess a believer who trusts and lives for the Lord, demonic spirits can affect and influence us.  These two brothers had just gone into a village to prepare for Jesus’ last days.  The Samaritans did not receive the disciples of Jesus.  You and I will be misunderstood, mocked, persecuted and maybe even put to death.  This does not give us reason to ask God to send fire down to consume them.  We must live with God’s love in our hearts. 

Jesus did not come to destroy men, but to save them.  We must not allow demonic influences to control us to where we do not walk in love toward the lost, even if they speak all manner of evil against us.  What manner of spirit is controlling you?  Is it the Holy Spirit?  Is it another spirit?  Are you angry and ready to have nothing to do with those who do not speak or do well to you or other Christians?  We must be controlled by the Holy Spirit and not another.  The last thing the Lord wants is for evil to be spoken of Jesus or His ways or us; the disciples of Jesus.

Where Your Heart Is – Daily Devotional for February 24th 2017

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Where Your Heart Is

Daily Devotional for February 24th

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21 

It has been said many times get your head in the game or concentrate on what your doing.  There is a lot of talk about distractions and how that our eyes can become refocused to a point where we lose focus on the more important things.  It is as if something else gets our attention.  But when it comes to things that drive our lives, it’s not the head that is engaged, it’s the heart.

Satan does not care what your attention is on just as long as it is not on Jesus. The devil cares very little about whether you deliberately bow down to him, as long as you err from Jesus.  The secret though is the heart.  Whatever you choose to love will be the thing that controls your life.  The bible teaches us that we are not to love the world, neither the things that are in the world.  The reason is simple; you will run to that thing you love.

The bible is specific in the sense that it teaches that we are to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind.  Many times we serve God because we know that it is the right thing to do.  However, we may have given our heart over to something else.  In the end, our hearts desires are manifest for the world to see.

Your heart is a very powerful thing. The heart is the place where your passions live.  Your passions drive your life.  It’s amazing that in the course of our lives, there may be a lot of things we involve ourselves in, but there are very few things that we are passionate about.  Your passion reveals where your heart is.  The things you value the most speak well of where your heart is.  As Jesus revealed, your treasure reveals your heart.  Some people

Where is your heart? You may have served God faithfully in the past, but what is the present focus of your heart?  Our commitment to the Lord in righteousness is all due to our love for God.  We cannot be effective in our relationship or walk with the Lord unless our heart is engaged.  Spend some time examining your heart by really asking yourself where your treasure really is.  If Jesus is not your greatest treasure, then your heart has drifted from where it needs to be.

Navigating in the Spirit – Daily Devotional for February 23rd 2017

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Navigating in the Spirit

Daily Devotional for February 23rd

Now when they had gone thoughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. Acts 16:6-7

As a believer, you have a tremendous advantage over the rest of the world. You have a captain who lives inside you that navigates your ship.  The purpose of the Holy Spirit is, among many other things, is to direct you to accomplish His work in the world and also to protect us from Satan’s snares.  It cannot be stressed enough the importance of walking in the Spirit and being led of the Spirit in our daily lives.

The apostles lived in a very dangerous time for the church. Followers of Jesus were esteemed as the trash of the world.  God’s message of wonderful redemption was going forth into the world.  However, there were places, such as Bithynia and Asia, where the Lord had not permitted the apostles to go yet.  We must realize that God knows when and where He wants us to labor for Him.  We get in trouble by not seeking His face and running headlong into the world, only to come up barren in our labors.

We must also be in tune with the Spirit of God for the purpose of our own safety. Satan’s schemes have much success over the world because the world is blind.  Lost people have no sense of danger or spiritual warnings.  The Lord led Mary and Joseph to Egypt and dwell there until the death of King Herod.  The Holy Spirit guided Paul to escape town through a basket.

If we live in the Spirit, led us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25.  The Lord will not leave you to get through this dangerous world on your own.  He wants to guide you.  We cannot know the devil’s snares and traps while in sin.  But when we are born again and living our lives for the Lord, the Holy Spirit is our guide to navigate us through this life.  Like modern military technology, the Holy Spirit detects Satan’s land mines and will navigate us through them without harm.  But our responsibility is to keep our relationship with God to a place where we can hear the Lord when He speaks.

Quenching Fiery Darts – Daily Devotion for February 22nd 2017

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Quenching Fiery Darts

Daily Devotion for February 22nd

 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  Ephesians 6:16

 When we think of faith, we think of the fruit of the Spirit that dares to believe in God.  We more often think of faith as that one component that is required for us to receive the promises God has made to us.  Very seldom, if any at all, do we think of faith as a defensive form of protection, but that is exactly what apostle Paul is saying here in this verse. 

When facing the devil in spiritual battle, faith is our shield.  Faith is our protection.  Fiery darts are an image of Satan’s long distance attacks flung into the air hoping to make their mark on us.  In ancient times, arrows were wrapped with rags, soaked in oil, lit on fire and shot from an archer’s bow.  The arrow was not meant to thrust through and kill as with an arrow head; it was meant to start a consuming fire that would destroy entire houses and lands.

Satan’s fiery darts are designed to ultimately burn your entire world.  Most of the arrows sent from his bow are accusations, lies, bitterness, backbiting’s, jealousy, envying, etc.  All of these things seek to burn inside until you are totally consumed by them.  How does faith defend against these things? 

When wicked darts are shot toward us, the first thing we usually do is accept them.  But God has given us the shield of faith to quench all of these darts.  Not just some of them but all.  Quench means to extinguish or put out a fire.  Faith in the Lord and His word will block many of his attacks.  When Satan says you won’t receive deliverance or healing or anything else God has promised, faith acts as a shield to quench these deceptive darts.  Faith in God’s promises will not accept the lies from the enemy. 

When we allow Satan to penetrate into our minds and convince us of his words over what God has said, then we have allowed a fiery dart to hit us.  Once it impacts, the destruction has only begun.  But the shield of faith will extinguish every lie, scheme, method that the devil has formed.  When we put our trust in the Lord, God Himself will be our shield and buckler. 

None of these things move me – Daily Devotional for February 21st

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None of these things move me

Daily Devotional for February 21st

And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy…. Acts 20:22-24a

This world we live in is so uncertain. There can be smooth sailing waters one minute, and tempestuous waves the next. Most of the time, our confidence in God all depends on our conditions. This makes for a very troublesome christian life. God’s will is that we rise above this to a place where our faith is rock solid and anchored in Him.

Most of us would definitely move away from the afflictions, troubles and tribulations that Paul was warned about. The Holy Ghost warned Him in every city that He would be bound and persecuted. Paul declared that none of the things that he was warned about would move him. How would you and I react to such a warning?

Jesus desires that His followers mature into a place of where we become stedfast and unmovable. The Lord wants to teach us to trust Him regardless of what this world throws at us. How do we accomplish this? This is accomplished by keeping our focus on Jesus and His word. David said in the Psalms, The Lord is my rock and I shall not be moved.

One of Paul’s secrets was he did not count his life dear to himself. After he met Jesus on the road to Damascus, the only thing he would live for would be to please the Saviour. Paul’s calling was his number one priority. Sure Satan would attempt to stop him many time by threatening his life but it didn’t move Paul. Do you hold your live so dear unto yourself that it stops you from fulfilling God’s purpose? If your love for God and desire to fulfill God’s will is your priority more than anything else, then the few troubles you encounter will not be able to move you from finishing your course with joy. This is the secret.