Every Chain Broken – Daily Devotional for Friday March 31st 2017

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Every Chain Broken

Daily Devotional for March 31st

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

Satan is crafty. Even though his power is real, it is limited.  Even though you and I cannot break his chains, this doesn’t mean they cannot be broken.  They way Satan keeps us bound is through one little lie; and that is, he convinces us that God will not or cannot break the chains.  Has he told you that God has and will do it for others, but will not do it for you?  These kinds of lies that keep us captive.  Therefore, we never ask the Lord with a real faith. 

When Jesus came to die on the cross, He had one thing in mind; to set you free completely. But just because Jesus came to destroy the devil’s works does not mean that they are automatically destroyed in your life.  Jesus has made the way for us to be freed and victorious over every single thing the devil can do.  The way it comes to each individual is when we call out to Jesus by faith asking Him to deliver.  Once we ask and believe, Jesus will break the chain that holds you. 

The reason is very clear; it was for this very reason He came. This verse clearly reveals to us that Jesus came to destroy the devil’s works.  This means that wherever Satan’s effects have reached, Jesus will reach to deliver. This means that if the devil is the cause of anything in your life, Jesus will deliver you if you will ask and believe.

People suffer in this world from things they don’t have to suffer. Have you lived for years with things that you’ve never broken free of?  Don’t look at your circumstances and question God’s willingness to rescue.  People that don’t believe God will not rescue them from their bondage simply do not understand why Jesus came in the first place.  He came to totally redeem you.  He came to break every chain.  Don’t doubt or underestimate the power of God.  Take today and survey your life.  Whatever the bondage, ask God to give you victory.  The power of God will come and make you an overcomer!

Far Greater Riches – Daily Devotional for Thursday March 30th 2017

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Far Greater Riches

Daily Devotional for March 30th

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.  Hebrews 11:24-26

Our world places value on the wrong things. Sports athletes and movie stars are the highest paid professions in our land.  The world chases after money, gold, silver and jewelry.  All of these things are temporal.   Although we have to have money to operate in this world, there are some things that are far greater riches than these.

Moses made a choice one day that changed his life. His choice was foolish to the world, but the world was not who he was attempting to please.  He chose to stand with the people of God and endure reproach than to enjoy the pleasures of sin.  In this generation, people will mock you for living for God.  They will laugh you to scorn for hungering and thirsting after God because they cannot see the value.  They cannot comprehend why you don’t chase sin as they do.

Moses esteemed the reproach of Christ greater than all the treasures Egypt had. Facing persecution and standing on God’s side was more valuable to Moses than to own the gold in the world.  While the world would try to convince you that going with the flow would be much easier on you, God will always stand with you if you will stand with Him.

Relationship with Jesus means nothing to those who don’t know Him, but everything to those who do. As the man who found the pearl of great price sold everything to have that pearl, we do the same.  The Lord truly is the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.  This is why people will gladly give their lives for Jesus.  Jesus Christ is truly our pearl of great price.  He’s the fairest of ten thousand to our souls.  The world would leave their desire for gold if they ever experienced Jesus.  There is no greater riches than having Jesus as our Lord.

I Won’t Go Back – Daily Devotional for Wednesday March 29th 2017

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I Won’t Go Back

Daily Devotional for March 29th

From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked not more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou has the words of eternal life. John 6:66-68

Our new beginning as a follower of Christ is so new and fresh. For the first time ever, we know the reality of relationship because of the Holy Spirit that now dwells within us.  We also know the great changes God made; the change from desiring sin to now desiring more of Jesus.  Even though we’ve been saved by God’s wonderful grace, we must be aware that the devil can and will tempt us to walk away from the Lord.  Even though all of us have great intentions on living for God, but make no mistake friend, you will be tried. 

One of the greatest temptations is other people. We oftentimes go with the flow.  We follow the latest trends and fashions.  However we live in a generation that finds it very distasteful to live for Jesus.  But they would change their mind instantly if they knew Him the way we know Him. 

You may be the only one on your job or in your department who is one of the Lord’s disciples. Satan will tempt you to slack up on your devotion to God, but God has placed you in that position just the same as an electrician chooses to place a light fixture in a dark room; because it needs light. 

When Jesus saw the multitudes walk away from following Him, He turned to His twelve disciples and asked were they gonna also go. Is there a point in your life where you would walk away?  If the price is right, would you walk away from the Lord?  God has an amazing plan for your life.  Sadly most people miss it by trading it in for their own desires.  You’ll never be able to find the joy living your life selfishly that could come close to comparing to the joy of living for God.  Instead of walking away from Jesus in hard times, let us use those times to draw us closer to Him. 

Life Beyond Our Cross – Daily Devotional for Tuesday March 28th 2017

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Life Beyond Our Cross

Daily Devotional for March 28th

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let hhim deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23

In our quest to follow Jesus, there are a few things He asks of us that can seem very hard. Some of those things might even be perceived as unfair.  We wonder why the Lord would ask us to do certain things.  We examine the hardships and persecutions that come simply because we have chosen to make Jesus the Lord of our life.  But we must remember that Jesus always has your best interests at heart.

Such is the case with his instruction for us to take up our cross. The cross is not an object of beauty.  The cross is not thing of comfort.  We simply cannot understand register in our own minds the good that would result from taking up our cross.  Although there is no physical cross that we carry, it is important know that taking up the cross means that we surrender our will, our lives, our purpose, and ask the Lord to work His will in us.  When we do this, something supernatural takes place!

The irony that Satan wants to keep hid from us when deciding to take up our cross is quite surprising though. It’s the life that comes on the other side of the cross.  If you will decide to take up your cross and follow Jesus, you will find a life; a power; a resurrection that will come to you.  If you notice, Jesus said that, to follow Him, we must take up our cross.  This simply put means that following Jesus is on the other side of death.  It means that a true follower of Jesus follows Him in resurrection life even in this world.

A cross stood in Jesus path to fulfill the Father’s will. God’s resurrection power was a result of Jesus’ obedience to go to the cross.  A cross stands in our path as well.  Instead of seeing the dread of the cross, we should rather see the resurrection life that results from our cross.  This makes taking up the cross a welcome when we realize that the power of God flows through our lives when we surrender our lives to Him.  Although the cross is a dreadful thing, there is great joy if you will just look beyond it.  Therefore, we should not hesitate to bear the cross because the resurrection life of God will flow in and through us when we do.

You’ve Already Overcome – Daily Devotional for Monday March 27th 2017

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You’ve Already Overcome

Daily Devotional for March 27th

I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.  1 John 2:14

I think one of the greatest tragedies in the Christian life is not knowing what we’ve been given from the Lord. When you came to Jesus to be saved, you had an experience; and encounter, with God where you knew the moment Jesus forgave, cleansed, and removed the burden of sin from you.  There could be no greater experience than a person passes from death unto life.  But at the moment of salvation, God performed much more in your life than you first realized.

Many people look at themselves when compared to the wiles of the devil and bow in humble defeat. We think that we are still inadequate to stand against Satan’s offences.  We know that in ourselves that is true.  However, in this New Covenant, we don’t have to stand alone.  We do not stand alone simply because we are never alone.

John wrote one of the most revealing verses to young men who no doubt felt inferior to the wicked one. He said, “you have overcome the wicked one.”  Did you know that, because your saved, you have already overcome the wicked one right now?  You do not have to wait for God to give you anything else, or do anything else in you.  The fact that, right now, you are an overcomer over everything Satan is and has!

Because you are a child of God, right now you have the victory over every device, every circumstance, every plot that Satan can ever come up with. It is because you look to Jesus Christ as the answer.  John finally gives unto us one of the most popular verses in your bible in 1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  The overcoming power is a person and He is in you!  His strength causes you to overcome the wicked one in every circumstance.

Deceitful Life Boats – Daily Devotional for March 25th & 26th 2017

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Deceitful Life Boats

Daily Devotional for March 25th & 26th

And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship, Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved. Acts 27:30-31 

No one naturally thrives in times of great calamities.  We always avoid these situations at all costs.  They are conditions that make us feel uncomfortable because we realize that in them we are no longer in control.  What a mess of things that we can make if we make the wrong decisions! 

Did you know that trouble prompts us to make decisions that most of the time wind up being the worst decisions?  When we are faced with storms, the natural reaction is to move ourselves in the direction that saves our lives.  If you do not have time to survey the situation and examine all of the possibilities, then you will most likely make a bad decision.

In what seemed to be the best decision to save the lives of the shipmen, they were about to commit suicide.  In these verses, we see that these sailors were opting to abandon ship and make for shore.  The only trouble was this; Paul knew they wouldn’t make it.  Paul, this unlearned Christian who had no knowledge of the sea, had just prior to this warned them that this journey would end in devastation.  Now a man of God has just given them another bit of advice.  Make no mistake friend, refusing to go in God’s way will always cause destruction. 

There are deceitful life boats in this life that people immediately flee to, but they ultimately become the worst choice made in a storm.  Satan will convince you that the only way out of your storm is to do something of your own wisdom and effort.  Have you asked the Lord for direction?  If you notice in this chapter, when everyone else is running in panic, Paul slips away to pray.  It is in his time of prayer that God gives him the answer to survive.  He will direct your path too if you will acknowledge Him.  (Proverbs 3:5)

The World’s Persecution – Daily Devotional for Friday March 24th 2017

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The World’s Persecution

Daily Devotional for March 24th

Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.  John 15:20

When we give our lives unto the Lord, we come to Him because of the torture Satan has made our lives to become. We call out to the Lord for deliverance because of that oppression and Jesus powerfully delivers.  We experience the wonderful power of God’s forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ being applied to our lives.  Our new life could not be any more wonderful except for one thing; we now have the world’s persecution to contend with.

Persecution is not easy to deal with. As a matter of fact, persecution alone causes many people to stop living for God.  They simply cannot take the ridicule.  But with the love that Jesus promised to all who would come unto Him, He also forewarned us all that we salvation would not come without trouble from the world.  Have you given your life to Jesus and now are facing alienation from those who received you before?  This is common to every child of God.

The irony of this world can be summed up this way; if you choose to have an inward struggle in your soul by sin, you will be accepted by the world, or you can have your soul at peace with God but face ridicule from the world. The greatest thing to remember concerning persecution is that it comes from the world; meaning, it is outward struggle.  The reality is you now have inward peace because of being redeemed by the blood of Jesus. 

If your saved, you must realize one thing; the world will no longer accept you. It’s Satan’s last attempt to get you to turn from God.  The world can persecute, but it cannot separate you from the love of God.  It cannot take away the peace and joy Jesus gives.  We are living in a fallen world.  We are now citizens from Heaven.  We are immigrants in a sense.  Remember, Jesus came into this world and the world did not receive Him.  If they persecuted Him, do not be surprised if they persecute you.  But Jesus would bring us great comfort, In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33