Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Don’t Waste Your Pain (Job 2:10)

What? Shall we receive only pleasant things from the hand of God and never anything unpleasant?
Sometimes we experience something difficult that we don’t understand–sickness, abuse, infertility, raising a difficult child.

It’s painful. We were doing the right thing, and the wrong thing happened. Life didn’t turn out the way we’d hoped. It’s easy to have a victim mentality and think, “If God is good, why did this happen to me?”

It’s because God knows He can trust us with it. The forces of darkness wanted to take us out, but God said, “Not so fast. That’s My son, that’s My daughter. I have an assignment for them.”

And God is saying this about us: “It’s difficult, but I know what you’re made of. It’s painful, but in the end, I’m not only going to bring you out stronger, increased, and promoted, I’m going to use it to push you to a new level and help others who are struggling in that same area.”

There is purpose in our pain. Don’t waste it.

A Prayer for Today

Father, thank You that there is a purpose in the pain I experience, whether I understand it or not. Thank You that You are preparing me for an assignment and growing me up.

I declare that I am strong and can do all things through Messiah. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen.

Monday, August 30, 2021

But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. (Psalm 106:13)

It’s easy to get in a hurry and try to make things happen, to force doors to open, and to manipulate people and circumstances.

If we push hard enough, sometimes God will let us open a door that He hasn’t ordained. He’ll let us walk down a road that’s not His best path.

We’re all for taking risks and getting out of our comfort zone, but we have to listen to that still, small voice inside. An opportunity may be right for us, but when we feel that unrest, it may be that it’s not the right time.

In Genesis 16, Abraham knew God had promised him a baby, but God never said it would come through Sarah’s maid.

When it was taking longer than he and Sarah thought it should, they decided to help God out. Abraham had a baby out of wedlock, and it was a big mistake. God doesn’t need your help. Just do your part and wait for Him to unfold His plan for your life.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You that you have better plan for me. Thank You that I don’t have to force doors to open for me, and to manipulate people and circumstances.. I believe that I have a better plan that You will be unfolding so that I can walk down on the best path. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. (Psalm 4:4)

God made us as emotional beings. All through the day we will feel things, but just because we feel something doesn’t mean we have to act on it.

We may feel anger, which is okay, but don’t lose our temper. Keep our cool. We may feel offended, but don’t give in to it.

We may feel tempted to compromise when our flesh says, “I have to have it, the feeling is so strong,” but we don’t have to get on board with that feeling.

The flesh wants to control our lives. We think we can’t control it, but God wouldn’t tell us to be angry and not give in if we couldn’t do it.

The feelings are real. We have to ask ourselves, “If I follow what I’m feeling, is it going to move me toward my destiny, is it going to help me improve? Or, is it just my fleshly carnal desires that are trying to keep me from rising higher?”

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You that one of the fruits of the Spirit working in me is self-control. Thank You that I don’t have to be a slave to feelings that have tried to control me for years.

I believe that I have the power to overcome, to say no to the flesh, and be disciplined to do the right thing. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Yeshua saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Here is an Israelite indeed…in whom there is no guile nor deceit nor duplicity!” (John 1:47)

One of our personal goals should be that we are so honest, so above board, so full of integrity that Yeshua can describe us as He did Nathanael.

“That’s not me,” you say. Maybe not yet, but it can be. You can become a person of integrity who does the right thing when no one is watching.

It starts in the home. When you have integrity, you’re the same in private as you are in public. You don’t treat people at work nice and kind and come home and be rude and harsh to your family.

You should treat your family better than you treat anyone else. Don’t be kinder and more considerate to coworkers than you are to your spouse and children.

You don’t have to be perfect, but you have to be real. You can’t change if you don’t acknowledge that you need to change. Ask yourself, “Where is my love and care falling short? If I was standing before God, what attitude would I bring?”

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You for challenging me to come up higher and be my best, especially at home. Show me if there is anything I’m doing that is keeping me from becoming a person of integrity.

I want to change, and I believe You have the power to change me. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen

Friday, August 27, 2021

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit.” (John 15:5)

In John 15, Yeshua says that He is the vine, we are the branches, and His Father is the gardener who prunes our lives. He mentions “fruit,” “more fruit,” and “much fruit.”

The way we move up, the way we increase is simply by abiding in Him. He says, “When things happen that you don’t understand, abide in Me, trust Me, and keep being your best. Believe that I’m still directing your steps, praise Me, and stay faithful.”

If we keep doing the right thing, keep serving, keep giving, keep expecting favor, keep going the extra mile, then we’re passing the test. When we prove to God that we’ll be faithful in the cutback seasons, He will release us into much fruit.

New doors are about to open, new relationships are on the way, and negative situations are about to turn around. Because we abide in Him, abundance is coming, healing is coming, breakthroughs are coming, new levels of our destiny are coming.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You that every day I can draw life from the true vine, Yeshua the Messiah, and abide and grow in my relationship with You.

Thank You that You are pruning my life so I will bring forth much fruit. I look forward to the abundance You are producing in my life. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Job answered God: “I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans.” (Job 42:1–2)

Job went through a time of severe testing of his faith. His life was shattered by great personal losses and covered in a season of darkness.

After all Job had endured, he was saying that the expected end cannot be changed. The Scripture talks about how Satan had to ask for permission to test Job.

The enemy can’t do anything he wants; he has to get God’s permission to touch us. God is not only in control of our lives, He’s in control of our enemies. We have nothing to worry about. He has a hedge of protection around us that cannot be penetrated.

Perhaps we hear thoughts whispering, “You’ll never be as happy again. You’ve seen your best days.” Don’t believe those lies.

We haven’t laughed our best laughs, we haven’t dreamed our best dreams, we haven’t danced our best dances, and we haven’t sung your best songs. God has already established our expected end.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You that nothing and no one can upset Your plans for my life. Thank You for watching over me and controlling my times of testing.

I believe there is a hedge about me, and as I move forward, You will bring me to my expected end. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen.”

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward. (Isaiah 58: 8)

In Isaiah 58:7-8 we read, Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward.

Too often we’re waiting for the light to break forth–the promotion, the healing, the new level–but we’ve not served anyone.

When we focus on not just accomplishing our dreams but on being a blessing and serving others, we’re going to have more joy and be more fulfilled.

When we make it our business to serve, we’re going to see breakthroughs, promotion, and doors open that we couldn’t open.

Let us take a break from what’s bothering us. Let us take a break from what we want, from what we’re believing for, and go be good to somebody else.

When we serve others, that’s a seed we’re sowing. God will make sure that we’re blessed. He’ll have people be good to us.

If we’re not getting any good breaks, we need to ask ourselves, “Are we giving any good breaks? Are we just doing what we’re required to do, or are we showing people favor, are we going the extra mile and serving?”

A Prayer for Today

Father, thank You that You never leave me in darkness or trapped behind locked doors. Thank You that as I make it my daily business to serve others,

You come bursting in with light and direction. I believe that You, the Creator of the universe, will make sure that I am blessed as I bless others. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” (Joshua 5:9)

In the Scripture, a “reproach” means “shame, blame, disgrace.” For over four hundred years the Israelites had been in Egyptian slavery. They were not just physically beaten down, but over time they allowed the emotional abuse to steal their sense of value.

As they were about to enter the Promised Land, they couldn’t go in with the sense of shame, feeling unworthy and not valuable. God had to roll away the reproach.

In the same way, we may be carrying a heavy load of guilt and shame due to past mistakes, failures, or even things that weren’t our fault. Before we can reach our highest potential, we have to get rid of the shame.

Whatever our Egypt is–a divorce, a bad habit, someone we hurt, someone who abused us–God is saying, “Today, I am rolling away the reproach, the shame, the guilt.”

When thoughts come saying, “Shame on you,” answer right back, “Shame off me. I’ve been forgiven and restored. God doesn’t remember it, so I’m not going to remember it.”

A Prayer for Today

Father, thank You that Your mercies are new every morning, and You roll back the reproach of guilt and shame over my past.

Thank You that the moment I ask You to forgive me, You not only forgive but You forget it. I believe I am forgiven and declare shame off me. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)

There will be times when we’re saying the right things, speaking words of faith, but nothing is changing. The Scripture implies something is trying to take it away. It’s like a tug of war.

The enemy is on the other side trying to pull away what God put in our hearts. We may have had that sickness for a long time—let us hold fast our confession. Don’t get talked out of it. Keep speaking healing, keep declaring, “I am healthy. I am whole.”

If we’re in debt, keep talking about abundance. If we have an addiction, keep talking about freedom.
The miracle is in our mouth. There is healing, there is freedom, and there are new levels in our mouth.

Let us start with this declaration: “I am blessed. I am prosperous. I am forgiven. I am healthy. I am free. I have the favor of God. Problems are turning around. New doors are opening. I will become all God created me to be.”

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You that when the enemy is trying to pull away what You have put in my heart, I can hold fast my confession.

Thank You that there is a miracle in my mouth. By faith I declare that because I have Your favor, I am blessed, forgiven, and free. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen.”

Sunday, August 22, 2021

When darkness overtakes [the righteous], light will come bursting in. (Psalm 112:4)

It may be dark in our lives right now. We don’t see how we will ever get well, ever get out of debt, or ever see the legal situation resolve.

Here’s the key: We are the righteous, we are a child of the Most High God. We have this promise from our Creator that when it’s dark, when we could easily be discouraged, when we feel like giving up, light is about to burst in.

It doesn’t say it will trickle in, barely get there, and hopefully make it one day. No, suddenly, unexpectedly, it will come bursting in.

That means we won’t see it coming, but God in His goodness will turn it all around. Healing, favor, and restoration are going to burst in.

The God who spoke worlds into existence controls the darkness and the light. When it’s our time for promotion, for healing, for abundance, all the forces of darkness cannot stop our God. Get ready. The light is about to break through.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You that in times of darkness when I don’t see the way out, I have Your promise that You will come bursting in with light and direction.

Thank You that in Your goodness You will turn it around. I believe that all the forces of darkness cannot stop it. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen

Saturday, August 21, 2021

“The LORD did it!” David exclaimed. “He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So he named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”). (2 Samuel 5:20)

When David was about to step into the fullness of his destiny as the anointed king over all Judah and Israel, he found himself at the Valley of Rephaim, which means “giants.”

Many years earlier, he had killed Goliath in that valley. But now he not only faced one Goliath, he faced a valley of Goliaths. The principle is that the closer you are to your destiny, the greater the opposition.

When we overcome one challenge, don’t be surprised if we face a bigger challenge. That means we’re getting closer to our destiny.

David and his men went out full of faith and defeated the Philistines, then he renamed the valley of giants Baal-perazim, which means “the God of the breakthrough.”

When we face the valley of debt, struggle, and lack, let us rename it the valley of abundance, promotion, and increase. Rename the valley of sickness the valley of health and wholeness. God will turn every valley we face into a valley of victory.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You that a valley of giants and challenges are no match for You. Thank You that You are the God who bursts through like a raging flood and brings me to my destiny.

I believe that the forces for me are greater than any force that is against me. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen

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