Devotional 5/31/18

31- May     Knock and Be At Peace
Psalm 4:8    In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.

Isn’t it good to know that God wants us to get a good night’s sleep? Take this great comfort as a gift from your Father in Heaven. However your day goes — no matter if you had good interviews or no interviews, excellent employment prospects or no clue what you’ll be doing tomorrow — this fact never changes: our Lord is our Shepherd and He will keep us safe.

It is safe to lie down and cast your cares onto His shoulders. He can handle the burden while we sleep…and while we are awake.  Let Him!

DECLARE THIS:
• I am safe in the care of the Good Shepherd.
• By faith I receive good sleep every night and energy every day.
• I thank God that He orders my steps and keeps me in His perfect will.

Devotional 5/30/18

30- May           Knock and Keep Knocking

Malachi 3:16    Then those who feared the LORD spoke with each other, and the LORD listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared him and always thought about the honor of his name. “They will be my people,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “On the day when I act in judgment, they will be my own special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient child. (NLT)

Sometimes we forget that the Lord is with us everywhere we go, observing our behavior and listening to everything we say. So often, when we do think about His presence, we’re distressed because we just did or said something we regret. But what about when you are encouraging others and giving of yourself? What about when you are thinking about Him and standing in faith believing for a promise? He’s watching and listening then, too.

He’s delighted with your commitment to Him. This scripture says He’s actually writing it down, making note of your desire to honor His name with your life. As you walk this life out and continue to honor Him, remember that He considers you His special treasure. He will bring you victory in this life and eternally.

DECLARE THIS:
• I think about the Lord and ways to bring Him honor with my life.
• By faith I receive the promise that He will spare me from judgment because Christ has paid for me.
• I know that the Spirit of God dwells in me and I live in the awareness of His presence.

Devotional 5/29/18

29- May    Knock and Be Encouraged

Psalm 5:11-12     But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits. For You, Lord, will bless the [uncompromisingly] righteous [him who is upright and in right standing with You]; as with a shield You will surround him with goodwill (pleasure and favor). (AMP)

Recall the story in 1 Samuel 30:6 — “David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him because the souls of them all were bitterly grieved, each man for his sons and daughters. But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” That’s exactly what we have to do for ourselves.

You may experience the anger and disappointment of others. They might criticize you because they think you’re not trying hard enough. They might even blame you for your circumstances. That’s when unemployment becomes very difficult. But David’s strategy will work for us too. Turn your attention to verses like this one, and encourage yourself in the Lord. We are called to be joyful, because Almighty God is with us. See yourself surrounded with goodwill and favor! Sing praises to God, rejoice in His goodness, and stay in His Word! Soon you will feel His strength.

DECLARE THIS:
• I encourage myself when times are tough. I know the Lord is with me.
• By faith I believe that God rescues, defends and covers me.
• I am righteous in Christ and I know God is blessing me with favor.

Devotional 5/28/18

28- May      Knock and Faint Not!

James  5:11    We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy. (NLT)

We admire Job for his steadfastness, Joseph as he endured prison and Paul as he experienced all the hardships of a life in service to God. Their strength and endurance is worthy of respect and admiration. But how do we behave when it’s our turn? Are we living like modern day believers of God’s faithfulness? When this season ends and you’re in your new job, don’t you want to look back on this time and feel good about how you handled it?

Decide today that you will give yourself something to be proud of because you, too, endured like Job without wavering and without turning against God. Let others honor you for the way you endured the suffering and stood fast on the promises of God until you obtained the victory.

DECLARE THIS:
• I will endure all the challenges of this season and I steadfastly trust God.
• By faith I receive the ability to see God working on my behalf and I know He is the source of good in my life.
• I will witness before powers and principalities that I serve God and put my faith in Him to save me.

Devotional 5/27/18

27- May      Knock and Overcome

1 John 5:4    …for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. (NIV)

Maybe you think you are not blessed with a strong faith like some people. You are just you and you have just enough faith to believe that Jesus saved you and no more. Well, that’s not what the Word says. Romans 12:3 tells us that God has given each of us the measure of faith that we need. It would be unfair of God if He failed to give us enough to sustain us, wouldn’t it?

No, the problem isn’t the amount of faith that we have, it’s the amount of exercising we have done with our faith in Jesus. Faith muscle requires stretching. So act in faith and believe this Word — we overcome the world, unemployment, poverty, failure, disease, through faith in the work and love of Jesus. The victory is promised but we have to take it by faith.

DECLARE THIS:
• I am born of God and I overcome the circumstances of this world.
• By faith I declare that Jesus is more than enough and in Him I have victory.
• I thank God that I have the faith I need to overcome all of life’s challenges.

Devotional 5/25/18

25- May       Knock and Exercise Your Faith

Joshua 6:16   And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.

Did you ever wonder why those people had to walk around the city of Jericho seven times, or why you had to do ten job interviews that amounted to nothing? God is doing something. He has already prepared a new assignment for you so that’s not the issue. The truth is that this part of the process is about your faith, your obedience and your patience.

Don’t try to skip the important work that’s being accomplished in you right now, the strengthened faith and confidence you are developing in the Lord. Your job search testimony just might become a lifesaver for someone else. So hang in there. Do whatever God asks for as long as He asks and you’ll be positioned for greatness.

DECLARE THIS:
• I am building patient endurance and confidence in the Lord.
• All eyes are on me and I do not waver in my faith. I trust in the Lord.
• By faith I receive the confidence that I hear from God and He will not let me miss His directions.

Devotional 5/24/18

24- May    Knock and Bring Gifts

Matthew 10:12   When you enter the home, give it your blessing.

Think about all the places you might go during your job search. Chances are you’ll be driving around your city and the surrounding areas a good bit. Why not spend your travel time praying for the entire area and releasing God’s hand over it? Every workplace you enter could use a blessing too, couldn’t it?

Bless the business leaders and ask for wisdom for them. Bless all the workers you see, that they might come to know the Lord and grow strong in their faith and love. See yourself as a Kingdom employee on assignment as a “blessing giver” right now. Your prayers will produce results that are desperately needed in the workplace. Will you accept this assignment?

 

DECLARE THIS:
• I am on assignment for the Lord and I bring blessings wherever I go.
• By faith I receive guidance from the Holy Spirit to know how and when to pray for the workplace.
• I know my prayers will produce results.

Devotional 5/23/18

23- May   Knock With Confidence

Ephesians 3:22   And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. 

When we grasp the full revelation of the authority we have been given in this world, we’ll take dominion over our workplace. It belongs to us. Christ is the head, we are the body and all things have been placed under our feet! We need to believe God when He says the things of this world are under our rule!

As you look for your next job, start thinking about the place that you want to influence for the Kingdom. Declare your willingness to assume responsibility for the workplace. God views us as sons and heirs, not servants. He wants us to rise up in confidence. Let’s claim what God has given us and be bold about our
claims, knowing that the Kingdom of God has need of us.

DECLARE THIS:
• I am part of the body of Christ and I claim authority over the workplace.
• By faith I receive my Kingdom assignment from God and look for a place where I may serve Him by blessing others.
• I move in confidence because I serve the King of Kings who rules from within me.

Devotional 5/22/18

22- May        Knock With Thanksgiving

Luke 17:16-18     He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.  Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?  Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”

The full awareness of God’s grace towards us makes us fall to our knees to worship Jesus, too. But unfortunately, we get so caught up in our pursuit of employment and our attempts to supply our own needs that we allow what we don’t yet have to crowd out all that we already possess. Today, before you begin your job search activity, sit still and recount all that the Lord has done for you.

Thank Him and praise Him. Then be refreshed, knowing that God is good and only good. His love and mercy towards us is boundless. Bask in thanksgiving and go forth in peace and confidence. The God who has blessed us in the past is forever in the “blessing business.”

DECLARE THIS:
• I give thanks for all that Jesus has done for me. I am saved, healed, prosperous and complete.
• By faith I receive God’s blessing and expect it to manifest in every part of my life.
• With the help of the Holy Spirit, I make thanksgiving and praise my continuous response to God.

Devotional 5/21/18

21- May        Knock With Boldness

A life rooted and grounded in Christ will produce Christians abounding in thanksgiving. Imagine what it will be like to be unshakable, completely established in faith. Can you see yourself in such a deep and personal relationship with God that you confidently follow the direction He gives you with the expectation of good and only good? Just realize that the God of all creation loves us perfectly.

The truth is that He has wonderful plans for us that start now and extend into all eternity. That ought to thrill us to the core of our beings. Absolute thanksgiving is the by-product of believers who really understand the magnitude of the gift we’ve already been given.

DECLARE THIS:
• I am so grateful that I have been chosen by God to reign for all eternity.
• By faith I receive a life rooted and grounded in Jesus and His anointing.
• The gift of the name of Jesus, and the authority to use it, makes me dance with thanksgiving.