Devotional 12/11/17

11-December       Ask Expecting Results

Mark 10:29    “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News,  will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life.”

 

Perhaps you know how good it feels to invest a dime and get back a dollar. That’s a ten-fold return. Now look at what Jesus tells us to expect — a 100-fold return! He’s not talking about a heavenly reward either, but a return “in this present age.” Of course, we’ll still experience the enemy’s persecution, but who cares? When we know that we can expect a 100-fold return for whatever we give up at God’s command and in pursuit of Jesus and His Kingdom, what else matters?

So now you know. Expect outrageous results in your life of obedience, and receive the prosperity God has stored up for you.

DECLARE THIS:
• I believe that God is an extravagant rewarder of those that follow Him.
• By faith I receive the promised return on my Kingdom investments. I give freely and expect an abundant harvest.
• I do not give in order to get but I know I cannot out-give God!

Devotional 12/10/17

10-December         Choose Your Behavior

Revelation 12:11    And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

 

The strategy for absolute victory every time is His blood and the words of our mouth. So our words become the deciding factor in our ability to overcome and experience victory. In a crisis, words can slip out before we know what we’re saying. To guarantee that we will overcome with the word of our testimony we have to fill ourselves with love and Word of God.

It’s up to us to be sure we’re equipped for battle with His Words. He’s done the hard part — now it’s up to us to finish the job.

DECLARE THIS:
• I will overcome the condition of unemployment and walk victoriously into a great job.
• Jesus has already paid for my righteousness, my salvation, my forgiveness and my prosperity.
• By faith I apply the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of God to my problems knowing they will be resolved.

Devotional 12/9/17

9-December       Choose Your Behavior

John 15:17     If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

Have you ever puzzled over this verse knowing you’ve asked God for some desire and it never came to pass? It causes a lot of pain when job seekers ask for jobs and don’t get them. But notice what has to be true if our desires are to come to pass. His words have to abide in us. Our desires have to match His desires.

It’s commonly known that people who live together and love each other tend to become more and more alike. It’s the same with us as we dwell in Jesus. When our desires come from Him and our words match what He has said, we can count on them coming to pass. This is one more reason to seek the Kingdom and the King. Then our words will have power and our desires will be satisfied.

DECLARE THIS:
• I will to will the will of God. My desires and words match my King’s.
• By faith I claim God’s Word over all my circumstances.
• I willingly release my demands and invite God to fill me with His words and desires.

Devotional 12/8/17

8-December       Choose Your Training

Proverbs 4:7    Wisdom is the principle thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

We’re in the process of being trained for Kingdom service. Before we go back into a job in the workplace, God wants us to learn a few things about Kingdom life. This scripture is pointing to a top priority for our learning, get Wisdom and understanding. Not worldly understanding or knowledge, but rather the Mind of God Himself. We are to think just like Him, talk just like Him and act just like Him. We’re His apprentices and this is our top-priority “search” objective.

DECLARE THIS:
• I seek the wisdom of God and a clear understanding of His ways.
• I believe that God will freely give me wisdom when I ask and by faith I receive it.
• The wisdom of God is my light. He makes my path clear to me.

Devotional 12/7/17

7-December      Choose Your Pay

Philippians 4:19      And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

No doubt about it, God took care of Paul. The man was shipwrecked repeatedly but always rescued. He was bitten by a poisonous viper but not harmed. He was even stoned and left for dead, then was raised up to preach again! Don’t think God caused Paul’s suffering. Paul was being persecuted by the enemy for preaching the gospel. Paul understood that it was God alone who continued to save and deliver him. He saw himself as indestructible because of the God he served.

The God that cared for Paul is the same God that is supplying all your needs. He isn’t the cause of your distress and He has never promised to keep you from trials and tribulation BUT He is the One who is more than able to take you through to victory.

DECLARE THIS:
• I believe that God is willing and able to meet all my needs from His supply of glorious riches.
• I receive everything Jesus died to give me. He is more than enough.
• By faith I declare that all my needs are met.

MY VERY NEXT THING by Stan Rarden

 HOPE AND CHANGE in God’s kingdom it’s different! At times during my working career, in the very back of my mind the thought would pop up, “What would I do if this job went away?” I would respond casually, almost indifferently, “I’ll never be out of work for too long. I’m good at many things, and I know so many people that I could probably go from one gig to another without too much trouble.” This proved to be less true than I’d hoped. Out of work, and after a few months of searching for new work and getting nowhere, I began to feel hopelessly stuck in the horrible NOW, with no foreseeable hope of a bright future. Every minute spent looking for work was painfully futile, and every minute spent doing anything else felt hugely irresponsible. For me, this was the no-win situation of all time. Change was needed here, obviously. When change finally came, though, it wasn’t at all what I thought it was going to be. I thought my situation needed changing, but instead, I got a change in the way I looked at my situation. Instead of fear that I’d never find work again (with the dread and depression that comes with that), I started to see that God has plenty of things He needs me to be doing right now, and some of them don’t look very much like a job search.

Of course, a few mindset adjustments needed to happen, such as:

• “It’s not irresponsible or lazy to use my time for things other than looking for work, as long as I’m doing what God tells me to do right this minute.”

• “I am not fearful about money, or income, or provision. God has all that well in hand for me.”

Without these other two adjustments, there’s no way this would have worked for me. But in the process of changing (which didn’t happen overnight) I remembered wishing, when I was a 9-to-5er, that I could just take a day or two (or a week or two) off every now and then, and go volunteer at the church, or work around the house, or take my wife on a trip, or just spend some solitary time writing, reading the Bible and hanging out with God. But I never could find a good time to do this. I was always too busy. You know. You’ve been there, no doubt.

But I eventually realized that now there was nothing stopping me from doing all those things, and a hundred others. These “other things” — working in the yard, cleaning the gutters, or whatever – WERE His workplace for me at the moment. I could spend the day fixing all that stuff that’s been piling up on my workbench, or changing the oil in the car, or going to the doctor, dentist and chiropractor in the same week. We could go in search of fall color in the mountains. God gave me the gift of time, the peace to enjoy it, and the grace to feel productive while doing it. I’ve come to realize that with every task he gives me, he is equipping me, training me and setting me up for my next assignment in the workplace.

So in my new-found downtime (which isn’t really downtime at all), I’ve spent a season volunteering full-time at my church, I’ve done several pro-bono projects for local charities, and I was even able to help several families with home moves and other chores. And as a totally unforeseen bonus, since my mind hasn’t been consumed with worry and doubt about how I’d get by, I’ve become more effective as a volunteer. I’ve become a better witness to others about the love and grace of God, and about how His promises are true, because I’ve been experiencing them. There’s a certain “realness” about taking God up on His promises, and finding out that they are totally true, that definitely communicates peace and confidence to others who are in the same situation… at least I hope there is, for those of you who are reading this right now and are deciding whether to see if God’s Word is true in Philippians 4:19, “…my God shall supply all your need according to His riches by Christ Jesus.”

Don’t get me wrong. This wasn’t an easy change… it was a difficult one. Shame, fear of lack and fear of failure, didn’t go quietly. And I’d be a liar if I didn’t’ tell you that those things still come calling on a regular basis, to see if I’ve left the door open a crack so they can climb back in. But “change” is only good if you don’t change back to what you’ve changed from. For me, the ability to keep condemning thoughts out comes from proclaiming God’s goodness to whomever I’m with, be it another volunteer or someone I just meet on the street.

No, I don’t have a job at the moment. No, I haven’t drawn a paycheck in a while. But God has given me “all sufficiency in all things so that I might abound to every good work,” (2Cor 10:8) and He’s proved it. Testimony like this makes it impossible to feel like a failure… as long as you believe it. But that’s really the way it is with every Word of God, isn’t it?

Devotional 9/30/17

30- September           Knock and Keep Knocking

Psalm 138:3     In the day when I called, You answered me; and You strengthened me with strength (might and inflexibility to temptation) in my inner self. (AMP)

After all the victories God handed him, you might think King David would have been totally confident, maybe even a bit cocky. Yet David always had the good sense to involve God in everything he was doing. His pattern was always to call on God, expecting His response to be favorable, and then go out with the expectation of a conquest. So often in a job search we become exhausted and frustrated, and we allow fatigue to overwhelm us. If that’s you, stop!

Don’t run yourself out of gas. Call on God. Ask for strength to go through another day of searching. Expect to be strengthened, and expect to receive the might and the power you need to conquer the employment market.

DECLARE THIS:
• I call on the Lord for help and He strengthens me.
• By faith I know that God will always hear me and He will always help. He never fails.
• I expect to receive the strength and might that I need every day.

Devotional 9/29/17

29- September     Knock and Be Encouraged

John 16:13-15   When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me.

Christ dwells in each of us. The indwelling Spirit of God will lead us in the way we should go and will tell us everything we need to know to experience the fullness of life and joy that He desires for us. Our greatest encouragement comes from the realization that with the assistance of the Holy Spirit we cannot “miss it” as we search for a job.

If we listen we will hear from God and be led in the way of truth and abundant life. Be encouraged because He has promised that He will be found by those who diligently seek Him. Don’t wander in the dark any longer. Run to the Light!
DECLARE THIS:
• I have the power of the Holy Spirit in me and I am strengthened and guided by Him.
• By faith I receive my daily guidance, instructions and confidence from the Lord of my life.
• I thank God that I am led by the One who has already seen the future and made a great plan for me in it.

Devotional 9/28/17

28- September     Knock and Faint Not!

Ephesians 6:10      A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power

What does it mean to be “strong in the Lord?” And what is this mighty power that we are to walk in? The answer can be found in this simple statement — God is love. God Himself is love and love is God. So if we want victory in our life, we must be powered by love.

Brother Lawrence had the right idea when he said, “All things are possible to those who believe; still more to those who hope; still more to those who love; and most of all to those who practice all three”. Our power is found in faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love. So as we go through our job search today let’s go out in the love of God and share it with everyone we meet.

DECLARE THIS:
• I have the love of Jesus in me and it gives me power.
• By faith I receive the strength of the Lord and the power of His might to accomplish His will for my life.
• I thank God that I don’t have to rely on my own strength or wisdom or power.

Devotional 9/27/17

27- September     Knock and Overcome

John 16:33    I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (NLT)

We don’t have to be reminded that we’ll have trials and sorrows in this world. We’re in the midst of them right now. But our trials and sorrows don’t need to have power over us. Jesus has peace and victory for us right now. He tells us, in this verse, how our situation is going to turn out. We win! He has overcome unemployment, poverty, and economic uncertainty. He has overcome this world and taken you into victory with Him.

See yourself as an over comer in Christ. Remember, God needs us back in the workplace so we can be a blessing. So claim your victory and go out like someone who expects to be hired into a great job, doing work you really love. Be a demonstration of what God in Christ does for those who love Him!
DECLARE THIS:
• I am an over comer in Jesus Christ. I expect victory in my job search.
• By faith I receive the peace of God in my current circumstances because Jesus has overcome the world.
• I have power and authority in the name of Jesus and I use it to accomplish the work of the Kingdom.