Devotional 9/25/18

25- September       Knock and Exercise Your Faith

James 1:12     Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life. (Message)

There are some promises that you cannot have until you meet testing challenge head-on and stick it out. The Amplified Bible says it like this: “Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.”

The crown of life sounds like a pretty decent reward for hanging in there, doesn’t it? But notice one other thing — it will take being “loyally in love with God” to stay the course through to the end. So spend time with God and allow your love to grow for Him as you exercise your faith. Then you can confidently expect to receive the reward.

DECLARE THIS:
• I lean into tests and challenges to exercise my faith.
• I trust that God will honor His promise to me, as one who loves Him.
• By faith I receive the patience and strength to meet my challenges head on without being shaken.

Devotional 9/24/18

24- September    Knock and Bring Gifts

Luke 6:38       Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back

We can give our way out of debt, poverty and lack. God’s law works every time, but we might be tempted to give up on it because we don’t think as farmers do. We forget that there’s a period of time between the planting and the harvest. So plant your resources, talents and time in every area where you need a harvest. Give sacrificially into ministries where God’s anointing is evident, and don’t forget to name the harvest that you are calling forth.

Then don’t quit. Water your prayer crop with the Word of God every day. Use your mouth to send the Word out and know by faith that the Word will not return to God until it accomplishes the thing it was sent to do.
DECLARE THIS:
• I am a seed planter. I give and expect to receive a harvest according to the Word of God.
• I raise my prayers to the highest level and line them up with God’s plan.
• I thank God for a harvest on His promises.

Devotional 9/23/18

23- September       Knock With Confidence

Job 4:6   Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?

When I put my challenges up against what God has done to keep this planet in orbit and sustaining life, they shrink to insignificance. When I think about the complexity of my problems compared to the structure of one living cell, I am persuaded again that nothing is too hard for our God! This is the very One who loved me enough to give His life for me, so I know He will not leave me unemployed or without provision.

His promises will always be good and trustworthy. He will always care for us. As you put all your faith in Him your confidence will abound. Count on it!

DECLARE THIS:
• I am confident that God is able to handle all the challenges that confront me.
• By faith I believe that God desires abundant life and prosperity for me and I open myself to receive it.
• I thank God that my confidence is in His mighty power and perfect love and not in my own abilities.

Devotional 9/22/18

22- September       Knock With Thanksgiving

2 Chronicles 5:13      The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised the Lord with these words: “He is good! His faithful love endures forever!” At that moment a thick cloud filled the Temple of the Lord.

Can you picture this? A whole crowd of people all focused on praising God and giving thanks. And when they came into one accord, praising Him in unison, His presence came into their midst as an actual cloud of glory! There’s something to be said for corporate praise and thanksgiving.

Do you have a place to worship God with other believers? Do you have others who are praying with you and standing in faith for God’s promises in your life? This is so important. Take the time in your journey through unemployment to find like-minded, Spirit-filled believers and join them in worship. Invite the glory of God to fill you too. For indeed, “He is good. His faithful love endures forever!”

DECLARE THIS:
• I stand in the midst of countless believers, praising and worshiping God every day.
• By faith I receive the fullness of God’s presence and glory in my heart. I know He loves me!
• I thank God that He inhabits the praises of His people for that includes me.

Devotional 9/21/18

21- September      Knock With Boldness

Hebrews 4:16      Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (NLT)

 

This is an open invitation from God Himself to each one of us — “Come into my throne room. I have grace and mercy for you. Whatever you need, I’ll help you with it.” Unfortunately many believers have been deceived into thinking that God is keeping them unemployed. They believe that God is the author of their confusion and that God punishes the righteous as a way to teach them. That’s how effective the enemy has become in getting us to believe his lies.

Well, that deceit needs to end right now. God is good and only good. Your Father is just waiting for you to walk into His presence with boldness because of the confidence that you have in His willingness and ability to provide  whatever you need.

 

DECLARE THIS:
• I believe in God’s love for me. I trust that He desires to help and to bless me.
• By faith I place my full confidence in the love of God. I know He is willing to lead me to a new work assignment and opportunity.
• I will serve the Lord with my life and trust that He will place me where I can be of service.

Devotional 9/20/18

20-September      Seek to Stay Focused on Jesus

Hebrews 4:16   Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!”  Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. 

Look at the transformation in this man’s life. Obviously, Zacchaeus “got it”! He received the revelation that he was loved and accepted by God, and he understood that Jesus was his Lord. Immediately he completely changed his business practices to align with the character of God and the ways of the Kingdom. And here’s the best part…not only was Zacchaeus’ life transformed, but so was the entire village where he lived.  Imagine your joy is the taxman showed up at your door to refund money to you, many times greater than what you paid. Blessed to be a blessing!

The same thing is promised to us. When we encounter Jesus at a deep and personal level, all our behaviors will be changed to line up with His Word. A mind renewed and a heart filled with the love of Christ equals a transformed life…and blessings enough for others!  Let that be true of us.
DECLARE THIS:
• I am the seed of Abraham and his covenant blessing is mine.
• By faith I receive the transforming presence of Jesus Christ in my life.
• I willingly allow the Word of God to make me a new creation.

Devotional 9/19/18

19-September       Seek Hidden Treasures

Matthew 25:29      To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.

What do you have right now? You may be tempted to say, “Nothing. I don’t even have a job.” Whether you know it or not, you have the power to get wealth. (Deuteronomy 8:18) It may be invisible but it’s definitely there. Just as the wind is unseen but for the effect it has, so is this power to get wealth. But if we don’t use it, we’ll lose it! So, how do we activate the power to get abundant life and wealth?

For starters, we must believe God when He declares that we have this power. Then we have to go to the Source to learn how to use the power well, to find out what we have in our hands that can be used to gain wealth. The Holy Spirit will then show us the talents, skills and timing that will turn what’s in our hands into what’s in our dreams!

DECLARE THIS:
• I am blessed by God, lacking nothing.
• By faith I receive the abundant life that Jesus died to give me.
• I receive abundance from God because I put His gifts to good use.

Devotional 9/18/18

18-September       Seek Divine Connections

1 Corinthians 12:28       Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages.

 

When we were working, many of us said we wished we had more time to study the Word and get closer to God. Don’t think God missed those comments. He may well be giving you an opportunity to grow your understanding and your faith right now.

Teachers are one of the most wonderful gifts God gives us during this time. Thanks to television, radio and the internet, we have access to biblical teachers nearly every hour of the day. Now is the time to enroll in the school of the Word and get the best instruction those teachers offer. You will be amazed at how often they will provide just the answer you are looking for if you put yourself in the position to hear it.

DECLARE THIS:
• I receive insight into the Word through godly teachers who share revelation with me.
• By faith I open myself to the teaching of the Lord and exercise my faith to receive understanding.
• I know that God has provided all the resources I need in the body of Christ.

Devotional 9/17/18

17-September     Seek the Direction of the Holy Spirit

Proverbs 3:5-6    Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.  In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. (Amplified)

Do you think it’s possible that God would hear us ask Him to show the way, see us put our trust in Him, and then just let us fail? Could He hold our solution and fail to cut through our confusion to make Himself heard? What kind of Father would do that to His children?

God never walks us into traps and He will never permit us to make a wrong step if we’re listening to Him. If His Word says “He will direct, and make straight and make plain our path,” then that’s exactly what He will do. Our task is to seek Him and to wait until an answer comes that we understand and can follow with peace in our hearts. When we follow the Word of God we cannot fail.

DECLARE THIS:
• I know that I don’t know enough to make my own plans for my life.
• By faith I receive God’s help to grow my trust and confidence in Him. He will help me in my unbelief.
• The path the Lord has for me is straight, wide, and plain. He sets my boundaries in pleasant places.

Devotional 9/16/18

16-September     Seek Self Awareness

Galatians 6:7-8       Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 

Do we have God’s priorities when it comes to our personal lives? We might not think this is an issue right now. We just want a job, right? But God has something else in mind. God wants us and He wants us perfected. We’ll hurt ourselves and stall our progress if we don’t pay attention to this. We can’t receive a perfect job assignment from God while holding on to disobedience and sin.

What is God trying to do in you? Is He calling for temperance in your eating habits, or some other behavior change? Do you need to get out of some bad relationships? We cannot plant seeds of disobedience and expect a harvest of blessing. So drop everything that isn’t pleasing to God, then expect a harvest of everlasting and abundant life! Oh, and if you don’t know if something in your lifestyle is hindering you, ask.  The Holy Sirit is faithful to reveal and to lead if we are willing to listen and obey.

DECLARE THIS:
• I choose to live a Kingdom lifestyle and to give up every sinful behavior.
• I receive by faith the ability to walk in line with God’s will for my life.
• I have, in Christ, the ability to break every bad habit and turn away from every wrong behavior.