Devotional 3/31/17

31- March     Knock and Be At Peace
Isaiah 32:17   And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever.

Righteousness will bring peace! And here’s the really good news. We don’t have to come up with the righteousness. If it was up to us to get righteous, we’d never make it. But it isn’t up to us. Jesus has already made us righteous. We simply have to receive His righteousness by faith. What Jesus did at Calvary was more than enough. Nothing else needs to be done. Just let that sink all the way into your heart. Then allow peace and quietness and confidence to fill you.

DECLARE THIS:
• I am righteous because Christ made me righteous.
• By faith I receive the full inheritance of the righteous.
• I am peaceful, calm and confident.

Devotional 3/29/17

29- March      Knock and Be Encouraged

1 Timothy 6:17    Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.

You might not find this encouraging, but you need to know that the systems of this world are failing. Perhaps news of the crumbling economy and dismal employment statistics is already keeping you up at night. But you don’t have to feel that way. In fact, you don’t have to give the world’s situation a second thought, because you are not a citizen of this world.

Read this scripture again and ask the Holy Spirit to give you its full revelation. The uncertain riches of this world are not to be trusted. You have something so much better. You serve a living God, and He gives everything to you so you can have a great life. Rest in  that.

DECLARE THIS:
• My God is the Ruler over all and He loves to give me wonderful gifts.
• By faith I receive all the things that God gives me to enjoy. I expect to live abundantly.
• My confidence is in God as my provider. I don’t place any trust in the systems of this world.

Devotional 3/28/17

28- March      Knock and Faint Not!

Luke 12:32  “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness  to give you the Kingdom.” (NLT)  

The scriptures refer to us continually as “sheep.” At first I didn’t care for that comparison. There’s nothing appealing about smelly, stupid followers. But there’s no more powerful or enduring image than a loving shepherd keeping watch over his well-cared-for flock. It might serve us “sheep” well to know a few things. One: we’re in a war zone and we can’t see the enemy. Two: we don’t have His understanding of the situation. Three: compared to the supernatural power made available to us by Christ, our worldly skills and abilities are nothing.

So now I know — being a sheep is fine, just as long as we stay very close to the Good Shepherd who is vigilant over us. Don’t forget that for even one moment of your job search.

DECLARE THIS:
• I believe that it gives God happiness to bless me with every good thing.
• I refuse to receive a spirit of fear. I recognize fear as a strategy of the enemy and I rebuke it.
• By faith I receive the blessing of Abraham because Jesus bought it for me at Calvary.

Devotional 3/27/17

27- March       Knock and Overcome

Joel 3:5-7   You have taken my silver and gold and all my precious treasures, and have carried them off to your pagan temples. You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, so they could take them far from their homeland. “But I will bring them back from all the places to which you sold them, and I will pay you back for everything you have done. (NLT)

When we’re in a job search and nothing seems to be happening, it’s easy to think God has forgotten us. We hear there are no openings, or they just filled the position, or they would never hire anyone without certain skills, and we lose heart. But God’s Word assures us that if He ever did something for one of His children, He will do it for you. He doesn’t play favorites and He never changes, so this scripture is as true for us today as it was for the people of Judah. He even promises to deal with those who cause you harm. You can count on Him to do it too!

Stand on your faith in Jesus Christ and resist the enemy in the form of doubt, fatigue, confusion and frustration. God is not unaware of your situation. He has made a way back into the workplace for you and He will reveal it. Keep your ears open and your eyes on His Word.

DECLARE THIS:
• I cannot fail. I belong to the Most High God.
• By faith I trust that God will deal with my enemies and restore me.
• God is more angry at those who try to do me harm than I am. He is my daddy and He isn’t going to allow His child to be harmed.

Devotional 3/26/17

26- March      Knock and Witness for the Kingdom

Isaiah 6:8   Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”  I said, “Here I am. Send me.” (NLT)

After all this time, God is still asking the question, “Who will be my messenger? Who can I send?” He’s hoping that we will jump up and say, “Me! Please send me!” This has nothing to do with being employed, talented, or successful. It has to do with willingness. Are we willing to forget our needs and remember that there is a world of hurting people out there in desperate need of Jesus? Are you willing to be God’s messenger today?

No matter where you go or how you plan to spend your time today, you can be His spokesperson. That’s what this life is all about. We’re here to practice for our eternal role. Work that into your job search and bring the light of God wherever you go.
DECLARE THIS:
• I am a messenger for God in this dark and hurting world.
• Wherever I go today I ask the Holy Spirit to reveal opportunities to share
the good news with the people I meet.
• By faith I accept my assignment to represent the Kingdom of God and to
walk in His favor.

Devotional 3/25/17

25- March        Knock and Exercise Your Faith

James 1:6  But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. (NLT)

Faith is the key… faith in God alone. This is the deciding factor for success. Many people believe in God, but so what? The Word says even the demons believe in Him. Belief is not enough. We have to take the full measure of faith that we’ve been given and put it into action.

Stake your faith on God’s promises and do not move. If you have the faith to spend eternity with God, you ought to be able to put your faith and complete trust in Him now, right? So stand your ground and watch what happens.

DECLARE THIS:
• I know that my security and confidence is in God alone.
• My loyalty is not divided and my mind is made up. I trust in God.
• By faith I choose to ignore the circumstances that surround me and keep my gaze fixed on “things above”, the Word of God.

Devotional 3/24/17

24- March        Knock and Bring Gifts

Matthew 5:14   “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. (NLT)

This world is in a mess, and every day it becomes more evident that government leaders aren’t going to be able to fix it. The scriptures tell us that world systems will fail. Built on greed, selfishness and pride, they cannot produce long-term prosperity, peace or security. But God has given us all those things for free, in abundance, in a Kingdom that has no end. He has given us the power to get wealth. He has met all our needs and given us all things richly to enjoy. We may not have the manifestation of these promises in our lives yet, but they are still the truth. We will, by faith, see the abundant life God has procured for us, in this lifetime. So shine like the city on the hill.

Don’t wait until God’s Word is fully manifest to start talking about His goodness. Get on fire for the Lord now, and as you go about your job search, let your light shine.
DECLARE THIS:
• I belong to an unshakable Kingdom.
• The Holy Spirit in me reveals ways that I can be a light in this dark world.
• I declare the truth of God’s goodness and I expect to see abundance manifest in my life.

Devotional 3/23/17

23- March      Knock With Confidence

Genesis 18:14   Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son. (NLT)

Whenever something big or overwhelming comes against us, we simply have to read this scripture. It’s hard not to experience comfort and assurance by reading miracle stories in the bible — how God split the Red Sea, held back the river Jordan, caused the Sun to stand still for a day. Remember the walls of Jericho crumbling; the blinding of an entire enemy army so the prophet could lead them into the city of Samaria without any use of force?

The message is simple — God is capable of whatever we need. Settle this in your mind once and for all. When asking the question, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” the answer will always be “No, nothing.” Then have faith to believe that God will do something this wonderful for you.

DECLARE THIS:
• I have unshakable faith that God is able to do all things. Nothing is too hard for Him.
• By faith I receive what God has promised me.
• I know that God has a work assignment for me and nothing can hold it back from me.

Devotional 3/22/17

22- March        Knock With Thanksgiving

Colossians 1:12  Always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. (NLT)

 

If God never did another thing for us, wouldn’t we still be blessed? There are more than a hundred promises that come with our inheritance in Christ. We have life, health, opportunities, and the ability to think and to perform. We have love, eternal life, forgiveness from sin, hope, and the promises in God’s Word. We have The Blessing of Abraham — an eternal covenant of God’s love — and faith to receive it. We are seated in Christ at the right hand of God. All of the authority and power of God has been given to us, in the name of Jesus. We live in the light while the rest of the world suffers darkness.

Doesn’t all this merit our thanks and praise? Before you head out today, stop and give thanks, remembering that Jesus paid with His life to give you this inheritance.

DECLARE THIS:
• I give continuous thanks to God for blessing me.
• By faith I receive my inheritance in Christ and call forth every blessing in the name of Jesus.
• I thank God that I am in His Kingdom and I live in the Light.

Devotional 3/21/17

21- March         Knock With Boldness

Acts 4:13    Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. (NLT)

Who wouldn’t choose to walk in confidence and speak with boldness? But that gets really difficult when you’ve been without a job for a while. People start to comment on your inability to find work. They question your efforts, your persistence, your commitment, and maybe even your qualifications. In the face of the accusations and condemnation, it’s tough to be bold. That’s when this verse helps.

The disciples were uneducated and untrained men, with no skills and no training. But they were bold, because they had been with Jesus. That’s our solution too. Get with Jesus. Spend time with Him. Bask in His love before you go anywhere or do anything. You need an infusion of Christ every day of the job search if you intend to stay bold and confident. Go ahead, let people marvel at you too!

DECLARE THIS:
• I have been with Jesus and my confidence is unshakable.
• By faith I receive revelation of Christ in me and I am bold.
• I will not be discouraged by what others say; my God has equipped me for success.