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.

Devotional 9/26/17

26- September        Knock and Witness for the Kingdom

Titus 2:7     And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.

How can we do good works when we’re not working and money is tight? Consider the phrase “good works of every kind.” We can always behave with integrity. We can consistently act like someone who has been taught God’s way of doing things. There are plenty of opportunities to do things badly in the job search — failing to call when we say we
will, failing to be truthful on our resumes, and failing to show up prepared for the interview.
We don’t have to be like that. We have the golden opportunity to be excellent at things that most job seekers do badly. Take the challenge to “be an example” and show how Kingdom people handle unemployment!
DECLARE THIS:
• I accept the assignment to be an example to others and to behave with excellence and integrity.
• I recognize the good works God has given me to do and I do them.
• I receive the guidance and the power of the Holy Ghost to show me how to be an excellent job seeker.

Devotional 9/25/17

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 9/24/17

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 9/23/17

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 9/22/17

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 9/21/17

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.