Devotional 4/23/18

23- April      Knock With Confidence

Hebrews 10:35     Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward. (AMP)

You can probably recall times when you were feeling fairly comfortable with your faith and trust in God. Then a crisis happened and you panicked. That’s what it is to “fling away your fearless confidence.” Whether we do this or not is up to us. Nothing can take our confidence from us. No one can make us afraid. We decide either to stand in faith that God will do what He says He will do, or to put our confidence in the lies of the enemy. God says we are not only to believe that He exists but also to believe that He is a rewarder of those who love and fear Him. (Hebrews 11:6) Ask the Holy Spirit to reinforce your confidence and your strength and don’t let it go for any reason. Keep the confidence that carries the reward. It’s your choice.

 

DECLARE THIS:
• I have fearless confidence and I will not let it go.
• By faith I build my hope on the promises of God. He cares for me.
• I receive the great and glorious reward that is mine in Christ Jesus.

Devotional 4/22/18

22- April    Knock With Thanksgiving

Colossians 2:6-7    As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving (NKJV)

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.

Devotional 4/21/18

21- April    Knock With Boldness

Psalm 138:3    In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul. (NLT)

For years I was afraid to cry out to God because I feared what He might say. Then I learned that He could only treat me with love because He is completely love. As I began to experience His faithfulness and great love for me, all my fears about Him melted away. That’s something every believer needs to comprehend. We have to stop thinking that it was God who made us unemployed, and that God doesn’t care about us. We have to believe what the Word tells us about the more excellent covenant we have in Christ. We can rejoice knowing that the God of perfect love will answer us personally every time we call out to Him. That’s where our strength and our boldness will be found.

 

DECLARE THIS:
• I know that God hears me when I cry out and He will always answer me.
• By faith I receive that God is good and loving. When He speaks to me it makes me confident and bold.
• I go into the job market in the Lord’s strength and powerful might.

Devotional 4/20/18

20-April    Seek to Stay Focused on Jesus

Hebrews 12:2    We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. (NLT)

Jesus is the source of our faith, and the One who grows our faith to perfection and completion. The Holy Spirit that dwells in every born-again believer is the Spirit of Christ. But how do we keep our eyes on someone who isn’t here? Realize – He is here! The Bible tells us that Jesus is the Word that became flesh. He is still the Word so we can meet Him in the Bible. As He promised, His spirit has been poured out on us. We are closer to Jesus right now than many people were when He was on the earth. Let’s seek Him while He may be found, in the Word and in our hearts, that our faith might be perfected. We will need Him to make it through the job search as overcomers.
DECLARE THIS:
• I keep my eyes on Jesus and my faith grows strong.
• I receive the work of Christ in me to perfect my faith.
• I thank God that He will never stop working on me until I look like Jesus.

Devotional 4/19/18

19-April      Seek Hidden Treasures

Psalm 12:3   Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. (NKJV)

Many believers who are currently jobless are painfully aware that they don’t have wealth and riches in their houses. So who is this verse talking about? If we go to the beginning of the Psalm we’ll see that the answer is “the man who fears the Lord and obeys His commands.” We can be assured that when we aren’t experiencing the promises of God, the problem is not with God, it’s with us. Here’s the good news, though. While we’re out of the workplace, we have a perfect opportunity to fix our problems once and for all. Now is the time to find disobedience in our lives and ask for help to eliminate it. Then, as we walk in His plan and His will, wealth and riches will flow into our lives.
DECLARE THIS:
• I am blessed with all spiritual blessings and prosperous in every way because the Word says so.
• By faith I receive revelation and correction so that my life might come into obedience to God.
• I thank God for the wealth and riches He has already given to me and I believe that I receive them now, in Jesus’ name.

Devotional 4/18/18

18-April     Seek Divine Connections

Jeremiah 3:15    And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will guide you with knowledge and understanding

It’s important to connect with the body of Christ and to take advantage of a shepherd’s covering. Find those who are looking out for you, who will teach you the way of Truth. If you haven’t found a local church, add that quest to your job search process. In addition to a local church, get connected with excellent teachers and pastors on television and the radio. Fill yourself with God’s Word from all these anointed shepherds and dwell in safety. They will accelerate your understanding and knowledge and light the path before you.

DECLARE THIS:
• I am open to the gift of shepherds in my life. I know that I am a sheep in need of protection.
• By faith I receive direction from God’s appointed shepherds. I examine what I am taught against the Word and grow in truth.
• I trust the Holy Spirit in me to guard me from false shepherds who would do me harm.

Devotional 4/17/18

17-April  Seek the Direction of the Holy Spirit

Jeremiah 10:23   I know, LORD, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course. (NLT)

There’s a popular bumper sticker that says “God is my co-pilot”. If that’s true for you, be quick – trade seats! God needs to be the One in charge, the Holy Spirit in us should be calling all the shots. We are not able to plan our own courses, because we can’t see around corners and into the future. But He who sees the end from the beginning is more than able to lead us. Let’s not miss the first statement here, either. Our lives no longer belong to us. Jesus bought us and we are His. So allow Him His proper place in your life and enjoy the ride.

DECLARE THIS:
• I thank God that it is not up to me to plan my own course. Perfect Love leads me.
• By faith I acknowledge that God is good and only good and I trust in Him completely.
• I belong to Jesus and will follow where He leads me.

Devotional 4/16/18

16-April     Seek Self Awareness

1 Timothy 6:10    For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows

As we turn our thoughts to self-awareness, it’s a good idea to examine our motives… are they set on anything other than God’s priorities? Are you thinking you’ll be glad when you’re back to work because you won’t need God so much? Are you like many of us who only seek God diligently when we’re in a crisis? Would a nice job with a fat paycheck mean you wouldn’t have to spend so much time praying and seeking God? Be honest. Who really occupies the throne in your heart? If it’s someone or something other than God and His will, repent and ask God to help you make and keep Him the center of your life from this moment on.

DECLARE THIS:
• I turn my entire life over to God again and ask Him to be my only King.
• By faith I receive God’s priorities and will for my life, and I trust Him to lead me in the way I should go.
• I will to will the will of God.

Devotional 4/15/18

15-April       Ask About Your Design

 James 1:17   Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (NLT)

Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “Your life is a gift from God. What you do with it is your gift to God!” It’s the truth. Take some time to reflect on everything God has already given you. Do you have the gift of sight, speech, hearing and touch? Have you experienced laughter and joy and peace and comfort? Do you have people to love who love you back? All these wonderful gifts came from a Father who loves us perfectly.

So now it’s our turn. What can we give to Him? Only one thing — our lives in obedience to His will. With our complete surrender we open ourselves to our greatest blessing and a life filled with wonders. We simply cannot out-give God… but it’s worth a try!

DECLARE THIS:
• I thank God for all He has done for me and I offer Him my life.
• By faith I receive the full blessing of God that I might bless others.
• I ask the Holy Spirit to keep me ever mindful of all that God has given me.

Devotional 4/14/18

14-April      Ask About Your Design

Genesis 1:26   Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

The moon is the same moon whether we see it as a tiny crescent or as the entire sphere. We also know that the moon does not make its own light — it is merely reflecting light from another source. That’s how it is with us as well. Kingdom leaders are both born and made. We are the very image and likeness of God, designed as rulers on this earth whether we look like it right now or not. We’re born leaders when the Spirit of God comes to live inside us but we are not made leaders until we release God’s light and power in our lives. His intention is for us to have dominion, so it’s time for us to take authority over the workplace and bring it under Kingdom rule.

DECLARE THIS:
• I am designed in the image and likeness of God.
• By faith I receive revelation of the power and authority I have been given by God in Christ.
• I take dominion over the workplace and bring the Kingdom way of life with me as I enter it.