Tuesday, December 11, 2018

DON’T FEAR

Job 3:25 (NKJV) For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me.

Fear.  What an awful word, filled with so much demonic power.  There are literally thousands of different fears in our world, and these fears will try to convince you that they are truth.  As we can see with Job, the things that we fear will come upon us. 

So what should we do?  We need to resist fear like we would resist any evil or horrible thing.  Fear is an enemy and, if it gets its claws into you, it will try to paralyze you.  Fear will make you believe something, even when it is not truth.

Job must have believed certain things.  He saw, in the end, that all of the destruction that came on his life was not from God, but that He opened the door to the enemy with his fear.  It is the same with us.  We have to watch that we do not let different fears into our lives, like the fear of sickness, or the fear of death.  Our Father is our protector, and there is no fear in Him.  So do all that you can through the power of the Holy Spirit to resist fear, and watch it flee!

The way the devil works is to try to get a thought into your mind, and to convince you to believe it.  If he can do that, he has you.  It is just like fishing: we put bait on the end of the line to get the fish to believe that there is something good there.  Well, there is nothing good in the devil.  He is a liar from the beginning, and he will always be a liar.  So today, say, “Not on my watch!  I am blessed by my Heavenly Father, and fear has no place in me!”


Confession:  Fear is a name, and it must bow its knee to the name of Jesus.  Fear will not have dominion over me, because I am covered by the blood of the lamb, Jesus!

Today's Bible Reading
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Amos 4 - 6
Revelation 2:18 - 3:6
Psalms 130
Proverbs 29:21-22

Monday, December 10, 2018

GOD’S PROTECTION

Psalms 91:5-7 (NKJV) You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.  7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.

God is our protector.  Think how evil this world is, and yet in the midst of it all, our loving Father protects us.  I think of our human bodies, how frail they can be, yet God has put within us things that fight off sicknesses and diseases.  One day, this curse will be removed, and there will be no more tears, no more sickness, and no more death, but until then, we need to trust in the Word of God.

You see, God has given us His Word as a two-edged sword, and that sword needs to be used.  The devil, and his workers, are out to kill, steal, and destroy, but when we grab hold of God's mighty Word and get it in our hearts, and say it with our mouths, we get the devil running.

Throughout church history, there were men and women that would just trust God.  They would find a promise in the Word, and they would not let it go until they saw their prayers answered.  Well, I do not know about you, but I want to be one of those mighty warriors of the kingdom.  I want to be one that when I wake up, the devil says, "Oh no, he is up again!” 

So let us make the decision, today, to be mighty warriors for the kingdom of heaven.  Let us pull down strongholds, and anything that would try to hinder a person from coming to God.  Let us speak His mighty Word and watch the enemy fall, and let us lift up those who are hurting, and introduce them to our Jesus.


Confession:  Today, look out devil, I am awake and I have one mission, and that is to further my Father's Kingdom.  I am awake to help set the captives free, and to bring recovery to those in need.

Today's Bible Reading
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Amos 1 - 3
Revelation 2:1-17
Psalms 129
Proverbs 29:19-20 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

AN ESTABLISHED HEART

Psalms 112:6-8 (NKJV) Surely he will never be shaken; the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. 7 He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. 8 His heart is established; He will not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies.

I love verse 7: “He will not be afraid of evil tidings.”  Why?  Because “his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”  We live in a world that is full of evil tidings.  You just wait, and there will be another hurricane or tornado.  In the winter, it will be a blizzard or an ice storm that knocks down power lines.  Do you get the idea?

This world is still under the curse of Adam.  Yet, because of our trust in God, we do not have to fear what comes upon this earth.  The 91st Psalm says it this way: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’  Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.  You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.  A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.”

That is the kind of protection we receive when our trust is in God.  So today, do not focus on all the bad news.  Dwell in the secret place!  Take time to read the Good News, your Bible, and see how God has you under His wing.  See how God will protect you from whatever comes against you.  Remember, He's a lot bigger than anything the curse can throw at you!


Confession:  The curse has no power over me, because I dwell under the protection of the Creator of all things.  One day, this curse will be removed, but until then, I will speak His Word to the mountains, and watch them be removed!

Today's Bible Reading
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Joel 1 - 3
Revelation 1
Psalms 128
Proverbs 29:18 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

THE ABUNDANT LIFE

John 10:10 (NKJV) The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 10:10 (MSG) A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

As we finish this powerful verse today, let us look at the last part.  Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  God wants us to have an abundant life. This means, and I like how the Message Bible says it, “More and better life than they ever dreamed of.”  That is so good! 

This life God wants us to have is an abundant life.  It is a full, rich, and overflowing life. The word "abundantly" is from the Greek word periossos, and it means to be above, beyond what is regular, extraordinary, or even exceeding. This is not just abundance; it is super-abundance!

God, our Father, has so blessed us that, when we let Jesus into our hearts, He not only showers us with His goodness, He makes it beyond what is regular, extraordinary, or even exceeding. Again, this is not just abundance; it is super-abundance!

Sometimes in life, we can have too much of a good thing, like rain, or ice cream.  Well, we can never have too much of God!  His grace is so good, yet it never hurts us.  His mercies are new every morning!  It is like going to a fruit tree, and everyday it is full again with ripe, juicy fruit.  Every day, I can pick as much as I want.  It is beyond what is regular, extraordinary, or even exceeding.  So today, do not look at your shortcomings; look to Him and His super-abundant life!


Confession:  Today, I have a super abundant amount of God’s life and goodness.  God, my Father, pours out His mercies, fresh and new each day.  Today is a new day with new possibilities!

Today's Bible Reading
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Hosea 10 - 14
Jude 1
Psalms 127
Proverbs 29:15-17

Friday, December 7, 2018

THE LIFE OF GOD

John 10:10 (NKJV) The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 10:10 (NCV) A thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I came to give life—life in all its fullness.

Continuing from the last few days, now let us get into the good stuff.  We have seen for the past few days how the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy.  Now Jesus shows us what He has come to give us: “I have come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

The first part here is that He came to give us life.  The "life" Jesus offers us is zōē, which is a life that is filled with vitality.

Zōē is another of the New Testament terms for "life."  Zōē refers to life that is of the highest quality, having reached the fullest potential in the people of God through the finished redemptive work of Christ.  In a large number of cases, it refers to "eternal life," not only to heavenly reality, but also to that quality of life initiated by the Spirit of God at conversion.

Think about that for a moment.  God’s very life was placed in us when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  This life is not there to give us goose bumps, but to make us world overcomers through Him!  The Life of God resides within us, and can never be taken away.  His Life will give us all that we need to live victoriously in this world.  So today, do not lean on yourself.  Lean on the Greater One who lives inside of you.  His name is Jesus!


Confession:  I choose life today; the life of God.  His life is inside of me, helping me throughout my day.  I am becoming more God-inside minded, and I am listening to His Spirit within me.

Today's Bible Reading
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Hosea 6 - 9
3 John 1
Psalms 126
Proverbs 29:12-14

Thursday, December 6, 2018

THE GREATER ONE

John 10:10 (NKJV) The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 10:10 (AMP) The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

Today, let us continue with John 10:10.  The next part that Jesus went on to say is that the thief also comes "to destroy."  The word "destroy" is from the Greek word apollumi, meaning to destroy.  It carries the idea of something that is ruined, wasted, trashed, devastated, and destroyed.

By using this word, we discover that if the thief is unsuccessful in his attempts to steal from us, or to convince us to sacrifice what we hold dear, he will then try to ruin it!

The devil has one plan for us, and that is to totally destroy us.  However, we know better, or we can say it like this: “We have inside information.”  My Bible says in Romans 8:31, “What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?”  God, the Creator of all things, is for us.  He is the Almighty God, and when we pray and give God free access into our lives, the devil does not have a chance!

You see, God gave us a free will to choose his ways or not.  When I say, “God, I give you my life.  Go ahead and do all that needs to be done,” then look out devil and demons!  You do not have a chance!  The Greater One is living inside of me.  Think about that today.  The Greater One is living inside of us!  It does not get better than that!

So today, do not look at your weaknesses; look at His strength.  Do not look at your shortcomings; look to Him who has no shortcomings.  Do not look to your sicknesses; look to His health.  He is the Greater One, and He resides within you.  1 John 4:4 says, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”  This is the victory of the cross!


Confession: Today, I do not look to myself, but I look to the Greater One who lives in me.  When the enemy comes in like a flood to try and destroy my life, the Greater One always gets me through.  My Father is for me and not against me.  He is totally for me!

Today's Bible Reading
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Hosea 4 - 5
2 John 1
Psalms 125
Proverbs 29:9-11 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

DON’T GIVE IT UP

John 10:10 (NKJV) The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 10:10 (NLTSE) The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

Today, let us look at the next part of this verse.  Not only does the thief come to steal, but Jesus said that he also comes to kill.

At first, it appears that this means to kill, or to take someone's life.  But the Greek word is thuo, which means to sacrifice.  It referred to the sacrificial giving of animals on the altar. It could mean to sacrifice, to surrender, or to give up something that is precious and dear.  It was particularly used in a religious connotation to denote the sacrifice of animals, and it had nothing to do with killing in terms of murder.

Since Jesus uses this word to describe the work of the thief here in John 10:10, He is telling us that if the thief has not already walked away with everything we hold precious and dear, he will try to convince us that we need to sacrifice, or give up, everything he has not already taken from us.

Satan does not want you to have any blessings that belong to you from the Word of God, so He will try to get you to sacrifice them.  I believe that many times he does this by our wrong thinking and wrong speaking.

Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he...”

Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

It is so important that we do not give up, or sacrifice, the things that we have been taught and believed all these years.  When he comes and says that God does not heal today, do not try to reason with that thought.  Go to the Word of God and quote it, just like Jesus did: "IT IS WRITTEN!"

Jesus defeated the enemy with the Word, and He gave us His example.  So today, do not give anything up.  Get the Word, and see what belongs to you in Christ Jesus.


Confession:  Today, I refuse to give up what God, my Father, has given to me.  Jesus paid an amazing price so that I can have all that the Word says I can have, and I refuse to sacrifice any of it.

Today's Bible Reading
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Hosea 1 - 3
1 John 5
Psalms 124
Proverbs 29:5-8