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Back to School Prayers & Insights

Prayers and Insights for Those Going Back to School!

Going back to school can be an exciting and nerve racking experience all at the same time. Here are 7 insights and scriptures you can pray to get through this transition.

#1 – Things are not going to be the same!

Hebrews 13:8, NCV “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Numbers 23:19-20, NCV “God is not a human being, and he will not lie. He is not a human, and he does not change his mind. What he says he will do, he does. What he promises, he makes come true. He told me to bless them, so I cannot change the blessing.”

Many things are not the same, but one thing will never change: God’s Word and His Promises. Look to God’s promises this year and it’s going to be your best year ever!

Jeremiah 29:11, NCV “I say this because I know what I am planning for you, “says the   LORD. “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future.

#2 – Friends will come and go.

Hebrews 13:5-6, NKJV “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

So, we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Jesus will never leave you and you can go to Him boldly for help as you need it!

Proverbs 18:24, NKJV “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a    friend who sticks closer than a brother.

You have a friend that sticks closer than a brother and His name is Jesus!

#3 – You might be a little worried.

Philippians 4:6-7, NLT2 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Please read this verse to yourself — when by yourself read it out loud.        

Isaiah 26:3, NKJV “You will keep (put your name here) in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

When we keep our mind on Jesus instead of the problem God’s promises become bigger than the problem!

#4 – Don’t worry about who likes you and who’s with you!

Romans 8:31, NKJV “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Others might be against you, but if you learn to handle it right God will fight your battles and they cannot win.

Romans 12;18-20, NKJV “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

2 Chronicles 26:5 (NKJV) “as long as he sought the LORD, God made him prosper.”

The Lord of Host is on your side.

1 Samuel 17:45-47, NKJV “Then David said to the Philistine (Goliath), “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of    hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

 1 Samuel 17:49-51, NKJV “Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David.

Therefore, David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.

#5 – Learn to Love God’s Teaching and your Teachers!

Psalm 119:97-99, NCV “How I love your (GOD’S) teachings! I think about them all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, because they are mine forever. I am wiser than all my teachers, because I think about your rules.

#6 – Remember this is not your Home.

Philippians 3:20, NKJV “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait        for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

We have dual citizenship here on earth, it will only last a short time; in heaven, it will last for eternity.

Be careful not to simply live for what you can see, it will not last; instead live for that which will last for eternity.

#7 – Obey those over you as a way of obeying God and witnessing for Him.

1 Peter 2:13 (CEV) “The Lord wants you to obey all human authorities,”

Proverbs 17:11 (TLB) “The wicked live for rebellion; they shall be severely punished.”

Romans 13:1-2 (CEV) “Obey the rulers who have authority over you. Only God can give authority to anyone, and he puts these rulers in their places of power people who oppose the authorities are opposing what God has done, and they will be punished.

God has placed your parents, teachers, and pastors over you.

As you obey them you bring honor and glory to God.

1 Timothy 2:2-4 (TLB) “Pray in this way for kings and all others who are in authority over us, or are in places of high responsibility, so that we can live in peace and quietness, spending our time in godly living and thinking much about the Lord. This is good and pleases God our Savior, for he longs for all to be saved and to understand this truth”

Important Insight: When you obey, and honor those over you God not only blesses you but it pleases God.

7 Things Every Christian Must Know

7 Things Every Christian Must Know!

7 Things Every Christian Must Know!

After you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the enemy will try to get you down. He doesn’t want you to succeed in your spiritual walk. Here are 7 things you should know to help you on your journey.

#1 – Know who you are in Christ

Children

  • Psalm 139:14 (NKJV)  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
  • Psalm 139:14 (NCV)  I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful. I know this very well.
  • Psalm 139:14 (MSG)  I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration.

Adults

  • Psalm 139:14 (NKJV)  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
  • Psalm 139:14 (NCV)  I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful. I know this very well.
  • Psalm 139:14 (MSG)  I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration, for I am Fearfully and wonderfully made.

#2 – Know the Power in Prayer

Start with the Never Again List and learn how to pray God’s word.

When you have a problem, God has a promise that’s more powerful than your problems. • Look at God’s promise, not the problem.

#3 – Know that no matter what you do God will never leave you.

Hebrews 13:5-6 (NKJV) “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

John 14:18 (KJVA)“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”

#4 – Know what it means to confess and forsake

1 John 1:9-10 (KJVA)“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

Acts 3:19 (NKJV) Repent (Confess) therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.

The right confession brings refreshing.

#5 – Know that the Lord God Almighty is on your side

The same God that was with David is with you as well!

1 Samuel 17:45 (KJVA)“Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

#6 – Know that peace is a by-product

Trusting God’s Purpose + Plan + Promises = Peace

#7 – Know that you can have peace in any situation

You can have peace in any situation. • Saved + Dependence on Christ + Representing Christ = Peace in any situation.

Pain is Temporary, Eternity is Forever

Are you in need of peace, strength, guidance, and a fresh hope?

We are so blessed to possess the Promises of God to see us through every day and every problem that will come our way.

During this unprecedented time, I can’t imagine anything more valuable than time spent with God. He wants us to seek Him like never before. In doing so we will grow closer to Him and more dependent upon Him to meet our every need. While He is writing our story, we can be assured it is for our good and His glory. Until it is good, God is not done.

Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Spiritual growth is the only guarantee things are going to get better.

Psalm 121:7-8, “The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserveyou are going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.”

God never panics, He has a plan. The things which we see are temporary, but the things not seen are eternal. We must know our sorrow and pain are not going to change God’s plan for our eternal purpose. He will never waste our temporal pain without giving it an eternal purpose.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

This difficult time will pass, as we have seen throughout history. I encourage you to allow God to build character during this time. To have spiritual victories in this invisible war we must watch Jesus as our example, have a secret place to meet with God daily to pray and listen, and feed our spirit by reading His Word. We will come out on the other side with a stronger godly character and assured victory here on earth or in heaven. 

Mark 14:37-38, Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

1 Corinthians 2:9, “But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Where is your focus? What are you trusting God for? What is God doing in your life?

In Christ,

Pastor James

Eph. 3:20

Follow the Filling

God’s Power and The Holy Spirit

Day 1 – God’s Power and The Holy Spirit

Ephesians 3:16-20 “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints at Journey Church, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20) Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

God’s power is available to us because of His Holy Spirit in us. This is not ‘our’ power, but it’s the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. There is a difference. Many people who do not really know God nor fully understand the scriptures, try to live by their own strength and power. Verse 20 in the scripture above clearly states that it is the Holy Spirit’s power that is at work in us and enables us to live differently, and to make changes in our lives.

This is one of my favorite verses! A great promise to cling to during this time. Knowing and Trusting God’s Word cannot return void. I pray you are encouraged knowing His Power is at work in us.

Pray God Fill Me and I Will Follow!

Luke 11:13, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

The Abundant Life

Week 52: The Abundant Life

1 Corinthians 2:9 AMP but just as it is written [in Scripture], “Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed]. Joshua 1:8 NKJV This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Read the Word Spiritual growth is the only guarantee life will get better. God already has the abundant life stored up for you. Loving God will come as a result on meditating on all that God has done for you and your God. Obey the Word You will not have the full abundant life without obeying Him in all areas of your life. The areas you promptly obey God in He begins to bless. Be Thankful for What He Has Already Done For You A grateful heart deepens relationships. Did you experience a conviction, challenge, or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?
Abundant Life - Practicing Peace Leads to Peace

Week 51: Practicing Peace Leads to Peace

John 14:27 NKJV
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the
world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

2 Thessalonians 3:16 TLB “May the Lord of peace himself give you his
peace no matter what happens. The Lord be with you all.”

Practicing patience brings peace in the midst of turmoil. In the most difficult time we need to ask God what would He have us learn. God wants us to thrive not just survive. He wants us to triumph over our troubles. Lack of patience causes us to lose our peace.

God’s will for our life is more about a behavioral change. Spiritual growth requires two things – problems and patience. We want comfort, God wants character. Peace is really an inward confidence that God is doing something good in our life in spite of the present circumstance.

Is there a behavioral change God is wanting you to make? Where are you looking for comfort that God might be trying to build character? Did you experience a conviction, challenge, or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?

Abundant Life - How to Have Peace

Week 50: How to Have Peace

John 16:33 NKJV
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Peace is the by-product of trusting God’s promises, purpose and plan for your life. The first step to having peace is having Jesus Christ in us. Peace is not circumstantial, it’s relational.

Apart from the right relationship with God, you cannot have harmony and peace. When you are in the right relationship with Christ, nothing can quench the Peace of God.

Where do you need peace in your life today? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?

Abundant Life - Honor and Glory to God

Week 49: Honor and Glory to God

5 Ways to Bring Honor and Glory to God

#1 Finish what you start – Philippians 1:6 NKJV “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

#2 – Give –Jesus’ very nature is to give – John 3:16 NKJV For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

#3 – Forgive We are most like God when we give and forgive – Matthew 6:12 NKJV “And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.”

#4 – Live in Freedom – The more we know and apply God’s Word the more liberty or freedom we have. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NKJV “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

#5 – Make decisions based on wisdom not emotions Luke 2:52 NKJV And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

James 1:5 NKJV “for any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who  gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Which area do you need to work on this week? Giving, Forgiving, or Finishing what you start? Are you making decisions based on wisdom or emotions? Did you experience a conviction, challenge, or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?

Week 48: God Wants to Bless You

John 14:20 NKJV At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you
in Me, and I in you.

Opposition has to go through God your Father and Jesus before it gets to you.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Romans 8:37-39 NKJV
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Safety starts with being in Christ. When you are in Christ, anyone has to go through Christ to get to you. The important thing to learn is to stay in the right relationship with Jesus where you have the protection of Christ in your life. As His Children when we are mistreated –God will protect and provide for us.

Psalm 46:1 NKJV
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”

Do you need Gods help today? He wants to be your helper, refuge, and strength! Do you feel safe? Yes or No; Why or Why not? Did you experience a conviction, challenge, or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?

Week 47: Purpose and Passion

Matthew 16:25 NKJV “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

Ephesians 2:10 AMP For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

Revelation 4:11 NKJV
“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”

God has predestined us to live a good life. He has written your story for His Glory. When you try to live out your own agenda, it will lead to a mess. God’s agenda for your life will lead to miracles.

God gives us purpose which fuels passion. Passion is an intense urgency to accomplish your God given calling. Passion gives us desire.

Desire + Determination = Destiny

What passion has God given you? Do you feel you walking in the good life God made ready for you? If not, why not? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?

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