It’s not our location, land or even what we learn that brings joy!
Joy is a journey of seeking Jesus!
It was not the land; it was not even what we had learned that brought Joy! It was Love, Jesus’ love for me and you and love for God the Father.
Mark 12:30-31 NKJV
and you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Proverbs 8:17 NCV
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. Who and what you love you will seek after! Joy is not a matter of where you live, where you travel, or what you have. It’s a matter of seeking Jesus and finding Him where ever you go and whatever you do!
“Riches and honor are mine to give. So are wealth and lasting success.”
We often seek riches believing they can bring what only right relations can bring. When we have a right relationship with Jesus and right relationship with our love ones we have Joy! Joy is a by-product of seeking Jesus and having a right relationship with Him!
Where does joy come from? How can you find joy where you are right now? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?
Proverbs 28:13 NKJV “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but
whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”
What you bury will be exposed. God will use the wind of the Holy Spirit to uncover the opposition and pain you have been running from and set you free. When opposition presses you, whatever is in you will come out of you.
As believers, the fruit of the spirit should come out when pressed with opposition. (Galatians 5:22-23) We are to use the Bible as a mirror to see ourselves through the Word of God, not a window to look at others through. Is there anything in your heart, mind, words or behavior that might be opposing God’s movement?
We are to pursue transformation over tradition. Tradition will not bring about change, only Jesus Christ will bring change.
Romans 12:2 NKJV “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
What area do you need to renew your mind? What area have you conformed to this world?
Freedom or bondage greatly depends on what we allow our mind to think on!
Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you
need to make from this devotion?
Acts 3:19-20 NKJV
“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before,”
Unbelievable power of the Holy Spirit gives us the power to walk through our problems. Only Jesus can meet the needs in our lives. We cannot commit something to God and not obey. Sin will cost us.
How uncomfortable do we have to become with sin before we are willing to change and do what God has called us to do?
When we keep back from God, it limits the power and joy in our life. One of the ways to enter into the joy of the Lord is what we do with our talent, time, and money. What is it we need to be afraid of? Missing out on all that God has for us.
The worst thing we can ‘keep back’ from God is our heart. God did not just save us from Hell he saved us to heaven and he wants us to bring heaven down to earth. There is only one purpose you are here, to further the Kingdom of God.
How is God using you to further His Kingdom? Do you need to refreshing of God upon your life? Repentance often brings refreshing! Is there something you need to repent of? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?
The longer something exist the easier it is to miss or shift away from the original intent, meaning, and purpose.
Acts 4:29-31 NKJV
“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your Holy Servant Jesus. “And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”
When the Holy Shift took place, we shifted from the Old Testament (laws and animal sacrifices) to the New Testament (Jesus paid the Ultimate Sacrifice). We shifted from limited power to unlimited power by the power of the Holy Spirit. Part of prayer is to shift from our benefit to being bold.
• Is we will start praying with boldness, speaking God’s Word with boldness.
• Is not getting God to give us what we want, it’is getting God to give us what we need.
• Is not for God to remove our problems, hurts, and suffering, but to give us the power in the problem. The results give honor and glory to God in the problem. If we don’t know that, we miss the power, presence and peace in the problem.
God is not worried about what we don’t have. He wants us to use what we do have. The greatest shift in prayer is to understand that it’s not always God’s will to remove the problem and suffering, but to give us the power and presence to go through it to bring honor and glory to God.
Where do you need Gods power and presents today? When is the last time you spoke God’s word with boldness? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?
Acts 4:13 NKJV “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.”
1. Taking advantage or creating opportunities to stand up for
2. Learning to address your biggest fear.
3. Deciding to say something when it would be easier to say
4. Bold application and confident assurance of who Christ is and
who we are.
5. Proof that Jesus can take ordinary people and make
6. Not about educated or non-educated, it’s about being in the
right position with the right person where it results in the right
We have the answers everyone is looking for.
We know Christ who can deliver, save and wants what is best for us. We need to stop being wimpy and be warriors for Christ. Everyone on this side of heaven owes everyone this side of hell an opportunity to go to heaven.
Where do you need to be bold? What fear do you need to address? Who do you need to tell about Jesus? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this
The longer something exist the easier it is to shift from the original intent, meaning or purpose.
When we learn God’s purpose in a matter and act on it, we get God’s presence and power in the matter. We are a walking stick of dynamite when we walk in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Philippians 4:13 NKJV
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Satan wants us to shift away from the original purpose of the Church. Jesus paid the price for us to have a relationship with God. This was the greatest shifting power in history. We no longer have to live in fear we can be fearless.
2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
The shift from coming to church to “Being the Church” brings favor with God and people. Holy Shift is a small change to make a significant impact! Before the Holy Shift, it was all about our
purpose—after the Holy Shift, it’s about God’s purpose.
Acts 2:46 NKJV “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart”
Where do you feel powerless? What shift do you need to make to experience God’s power and purpose in your life? Did you experience a challenge, conviction or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?
Our problems are a simple matter in the sight of the Lord.
2 Kings 3:18 NKJV “And this is a simple matter in the sight of the Lord; He will also deliver the Moabites into your hand.”
If we are not spiritually prepared to handle problems, we will be defeated and discouraged.
John 15:5 NIV
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
John 15:7 NKJV
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”
Many times, we blame God for our problems, we need to see Him as the answer to our problems.
Need to reverse your problem?
1. You have to know you have a problem.
2. Willing to admit you are part of the problem.
3. Dive into the Word and obey the Word.
The beginning of the answer to your problems is a need for a Word from God.
What’s your greatest problem today? What’s God’s promise say about that problem? Are you willing to meet the condition of the promise? If you find the promise and meet the condition of the
promise in time God will give you the provision you need! Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?
Samuel 3:1-6 NKJV
“Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, 4 that the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” So, he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” And he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went and lay down. Then the Lord called yet again, “Samuel!” So, Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.”
How do I know if I’m following my craving or God’s Calling? The work of the flesh is your craving.
When following your calling, you will have joy and peace. We are saved, called, anointed and appointed as children of God. When we are called, we don’t walk, we run. Hearing from God, and not going through the process, we will never be used greatly by God. We will miss our calling because we are drawn to our craving—we can see physically well, but can’t perceive what God wants them to do. We need to humble ourselves and hear from older, mature mentors and listen to what God has called us to do.
Do you feel that you are following God’s call or your craving?
God’s calling will bring fulfillment; while your craving will lead to emptiness.
What is God calling you to do? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?
The root of all rejection is misplaced identity. God wants to take your rejection and turn it into redirection. Trusting in God protects us.
Proverbs 29:25 NKJV “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
Learning to handle rejection gives us an unmeasurable amount of peace. Peacemakers love those who reject them and make an effort to reconcile.
Matthew 5:9 NKJV
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
People who reject you are actually rejecting the Prince of Peace not you. The key to overcoming rejection is to solve your own identity problem. Don’t allow rejection to hurt you let it help you by learning to define and redefine who you really are in Christ.
Do you feel rejected? Do you really know who you are in Christ? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?
FALSE: You can’t have joy and peace in suffering.
In Acts 9, Jesus changed Saul to Paul and his calling was to suffer and go through affliction for Christ. Jesus suffered. He suffered and enjoyed the results that happened.
Matthew 5:10 NKJV “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
You can have joy in the midst of suffering. We will all suffer it just depends on how you handle suffering.
Deut. 29:29 NKJV “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
TRUTH: The cause of all suffering is Satan and sin.
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
6 Types of Suffering
1. Betrayal of someone you love.
2. Physical Pain and Suffering.
3. Financial loss.
4. Disappoint in our loved ones that brings suffering.
5. Suffering for doing what’s right.
6. The greatest suffering is loss of a loved one – child or grandchild.
We never truly understand this suffering. There is some suffering and pain you will never completely get over it. Put your trust in Jesus Christ you will get through it.
Suffering can be so great we get stuck in the suffering. Satan wants us to curse God when we suffer.
6 Things We Can Do with Our Suffering and Pain
1. When suffering comes, don’t blame God and run from God; run to HIM and trust Him. Proverbs 3:5 NKJV “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding”
2. Ask God to remove the suffering.
3. Ask God to give us strength and comfort during the suffering. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any [a]trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
4. Pray God’s will be done and God be glorified. Matthew 26:39 NKJV “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
5. Don’t worship the suffering –Worship the Savior.
6. Remember this is not your home. We are only here for one reason, to further the kingdom of God.
Are you suffering today? What could you do that could help you find comfort and peace today? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?