Week 16: We Need God’s Mercy When We Mess Up

Genesis 13:8-9 NKJV “So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”

The hardest people to show mercy to is those closest to you. The most mature person is the first one to acknowledge and take action when there is a problem. Lot was looking at earthly opportunity instead of obedience. How you deal with disagreements with those closest to you will determine the relationship you have with them.

The first sign of immaturity is when you think you are smarter than God. Problems we encounter sometimes are nothing more than a process God allows to teach us to handle His promises. Prosperity without process equals pride.

What person did God bring to your mind that you might need to show mercy to? Is there someone close to you that you need to forgive or ask forgiveness? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?

Week 15: Don’t be Miserable, Enjoy God’s Mercy

Steps to Enjoy God’s Mercy
1. Keep recalling/reminding yourself what mercy is. Mercy is undeserved forgiveness and unearned kindness. Mercy is being pardoned from the punishment we deserve.
2. Practice receiving and giving mercy or we will be miserable.

Jesus did not come to condone sin or condemn the sinner—He came to change the sinner! Satan uses condemnation to drive us away from God. Mercy brings us back to God.

Benefits of God:
1. Salvation
2. Mercies of God – Practice the mercies of God.
3. Hope
4. Abundant Life
5. God’s Mercies will always outweigh your sin.

Romans 12:2 KJV “and do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Have you been allowing Satan to make you feel condemned? Where do you need to give and receive God’s mercy? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?

Week 14: Process of Miracles

To have a miracle in your life, you have to have a problem. You have to be willing to listen to those trying to help you. The right counsel will always encourage you to follow God’s will, not your feelings or emotions. You have to be willing to do something about your problem. If you don’t move; God won’t move. Without God, you cannot; without you, God will not. Listen to God’s Word and apply it. God will do a supernatural miracle in your life. 2 Kings 5:1-3 NKJV Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” 2 Kings 5:10 NKJV And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” What problem do you need God to turn into a miracle? Is there something God is asking you to stop doing or start doing? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?

Week 13: A New Day of Mercy

The greatest picture of God’s Mercy is the day God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. The Greatest Miracle is the day Jesus rose from the grave! If we stop covering our sins, we will prosper and God will show us mercy! If we ask forgiveness for our sins, God will forgive us instead of judgement! God’s mercies are new every day!

Proverbs 28:13 NKJV “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”

Lamentations 3:22-24 NKJV Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”

Thank God for His mercy being new every morning! God wants to forgive us and give us a new start every morning!

Where do you need to start new today? Is there a sin you need to confess where you can begin to prosper?

Week 12: Vision

Habakkuk 2:2-3 NIV Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry”

All visions start with a burden. Vision needs to be clear and written down—it has an end in mind. Without vision, you go back to your past. Vision gives you the discipline/restraint to keep going.

Vision Requires
• Teamwork – Teamwork makes the dream work!
• More effort halfway.
• An awareness of weakness and vulnerability.
• Our refusal to be distracted.

What is your vision for your family, finances, and future? What are your spiritual goals? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?

Week 11: Identity Crisis

Nehemiah 4:1-2 NLT Sanballat was very angry when he learned that we were rebuilding the wall. He flew into a rage and mocked the Jews, saying in front of his friends and the Samarian army officers, “What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they’re doing? Do they think they can build the wall in a single day by just offering a few sacrifices? Do they actually think they can make something of stones from a rubbish heap—and charred ones at that?”

Sanballat Had an Identity Crisis
When people mock and make fun of others, they are having an identity crisis. They are trying to find their identity in being bad. They are trying to find identity in the people they are with. When people mock us, talk about us, make fun of us and we get upset and over react, we are having an “Identity Crisis”

When we get our identity from Christ we don’t make fun of others and we don’t over react.

Is there someone you have been making fun of that you need to ask God to forgive you? Are you upset because of what somebody said about you or the way you look?

P.S. Make sure you are more concerned about what God says about you than what others have to say about you!

Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?

Week 10: Opposition to Opportunity

Esther 4:13 NKJV he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape.

Esther 4:14 NKJV “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

We can have God’s provisions and protection and still have opposition. Opposition is from the devil trying to discourage and defeat you. God wants to take opposition and drive it into the greatest opportunity in your life.

When we change our perspective on who God is instead of the opposition we get God’s divine destiny, power, purpose, protection and provision for our life. Who knew what you see as opposition is nothing more than God giving you the greatest opportunity of your life?

What opposition are you facing that might be God’s opportunity to use you? God has you where you are to be used for such a time as this!

Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?

Week 9: Hidden Principles of Favor with God and Those Over You

Nehemiah 2:5, NKJV
Then the king said to me, “What do you request?” So, I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah,  to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”

Nehemiah 2:8b NKJV And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.

Our attitude and action releases the favor of God and those in authority over us.

Positive Attitude People
What most people call a problem, positive attitude people often see as opportunities. They will attempt things that others will not. They will make decisions based on who God is—not what He is doing They will attract and influence others to go further faster than they ever dreamed.

We can’t expect the blessings of God until we express an attitude of gratitude.

Prayer + Planning + Performance = Privilege, Promotion, and Progress (Favor of God and others)

Where do you need the favor of God in your life? What could you do or stop doing to bring the favor of God upon your life?

Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?

Week 8: Five Steps to Activate a Miracle

Nehemiah 1:5 NKJV And I said: “I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments.

Five steps to activate a miracle:
1. Realize what the problem is.
2. Recognize who God is—Great and Awesome
3. Repent of your sin.
4. Remind God of His promises—pray God’s promises back toHim.
5. Request God’s Favor.

Psalm 139:23 NKJV Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;

Ephesians 3:20 NKJV
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

Where do you need a miracle today? Ask God what the problem is and the real reason for the problem!

Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?

Week 7: Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough

Isaiah 58:5 NKJV “Is it a fast that I have chosen, A day for a man to afflict his soul (bring about a burden)?

The Key to Spiritual Breakthrough:
Have a burden that is great. Activate the burden by fasting on purpose with a purpose. It’s our way of coming to God for the answers and relief needed.

Nehemiah 1:4 NKJV “So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.”

1 John 5:14-15 NKJV “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”

Do you have a burden, problem or fear that you need to fast and pray about? There are many types of fasting, simply put , fasting is giving up something you love for something or someone you love more!

Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?