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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?

Week 46: Prioritize and Practice God’s Presence

Exodus 33:14 NKJV
“And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Four Reminders to Prioritize and Practice God’s Presence

#1 You are the greatest influence in your life. Philippians 4:8-9 NKJV Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble,
whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you..

#2 God will never leave you—whether you are good or bad. Genesis 28:15 NKJV Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”

#3 God is your Helper. Hebrews 13:6 NKJV So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

#4 You do not have to be fearful. Romans 8:31 NKJV What then shall
we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Which of these four do you need to remind yourself of today? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?

Week 45: Step Up Instead of Stepping Back

Genesis 12:1-3 NKJV “Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

To step up we have to learn to move from the familiar and make friends with the unfamiliar. If we stay in the familiar we will miss what God is doing because we are called to be a part of changing the world.

We have to be willing to embrace the unfamiliar.

What do you feel God’s trying to show you or get you to address in your family, job, and finances? Are you enjoying the blessings God has for you? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?

Week 44: The Process

Philippians 2:13 TLB “For God is at work within you, helping you want to
obey him, and then helping you do what he wants.”

God is working in your life, molding your life.

Isaiah 64:8 NKJV “But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.”

Understand the Process
Pain is part of the process before you’re promoted to where God wants you in your life. Disappointment is part of the process of being developed so God can use and promote you in ways you have never been used before.

God is more concerned about your character more than your comfort. You will have storms, but if you build on God’s Word you will stand. How you develop will greatly determine your destiny. Disappointment many times is nothing more than God allowing us to be developed.

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

Week 43: Don’t Quit

Life is a Process

Proverbs 21:31 NKJV The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the Lord.”

If you want the last half of your life to be the best half, you have to be prepared to work through the stages of life.

The Stages of Life
Prepared Heart – Be prepared for the conflict, but know victory comes from God.
Praying Heart – When you do pray let your prayers be on God’s character not yours.
Persistent Heart – Prepare ahead of time to push through
regardless what comes against you.

Galatians 6:9 NKJV “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

How prepared do you think you are for the battles and conflict you will face? How can you be better prepared? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?

Week 42: Half-Time

Luke 6:38 NKJV
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

What you give out will come back to you.

Matthew 6:33 NKJV “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Luke 16:19 NKJV “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.”

What you have here on earth, apart from Jesus as savoir, will not matter when you leave the earth.

Luke 16:22-23 NKJV So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

What you see here on earth is not always what we will get when we die! If you are not careful you will focus on your life (all about self) instead of God’s purpose for you. No matter how far behind you are in your life with Jesus Christ as your Savior you can come back! Everyone this side of heaven owes everybody this side of hell an opportunity to go to heaven.

How has your focus been? More on what you have now or what you will have in heaven? Do you know someone that needs to know Jesus as savior? Do you have a burden for those that don’t know Jesus Christ? Did you  experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?

Week 41: God’s Original Intent, Purpose, and Plan for Our Lives and The Church

When we learn God’s purpose and plan for our life, we get to experience the power to carry it out.

Genesis 1:26-28
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.” So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

The Church is not a building, it’s people. The church is not an organization, it’s an organism. We are to “Be the Church”—spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. When the church is united for the purpose of God, nothing is impossible for Him.

God’s original intent and purpose for our lives and the Church has not changed! God’s original intent and purpose was for God to bless us, then for you to take the blessing and be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it.

How are you fulfilling God’s original intent and purpose for your life? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?

Week 40: Holy Shift in Deacons

Acts 6:1-4 NKJV Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

The original intent of the deacons is the same as every member of the church: to be ministers.

Deacons are to be servants. They are to care for the widows in the church. Deacons are to free pastors and leaders so they could give themselves to prayer, teaching and preaching.

The deacon ministry started out as a Biblical principle and turned into unbiblical tradition. Traditions are not bad unless they become unbiblical. How and where are you serving today? I believe every member is a minister!

Ephesians 4:11-12 NKJV
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

Who is to do the work of the ministry? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?

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