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?
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?
When we learn God’s purpose and plan for our life, we get to experience the power to carry it out.
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?
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?
Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All
authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
When we were in the Holy Land we realized:
• The Jesus made a difference in the world in such a small geographical area.
• Jesus made a difference where He was not where He wanted to be.
Do you feel you’re making a difference right where God has you?
If you’re not happy and making a difference where you are, you won’t be when you go elsewhere. Jesus made a huge impact in such a short amount of time. Jesus’ earthly ministry began around the age of 30 when He was baptized. (Luke 3:21-23 NKJV) The people Jesus used to help change the world were mainly just ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
Acts 4:13 CEV The officials were amazed to see how brave Peter and John were, and they knew that these two apostles were only ordinary men and not well educated. The officials were certain that these men had been with Jesus.
Who our faith and confidence is in will determine how you enjoy life! There is no greater experience or adventure in life than the one Jesus Christ brings us on. Jesus is the All-Powerful one and He is transferring that power to us. He is with us wherever we go.
Are you willing to help change the world where you are not where
you want to be?
You are where you are on purpose with a purpose.
What small geographical area is God giving you to influence to change the Kingdom of God? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?
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