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Monday, March 2, 2015

Open the Door to Abundance - Joel Osteen Ministries daily devotional 28 February Saturday

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap...”
(Luke 6:38, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
We serve a God of abundance! He wants to pour out His blessing on you until you are so full that you are running over with His goodness. Notice how this verse starts. It says, “Give, and it will be given to you.” Your giving is what sets the blessing of God into motion in your life.
Giving is like a seed. When you plant an apple seed, it doesn’t just grow a single fruit. That one seed grows into a tree that has an abundance of apples. The same thing happens when you obey God in your giving. You get an abundant harvest in return. You are so blessed that you can’t even contain it! You have to just keep giving, and the cycle just keeps repeating itself.
Is there something the Lord is telling you to give today? What do you have in your hand that you can use to be a blessing to someone else? Take a step of faith and set the blessing of God into motion. As you do, you’ll open the door for His abundance to flow in every area of your life.
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father in heaven, I receive Your Word into my heart today. Thank You for choosing to bless me so that I can be a blessing to others. Show me ways to bless others and teach me to receive all You have for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen                   

The Holy Spirit Brings God’s Truth to Mind BY RICK WARREN — MARCH 2, Monday

“The Holy Spirit … will be your teacher and will bring to your minds all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26 Phillips)
God speaks through ideas from the Holy Spirit. He gives you thoughts. He gives you suggestions. He puts impressions or notions in your mind. When the devil talks to you, that is temptation. But when God talks to you in your mind, we call that inspiration.
Jesus says in John 14:26, “The Holy Spirit … will be your teacher and will bring to your minds all that I have said to you” (Phillips).
The Holy Spirit is our teacher and counselor. He’s like a personal coach! I know people who spend tens of thousands of dollars on a life coach.
I’ve had a life coach for 30 years as we grew Saddleback Church. His name is the Holy Spirit. I’m constantly asking God, “What’s next, God? Holy Spirit, what do you want me to do?”
Notice it says, “bring to your minds.” The Holy Spirit speaks directly to your mind. He doesn’t speak in an audible voice. I have never in my life heard God speak in an audible voice. Why would he need to? He doesn’t need to go through my ears. He goes directly to my mind. “His Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we really are God’s children” (Romans 8:16 NLT).
If the Holy Spirit brings God’s truth to mind, that means there’s got to be something in there to bring out. That’s why you need to get into the Bible. When you read, study, and fill your mind with God’s Work, you are storing the truth in your mind, and then the Holy Spirit can bring it to mind at just the right time.
Sometimes you may read the Bible and say, “I didn’t get anything out of it today.” You don’t have to get something out of the Bible every time you read it. What you’re doing is storing the truth in your mind. Your mind’s filled with everything else you’ve seen — every billboard, every commercial, every bad joke, every movie. It’s all in there. You need to balance it with the truth. Then the Holy Spirit can bring God’s truth to mind and show you the way you should go.
Talk It Over
  • What are some of the ways God speaks to you through the Holy Spirit? Have you ever sensed his direction through a dream or vision?
  • How does your current quiet time habit help you bank God’s truth in your mind or keep you from it?
  • Why do you think people are afraid of the Holy Spirit? Do you want to hear from God in this way? Why or why not?

Defeat Your Giant Kenneth Copeland Ministries daily devotional 2 March Monday

Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
1 Samuel 17:26
You may be facing a giant today. He may be a giant of sickness or failure, of financial shortage or another kind of trouble. But don’t let him scare you. You have a secret weapon. A weapon that once turned a shepherd boy into a bear-busting, lion-killing, giant-slaying champion. That weapon was a blood covenant with Almighty God.
Back in David’s day, circumcision was the sign of that covenant. So, when he called Goliath uncircumcised, David was saying: “This guy may be a giant; he may be strong; but he has no covenant with God and that’s why I will defeat him.”
Just like David, you, too, have a covenant. But yours is better. You see, the covenant David had, offered a wealth of blessings to those who kept it, but it also included curses for those who broke it.
Yours doesn’t. Yours is a new covenant that Jesus bought with His own blood. It doesn’t depend on your ability. It depends on Him and what He has already done. He has done it all! All you have to do is believe it and receive it.
Right now, read Deuteronomy 28:16-68. That’s a list of the curses Christ has freed you from. You might even call it a list of the giants Jesus has already slain for you. It contains every diabolical thing the devil could ever use to destroy you.
Read them and rejoice. Those are the things God has healed you of and delivered you from!
Don’t let any giant intimidate you. You have a blood covenant with Almighty God. There’s no uncircumcised circumstance on the face of this earth that can take your victory away from you.
Scripture Reading:
Galatians 3:13-29

Sunday, March 1, 2015

GOD gives advice through other people - Rick Warren Ministries daily devotional 1 March Sunday

The godly gives good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.” (Proverbs 12:26 NLT)
God speaks to you through friends and family, particularly if they are believers. Proverbs 12:26 says, “The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray” (NLT).
We all have blind spots. You have things in your life that you’re never going to see that need to be corrected, so God puts people around you to tell you the truth. Everybody needs somebody in their life who loves them enough to tell them the truth.
Do you have anybody like that in your life? Do you have godly friends who don’t just tell you what you want to hear but love you enough to level with you and say, “You know what? You’re blowing it right now. You’re making a big mistake. You’re full of pride. You’re going the wrong direction”?
None of us see it all clearly. I’ve got about a dozen people in my life who have permission to get in my face and say, “I don’t care if you are the pastor of Saddleback — you’re blowing this. You’re wrong. Have you ever thought about ‘this’?” If you don’t have anybody in your life who loves you enough to do that, you need to find them.
You also need to be that kind of person for someone else. Are you a friend like that to anybody? If you just let people get away with it when you see them going in the wrong direction and you don’t say, “What are you doing? Don’t you see what’s wrong with this?” then you have a problem.
One of the primary benefits of a small group is feedback and counsel. These should be people who you get to know so well that you can trust them and give them permission to speak into your life and you have permission to speak into theirs.
God wants to speak through you and use you to help others grow, but it takes courage. And God wants to speak through other people to you, but it takes humility.
Some of you know somebody who is headed down the wrong path. They’re getting involved in an affair or some kind of an addiction. Or they’re walking away from the Lord. You can see it, and you have kept your mouth shut. You’ve used the 21st-century cop-out, “It’s none of my business.”
It is your business if you love them. Love cares. Love says, “I love you enough to not let you do this. Don’t blow your life. I care enough about you to risk the relationship.” When you do that, God will speak through you.
“Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy” (Proverbs 27:6).
Talk It Over
  • Why does it take humility for God to speak to you through other people?
  • Who in your life can get in your face and tell you when you’re wrong? Why do you trust that person to give you godly advice?
  • Id there someone you need to confront with godly truth? What do you think is the best way to do this?

Let God Rub Off on You Gloria Copeland Ministries daily devotional 1 March Sunday

For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning...to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness].
Romans 8:29, The Amplified Bible
As a believer, you're destined to be molded into the image of Jesus, to grow in spirit until you look just like Him. God's supernatural power began that process the moment you were born again. You were changed on the inside instantly. How successful you are in allowing this change to progress to the outer man is mostly up to you. We grow up spiritually just like we grow up physically.
What can you do to speed this growing process along?
Spend more time pursuing the things of the Spirit than you spend pursuing the things of the flesh. Become dedicated to the Word of God and to fellowship with Him. Be willing to pull aside from the busy things of life and get alone with Him, so He can guide you, teach you and share His likeness with you.
Have you ever noticed that if you spend time around people who have strong personalities, you will automatically be affected by them? You'll find yourself doing the things they do. Their mannerisms will rub off on you. You can't help it. They just influence you, especially if they are people you respect and admire.
The same thing is true in your relationship with God. If you spend enough time with Him, He's going to rub off on you! His ways will become your ways.
So make yourself available to Him by praying in the spirit and worshiping and loving Him. Hang around His Word and the people who love His Word and live it.
Before you know it, you'll begin to notice yourself changing. You'll find your character becoming more like His. You'll begin to think like He does and talk like He does and even act like He does. His image will begin to shine forth in you!
Scripture Reading:
1 Corinthians 3:5-18

Saturday, February 28, 2015

God Reveals Truth Through Biblical Teachers BY RICK WARREN — FEBRUARY 28, Saturday

“We do not speak in words taught by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, as we explain spiritual truths to those who have the Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 2:13 TEV)
The Bible tells us in Ephesians 4:11-12, “Christ chose some of us to be apostles, prophets, missionaries, pastors, and teachers, so that his people would learn to serve and his body would grow strong” (CEV).
How do you know when somebody’s talking if that person has this gift from God to be a teacher?
Here’s how you know: Iif, during their teaching, there is a moment you feel like God is speaking directly to you — like you’re the only person in the room and the speaker is focused solely on you. In that moment, God has something to say to you. That’s how you know the gift of teaching is working.
We pray for as teachers every week at Saddleback Church. There’s no way in a crowd the size of our congregation we could know the needs of everybody. So we pray, “God, we don’t know who’s going to be here and the things that have happened in their lives this week, but you do. Would you give us the ability to say something to these people that helps to meet a need in their lives?” And God does that. That’s how the gift of teaching works.
There is a test that all of us need to put to this particular gift. Romans 12:6 says, “God in his kindness gave each of us different gifts. If your gift is speaking what God has revealed, make sure what you say agrees with the Christian faith” (GWT).
If somebody’s got the gift of teaching, it’s going to agree with the Bible. I don’t care how convincing someone is; I don’t care how much emotion you feel from that person’s message. If what is said does not agree with the Bible, then the speaker does not have the gift of teaching.
The Bible talks about this in 1 Corinthians 2:13: “We do not speak in words taught by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, as we explain spiritual truths to those who have the Spirit” (TEV).
Before I speak, I pray, “Lord, help me remember the things that you want remembered, and help me forget the things that you don’t want said.” I even pray for you: “Lord, help them to remember the things that you want remembered, and help them to forget the stupid things that I might say. Help them hear from you, not me.” The truth is about God speaking to us, not about what some human being is saying.
Am I saying that God speaks through human teachers like myself? Absolutely. It amazes me that he does! Why does he speak through us? Because he cares about you, and he loves you, so he will use people who teach the Bible to help you understand his truth.
Talk It Over
  • What has God taught you about himself through a teacher or speaker? How did it help you grow as a Christ follower?
  • Think of a few effective Bible teachers. What are their common character traits?
  • What is the role of the Holy Spirit in hearing and discerning the words of a Bible teacher?