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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

God's Country Kenneth Copeland Ministries daily devotional 3 September Wednesday

– Luke 18:27
Right now you and I are standing face-to-face with situations in our nation that need to be changed. Some of those situations look totally impossible. But they're not. Because this country belongs to God.
He's the One Who brought the United States of America into existence. He had a special purpose for it. He needed a country where the gospel could be preached freely and not suppressed.
It was God Himself Who stirred the heart and mind of Christopher Columbus and planted within him the dream of charting a new course to the West. Columbus said so in his own journals. He wrote: "It was the Lord Who put into my mind--I could feel His hand upon me--the fact that I could sail from here to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There's no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit because He comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures."
Who brought Christopher Columbus to America? God brought him. This is God's nation. He raised it up, and it's not going to be taken away from Him.
The next time you're tempted to look at situations in this country as impossible, remember Who it belongs to. Then you can discover America just like Christopher Columbus did--by faith.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 106

Hold Your Peace - Joel Osteen Ministries daily devotional 2 September Tuesday

“The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.”
(Exodus 14:14, AMP)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
One time in scripture when the Israelites were facing an impossible situation, God told them, “Hold your peace. Remain at rest, and I will fight your battles.” Notice there was a condition, something the Israelites had to do. They were told, “Hold your peace.” It’s the same for us today. A command like that indicates that something is trying to take your peace away: thoughts of worry, fear or anxiety. You might think, “What if it doesn’t happen? What am I going to do?” If you will just stay in peace, the Creator of the universe, the Most High God, will go to work on your behalf.
Remember, nothing can stand against our God. He has all power. He stopped the sun for Joshua. He closed the mouths of hungry lions for Daniel. Whatever you face in life, God promises He will fight your battles. Trust Him, remain at rest and hold your peace!
Father, today I put my trust and hope in You. I choose to hold my peace knowing that You will fight my battles. Thank You for working all things out for my good in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Jesus Christ: Your GPS for Life BY RICK WARREN — SEPTEMBER 2, Tuesday

“We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete.” (Hebrews 12:2 CEV)
When I’m driving, I tend to get distracted easily. My wife constantly says, “Rick, keep your eyes on the road!” One time I got so distracted I actually missed a flight to a speaking engagement because I missed the turnoff to LAX. By the time I drove to Canada, I figured I had missed a turn at some point.
Some of you have spiritual ADD. It’s even easier to get spiritually distracted than physically distracted, to get your eyes off the Lord. Some of you have started down the road to recovery, but you’ve relapsed into your old patterns of grief, guilt, shame, habits, hurts, and hang-ups because you took your eyes off the Lord.
Remember when Peter was walking on water? As long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, he was doing the impossible. But when he took his eyes off Jesus and looked down at the water, he sank. The reason why some of you are sinking today is that you’ve got your eyes on your problem, on the circumstance, on your difficulty. You’ve taken your eyes off the Lord.
For centuries sailors used the Polaris principle. That means they would look for the North Star to navigate across the seas. The reason they always kept their eyes on the North Star is because it never changes. They could navigate based on something unchanging in their life.
You need a North Star in your life. You need something that never, ever changes. That rules out every human being, because people change. You have to have something that doesn’t change. Of course, these days we don’t need the North Star because we have GPS. Because it’s connected by satellite to an unchanging point of reference, then we can figure out where we are, where we need to go, and how to get there.
Everybody needs a GPS for life. And that’s what Jesus Christ is! While everything else around you is changing, Christ will always be your unchanging point of focus. “We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete”(Hebrews 12:2 CEV).
Talk It Over
  • What are your hang-ups, problems, or regrets that keep you spiritually distracted?
  • What do you need to change about the time you spend with the Lord so that you are able to keep him as your focus?
  • List or talk about the truths you know about God’s character. Which of those unchanging traits do you need to rely on today?

Live Skillfully - Joel Osteen Ministries daily devotional 2 September Tuesday

“Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings...”
(Proverbs 22:29, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Too often, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing the same way over and over every day. But if we are going to live at our full potential, we should constantly be growing and sharpening our skills. We should strive to learn and grow every single day because when you stop learning, you stop growing. When you stop growing, you stop living.
In this season of your life, what are you doing to stretch yourself? What are you doing to improve your skills? Don’t get trapped into thinking that “good enough” is good enough. You were created for more than just average. Today is a new day, and there are new heights for you to climb. Pursue what you love and keep developing that area of your life. Take a class or find a mentor that will help you live skillfully. As you do, you’ll see growth and increase. You’ll stand before leaders and rulers and live the blessed life God has in store for you!
Father, today I choose to rise out of mediocrity. I choose to give my very best to everything I set my hand to. Teach me to live skillfully so that my life is a continual praise to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Go for Revelation Knowledge Kenneth Copeland Ministries daily devotional 2 September Tuesday

– 2 Peter 1:2
If you were to look up the Greek word that's translated "knowledge" in that scripture, you'd find out that it means more than just a mental understanding of something, more than the kind of knowledge that can be gained through your senses. It means exact knowledge. Knowledge that's been revealed directly to your heart by the Spirit of God. I call it revelation knowledge.
The lack of that kind of knowledge has caused more faith failures than anything else I know. That's because most Christians believe the Word with their minds, but they haven't meditated on it enough for it to "light up" in their hearts. If they had, that Word would absolutely revolutionize their lives. Nothing in heaven or earth would be able to shake them loose from it.
I know a widow who got hold of that kind of revelation one afternoon. She'd been meditating in the scriptures that say if you're a widow, God Almighty has taken His place as your provider and leader of your household.
She'd been feeling a little sorry for herself up until then. But when she received the revelation that God was actually head of her household now, she started talking to Him like she would a husband.
"I'm telling You, Lord, the plumbing in this house is pitiful. Will You please get it fixed?" she said. From that moment on, she never had any more trouble with her plumbing.
If you need something from God, determine right now that you're going to do what that widow did. Determine that you're going to meditate the Word until you get a revelation like that. Keep that Word before you until you receive a revelation of Jesus as your healer or your deliverer or your financier--whatever you need Him to be. Don't settle for a shallow mental understanding of Him. Get a deep revelation and His grace will be multiplied to you!
Scripture Reading: Psalm 1

Monday, September 1, 2014

Let God Take the Driver’s Seat BY RICK WARREN — SEPTEMBER 1, Monday

“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am.” (Matthew 16:24 MSG)
The best way I can define “meekness” for you is this: Let go, and let God. How do you let go and let God? First, you have to make Jesus the manager of your life.
The problem is, we usually want to be the manager of our own lives, and so we argue and disagree with God. We think we know what’s best. The reason you’re under a lot of stress is that you’re constantly fighting God in your mind — “I know God says to do thisbut I want to do that instead!”
Every morning when you wake up, you have a decision to make: Who’s going to be in charge of your life? Who’s going to be in control — you or God? Who’s going to call the shots — you or God? Every day, moment by moment, you are making that decision. When you choose to make yourself the manager of your own life, it causes conflict, confusion, and stress.
Jesus says in Matthew 16:24, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am” (MSG). Here’s what Christians tend to do: When we become believers in Christ, we give him the driver’s seat and then promptly hop into the backseat and become backseat drivers. We’re constantly giving him “advice,” like, “No, turn this way. Stop. Wait. Faster! I want to go that way. I want to see that sight.”
Many years ago Kay and I took dancing lessons from Arthur Murray Studios. The instructor told us that one of the biggest problems couples have is letting the other lead. When they’re both trying to lead, they’re stepping on each other’s feet all the time, and it doesn’t look very pretty.
Your life doesn’t look very pretty when you’re trying to lead with God at the same time. You just need to let God be God and make Jesus the manager of your life.
Talk It Over
  • What are the details of your life that are most difficult for you to surrender to God?
  • How have you been quarreling with God without saying a word? What do your actions reveal about who is managing your life?
  • Determine today to give God control of the areas of your life where you have concerns and stress. What does it look like to do this practically? What difference does it make in your life?

Perseverance Gets Results Kenneth Copeland Ministries daily devotional 01 September Monday

– Luke 11:8
If, as God tells us in 1 Timothy 2:4, it's His will for all men to be saved, why aren't we seeing more of the masses of lost people born again every day? Have you ever wondered that?
I have...and as I've sought the Lord about it, I've come to realize that, for the most part, it's because those of us who are already saved don't pray persistently for those who aren't. Instead of persevering--staying before the Father, praying for them to receive the bread of salvation--like the man in Luke 11:8 did for his friend, when we don't see immediate results, we simply give up and go home.
What we don't realize is this: Perseverance is the key to success in intercession!
Why? It's certainly not because you have to change God's mind. He never changes. His mind's made up. He wants all men saved. The reason you have to persevere in intercession is to put pressure on the demonic forces that are trying to keep God's will from being accomplished. Those forces must be broken down through prayer so that strongholds are destroyed and spiritual blinders are removed from the spiritual eyes of the people you're praying for.
You see, God will not go against the will of people. But He will move through your intercession to reveal Himself. Through your persistent prayers, He will bring them to the knowledge of their need for Him. Then they'll reach out for Him and spiritual rebirth can take place!
If you're sitting around waiting on God to save Aunt Mary or Uncle Jim or your best friend...stop sitting around! Get busy interceding for them. Persevere in prayer. Pray the prayer in Ephesians 1:16-23 for them, refusing to give up until they're safely inside God's kingdom.
Jesus has already laid down His life so that they can be saved. The question is, will you?
Scripture Reading: Luke 11:1-10

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Following God’s Laws Restores Your Health BY RICK WARREN ministries daily devotional AUGUST 31 Sunday

“I will never lay aside your laws, for you have used them to restore my joy and health.”(Psalm 119:93 TLB)
God’s Word is full of commands that are meant to protect you and give you life. If God says to do something, he means for you to do it, and if he says not to do something, you shouldn’t do it. So why should you follow God’s Word? Why should you make this book your standard?
Because the Bible is dependable because it doesn’t change. Fads change, opinions change — even science changes. By the time a science textbook is in print, it’s already out of date! A few weeks ago I threw out a thick stack of computer books because they’re all worthless and irrelevant — wrong operating systems and wrong programs. Everything changes, but God’s Word doesn’t change, because the truth never changes.
During an interview, Alan Shepherd, the first American astronaut in space, was asked, “What are you depending on?” Shepherd replied, “That God’s laws will not change.” That’s a pretty good answer! What if gravity worked every other day?
God’s laws are immutable. They are unchanging. If you want to get healthy again emotionally, relationally, physically, or any other way, you need to make Jesus Christ the manager of your life and you need to make God’s Word the authority of your life.
And, you need to make the commitments David did in Psalm 119:112 — “I have made up my mind to obey your laws forever, no matter what”(CEV) — and in Psalm 119:93: “I will never lay aside your laws, for you have used them to restore my joy and health”(TLB). Have you made the commitment to obey God’s laws forever — no matter what? God promises to restore your joy and health if you’ll just do what he says to do and exhibit true meekness, where you let go and let God.
Talk It Over
  • What parts of the Bible are more difficult for you to obey or follow?
  • How have you seen God restore your joy because of your obedience?