CONFIDENT TRUST – FAITH IN THE WORD DEVOTIONAL

35 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

Hebrews 10:35-36 (NLT)

In the mind of God there are no helpless situations. No one’s beyond redemption. No one’s beyond saving. No one’s beyond deliverance. This is why we’re never to give up or quit. God does not write anybody or anything off! This is why we’re told, “…do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord.”

Your confident trust in the Lord is your key to triumph! One of the biggest things you’ll contend with in life is keeping your confidence in the Lord while you’re waiting for your triumph to show up. Triumph doesn’t always come instantly. You may want it overnight but it will take perseverance.

Worries, fears, anxieties, pressures and negative thoughts come to us all. They press us to let go of our confidence in the Lord’s willingness and ability to turn things around. We want you to realize that these things are spiritual attacks meant to dissuade you. Stand your ground! The moment you called upon the Lord in faith, He began the work of leading you into triumph. You’re in the season between your “Amen” and God’s “Answer”. How you conduct yourself in this season will determine your outcome.

Remember…delay is not denial, darkness is not defeat. God’s not finished with you.

PEACE OF MIND – FAITH IN THE WORD DEVOTIONAL

“And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.”

Colossians 3:2 (AMP)

We can triumph in Christ in our minds (with our thoughts)!

It’s Monday (hopefully everyone made it to church this past weekend). And It’s easy to get distracted once we leave church, bible study or prayer group because of all the things that try to come against us in the world, and especially in our own minds.

What we set our mind on… becomes us. When our heart and mind are in agreement, we have peace, confidence, stability and strength. But when our heart and mind aren’t in agreement – it causes confusion, worry and doubt.

It’s an everyday work to keep our mind in line with the Word of God but it can be done!

Here are two (of several) scriptures to meditate on to keep your mind in line with God’s Word.  Practice these and you will begin to experience your mind coming into line with the Word of God and live in the triumph that God has already established for us in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 10:5, “[Inasmuch as we refute arguments and theories and reasoning and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, The Anointed One).

Isaiah 26:3, “You will guard him and keep him in effect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You , hopes confidently in You.”

Remember, the mind set on spiritual things (God’s Word) is life and peace. The mind set on the cares of this world…will drive you crazy. Be at peace. It’s where you belong.

NEVER COUNT YOURSELF OUT – FAITH IN THE WORD DEVOTIONAL

Still, anyone selected out for life has hope, for, as they say, “A living dog is better than a dead lion.”

Ecclesiastes 9:4 (TMB)

Never count yourself out!

Hope is a powerful spiritual force. It enables us to see beyond today’s difficulties into tomorrow’s victories. When hope is lost, it can be near impossible to look past the present. Sometimes, we get in over our heads. We have a hard time seeing past our bills, our obligations and the condition we are in. But hope can never truly be lost. As long as we are alive, there is hope.

If you’ve been feeling down lately, remember Philippians 1:6, “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.”

God made us a promise. He will finish what He started in our lives. And God always keeps His promises. Rest in the fact that God will accomplish something great in you. He’ll find a way past all of our stubbornness and disobedience. He’ll work through all of our insecurities. He’s a Master Potter and we are the clay on His potter’s wheel. He will shape us into vessels of honor. You can count on it.

FINANCIAL TRIUMPH – FAITH IN THE WORD DEVOTIONAL

“Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor My righteous cause; and let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” 

Psalm 35:27 (NKJV)

God takes pleasure in our prosperity. In the same way moms and dads enjoy watching their kids open presents on Christmas, God enjoys seeing His children prosper. Biblical prosperity isn’t the picture of a person getting what they want, canning what they get, and then sitting on the can! That’s a picture of greed and self-centeredness. God prospers His people not only so their needs can be met, but so that they can meet the needs of others in His Name. Remember, we’re blessed to be a blessing.

How does God bring prosperity into our lives? It’s not by dropping checks from the sky or giving people winning lottery numbers. He prospers His people through the tithe & offering.  Deuteronomy 14:23 (LB) states, “The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.” 

Tithing ten percent of your income takes an act of faith. People who think Christians are wimps should try tithing! It takes courage to be generous to others when you have needs of your own. However, we’ve learned that you can never out-give God. You’ll always reap a greater harvest than the seed you’ve sown.

Here’s something else to consider. If you’re tithing and not seeing increase in your life, check your level of stewardship. After tithing, you’ve got to manage the remaining ninety percent wisely. God’s blessing won’t make up for poor stewardship. Spending more than you make and expecting God to pay the difference is foolish.

STAYING SPIRITUALLY HEALTHY – FAITH IN THE WORD DEVOTIONAL

Staying Spiritually Healthy

When a person gets sick, the first thing that leaves is their appetite for food. It is the same principle spiritually. When a person harbors bitterness and opens the door to the deceitfulness of sin, they begin to lose their appetite for the things of God.

This is why David cried out “Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.” Psalm 51:10-11

He loved God more than anything else.  A strong devotional life and a constant communion with God will keep you spiritually healthy desiring more of Him in your life! Guard and protect your heart at all times from anything that can contaminate your faith and love walk.

Today, dig into the word, seek His presence through prayer, and ask God to cleanse your heart of anything that may be grieving to His heart. It will cause a continual passion for more of Him in your life, resulting in the triumphant life that you were destined to live!

COMMIT YOUR WAY – FAITH IN THE WORD DEVOTIONAL

Commit your way to the Lord; Trust also in Him, and he shall bring it to pass. 

Psalm 37:5 (NKJV)

The kingdom of God doesn’t function in the realm of logic. It functions in the realm of faith. Sometimes people refer to their problems as the “real world”, as if to say that God and the Bible are great for church on Sunday, or in heaven for those who have died, but it’s not much good in the here and now. Those who are living with this mindset have lost the spirit of triumph.

Psalm 37:5 states that we are to “commit” to the Lord’s way. What good is a commitment if it’s good as long as things are easy? It’s when things are tough that commitment is of the most value.

A man was in a hardware store looking at plants to buy. He was concerned about spending so much money on something that may not grow well in his yard. He decided to ask one of the employees if their plants came with a guarantee. The employee told him that they did, so the man decided to buy them. While waiting in line at the cash register, he decided to read the “fine print” of the guarantee. He was shocked to see that it simply said, “Our plants are guaranteed to grow, or die trying.”

Is that the kind of commitment we have for the Lord? The kind that says, “Lord, I’m committed until I can’t be,” or, “I’m committed until something else comes up.” If we want to triumph in life, if we want to see God bring to pass what He’s promised in our lives, we must commit our ways to Him – when things are easy and when they’re hard.

IN THE WAY OF LIFE: FAITH IN THE WORD DEVOTIONAL

He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, But he who refuses correction goes astray.

Proverbs 10:17 (NKJV)

God moments require change. It’s been correctly said that, “Nothing is as permanent as change. Nothing is as constant as change. And nothing is as uncontrollable as change.”

To be “in the way of life” as Proverbs 10:17 states, we must be open to instruction, learn new ways, and be open to new ideas. If you’re set in your ways, you can expect to go nowhere in life.

There are those who think about change; they think change is a good idea; they can see the benefits of change; they think about changing sometime; but they don’t change! You can be a well-meaning, perfectly capable, potentially dynamic, God-fearing person…but you’re not willing to change, you will end up as an opportunity-loser and an opportunity-waster.

MADE WHOLE – FAITH IN THE WORD DEVOTIONAL

And He [Jesus] said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

Mark 5:34 (KJV)

There are times when our lives are broken by others, and there are times when our lives are broken by ourselves. Either way, when something’s broken, not only does it hurt, but it stops working. You may be in a place where you’re hurting or something in your life has stopped working. If you are, we have good news for you today.

Jesus makes people whole. He doesn’t come to refurbish, renovate or remodel. He  comes to resurrect. He goes beyond turning the bad into good; He makes the dead live. As He was making his way through the crowd, a woman who had been suffering, reached out in faith and touched the hem of his garment. When she did, God’s power flowed through her body and made her whole.

She didn’t give up. She pressed through the crowd. She reached out in faith. And she was made whole. Today, what if you took one more step forward?  What if you made one more reach upward? Flowing through Jesus is the power to cancel your past, the  power to conquer your problems, the power to change your personality, and the power to complete your purpose.

KICK THE DEVIL OUT – FAITH IN THE WORD DEVOTIONAL

Jesus spoiled principalities and powers. He made a show of them, openly triumphing over them in it. 

Colossians 2:15 (KVJ)

Here’s a simple but powerful principle:  Jesus triumphed over the devil. The devil then tries to pick on you. Jesus lives in you. You can triumph over the devil too.

Imagine two people running for office. One wins, the other loses. The one who won gains authority. The one who lost has none. In the last presidential election, McCain lost to Obama (this isn’t an endorsement of anyone by the way…just an example). What if McCain showed up at the White House and started giving orders? What if he tried to sign something into law? He would be kicked out.

The same thing applies to you and I. The devil lost. That doesn’t mean he won’t show up and try to wreak havoc in your life. But it does mean that if he gets away with it, it’s not because he won, but because you put up with him. You didn’t kick him out.

When the devil tries to harass you, don’t roll over and play dead. Enforce his defeat by kicking his thoughts out of your mind, his influence out of your emotions and his fear out of your finances. Don’t let him get away with the very things Jesus defeated him for. It’s time to triumph.

DESIGNED TO GROW – FAITH IN THE WORD DEVOTIONAL

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other,

2 Thessalonians 1:3 (NJKV)

Your faith is designed to grow. As you read and meditate on God’s Word, it’s easy to see that your life falls short of God’s standards:  you’re not loving your wife as much as you should be, you’re not sharing your faith with those you should be, or you’re not as kind to others as you should be. All of this can get frustrating. This is why it’s important for you to keep in mind that your faith is designed to grow, mature and to get stronger. As you continue in the Word, and act on what God shows you, your faith will increase, and be able to accomplish more and more!

It’s also important to know that your faith must grow. Paul recognized that growing in our faith wasn’t an option. Lives were at stake. Take your spiritual growth seriously. Faith doesn’t grow on its own. It’s something that must be worked on daily. Don’t slack off. Remember, faith comes by hearing the Word (see Romans 10;17).