devotions

You are already fit for His use.

August 30, 2016
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” Luke 4:18
 
At the age of 12 I remember asking my mother, “Will I have to go through a lot to be anointed?” To which she responded, “No, you don’t”. We had gone to a church revival where a powerful woman preacher shared her testimony of being delivered from all sorts of things and how the Lord brought her through. I wanted to be powerful for the Lord like her, but I didn’t want to go through what she went through. As I grew in the Lord and became older and wiser, I realized, no, you don’t have to go through anything traumatic to be anointed by God. It is the power of Jesus Christ that sets the captives free. It is the power of Jesus Christ at work in reaching the lost. The things we go through causes us to have compassion, causes us to be understanding of others, and builds our confidence in Christ’s power within us.
 
Don’t be deceived. If your life has been smooth thus far, let God continue to bless you with a smooth life. You don’t have to go and live foolishly just to be powerful in the Lord. You can learn from the mistakes of others. Sit down and listen to their stories and God can develop within you a level of compassion. Understand the same anointing that rested upon Jesus, rests mightily upon you. Through the power of Jesus, you are already fit for His use.
 
Prayer: Father God, I bless you and thank you for speaking directly to my heart. Thank You for your grace and mercy. Thank you for empowering me to be an effective witness for you. I receive your grace and the help of your Holy Spirit. Enlarge my heart and give me compassion for the lost and hurting. Help me to learn from those around me. Help me to bring glory to your name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
devotions

Your God is Faithful

August 29, 2016
“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” Number 23:19, ESV
 
God will never let the pain of your past outweigh the glorious future He has in store for you. He is faithful! He is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. He has the final say in your life. He is not one to dangle a carrot in front of you knowing you will never obtain it. That’s not in His nature and that is not His character. If He showed it to you, you can believe you will obtain it. If He spoke it to you, you will see it manifested in your life.
 
Cast all of your cares on Him, every single one, because He cares greatly for you. He is covering you with His favor as with a shield and it has nothing to do with your ability or inability. He has given you the victory through Jesus. You will walk in victory in every area of your life. He has not brought you this far to leave you. He is with you and He has the final say. He is determined to be glorified!
 
Say out loud from your heart, “God is determined to be glorified in my life. He will be glorified in my home, in my body, in my family! He is faithful! He will keep His promise, and He will keep me. He will see me through to victory! He will not let the pain of my past outweigh His glorious future for my life! So I rejoice in my God who is not ashamed to be called my God and my King!”
 
Now shout the victory and praise the Lord your God because He is faithful!
 
(Read 1 Thessalonians 5:24; 1 Peter 5:7)