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A Gift of Healing

“…by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 (NIV)

 

Some people do not care to receive any material gift this time of year. They desire with all of their hearts to simply be healed in their physical bodies. Experiencing sickness and disease can make it difficult to feel like celebrating anything. It is God’s will that you be healed of whatever disease is plaguing your body.

If you are feeling symptoms of sickness and disease, here is a message from the heart of God for you:

“Through Jesus, you have been redeemed from the curse of sickness and disease. Be healed in your body. Be healed in your mind. Be healed in your heart. I am the God that heals you and makes you whole. I am your Great Physician and I have sent My word to heal you. Receive it by faith. Be quickened and made to come alive by My Spirit. Be strengthened and comforted by My Words. Receive from My hand your healing.”

Prayer: Father I thank You for speaking directly into my heart. I decree and declare I am healed right now by the stripes of Jesus. I don’t forget Your benefits. I believe by faith that I am redeemed from destruction. You have healed all my diseases and have satisfied my mouth with good things, including healing. Sickness must leave me now and disease has no place in me. I am made whole by the power of Jesus. I forgive all wrong done to me, I forgive myself of any wrong I’ve done to others and I thank You that Your healing power flows through me. I anticipate with great joy feeling better than ever. In Jesus name, Amen.” 

 

(Galatians 3:13; Psalms 103; Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24; Mark 11:25)

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I’m Gonna Be Ready

Sight beyond what I see
You know what’s best for me
Prepare my mind, prepare my heart
For whatever comes, I’m gone’ be ready

Strength to pass any test
I feel like I’m so blessed
With you in control, I can’t go wrong
‘Cause I always know, I’m gonna be ready

This morning I woke up with this song in my spirit. I wasn’t sure why, but as I began to think about my current situation God reminded me of some things I’ve been praying for. Many times we pray about things we want but never bother to ask ourselves if we are ready to receive them.

In one of my previous devotionals I spoke about preparation. If we are asking God for a million dollars but have no desire to bless others that could be the reason for his delay. If you are
praying for a house but have no desire to keep it maintained that could be the reason for his delay.

Are you praying for a spouse? God has a design of how marriage should work. You must know how to love unconditionally. Many of us have a bad habit of wanting to put boundaries on
things we are willing to deal with in a marriage. Unconditional means without limits. In life we learn from others. As you look back I’m sure you’ve had to deal with some difficult people.

How did you love that difficult mother or abusive father? How did you love that friend that betrayed or lied on you?

How did you love the first husband that abused and cheated on you?

Were you able to forgive them in the end and keep moving? So my question is, Are you ready?

Have you completely surrendered your all to God? Are you walking by faith and not by sight?

We won’t always see the next steps, but we have to trust that God is already there. Please keep in mind that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts nor are his ways our ways. That spouse may not look the way you imagined, that car may not come off of a brand new lot, that child may not come from your womb, but you have to lose sight of what you want and be ready for God to bless you the way that he sees fit. There is no doubt that God is going to do what he says he is
going to do.

Whatever you asked for in prayer be ready to receive it on His time and in his way. Your picture could be painted wrong.

Prayer: Father we thank you for the gift of time and preparation. As we continue to wait patiently for you, help us to use this time wisely so we can be ready for the things you have promised us.
Help us to understand that you have our best interest at heart in every situation. Amen
Isaiah 40:31, Isaiah 55:8

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He’s Waiting to Heal Your Heart

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24 NIV

 The walk of the Christian is full of many roadblocks, detours and delays. But those obstructions don’t always come from the outside world. Very often, they come from the inside. Inside of our own hearts, minds and spirits. How we view the world and how we treat ourselves and others is what’s at the heart of most of our problems. And what Jesus wants, is to get to the heart of the matter. Jesus knows where you are hurting. He knows why you are so fearful and he sees the walls you put up around yourself. But those walls also affect your relationship with him. He wants to break those walls down. All the way down. You know that thing you don’t want to acknowledge because it hurts so badly? He’s waiting for you to bring it to Him. He already knows what it is, you just need to let Him in that space, and let Him have that hurt so He can heal you.

 When we trust God with our innermost hurts and fears, we begin to see our lives change. The healing that Jesus provides is incomparable to anything else you will ever experience. Things we never thought we’d do begin to come true. The pain of the past falls away. All of a sudden the world is a safer place because you have someone who you can truly trust with your very heart. There may still be darkness in the outside world, but the darkness on the inside has started to illuminate with His presence through the Holy Spirit. And when His work is complete, there will be no darkness within you anymore.

 Prayer: Jesus, I welcome you into my heart. I am hurting and afraid and I ask that you comfort me and help me see the world through your eyes. Forgive me for my offenses and help me to forgive others for their offenses against me. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Desire

 Psalm 27:4 (NIV) -
“One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple”.

David said in Psalm 27:4; “One thing, have I asked of the LORD,……”What have you asked of the LORD? Is it out of a selfish desire to gain wealth so you can flaunt it or to be the boss so you can control everyone? James 4:3 says that we ask and receive not because we ask out of wrong motives.

“That I will seek after……… David sought after! He did not just pray and sit idle waiting for manna to fall out of heaven. He did not say Lord send me.. But refused to encourage or evangelize to a friend.

David’s desire and prayer was that “he may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of his life”. Where do want to dwell? Is it In the midst of your friends, at your job place, at a party or church? To Dwell- TO CONTINUALLY STAY. That he may always live and “live” in the presence of God. Whose presence do you desire? Is it Prince charming, your boss or spouse?

….” to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD” To gaze- to meditate, to focus on the ” beauty” (THE LOVE, GLRY, PROMISES, FAITHFULNESS AND MERCY)of the LORD. He refuses to gaze upon the world economy, financial statement, educational achievement, struggles or fear! We have a choice in what we want to gaze on even as we dwell in the house of God because it is possible to dwell and not gaze.

….”To inquire in his temple”. David sought to inquire in the house of God. Who do you inquire of concerning your life in matters of finances, family, marriage and career? Do you Google? Ask friends, your pastor or you read the Forbes list and the researcher’s findings? He personally inquired of the LORD, he did not use the zodiac signs or psychic but consulted the LORD. .

Glory be to GOD, we have the HOLY SPIRIT to guide and direct us and to sanctify our desires to align with the will of GOD. May David’s prayer forever resound in our thoughts and may the grace of God help us desire him above all else.

Matthew 6:33King James Version (KJV): But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”. As we seek first his kingdom and he becomes the ONE THING our heart desires, all others shall be added unto us.

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, we pray that you will be the one thing we desire above and over everything in our lives and in this world. Let the joy of your presence continually be our strength in the precious mighty name of Jesus Christ, Amen

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God Has Something Better For You

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18 (NLT)

I once had a falling out with a close friend and after the altercation we decided it was best that we go our separate ways. It felt like I lost a part of myself when the friendship ended. I would go months of doing well and then it would hit me all over again of how much I miss what we had. When I talked to God about it He would tell me to let it go because He has something better for me. God’s promise of “something better” is what gives us hope.

We humans hurt eachother all of the time, but we have to learn to forgive, let it go and trust God. Give your hurts and disappointments to God. He is right there and He is going nowhere. He has something better planned for you. Something beyond your wildest dreams. Greater than you can ever imagine.

After some time, God did keep His promise to me. He gave me something better. He placed a new friend in my life that is extraordinary. She reminds me so much of myself. Same passion. Same heart. Same sense of humor. Same characteristics. We are so much alike and yet we maintain our own uniqueness. I’m looking forward to what God will do in our friendship and how He will cause it to grow and deepen.

It doesn’t matter what happened between you and an individual. Forgive yourself. Forgive them. And trust God for something better. There are people that can bring out the crazy in you and then there are people that can bring out the best in you. Let God place people in your life who will bring out the best in you and will make you better.

He will make everything alright. He has something better planned for you.

Prayer: Thank You Father for Your comfort and Your unconditional love for me. Thank You for filling every void in my heart.  As I draw near to you, I ask that You draw near to me. Fill every void, God.  Help me let go and trust You. I love You more than anyone or anything. I give You my heart. Heal every part. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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A Great Miracle Happened Here

Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, I am the Light of the world. He who follows me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life. (John 8:12 Amplified)

 Hanukkah (or Chanukah) is the Jewish Festival of Dedication, also known as the “Festival of Lights.”

It is an eight-day festival that begins today at sun down.

Hanukkah is a time to remember when the Maccabean Jews rededicated the Temple and themselves unto God; the result was a miraculous manifestation of light. Oil that naturally would have burned for only one day supernaturally burned for eight days.

Jesus celebrated Hanukkah as it is recorded in John 10: 22 – 30.

Jesus wanted the people of His day to see His miracles and believe in Him as a result. His miracles point to His divine and Messianic identity. In this way Jesus personifies the message of Hanukkah: God is actively involved in the affairs of His people.

Hanukkah reminds us that God is a God of miracles.

When the miracle of the oil occurred it is said that all people for all generations will forever say when remembering this event that “A miracle happened here”

How does this apply to us?

How many of us take the time to say this about ourselves “A miracle happened here”? For, God most certainly has blessed us and redeemed us, and He continues to do so.

How many of us take the time to share our light by sharing our testimony with others?

I challenge you, especially during this Hanukkah season, to reach out and share your miracle testimony and let others know about how the Light of the World changed your life for the better.

Just as one candle can completely light up a dark room, so too can you spread light in darkness by:

“Let your light so shine before men that they may see {your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and} good deeds and recognize {and honor and praise and} glorify your Father Who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16 Amplified)

Prayer: Father, thank you for blessing me each day with another day to share your goodness for others. Thank you for redeeming me and loving me. Show me today how I can share my light with others.

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Bringing Peace

“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” (Romans 12:18).
“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.”  ~St. Francis of Assisi

When I have to wait in a long line at the grocery store, I try to pass the time as peacefully as possible.  I read magazine covers or look over the flavors of chewing gum.  What I don’t do is sigh loudly and complain about having to wait.  I don’t want to be the cause of conflict.

There’s no getting around it–conflict is a part of life!  However, the Apostle Paul told the Romans, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” (Romans 12:18).

As Daughters of the King, we need to allow Jesus to shine through us. When we cause conflict by being impatient (among other things), we aren’t exactly demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit. We’re called to be like our Father, God. We’re enabled to be like our King, Jesus. Now, we need to live out our faith!

We won’t get along with everyone; neither will we be happy in each of life’s circumstances.  But we should do our best to be peacemakers in every situation, especially this time of year when checkout lines make you wonder if you’ll get home in time for Christmas!

The next time you find yourself in a potential conflict, practice the art of peacemaking.  Then, make it a habit.
Oh, and be sure to show kindness to those cashiers–and everyone else in line–this time of year.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.“ Matthew 5:9

Prayer:Dear Lord, Help me show Your love through my patience. May my patience in all situations bring peace. Thank You for providing me with Your Spirit which enables me to bring Your peace to all.
When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way,
he causes their enemies to make peace with them. Proverbs 16:7

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Face Your Fears and Trust God

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (NLT)

Traumatized by her past experiences, she refused to enter into my apartment community. All she remembered were the “bad” kids and all of the vandalism that took place when she lived there. Even two years later those memories were still vivid in her mind. So she dropped me and my son off near the entrance and said, “I’m sorry I can’t give you front door service. But I’m not going in there. I can’t.” We kindly got out of the car and I thanked her for the help.

Are you letting past hurts and fears control your life? Are you only going so far in loving others because you are afraid? If we allow it, the enemy will build strongholds in our minds as a result of negative experiences we have faced. These strongholds tell us, “No one will ever do that to me again!” And our behavior and our responses show it. Whatever is hindering you from loving others completely, or living truly free in Christ and being the blessing God has called you to be, God’s truth and grace can help you. The truth of God’s Word is powerful enough to destroy every stronghold that is hindering you. But it’s not truth alone. It will take word and actions. There will be no breakthrough in your life unless you face your fears and trust God.

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for ministering to my heart with Your truth. Help me face my fears and deal with the experiences of my past that have limited me. Whatever needs changing in my life, help me change it by Your grace. I pray You heal my heart completely and destroy every stronghold in my mind that’s hindering my progress. Help me God. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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Let God Be Your Everything

“The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!” Habakkuk 3:19 (AMP)

When you lack courage and confidence, God is your personal bravery. When you feel weak and pitiful, God is your strength. When you feel like you are standing by yourself against the attacks of the enemy, God is your invincible army. Just when you think, “See God, I told you I was not fit for this.” God says, “See daughter I told you that you are fit for this through Me.” Before the enemy can disqualify you, God has already qualified you. You are who God says you are, you have what God says you have, and you can do everything God said you can do.

The Spirit of God is saying today, “Come to Me and let Me heal you and make you whole. You are Mine and I am not finished doing great things. There are more works to be done. Believe on Me and greater works will you do. Have not I said, fear not. I am Your confidence. Fear not, I am your Shepherd. Fear not, I am Your Strength. Everything you will ever need comes from your personal relationship with Me. So draw near and draw from Me. I am your Source and the One that makes you complete. Nothing can complete you like I can. Nothing can give you total victory like I can. Give me your all in exchange for My all. Give me your life in exchange for My Life. I am your Righteousness. I am your Peace. You will face trials, but I will be with you to help you. Receive My love and My joy.”

Prayer: Yes Lord. Thank You for speaking directly to My heart and encouraging me. I receive every word. I love You. You are my everything. Help me serve You with reckless abandonment. Help me honor You and Your Word. Be glorified in me Father God and let Your divine will be accomplished in my heart and in my life. In Jesus name, Amen.

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No More Drama

Many people remember the famous line from the American movie, “The Color Purple”, when Sofia looks Miss Celie in the eyes and says, “All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy.  I had to fight my uncles.  I had to fight my brothers….But I ain’t never thought I had to fight in my own house!“  There are women in the world that know exactly how Sofia felt.  They have fought all of their lives and they have fought for everything they have.  They don’t back down from anyone or anything.  From sun up to sun down they are constantly fighting and arguing with somebody. Whether on the job, on the phone, at the hair salon, in their home, there’s always a battle going on.  Instead of entering the ring with them, many people have learned to simply leave them alone.  However, no matter how much drama you have been through and are experiencing in your life, it does not have to continue.  God can change your life and your surroundings supernaturally. What happens when someone that’s a natural born fighter comes to know the Lord?  You may try to continue to fight in the same way you always have, but you quickly discover that it just doesn’t work.  Why?  In God’s Kingdom, you don’t fight with hate, you overcome with love.  In God, you don’t fight with your hands, you fight with the powerful word of God.  In Him, you are not fighting flesh and blood, or the people that bother you, you are triumphing over spiritual darkness through the authority of Christ.  In Him, you don’t have to push and fight to have God’s best for your life, you simply receive it by faith and wait for God to bring it into your life in His time.  It’s a whole new mindset that you must now take on and learn.  It’s a beautiful sight to behold when God takes a brawler and gives them His peace, and calms their soul, and fills their heart with His love and compassion.  It’s a true testament to just how real and amazing He truly is!  Glory to God!

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15 NLT)

Prayer:  Father, no matter how much fighting I have done in my life, I choose to let You fight my battles.  I hand over my boxing gloves, and pick up the weapons You have given me to fight with.  I yield to You and surrender my life to You and I receive calmness in my soul and peace of mind.  I speak Your peace into my home and my relationships.  May those around me see the difference You have made in my life.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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