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Daughters of the King Daily Devotionals

Draw Close to Love

“We love him, because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

It’s easy to see God as love when everything is going well in your life, but when you need to see God as love the most is when you are face to face with your fears. His love gives you courage. When you have missed the mark again, His love forgives and helps you get back on your feet. When you have forgotten who you are, His love is there to remind you. We love Him, because He first loved us. It doesn’t say we love Him because He gives us everything we want. We love Him, because He first loved, first initiated, and made the first move in reconciling us back to Himself. The “love” that God speaks of in this verse means love in a social or moral sense. It is love that only comes through relationship and friendship with God. When we receive it continually, it flows through us and into the lives of others. Draw close to Love. Even when your thoughts and emotions are far from loving, keep on seeing God’s love, letting it be perfected in you.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for Your deep love for me. I need You more than ever. Help me wrap my heart and mind around how much I am loved by You. Give me knowledge and understanding of Your love and help me to love others the same. In Jesus Name, Amen.

(Read I John 4:19-21)

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The Power of Grace

“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10

Nothing is impossible with God’s grace. When it comes to flowing with grace, you don’t have to have any prior experience or knowledge. It will instruct you right on the spot. One day I decided I wanted to fix the air conditioner in my car. I had never taken on such a task before, but I felt the Spirit of Grace resting upon me. Not only did I fix the air conditioner, but I fixed a broken computer, repaired the USB port, and fixed my son’s toy. It’s not that I’m so smart. It was grace. When I asked God, “Why did you help me fix these things?” He spoke to my heart, “I wanted to show you what you can do with My grace?” God has anointed me to fix things, not just physical things, but to repair what’s broken in people’s lives. Often what you’re graced to do in the natural is a clear indicator of what you are called to do in the spiritual aspect of life. Apart from God we can do nothing, but with the grace of God nothing is impossible for you.  You can be a effective and productive believer with the grace of God. As long as you maintain a willing and teachable heart and mind, you can flow in grace, He will instruct your heart and mind on what to do and how to do.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your grace on my life. I give to You a willing and teachable heart and mind and I ask You to fill me with grace. Let it abound toward me. Remove any blockage or pride that can cause Your grace not to flow in my life. Instruct me Lord by Your Holy Ghost.  I praise You and give all glory to You for what Your grace is accomplishing in and through me. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Fearless

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

Fear is a tactic of the enemy that many of us experience too often, some even daily. Whether we struggle making life decisions or we experience relationships that keep us on egg shells, God never intended for His children to cower in fear. The enemy will continuously lie and attack to keep us paralyzed. As long as we choose to live in fear, we will not be able to experience bold faith and claim His promises of power, love, and a sound mind. Whenever fear begins to run freely in your thoughts, shut it down with God’s word and claim what you’ve inherited as a child of the King!

Prayer: Dear Lord, I know that living in fear is not how You want my life to be. Please help me believe that I have access to a better life with Your help and love because of my inheritance as Your child. Help me remember to fight the enemy with Your word and believe the promises given that I have a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. Amen

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Who Have You Been Talking To?

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” Genesis 3:1 (KJV)

Our Father God is very specific with His instructions and teachings on how we are to live all of which are outlined in the Word. Some think that these teachings and instructions are restricting, not understanding that a loving Father protects His children by giving them instructions. The enemy, just as he did in the scripture above when he was talking to Eve, comes to tempt us to doubt what God has said to us. My sister in the Lord calls this “snake talk”. It is very important that we recognize this “snake talk” and are prepared to answer back with “it is written” just like Jesus did. If you have begun to doubt God’s promises for you, who have you been talking to? If you do not see a way out of your situation, who have you been talking to? If you are tired, ready to quit and give up on your faith, who have you been talking to? Stay with your Heavenly Father’s way of life. Follow His teachings and instructions and you will see victory if you do not quit!

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I repent for the times when I have listened to the enemy and doubted Your Word. You are and have always been faithful to me even if I did not recognize it. I purpose to listen to Your voice and follow Your direction for my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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Arise

“And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talithacumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.”  Mark 5: 42-43

I have spent most of my life playing dead. I would accept whatever came my way, good or bad. I was paralyzed within my own mind and emotions to make a choice. I pretended that all well with me. I didn’t believe my voice was worth being heard or my ideas worth being expressed. I played dead

I would watch others grow in their gifts and talents and wondered why I couldn’t grow in mine. I didn’t understand the depth of my inner healing would be the altitude of my success. We too, like Jesus have to put out the mocking voices. Those voices that tell us we aren’t good enough. We missed the opportunity. We can’t excel. We aren’t smart enough. We can’t make profitable decisions.

When the Lord Jesus Christ bore the cross with all of its shame and scorn, He was taking us by the hand and lifting us up.

We don’t have to play dead any longer. We no longer have to entertain the words of those voices once believed. We are strengthen in Him to take it one success at a time no matter how small.

He said to You and me, Talitha cumi Arise!

Prayer: Jesus thank you for lifting me up and speaking Arise over my life. Lord I thank you for the gifts and talents you have given to me. Holy Spirit I ask that you help me to use them to the full so that I may bring glory to the Father’s Name. In the Son I pray.

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Perfect Faith

“But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Matthew 14:27 (NIV)

I could call this devotional “Perfect Courage,” but there is no true courage without true faith. Most of us are familiar with this passage of Peter walking on water. There is much to be gleamed from this passage.

Jesus has just finished spending time with the Father in prayer. In the midst of the storm, about 3:00 am in the morning, Jesus begins to walk on water towards them, when the disciples see him, the Bible says they were terrified, and Jesus tells them to “take courage. I am here!”

We often focus on Peter, but I like to focus on Jesus for a moment. Jesus spent time with the Father. He is aware of the storm and shows up in the midst of the storm. Peter’s role was to take courage, have faith and keep walking. He did not have to watch where he was going; he just had to keep his eyes on Jesus. It didn’t matter if he doubted for a moment and stumbled – he just had to keep heeding the voice of Jesus.

Perfect faith trust God anywhere and all the time. In the perfect storm of our lives, and we all have them, our role is to keep our eyes on Jesus. That is difficult because the circumstances in our lives are often very loud or “in your face” and that is often all we can see. But to keep the faith, we must also spend time with the Father in prayer and keep taking one step at a time toward Jesus; hearing His voice that says, “come this way, do this, say this or “be still.” Perfect faith keeps trusting even when others may have doubt or lost faith – like the disciples who stayed in the boat and watched. I have learned in my own life that God sometimes allows the perfect storm to perfect our faith. “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine.” (1 Peter 1:6, 7 NIV) Peter wrote this because he lived it first. Perfect faith believes in a perfect God who is always there even when life isn’t perfect.

Prayer: Lord, I love and trust you and know that you are faithful. It is time I come to a new level in you. It’s time for me to step out of the boat and keep my eyes and ears on you. Thank you for courage and the faith to move forward. In Jesus’ name.

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Carry the Glory

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12 

 In this dark world, people are desperately searching for light.  They are desperately searching for answers.  You, as a Daughter of the King, possess this light because you have made Jesus the Lord of your life.  He is “the Light of Life” and His light is carried in you.  Your life is to be a reflection of His goodness.  You are His hands and feet on the earth doing great things in His name.  As the light shines in you, it helps others see the truth that Jesus is Lord and only Jesus is the answer.  So carry His glory and allow it to have full expression in your life through your attitude, your behavior and your actions.  Stay on guard for any and every trick of the devil since he will attempt to bring shame to glory of God you carry.  If you miss it and make a mistake, repent (1 John 1:9), pick yourself up and carry the glory on bringing light to a dark world.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you that through Jesus I have the light of life and do not walk in darkness.  I thank you for every opportunity to share this light with others and be a carrier of Your glory.  In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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When All You Want is a Peaceful Home

So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”  Acts 16:31

Whether a home is large or small, doesn’t matter as long as love is there.  Maybe you live in a house that is not yet a home.  ”It’s too much God.  It’s too much fighting, too much arguing, too many hurtful words and complete misunderstandings, too much stubbornness and rebellion!  Lord, I can’t take this anymore!  Fill this home God!  Fill this home with Your peace and Your love.  Show me what to do.”  I want you to know, God hears you and He’s saying, “I’m with you.  Be encouraged and comforted. Have faith in Me and obey My Word, and I will invade your heart and home with My peace.  I will flood you with My light of truth.  I will fill every corner and every crack in the wall with My love.”  Do you believe that?  God is the Great Home Renovator.  He comes in only when invited, and He completely turns everything around. He changes the lighting and creates the kind of atmosphere that no one will want to leave.  So how does He do it?  When God wants to change the atmosphere of the home, He begins by changing the people in it.  He always answers by changing you, strengthening you, empowering you, and filling you.  It doesn’t mean you are the problem.  No, you are the answer. You are the one His Spirit uses to bring the change you have prayed for.   A heart that is at peace with God and a life that is surrendered to Him, will gradually change the atmosphere of any place.  It’s like a Glade scented plug-in that is small, but wonderfully powerful!  Before long, the entire house smells great.  If you cooperate with God, He will change your atmosphere and make your house a home.

Prayer:  Father God thank You for Your Word to me.  I receive every single word in my heart and show me how to apply it in my life.  The same thing You accomplish in my heart, I pray you accomplish in my home.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Don’t Work Overtime for Man’s Approval

“By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.” Romans 5:1-2 (MSG)

So many of us go throughout our life trying to please people, trying to make people happy, trying hard never to disappoint those we love. The reward may be their smile, but the consequence can be exhaustion, depression or constant self-criticism. You don’t have to work hard to please God and win His favor. You are favored because you are His daughter. Because of the sacrifice of Jesus, He’s pleased with you today. There’s nothing you can do for Him that will make Him love you anymore than He already does.
Dear Father,
Forgive me for looking to man for something You have already provided for me: acceptance, approval, a sense of belonging. I belong to You Lord and truly there is nowhere else on the planet I’d rather be. Keep me in Your love. Hide me under Your wings. I live for You and for You alone. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Honey, You Are Blessed!

So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.” Luke 12:32 (NLT)

Settle this within yourself this morning of how tremendously blessed you are. It’s not when you get the desires of your heart that you will become blessed. No, you are blessed right now! Discontentment can tell you that you need this or that before you can truly be happy. Only to find that when you finally get those things you really want, you are now on to the next thing. Never really satisfied. The people of Israel wandered in the desert for forty years, looking to reach the land that God had promised. Their hearts were full of complaints and murmurings. They were frustrated with God, with their situation, upset with Moses, and at each others’ throats because they couldn’t see how blessed they really were. Although living in tents isn’t the Ritz, living in God is. They had forgotten their rich heritage and the mighty God they served. It’s insulting to God when we don’t see how blessed we are already. If you know the King of kings and the Lord of lords. If you have a relationship with Almighty God. If you can go to Him and pray to Him. If you are a daughter of the King, then sister girl, you are blessed!

Prayer: Lord, You are so good and faithful to me. Thank You for all that You have done for me. Help me to walk throughout this day with a thankful heart. I have nothing to complain about and nothing to murmur about. I could be dead, but I’m alive. I could be lost, but I’m found in You. This means more to me than any substance. I’m Your daughter and You are my God and I’m content with that. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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