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Daughters of the King Daily Devotionals

Go Through the Open Door

“I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” Revelation 3:8

Discouragement over regrets, missed opportunities, closed doors, and over being told “no”, is at an all time high. Many people are feeling discouraged today and negative thoughts are pouring into their minds like a rainstorm. We must rebuke discouragement as soon as it raises its ugly head. We must encourage ourselves in the Lord. God is still on the throne and you are who God said you are. You have what He said you have. You will do everything He has set out for you to do. You are on the winning side! That makes you a winner! Don’t let the spirit of discouragement talk in your ear any longer. Only listen to the comforting and reassuring voice of His Holy Spirit. He will remind you that you don’t serve no small God. You serve the King of kings and the Lord of lords, and what your King has already approved for you, no one can disapprove. What He has ordained for you to receive, no one deny you of it. When God decrees a blessing for you, all of heaven knows it and all of heaven expects you to agree with it, go after it and receive it by faith. Your assigned angel is ready to go before you and prosper your way, but you have to send your angel forth. Don’t sit at any closed doors feeling down, discouraged, and defeated. No man can close a door that God has laid open before you. It doesn’t matter what man has said about it. What God has spoken to your heart, whispered in your ear and shown you in His Word is all that matters! Be encouraged. Be determined. Be persistent. Everything God has for you is yours for the taking!

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for encouraging me today by Your Spirit. I rebuke the spirit of discouragement right now and I yield to Your Holy Spirit. Help me to go through every open door You have laid before me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Armed and Dangerous

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

We live in a day of pure skepticism. People are looking for every reason to not believe the true message of the Gospel. While there are those who may never believe, we must do our part in having an accurate knowledge of the Bible. It’s not enough to tell someone, “You should listen to me, because this is what my Pastor said.” We must know what the Bible says for ourselves. The pastor, teacher and evangelist are not the only ones that God expects to diligently study and prepare. God expects every believer to know their Bible through and through and be prepared. He wants us armed and dangerous in these last days with an accurate knowledge of His truth. The enemy has studied us and knows what works in our lives. He knows the Scripture and how to twist it in order to deceive. How will we be able to fight a highly skilled enemy unless we know what God’s Word says? We must prepare ourselves. Knowledge increases strength. It also puffs up, but with the help of Holy Ghost, we can maintain an attitude of love and humility no matter how much we learn. To study means to use speed, to make effort, to be prompt or earnest. You may not be naturally inclined to studying anything, but the Holy Ghost lives within you and He can grow your hunger and thirst for knowledge of God. Arm yourself and store up. You will need every Scripture you place in your heart either for yourself or to help someone else.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word to me. I receive it in my heart. I pray that You give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You. Open my understanding so that I can see what You want me to see. Help prepare for this day and time. Teach me Lord and help me discern anything false. Develop in me a love for Your Word. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

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Fight to Believe

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:13

According to Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, the word “fight” means to contend in the public games, to engage in conflict, metaphorically to contend perseveringly against opposition and temptation, to strive as in a contest for a prize, straining every nerve to attain to the object, to put forth every effort, involving toil, to wrestle earnestly in prayer.

Anything worth having is worth fighting for. And nothing is worth more than laying hold on eternal life, that wonderful prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. It is not received without a fight, without contending, without standing against opposition, enduring trials and tribulations, and passing all manner of tests. We are in a battle and the enemy will stop at nothing to try to steal, kill, and destroy our lives, our vision, our families, and our souls, but we have the victory and we overcome through our faith. If you think the enemy is just going to sit back and let you lay hold on God’s promise for your life without a real fight, you are sadly mistaken. Everything, including the kitchen sink, will be thrown at you the moment you choose to believe God’s Word and act on it. When everything has been unleashed against you, the Holy Spirit will teach you how to fight! Your weapons are spiritual, not fleshly. Until the fight is over, you will be in a war against your faith, but it’s a good fight for a great cause. Let your faith in God and His Word, be the wind behind you that propels you forward.

Prayer: Father God, I believe You are real. I believe Your Word is true. I believe You are on my side and that I have the victory through Christ. No matter what I am facing right now, I know I’m not facing it alone. You are with me. You live within me. You are for me. Teach my hands to war. Teach me how to run in such a way that I will win the prize. Be glorified in me. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

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Don’t Be Overcome By Repeated Attacks

“So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” Isaiah 59:19 (KJV)

Did you know a device of the enemy is to attack back to back? You can have a season of peace where everything is going well, then you notice one thing happens, then another, and another. It’s manifold temptations that’s designed to get you out of faith. Because you don’t understand this tactic of the enemy, of repeated attacks, it can throw you off. But thank God when the enemy comes in like a flood in that way, God lifts up a standard against Him. The power of the Word of God is that standard. It is your deliverance. Instead of saying, “If one more thing happens, I’m going to lose it!” Because one more thing is likely to happen. Let all of the kingdom of darkness know, “No matter what happens in my life, I’m going to keep standing on the Word of God like never before!” If you know that God delivered you before, He will do it again. No weapon formed against you will prosper. Don’t let the enemy see your faith dwindle. Let it rise and become stronger with every situation.

Prayer: Father, You are my standard and victory over anything I face. I thank You that when the enemy comes in like a flood, You always lift up a standard against Him. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Pray For Him

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16b

Behind every great man there’s a great woman of prayer. It is our responsibility as wives to pray for our husbands, covering every area of their lives. The enemy is on the prowl, looking to confuse, seduce, derail and discourage men. If he can take a godly man out, he can destroy an entire household and negatively impact future generations. Let God use you to stop Satan’s assignation plot against your husband through prayer. When you pray, pray specifically according to the Word of God. When you pray, forgive him and release to God all resentment that you may have held in your heart against your husband. When you pray, repent of anything you may have done or said to contribute to the hurt he feels. Then follow it up with actions of love. Love him. You have to love him as if he is doing everything right. Faith without works is dead, but faith with works is alive and powerful (James 2:20). Maybe your husband doesn’t spend time with you anymore, maybe he doesn’t touch you anymore, or hasn’t taken the spiritual lead in the home. You may feel all prayed out and have no more tears to cry. God knows and He cares. He’s there to help you do what have been impossible to do on your own. Sister, be encouraged. Don’t stop praying and don’t stop loving him. Wait on God to do what He promised you. God said, “All things are possible to him that believes (Mark 9:23).” All things are possible to a wife that believes.  God will honor the heartfelt prayers you pray over him because He loves you and He loves your husband a great deal.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I love You and I trust You. Thank You for my husband. I cover him in prayer right now. I rebuke every plot and scheme of the enemy against his life, his mind, his heart and his vision. I release my faith in You Lord that You will do a great work in his life. You said all things are possible to him that believes. I believe You Lord. I choose to love him, forgive him and release him to You. Forgive me of any sin in my heart and anything I may have said or done that hurt You and him. Cause him to encounter Your intense love. I trust You Lord and I receive Your peace now and soundness of mind.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayers to pray over him: Psalms 91; Psalms 112; Ephesians 1:17-19; Ephesians 3:14-20

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Bring It On

“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

It is through Christ the anointed One and His anointing that we can do what God is telling us to do. But “I don’t feel strong. I feel like this is too hard for me. I feel frustrated and worried about everything….”. But what about Christ? It would’ve been different if Paul would have said, “I can do all things” and just left it at that, but he had a revelation of Christ and this produced in him strength to endure, fight, and finish strong. You can also endure, fight and finish strong through Christ. Don’t focus on your feelings, how it looks, or your own abilities. You can’t do it, but Christ in you can. You are not strong enough to bear up under any pressure for a long period of time, but Christ in you can. You can’t make it, but Christ in you will help you to make it. Your faith and confidence in Christ alone is what makes you unstoppable and a mighty woman of God. Don’t fall into the trap of looking outward for validation of what you can do. Look within yourself and see Christ and be made strong. See the Lion of Judah. See Him rising on that third day with all power in His hands. And then see Him in you. Wow! All the self-doubting and all low self-esteem can’t stop you any longer when you focus on Christ. Your attitude becomes one that tells the challenges of life to “Bring it on!”

Prayer: Father, You are my God and I am Your daughter. Thank You for speaking to me today. I receive every Word by faith. No matter how I feel right now, I choose to put my focus on Christ and receive His strength and power to endure, to fight and to win through Christ. Help me remember to encourage others to do the same. I love You and bless You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Overcoming Self-Centeredness

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)

What does self-centeredness look like? A self-centered person cares more about themselves and less about others. They are consumed with their own thoughts, desires, ambitions, hurts and pains. When they are sick they can become offended when no one shows any concern for them. When problems arise, they look outward at others instead of inward. The plans and goals of their spouse often take a backseat to their own plans and goals. When they are in the middle of completing a task, it is extremely difficult for them to break away and focus on the needs of others. I didn’t realize I had an issue with self-centeredness until one day while in the middle of a heated discussion with my husband, he shared with me that I was self-centered. Upon hearing that, I instantly became emotional, defensive and denied this terrible charge to my character. Months later, the Holy Spirit began to reveal to me that my husband was indeed right. When God reveals truth to us, it’s never to embarrass or shame us. He intensely loves us and wants us to grow and develop in Christ-like character. The truth is always for our benefit and never our hurt. Removing ungodly character traits and instilling godly character in our lives takes time and practice. When it comes to any character flaw, the first thing we must do is admit that we have a problem. The second thing is to make a quality decision to change. And third, we must discover what God’s Word says about it and begin to put it into practice with His help. We have to purposefully say to ourselves, “How can I show others that I am thinking about them and not just myself? Whose problems have I ignored today? What can I learn from others and let them teach me? What can I do today to help someone else achieve their goals? Who can I devote more prayer time for rather than praying only for myself? Asking ourselves these questions on a regular basis will help bring us to a point of operating in the mind of Christ. If Christ lives in us we must begin to walk as He walked. Learning to be selfless is without a doubt the greatest gift we can give our spouse, our children, our friends, our church, our workplace and ourselves. It is a powerful witness of the love of Jesus and the heart of the Father.

Prayer: Father God, thank You. You sure know how to love me and challenge me at the same time. I denounce every bit of self-centeredness in my life and I receive the selfless mind of Christ. I want to be pleasing in your sight. I pray You help me focus on the needs of those around me rather than being consumed with my own needs. Help work this godly character trait in me Lord and help me walk it out in my daily life. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

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Come.

“And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.” Matthew 14:28-29

Here you have a disciple who sees his Master at a distance and longs to be near Him. Peter’s motive was not to compete with the other disciples or to show them that he could do something miraculous. He wasn’t seeking promotion or to make himself stand out as the most courageous. He simply wanted to be near Jesus even if it meant walking on water. Peter called out, “Lord, if it’s You, bid me to come unto You on the water.” Jesus responded, “Come.” In order to experience a supernatural walk with God, you must hear God say, “Come.” You may hunger and desire to have more of Him, but you won’t go anywhere until you hear His bid to come and you step out in faith. If you come to the Word hungry for wisdom and revelation, you will be satisfied with what you crave for. If you come to God hungry to feel His touch, you will be blessed with a supernatural touch from Him. If you come to God lonely and needing a friend, you will experience the love of Someone that sticks closer than a brother. Those with an intense longing and who have ears to hear His Spirit never go unsatisfied. Jesus loves those that love to be near Him. In whatever state you are in, hear God’s Spirit saying, “Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:17)

Prayer: Father, You are my God and I love to be near You. I hear You calling me closer to You. I come to You. Only You can meet my every need, spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally. Create in me a hunger and thirst for more of You and help me to allow nothing to come between my relationship with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Refreshing Rest

“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28NIV

Ours is an age of anxiety and stress because ours is an age of speed from how we prepare our food (microwave) to how we eat our food (fast food restaurants), to even how we get our news. If watching it on the news isn’t enough we want to make hearing the news faster by digitizing that information to the internet. From Christmas to New Years we are often excited it is here and exhausted when it is over. We all need rest, not just in our bodies but also in our minds and hearts.

We take pride in explaining to each other how busy we are but feel a little guilty if we relax. God did not intend for His people to live in a state of perpetual hurry. His own example in Genesis to the promises of the New Testament including the life of Jesus shows clearly that God wants us to discover rest and refreshment for our mind, body and soul.

In this same passage, Jesus says, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” I believe this is so because our burdens are temporarily compared to eternity and everything we give to him He can handle and in return He gives us the strength to handle anything He allows.

Also a part of that passage in Matthew 11:29, Jesus tells us to, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” If we yoke ourselves to Jesus and follow His leading, rest for our souls comes because He who is gentle and humble in heart will never lead us anywhere and in anything where He is not with us or cannot sustain us.

Weariness comes from bearing heavy burdens for too long. I hope that God’s people will come into a place of rest and not feel guilty when God, our body or mind is calling us to rest. This is the year of “Refreshing.”

Prayer: Dear Lord, as I come upon this New Year, I pray that I resolve to be yoked to You – the place where I will find rest and refreshing for my mind, body and soul. I thank you that you go before me and create footsteps for me to follow and those footsteps can be trusted because you made them first. Thank you for never being in a hurry and showing your people the power and importance of rest. In Jesus Name!

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The Loudest Person in the Room

“And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].” Colossians 3:15 (Amplified)

Whenever I get with my family, it can sound like I am at a wrestling match. Everybody talks loud and tries to out talk each other. The volume of their voices rise and rise until the loudest person “wins” the argument. Sometimes my emotions can be just as loud. I can be quiet on the outside, but inside all sorts of things are being said and stirred up. But the peace of God is still, quiet, restful, and soft. It always sides with God’s will, not with me or anyone else. It’s not trying to be the loudest person in the room, nor is it trying to win just for the sake of being right. The peace of God wants to rule in our hearts so that we can win in our lives. When negative emotions are talking loud, raising it’s voice trying to get a response from us that goes completely against God’s Word, we must learn to look to peace. Peace will tell us, “Don’t say that”, “Don’t go over there”, “Be patient”, “Listen to what they are saying”, “Relax, God has it under control”, or “Don’t eat that before you go to bed”. No matter how we feel, God needs us to receive and walk in His peace. Peace in your heart doesn’t necessarily mean peace in your circumstance. But if you had to choose, which one would you prefer? Wisdom knows that any peace that’s going to come to a situation will begin first with peace ruling in the hearts of those involved.

Prayer: Oh God I love You. Thank You for teaching me to let peace rule in my life. When my emotions get loud and try to win in my heart, help me Holy Ghost to listen to Your peace and let it rule. Quiet my soul and bring to a state of rest and harmony with Your will. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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