Daily Devotion

Read God’s Word daily that it may change your heart, mind and life.

Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord . Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths. You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully. Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees! Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands. As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should! I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me!
Psalms 119:1‭-‬8 NLT

Advertisements

Being There

Dr. Raymond Vath said, “We must do for others what they cannot do for themselves, but we must not do for them what they will not do for themselves. The problem is finding the wisdom to know the difference.” You can be too helpful! By doing for somebody what they can do for themselves, you undermine their self-reliance and create an unhealthy dependence. So instead of rushing in and taking over:

  1. Show them manageable action steps

By helping them take charge of their life you’re arming them against despair and powerlessness. And by validating their efforts you’re helping them to rebuild their fragile confidence. A word of caution, however: When the crisis involves irreversible loss like divorce or death, the work of simply getting through one day at a time is action enough.

 

  1. Give them hope

In the depth of crisis there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel – a sense that suffering will go on endlessly. Growth and improvement can’t happen without hope. Hope provides energy, and brings relief based on the conviction that things will improve. God promises, “I will bless you with a future filled with hope – a future of success, not…suffering” (Jer 29:11 CEV).

 

  1. Be sure to follow up

Crises are seldom resolved quickly. Although life may eventually take on some semblance of normalcy, there may be episodes of relapse into sadness, helplessness, or loneliness. Your words may bring comfort, but your ongoing attentiveness will help the hurting person maintain faith and progress in their journey to healing.

 

 

 

 

 

Taken from: The Word for You Today, March 28th devotion

The Lord Who Healeth Thee

Listen as Minister Crittendon expound on God’s Word concerning His desire to heal us from all of our iniquities and all of our diseases. There are many things in our past that holds us back from receiving the blessings of God for our lives. Our thought processes are a major hindrance to us  walking by faith, and the Lord wants to heal us from everything which keeps us from drawing near to Him. Listen and be blessed!

Even They Belong to God

I am reminded of the scripture in Ezekiel 18:4 that says, “Behold, all souls are mine;…” This brought my mind to a place that caused me to think about “all souls.” I also had to think about how I treat people I do not know, and the people I do know.

This resignated in me because if all souls belong to God (in which I know they do) why am I treating people with such discontent? If I am hateful towards someone who is of another skin color than myself, then I am showing God that I hate him because that person belongs to God, and God created them in His image and in His likeness (Genesis 1:27).

Now, they may not be where “we think” they should be, but they still belong to God. Colossians 3:23 tells us to do all things as unto the Lord. So, when I beat or kill someone because their skin color is not like mine, I have beat and killed the Lord.

When I show brutal hatred towards someone because their lifestyle isn’t acceptable to society or the scriptures, I have just taken matters into my own hands and brought forth vengeance on a soul that belongs to God when he tells us that vengeance belongs to Him and He will repay (Romans 12:19).

When I call people out of their name, stereotype them, harass them, lie to them, steal from them, abuse them, and whatever else we do to people to gain control over them, we are abusing a soul that belongs to God, and we are doing it unto God.

We abuse, and mistreat our spouse and justify ourselves by saying, “I’m a man and that’s what I’m supposed to do.” But what he fail to realize is that the way he treats his spouse is how he is treating God, because she belong to God.

A woman that emasculate her husband by making him feel less than a man and attempting to make him feel as though he’s nothing without her, has just disrespected God by attempting to emasculate God because that husband belongs to God.

All of this hatred, bigotry, racism, and violence that is taking place today in the world is due to a people that do not know God and His love. They do not realize that these souls they are attacking belong to God and what we do to any particular group of people, we are doing it unto God.

The Lord is watching and taking notice of what we are doing and we all will be rewarded according to our deeds. We must repent of our wrong doings and allow the love of Christ to enter our heart and be filled with his unspeakable joy and peace.

Read Romans 2:1-11; Corinthians 5:10; Isaiah 1:18-20

Be blessed!

The Importance of Following Instructions

I have always wondered what happened to teaching and structure in the body of Christ. Proverbs 10:17 says, “He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth repoof erreth.” This lets me know why so many people are erring in the body of Christ. For instance; I can recall some years ago where I was attending a church where the pastor gave the ministers of the house 10 minutes to deliver a message. There were some who finished within that time, but there was one particular minister who went past his time. I can still hear him saying, “That 10 minutes were not enough time for him and the Lord had more to say,” and he proceeded to go past his time which was allotted to him. Now when I heard that I thought, “Surely this guy has bumped his head and clearly can’t follow instructions.”

This young man had clearly moved into a place of error because he superseded the instructions of his leader. Hebrews 13:17 tells us to obey those that have the rule over us. 1 Corinthians 4:2 says, “it is required…that a man be found faithful.” The way we serve and obey our leader determines how our ministry will be established. These small steps of instructions given to us by our leader, is God’s way of testing and proving us to see if we can follow him in the little things. God wants to know when the anointing stops, are we going to stop, or are going to keep operating in self? I dislike nothing more than a preacher who constantly talks and is still operating after the anointing has left the building. A person who supersedes the instructions of their leader and the holy spirit, has no control and is operating in self.

Matthew 10:24 says, “The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.” In a movie I watched , there was a disciple who thought he was greater than his teacher. He felt this way because of constant reminders of being the chosen one, and he was different than any other student who received this particular training. He was very talented and skilled, yet he displayed great impatience, an inability to follow instructions, doubt, hurt, fear, anger, and many other emotional and prideful barriers. He broke commands and instructions on a regular basis and allowed his pride and ambitions to overrule what he knew was right. Because of his desire to be greater than his teacher, he erred tremendously and lost those dearest to him.

When our leader (either they are good or bad) give simple instructions for us to follow, we should do it. As long as the instructions are not against the Word of God, we should follow what is given. The greatest accomplish of being a leader is being an exceptional follower. The Lord desires that we walk in the ways of life, and be found faithful because he wants to establish us into our own work for him, but we can’t get it doing things our way.

David never attacked Saul and God raised him up. Samuel respected Eli and he began the school of the prophets. Hagar, Sarai’s made, was made to submit to Sarai (by the Lord) after harsh treatment. So, you see, your instructions and treatment has nothing to do with you personally, but it deals with the person on the inside.

Remember, Proverbs 15:32-33, “He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.”

BE BLESSED!