Devotions

28 Jul 2018    The Respondsibility of One Called of God
 
28 Jul 2018    Learning the Humility of Jesus to Encourage Revival
 
18 Mar 2018    Elijah a Man of Faith
 
23 Oct 2016    To Vote or not to Vote
 
17 Jul 2016    Humility and Prayer Answers
 
30 Apr 2016    God's Instruction for Prayer
 
17 Mar 2016    Amalekites
 
18 Feb 2016    Failure?
 
6 Dec 2015    Walking in the Spirit
 
3 Aug 2015    Revival - our choice
 
30 Jun 2015    Revival
 
8 Jun 2015    By Many or By Few
 
11 May 2015    God's Lovingkindness Toward Children
 
26 Apr 2015    Prayer for Children
 
16 Feb 2015    Changing our Culture
 
12 Jan 2015    The Power of God's Presence
 
12 Dec 2014    Seeking His face His presence
 
12 Nov 2014    The Main Thing
 
29 Oct 2014    Asking and Obeying
 
17 Oct 2014    Our Father
 
5 Sep 2014    Investments
 
22 Aug 2014    Humility and Prayer
 
12 Aug 2014    What is unity?
 
5 Aug 2014    An Attitude like Jesus
 
26 Jul 2014    Audience of One
 
16 Jul 2014    Promptings
 
7 Jul 2014    Impossible?
 
29 Jun 2014    Are We Delaying HIs Downpour?
 
28 Jun 2014    Faith, Choice and Chess
 
16 Jun 2014    How Are You Walking?
 
9 Jun 2014    Fig Trees and Prayer
 
4 Jun 2014    Attention Focus and Prayer
 
20 May 2014    Praying With Lions
 
17 May 2014    Praying Perseveringly
 
6 May 2014    Expectations
 
24 Apr 2014    Call to Discipleship
 
11 Apr 2014    Biblical Meditation, Pleasing to God?
 
1 Apr 2014    Faith
 
16 Mar 2014    Earning and Asking
 
25 Feb 2014    Receiving Power
 
19 Feb 2014    Success, Significance, Sin and Satisfaction
 
15 Feb 2014    Called and Committed?
 
4 Feb 2014    A Call To Praise
 
27 Jan 2014    Just Like Jesus?
 
20 Jan 2014    What Do You Love?
 
15 Jan 2014    Abiding Praying
 
7 Jan 2014    Prayer To Our King
 
30 Dec 2013    Asking
 
18 Dec 2013    Christmas and Life
 
13 Dec 2013    Christ at Christmas?
 
3 Dec 2013    Mind of Obedience
 
26 Nov 2013    Fruit
 
18 Nov 2013    Understanding or Obedience
 
12 Nov 2013    Ask
 
4 Nov 2013    Drawing Near?
 
30 Oct 2013    Approaching the Throne of Grace
 
21 Oct 2013    Eyes for Love
 
14 Oct 2013    The Perspective of Prayer
 
8 Oct 2013    Where Is The Fire?
 
30 Sep 2013    When I Am Weak
 
25 Sep 2013    On Whom Do You Depend?
 
19 Sep 2013    Our Personal Prayer Instructor
 
9 Sep 2013    Pride and Prayer
 
3 Sep 2013    Labor Problem
 
25 Aug 2013    Wisdom from Above
 
20 Aug 2013    Love Fueled Prayer
 
15 Aug 2013    Proper Preparation for Prayer
 
6 Aug 2013    The Holy Spirit and Praying Ground
 
31 Jul 2013    God Centered Praying
 
22 Jul 2013    Our Walk and Our Prayers
 
16 Jul 2013    Praying for Revival
 
8 Jul 2013    In Jesus Name
 
1 Jul 2013    Independence and Prayer
 
25 Jun 2013    God's Provisions for His Church
 
17 Jun 2013    Is More Always Better?
 
11 Jun 2013    Power for the Church
 
1 Jun 2013    The Price of Pride
 
27 May 2013    Hypocrisy in the Church?
 
22 May 2013    Will We Sacrifice?
 
14 May 2013    Waiting
 
6 May 2013    Redemption Remembered or Rebellion?
 
30 Apr 2013    Soldier or Prize
 
23 Apr 2013    Following Jesus
 
16 Apr 2013    God's Priorities
 
8 Apr 2013    Wholeheartedness
 
1 Apr 2013    Secrets
 
19 Mar 2013    FIRST
 
12 Mar 2013    Surrender to Suffering
 
2 Mar 2013    Grading Praying
 
1 Mar 2013    Praying from His Presence
 
18 Feb 2013    Without Ceasing
 
10 Feb 2013    In Jesus Name
 
3 Feb 2013    Prayer and Holiness
 
30 Jan 2013    Power for Praying
 
21 Jan 2013    What is needed
 
14 Jan 2013    Waiting
 
29 Dec 2012    Faith, Fear, and Christmas
 
21 Dec 2012    Hope
 
12 Dec 2012    Listening or Logic?
 
3 Dec 2012    Trials of Transactional Thinking
 
27 Nov 2012    Steam or Wind
 
19 Nov 2012    Nearer
 
12 Nov 2012    Quality Control for Prayer
 
6 Nov 2012    Humility First
 
30 Oct 2012    First, Glory!
 
22 Oct 2012    Leaders Fault?
 
16 Oct 2012    Looking and Listening
 
24 Sep 2012    Wait For
 
17 Sep 2012    What We Can Learn From Job
 
11 Sep 2012    Power from His Presence
 
3 Sep 2012    Darkness and Light
 
26 Aug 2012    White Hot Prayer
 
21 Aug 2012    O What Peace We Often Forfeit
 
14 Aug 2012    Humility, Wickedness, and Prayer
 
7 Aug 2012    Desperate Prayers
 
31 Jul 2012    The Eyes of the Spirit
 
23 Jul 2012    Praying from a Kingdom Perspective
 
16 Jul 2012    America Awake
 
10 Jul 2012    The Wisdom of God
 
1 Jul 2012    Perspective and the Holy Spirit
 
25 Jun 2012    Humble Mind and Prayer
 
22 Jun 2012    A Pattern for Revival Prayer
 
12 Jun 2012    Moses and God's Presence
 
4 Jun 2012    Holy Humility
 
28 May 2012    Ask Anything
 
23 May 2012    Humility and Prayer
 
26 Apr 2012    Love, Prayer, and Discipleship
 
20 Apr 2012    Prayer and The Holy Spirit in Revival
 
5 Apr 2012    Revival and Light
 
30 Mar 2012    Receiving God's Love
 
22 Mar 2012    God's Perspective on Revival
 
8 Mar 2012    Jesus' Choices
 
1 Mar 2012    Remodeling
 
23 Feb 2012    Acts and Actions of the Early Church
 
17 Feb 2012    Giftedness, Character, and Calling
 
9 Feb 2012    Our Significant Choice
 
2 Feb 2012    Mind and Media
 
20 Jan 2012    Denial of Self
 
13 Jan 2012    Altar of Community
 
5 Jan 2012    Discipleship and Revival
 
29 Dec 2011    Christmas - The Gift
 
28 Dec 2011    Christmas
 
22 Dec 2011    Listen, He Wants to Speak
 
15 Dec 2011    LIstening
 
7 Dec 2011    Infinity or Not
 
1 Dec 2011    God as Preparer
 
23 Nov 2011    Vision and Prayer
 
16 Nov 2011    How Big Is Your God?
 
10 Nov 2011    Soldiers or Not
 
4 Nov 2011    War and Peace

 

Have you been reminded lately that you cannot lose?     No, we are not making reference to a game, but rather to a war, The War of all wars.    It is often difficult to keep in our daily frame of reference that we are smack dab in the middle of a cosmic war.   Nevertheless, we are at war and we are a part, most of us privates, in the victorious army of the King of Kings.

Like privates in the U S Army, we do not get all the information regarding the war, or even the detail strategies of any particular battle.    Jesus, and His Father and the Holy Spirit are in command.   Our part is to follow orders.

The best soldiers in any army do not spend their time trying to figure out the strategy of the commander.       But rather, they spend their time trying to figure out how they might do their explicit assignment more effectively and to best understand the commands they are given. 

Jesus commanded us to make disciples.   He said in effect:  “where ever you are going make disciples teaching them to obey all I have commanded you.”     Some who take serious this command focus significant energy on the teaching part of this command.    However, if we carefully examine Jesus’ methods of making disciples, we see that He firstbecame a disciple then by His life He taught His disciples by His example.   He did not use a power point presentation or a three color three ring binder packaged lesson plan so that His disciples could make copious notes or fill in the multiple blanks.

The art of making disciples is to become one.   It must start in our hearts.   It is said of Jesus: Philippians 2:5-8 (AMP)
5 Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained,
7 But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.
8 And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!

When God commands us to do something and we receive His command and begin to take a baby step of faith in the direction of His command, then something miraculous takes place;   He does it!

Look with me for a moment at Moses.  At the burning bush God told Moses: “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters andoppressors; for I know their sorrows andsufferings andtrials.   And I have come down to deliver them out of the hand andpower of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a land good and large, a land flowing with milk and honey.”      God was calling Moses but He first said that He would do it!   Moses began like most of us thinking that it was really up to him to pull off this impossible task.  He missed the statement of God, “I have come down to deliver them.”

Quickly fast forward to Acts 1:8 where Jesus commanded His disciples to be His witnesses and to go unto the entire world starting in Jerusalem then Judea and Samaria and to the uttermost parts of the world.   He told them to first wait until the Spirit was poured out.     Even a casual observation of the book of Acts revels that what Jesus commanded them to do He did.   The disciples took a baby step and proceeded to wait and pray.   Then in the middle of their prayer meeting the Spirit fell upon them and the result was the first unprepared sermon from an untrained pastor who was now giving his first sermon.   God did it.  The result: three thousand souls were added to the church. 

God set up Peter’s second sermon by directing Him to command the lame beggar to be healed in the Name of Jesus.  Peter was required to act as the Spirit prompted him to both proclaim his healing by his mouth and also reach out his hand and lift the beggar to his feet.  Then Jesus did it!  The result: Peter’s second sermon and two thousand more new believers.  God set it up.  The Spirit brought the words.   Jesus Name was lifted up and the church is now at five thousand.  God did it. [sometimes our required baby steps demand more than our mouths]

We do not have time to examine the way in which God did it regarding His command to be His witnesses beyond Israel.  Take a look at Acts chapter ten to see again how God did what Jesus commanded.

Now all of us who are privates in this war can take heart; whatever our Commander commands He will do!   We are not required to be perfect before we begin to make disciples, but we are required to take some baby steps.   First we must make a strong effort to have this mind in us that was also in Christ Jesus.   We must cry out to God to break us and bend us and wring out the pride from our lives.   I believe most of us have no idea of the destructiveness of pride or the power of humility for the cause of Christ.   Ask God to open your eyes.   Ask Him to show you the pride in your life that is treason in the War for the Glory of God.

This humbling of our ourselves is not only the first and best step in beginning the process of becoming a disciple, but it is also the first step that God has commanded as He spoke of healing of our Land.   God said in II Chronicles 7:14 “ if My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray and seek My Face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and forgive their sins and Heal their land.”

This week will you cry out to God regarding your pride?    Will you take the baby step of seeking to humble yourself under the mighty hand of God?   Will you expect to see God use you in the lives of others and be His witness as you respond to the promptings of His Spirit?   Will you pray for revival for our community?    Remember if we take the Spirit prompted baby steps, HE WILL DO IT! 

 
4 Sep 2011    Prayer and Disaster
 
5 Jul 2011    Fight for the Right Reason
 
11 Jun 2011    How Big is Your God?

 

In our modern day we have through various means very effectively shrunk God.   Of course we have not done this alone.    We have had expert help.   With the help of a back room marketing genius we have reduced the love of God to look like a turn signal of a car with a nearly dead battery.    Sometimes it is on and most of the time it is off and when it is on, it is barely visible in pitch dark.

 We have complemented this creativity with a white wash covering of God’s judgment such that it is almost completely invisible to the naked eye.   This wonderful white wash is made from deliriously soft and syrupy irrational ideas of the love of God.    This is a strange love that does not really love but yet is extremely effective in the prevention of the perception of God’s current and pending judgment.      

Yes God does intensely love us and desires an intimate personal minute by minute relationship with us.   We must hallow His name while at the same time calling Him pappa while we crawl up on to His lap.   This balance requires a heart of  submission and seeking but we often substitute for submission and seeking a hard heart of pride and arrogance.   We know and thus we do.    We think we know much more than we do and fail to understand all that we do not.   In other words without the word of God and the Spirit of God to reveal it, we don’t know what we don’t know.   This all contributes to our reduction of the size, the love, and power of our God!

But God is not impressed with our efforts to effectively reshape Him.    He simply sticks with His original proclamation: “I AM.”     He tells us that idols are gods that men make for themselves.   Perhaps we are near the dangerous edge of idolatry when we reshape God into a god that makes us feel comfortable?

God is God and He is the only one who is able to accurately define His true nature.    Those who know Him best proclaim Him to be:  Holy, Holy, Holy!

 Jesus taught us to pray:  “ Our Father, Who art in Heaven,  hallowed be thy Name.”  The bible tells us that God is so holy that man cannot look at Him and live.

 God does not bend to accommodate our whims.  Particular when our whims are the result of our desires to have Him serve us instead of the other way around.    God is not interested fulfilling our plans; He has His own plan.

And in the last days we will find that God is a God of real judgment.  
“And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”    -Revelation 20:15

How many people do you know personally who their names are not likely written in the book of life?   Take a moment and visualize these folks spending eternity in the lake of fire?  

What is our assignment?   For those we know, we must ask God to show us how to be available to be used by Him in His drawing process, and pray regularly that they will be saved. 
 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.   -2 Peter 3:9

 For those we do not know, we should commit to pray for revival.

O Lord, I have heard the report of You and was afraid. O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make [Yourself] known! In wrath [earnestly] remember love, pity, and mercy.”  Habakkuk 3:2

May His kingdom come and may His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven!   Do you truly desire this?   Will you pray this daily for your church and for your community and for your nation?  Let’s pray together daily this short prayer.   Let’s obey Jesus’ instruction when He said when you pray, pray then in this way … for our Nation and for His glory!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 
1 May 2011    Fighting on our Knees
 
1 May 2011    Joseph and Time
 
1 May 2011    Revival - How?
 
1 May 2011    Job - Patience or Persistence
 
1 May 2011    Revival Fire
 
1 May 2011    A Little Light
 
13 Feb 2011    Intimacy with God: Power in Prayer
 
29 Jan 2011    Prayer and Supernatural Answers
 
12 Jan 2011    Revival Praying
 
12 Jan 2011    Intimacy with God and Prayer
 
22 Sep 2010    Thoroughly Amend Your Ways
 
8 Sep 2010    Hope, Prayer, and Sudden Revival
 
1 Sep 2010    Prayer, Revival, and Personal Repentance
 
30 Jul 2010    Pride in the Clay
 
23 May 2010    How Long Shall We Pray?
 
12 May 2010    THE AMERICAN COVENANT
 
3 May 2010    Preparation to Prevail in Prayer
 
19 Apr 2010    From Where Do Our Blessings Come

Will the Church of Jesus Christ in America wake up and turn from our idols and self serving activities to humble ourselves and pray and seek the face of God and repent  ..... or will God be required by His righteousness to bring destruction upon our nation.  If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you can be a part of this answer.   As believers we must be willing to change, to repent and to put all we are and all we have at the complete disposal of our Lord and Savior.    What that means for you can only be answered by the Lord.  You must ask Him.   He has a plan for your resources and talents and available time.   Spend time seeking His face, seeking His direction.  He will answer when we are clean and humble and patient before His throne.

 
6 Apr 2010    God is the Master Preparer
 
24 Feb 2010    A View of Prosperity
 
16 Dec 2009    What is on Our Minds?
 
10 Dec 2009    Have You Gotten Your Christmas Gift for Jesus Yet?
 
3 Dec 2009    Humilily - Productivity by Influence
 
1 Nov 2009    Humility and Influence - Listening
 
1 Oct 2009    Humility and Productivity
 
30 Aug 2009    Love Choices
 
16 Aug 2009    Appropriating Supernatural Power for Productivity and Peace (Day 5)
 
7 Aug 2009    Appropriating Supernatural Power for Productivity and Peace (Day 4)
 
2 Aug 2009    Appropriating Supernatural Power for Productivity and Peace (Day 3)
 
25 Jul 2009    Appropriating Supernatural Power for Productivity and Peace (Day 2)
 
19 Jul 2009    Appropriating Supernatural Power for Productivity and Peace (Day 1)
 
13 Jun 2009    Humility and Peace
 
12 Apr 2009    Burdens Made Light
 
15 Mar 2009    Humility and Wisdom
 
15 Mar 2009    Humility in Proverbs
 
1 Mar 2009    Humility and Following
 
20 Jan 2009    Humility in Worship and Ministry
 
12 Jul 2008    Moving toward Humility
 
10 Jul 2008    Humility