Application – day 6

 

As I mentioned in the previous post I am currently reading another devotional series.

This is a 7 day devotional entitled:  Seeking Wisdom‘ If you want to read the full devotional click on the hyperlink. If not just wait  because tomorrow is the completion of the 7 day devotional, feel free to check back to the previous posts about this devotional plan. I will post their devotional with my own reflection piece.

Associated scripture with today’s devotional:

 

 

 

 

 

“What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Philippians 4:9 ESV

One of the things I find myself doing ever more these days is applying the scriptures in my life. A few months ago I read a devotional book about having tea with Jesus. This book was so good, I was able to reassess my daily routine and apply the principals of the devotional in to my day. Then in one chapter specifically was about using bible verses to pray. Scriptures were listed and scenarios presented forth as how to use some scriptures in prayers. I began applying this notion to fortify my prayers, to incorporate god’s word in my personal prayers and hopefully in doing so strengthening my prayers with God. I also taught my children. They too apply this concept in praying.

In teaching my class I also apply our lessons to real time current day status and situations. I even bring up issues that are relate-able to them so that they can see that from the ages of 4-9, they can still apply the scriptures in to their lives.

So now to today’s devotional: Day 6 Mala Ministries:

Application

After four long years of medical school, the day had finally arrived for Ava Ann to step into her role as a medical resident. It was time for her to put into practice the vast amounts of knowledge she had received during her four long years at medical school.  Various pieces of information from over the years muddled together in her mind. Throughout the duration of the remainder of her career, she would be responsible for making crucial decisions, the results of which would drastically affect the lives of those involved.

She knew that she had been equipped; she was only unsure that she would be able to apply the information she had learned. She knew that the knowledge she had attained wasn’t enough; the accurate application of it was necessary in order to fulfill her responsibilities. The long days and nights of studying arduously would only pay off when that knowledge manifested itself in action.

The same could be said of any of our professions. The facts only get us so far. Applying the facts with the right technique is what results in a job well done. We consider this a common-sense concept when it comes to our secular lives; yet, applying this to our spiritual lives can sometimes be a daunting task.

Paul knew this all too well, which is why he repeatedly reminded the Philippian church that learning, receiving, hearing and seeing was simply not enough. He challenged them to “practice these things,” knowing fully well that they, just like we, are prone to simply being hearers of the Word, and not doers. Through his letter to the Philippians, he is encouraging us to look beyond the “what” and fervently seek the “how.”

If we ask God for patience, He gives us opportunities to be patient. If we ask God to increase our inclination for generosity, He gives us opportunities to be generous. In our quest for wisdom, then, we must ask ourselves: does God simply grant wisdom, or does He give us opportunities to be wise with the knowledge He has already granted us?

As you go about your day today, ask God to not only bestow you with wisdom, but to open your eyes to the many opportunities He will give you to apply it. And for those of us who worry about whether or not we will be able to apply the right knowledge at the right time, we need only to remind ourselves that “if any of [us] [lack] wisdom, [we] should ask God, who gives generously to all, without finding fault…” (James 1:5).

Prayer:

Father God I thank you for this day. Today is a new day where not only I can glorify your name, but that I could be used as a vessel to be of a blessing to someone else. Father I thank you. I worship your name. Father I ask for you to continue to provide wisdom so that I can continue to be a blessing to my self and someone else. Lord I want to edify others about your word. I want them to see that I too struggle, but in the midst of my struggles I too apply your word in my life. I too seek guidance. May we all be vessels of guidance and hope for one another. Amen.

 

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revive and comfort

“This is my comfort in my affliction: that Your word has revived me.” (Psalm 119:50)
DEVOTIONAL
In our afflictions, what we pray earnestly for, is escape. That is our comfort. God goodness is often weighed by how quickly He brings that escape.
God has a purpose for all our afflictions, and often He chooses to give us a different comfort—His Word. It is packed with promises, exhortations, and lessons we need to learn; God’s Word is the most valuable resource that a Christian can have in their life.
Are you cherishing and graciously receiving the comfort He gives through His word, or do you keep hoping for an escape from the situations that should bring you closer to God?
Let His word revive and comfort you.
I can’t recall where I read this devotional from.  I know when I read it, I saved it.  It not only gave me a sense of comfort, but I did feel a revival in my spirit.  I hope this devotional though not written by me, provides you comfort and a sense of revival.
When I find the source of this devotional I will update this post to give credit where credit is due.  God Bless.

With you….

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
(Joshua 1:9, ESV)
The Lord is With You
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
I have another post referencing the book of chronicles specifically a dialogue between David and his son Solomon indicating exactly the same thing.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
No matter what we do, we needed to be constantly reminded of the great works of God. We need to be constantly reminded of his instructions. We need to be constantly reminded that he is with us no matter what we are facing today.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
This will be my catch phrase today, because what I realized is it is important to have things repeated so it can sink in..:::… for even in the Bible the Lord repeats himself so we can let his words manifest and sink in.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
Be confident that the lord is with you in everything we do. There is nothing we need but his love, mercy, grace, wisdom and guidance. When we follow his lead and follow his words we will realize we are in good hands. We will realize he has our backs. We will realize that we no longer need to live in fear.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
Anything you need, he will provide. If you
need wisdom, wisdom is with you. If you need strength, joy or
peace today, they are with you. Remain confident in the that that everything you need will be provided spiritually, emotionally and physically. Lord is with you…. that’s is why.
He is the one person whom had never broken a promise to you.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
So please do not let the enemy maneuver his way into your mind casting doubt and lies.
Do not listen to those who are happy when you are oppressed.
Open your mind, heart and spiritual where to see the favors that god has in store for you .
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
Father God I want to start off by thanking you for always being with me. I want to thank You for completing every good work that You have started in my life. I choose to believe Your Word, to trust in you, even when things look impossible. I choose to believe that You are working behind the scenes and that You will bring victory and breakthrough to every area of my life. I will lean on you for guidance, I will Be strong. I will be Of good courage.
I will go ahead and Do it. I will not fear.
I will l not be dismayed.For lord god I know that will be with me!
in Jesus’ name! Amen.

Receive Power of the Holy Spirit. 

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me…”
(Acts 1:8, NKJV) 

Receive Power of the Holy Spirit. 

The Holy Spirit is essential in our Christian walk. Once we have received the Holy Spirit we shall be empowered by God. Now I’m not talking about the pinky and the brain I am going to take over the world empowerment. Being empowered by god is being provided wisdom when you lacked wisdom on a given subject. Being empowered means having courage when you fear. Being empowered by god means coming out of your comfort zone and take on a new role for his glory. 
God strengthens us, he equips us with everything we need to move on to the next task he has for us.

Remember your victory is his victory. The scripture tells us that when Jesus ascended to heaven he told his disciples that he was sending his comforter. Who was that? The Holy Spirit of course .

The Holy Spirit doesn’t just comfort us, the bills Spirit I s our counselor, teacher 

And our strength. The Holy Spirit provided for us. In order to receive the power and greatness god had in store for you, one needs to open your heart, open your mind, open your eyes, open your would and be ready to receive.
I challenge you today. 

Receive gods power. 

I challenge you.

Open your heart.

Open your eyes.

Open your mind.

Be ready to receive.

Invite the Holy Spirit and be willing and ready to be filled with gods power and glory.
Let the Holy Spirit do his works in you.

Read the Bible, as you read, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you.

Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal gods plan.

Invite him in.

Open the door.

Be ready to be equipped by the Holy Spirit.
I challenge you today.
Do you accept?
Pray with me.

Father God I want to be empowered by you. I want to feel the warmth of your spirit. I want to be equipes by you. I want to be used in your glory. God help me open my eyes to be able to see your wonder. God help me open my ears to be able to hear the call of the Holy Spirit. God help me open my mind so that doubt doesn’t pass my mind and I can accept your power. God open my heart for I want to be filled with your glory. Lord use me any way you seem fit using the Holy Spirit. I am willing, able and ready to receive your Holy Spirit who will equip me in this walk with you. Amen

A Prayer for Today 

“Father, thank You for the Holy Spirit who is my helper in this life. I choose to open my heart to Your Word to receive power so that I can walk and live in the victory You have prepared for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

N’sync with God

N’sync with God
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”
(Proverbs 16:9, NIV)
We can make all the plans we want.
It is the lord whom decides what will come to light.
sometimes our plans, or the pathways we want to take to fulfill our plans are not aligned with God’s plans nor the path he has already deemed for us.
Every wanted something, you accomplish it, you get the results you wanted, then knowing how you achieved your goal, you went ahead and tried it again and the results were, well not as we planned.
This happened to Moses. In Exodus 17 v 1-7
Water From the Rock
1The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.
2So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.”
Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?”
3But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against
Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and
our children and livestock die of thirst?”
4Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.”
5The Lord answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of
the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you
struck the Nile, and go.
6I
will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and
water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in
the sight of the elders of Israel.
7And he called the place Massaha
and Meribahb
because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
When they Hebrews needed water God specifically told him, strike the rock. He struck the rock, and water flowed. God told him to Strike the rock. There was another time where they needed water again. Moses knew he had already done so before…. his out come was slightly different.
The Water of Meribah Numbers 20 vs 8- 13
      8“Take the rod; and you and your brother Aaron assemble the congregation and
speak to the rock before their eyes, that it may yield its water. You
shall thus bring forth water for them out of the rock and let the
congregation and their beasts drink.”
9So Moses took the rod from before the LORD, just as He had commanded him;
10He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.
12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”
13 These were the waters of Meribah,[a] where the Israelites quarreled with the Lord and where he was proved holy among them.
This time, he said speak to the rock, not strike the rock. That was not God’s way, nor path to the water. “Because you did not trust me enough”. Moses and AAron did not trust enough for that given moment.
We do that all the time. We are a very pessimistic bunch. We question and second guess everything. We barely trust ourselves. Lack of trust in God is what deters outcomes to repeat.
He is very specific with every detail in everything we do.
God had a different plan to show how he can bring water from the Rocks.
The Goal may have been the same, the steps to achieve this was different.
The lesson we have here is that we need to stay awake, or be “woke”. We need to be open and be willing to receive our instructions. We need to be In Sync with God’s plan. A small tweak to the instruction, a small tweak to the performance, an extra little minor step, you may not view it as a minor step, but there is a reason for that extra step. That is what makes the difference in achieving the outcome.
As you go by your day, as you go by your routines, make sure you are in sync with God, make sure you are not doing things out of habit, because this is just how you have done it before. Listen to God, The Holy spirit will guide you. Follow his lead. Keep focus, remain in prayer. Stay in sync with the plans he has for you. Remember we all have goals, plans and dreams, these goals, plans and dreams may not be what God has in store, and if they are, achieving them may not be the way you expected to achieving them.
God I want to thank you for always leading me. I want to submit my mind, heart and soul to you. I want to stay connected to you to be able to see, hear and understand what you want me to do. I want to remain close to you, I want to be in sync with you in every step, action, breath I take. I want to achieve the goals you have in mind for me. Never living in the past, never taking the same steps, looking towards the new path with you. Looking forward to what you have planned for me. Amen.

The most important meal:..

Breakfast is not the most important meal of the day, or is it?
Psalm 63

“A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.
You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.

Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.

I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.

I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.”
Doctors, nutritionists, specialists, teachers and parents for years have drilled that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We are told we need to have a balanced diet, so that we can refuel after an evening in nocturnal bliss sleeping. We need to fuel up so we can go about our school day, work day, toddler day, stat at home parent day and just in general function until it is time for us to rest again.
What if I told you we need to nourish our spirit the same way we nourish our carnal beings. David emphasizes here that he earnestly searches for God, thirsts for God, he will glorify God and sing him praises. All that happens in the early morning.

He speaks of glorifying God, quenching his thirst with God, he praises the almighty God. a Spiritual Breakfast.  He starts off his day enriching, fueling, powering in his spirit for the tasks yet unfolded for his day. The word of God, maintaining a relationship with God in the morning is just as important as that bowl of cereal, oatmeal, bacon egg & cheese, fruit parfait or anything else you have for breakfast.
The same way we eat to refuel our body after a nights rest, we need to refuel our spirit with praise, worship and manifest on Gods word. You will have a better day by being spiritually able to face the tasks before you.
God I thank you for your word. I thank you for another day. Lord I lift your name high and rejoice for all you’ve done in my life. Thank you for another day, another opportunity, another moment to fill myself up in your word and presence. Thank you for allowing me to glorify you. Thank you for your nourishment, for your bread, your blood, allowing me access to your word to meditate in. Just as my flesh need food for nourishment, my soul needs you for nourishment. I pray for you reading this. May you quench your spirit with his word. May we all like David wake up with the hunger that only God can satisfy. May our enriching of our spirit build on the relationship we are building with God. May we always remember breakfast for your soul is just as important as the breakfast needed to start your day. Amen

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All in his Time.