Word of the Day

7 things that happen when we become distracted and our focus is broken.

1.We fall to victim to our circumstances instead of being victorious over them.

If you feel overwhelmed by what’s happening around you. . .the turbulence of life at the moment . . . take comfort in Isaiah 41:10 in the Message Bible which says:

“Don’t panic. I’m with you.  There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.  I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.”

2.We will be double-minded when we lose our focus.

James 1:8-9 in the Amplified Bible says:

“[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].”

3.We will feel intimidated and insecure when our focus on God is broken.

Philippians 1:28 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And do not [for a moment] be frightened or intimidated in anything by your opponents and adversaries, for such [constancy and fearlessness] will be a clear sign (proof and seal) to them of [their impending] destruction, but [a sure token and evidence] of your deliverance and salvation, and that from God.”

4.Confusion and chaos will enter our lives when become distracted.

Romans 16:17 in the Amplified Bible says:

“I appeal to you, brethren, to be on your guard concerning those who create dissensions and difficulties and cause divisions, in opposition to the doctrine (the teaching) which you have been taught. [I warn you to turn aside from them, to] avoid them.”

5.Without our focus. . .we become unstable.

James 4:8 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery].”

6.We will never experience lasting success if we are unable to remain focused.

1 Peter 5:8 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.”

7.Without focus. . .we will live a life filled with fear and doubt.

Mark 11:23 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.”

One more verse. . .Mark 9:23 in the New Living Translation says:

“`What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.’”



Word of the day

DANGER! Destructive Distractions

Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or to the left; keep your foot from evil.” (Proverbs 4:25-27)

Police officers set up shop at various intersections in our cities with one goal in mind: Catch those who were committing the offense known as “distracted driving.” 

The most flagrant violation under this category is, of course, drivers using their cell phones to text, talk, check e-mail, etc. However, distracted driving is not limited to cell phone use. You could also be ticketed for eating a sandwich with one hand while driving with the other or applying lipstick while looking into the mirror on your visor…in short, anything that takes your attention away from focusing on the main task at hand, i.e. driving in a safe manner.

What is even worse is the prospect of driving off the road and putting one’s life and the lives of others in the vehicle in jeopardy. Or even worse, driving into another vehicle and destroying more innocent lives in the process.  

Dear friend, distractions abound on the road to your destiny. Over the years, I have seen many who were tracking well toward their destiny get completely derailed by distractions.

 

No wonder Solomon, the wisest king of them all, counsels us: “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you…Do not turn to the right or to the left…”  

In other words, he is telling us to avoid distractions. They carry a hefty penalty. Sometimes you pay with hard-earned cash. Sometimes the price tag is a precious life.

One thing is for sure. Distractions can delay your destiny and destroy you in the process.
 


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Trusting God in the face of fear

Numbers 13:26-14:38 tells us the story of the spies who went to check out the Promised Land.
They saw giants living in the land. Most of the spies gave into fear when they saw the giants. 

They decided that they could not conquer the land because the inhabitants were much bigger and stronger than them.  Those spies reported their findings to the other Israelites and convinced them to live in fear too.

Two of the spies saw things differently.  They saw how big and strong the giants were as well, but they knew their God was able to give His people what He promised them.  Unfortunately, the rest of the Israelites were not willing to step past their fears and follow God.

God had demonstrated His power to them in Egypt, but they still didn’t believe He was more powerful than the giants.  The people chose to stay in the wilderness and not take the Promised Land.

As a result, that generation died in the wilderness and never entered the Promised Land.  The two spies who trusted God were blessed and led the younger generation into the Promised Land 40 years later.

In the End Times, we will see the evil in this world get worse and God demonstrating His power over evil.  We have two choices.  We can live in fear or we can choose to trust God.

If we live in fear, we will miss out on experiencing the fullness of God’s promises for us.

If we choose to trust God, we will see God demonstrate His power in ways we have not experienced before.

The best way to get through the hard times is to get to know who God is and stay close to Him.  Life with Him is full of blessing.



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Do you honor the Lord’s Anointed?

David is in the wilderness of En Gedi, hiding from King Saul, who is seeking to kill him, because he is jealous and “afraid of David, because the Lord was with him, but had departed from Saul” (I Samuel 18:12).

David had a great opportunity to kill King Saul, as he entered the cave where he was hiding, but he refrained from killing him and restrained his servants from rising against Saul because he was ‘the Lord’s anointed’.  David gets another chance (I Samuel 26:8-11) to kill King Saul and yet he would not touch ‘the Lord’s anointed’. 

Dear friends, as our heavenly Father is preparing His people for the great move of God that is coming, I have noticed that satan is very busy creating disharmony within the body of Christ.  

People are getting offended so easily. Some are walking away from their spiritual families after hearing just one remark made by their pastor, guest speaker or any of ‘the Lord’s anointed’, with which they do not agree.  Some are insisting that what they do not agree with should not be offered at all, otherwise they’re walking out. There seems to be a lack of willingness to forgive among Christians and a readiness to judge, instead of letting God do His work.

I am not even suggesting for a moment that all of the Lord’s anointed are perfect. We are all human beings and we do make mistakes sometimes.

Look at David, he had every good reason to kill King Saul, we might think, but he wouldn’t.  Not only that, his people were advising him to kill him, but he refused, because Saul was ‘the Lord’s anointed’.

It is high time that we bring back our respect for all of ‘the Lord’s anointed’.  When we go to a church service or to a conference where one of these anointed ones is ministering, think of it like going to a grocery store.  We are not going to buy everything on the shelves, are we?  We grab what we need and leave the rest.

Just because we don’t care for pork, would we insist that the store take it off the shelves? Of course not, because someone else might love it.  The same thing applies to what we receive from our leaders too, doesn’t it?  We take in what agrees with us and leave the rest for someone else to devour.

If God is convicting you as you read these words, please ask God for His forgiveness first and then if possible, have a heart to heart talk with ‘the Lord’s anointed’ and ask for their forgiveness.  If all of us did that, there will be a lot less strife and more unity. Watch the blessings flow now, because God has said that He will command His blessings where there is unity (Psalm 133:3).

We also need to remember that God has placed these anointed people to watch over us and wants us to honor them: “Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit”.(Hebrews 13:17)

David’s example so impressed King Saul that he blessed him with these words in I Samuel 24:19-20: “May the Lord reward you well for the way you treated me today. I know that you will surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands.” Wow!

As you advance into your destiny, I pray that you too will reap every blessing that flows from the King of kings for showing honor to ‘the Lord’s anointed’.



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My God Shall Provide

“And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
 

Have you ever gone through a time of complete dependence on God for your material needs? Perhaps you lost a job and could not generate income on your own. Perhaps you got sick and could not work. There are circumstances in our lives that can put us in this place.

When God brought the people of Israel out of Egypt through the desolate desert, they had no ability to provide for themselves. God met their needs supernaturally each day by providing manna from Heaven. Each day they would awake to one day’s portion of what they needed. This was a season in their lives to learn dependence and the faithfulness of God as provider.

By and by, they entered the Promised Land. When they did, God’s “supernatural provision” was no longer required. “The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate of the produce of Canaan” (Joshua 5:12). In both cases God was the provider of the need.

For most of us, we derive our necessities of life through our work. Like the birds of the fields we are commanded to go out and gather what God has already provided. It is a process of participation in what God has already provided.

Sometimes it appears it is all up to us; sometimes it appears it is all up to God. In either case we must realize that the Lord is our provider; the job is only an instrument of His provision. He requires our involvement in either case.

“You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your forefathers, as it is today” (Deuteronomy 8:17-18).

Acknowledge the Lord as the provider of every need you have today. He is a faithful provider.



WORD FOR THE DAY

Where is passion for God?

The day Jesus entered Jerusalem before His death and resurrection is known as Palm Sunday.
This marks the beginning of the week of Christ’s passion. The word ‘passion’ comes from a Latin
word which means ‘suffering’. The suffering of Jesus Christ on the cross has always been referred
to as The Passion. There is even a movie by that name. In modern times, we have come to apply the
word passion to mean any kind of strong feeling, or commitment, even though it more properly it
describes a suffering for some worthwhile thing.
 
In many ways we have lost this sense of the word, in part perhaps, because there is so little of this kind of passion left in the western world. We ascribe the word passion to how we feel about sports teams, music, or our political views. Would you be willing to suffer for those things?
 
How different is the passion of Jesus: directed by God and willingly accepted. Jesus actively chose His
path and the sufferings that followed. In Jesus we see not only the full depth of God’s passion for us
and the suffering that was a necessary part of it, but also the full depth of one perfect human’s passion for God (in Jesus): obedience that led to death.
 
How do we respond to God’s call to follow Him? Are we passionate? Or passive? To walk with Jesus,
who said, “take up your cross and follow me,” we must accept God’s direction and choose to follow the
path laid out for us. This is a path of certain passion (suffering), but also certain hope because of the
victory we have through Christ’s resurrection.
 
Matthew 10.24-32, 38-39 (TEV): (Jesus teaches his disciples) “No pupil is greater than his teacher; no slave is greater than his master. So a pupil should be satisfied to become like his teacher, and a slave like his master. If the head of the family is called Beelzebul, the members of the family will be called even worse names! So do not be afraid of people. Whatever is now covered up will be uncovered, and every secret will be made known. What I am telling you in the dark you must repeat in broad daylight, and what you have heard in private you must announce from the housetops. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body
but cannot kill the soul; rather be afraid of God, who can destroy both body and soul in hell. For only a penny you can buy two sparrows, yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father’s consent. As for you, even the hairs of your head have all been counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth much more than many sparrows! Those who declare publicly that they belong to me, I will do the same for them before my Father in heaven. “Those who do not take up their cross and follow in my steps are not fit to be my disciples. Those who try to gain their own life will lose it; but those who lose their life for my sake will gain it.”

Psalm 130 (NLT): A song for the ascent to Jerusalem From the depths of despair, O LORD, I call for your help. Hear my cry, O Lord. Pay attention to my prayer. LORD, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you.

I am counting on the LORD; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word. I long for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, yes, more than watchmen wait for the morning. O Israel, hope in the LORD; for with the LORD there is unfailing love and an overflowing supply of salvation. He himself will free Israel from every kind of sin.
• How are you passionate in your love for the Lord?
• In what areas do you actively choose God’s ways and desire to live for Him?
• Or, do you passively follow Him?
• In what ways do others look at your life and see your passion and consuming love for Jesus?
• Ask God to enable you to passionately love and follow Him.


PRAYER & FASTING DAY 7

Tune in

John 10:22-30: Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

Have you ever been searching for a radio station only to be frustrated by finding static rather than music? You then focus to fine tune the dial again, and suddenly you hear a clear signal. The fact is, the signal always existed on the airwaves; the only difference is that now you have adjusted your tuner to the right frequency.

In our hectic lives, there are so many signals bombarding our senses that it can become difficult to distinguish God’s voice from the deafening “static noise” of life. Fasting enables us to tune out the world’s distractions and tune in to God. As we fast, we deny our flesh. When we deny our flesh, we become more in tune to the Holy Spirit and can hear God’s voice more clearly. If you truly listen for God’s voice, you will hear it. When you hear it, it will build faith within you. If you desire to tune out the static of life and really tune into the voice of God, come to Him first and foremost with ears that are willing to listen and a heart that is ready to obey what he says. (Psalm 34:18, Isaiah 66:2) The more we practice being in His presence, the clearer and more recognizable His voice becomes.

  • In this time of fasting, what is your mind tuned to?
  • What distractions do you need to remove so that you can focus on God?
  • Prepare your heart to hear the voice of God, and ask God to help you remove distractions that keep you from focusing on Him and hearing Him clearly.

additional reading:

Psalm 34:18

: The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Isaiah 66:2:

Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.
Isaiah 64:8:
Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.


PRAYER & FASTING DAY 6

Fasting with prayer removes unbelief

Matthew 17:18-21: And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from
that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”
So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, that if you have faith as a
mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it will move; and nothing will
be impossible for you.”
When we pray and fast, we don’t do so to change God or His will. By praying and fasting, we are the
ones changed. Coming into alignment with God helps us curb our doubts and fears. When we pray
and fast, one thing that leaves is our unbelief. It is when we have faith to believe, that we can pray
with confidence and know that “nothing will be impossible” as we live to bring glory to God.
 
Ask God to strengthen our hearts to fully believe Him and believe His word. It is okay to recognize and
acknowledge if you struggle with unbelief. It’s the first step in allowing God to strengthen your faith and
bring you into alignment with His plan for your life. 
 
• What is it that you need faith to believe God for?
• Align yourself with God’s Word and will during this fast.
.Ask the Holy Spirit to free you from your
unbelief. • Pray with confidence, knowing “nothing will be impossible for you.
 


FASTING & PRAYER DAY 4

FASTING & PRAYER DAY 4

BE MORE…DISCIPLINED

Have you ever wondered what is so different about the person that makes a determination to excel? Have you noticed how runners in a race all run like they have already won? Some start out fast; some pace themselves at a slower rate, and then there are those who seem to take it in stride, confident that they will accomplish what they set out to do. They never give up before the race is over. “Practice makes perfect” is a true saying and runners adopt this attitude by disciplining themselves to be ready for whatever challenge lies ahead. They can run in the heat, the rain, and even cold weather. Their bodies have been disciplined to withstand the elements.

 

So, too, the Apostle Paul reminds us to discipline ourselves by the Word of God so that we can not only stay in the race, but also complete it in a way that brings glory to God. Discipline for the believer is achieved when we read and obey the Word, and allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. Discipline yourself today to let God’s Will for your life be your will and act on it daily. ASK the Lord to teach you how to submit yourself daily to HIS Will.

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 3:14 KJV
 


PRAYER & FASTING DAY 3

PRAYER & FASTING DAY  3

Pursue Him

Welcome to Day 3 of the Fast!

Some people have no problem pursuing a job they really want; they will pack up their family and move across country if the right opportunity comes along. Some will pursue a mate relentlessly until he or she agrees to that first date. But how many people take time out of their busy lives to pursue God?

That’s what you’re doing now on this 7 days fast. When you fast, you “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1 NKJV). God is looking for those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. God sees the choice you have made to consecrate yourself, or to set yourself apart, just to pursue Him. You are running after Him when you fast, and He sees that you have humbled yourself and are completely dependent on Him.

 

God knows how much food means to our daily routine and is keenly aware of the body’s desire for food throughout the day. He knows how much we enjoy eating, and many times eating is also centered around friends, family, and co-workers. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, we have lunch meetings—all centered around food. When we fast, we give up not only food but some social interactions. Fasting tells your heavenly father that you want more of Him and less of the world. He sees that the only thing that can satisfy that deep hunger is Him.

You’ve chosen to go without food, one of our most basic human fleshly needs, because you have a strong spiritual desire to be with and hear from God. God sees and will respond to your physical hunger. He wants to fill up that empty space with His blessings and goodness.  You have attracted the Lord’s attention in an extraordinary way.

Extraordinary sacrifice leads to supernatural intervention and attention. However, for lasting change to occur and to experience the fullness of God’s power and provision, you must make room for Him—in your heart, your mind, and your daily schedule.

Adjust what you’re focusing on; make sure that you’re not just giving up food—make sure that when your stomach is empty, you turn to your Father and make room for the miracles He has in store for you. Our temporary physical discomfort has spiritual rewards.

You’ve got His attention. He’s looking at you right now.
 



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