Your Word for This Day: “Focus on my Focus”

Friday, March 31, 2017

 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”” Matthew 28:18-20 ERV

The prophecies of old. The birth in a manager. The young boy in the Temple. The temptation in the wilderness. The water into wine. The healings, and miracles and deliverances. The prayer in the Garden. The betrayal. The crucifixion. His love poured out. The weeping women at the tomb. The earthquake. The stone rolled away. The Risen Saviour with holes in His hands and a wound in His side. The meeting with the disciples. The joy and the fear. The impartation. The authority given. The power released. The Great Commission. His Kingdom come. His will be done, on earth just as it is in heaven.

We have been commissioned by Jesus to share the good news of His Kingdom on earth. There is hope. There is everlasting life. There is power to overcome the forces of darkness.

Today, let’s remind ourselves of what we have been called to do as believers of Jesus Christ. Let’s focus on what’s most important in the grand scheme of life— To know Jesus Christ and to make Him known. It’s all about Jesus!

 

Your Word for This Day: “Living Fear Free”

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

“I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people that have set themselves against me round about.” Psalm 3:6
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Living in the physical world causes us to put more emphasis on the things that are seen and experienced, than on the things that are written in God’s Word and the reality of His Spirit. Even if in the natural realm there seems to be ten thousand people against you, if you would only use your spiritual senses you would realize that there are more for you than be against you. This knowledge and insight will empower you to confront fear and cause it to flee.

Fear is an emotion that has developed within God’s children everywhere in the world.  Many of us can quote 2 Timothy 1:7 that states, “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  Yet with all the knowledge that we have, we have not been able to defeat the spirit of fear! What is it about fear that is so addictive and transferable?  Why is it easier to fear than to trust?

In 2 Kings 6: 16-17, we read of the Prophet Elisha asking God to open the eyes of his servant so that he could see that, in the spirit realm, the heavenly army sent to defend them outnumbered the army that surrounded them in the natural. God answered Elisha’s prayer and when his servant’s eyes were opened in the spirit, he came face to face with the truth of God’s Word.

Will you let God do the same for you?  Will you refuse to be afraid and go forth in the strength of the Lord?  Remember there are more angels on assignment to protect and minister to you than the enemies that may rise up against you. In this be confident!

Prayer: Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray that You would open the eyes of my understanding so that I may know without a doubt that You are with me, Your rod and staff will continue to comfort and guide me every day of my life. Amen.

 

Your Word for This Day: “Faithful to My Faith”

Monday, June 20, 2016

“For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” 2 Timothy 1:12

There are so many people who believe that there are more than one way to get to God.  Some of them are so convinced in what they believe that at times they can cause a child of God to wonder and question his faith.

Have you ever had that experience?

How persuaded are you in your Faith?

Now if your Faith is a doctrine then it would be easy for someone with a different and more convincing doctrine to sway you.  If, however, your Faith is a person, then nothing anyone else says would get you to change what you believe.

The Apostle Paul’s Faith was a person.  The person of Jesus Christ. And, because he had had an encounter with this person on the road to Damascus, he remained faithful to his Faith.

We all know that Paul suffered much for his Faith.  Why would one man be so convinced that this Faith was worth suffering for?  The answer is simple.  Paul had met ‘The God’.  The God of his Faith.   Paul was no longer teaching about doctrines, he was sharing about The God.  And The God was worth it all.

How persuaded are you?

Have you met The God of your Faith?

Remember that God cannot change and so if your Faith is God, then your Faith cannot change.  It is unshakeable, immovable, unchangeable and unstoppable.  That is who God is and He is your Faith.

Today is a good time to check if your Faith is God and God is your Faith or if your Faith is a doctrine that someone taught you. What you discover will be the deciding factor to whether or not you can be persuaded by others with different ideologies and doctrines.

Your faith must be God, not just in God, but totally God.  This is what kept Apostle Paul and this is what will keep you faithful to your Faith.

Whatever you may experience in this life, you will know whom you believe and trust in.  Doctrines change as the world changes, but God never changes.

To your upgraded faithfulness to your FAITH!!!

Blessings

Diann J. Wilson

Your Word for This Day: “Faithfulness Described”

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

“Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:1-2

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One of the most important characteristics of a life that has been impacted by the Gospel of Jesus Christ is faithfulness.

This is so because there is no other God as faithful as Jesus Christ.  He was faithful even to death.  He allowed nothing and no one to hinder Him from being the Saviour of mankind.  He took everything that was thrown at Him and continued His journey to Calvary.  That is faithfulness.

As His followers, we must exhibit that same steadfast commitment to God and His Kingdom.  We must be like our Father.  When it comes to faithfulness others must know and see our Father’s characteristic manifested in us.

F – Fully committed

A – Available

I – Involved

T – Trustworthy

H – Humble

F – Focused

U – Understanding

L – Loyal

Jesus’ faithfulness to us is described by the acronym above.  Can it describe our faithfulness to Him?

Today is a good day to assess ourselves and discover which one of the above we need to work on.  Remember, the longest journey begins with the first step.

Take a step today to upgrade your level of faithfulness to God and the Kingdom of God and you will be amazed at the results.  Your life will be so much richer and fuller.  You success level will escalate and your entire well being will benefit.  Why?  Because of the Law of the Harvest: what you sow through your faithfulness you will reap.

Begin to sow today.

To your improved faithfulness!!!!

Diann J. Wilson 

Your Word for This Day: “From the Heart”

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 

“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13 NLT 

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In this series of devotional posts, we have been learning about the importance of being a blessing to others. As children of God, we are blessed with so much, and we have the privilege to give of our time, energy and resources (physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual) to help others.

We have been encouraged from the word of God to serve one another, to build each other up and to invest in the lives of others, and in doing so, God’s love would be demonstrated through us and His Kingdom purposes would be accomplished on the earth.

We are called to use our freedom in Christ to serve others in love – this means that our hearts are involved.

Serving from the heart involves giving our best in service, doing things in truth, and with pure motives.

Service from the heart involves transparency, vulnerability and humility.

This may seem impossible, but it can be done! It is possible to serve in love because God is love and He is in us and is working through us. As we continue to submit to Him, we learn how to give our best with an attitude that pleases Him. Even if we are serving people that we don’t know or who may not even like us, we must still serve well because we are doing it all as unto God and He deserves our best.

Sometimes the smallest thing done with love has a greater impact that something grand done without it. Love makes a difference. 

Let’s put the word into action today and choose to serve with a difference. And, as we do, we can ask the Holy Spirit to help us to serve our brothers and sisters from our hearts. With God, all things are possible!

Blessings to you!

Michelle 

Your Word for This Day: “Strong Confidence”

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

“In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge.” Proverbs 14:26

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One of the biggest issues that keep many of us from becoming all that God has called us to be and from accomplishing the dreams that He has placed in our hearts is fear, and more specifically, fear of people.

“What will people say?”

“How will they think of me?”

“Will I be accepted? Made fun of? Excluded from the community?”

Trust me. I have been there! These thoughts are real and at times, they can stop you from stepping into all that God has for you. But, if we are to stand tall in this life, I mean to really walk confidently as God’s children, we cannot live in fear. We cannot be afraid of people.

The Bible encourages us to fear the Lord. We are to develop great honour and deep reverence for God, giving Him the highest place in our thoughts and hearts. We must honour and respect God’s thoughts towards us, His plans for us and His love to us so much that we do our best not to disobey Him to please others.

His opinion of us is the one we should be most concerned about. What He says about us is the most important thing about us.

As we step out in faith to live the authentic life that God has called us to, there is no need to be afraid of what others may say or do. The safest place to be is in the will of God. He gives refuge to His children. He is our Protector, Defender and Advocate. Let your confidence be strong in Him!

Blessings, 

Michelle