Ayelbire A. Joshua
Daily Devotional (June-28-2022) Hope in Christ
Scripture Reference: 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) - “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
Hope is a precious commodity. You can live without a lot of things but it is hard to live this life without hope. Solomon wrote, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick!” How true that is. The opposite is true too. Hope makes the heart peaceful. Hope, in the resurrection power of Christ, enables us to overcome obstacles that hinder us. With hope in God’s love and faithfulness, we can look beyond adversity. But with hope, comes responsibility. It would be wrong to have a warehouse full of food and not let those that are starving have some. Likewise to have hope and not show others how to have the same hope, would be unconscionable. For that reason Peter tells us to, “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” So where is your hope today? Is it in the living God? Are you feeling secure even when the pressure is on? If so, ask God to bring people to you that will ask about your hope. And when He does, ask God to help you present to them the reason you have hope in Christ.
Prayer - Father, thank You for the hope that I find in You. You are my hope and I want to tell others about You. Give me the courage and strength to give an answer to every person that asks me where my hope comes from. AMEN
Daily Devotional (June-27-2022) His Grace is Sufficient
Scripture Reference: II Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) - “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you.”
I never get use to God’s grace! Grace is God’s “unmerited favor” toward us who believe. In other words, He lavishes His love on you and me for no other reason than He “wants to”. His love is a perfect love. God’s grace is His purposeful manifestation of perfect love toward us. Paul came upon a tremendous burden in his life and he sought relief from God but he ended up getting so much more. He received grace from God that was sufficient to meet his every need. Gerald May, in his classic book, “Addiction and Grace” writes, “Grace is the invincible advocate of freedom and the absolute expression of perfect love. – For Christian’s, grace is the dynamic outpouring of God’s loving nature that flows into and through creation in an endless self-offering of healing, love, illumination, and reconciliation. It is a gift that we are free to ignore, reject, ask for, or simply accept. And it is a gift that is often given in spite of our intentions and errors. At such times, when grace is so clearly given unrequested, uninvited, even undeserved, there can be no authentic response but gratitude and awe.” Today may you be conscious of His grace toward you. May you sense it in His attention, mercy, peace, strength and love He directs toward you. Today, might you truly hope in this, His grace will indeed be sufficient for what ever will come your way.
Prayer: Father, how amazing is Your grace! Thank You that no matter what comes my way today, You promised that Your grace toward me will be sufficient enough to see me through. I praise You for your grace of love, of forgiveness, of mercy, of peace, of joy, of strength and of provision. In Jesus’ name. AMEN
Daily Devotional (June-26-2022) PREACH THE GOSPEL WITH ALL BOLDNESS.
Scripture Reference: 2 Timothy 3:12 AMP - "Indeed all who delight in piety and are determined to live a devoted and godly life in Christ Jesus will meet with persecution [will be made to suffer because of their religious stand]"
It's not enough to know the scriptures and it's not enough to go to church. Many have a knowledge of who Jesus is and His sacrifice but the only issue is the boldness to preach "JESUS". It was a decision you made to follow Him and to remain faithful. Take time think about the above scripture.
The Bible says, in 2 Timothy 3:12 (NIV), _"In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted"_ all because of their faith or stand as Christians. There're antichrist spirits in the world today, working against the preaching of the Gospel, but they are nothing, because Acts 1:8 says, _"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witness into me..."._ Don't be afraid of being persecuted for proclaiming His Name.
Apostle Paul was resolved; nothing could daunt his love and faith for Christ. He was bold and nothing could prevent him. In Romans 1: 16, he said, _"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek"._ Paul was unmovable and he never gave into fear; he was not afraid of being laughed at, he was not afraid of being killed for what he believes in.
Know the truth for yourself and maintain your stand in him. Remember what the Word says, _"But ye shall receive power..."_ to be bold as a lion and wise as never before. In John 4:4 says, _"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."_ There're spirits indeed against the preaching of Jesus Christ but we have already overcome them, because greater is he that is in us. That should be our focus and meditation. By the anointing of the Spirit we are changing this world into a better place.
PRAYER - Precious Father, thank you for your exceeding power encapsulated in the Word which is as fire burning in my heart. I refuse to live in fear and panic but I take my stand firm, and undeterred to spread your righteousness around the World, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Daily Devotional (June-24-2022) REACH OUT TO EVERYONE
Scripture Reference: Mark 16:15 - ... "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation."
It's exciting to know that you have been entrusted with the salvation of the world. We have the greatest honour on earth: the opportunity to preach the Gospel. God's desire is that many will come to the knowledge of Christ. Our responsibility is to go out there and make known Jesus Christ and His greatest sacrifice. It's a life time mandate from God to everyone of us. There's a special grace that empower us to carry out such responsibility.
The will and desire of God is for everyone take hear and make an informed decision. 2 Peter 3:9 (RSV) "The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." This tells us that God isn't willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. God gave us the privilege of being His partners in changing the world: His partners in transforming lives.
This is a holy calling and is also a high calling. "And all things are of God, who hath... given to us the ministry of reconciliation" (2 Corinthians 5:18)_ Think about the fact that God didn't give the charge of soul winning to angels, but to you and me. Let's be on the go with the Gospel; don't stop until the knowledge of the glory of God covers the earth as the waters cover the sea.
PRAYER - Glory to God and praise be to Him forever more, I'm honored, privileged and blessed to be entrusted with the glorious Gospel of Christ's salvation, and today, more than ever, I preach it with power, bringing salvation to as many as believe. Amen.
Daily Devotional (June-21-2022) He is able to do immeasurable
Scripture Reference: Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV) - “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!”
I love my imagination. At night I would sit and make up stories for my boys. We would go away to far away places, do things we could never do in this life, be with characters from another world. Every night was an adventure. But at the end of the day it was just imagination. There was no reality. But what if? I have always been a dreamer. I see what others would consider impossibilities and start to wonder what it would be like if it came to pass? But all my dreams, visions, imaginations pale in comparison to what God has in store for you and I. In today’s passage Paul is giving glory to God. But not the God we normally think of. No, he is giving glory to a God “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” What? More than I can imagine? No. Immeasurably more than I can imagine! I don’t know where to begin. What could Paul be thinking of? I can’t put my arms around it, but I know this. If you and I would start to believe that God could, and more importantly wants to do a fraction of what we could imagine let alone what we can’t imagine, it would change our life. Why not start today? Ask God for something “unimaginable” to pray for. Ask Him to give you a dream, a vision, and unimaginable prayer for your life. He will fulfill it according to His power that is at work within you!
Prayer - Father, I don’t know where to begin. You said you can do more than I can imagine according to Your power that is within me. So Father, I ask you to show me what to pray. What unimaginable prayer do you want me to believe you for? Speak to my heart I pray. In the precious name of Jesus. AMEN
Daily Devotional (June-20-2022) HEARING FROM HIS VOICE ISN'T DIFFICULT.
Scripture Reference: John 10:27 - "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me"
Hearing from the Lord is not difficult, hearing from the Lord is not a mystery, but hearing from the Lord is a prove that you belong to Him. Many think hearing form the Lord the Lord is a strange thing. No wonder if someone claims to hear from the Lord, people rate him as a strange person. People begin to see him differently. Many wonder if it's possible to hear God speak in a world where they're so many voices. The Lord Jesus said, _"My sheep hears my voice, and I know them, and they follow me" ( John 10:27).
There're no special people who can hear the voice of the Lord. It takes a child of God to hear His voice and to follow Him.
"But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. The watchman opens the door for this man, and the sheep listen to his voice and heed it; and he calls his own sheep by name and brings (leads) them out. When he has brought his own sheep outside, he walks on before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will never [on any account] follow a stranger, but will run away from him because they do not know the voice of strangers or recognize their call"_ John 10:2-5 (Amp). The voice of the Lord is available and possible to hear from everywhere you find yourself child of God.
If you've hitherto found it difficult to recognize God's voice, the solution is so simple: Colossians 3:16 says, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom..." If you don't know the Word of God it's going to be difficult to hear His voice when He speaks. If you really want to hear the voice of the master then spend more time with His Word. As you spend more time with His Word, the more you recognize and know the voice of God, because God and His Word are one.
Spend more time studying the Word! Make it your choice and desire to spend most of the time studying and meditating on the scriptures. If you keep the Word in your heart, you will hear the Word in your heart. My dear, it is possible and so exciting to hear from the Lord. Through meditation on His Word, His voice becomes clearer to you, even in the midst of all the noise and distractions.
PRAYER - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word, my life, and your clarity of your Word each day. Your Word is the lamp to my feet and light to my path. I'm open to your Word and I'm sensitive you everyday in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen.
Daily Devotional (June-18-2022) Share His Love
Scripture Reference: Matthew 9:10 (NIV) - “While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and ‘sinners’ came and ate with him and his disciples.”
So often we forget that God loves all of mankind. Jesus came and exemplified this. We get so caught up in our Churches, small groups and Bible studies that we can’t remember how to relate to everyday normal people. But Jesus expects us to be good neighbors. He desires that we share His love with those that don’t know what it is like. The Pharisees did not understand. They were offended that He ate with “sinners.” In response to their distain Jesus said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” There are people all around us in need. Broken hearts, addictions, depressed, lonely, angry, poor, hungry. Wonderful people needing someone to stop and show mercy and love. Someone to invite them in and eat with them. Someone to be their friend. God has called you and I to be that someone. Today let Jesus love someone through you. Look around and ask God who He wants you to befriend.
Prayer - Father, thank You for Your mercy in my life. Help me go and give the same to others. Help me love others the way You do. Open my eyes to see those around me the way You do. Help me Lord to love like You do. In Jesus’ name. AMEN
Daily Devotional (June-17-2022) He first Loved us
Scripture Reference: 1 john 3:1 (NLT) - “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!”
I don’t know how John could have contained himself when he wrote this verse. It has to be one of the most celebratory verses in the entire Bible. John understood the significance of being a child of God and implores us to understand it too. With the excitement of a child on Christmas morning John exclaims, “See how very much our father loves us!” Can you see it? There are four points to notice, First, “How very much”. God’s love for us is unfathomable. John wants us to see and examine the concept that God loves us very much, and to really believe it. Second, is the phrase, “Our”. John is getting personal. He isn’t talking about a God beyond our grasp, an impersonal Deity. Rather John is saying that this is our Father, which leads to the third point. God is our “Father”. Not a dysfunctional or absentee parent. He is our loving, faithful and trustworthy Father. Finally, John shares with us that this Father, who calls us His children, also “loves” us very much. Knowing this should change everything. When you love someone and know that they love you, you trust them. You want to be with them. You want to share in their life. I pray that we will grasp with the Apostle John, how wonderful it is to know that the Father loves us. Rest assured, we have been called, “Children of God,” and this is what we are!
Prayer - Dear Father, thank you for loving us and making us your children. What a privilege to know you. What a joy to be your child. May your love fill my heart and guide my thoughts today. In Jesus name. AMEN
Daily Devotional (June-16-2022) SPIRITUAL MATTERS
Scripture Reference: Proverbs 30:11 BBE - "There is a generation who put a curse on their father, and do not give a blessing to their mother"
Life is beautiful when we learn to appreciate the people God has bless us with. Let the decisions of your life be spiritual; because the principles governing life is of God. The wisdom of this world is deceiving many to start a war they can't fight. The wisdom that is of this world is against God.
Don't allow human competition to make you think you are better than someone. The Bible says there is a generation that upon comparison they turn to condemn those who are ahead of them. It is easy to find faults and think you are better but that is not the God way of thinking.
Honoring those ahead of you; meaning your fathers or leaders, gives you a special grace to do more and not only to do more but to accomplish what God has given you. The truth is life is govern by spiritual principles which is found in the Word of God. These principles were hid for us and not from us, so that we will experience a glorious life.
Learn not to find faults with your leaders but rather learn to pray for them because leadership is spiritual and is from God. Show honor to your leaders whether in the Church, at work or in the house and you will see the blessings that will manifest in your life.
Don't start a war you can't win because it goes beyond what we think. Be part of the generation that blesses and give honour to whom honor is due.
PRAYER - Thank you Heavenly Father for your grace and revelations made known in your Word for me, my life is blessed everyday and I receive the wisdom to appreciate leaders and honor those God has given me in Jesus name. Amen.
Daily Devotional (June-15-2022) THE LORD IS FAITHFUL
Scripture Reference: 2 Thessalonians 3:3-5 The Living Bible - “But the Lord is faithful; he will make you strong and guard you from the evil one. And we are confident in the Lord that you are practicing the things we commanded you, and that you always will. May the Lord bring you into an ever deeper understanding of the love of God and the endurance that comes from Christ.”
Paul assured the Thessalonians that God would make them strong and guard them from the evil one. They were obviously aware of Satan and what he could do. It may have brought fear. He started that _"But the Lord is faithful...";_ It doesn't matter what you find yourself in, or no matter what you have done, the Lord is faithful. His promises never fails.
Paul had just referred to wicked and evil people:
“Pray, too, that we will be saved from wicked and evil people, ...”(2 Thessalonians 3:2)_ We have evil and wicked people that are in existence. Such think evil and imagine evil ever ready practicing it.
Paul continues by telling the people he was confident they were practicing what they had been taught by the apostles. It is good to know things, but more important to practice them.
Our passage ends with Paul’s prayer that God would bring the Thessalonians into an ever deeper understanding of the love of God and the endurance that comes from Christ.
We love to hear and read about the love of God. However, endurance is also part of our faith. Endurance is the quality that makes you go through a long, unpleasant experience without it destroying you. It is also part of our faith.
Do not worry too much about the existence and activity of Satan, demons and wicked, evil people. God will make you strong, guard you and help you to endure. Your God will keep you.
Do not spend your time, energy and emotions on evil (whether from Satan or evil people). They won’t succeed. Rather spend your time on ideas and developing/advancing. God will help you.
PRAYER - Dear Lord, thank you for your Word and prophecies concerning my life and family. But you are faithful and you are my strength and my guard against evil and wicked men. I grow in ever deeper understanding of God's love as I bring the Gospel even for those around me in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen.