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Joel Osteen (June-07-2023) Daily Devotional: Clothed with Power.
Today's Scripture: Then the Spirit of the LORD clothed Gideon with power. Judges 6:34, NLT
Today's Word: in the Scripture, God chose a young man named Gideon to lead the Israeli army against the Midianites, but Gideon was afraid and hiding. When an angel came to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you,” he was saying, “Gideon, come out from under the fear, the insecurity, the defeated mind-set that is stunting your growth.” In this destiny moment for Gideon, he made the decision to take a step of faith and believe he was who God said he was. When he did, God breathed on his life in a new way and empowered him with a courage he’d never felt. He went on to be a mighty hero and defeated the Midianites.
The enemy would love for you to live afraid, hiding with a defeated mind-set. This can be a destiny moment for you. God is saying, “Mighty hero, it’s time to step up to who you were created to be.” When you make that choice, God is going to empower your life. You’re going to see favor, courage, and opportunities like you’ve never experienced.
Prayer for Today: “Father, thank You for Your calling upon my life and that You have an empowering of Your Spirit that enables me to do what I cannot do on my own and to accomplish my dreams. I declare that I am equipped and empowered to go where I’ve never been and do what I’ve never done. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Charles Stanley (June-02-2023) Daily Devotional: The Power of Corporate Prayer.
We all need the encouragement, wisdom, and strength that come from seeking the Lord together.
2 Chronicles 20:13-30 - All Judah was standing before the LORD, with their infants, their wives and their children. Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite of the sons of Asaph; and he said, ``Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the LORD to you, `Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God's...
Yesterday we studied how King Jehoshaphat prayed. Today let’s take a look at the people he prayed with.
Trouble loomed—Judah’s army paled in comparison to the forces united against them. Jehoshaphat, recognizing his limitations, knew it was essential to call on God for help. So he reached out to his nation, and prayer support came from all across the land (2 Chron. 20:13).
Sometimes we’re too proud to ask others to pray with us. When that happens, it’s wise to consider Jehoshaphat’s example: Though a king who reigned over his subjects, he nevertheless called on them to join him in seeking divine intervention. Then, when the people of Judah began to pray, God provided His solution through a prophet—and Jehoshaphat had enough humility to listen and follow instructions (vv. 14-21). As a result, his people were saved. The advancing armies turned against each other and destroyed themselves completely. But Judah’s forces suffered zero casualties—all without shooting an arrow or drawing a sword. Their humble king had listened, and they witnessed the Lord’s remarkable victory (vv. 22-30).
God sometimes says things we’re not expecting to hear. But our life in Christ is most rewarding when the body of Christ listens to Him and cooperates with one another.
David Jeremiah (May-30-2023) Daily Devotional: Transforming Power - Turning Point.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. - 2 Timothy 3:16
Recommended Reading: 2 Timothy 3:14-17 - 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Years after the Budik people in Senegal heard the Gospel, the Budik believers showed little evidence of spiritual growth, and the church itself wasn’t growing. But one event changed everything. “The Budik believers received the New Testament in their own language.” As one believer said, “Because [of] the Word of God that was brought to us… now the Word is available to everyone…. Now when we have meetings, everyone brings their Bibles, and they’re using the meetings to learn and grow more than they were able to before.”1
The transforming power of God’s Word is the same no matter the language or the culture of the person studying it. When we read and study God’s Word, our life is changed. We begin to grow in our Christian walk, and we are equipped to live a life that is different from the world.
Take a few minutes today to thank God for the gift of His life-changing Word!
Bible study has torn my life apart and remade it. That is to say that God, through his Word, has done so. - John White
Charles Stanley (May-23-2023) Daily Devotional: The Power of Love.
God offers His love to every person, no matter their past—and He wants us to do the same.
1 Corinthians 13:4-6 - Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
Today’s passage tells us that love doesn’t “rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth” (v. 6). In other words, God doesn’t want His children to turn a blind eye to sin. Yet at the same time, Christians are to look for ways to help unbelievers discover the Father’s love for them.
The Lord lovingly created each of us, and even though we’re all sinners who have fallen short, we have the potential to be made into something good. He considers even the most evil and corrupt person worth saving. How do we know this is true? Because in the first verse we teach our school children, Christ said that whoever believes in His Son will have eternal life (John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life). And why would He do this? The answer’s in the same Because God loves us. There is nothing we can do to deserve His love. God doesn’t work that way. He loves every single person, no matter how awful his or her sin may be.
The Lord extends His care, His mercy, and His salvation to anybody who wants it. He keeps no record of wrongs. He loves without conditions. And He wants us to love others in the same way.
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Joseph Prince (May-14-2023) Daily Devotional: Unleash the Power.
Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 2 Corinthians 5:17–20 NLT
What does preaching the gospel, the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ, do? The apostle Paul tells us in Romans 1:16 that it releases “the power of God” to bring His salvation into your life.
The word “salvation” does not just mean being saved from hell to go to heaven. “Salvation” is the ultra-rich Greek word soteria, which means “deliverance, preservation, safety, salvation.” It covers any area of your life that needs saving so that you can enjoy wholeness and well-being in your body, soul, and spirit.
Now, where do you find this salvation? In the gospel of Christ. Not in the old covenant of law.
It is the gospel of Jesus Christ that unleashes the power of God to save you and make you whole. It is this gospel that brings protection, healing, deliverance, and soundness to every area of your life.
It is no wonder the enemy brings opposition to anyone who preaches the gospel of Christ. He doesn’t want the power of God to come into people’s lives.
By the same token, if you want the well-being and wholeness of God to come into your areas of challenge, then make sure you are hearing the gospel of Christ, which is the gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:24).
But what is it about the gospel of grace that makes it so powerful? We find the answer in Romans 1:17—“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’”
The gospel is so powerful because in it is the revelation that you have been made righteous by the work of Christ, not by your works. This is the glory of the gospel, the good news that when God looks at a man who has put his faith in what Jesus has done, God sees him perfect, complete, and righteous in Christ. It is knowing this that unleashes the power and salvation of God in all its richness into all areas of our lives.
Notice what the apostle Paul said in Romans 1:17—“The just [or righteous] shall live by faith.” You cannot walk in faith, talk in faith, or live a life of faith when you don’t understand that you have been made righteous by faith.
But once you realize that God is not counting your sins against you because of what Christ has done, peace and joy settle in your heart. Fear flees and hope springs forth. Faith for every blessing Christ purchased for you just erupts in you and activates the power of God to overcome every obstacle in your life!
My friend, whatever you may be struggling with today, come back to the Father’s loving embrace and grace. He loves you.
Receive the good news that you are a new creation in Christ; old things are gone. You have been reconciled to God through Christ’s perfect work at the cross. You are righteous in God’s sight (even when you fail) and are empowered to overcome every failing through His gift of no condemnation.
Let this good news of our Lord Jesus take hold in your heart. And in your every area of challenge, you will begin to experience lasting victory and a multiplication of His grace and peace in your life (2 Pet. 1:2).