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John Hagee (May-12-2023) Daily Devotional: Psalm 45:9 - Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women.
The Hagee family story cannot be told without acknowledging the contributions of the women from generation to generation. In honor of Mother’s Day, Pastor Matt Hagee shared pieces of their stories.
Laverta McElvany Hagee was born in 1893 and married Pastor Matt’s great-grandfather, John Christopher Hagee, when she was sixteen. She was the daughter of the Methodist bishop of Kansas and the region of Missouri. One night, Laverta attended a prayer meeting where she asked God for more of His presence, a deeper relationship with Him. He responded by baptizing her in the Holy Spirit. God filled her with unspeakable joy.
Struggling through the Great Depression, she gave birth to ten children – nine sons and the baby girl. Three sons died in infancy, and the others grew into a wild bunch. She needed the joy of the Lord to be her strength! She lived out this verse – the Lord was her salvation, her strength and song (Exodus 15:2). When her children gathered and shared childhood stories, laughing until tears ran down their cheeks, they always remarked on the joy with which their mom lived.
Vada Hagee married Pastor Matt’s grandfather in 1934. Very unusual for a woman in the 1920’s, Vada held not one, but two, college degrees. She was a college professor who taught homiletics and hermeneutics to men who wanted to be pastors. After she married, she preached to standing-room only crowds twice a week.
One Thursday night, she made this announcement from the pulpit, “Tonight is the last night that I will stand behind the pulpit and preach. I’m going to devote my life to supporting my husband and his ministry. And I’m going to invest my life in my sons. And I believe that God will give to one of them the ministry that He intended for me.” And she kept her word.
No one knew that the 10-year-old boy standing beside her that day would be the one that God used to fulfill His promise to her – Pastor John Hagee. She prayed every day that God’s will would be done in the lives of her sons. Pastor John avows that this woman was the force that Christ used to shape his life.
She believed that winning the lost was the most important thing that any human being could ever do. Because of her sacrifice, millions of people have heard the gospel of Jesus Christ, millions of lives have been changed through Cornerstone Church and its ministries. Because Vada laid down her life and invested it in her children, millions of souls have been won to Jesus.
Blessing: Heavenly Father, thank You for the beautiful legacy of those who have gone before in the faith. May their joyful example inspire and challenge us to live in full obedience to You so that Your name is declared from generation to generation. In Jesus’ name… Amen.
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - 1 Samuel 12:1-13:23
- New Testament - John 7:1-30
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 108:1-13, Proverbs 15:4
John Hagee (May-11-2023) Daily Devotional: Psalm 37:3-5. Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
The Greatness of God that lies within each one of us, by virtue of our relationship with Jesus, requires a wholehearted commitment. This Greatness merits more than excuses, procrastination, and carelessness.
We must be committed to this Greatness. We must consistently pursue the purposes that God drops into our hearts. The difference between a wish and a reality is hard work. We will never accomplish the destiny that God designed for each one of us if we are unwilling to commit to the necessary work to achieve it.
God designed us for industry and achievement. When He blew life into the dust that was Adam…poof! Adam became a living being. Even as he was still rubbing the dirt from his eyes, God said, “Get to work!” He built a garden, and He instructed Adam, “Go tend it.” He created all of the animals, and He directed Adam, “Give them all a name.”
Adam could have responded many different ways, but he didn’t. God designed him. God created him. God put him to work.
In the same way, God designed us. He created us, and if we intend to realize the Greatness within us, we must be willing to get to work. What would you attempt if you knew that you could not fail? What would you try if you knew that whatever you set out to achieve, you were guaranteed success? Jesus Himself gave us this promise: “Everything is possible for one who believes.” (Mark 9:23). If we will believe, that belief will spur us to act. Whatever we pursue from His purpose and plan – that Greatness inside of us – will come to pass.
Commit to greatness. Don’t procrastinate any longer. The first step is the most difficult. Don’t sabotage those plans with indifference or idleness. Stop dreaming and start doing – no more excuses. For those who commit to the Greatness within, greatness lies ahead.
Blessing: Heavenly Father, I commit to the Greatness that You have placed inside me. No excuses, no delays. I commit to fulfill the good works that You created for me to complete. Lead me in Your paths. In Jesus’ name… Amen.
Today's Bible Reading:
Old Testament - 1 Samuel 10:1-11:15
New Testament - John 6:47-71
Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 107:1-43, Proverbs 15:1-3
Watch BibleProject - The Anointed King in Psalms • The Anointed Ep. 5. David’s life gives us two parallel portrayals of what it means to be God’s anointed one: one is victorious—God’s anointed is the giant feller and the snake crusher. The other one is a suffering servant, waiting patiently in the wilderness for God’s deliverance. In today’s episode, join Tim and Jon in the Psalms, where they’ll explore both David’s victory and his suffering and discuss how Jesus saw himself living out both those roles too.
Jack Hibbs (January-16-2023) Weekly Devotional: Psalm 103:14. - “For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.”
With every fresh new year, it is natural to desire better things, especially when the past has been filled with pressure. It is to the confused, heartbroken, weary, and exhausted that Jesus’ promise of rest sounds sweetest of all. To them, Jesus bids, “Come to Me.”
Jesus makes our burdens easier and lighter because
His yoke helps us bear-up under their weight.
When Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and My is burden light,” what did He mean? In biblical times, oxen were yoked together to share the load as they plowed. Wooden yokes were carefully carved to ensure proper fit and weight distribution. Likewise, Jesus crafts the life burdens He lays upon us, but taking up His yoke guarantees that we will never carry them alone. Jesus makes our burdens easier and lighter because His yoke helps us bear-up under their weight.
Jesus’ yoke was obedience to the Father’s will. Rest comes to us in the same way it came to Jesus while on earth, through submission to the Father. But trouble enters our souls when we don’t know our heavenly Father’s will or resist it outright. Get close to Jesus and walk in the Father’s will. There will be little rest for those who refuse submission and obedience amidst difficulties. “But it is hard,” you may argue, and sometimes that is true. It is in those times we must cry out, “Teach me to do Your will.” (Psalm 143:10)
Are you in need of rest today? Jesus is your burden bearer. Come to Him. And once there, determine to wear the yoke He has tailor-made for you.
Jimmy Evans - Watch End Times Teaching: The Coming Psalm 83 War Explained - Tipping Point Show. This week on the Tipping Point Show, a very important guest, Bill Salus, joins me. We discuss his book, "Psalm 83 - The Missing Prophecy Revealed", and discuss the coming Psalm 83 war.
John Hagee (September-15-2022) Daily Devotional: Psalm 119:160 - The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever
People are fascinated by the future. What will happen to planet earth? Are we facing a nuclear holocaust? How accurate is biblical prophecy? Can we trust it?
When King Nebuchadnezzar experienced a troubling dream, Daniel asked the king for time to perceive the dream and its interpretation. Through prayer, Daniel received his answer in a night vision.
He described the dream to King Nebuchadnezzar – a statue with a head of gold, arms and a chest of silver, loins and thighs of bronze, legs of iron, and toes of iron and clay.
The head of gold represented Nebuchadnezzar whose Babylonian empire held power for almost 50 years. Afterwards, the inferior Medo-Persian empire, represented by the two arms and chest of silver, ruled for almost 200 years.
The bronze midsection represents Alexander the Great’s Greek Empire that endured for over 250 years. The two legs of iron signified the Roman Empire that ruled for over 350 years.
Finally, Daniel predicted an unstable kingdom represented by toes made of iron and clay, a strange mix of strength and weakness, interconnection and division. Compare it to our current culture – globally connected but deeply discordant.
Every word was fulfilled as Daniel predicted – and verified in our history books. We can trust the prophecies inspired by the Holy Spirit thousands of years ago. We know how this story ends.
Today's Blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. God’s Word endures forever! Stand firm in the confidence that He holds your future in His hands!
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - Isaiah 22:1-24:23
- New Testament - Galatians 2:17-3:7
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 60:1-12, Proverbs 23:15-16
John Hagee (September-13-2022) Daily Devotional: Psalm 33:12 - Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance
The America that we once knew is disappearing before our eyes. Our foundational freedoms are being eroded. Many agendas that our society promotes as progress equate to moral insanity.
Why should we be concerned about the future? The good life that we hoped to extend to our children and grandchildren is consistently crumbling, because we have abandoned the principles of righteousness.
Now more than ever before, believers must humble ourselves, pray, and seek God’s face. We must turn from our wicked ways so that God will heal our land. Change begins in our prayer closets and in our own hearts. Repentance and prayer lead to revival!
As the righteous of the Lord, we must impact this world as His salt and light. We must speak His truth into the darkness. We must counteract corruption, extend mercy, and stand for justice. Our faith must propel us to action. We must demonstrate our faith by the works of our hands.
Corporately, we must not squander the right to make ourselves heard. We must seek God’s direction as we enter the voting booth to decide the candidates who will represent us in the coming years, who have demonstrated the attitudes and actions that align with the truth of the Lord.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!
Today's Blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May God’s truth sink deep into your heart and mind as you prepare with great confidence for the world tomorrow. He alone is our hope!
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - Isaiah 15:1-18:7
- New Testament - Galatians 1:1-24
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalms 58:1-11, Proverbs 23:12
John Hagee (September-11-2022) Sunday Daily Devotional: Psalm 24:1 - The earth is the LORD's, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.
Recent headlines have pointed to a looming financial collapse, a reported coin shortage, and an emerging cashless society. Are we witnessing the rise of a one-world economic system (Revelation 13)?
God gives us His financial statement in one line: “The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine” (Haggai 2:8). The ultimate control of our finances rests in His hands, and He has charged us to be good stewards over the blessings that He has entrusted to us.
Money can easily become an idol – controlling us instead of our managing it. The love of money can replace our love for God. Many squander their health in pursuit of wealth only to spend it to recapture their well-being.
In Exodus 20:3, God warns us to place no other gods before Him. In Matthew 6:20, instead of stockpiling treasures here, Jesus instructs us to store treasures in heaven. Wherever our treasure is, we will eventually find ourselves there.
Honoring the Lord in our finances begins with recognizing that every gift we receive comes from our Heavenly Father. Even when we work hard to earn a paycheck, our jobs and the health and abilities to perform them are blessings from above. Be faithful to tithe, always remember the less fortunate, and ask the Lord to lead you in managing the rest. It all belongs to Him.
Today's Blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. God will meet your every need according to His riches in glory. Give thanks for His generosity and faithfulness to you!
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - Isaiah 10:1-11:16
- New Testament - 2 Corinthians 12:11-21
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 56:1-13, Proverbs 23:6-8
John Hagee (September-10-2022) Daily Devotional: Psalm 139:1 - O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
More than a fuzzy image in a large group photo, God sees each one of us as individuals. He created us in His likeness, and His heart is bent towards us.
He was there when we were formed in the secret places and knew every page of our stories before we lived one. He knows if we rise early or stay up late. No matter where we roam on this great, big planet, He sees us there. He numbers every hair on our heads and knows the words we will speak before we open our mouths.
When we accept Him as Savior, He makes each of us a “lively stone” in this huge spiritual house that He is building. He gifts us with unique talents and abilities that we can put to work to help others and advance His kingdom. He instructs and teaches us in the paths that we should take, and He always has an eye on us (Psalm 32:8). We can rest under His protective gaze.
And when life breaks our hearts, He promises to draw near. When we go through the fire or the flood, He vows to be with us. He will not allow us to be overwhelmed. He will hear our cries and deliver us from every trouble. How reassuring to know that He holds our hands and holds us in His hand.
Today's Blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. He cares for the sparrows and the lilies, and He will watch over you. Rest in His loving promises to you.
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - Isaiah 6:1-9:21
- New Testament - 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 55:1-23, Proverbs 23:4-5
John Hagee (September-05-2022) Daily Devotional: Psalm 84:12 - O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You!
Jesus is worthy of our trust. We can trust Him when He answers in the way we desire or when He chooses another outcome. If He said it, He will do it. If He promised, He will make good on it. If things do not go our way, we can trust in a way that is higher than ours.
Trust is highly personal and individual. We can describe trust to one another. We can read about it in His Word. We can sing about it corporately with a body of believers. But in the middle of the night, when circumstances are bleak, when we are alone and afraid and tired of the fight, will we trust Him?
Trust is born, nurtured, and solidified inside of a relationship. When we commit to Jesus for the long haul, when we are faithful to Him exclusively, when we cling to Him, trust grows. When we obey the things He asks, He goes ahead of us. He stands ready to meet us with His power and presence.
He provides everything that we need…and even things we did not know we needed. He holds our hands. He shares His secrets. He ministers side by side with us. He holds our hearts, and His love never ends. Take a risk, take a step, and watch Him reward your trust.
Today's Blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May the God of hope fill you with all joy as you trust in Him. May you overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - Ecclesiastes 7:1-9:18
- New Testament - 2 Corinthians 7:8-16
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 48:1-14, Proverbs 22:17-19