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Hearts of Kings.


The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. Proverbs 21:1

Satan is just another would-be king.

He wanted to be king of the universe, to exalt his throne above the throne of God.

But God gave the command for Satan to be cast down from heaven, and he fell to the earth like lightning.

He usurped the first Adam‘s dominion on this planet and now rules a recaptured kingdom with an expiring lease.

The devil wants to be king of your life.

He wants to be king of your mind, ruler of your home and monarch over your finances.

But God said, “Satan’s heart is in my hand.

When I speak, he moves.

I am King of kings!”

The psalmist declared, “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory?.

The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory” (Psalm 24:9-10).

So lift up your head and open your heart. Cast out the pretender and allow the King of glory to enter in!

Jesus, rule my life.

Issue Your orders and I will obey.

The pretender’s voice falls upon my deaf ears.

I chose to listen only to Your voice and to obey Your commands. Amen.

By ROD PARSLEY.

This World Is Not My Home.


But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. 2 Peter 3:13

Have you ever thought of your own thorn in the flesh as your having to live in a place that makes you unhappy?.

We all have to live somewhere until we die, and, for many, it is a case of very unhappy living conditions.

Unhappy living conditions might have been Paul’s thorn, because he let us know that being an apostle was the opposite of living in luxury.

I think of many big-name preachers today who live in luxury.

Are you aware that there is a sense in which the main issue in both the Old Testament and the New Testament has to do with living conditions?.

The Old Testament stresses again and again the matter of living conditions.

Moses and the people of Israel lived in a desert, and they were looking for a land flowing with milk and honey.

The thrust of the Law was that if you obey, certain happy living conditions will follow.

If you disobey, the opposite will follow. (See Deuteronomy 28:1-61.)

In the New Testament, sadly, the Jews’ expectation of the Messiah had to do entirely with living conditions.

They thought that when Messiah came, He was going to change living conditions for them and set them free from Rome.

This is why they couldn’t cope with the thought that their Messiah would end up on a cross.

Jesus warned them, for He knew exactly what they were thinking.

He said in Luke 17:21, “The kingdom of God is within you.”

Jesus put it like that so they would understand that this present world is not all there is.

For some people, their only reward is in this present life.

But Paul said, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17).

Excerpted from The Thorn in the Flesh (Charisma House, 2004).

By R. T. KENDALL.

{ Day 212 }.


He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the  Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2

Churches are full of people who spend Monday through Saturday trying harder in their walk with the Lord.

They wake up early so they can read through the Bible in a year; they make promises to themselves to invite a neighbor to church or pray for the ailing child a few doors down.

They try to show the light of Christ at work and hold their tongues when angered by their spouse.

Then on Sunday they cringe in the pew during worship and feel somehow that they’ve spent another week failing to be a good Christian.

But if you experience God’s enjoyment of you, then you will begin enjoying God, and this whole cycle changes.

Transformation happens as naturally as the changing of seasons.

You will live in much greater holiness, and you will be truly happy.

You won’t be so concerned about not doing bad things because your heart will find no pleasure in them anyway.

This process of transformation never ends.

We will be always gazing, always discovering, always changing, always enjoying, always reflecting more of His glory and passion.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Day by day You are changing me into Your likeness, Jesus.

The things that used to hinder me no longer appeal to me.

The wonder of Your presence is all I want.

Let me reflect Your glory and passion.

We enjoy God more by searching out and convincing ourselves of God’s enjoyment of us.

By MIKE BICKLE.

Silence Not Denial.


By Vine.

But he answered her not a word. His disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away; for she cries after us.”Matthew 15:23

There is something very remarkable in Christ‘s silence.

Usually He was quick to hear every request made to Him by someone in need.

It was unusual for anyone to have to ask twice for a favor.

His heart was sensitive like a mother’s heart to the cries of her child, and instantly responded to every cry for help.

Yet now He stood and listened to this woman’s pleading and chose not to answer her at all.

Like a miser with great wealth at his disposal who refuses to acknowledge the cries of the poor and needy who come to him for help, so Jesus stood unmoved by this woman’s cries, though He had all power in His hands.

Why was He silent?.

It was not because He couldn’t help her, for His arm was never weak.

The best of us have our weak hours, our days of emptiness, when we have nothing within us to help; but Christ’s fullness was never exhausted.

It was not because He was so engrossed in His own approaching sorrows that He couldn’t think anyone else’s sorrow, for even while being crucified He forgot Himself to show kindness to others.

Evidently the reason for silence was to try this mother’s faith, and to draw it out into still greater strength.

He was preparing her to ultimately receive a better blessing than she could have received at the beginning.

Our Lord sometimes seems to be silent to His people when they cry to Him.

To all their heartfelt cries He doesn’t answer a word.

Is His silence a refusal?.

Not at all!

Often it is meant only to make us more determined and to prepare our hearts to receive richer and greater blessings.

So when Christ is silent to our prayers, it is so that we might be brought down in deeper humility at His feet, and that our hearts may be made more fit to receive heaven’s gifts and blessings.

Apply This To Your Life Today… Are you feeling like your prayers go unanswered? Keep praying and seeking Jesus. He will come through for you.


Bible In A Year: July 31st…

By Book Old Testament New Testament Proverbs & Psalms
Isaiah 34-36 1 Chronicles 9-10 Romans 14:1-18 Proverbs 18:17-19:2

Fuel For Life.


In a society that values freedom, it is amazing to know how many of our fellow citizens live in bondage.

I am not talking about the bondage most of you think about as it relates to jail cells, handcuffs and security personnel.

I am referring to the lower security bondage that is uneasily detected but equally, if not more, confining than most traditional jail cells.

My heart goes out to those who have suffered a misstep along the way and never fully recovered.

Maybe it was growing up with an absent parent, poverty, divorce or the painful loss of a loved one.

When the event happened it rocked their world and for some reason or another they never fully recovered.

The event happened but they are still in bondage.

Though they may not be in physical bondage, they find themselves in emotional, spiritual and/or mental bondage.

I can recall so many days in my own personal life when I found myself deep within the emotional cells of fear and anxiety.

I looked free, I talked free, shopped free and even pretended to worship free.

Deep down I was still in solitary confinement.

I unfairly convicted and sentenced myself to hard labor.

It was only until I found the power of Christ and the hope of John 8:36 that I was reminded of the wonderful hope in Christ and being “free indeed!”

This hope I now have in Christ is my fuel for life and the power to refuse the open invitation of my jail cell.

Each new day, I am reminded of my freedom to live, love and hope through Christ.

Today is your day and Christ has freed you.

I know it is tempting to stay in your prison, but I dare you to receive your release agreement through the power of Christ and walk away a free person!

Scripture Of The Day: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” - John 8:36 (NIV)

By Pastor Olu Brown.

Our True Priorities.


Leviticus 23:1-3,5-6,10,15-16,23-24,27,34 The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the LORD, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.

“‘There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a sabbath to the LORD…

The LORD’s Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. On the fifteenth day of that month the LORD’s Festival of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast….

“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest…

“‘From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the LORD…

The LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts…

“The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present a food offering to the LORD… “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the LORD’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days.

Seven seems to be a number that God likes or so it seems from the number of sevens mentioned in the Bible.

Here it is the seven festivals the Israelites were commanded to observe.

So many forced breaks certainly would’ve made employers/businesses wonder how they could achieve productivity and so is this just a concept of the ancient past?

I ran an internet search for countries with the most public holidays and surprisingly enough, the top 10 (According to Euromonitor International) are China (With Hong Kong), India, Egypt, Indonesia, Thailand, Morocco, Malaysia, South Korea, Chile and Turkey.

Does it come as a surprise that the top two on the list are the ones with the highest economic growth in the present times?

Sorry for digressing but it seems a misconception that more play makes Jack a dull worker.

However, instead of talking efficiencies and profitability, we should be focussing on what God decreed and see the purpose behind it.

Each of the festivals directed by God were to mark key aspects of the journey God’s people took this far.

The period of the festival was to be marked by sacred assemblies, sacrifices, giving, partaking of bread without yeast, not working, and acknowledging God’s hand in their lives.

It all seems a bit much to us but that is because we look at God and all things religious as extra-curricular.

Religion is for those who are called to its service and the rest of us have our own lives to worry about.

Many of us acknowledge God and claim to follow a faith but in reality will never be able to fully testify to this God because it is not really rational, hard to prove and causes social conflict.

However God here is not talking to a bunch of people who are called simply by His name.

These are people who were physical witnesses to God’s presence in their lives everyday whether by the provision of the manna, God’s presence on the mountaintops, God’s wisdom imparted to their leaders, etc.

Even today, God is very visible to those who care to seek but because of this busyness we call life, God’s hand in our lives has been blinded from us.

Take for example the simple fact that the earth is rotating around the sun at 1,675 km/hour or 465 meters/second.

Just think for every second, you’re moving almost half a kilometer through space and you don’t even feel it.

We know gravity is what helps us to be firmly planted on the ground and not be affected by this speed but did you wonder why?.

The force that wants to throw you off is only 0.3% of gravity and the gravity is just right that we don’t simply get sucked into the earth’s crust and be destroyed and not so little that we sometimes tend to fly away.

Imagine the complexity of life as we know it and we like to live in oblivion to the fact that we are more than a product of chance! Our science helps us discover truths of life as God ordained it and therefore should help us appreciate this God who made all this possible.

I pray today that we don’t look at God as a hindrance but the very person we owe our entire lives to for being so gracious to us. Just as the sun rises and sets and the stars are displayed to showcase His glory, I pray today that you and I will thank God for His abundant goodness to us and be eternally grateful to Him.

Psalm 136 (Excerpted) Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.

His love endures forever.

Who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever.

Who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever.

Who made the great lights—His love endures forever.

The sun to govern the day, His love endures forever.

The moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever.

In Jesus’ Loving Name,
ServantBoy.

He Sends the Wine.


And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine. Joel 2:24

God intends for our hearts to overflow with His joy.

He fills you with joy as a result of your spirit man being in tune with Him.

Nehemiah 8:10 declares, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.”

His joy sustains you when the doctor says you will not have long to live, when your kids are on crack, or when you don’t have a dollar to change.

True joy is unaffected by your circumstances.

When you become filled with the Holy Spirit, you receive His joy.

In Acts 2, those present in the Upper Room became “intoxicated” with the Holy Ghost, causing the crowd to believe they were drunken with wine.

In Luke 10:21, Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit.

Romans 14:17 reveals that the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

They became drunk with joy!

The early disciples of Jesus were drunk with the new wine of His Spirit and with the joy of the Spirit.

Thank Him for His incomparable joy permeating your spirit.

Thank You, Jesus, for filling me with Your joy.

Guard my heart so that nothing will rob me of Your joy.

I will rejoice in all things, giving You praise. Amen.

By ROD PARSLEY.

A Grateful Nation.


Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. Psalm 106:47

God loves a grateful nation.

Just as an individual cannot “out-thank” the Lord—for God pours out His blessing more than ever, so a nation cannot out-thank God either.

Just as those individuals who praised God on Palm Sunday possibly did so selfishly, even ignorantly and for the wrong reasons—and God accepted their praise, so God accepts the praise of a nation that attempts to show gratitude to Him.

It does not necessarily matter that every single person who participates in such thanksgiving is a faithful servant of God in his or her private life; God just notices a nation overall that makes any attempt to show gratitude to Him.

If this message were to get through to heads of state, even if they are not themselves born again, I believe most of them would still want to lead the nation to show thanks—if only for what it would do for that nation.

God inhabits the praise of people.

If any nation were to show thanks to the true God—the One who sent His only Son into the world, that nation would be so much better off.

We should be continually thankful to God (and remember to tell Him so) for laws in the land that outlaw theft, murder, and other crimes; for medical people, for the police, for firemen.

God’s common grace preserves a measure of order in the world.

However chaotic things may seem from time to time—whether through terrorism or natural disasters, the truth is that if God utterly withdrew His hand from the world, all hell would break loose and civilization as we know it would end overnight.

It is in the interest of any nation to show reverence to the God of the Bible.

Excerpted from The Word and the Spirit (Charisma House, 1998).

By R. T. KENDALL.

{ Day 211 }.


I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness knownthrough all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself. Psalm 89:1-2 When we begin to understand God‘s emotions for us, a corresponding emotion is quickened in our hearts. For example, when we behold the passion in God’s heart for us, our own hearts start to feel passion toward Him. We enjoy Jesus—why?. Because we finally “get” that He enjoys us. We pursue Jesus because we grasp that He is pursuing us. The point is that our gazing into the emotions of God transforms us from the inside out. If you want to become a fiery lover of God, then you must understand God as the fiery lover of all the ages. The secret to having more love—or peace or joy or faith or any fruit of the Spirit—is enjoying God more. Wow! What a revelation! Trying harder will get you nowhere. { PRAYER STARTER } God, I finally “get” it—You are pursuing me, You are seeking ways to bring me into a relationship with You. Here I am, Lord; overtake me and overwhelm me with Your glory. We are committed and dedicated to Jesus because it hits us that He is committed and dedicated to us. By MIKE BICKLE.

Soul Surfing I: When Loss Grows Faith.


waves crashing

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

One Sunday morning in the Crystal Cathedral not too long ago, I had the honor to meet and speak briefly with Bethany Hamilton.

She’s the young woman who lost her entire left arm when it was bitten off by a 14-foot long tiger shark while she was surfing not far from her home in Hawaii.

She lost 60% of her blood supply by the time she finally arrived at a hospital.

At the time of her attack, she was 13 years old and ranked as one of the top amateur female surfers in the world.

She had just been contracted to become a professional.

The story of her faith-filled recovery from this horrifying shark attack is so compelling that a full-length motion picture, “Soul Surfer,” opened nationwide this past spring.

Sheila and I have seen it…and we encourage you to see it, too.

In the movie, Bethany’s father is shown sitting at her hospital bedside reading his Bible, while she sleeps.

When she awakens, she asks him, “Dad, will I ever be able to surf again?”

He replies, “I can do all things…”

And she finishes the sentence by saying, “…through Christ who strengthens me.”

I’ve admired talented surfers since my early teens.

At 61 years old now, I’m still fascinated to see men and women who can speed across and maneuver skillfully on the surface of a sparkling mound of rapidly moving water.

Bethany surfs waves of all sizes, large and small.

The larger a wave, the faster it moves, so, paddling fast enough to catch it in the first place is a demanding art in itself.

I was curious about this, so I asked her, “How do you paddle fast enough with one arm and hand to catch the wave?”

“No big deal,” she said. “I just catch the wave slightly later, closer to its breaking point when speed’s not as critical.”

She said, “No big deal.”

But, I know that this fraction of a moment, as the wave crests, makes the front surface of the wave much steeper… meaning that Bethany has to more quickly push herself up to her feet (using only one hand instead of two) at a much more precarious and near-vertical position than any “normal” surfer would ever want to.

It means that by her conditioning her senses and instincts to adapt to her new body, her skills have honed themselves sharper than ever necessary before.

Today, Bethany is one of the top-ranked professional women surfers in the world.

She gives credit and praise to God for her success.

Because of the events of her accident, she’s a beacon everywhere she goes – an attention magnet – and she proclaims her faith in God at all times to all people.

Because of her inspiring triumph of seemingly overwhelming adversity, her testimony of God’s power is getting more attention than it ever would have BEFORE or without the attack.

She truly “turned her scar into a star”* and will remain, for the rest of her life.

an individual surfing for souls for God’s great Kingdom.

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PRAYER:

Lord God, you’ve used countless persons throughout the ages to spread Your message of love.

Use me.

I want to be used by You.

You speak; tell me how, tell me when…and I’ll listen.

I want to help save souls for YOU, whatever the cost. Amen.

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How has God used you…or, how does God want to use you…on this earth to positively change lives?.

Do you see adversities as a help or a hindrance to do so?.

Written by Jim Coleman.


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