Category: Fruit of the Spirit

Morning Devotion 02/25/2018

Morning Devotion 02/25/2018

Psalm 63:1-2 (KJV)
1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary
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Psalm 63:6-8 (NLT)
6 I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night.
7 Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.

A psalm written during a time that David was hiding in the wilderness of Judah from King Saul. At that time, he wrote psalms to comfort his soul. He had a relationship with the Lord that termed him to be a man after the heart of the Lord. He knew that his refuge was in the Lord. As a young lad he always had a longing to know the Lord. When he was running for his life the same desire followed him. He hungered and thirsted to be in the presence of the Lord to observe the glory and power of the Lord. He had been privileged to see such a wonder in a sacred, hallowed place. He had seen God’s power when he wrestled with a bear and a lion. David saw the glory of God as it guided the stone that struck Goliath down to the ground and won a victory over the Philistines. It is no wonder why he cries out to God as he is travelling in the deserts needing assistance. As he lay looking up into the stars of the desert night because he could not sleep. His thoughts were meditating upon the Lord. Meditating how the Lord was his helper and that he could still rejoice while he found refuge under the shadow of the Almighty. He knew the Lord would reach out and keep him secure. He never doubted the validity of God and made it a practice to seek the Lord early in the morning creating a sanctuary to be in contact with his God. He was clinging to the only one he knew that gave him hope in such a trying time. Such a beautiful relationship to live daily trusting in the blessings of hope and security. Receive your blessings today trusting in the only One who can fill your life with hope.

Morning Devotion 02/24/2018

Morning Devotion 02/24/2018

Psalm 85:9-13 (KJV)
9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps
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This is a poetic love store of an individual who is filled with sin and meets God on his path through life.  As he travels he suddenly stops because the glory of God is shining down upon the land. Fear grips his heart because he is only robed with unrighteousness and he has just encountered God who is a consuming fire. In a moment his life could become only memory of existence whose soul is filled with sin and darkness. Standing there waiting for the judgment to be pronounced but instead this almighty, fierce God swoops in and embraces him with mercy. Why? The individual’s reverential fear and his openness to speak the truth of his sinful life but desiring to be saved stirred the compassion of God. God reaches out and robes the individual with his righteousness and fills his heart with peace. This encounter changes everything. The path is no longer filled with uncertainties because with each step he takes it is filled with the goodness of the Lord. His right standing now orders his steps and the path is no longer filled with darkness but a warm light. He lives a life of abundance because the blessings of love, joy, and peace are always flowing. Be robed with the righteousness of God and receive your blessings today.

Morning Devotion 02/19/2018

Morning Devotion 02/19/2018

James 3:3-12 (KJV)
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

These scriptures speak for themselves. It is just a friendly reminder to be observant of how we speak. Yesterday was Sunday and many went with praise on their lips. What is flowing today from those same lips? The church building is not where Jesus Christ resides but in the hearts of humanity. When you have his Spirit within you then wherever you are, is holy ground. So be sure today to do your best to bridle the “little red devil behind the white pearly gates”. You do not want to speak things that would cause any delay in receiving your blessings. Be cautious and receive your blessings; today could be the day you receive your miracle.