Confidence in My Calling 1/24/2021

“I’m writing to encourage you to fan into a flame and rekindle the fire of the spiritual gift God imparted to you when I laid my hands upon you. 

For God will never give you the spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control. 

So never be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor be embarrassed over my imprisonment, but overcome every evil by the revelation of the power of God! He gave us resurrection life and drew us to himself by his holy calling on our lives. 

And it wasn’t because of any good we have done, but by his divine pleasure and marvelous grace that confirmed our union with the anointed Jesus, even before time began! 

This truth is now being unveiled by the revelation of the anointed Jesus, our life-giver, who has dismantled death, obliterating all its effects on our lives, and has manifested his immortal life in us by the gospel. 

And he has anointed me as his preacher, his apostle, and his teacher of truth to the nations. The confidence of my calling enables me to overcome every difficulty without shame, for I have an intimate revelation of this God.

And my faith in him convinces me that he is more than able to keep all that I’ve placed in his hands safe and secure until the fullness of his appearing. 

Allow the healing words you’ve heard from me to live in you and make them a model for life as your faith and love for the Anointed One grows even more. Guard well this incomparable treasure by the Spirit of Holiness living within you.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:6-14‬ ‭TPT‬‬

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Ask God for Wisdom 1/23/2021

My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! 

For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things. 

And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking. 

And if anyone longs to be wise, ask God for wisdom and he will give it! 

He won’t see your lack of wisdom as an opportunity to scold you over your failures, but he will overwhelm your failures with his generous grace. 

For the ambivalent person believes one minute and doubts the next. 

Being undecided makes you become like the rough seas driven and tossed by the wind. You’re up one minute and tossed down the next.”

‭‭James (Jacob)‬ ‭1:2-8‬ ‭TPT‬‬

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Hover Over Me, Lord 1/21/2021

“Divine Love is the grace you need in order to heal the wounds in your heart that you cannot heal yourself. 

All of us know what it is like to be hurt so badly that we can hardly breathe. We may want to forgive that person, and perhaps that individual wants to forgive us, but we are at a complete dead end. 

The love we once felt is frozen, if not completely drained from our system. Divine Love is the grace that revitalizes and renews our capacity to love again. It provides you with the strength to forgive that which you thought you could never forgive, and to get on with friendships or partnerships that you are better with than without.

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Lord, every time I stand in the sunlight, let me be reminded of holy, divine light and the power of Love, especially when I am not feeling loving. 

In those moments, let Your Love shine upon me, that I may live that day as a channel of Love for others. 

At the very least, prevent me from harming others—from passing to them any anger or personal suffering I might be feeling that day. 

Those issues are mine to heal. So, lead me through the portal of Love, one day at a time. And hover over me, Lord, on this holy journey.”

Excerpt From

Intimate Conversations with the Divine

Caroline Myss

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Grace of Compassion

“At times like this, each of us needs to ask for the graces of Healing, Compassion, Strength, and Courage. We must pour these graces out to every person risking their life in order to protect the rest of us who have the luxury of staying in our homes for the majority of the hours of the day. 

And even when this crisis is over—and eventually it will be—there will be others to come. We must never, ever forget to keep in our prayers those who are called into soul service and sacrifice: health care professionals, grocery store clerks, municipal workers, postal workers, and every public employee serving their community.”

“Lord, protect those You have called into the service of others. Please keep them—and their families—safe from harm. 

I feel so much love for these people. My heart is filled with so much gratitude. The only way I can think to share that love is to pray for their well-being. So I ask You to shine Your holy light upon all of them, and the many in need of Your mercy whom they serve.”

Excerpt From

Intimate Conversations with the Divine

Caroline

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God Is Love

“Those who are loved by God, let his love continually pour from you to one another, because God is love. 

Everyone who loves is fathered by God and experiences an intimate knowledge of him. 

The one who doesn’t love has yet to know God, for God is love. 

The light of God’s love shined within us when he sent his matchless Son into the world so that we might live through him. This is love: He loved us long before we loved him. 

It was his love, not ours. He proved it by sending his Son to be the pleasing sacrificial offering to take away our sins. 

Delightfully loved ones, if he loved us with such tremendous love, then “loving one another” should be our way of life! 

No one has ever gazed upon the fullness of God’s splendor. But if we love one another, God makes his permanent home in us, and we make our permanent home in him, and his love is brought to its full expression in us. 

And he has given us his Spirit within us so that we can have the assurance that he lives in us and that we live in him.”

‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:7-13‬ ‭TPT‬‬

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Loving Service To Others 1/16/2021

“God does not need us, He actually wants us! He wants to work through us to serve those around us. Galatians 5:13 gives us three insights about how God has called us to come alive to greatness by serving others.

First, the basis for serving others is salvation. Paul said, “You were called to freedom.” A person cannot serve God until they’ve been set free from their sins by Jesus. It’s the prerequisite for serving others. 

Until we experience the transforming power of God’s grace in our lives, we’re too enslaved by our own sinful habits, hurts, and hang-ups to think much about others. Without the freedom of forgiveness, we’ll end up serving for the wrong reasons: trying to earn the approval of others, trying to run away from our own pain, trying to remedy our guilt, trying to impress God. 

This type of serving is still trying to make us look great and leaves us burned out in the end. Our greatness comes from trusting in the greatness of Christ.

Second, the barrier to serving others is selfishness. Paul warns, “Do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh.” The number one reason we don’t have the time or energy to serve others is because we are preoccupied with our own agendas, dreams, and pleasures. 

We try to combat our feelings of condemnation and inadequacies by proving we are great. We seek to establish our greatness in having others serve us and our dreams.

Yet, seeking greatness through people serving us just leaves us empty and exhausted. It’s only in serving others that we finally start to live in fullness and become great. Looking out for someone else’s needs rather than our own is the only way to live alive.

Third, the purpose for serving is love. Paul says, “Serve one another in love.” God has created us for a purpose. That purpose is only found in serving others in love. God has already placed a purpose inside of us. Our job is to live out that purpose regardless of our circumstances.

When we live with the purpose to serve others, things start to change.

We’ll start seeking to be used by God in situations we used to curse. We’ll start giving our best to the job we used to hate. We’ll start loving the people we used to avoid. That’s what living out our purpose looks like. It’s the ability to find purpose in serving others no matter what we are doing.

Pray that God would give you more opportunities to live in greatness by serving others as you go throughout your day. Be obedient to what God is saying in your specific situations, knowing that obedience to God’s voice is the only path to greatness.”

Excerpt From

40 Days 2019 • Live Alive

the Journey ~ Pastor James Hilton

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I Am Not My Mistakes 1/15/2021

“Who God created is divinely perfect, and that includes me. I have made mistakes for which I atone, but my mistakes are not who I am. 

Today may I be who I am called to be, that my thoughts and actions might glorify love.

Within my heart, as within all hearts, there is the light of a divine creator. And that is who I am. Nothing I have done, or that others have done; nothing I have thought, or that others have thought, can dim the light that dwells in me. 

I pray to see the perfection in others, that I might see it in myself. I pray for the strength to forgive all others, that I might forgive myself. I pray for the power to love all others, that I might love myself.

Today I will not be tempted by a false humility that would proclaim I am not enough. Indeed I am enough, as is everyone. 

May neither my wounded places, nor my weaknesses, nor my mistakes of the past obscure the light that dwells within me. Rather, may I accept myself with the tender mercies that God Himself has shown me. 

He creates anew in every moment the chance for me to shine. Through Him, for Him, and because of Him, I can.”

Excerpt From

A Year of Miracles

Marianne Williamson

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God Deliver Me 1/14/2021

“Let my passion for life be restored, tasting joy in every breakthrough you bring to me. 

Hold me close to you with a willing spirit that obeys whatever you say. Then I can show to other guilty ones how loving and merciful you are. They will find their way back home to you, knowing that you will forgive them. 

O God, my saving God, deliver me fully from every sin, even the sin that brought bloodguilt. Then my heart will once again be thrilled to sing the passionate songs of joy and deliverance! 

Lord God, unlock my heart, unlock my lips, and I will overcome with my joyous praise! 

For the source of your pleasure is not in my performance or the sacrifices I might offer to you. The fountain of your pleasure is found in the sacrifice of my shattered heart before you. 

You will not despise my tenderness as I humbly bow down at your feet.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭51:12-17‬ ‭TPT‬‬

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