GOODNEWS DEVOTIONAL 💣MONDAY, 2ND OF JULY 2O18 👔 MIRACLES ARE STILL HAPPENING


TEXT: ISAIAH 8:18
“Here am I and the children whom the Lord has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel From the Lord of hosts, Who dwells in Mount Zion.”

Miracles are real, miracles are still happening. God is still working wonders in the midst of His people. The era of miracles has not gone, the era of great wonders of God has just begun. The notorious sinners are getting saved, the sick are getting healed, the barren are becoming fruitful, the poor is getting rich, those who are lame are walking, the blind are seeing, the oppressed are being delivered, the captives are being set free and the dead are coming back to life. Broken homes are being restored, lateness in marriage are been cancelled and wayward children are coming back home. Miracles are still happening by the power of the Living God.

To think that the era of miracles has passed is to deny yourself of the wonders of God. Because before Jesus departed this world, He said in Mark 16:17-18 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover”. Jesus further said in John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

Someone may say “I believe God but I don’t believe God is still performing miracles” you are wrong. The fact that you are not seeing or experiencing miracles does not mean it has stopped or the fact that someone whom you know to be a child God has been praying, fasting and serving God for a particular thing and is yet to experience the wonders of God does not and cannot mean that God has stopped doing wonders or that God’s other children are not experiencing miracles. Miracles are still happening, this is the reason He said in today’s text “.. I and the children whom the Lord has given me, We are for signs and wonders..”

Today, God’s people are receiving great wonders even without anyone laying hands on them. Children of God are experiencing miracles in their bedrooms, kitchens, offices, schools, inside cars even while on air. Listen, you will not just see miracles, you will also experience miracles in every area of your life in the name of Jesus. Just believe, just believe, just believe. Jesus said in John 11:40 “..Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” Beloved, expect miracles to experience miracles. Hallelujah.

Confession
Father, I believe in miracles and I believe you are still working wonders. Today, I expect your miracles in my life and I receive it now in the name of Jesus.

Daily Bible Reading: EZEKIEL 9, ECCLESIASTES 1, 1 THESSALONIANS 1, DEUTERONOMY 30
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GOODNEWS DEVOTIONAL   💣SUNDAY, 24TH OF JUNE 2018 👔 *YOUR HOPE AND YOUR FAITH*

GOODNEWS DEVOTIONAL   💣SUNDAY, 24TH OF JUNE 2018

👔 *YOUR HOPE AND YOUR FAITH* .

TEXT: HEBREWS 11:1

” _Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen_ “_

 

You cannot have faith if you do not have hope. Hope is the platform on which faith stands, So every attack on your hope is an indirect attack on your faith. Faith cannot work if hope is not in place.  so, to protect your faith, you must protect your hope. Our text says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. This means when you are hoping for anything, then you cannot have faith for anything. For you to commence on the journey of faith, you must learn to be hopeful on every matter.

 

This is the truth,  your faith will stop where your hope stops and your faith will increase where hope is increased. You cannot be hopeless and expect to be faith filled. God needs you to be full of hope before he can make you full of faith. Faith is the evidence of things hoped for. It means, you must hope for it before you can have faith for it. Hebrews 10:35-38 says “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”

 

Hope is not a gift, it is a virtue that you must develop by yourself as a believer. When the enemies attacked the camp of David and took way their wives and belongings, Bible said David wept and was discouraged, but almost immediately, he called his heart back to life. David said in Psalms 42:5 “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.” Some erroneously say “when there is life, there is hope” but the truth is that it is when there is hope that there is life.

 

Hope gives you advantage over the enemy, hope gets you connected to the power of God. It gives your faith food to feed on. It does not matter the situation,  just remain hopeful. Bible says in Job 14:7-9 “For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again,.. Though its root may grow old in the earth, And its stump may die in the ground, Yet at the scent of water it will bud And bring forth branches like a plant. David told himself in Psalm 42:5

“Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him..” Also,  tell yourself that there is hope for you because you will yet praise the Lord. Hallelujah.

 

Confession

Father, I thank you for there is hope for me.

My testimonies are guaranteed in the name of Jesus.

 

Daily Bible Reading: EZEKIEL 1, PROVERBS 24, PHILPIANS 1, DEUTERONOMY 22

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GOODNEWS DEVOTIONAL.               💣FRIDAY, 22ND OF JUNE 2018 👔 *FAITH DOES NOT TAKE “NO” FOR AN ANSWER* 

TEXT: LUKE 18:1

“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.”_

 

Most prayers that people prayed and got no answers resulted from their  quickly taking “No” for answers. If they had prayed and prayed again, they might have received the answer. When Abraham was asking God for a child and there was no answer from heaven, if he had not continued to pray for good twenty five years,  he would have said that God was not willing to give him a child. When Elijah made the declaration of abundance of rain, if he was not asking his boy to keep going for upto 7 times,  he would have said that God was unable to fulfill His promise.

 

Two common factors among those who walk by faith are: they do not take “No” for answers and they do not have alternative for their expectations. In the story from today’s text, a woman went to a judge who did not fear God nor man. The woman asked him to get justice for her from her adversary. The woman did not leave his place but kept asking the judge to get justice for her. After much persistence, the judge said in verse 5 “because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me’. Her decision not to take “No” as her answer got her the blessing.

 

Jesus now said in verse 7&8 “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”. This means faith is being able to pray continually until the answer comes. Faith is calling your miracles to life until it comes. Faith is praying through, faith is not taking ‘NO’ for an answer. This is why Jesus said in our text today “…that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” This means losing heart is equal to giving your answer to the enemy, it means letting go of your own blessing freely.

 

The price for faith is always very high but the reward is awesome. When Sarah eventually gave birth to Isaac after several years of waiting, Genesis 21:6-7 “And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.” She also said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age.” Also when Hannah finally gave birth to Samuel after so much ridicule,  she said in 1 Samuel 2:1 ” ..My heart rejoiceth in the Lord, mine horn is exalted in the Lord: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies..”(KJV). Wow, awesome rewards for faith, awesome testimonies to the glory of God and to the shame of the devil. Greater and sweeter rewards and testimonies await you if you will not take “NO” for  answer Hallelujah.

 

Confession

Father, thank you for your word today. I will pray and pray again until my answers manifest to the glory of God and shame of the devil in Jesus’ name.

 

Daily Bible Reading: LAMENTATION 4, PROVERBS 22, EPHESIANS 5, DEUTERONOMY 20

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GOODNEWS DEVOTIONAL. 💣 TUESDAY, 19TH OF JUNE 2018 👔 WHAT THEY ARE SEEING IS DIFFERENT FROM WHAT YOU ARE SEEING TEXT: 2 CORINTHIANS 5:7


” For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Christians are not expected to use thier physical senses to judge situations, we are expected to use our spiritual senses . Things in the physical could misslead us a believers, therefore it is good to look at every thing that concerns us from the eyes of the spirit. For instance, if you see someone who was not born again before but is now born again , there is likelihood that you may still see him or her as sinner whereas he/she has given his/her to Christ. So, as believers, we must see beyond the physical, we must see everyone and everything through the word of God .

In the journey of faith, how you see things matter. If you see every situation based on your physical senses, you would always find it hard to walk by faith. Faith sees beyond the physical, faith sees things through the eyes of God. This is the reason our text says “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” Walking by faith requires not walking by sight. It means , you should not allow what is happening to you to change your perception of God and His word. Waliking by faith means you are saying the word of God is true even when your present situation wants you to think other wise.

Therefore if you can not see by faith, you would not be able to walk by faith. Many Israelites died in the wilderness because they were judging things based on what they saw physically. What they saw in the physical could not allow them to trust God who had promised to take them to the promised land. In the wilderness when they went to spy the land. In Deuteronomy 1:28 they said “Where can we go up? Our brethren have discouraged our hearts, saying, “The people are greater and taller than we; the cities are great and fortified up to heaven; moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakim there.” The problem here was that what they saw here was making them to change thier perception about God. If only they could just say to themselves that ” It does not matter who is there, God has promised us the land, we are going over ” They would have made it.

But while they were saying that the people were taller than them, the enemies too were afraid of them. When they were saying the enemies were too strong, the enemies were saying” The Israelites have killed us” Look at what the enemies said in Joshua 2:9-10″and said to the men: “I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea… and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan,..” So, you were the one saying you could not make it or it will not be possible, God did not say so nor the devil. The enemy is afraid you, what they are seeing about you is not what you are seeing. They see you as a threat to them, they do not see you as bread they could eat but as a giant to kill them. So launch out in faith for your God is with you. Hallelujah.

Confession
Father, I believe, those that be with me are more them them that be with them in the name of Jesus.
Daily Bible Reading: LAMENTATION 1, PROVERBS 19, EPHESIANS 2, DEUTERONOMY 17
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GOODNEWS DEVOTIONAL. 💣FRIDAY, 15TH OF JUNE 2018 👔 SPEAKING THE INVISIBLE INTO REALITY 2 TEXT: HEBREWS 1:3


” By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible_ ”

Our text means that the things that are visible were spoken into being from the invisible realm. It means the words of believers can bring into the reality the things that are not physically present now. This is the point, when God wanted to create the heavens and the earth, He had no physical materials, there was no money to use, no man power, no stone or sand, but God made use of the power of His words so that all the things He needed were supernaturally supplied. It also means it is good to speak forth what you want to see before you start pursuing it.

Now, there are spiritual laws to fulfill before you can use the word to frame your world. It is not every statement a person utters that can bring into reality things that are invisible. There are ways to talk for the talk to work. Isaiah 8:20 says “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” The first law says ” You must speak what you mean and mean what you say” This means, you must speak from your heart and not just from your lips. You must mean it before you declare it. Jeremiah 29:13 says “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart”

This means your heart must agree with your mouth and your mouth must also agree with your heart. What you are thinking must agree with what you are saying. Secondly, you must say it as if it has been done. For instance, if you want to see your word changing your world, you don’t say ” God will do it” You simply say “God has done it. God has blessed me, God has healed me are all languages of faith. Romans 4:17 says about Abraham that he “..was calling those things that be not as though they were” In other words, the way he was able to bring into existence things that were not in existence was that he was calling those things as if they were already in existence. For instance he was not saying “I will be father of many nations” He was actually saying ” I am a father of many nations”

The next thing is to speak specifically. God did not say “Let there be things I need” When He needed light, God specifically said “Let there be light” Also, you must be ready to say it until you have it. You do not say it once or thrice, you say it until you see it. That is the principle of God. It may take you days, months and even years, if you will not change your confession and be persistent at it, what is not visible will surely become visible. Psalm 50:1 says “The Mighty One, God the Lord, Has spoken and called the earth From the rising of the sun to its going down.” God said it until He saw it. And lastly, you must speak with boldness. It takes bold declaration to see bold manifestation. Jesus said ” Lazarus, come forth ” So, what are you declaring with boldness ?

Confession
Father, I declare I am more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. I’m healthy and wealthy. I have broken through in my finances and career in Jesus name.

Daily Bible Reading: JEREMIAH 49, PROVERBS 15, GALATIANS 4, DEUTERONOMY 13
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GOODNEWS DEVOTIONAL. 💣THURSDAY, 14TH OF JUNE 2018 👔 SPEAKING THE INVISIBLE INTO REALITY 1 TEXT: HEBREWS 1:3


“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”

Words are powerful, they are instruments of creation and a major pillar in the school of faith. People of faith are conscious of what comes out of their mouths. They consciously choose what they say and how they say it. They are always intentional and deliberate on the words that proceed from their mouth in every situation. Because they know that as every word counts, how the word is spoken also count. Words are the materials that we use to build our world. Our text says “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”

This means, by spoken words, things that were not in existence can be brought into existence, things that are not visible can be brought into visibility, things that you desire can be brought into manifestation. This is the principle of God from the foundation of the world, this is the power God gives to His children to bring into reality what they want to see in life. Bible says “God created all things from the things that can not be seen from with naked eyes to the things that can be seen with the naked eyes. This tells every one of us that, everything we need is already available in the invisible realm, it then requires your words and my words to bring them into reality.

It means, if you can say it, you will have it. If you can declare it, you will experience it, if you can announce it, you will possess it. Romans 10:8&9 says “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Your miracle is in your mouth. Hope you heard what you just read? That miracle you are trusting is already in your mouth. Your miracles are ready, they are just waiting for your mouth to vomit them out.

There is nothing you need that is not readily available in the invisible realm and there is nothing in the invisible realm that your mouth cannot bring out. God has created it that all blessings, miracles must answer to the voice of His children. King David said in Psalms 18:44 “As soon as they hear of me they obey me; The foreigners submit to me.” Numbers 14:28 says “Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you:” Mathew 12:37 also says “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” You can frame your world with your words, and with your words, you can bring into reality things that need to be in existence. What do you want? Say it now as if you have it.

Confession
Father, thank you for your word today. I declare, you have supplied my needs according to your riches in Christ Jesus.

Daily Bible Reading: JEREMIAH 48, PROVERBS 14, GALATIANS 3, DEUTERONOMY 12
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Start Your Day Right From the book Starting Your Day Right Devotional – by Joyce Meyer

Some people seem to start their day on the “wrong foot.” They feel all right when they wake up, but as soon as something goes wrong they lose their footing and walk with a “loser’s limp” the rest of the day. Once they are off to a bad start, it seems they never catch up.

If someone offends us early in the morning, our anger can keep us defensive all day. If we start the day rushing, it seems we never slow down. But today our feet can be firmly planted in God’s Word. There will be no “bad day” when God’s Word supports, strengthens, and directs us.

Prayer Starter: Lord, I lift my day up to You and ask for Your help to get off on the right foot. Help me to go forward with a clean heart and a positive mindset focused on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Realistic Expectations From the book Power Thoughts Devotional – by Joyce Meyer

How we treat ourselves is often how we treat others. For example, if you receive God’s mercy, then you will be able to give mercy to others, but if you are demanding and never satisfied with yourself, you will be the same way with others.

We need to learn to be good to ourselves and yet not be self-centered. You should respect and value yourself; you should know what you are good at and what you are not good at and realize God’s strength is perfected in your weaknesses. We stress over our faults and yet everyone has them. If you had no faults, you would not need Jesus, and that is never going to happen!

Prayer Starter: Father, help me to have realistic expectations of myself and others, knowing we all have weaknesses and need Your daily support. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

THE HEAD AND NOT THE TAIL BY JOSEPH PRINCE

Deuteronomy 28:13

And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath…

One of our church members saw his sales performance hit rock bottom by the middle of the year. As a result, he was ranked 320 out of the 420 financial advisers in his company.

Devastated and on the verge of giving up, he started listening to my messages and claiming God’s promises such as “the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath” and “many who are first will be last, and the last first”. (Matthew 19:30)

He committed everything to God because he believed that only God could turn things around for him. And God did just that.

By the end of that year, he was ranked second in his branch and 10th in the whole company! He qualified for a trip for two to Barcelona, Spain, worth about S$20,000. That was not all. For the first time in his 12 years as a financial adviser, he qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table Award. Only the top six per cent of advisers in the entire industry qualify for this international award.

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Choose Life! From the book New Day New You Devotional – by Joyce Meyer

We will never enjoy life unless we make a quality decision to do so. Satan is an expert at stealing and our joy is one of his favorite targets. Nehemiah 8:10 tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength. In John 10:10 we are told that “the thief ” comes to kill, steal, and destroy, but that Jesus came that we might have and enjoy life. Satan is the thief, and one of the things he seeks to steal is our joy. If he can steal our joy from us, we will be weak; and when we are weak, the enemy takes advantage of us.

Weak believers are no threat to him and his work of destruction. In order to live as God intends for us to live, the first thing we must do is truly believe that it is God’s will for us to experience continual joy. Then we must decide to enter into that joy.

Experiencing enjoyment in our souls is vitally important to our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Proverbs 17:22 (AMPC) says, A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.It is God’s will for us to enjoy life! Now it is time to decide to enter into the full and abundant life that God wills for us.

 

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