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What does it mean to “dig deeper?” What makes us even want to dig deeper? When our lives are going well and we have wealth, or health, or successes, we usually don’t see any reason to want more.

The truth is, it’s most often our weaknesses in life that drive us to dig deeper.


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The greatest thing you can do to find fulfillment in life is to praise the Lord! Leah stopped striving to make things happen in her marriage. She found her fulfillment in her praise.



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Open Heavens: Worship Does It by Pastor E.  Adeboye
WORSHIP DOES IT - Friday November 16th 2018
Memorize: But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship their Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23

Read: Mathew 15:21-28 (KJV)
21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.
28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Bible in one year: 
Ezekiel 8:10,
Luke 22:39-62,

Hymnal: 
sing Hymn 1

Message:
Anyone who has a revelation of what worship does to true and genuine worshippers is blessed indeed. The story in today’s Bible text reveals the practical impact of worship. In that story, our Lord Jesus Christ was approached for help by a Syro-Phoenician woman whose daughter was grievously possessed by a demon.  The Bible says He did not pay any attention to her, and so His disciples advised that He should just send her away. However, instead of sending her away, Jesus 0pened the door of opportunity to dialogue with her and bring her to the saving knowledge of the God of Israel. He said,”I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” This was the hint this woman needed to turn the situation around. On hearing this, she did something which is the focus of our reflection today. Matthew 15:25 says:

” Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.”

This action by the Syros-Phoenician woman ensured that Jesus continued to hear her. In their ensuing dialogue, she demonstrated persistent faith which the Lord’s anointing could not resist. Jesus commended her faith which was borne out of spiritual humility, saying to her:

”O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.” Matthew 15:28b

There are many lessons to learn from this story, but central to these lessons is the art of worship. We should always remember that all men are the same before God, and the purpose of their existence is to worship their Maker. Whether mankind likes it or not, a day is coming when we shall all worship before God. Speaking concerning this, Psalms 86:9 says:

”All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.”

 Our memory verse reveals that the Father seeks those who worship Him. Beloved, worship does what no other thing can do in the place of prayer. What can anyone do that could make God do what He wouldn’t have done otherwise? The answer is worship. David worshipped God and God established a dynasty for him. His son worshipped God through unprecedented sacrifice and got more than he bargained for (1st Kings 3:4-13). The Gyro-Phoenician woman worshipped Jesus Christ and a dog outside the kingdom became a child of the kingdom. As a matter of fact, some dogs worship their owners and eventually eat from their master’s table! Beloved, I want to encourage you to always engage in genuine worship, and you will be amazed by the great Breakthroughs you will begin to experience.

Prayer Point:  
spend quality time worshiping God today and see how he will rise on your behalf

Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer's Ministries.

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Pick Up Your Sword by Kenneth Copeland
But thou, O man of God....fight the good fight of faith.

1 Timothy 6:11-12

When you're up against the wall, don't start begging God to break through it for you. That's not the way He works. He'll give you the plan. He'll give you the power. And He'll guarantee the victory. But your hand, not His own, is the instrument He's going to use to get the job done. You're going to have to stretch forth your hand by speaking and acting on the Word, even when circumstances are against you.

God gave me a striking revelation of that over 20 years ago through a vision He gave me in Beaumont, Texas. I was preparing to minister in a service there, spending some time in prayer, when suddenly I saw myself standing in the pulpit of the church. Looking up, I saw a dragon—a horrible, ugly thing—poke his head through the front door of the church.

As he came into the church, his body expanded like a balloon, filling the whole room. He was snorting fire and smoke. When, in the vision, he turned it on me, he almost burned my clothes!

As I fell back onto the floor, I saw Jesus standing nearby with a sword in His hand. Why doesn't He do something about this? I thought. Can't He see I'm hurting?

But He didn't move. He just stood by with a frown on His face. I could tell He was really put out with me. The Bible says God was not pleased with those who were overthrown in the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:5). And He wasn't pleased with me either as I lay there on my back in defeat.

Then Jesus held out the sword to me and pointed at the dragon. The look on His face said, Get up!

I reached up to catch hold of the sword, and an instant before I touched it, Jesus turned it loose.

The sword stayed in midair of its own accord. I grabbed it and began to pull myself up. Not only did it hold firm, but it began to lift me!

I stood and touched the dragon's chin with my sword and it split him from one end to the other. It laid him open right before my eyes. In amazement, I looked down at the sword. Why haven't I used this before? I thought.

Don't wait for God to slay the dragon in your life. You have the sword of the Spirit, the all-powerful Word of the living God, at your fingertips. Pick it up and use it today!

Scripture Reading:
Joshua 11:5-23

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Real Security by Billy Graham
The foundation of God standeth sure . . . 
—2 Timothy 2:19

On campus the quickest way to security is through the crowd. Precisely where students talk about being independent and on their own, you will find them practicing the most rigid conformity in dress, in speech, in moral attitudes, and in thinking. Sometimes they follow fashion at the expense of integrity. They dread to be alone. They do not want to stand out or be different. They want to conform.

After they graduate from college, many of these young people want nothing more than a good job with a big firm, and a home somewhere in suburbia. But they don’t find security then either. Only Jesus Christ can give you the security that you are looking for.

Find out what real treasure in life is.

Prayer for the day
Long-sought-after security I found only in Your abiding love, my Savior, Jesus Christ.

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The World of My Goodness and Grace by Deborah Waldron Fry
Beloved. Your total freedom has come. It shall be made manifest in this next season. Oh yes, Little One.

You shall be a sign and a wonder to the world of My Goodness and Grace. Come, Dear One. Come into the King's Chambers; come into the Secret Place of Intimacy. I am drawing you after Me. Let us RUN together. Here, ALL My Promises to you are yes and amen. For too long, the spirit of FEAR has kept you at a distance.

The enemy has whispered his lies that your salvation by Grace is too good to be true. This distance between us is only in your mind, My Child. You are standing IN MY LOVE. You are complete IN Me. Do you see, Dear One? We are One. Nothing can separate us ever again. Once you were lost, but now you are found. Once you were blind, now you can see.

You are no longer subject to the lifelong slavery of the devil; I destroyed his power at the Cross. You are now a captive of My Freedom. There are no limitations here, Beloved. The walls are Salvation and the gates are Praise. I am your Light and Glory. I am proclaiming your FREEDOM, Beloved. For the Son of Righteousness has arisen with healing in His Wings. Get ready, My Love. FREEDOM is manifesting!! You shall skip about as a calf let out of its stall, as a spring lamb jumping with JOY in the springtime. Whom the Son has set free is free indeed!

...Song of Solomon 1:4 Draw me after You; let us run. The King has brought me into His chambers. We will exult and rejoice in You; we will extol Your Love more than wine; rightly do they love You.
...Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye IN Him...10And ye are complete IN HIM, who is the head of all principality and power.

...2 Corinthians 2:14But thanks be to God, who always leads us triumphantly as CAPTIVES IN CHRIST and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.

...Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

...Hebrews 2:14Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

...Isaiah 60:18Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.
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Instead of Worrying, Start Praying by Rick Warren
“In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6 NIV).

Worry won’t do you any good. But don’t just eliminate it from your life. God always replaces a negative with a positive. God always has something better for you.
In the case of worry, replace it with prayer.

Right after God reminds us not to worry in Philippians 4:6, he follows it up with this: “In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6 NIV).

Don’t panic, Paul says, but pray!

If you stopped worrying, you’d have so much more free time on your hands. It would create a great vacuum, a void in your life. Pray during that time.

If everyone who says they don’t have time to pray would spend their time praying instead of worrying, they’d have a whole lot less to worry about.

Notice the Bible says to pray “In everything.” Some people think God is only interested in you praying about “religious” matters. But that’s just not true. God is interested in everything in your life.

Also note the word petition. It is a specific, detailed request. Get specific with God. Tell him exactly what you want and what you need. Most people pray too vaguely.

In 1 Peter 5:7 the Bible says, “God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him” (CEV). God wants us to take our problems to him, to pray instead of worrying.

I remember a few years ago reading a study from a life insurance company that found people who attend church once a week live almost 6 years longer than the general public. Why? Perhaps people who attend church every week are more likely to pray than to worry.

No problem is too big for God’s power or too small for God’s concern.

PLAY today’s audio teaching from Pastor Rick
Talk It Over

How have you seen other people’s prayer lives help them to worry less?
What is your biggest blocker for being more consistent in prayer?
Is there anything you’re reluctant to pray about? If so, why?

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Open Heavens: Glory Not in Self by Pastor E.  Adeboye
Thursday November 15th 2018
Memorize: And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. Matthew 23:12

Read: Isaiah 14:12-17 (KJV)
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

Read: Luke 18:10-13 (KJV)
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Bible in one year: 
Ezekiel 5-7,
Luke 22:14-38,

Hymnal:  
sing Hymn 10

Message:
To glory in self is to exalt one’s own worth above what it really is. It is the act of perceiving yourself as overly important. A person who glories in self is a person who thinks he stands on his own merits and by his own power. This is the reason why the father of lies, Satan, was cast down from heaven. Indeed, Satan is a classic example of someone who gloried in self. He exalted himself above what he really was, and he started to think of himself as better than everyone else, including God. Glowing in self has its roots in self-deception; it starts when a man deceives himself into thinking and believing in a false idea of himself.

Glorying in self might not be obvious at first. It is a very dangerous character flaw that sometimes creeps in on children of God until it leads them to doom. W at then are the signs that a person glories in self? One indicator is when you feel the need to parade in public what should and can be done in private. This was one of the issues Jesus had with the Pharisees. They would rather pray in public than pray behind closed doors, and when they fasted, they ensured that it showed on their faces, just so that everyone knew they were fasting. Even today, some people ensure that every good thing they do is done from the rooftops, so that people will see and praise them. In addition, people who glory in self tend to talk about themselves a lot. This is majorly because they feel the need to constantly list out their accomplishments and achievements. They are always quick to say ”I” even when”we” is the appropriate thing to say. People who glory in self honestly feel that they are better than everyone else.


Luke 18:10-13 shows a clear difference between a self glorifying person and a humble person. While humble people see themselves as needing God’s grace and mercy, self-glorifying people think that their actions are perfect enough to dignify them before God and man.

 A self-glorifying person wills never get anything from God. Only a person who recognizes his or her need for God’s help and asks for it will get it. Glorying in self is very dangerous because at the end of the day, every single thing that person thinks he or she has accomplished will be taken away, and shame, disappointment and humiliation will be the portion of such a follow.

Prayer point: father please remove every trace of self -glory in me

Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer's Ministries.


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God Has the Final Say by Joel Osteen
"But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God."
(Acts 20:24, NKJV)

TODAY'S WORD:

God is a faithful God! You may be praying for things that haven’t happened yet, but just because things aren’t happening on your timetable doesn’t mean they aren’t going to happen. Don’t give up on that promise; God has the final say. Don’t let discouragement or negative thoughts talk you out of it. Get your fire back! Get your passion back. If God said it, He will do it. If God spoke it, He will bring it to pass.

This is what the apostle Paul did in Scripture. He said, “None of these things move me.” What were “these things?” Circumstances that looked impossible. Persecution. People trying to talk him out of it. Negative, discouraging thoughts. His attitude was, “That doesn’t change my mind. I’m not moved by what I see. I’m moved by what I know, and I know if God be for me, who dare be against me? I know all of God’s promises are yes and amen. I know God has the final say!”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, I choose to trust You over trusting my circumstances, knowing that You are faithful. I choose to stand strong in You. Give me Your peace and joy as I wait on You and let me be a testimony of Your grace in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Fear Not by Joyce Meyer
No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.

— Joshua 1:5

I have heard it said there are 365 references to "fear not" in the Bible. I know there are at least 355, according to Dake's Annotated Reference Bible, one "fear not" for almost every day of the year.

Do you really want to obey the scriptures and "fear not"? If so, you will be in good company because every person in the Bible who was ever used by God to any degree was told over and over by Him, "Fear not."

One of those people was Joshua. Joshua, the man God chose to follow Moses, had a big job ahead of him: to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land.

God wasn't telling Joshua to be like Moses, but that He would be to Joshua what He had been to Moses. God would not fail or forsake Joshua. He was saying, "Fear not, Joshua, I will be with you!"

When God tells you He will be with you, that means no matter what the circumstances are like, everything will work out all right because God will never fail you or forsake you.

Prayer Starter: Lord, I lift up all of my fears, worries and concerns to You right now. I choose to believe Your Word—that You will never leave or forsake me. Because of You, I don’t have to fear. Help me to keep moving forward, knowing You are with me every step of the way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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The Purpose For My Life by John Hagee
Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall [a]direct your paths.

God has a plan and purpose for my life. He is acquainted with all my ways and leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. God has delivered and saved me. He leads me in a life of holiness by His grace and for His glory.

I do not submit to the advice of the ungodly nor spend time in the company of sinners. Instead, I meditate constantly on the Word of God. I bear rich fruit like a tree planted by the water.

The Holy Spirit guides me into the whole truth, teaches me all things, and reminds me of all He has told me. I quiet my soul and rest in the assurance and confidence that the Lord’s thoughts and ways are higher than my thoughts and ways. The Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

The Lord takes pleasure in me because I reverently and worshipfully fear Him and place my hope in His mercy and loving kindness. My steps are directed and established by the Lord because He delights in my way. When I ask, God freely gives me wisdom.

The Lord is my Rock and my Fortress, continually guiding me in rough places, keeping me from hidden danger, and making my crooked way straight. He goes before me to show me His path, beside me to accompany me, and behind me to protect me. He will never fail me nor let me go through Jesus Christ my Lord.

Source:  Man of God 18 Days of Promise

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament

Ezekiel 31:1-32:32

New Testament

Hebrews 12:14-29

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalms 113:1-114:8

Proverbs 27:19-20

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Called From Your Mother's Womb by Joseph Prince
Galatians 1:15

…God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace,

Beloved, you are not an accident with no destiny. God has called you from your mother’s womb. You have a special calling and a destiny in Christ, and it is all by His grace!There are Christians who are called by God to be doctors. But I believe that among them are those separated from their mothers’ wombs for the healing ministry. They are passionate about seeking cures to alleviate the sufferings of humanity.

Likewise, I think that there are Christians who are called by God to be teachers in secular schools. But among them are those separated from their mothers’ wombs to be Bible teachers. What gives them tremendous fulfillment is seeing lives saved and transformed under their teaching.

What about those famous magicians you see performing tricks on television? They have a love for the mystical and supernatural. If they were to become Christians, they might just become prophets with ministries marked by the miraculous!

The apostle Paul knew that he was called from his mother’s womb. He had a misguided passion for God though, as he was persecuting the church, until he had his encounter with Jesus (see Acts 8:3, 9:1–6).

If Paul, a terrorist to the early church, could be touched by Christ to become an apostle of grace, what about today’s terrorists who blow up people in the name of their god? For all you know, if they receive Christ, they might just become trailblazers in the kingdom of God!

Now, don’t think that your calling has to do with your qualifications, abilities, achievements or even your walk with God. You were called from your mother’s womb by His grace. As a fetus in your mother’s womb, there was not much you could do—good or bad. That is why your calling is all by His grace. And since He has given you a calling, ask the Holy Spirit to help you discern the desires that He has placed in your heart, the passions that drive you in life, and fulfill your calling and destiny in Christ!

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Getting Ready by Dr. Charles Stanley
THURSDAY
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1 Peter 1:13-16

We all face difficulties in life. Biblical thinking and balanced judgment can help us prepare to deal with challenges, and 1 Peter 1 contains valuable instructions. We are to ...

Fix our hope on Jesus (v. 13). No matter how hard the circumstances, life has purpose and meaning in Christ. The heavenly Father has promised always to be with us and to keep watch, like a shepherd caring for his sheep. (See Matt. 28:20; John 10:14.) Through the Holy Spirit’s transforming power, troubled times can become opportunities for us to learn more about God’s faithfulness, draw on His strength, and experience personal growth.

Resist our former lifestyle (v. 14). When troubles come, it is tempting to revert to ungodly habits or take up new ones. In these seasons of life, Satan will encourage us to pursue any path that leads away from the Lord. We need to remember that we are new creations whose lifestyles are to match our position as God’s children. That old behavior does not fit us anymore.

Make holiness our goal (v. 15). Being “holy,” or “set apart,” begins with giving up control over our life and yielding to the Holy Spirit’s rightful authority. As we submit to Him, He will begin to express the life of Christ through us. By learning what pleases God and acting accordingly, we cooperate with His efforts to conform us to the Son’s image.

While struggles are part of everyday life, we do not have to be overcome by them. Think about a specific step you can take to start carrying out these instructions today.

Bible in One Year: Acts 14-15

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Heavenly Places by Jerry Savelle
November 15, 2018
Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. And made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 1:3 and 2:6 NKJV)

Although we are residents of Earth throughout the years of our natural lifetime, from our spiritual position in Christ we are with Him in the heavenly places.

What this means is, God will meet all of our needs now, while we are alive on Earth, just as if we were already in heaven. From a biblical standpoint, everything that Jesus has is available to us, for the Bible says, “God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV).

Knowing this truth will enable you to never again view yourself from a position of trying to get something from God. He’s already given you everything you will ever need; your responsibility is to simply receive it.

First, be diligent to imagine yourself seated in heavenly places, unaffected by Adam’s curse: no poverty, no lack, no sickness, and no pain or depression; just an abundance of every good thing.

Second, begin to see yourself with the abundance that you actually have in heavenly paces. When you do, this abundance will start to manifest in the physical realm.

As you consistently perceive yourself as living in heavenly places, your natural circumstances will begin to change, coming into line with God’s Word that declares all of your need is supplied by His riches in Christ Jesus!

Confession: I am seated with Christ Jesus in heavenly places. In Him my every need is met, and I have an abundance to give to those in need. I receive all of the blessings that God has for me.

Author: Jerry Savelle

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Are you hurting and broken within?
Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin?
Jesus is calling
Have you come to the end of yourself
Do you thirst for a drink from the well?
Jesus is calling


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God has commanded us to FEAR NOT!  As the Bible makes us understand, God has not given us the spirit of fear but of sound mind. 

In this short exaltation, Bishop teaches on going ahead with whatever project God has placed in your heart and silencing the voice of fear within - for God is with you.


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All Manner of Slithering Things by Tammy Lang Jensen
I was taken to a vision this morning. I was walking through very tall green grass barefoot.

I saw all manner of slithering things and serpents on the ground. I felt compelled to start running and get away.

I came to the mouth of the cave and there were bars across it, I felt trapped. Suddenly, I could see warm sunlight on the other side and could see Jesus standing there.

I know I must break through. I took out my Sword and cut through the bars in the shape of a cross and pulled them away. But before I walked through, I turned around and went back to the grass and crushed several of the serpents under my heel. Then, I ran through the opening and into the arms of Jesus. I was weeping as I embraced him, it had been lonely while there was something between us. The Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you.

Fear not, I will help you (Isaiah 41:13). So I say this with confidence, the Lord is my helper; I shall not want , what can mere man do to me (Hebrews 13:6). We shall want for nothing while in the hand of the Lord. My eyes are fixed on Jesus, I will not be afraid. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.

Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil (Proverbs 4:25-27). Take care, then to do whatever the Lord your God has given you orders to do; let there be no turning away to the right hand or to the left (Deuteronomy 5:32). But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard (Isaiah 52:12). Come into the hedgerow of the Lord, see that it is safe in here.

The Bible is before you, the Lord is with you and the Saints will train you. You will be set in order for every good work of the Lord. Say to this mountain, be ye removed; and nothing shall be impossible to you.

You are a mountain mover, Prophesy little one. Kings and kingdoms will all fall a way, but there is something about your name....Jesus, Jesus, Jesus....

Tammy Lang Jensen

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Put Love to Work by Kenneth Copeland
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

1 Corinthians 13:13

What do you do when you're facing a particularly stubborn problem? A problem that resists your every effort to solve it?

Put the power of love to work on it! The power of love is the greatest power in the universe. It's beyond defeat. It never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8).

The Bible says God is love. So when you release love into a situation, you have released God into it. Think about that! When you start releasing love into a situation, Jesus becomes responsible for its success.

What is this love I'm talking about?

First Corinthians 13 tells us it's patient and kind. It's not jealous or haughty or conceited or rude. It doesn't insist on its own way. It's not touchy or resentful and it pays no attention to a suffered wrong.

Love rejoices when right and truth prevail and it bears up under anything and everything that comes. It's ever ready to believe the best of every person. Its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances and it endures everything without weakening.

The person who refuses to love is missing out on the very best God has to offer.

Don't you miss out on any of it. Release love every moment into every situation, every prayer and every thought until it totally consumes your life. It will strengthen you and cast out every fear that has robbed you of God's greater blessings. It will drive the devil out of your affairs and set you free from every torment of darkness.

Put love to work on the stubborn problems in your life. It's the one solution they'll never be able to resist.

Scripture Reading:
1 Corinthians 13

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Divine Artistry By Billy Graham
Yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.
—2 Corinthians 12:5

Dr. Edward Judson, in speaking of the life of his father, Adoniram Judson, at the dedication of the Judson Memorial Church in New York City, said, “Suffering and success go together. If you are succeeding without suffering, it is because others before you have suffered; if you are suffering without succeeding, it is that others after you may succeed.”

Happy are they that mourn. They can be happy because they know that their pain, their distress, and their privation are the travail of a new creation, the birth pangs of a better world. They can be happy if they are aware that the Master Artist, God, is employing both light and shadow to produce a masterpiece worthy of divine artistry.

They can also glory in their infirmities, smile through their tears, and sing in the midst of their sorrow, because they realize that in God’s economy, “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him.”

Why does God allow suffering in the world?

Read more in depth about what suffering is.

Prayer for the day
In suffering I will learn to praise You, loving Savior.

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Stay In The Truth by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip (Hebrews 2:1).

When you read our opening verse in some newer translations, it seems to suggest that it’s referring to us slipping off what we’ve learnt or have been taught. For example, the NIV says, “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” Whereas, the King James Version seems to be saying we shouldn’t allow what we’ve learnt, or the truth, to slip away from us.

However, whether it’s you allowing the truth to slip away from you, or you’re the one drifting away from the truth, the point is, losing what you’ve learned or have been taught. If it left you, or you left it, the result will be the same. You’re supposed to be together or be one with the truth; what you’ve learnt shouldn’t leave you, and you shouldn’t drift away from it either.

 2 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves….” In your life, are you following the direction that the Lord gave you, or are you drifting away? Are you doing the things He asked you to do? Look through the instructions you were given in the Word of God, or even in your local assembly, and be sure that you’re walking in the direction that the Lord gave you.

It’s important that you reflect on your life and be sure that you’re walking in sync with the Spirit; you’re following God’s plan for your life. It’s the ministry of the Holy Spirit, not only to teach you, but also to remind you of all He’s taught you. If you give Him your attention, He’ll guide you aright always; Jesus said He’ll guide you into all truth. Trust Him with your life, and He’ll lead and guide you in God’s perfect will for you.

Prayer:
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for the words of inspiration and instructions you pass to my spirit by the Holy Ghost; I make full-proof of them, living the triumphant life you prearranged for me before the foundations of the world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
 Proverbs 4:20-21; 1 Timothy 1:18-19; 1 Timothy 4:15

1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
 Hebrews 12:1-13 & Ezekiel 11-12

2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
 1 John 2:15-29 & Ezekiel 46

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My Spirit Shall Lead You by Deborah Waldron Fry
Beloved. When your heart is overwhelmed, My Spirit shall lead you back to the Rock that is higher than you. 

He shall lead you back to your First Love. In your mind, you have wandered into the wilderness for a moment in time.

The enemy has tried to overwhelm you with fear there. Hopelessness has tried to overwhelm your soul. Fear has caused you to look away from Me. It will be OK, My Child. Don't cry. Abba Father is right here. I am the Rock on which you stand. Through the mountains and the valleys of Life, I am He who sticks closer than a Brother. I hold your hand in Mine. I will make a way where there seems to be no way. I am opening your eyes to see Me, Beloved. To see the One who is higher than any problem you may face.

I will show you My Glory. Hear Me calling to you, My Love. You are not alone. It is the Voice of your Beloved. Behold, He comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. Cast yourself upon Me and cleave to Me. Fear not. When you feel overwhelmed, I will overwhelm you with My Love. I will overwhelm you with My Peace. I will overwhelm you with My Glory. You are coming out of the wilderness, leaning on your Beloved, shining white and your heart shall overflow with Delight.

...Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.

...Song of Solomon 2:8 The voice of my Beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.

...Isaiah 43:1-2 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not OVERWHELM you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

...John 14:16 "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you."

... Song of Solomon 8:5 Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her beloved?..... [Leaning upon her beloved (Hebrew: Shining white, and the Vulgate, flowing with delights.)]

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