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International Church daily devotional,  May 2017



May 1
'I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. Isaiah 45:2 (NKJ)

At the beginning of this month, Believers should expect great things, because God has already seen the future and made provision. Expect opportunities to increase in every area of your life.

May 2
"Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee" (Job 22:21).

Make an effort to cultivate a personal relationship with God through His Word. You will lack nothing good that your heavenly Father desires you to have. Your mind will be at ease regardless of your circumstances, because you have become rooted in knowing God's character of love and will have strong faith to overcome all obstacles.

May 3
"The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations" (2 Peter 2:9).

As Christians, we must understand that temptation, or pressure applied to our thinking, is designed to separate us from God. When you are tempted to sin, understand that God is available to help you resist, if you turn to Him for strength.

May 4
"Behold, I am coming soon, and I shall bring My wages and rewards with Me, to repay and render to each one just what his own actions and his own work merit" (Revelations 22:12, AMP).

Jesus has personally promised to reward you for living a life that is sold out for Him. Believers who live according to the standard of God's Word can expect a wonderful future.

May 5
"For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength" (Isaiah 30:15).

God desires His children to realize that our strength comes from our firm reliance on His ability and not our own. A person who trusts in God can remain confident in the midst of trouble.

May 6
"GOD, your God, is right there with you, fighting with you against your enemies, fighting to win" (Deuteronomy 20:4, MSG).

As your Father, God will intervene on your behalf when your enemies come against you. Nothing Satan does to harm you can withstand the power of God.

May 7
"But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth" (Deuteronomy 8:18).

God has given you the ability to obtain wealth. All you have to do is receive that ability by faith and follow His directions.

May 8
"My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He will pluck my feet out of the net" (Psalm 25:15, AMP).

Many times we fall into traps that will overwhelm us emotionally if we lose focus of God and His Word. We can be assured that as we keep our minds on God, He will always give us the wisdom we need to escape the traps of the enemy.

May 9
"Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. "If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you" (John 8:31-32, MSG).

Make a decision to continue down the path of development in your walk with God. Don't give up, even when you feel you can't go on. He will bring you through to victory.

May 10
"And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it completely" (Genesis 1:31, AMP).

Everything God created is good. When He created you, He designed you to be a reflection of His goodness.

May 11
"Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully" (1 Peter 5:7, AMP).

God desires for you to live free from worry. Placing your cares in the hands of God is the most responsible thing you can do and shows Him that you trust Him with the affairs of your life.

May 12
"Wealth and Glory accompany me—also substantial Honor and a Good Name" (Proverbs 8:18, MSG).

God's wisdom—the Word of God—is the pathway to wealth and honor. Follow it and you'll experience the good life God has planned for you.

May 13
"A wise man's heart turns him toward his right hand, but a fool's heart toward his left" (Ecclesiastes 10:2, AMP).

Wisdom will keep you on the right track. Don't be a fool and ignore the instruction of God's Word.

May 14
"A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity" (Proverbs 17:17).

The essence of a true friend is someone who stands by your side through thick and thin.

May 15
"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies" (Proverbs 31:10).

A godly man will seek a woman who has character and whose virtue stems from her intimate relationship with God.

May 16
"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1).

The Believer who knows God will never be ruled by fear.

May 17
"He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness.." (Psalm 23:3).

Trust God to give you restoration and lead you down His path. He'll never steer you wrong.

May 18
"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer" (Psalm 19:14).

God wants the words you speak to reflect purity in your heart. Keep your thought life focused on His commandments, instead of sinful indulgence.

May 19
"Yet You have made him but a little lower than God...and You have crowned him with glory and honor" (Psalm 8:5, AMP).

As part of the human race, you have been designed to rule and reign on earth. You have been made in His image and likeness, so act like it!

May 20
"Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide" (Psalm 26:1).

When you walk in integrity, God will not allow you to slip or fall.

May 21
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16).

The Spirit of God lives inside of you. For this reason, it is important that you keep yourself from sin.

May 22
"Don't be so naive and self-confident. You're not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it's useless. Cultivate God-confidence" (1 Corinthians 10:12, MSG).

Always remember that God is your Source. Refuse to walk in pride or take credit for what He has done in your life.

May 23
"And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things..." (1 Corinthians 9:25).

God expects us to put forth the effort in our spiritual training. A lack of self-control leads to spiritual ruin. Press into spiritual maturity by practicing the Word of God and cultivating His love in your life.

May 24
"Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed" (James 1:13-14).

Some Christians incorrectly believe that God will tempt them with sin to test their devotion to Him. However, God is not the tempter. We become vulnerable to sin when we give attention to Satan's suggestions.

May 25
"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching" (Hebrews 10:25).

Going to church helps you grow as a Believer and gives you opportunities to share God's love with others. He develops you through the relationships you cultivate through church fellowship.

May 26
"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7).

When you submit to the Word, the devil has no choice but to leave you alone. God is honored when you choose His Word over everything else.

May 27
"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding" (Proverbs 4:7).

True wisdom comes from the Word of God. Make reading and studying the Bible your priority, and you will have access to every promise from Him.

May 28
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man" (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

Your primary responsibilities are to respect, revere and obey the Lord. The root to your victory is loving God and others.

May 29
"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world" (1 John 4:4).

Believers have the advantage over those who do not have a personal relationship with God. With the Holy Spirit in you helping you to operate in God's kingdom, you are unstoppable!

May 30
"Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity" (Psalm 118:25).

God operates in the "now zone." He wants you to prosper now. Don't wait for God to drop the blessing out of the sky. Instead, receive the empowerment He has given you through Jesus and employ it by faith, now!

May 31
"O Give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people" (Psalm 105:1).

One key to receiving from God is to continually give Him thanks for what He has already done for you. The best way to show God you appreciate Him is by being grateful. Express the goodness of God to those around you daily and watch your breakthroughs increase!

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