..Seek first the kingdom of God
His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
International Church daily devotional,
"Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the
circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith" (Romans
The only way to gain God's approval is to operate by
faith, and not by works.
"Before I formed
thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out
of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet
unto the nations" (Jeremiah 1:5).
Don't ever fall for the
devil's lie that you don't have a purpose. God has a plan for
your life. Before you were even conceived in your mother's womb,
He predestined your life to follow a particular path.
"He forgives all my sins and heals all my
diseases" (Psalm 103:3, NLT).
No matter what you have done in
your life, when you ask God to forgive you, He'll never bring it
up again. Only the devil does that, so don't walk around in
condemnation once you have repented for your sins. Be free in
"Now thanks be unto God, which
always causeth us to triumph in Christ…" (2 Corinthians 2:14).
It is the anointing inside of you that enables you to be a
conqueror over the enemy's assaults. "Now thanks be
unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ…" (2
"But let it be the
inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart,
with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and
peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up, but] is
very precious in the sight of God" (1 Peter 3:4, AMP).
more you reflect God and godliness, the more you will radiate
His beauty. While you should maintain your outer appearance, it
is what is on the inside that counts.
will guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me to
honor and glory" (Psalm 73:24, AMP).
God's Word will
continually guide you in life. The Bible is the only reliable
source for instruction.
committeth sin is of the devil; for devil sinneth from the
beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that
he might destroy the works of the devil" (1 John 3:8).
you become born again, you are no longer the devil's property.
Therefore, you are no longer under the jurisdiction of sin and
death; you don't have to sin if you don't want to. Jesus has
destroyed sin's power over your life, so walk in freedom today!
"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would
that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is
the law and the prophets" (Matthew 7:12).
Treat others the
way you want to be treated. When you do, you are walking in the
love of God.
"Keep and guard your heart
with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it
flow the springs of life" (Proverbs 4:23, AMP).
To guard your
heart means to protect your spirit from all unclean influences.
This means discerning what you look at, listen to, and talk
about. When you do, your life will reflect God and His Word.
"Do not spread slanderous gossip among your
people" (Leviticus 19:16, NLT).
Gossip is a sin of the mouth
and is forbidden by God. Believers should not engage in it.
"Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ
also received us to the glory of God" (Romans 15:7).
edify and strengthen your neighbor in faith. Ask about their
well-being and offer to help when they have a need. As you do,
the Body of Christ will continue to reflect the light of God's
love to others.
"And when he had made a
scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and
the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and
overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take
these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of
merchandise" (John 2:15-16).
Jesus got angry, but the Bible
says that He never sinned. His anger propelled Him to an act of
righteousness. Let yours do the same.
"And if you belong to Christ [are in Him Who is Abraham's Seed],
then you are Abraham's offspring and [spiritual] heirs according
to promise" (Galatians 3:29, AMP).
Belonging to Christ means
that you are an heir to God's promise of total life prosperity
"Your word is a lamp to my
feet and a light to my path" (Psalm 119:105, NASB).
is the only thing that is qualified to guide you in life. It is
infallible and will never steer you wrong; that's a guarantee.
"I have set the Lord continually before me;
because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved" (Psalm
When you are planted in God's Word, nothing can
move you; not even the attacks of the enemy.
"…the joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10).
get strength from what you know from God's Word. That knowledge
will empower you to get through the hard times in your life.
"Desire without knowledge is not good, and
to be overhasty is to sin and miss the mark" (Proverbs 19:2,
When you move too quickly without having adequate
information, you set yourself up for disaster. Instead of
rushing ahead of God, seek Him in everything you do.
"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth
for you" (1 Peter 5:7).
When you give your cares to God in
your mind and in your heart, you allow Him to reveal His power
in your situation. Refuse to worry about the outcome and God
will always deliver you.
"Likewise, I say
unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over
one sinner that repenteth" (Luke 15:10).
Never downplay the
impact of soul-winning. God rejoices when even one sinner
accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
"Praise the Lord; for the Lord is good: sing praises unto his
name; for it is pleasant" (Psalm 135:3).
Regardless of your
personal circumstances, you always have a reason to celebrate;
God is good!
"And he said to them all, If
any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up
his cross daily, and follow me" (Luke 9:23).
Christian means dying daily to your flesh and the things of this
world for the sake of fulfilling God's will in the earth. That
is what it means to deny yourself and take up your cross.
"Praising God, and having favour with all
the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as
should be saved" (Acts 2:47).
A sign of the anointing being
present is increase. Like the early church grew daily because of
the power of God, your life should show visible signs of
consistent increase as well.
"And I say
also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will
build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against
it" (Matthew 16:18).
It is your revelation of Jesus and the
anointing that position you for victory in life. He always
causes you to triumph when you know the power that resides in
"And God saw that the
wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every
imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil
continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on
the earth, and it grieved him at his heart" (Genesis 6:5-6).
Evil and wickedness disappoint God, but holiness, purity and
faith are pleasing to Him.
complain, brethren, against one another, so that you
[yourselves] may not be judged. Look! The Judge is [already]
standing at the very door" (James 5:9, AMP).
complain about other Believers, you are complaining against God
and His Word. Your brothers and sisters are a part of the Body
of Christ. Don't set yourself up to be judged by God by judging
other people. Instead, focus on loving them by edifying and
strengthening them in their walk with God.
"If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with
all men" (Romans 12:18).
Do everything in your power to be at
peace with others. Purpose to walk in the love of God and He
will bless you.
"Out of the depths have I
cried unto thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be
attentive to the voice of my supplications" (Psalm 130:1-2).
When you reach the end of your rope, call on God. He is always
ready to hear and answer you.
"The way of
a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto
counsel is wise" (Proverbs 12:15).
Take heed to godly
counsel. It could save your life.
Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to
preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the
brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and
recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that
are bruised…" (Luke 4:18).
If you are experiencing depression
or oppression of any kind, go to the Word for help. Jesus has
promised deliverance to those who put their trust in Him.
Meditate and confess His promise to set you free from the
enemy's bondage until the burden is lifted.
"Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should
obey the lusts thereof" (Romans 6:12).
When you become born
again, you are no longer under the dominion of sin. It is up to
you to discipline your mind so that it will line up with your
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