..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, July 2017
"I'll go ahead of you, clearing and
paving the road" (Isaiah 45:2, MSG).
At the beginning of
every 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.
"Acquaint now thyself with him, and
be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee"
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.
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
"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.
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"
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.
"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
thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth
thee power to get wealth"
God has given you the
ability to obtain wealth. All you have to do is receive that
ability by faith and follow His directions.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity"
The essence of a true friend is someone
who stands by your side through thick and thin.
"Who can find a virtuous woman? for
her price is far above rubies"
A godly man will seek a woman who has
character and whose virtue stems from her intimate relationship
"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?"
The Believer who knows God will never be
ruled by fear.
restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of
Trust God to give you restoration and lead
you down His path. He'll never steer you wrong.
"Let the words of my mouth, and the
meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my
strength, and my redeemer"
God wants the words you speak to reflect
purity in your heart. Keep your thought life focused on His
commandments, instead of sinful indulgence.
"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!
"Judge me, O Lord; for I have
walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord;
therefore I shall not slide"
When you walk in integrity, God will not
allow you to slip or fall.
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.
"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,
Always remember that
is your Source. Refuse to walk in pride or take credit for what
He has done in your life.
every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all
(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.
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
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.
"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"
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.
"Submit yourselves therefore to
God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you"
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.
"Wisdom is the principal thing;
therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get
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.
"Let us hear the conclusion of the
whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is
the whole duty of man"
responsibilities are to respect, revere and obey the Lord. The
root to your victory is loving God and others.
"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
"Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord:
O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity"
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!
"O Give thanks unto the Lord; call upon
his name: make known his deeds among the people"
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!