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Loving God

Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 229 }

Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, therefore you shall serve your enemies. —Deuteronomy 28:47-48, NKJV

This doctrine of God's gladness isn't a theological curiosity meant to entertain us. It is foundational to helping our hearts grow into spiritual maturity. When we enter into God's joy and gladness, the door to much of Satan's activity slams shut in our lives. The joy of serving God keeps us from compromise. A glad heart is a strong heart. The Bible says the joy of the Lord is our strength (Neh. 8:10). And don't get the wrong idea about the above verse from Deuteronomy. God is not acting out of spite. He's not pouting and saying, "I was glad, and you would not enter into My gladness, so forget it. You're going to serve your enemies. Now you're really going to hurt." Rather, He is laying out the only two options that exist. Either we enter into His gladness with whole hearts, or we will eventually come under the influence of the enemy, giving in to his accusations, becoming offended at God.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Lord, that's exactly what I want. I want You to realign my heart, transform my spirit, and strengthen, mature, and renew my life. I will not give way to the enemy, but I will accept the joy of the Lord as my strength.

God would have us experience His happy heart
so our hearts might be realigned, transformed,
strengthened, matured, and renewed.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

The Spirit of Life

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. —Romans 8:2

John Lake was a missionary in Central Africa when an epidemic broke out. Thousands of people were dying. One of the doctors sent by the local government asked him what he used to inoculate himself with against the virus.

Lake directed the doctor to put a sample of the living virus under a microscope, and view the masses of living germs. He then took the sample in his hand for a moment and then returned it to the microscope. To the doctor's amazement the germs were dead.

"That is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus," he declared. "As long as I keep my soul in contact with the living God-.-.-.-no germ can attach itself to me. My spirit and body are so filled with the blessed presence of God, it even oozes from my pores."

The "law of the Spirit of life" is the regulating, activating power, and life of the Holy Spirit that has set us free from the power of sin, hell, and the grave.

Fill me Lord with Your Spirit of life.
Empower me to overcome the
power of sin, hell, and the
grave in Your mighty
Name. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

The Sheer Grace of God

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

What are you most thankful for? What am I most thankful for? There is also a distinction between what we feel most thankful for and what we certainly should be most thankful for. Chances are, however, that what we should be most thankful for is what we feel most thankful for—once we think about it for very long.

In one sense I am most thankful for my wife and for the children. But at the end of the day what ought we to be most thankful for? One word: salvation. The knowledge that we will go to heaven and not to hell when we die. Sublime knowledge doesn't get better than that.

The greatest reasons of all to be thankful are that (1) God sent His one and only Son to die for us on the cross, (2) that we heard this wonderful news, and (3) we were enabled to believe this message by the effectual power of the Holy Spirit. Not all have heard the message, but not all who have heard it receive it. Why do some receive it? Is it because they are nicer or better people—or more worthy? No. The only explanation is the sheer grace of God.

The greatest mystery of all is why God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son to die on a cross for our sins. I don't understand it. Do you? All we can do is stand back and worship. And be so very, very thankful.

Excerpted from Just Say Thanks! (Charisma House, 2005).

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Around the Word in 365 Days

Around the Word in 365 Days

Today's Message

The Righteous Tongue

Psalm 35:17-28 Many years ago I did a study on the tongue of the righteous and the tongue of the wicked. This study revealed to me the power of the tongue and led me to write a book called The Tongue—a Mighty Weapon. Whenever I give talks to others, I like to speak about the power of our words and what God created our tongues to do. There is a psalm that says, "He that orders his conversation aright glorifies the Lord." (See Psalm 50:23.) Our tongues were made to glorify the Lord, to praise Him, to worship Him, to encourage and edify others, and to share the gospel with them.

Satan, however, wants to use our tongues to wound and hurt others and ourselves. In Mexico when I was teaching young children, I asked them this question, "How many of you would like to totally disarm the devil today?" They all eagerly raised their hands. Then I instructed them to stick out their tongues. "Now pull your tongue out," I shared, and of course they laughed because no one could pull their tongue out. Then I said, "If we could pull our tongues out we would disarm the devil." Another proverb says, "He that keeps his lips is wise and he keeps his soul from trouble." (See Proverbs 21:23.)

In this psalm David says, "And my tongue shall speak of Your righteous­ness and of Your praise all the day long" (v. 28).

If we made our goal daily to speak of His righteousness and to give the Lord praise, our tongues would not be available to the devil to do his dirty work for him. Today let your tongue glorify and extol the Lord in praise as you share with others all of His wonders and works.

Lord, help me to order my conversation aright today so that I glorify You always with my tongue.

READ: Esther 1:1-3:15; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Psalm 35:17-28; Proverbs 21:19-20

 

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Live Extraordinary

Live Extraordinary

Today's Message

How You Can Avoid Spiritual Heart Disease

Defining "heart" – Biblically speaking, "heart" is both the pump for your blood and the center of your soul or immaterial being. Just as your physical heart gives life to your physical body, your spiritual heart gives life to your spiritual body.

  • Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life (Proverbs 4:23).
  • Men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth. (Luke 21:26)
  • How to remove fear: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 ESV)
  • Live with an attitude of playfulness: A joyful heart is good medicine. (Proverbs 17:22)

13 Stressors (emotional, physical, spiritual) which contribute to heart issues

Stressors on the Heart—Every level of separation between God and man, or any lack of complete obedience to His commands, puts a level of stress on the heart. Stress contributes greatly to heart disease.

Stressors

Fear - Men's hearts failing them because of harboring fearful thoughts.

Anger – Let not the sun go down on your anger (Eph. 4:26).

Unforgiveness – toward self, others, God, circumstances, evil people.

Dead works – Striving on my own to accomplish (Heb. 6:1,2). Sitting on the front edge of my chair ready to jump into action at all times. Type A personality leans this way. Satan's lie "I can" = life is about my efforts and my knowledge.

Unconfessed sin - God's hand is not so short that it cannot save, but your sins have made a separation between you and your God (Isaiah 59:1,2).

Unhealthy diet - Daniel would not defile himself with the king's rich food.

Toxic planet – 100,000 more chemicals in the environment now than 100 years ago.

Inflammation from bacterial and emotional roots.

Demonization – Jesus cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick (Mark 1:39).

Brokenheartedness - Areas in your heart which are broken off from the core you and are operating separate from God.

Generational sins and curses -These are passed down three to four generations (Ex. 34:7).

Lack of care of God's temple – I am the temple God dwells in.

Misplaced hope – Hope deferred makes the heart sick (Prov. 13:12).

Causes

Believing I must cope with life's pressures myself, and that my "resources" will prevail.

Over 90% of those in the "lifelong anger club" die of clogged arteries.

Hurts and failures in life result in hopelessness that God is nowhere to be found. Evil rules.

Not drawing continuously on the Holy Spirit's gifts, manifestations and fruit which are easily, readily available to all, but instead trusting in my abilities and tools and telling God, "I got this."

Going your own way rather than God's way. Arguing and making bargains with God because we want what we want and think it is better than what He has said.

Eating rich food, processed or refined, sugar-coated foods or GMO foods.

These chemicals fill the air, water and food, and they can stockpile up in our bodies.

Some of this inflammation is generational.

Ask the Spirit to show you any curses sent upon you or demons you have picked up through life's traumas.

A broken area is a part within that is trying to handle an area of life without drawing upon the power of the Spirit.

Ask the Spirit to show you any curses coming down through the family line.

I don't take the time to care for my body, e.g, through rest and exercise.

Placing your hope in anything (even one of His promises) rather than in God Himself.

Solutions

Faith - Believe God loves me and is in control, working all things out for good.

Love - Be merciful, compassionate, and judge not.

Forgive everything against everyone and your prayers will be answered (Mk. 11:25).

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded (James 4:8). Prayer: Lord, what are Your thoughts concerning this situation?

Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water (Hebrews 10:22).

Eat organic fruits and vegetables and high quality proteins. Take 20 minutes to enjoy and taste the foods you are eating.

Do cleanses regularly, breathe clean air, use non-toxic cleansers, drink pure water.

Find the root cause of the inflammation and remove it.

Forgive the person, honor and bless them and command the curse to halt in Jesus' name and the demons to leave.

Asking Jesus to heal the broken areas, knitting me back together, and enlightening me with His Spirit (Isaiah 61:1).

Forgive the person, honor and bless them and command the curses to halt at the Cross of Christ.

Come apart and rest awhile (Mark 6:31). Exercise - celebrate!

Hope in God (Ps. 42:11) and the God of hope shall fill you with all joy and peace (Rom. 15:13).

God's Picture of Stress-free Living Is Abiding in Christ

"I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). Abiding is characterized by: living present tense, tuned to your heart, receiving wisdom, revelation, love and power from God and extending it out to others. (The EmWave2 device can help one quickly learn this posture.)

Mark Virkler, Ph.D., has authored more than 50 books in the areas of hearing God's voice and spiritual growth. He is the founder of Communion With God Ministries and Christian Leadership University (cluonline.com), where the voice of God is at the center of every learning experience. Mark has taught on developing intimacy with God and spiritual healing for 30-plus years on six continents. The message has been translated into over 40 languages, and he has helped to establish more than 250 church-centered Bible schools around the world.

This article originally appeared at cwgministries.org.

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