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Loving God

Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 334 }

The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. ... The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, "Glory!" —Psalm 29:3-5, 9

Music is a heavenly thing in its essence, a part of creation that reflects and proceeds from the very heart and personality of God Himself. This makes music prophetic in nature. Our Father loves music. He is a singing God (Zeph. 3:17). He has a powerful and majestic voice (Ps. 29). Jesus the Son composed the song of all songs that will be eternally fresh—the "song of the Lamb" (Rev. 15:3-4). The Holy Spirit inspires songs and melodies. There is a whole book of them in the Bible—the Book of Psalms. Music has always provided a means of communion and connection between God and His creatures above and below. Spirit-filled Christians are to occupy themselves with singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melodies in their hearts to the Lord (Eph. 5:19). Music has intrinsic power to move the inner affections and the outer actions of people.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Inspire me, Holy Spirit, to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to You, allowing my life to be a melodious symphony of praise for Your goodness to me.

The Holy Spirit inspires songs and melodies.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

Boot Camp

The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. —Psalm 37:31

During boot camp the new soldier is issued a weapon. The drill instructor orders him to take it apart, then put it back together. It never leaves his side. It lies beside him at night, his arm wrapped around it in his sleep. In the morning, he starts all over again, taking it apart, putting it together, and carrying it until it becomes a part of him.

When the enemy comes, it is too late to go looking for your weapon. When the enemy runs toward your foxhole with a hand grenade, it is too late to consult the training manual. You must be ready to react immediately and automatically.

When the devil comes, it is too late to start looking for your Bible. You should have been eating and sleeping with the Word—taking it apart, examining it, studying it, carrying it with you, and practicing its precepts. When the devil comes, your training will take over. When you have no strength or presence of mind to fight, the Word you have hidden in your heart will rise up and drive the enemy back.

Jesus, continually fill me with a hunger and
thirst for Your Word. Help me know how
to fight the enemy at every
point of attack. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

Faith Pleases God Now

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe ... —Hebrews 11:6

"Seeing is believing," says the world. But to God it is the other way around: believing is to see. But in heaven everybody will see everything clearly, and there will be no faith.

At the moment of the Second Coming nobody will need faith. "Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen" (Rev. 1:7). The reason for the weeping is that the possibility of true faith is removed; all will "believe," but such "believing" cannot be truly graced the title "faith."

Since there will be no faith in heaven, we have the opportunity now to do what we can't do there: to please God by faith. Faith pleases God. We might ask, will we not please God in heaven? The answer is yes, but it won't be pleasing Him by faith! This is something we can only do now. We can never get these days back.

I want to please God now—in a way I cannot please Him then. I want to be thankful now. I can bring a measure of glory and pleasure to God now that I will be unable to do then. How? By trusting Him more and more and by thanking Him more and more.

What ought we to do now? We can always pray for more faith. Trust God now and thank Him in a way you will be glad you did when you are in heaven. We won't be trusting God in heaven; we will be seeing Him. Therefore we won't need faith. We must trust Him now and thank Him now.

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

Spirit of Truth

John 4:5-42 Immediately after Jesus told the woman of Samaria that she had five husbands and that the man she now had was not her husband, she changed the subject. She saw that this Man knew well her history, but she was not willing to go into it with Him. She proceeded to ask Him a theological question. How like human nature. When someone is getting too close to the truth in our own lives—our own sin and shortcomings—we want to change the subject. The woman asked Jesus where He believed was the correct place of worship. The answer Jesus gave is revealing. "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him" (vv. 21-23).

True worship is not dependent upon the location. It is dependent upon our being led by the Spirit of God. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. The Father seeks those who will worship Him in spirit and truth. What does this mean? We must allow the Holy Spirit to interpret God's truth to us. Without Him the Word of God is just black words on white paper. It is the Holy Spirit that ignites the Word in our hearts. I recently went to a wedding, and it was lovely. The pastor read from Scripture, and it was good, but it lacked the anointing. He was just reading words without submitting to the power of the Holy Spirit who is able to make every word in God's Word have dynamite power. The Holy Spirit is able to impart faith to us, and faith must be mixed with the Word for it to avail anything.

Our pastor is well aware of the importance of the Spirit of Truth conveying God's truth to us. One Sunday as usual he had prepared for his message, but as he began to read the Word, he knew there was something missing. The anointing that breaks every yoke of bondage was not there, so he closed his Bible and told us to go home and seek the Lord on our own. This was probably the best thing that ever happened to some of us because we saw how we cannot be dependent upon a pastor. We must be dependent upon the Holy Spirit to be our teacher and our worship leader. Worship without the anointing of the Holy Spirit is not pleasing in God's sight. He desires for us to worship Him in both spirit and truth. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, and only He can impart God's Word to us and lead our worship in the way that pleases God.

Lord, let me be led by the Holy Spirit as I worship You.

READ: Judges 21:1-Ruth 1:22; John 4:5-42; Psalm 105:1-15; Proverbs 14:25

 

 

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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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