Work At Resting

There are so many things to do every day—prepare breakfast, drive the kids to school, finish up your presentation, chair a meeting, meet a client, counsel a friend…It’s like we’re always working on something!

Actually, if there’s one thing that we ought to prioritize working on every day, it is working at being at rest! Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? How can you work at resting?

Yet, that is exactly what God wants us to do. Given our inclination to work, worry and rush to finish all our tasks every day, He wants us to prioritize spending time with Him, and letting His love and words of grace flush out all our agitations, worries and fears.

My friend, make laboring to enter God’s rest number one on your to-do list every day. When you are at rest, God’s grace can flow unhindered through you to accomplish—with ease—all that needs to be accomplished for the day. Rest is His provision for you today. Receive it and thank Him for it!

Morning Devotional

Our Covenant-Keeping God

When God promised to give Abraham land, Abraham asked, “God, how can I be sure?” And as if His word wasn’t good enough, God went one step further and cut a covenant with Abraham, binding Himself irrevocably to it to reassure His friend that He would do as promised (Genesis 15:7–8, 18).

Let me say something about God’s covenants. They can never be broken, only replaced with a better one. My friend, God will do as He has promised you, and to set your heart at ease, He bound Himself to a covenant with you when He cut it with your representative, Jesus, at Calvary.

So rest easy in the knowledge that you have a covenant-keeping God who CANNOT break His covenant or renege on His promises. Simply lean on His faithfulness and like Abraham, you will walk in your inheritance and healing.

Morning Devotional

Crowned With Glory And Honor

As God’s beloved child, redeemed and ransomed by Christ, not only are you surrounded by His favor, but you are also crowned (surrounded) with glory and honor. I encourage you to see yourself encircled with the same glory and honor that Jesus has at the right hand of the Father today. What a picture to have of yourself!

My friend, instead of moaning about all the qualities you lack and feeling depressed, see yourself surrounded by glory and honor. For example, if you are looking for a job, preparing for an interview or hoping for a promotion, don’t waste time worrying that others may be more capable or experienced than you. Instead, be conscious that there is an anointing on you because God’s glory is upon you.

Believe that the next time you step into a room, that room will light up and the atmosphere will change for the better because you are crowned with His glory and honor!

Morning Devotional

Continue In God’s Grace

I thank God for the Holy Communion because each time we partake, we get to ingest and manifest more and more of Jesus’ life and strength.

Beloved, keep on taking Communion until you are completely healed. As you take it, thank God that you are already healed by Jesus’ stripes. When you drink the cup, see how Jesus has already taken away every sin and redeemed you from every sickness. See the work as finished and be at rest, knowing that you are seated with Christ.

Remember that it’s all about what our Lord Jesus has done. It’s all His grace, His undeserved, unmerited favor toward you. As you partake, see Him, the bread of life, working on the inside of you, making you stronger and stronger each day!

Morning Devotional

Far Above Every Negative Thing

Isn’t it wonderful to know that God does not measure and judge you based on your performance today? Instead, He looks at Jesus, and as Jesus is, that is how He sees you. His Word declares that “as He is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17).

Notice that it does not say that “as Jesus was on earth, so are we in this world.” That would be amazing enough because during Jesus’ ministry on earth, healing, blessings and abundance followed Him everywhere He went. Yet, that is not what the Word says. What it says is, “as Jesus is” (present tense). In other words, as He is right now, so are we in this world!

So just consider where Jesus is today. Right now, He is seated at the Father’s right hand, “far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” If I were you, I would take some time to meditate on this passage because as Jesus is, so are you right now, in this world. Meditate on how as Jesus is “far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named,” so are you! See yourself as Jesus is, far above every principality and power, far above every disease and physical condition, far above every kind of fear, depression and addiction, and begin to reign over every negative situation in your life today!

Feed On The Tree Of Life

When you watch documentaries or read news reports about a certain topic or problem, you’ll realize that often, no real solution is actually offered. The program or report will give you both the good and the bad in order to be objective, balanced and fair. So you’ll find that you don’t really gain anything, just more knowledge of what’s good and what’s evil regarding the topic.

I’m not against watching documentaries or reading the news. But the problem with feeding your mind and soul with the knowledge of good and evil is that more often than not, with greater knowledge of a topic, you also become more confused, worried or fearful.

My advice to you is to spend your time feeding on Jesus, who is the tree of life. When you feed on Him through His Word, you will find His wisdom, understanding, peace, joy and unmerited favor flowing in your life. And if you want to watch the television or read the newspaper, be selective. Guard what comes through your eye and ear gates! For example, if a certain program is putting fear in you, turn it off!

The Book of Proverbs, which is chock-full of God’s wisdom, tells us, “My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.” So tune in to what Jesus is saying and not what the world is saying. Feed on His words of life and His love and grace toward you, and the result will be life, wisdom, peace and health. Be wise today, my friend, and know what is truly good and beneficial for the wholeness of your body and mind!

Come As You Are To Jesus

Years ago, someone I knew suddenly stopped coming to church for a long time. I eventually met up with him to find out how he was doing and to see if everything was all right. He was very honest with me and told me that he was going through a lot of problems in his marriage, and that he was now addicted to alcohol. Then, he said this: “Let me get my life right, then I will come back to church.”

I smiled and asked him, “Do you clean yourself before you take a bath?” I could tell from his expression that he was taken aback by my question, so I told him, “Come as you are to the Lord. He is the bath. He will cleanse you. He will get your life in order for you, and He will cause every addiction to lose its hold on you. You don’t have to use your own efforts to clean yourself before you take a bath!”

I am glad to share that this precious brother soon returned to church and Jesus turned his life around. Today, he is happily married, blessed with a beautiful family and is one of my trusted, key leaders.

Beloved, that is what the Lord does when you come to Him just as you are, and allow Him to love you into wholeness. So don’t wait for things to be “perfect” in your life first. Just come to Him today. Let Him make all things beautiful in your life!