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July 16 Daily Devotional
Joshua 6:10-16 - LEARNING TO SHOUT THE SHOUT OF FAITH!
In today’s passage, we see the Israelites doing what you and I have to do today. They shouted the shout of faith, and we’ll have to be doing the same thing if we want God to move on our behalf. Notice especially verse 16. God said to shout because He had ALREADY GIVEN them the city! Well, in the natural it didn’t look like the city was theirs, did it? The walls were still in place. The archers and enemy soldiers were still up along the walls. The gates were still closed. But God said it was ALREADY theirs, so their responsibility was to shout the shout of faith in agreement with God’s declaration. Do you do the same today in your life? With the walls of sickness, disease, poverty, lack, mental stress, demonic oppression, sin – or whatever – staring you in the face, do you lift your hands and SHOUT the shout of faith? Very few believers do it, and that’s why very few ever see the power of God manifested to pull those walls down in their lives.
Hebrews 11:6 says that faith is the evidence of things not seen. Invisible things! If you can see “it” from God, and have whatever “it” is that you’ve needed from the Lord, you don’t need faith. That’s something most Christians just don’t understand, and never will understand. Anyone can shout the shout of victory AFTER the walls have fallen down, but it takes faith to do it BEFORE the walls fall down. That’s what God is waiting for – the faith shout! That’s how the just will live by faith. Don’t be like Thomas, who said he wouldn’t believe Jesus had been raised from dead until he could see and feel the scars and wounds of the crucifixion. Don’t stand in front of those walls which the enemy has erected against you, and let what you see discourage you. No! Rise above all that, and in the face of tall, solid and imposing walls, begin to shout to God with the voice of triumph (Psalms 47:1). The voice of triumph is the shout of faith! It’s not a timid, cautious, tentative shout either! Joshua told his army to shout with all their might when it was time to shout. And you shouldn’t be ashamed to do the same thing. Never mind who hears you, or who thinks you’re too loud, or who gets offended by your enthusiastic shouting and declaring. You’re not doing it for their benefit – but yours! Those walls in your life CAN come down. It only takes your shout of faith, so don’t wait another minute! Start shouting and then step back, because you don’t want to get hurt when the walls come crashing down at your feet!
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July 15 Daily Devotional
Micah 7:8 - NEVER GIVE UP AND NEVER SURRENDER!
Today’s verse reveals an attitude we must protect at all times. It’s the attitude you have towards your enemy the devil. It’s a constant reminder to him and to you – that no matter how many times you might fall, you’re getting up and the fight will continue! That’s an attitude God can work with. It’s the attitude that Micah displays, and which you must display too. When the devil is standing there laughing at you, or taunting you because you’ve stumbled again, you can just laugh right back in his face, and tell him that his rejoicing is very much premature. The fight goes on! We play until we win. The game we play isn’t over after 9 innings, even if we’re behind. No, our game ALWAYS goes into extra innings until we win! Praise God!
Notice the second part of that verse. It says that even in the midst of failure (which includes sin), God will be a light to us in a VERY DARK PLACE. When we’re sitting in the dark place of sin or failure, God comes along and provides us with the light that leads us towards recovery and ultimate triumph. Yes, we might be ashamed and rightfully so, but the Lord will plead your case and bring you forth into the light! What a marvelous passage, especially for the one who has just failed God in some significant way. We fight until we win! I know the beauty of this in my own life. Many times, I’ve failed God, but I keep coming to Him to obtain help in my time of need (Hebrews 4:16). I don’t run from Him, I run TO Him! And when the devil comes along to try and torment me by reminding me of my failures, I just tell him to shut up in the Name of Jesus, because I know my God is not about to abandon me. He’s with me, and He’s for me, and He won’t ever write me off and discard me as long as I want His help. And He’ll do the same for you, my friend. So, next time it seems like the devil has the upper hand, just lift your hands to heaven and thank God for His love, His patience, His mercy and His forgiveness. Then get up off that canvas and get back into the fight!
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July 14 Daily Devotional
Hebrews 12:12 - GET YOUR HANDS UP!
I’ve always taught that there are two parts to every victory in this spiritual warfare we fight. There is God’s part, and then there is our part. God will do what we can’t do AFTER we’ve done all that we can and should do. And our verse today shows us one of the ways we’re to do our part. We’re told here to STRENGTHEN the hands that hang down. That’s our job, not God’s. We’re to strengthen our hands when they’re hanging down, and THEN God will get involved to do His part and bring us through to victory. What does it mean when God says our hands are hanging down? It means we’re tired, or discouraged, or depressed, or confused, or ready to give up. We’ve all been there in our work for the Lord. I have many times. But what should we do when we’re in that situation? We’re to STRENGTHEN our hands, and make the decision to throw off discouragement, depression, or disillusionment. That’s something you do, and God is not going to move an inch until you make that decision! It’s not based on feelings, but upon faith in God’s word. This is what Hebrews 13:15 is talking about the SACRIFICE OF PRAISE. This is what 2 Timothy 1:6 is talking about - STIRRING YOURSELF UP! If you’ve been depressed, sad, discouraged, and whatever else goes with that kind of mental state, I have a word for you from God. STRENGTHEN YOUR HANDS! GET THEM UP IN THE AIR IN PRAISE TO God! Do it by faith, not by feelings. Quit letting the devil beat you down with his lies. You are more than a conqueror in Christ, so act like one! If your hands have been “hanging down”, its time to reverse that situation. Its time to strengthen yourself, and kick the devil out of your life. Use the weapons God has given you, and fight spiritual battles with spiritual weapons. The Word of God. The Name of Jesus. Prayer. Faith, Hope and Love. These are just some of the weapons at your disposal. Use them, and get those hands back up in the air, praising God in an atmosphere of faith and expectancy. Remember, God will do what you can’t do if you do what you can do.
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July 13 Daily Devotional
James 4:7 - THE BAD GUYS KNOW US AND LEAVE US ALONE!
First John 4:4 says that greater is He in us than he that is in the world. You ought to meditate on that truth until it finally registers with you! GREATER IS HE WITHIN YOU! Does it say that He within you is sometimes greater than your enemies? No! The Holy Spirit is ALWAYS more powerful than ANYTHING the devil can throw against you. So don’t worry about the attacks of the devil. ALWAYS! ALWAYS! ALWAYS! Do you understand what ALWAYS means? It means ALWAYS! ALWAYS!
Years ago, when I was a youth, one particular pop song had lyrics like this: THE BAD GUYS KNOW US AND THEY LEAVE US ALONE! Well, when you start walking in the light of the gospel, you’ll be able to confront the devil, and actively and effectively challenge his attacks against you. Don’t wait for the devil to attack you! Attack him! Go out and start witnessing. Get right in the middle of people’s lives, and start sharing Jesus and God’s Word with them. When the devil finds out you mean business for God, he will back off. Do you hear me? Yes, he will test you for a while, to see if you’re serious about the Great Commission (Mark 15:16-20). Once he finds out you are for real, he will back off! Remember this: your enemy the devil is just a spiritual coward. He walks around like a roaring lion, but all he can do is pressure you to make wrong choices, which open the door to him against you. In other words, he can’t successfully attack a person unless through deception and ignorance, they invite him in! Don’t let that happen with you. Stand your ground, declare the Word, and watch the devil flee from you (James 4:7). No retreat and no surrender! When the bad guys finally figure out that you’re not going away, they’ll leave you alone!
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July 12 Daily Devotional
Matthew 18:8 - CUT IT OFF!
If you are having problems with sin or compromise in some area of your life, you need to have a certain kind of attitude in order to finally eliminate that problem. That is what Jesus is talking about here in this verse today. If you right hand offend you, CUT IT OFF! Obviously, He’s not telling us to literally cut off our hand. Instead, He’s telling us to get SERIOUS about gaining victory over sin. If necessary, take radical measures to insure that victory. I know in my own life in past times, when I would be complaining to the Lord about some persistent problem that I hadn’t yet overcome, He would tell me the problem would continue in my life as long as I allowed it, or put up with it. The moment I got serious about getting rid of the problem, the problem was solved!
Whatever you may struggle with in your life, ask yourself this question. Have I really gotten serious about getting rid of this in my life? Sometimes we think we’re serious about something, but in reality, we’re not. We think we’re really trying hard to eliminate an area of weakness, when all we really are is self-deceived (James 1:22). Do you have an area of chronic failure in your life? What are you doing about it? Is getting rid of that thing the top priority in your life? It should be. You need to cut off that avenue of sinful expression. Don’t think it will just magically go away all by itself, just because you love the Lord. It won’t! The devil will make sure you are constantly under attack in that area because he knows that’s an area of weakness for you. So, the only way you’re going to gain the victory is to “cut off” the hand! Get serious about Bible Study, prayer, and spending time in the Lord’s presence. Make it your top priority. Nothing else should be as important!
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