My Morning Devotions
The early church was told to trust God and honor the Emperor (Matt. 17:25-27, Mark 12:14-17 Rom. 13 : 1-7). God's grace empowers us to honor the unhonorable because of their positions, not their personality or worthiness. If we take authority lightly, our prayers will be hindered. Prayer will unlock a heart that is walled up. We reach for God on the other side of a closed heart and draw from Him until He changes the heart. We get out of His way and rest in His ability to deal redemptively with our authorities.
Only weakness will break strongholds.
He asks us to lead from weakness not strength. The best we can do will never be enough. God loves us too much to let us succeed in our own strength. His name is I AM my name is I am not. Without Him, I can do nothing.
God is doing a new thing, He has a new direction for us and a deeper level for us with Him, if we have ears to hear and eyes to see Him in His word and respond to Him.
Seducing voices will suggest we take the easy road or take matters into or own hands by our own power, or to follow the dramatic or sensational.
We must give no ground to comfort, deception or denial of reality. We must listen for God's voice alone.
God, as we place ourselves under your authority and the authority of our leaders, bosses, husbands, pastors...etc. give us ears to hear your voice and not the voice of the enemy that only brings confusion and discontentment to our hearts and minds. Give us eyes to see your hand working in our lives and in the lives of those who are in authority over us.
When we operate in our own flesh and despise the authority of God, we are presumptuous and willful. When we go out in presumption we are easy prey for our enemies who are lying in wait for us. Truth is one of the pieces of the Christians armor. The only strength that God can validate with His presence is knowing our great need of Him. As we know the truth, we see that what we considered strengths are dangerous weaknesses, because we are deceived about their true nature and our true condition. Truth is a person who says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light". (Matt 11:28-30)
Christ my Leader, Christ my Peace, Christ has brought my souls release; Christ my Righteousness Divine, Christ for me for He is mine.
what I did over the weekend