Tuesday, March 6 Devotion
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Soundness brings is the equivalent of wholeness…with nothing lacking. Within soundness lies a clarity, a focus and a strength. Often satan would love to distract us with chaos within our circumstances. He would love to have us become so frazzled with the what-ifs, and how-tos that we eventually feel like we are going to lose our mind. When you have that thought, let me encourage you to stop immediately and rebuke that thought. Don’t even allow it to pass your lips. Speak again out loud the assurance that we are of a sound mind! Begin to remind yourself of all the times that God has moved in your life. Remember that He has never left you. This is a practical way of acting on “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” When you mind reunites with the mind of Christ…Soundness of mind is one of the greatest gifts that has been added unto us!
Monday, March 5 Devotion
Did you know that the joy of Lord can be your STRENGTH today? When we seek God, one of the fruits of Spirit is joy.
An old pastor friend of mine used to approach me and ask, “Are you happy today?” to which I answered, “Yes”. He would always respond, “Did you know that your being happy doesn’t really matter? It’s purely based on circumstances. You see? If you have joy, you will have strength as joy comes from knowing WHO you are and that He has you.
Hebrews 2 shares this about Jesus (reading from Amplified Bible), “He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross…” Jesus knew he had to endure the Cross to make a way for our victory. It was the joy of knowing what was beyond the cross that gave him strength to endure it. This same strength is available to you and me.
Do you need strength today? Let this verse in Proverbs encourage you today, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10
Sunday, March 4 Devotion
It seems appropriate to talk about the next thing we receive when we seek God first – His peace. Peace isn’t cheap and it only comes when we SEEK God and LET him reign over life circumstances. The Bible says in Isaiah 53:5, “5 but he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Jesus bore the chastisement of our peace meaning the correction designed to make us at peace with Himself. In Ephesians it says, that Jesus IS our peace ( 2:14). Ladies, there just isn’t anything you or I have experienced that cannot be overcome through seeking Him!
Be encouraged by the words of Jesus himself, “33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
So, let today be a day to REST in Him. The Word for you is “…but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Saturday, March 3 Devotion
Praise God for Forgiveness, his gift of Salvation. I thank him for relationship! But there is more! He also offers us security!
Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Don’t allow yourself to think that for one minute God will abandon you. Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
He doesn’t start anything that He doesn’t finish. He is relentless in his pursuit of you. Once he has you, he isn’t letting go. You are secure! Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Embrace that thought for today. You are never far enough to be out of his shadow. Regardless of your circumstance, regardless of the assault from the enemy…He will not leave you. Rejoice in your security today, my friends.
Friday, March 2 Devotion #2
Welcome to the second day of retreat prep. We hope these short devotions help you turn your heart upwards and begin to allow God to do a work even now.
The second thing added to us when we seek God first is personal relationship with Him.
We’ll pick up today’s devotion in Psalm 139:23 where we come to God and say, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts.” Truth be known, before we ever asked or allowed him to search our heart, he knew us, loved us, and made a way for us to have fellowship with him. Rev 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
Today, we encourage you to reflect on your relationship with the Lord. He says to you, “Come”. Are you thirsty? Do you have a need? Isaiah 55 reflects his heart to meet you and exchange your needs with his provisions for you. He says, “Listen to me and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Would you remember his heart for you today and rekindle your time with Him? He says, Come!
Thursday, March 1 Devotion
On this first day of prep for the retreat. We are going to focus on the most important thing that is added unto us by God’s provision:
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
What is the one thing our soul’s need more than anything? That is salvation! What a wonderful provision! Because of Jesus, we have the opportunity to receive salvation. Now since probably all of you have already received salvation, you may be wondering why we have chosen to begin our week of preparation with this focus. Because we are saved and being saved…1 John 2:1 says, “ My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
The fact is we all sin and yes…even after we are saved. Let us begin this week of preparation by allowing him to forgive us once again. Open your heart for a moment and honestly face your Savior…Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
Allow God to show you any unrepentant sin in your life so that you can repent. Sometime today please read the prayer of repentance prayed by David in Psalm 51: Take some time to face God honestly and allow him to remove anything that may hinder your access to Him.