Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it. Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
Mark 11:12-14, 20-26 NKJV
And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebub,” and, “By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons.” So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.
Mark 3:22-27 NKJV
This great nations is divided. By political views, economic standings, religion, gender, and ethnicity. Just to name a few. We have become a nation turned inward, onto itself, because we cannot see clearly. Sadly, this has been a long time coming. Yet, so many around the globe are just as divided. The division is so great that it has torn families apart, turned friends against one another, and race against race. Their are so many forms of division taking place that is difficult to list them all. But GOD! He knows ALL and see’s ALL.
So I stand on the gap for those who divided and this nation. Lord, I ask that you take the reins and be in control. So that your love will flow, that those who say they are of/like you will display, for all to see, your love. Bring us back together, united in you. May the right decisions be made to your glory. We as a people stand up and declare your truth in all things. Not ashamed or full of fear. But standing firm and bold upon your word. The word that we have hid in our hearts so that cannot sin against you. Forgive us of all our sins and fill us with your Holy Spirit, to fill up those empty places. in all things we give thanks unto you, our Lord and Savior. Amen.
May God do a new thing in you. Have a wonderful day,
I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.
Genesis 9:13-15 NKJV
To be IN God is to be set apart. The things that I use to do, I cannot do anymore. Those things that without a shadow of a doubt will lead me down the wrong path, I cannot allow myself to be tempted by them. I must be set apart, holy, and ready to be used by God. I must be set apart, holy, and an example of God upon the earth for all of mankind to see.
I must be holy just like my Lord is holy. I serve a mighty God, the True and Living God. The Creator of heaven and the earth. He is my Lord, Savior, and Redeemer.
Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord . He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord . Jonah 1:1-3 NKJV
I was reading my devotion this morning and a question rose from the designated scripture readings. Jonah 1:1-6 The question was, “how can you flee from God”. Is it not virtually impossible? But how often have I tried throughout my life, even now? 🤔 How many times have I heard God clearly telling me to do a thing but I did the oppossite? How many times? I’ll just say it is unmeasurable.
I know that God is omniscience and omnipresent. Yet, I still try to run from him. Now isn’t that silly? Sometimes you have to laugh at yourself. 😄 That is just silly. But I must face the reality of it, I have tried numerous of times. I’m just glad that God has not turned from me. Thank you, Lord for waiting patiently for me to get my act together. Thank you, for not giving up on my.
I can imagine God in heaven shaking his head looking at me saying, ‘this girl, just don’t get It. Its not about her but about the work that must be done in her for my purpose. My will shall be done. I will wait patiently for her to come to the knowledge of that fact.’ With Jesus on the side of him saying, ‘Father, give her time. She knows you and have relationship with you. She will come around.’
All I can say is, thank you, Lord, and let your perfect will be done in my life. Forgive me for my disobedience. Use me for your divine purpose and I humbly bow unto you.
Rest in God and stand firm on his word. Walking continuously in him. Knowing that he is in control and is all that you need.
James 1:3 [AMP]
Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace].
Be encouraged today, that by being tried in the fire is stirring patience up. Its producing patience and enables you to withstand whatever may come your way. Trust the word and stand firmly upon it. Don’t waver, doubt, or fret. For God is with, if only you believe in faith.
I’m praying for you all to withstand and pass the test. So that when you come out on the other side, your testimony will be used to encourage, deliver, and bring hope to others.
Have a joyous Sunday,
Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people [who had returned from exile], listened carefully and obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the words of Haggai the prophet, since the Lord their God had sent him. And the people [reverently] feared the Lord.Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, spoke the Lord’s message to the people saying, “ ‘I am with you,’ declares the Lord.” – Haggai 1:12-13 AMP
The children of Israel had come out of exile but had gotten into a rut. They allowed their focus to change from the things of God unto the I own desires. The temple were in ruins and yet their houses were established. Then God spoke to the chosen and the remnant to encourage them to do what was required. To revive them and to put the focus on what was important.
Sadly, the same is taking place today. Just take a close at some of the churches and their buildings. How many empty churches do you see within your community? How many churches sprung up but fall into disarray? How many believers start the race but does not continue in the race?
So for the remnant of believers who are saying and living the saying for God I live and for God I die, stay the course. Lift up each other in prayer and supplication before the Lord. Encourage each other and help each other. We can’t do it alone. We must be connected to others. For we are a body of believer’s focused on making heaven our home. God is with us. We just have to stay connected.
Have a wonderful Friday,
Today, I am not concerned about anything. I will not worry or be anxious. I cast down everything from within me and quiet myself. My entire day, I am bowed in humbleness, honour, and reverence to my God, the True and Living God.
Our hope as believers is to enter into an eternal rest. The Greek word used for rest in this passage is sabbatismos which means keeping sabbath, the bless rest from toils and troubles looked for in the age to come by the true worshippers of God and true Christian’s.
- So this is our hope as believers that we enter into an eternal rest. But we must hold on to it until the end. For this hope is our very anchor to keep ourselves going. Telling ourselves continuously to not give up, to keep going, not to focus on what others think or say, but to hold on to it with all that I have.
So today, my prayer is that everyone holds on to their hope. For those who do not know of, have, this hope to be brought into this hope. That every Christian walk in the assurance of this hope and be a light unto this dark world. That we as believer’s will stand firm on the hope that we have until the very end.