Albert Finch Ministry - Daily Devotional - July 23, 2019
2 Corinthians 1:8,9 - “For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;”
Paul didn’t break, and he didn’t die! Likewise, if you hold on and fight right where you are, you also won’t break or be destroyed! God’s delivering power is yours! He has rescued you in the past; He will rescue you now, and He will rescue you again and again in the future.
All He asks is that you “stay put” right where He called you – refusing to move, rejecting every temptation to give up, and deciding to never give in to the pressure that the devil wants to pile on top of you.
If you’ll be faithful and wage war with the power and armor of God, you’ll discover that God will be with you all the way through to a successful conclusion.
Acts 20:24 - “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus.”
Whatever your revealed purpose in Christ, you will be energized by opening your mind to ideas, and closing the narrow mental corridors of convention and sameness. Life in the Spirit has much to offer, and pursuing your destiny can be exciting and thrilling. But it also requires your entire being.
Destiny chasers engage every fiber of their being in following the path God has set before them. They are not bored or lazy or negative – they remind themselves why they are on this journey.
When you want to be your best and do your best for God, you keep moving past the humps. You find the energy to re-engage in your purpose, and you remember that your calling is greater than you.
James 4:2,3 - “You have not because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss.”
What does it mean to pray wrong? In many cases, it simply means to pray without expecting results. Many Believers use prayer as a kind of spiritual wishbone.
Start praying to in the Name of Jesus according to the Word of God, and expecting to receive what you ask for every single time – this is bold and you have a scriptural right to be bold. According to scripture, you have a standing invitation from your heavenly Father to“come boldly unto the throne of grace that you MAY OBTAIN” (Hebrews 4:16).That word “obtain” is a word of certainty meaning to “get possession of.”
When you go to God in accurate, Word of God-based, Spirit-inspired prayer, you DO know that He’s going to meet your need exactly as you asked Him. Start expecting Him to do it today.
Ephesians 3:19 - “Be filled with all the fullness of God."
We want our whole being to be so full of the life of Jesus that the Holy Spirit can speak and act through us. We want the Word in our heart and the faith it produces. We want to live always in Him.
We cry out for the inspiration of the God of power. We want to act in the Holy Spirit. We want to breathe out divine life. We want the glory, miracles, and wonders that work out the purpose of God for our life.
We want to be absorbed by God, and we want to know nothing among men except Jesus and Him crucified(1 Corinthians 2:2).
2 Timothy 1:7 - “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.“
The innocent desire you have to protect yourself will cost you dearly when it comes to walking with God. It infected the Israelites to such a degree that they forgot the signs and wonders(Exodus 14:11).Suddenly they saw themselves as just people again - - not people with whom God dwells, but just people.
Satan will get you into a natural rather than a supernatural perspective – that you are just a natural person. That’s why you need to think with the mind of Christ.
Affirm and meditate on His Word continually. Speak it to your problems…and watch faith rise up. Then you’ll have the right perspective and victory will be yours!
Luke 6:22,23 - “Blessed are you when men shall hate you…for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy for your reward is great in heaven…"
When persecution comes, when friends or family criticize you because you love Jesus, and aren’t afraid to say so, rejoice! Shout hallelujah and leap for joy!
Paul said,"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).”
Get caught up in producing fruit through advancing in God’s purpose for your life. Get caught up in the glorious hope that’s ahead. For that hope is enough to make anyone – under any circumstance – leap for joy!
Psalm 32:8 - “The Lord says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you."
Sometimes you may look around and see that things have changed and that you need to move in another direction. While your vision is still the same, the provisions God is using to bring about that vision have changed.
And now, in order to continue moving in God’s purpose for your life, you will have to employ new tactics and venture on a new path. Change is not easy. Don’t allow your fear of moving and changing get in the way of your destiny.
This is where it is important to keep your eyes open and your heart open to advancing in the next step in God’s calling on your life.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 - “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them who are asleep, that you SORROW NOT, even as others who have no hope…Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again…”
We have seen grief and sorrow as such a natural part of life that we haven’t even questioned them – there are times when we actually want to feel sad and sorry for ourselves. But grief and sorrow are dangerous things.
The force behind these emotions are actually spirit beings sent by the devil himself to kill, steal and destroy. Jesus bore grief and sorrow (Isaiah 53) so we wouldn’t have to. If they come knocking on your door, remember they are not innocent emotions. They are deadly enemies that Jesus carried away at Calvary.
Don’t live as those who have no hope. You’re a believer. You know that Jesus Christ died for you and rose again – it gives you hope in every situation. Sorrow not!
John 15:4 - “Live in me, and I will live in you. A branch cannot produce any fruit by itself. It has to stay attached to the vine. In the same way, you cannot produce fruit unless you live in me.”
God created you to exalt and bring glory to His name. When you bear fruit, God is glorified. His name is exalted whenever you use the abilities He stored in you. From His storehouse of riches, God will supply all you can imagine, and more because He wants you to fulfill His purpose for your life.
So long as you live in the vine and submitted to the discipline of the Gardner, you will know God’s blessings and will bear abundant fruit that remains.
Your calling in Christ requires a relationship with its Source. God works hard to keep us hooked up with Him. He wants His glory to fill the earth through us.
Luke 10:22 - “All things have been committed to me by my Father."
As the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus. He is real – the living Word, effective, acting, speaking, thinking praying, singing. It is a wonderful life, the substance of the Word of God, which includes possibility, and opportunity, which confronts us, bringing us to a place undaunted.
Jesus has given us power over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19). All must be subject to His power. What should we do to "work the works of God?’ (John 6:28). "This is the work of God, that you believe” (verse 29).
We must remain in a strong, resolute resting on the authority of God’s Word, rejoicing in the manifestation of the life of God, through us, on behalf of the sick and perishing multitudes.
Matthew 8:19 - “Then a teacher of the law came to Him and said, ‘Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.’”
Only a disciple experiences full potential. He seeks new revelations and understandings concerning Jesus’ life and who He calls His disciples to be. Don’t fall for the limitations of the world – the lies and deceptions of the lower nature.
Get connected to God’s purpose for your life. Then stay connected. God has chosen you to go and bear fruit – fruit that remains. Live in Christ and the Father will give you whatever you wish.
Refuse to live below your privileged sonship. Reach for the high calling of Christ for your life. Drink deep from the vine and let your life feed others.
2 Corinthians 4:6 - “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ."
Let your heart take time to wait silently before God that He might reveal His glory. In such times of silent waiting before Him, God will place His thoughts in your heart so they become a great blessing to you and to others.
He will create within you desires and dispositions that will be as rays of His glory shining in you.
Put it to the test now. Offer yourself to Him in sincere humility, and believe that God, in His holy love, will make Himself known to you.
John 3:29,30 - “The bride belongs to the bridegroom….He must increase, but I must decrease.”
His life is manifested power overflowing. We must decrease if the life of God is to be manifested. There is not room for two kinds of life in one body. Death for life – that is the price to pay for the manifested power of God through us.
As we die to selfish desire, there comes a fellowship within, perfected cooperation, you ceasing, God increasing.
God in us is a living substance, a spiritual nature. You live by another life, the“faith of the Son of God” (Galatians 2:20).
John 15:1 - “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.” Jesus says, “I am the True Vine.”
By this statement He implies that there are vines or sources that are not genuine. The potential of the branches and the vine needs the attention of the Gardener. Cutting off the old leaves that stop the vine from producing its full potential, the Gardner starts to clean up the vine.
Are there some old leaves in your life that have been hanging around for five, ten or fifteen years? Do you need to quit a habit or two so your life more truly reflects your oneness with Christ? How many hours in a day are you losing to disobedience and rebellion?
Prune your life through discipline and obedience to God, who desires His purpose for your life to be maximized.
Isaiah 60:1 - “Arise, shine, for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.”
The people of the world don’t have spiritual discernment. they can only go by your physical appearance, behavior, and what happens to you. In other words, if they notice something different about you, it is because they see the evidence of God’s glory on your life – in your family and work life, health and finances.
When God’s glory rises upon you, your words carry weight, even if you are not eloquent. Mabe it is your hands. When you lay hands on the sick, they recover. Mabe it is your ability to give counsel that is spot-on, or your ability to speak into their future with a word of knowledge or word of wisdom from God.
When you see this happening, it is because the people of the world are drawn to the glory of the Lord that has risen upon you!
Mark 16:17 - “And these signs shall follow them that believe;…"
Because of the tense used with the Greek word for "believe”, this verse would be better translated“These signs shall follow them that are constantly believing…” In other words, these signs don’t come automatically just because a person once walked aside and gave his heart to Jesus. These signs follow those who are constantly believing for them to occur.
Like everything else in the Kingdom of God, signs and wonders are activated by faith. Ask the Holy Spirit to rekindle the flame in your heart to see the supernatural signature of God on your life or your ministry. For the miraculous to occur, He needs you to be constantly releasing your faith – for it is your faith that activates the supernatural!
Isaiah 10:27 - “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off your shoulder, and his yoke from off your neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.”
Jesus is the Christ. The Greek word for Christ means “the Anointed One”. And since Isaiah 10:27 tells us the yoke of the devil is destroyed by the anointing, we don’t have to run scared when the devil comes against us. You are destined to overcome. You have that anointing – the Anointed One – residing on the inside of you if you are born again.
Stir up that anointing. Stand up in the midst of the storm. As you speak to it with all the power and authority that’s been given to you, you’ll dominate the storm.
Joshua 1:9 - “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Those Believers who are pursuing their calling in Christ have to be risk takers – getting into deep water is scary because there’s a possibility that you could drown. Getting into the water is scary because it’s cold. But getting in is the only way you will learn to swim. You can’t learn hanging on the edge.
Getting to the next level of God’s purpose for your life works the same way; you will have to step out of what feels secure. Our destiny is waiting on the other side. We can’t let fear keep us from moving forward doing what we have been created to do.
Matthew 24:45 - "Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has made ruler over his household?"
Who is faithful? The one who spends his time doing what God has called him to do. Or as Jesus put it, the one who takes up his cross and follows Him. The one who denies his fleshly desires and spends his life on the things God desires him to do.
God may be calling you to pray for the sick or to disciple a new Christian. But you're busy, so you glide on with good intentions and tell God you'll do it later. Well later is NOW.
Decide today that you are going to be the faithful and wise servant. Serve His interests instead of your own. Do you want Him to show Himself strong for you? Then take up Jesus' thoughts today. Discover and take up His purpose for your life. Now is the time to be faithful!
Hebrews 3:1 - “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession.”
Hebrews 3:1says that Jesus is the High Priest of our confession. He’s been sent to put into effect, to execute, to carry out the words that we say. But have you been speaking what you feel, instead of speaking words of faith? He can’t execute that.
He is our High Priest of deliverance from sin, sickness, poverty, and disease. Speak words He can implement – words of victory. That’s what He’s been ordained by God to bring to pass in our life.
John 8:39 - "They answered and said to Him, 'Abraham is our father.' Jesus said to them, 'If you are Abraham's children, do the deeds of Abraham.'"Abraham was an alien and a stranger on the earth. The goal of his life was to have a place in what God…Continue