Albert Finch Ministry - Daily Devotional - July 25, 2019
Hebrews 4:12 - “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
The Word of God is alive and full of life! Therefore, it administers life wherever it is applied. It doesn’t matter how dark and deadly your circumstances may be. The Word of God has the supernatural life within it to fulfill the promises of God in your life.
If you have a need in your life today, go to the Word of God. Find a promise to stand on regarding your need…begin planting that seed in your heart. Say it aloud over and over as you let that Word take root inside of you. Let that Word become real to you as you continually meditate on it. And then watch it come alive!
Albert Finch Ministry - Daily Devotional - July 24, 2019
Isaiah 43:25,26 - “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins. Put Me in remembrance, let us argue our case together; State your cause, that you may be proved right.”
As long as you allow the devil to keep reminding you of past sins and failures, he will take advantage of you. Constantly dwelling on the past will keep your faith inoperative. And as long as you have no confidence in your own faith, your prayers will be hindered.
Why does God say that He won’t remember our sins for His own sake? So that He can bless us! He blots out our sins for His own sake so He can help us and demonstrate His great mercy and love on our behalf.
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.
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.
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).
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!
Romans 8:33 - “Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies."
The book of Job tells us that Satan came to God’s throne and complained about Job.(Job 1:6-12)God’s throne is the most holy place. So why did God allow Satan to come before Him in the most holy place? Because of Adam’s sin, He had the right to take Adam’s place and come before God.
So, what happened to Job cannot happen to us. Job longed for a mediator, but he had none.(Job 9:33). Today we have Jesus as our Mediator, mediating the New Covenant between God and man. However, since the devil cannot come before God any more, he comes to you on earth and accuses you in your conscience. Satan cannot come before God to accuse you because it is God who justifies you through the terms of the New Covenant. Jesus’ holy blood has given you perfect standing in the presence of God!
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.
Mark 11:23,24 - “…shall not doubt in his heart but shall BELIEVE THAT WHAT HE SAYS shall be done, WHATSOEVER HE SAYS SHALL BE DONE unto him. Therefore I say unto you, whatever things you desire, when you pray, BELIEVE THAT YOU RECEIVE them, and you shall have them.”
Believing is an action word. Just before Jesus told us in Mark 11:24 to believe that we receive, He told us in verse 23 that we “we shall have whatever we say.” Put those two together and you’ll see what a powerful thing it is when you actually say the phrase, “I believe I receive.” Something happens in your spirit when you say those words.
When you constantly say with your mouth, “I believe I receive my healing,” or “I believe I receive my financial needs met,” and then quote the scriptures that back those things, faith is released to bring power to bear in the areas of those needs. When everything looks the worst, we say it the loudest, I BELIEVE I RECEIVE!
2 Chronicles 16:9 - "The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him."
So often we try to figure things out instead of just trusting God and doing what He says in His Word. As a result, we end up in disobedience -- which always leads to unbelief. Don't let the giants in your life scare you into hiding. Let God know you'll trust Him and His Word no matter what the circumstances say or look like. Then worship Him knowing you'll see Him demonstrate His power and faithfulness on your behalf.
Affirmation: I keep my heart faithful toward God so that He shows Himself strong on my behalf.
Philippians 3:13,14 - “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Press into God by “adding to.” Add a few minutes more to your prayer time, Praise a few minutes more. Stretch yourself. Press through the limitations your flesh has tried to impose on you. See yourself turning from the past toward the future God has for you in Christ Jesus.
Settle in your spirit and in your mind what you need to do to advance in God’s PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE. Now, see yourself rising up and marching toward those marks with faith in your heart as the Holy Spirit leads you and give you His strength to get there.
Isaiah 26:9 - “My soul yearns for you in the night.”
What is the most worthwhile thing you can experience on earth? Nothing less than God Himself! What is the first and most important thing to be done each day? It is nothing less than to seek, to know, to live, and to praise God.
So begin every day of the year with the impassioned prayer of David:“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you…in a dry and weary land” (Psalm 63:1).As you persevere in this, you will learn to expect the presence of God to surround you throughout the day.
So be ablaze with His passion! And you will step into a new confidence this day. You will not be fooled by the voice of the intimidator, but you will rise up with more freedom and spontaneity than ever before. You will rise up "wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove"! (Matthew 10:16)
"And the God of peace will swiftly pound satan to a pulp under your feet! And the wonderful favor of our Lord Jesus will surround you." (Romans 16:20)
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