Acts 2:18-19 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke.
You and I are living in the most exciting days this earth has ever seen. All around us God is pouring out His Spirit in preparation for the end-time revival that will bring this whole age to a glorious close. Some of God's children are just standing by as spectators, watching Him work. Others, however, have become a vital part of it all. They've volunteered for service in this great end-time army. They've become what the Bible calls the servants and handmaidens of God.
Who are those servants and handmaidens? They're those who have committed themselves totally to their Lord. They're those who instead of being content simply to be born-again children of God, have gone even further, stepping into servant-hood out of love for the Father. The servants and handmaidens of God are those who've said, "I want to be involved in what God is doing in this hour. I want to be His bond slave, available to do His bidding twenty-four hours a day."
Those who make that powerful decision are the ones who are experiencing the great outpouring of God's Spirit that Peter spoke of in Acts 2. They are the ones whose Spirit-inspired words of prophecy and prayer are releasing the power of God upon the earth. They are the ones whose words are opening the way for the signs and wonders.
Do you want to be among them? You can be. God wants you to be. In fact, He needs you to be! He needs those who will cut every cord that binds them to this natural world. He needs people He can call on in the middle of the night for intercession. People who will get up and do it no matter how tired they may be.
That's the quality and depth of dedication servant-hood requires. It's a demanding role but its rewards are rich. Those who are willing to fill that role will be God's mouthpiece here on the earth in these final days. They will be vehicles of His Spirit and of His mighty power. They will be key players in the Holy Spirit's greatest earthly production.
Make a decision now to become one of them. Take the step of faith into servant-hood today.
Confession: I surrender all, all to Jesus I surrender all.
Proverbs 4:5 Get Wisdom, also get understanding
Your brain and thoughts control how you feel and how you react to life and life's situations. Your mind is a powerful part of your body. It can make you well or make you sick. It can make you happy or sad. It can release harmful chemicals into your body with the wrong thoughts.
Did you know that most cancers come from wrong thoughts or hurts?
Depression and oppression come from wrong thoughts.
Did you know, over time, you can become ugly and older in appearance from having wrong thoughts?
That's why the devil tries to control your thinking. It he can control your thoughts he can control you. He has actually persuaded people to kill others or themselves through the power of thoughts. That's why we have to renew our minds. We have to battle and pull down wrong thinking. The devil will convince you that you don't need to be in a good Word church; he doesn't want you to realize the power and authority you will have with right, righteous thinking and right faith talk. That's why the devil fights hard against Word churches like ours.
So get into the Word. You have to renew your mind with faith and positive thinking. Right now some of you are being destroyed slowly by wrong thoughts. Little by little. WAKE UP and take control of your thoughts.
Rom. 5:15 "But God's free gift is not at all to be compared to the trespass. For if many died through one man's falling away--his lapse, his offense--much more profusely did God's grace and the free gift that comes through Jesus Christ, abound and overflow to and for the benefit of many."
If you're ever on a losing streak and need someone to tell you how to turn things around, go to God. He's an expert on the subject. He's suffered more losses than anyone who's ever lived.
Just think about it. He lost Lucifer, His top-ranked, most-anointed angel. And when Lucifer fell, God lost at least a third of His other angels as well. Then He lost the man and the woman He had created; and because He'd given them dominion over the earth, when He lost them, He lost it, too. Any way you figure it, that's a lot of real estate down the drain!
Yet, in spite of all that, God is no loser. He's the greatest winner of all time. Do you know why? Because He knows how to turn the losses around. He knows how to use the law of giving and receiving to transform losses into gains. His secret?
"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over." (Luke 6:38)
That's the powerful principle that breaks losing streaks. Isn't that staggering? He had every option that exists to choose from to redeem the things He'd lost. He had all wisdom and all power available to Him. Out of all that, the law of giving and receiving is what He chose to use. He gave the most irreplaceable thing He had: His only Son. Then He backed that gift with His own faith. And when the law of giving and receiving had done its work, the Almighty Father God received not only His first begotten Son, but millions of other sons as well.
Don't despair over your losses. Redeem them the same way God redeemed His. Give, and put the most powerful principle in the universe to work for you. The heart of a New Covenant believer is giving.
Galatians 1:15-16 “When God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles.
Paul recognized that God had a unique purpose for his life; He had set him apart, even before he was born. Paul had always acknowledged, “God has special plans for me."
But Paul also realized he originally had the wrong idea about God’s plans, thinking that God wanted him to persecute the Church. He was highly successful and became a rising star among the religious elite, advancing in Judaism beyond many of his contemporaries. (Galatians 1:13-14)
However, this success didn’t mean Paul understood God’s plans. The Lord had something else in mind. He “called” Paul to align his life with His plan. It was a specific plan designed just for Paul; he didn't develop it, manipulate circumstances, or dream something up. God called him “through His grace,” His unmerited favor. It was a destiny and a purpose that Paul, as a fanatical, totally-committed Jew, never would have considered. But this was God’s call for him.
The same is true for all of us. No one is an accident. Each life has a unique purpose, and God has “special plans” for every person. Today, make sure you’re seeking God’s special plans for your life. You may think you have clear ideas, but, as Paul learned, God may have something else in mind. Declare that Jesus is Lord of everything. Surrender your life anew to Him. Seek the face of God, and give Him permission to direct your life. Don’t fight, resist, or argue with Him. Let Him bring you fulfillment and accomplish His special plans for you!
Confession: What I am willing to tolerate I cannot change. Lord show me and tell me your plan for an abundant life
Luke 10:19 "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
The Greek word "exousia" means authority. However, it is often translated as "power" in the King James Version of the New Testament. In our text, for example, two different Greek words are translated as "power" in the King James version, yet the correct translation of the first word is "authority."
Therefore, the above verse should read, "I give you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy..."
What is the difference between power and authority?
Well, what can one uniformed police officer do to direct the flow of rush hour traffic? He can do a great deal. Is it because the policeman has the power to hold back these mighty machines? No! His most strenuous efforts couldn't stop the swiftly passing cars. He doesn't have the power to do it, but he has something far better. He is invested with the authority of the government he serves. Even a stranger in the city recognizes this authority and obeys it. Authority is delegated power.
Confession: I have been given authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing shall by any means hurt me.
Heb.13:5-6 "He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."
Self-consciousness is a major problem in the Body of Christ today. It keeps us from doing the things God tells us to do. Instead of simply obeying Him, it makes us start to wonder, "Now what will people think of me if I do that? What if I command that person to get out of the wheelchair and he doesn't get up? What if I start believing for prosperity and go broke? What about that, God? I won't look too good, will I?"
If you've ever been through that, let me tell you something: It doesn't matter how you look! It's that you obey God that counts. When it comes to obeying God, your own reputation doesn't count; and the sooner you forget it, the better off you'll be.
But you know what's ironic? Once you do that, your reputation gets better. It's a funny thing. When you lose that desire to protect your image, your image will improve. Why? Because then when people look at you, instead of seeing that puny little image you have of yourself, they'll see the image of the Lord Jesus coming through.
So put aside that old self-consciousness and develop God-consciousness instead. Stop being dominated by the fear of man and start being motivated by faith in what Jesus can do. After all, He has promised He will never leave you or forsake you. Grab hold of that. Believe it. Act on it. Once you do, you'll realize there's really nothing to be afraid of anymore!
Confession: I am a doer of the Word my future is bright, but it is up to me to step out in faith and obey the Word
The Daily Bread
A devotional to equip, exhort, motivate and feed your spirit.
Pastor Larry Smoot is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in Stafford County, Virginia.