Day Thirty-Two: Love Broke Through

40 days of prayer devotion

by David Shannon Wooten – February 7, 2018

Day Thirty-Two: Love Broke Through

Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

I love Toby Mac’s song,

When Love Broke Thru”. His lyrics resonate with me,

Verse 2,

“I did all that I could to undo me
But You loved me enough to pursue me
Yeah, You drew me out of the shadows
Made me believe that I mattered, to You, You”

Chorus:

“When love broke through
You found me in the darkness
Wanderin’ through the desert
I was a hopeless fool
Now I’m hopelessly devoted
My chains are broken
And it all began with You
When love broke through
And it all began with You
When love broke through”

(If you would like you can watch and listen here)

Love pursues.

What is so awesome about God is, He IS love. He is the very essence of love. His love looks like pursuing people. Love pursues. Love finds what is lost. Love goes after the broken and offers healing. Love makes people feel like they are valuable and that they matter.

Jesus illustrated this “love pursuit” with the woman who lost a coin (Luke 15:8-10). She has nine more, so what’s the big deal? How many coins do you find on the street that people dropped and didn’t bother to pick it up? But to this woman every coin mattered to her. She would not stop the pursuit until she found the lost coin.

Love breaks through.

Every person matters to God. He will not stop His pursuit until they are found, restored and healed. People need breakthroughs. Breakthroughs can be traced back to actions of love.

Think about the breakthroughs you have experienced in life. Someone was willing to pursue you and share Christ with you. Someone loved you enough to pray with you until you experienced a breakthrough. Someone opened their heart and met a need in your life. God pursues because He loves. And He moves the heart of His people to do the same. When we love, we pursue and love breaks through.


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about God’s love and “Being” God’s love, you can listen to Newspring “Love” message series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Love heart

Day Twenty-Six: Detours and Delays part 1

40 days of prayer devotion

by David Shannon Wooten – February 1, 2018

Day Twenty-Six: Detours and Delays part 1

Habakkuk 2:3 (TLB), “ But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient!They will not be overdue a single day!” 

Road Closed Detour Delays

Detours and delays can be very frustrating. For six months I was forced to drive 10 miles out of my way because of a detour. The Ohio Department of Transportation was tearing down a bridge near my house. That extra 10 miles added another 15 minutes to my travel schedule. For the first few weeks I enjoyed the new scenery. Admiring houses and yards I’ve never seen, barns, fields and flowers that were not on my normal route. But after 3 weeks, I didn’t see scenery. I was so frustrated with extra mileage and time wasted, all I seen was red. I was so done with this detour.

After the construction as I was driving over this nice brand-new bridge, it hit me. That old bridge was wearing down. It was rusted, pot holes, concrete sides were crumbling. While I was enduring the detour, someone was working on this new bridge that would serve me and my family well. This new bridge was wider, it was safer and it would last for many years.

A detour means construction is happening.

It’s inevitable, you will experience detours and delays in your life. Your plans will unexpectedly change. The answer to your prayer will appear to be delayed. You must know that detours & delays mean construction is happening somewhere. God is developing you and constructing your future at Construction housethe same time. When you experience a detour or a delay, know that God is working on your future. Instead of a construction sign saying, “Men at Work”, It’s a sign that says, “God at Work”. He is setting things up for you.

God will not place you in a future that you are not prepared for. And He will not send you to a place that is not prepared for you.

A delay does not mean you’re denied.

Every person in history who accomplished great things had two things in common.  #1 They experienced delays. #2 They didn’t let that stop them. They didn’t give up.

  • WINSTON CHURCHILL failed the sixth grade. He was defeated in every public office role he ran for. Then he became the British prime minister at the age of 62.
  • The first time JERRY SEINFELD went onstage, he was booed away by the jeering crowd. Eventually, he became a famous comic with one of the most-loved sitcoms ever.
  • DR. SEUSS’ first book was rejected by 27 different publishers. He’s now the most popular children’s book author ever.

A delay does not mean you’re denied. A detour does not mean God is not able to get you to the breakthrough. You may not enjoy the detour or delay, but you will LOVE what God has been constructing for you when you arrive.

Don’t stop. Keep your trust in God. Keep praying. Continually speak God’s Word over your life and situations. Maintain the right spirit and attitude.

Detour and delay does not mean denied


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

frequency hearing God sermon series

Day Twenty: Can You See Beyond?

40 days of prayer devotion

Day Twenty: Can You See Beyond?

by David Shannon Wooten – January 26, 2018

Genesis 13:14-15 – The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. 15All the land that you see I will give to you

“That will never happen!” “That is not possible.” You have heard this statement. I’ve been guilty of saying it myself. How about you? This is a statement of unbelief and can be a real big problem when God is asking us to believe Him for a breakthrough.

Here are a few breakthroughs in history that people said would never happen:

That is not possible!

  1. The Light Bulb:  … good enough for our transatlantic friends … but lightbulb unworthy of the attention of practical or scientific men.  (British Parliamentary Committee, referring to Edison’s light bulb, 1878.) Everyone acquainted with the subject will recognize it as a conspicuous failure. (Henry Morton, president of the Stevens Institute of Technology, on Edison’s light bulb, 1880.)
  2. A/C (Alternating Current) – Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever. (Thomas Edison, 1889.)
  3. Personal Computer: We have reached the limits of what is possible with computers. (John Von Neumann, 1949)
  4. Microchip: But what… is it good for? (An engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, commenting on the microchip in 1968.)
  5. Data Transmission: Before man reaches the moon, your mail will be delivered within hours from New York to Australia by guided missiles. We stand on the threshold of rocket mail. (Arthur Summerfield, U.S. Postmaster General under Eisenhower, 1959.) Transmission of documents via telephone wires is possible in principle, but the apparatus required is so expensive that it will never become a practical proposition. (Dennis Gabor, Hungarian-British physicist, 1962.)
  6. Online Shopping: Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop – Emailbecause women like to get out of the house, like to handle merchandise, like to be able to change their minds. (TIME, 1966.)
  7. AutomobileThe ordinary “horseless carriage” is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle. (Literary Digest, 1899.)

Can you see beyond?

God wants you to see beyond your current situation. Vision always begins and is stirred from seeing something outside the context of our current reality. God does not want to be constrained by reality. He’s looking for people who will believe that He is able to do the impossible. God placed Abraham in a context and asked him to see and believe beyond it. He will ask the same from you and me.

Ephesians 3:20 – Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

Can you see, ask, imagine what God wants to do in your life right now? Is it immeasurably MORE? Can you see beyond?

God wants you to see beyond


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

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Day Nineteen: Knocked Down But Not Out

Day Nineteen: Knocked Down But Not Out

by David Shannon Wooten – January 25, 2018

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.

It is impossible to live without trouble or pain. Disappointments are inevitable. Pressure from situations can cause confusion. And there is a real spiritual enemy that desires to hunt you down and destroy your faith and purpose in God.

But God never leaves you without hope. He will not allow pressure to crush you. When your enemy is all up in your face, God is right there in his face. The battle may cause you to fall flat to the ground. You may be limping through your season, but God promises you that you will not be destroyed.

Don’t let the pressure take you out.

The Apostle Paul exemplifies how to go through stuff that knocks you down, but not allow it take you out.

  1. He doesn’t focus on his ability, but he puts confidence in the power of the risen Christ who is in him (verse 7). This is not only his focus, it is a declaration that comes out of his mouth.
  2. He protects his heart from getting weary (Verse 16). When we begin to lose heart, we become unfocused. Weariness will cause us to focus on the wrong things.
  3. He is determined to keep the right perspective (verse 17 &18). Paul clearly conveys wise perspective that these troubles are creating an eternal reward. He sees these troubles as a temporary nuisance because he sees the bigger picture. Our troubled seasons are a drop in the bucket compared to our entire lifetime. And our lifetime on this earth will be even less than the drop compared to eternity. What matters most is not a comfortable or a trouble-free life; it’s what was accomplished for eternity.

You are a Champion.

Paul understood what an athlete or a solider had to endure to be a champion.

  • Champions will focus on developing character not resumes. God cannot promote us beyond our character. Nothing develops our character more, than going through trouble and straining to keep the right focus and attitude.
  • Champions make decisions that create a desired future; not decisions that create a desired present.
  • Champions focus on HOW they go through hard-times rather than getting through hard-times.
  • Champions get up, not give up. Proverbs 24:16

You will get knocked down, but you don’t have to stay down. Get Up! Keep on! Embrace the power of your risen Christ who is in you.


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Eighteen: You’re Coming Out With A Reward

Day Eighteen: You’re Coming Out With A Reward

by David Shannon Wooten – January 24, 2018

Job 23:10-11 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. 11My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.

What Job was experiencing was beyond a bad “hair” day. He was going through one of the worst seasons of his life. His body was covered in boils, sitting in a garbage heap and he lost everything. Even his “friends” were so critical of his situation. Job is on his knees in prayer, needing encouragement and instead of a pat on the back, the best his friends could do was give him a kick in the mouth.

Through all of this Job eventually comes out of his trial with a reward. God restored to him double of what he had lost (Job 42:10). Job’s statement of faith gives us insight to Job’s ability to not only survive through this horrific season of suffering, but come out with an incredible blessing. Prayerfully look at the principle and key to Job’s breakthrough.

Job’s Statement of Faith

  1. “God knows exactly what I’m going through”. God is never surprised. He knows everything. God has redeemed your past. He is actively involved in your present. He is setting up your future.
  2. “God is testing me”. My suffering, my trial is a test. I’m not in the devil’s hands, I’m in God’s hands. I refuse to give the devil glory. He is not in control of this trial. God is in control.
  3. “God WILL bring me out and WILL reward me”. He always rewards after the test. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). Gold does not become valuable until it is mined out of the ground and placed in the furnace for the process of removing impurities. God knows how to dig deep to bring the value out of us. He knows how to remove what may be hindering us for the next level of blessing.

Job places high value on his faithfulness to continually follow and believe God, regardless of his suffering and loss (verse 11). He knew God would restore and reward. Let your statement of faith declare, your worst test will become your biggest blessing.


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Day Seventeen: Bold Prayers Out Of Pain

Day Seventeen: Bold Prayers Out of Pain

by David Shannon Wooten – January 23, 2018

1 Chronicles 4:10, Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.

I don’t believe Jabez prayed this bold prayer with the intent of being someone who desired to be self-indulgent and hoard his riches. Verse 9 informs us that Jabez was an honorable man. In fact, he was more honorable than his brothers. God believed that Jabez would honor Him, so He granted his prayer.

Maybe it was the pain and brokenness that Jabez experienced in his past, which fueled his passion to see God do more with his future. Pain and brokenness has a way of either paralyzing us or breaking us out of our comfort zone so we can believe God to do more with our life.

Don’t let a setback, pain, brokenness or failure paralyze your faith or keep you stuck. God wants you to believe Him for more. He wants you to ask Him to fulfill and reach your ultimate potential and purpose. You were created for God’s Glory. Don’t settle for less. If we are going to cry out from the pain, then let us cry out to God with a bold prayer.

Your Bold Prayer

You can use Jabez’s prayer as a pattern for your prayer.

Father I pray…

  • All of Your blessings will come in to my life. Everything You have purposed and designed for me, I welcome and receive them.
  • You will expand the gifts and abilities You have given to me. Let me reach my ultimate potential. Expand my influence for Your Glory. Accomplish your perfect will in my life. Hold nothing back.
  • Let me never move out from among Your Hand of blessing and protection.
  • Keep me from temptation and deliver me from evil. Protect me from the thief who desires to strip your blessings and joy. Allow me to experience the joy of your blessings and the abundant life You give.


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Day Sixteen: God’s Whisper Is More Powerful Than Your Enemy’s Roar

Day Sixteen: God’s Whisper Is More Powerful Than Your Enemy’s Roar

By David Shannon Wooten – January 22, 2018

1 Kings 19:11-12, “The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

God was demonstrating to Elijah that His whisper was more effective than any dramatic expression. Wind, earthquakes and fires have the ability to leave behind devastation. While Elijah was stricken with depression over a threat from his enemy, God was telling Elijah, you don’t need these powerful forces to respond. All you need is My whisper.

Satan and his darkness likes to roar. The Bible describes him as a roaring lion. 1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Satan was using Jezebel to roar his threats through her voice. That is exactly what the enemy wants to do to you and me.

At the close of our Sunday morning service (January 21, 2018), our worship team led us in a song as we were praying and reflecting over the message. I heard God whisper to my heart, “Remind my people that my whisper is more powerful than their enemy’s roar”.

God’s Whisper is life changing

Some of the most impactful and life changing moments in my life were when situations were raging, but God chose to speak to me in a gentle whisper. When He whispers, it will hush the winds and calm the raging seas. His words do not leave devastation, they leave peace. God’s whisper gave me direction as father. His whisper brought miraculous healing. God’s whisper called me into the ministry to teach His word. His whisper led me to much needed open doors in my life.

Sometimes we have to quiet our mind so we can hear the life changing whispers of God. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of God”. God encourages us to be quiet so we can watch Him work. Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God”. It was David’s prayer when He was desperate for a change in his circumstances, “Come close and whisper your answer. I really need you” Psalm 55:2(MSG).

God desires to whisper His promise to you. His whisper will not only cancel out your enemies roar, it will bring incredible change to your circumstances.


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

 

Day Thirteen: You Make Things Brighter And Better

Day Thirteen: You Make Things Brighter And Better

by David Shannon Wooten – January 19, 2018

Matthew 5:13a-1613a“You are the salt of the earth… 14“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

As a kid, I was roaming our 100-acre farm. I lost track of time and stayed out too late. The dusk quickly turned to darkness. I panicked for a moment because I didn’t know which way was home. But as I was searching, I spotted a light in the distance. I knew it was the light shining from our back porch. No matter how dark it was, as long as I could keep my eyes on the light, I had hope that I would soon be home.

These are the words that Jesus speak over you. “You are salt and light”. You make things brighter and better in a dark cold and tasteless world. If you listen to satan speak over you, he will always condemn and make you feel less than you are. God always speaks to the value He has placed within you. It is Christ in you who makes you valuable. When you walk in to a dark depressing situation, your light brings hope, faith and love. The people in your life are searching for hope. The light of God is so bright in you, you will help people find their way “home”.

“Value the light that God has shined on you and it will prompt you to shine the light on others.”


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Day Seven: The Place God Prepares For You

Day Seven: The Place God Prepares For You

by David Shannon Wooten – January 13, 2018

Your Heavenly Father claims you as His child. He declares it to the world. You are His. To clarify His love for you He uses the example of how a shepherd cares for his sheep. The shepherd leads his sheep to green pastures so they are fed; always protected and always provided for.

Psalm 100:3, “Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.”

Don’t ever doubt God’s care for you. He does not abandon His people. This year you may go through some dry seasons, but you never have to doubt that God will leave you in a barren place for a long period of time. In fact, the place that “feels” like barren to us, God is still providing. His promise to you…

There will be more green pastures in your life than barren places. Not only has God prepared some green bountiful places for you this year, Jesus promises to lead you there.

John 10:3-4, “The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.”

Rejoice in His abundance. He is a good Father. He is a good Shepherd that knows how to lead his people.

“We are His people who live in His pasture. God never lets his pasture get barren. He knows how to care for you.”


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Day Six: You Are Planted Not Buried

Day Six: You Are Planted Not Buried

by David Shannon Wooten – January 12, 2018

God’s growth plan has a mixture of seasons that consist of darkness, sunshine, rain, cold and warm days. You don’t have to be confused about the season when you know you are in God’s care. I remember going through a dark season and thoughts from the enemy flooded my mind. I thought I had seen my best days. Fear came over me about my health and future. I thought I would forever be stuck in certain situations and would never see a breakthrough.  God reminded me that the dark season was just a growing season for me. God was helping  my “roots of faith” to grow deeper and stronger. He assured me, that I wasn’t going to face devastation with these overwhelming feelings of being buried. God reminded me, He planted me and that new life would soon come. I began to say to myself,

“My enemy told me this season of darkness would bury me. God told me I’m not buried, I’m actually planted. This season will pass and life will come again”.

God wants to remind you that He has you in His hand. He is the “Author and Finisher” of your faith (Hebrews 12:2). The good work He began in you, He will complete (Philippians 1:6). A season of life and fruitfulness will soon come again (John 10:10).

John 12:24, “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media