Day Thirty: First Love

40 days of prayer devotion

by David Shannon Wooten – February 5, 2018

Day Thirty: First Love

 1 John 4:19, We love because he FIRST loved us.

We didn’t love God first. We are FIRST loved by God. Our first step to knowing true love is to allow God to love us. We receive His love by accepting His “love gift”, Jesus Christ His Son. Any other effort to fill our hearts will fall short.

A paraphrased quote from one of Blaise Pascal’s writings illustrates the point, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every person, and it can cross sunnever be filled by any created thing. It can only be filled by God, made known through Jesus Christ.” (Actual quote found on page 75 of Blaise Pascal’s Pensees, New York; Penguin Books, 1966).

When our relationship with God is strong we are more confident in His love for us. The more we rely on God’s love we are less to feel insecure about ourselves. This is SO important, not because we need to feel better about ourselves, but because we need to be free to show other people the love that God has given to us.

Ravi Zacharias said, “The love of God shows us that God alone bridges the distance between him and us, enabling us to see this world through Calvary.” When we are confident in God’s love toward us, we can see the people in our life as God sees them. God wants us to see the people in our life through the eyes of His love.

Loving God first.

  • How we love others will demonstrate how we love God. (1 John 4:20)
  • Loving God first will eliminate insecurities, jealousy or other selfish feelings that inhibit us from showing God’s love.

 You will be free to give compliments, celebrate others on to their success, show kindness to people who are rude to you, always speak well of people, never repeat someones weakness to others.

  • When you love God first you will love others best.

God will fill you with His love. This will allow you to love people from His love in you. You cannot give people what you do not possess.

Your spouse, your children, your friends, your students, your team, your coworkers, and your community need you to put priority on loving God first.

We can help people find God’s love through our acts of love. First love God and BE the love to others.

heart hands sun


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-Nine: This Is Unstoppable Love

40 days of prayer devotion

by David Shannon Wooten – February 4, 2018

Day Twenty-Nine: This Is Unstoppable Love

Romans 5:8, But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

The purest form of giving out of love is giving without expecting anything in return. Giving when it’s not deserved. Giving something that really means a lot to you. I’m sure you have given under similar circumstances. You gave something, because you simply loved. Have you ever not given, because you didn’t think the person would appreciate it? I’ll be honest, I have refrained from giving for that exact reason.

The real definition and standard for love.

God wants us to experience forgiveness and eternal life, He doesn’t just tell uslove stones He loves us. He “showed” His love by giving us His Son, Jesus. This is the kind of GREAT love God is demonstrating to you…

  1. God gave “while we were still sinners”. He gave you Jesus when you were not worthy.
  2. God gave without expecting anything in return. He didn’t wait until He knew for sure you would appreciate and receive Jesus.
  3. God gave His most valuable gift to you. His only Son, Jesus.

God has defined and set the standard for the purest form of love. This is the level of love that is unstoppable in its power to transform the individual heart and humanity. This kind of love spreads like wild fire that can cover families, communities, cities and countries.

When God’s love is accepted and received, Christ comes in to our heart and begins to reset the definition and standard of love in our own life. Because of Christ in us, we are able to give love like God loves.

What if everyone gave love…

  • whether people were worthy of our love or not?
  • even if people did not appreciate or accept our demonstration of love?
  • sacrificially? Gifts that mean something to us.

Unstoppable love started with God. His desire is to see His kind of love cover the entire world. This is the whole point of God sending His Son. He loved the world and wants to reach all humanity with His love. This will only happen as we demonstrate the love that has been given to us. We will be able to love at a higher level when we truly are confident of how God loves us. (1 John 4:9-20)

Heart beach ocean sunset


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 Twenty-Eight: What Do You See?

40 days of prayer devotion

by David Shannon Wooten – February 3, 2018

Day Twenty-Eight: What Do You See?

 Matthew 6:22-23, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy,[b] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”

July 4, 1951, Florence Chadwick waded into the water off Catalina Island. Her
desire was to be the first woman to swim the 21 miles from the island to the California coast. Florence was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions. She set her focus on a new challenge. Challenging it was. She faced bone chilling waters, sharks and dense fog. The fog was so thick she could barely see the boat in front of her. She wanted out, but her mom and trainer kept encouraging her to keep going. The intense cold water, the tormenting thoughts of sharks swimming with her and not being able to see how much further she had to go, Florence stopped ½ mile short. After she was out of the water and realized how close she was to accomplishing her goal, Florence stated, “If I could have seen land. I would have kept on going.”

Florence didn’t let that defeat stop her. In 1952 she crushed her goal by swimming the 21 miles from Catalina Island to California coast. AND broke the men’s record by 2 hours!

 

 

What do you keep in front of your eyes?

“If I could have SEEN land.” What we constantly keep in front of our eyes will have our attention.

When we keep our eyes on the negative things people say or do, it will try to “stick” to our heart and affect our attitude.

Psalm 101:3 I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.

When God opens our eyes to not only see what is in the natural, but what is going on in the supernatural, it will change our perspective.

2 Kings 6:17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

When the Holy Spirit opens our eyes with understanding, our hearts and thoughts will be flooded with confidence and incredible faith.

Ephesians 1:18, I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called–his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.

Holy Spirit shine your light.

The key for you to reach your goals, increase your faith and receive what God has for you, is to keep your eyes, mind and heart on the right thing. May the Holy Spirit shine His light on what He desires you to see.

Lantern shine the light on what to see


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 Twenty-Seven: Detours and Delays part 2

40 days of prayer devotion

by David Shannon Wooten – February 2, 2018

Day Twenty-Seven: Detours and Delays part 2

Genesis 50:20, You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.

Most of the time detours and delays come at a surprise. We normally don’t anticipate problems. They catch us off guard and always have the potential to discourage us. These setbacks can kill our faith and dreams. But if we keep our trust in God and include a “God-Perspective”, we will not lose hope.

Joseph had twice as many detours and delays than good days.Broken Heart

Consider Joseph how God gave him a dream but immediately he experienced a setback. God was showing Joseph that he would bless him, he would become a great leader and have great influence. But when Joseph shared his dream with his brothers, they hated him. Talking about starting out on the wrong foot. It’s a bad day when you share how God wants to bless you and people hate you in return.

The journey for Joseph to reach his dream was not an easy one. He faced several detours and delays before he ever fulfilled the dream. In fact, he had twice as many detours and delays than breakthroughs.

  • Sold into slavery (detour & delay).
  • Living in a strange country far from home (detour & delay).
  • Given favor in Potiphar’s house (breakthrough)
  • Falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife (detour & delay).
  • Thrown into prison (detour & delay).
  • Put in charge of all the prisoners (breakthrough).
  • Forgotten by the cupbearer (detour & delay).
  • Remained in prison two more years (detour & delay).
  • Became second in command in Egypt (breakthrough).

In the natural it appears Joseph is moving away from his dream. But as Joseph stated in Genesis 50:20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.” Joseph had twice as many “bad days” as he did good. But he maintained his faith, because he had a “God-Perspective”.

Don’t waste your time adding up the days you are detoured or delayed. God uses a different formula to bring you to your breakthrough.

God will use your detours and delays to bring you to a good place.

In yesterday’s devotion, Detours and Delay’s Part 1, I listed a few people who accomplished great things, but did so by pushing through the bad days. To further illustrate this very important principle, here are a few more to add to our list:

THOMAS EDISON’s teachers told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Edison also famously invented 1,000 light bulbs before creating one that worked.

R.H. MACY had a history of failing at businesses, including a dud Macy’s in NYC. But Macy kept up the hard work and ended up with the biggest department store in the world.

STEVEN SPIELBERG was rejected from his dream school, the University of Southern California, three times. He sought out an education somewhere else and dropped out to be a director.

WALT DISNEY was fired by a newspaper editor because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Several more of his businesses failed before the premiere of his movie Snow White. Today, most children wouldn’t be the same without his ideas.

As you go through the bad days of detours and delays, keep the “God-Perspective”. Your enemy will want to use these setbacks to stop you. His goal is to distract you, weary you and drain your faith. Trust God with your detours and delays. He will bring you to a good place. 

Detours and delays. God knows how to get you to your breakthrough



 

 


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 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

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Day Twenty-Five: Don’t Forfeit The Reward

40 days of prayer devotion

by David Shannon Wooten – January 31, 2018

Day Twenty-Five: Don’t Forfeit The Reward

Galatians 6:9, Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Don’t stay weary.

Satan has only one passion, to wear you down so you will quit. He will useeverything he can to discourage and distract you. Your enemy eagerly desires for you to lose heart and lose faith. It’s his strategy. Thoughts and voices of giving up do not come from the people who love you and want to see you succeed. Thoughts like, “what you are doing is not effective”, “it’s not working”, “it’s not making a difference”, do not come from God.

God may redirect your focus. He may reorder your steps, but God will never burden you down to where you feel like giving up and quitting. And He most definitely will not make you feel insignificant.

Don’t fear, resist doubt and refuse to worry are consistent lessons throughout the Bible. Allowing the fear, doubt and worry to have conversations in your head will only lead to weariness, burn out and quitting.

Don’t stop doing good.

Doing good may be difficult, a sacrifice and an inconvenience, but it will always produce good results. When we feel like the task is getting difficult and we are tempted to give up, we must put the situation in proper perspective. Lance Armstrong said, “Pain is temporary, quitting is forever.” Enduring the struggle is seasonal before the reward comes. But if you give up it’s forever. You forfeit the reward.

Don’t give up on…

  • consistent prayer. Prayer will bring God’s instruction to your breakthrough.
  • applying the Word of God. Daily reading God’s Word will increase your faith and replace the wrong thoughts that bring weariness.
  • persistent worship. Worship will bring you into the presence of God. Satan and darkness will not hang out long in God’s presence.
  • trying to resolve the problem. God is using you to solve problems. God will lead you to the solution.
  • seeking the open door. God will open the door, but you have to be prepared and available to walk through it.

“The only way your reward will not come is if you decide to quit.”

Your time will come.

Keep sowing good seed. Keep being kind, show love, keep sharing Christ, keep teaching, keep coaching, keep parenting the right way, keep pursuing the dream God has placed within you. Your time will come. God is a rewarder. You will reap a good harvest from your good seed.

(Click here for devotion on “Your Coming Out With a Reward)


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 Twenty-Four: God Never Waste Tears

40 days of prayer devotion

Day Twenty-Four: God Never Waste Tears

by David Shannon Wooten – January 30, 2018

Psalm 56:8 You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. 

Every one of us can relate to tears associated with pain, disappointment, bad news, tragedy, loss and a broken heart. As we direct our tears in an effort to call out to our Heavenly Father, they are translated into a powerful prayer. Every mom and dad know how the tears of their children grip their heart. Compelling them to respond. We come running to see what we can do to help. Our Heavenly Father knows the sound and language of tears and they have His attention.

Your tears have a voice.

Crying

Each tear has its own voice and identity. We can be confident that our Heavenly Father will not let one tear be wasted. But with careful response He attentively collects and records them. He is promising that each tear will be remembered and a response will follow. God never does anything without a purpose. He will answer by bringing comfort, healing, restoration and resolution.

Someone said, “Tears are prayers too, they travel to God when we can’t speak.” You may be going through a season where you are not able to articulate the prayer. But your tears have a strong voice and God is listening.

Open your heart with your tears.

Leonardo Da Vinci said, “Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.” God loves when we open our heart and when we are transparent with Him. Maybe that’s why God loves our tears when we cry in faith, believing He is able and will answer.

If we must shed tears, let them be tears of faith that translate in to prayers. Knowing that God never wastes tears. He will answer.

Direct your tears as a prayer of faith.

Your tears directed to God demonstrate:

  • Confidence He sees what you are going through.
  • You believe He hears you.
  • He has the ability to do something about the situation.
  • He will bring something good out of the situation. (Romans 8:28

(To read Bold Prayers Out of Pain click this link)

In exchange for your tears.

Psalm 30:5b Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.

Jeremiah 31:13,  I will turn their mourning into joy. I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing.

Tears are never wasted


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 Twenty-Three: Stretched But Not Strained

40 days of prayer devotion

by David Shannon Wooten – January 29, 2018

Day Twenty-Three: Stretched But Not Strained

Psalm 16:11, You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Stretch Incredible Hulk

I received one of my most favorite and memorable gifts Christmas morning
1979. The Stretch Incredible Hulk! Not only was it cool because it reminded me of my favorite TV show. This toy was begging this 7-year-old to test the limits of how far its arms and legs could be stretched. No matter how far I stretched the arms and legs of this Hulk, they would always go right back to its original form.

What’s Inside?

For those of us who have curious minds, we are thinking, “What’s inside?” Whatever they filled this toy Hulk with, it was durable and “almost” survived a 7-year-old.

Our circumstances, battles and tests of life will stretch us. Sometimes it feels like we are being stretched to the limit. But when we begin to take inventory of what is inside of us, we realize God is helping us to be resilient. What’s inside will determine our resilience. Bad attitude, hatefulness, grouchiness doubt and fear is not fruit that comes from the Holy Spirit. Being full of that type of attitude and mindset will cause us to be stretched out of place and possibly pulled apart. What’s inside us will help us not be “bent out of shape” for long periods of time. We know how to come back to our original form. A disposition of faith.

Be filled with joy.

Prayer and praise is so important, because it brings us into the presence of God. When we are in His presence He promises to fill us with joy (Psalms Joy16:11).

Psalms 28:7, “The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.”

Nehemiah 8:10b, “This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Joy makes you resilient. Joy gives you strength for the battle. Prayer and praise will keep your perspective right and will bring you joy.

Protect your joy. Don’t let it slip far from you. When you are filled with joy it builds you up so you can withstand the pressures from what’s around you.

The heat will not break you down.

Our battles will turn up the heat in our life. The heat will try to break you down on the inside. But if we are filled with good substance, we will not be easily melted by the battle.

  • Tin will melt at 449 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Silver will melt at 1763 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • BUT it takes 1948 degrees Fahrenheit to melt GOLD.

When God allows a greater battle, He has something GREAT to bring out of you.

God never allows us to go through tests without a plan and reason. He will never let a battle go wasted. If God allows the battle, He will not only fill you so you can withstand the stretching and pressure, He will bring something great out of it. Promotion comes through the pain and sacrifice.

“Don’t let pressure change you” is a post I shared about God being our Rock. Take a moment to click the link and let it encourage you to stand strong.

The pressure on the inside must be greater than the pressure on the outside. You are filled with “God-Stuff” and  He is very resilient.

1 John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

sunset on water


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 Twenty-Two: Worship Magnifies

40 days of prayer devotion

Day Twenty-Two: Worship Magnifies

by David Shannon Wooten – January 28, 2018

Psalms 34:3 (KJV) O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

When we Worship UPWARD toward God, our stress level will come DOWN.

worship hands up beachOur worship reinstates God as Ruler in our life. Worship acknowledges that God deserves to be magnified. We are stating He is the final authority over our situations. Our circumstances don’t rule, God rules.

 

Worship is an action that makes God BIG and your issues small. It is impossible to worry and worship God at the same time. We will either worship God or worship our worries. But we cannot do both.

Worship is a powerful weapon.

Worship becomes a powerful weapon against the pressures of satan. Satan’s strategy is to distract you from worshipping God and place your focus more on you and your problems. Worship redirects our focus. We lift our head UP. Our eyes are looking UP. We lift our hands UP. As our worship is UP we begin to talk UP. We are talking UP to God. Our words are uplifting, filled with faith and hope. This kind of worship and speaking destroys the pressures from your enemy.

Worship was a huge part of David’s life (Most of the book of Psalms is David articulating his worship). This is why he was able to defeat the lions, tigers and bears (oh my). AND… He was a giant slayer! David was a worshipper. See Psalms 100 below. Worshippers are strong people. Worship is a powerful weapon.

Worship Magnifies.

The more you worship God the more confident you become in His love, ability and power. 

Psalms 100, “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are hisa ; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

What we give attention to, invest in, think about, give our heart to, is what we worship. Live a life that magnifies God and He will breakthrough for you.

Worship Magnifies


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 Twenty-One: Don’t Allow Pressure To Change You

40 days of prayer devotion

Day Twenty-One: Don’t Allow Pressure To Change You

by David Shannon Wooten – January 27, 2018

Psalm 62:6, Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”

The story, whether truth or just legend illustrates a good point. During the French Revolution the populace was enraged with the tyranny from royalty. King Louis XVI and the queen was escorted to the guillotine in the public square and was beheaded.

A violent mob demanded the same for the prince. The 6-year-old prince was terrified, as the enraged mob screamed, “Kill all royalty! Death to the prince!”

Someone in the crowd shouted, “Don’t kill him. You will only send his soul to heaven. That’s too good for royalty! Turn him over to Meg, the old witch. She’ll teach him to steal, to lie, to be profane. He’ll roam the streets as a corrupt beggar, and when he dies his soul will go to hell. That’s what royalty deserves!”

They turned the prince over to old Meg the witch. Trying to corrupt his heart and mind, she tried to teach him to be profane. But every time the old witch demanded he speak profanity, the prince would clench his fists and stomp his feet and declare, “I will not say it! I will not say those words! I was born to be a king and I will not talk and think that way! I’m a king and I will think, talk and act like a king!”

Don’t allow the enemy to strip you.

Your enemy will do his best to strip you of your identity in Christ. He will pressure you to think opposite of what God thinks about you and His purpose for you. He will use situations, feelings, critics, failures, whatever he can to get you to forget what God has declared about you.

Your identity is set.

Christ has settled who we are in Ephesians 1:1-10. We didn’t accomplish these things. This is Christ’s wonderful gifts to us through Salvation:

  • He has blessed you (V. 3).
  • He chose you (V. 4). – He chose you before you were born.
  • He predestined you (V. 5). – He has a good plan for your life.
  • He has freely given to you (v. 6). – You cannot earn grace.
  • He has redeemed you (V. 7) –  Your penalty of your sin is paid in full.
  • He has lavished on you wisdom and understanding (V. 8). – You are fully equipped for abundant life.
  • He made known to you the mystery of His will (V. 9) – His will for your life is not hidden from you.

Pressure to change. 

Pressure from situations can help shape you to be more like Christ. The pressure can deepen you faith and understanding of who God is as you stay steadfast on His Word. But be aware that satan desires to use the pressure for the total opposite purpose. If there is to be any change in your faith and identity from pressure, the result should be stronger faith and moving you closer to Christ. Not the opposite.

Don’t listen to the lies of the enemy. Don’t allow the pressure of situations change your mind about what God has declared over you. Clinch your fists, lock your focus in to God’s Words. He is your ROCK!

Don't allow the pressure to change 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

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