It is Finished

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You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for He forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, He disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross.

Colossians 2:13-15

Everything you are going through, carrying on your back, or stressing about for the future has been dealt with by Jesus. The anxiety, depression, sickness, hurt, shame, and sorrow has been nailed to the cross and the victory is ours through Jesus Christ! God doesn’t want you to continually live with your trouble. Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

What you are struggling with won’t last forever. When the enemy whispers in your ear, “You are going to go through this for the rest of your life. Your depression is part of your DNA. Healing isn’t for you because look at how much you mess up and how weak your faith is. Look at the others getting their prayers answered and God’s not answered yours. You’ve failed him too many times for God to listen to you. You’re the only Christian struggling in this area. You are all alone and no one can relate to what you are going through. You’d be better off gone. God can’t use someone like you.” When you hear these lies whispered into your mind don’t let the devil confuse you into thinking it’s your own thoughts and that it’s all true. Rebuke the enemy in Jesus mighty name. Cast down these evil, untrue, and vile thoughts in the name of Jesus. There is real tangible authority when we use His name. Satan can only operate in your life through lies he leads you to believe and fear he tries to paralyze you with. The battle begins in the mind and the enemy tries to make you believe it and speak those lies into existence to hold whatever he can against you. Speak life into whatever situation you are going through. Say, “I am a child of God, and the joy of the Lord is my strength. Though my flesh and heart may fail God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. No weapon formed against me will prosper because I am covered by the blood of Jesus and ever record against me has been canceled by Jesus on the cross!”

Remind Satan of his place. I have read in the Bible the devils obituary and I know his end. His time is limited and he knows he has but a short time. Although you may be saved he can still try to make you live a defeated life by attacking you with his lies. You are alive in Christ and are seated in heavenly places. He is beneath you. Remember who you are in Jesus, bask in the Father’s love, and let the Holy Spirit fill you with joy today!

Verse references:

Colossians 2:13-15; Romans 8:37; Matthew 11:28; John 8:44; Proverbs 18:21; John 1:12; Nehemiah 8:10; Psalm 73:26; Isaiah 54:17; Ephesians 1:7; Revelation 20:10; Ephesians 2:6

 

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God Inspired

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I’m writing a post today I didn’t expect to write. I wanted to first share an interesting spiritual dream I had last night and the process I go through when writing a devotional.

Before I went to sleep last night, I expressed to those close to me that I had been feeling attacked by the enemy and really defeated. I would be fine during the day but once night hit it’s like a wave of darkness would hit and overwhelm me. I would have terrible nightmares that felt so real and lingered in my thoughts throughout the next day. I asked for prayer that night because I believe when you get together with two or more it is done in heaven as it is done on earth. Before I went to sleep I asked to receive a dream from God. I wasn’t specific on what I wanted to dream about but I asked non-the less.

Dream:

In my dream last night, I was in a hotel room with my mom and a friend. There was loud banging noise coming from the hallway and getting closer to our room. The door burst off its hinges and in came a man with a gun. I was thinking he came to rob has and he started yelling at us to get down. I guess we weren’t moving fast enough because he pointed the gun at my arm and fired a shot to indicate he was not messing around. It’s as if the moment happened in slow motion. Once the bullet hit my upper arm my skin started glowing from where the impact should have been and the bullet bounced off. I knew immediately in my spirit that an angel from God had blocked the bullet from hurting me. The man looked shocked and to be honest so did I. He started firing more shots at me and to the others in the room. Every spot on our bodies that the bullets hit started to glow like fire and the bullets bounced off. None of us were being affected by the bullets. The dream ended and woke me up in the middle of the night. I knew in my heart that the future attacks coming against me would ricochet off me like the bullets had in the dream. I felt so blessed to receive this reassuring dream from God and I had a great night sleep for the rest of the night. I woke up feeling inspired to write a devotional.

Devotional:

Usually when I do a devo for “Coffee Dates with Jesus” I choose one verse and center my devotional around that scripture. Today I felt I could really hear God’s voice in my spirit and wrote today’s devo at my kitchen table. When I finished I decided to site all the verses I included in the main body of the paragraph because I only wrote what what was in my mind. It turns out I had 12 verses in all without even realizing it! Sometimes one verse is not enough and God has more to say! I sincerely try to let God take the lead with these devos and only write what He has told me in my spirit. That is why I don’t post one every day or have a scheduled time to post because I want each post to be genuine and God inspired. These are not my inspired words but His alone. Glory to God that He still speaks to us and hears us when we call out to Him! I hope these devotionals encourage you as much as they encourage me. After I finish writing a post I re-read what it says just to enjoy what the Holy Spirit had bottled up inside me. I take no credit for what I write. It’s all from above. Thank you Jesus! Thank you Father! Thank you Holy Spirit! Where would I be without them? Truly blessed.

Devotional will be posted very soon!

Ask & Receive

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“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Matthew 18:18-20

Imagine if God were standing right in front of you. What would you say to Him? If you were guaranteed a private audience with the Lord Almighty what would you ask of Him? Knowing that whatever you ask would be given to you with heavenly power behind it. When you pray and gather with two or more people in Jesus name He is there. Did you grasp that? Jesus is literally in your midst! You are able to have a private audience with Jesus Himself! That His Word promises. Yet so many people treat that scripture so lightly. We have been given the authority through Jesus to bind things on earth and in heaven yet how much of that do we really do? We don’t have to worry that our prayers are going to miss the ear of the Lord. He has promised to be there and He is true to His Word. All the more we should be praying together with our friends, family, and even stranger abroad to present our requests to God. We need to bind in heaven and earth what we need. Don’t be afraid to be specific. If you have the ear of Jesus at your beck and call I wouldn’t want to give a general prayer. Instead you should give a specific, on target, and detailed prayer. Sometimes we get this fear that we shouldn’t ask to much of God because it would then make as greedy and unappreciative. If only you knew how much your heavenly Father wanted to give you, you would never stop asking Him for things! “Ask and you shall receive.” (Matthew 7:7) Never will you find a verse that tells you to stop asking, or stop once you’ve gotten a certain amount. God wants you to overflow with blessings, favor, and love. He wants more for you then you want for yourself.

Don’t let fear hold you back from asking God what you need. Stop what you are doing and find someone to pray and agree with you. You no longer need to hold your breath and wonder if your prayers went through. “You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it.” (John 14:14) Stop wondering, and start asking!

If you ever need someone to agree with you in prayer that you don’t have in your life now, then feel free to reach out to me and together we can have a private audience with Jesus for whatever you need! I hope all who read this have a blessed day!

 

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Verses on Asking & Receiving

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Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

 

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

1 Kings 3:5

 

“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Matthew 18:18-20

 

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Mark 11:24

 

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

Matthew 7:7-11

 

When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

James 4:3

 

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

John 14:13-14

 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-8

 

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

John 15:7

 

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.

Matthew 21:22

 

And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Luke 18:1-8

 

 

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Luke 11:13

 

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

John 16:24

Closer to God

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“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” -Jesus

John 16:12-13

If there was one nugget of information you could take away from today’s devo is to never become complacent in your relationship with God. When I say God I mean the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. There is so much to learn and so much to gain from Him. We think we know so much or sometimes we get so comfortable in our relationship that we don’t allow ourselves to grow further.

Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would reveal what is yet to come. He is already in the future ready to help, equip, and empower us for everything we will need. Why wait when you can know now what He has in store? He wants to talk to you more than you want to hear from Him. We complain we can’t hear God’s voice so we pray to hear Him more clearly and just when He is about to talk back to us we stand up after we say ‘Amen’ and go on with our day. We need to be sensitive to God’s voice in our quiet time but we also need to seek Him in His Word.

Two years ago I challenged myself to read the whole Bible from beginning to end. I’m a huge bookworm and can go through books like popcorn. I had read hundreds of books, but not every chapter the Bible had to offer. I read my favorite books and passages of the Bible like most do and skipped over pages I didn’t think applied to me. I could feel God pressing me to read it all from start to finish. My goal was set to read the whole Bible in one year, which I accomplished in eight months. I was so proud of myself and thought that I had deserved a small break from my hard work. God firmly reminded me that I was not done in my learning. I know He told me, “Well done. Now start again.” It’s amazing how you can read the same passage over and over yet every time it is different. You see it from a deeper perspective with a greater insight than before and uncover hidden revelations. You are never done learning and will always find something you never found before when you read the pages of the Bible. We will spend eternity getting to know God better and I for one don’t want to wait a second longer in my journey to learn! Don’t become spiritually complacent or go through the motions because it’s what you’ve always done. I pray God lights a fire in you that never burns out and your eyes will open to the things unseen. We are living in the greatest time in history and not a moment should be wasted!

 

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Seeking Approval

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“For am I seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Galatians 1:10

There seems to be an overwhelming need to impress and get the approval of others. We tend to compare ourselves to those around us and even more so with social media on the rise. We do all sorts of strange things because of our need to please and seek the approval of people we don’t even know. Popular opinion can dictate our decisions and lead us astray. The unpopular topics of discussion tend to fall under conservative, biblical, and moral values. It’s not popular to stand up for truth when cultural “tolerance” is relentless in their attack of silencing those who oppose them. It’s hard at times to find firm ground in our beliefs in an uncertain world. The result of our complacent behavior leads to finding ourselves trapped in a sinful society’s norms. God’s desire is to remove us from this sinful mindset. He doesn’t want us seeking the approval of others in fear of their rejection or rebuke. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain when we look to God for His ultimate wisdom. He will strengthen, correct, and uplift you in a firm yet gentle manner when you seek His council above all others. Resist the urge to run with the crowd. When we become rooted in the identity of Christ we no longer seek worldly approval or cultural agendas. Don’t be deceived by worldly doctrines that hold no truth or morals and try to corrupt who you are. Take a stand for what is right in the eyes of God and let the opinions of others fall to the side so that the one true opinion can shine through!

 

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Verses for having an Eternity Perspective

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“For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.”

Hebrews 11:10

 

“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.”

Proverbs 4:7

 

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

Colossians 3:1-2

 

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

Psalm 90:12

 

“Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when He comes.”

Matthew 24:46

 

“O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!”

Psalm 39:4

 

“For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling.”

2 Corinthians 5:2

 

“Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Matthew 24:44

 

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

1 Timothy 6:12

 

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.”

1 Corinthians 2:9

 

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

Revelation 22:20

Why God?

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“I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.”

Ezekiel 36:26

I often ponder on how to respond to someone who asks why God? Why Jesus out of all the others gods? What proof do you have? These are valid questions and they are also questions we need to be prepared to answer. We all have a unique story on how God spoke to us but it doesn’t benefit the person asking the question of why God. The personal experience you went through didn’t happen to them. Sharing a testimony can have tremendous impact on those who hear it but there are others who still won’t believe. There are in depth theological and philosophical answers as well to why Jesus but there is also another. The profound proof of Jesus’ existence that all can witness including the skeptic is witnessing the change of one’s heart and ultimately their new life. A drug addict, alcoholic, prostitute, depressed, broken, or any lost person can randomly walk into a church service and hear the message of Jesus. Words are being spoken by the pastor but God is touching the heart of the individual and is being supernaturally changed. All of a sudden in that moment of surrender Jesus changes what you want to do and frees you from your current addiction that you could never break on your own. Your decisions are affected, your character is reformed, and your heavy load is lightened. We suddenly have a fresh love for others we didn’t have before. We suddenly want forgive the people who wronged us. We now live in a wonderfully freeing truth. The troubles and burdens of this world are now lifted from our backs and placed in the hands of God. Joy can now be experienced through the storm and trials of life because the joy of the Lord is our strength. (Nehemiah 8:10) If there is someone who asks you why Jesus and where the proof lies then you can always point to change of one’s heart. No one can deny the change of someone’s life that Jesus has touched and how their own lives can change as well. If Jesus has changed your life and touched your heart make every effort to express this transformation in all you do!

 

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Verses on Strength

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“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Nehemiah 8:10

 

“The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1

 

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”

Psalm 31:24

 

“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek His face always.”

Psalm 105:4

 

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:28-31

 

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

 

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

Isaiah 46:4

 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

 

“I pray that out of his glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being,”

Ephesians 3:16 

 

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”

Ephesians 6:10

 

“I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13

Verses on Faith

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He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20

 

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Mark 11:22-26

 

For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

Romans 1:17

 

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:1-2

 

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”

Romans 10:8-11

 

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Hebrews 11:1-3

 

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2

 

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:6-9