Affirmation of God: God multiplies what I have.

Today’s Scripture: And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen. Ezekiel 36:30 ESV

I am thankful that God multiplies what I have. I give Him the little love that I have for Him and He multiplies it. I muster up the little faith I have and He multiplies it. I spread the small seeds that I have and He multiplies them into great oaks.

God will multiply the fruits of our trees too as we walk in His Spirit and the fear of His name. In Ezekiel 36:26 God promised His people He would give us a new heart and that He would put a new spirit within us.

Like the seeds of the fruit tree there is a time of growth and multiplication. God is in all of this. He cleanses our filthiness and opens our eyes to our own abominations. We begin to walk in His statutes in the land He has given us and experience His increase.

Will you trust God’s multiplication?

Today’s Prayer: Father God, thank You for multiplying what I have. Increase Your Spirit within me. Thank You for Your cleansing and conviction that I am ashamed and confounded by my ways when I walk contrary to Your will. Multiply my love and fear for You. Thank you for doing this all for me. Amen

Tom Raines

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Affirmation of God: I have understanding.

Today’s Scripture: A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out. Proverbs 28:11 ESV

We have understanding when we come to know we DO NOT have it. Being poor in spirit and poor in understanding we find the riches of God’s understanding.

The direction of God gives us access to all understanding and all riches if we do not trust our own. When we seek our own riches, when we seek our own understanding we fall and find calamity.

Later in Proverbs 28:26 we are strongly told that a person who trusts in their own mind is a fool. So the poor man in 28:11 who has understanding is not trusting in the understanding in his own mind but in a wisdom only God provides. When we walk in God’s wisdom we are delivered. We are created to trust in the LORD and it is there we are enriched. This richness is beyond the mind of man.

What understanding do you trust in?

Today’s Prayer: Almighty Father I trust in You and Your understanding. I confess I do not understand and I do not trust my mind. I trust in You alone and seek to know Your understanding. Enrich me with Your wisdom LORD. I am thankful to have You LORD and Your understanding and I pray to live with You. Amen

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Affirmation of God: I am enthusiastic in spirit.

Today’s Scripture: Do not lag in zeal, be enthusiastic in spirit, serve the Lord. Romans 12:11 NET Bible

I do pray to be enthusiastic in spirit. Fervent in spirit is used in most translations of Romans 12:11. Fervent is to be full of zeal having a burning spirit. Are you on fire to serve the Lord?

Solemnly approaching the throne of God this morning I sensed the need for enthusiasm. Not only a waiting on the Lord but I sensed a fervor to be excited and enthusiastic before Him.

Romans 12:6 reminds us that we all have different gifts but “LET US USE THEM”. Let us enthusiastically use the gifts we have. Your gifts are different than anyone else’s. The world needs what God has given you. Do not try to be someone else.

You are enough. Be genuine in love and comfortable with who you are. Be enthusiastic and serve the Lord by being you.

Is your spirit enthusiastic?

Today’s Prayer: LORD, thank You for the gifts You have given me. Welcome my enthusiasm LORD and fill me with Your love and desires. I want to live in Your Spirit and serve You and others with enthusiasm and genuine love. Amen

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Affirmation of God: I receive instruction.

Today’s Scripture: Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction.  Proverbs 24:32 ESV

Do we spend more time looking for instruction than preparing our spirits to receive it? Umm, how many times does the LORD speak to us yet we are too busy looking to receive?

A few years back I vividly recall crying out to God one morning while on my knees, with hands held high, as to my bewilderment that He remained silent in my life. I had been searching, I had been listening, or though I thought.

It is easy to get lost in our thoughts isn’t it? I have learned that if I turn to God’s Word after prayer that He is faithful to instruct. God does speak if we have prepared our hearts to receive.

God’s instruction is received when we have given up on our faculties. Our minds, our efforts can sound out instruction that our souls are designed to receive.

Are you prepared to receive instruction?

Today’s Prayer: Father God, prepare my heart for instruction. Open my spirit to the teaching of Your Holy Spirit. I seek You and Your truth LORD. Please remove the obstacles of my flesh and my understanding. I trust that I will receive the instruction You desire for me and I pray to do Your will. Help me to look with the Spirit within me. Amen

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Affirmation of God: I do as the Spirit leads.

Today’s Scripture: What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows? Proverbs 31:2 ESV

What are you doing? What are you doing? WHAT ARE YOU DOING? Three times this is asked in this second verse of Proverbs 31. Do you know the answer?

In our quiet times with God are we asking and listening with our innermost being for the Spirit of God to guide us? What are we doing with what we “hear”?

Who or what is leading you? Proverbs 23:19 advises us to direct our hearts in the way. In John 14:6 Jesus tells us He is the way, the truth and the life. In John 14:26 we are promised that the Holy Spirit will help remind us of everything Jesus told us.

I pray you and I learn to direct our hearts in the way so the way is made clear by the Spirit. Where is your innermost being directed?

Are you doing as the Spirit is leading you?

Today’s Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your Spirit. Teach me to listen LORD and hear You clearly and do what You desire. Holy Spirit please guide me, lead me and strengthen me to go and do. I trust in Your strength and Your power. Urge me to show up where You want me and to do what You will have me do today. Amen

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Affirmation of God: My soul craves God.

Today’s Scripture: The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. Proverbs 13:4 ESV

What are you craving? Our bodies, our minds and our souls crave. As our mouth’s water how do we fulfill that craving? As our minds dream and expose desires how do we fulfill them?  What does your soul crave over all things?

If our souls diligently seek the righteousness of God we are richly filled. May our souls crave the prosperity of God. As our mouths water, as we are tempted to fulfill cravings in unhealthy ways, may we turn that craving to God and diligently pursue Him.

The King James translation of this verse says the soul of the diligent is made fat. That’s it, I want a FAT soul!  I pray to diligently crave what God desires for my soul to crave. LORD here is my soul; fill it with Your cravings. Please satisfy my soul richly. My soul craves You.

What does your soul crave?

Today’s Prayer: Father God, thank You for cravings. LORD, thank You for Your faithfulness and provision. Please help me to be diligent in seeking Your will in all of my cravings. I desire You LORD, my soul craves You. Fill me with Your righteousness and Your desires. Keep me near and make my soul fat. Amen

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Affirmation of God: God is my God.

Today’s Scripture: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God. Leviticus 25:38 ESV

God has us where He wants us doesn’t he? He has given us instruction for how to live life and how to live with others. Three times here in Leviticus 25 as He instructs these people of how to manage their land He reminds them that He is their God.

As the LORD spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai He speaks to us. He has brought us to our land, where we are today, for His purposes and to be our God.

His Word lays out for us what we are to do, yet what we do is subservient to being His. We find security and our jubilee in trusting in His provision.  I know God’s blessings will provide what I need. He will provide others for me and me for others so we support each other to live in Him.

Does God have you where you are so you will know He is your God?

Today’s Prayer: God of Moses, thank You for being my God. LORD, I trust You have me in the land You have intended for me. I trust in Your provision and Your law. LORD keep me ever mindful that You are my God right where I am. Help me to trust in You over all things and to live for You. Thank You for providing others for me and me for others to live with You. Amen

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Affirmation of God: I will find God.

Today’s Scripture: I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile. Jeremiah 29:14 ESV

God is not lost. He and His servants are here. Just as in Jeremiah 29:19, God persistently sends us His word and His servants. Are we looking? Are we really seeking with all our hearts to find Him? Are we paying attention to God’s words?

God knows the plans he has for us. I pray to know what God knows. I pray to recognize His servants and to see Him at work here in this city. I find instruction here in Jeremiah 29 to pray for this city, this place where I am for God. Am I too focused on myself to see God?

We are instructed to pray for where we live. Our peace, our welfare, is affected by the peace and welfare of where we live.

Are you looking for God and praying for His peace where you are?

Today’s Prayer: LORD, I pray for the peace, prosperity and welfare of this city and that we recognize Your servants. Thank You for persistently sending us Your words. Open my eyes LORD to those around me and give me the discernment to recognize the servants You have sent. Teach me LORD how to seek You with all of my heart. Thank You for promising that in my seeking I will find You. Amen

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Affirmation of God: I am nourished by doing the will of God.

Today’s Scripture: Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. John 4:34 ESV

God has proven to me that His Living Water does spring out as He promises. I have seen it; I believe it and I am experiencing it.

Energized and nourished by the Word and Spirit of God I have tasted what Jesus was telling us here with the woman at the well. The Spirit who speaks the truth to me is Jesus. LORD Jesus I have asked for Your living water! LORD I do believe that what You give us springs out for all eternity.

Your Spirit has revealed the inadequacies of this world to quench any thirst or hunger. Your Spirit and truth assure we will never thirst again if we feed on Your will and work to accomplish Your will and many will be added to You.

Have you asked Jesus for His living water? Have you been fed by doing His will and accomplishing His work? Eat.

Today’s Prayer: LORD, please fill me with Your living water and may it spring out just as You promised and as You will. LORD, please feed me what You know I need and fuel me to accomplish Your work. LORD, I turn to You and seek Your Spirit and truth for all that I need.  I believe You and expect to complete Your will in me. Thank You Lord Jesus for Your living water. Amen.

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Affirmation of God: I am God’s child now.

Today’s Scripture: Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2 ESV

Right here, right now I am God’s child. How do I stay right here?

Living in God’s love now and loving like God now helps us experience living in Christ. So often I wonder what God is doing in me and wonder what His purpose in me is. Here in 1 John 3:2 I find peace in knowing that what I will be has not yet appeared.

However what is clear here in 1 John 3 is that if I live in Christ and His Spirit I will live and love as He does. I only need His love and to practice His love. As we hope in Jesus we are purified.

God’s seed lives in me. God’s life is in me. God’s love is in me and when I live from God’s love and love with His love I live.

Will you live and love as God’s child now?

Today’s Prayer: Father God, thank You for loving me as Your child now. Thank You for Jesus and for teaching us His love. I believe in Jesus and desire to love as He loves. Help me to live in You and give Your love to all others. Please help me to do what pleases you now and always. Amen

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