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Word for the day “There is Honor in your Grief”

Lamentations 3:21 This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. 22 Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

Grief is the process that helps you release your pain and losses to God. In your grief, you come to terms with your past and you find hope to live in the reality of the present. On the other side of grief, you’ll find hope for the future. So if you harden your heart and refuse to grieve, you are likely to get stuck both emotionally and spiritually.

The prophet Jeremiah shared his grief and tears with God. Jeremiah lived with God’s people and pleaded with them to return to God. But his pleas fell on deaf ears, and his heart was broken. So in his grief, the prophet penned the words of the Old Testament book, Lamentations. When you read it, you’ll find that Jeremiah didn’t mince his words or hide his pain. He weeps openly and fully, releasing his emotions to God. It’s a great example for us when we grieve our own losses.

Lamentations doesn’t provide pat answers for the suffering you’ll experience. If you’ll read it, you’ll discover that it’s all right to be real, to be angry, to be disappointed with life, and to be concerned about what tomorrow holds for you. God accepted Jeremiah being angry, tired, and discouraged, and he will accept you as well. Just as God honored the tears of Jeremiah, he’ll honor yours if you share your pain and sorrow with him. It’s likely to be the first step to bring healing for the present and hope for the future.

Quote: C.S. “I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process.”

Point to ponder – In 2014, one of my young cousins “Craig” was murdered tragically in Baltimore Maryland and our family had to endure this painful matter, like so many have to face today! Remembering those who have had loved ones murdered senselessly and are in need of our prayers.

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of August  2017 by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Mr. William Wilson, Mr. David Straker, Mrs. Annette Straker, Mrs. Marguerite Williams, Ms. Gertrude Scott and Shakeema Lowe. Why don’t you take the opportunity to write us on our blog and let us know how we are doing in serving you Great people, we’d love to hear from you!

 

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Kingdom Blessings,

Pastor James Baker, Jr.

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Posted by on August 22, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “The Right Timing”

Mark 1:42-45 (GNT) Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured. Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: ‘See that you don’t tell this to anyone.

Have you ever had a problem keeping a secret? Especially if that secret involves good news. I have certain friends who can’t keep a secret like this. They are sure to blurt it out to the wrong person at the wrong time.

There is a timing that is ideal for releasing information or moving forward with a project. Jesus understood the importance of timing. When our Lord performed His first healing miracle He instructed the man he healed with leprosy to not tell anyone. Now that would be difficult, not to share being healed from leprosy with your friends who have known you and your condition. He could not keep the secret.

As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere. Jesus desired to do more things in that city, but because the man could not keep quiet, He could not do so.

How often has Jesus not been able to move in your situation because you have failed to honor the right timing of the situation? Perhaps you have moved ahead when you were not supposed to move. In the Old Testament, David was fighting the Philistines. He won the first battle, but they were coming against him again. He inquired of God and God said, “Go to battle, but not until you hear the marching in the balsam trees” (2 Sam. 5:23). There was a strategic timing associated with his actions.

Point to ponder- Seek the Lord, for the right timing in the big and small things in your life.

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of August  2017 by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Mr. William Wilson, Mr. David Straker, Mrs. Annette Straker, Mrs. Marguerite Williams, Ms. Gertrude Scott and Shakeema Lowe. Why don’t you take the opportunity to write us on our blog and let us know how we are doing in serving you Great people, we’d love to hear from you!
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Kingdom Blessings,

Pastor James Baker, Jr.

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Posted by on August 21, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Let’s close the Gap on separation”

II Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV) But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

In the Old Testament book of Exodus, Moses describes the building of the tabernacle. This tabernacle is to be built on earth as a copy of heavenly things, a place where God can dwell with His people. Its design and construction are described in great detail in (Exodus Chapters 26 – 28), then again in (Chapters 34 through 38). One of its most beautiful pieces was a veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the Sanctuary.

The veil represented man’s separation from God; man at that time had no real fellowship with God. Only Moses could enter into such personal fellowship with God. He would come in such intimate contact with God that even his face shone with the glory of the Lord. Moses would use a veil to cover his face. (II Corinthians 3:13) says that Moses used the veil to keep the people from seeing what was passing away, but the next verse states that their minds were blinded. It was as though the minds of the people had their own veil that kept them from really seeing the truth. Years later when Jesus died on the cross, this veil, still used to separate the two sections of the temple, was torn in two. Jesus died so that we may have personal fellowship with God (Matthew 27:51). No longer was a veil needed, because there was no longer a need for separation. The only veil left is the one that we keep, over those areas we have not yet surrendered to God.

Do you have a veil covering part of your heart or mind? As Christians, we might be quick to say, “Of course not, I love Jesus and I know His Spirit lives within me.” I am one of those Christians who not only would say it, but also would believe it with all my being. How can I be veiled in any area when I so desperately want all that the Lord has for me? How can I be blinded when all I want is to see with spiritual eyes? But the closer I walk with the Lord, the more I understand how blind I really am. A veil does not have to be thick. The veil in the temple was about three feet thick. I have learned that the veils that cover my heart and mind can be quite thin, enough to let me see through but not enough to let me see clearly.

Point to ponder- We must go through this process with the Lord if we want to continue to grow in our walk with Him. Breakthroughs come and strongholds are broken when we get through these types of trials. There are so many separations we should take note of: Religions, marriages, races, families, cultural, that only perpetuate division! Can you see the separations in life and our world? Have a great weekend!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of August  2017 by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Mr. William Wilson, Mr. David Straker, Mrs. Annette Straker, Mrs. Marguerite Williams, Mrs. Shakeema Lowe and Ms. Gertrude Scott. Why don’t you take the opportunity to write us on our blog and let us know how we are doing in serving you Great people, we’d love to hear from you!

 

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Kingdom Blessings,

Pastor James Baker, Jr.

Thank you for using the Word Cup devotionals brought to you through Grace and Truth Leadership on (Word press). We are a faith-based, donor-supported ministry. If you have been touched by these daily devotionals, and would like to make a monthly pledge or a special gift of any amount, please use the link below to give as the Lord leads. Thank you so much!

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Posted by on August 18, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Keep on pushing”

John 15:8 (NKJV) By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.

How can you know if you’re being led by the Spirit or the flesh? Very simple: Look at your responses to life situations. If you respond to a given situation by exercising love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, you are following the Spirit’s lead (Galatians 5:22, 23). If your reactions and responses reflect the deeds of the flesh listed in Galatians 5:19-21, you are following the flesh. The Bible provides us with Godly and ungodly responses.

What do you do when you discover you are not walking by the Spirit? Acknowledge it for what it is. You have consciously or unconsciously chosen to live independently of God by walking according to the flesh. Walking according to the Spirit is a moment-by-moment, day-by-day experience. Acknowledge your sin to God, seek the forgiveness of anyone you may have offended, receive forgiveness, and be filled with the Spirit. And keep moving in your destiny with God!

Here are a couple of things to consider when you are faced with righting fleshly wrongs.

First, the scope of your confession should only be as broad as the scope of your offense. If you lashed out at a relative with angry words, you need only confess to God and that relative. If you entertain a secret, lustful thought or proud attitude without any overt, offensive behavior, you need only confess it to God. Confession literally means to agree with God. When you recognize an internal fleshly response, immediately acknowledge it in your mind. That’s it; just agree with God and walk in the light.

Second, the process of restoring a relationship through confession and forgiveness is a step of spiritual growth. Your role as a spouse, parent, friend, coworker, or fellow-Child of God is to model growth, not perfection. If you are trying to keep up a front of Christian perfection in order to encourage saints and win sinners, forget it; it will never happen. But when you openly admit and ask forgiveness for your fleshly choices, you model the kind of spiritual growth which will touch saints and sinners alike.

Point to ponder- Just keep it moving great people of God and I’m a leave it right there!

Prayer: Lord, We sometimes walk according to the flesh. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit so the fruit of the Spirit will be evident in our life today and for the rest of our lives, Amen!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of August  2017 by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Mr. William Wilson, Mr. David Straker, Mrs. Annette Straker, Mrs. Marguerite Williams, Mrs. Shakeema Lowe, and Ms. Gertrude Scott. Why don’t you take the opportunity to write us on our blog and let us know how we are doing in serving you Great people, we’d love to hear from you!
Follow me on Twitter @Elder James Baker, as I endeavor to encourage and empower leaders of today and tomorrow!

 

Kingdom Blessings,

Pastor James Baker, Jr.

Thank you for using the Word Cup devotionals brought to you through Grace and Truth Leadership on (Word press). We are a faith-based, donor-supported ministry. If you have been touched by these daily devotionals, and would like to make a monthly pledge or a special gift of any amount, please use the link below to give as the Lord leads. Thank you so much!

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Posted by on August 17, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Pray for those in authority over you”

I Peter 2:13,14 (GNT) Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake; whether it be the king, as supreme, or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

God used government authority in the lives of many people in the Bible to accomplish His purposes in their lives. Scripture tells us that even the king’s heart is in the hand of God (Read Proverbs 21:1). God uses these authorities to continue the work that He has started in us and will continue to manifest His character in us through governmental authorities. I know you are wondering what am I saying in light of world events!

Moses and Pharaoh, Joseph and Potiphar, Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar, Esther and the king, Jesus and Pilate, and many others throughout the Bible became great men and women of God because they gave those in authority their rightful place. If we find it difficult to live under the authorities in our life, we’ll usually find it difficult to submit to the will of God in our lives too.

Point to ponder- We must not obey the government when it calls us to compromise God’s purposes and will. Issues that violate the Word of God may require civil disobedience. However, each person must evaluate these situations in light of what God’s Word says and be true to their own conscience. How are you doing as related to authority in your life? The Lord, spiritual leaders, your government leaders, your parents, well as you can see with our world climate it’s really time to Pray!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of August  2017 by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Mr. William Wilson, Mr. David Straker, Mrs. Annette Straker, Mrs. Marguerite Williams, Mrs. Shakeema Lowe,  and Ms.. Gertrude Scott. Why don’t you take the opportunity to write us on our blog and let us know how we are doing in serving you Great people, we’d love to hear from you!
Follow me on Twitter @Elder James Baker, as I endeavor to encourage and empower leaders of today and tomorrow!

Kingdom Blessings,

Pastor James Baker, Jr.

Thank you for using the Word Cup devotionals brought to you through Grace and Truth Leadership on (Word press). We are a faith-based, donor-supported ministry. If you have been touched by these daily devotionals, and would like to make a monthly pledge or a special gift of any amount, please use the link below to give as the Lord leads. Thank you so much!

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Posted by on August 16, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Don’t get it twisted”

Daniel 4:37 (NLT)  “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble the proud.”

When we’re caught up in our strongholds (meaning addictions), it’s common for us to deceive ourselves with grandiose thinking. We may believe that we’re above it all, a god unto ourselves, accountable to no one. However, let’s be clear today we all need accountability in our lives.

In his day, Nebuchadnezzar, king of ancient Babylon, was the most powerful ruler on earth. He believed himself to be a god and demanded worship as such. God said to him, “The Most High has declared . . . [that] you will be driven from human society, and you will live in the fields with the wild animals, until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses” (Daniel 4:24-25).

All this happened just as predicted. At the end of the king’s time in exile, he said, “I looked up to heaven. My sanity returned, and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever, When my sanity returned to me, so did my honor and glory and kingdom with even greater honor than before. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble the proud” (Daniel 4:34, 36-37). Don’t get twisted the Lord is all encompassing.

Point to ponder- We must remember that we are not God. We’re accountable to a higher authority who can remedy our “madness” and restore our lives to be even better than before our season of insanity. Have a fantastic Tuesday!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of August  2017 by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Mr. William Wilson, Mr. David Straker, Mrs. Annette Straker, Mrs. Marguerite Williams, Mrs. Shakeema Lowe, and Ms. Gertrude Scott. Why don’t you take the opportunity to write us on our blog and let us know how we are doing in serving you Great people, we’d love to hear from you!
Follow me on Twitter @Elder James Baker, as I endeavor to encourage and empower leaders of today and tomorrow!

Kingdom Blessings,

Pastor James Baker, Jr.

Thank you for using the Word Cup devotionals brought to you through Grace and Truth Leadership on (Word press). We are a faith-based, donor-supported ministry. If you have been touched by these daily devotionals, and would like to make a monthly pledge or a special gift of any amount, please use the link below to give as the Lord leads. Thank you so much!

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Posted by on August 15, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Let the record reflect”

John 19:28 (MSG) Jesus, seeing that everything had been completed so that the Scripture record might also be complete, then said, “I’m thirsty.”

As we make our way through this life, a great deal of information follows us: birth records, academic information, medical history, work history, credit history, and so on. If all that information were good, no one would mind having it recorded. It’s the negative information we have a problem with. We would prefer to keep it hidden or, better yet, have it erased.

But have you ever tried to have a piece of negative information deleted from your records? Even if it’s erroneous, getting it removed can be extremely difficult. It can follow you around, accusing you, for the rest of your life. I have experienced this challenge in several areas of my life.

With that in mind, look again at what Jesus did to clear the record of your sin. Had the Lord chosen not to die on the cross, your failures would have followed you around for eternity, and your sin would have separated you from God forever. Instead, because of Jesus’ sacrifice, all record of your sin has been wiped clean. You can now stand holy and blameless before the Lord as though you had never sinned. It’s that fresh start that ultimately makes it possible for you to take your life back!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of August  2017 by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Mr. William Wilson, Mr. David Straker, Mrs. Annette Straker, Mrs. Marguerite Williams, Ms. Gertrude Scott, and Shakeema Lowe. Why don’t you take the opportunity to write us on our blog and let us know how we are doing in serving you Great people, we’d love to hear from you!
Follow me on Twitter @Elder James Baker, as I endeavor to encourage and empower leaders of today and tomorrow!

Kingdom Blessings,

Pastor James Baker, Jr.

Thank you for using the Word Cup devotionals brought to you through Grace and Truth Leadership on (Word press). We are a faith-based, donor-supported ministry. If you have been touched by these daily devotionals, and would like to make a monthly pledge or a special gift of any amount, please use the link below to give as the Lord leads. Thank you so much!

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Posted by on August 14, 2017 in Daily Inspiration