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Word for the day “The Lord Defends His people”

I Peter 2: 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. There are two reasons why you should not be defensive when there is a critical, negative evaluation of you.

First, if you are in the wrong, you don’t have a defense. If you are criticized for saying something which is out of order or doing something which is wrong, and the criticism is valid, any defensiveness on your part would be a rationalization at best and a lie at worst. You must simply respond, “You’re right; I was wrong,” then take steps to improve your character and behavior. Do you think it’s time to get it right with God and those in your life?

Second, if you are right, you don’t need a defense. Peter encouraged us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus who “while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously” (1 Peter 2:23). If you are in the right, you don’t need to defend yourself. The Righteous Judge, who knows who you are and what you have done, will exonerate you at the proper time!

A Pastor share this story: A dear lady entered my office with a well-thought-out list of “things for me” and “things against me.” I suggested that she share the “things for me” first. That didn’t take long! As she was going through the “things against me,” the part of me that is made of earth wanted to respond to every allegation. But I didn’t. When she was finished, there was an awkward pause before I said, “It must have taken a lot of courage to come in and share that with me. What do you suggest I do?” She started to cry. Sometimes you just need a good cry and allow the Lord and those who can be trusted to strengthen your heart!

Nobody tears another down from a position of strength or judges another without being judged. Judgmental people are people in pain. If you can learn not to be defensive when someone exposes your character defects or attacks your performance, you may have an opportunity to turn the situation around and minister to that person. Today’s message is for whoever will hear the urging of God in this area of your life!

Point to ponder- In this Advent season I want to be a better Servant for the Lord than I was last year at this time, How about you?

Prayer: Lord, give us the courage not to react defensively. You are the only defense we need, and we entrust ourselves to You, who judges righteously of which we are made whole in Jesus name, Amen.

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of December 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. Calvin Jackson, Mrs. Annette Straker, Ms. Ollie Tipton, Ms. Jacqueline Frazier, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Cynthia Waiters- Artis, 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 December 15, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “What could be better”

Psalm 138:3 (NIV) When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stout-hearted

About five seconds outside the womb I think we all discover that this life isn’t easy. And it seems that the older we get the tougher it becomes. Some people have problems or are attracted to difficulties like fleas to a dog. Others make it through life with relatively little difficulty.

But most likely, you’ll face some tough times in life, and it’s not important how your challenges stack up to the challenges of others. Sometimes you might wonder if you are going to be able to make it through, and you will if you hold onto God. He’s promised to see you through.

Are you weighed down? Do you feel overcome with grief or alone in your struggle?You can choose to take steps to walk through your challenges and come through them a stronger person.

Remember, believing in God and in Jesus Christ doesn’t mean you won’t have problems. But it does mean you have resources, people, and God’s Spirit who will see you through your problems. What could be better?

 

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of December 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. Calvin Jackson, Mrs. Annette Straker, Ms. Ollie Tipton, Ms. Jacqueline Frazier, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Cynthia Waiters- Artis, 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 December 14, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Christ-Mas”

Psalm 34:8 (KJV) O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Christ-Mas- The Latin word Mas means more. And Christ-Mas means more of Christ!

Did you know unlike physical hunger? Our appetite for God is endless. Once you have satisfied your physical hunger you no longer want to eat. In fact, the sight, smell, or even the thought of food can almost make you sick after you’ve eaten your fill.

But the opposite is true of our appetite for God. The very act of satisfying your appetite for God intensifies it. That’s precisely why Scripture tells us to ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good.’ To come to the Lord’s table where there is a feast going on. How is your appetite for the Lord?

Experience for yourself that God satisfies completely. And when you do, something wonderful and life changing will happen: you’ll find yourself wanting more of the Lord, and less of what you’ve been using as a cheap substitute for God. Do you have hunger for God? This Christ-Mas season is a great time for more of Christ.

Point to ponder- It all starts with surrender, surrender to the fact that you are not God, He is. And God’s way are not our ways. And trust the Lord every day, that God knows what He’s doing.

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of December 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. Calvin Jackson, Mrs. Annette Straker, Ms. Ollie Tipton, Ms. Jacqueline Frazier, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Cynthia Waiters- Artis, 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 December 13, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “The Power of Humility”

Luke 14:11 (NKJV) For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Humility doesn’t save us, but it can help us in tough times of our life. Humility doesn’t change your circumstances, but it helps you submit to God’s purposes no matter circumstances you are experiencing. I have discovered Humility doesn’t speed up answers to prayer, but it accelerates the acceptance of God’s will. Do you understand the value of humility?

Humility doesn’t make decisions for you, but it inclines your heart toward decisions consistent with God’s plan for your life. Humility doesn’t earn you more of God’s love, but it helps you experience God’s love at a deeper level.

Point to ponder- It doesn’t matter where you are in your life right now, all that matters is that you are positioned to experience the plan of God for your life. Humility positions you to step into the plan of God for your life!

Special Prayer- Father, give we your children a humble heart. As we approach your throne, We submit and pray that we will do so with an posture of humility and not entitlement. In Christ name, Amen

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of December 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. Calvin Jackson, Mrs. Annette Straker, Ms. Ollie Tipton, Ms. Jacqueline Frazier, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Cynthia Waiters- Artis, 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 December 12, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Psalms/Advent

Psalm 3:3-4 (MSG) But you, GOD, shield me on all sides; You ground my feet, you lift my head high; With all my might I shout up to GOD, His answers thunder from the holy mountain.

It’s impossible to adequately summarize the richness and breadth contained in the book of Psalms. It was Israel’s hymnbook, containing songs of praise to God. It also contains the cries of God’s people in difficult situations. And it was a prayer book for Israel. The psalmists looked to God in moments of private despair, in times of national suffering, and in joyous mountain-top moments.

The Psalms are for us right now, today. They are loaded with honest emotion. Through them you can learn to pour out your anguish and your adoration, your suffering and confession, your hopes and your fears. Through them you feel safe asking God why he has or hasn’t acted in a certain way. Through others you might express your pain, heartache, and discouragement. Through still others you may praise God as he frees you from oppression and sin. Each psalm is an expression of the heart. None of them are neat little packages of answers tied up with happy endings always. They are living words, a collection of spiritual diaries from people who honestly sought God’s help and His heart.

Point to ponder/Advent season – Do you need spiritual direction or encouragement? The Psalms can function as deterrents to keep you out of trouble, guides to help you through problems, reminders of the one who actually delivers you, or as reminders of hope to encourage you in perplexing or painful situations. Read the Psalms and be ushered into the very presence of your loving and merciful God. You will be glad you did, have a great day!

Prayer- Special prayers are extended for the Police officers murdered in the line of duty and their families in New York city, and the family of the gunman we remember today in our prayers as well!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of December 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. Calvin Jackson, Mrs. Annette Straker, Ms. Ollie Tipton, Ms. Jacqueline Frazier, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Cynthia Waiters- Artis, 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 December 11, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Time to make that change”

James 5:16 (NIV) Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

I recently heard and read a story about a man who was arrested at a hospital where he went to get treatment for a serious animal bite on his leg. Why was this insult added to the man’s injury? That’s where this story gets interesting.

The man claimed the bite was from a pit bull. But authorities discovered it was really from a ten-foot-long, 450-pound Siberian tiger he was keeping as a pet in his apartment! To make matters even worse, the man had a six-foot-long alligator roaming around his apartment as well.

Does this strike you as bizarre? Irresponsible? Perhaps even a bit insane? It should. But think about it? Don’t we too often treat sin, a threat ultimately more dangerous to us than any tiger or alligator with a similar ambivalence.

What sin are you hanging on to as a pet? It’s bound to have some serious consequences sooner or later. Perhaps it’s time to release that pet back into the wild. It’s time to make that change family of God!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of December 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. Calvin Jackson, Mrs. Annette Straker, Ms. Ollie Tipton, Ms. Jacqueline Frazier, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Cynthia Waiters- Artis, 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 December 8, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Season of Advent”

Joel 2:11 (NKJV) The LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

Both in the Old and New Testaments, “the day of the Lord” refers to some obvious and initial events which fulfill specific prophecies. As we are now observing the Advent season please notice the primary message of our Coming Lord in times past, in times now, and in the days ahead!

However, both here in the Old Testament Bible book of Joel and many other places in Scripture, the ultimate and final day of the Lord is speaking of the return of Jesus Christ from heaven to earth and the conclusion of history. This is the day of the Lord, the final day of life on this earth. In fact, in this season of Advent we are not only preparing for the birth of our Lord that took place two thousand years ago. We are also in preparation of our Lord’s second Advent and soon return.

And Joel appropriately describes Christ’s second coming as both great and terrible. For those who look by faith to Christ and long for His return, the day will not only be great in its import and power, but in the joy that it brings. The redemption, the deliverance for which they have so long hoped, will finally be a reality. Glorified body and sanctified soul will unite to praise the Savior forever.

However, for those who persist in rebellion against their Creator, who assure themselves that they are not accountable for their actions, this day is terrible. When the voice that called the universe into existence is heard at the forefront of the Lord’s heavenly army, no one will stand against our God. Our Lord  is strong to execute, to fulfill, His word.

Point to ponder- As the Lord has promised, everyone will give an account of their deeds and be judged before the throne of Christ. Those not found in the Lord, will be lost eternally. How do you see that day? Will it be great to you, or will it be terrible?

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of December 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. Calvin Jackson, Mrs. Annette Straker, Ms. Ollie Tipton, Ms. Jacqueline Frazier, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Cynthia Waiters- Artis, 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 December 6, 2017 in Daily Inspiration