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Hey there! I got so carried away with all the new great writing adventures. A loyal reader emailed me to ask if I was ok because there were no updates on this blog. “Shakes his head.” I feel terrible not telling you about the new site. Come check out my new blogs on inspiration and leadership development at www.graceandtruthleadership.org

 

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Word for the day “Called out of Darkness”

I Peter 2:9 (KJV) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Why do we so often miss the grace of God in our lives? I believe it’s because we often think more ourselves than we should and simply miss the Lord. We grasp at material acquisitions instead of taking hold of the authenticity of God. I invite you to surrender all of your incorrect ideas concerning God today. Be honest with yourself, and recognize where and how you need to reset, grow, improve, and know it is the Lord that is the essence of your life. This realization concerning God is worth the stress, the difficulty, even the pain, because living is what God designed us to do.

Point to ponder- Family of God, stop for a moment and ask yourself if you understand the life God has purposed for you. Take a moment and look at yourself and your surroundings. In my life right now, I am in a season called winter, and I know spring is around the corner, how about you? We are a called out people, have a great Monday!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of March 2018 by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Mr. William Wilson, Ms. Annette Straker, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Gloria Teel, and 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 @Jamesbaker_jr, as I endeavor to encourage and empower leaders of today and tomorrow!

Kingdom Blessings,

Pastor James Baker, Jr.

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Word for the day “Strength from God”

Isaiah 40:29 (NKJV) He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.

It is not uncommon to find someone who will give support to the powerful, attention to the famous, notice to the remarkable, or recognition to the accomplished. Virtually everyone is willing to support and follow the well-known, talented, or beautiful person. How about you, what things do you support, with your time, talents, and treasures?

Please notice God gives encouragement to the faint and broken. The Lord gives strength to the exhausted. The Lord does not join the crowds hurrying after celebrities; God seeks out the broken-hearted and the overlooked and gives them the greatest honor imaginable. I wonder have you ever noticed this about God, as written in today’s passage!

Point to ponder- How do you see yourself? It doesn’t matter how others might describe you; perhaps they even consider you among the great, the mighty, and the successful. But are you broken-hearted and helpless before the Lord? If so, then prepare for a strength infusion from the most High God Himself in this season of your life.

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of March 2018 by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Mr. William Wilson, Ms. Annette Straker, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Gloria Teel, Yvonne Bazemore, and 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 @Jamesbaker_jr 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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Word for the day “Spiritual Warfare is real”

James 4:7-8 (KJV) Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, double-minded people!

This world is tough and maintaining one’s integrity is hard. Temptations are everywhere, and the devil, it seems, never takes a minute off. Your challenge is to see those temptations for what they are: dangerous and destructive of which will destroy your destiny in God!

What was true in New Testament times is equally true in our own. Evil is indeed abroad in the world, and Satan continues to sow the seeds of destruction far and wide. As people of God, we must ensure that we place ourselves accurately on the right side of these conflicts: The Lord’s side. How can we do it? By thoughtfully studying God’s Word, by regularly worshiping with fellow believers, and by guarding our hearts and minds against the insidious temptations of the enemy.

Point to ponder- It’s out there, and it can hurt you. Evil does exist, and you will be faced with it. Prepare yourself by forming a genuine, life-changing relationship with God and His only begotten Son. Have a great day!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of March 2018 by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Mr. William Wilson, Ms. Annette Straker, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Gloria Teel, and 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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Word for the day “Time to break out of prison for good”

Psalm 142:7 (NLT) Bring me out of prison so I can thank you. The godly will crowd around me, for you are good to me.”

I read the story of four inmates at the Greenville, Mississippi city jail were caught breaking back into their cells! And according to the district attorney, “It is entirely possible this wasn’t the first time they’ve done this.”

The four apparently found a way for repeated access to the outside world. Yet according to the police chief, “They didn’t seem interested in escaping, they just missed their amenities of life and went back to get them.” This particular time, they returned to jail carrying a load of gin and marijuana. Ironically, these willing prisoners now face felony escape charges.

Sometimes reality of life is stranger than fiction. How many of us have resolved to spend our days in prisons of our own making-prisons we are able to escape through personal change, but won’t because the prison provides us a semblance of security? Do you find yourself in prison?

If your life is in a prison type of situation. Look for help-first to God, but then to those God has put in your path-a trusted friend, pastor or counselor. This is great time of the year with the celebration of the Resurrection upon us!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of March 2018 by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Mr. William Wilson, Ms. Annette Straker, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Gloria Teel, and 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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Word for the day “This Mission is possible”

Isaiah 61 (NKJV) “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me, To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; V 2a To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn.

A life that’s been set free from the oppression of sin is a beautiful thing. When you turn from your sin and live a life more in tune with God, you testify to the glory of God and give others hope that he can change their lives. You know that the suffering, affliction, and brokenness come from going and doing things your own way. At least that’s been my experience and outcome of doing things my own way!

You know what it’s like to be enslaved to your passions. Yet you should also know there is more to life than bondage, more to life than alcohol or pornography, more to life than envy and jealousy! More to life than work or football. There is healing and freedom. There is beauty and joy. There is love, forgiveness, grace, and mercy.

And you have the wonderful privilege of proclaiming this Good News to those around you, both in your verbal testimony and in the testimony of your present life. I love the 12 step program motto “Live by the power of example not by promotion” , But I love that God hand is intimately on the 12 step program as well!

Point to ponder- When you surrender your life to Jesus, he’ll put you on a path of new life. You’ll change from the inside out because God got a hold of you. Others will notice, and God will be given the honor and glory. I am feeling great about the Lord folks, have a fantastic day!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of March 2018 by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Mr. William Wilson, Ms. Annette Straker, Mr. David Straker, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Gloria Teel, Ms. Yvonne Bazemore, and 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.

Word for the day “God regulates your emotions”

Proverbs 4:6 (NKJV) Don’t abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you; love her, and she will guard you.

Who is in charge of your emotions? Is it you, or have you developed the unfortunate habit of letting other people, or stressful situations, determine the quality of your thoughts and the direction of your day? If you’re wise, and if you’d like to build a better life for yourself and your loved ones! You’ll learn the gift to control your emotions before your emotions control you.

Human emotions are highly irrational, decidedly unpredictable, and often unreliable. Our emotions are like the weather, they can change from day to day. So we must learn to live by faith in God (Hebrews 11:1), not by the volatility of our own emotional ups and downs.

Sometime during this day, you will probably be polarized by a strong negative feeling. Learn the gift of handling them, and fight back. The gift is turning the emotions over to the Lord. Your emotions will inevitably change; God will remain the same.

Point to ponder- God is the stabilizing gift and factor in  regulating your emotions!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of March 2018 by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Mr. William Wilson, Ms. Annette Straker, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Gloria Teel, and 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!

http://www.graceandtruthleadership.org/#!donate/vv9e2