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Word for the day “Time to Build”

Acts 1:8 (NIV) “…you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”.

Building a good team is key to the success of any enterprise. Jesus chose twelve unique individuals to build His world-changing enterprise. Our Lord intentionally chose several who had similar backgrounds—Peter, James, and John were fisherman. Matthew and Simon the Zealot came from opposing political views. Matthew came from an industry considered corrupt—he was a tax collector. It is clear Jesus chose those who had a skill set first, then changed the character of the individual. Please notice He mentored each one.

A good team needs to have team members with different viewpoints as well as those who are specialists in a particular area. It is noteworthy that Jesus chose someone expertise in handling money. Taking a team of twelve around the country required money and the ability to manage it. I’m sure Jesus spent a great deal of time with Matthew mentoring him on the proper use of money. He had to reshape his thinking about money.

Once the team was formed Jesus spent time molding His team into a cohesive unit to operate in unity. He corrected them when correction was needed. He taught them what it meant to love one another. He washed their feet. He taught and modeled servant leadership. Before you put a team together sit down and make a list of the skills you want represented on your team. Please be advised for the business, family, ministry, marriage, each represent team building!

Point to ponder – If you are building or thinking of building a team. Then recruit and invest spiritually into your team. Who knows, your team might just change the world, too!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of October 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, 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 October 19, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “The Gift of parenting”

Colossians 3:18-21(NKJ) Wives, be subject to your husbands, Husbands, love your wives, Fathers, do not exasperate your children.

God works in our lives primarily through committed relationships. Your family is the primary school for your character development. This is precisely the order of Scripture: Establish your identity in Christ, then focus on living out who you are at home. Notice the order in (Colossians 3:10-25). How are things in your family life?

God’s great goal for His children is that we conform to His image: “Put on the new self” (verse 10). Our identity is no longer in racial, religious, cultural or social ties: “There is no distinction, but Christ is all and in all” (verse 11). Character is the focus of development once identity is established: “Put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (verse 12). Character is developed in the context of relational living: “Bearing with one another, and forgiving each other” (verse 13). Love is the highest level of character development: “Beyond all these things put on love” (verse 14). The means by which all this is accomplished is Christ in you: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.

Point to ponder- As a parent, you are not just shaping your child’s behavior, you are developing her/his character. Training a child means discipling her/him to be Christ like. Don’t be a phony at home; your spouse and children will see right through it. You can’t model perfection, but you can model growth and amazing love!

Prayer: Lord, help us be the spouses and parents You want us to be by remaining committed to be a growing child of God, In Christ name Amen!

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 October 18, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Transformational leadership”

John 14:12 (GNT) “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father”.

Influential leaders, mentors, and managers must empower others to fulfill the purpose/assignment of any organization. Jesus invested time and passion in developing leaders. Only at the point at which they could properly manage the resource did Jesus empower them. The teacher who offers empowerment too early sets up followers for failure. On the other hand, the leader who fails to empower capable people creates frustration.

It is my belief that transformational empowerment is engaging your follower to use his/her authority entrusted to them to fulfill their mission. Jesus imparted to his followers a balance of both of these concepts. Peter was not ready for leadership before the crucifixion. He failed to use the empowerment given to him by Jesus. It required a failure in Peter’s life before he matured in his leadership.

However, once Peter began to appropriate from Jesus what He had imparted to him he became a powerful and effective leader. Jesus told his disciples they would be able to not only do what He had done, but they would do even greater things than He did.

Point to ponder- This is a key attribute of a leader who wants to empower others to advance their purpose/assignment.

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of October 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, 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 October 17, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Family Matters”

Joshua 24:15 (NKJV) And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Let’s be honest: most of our family history can often be messy. In fact, for most of us, the mess is filled with adultery, pornography, divorce, substance abuse, addiction, physical violence, and more. And even if your family hasn’t been affected by one of these, your family history has left a lasting impact on you in one way or another. At some point, every man/woman must decide: will I purify my part of the family mess, or will I allow this poison to seep through to another generation? Purifying your part of the mess begins with driving a stake into the ground with the decision that you and your family will follow the Lord.

When you do this, you transition your family from a pattern of sickness to the possibility of living for God. For generations to come, people will look at your family tree and see that under your leadership, life was influenced for good rather than for evil. Going against the trends of past generations isn’t easy to do. But it’s worth the effort to blaze a new trail (Tell somebody I am a trail blazer) that’s honorable; a trail that’s worth following; and a trail that will show God’s grace and goodness to future generations.

Point to ponder- Just remember these words today “Family matters”!

Prayer: Great God, as we commit our life to you, we pray that you will bless our life in You. Help those reading this message right now to choose integrity always and help us to blaze a new trail and a new destiny for our family, for our generation now and for generations that will come after ours. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of October 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, 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 October 16, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “The need for Great Leaders”

Numbers 11:29 (GNT)But Moses replied, ‘Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!’

One of the characteristics of a Kingdom leader is to recognize when God is raising new leadership and be a catalyst to affirm and encourage it. These leaders also model a level of humility that God blesses. Leaders who are insecure about their leadership will put down new leadership in order to maintain their own status.

The Bible says that Moses was the most humble man on the face of the earth. That is why God used him as a leader to bring an entire nation out of bondage.

Joshua was concerned that two young men prophesied in the camp and considered this an affront to Moses’ leadership. Moses viewed the same situation very differently. He viewed it from the vision of a Kingdom leader who modeled humility and a Kingdom focus. Moses was secure in his own leadership and so he did not need to put down others who he could construe as usurping his leadership.

Point to ponder- The Body of Christ is in great need of leaders who are secure in their leadership. If God has called you to be a leader, look for opportunities to encourage new leaders. As you do, God will insure that you will fulfill the purpose for which He called you.

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of October 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, 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 October 12, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “The Giants in our lives”

I Samuel 17: 45 (NASB) Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that the LORD does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the LORD’S and He will give you into our hands.” 48 Then it happened when the Philistine rose and came and drew near to meet David, that David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.

Goliath looked like a formidable giant on the battlefield. But consider this: he wasn’t always a giant. Goliath was a man after all, which means that he once was a baby. (He must have been a beast of a baby!) With the passing of time, he became a toddler. The toddler became a child. The child became a teen. The teen became a man. And in time, he became a giant of a man.

The giants in our lives usually start out small too. Often they begin with an attitude that says, I can handle this. It is just a drink here and there. It is just having one with the guys after work. It is just a glass of wine with Italian food. Then, after a while, it is a drink to unwind at the end of a long day. Then it is having a drink in the morning. Pretty soon, it is not being able to get through the day without a drink. People who don’t plan on ending up this way end up this way. (Either we have our own giants in our lives or we are connected to people who are fighting giants).

Like Goliath, our giants start small, and they get big. That little area we thought we had control of now has control of us. That little thing that once was a pest has now become a relentless giant, and we don’t know how to defeat it. We don’t know how to bring it down. Are you facing a giant in your life at this time? Believe me today if not now you will be facing some kind of giant in the days ahead, so keep today’s message close by for reference.

Point to ponder- The problem is that if we tolerate a giant, he will take over our territory. The giant will come right up on our doorstep. How do we deal with that? We don’t negotiate with him. We don’t yell at him. We don’t run from him. We attack and kill him. That is how to deal with a giant. In God’s strength, David defeated his giant. And so can you, but you defeat the giant in God’s strength not yours. Please remember family “Giants do come down”!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of October 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, 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 October 11, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “A faithful God”

Deuteronomy 32:3-4 (KJV) I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.

Who is God? Is the Lord the sentimentalized, soft, meek, a God far away that we are waiting in the sweet bye and bye!

It’s an important question, both for our eternal and present well-being. If we are unaware, second-guess, or maintain false conceptions of God’s goodness, wisdom, and power, we will surely have trouble giving ourselves to Him in faith, love, and obedience. Consequently, we’ll distance ourselves from Him and strive to live upon our own resources. You see, false conceptions of God lead to false conceptions of who we are, the nature of our problems, and the way to their solutions.

However, if we see a complete picture of who God is-that is, as He’s revealed Himself to us-we’ll realize that we’re safe in His fatherly keeping. Yes, God is loving, compassionate and full of tender mercies. At the same time He’s a powerful warrior, a lion, robed in splendor and majesty.

Point to ponder- Stay connected to God. And when you know who God is, you discover who you are! Whatever, you maybe going through always remember we serve “A faithful God”.

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of October 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, 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 October 10, 2017 in Daily Inspiration