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Word for the day “It’s turning around for you”

Genesis 39:20 (NASB) So Joseph’s master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer. 22 The chief jailer committed to Joseph’s [w]charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that whatever was done there, he was responsible for it. 23 The chief jailer did not supervise anything under [y]Joseph’s charge because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made to prosper.

When God allows us to go to prison because we have been serving Him, and goes there with us, prison is about the most blessed place in the world that we could be (Prison can be a state of mind, not only a cell). Joseph seems to have known that. He did not sulk and grow discouraged and rebellious because “everything was against him.” How do you respond when things are against you?

If Joseph had the wrong response, the prison-keeper would never have trusted him so. Joseph does not even seem to have pitied himself. Let us remember that if self-pity is allowed to set in, that can be the end for us, and until it is cast utterly from us, we are prisoners in a cell in or out of jail!

Joseph just turned over everything in joyous trust to God, and so the keeper of the prison turned over everything to Joseph. Today’s word is for somebody who needs to know, the Lord is turning some things around for you so be ready with the right response to God now, and in the days ahead.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, when the prison doors close in on us, keep us trusting, and keep our joy full and abounding. Prosper Thy work through me in the prison cell or the prison of our mind: even there, make me free indeed. In Christ 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 6, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Are you a solider”?

Hebrews 10:36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

So much of our lives is a journey where we get to exercise our faith and our obedience to God’s principles for living. There will be times when you grow weary, times when you want to throw in the towel. You’ll experience pain, fear, and every imaginable emotion. You’ll win some battles but lose others.

You may get discouraged at times when you don’t see the progress you’d like despite your diligence. But if you persevere through it all, you’ll honor God and find a life worth living.

The apostle Paul’s words to the young disciple, Timothy, tell us a thing or two about perseverance. “Endure suffering along with me,” said Paul, “as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. And as Christ’s soldier, do not let yourself become tied up in the affairs of this life, for then you cannot satisfy the one who has enlisted you in his army. Follow the Lord’s rules for doing his work, just as an athlete either follows the rules or is disqualified and wins no prize. Hardworking farmers are the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor.” (II Timothy 2:3-6)

Point to ponder- Have you ever thought of yourself as a soldier? or as a trained and skilled athlete? Soldier’s and athletes are disciplined; always on the grind in the gym. Today consider yourself a solider of the Lord!

 

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.

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Posted by on October 5, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Why do you serve the Lord”?

Psalm 100:2 (NKJV) Serve the LORD with gladness

One of the most freeing yet forgotten truths of the Christian life is this: God only wants us to serve Him because we want to. He doesn’t demand, or even accept when we do things for Him out of a sense of duty, obligation, fear, or guilt. None of those motivations matter with the Lord. God wants our service, but only if we serve Him with gladness.

That’s a radical (and perhaps unwelcomed) concept for many. A lot of people have sacrificed years of service that were done out of obligation and not out of desire. Untold amounts of money, time, and energy have been rendered in the service of the Lord…for the wrong reasons. Why do you serve the Lord or Do you serve the Lord?

Many who serve God for the wrong reasons with their lives have been a succession of bitter offerings that don’t bear any fruit. Over time, they get burnt out and their deeds never glorify God or draw others to the Lord. Why? Because the joy and gladness is absent. In fact, these people often drive people away from the Lord because they give off the vibe that anything to do with the Lord is a depressing drudgery. Who would want to follow a God whose servants are so miserable?

Point to ponder- God wants us to serve Him because we want to and because we are glad to. It begs the obvious question: What’s the motivation behind our service? Are we doing it because we want to score points with Heaven, to ease a guilty conscience, or to look better than the people around us? Or do we serve because our hearts are overflowing with great joy for God’s love and we want to love the Lord back by serving Him with our whole Heart!

Prayer: Most Merciful Master, forgive us if we have tried to serve you out of a sense of obligation, fear, or guilt. Help us remember all that You have done for us, and may that be our motivation to serve You. In Christ 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 4, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “A love that Sacrifices”

John 13:34-35 (NKJV) A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you so you must love one another. By this all men will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.

If we’re to love and serve our family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers in the manner God desires, we must understand the following three things:

First, sacrifice doesn’t mean giving that other person everything he or she wants. But it does mean you consider the other person’s thoughts and concerns equally alongside yours; in the same way we would want to be treated, we treat others equally with thoughtfulness.

Second, sacrifice is more than taking another’s thoughts into consideration. It’s taking those thoughts and putting them into action with as much emphasis and care as you give your own thoughts, even if the thought processes of that other person may not make sense to you. Always remember sacrificial love always requires action!

Third, you must develop your own style of carrying out this sacrificial love, a style that’s customized to the character and needs of your relationship. You may not always agree with the other person. That’s fine and very possible. However, agreement is nearly as important as the way of coming to an agreement. You are different people, and even siblings brought up in the same home with the same parents and surroundings come up with different opinions and answers to life.

Point to ponder – Sacrificial love is the use of the servant mind-set and must always be consistent among all of us if we wish to love others as ourselves.

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, Ms. Rita McGuffin, Ms. Gertrude Scott Mrs. Barbara Mason and Mrs. 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 October 3, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “The Lord is my strength”

Nehemiah 8:9 (NASB) Then Nehemiah, who was the [e]governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people were weeping when they heard the words of the law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Many of us reading today’s message falter at the prospect of making an honest personal inventory of our own lives. The rationalizations and excuses are endless for avoiding this step. The bottom line is this: we know that there is an enormous amount of sadness awaiting us, often when we take this personal inventory step. And we can fear the pain that facing the sadness will bring each one of us. How should we handle this concern? The Jewish exiles who returned to Jerusalem after captivity in Babylon had lost touch with God. During the exile, they hadn’t been taught His laws; so naturally, they hadn’t practiced them either. After rebuilding the city walls and the temple, the priests gathered the people together to read the Book of the Law.

The people were overwhelmed with grief and began sobbing, because their lives in no way measured up. The priests said to them, “Don’t mourn or weep on such a day as this! For today is a sacred day before the LORD your God,. Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!” (Nehemiah 8:9-10). I really love this passage and story in the Bible family of God!

That day marked the beginning of Sukkot or the Festival of Tabernacles, a required Jewish feast which celebrated their escape from bondage in Egypt and God’s care for them while they wandered in the wilderness. When we set out to face the pain and sadness of making a moral inventory, we will need the “joy of the Lord” to give us strength. This joy comes from recognizing, even celebrating, God’s ability to bring us out of bondage and to care for us as we pass through the sadness toward a new way of life.

Point to ponder- Our joy in the Lord helps us to face the sadness within ourselves. In fact, the joy of the Lord helps us face each day with courage and strength that can only be supplied by the Lord. Family of God it’s all good now, just begin rejoicing in the Lord and have a great day!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of September 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, Ms. Rita McGuffin, Ms. Gertrude Scott Mrs. Barbara Mason and Mrs. 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.

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Posted by on October 2, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “The Lord has Gifted you”

Proverbs 18:16 (KJV) A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

There’s a real danger in thinking your spiritual gifts are blessings God has given you for your own benefit. The concern with this selfish viewpoint is that you see your use of these as an option or luxury that you neglect or use according to your will alone. That’s a critical misunderstanding from a biblical understanding, which sees our spiritual gifts as expressions of gratitude God wills for you to use in service to others. Why do you think the Lord has gifted you?

The Bible teaches that God gives us spiritual gifts so we can give to others. We use our gifts to continue Christ’s work in the earth. The apostle Paul wrote: A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church. His point: your gifts aren’t your possessions. Yes, they’ve been entrusted to you, but actually, they belong to the community of believers. In fact, to take it a little further our spiritual gifts are given for us to serve the world we live in! Serving in home, jobs, communities, ministries, are all in need of our Gifting’s from the Lord!

So, what are your spiritual gifts? Not sure? Read the Bible’s teaching on spiritual gifts in (Bible Chapters Romans 12, I Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4). Then ask yourself where you may have felt the greatest satisfaction serving the Lord. Carefully thinking through that question will go a very long way in clarifying this issue; because when you do what you love in order to show God’s love, you’ll find spiritual fulfillment and renewal.

Point to ponder – What are you waiting for? You have to get moving! Happy Friday and great weekend.

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of September 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, Ms. Rita McGuffin, Ms. Gertrude Scott Mrs. Barbara Mason and Mrs. 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 September 29, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Do not Conform”

Romans 12:2 (NKJV) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

You could make the argument that we live in a troubled society. And if that’s the case, then adopting the values and priorities of our society would make us, for all intensive purposes by virtue of definition, “troubled as well”, wouldn’t it? Then why do we give in to the pressure to conform to those values and priorities?

We often refer to it as peer pressure. Many of our young people struggle with this but we have some folks other than young people who struggle with peer pressure and conformity if the truth be told! Few things in life come easier than giving in to the pressure to be like everyone else. And even fewer things are more dangerous. To be a person who does not conform requires Godly strength and self-assurance.

Point to ponder- Self-assurance that you know God accepts you and loves you just as you are. You don’t need to wear the latest fashions, have the hair color and style of the day, or drive the make and model of car you think will satisfy that desire to be in the in the mix. There’s truly only one thing that satisfies our lives that is a right relationship with God. Wow God is great family of God and have a fantastic day!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of September 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, Ms. Rita McGuffin, Ms. Gertrude Scott Mrs. Barbara Mason and Mrs. 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 September 28, 2017 in Daily Inspiration