Word for the day “Kingdom Alert”

I Peter 4:7(NIV) The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.

Kingdom Alert: If you are a member of the Body of Christ, get ready to face a mad devil. You may not want to think about it or even accept it but if you have determined to follow Jesus with all your heart, Satan has marked you for destruction. And he’s going to flood your life with troubles of all kinds. (I didn’t say be afraid, I said Kingdom Alert).The apostle Peter warns, “The end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer” (1 Peter 4:7). What Peter is saying in this passage, is in other words, “This is no time for lightness. You have to get sober minded about spiritual matters. It is an issue of life and death.”

Why the need to be so serious? In the time of war our enemy is near and has turned up the heat on us, our families, our ministries, our jobs, our health, our finances, etc.. He is stalking us like a lion, hiding in the grass, waiting for an opportunity to pounce. He wants to devour us, to utterly destroy our lives and faith in Christ. Some people of God say we should not even talk about the devil, that we are better off just not acknowledging him. Other people try to reason Satan out of existence. Liberal theologians, for example, argue that there is no devil, no hell, no heaven. What’s your thoughts on this matter of Satan?

Today I am writing and saying the enemy of our souls is not simply going to go away. Few biblical figures have been identified so clearly and extensively. He is described as Lucifer, Satan, devil, deceiver, hinderer, wicked one, usurper, imposter, accuser, devourer, god of this world, ruler of darkness, old serpent. (All can be found from the book Genesis to the last book of the Bible Revelation). These emphatic descriptions tell me the devil is real. And we know from Scripture that he wields a very real power. Even now he is at work on the earth, in our nations, cities, churches, homes and individual lives. And we dare not be ignorant of his methods and strategies of warfare against us (II Corinthians 2:11).

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world” (1 Peter 5:8-9). Beloved family of God we must not lose sight of the seriousness of these times and our relationship with God!

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.

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Word for the day “Peer Pressure reality”

Proverbs 13:20 (NKJV) He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.

Peer pressure can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending upon your peers. If your peers encourage you to make integrity a priority, and if they encourage you to follow God’s will and to obey His commandments—then you will experience positive peer pressure, and that’s a great thing. But, if you are involved with people who encourage you to do foolish things, you are facing a different kind of peer pressure, and you’d better beware. (My Mom Shirley Baker would say “Tell me the company you keep and I tell you who you are” read quote below) When you feel pressured to do things, or to say things, that lead you away from God, you are heading straight for trouble.

Are you satisfied to follow that crowd? If so, you may pay some serious consequences unless you have picked the right peer group. And while you are deciding whom to follow, be sure you’re determined to follow the One from Galilee, too. And yes His name is Jesus, and He will guide your steps and bless your undertakings if you let Him. Your challenge, of course, is to let Him.

To sum it up, here’s your choice: you can choose to please God first (and by doing so, strengthen your character), or you can fall prey to peer pressure. The choice is yours, and so are the consequences. When you are torn between trusting your peers and trusting your conscience, trust your conscience. Today’s message is especially for parents, youth and young adults, mentors, teachers, Spiritual leaders!

Quote: Miguel de Cervantes- “Tell me what company you keep, and I’ll tell you what you are.”

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of February 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.

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Word for the day “The Gift of working for the Lord”

Colossians 3:23-24 (NKJV) And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

With each of our jobs, God is building something in us that will be used for His purposes now and in the future. I have learned the gift of being faithful in my secular work. In the beginning we do not embrace that we work for the Lord, we train for work, for our own benefits; but as we go on with God we learn the gift of working for the Lord over time. I am now retired from my so call secular job which I know today is really God’s work.

Jesus was prepared for His ultimate calling by working with His father in his carpentry shop until He was thirty years old. Do you realize that over 50% of Jesus’ teaching arose out of issues in daily experiences? Joseph was prepared to be head of a nation by serving prison time and being a slave in Potiphar’s house in daily work life. Moses was prepared to lead a nation out of slavery by serving in Pharaoh’s house in daily work life and later working forty years as a shepherd.

Do not despise the small jobs-for they are stepping stones to a greater purpose in God’s plan for your life and for God’s preparation for your ultimate destiny. Some of these jobs are necessary for the message the Lord is forming in you.

Point to ponder- Be mindful that God accomplishes His intended outcome in you through the work you are doing today.

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of February 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.

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Word for the day “Lord, I am not satisfied in this place”

John 21:1-5 (NLT) Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee.[a] This is how it happened. 2 Several of the disciples were there—Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin),[b] Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples.3 Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.” “We’ll come, too,” they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night. 4 At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was. 5 He called out, “Fellows,[c] have you caught any fish?” “No,” they replied. 6 Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it.

It was a familiar place and time for the disciples (déjà vu). Now again they had been fishing all night on the Sea of Galilee and hadn’t caught anything. In today’s message (John Chapter 21) the Lord had risen and had already appeared to some of the disciples. There were no clear marching orders, so they thought they would go back to what they knew how to do: for the disciples it was fishing. What is it that you go back to doing when the Lord seems distant or not around?

Now it was early in the morning, probably still dark. They saw a figure standing on the shore. Jesus called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?” (John 21:5, NLT). Throughout the Bible, God often asked probing questions when He wanted to provoke inquiry, confession, and even spiritual reflection. In the same way, Jesus was asking His disciples, “Did you catch anything? Have you been successful? Have things gone the way you had hoped they would go? Are you satisfied?”

Why did Jesus want them to admit their physical, emotional, and spiritual condition? So He could bring them to the place where they needed to be. Today that same Jesus wants to do the same for you! When they cast the net on the right side of the boat as Jesus told them to, their net became so heavy with fish that they couldn’t pull it in (John 21:6). The Lord was teaching the disciples an important lesson: Failure often can be the doorway to real success.

Point to ponder- We need to come to that point in our lives as well. We need to come and say, “Lord, I am not satisfied with the way my life is going. I am tired of doing it my way. I want to do it Your way.” If you will come to God like that, the Lord will extend Divine love, and forgiveness, to your life today. Then the Lord will take your life and transform it in ways you couldn’t imagine. Have a marvelous day people of God!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of February 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.

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Word for the day “Working it out”

Philippians 2:12 (NKJV) Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

This is the idea the apostle Paul was conveying to the saints in Philippi when he wrote, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians2:12). We need to work out what God has worked in each of us. We need to discover what God has done for us. To discover these areas the Lord has done in us takes some serious soul searching and time with God!

However, we don’t work for our salvation (we work from the work of salvation Jesus did on the Cross); we work it out. Salvation is a gift from God. We are told in (Ephesians 2:8–9), “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” So we don’t work for it; we work it out. The work of Jesus on the Cross is finished, so when we attempt to prove or perform for salvation; in essence we are saying what Jesus did was not enough! We must be conscious and aware we are not talking about our job or society which is all performance driven, we are talking about our Great God!

Remember, Paul was directing this statement to believers. The idea of working out one’s salvation is referring to living out one’s faith; and carrying it out correctly. In fact, the term work it out carries the meaning of working to full completion. So we need to carry it to the finish line. Are you working it out people of God? This can only take place upon spending time in the Lord’s presence.

Point to ponder- As believers, the work of God is in our hearts, but we need to live it out. Just like the finished work of Jesus is sufficient and complete by itself. That means carrying to the finish line and fully completing our own salvation with fear and trembling. Have a great day!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of February 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.

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Word for the day “Leadership Message”

Dear Subscriber,

An alarming number of Christians are not familiar with the Bible in today’s 21st century: “Our Government has taken the Bible out of our schools. Yet today we see the Bible being sent into our prisons.” The daily word cup devotionals have been inspired to connect you to the Bible with the exclusive intention of connecting you to God!

Just what are the consequences of biblical illiteracy? Although we here at Grace and Truth Leadership are aware that these devotionals are not full proof in connecting people to the Lord! We are also aware that our spiritual and moral decline clearly correlates with an alarming decline in biblical literacy and the need of God. Can you help us spread the word of our daily messages, by partnering with us and word of mouth?

With America having the highest incarceration rate in the world. Having more than 50 million lives obliterated to abortion. Terrorism, Mass shootings. Undeniable rates of heroin addiction. The challenging and radical redefinition of marriage, and lifestyles. Unprecedented rates of unwedded births. There are some real concerns we face as people of God. Our World, Our Country, Our Cities, Our family’s, Our Church’s are in the balance.

Clearly, knowledge of the Bible isn’t going to take place without reading and revelation. But while other books were given for our information, the Bible was given for our transformation (Romans 12:-2-3). We here at Grace and Truth Leadership are only as relevant as you great people help us to be!

Point to ponder- We here at Grace and Truth Leadership believes in the transforming power of God’s Holy Scriptures and a authentic relationship with the Lord. Please read these daily devotionals in this Lent season with the intentions of understanding the transforming power of God.

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of February 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.

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Word for the day “Making an honest self-examination”

Nehemiah 8:10 (NKJV) Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Most of us postpone the prospect of making an honest self-examination. We can often make excuses for taking the necessary and humbling assessment of ourselves. The bottom line is this: we know that many times there is an enormous amount of pain awaiting us we look at ourselves. And we fear the pain that facing the ourselves can often create.

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 Word the of the Lord says “for the joy of the LORD is your strength!” (Nehemiah 8:9-10).

That day marked the beginning of Sukkotor 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. What do you need to celebrate that you have escaped?

When we set out to face the pain and hurt of taking a self-examination, we will need the “joy of the Lord” to give us strength. This joy comes from recognizing, even celebrating, and God’s ability to bring us out of bondage and to care for us as we pass through the pain toward a new way of life.

Point to ponder- Our joy in the Lord helps us to face the pain within ourselves.

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of February 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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