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Word for the day “We have the Victory with God on our side”

Exodus 17:9 (GNT) The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.

Moses’ staff represented his vocation as a shepherd. When God first met Moses’ in the desert at the burning bush, he told him that he was going to use his staff to perform miracles and bring a people out of slavery. God related to Moses through his vocation as a shepherd.

Moses later faced one of his enemies in the new land, the Amalekites. God told him to go to the top of the mountain and hold his staff up to heaven. As long as his staff was outstretched to heaven, Israel would win the battle. But if it was not uplifted, they would suffer defeat.

“So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.” (Exodus 17:10-11)

Isn’t this an interesting picture? When we raise our “staffs” up to the Lord, He becomes our protector. The Lord is our defender. As long we offer up our staffs before the Lord, He can work through it. Our Lord works on our behalf. When we lower it, we lose the blessing of God.

When God told Moses He was going to use his staff to bring a people out of bondage, he first had to lay his staff down on the ground. God changed it into a snake and then God told Moses to pick it up by the tail. God was telling Moses to take authority over the serpent in this prophetic act.

Point to ponder- When Moses picked up the staff, the scripture tells us it is no longer Moses’ staff, but it is now the staff of God. When we pick up and face our fears the Lord joins us and we will ultimately have the victory with God on our side!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of August  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, Mrs. Marguerite Williams, 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.

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Posted by on August 11, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “The Challenge of reaching family”

Mark 6:4-6 (MSG) Jesus told them, “A prophet has little honor in his hometown, among his relatives, on the streets he played in as a child.” Jesus wasn’t able to do much of anything there—he laid hands on a few sick people and healed them, that’s all. He couldn’t get over their stubbornness. He left and made a circuit of the other villages, teaching.

The most difficult people to reach for Christ are in your own family—and you will never reach them through compromise. We need to live the message we are preaching. It is tempting to give everyone a sermon. We want to preach to that unsaved husband or wife or those nonbelieving parents. But there comes a point when we have preached enough sermons. There comes a point when we need to live the sermon. We need to be the power of example in our families and friendships, are you ready?

If you are a husband with a nonbelieving wife, then be a good husband. If you are a believing wife with a nonbelieving husband, then be a godly woman. If you are a child with nonbelieving parents, then do the things your parents ask you to do. Be responsible., and practice the life in the Lord you are talking about and that will speak volumes to them. It’s time to bring the message of the Lord home!

Even Jesus had a hard time reaching His siblings, and who was a better example than Jesus? He was God, and was Divine in all His relationships. Yet the Bible tells us that prior to His crucifixion and resurrection, His own family did not believe in Him. So if Jesus had a challenge reaching His family, then you will have a challenge as well. Don’t be intimidated by the challenge just be the person God has made you.

Point to ponder- It is my humble opinion: no one is reached in meaningful way through compromise. God is looking for men and women today that can be used to bring Glory to His name, men and women who will take a stand even at home in your family!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of August  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, Mrs. Marguerite Williams, 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.

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Posted by on August 10, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “God loves you so much”

Ezekiel 14: 1-5 (MSG) Some of the leaders of Israel approached me and sat down with me. GOD’s Message came to me: “Son of Man, these people have installed idols in their hearts. They have embraced the wickedness that will ruin them. Why should I even bother with their prayers? Therefore tell them, ‘The Message of GOD, the Master: All in Israel who install idols in their hearts and embrace the wickedness that will ruin them and still have the gall to come to a prophet, be on notice: I, GOD, will step in and personally answer them as they come dragging along their mob of idols. I am ready to go to work on the hearts of the house of Israel, all of whom have left me for their idols.’

The new hearts we have in Christ are yet-to-be-perfected hearts, and when God is functionally “not enough for us,” our anxieties and fears take over; then we go on the hunt for designer gods and imitation saviors. What does this look like in a more pragmatic way?

At the beginning of (Ezekiel 14), we get to eavesdrop on a fascinating conversation that took place between the prophet and God. Here’s the back drop: Instead of showing and telling God’s story of redemption to the nations, Israel had progressively been drawn into the worship of the gods of the surrounding nations. In the time we are living in now people of God, we have to make sure this does not happen to us.

Israel’s drift into idolatry didn’t happen because the people became bored with the liturgy of their temple, enamored with the music of the worship bands in pagan temples, or impressed with the oratory of the new Canaanite prophet who had just moved into the neighborhood. No one in Israel went looking for a new worship service, but for new gods to service them. The center of their worship shifted from God to themselves. They began to worship the worship more than they worshiped their God, that is, their relationship with God became utilitarian rather than doxological. (Meaning their worship was directed horizontal and self-serving to themselves rather than vertical and relational to God)

When the glory of the one true living God is no longer our principal passion in life, worship becomes a pragmatic vehicle for fulfilling two basic quests in life: provision and protection. Instead of living for God’s glory and looking to the Lord to meet our needs, we exist for our glory and look for gods who will meet our demands.

How does God respond? Three phrases jump out at me in this pivotal passage—each of which highlights just how tenaciously God loves us in Christ and how relentlessly He pursues our hearts’ affection. As I have been led, and at times dragged, into the process of Godly transformation, few words of hope have meant more to me than these. Why does God make life painful for us at times? Why does God often write stories we would never pen; observe a time line we would never choose; and answer our prayers in ways that feel like He is rejecting us? He gives us His answer: “I will do this to recapture the hearts of My people, who have all deserted Me for their idols.” No one loves us like God does in Jesus, even if it takes a Babylonian captivity to convince us.

Point to ponder- God’s jealousy for our love is the greatest compliment He could ever pay us, but it’s also the costliest gift He could ever give us. It was costly to God because it required the life and death of His Son; it is costly to us because it means God’s love will never let us go. That can get very disruptive and messy. Sometimes we proclaim, “Nothing will ever separate me from the love of God,” not fully realizing everything implied. The God of love will not tolerate our love of idols. Glory Hallelujah we really have to get ourselves together family! Today’s message is some what lengthy but the message is profound!

Quote “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus” (Blaise Pascal, Pensées).

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of August  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, Mrs. Marguerite Williams, 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 August 9, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

I Kings 19:13 (NKJV) So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

It was a glorious day of victory for Israel and the Lord. Elijah had faced off with the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, where God sent a stream of fire from Heaven and consumed Elijah’s sacrifice. At God’s command, Baal’s prophets had been slain, and Jezebel, the wife of wicked King Ahab, wanted Elijah dead.

So inexplicably, the courageous Elijah, having just faced all those prophets, ran in terror and hid himself in a cave. Then the Bible tells us there was a mighty, rushing wind, followed by an earthquake and a big fire. After that, God asked Elijah a question: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:13).

I wonder if the Lord would say that to some of us at this point in our lives. Maybe it’s when you are in a group of people and things are happening that you shouldn’t be around. Maybe people are doing drugs or getting drunk. And the Lord says, “What are you doing here?” Or maybe you are in a movie and a scene comes on that is not the kind of scene you should be watching. Everyone is enjoying it, and you are feeling a little uncomfortable. The Lord whispers, “What are you doing here?”

When Judas came to betray Jesus, He said, “Friend, why have you come?” (Matthew 26:50). Did Jesus know why Judas came to the garden with a bunch of soldiers and the temple guard? Of course Jesus knew. However, Jesus wanted Judas to say he was there because he had been planning to betray our Lord, but I believe in my heart that our Lord was hoping Judas would repent. But we all know Judas didn’t repent.

Point to ponder- God knows everything that we have done, and the Lord wants us to admit our sins, to confess them. Sometimes God will ask us a question designed to do that. So what question is God asking you today? When the Lord ask you the soul searching question, be certain to respond in the right manner.

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of August  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, Mrs. Marguerite Williams, 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 August 8, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Making Destiny Decisions”

Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Have you ever noticed that no matter how strong the struggles our proclivities may be, most of them only last a few minutes? It’s true. And so I want to talk with you about a tactic that’ll help you make good decisions in these times of distraction and delay. When facing temptation, try to delay your decision to act upon the desire you may be experiencing for fifteen to thirty minutes.

What you’ll find is that you have gained a great deal of perspective and resolve in that relatively short but very important interval. But while you are delaying, make sure to use some kind of distraction or diversion-one that will allow you to think clearly about the decision you must make, while at the same time allowing you to distance yourself a bit from the temptations that cloud your decision. If you don’t join distraction or diversion with your delay, you’ll probably find yourself just watching the clock and thinking about how much longer you have before you get to indulge.

Point to ponder- Make informed decisions about what you allow yourself to get involved. If your desire has passed, then great-you’ve successfully avoided something you didn’t really want and probably didn’t need! If what you are desiring-and that something isn’t destructive-then go ahead and enjoy it, in moderation!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of August  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, Mrs. Marguerite Williams, 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 August 7, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Time to take the Risk”

Ecclesiastes 11:1 (KJV) Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.

I’m convinced that life without risk isn’t much of a life. There’s a certain comfort in predictability. But it’s the kind of comfort you don’t find when you’re moving and growing. It’s the comfort you find in doing the same ole same ole.

If you’ve followed sports or been around athletes, you know that an athlete regularly stretches his muscles to the point where they burn. Otherwise these muscles become inflexible, unresponsive, and easily fatigued. The same is true with your soul. It must be regularly stretched. Failure to do so gives you comfort in the short term, but ultimately leaves you emotionally and spiritually unfit.

Connecting, loving, and pursuing dreams, all require risk and energy! Yes, you’ll be stretched to the point of discomfort. Yes, you may experience some hurt and disappointment. But these are far better alternatives than the loneliness, boredom, and quiet desperation that accompany a life without risk.

Point to ponder- It’s time to take your spiritual life to the next dimension. Let’s go people of God, let’s stop talking about it, and be about it!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of August  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, Mrs. Marguerite Williams, 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 August 4, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Where do you stand with your family?”

Genesis 49:33 (NKJV) And when Jacob had finished commanding his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.

The story of Jacob in the Bible is one of a family in relational difficulties. His family wasn’t the first dysfunctional family mentioned in the Bible, but they were certainly among the most prominent. I know you have heard the saying, “like father, like son” Well, Jacob’s failure to be discreet, honest, patient, and his failure to give unconditional love had a terrible impact on his children. He played favorites and set no clear boundaries on their behavior. To say that his relationship with many of his sons was strained is an understatement. Jacob’s family had some serious issues, just like so many of us in our families.

Whether you come from a family of dysfunction, like Jacob’s, or your family is more like the sitcom from back in the day the “Good Times, God calls us to honor our parents. You could make the argument that he commands it!

You may have the joy of honoring parents that have been all you could hope for, but some of you only have memories of parents who have hurt you, and that can be a challenging situation. The passing years, lack of communication, and memories of angry, heated, emotional exchanges can create tremendous anxiety. Where do you stand with your family? and how are things now? It’s time for peace with Dad, Mom, or whoever there is a serious disconnect from.

Point to ponder- But, God is in the redemption business. The Lord takes the bad things that happen to us and turns them for our good (Romans 8:28). It may be a process, to first connect, to confront, to forgive, to realize your roles have changed, but God is still in the redemption business. Please don’t forget today’s message people of God, have a marvelous day!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of August  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, Mrs. Marguerite Williams, 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 August 3, 2017 in Daily Inspiration