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Word for the day “Much is required”

Luke 12:48 (KJV) Much is required from those to whom much is given.

A new life in Christ doesn’t excuse past obligations or erase the ongoing consequences of past sins. We as people of God must embrace and make amends for our past and even current miscues with others.

Forgiving ourselves is one means of moving forward in the Lord. Likewise, before you can move ahead, you must face the unfinished business of your past. This may include facing up to some cowardly behavior, crooked schemes, or quick-fix solutions to difficult problems that just didn’t work. While you can be certain that God will meet you where you are, the Lord calls you to take responsibility for whatever sins may have brought you to whatever circumstances you’re presently in.

Point to ponder- Once you accept ownership of your past, God will help you move ahead. But He’ll do it His way, not yours. Have an amazing day!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of December 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. Calvin Jackson, Mrs. Annette Straker, Ms. Ollie Tipton, Ms. Jacqueline Frazier, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Cynthia Waiters- Artis, 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 December 4, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Time to do the right thing”

I Peter 3:12 (KJV) For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

Each new day presents countless opportunities to put God in the center of your life. When we honor the Lord by living according to His commandments, we gain for ourselves the abundance and peace that God promises. But, when we concern ourselves more with pleasing others than with pleasing our Creator, we bring needless suffering upon ourselves and our families.

Would you like a time-tested formula for successful living? Here is a formula that is proven and true: Seek God’s approval in every aspect of your life. Does this sound too simple? Perhaps it is simple, but it is also the only way to reap the marvelous riches that God has in store for you and your family.

So today, take every step of your destiny with the Lord as your as your traveling companion. Especially support the activities that further God’s kingdom and your spiritual growth. Be an example of righteous living to your friends, to your neighbors, and to your children. Then, reap the blessings that God has promised to all those who live according to His will and His Word.

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of December 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. Calvin Jackson, Mrs. Annette Straker, Ms. Ollie Tipton, Ms. Jacqueline Frazier, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Cynthia Waiters- Artis, 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 December 1, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “The Lord is waiting for you”

Psalm 103:10 (NKJV) He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

Most of us have the bad habit of rationalizing our sin and our errors. We all struggle with our consciences, with our goal to make peace within our own hearts. In order to gain peace, you may deny what you’ve done, find excuses, or try to escape out from under the responsibility and consequences of your wrongdoing. You may work hard to be “Good” in order to compensate for your mistakes. Are you doing everything you can to even the score? I am learning until you confess your faults to God, you’ll get nowhere.

God holds everyone accountable. We are like people who have committed crimes but who refuse to accept the charges brought against them. You may have spent years constructing alibis, coming up with excuses, and trying to be exonerated. But if you’re sincerely seeking spiritual healing, now is the time to come clean. It’s time to admit what you know deep down inside to be true: “I’m guilty as charged.”

Point to ponder- In speaking this truth, you stop fighting and admit that you’re wrong. Without confession to God, there’s no real freedom. And what a relief it is to finally release the burden of your lies and excuses by admitting them to God. This is the very reason Jesus came. Remember He died not because we were good people, but because we’d gone our own way. Come back to the Lord is waiting for you!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of November 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. Calvin Jackson, Mrs. Annette Straker, Ms. Ollie Tipton, Ms. Jacqueline Frazier, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Cynthia Waiters- Artis, 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 November 30, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “The sound of praise”

Psalm 149:1(NKJV) Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, And His praise in the assembly of saints. 2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. 3 Let them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp. 4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.

Times of blessing should prompt spontaneous praise. When food fills our storehouses, when everyone is free of illness or injury, when no enemies or tragedies threaten, that’s a natural time to sing our thanksgiving and shouts of praise. Consequently, the songwriter gives us three commands as he discusses times of blessing. He tells us to sing (verse 1), to be glad (verse 2), and to praise His name (verse 3). Let’s look at each command and meditate upon what God is saying.

First, the psalmist urges us to sing a new song. When God brings goodness into the lives of His people, He loves to hear us respond with fresh and spontaneous expressions of delight. Even better when we gather with other “godly ones” to celebrate the Lord’s blessing. After all, we openly share our times of stress and heartache, just as we should. For some reason, however, we seldom gather our friends for the sake of celebrating God’s abundant blessings.

Second, the songwriter calls for God’s people to be glad. Times of prosperity and/or promotion should never cause guilt. If it comes from the hand of God, we should rejoice! Unfortunately, some in the family of God ranks have begun to believe that it is more spiritual to suffer, or that only materialistic people can prosper. What a lousy testimony to a loving God! While the Lord uses suffering to cultivate godly character, He also delights to give good things to His people. Praise God when the blessings flow! They come from Him. Psalm 75:6–7 makes that clear: For not from the east, nor from the west, Nor from the desert comes exaltation; But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another.

Third, the composer calls us to praise. The third verse commands us, in effect, to really “let loose.” Don’t stifle your praise; let it out! In the days of the psalmist, it was quite common for God’s people literally to dance for joy and play on musical instruments when they were filled with praise. David danced in the street when the ark was brought back into the city of David (2 Samuel 6:12–15). Likewise Miriam, Moses’ sister, danced in praise of God after the Israelites crossed the Red Sea (Exodus 15:20–21). The dancing in Scripture was done out of praise in one’s heart to God for His blessings and deliverance. I don’t know about you but I feel like dancing for the Lord now family of God!

Point to ponder- The whole point of these first three verses of Psalm 149 is that we are to enjoy our times of blessing in full measure. We are to give our Lord fresh, undignified exclamations of praise when He chooses to pour out His abundance upon us. Believe me family of God the Lord loves to hear the sounds of praise!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of November 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. Calvin Jackson, Mrs. Annette Straker, Ms. Ollie Tipton, Ms. Jacqueline Frazier, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Cynthia Waiters- Artis, 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 November 29, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Our God is Greater”

I John 4:4 (NASB) You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

The reality of the devil is alive and functioning as the god of this world, and he often disguises his operation as intriguing, harmless fun (II Corinthians 4:4). The fact that he is enjoying success in the entertainment industry is evident. Popular movies like Ghostbusters, Poltergeist and Field of Dreams glorify experiences with spirits. Psychics are frequent guests on talk shows. New Age philosophy is being modeled in Saturday morning cartoons. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Satan is systematically destroying the fabric of our society because he has convinced us that he’s just a harmless little man in a red suit carrying a pitchfork.

Even, as Eve was deceived in the Garden of Eden by Satan guised as a serpent, because of the lust of knowledge (Genesis 3:5-6). The lure of knowledge and power is deceptive, sucking millions today into the abyss and away from divine revelation and the ultimate power that is extended to those who believe (Ephesians 1:19).

The reality of Satan was not manufactured in the twentieth century. Orthodox Christianity has always held the belief in a personal devil (not just an impersonal force). C.S. Lewis wrote: “There is no neutral ground in the universe: every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan” (C.S. Lewis, Christian Reflections, Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdman’s Publishing Company, 1967, p. 33). A very real devil is intent on spoiling your life (John 10:10). But be assured that in Christ you have the authority to defeat Satan’s schemes (John 16:33).

Point to ponder- The reality is that we are living in a time of spiritual warfare (II Corinthians 10:4-5), but we will win if we don’t lose our focus to the subtlety of the enemy of our souls family of God.

Prayer: Divine and True God, we will not accept any counterfeit power or knowledge. We are determined to know Christ crucified the power and wisdom of God.

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of November 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. Calvin Jackson, Mrs. Annette Straker, Ms. Ollie Tipton, Ms. Jacqueline Frazier, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Cynthia Waiters- Artis, 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 November 28, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “From a good conscience”

I Timothy 1:5 (NKJV) Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.

Let your conscience be your guide. Perhaps today’s message of wisdom will make sense since our conscience is designed to help us discern right from wrong. However, people cannot always trust their internal navigation system to guide them correctly; this is the case particularly with unbelievers, who don’t have the Holy Spirit to reveal truth and offer guidance for wise decisions. And while believers do have God’s indwelling Spirit, they should be careful not to harbor sin in their lives, as that can interfere with the way their morality sensor functions.

A trustworthy conscience is programmed with scriptural teaching. Believers build a stable and sensitive spiritual navigational system by applying God’s truth to their lives. They are committed to thinking and acting in ways that honor and please the Lord. Then, when sinful thoughts or choices come across that navigational system, it will deliver a re-routing message. Have you ever experienced re-routing message?

A person with a reliable conscience will have a strong desire to obey God. He won’t settle for what feels right or looks good, but instead prayerfully seeks the Lord’s will. In other words, he does not rely solely on his conscience but incorporates all of the Holy Spirit’s tools into his daily life: Scripture, prayer, etc. Moreover, when his spiritual navigational system, he is quick to draw back and reject unwise choices. A conscience isn’t designed to be our guide; it is a tool of the Guide. May you live in the blessings of the Lord all the days of your life.

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of November 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. Calvin Jackson, Mrs. Annette Straker, Ms. Ollie Tipton, Ms. Jacqueline Frazier, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Cynthia Waiters- Artis, 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 November 27, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

“Happy Thanksgiving”

The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” – Psalm 100:1-5

On behalf of all of us here at Grace and Truth Leadership, I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and express our thanks to you for making it possible for us to be instruments of God’s healing grace to a hurting world.

Kingdom Blessings,

Pastor James Baker Jr.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2017 in Daily Inspiration