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Word for the day “The Lord is singing about you”

Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV) For the Lord your God is living among you, He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

Some people think of God as a kind of critical teacher, lying in wait for us to mess up. Others envision him as a critical teacher who loves to hand out bad grades. But in this passage, the prophet Zephaniah gives us a completely different picture of God.

Zephaniah begins by reminding us that God is living among and in us, not somewhere far away in the sky. Then he asserts three powerful positive images of how God sees us.

First, God takes delight in us. He enjoys us the way a loving grandfather delights in his grandchildren. Second, God calms our fears. The apostle John says that love is the opposite of fear and that God loves us perfectly ( I John 4:18).

But Zephaniah’s best description is the last one: God rejoices over us “with joyful songs.” What an incredible image! Picture it whenever you feel God is critical or distant. How can you help but feel cherished by a God who sings for you?

Point to ponder- Do you struggle at times with seeing God as the critical teacher? What are some other ways you envision him? Is it hard for you to imagine God delighting in you or singing songs over you? What makes this difficult?, but the truth of the matter is the Lord is singing over your life!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of June 2017 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. David Straker, Kenneth Washington, 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.

 

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Posted by on June 14, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “It’s really worth the struggle”

Genesis 3:16 (NKJV) To the woman He (God) said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children.

Have you ever noticed at birth every child who enters the world does so by pushing against its mother to forge an independent identity? Growth always takes place against something, and spiritual growth is no different. It takes place in a world opposed to God, and it happens among people who are apathetic, indifferent, and sometimes belligerent. Those who follow God are always going against culture. This was true in the days of the patriarchs; it was true in the first century; it is true today; and it will remain true until Christ returns to rule the earth. Do you feel at times you are going against a force of some kind?

Before Jesus’ return to heaven, he spoke to his disciples. He didn’t motivate them with tales of adventure and excitement. He didn’t send them off with a pep talk about positive thinking. Nor did he promise them early retirement in a warm and fuzzy community. He sent them off with this ominous warning, “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves” (Matthew 10:16). Jesus protected them from future doubt, disappointment, and despair by preparing them for what was to come. And he did so by teaching them truth and warning them about persecution.

The words written to the Hebrew Christians so long ago, still bring guidance and comfort for Christians today:

Don’t ever forget those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail. When all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew you had better things waiting for you in eternity. Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised (Hebrews 10:32-36).

Point to ponder- If anyone reading today’s message and you are experiencing a time of great struggle. I am writing to you today, not to worry it’s worth the struggle, and you will be alright with God on your side. Have a marvelous day.

 

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of June 2017 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. David Straker, Kenneth Washington, 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.

 

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Posted by on June 13, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Kingdom Leadership”

Exodus 14:31 (GNT) And when the Israelites saw the great power the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in Him and in Moses His servant.

What makes an effective Christian leader today? Is it charisma? Is it ability? Is it communication and oratory skills? God’s view of an effective leader has nothing to do with these qualities. They may be a part of an effective leader. However, the core attribute of a Christian servant leader is his integrity with God and his obedience to follow the Lord. When this happens, God manifests His power in and through that leader. Moses was effective because he was willing to obey the commands God gave him. The result was that people followed. They followed because they saw God working in and through the man. They saw that this man was worthy of following because God’s anointing was on him.

When people see the Lord’s power manifested in your life, they will have a healthy fear of the Lord. They will look at you and say, “This person has something I don’t have that is worthy of more investigation.” Your challenge is to seek the Lord with a whole heart, resulting in God’s power being manifested in the daily activities of your life. When this happens, you can expect others to be drawn to what they see in you. The problem with many Christians today is that non-Christians see nothing different about the way they live to motivate the unsaved to desire their faith.

Point to ponder- If you’re not experiencing regular encounters with God, it’s time to ask why not. We don’t live day-to-day for the next spiritual experience, but we should see by-products of a life centered in God that is reflected in fruit from His presence in our lives.

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of June 2017 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. David Straker, Kenneth Washington, 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 June 12, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Where are you in your process?”

II Samuel 22:20 (GNT) He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.

Questioning someone’s motives for their activities can become an overriding response to those to whom we relate. Wrong motives can result in broken relationships, poor business decisions, and falling out of God’s will. Sometimes we do not know the motive of another person. It is wrong for us to assume what their motive is until we have confidence that we know their intentions. When we respond or react prematurely, we become judge and jury over them.

God has a motive for every one of His children. His desire is to bring us into a spacious place. The Lord literally wants us to go beyond our borders of safety and security so that we might experience life at a level that goes beyond ourselves. What do you think of when you think of a “spacious place”? No limitations? A large, spacious place? Open air? These are positive images. Sometimes these spacious places encourage us to step out in faith into areas where we’ve never ventured.

Sometimes we need to be rescued by the Lord. When Peter walked on the water, God was inviting him to a spacious place. He went beyond the borders of his boat and ventured into a whole new world. He didn’t have complete success in his venturing out, but it was a process that would lead him to the next victory in his faith walk with Jesus.

Point to ponder- Often times failure is what is needed in order to move us to the next level of faith with God. However, we must be willing to fail and let God rescue us. Where are you now in your process?

Follow me on Twitter @Elder James Baker, as I endeavor to encourage and empower leaders of today and tomorrow!

 

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of June 2017 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. David Straker, Kenneth Washington, 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!
Kingdom Blessings,

Pastor James Baker, Jr.

 

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Posted by on June 9, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “Sufficient for the Challenge”

II Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV) And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.

Learning to depend upon God will help you build character. And of this you can be certain: God is sufficient to meet your needs. Do you trust that the Lord will meet you at your point of need?

Do the demands of life seem overwhelming at times? If so, you must learn to rely not only upon your own resources, but also upon the promises of God in heaven. God will hold your hand and walk with you and your family if you let Him. So even if your circumstances are difficult, trust the Lord.

The Psalmist writes, ‘Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning’ (Psalm 30:5 NKJV). But when we are suffering, the morning may seem very far away. When we are troubled, we must turn to God! In fact, we must encourage our friends and family members to do likewise.

Point to ponder- If you are discouraged by the inevitable demands of life here on earth, be mindful of this fact: the loving heart of God is sufficient to meet any challenge!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of June 2017 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. David Straker, Mr. Kenneth Washington, 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 June 8, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “The incestuous reality”

Leviticus 18:6 (MSG) “Don’t have sex with a close relative. I am God.

I’ll never forget the night reading of the story of a Pastor who was listening to Chuck Swindoll address about ten thousand Christians. Right in the middle of his message, he heard a statement that virtually sucked the air right out of the room. He proclaimed, “I know some of you are having sex with your children. And I’m telling you to stop it. I’m asking you to stop it. You must consider the impact on your child. You must stop having sex with your children.”

Why on earth would he say that? Because he was the pastor of a church and heard the confessions of people who’d been involved in incestuous relationships. It is reported that the trauma of child abuse actually rewires parts of the brain in both function and structure. The effects are quite serious. The abnormalities can last right through adulthood, leaving the victim with such problems as aggression, poor emotional control, memory and attention disorders, and serious mood and personality disorders.

Point to ponder- The nature of this sexual sin is such that all of us would rather leave it in silence. But we simply cannot. Therefore, I repeat what Chuck Swindoll said that night: “You must stop having sex with your children.” And I would add, “I beg you to get the help you need.” This was the first time I have ever written on this matter and it was sincerely not an easy post. Have a great day!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of June 2017 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. David Straker, Kenneth Washington, 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 June 7, 2017 in Daily Inspiration

 

Word for the day “The Lord and consequences”

Numbers 20:12 (NIV) “But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them’.

Talk about a tough consequence! Moses – the proverbial leader of the Exodus and recorder of the Ten Commandments – was not allowed to enter the Promised Land because of the one time he disobeyed God outright (Obviously Moses had disobeyed the Lord before, but this time there would be consequences he had not considered). Moses later pleaded with God to change his mind, but God followed through with the consequence. Have you ever experienced this? are you at this place now in your life?

Even great leaders (and great kids) can make serious errors. In a world of declining moral standards, following through with needed consequences can feel unloving and harsh. But in order to develop habits of obedience in our children, we need to establish clear boundaries and consistently enforce consequences when they disobey. God operates in this manner towards us. This message is for parents, grandparents, spiritual parents, those in leadership and leaders in the making!

Point to ponder- Even though it may seem harsh, delivering consequences consistently is an act of love. Let’s end our week with a fresh vibrant Word for our spiritual development. Many times we abuse our relationship with God, and yet the Lord loves us and proves it. I say today we work towards honoring our relationship with God in all that we say and do, have a fantastic day!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of June 2017 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. David Straker, Mr. Kenneth Washington, 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 June 6, 2017 in Daily Inspiration