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Tuesday Morning Prayer

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I pray today’s Walking in Freedom! Devotional prayer will motivate and inspire you to press your way into the presence of the Lord.

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Tuesday Morning Prayer

“But the LORD watches over those who fear him,
those who rely on his unfailing love.
He rescues them from death
and keeps them alive in times of famine.”
(Ps. 33:18-19, NLT)

Most precious and loving Father, in the name of Jesus, we come before Your presence with thanksgiving and praise. We want to thank You and praise You for allowing us to see a brand new day and a brand New Year. We praise You and thank You for Your many, many blessings! We praise and thank You for what You’re already doing in 20136

God, on day 23 of February 2016, You’re already showing up and showing out!! Lord, we thank You!! Not only that, but we praise You for Jesus Christ! Thank You for allowing Him to live in our hearts! He’s the reason why we live, move, and have our being! He’s the reason why we’re clothed and in our right mind! Father, we’re so grateful for Your Son! We know that without Jesus, we’d be lost like a ship lost out at sea, with no destination, no sense of purpose, being carried away, tossed to and fro upon the waves of destruction. Thank You, Jesus, for finding us! We praise You, Jesus, for keeping us!

Father, we appreciate all that You do. You do wonderful and great things for us. You protect us, look after us, care for us, and love us! As a Loving Father, You never give up on us. You continue to show us Your Great Love, and Your Great Mercy. Thank You for Mercy and thank You for Grace! Lord, we thank You for being so patient with us and always giving us another chance. Over and over again, You forgive us! We thank You for never getting tired of our mess. God, we thank You for knowing us, but still loving us. We thank You for the thoughts You have toward us! You think good thoughts about us, not evil. Father, we love You! We appreciate Your amazing love! Your unfailing love never runs out!

Lord, we make our petition unto You. Lord, we need You today and every day! Lord, we need You to lead us. Be our guide, Father. Lead the way. Lord, crucify our flesh today and Holy Spirit reign over us. Be Lord over our lives. Father, we ask that You would help us allow the Spirit Man to govern our walk today and every day. Lord, help us to surrender our will to Your Will. Help us to walk not according to our flesh, but according to Your Spirit. Lord, we yield to the fruit of the Spirit. We yield and surrender to love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).

Loving Father, we asked that You would crucify our flesh and let Your love abide. Crucify our flesh and help us to celebrate the joy of just knowing You. Crucify our flesh and let the Prince of Peace fill our hearts and mind. Master, give us patience to wait on You; give us patience with ourselves and with others. Father, show us how to be kind toward everyone we come in contact with. Lord, fill us up with Your goodness so that others may see You in us. Lord God, we ask that You would increase our faith, help us to be more committed to You, committed to Your work and to Your ministry. Help us to have faith in You, never doubting Your Word.

Merciful God, show us how to show mercy to others. Give us the spirit of humility, and teach us how to be selfless. We don’t want to live a selfish life anymore. Perfect God, give us that quiet spirit that will cause us to think before we speak and think before we act. Show us how to have self-restraint and be disciplined in our Christian walk. Father, we live for You and not for ourselves. Father, we crucify our flesh so that we can please You.

Heavenly Father, show us how to live a life that’s filled with praise, worship, and thanksgiving unto You. Strengthen our prayer life so that we may commune with You daily. Father God, we ask that You would bless us indeed! Expand our territory. Please be with us in all that we do, and keep us from evil, from all trouble and pain.

Now, Father, we continue to be thankful and be hopeful for what You’re doing and what You’re about to do. We thank You for what’s to come in 2016! In every situation that we face today, may we see the good in it and not the bad. May we not complain, whine, or find fault, but may we remain thankful and hopeful in You. For You are a loving Father who causes all things to work for our good (Rom 8:28). Lord, this is our petition, and we pray that You’ll grant us our request just like You did for Jabez (1 Chron. 4:9-10).

We ask it all in Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

“We put our hope in the LORD.
He is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD,
for our hope is in you alone.”
(Ps. 33:20-22, NLT)
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At Work!

I love reading about Jacob’s journey; it’s such an encouragement! God promised Abraham that He would be a great nation. He promised him that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars and the sand, and He’d make Abraham’s name great (Gen. 12:2; 13:16; 22:17). So, when I read the story of Jacob, I see God’s promises coming to fruition.

In the story of Jacob, God is strategically moving things like a skilled chess player.

“When the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren.” (Gen. 29:31, NKJV)

“Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, ‘Give me children, or else I die!’ And Jacob’s anger was aroused against Rachel, and he said, ‘Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?’ So she said, ‘Here is my maid Bilhah; go in to her, and she will bear a child on my knees, that I also may have children by her.'” (Gen. 30:1-3, NKJV)

“When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took Zilpah her maid and gave her to Jacob as wife. And Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son.” (Gen. 30:9-10, NKJV)

In today’s passage, we see these women in Jacob’s life become part of God’s plan to multiply his seed. God uses these women to bring about His promise to Abraham, thus, giving birth to a great nation! When reading through chapters 28-31 of Genesis, we see bickering, conniving, strife, chaos, shame, loneliness, and conflict. But in the midst of all that, God is still at work! He’s still working behind the scenes to bring about the promises He’d given.

I wonder if Jacob noticed God’s work. I wonder if Jacob saw how God was putting things in motion to bring about the promises He made to him, his father, Isaac, and his grandfather, Abraham. I wonder if Jacob detected a move of God. In the midst of all the commotion, fights, jealousy, plots, and deals by the women in his life, I wonder if Jacob noticed God moving. I wonder if Jacob could really see God working everything out in the midst of all of his uncle’s deceitfulness. I wonder if Jacob noticed God moving at all.

We can ask ourselves those same questions.

Do I see God moving? Am I noticing God shifting and arranging things into their appropriate position? Can I see God moving and positioning me to receive the things I’ve prayed for? Am I aware? In the midst of trying to wrap my head around things that don’t make sense, am I aware that God is moving behind the scenes or am I missing it? In the midst of all the commotion and all the noise that are going on around us, do we see God working everything out for our good? In the midst of not understanding what God is doing and trying to make sense of it all, are we aware that our God is at work? Do we see what God is doing!

My sisters, God is moving on our behalf! Don’t allow the chaos and difficulties in our lives to blind us from really seeing God’s hand at work. God is constantly at work in lives, but we’ll miss it if we keep focusing on the noise. Let’s not miss what GOD is doing, but watch Him work!!

“[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.” (Phil. 2:13, AMP)

During your Quiet Time, MEDITATE  on God’s Word, WATCH to today’s music video and keep walking in freedom!
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Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

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God Can Do Anything!

Our God is incredible! Our God is magnificent! He has all power!! He’s a mighty God! He can do anything that He wants to do!!! He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He owns everything (Psalm 50:10-12). The earth is the Lord and the fullness there of (1 Cor. 10:26). He created everything. He made everything. Everything belongs to Him. The earth is His. The sky is His. The seas belong to Him. The moon and stars, they are all His. Surely, He can do anything!

He took a coin out of the mouth of a fish to pay taxes (Matt. 17:27). Surely, He can pay all our bills! He clothes the lilies in the field, feed the birds. Surely, He will take care of all our necessities (Luke 12:22-31)! He healed a man who was demon possessed (Matt. 8:28-32). Surely, He can heal tormented minds and give them peace! He heals all manner of diseases. He forgives all sins. He delivers and set free those who are held captive. Most, surely, God can do anything!

Since God can do anything, why do we doubt? Why so little faith? Why do we worry? We doubt and worry because we turn our attention away from God. We do what Peter did in Matthew chapter 14. We look at our storms, we see the waves, and we listen to the negativity from others. Then, we begin to hesitate, become anxious, and turn our focus away from the Master.

Let us keep our mind on the One who can do anything. Let us keep our eyes and focus on the One who can do exceedingly great and glorious things!

“God can do anything, you know-far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” (Eph. 3:20)

Wondering if your situation is too hard for God? Wondering if your mountain is too big for Him to move? Troubled if you will get out of the mess you’re in? Worrying if you’re going to make it? Here’s what I want you to do. Declare it in your mind and in your spirit that God can do anything! Open up your mouth! Shout it out into air! Proclaim it to the devil! 

Our God can do anything and there’s nothing too hard for God!!

“Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? 
      Why are you crying the blues? 
   Fix my eyes on God- 
      soon I’ll be praising again. 
   He puts a smile on my face. 

      He’s my God. 

When my soul is in the dumps,

I rehearse everything I know of you…..”

(Psalm 42:5-6b, MSG)

During your Quiet Time, meditate on today’s scriptures and allow God’s Word to brighten your day.

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*Originally posted 5/6/12.   

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He Loves Us

John the apostle is known as the beloved disciple, the disciple whom Jesus loved. He’s the disciple who leaned on the bosom of Jesus after supper. (John 13:23). This disciple loved Jesus and he followed afar off as they marched Jesus from judgment hall to judgment hall (John 18:16, 19, 28). Because of his boldness and love for Christ, John was banished on the island of Patmos (Revelation 1:9).

Everyone wants loved. All we really want and need is to be loved. We want someone to love us and show us true love. I believe Jesus told His disciples over and over again that He loved them. He tells us He loves us over and over and over again, though sometimes we’re not listening. And the enemy doesn’t want us to hear nor does he want us to know God’s love. He doesn’t want us to believe that the Creator of all loves us. Satan doesn’t want us to hear our Savior say to us, “I love you, I love you, I love you.” So, he fills our ears with non-sense. He doesn’t want us to know just how much we are loved; however, throughout scripture God makes His love for us very clear!

“The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you….”  (Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV)

“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” (John 3:16 AMP)

There are many passages from the Bible about God’s amazing love for His creation, but we have to read it for ourselves. We have to learn of God’s wonderful love. Search the scriptures and find out for yourself just how His love is indescribable! Get to know the Savior and His amazing love today. For we love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19 NKJV).

Once we truly understand just how much God loves us, the shackles will begin to fall off. Once we see ourselves the way God sees us, we can truly walk in freedom.
Jesus loves us so much and He wants us to know it! Every day God goes out of His way to show His amazing love towards us. Our Father’s greatest example and display of love was seen when He suffered and died for all mankind. He took our place on that old rugged cross. He became our substitute, giving His life for ours. Yes, He loves us just that much and so much mor e! More than we can imagine.

Sisters, it’s Wednesday, Hump Day!
Here’s a biblical principle to help us over the hump.

“But God–so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).” (Ephesians 2:4-5, AMP)
May we embrace God’s love today!

During your Quiet Time, meditate on today’s scriptures and allow God’s Word to brighten your day.

LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!
*Originally posted 5/23/11.  

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.

*God’s Plan

“O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.” (Ps. 40:5, NLT)

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a famous model! Then, I wanted to be an Olympic Gold Medalist track star! I would be the fastest person on the planet, even faster than Carl Lewis, who at the time was the fastest man in the world. Yes, I had my life all planned out, my goals and my dreams, but my, how things change.

Now, the Lord has placed me on a path that is so foreign, unheard of, and unimaginable. Isn’t that just like God?! If someone would have told me (many years ago) that I would be on the journey that I’m on now, I would have laughed and said, “Yea, right! Quit playing!”

One of the many things that I love about our Father is that He takes us from glory to glory from faith to faith. He leaves us saying, “Wow!” I love the fact that our God doesn’t always tell us what He’s doing. Sometimes, He doesn’t tell us everything. A lot of times, He surprises us. And what I love most about our loving Father is His love for us. His love is constant and no matter what we go through, no matter what we experience (the good and the bad) all are part of His glorious plan. 

Although, my dreams and goals have changed since that little girl, God knew and He knows what I shall become.

Sisters, maybe you have found your life in a place where you’re thinking God is not moving on your behalf. Maybe you feel like God isn’t saying anything–He’s silent in your life. Maybe you feel like your life is not going according to your plans, but know this: Without a shadow of a doubt, your life is working according to God’s plan.

Even in our sin, in our disobedient state of mind and in our stubbornness, God has the last say. His will shall be done, no matter what!

“The Lord will work out his plans for my life-
for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.
Don’t abandon me, for you made me.”

(Ps. 138:8, NLT)

During your Quiet TimeMEDITATE on God’s Word.

LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!

*Originally posted 6/25/12.   

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.

The Week He Changed Everything: Fruitless

The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs (Mark 11:12-13 NIV).

On the second day while going into Jerusalem, Jesus saw a fig tree ahead and being hungry he went to the fig tree. A fig tree grows its leaves after the figs appear and since there were leaves on the tree, Jesus figured there would be figs. But when He got to the tree, He saw no figs.

The tree was supposed to bear fruit, but it was a fruitless fig tree. It was useless. It was a waste. It was unproductive. It had a purpose, but it wasn’t fulfilling it. It was taking up space. It had the look. It had leaves growing, but it had no figs. It had the appearance of a fig tree, and from the appearance it should have been bearing the fruit. It appeared to be a healthy fruitful tree but in all actuality, it was a barren tree with no fruit. Therefore, Jesus became angry and cursed the tree saying, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again” (Mark 11:14 NIV).

Like the fig tree the religious leaders had failed to bear fruit, good fruit. They failed to fulfill their purpose, which was to lead the children of Israel to God, and be Godly examples. They were hypocrites who opposed everything that Jesus did. They were evil and they opposed good, and like the fig tree, Jesus would pronounce doom on the religious leaders who were fruitless (Matt. 23).

“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter either”  (Matt. 23:13, NLT).

Are we like this fig tree? Are we in a position ─ in a place to bear fruit, but are fruitless? Do we have the appearance of a fruitful tree, but we’re useless? Are we looking the part (dress up like a Christian), but inside we are imposters? When Jesus looks at us, what does He see?

The fig tree’s purpose was to bear fruit, good fruit. It was created to give nourishment to others. But the fig tree was not fulfilling its purpose. Jesus was expecting to receive nourishment from the fig tree, but he received nothing. As Christians, we must bear much fruit, good fruit (Gal. 5:22-23).

Ponder on this. If Jesus showed up at our doorsteps today, would He find us fulfilling our purpose? Would He find us being fruitful ─ bearing good fruit? My sister, let us be fruitful for Christ! Know and fulfill our purposes by bearing good (much) fruit that will honor and glorify God (John 15:8).

REFLECTION

I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit. You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you]. Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. (John 15:1-5, AMP).

QUIET TIME

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Journeys

Each of us has different seasons in our lives, and I like to call those seasons, journeys. All Believers are traveling on some kind of journey. Ever wonder what kind of journey the Lord has you on?
JUST WAIT JOURNEY
Maybe God has you on the “just wait” journey. The “just wait” journey is a season in your life when you want to move forward, but God won’t let you. You want to turn the pages to the next chapter in your life, but God keeps telling you “just wait.” You want to get pass the mess you’re in or whatever you’re in, but you have to wait. Everything is moving at a slow pace. Your prayers are taking forever to be answered (so it seems). Everything is moving slow. It seems like it’s taking you forever to get from point A to point B. Right now, God has you waiting, and if you’re impatient like me, this might be the most difficult thing for you to do.
HAPPENING NOW! JOURNEY
Maybe God has you on the “happening now” journey. The “happening now” journey is a season in your life when everything seems to finally be manifesting. This is the journey when all the things you have been praying for, seeking God for, all of your desires are finally becoming a reality. Where the doors were once closed, now God is opening them up for you. He’s opening doors of opportunities, doors of financial stability, the door of healing, doors of favor. Everything is happening right now! What a journey!
ALONE JOURNEY
Maybe God has you on an “alone” journey. The “alone” journey is a season in your life when you feel like you’re all alone. You feel like you’re walking this journey all by yourself. You have no one to talk to. You call your friends, your pastors, your prayer warriors, and none of them answer. No one is available. You can’t seem to find anyone who understands you, understands what you are going through, or understands what you’re feeling. You feel like you’re all alone on an island. You feel so lonely. God has you traveling on the “alone” journey.

No matter what journey God has us on, there are some things we can do while we’re experiencing these seasons.

JUST WAIT JOURNEY
If God has you on the “just wait” journey, you must continue to keep praise and thanksgiving on your lips. As you wait, don’t complain, but pray for stamina on this journey. Be patient because God is building up your trust and endurance. Soon, you will see those things you’ve prayed for come to past. Most importantly, keep your eyes on God.
“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” (Heb. 10:36, NIV)
If God has you on the “happening now!” journey, give God praise and thanksgiving! Appreciate everything He’s doing for you and through you. Be thankful for the gifts, but don’t get caught up in the gifts. Worship the Giver and not the gifts!
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (Jam. 1:17, NIV)
If God has you on the “alone” journey, find your comfort in your praise, your worship, and your thanksgiving to God. Engulf yourself in the presence of God. Dive deep and remember that God is always there. Although you can’t feel Him, He’ll never leave you. Jesus calls you friend!

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (Prov. 18:24, NIV)

Whatever journey God has us on let’s do what 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will.”(HCSB)

QUIET TIME

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Originally posted July 18, 2012