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Ephesians 4:23-24 -- And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Thank you Lord that I have been given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. I am able to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Now that I belong to you, I die daily and crucify my flesh to follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and meekness. You have not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. I seek your knowledge so that temperance is added to my life and I am able to put off former conversations that reflect the old man, which is corrupt according to deceitful lusts. My mouth speaks the truth in love. I give no place to the devil by yielding to a hasty spirit of lying. Anger, wrath or corrupt conversation of evil speaking, bitterness and malice is far from me. I am a prisoner of the Lord and you have called me to a holy vocation of walking in meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love. I am patient in spirit, speaking those things that are edifying and ministers grace to the hearer. I will not grieve the Holy Spirit wherein I have been sealed until the day of redemption. With kindness, I am tenderhearted and forgiving because you have forgiven me and did not leave me to my own destructions. May I always be found as good ground, honest, and with a good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Your covenant is with me for life and peace which passes all understanding and guards my heart and mind through Christ Jesus. As I rule my spirit I am counted mightier than he that takes a city. My rest is in the Lord and I wait patiently for you because I will not be cutoff and I shall inherit the earth. I love your law, precepts and commandments to obtain great peace and nothing offends me. I put on the Lord Jesus Christ as my covering so no provision is made to fulfill the lust of the flesh. Your kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. I give all diligence to add faith, virtue and knowledge to my life so that the old man is crucified with Jesus Christ and the body of sin might be destroyed, and I should not be a servant to sin.

1Timothy 6:11, 2Peter 1:6, 2Timothy 1:7, Ecclesiastes 7:8-9, Ephesians 4:1-2, Ephesians 4:22, Ephesians 4:25-32, Ephesians 4:7, Galatians 5:16, Galatians 5:24, Luke 8:15, Malachi 2:5, Philippians 4:7, Proverbs 16:32, Psalm 37:7-9, Psalm 119:165, Romans 5:3, Romans 6:6, Romans 13:14, Romans 14:17, 2Peter 1:5

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Published on August 18, 2011 20:28 • 180 views • Tags: affirmations, christianity, devotionals, faith, inspirational, intercession, meditation, prayer, prayerbook, religion
Psalm 118:14 -- The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

Lord you are my strength and power and you make my way perfect. Your great grace is sufficient for me and your strength is perfected in my weaknesses, infirmities, in reproaches, necessities, in persecutions and in distresses. For every instance of weakness you make me strong. I declare that you are my salvation and my God and I prepare a dwelling place in my heart and exalt you. You are faithful to give me the victory through my Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore I am strong and my hands are not weak, so my work is rewarded. Your wisdom makes me strong and knowledge of you gives me increased strength. I do not fear nor am I dismayed because you are my God and you are with me. You strengthen me, help me and uphold me by your right hand of righteousness. I am quiet and have confidence, and rest in your presence because I am saved and strengthened.

Your word has kept me from falling and prevented my knees from growing feeble in my stand for your righteousness. When a net is laid out in secret to entangle and capture me, when I cry out, you are never far from me. You are my Lord and strength in the time of trouble and you hasten to help me. This is the salvation of the Lord. I am born of God so I overcome the cares of this world and my victory to overcome is through faith in you. Lord you are my strength and power and you make my way perfect. I am strong in the Lord and in the power of your might. You are my strength and my shield. I am blessed when my strength and my ways abide in you. My heart does trust in you and I am helped, so my heart greatly rejoice with songs of praise to you. I am blessed when I abide within the gates that you strengthen and the hedges you thicken around me. I do not stagger at your promises through doubt and unbelief. I am strong in faith, declaring your glory. You are well able to perform every promise in your covenant because I am fully persuaded in your truth. You are the God of Israel who gives strength and power to his people. Blessed be God.

1Corinthians 15:57, 1John 5:4, 2Chronicles 15:7, 2Corinthians 12:9-10, 2Samuel 22:33, Ephesians 6:10, Exodus 15:2, Isaiah 30:15, Isaiah 41:10, Job 4:3-4, Joel 3:10, Proverbs 24:5, Psalm 22:19, Psalm 28:7, Psalm 31:4, Psalm 37:39, Psalm 68:35, Psalm 84:5, Psalm 147:13, Romans 4:20-21

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Published on August 22, 2011 15:17 • 124 views • Tags: affirmations, devotional, faith, inspirational, meditation, prayer, prayerbook, scripture
1Corinthians 6:20 -- For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

Father, I set my affections on things above and I resist the lies of satan that would keep me bound mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually captivated to the cares of this earth. Although I walk in the flesh I do not warfare in the flesh. My weapons are not carnal but mighty through the power of God, that is able to pull down every stronghold. Thank you for your Holy Spirit that enables me to cast down every imagination or high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge that I have read, heard and learned of you Lord. My thoughts are held captive only to the obedience of Jesus Christ. I have the mind of Christ which enables me to gird up the loins of my mind. I am sober and have obtained grace through the revelation of Jesus Christ so I can bear all things, believe all things, hope all things and endure all things. Your love rules in my heart therefore my actions are not unseemly. I am not lifted up in pride nor easily provoked to do evil. I think on the things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of a good report. If there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, I think on those things. The God of peace is with me. Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me. I bless the holy name of Jesus forever.

1Corinthians 2:16, 1Corinthians 13:5, 1Corinthians 13:7, 1Peter 1:13, 2Corinthians 10:3-5, Colossians 3:2 Philippians 4:8-9, Psalm 103:1

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Published on August 26, 2011 10:46 • 92 views • Tags: affirmations, devotional, faith, inspirational, meditations, prayer, prayerbook
John 10:10 -- The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Isaiah 35:10 -- And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Father my life is hid in Christ, so I am a new creature. The old things have passed away and all things are new in my life. The truth of your word has set me free because I have set my heart to learn, know, believe, confess and receive your truth. Those who don't know that I am your child, do not know you. Because I belong to you, when you come again, I will be like you and see you as you are. You have seen my infirmity in its days, months and even years. It caused me to be bowed, confined, unfocused and unable to lift myself up. But you saw me and spoke to my heart. Now I am loosed from my weakness and captivity. The root, seed and vessel of the enemy that had me bound has been removed. Those who were my enemy, I forgive and will love them. Those who cursed me, I will bless. Those who despitefully used and persecuted me, I will pray that they be saved and redeemed by your hand.

You have begun a good work in me and I believe, confess in confidence that you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. I forget those things which are behind and press for the things you have purposed, planned and set before me. My old life is buried by baptism into the death of Christ. I have been raised up with Him by your glory Father and I will walk in newness of life. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. I make allowance for other's faults, and forgive anyone who offended, wounded or abused me. Lord you forgave me, so I forgive others. I am clothed with love, which binds me with others in perfect harmony.

Lord you bore the griefs of my spirit, and carried my sorrows. I have been forsaken and refused. But you are my deliverer. You brought me your good news and healed my broken heart. I am liberated from every captivity, pit, prison and affliction of the mind, soul and spirit. Your comfort replaced my mourning. I received beauty for ashes and you anointed me with unspeakable joy. I am clothed with a garment of praise instead of the spirit of heaviness. You have planted me firmly in your love, grace and mercy and I am a tree of righteousness. The yoke and burden has been lifted from my shoulder and the rod of oppression is broken. You have delivered me out of the hand of the enemy, out of all who have oppressed me and drove them back to the abyss. I am not fearful of those who have hurt, wounded or oppressed me. Everything that has been covered shall be revealed and everything hid will be known.

I have no fear of those who try to kill the body. But rather my fear is only of You Lord, who is the only one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Lord you are a refuge for the oppressed and in times of trouble. You have led me to safety so I no longer fear and the sea has overwhelmed my enemies. I keep your law and commandments because you have delivered me from the oppression of man. But even if I have suffered for doing what is right, You will reward me for it. So I do not worry nor am I afraid of threats or bitter words. Instead, I worship Christ as Lord of my life. And if someone asks about my hope, I am always ready to explain it.

Lord you have wiped all tears from my eyes. There is no more death to my spirit, no sorrow or crying in my soul. I have no more pain in my mind, soul, body and spirit because the former things are passed away. In my poverty and neediness I have praised your name. Your peace rules in my heart. As a member of one body, the church, I am called to live in peace. Always thankful, the message about Christ in all its richness, fills my life. By your spirit I am able to teach and counsel others with all the wisdom you give me. I sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to you Lord with a thankful heart. Whatever I do or say, I do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to you my God and Father. Lord you have set me free and I am free indeed.

1John 3:1-2, 1Peter 3:14-15, 2Corinthians 5:17, Colossians 3:13-17, Isaiah 53:4, Isaiah 54:6, Isaiah 61:1-3, Isaiah 9:4, John 8:32, Judges 6:9, Luke 13:11-12, Matthew 5:44, Matthew 10:26, Matthew 10:28, Philippians 1:6, Philippians 3:13, Psalm 9:9, Psalm 72:4, Psalm 74:21, Psalm 78:53, Psalm 119:134, Revelations 21:4, Romans 6:4, Romans 8:2

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Published on August 27, 2011 15:05 • 314 views • Tags: affirmations, devotional, faith, inspirational, meditations, prayer, prayerbook
John 14:26 -- But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. Thank you for comforting me in all my tribulations. I am able to give what I have received Lord, so I show compassion, give comfort and courtesy to others who are in any trouble. I dwell in your perfection, comfort, love and peace, and have been redeemed by your grace. You heal me, lead me and restore comfort to me and those who lament with me. When my soul is heavy, you comfort me in my affliction and strengthen me through your word that quickens my spirit. I retain your word in my heart so I will not stray from your paths. Your merciful kindness is my comfort. Your judgments, laws and precepts are my help. When my supplications come before you, deliver me according to your word and my soul shall live and praise you continually.

1Peter 3:8, 2Corinthians 1:3-4, 2Corinthians 1:6, 2Corinthians 13:11, Isaiah 52:9, Isaiah 57:18, Isaiah 66:13, John 14:18, Psalm 119:28, Psalm 119:50, Psalm 119:67, Psalm 119:76, Psalm 119:81-82, Psalm 119:170, Psalm 119:175, Zechariah 1:17
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Published on September 08, 2011 12:39 • 166 views • Tags: affirmations, christianity, devotional, faith, inspirational, prayer, prayerbook, religion, scriptures, spirituality
Matthew 6:33 -- But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Exodus 23:25 -- And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

Father, when I honor you by giving of my substance, you cause me to prosper and everything that pertains to me will not fail. As I purpose to give cheerfully, not grudgingly or of necessity, you demonstrate your love toward me. By your divine power you have given me all things that pertain to life and godliness, and have called me to your glory and virtue. You are the God who desires that I prosper and be in health even as my soul prospers. I obey your law, precepts and commandments, and I remember that it is you who gives me power to obtain wealth. So your covenant is established in my life. You are able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that I may ask or think according to the power of your Holy Spirit that works in me. I know that whatever I sow, I shall reap. I will not be weary in well doing, I will not faint so that I may reap in due season. I am willing and obedient to obey your truth to eat the good of the land. All that I ask for and receive is not motivated by lust.

Your word will not depart from my mouth. I meditate day and night in your law to do according to all that is written. Your word makes my way prosperous and I am successful in every endeavor. You are pleased to give me the kingdom and trust me with true riches when I have been faithful over the small thing. When I give generously, I reap good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over and I receive favor from others. The measure that I give is measured back to me. Lord I honor you and will not rob you of the first fruit of my increase. When I bring all my tithes into your storehouse so that there is meat in your house, you freely open the windows of heaven. My blessings are abundantly poured out until there is not enough room to receive it all. Your blessings make me rich and adds no sorrow with it. Thank you for blessings that allow me to leave an inheritance for my children's children. I pray that you regard me as good and just so that the wealth of the wicked will be laid up for me. My house is built by wisdom, it is established by understanding and all the rooms are filled with precious and pleasant riches because of knowledge.

As I seek you daily, I do not lack nor am I found wanting of any good thing. I shout for joy and I am glad to favor your righteous cause. Continually I say, let the Lord be magnified in my life because you take pleasure in causing your servant to prosper. When I show favor to others, or lend to them, I guide my affairs with discretion. As I keep myself aligned to the path of righteousness, you do not forsake me nor does my seed beg for anything. I give you thanksgiving for sustaining me through the fire and through floods and bringing me out into a wealthy place in you. Blessed be the Lord my God and my salvation, who daily loads me down with benefits. Pour water upon me when I am thirsty and floods upon my ground when it is dry. Pour out your spirit and blessings upon my offspring.

You are my sun and shield, giving grace and glory, and withholding nothing from me as long as I walk uprightly before you. I am counted as blessed because I fear you Lord and take delight in your commandments. My seed are mighty and blessed upon the earth. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Thank you for blessing and keeping me. Your face shines upon me and you are gracious to me. My strength is in you and your favor compasses me about like a shield. Your wealth and riches are in my house and your imputed righteousness endures forever.

1Kings 17:15-16, 2Corinthians 9:7, 2Peter 1:3, 3John 1:2, Deuteronomy 8:18, Deuteronomy 16:17, Deuteronomy 28:1-2, Ephesians 1:3, Ephesians 3:20, Galatians 6:7, Galatians 6:9, Isaiah 1:19, Isaiah 44:3, James 4:3, Joshua 1:8, Luke 6:38, Luke 12:32, Luke 16:11, Malachi 3:10, Numbers 6:24-25, Proverbs 3:9-10, Proverbs 10:22, Proverbs 13:22, Proverbs 24:3-4, Psalm 5:12, Psalm 34:10, Psalm 35:27, Psalm 37:25, Psalm 66:12. Psalm 68:19, Psalm 84:11 Psalm 112:1-3, Psalm 112:5

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Published on September 17, 2011 12:25 • 129 views • Tags: affirmations, christianity, devotional, faith, inspirational, prayerbook, prayers, religion, scriptures, spirituality
The only valid excuse to claim ignorance is the lack of access to knowledge.
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Published on October 20, 2011 04:06 • 125 views • Tags: affirmations, faith, inspiration, meditation
Isaiah 32:18 -- And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;
1John 4:18 -- There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Father, thank you for your prosperity and peace toward me, to my household and all that I have. Through the knowledge of you and of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour, your grace and peace is greatly multiplied. I keep my face before you, abiding in your presence to become spotless, blameless and strengthened by your might. When I hear and obey your commandments, then I will have your peace as a river and your righteousness as the waves of the sea. When you give peace in the land, I can lie down and nothing can make me afraid. You remove evil and destruction from my dwelling place.

I bask in your presence so I can have your promise of peace which surpasses all understanding. It guards my heart and mind through Christ Jesus. I keep my heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. You give long life and peace to those who do not forget your law and whose heart keeps your commandments. I can lie down in peace and sleep because you are the Lord who makes me dwell in safety. In righteousness I am established and far from oppression. I do not fear and terror does not come near me. In every battle against me, you are the deliverer of my soul. I have great peace and nothing offends me. Peace and prosperity is within the walls of my household.

1Samuel 25:6, 2Peter 1:2, 2Peter 3:14, Daniel 10:19, Hebrews 13:6, Isaiah 48:18, Isaiah 54:14Leviticus 26:6, Numbers 6:26, Numbers 25:12, Philippians 4:7, Proverbs 3:1-2, Proverbs 4:23, Psalm 4:8, Psalm 55:18, Psalm 72:7, Psalm 119:165, Psalm 122:7

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Published on November 28, 2011 20:03 • 69 views • Tags: affirmations, devotional, faith, inspirational, peace, prayer
I was asked why we have to suffer. I hesitated for most of the day before offering what I consider a tidbit of an answer. I didn’t want to say anything that would make my friend feel worse, or God-forbid, guilty. I have suffered many times throughout my life. I know suffering is the fruit of a myriad of seeds that have been sown. Seeds of our choices, decisions others have made that affect us…the reasons are endless.

But I know that when joy and blessing seems afar off, so far that you can’t even fathom that it will ever exist for you, the consolation is that God is watching and He does care. I remember wondering why He would allow me to suffer so much and for so long. But in retrospect I find that He was positioning me on the potter’s wheel. I needed Him to make me over because I was a broken mess. I had to patiently endure the squeezing and reshaping, and when I thought I was done, I met the fiery furnace.

The whole process of suffering seemed so callous and uncaring of God because it was painful for me. But He made me a vessel anxious to encourage others who are in the beginning phase or going through the process akin to mine. It is possible to float when you’re head under inhaling an ocean of water. You can live when you’re in the midst of the flames.

We suffer so much, but the scriptures call it a light affliction. What appears endless, the scriptures say that it is but for a moment. It doesn't make natural sense but the spiritual sense is that it will create for us a far more exceeding, and eternal weight of Glory. How excellent it is to look like, talk like, be like someone else—the One who is regal—Jesus Christ. As we endure the fellowship of His suffering, we come out likened to pure gold because we hid ourselves in Christ Jesus during the process with prayer and praise.

We can rest in God, trust in, and love God enough to allow Him to take us on what appears to be a perilous journey. That journey with Him will always reveal self to self, but it also yields a greater dimension of anointing. Count it wonderful to toss all that we are into God's love and care, in faith that He will sustain us while being transformed into the image and likeness of Christ.

2Corinthians 4:17--For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
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Published on December 23, 2011 01:49 • 85 views • Tags: christianity, discipleship, faith, inspirational, religion, suffering
Whether we admit it or not, most of our giving and sharing has the condition of reciprocation. Luke 6:38 (New Living Translation) tells us “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

When we share our time, talent and resources, expecting nothing in return, it is labeled philanthropic or unconditional generosity. It generates joy, satisfaction, relief and so much more for those on the receiving end. The reciprocation for the giver, especially wealthy benefactors, is the satisfaction of knowing they have helped many people and/or resolved a problem. But how often do you purposefully practice unconditional generosity? You don’t have to be wealthy to do so. Opportunities, even small ones, are around us each and everyday and you can spot them by being attentive. There are people who have needs but out of fear of rejection or pride will not ask for help.

All of us have the ability to help someone else. God will show us how and what to say and do. Do you see your opportunities to give and share because it is the good or right thing to do? What are your life issues? Do you need the fruit of the Spirit, provision, healing or deliverance in your household? God is the one who will see to it that you receive, in full, pressed down, shaken together, making room for more, running over, poured into your lap. His abundant reciprocation will be what is essential for your life when you mindfully display generosity.

Matthew 25:44-45 (NLT) -- Then they will reply, “Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?” And he will answer, “I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.”

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Published on July 26, 2012 15:57 • 118 views • Tags: christian-living, discipleship, faith, inspirational