I greet you with love and joy, in the Lord, this morning. I woke up to the Lord bringing up the question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Family, the answer is a resounding YES!
Unlike Cain and Abel, we have a responsibility to the wellbeing of our brothers and sisters. We dont have to look alike to be family. We dont have to talk alike to be connected. We dont have to agree on everything, but we do have to walk in love.
Our responsibility, as Christians (being and walking in the image and example of Christ), is to love one another. We are responsible for our brothers and sisters. Love is the greatest command.
New King James Version
8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?”
He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
10 And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.
Walk the walk in love, mercy, boldness and grace. May God be with you always and may the evidence of Him walking with you be apparent to all.
I pray that you are well and blessed. My prayer, for all of us, is that we walk in love and obedience to the Spirit of the Lord. I also pray that we walk in the supernatural anointing of grace and mercy for ourselves and the people we encounter.
From day to day, our Christian walk is different. Some days are easier than others, but every day has been ordained by the Lord. Today, we thank God, ahead of time, for the people, situations, and encounters that we will have.
Here in Covington Georgia, the sun is shining outside right now and the skies are blue, but it calls for storms and rain later today. I am prepared, because I keep my umbrella in the truck. In the same way, I take time to commune with the Lord, so that I can receive whispers of what is coming for today. I like to call it my “spiritual forecast” time. I encourage you to set aside time with God, before you start your day, so that you can receive your own “spiritual forecast.”
New International Version
Jesus Prays in a Solitary Place
35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.(B)
Go with God. Let the Light of Christ shine brightly within you.
I’m so grateful for you and for the reason that God allowed you to come in contact with Sacred Journey Devotionals. For whatever reason that the Spirit of the Lord allowed our paths to cross, I give glory and honor to Jesus Christ, our Sovereign Lord and King.
The Spirit of the Most High God has revealed something to me and has charged me to address it.
It is with the authority, power and dominion of the Blood of Jesus Christ; the sacrificial and Redeeming Blood of Jesus that breaks yokes, destroys strongholds, and sets captives free that I can stand.
It is with that same authority, as a child of God and a believer in Christ, that I come against every demonic spirit, demonic thought, demonic stronghold of anyone or anything that comes in contact with this devotional. You will have the residue of Jesus over you.
In Jesus name, I break the chains of the enemies of God. In the name of Jesus, I cast out every spirit that is not aligned with the perfection of God. In the name of Jesus, I speak every demonic-root to be dried up and destroyed. In the name of Jesus. I stand, with the body of Christ, and take my place as a gatekeeper.
Family, open your mouth and boldly proclaim your God given authority in Christ. Take your place. Stand your ground and defend the land where God has placed you against the enemy. Stand strong.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
New International Version
3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.(A)4 The weapons we fight with(B) are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power(C) to demolish strongholds.(D)5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,(E) and we take captive every thought to make it obedient(F) to Christ.
Take your places on your knees, in your prayer closet, laying prostrate on the ground or standing up and walking through your house. We have All been assigned a territory. As soldiers of Christ, we have a job.
I pray you are well and at peace, in Christ Jesus. This past weekend we lost two powerhouses in the Civil Rights Movement. Senator John Lewis and Reverend C. T. Vivian. Both men served our country and God the very best way they could, sometimes even in the face of death.
I honor you both of you and thank you for your many years of service to God and man. Senator Lewis and Reverend Vivian wanted the world to be a better place. I’m sure it would have been easier for them to stay silent and wait for someone else to do something. They heard the call and accepted. I am grateful that they used their lives to help make the world a better and more loving place.
May we learn from their example, just as Paul encouraged the Philippians:
New International Version
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
The Lord greeted me this morning with the scripture below. The Spirit of the Lord wants so much for people to humble their hearts and turn to It for counsel and guidance.
Pray for your family, be sure to include yourself in the prayer. Pray for our local, national, and world leaders, that they would seek the Lord, for guidance and direction.
As much as the scripture below has a blessing, it also has a curse. As you read the scripture, make it your prayer. It is always good practice to pray using the Word of God as a template.
New International Version
Invitation to the Thirsty
55 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richestof fare. 3 Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. 4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples. 5 Surely you will summon nationsyou know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy Oneof Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.”
6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;( call on him while he is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
Go in peace and obedience, while praising and serving the Lord.
I pray that your heart and mind are focused on God. During this time in our communities, country and world, there is so much happening. One thing I hope we understand, as a people, is that only love can fix certain problems.
When we have gotten in our own way and attempt to do things in the way of the world, the result is that we compound the problem.
Love is the great connector. Only love can be the stepping stone across the bridge to aide in understanding the situation.
Why does love open doors and build bridges? Because love takes our agenda out of the way. Love is patient, kind, long-suffering and so many other characteristics that call for us to put down our weapons of words, thoughts and actions.
Ask God for a renewed heart that is filled with the love of his heart and mind. Step out on faith and walk the bridge of light that is lined with true agape love.
May your footprints lead others to the path of love. Go in peace, while praising and serving the Lord.
I’m going to jump right in to the devotional this morning. Love, and the act of showing love, can sometimes be one of the hardest things to do. Love is easy when someone shows you love. On the other hand, love can feel like the hardest action to demonstrate, when your heart is hurting.
How do we love through pain? How do we love in the face of hurt? How do we live a life of charity, when charity is very last thing on our mind? We must cast our cares at the feet of Jesus. We must pray for God to surround us with peace and patience. We must ask to see the situation or person through the eyes of God.
Trust me, I know the concept of “turning the other cheek” is one of bible passages we sometimes would like to forget. Today is that day for me, so this message is just as much for me as it is for everyone else. (As I stated before, I am only a vessel through which the Holy Spirit writes. I say, “ouch or that was for me” most of the time too).
1 John 4:19-21
English Standard Version (ESV)
19 We love because he first loved us.20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot[a] love God whom he has not seen.21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
In the words of my cousin, Rev. Charles Winston, who is a powerful preacher and phenomenal teacher, as he explains that the Word of God is not always easy to swallow, “I didn’t write it, it was there when I got here.“
My heart is hurting this morning, but God, in His awesome wonder, is holding my heart in his hands. He will do the same for you. I know that love will make a way.
Go in peace and love, with a cheerful heart, while praising and serving the Lord.
Rev. Marcia Davis
Note: If someone is abusing you emotional, mentally or physically that is NOT love. Seek help and love them from a distance. Below is the contact information for the National Abuse Hotline.
I pray your strength and faithfulness in the Lord. As Christian, above all else, our first relationship is with the Lord. May we always be able to hear the Master’s Call.
1 Samuel 3:8-10
New International Version
8 A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy.9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!(A)” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
Go in peace, while praising and serving the Lord, with obedience and faithfulness.
In this time of so many changes, one thing stays the same. We serve an awesome and amazing God. The Lover of our Soul is forever faithful. Can we say the same of ourselves? Are we forever faithful to God?
Do you feel overwhelmed, like you are carrying the world on your shoulders? Do you feel anxious, worried, or stressed out? Give it all to God. Stand up or kneel down. Raise your hands and open your mouth and pray this prayer:
Father, rescue me from me. I tried to do so much in my own strength. I’m sorry for not coming to you earlier and asking for help. I’m sorry for not trusting you completely to be God, all by yourself. Forgive me, Lord. Help me to lay my cares, fears, broken relationships, and so much more, at your feet. You have all of my heart, Lord. I surrender all to you. Have your way in my life. In the precious and everlasting name, blood and power of Jesus, the Christ. Amen
May the peace of God rest, rule and abide with you always. Stay close to the Throne Room.
What a great day in the Lord. I understand that these current days haven’t been easy or convenient for any of us. Wear a mask, sanitize your hands, stay six feet apart and last but not least, if you are sick, Stay Home. All of those steps are extremely important for the health, safety and welfare of our neighborhoods, towns, states and nation.
More than anything, people want a sense of Hope? As Christians, how can we provide hope? Smile with your eyes. Smile with your heart. Even though we cannot tough each other, we can still show
In the movie Eat, Pray, Love with Julie Roberts, she spent time in Bali with the town’s spiritual leader by the name of Katut. He was trying to teach her how to meditate. He said you have to smile everywhere, even with your liver. What he was saying to “Liz” is that she should radiate love with her entire body.
I know some days may be tough, but God is depending on us to be his servants of love.
Will you sign up for the Love Draft? Can Jesus count on you, on me?
New International Version (NIV)
A Living Sacrifice
12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.