Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Yes, indeed, God desires all of our praise, no matter what we are going through.
The last few of years have been tough for most of the world. I know more than a few people, who are Christians, who had some real questions for God. We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t ask why.
People who read the Sacred Journey Devotionals sometimes ask me why I include music videos in my devotionals. The main reason is because music can get inside crevices of the heart that words cannot.
When our hope is teetering on the ledge. praise and worship music can pull someone back from walking away from God. One of the only things that has kept me during any season of hardship is music that uplifts my spirit and gives me hope.
There is a song by Tramaine Hawkins entitled, “I Never Lost My Praise.” The words to this song always cries out to me to remind me that I’m not the only one going through something. The song shifts the focus from me and places it back on God. I pray that this song blesses you the way it does me every time I let it wash over me.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
New International Version
2 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom(A) as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a]2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.(B)3 I came to you(C) in weakness(D) with great fear and trembling.(E)4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words,(F) but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,(G)5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.(H)
I pray that the love of God engulfs you today. I pray that the peace of God flows through you today. I pray that the protection of God surrounds you today. I pray that the grace and mercy of God goes before you and behind you today.
Have you ever been asked if you know how to defend your faith? That particular question has always given me a little bit of … concern. When I hear the word “defend” it automatically makes me think of a defensive or battle stance.
Yes, it is important to know why we believe in the Triune Godhead. However, I believe that instead of defending our faith, we should show our faith. The word of God says that people will know that we belong to Jesus by the LOVE we show one another. If more people would show, rather than defend, the world would be a much more peaceful and loving place. Be the change you seek…
New International Version
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
I love you with the never-ending, ever reaching, and amazing love of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.
I pray you were greeted with love this morning. If that was not your morning, please let me be the first to hold your face in my hands and tell you how much I love you.
I love you because I know that you were fearfully and wonderfully made. I know that the same amazing Creator that made a rose also made you. Yes, we all have our thorny places, but we also have great beauty, because we are a reflection of our Creator.
I know there are many different types of love languages that help us express and receive love from one another. As children of God, we are the reflection pure love. We are love in action. We are acts of service, loving touch, words of affirmation, giving of gifts and so much more.
The instructions we were given to reflect and show the love of God is this:
New International Version
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a]38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
How blessed are we to be able to wake up and talk to God? How even more blessed are we that God is waiting to hear from us?
Only God knows the reason we were created. This morning we wake up and acknowledge that we are limited in our knowledge. God is our source of all. In the Old Testament, God led the children of Israel to the promised land. Throughout their journey, God was their Source of nourishment, both spiritually and naturally.
He was the source of water and food. Water is life. There is a reason why we call God the Living Water. Who ever would have thought that water could come from a rock…BUT GOD!!!
New International Version
7 The Lord said to Moses, 8 “Take the staff,(A) and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water.(B) You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.”
9 So Moses took the staff(C) from the Lord’s presence,(D) just as he commanded him. 10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together(E) in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?”(F)11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water(G) gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.
Who ever would have thought that God would literally allow food, or manna, to fall from the sky…BUT GOD!!! There is a reason God is called the Bread of Life.
New King James Version
9 Then Moses spoke to Aaron, “Say to all the congregation of the children of Israel, ‘Come near before the Lord, for He has heard your complaints.’ ” 10 Now it came to pass, as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.
11 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’ ”
We can follow God knowing that everything is already taken care of. Don’t worry about what you are going to eat, drink, or wear, just focus on the voice of God.
Be blessed family. Growing up, whenever I would be leaving my mother’s house, she would walk me to the door and say, “Take the Lord with you.” My mom was teaching me that there is nowhere I can’t go that God won’t be there. She was reminding me to put on my armor of God. So I say the same to you. Even though God is always wherever we are, be intentional in taking the Lord wherever you go. In Jesus name, Amen.
In the 51st Book of Psalms, we have heard and read the very familiar scripture passage of “Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me (vs 10, 11).” David knew that his heart and mind were out of synch, or cadence, with the God.
David also asked God to, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit within me (vs 13),” because his attitude needed a true adjustment.
The question that must be extracted from this plea to God is what characteristics results from having a clean heart, a renewed and right spirit, a restoration of joy, and a generous spirit? David tells God that when he is restored and renewed he will, “Then I will teach transgressors Your ways and convertsinners to God (vs 13).”
David also declares in verse 14 that if God forgives him and removes the heaviness of the sins he committed that “O Lord, open my lips,and my mouth shall show forth Your praise (vs 15).”
Family, what joy we are able to experience if we are living a life dedicated to God. What a LIGHT we can can be for the Kingdom of God! I invite us ALL to search our hearts and minds. Have we become so focused on all other areas of our lives that we have slowly moved away from our first love?
How do we get back to God? We must return to God with a “child-like” attitude. In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 19 andverse 14 Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, forthe kingdom of heaven belongs to such AS THESE.”
When a child has been away from a parent for an extended amount of time, what is their typical reaction? The child drops everything and runs with excitement, hope, and joy back into the parent’s arms. The parent picks them up and holds them tight. Oh how we could be if we ran to God that way? That’s right, WE CAN!!! RUN FAMILY, RUN!! The arms of God are waiting.
New King James Version
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, The God of my salvation, And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. 15 O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise. 16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.
I pray that your life is on the most divine path possible. I encourage you to follow the voice of God and to always get confirmation that it is God’s voice you are following.
The Godly path will take trust even when the path looks unsure. Whenever God directs our path it does take trust and it also takes being intimate with the Holy Spirit.
If you have something in your life, like an addiction or stronghold, that you keep fighting with and you want to break free from, it may require a deep level of fasting and prayer. The main thing to remember during any fasting is to make your focus on getting closer to God. God is a Waymaker and a Miracle Worker.
Our Prayer: Father God, our hearts are turned toward you. We are crying out to you and seeking your face. We know you are the God that heals, restores and redeems. Thank you for being the healer and restorer of our mind and body. I specifically lift up Pastor John Gray and his health. We surround him with intercessions to heaven. Restore, redeem and heal every part of his life and body. We visualize and see him perfectly whole and standing in perfect health in this earthly plain. Strengthen his family and surround them in your perfect peace. In the precious and perfect name of your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.
Be blessed family. I love you with the everlasting and amazing love of God.
I just have to say thank you for all of your kind words and prayers while I have taken time away to heal.
I am so happy to be back. Yes. I’m having to learn to navigate life a little differently, but what a praise report I have to share.
There are so many friends and family, both seen and unseen, that have truly surrounded me with love and support. I discovered that I am a lot stronger than I thought. I was stuck in a sadness for a moment but then I thought about the goodness of God and my spirit leaped up in me with a new vitality.
I kept reminding myself of the Word of God. I knew that I could do anything because it is God who gives me the strength. Amen.
Family, keep praying and visualize me running, leaping, and jumping for joy, in Jesus name. There is a song by Bishop Paul Morton that says, “I’ll pray for you and you pray for me and watch God change things.”
New King James Version
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your[a] care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to [b]be abased, and I know how to [c]abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through [d]Christ who strengthens me.
God has revealed some powerful and serious images to me recently. The time of sitting back and waiting for someone else to take of care of things is gone. The Lord needs people to be active in their faith and stand for Love and Unity in God. The only time your brother/sister is your enemy is if they are going against good and spreading hate, discord and evil. Even then it is not the flesh and blood of our brothers and sisters that is evil, but rather it is the evil that they have allowed to reside within their hearts. It is time to start speaking into the atmosphere IN THE NAME OF JESUS. It is time to rebuke, cast out, and take back what we should have never allowed into the atmosphere.
For this post to make sense, I will reveal what the Holy Spirit showed me. I was walking down the hall of my house and all of a sudden the Holy Spirit showed me people who were worshipping evil. The more they worshipped evil, the Holy Spirit showed me the increase in horror movies, deplorable music, violent video games, hatred toward one another and people turning away from church. The Holy Spirit showed me Christians just standing and watching and doing nothing.
The time for standing and watching and doing nothing is over. The world needs an over saturation of Love, Peace, Harmony, and Unity. Pray for each other. Think about how you can bless your friends, family, neighbors, strangers, and even those you don’t get along with very well. We cannot let evil win. We can’t wait for someone else to do these things. It’s time for us to take our places. No more lukewarm Love. Love is an ACTION WORD.
Pray for peoples healing, in Jesus name.
Pray for your neighbors, in Jesus name.
Pray for the entertainment industry to demolish evil, in Jesus name.
I pray for your ear gates, eye gates, mouth gates to be covered by the Blood of Jesus, in Jesus name.
I pray for peace in your heart, in your home, in your family, in Jesus name.
I pray for every angel in Heaven’s Army of God. I pray that your assignments from God not be blocked, hindered, or halted. I pray for victory in the unseen battles, in the Spirit of God.
I speak the Name of Jesus over this world. I come against every witch, warlock, evil divination, curse, and disobedient spirit, in Jesus Name. Jesus have your way. Replace what was evil with love, light, goodness, unity, and peace.
Cleanse our hearts, minds, and ears. May we turn to you. May we not fear, but instead may we trust in you. I pray for the restoration of Faith and Love.
May a pentecostal fire of Love and Unity move over this globe. No more lukewarm Love.
Uplifting and Inspirational Music
Prayers, Affirmations, & Scripture
7Sprinkle me with the cleansing blood[a] and I shall be clean again. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 And after you have punished me, give me back my joy again. 9 Don’t keep looking at my sins—erase them from your sight. 10 Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, filled with clean thoughts and right desires. 11 Don’t toss me aside, banished forever from your presence. Don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me again the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. 13 Then I will teach your ways to other sinners, and they—guilty like me—will repent and return to you. 14-15 Don’t sentence me to death. O my God, you alone can rescue me. Then I will sing of your forgiveness,[b] for my lips will be unsealed—oh, how I will praise you.
16 You don’t want penance;[c] if you did, how gladly I would do it! You aren’t interested in offerings burned before you on the altar. 17 It is a broken spirit you want—remorse and penitence. A broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not ignore.
I love you with the amazing and everlasting love of Jesus, The Christ. It is in his name that I do pray. Father God, may it be a fragrant offering in your ear. It is so and forever more shall be, Amen.
I pray that today you thanked God for making you to be a uniquely perfect being. Our spirit was made in the perfect likeness of the Triune God. Yes, our perfection is mixed with flesh and soul which makes us perfectly imperfect. God has allowed us the choice to willfully choose the divine each day. Every moment we have a constant choices to make between flesh and spirit. Our choices are like steps along a map with each step taking us in one direction or another. I know for me, I have made good and bad choices, even today.
I ask God each day why he made me…like me? The answer I received I was not completely ready for. My spirit was made in the perfect image and likeness of God, full of spiritual DNA. My flesh, however, was made in the image and likeness of my parents and their parents and their parents. Our job is to push past the tendencies of our flesh and allow The Spirit of God to lead us. No matter where we came from our core DNA is calling out to God to be made whole. 🙏
Whenever we look at another living sentient being and see the good, the love, the divine purpose then we are looking through our spiritual DNA. When we see sentient beings as different then us, less than us, or unworthy of love then we are using our fleshly DNA. What lense are you using? When people meet you, who do they see?
Prayers, Affirmations, and Uplifting Scripture
I AM MADE IN THE PERFECT IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD.
THE DNA OF GOD FLOWS THROUGH ME.
I WILL CHOOSE THE GOOD AND GOD.
MY FLESH IS NOT MY TRUE SELF. I AM A DIVINE BEING LIVING ON THIS PLANET AND IN THIS DIMENSION BUT THIS IS NOT MY HOME.
I HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD CLEARLY. MY DIVINE EARS ARE IN TUNE TO THE FREQUENCY OF HEAVEN.
Hold us close and help us to remember who we are in you. Help us to remember who and whose we are. We lift to you this prayer in the matchless and perfect name of Jesus, The Christ, our Lord and Living Redeemer. Amen and Amen.
I pray that this message finds you all wrapped snugly in the peace of the Lord. I am sometimes mixed on whether the transparency of my spiritual walk is a good idea. One thing that brings me peace and allows me to keep sharing my life is because one of the tricks of the enemy is to make people believe that they are the only ones going through or experiencing a certain thing. I’m here to say you are not alone. In every circumstance, to help me see clearly, I know that I have to raise my worship above and in front of my circumstances.
Before every major battle the Tribe of Judah would always be the tribe on the front lines of battle. Why? Worship breaks strongholds and confounds the enemy. Worship also allows us to hear the directions from the Holy Spirit. Whatever you are going through, right now, send up a fragrant offering of worship. Use the keys of worship to access the Most Holy Place.
Prayers, Sacred Scriptures and Affirmations
2 Chronicles 20:20-23
20Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and called them to attention. “Listen to me, O people of Judah and Jerusalem,” he said. “Believe in the Lord your God and you shall have success! Believe his prophets and everything will be all right!”
21After consultation with the leaders of the people, he determined that there should be a choir leading the march, clothed in sanctified garments and singing the song “His Loving-Kindness Is Forever” as they walked along praising and thanking the Lord! 22 And at the moment they began to sing and to praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to begin fighting among themselves, and they destroyed each other! 23 For the Ammonites and Moabites turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. And when they had finished that job, they turned against each other!
As we go about in our earthly Christian journey, thank you for reminding us that prayer and worship breaks strongholds and confused the enemy. May we always have a response of worship in our hearts and minds. May we surround ourselves with worship. May worship lead us in the good way, according to your will. We know that Jesus has gone before and prepared a way. He is the Lion of Judah, our living worship. It is in his name that we do lift this prayer. And it is and shall be forevermore, Amen.