“God’s House, God’s Tithe”

Daily Devotion

From The Prophet’s Heart

In Genesis 28:22 we find Jacob on the run from his brother, Esau. He had stolen his brother’s birth-right and blessing, and Esau wanted to kill him. In this passage Jacob has a dream, and when he awakes, two things are established that foreshadow major Biblical truths. #1. “This stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God’s house”, The stone is God’s house? Yes! Jesus, Who is the stone that the builders rejected, was to be the dwelling place of God Almighty. Amazingly enough, so are we! #2. “and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.” Jacob reaffirmed what his grandfather Abraham had already established. The prosperity God brings is a blessing to all, but a tithe (1/10) of it is to be given back to God. This means, faith in God, and giving to God, are vital to our walk with God.

These are the two anchors of true Christianity that should hold firm in every believer, no matter what life brings. Jesus is the Rock of our Salvation. Our faith in Him is the sure foundation our life is built upon. Secondly, our faithful tithing is a reflection of His provision and faithfulness to us. We love, because He first loved us. We give, because He first gave to us. If you get these two things fixed in your heart, you will never be shaken. Doubt these truths, and fail to do them, and everything falls apart.

Today’s Prophetic Word: “Get your life founded on these two truth’s and you will find God’s favor in all you do”.

“Little Things“

Daily Devotion

From The Prophet’s Heart

Years ago, at the back of our house, there was a small sapling that started to grow. I noticed it early one spring, and intended to pull it out. Honestly, I got busy and forgot all about it for the next three years. Finally it came to me that I really didn’t want that thing growing there. In my mind, I was simply going to walk out there and snap it off, and that would be the end of it. When I went out the back door I was shocked to see how large that tree had grown. Over the course of three years it was as big around as my arm and 30 feet tall. It had been there all that time, But I had gotten used to it, as it grew much larger, unnoticed.

The point is, if I had dealt with it when it was a little sapling, it would have been a simple matter to be rid of it. However, because I waited, it grew until now I needed a chainsaw and a lawn tractor to drag it away. Song of Songs 2:15 says; “Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, While our vineyards are in blossom.” Just like the little foxes in the vineyard, a little sin doesn’t seem like much, but it does a great deal of damage in our life over time. The little things we refuse to deal with, just grow larger and larger, with each passing month and year. In time we may get used to having that issue, or place of rebellion in our life. We don’t see a reason for getting rid of it because it’s no big deal. Think about it….Do you think that way with a little bit of Cancer? Why not??? So, why think that way with the cancer of sin???

Today’s Prophetic Word: “When you don’t deal with the little things, they grow up to take over the God things in your life.”

“Problem To Purpose“

Daily Devotion

From The Prophet’s Heart

2 Peter 2:12-13 speaks of those who just love to fight, argue, contend and resist every aspect of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They have darkened minds, and live proudly from their base, animal nature, without the knowledge of God. They enjoy attacking anyone, or any idea, that might serve the purposes of the Lord. This Scripture says; “But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge…They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions,”, The question is, what do you do when you encounter such people?

I have known a few of these, and at times I thought it was my mission to bring them the truth. The outcome was never good. I spent precious time and energy on those who loved the darkness, and simply wanted someone to attack. Finally, I realized my real mission was only to pray. They were brought to my attention, not to engage in fruitless debates, but to perhaps be the only person on earth praying for their salvation. With that revelation they went from being a problem to a purpose. Is it possible that God wants you to think differently and change a problem into a purpose?

Today’s Prophetic Word: “You either have a problem or a purpose. The choice is up to you!”

“Appreciation”

Daily Devotion

From The Prophet’s Heart

Far too often we take for granted, those God placed in our lives, who have just been there faithfully. We get busy and distracted, or caught up in a dozen different things that take our time, and grab our attention. We may notice those who need help, but the ones who have been an anchor of stability and strength, can fade into the distance, unnoticed. However, Scripture tells us things should be just the opposite. 1 Thes. 5:12 says; “But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you,…” The word “appreciate” , can also be translated as recognize, know, take note of and to understand. It is a deliberate action to connect with and support, those who are there for us.

Who in your life has been a support and strength over the years? Who has just been there through thick and thin, without complaint, or needing any recognition? These people are the real treasure in your life, because they are God’s gift of friendship to help you fulfill your destiny. Now is the time to take note of these bright stars. You need to come up along side them and recognize what they have done, and what it means to you. The moment you begin to appreciate those who diligently labor among you, everyone finds encouragement, and moves to higher ground.

Today’s Prophetic Word: “Appreciation is never wasted. Look for ways to recognize those who stand with, and encourage you. When you find those gems, treasure them.”

“Incongruity”

Daily Devotion

From The Prophet’s Heaqrt

Acts 11:23 says; “…When he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord;...” What others witness about the grace of God upon you, speaks just as loud as anything you will ever say. In fact, it is more often that the voice of your witness speaks so loud, that what comes out of your mouth is not even heard by others.

The great question of the day is, what does your witness declare for all to hear? Does your mouth speak something so different from your actions, that no one believes what you say? That condition is known as “incongruency”, and it is a huge problem for believers. When our actions and speech don’t align, it tells the world we can’t be trusted. By default, that also says, the savior we represent, can’t be trusted either. Is that the message you want to give the world?

Today’s Prophetic Word: “When your speech and actions say the same thing, your message will be heard by all.”

“Adding One Thing”

Daily Devotion

From The Prophet’s Heart

Eccl. 7:27 gives an insight into something that is often overlooked in life. It says: “Behold, I have discovered this,” says the Preacher, “adding one thing to another to find an explanation,” When you may be in a hard time, or someone you love is going through a difficult situation, it’s important to add things up to see the faithfulness of the Lord. First of all, this will not last forever. Things always seem worse when you are in them, but keep in mind that everything comes to an end. The darkest night always has a dawn. Second, when we consider all the times God has come through for us, we can be confident He will continue to do the same. He is a faithful God, and will always do that which is best for you. Third, at best, our point of view is narrow and focused on what is painful at the moment. We miss a great deal when we stay wrapped in our humanity. We really don’t see the whole picture.

As we start to add one thing to another, a wonderful clarity comes into the picture, and we begin to remember what we knew as a child. Life is a celebration, and every new day brings new possibilities. We see the beauty in a dandelion or a cloud filled sky. We see once again that life does not need to be ruled by fear, or bitterness. It’s was designed to be so much more than just enduring and making it to the end. We begin to find the splendor all around us that sets us free to enjoy His creation, and celebrate it with childlike wonder. Will bad things still happen? Yes! However, they don’t have to control us or direct our lives with fear and anxiety. If we let them, they refine us and cause us to enjoy even more, all the good things He does.

Today’s Propehtic Word: “When things are difficult, look to all the good things God has done for you. When you add one thing to another, you will celebrate how good life really is.”

“Entry”

Daily Devotion

From The Prophet’s Heart

Your life is a sacred thing, and you need to hold it in very high regard. What I mean is, entry into your life, and access to your thoughts is granted as a privilege, it is not a right. Just because someone may be there, does not means they deserve to be. King David had many who intruded into his life, and many times he withdrew from those who were unhealthy, unsound or harmful to the plan of God. In Psalm 3:3 we find a great truth leveled that we need to remind ourselves of, from time to time. When things don’t go as we thought, when we have granted access to those who are abusive, abrasive or filled with contention, something has to change. Once David reached that point, he fled to the only One he could. Here we read; “But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.

The psalmist was aware of the fact that there are people in life who will deal some pretty heavy blows. Their words and attitudes of disrespect can catch us off guard in a moment. That is the nature of living in a fallen world, with people who are often wrapped up in their own difficult situations. When the wrong people have access into your life, it just takes a toll. Never hesitate to cut unhealthy people off. Once that is done, turn to the only One who can sustain you. “But you , O Lord…” What an amazing reality! The God of all creation is the One who becomes our shield of protection from the broken people of this world. When we run to Him, and remove those who don’t belong, everything becomes filled with the light of honor, and the healing power of personal respect, we all deserve.

Today’s Prophetic Word: “Access to your life is a personal gift you give to those who honor it. Never allow that gift to be a point of abuse.”