DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Eleven, Day One

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Theme of Week Eleven: Our God is Mighty

Week Eleven, Day One

 

“The LORD of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah” Psalm 46:7 (HCSB)

 

Despite being dear to our hearts, people who we trust can see the difficulties we are experiencing and encourage us to turn back from where God has called us. Much like the story of Lot and his wife (Genesis 19:15-26), we are called to obey the LORD; no matter how many others choose to ignore His leading. People in our own spheres of influence can try to persuade us to reject God’s call and return to comfort and familiarity. Yet, if the LORD has called us to walk this path (e.g. being am “married-single parent” of tired and hurting children while daddy is deployed, battling through another moving season with attitudes flaring amidst the chaos, etc.) it’s not a matter of appeasing those we admire-but rather taking our difficult situations to the Lord in prayer; for He is the God of Jacob Who is our stronghold.

 

Prayer For Today:

Lord Jesus, You are good and Your faithfulness endures to all generations (Psalm 100:5). Thank You for being my refuge. Thank You for giving me the strength to keep going when all others share their own worries and discouragements with me. Hold me fast to the course You have called me to, Lord Jesus. For Your honor and for Your great name’s sake, keep me faithful to Your teaching and leading (Psalm 119:9-16). Thank You for Your divine protection and victory over the attacks and divisive words coming night and day from multiple directions (Psalm 91:13-16). I cling to the promise of Psalm 46:7 that You alone are my refuge and stronghold. You are my God in Whom I place my trust (Psalm 91:2). In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

 

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Ten, Day Six

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Ten, Day Six

 

“Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the LORD your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (HCSB)

 

Oh the beauty of a summer’s rain. After a time marked with sweltering heat and oppressive humidity, the sky grows cloudy…and then…the first drop of rain kisses your nose. As the cool refreshment dances atop the roads, car windshield and flower heads, a deep sign of relief is felt. There is a break in the storm. In much the same way, this passage found in Deuteronomy 31:6 is the Israeli leader, Moses, on his 120th birthday as he informs the Israelites that they are soon to receive a new leader, seeing as Moses is soon to die and will not continue with them on this journey into the promised land (Deuteronomy 31:1-2). At this time, the people are listening to their faithful leader, the same one who had been used by God to lead them out of slavery of the Egyptian Pharaoh—and being told to take heart—for God was going to continue to lead them onward—just as He had been faithful to do before. In times of great uncertainty, in moments of sheer chaos, how wonderful to lean heavily upon the words of the Lord!

 

Prayer For Today:

Lord Jesus, thank You for refreshing me in the midst of this trial. I trust You. I know that You love me. I know that You desire only what is best for me (Jeremiah 29:11-13). Please help me to realize Your refreshment available to me at the moment I call out to You. I love you, Lord Jesus. In Your name I pray, amen.

 

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Ten, Day Two

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Ten, Day Two

 

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.” Psalm 138:7 (NASB)

 

Depression, disease and doubt can all be conquered by the awesome and powerful name of Jesus. It is one thing to ask for our brothers and sisters in the faith to lift us up in pray, but it is a completely different thing to put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) and fight against the evil powers of darkness ourselves. A follower of Jesus Christ is not to solely rely on the prayers of others to bring victory in the lives of those we love. It is up to us to take our place on the spiritual front lines and grasp tightly to the weapons given to us by the Holy Spirit of God. Through the power of Jesus Christ, we will see victory over each malefactor in this life—in the LORD’s perfect timing and way. The Bible commands us to continually “pray in the Spirit” to know what is right and what to do. Our great Commander and Chief is faithful to instruct us in battle and will give us victory from our enemies. May we call upon the LORD anew today, for His revival and rescue, as we fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12).

 

Prayer For Today:

LORD Jesus, Commander of Heaven’s Armies, victory over suffering is found in You alone! Thank You for fighting on my behalf. Thank You for carrying the concerns of (name)_________ in this time. Scriptures assure us that we do not war against flesh and blood, but against evil spirits and dark powers (Ephesians 6:12). Yet, the Scriptures also assure us that nothing can separate us from Your love (Romans 8:31-39)! LORD Jesus You are have authority and dominion over the physical and spiritual realms. Thank You for assured victory over the afflictions in (name’s)__________ life. I humbly ask for Your divine protection over each one involved. I trust in Your name alone, Jesus. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Nine, Day Four

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Nine, Day Four

 

“LORD, Your faithful love reaches to heaven, Your faithfulness to the clouds.” Psalm 36:5 (HCSB)

 

As traumatic moments turn into dreadful days, or weeks, or longer—our hearts can grow very tired and weary. In such times, we can find ourselves wondering if prayer is really doing anything at all. In such times, we can be tempted just to “hold on” rather than actively pray for the Lord’s continued will for the situation. In it in such times, praise God for His Word, that we need to return our gaze back to the Holy Scriptures. Psalm 36:5 plainly states that the LORD’s faithful love extends to the heavens and His faithfulness to the clouds. Allow your aching heart to soak in these truths today. The LORD loves you and is able to bring about beauty from any situation; no matter how hopeless or beyond repair it may seem. Do not give up in praying—meditate on this verse today and write it down where you can reference it frequently. In the midst of the chaos, God is more faithful than any friend or family member could ever be (Proverbs 18:4). Reach out to Him in a vulnerable way today and ask for the strength to trust Him with this heartache and to use it for His eternal purpose. Your life or the life of one you love may be in harm’s way, but nothing can separate us from the faithful love of God (Romans 8:31-39). And as faith hits fire, our doctrine and our determination have the opportunity to become more solid as we press, further still, into the Holy Scriptures to guide us in our distresses (1 Peter 1:7).

 

Prayer For Today:

Lord, I feel the heat of the fire. Gosh, I hate this. I hate what it is doing to (name)___________. Help me to see this situation from Your eyes. Help me to see any good that could possibly be coming out of this mess. Lord, Your Word assures me that Your faithful love and faithfulness are endless. Impression Your love and presence upon my heart in a fresh and vibrant way today. I need You every second. I am sorry for turning to other means to numb the pain. Please forgive me for turning to screens, people and other things, rather than turning to You for help in this. I accept that You alone are faithful at all times and through each stage of this life. Help me to walk out the truth that I know. Please help (name)___________ to hold fast to You in the midst of this fire. You are worthy of all glory, honor and praise. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

 

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Nine, Day Three

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Nine, Day Three

 

“Satisfy us in the morning with Your faithful love so that we may shout with joy and be glad all our days.” Psalm 90:14 (HCSB)

 

When we go through seasons of our life that simply leaves us reeling, we can reach a point that we do not want to get out of bed—in fear of what may be the next and newest bad news. Yet, if we are willing to fall to our knees in the deepest sincerity each morning as we pour out our hearts to the LORD in prayer, we can rest assured that nothing will be allowed into our lives that is not first approved of by the LORD to be used somehow for His divine glory within our stories. It can be easy to state that God is not in control, if bad things happen in our lives. Yet, may we recall that we are fallen and stained by sin. And as a result, our vision is skewed by desires to get ahead, establish justice and harmony—through our own definition—and create a world that suites our own eyes. Yet, this is the very thing Adam and Eve tried to do back in the Garden of Eden when they decided not to believe that the Lord had best in store for them…and they ate the fruit (Genesis 3:12). The world in which we live is fallen and the ground itself is cursed (Genesis 3:17). But, praise God that He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to set things right and restore the right relationship which was intended between God and humanity from the beginning of the world (1 Corinthians 15:45). Oh, what joy each believer has to look forward to! Thus, way we forever surrender our pain and limited understanding (in light of eternity) to the ever loving and forever trustworthy LORD whose ways and thoughts are higher than our own (Isaiah 55:8-9).

 

Prayer For Today:

Jesus, how precious is Your name. Just as the old hymn states, “I need You every hour”. Lord Jesus, You see the need. You see the hurt. I ask You to take away the suffering, if it be Your perfect will in light of eternity. If it be Your will for us to walk straight through this terribly difficult time, I ask for You to hold my hand and guard us with Your rod and staff (Psalm 23). I don’t know what is best to pray, but Your Holy Spirit does. I ask for this earnest plea for mercy to reach Your ears as an offering of devotion. Help me to learn to love You more through experiencing the ups and downs of today. Lord, I am out of words to pray. Please reach (name)________ and provide the loving touch and encouraging word that is needed in this time. No situation is beyond Your reach (Ezekiel 37:5). It is in Your Holy and Perfect name I pray, Jesus. Amen.

 

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Nine, Day Two

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Nine, Day Two

 

“Will You not revive us again so that Your people may rejoice in You?” Psalm 85:6 (HCSB)

Praise God that throughout the ages, generation after generation has been able to go before the Lord and seek revival, refreshment and renewal. When our focus is taken off our hardships and rather placed upon the sheer majesty of God and His unmerited favor upon those who call upon His name, we become overwhelmed (Isaiah 6:1-8). If we truly want to see revival, if we sincerely desire to experience a refreshment of spirit and perspective, then we must be willing to humble ourselves before Almighty God and apologize—from the depths of our hearts—for trying to find satisfaction and victory out of our situation—through any other means. The LORD is all-sovereign (Habakkuk 3:19 & Colossians 2:10), righteous (Psalm 145:17), powerful (Jeremiah 10:12) and full of knowledge (Job 26:14). When we find ourselves staring at the floor when all others have left the room, and we no longer know what to pray, may our hearts turn back to revival. May we focus our efforts on drawing closer to the One who is able to refresh our spirits and revive our hope; may we return to the One who revived our souls in the first place—Jesus Christ. Hard times will come, they are promised (John 16:33). Yet, do not forget that rescue from such heartaches and hardships were also promised (Revelation 7:16-17). Regardless of what this chapter of life may look like for you, skip ahead and read the final chapter in the book of Revelation. All who put their hope and trust in Jesus Christ will one day experience the victory and utter peace that each of us so desperately long for. Praise God for the gift of Jesus Christ! Hold onto Jesus Christ in the midst of the chaos—you have the eternal victory through Jesus Christ as all hunger, thirst and each and every tear will indeed be wiped away by God Almighty!

Prayer For Today:

Dear Lord, please revive my heart. Please revive the hope of Your promises to (name)____________. You see the danger of this situation. You see the multiple layers of moving pieces. Please send Your angels to carry out Your perfect will at each turn. Jesus, please revive my spirit. Please refocus my thoughts. Allow me not to grow bogged down in spirit and feel defeated by this circumstance. May I cling to You and allow this situation to be used to strengthen my ability to hear and follow You all the more clearly for Your glory and the furthering of Your eternal kingdom. Use this situation to bless (name)_________ this very day, dear Jesus…please. It is in Your name I sincerely ask for Your revival, amen.

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Eight, Day Five

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Eight, Day Five

 

“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 (HCSB)

 

These words of Jesus Christ are very encouraging, indeed. Regardless of our circumstances, regardless of our past, regardless of the odds—we can ask anything according to the will of God, and it will be given to us. Whether we need more faith, an infusion of hope, a new heart filled with God’s love, etc. If we pray for a request that aligns with the will of God, He will grant us the favor of our request. Prayers for deliverance, healing and revival are all things we should indeed pray. The Lord sees our heart motives (1 Samuel 16:7). And at times, he very healing and deliverance God desires to bring to our souls can only be found on the other side of great suffering. Our Lord Jesus Christ, within the Garden of Gethsemane, prayed for God the Father to allow the cup of suffering (brutal torture followed by death upon a cross) to pass. Yet, in keeping with the truth of Matthew 7:7, Jesus Christ humbled Himself to the will of Father God and boldly stated that He desired the will of Father God above His own (Luke 22:42). May we remember that the greatest blessing humanity will ever know only came on the backside of Jesus Christ’s torture and death—this being His victorious resurrection over death and suffering (Matthew 16:21, Acts 2:24 & 1 Corinthians 15:4). No matter what the current suffering, if you are a believer in the resurrected Jesus Christ, you will see victory over this hardship in the Lord’s perfect way (Romans 8:37).

 

“No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 (HCSB)

 

Claim it personally over your own life and story. Briefly write about your own circumstances that need to be conquered. List them below:

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Now write them at the beginning of each sentence. Claim the truth of this powerful verse over your own life and situation as you declare the Lord’s truth to your own heart.

 

1._______________: “No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 (HCSB)

 

2._______________: “No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 (HCSB)

 

3._______________: “No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 (HCSB)

 

4._______________: “No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 (HCSB)

 

Ladies, as we grasp hold of the solid and unchanging truths of the Bible, we will feel a depth of security in the pit of our souls. Why? Because the God of all creation, the One who spoke and created all that we see, has made a way for each of us to escape the hurt and trials that come our way in life (Romans 5:8). Remember, the original plan (Eden) was not at all like the reality we experience today. Adam and Eve experienced perfect communion with God in the garden, until they believed God no longer knew what was best for them (Genesis 3:8). As the weight of our circumstances seem to increase, may we encourage our own hearts and those of other suffering, to cry out to the Lord. God has broad shoulders, Ladies, and He is willing and ready to carry our loads (1 Peter 5:7). But, just like any true gentleman, the Lord is waiting for us to ask for His assistance. Call out to Him this very moment.

 

 

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Eight, Day Four

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Eight, Day Four

 

“Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 (HCSB)

 

 

As a believer in Jesus Christ, when hard situations turn into unbearable ones, a tendency to feel helpless or out of complete control can overwhelm us. This scripture, found in James 1:5, so beautifully reminds us that in times of confusion, we can still run to the Lord for guidance and instruction. God lavishes grace (2 Corinthians 12:9), refreshment (Psalm 119:156) and the ability to maintain His course to all who ask for His divine intervention (Hebrews 12:1-3). When we come to the end of ourselves as humans, we really are at a beautiful place; the beginning. It is in that moment, when we cannot conjure up a single word or alternate plan to end the pain and suffering that we depend fully upon the providence of Almighty God. Allowing the fatigue and pain to be used to as a blessing rather than a burden. Allow them both to push you towards the Lord and ask for His wisdom as you remain in the current heartache. Keep in mind, God cares for you and your well being more than anyone else on this planet. Thus, ask the Lord for divine eyes to know how best to honor Him in this season.

 

Prayer For Today:

Dear Lord, I am asking for Your wisdom. Your Word says that You give generously (James 1:5) to all who ask and do not find fault in their asking. I am that person today, Lord. I am at the end of myself regarding what to do here. I do not know what to do in regards to (name)__________. All I see is confusion and layer upon layer of problem. Please grant wisdom to all involved. I don’t know what to pray, so I will believe Your Holy Bible that I am to ask for Your wisdom in such times. Thank You for answering me in Your perfect timing. I thank You for walking this difficult time with me. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

 

 

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Eight, Day Three

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Eight, Day Three

 

“Help me understand Your instruction, and I will obey it and follow it with all my heart.” Psalm 119:34 (HCSB)

 

At times, the very ways in which God asks us to travel are the ones that seem the most harsh and daunting. If we are not willing to take our gaze off the immediate circumstances and ask the Lord for His eternal perspective on the matter, we can loose heart. The psalmist asks the Lord to grant him divine understanding for the ways and methods God is leading. When we do not understand the Lord’s ways, we are tempted to doubt His goodness and intricate involvement in our personal stories. Yet, the Bible assures us that the Lord cares for us (Isaiah 49:15, Matthew 10:30-31 & 1 Peter 5:7), keeps track of our sorrows (Psalm 56:8, Psalm 126:5 & Revelation 21:4), and has only the best plans in store for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11, Zephaniah 3:17 & Ephesians 2:4-5). Thus, when hard times hit, may we cry out to the Lord for His perfect understanding in order to walk the road marked out for us—in obedience of both word and deed—with the knowledge that God can and does use any hardship to strengthen our relationship with Him.

 

Prayer For Today:

Dear Lord, I am at a loss for words. As much as I do not want to walk through this difficult time, I see that it is not going away. Prayers for immediate healing and imminent rescue have seemed to fall to the wayside. And, to be honest, I am tired; so very tired. Give me Your understanding to walk this extremely difficult road. Help me to lift up (name)_________ in the midst of the tiring journey. God, You alone know the outcome. Yet, with all the uncertainty, I trust in the truth of the Bible. I believe Your promises are true. Help me to pray scriptures back to You when my heart feels faint. I want to be found faithful to obey Your leading. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Seven, Day Six

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Seven, Day Six:

 

“8For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life.” Ephesians 2:8-10 (HCSB)

Punishment is what each and every heart deserves due to our moral and spiritual conduct. But, praise be to God above, that all who trust in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior does not get what we deserve. Jesus Christ stepped down into His own creation to ransom humanity from the punishment we each merited (John 6:40). Jesus Christ did this by taking our flaws and blemishes upon His spotless life as He died on a cross and rose from the dead in victory on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:4). As we recognize and acknowledge our utter dependency upon our Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, we are able to extend grace and mercy to others who have caused harm against us. Ephesians 2:10 states that we, as followers of Jesus Christ, were created to do good works for the glory of God. He has prepared these tasks for us and it is our great honor to fulfill God’s calling for our lives so that we may be used by God to help testify to others of the salvation that is freely available to each heart, from every culture, every language and every country (John 3:16).

Prayer For Today:

Lord, I want to bring you honor in each season of my life. I want to do Your will and follow You in faithfulness. Give me the grace to accomplish the tasks that You have placed before me. Help me to use kind words when interacting with (name)____________. I want to represent You well. Give me a heart that is filled with Your grace and Your mercy. Thank You for extending this same mercy and grace to my life. I am lost without You and thank You for Your daily guidance in my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.