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A father takes his son into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is a MAN. He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own.

The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harm.

The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then…

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I found this powerful message by Darrick D. McGhee that is just a life changer. If you can learn to give to God the things that are too much for you to handle, you can learn to rest while he works it all out for you. Too many people are trying to carry burdens that are way too heavy for them. When victory never seems to come, they grow desperate and discouraged. Jesus said to come to him for his yoke is light. He is willing to help you in every situation. Learn to go first to his throne before you try to fight a battle that belongs to the Lord.

I pray you will be as encouraged as I was with this message of hope.

Give It Back To Him!

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God. Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you. My brother, my sister, have you taken back what you asked God to take from you? Have you taken back the same situation or circumstance you laid on the altar? Have you gone against the promise you made to God? If you remember, you said, “God if you get me out of this, I promise to never do it again!” Do you remember saying this? Are you trying to fix the same situation God asked you to trust Him with? Are you trying to help God be God? Have you really surrendered your all to the Lord? Have you really let go of that person, that place and that thing? Are you trying to secretly work on the matter as if God cannot nor does not see you?

In life, we know the things we must let go of. We know God is instructing us to release it to Him. We know we must lay it at the altar and never return to pick it up again. Beloved, now that you know, it is time to start doing it. The Bible declares in 1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon Him; for he careth for you. My friend, today, Give It Back To Him! Give that person, place or thing back to the Lord. You cannot fix this. You have tried it your way for far too long. God is asking for you to release it to Him and trust that He will work it. In your eyes, things appear real horrible. You cannot see how things will get better for you and your family. Right now everything seems hopeless. This is the reason God is asking you to cast your cares on Him. The way you see the matter and the way God sees it is totally different. You see it as over, but God sees it just beginning. You see it as defeat, but God sees it as victory. You see it as bondage, but God sees it as liberty.

Today, whatever the situation is or whomever you are trying to change, Give It Back To Him! The Bible declares in Isaiah 55:8-11 – For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. My Prayer for You: Father, I pray for the recipient of this devotional. Whatever (s)he is holding onto that You are asking them to give up, I pray (s)he will obey You and trust in Your word. In the name of Jesus … Amen!

Scripture Reading for Today: Proverbs 23:26

May God Bless you at Your point of need!

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

THIS IS A POWERFUL MESSAGE FOR THOSE WHO ARE GOING THORUGH PAINFUL TRIALS NOW. NEVER FORGET THAT YOUR STRUGGLE IS ONLY FULFILLING GOD’S PERFECT PURPOSE IN YOU. HE HASN’T LEFT YOU NOR WILL HE LET YOU FIGHT YOUR BATTLE ALONE. I PRAY YOU WILL BE AS BLESSED AS I WAS WITH THIS MESSAGE OF HOPE.

 
 
What an awesome reminder for us all!  
 

Let the grace of the Lord be the measure of your sufficiency;
let the peace of the Lord be the measure of your quietness;
let the power of the Lord be the measure of your strength;
let the goodness of the Lord be the measure of your contentment;
let the love of the Lord be the measure of your service;
let the faithfulness of the Lord be the measure of your trust;
let the beauty of the Lord be the measure of your worship;
let the fullness of the Lord be the measure of your joy;
let the sovereignty of the Lord be the measure of your confidence;
let the promises of the Lord be the measure of your expectations;
let the coming of the Lord be the measure of hope.

You are my portion, O Lord. Psalm 119:57 AMP

Read more encouraging messages by Roy Lessin, DaySpring co-founder

 and writer, on Roy’s blog Meet Me in the Meadow.

 

Becoming dead to sin and alive to God!

In all that we do, we make a choice of whom we will serve. When you continue in our sin or allow others in sin to influence you, you are in fact choosing the path of destruction. There will never be victory for a person who lives in rebellion to God.  If Christ is truly living in your heart, you must follow in his way because he has given you the strength to do so. Paul gives us this message in Romans:

Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. (Romans 6:11-14)

You will have no control over your body if the power of Christ does not reign in you. He can’t be your Savior unless you also make him your Lord! If you are tired of living a life that constantly brings you down with its consequences, then choose to live the life that God intended for you. We all have sinned and fallen short of righteousness, but we don’t have to remain in our lost state. We can allow Christ to rule in our bodies and let his truth guide our steps to overcome all that comes against us. He will always provide a way to help you on the right path. Many of you have struggles that you deal with everyday. They seem to overwhelm you and it is hard to believe that Jesus can help you. That is a lie. Jesus died so that all the chains and bondages that have you in slavery were broken. There is no power that can come against a true believer that is stronger than the force of Christ that is in you. Even the devil knows that he cannot destroy a believer who trusts in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior! He knows that God’s plan for every believer is one that cannot fail. All the enemy can do is to try to get you to forget that God is with you in ALL trouble and every storm that comes against you.

Whatever struggle you face, Christ can help you through it. Never let your circumstance and your pain seem bigger than your God! Jesus can always make a way for those whose hearts seek him. But to live as a conqueror in this fallen world, you must not continue in the same lifestyle. You must want to change and to leave the path of destruction that you are on. You cannot have one foot in heaven and one on this earth. You must choose to offer all the parts of your body to do what is right! Anything else will take you down and give the devil a foothold to come into your life and destroy you. What breaks my heart is that so many have believed the lies from hell for so long that they don’t understand that there is a way out to victory! Many have just become comfortable living a painful life that is going to destroy them forever because they don’t know the truth. The truth is that Jesus made a way for you no matter how far you have fallen. He is willing to give you hope and a new future IF you will allow him to rule in your life. Don’t give the devil permission to rule your life anymore.

Call upon Jesus and ask him to change you and to give you hope. He will never fail those who truly want him. Your past is filled with the devil’s lies. Now is the time to turn to the truth. God knows how to take you above your struggles and to conquer your addictions. Call on him today to help you! You are loved. Never sell yourself short for you are worth so much more than you know!

              His presence is always with you!

Keeping your hope alive in the midst of your struggles and fears can be difficult.  Although Christ has promised us that he would never leave us but would always take us through our problems, the strength to stay in faith when the storms of life come upon us can seem impossible.

The truth is that Jesus did not die just to give you eternal life in heaven.  He died so that you might have an abundant, joy-filled life right here on earth.  He who knew your name before the foundation of the earth is able to heal your pain and ease the heartache that you may be going through.  There is nothing that comes upon you that that can destroy your life if you have put your trust in the risen Savior.  Jesus is not just waiting for us in heaven.  He is here with us now in all that we do.  His power and strength is the force sufficient enough to demolish any stronghold that seeks to defeat you. 

Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”.   Those are life changing words!  He is speaking with all the power of God when he tells us that we do not have to fear any problem or impossible situation.  Jesus will not only take us through our problems, he will give us the peace that we need to stay trusting while we are in the battle.  The peace Jesus speaks of is the truth that sets you free.  It is the irrevocable promise of God that you can still have hope despite your trial because nothing can destroy his purpose and plan for you.  He is ready to shine a light to guide you on the path he has set for you.  Jesus is your friend, your counselor and an ever-present help in all things.  There is nothing too strong or too impossible for him to do for you because he alone is the source of all power. 

Throughout the scriptures, we read of how God would make a way in impossible situations to help his people.  There is nothing that can change the course of victory for those whom he has redeemed.   In Exodus, we learn that God did not lead the Israelites around the Red Sea but rather he brought them to the Red Sea that they might understand his power as he parted the waters for them to cross safely to the other side. 

The victories written in scripture are here for us today.  God is willing to part the deep waters of trouble and pain that is in your life and bring you through safely to the other side.  Impossible situations are no match for the power of the risen Christ who defeated darkness and death and bought for you eternal life.

Whatever painful situation you may be experiencing at this time, take heart and remember that Jesus is with you.  The hope that he gives you is not just a desire, it is a promise.  It is my prayer that God will help you to understand this truth.

Dear Lord,  there are so many believers that are struggling in the storms of life.  Please help them to know that you are with them and that you will not fail them.  I pray for your peace to fill them.  I pray that you will give them the hope that they need to continue on in the battle.  Lord, help them to rise above their pain and to be victorious in all that is bringing them pain.  We always have hope because Jesus will never fail.   To him be the glory.  Amen

We all go through struggles in this life and sometimes it seems like it will never end.  It is difficult to keep holding onto our faith when we have to climb one mountain after the next.   Is God really in the middle of your impossible situation?  Does he have the power to cause all of your pain to be used for your good? The answer is revealed throughout Scripture.                                    

In the book of Genesis , we read where Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers.  There were envious of him because his father favored him and in fact gave him a coat of many colors.  They conspired and sold him to the Midianites who then sold him to Potiphar, an official of Pharaoh.

Joseph learned many things while being held by Potiphar.  While his life was in bondage as a slave, he was actually being taught the royal life. But one day he was unjustly accused by Potiphar’s wife and he was imprisoned.  Although he was innocent of the charges against him, he spent over 8 years in prison. Virtually, the only light he had was that God was with him the whole time.  

Chapter 39: 20-23 reads: 

  But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did. 

The truth that breaks the chains which bind you is that it doesn’t matter where you are in life because God will work all things for your good if you keep your trust in him. Your past does not matter to God.  He is always the God of the second chance. There is no bondage, no failure and no weakness of yours that can stop God from giving you blessings despite your circumstances.  His strength can keep you safe no matter what storm is happening in your life.  There is absolutely nothing that can defeat a child of God if you just will believe.  

Joseph found favor in a dark, damp prison.  He was put in charge of the things in the prison all because God caused Joseph to do all things by his power.  God was able to do this because Joseph kept his hope in  him despite the unjust sentence he was serving in prison.  The guards were in wonder of Joseph and trusted him completely.  Even in prison, Joseph did what is right. He never let his circumstance sway him in his faith.  He believed that his God was with him always.  God gave Joseph a dream and he had a plan to make that dream a reality. 

There is nothing that can hinder God from granting you favor despite the painful situation you may be in.  His power overcomes all the obstacles that try to defeat you.  He alone decides what is good for you and he has the power to give you victory despite your troubles.  All that you need to do is to put your trust in Jesus and keep it there.  He is sufficient to meet all of your needs and he will never fail you.  Though the enemy will try to fill your mind with doubt, the truth is that Christ died to give you life that is abundant.  He can see your whole life and he knows what you need to live in victory.  He numbered your days before one of them came to be.  And within those days he had a purpose and a plan that would take you through to the end.  Those who belong to Christ have been given a future with promise and a peace that surpasses understanding.   There is no bondage that can hold you as the sacrifice of Christ has put all of your enemies under your feet.  You are more more than a conqueror in the army of Jesus Christ and you will never be defeated. 

Even while he was languishing in prison, Joseph trusted that God could fulfill the dream he gave to him.  He refused to let his painful situation decide his future.  He believed that his God could work it out.  Joseph was rewarded for his faith and God did great and mighty things through him.

The only thing that stands between you and the miracle that you need in your life is the lie of the enemy.  He seeks to kill, steal and destroy the hope that you have in God’s power.  But you must never let your situation be your downfall.  No matter how long you have been waiting for the victory, keep standing in your belief. God’s timing always has a purpose.  Faith is the key to defeating the enemy.  As the years went by, Joseph stood by the promise and for that God gave him a position of royalty. 

You will never know what God has planned to give you unless you stand in your belief that he will never fail you.

 Dear Lord, I lift all those who are going through painful trials and who are feeling weary in the wait.  Give them the strength that they need to continue to stand in faith and to keep their eyes on you.  Comfort them at this time and give them your peace as you help them to understand that your perfect plan for their lives can not be stopped.  You will work it all out for their good.  For that we give thanks.  Amen