Psalm 27:14 – Stop Running From Your Calling

Psalm 27:14 – Stop Running From Your Calling

The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message Stop Running From Your Calling is based on Psalm 27:14.

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

(English Standard Version, Psalm 27:14)

As we walk in more healing and wholeness, no longer burdened by the fear, anxiety, and worry that used to hold us down, we have the capacity to dream again. The more we press in to God, the more He reveals our calling and destiny, which I find more often than not aligns with the dreams He’s put in His son’s and daughter’s hearts.

When we get into the season where those dreams begin to manifest in our lives and truly become a reality, there is a critical step we must take. It’s a step of acceptance. It’s often at the threshold of dreams fully emerging that the enemy begins to whisper doubts in our ear. Old lies rise up, telling us we’re not good enough and that it’s all too good to be true.

These are the moments where you have to make a choice. It might seem comforting in these times of doubt to turn to our old functional idols—those addictions, those habits that used to help us cope. If you go down that road, you’ll find that those old functional idols aren’t compatible with your new identity. They no longer satisfy, so the next time you begin to doubt your worthiness to fully step into your destiny, stop running and call on the Lord. Be courageous and wait for Him to lead you out of your dark moment of doubt. His response will bring a level of satisfaction and peace that is only found through Him.

Prayer: Father, it can be easy for us to doubt the destiny and calling you’ve written over our lives. The next time we’re tempted to turn to our old functional idols, stop us in our tracks. Fill us with courage and grant us the patience to wait for you to lead us to the other side of that dark moment. Amen.

Action Step: Find a quiet place and make a list of your old functional idols, the things you used to turn to instead of God when times got tough. Pray through each functional idol one by one asking God to fully release you from the hold it has over you and ask Him to empower you to call on Him the next time you face a moment of doubt or fear. He’ll show up and satisfy in ways those old idols never could.

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Psalm 51:10 – Getting Down to that Squishy God-filled Center

Psalm 51:10 – Getting Down to that Squishy God-filled Center

The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message Getting Down to that Squishy God-filled Center is based on Psalm 51:10.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

(King James Version, Psalm 51:10)

Do you remember the television commercial where the boy asks the owl how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop? For many years I’ve been pondering a similar question when it comes to prayer, Bible reading, and personal transformation.

Most of us would say we long for the clean heart and renewed spirit talked about in Psalm 51:10, but on a day to day basis very few of us seem to put in the time and effort to actually make that longing a reality.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to shame you here. I struggle with this too. However, the reality is that if we want to see uncommon results, we need to take uncommon action. Having spent time with hundreds of Christian authors and leaders over the past decade, the main thing I’ve learned is that life-changing, world shifting transformation happens behind the scenes. It’s time spent in God’s word and time spent in your prayer closet that shifts you on the inside. That’s what turns your heart of stone into a soft and squishy God-saturated center.

Prayer:  Father, we all long to be changed for the better and that comes by spending more time with you. I know that everybody’s circumstances are unique, so we press in today and ask that you’d reveal to each of us how to increase our time with you in the midst of our busy daily schedule. Reveal to each of us an individualized strategy on how to get more of you inside of us, so that we can experience the fullness of the transformation that is available through our relationship with you. Make that line you where you end and we begin impossible to discern because we’re so saturated with your glory. Amen.

Action Step:  Look for ways to intentionally create space for more time with God in your daily schedule. It could be in the morning, on your coffee break, or in the evening. Pick one specific time where you’ll be praying, reading your Bible, or reading a devotional book. Do this consistently for 7 days and see how it shifts your relationship with God. Note any specific breakthroughs or divine surprises in your journal.

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Psalm 46:10 – No More Striving

Psalm 46:10 – No More Striving

The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message No More Striving is based on Psalm 46:10.

“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

(New American Standard Bible, Psalm 46:10)

As we move further along on the journey of healing from fear, anxiety, and worry, we eventually arrive at a place where we’re no longer striving to fix or repair our circumstances. We begin to operate out of this new realm of peace and rest that comes from knowing God.

Operating out of this new space of freedom and wholeness, we’re freed up to begin stepping into the calling and destiny God has written over our lives. The closer we grow to Him, the more we’ll begin to understand that all of our divine assignments are a part of walking out our part in making the name of the Lord great on our street, in our city, in our state, in our nation, and ultimately across the entire globe.

Prayer: Father, as you bring us into a new place of healing and wholeness, we ask that you’d show us how to cease striving. We’ve been conditioned to go it alone, trying to succeed mostly through our own efforts. Show us what it means to be in total partnership with you, operating from a place of divine peace and rest. Amen.

Action Step: Is there a place in your life where you’re striving? Perhaps there is shame and guilt that has been preventing you from bringing God into that circumstance. My challenge to you today is to be bold. Face that difficult thing head-on and invite God to enter into that situation, asking Him to show you how to begin moving forward in His strength instead of your own.

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Psalm 69:30 – Praising God from the Pit

Psalm 69:30 – Praising God from the Pit

The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message Praising God from the Pit is based on Psalm 69:30.

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

(King James Version, Psalm 69:30)

When we’re facing life’s inevitable difficulties, we often gravitate towards music, movies, and other media that reinforces and feeds the emotions we’re feeling. Even though it feels good and appropriate to wallow in the mud of our circumstances for a time, what we really need are things that pull us in the opposite direction. If we’re sad, we need to be moved towards happiness. If we’re angry, we need to be moved towards peace and calm.

One of the most effective tools I’ve found to shift my emotions in the midst of a dark season is worship music. Music has the power to almost instantly transport us from the pit of lament and despair to a realm of highest praise, so the next time you’re walking through a dark time, don’t turn to media that’s going to keep you in a dark and brooding place. Turn to media that’s going to empower you to proclaim God’s truth over your circumstances.

Prayer: God we thank you for the gift of music. For those of us facing a dark time right now, I pray that you’d put a song in their path today that will move them from sadness to joy, from anger to peace. Amen.

Action Step: My challenge for you today is to create a dark pit playlist on your phone or MP3 player. Select 3-5 songs that you know will help you emerge from a dark place. The next time you’re dealing with anger, sadness, and other deep emotions, find a quiet place and ask God to speak to you through those songs. Enter into worship and soak in God’s truth. I’m confident He’ll show up and turn your circumstances around.

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Psalm 120:1 – God is My Peace When I Battle Anxiety

Psalm 120:1 – God is My Peace When I Battle Anxiety

The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message God is My Peace When I Battle Anxiety is based on Psalm 120:1. Thanks to Rod Tucker for contributing to this broadcast.

In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me.

(King James Version, Psalm 120:1)

If you have ever wondered if God is going to be there for you when the going gets tough, you are not alone. Israel wondered this time and again. As a matter of fact, as Egypt is barreling down on them threatening to return them to slavery, Isreal stands at the Red Sea wondering is God going to save us and then the Red Sea parts. They walk through on dry land, Egypt is swallowed, and they’re free. When they look back at the sea it is closed and God has met them exactly where they were at.

This is the same with most of the stories in the Bible, from David and Goliath all the way to the disciples needing something and Jesus meeting their needs when the time is right. Why is it so hard for us to have faith in God when times are tough? We know he’s going to provide but we don’t trust it with all that is in us. God is a God who provides our needs. We call on Him seeking his mercy and he comes through every time. Although this doesn’t change that it is difficult for us to have faith when times are hard, we can rest in the reality that God is with us, he hears us, and we can continue to call on him no matter our circumstance.

Prayer: Father, help me to understand and know that you are a God who loves me and is with me even during hard times. Help me trust you that when my anxiety is high you are with me and you are my peace. Let me have faith in you like the people in the Bible who trusted you and believed in you even during the hardest times. Amen.

Action Step: Spend some time meditating on how God has been there for you in the past. Spend some time thanking God for being there for you and remember that Jesus is the ultimate gift of God so that we can have peace during any season.

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Psalm 139:16 – Discover Your Divine Destiny

Psalm 139:16 – Discover Your Divine Destiny

The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message Discover Your Divine Destiny is based on Psalm 139:16.

Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

(English Standard Version, Psalm 139:16)

Do you sometimes doubt that you’re on the right life path? After all the choices before you are infinite, so is there really any way for you to determine that you’re right where you’re supposed to be?

In my experience, we start asking these sorts of questions in those narrow places of life. Those times when we come up for air from the crazy head down pace of our day to day existence long enough to experience a few moments of extreme clarity.

When we encounter one of these clarity moments, we can choose to ignore it and return to our normal pace of daily life or we can seize it and press into it. If God wrote every one of our days in His book before we were even formed, that means there is a divine destiny and calling written over our life in a heavenly book. We have a great opportunity before us to partner with God and ask Him to help us enter into that perfect intersection of our abilities and destiny.

Prayer: Father, there are times when we’re certain that we’re on the right path and others when we feel like we don’t know what we’re doing. The Bible says that our days have been recorded in a heavenly book before we were even formed, so surely there is a plan and purpose, in fact, a divine calling and destiny that has been written over every person. We ask today that you’d give each of us extreme clarity on our calling and bring our life into a divine alignment that leads to the destiny you’ve called us to.

Action Step: Get out your journal or a piece of paper and write down a list of 3-5 times in your life where you feel that you experienced the perfect intersection of your talents and abilities with the divine calling on your life. Often these are situations and experiences where you feel totally alive like you were perfectly designed to do exactly that. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you clarity on the calling over your life in this current season and ask God to give you wisdom on how to press deeper into your specific destiny.

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