New Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church

Daily Devotional

Date: 2/23/2018 9:07 AM EST

Grace morning on this fresh and fabalous Friday.
Life is good on the mountaintops of celebration. But no matter how much we’d like to spend our lives up there, we need to walk through the valleys of challenges, too. Life is tough in the valleys. Still, there are valuable lessons we can learn in the valleys that we could never learn if we stayed on the mountaintops.
If you find yourself walking through a valley right now, let God teach you as He walks alongside you. Don’t stray from studying scriptures that will encourage you while traveling through your temporary valley of trouble and trials.
Many times in our lives we find ourselves in the middle of the valley, We are weak, tired, empty and alone. We feel so far from the presence and peace of God. And when we call on Him we feel like we get a busy signal.
There will be times when you’re face a valley of detour.
Realize that what is a detour to you because it’s unexpected, is  just part of the expected path God has for your life.
Even though you don’t know where the detour will lead, God does. Lift your eyes beyond your circumstances to God and trust Him to guide you well.
“Thanks be to God, who gives us this victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! As a result of all this, my loved brothers and sisters, you must stand firm, unshakable, excelling in the work of the Lord as always, because you know that your labor isn’t going to be for nothing in the Lord.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:57-58‬ ‭CEB‬‬
Life is 10% about what happens to us and 90% about how we react to what happens to us! If you develop a "woe is me" attitude concerning the events of life, then you are going to be easy pray for the devil.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this incredible and fantastic Friday!

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Date: 2/22/2018 9:26 AM EST

Grace morning on this tranquil and tremendous Thursday.
The three most common words heard among people in times of crisis are: "Lord, do something!" It is totally against our nature as human beings to stand still and do nothing when we face perplexing trials. In fact, waiting patiently for God to act is probably the most difficult thing about the Christian walk.
Hardships (from health crises and financial problems to grief and broken relationships) befall every person living in this world.
God’s promises that He is always in control of your life.
He will never leave or forsake you – no matter how you may feel when going through hardships. When you’re going through tough times, base your decisions on biblical truth – which is always reliable – rather than on your emotions.
We constantly give God deadlines and time limits. We cry, "Lord, when are you going to do something about this? How long will you take? If you don't act now, it will be too late!" But God is never too late. He always acts -- and not according to our schedule, but HIS.
Even devoted believers panic when the Lord doesn't move according to their timetable.
“It was at that same time that I commanded Joshua: You saw everything that the Lord your God did to these two kings. That is exactly what the Lord will do to all the kingdoms where you’re going! Don’t be afraid of them because the Lord your God is the one who will be fighting for you.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭3:21-22‬ ‭CEB‬‬
God is always searching the earth for a people who will trust him in every crisis, trial and hopeless situation. Indeed, he often leads us into situations that are alarming, critical, difficult, in order to test us. He wants to see if we're willing to stand still and wait for him to bring supernatural deliverance.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this trouble-less Thursday!

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Date: 2/21/2018 8:38 AM EST

Grace morning on this wonderful and winsome Wednesday.
Have you ever considered that your darkest hour can bring God’s greatest victory.
Sometimes it may seem like the enemy surrounds you everywhere, it may be that moment in your life that you feel alone. These are the times when no one on earth can truly understand what you are feeling and why. There are even times when you may try to find comfort in friends, in family, but for the most part of it, no one is there when you really need someone to talk to.
During these times even thou it may not seem so, God is right there. You may feel God is not around, But God wants you to remember that he will never leave you by yourself; he will never forsake you, he knows your pain and with every situation you go through,  he is there to help you and most of all to heal your hurt and pain.
Trust in God and be confident that whenever or whatever your darkest hour may be, you won't face it alone, God wants you to cast your care on him because he cares for you. God wants you to know that no matter what situation you face He is there and his way is there to light your path.
“When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am GOD, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:2-3a MSG‬‬
You can come through your darkest hour with God’s strength and wisdom to guide you from your shadow of darkness. Be strong; be brave for God is right there with you!
Live, love, and laugh your way through this weary and worry-less Wednesday!

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Date: 2/20/2018 8:49 AM EST

Grace morning on this tranquil and thankful Tuesday.
It’s true – climbing the Fear Mountain is tough. Many times it is off on the side of the well-travelled, normal, comfortable road every other Christian seems to be on. And it often isn’t marked. It can come up on us rather sudden like if we’re not diligently and soberly paying attention.
Sometimes, there are others climbing it already; sometimes you feel alone.
It (usually) looks massive. And it’s always impossible without God’s help. But sometimes, the height of that mountain is somewhat imagined. The things you’re fearing aren’t even true, yet. And might not ever be.
And, sometimes it just seems so enormous because you can’t see the top of it. You have no idea how far up you’ll have to climb or how long it will take to get there.
God doesn’t call us to climb something impossible. Usually, we’re the ones raising those impossibles. He just wants us to keep walking. Gradually, steadily, upward, sometimes a few days, sometimes a few months, sometimes longer – and sure, sometimes you might get a bit winded, sometimes you might stop for a little break. But God encourages you to stay faithful. To keep going. One small step at a time. To keep pressing on. Because He knows what the prize is. He knows you’re walking towards a greater faith and sharing a greater testimony about his faithfulness. It is for His ultimate glory.
“It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.”
‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭22:33-34‬ ‭NIV‬‬
If God doesn't move your mountain, then climb it.   He knows how breathtakingly beautiful all will be when you get to the top.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this triumphant and trouble-less
Tuesday!

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Date: 2/18/2018 11:15 AM EST

Grace morning on this superlative and seismic Sunday.
One of our temptations when we’re experiencing disappointment is to try and figure things out. But we must fight that. God asks us to lean on him, not on our own understanding.
God does not look upon trouble as we do. Where we see stress he sees opportunities. Where we see crisis, He sees growth and betterment. God's purpose in times of crisis and trouble is to teach His children precious lessons. They are intended to educate, and build us up. And when we learn from them and ride out these storms of life, we will see the great promise fulfilled. We need to see the joy and opportunities through times of problems. Because we will learn that there is a sweet and wonderful joy we can have here too. We do not have to wait until Heaven. We can learn to make our life joy filled by seizing the crisis and growing from it. To become the person that we are capable of being for our benefit and His glory.
God wants to use our problems for good, to make us better and stronger for our personal development and in turn for us to be able to help others in their struggles.
“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger because you are with me. Your rod and your staff— they protect me.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:4‬ ‭CEB‬‬
Unexpected crises are a part of life, they are like storms. As with crises, we must learn to prepare and ride them out by learning and maturing from them.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this sufficient and splendid Sunday!

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Date: 2/17/2018 3:46 PM EST

Grace morning on this sufficient and satisfying Saturday.
The times we live in are so troubled, but our hope in God is surer than the sun rising in the morning.
There is nothing on this earth more certain than hope in God.  He will never leave you nor will He ever forsake you.  He is your anchor in the present and for the future.
If you have your hope in the right place, that is not in yourself, your job, your circumstances, but in God alone, you will never be disappointed.  You will never be ashamed for placing your hope in God because He has the power to deliver you out of all your troubles.
Hope and trust in God is bigger than the present hurt you feel.
When you look to yourself, your employer, your retirement fund, or your inheritance, you can not fully hope with 100% certainty.  You can know for certain, that even your employer’s decisions are in God’s sovereign hands according to Proverbs 21:1
The many “what if’s” haunt your mind and do not allow you to sleep as you rehearse the day’s events and worry about what happens tomorrow if…. 
But worrying about tomorrow is borrowing trouble from tomorrow and spending it on today. 
“We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. Our heart rejoices in God because we trust his holy name. Lord, let your faithful love surround us because we wait for you.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭33:20-22‬ ‭CEB‬‬
When you realize that tomorrow is already taken care of by God alone and the hope you have in Him, then you can find rest.  It is easier to sleep tonight if you know tomorrow is in God’s hands.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this splendid Saturday!

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Date: 2/16/2018 9:15 AM EST

Grace morning on this fresh and fruitful Friday.
Today, more and more people are finding themselves alone and depressed, and few of us have not at one time, or another felt the sting of despondency and despair.
Even if you reach what you consider to be your lowest point, God's Word says's He will never leave or forsake you, (Matt 28:20).
God will give you peace and comfort even in the worst of circumstances, then lead you through, over or around the muck and mire of your situation, and again set your feet on solid ground.
God is the God of new beginnings, with Him, nothing is impossible. Whether you are very young or considered to be very old, trust in Him because with Him it is always just the beginning.
You may even find yourself in such a situation through divorce, death of a spouse, loss of health, loss of employment, finances, ruptured relationship, or whatever, that may force you to begin all over again, but is that so bad? Trusting God in difficult times forces us to seek His guidance, and to trust in Him.
Trusting God through these uncertain, unimaginable and uncharted waters takes faith and courage, but is worth every effort. The path of His choosing is the only one that leads to true joy and satisfaction.
“God heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. God counts the stars by number, giving each one a name. Our Lord is great and so strong! God’s knowledge can’t be grasped!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭147:3-5‬ ‭CEB‬‬
God's promises are indeed a genuine source of hope that does not disappoint. It is in His promises you will find everlasting life and confident hope.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this fabulous Friday!

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Date: 2/15/2018 8:39 AM EST

Grace morning on this triumphant and tranquil Thursday.
When trouble strikes, we sometimes forget our knowledge of God, too. We struggle to recall past answers to prayer.
In our own strength, we lack sufficient resources and abilities to meet life's challenges. So God provides what we need. Our suffering is never a surprise to the Lord. He knows everything we are going through.
Only the present trials we face seems real. Our minds spin with future implications, and our troubled emotions hinder clear thinking.
No one enjoys suffering. But in the hands of almighty God, trials become tools. He uses hardship to shape believers into the people He intends them to be.
In our own strength, we lack sufficient resources and abilities to meet life's challenges. So God provides what we need.
God promises us He'll provide a path through any trial we face.
The pressures that bear down on us from stormy situations are meant to reveal His abiding presence in the midst of your trouble. God always provides for our needs to help us both endure and grow stronger in our Christian faith.
“Finally, let’s draw near to the throne of favor with confidence so that we can receive mercy and find grace when we need help.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭CEB‬‬
You may not sense God's presence during a crisis. But He has promised to always be with you. The assurance that the Lord will never leave you provides immediate comfort, an infusion of courage, and a sense of confidence to endure.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this tremendous and trouble-less Thursday!

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Date: 2/14/2018 8:00 AM EST

Grace morning on this winsome and wonderful Wednesday.
What are you worried about today? Stop and give the situation to God. Even if your prayer is “God, I don’t know what to do. Please take this over and help me.” He will help you.
When we worry about something, we put ourselves through the same physiological state as if the event was actually happening. Our brain knows the difference between what’s real and what’s imagined, but our nervous system does not. Worry puts our bodies in a state of emergency – fight or flight.
Our blood pressure goes up. Our heart races. Our stomachs produce extra acid to digest what’s there. No wonder worriers end up with ulcers. The body doesn’t know the difference between a real emergency and an imagined one.
It can be very easy to slip into a state of internal panic. When we see our bank accounts shrinking, our company garnering rumors of closure or lay-offs, anxiety starts creeping into our hearts.
God doesn't want us stressed because stress makes Him look like He doesn't care about us or that He's unable to take care of us.
God gave us His one and only son -- to free us from every curse, chain and consequence so that we may freely pursue His promises.
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:34‬ ‭MSG‬‬
Give your worry to God in prayer.  If you’re still worried about it after you’ve prayed, then give it over to God again and again and again. Wash, Rinse, Repeat.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this worry-less Wednesday!

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Date: 2/13/2018 9:17 AM EST

Grace morning on this tremendous and tranquil Tuesday.
People who face painful trials and trouble in their lives can feel defeated as they experience the sorrow of weariness. In Scripture, King David wrote Psalm 6 crying out to God, “My soul  also is greatly troubled. But you, O LORD – how long?”.
I believe most of us have asked God the same question. God has not allowed anything to happen in your life that will not fulfill his purpose for your good.
If your struggle is lasting longer than you feel you can bear, take heart and rely on God’s word. In God’s word, you will find the peace you need to hold on. You will see that even when God appears silent, he is actually preparing your heart for his perfect answer. The wait has a purpose and is part of the plan.
Your faith is proved to be genuine only when it is tested! We all grow weary in the battles of this life. It may even appear that evil is overcoming the world. You are not in a losing battle. Your victory is guaranteed! The devil already knows that you have been declared a conqueror.
God’s plan was put in place long before he formed the world, you can have peace knowing that he has prepared a way to take you through every trial and get you to where he wants you to be.
“He got up and gave orders to the wind, and he said to the lake, "Silence! Be still!" The wind settled down and there was a great calm. Jesus asked them, "Why are you frightened? Don’t you have faith yet?"”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭4:39-40‬ ‭CEB‬‬
You will find comfort in trials only if you affirm God’s absolute sovereignty.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this terrific and trouble-less Tuesday!

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