New Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church

Daily Devotional

Date: 2/1/2018 8:41 AM EST

Grace morning on this thankful and tranquil Thursday.
Whatever troubles or problems you currently have, keep the faith. Your most difficult moments can lead to your greatest hours.
This might be a difficult time. Be patient and compassionate with yourself.
The time will come when you’re ready to pick up the pieces, when you’re ready to say ‘ no matter how difficult this is’ I’m going to move on.
One day at a time. One moment at a time you can build yourself back up. Do what needs to be done today, don’t focus on tomorrow or next week.
Your future won’t arrive all at once, but steadily one day at a time. And for now, just getting through the day is all you can ask.
The truth is nothing lasts for ever, including pain.
It’s hard to believe that things will get easier because you can’t help but view your situation through your current lack, or loss, or limitation and naturally from that perspective, it seems impossible.
But you are more than physical, you are a spiritual being too.
The secret is to remove your attention from your present reality.
“Happy are those who trust in the Lord, who rely on the Lord. They will be like trees planted by the streams, whose roots reach down to the water. They won’t fear drought when it comes; their leaves will remain green. They won’t be stressed in the time of drought or fail to bear fruit.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17:7-8‬ ‭CEB‬‬
Dare to believe and you’ll become a magnet for miracles, for that new state of mind that, right now, only exists in your imagination.
You’ll be picking yourself up and starting over one step and a time, and eventually, when you look back, you’ll see you climbed a mountain.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this triumphant Thursday!

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Date: 2/1/2018 8:40 AM EST

Grace morning on this wonderful and winsome Wednesday.
No point in fooling ourselves.  Life can be hard.
Despair. Problems with no easy answers. Heartbreaking loss.
We never know what’s coming.
Whatever the challenge, business, personal, health, or spiritual, unless you’re a super conscious being, tough times happen for everyone. 
It’s not always easy to pick yourself up when you feel shattered and lost or when it feels like you’re sinking under decisions you just don’t feel up to making.
And no matter how strong we normally are, unexpected challenges, and tough times can leave most of us feeling insecure, helpless, and paralyzed.
Every thought, every feeling you had in dealing with your challenges has an energy and after- effect.
There can come a time when you feel so stressed with your struggles that you feel empty rather than energized and excited about the promises of God.
If you’re approaching the point of physical, emotional and spiritual exhaustion, step back from your situation, pray and place it into the hands of God.
Sometime your mind needs time to realize what your heart already knows.
“I will strengthen the weary and renew those who are weak. Then I woke up and looked around. What a pleasant sleep I had!”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭31:25-26‬ ‭CEB‬‬
Even your darkest moments only last for so long. So it’s important that you don’t use all your energy to hang on to the past. Feel it, without getting lost in thoughts of why this happened to you, and then reach for that little whisper of hope that says you will be okay.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this stress-less and worry-less Wednesday!

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Date: 1/30/2018 11:41 AM EST

Grace morning on this thankful and tranquil Tuesday.
A story is told about a vessel that was almost driven onto a rocky coast during a storm. Contrary to orders, one man went on deck. He saw the pilot holding the wheel unwaveringly, slowly turning the ship back out to sea. When the pilot saw the man, the pilot smiled. The man went below saying, "All is well, I saw the face of the pilot and he smiled."
Character is to the heart what a foundation is to a house. Compromise in either cannot stand in a storm.
Storms drive little birds to seek shelter, but the eagle flies higher because of the storm. Storms drive some from God—others they drive to God.
Fear sees the storm; faith sees God in the storm. Jesus Christ is no security against storms, but He is perfect security in storms. He does not promise an easy passage, but He guarantees a safe landing."
When the Titanic was built, it was called the "unsinkable ship." Yet the world soon learned that this was not true, for the vessel sank after hitting an iceberg.
Contrary to the Titanic, with Jesus in the ship of our lives, no matter how severe the storm, we are unsinkable with Him as our pilot.
“Don’t fear, because I am with you; don’t be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will surely help you; I will hold you with my righteous strong hand.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭CEB‬‬
God knows your weaknesses and has seen your failures yet his power is  more than enough to take you safely through.  You may be wounded but you will never be destroyed!
Live, love, and laugh your way through this trouble-less Tuesday!

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Date: 1/29/2018 9:05 AM EST

Grace morning on this meaningful and marvelous Monday.
God reminds us to choose joy in whatever we face, confident that He is working even through every trial and hard place, to bring us greater endurance. We never gain greater strength and spiritual muscles simply by living an “easy” life. We can only build deeper faith and perseverance by walking through the hard times that press us more closely into His Presence.
Unless we experience difficulty and suffering, we cannot truly help another soul who faces loss and pain. It’s only through our own pain and grief, or hardship, that we can have a fuller understanding of what others walk through as well. There’s great comfort in knowing that God will use what we have experienced, no matter how difficult, to help someone else. Christ Himself suffered and tempted in “all things” so that we’re reminded He truly understands “all” that we walk through in this life.
Through every trial and storm we encounter in life, God will use it to make a mark in this world. The troubles we walk through can bring glory to Him. He will use our lives, the joy and faith we have, in spite of our problems, to draw others to Himself, and to help us to remember that what we see around us, is not all there is. For He has more in store. And it is greater than we can ever imagine…
“Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:1 MSG‬‬
May His Presence surround you in the storm you might be facing right now.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this magnificent and meaningful Monday!

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Date: 1/28/2018 1:19 PM EST

Grace morning on this seismic and serene Sunday.
God promises to bring good from the storms of devastation in our lives. He reminds us in His word that there is great gain when we face painful times, as difficult as it may be.
It’s never easy to live through storms, struggles, sickness and suffering. But it is necessary if we ever long to grow.  But easy? No, not ever.
No one wishes for hard times in life. No one asks for suffering or storms. No one longs to wade through deep rivers of hurt, rejection, and pain, or to try to find your way out of the valley of darkness, confusion and doubt.
Yet if we’ve lived long enough, we know this to be true. It’s all a part of life.
God reminds over and over in His word that trials are a part of our journey. It’s what makes us stronger, gives us endurance, builds our faith. He tells us not to be surprised at the troubles we face, but to “keep on rejoicing.”
Our storms might look different in this life, but they all offer the opportunity to change us, forever. And God can take what seems tragic and devastating to turn it around for good. It may not happen as quickly as we'd like, and we might find ourselves longing for another way, but blessing will come from it. For it's the way God works.
“But Joseph said to them, "Don’t be afraid. Am I God? You planned something bad for me, but God produced something good from it, in order to save the lives of many people, just as he’s doing today.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭50:19-20‬ ‭CEB‬‬
The "good" will shine through, just keep trusting in God’s promises.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this sufficient and superlative Sunday!

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Date: 1/27/2018 11:25 AM EST

Grace morning on this sensational and satisfying Saturday.
When life storms strikes, we should say; Is this really storm? Or is God bringing His will to pass through this apparent storm? Yes, it might be very painful at the time, but lets keep seeing God in the picture! In the lives of the faithful God is ALWAYS bringing good out of evil.
If you want a firsthand account of someone who allowed the peace of Christ to rule in his heart in spite of the storms of adversity, read Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Paul was imprisoned, possibly facing death, but he refused to allow his circumstances to rob him of joy.
Paul’s secret for experiencing the peace of Christ, was that he gave two powerful antidotes to worry: the first is prayer. “Be anxious for nothing,” the Bible tells us, “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
The second powerful antidote to fear? Meditation on God’s Word. There is something about meditation on God’s Word that allows peace to rule our lives. In many ways, the Bible is simply a record of God’s faithfulness to His people.
““But blessed is the man who trusts me, GOD, the woman who sticks with GOD. They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers— Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17:7-8‬ ‭MSG‬‬
Just as God has been faithful to those who have obeyed Him in the past, He promises to do the same for you today.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this sufficient and life’s storm-less Saturday!

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Date: 1/26/2018 10:37 AM EST

Grace morning on this fresh and fantastic Friday.
When you get under stress, tension, in a crisis, when you're overwhelmed by problems and think you're going to crack up, you have the tendency to stop taking care of yourself. You don't eat right; sleep right, those physical management things you need to do. When you're overwhelmed with stress remember the simple stuff like eating right.
You will encounter many storms. Some will be mild others will be difficult. The life that we live on this earth is full of troubles.
In fact, you are in one of three areas right now. You’ve just got out of trouble, or you're in it right now, or you're headed into it. Trouble is a part of life. You will have difficulties.
Every storm is a school. Every trial is a teacher. Every experience is an education.
Every difficulty is for your development. God wants us to learn from life's storms.
God is more interested in your character than He is in your comfort.
Don't give up. Don't become anxious and afraid. Don't allow yourself to drift apart from your dreams and God Given desires. Don’t throw away the things that you need to make it through the storms.
“We don’t want you in the dark, friends, about how hard it was when all this came down on us in Asia province. It was so bad we didn’t think we were going to make it. We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally—not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead! And he did it, rescued us from certain doom. And he’ll do it again, rescuing us as many times as we need rescuing. You and your prayers are part of the rescue operation—I don’t want you in the dark about that either.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:8-10 MSG‬‬
Don’t throw away your convictions, your relationship to God, going to church to fellowship among others who are facing storms just like you, and meeting with God on a daily basis to read your Bible, pray and seek God's Face for your life.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this stress-less and fabulous Friday!

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Date: 1/25/2018 9:50 AM EST

Grace morning on this thankful and triumphant Thursday.
Feeling stressed? Fearful? Weighed down? You're not alone-Stress, anxiety and worry are something we all struggle with at some point in our lives.
The Bible is clear: you are going to have problems at your job, in your family, with your finances, in your church, and with your health. You can bank on it! Being a Christian does not exempt you from problems. Jesus was up-front with His disciples about the trials they would encounter, “In the world you have tribulation” (John 16:33, NASB).
I love the way the apostle Peter said it, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12). Problems are the price we pay for living in this world. Whenever conflict arises in your life, whether within yourself, with other people, or as the result of adverse circumstances, you have a choice to make. You can respond with worry or anger, or you can allow the peace of Christ to have the final say in your life.
No matter how much sorrow you face, how sad you become or how sick you are ~ just keep trusting in the God who never fails.
“Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭33:25‬ ‭KJV‬‬
You may face hard days but God gives you strength for the day.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this trouble-less Thursday!

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Date: 1/24/2018 10:06 AM EST

Grace morning on this wonderful winsome Wednesday.
Most people tend to have this rosy-coloured view of what life should be like in which it is always fair weather. People will listen to the gospel, our church lives will be constantly harmonious and the church which we become joined to at the time of our conversion will steadily grow in numbers. We have it all worked out for God don't we? We have it all mapped out for him, but the amazing thing is; He never consults us does He? And let's face it; it sometimes comes as a shock when we look back and see that God did not lead us down the road which we expected at all! There were - and are - tragedies, there were - and are - massive disappointments at times.
You will not very often see a true believer without trials! Jesus will walk with you through your trial, but thats it: through your trial - not usually around it - there is a difference.
We learn from scripture that when we start to bear fruit, God will prune us, cut us back hard!- in order that we should bear still more fruit. When you prune a plant in order for it to be more productive, you are afflicting it! You are causing it (STP) short-term pain! But temporary pain for a greater final outcome!
“There’s far more to this life than trusting in Christ. There’s also suffering for him. And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting. You’re involved in the same kind of struggle you saw me go through, on which you are now getting an updated report in this letter.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:29-30‬ ‭MSG‬‬
God is saying, you need the (STP) short term pain package, if I don’t occasionally cut you back hard, you will not bear sufficient fruit.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this winsome and worry-less Wednesday!

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Date: 1/23/2018 10:55 AM EST

Grace morning on this thankful and tranquil Tuesday.
If you’re experiencing a time of turbulence in your life, hang on without hanging up on God’s help to bring you through. Regardless of your current circumstances, God is with you and for you.
This doesn’t necessarily mean your troubles will disappear, but it does mean that God will walk with you through your trials. God will stick with you and provide encouragement, hope and a reminder of your potential through and beyond your current situation.
Regardless of when or how God see you through your hardship, you must trust that He is the one that ultimately knows what’s best for you.
When life seems full of pain,
and you're hurting, tell God what he already knows about your feeling. He has promised never to leave you or forsake you. He hears your prayers even in the dark times when He seems absent and silent.
In your daily struggle with life complexities, you have to  believe that when you go through hard times, the result will be good. One of the most challenging things for you to remember is that God is going to work it out for your good.
“God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46:1‬ ‭CEB‬‬
God has brought you out before and He is more than able to do it again!
Live, love, and laugh your way through this trouble-less Tuesday

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