New Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church

Daily Devotional

Date: 1/23/2018 10:54 AM EST

Grace morning on this marvelous and meaningful Monday.
True faith is trusting in God completely regardless of what He’s allowing; even when our lives here on earth seem to be completely falling apart.  Faith is being joyful, content, and remaining obedient to God by relying 100% on His enabling power even in the mist our wicked world.
It is so easy to look at all your problems, shortcomings, weaknesses, and all the negativity around you to the point where you get overwhelmed.  When you’re feeling overwhelmed by what you’re facing, remember God is sovereign and in control.
He is more than able and willing to get you through absolutely anything He allows to come our way.
Maybe your environment hasn’t changed, maybe your health hasn’t improved but God is doing a greater work in your life, in your circumstances, in the storm, in the pain, and in your season of waiting. If God has allowed you go through the testing, trials, and storms of sickness; in your faithfulness and obedience to God’s word, He will strengthen you, so don’t give up!
God has a good reason for every trial he allows you to face.
God promises to come through for you and He will fulfill all the promises He’s made to you.
Are you walking through a difficult season?
Don’t give up because you will soon see the light at the end of this trial breaking through!
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; when through the rivers, they won’t sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you won’t be scorched and flame won’t burn you. I am the Lord your God, the holy one of Israel, your savior.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:2-3‬a CEB‬‬
The mountain you have been running up has a finish line waiting for you!
Live, love, and laugh your way through this magnificent Monday!

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Date: 1/21/2018 8:51 AM EST

Grace morning on this seismic, serene and sufficient Sunday.
A mountain is wider at the bottom than it is at the top. The closer you get to the top then the steeper the climb might be. Always remember, this is your course and you must finish it for the glory of God. No matter how much sorrow you face, how sad you become or how sick you are ~ just finish your course.
Contrary to popular belief, life gets tougher as you get older. You are not taught algebra and calculus in the first grade.
Commitment seems to be a missing commodity in our country, communities, and church  congregation. We all know people who can’t hold a job for more than a year or two. After the newness wears off, they move on. It is almost like quitting is more enjoyable than the work they accomplish. Some people can’t attend the same church for more than a year or two. They are not able to settle in a place when things get normal. They expect every service to be spectacular. However, we all know that we have more normal days than special days in our life. If every day were special then we would have no special days.
The unfinished things in our lives bring frustration, intimidation and interruption to our purpose of serving God.
“I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭CEB‬‬
There is a process of life. We finish all great projects by taking them one step at a time.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this splendid Sunday!

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Date: 1/21/2018 8:49 AM EST

Geace morning on this sufficient and satisfying Saturday.
One of the most crucial lessons to learn as a Believer is how to handle suffering. In this fallen world, suffering is a certainty. It may be the physical suffering that goes with living in these frail bodies that get sick. It may be the grief of watching a loved one suffer. It may be problems stemming from your own shortcomings  or from others mistreatment  against you. It may be the common pressures of life, of providing a living and wondering how you’re going to pay all the bills. It may be the emotional suffering of struggling with feelings of inadequacy, loneliness, anger, worry, or fear. But wherever it comes from, suffering is inevitable. And, it will make you grow bitter or better, depending on how you handle it.
George Muller used to tell the story of a boy who was walking along the road carrying a heavy load. A man came along in a horse-drawn cart and offered him a ride. The boy climbed in the cart, but he kept the heavy load on his shoulders. When the man asked him why he didn’t put the load down on the cart, the boy replied that he didn’t want to burden the horse! We’ve climbed into the cart of care, compassion  and concern through Christ. He is in fact bearing our load. Why don’t we let go and put it all on Him?
Some people are prone to doubt two things in a time of intense trial: God’s sovereign control over their circumstances:  And, ultimately doubt His concern for their crises.
“You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭119:114‬ ‭MSG‬‬
When you trust God in every situation and remain faithful to His word; He will take complete control of your current crises.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this splendid Saturday!

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Date: 1/19/2018 10:40 AM EST

Grace morning on this fantastic and fabulous Friday.
We all battle fear. Fear constantly tries to elbow faith aside, hoping to derail God’s plan and purpose in our lives. Fear keeps many of us from dreaming God-sized dreams, persuading us to settle for safety and comfort instead of riding the waves of possibilities. When faith yanks your fears out of the darkness and into the light, you can see them for what they really are – powerless.
God always honors your choice to walk straight ahead through fear. Fear trains you to anticipate the worst while faith teaches you to expect the best – even when that “best” looks a lot different than you thought it would.
For many believers in difficult situations, fear takes a powerful hold. The reasons, whether real or imagined, abound: the possibility of illness or death; loss or rejection; failure or the uncertainty of the future.
When you are weak, weary and without strength in an unexpected circumstance. It can very well cause you to feel unready to stand, and unsure of what step to take next. When you face this moment, trust God to bring you through.
God will provide you with HIS strength to face any situation head-on, in your time of need.
Ask God to lift up your heavy arms and fuel you for the tasks ahead. God will completely consume the weakness of your life and make you strong.
“Be strong! Be fearless! Don’t be afraid and don’t be scared by your enemies, because the Lord your God is the one who marches with you. He won’t let you down, and he won’t abandon you.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭31:6‬ ‭CEB‬‬
Remember the acronym for fear is ‘Future Events Appearing Real.’
Live, love, and laugh your way through this fruitful Friday!

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Date: 1/18/2018 9:43 AM EST

Grace morning on this thankful and tranquil Thursday.
Today is the space you inhabit with God. He is the I am of your today. He lived in the past, He lives today, and He does inhabit your future—but you live today! The past is gone and you haven’t lived tomorrow yet, so your time is pretty closely defined by right now. To squander what’s in your hand will only bring a loss to you and those around you at the end of the day. So what are you doing with “now”? Are you fully absorbing the “today” that is?
It can be hard not to worry about tomorrow. With how busy our lives can be, we find ourselves constantly making plans for the future. Whether it’s simply going to the pharmacy in a day or vacationing in a year, sometimes we are forced to plan ahead. Doing so can be daunting.
While concentrating on just getting through one day at a time isn’t always easy, it’s often what is best for us. Though worry has a way of making you feel it’s necessary, that’s often far from the truth. In fact, expecting the worse and growing too anxious about the future, can be dangerous.
It’s perfectly okay, and normal, to map out the steps that you will take to achieve your goals. What isn’t normal or good for you is to consume yourself with worry.
“So now, Lord, what should I be waiting for? My hope is set on you.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭39:7‬ ‭CEB‬‬
When you place our hope, energy, effort and enthusiasm in the Eternal, remember that your life is equipped to overcome the traps, trials and troubles that the enemy set against you.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this triumphant and trouble-less  Thursday!

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Date: 1/18/2018 9:42 AM EST

Grace morning on this wonderful and winsome Wednesday.
We are living in turbulent times and with the devastating news updates popping up on our phones every hour, it can be easy to feel shaken by all of the chaos. And yet, the Bible assures us that it doesn’t matter what happens politically, morally, socially, or economically in the world around us because with Christ and in Christ we can live unshakeable lives.
The battle against fear is a battle for our faith. Our faith must grow because it is only through faith in our unshakeable God, that we can possess the promises of God and step into each day with confidence to fulfill our purpose. It is only through faith in our unshakeable God that we can make what we know about Him bigger than what we don’t know about the future, bigger than any medical diagnosis or financial turmoil.
Your faith can grow bigger than any fear shaking your world, bigger than any storm you will encounter. You can face any future opportunity with unshakeable faith. And you can have rock solid faith because God has given you a spirit of power and love and sound mind, not a spirit of fear. (2 Timothy 1:7)
“Then who has any chance at all?” the others asked. “No chance at all,” Jesus said, “if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭18:26-27‬ ‭MSG‬‬
Our faith grows when we believe and declare God’s Word in our lives. God’s Word is one of the most powerful weapons we have in our fight against fear.
Faith is the antibiotic that annihilates the infection of fear that seeks to destroy our hope and help as we humbly trust in our Heavenly Father.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this worry-less Wednesday!

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Date: 1/17/2018 9:33 AM EST

Grace morning on this wonderful and winsome Wednesday.
We are living in turbulent times and with the devastating news updates popping up on our phones every hour, it can be easy to feel shaken by all of the chaos. And yet, the Bible assures us that it doesn’t matter what happens politically, morally, socially, or economically in the world around us because with Christ and in Christ we can live unshakeable lives.
The battle against fear is a battle for our faith. Our faith must grow because it is only through faith in our unshakeable God, that we can possess the promises of God and step into each day with confidence to fulfill our purpose. It is only through faith in our unshakeable God that we can make what we know about Him bigger than what we don’t know about the future, bigger than any medical diagnosis or financial turmoil.
Your faith can grow bigger than any fear shaking your world, bigger than any storm you will encounter. You can face any future opportunity with unshakeable faith. And you can have rock solid faith because God has given you a spirit of power and love and sound mind, not a spirit of fear. (2 Timothy 1:7)
“Then who has any chance at all?” the others asked. “No chance at all,” Jesus said, “if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭18:26-27‬ ‭MSG‬‬
Our faith grows when we believe and declare God’s Word in our lives. God’s Word is one of the most powerful weapons we have in our fight against fear.
Faith is the antibiotic that annihilates the infection of fear that seeks to destroy our hope and help as we humbly trust in our Heavenly Father.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this worry-less Wednesday!

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Date: 1/15/2018 8:47 AM EST

Grace morning on this marvelous meaningful Monday!
God puts dreams in our hearts and writes a destiny over our lives. And if we trust Him enough to take Him at His word, we will find ourselves on a journey toward the fulfillment of that dream.
Unfortunately, the path that takes us to the promise is always wrought with thickets, thorns and trials. Nothing worth having ever comes easy or without opposition. Storms will come, sickness will come, suffering will come, betrayal will come, disappointments will come, shattered dreams will come, if you find yourself in a season of unending nerve racking situations, trust in the power of God and your fears will be confronted. God allows the path to be difficult because He intends on refining you and preparing you for your place of promise. God is intent on extracting from you, that which your enemy would love to leverage against you.
We all have weak spots and areas of inconsistency in our lives.
And so, as we follow His lead, we will at different times, find ourselves in a valley – a valley of decision. Valleys are deep, dark and dangerous.
God wants to take us from valley living to victorious living.
“May God, who puts all things together, makes all things whole, Who made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus, the sacrifice of blood that sealed the eternal covenant, Who led Jesus, our Great Shepherd, up and alive from the dead, Now put you together, provide you with everything you need to please him, Make us into what gives him most pleasure, by means of the sacrifice of Jesus, the Messiah. All glory to Jesus forever and always! Oh, yes, yes, yes.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:20-21‬ ‭MSG‬‬
If you’re in a season of refining, lean in. Trust the loving hand of God and know that He will lead you into a fresh and flourishing future when you place your trust in him.
Live, love, and laugh your through this magnificent Monday!

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Date: 1/15/2018 8:46 AM EST

Grace morning on this sufficient and seismic Sunday.
You can’t drive life’s road without sometimes hitting bumps like regrets, disappointments, and tragedies. When you do, it’s easy to get stuck there, gazing back into your rearview mirror at the past.
Recognize the difference between learning from the past and letting it control you. Understand that it’s healthy to look back as long as you’re learning from your past and remembering how God has worked in your life. But beware of becoming so preoccupied with your past that it begins to dictate your present and future. Don’t let your past define you; that’s God’s job.
Trust in God’s  unsurpassed power, wisdom, and love when He urges you to keep going into the future. Don’t linger in any place God is calling you to leave. Be willing to put your own agenda aside to follow wherever God leads you.
Don’t be duped into thinking that your best days are behind you. Expect God to continue to bless you in new ways. Recognize that your success is not dependent on any special time or place that can never be captured again. Know that the same God who was with you back in the past is with you now and will continue to be.
“I will instruct you and teach you about the direction you should go. I’ll advise you and keep my eye on you.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭32:8‬ ‭CEB‬‬
God wants you to move on toward the future He has planned for you. It’s a future filled with hope – but to get there, you’ve got to turn your focus forward and look through the windshield at the road ahead.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this splendid and satisfying Sunday!

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Date: 1/15/2018 8:45 AM EST

Grace morning on this splendid and satisfying Saturday.
Have you ever needed strength to face a situation head-on?  There will be times in this life that you will find yourself being weak weary, and over worked. Your your energy will be sagging, your enthusiasm dragging and your effort lagging.  This is when you truly need God to give you strength and a fresh touch to get you back on track again. God’s Word say the joy of the Lord is my strength. If that's true, and it definitely is true, then you need joy to be replace all the bone-tired parts of your mind, body, and soul.
The pressures of life sometimes push you into a corner, rendering you helpless to move forward.
You don't want to stay grounded, crippled by limitations and failed attempts. God can turn your feeble efforts into an enormous achievement.
“In my distress I cried out to the Lord; I called to my God for help. God heard my voice from his temple; I called to him for help, and my call reached his ears.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭18:6‬ ‭CEB‬‬
Ask God to help you not to quit, and give you what is needed to keep running the race faithfully, and to find strength in that safe, secret place of yours, under the shadow of the Almighty.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this sufficient Saturday!

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