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Monday October 15

The Heart of the King

The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.

Proverbs 21:1

 

Think about that for a moment! God has reserved the right to override the will of a nation’s leader, if need be, to see that His people are governed according to His will.

What’s more, God will hear the prayer of any government leader. Even if he’s the worst reprobate in the whole world. He heard the prayer of old King Nebuchadnezzar. Believe me, that means He’ll listen to any leader!

You see, Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylon. He was an ungodly ruler of an ungodly nation. However, he’d taken captives from the land of Judah. He had some of God’s people under his authority. So, God began to deal with him.

Again and again, God warned him, Nebuchadnezzar, you’re going to lose your mind if you don’t straighten up. And, sure enough, he went just as crazy as could be.

He stayed that way for years too. Then one day he cried out to God and God heard him.

Despite his status as a heathen king of a heathen nation, God intervened repeatedly in Nebuchadnezzar’s life and heard him when he finally cried out for help. Why? Because he had God’s people under his control!

That same principle still holds true today. If we’ll open the way through prayer, God will deal with our leaders!

If we will humble ourselves in unity and pray, God can change the injustice and corruption that exist in our country, or any country for that matter. He’ll change the hearts of everyone from the White House on down to make sure His children are governed justly.

Make it a point to pray for our leaders today!

From “Faith to Faith” by Kenneth & Gloria Copeland.

  

Monday October 15

Scripture Reading:   Daniel 4:1-37

 

1   Nebuchadnezzar the king, to all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you.

2   I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me.

3   How great are His signs, and how mighty His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion is from generation to generation.

4   I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at rest in my house, and flourishing in my palace.

5   I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts on my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.

6   Therefore I issued a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known to me the interpretation of the dream.

7   Then the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers came in, and I told them the dream; but they did not make known to me its interpretation.

8   But at last Daniel came before me (his name is Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god; in him is the Spirit of the Holy God), and I told the dream before him, saying:

9   “Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, because I know that the Spirit of the Holy God is in you, and no secret troubles you, explain to me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and its interpretation.

10   “These were the visions of my head while on my bed: I was looking, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, and its height was great.

11   The tree grew and became strong; its height reached to the heavens, and it could be seen to the ends of all the earth.

12   Its leaves were lovely, its fruit abundant, and in it was food for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, the birds of the heavens dwelt in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it.

13   “I saw in the visions of my head while on my bed, and there was a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven.

14   He cried aloud and said thus: ‘Chop down the tree and cut off its branches, strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts get out from under it, and the birds from its branches.

15   Nevertheless leave the stump and roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze, in the tender grass of the field. Let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let him graze with the beasts on the grass of the earth.

16   Let his heart be changed from that of a man, let him be given the heart of a beast, and let seven times pass over him.

17   ‘This decision is by the decree of the watchers, and the sentence by the word of the holy ones, in order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men.’

18   “This dream I, King Nebuchadnezzar, have seen. Now you, Belteshazzar, declare its interpretation, since all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known to me the interpretation; but you are able, for the Spirit of the Holy God is in you.”

19   Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonished for a time, and his thoughts troubled him. So the king spoke, and said, “Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its interpretation trouble you.” Belteshazzar answered and said, “My lord, may the dream concern those who hate you, and its interpretation concern your enemies!

20   “The tree that you saw, which grew and became strong, whose height reached to the heavens and which could be seen by all the earth,

21   whose leaves were lovely and its fruit abundant, in which was food for all, under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and in whose branches the birds of the heaven had their home—

22   it is you, O king, who have grown and become strong; for your greatness has grown and reaches to the heavens, and your dominion to the end of the earth.

23   “And inasmuch as the king saw a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, ‘Chop down the tree and destroy it, but leave its stump and roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze in the tender grass of the field; let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let him graze with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him’;

24   this is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king:

25   They shall drive you from men, your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you eat grass like oxen. They shall wet you with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.

26   “And inasmuch as they gave the command to leave the stump and roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be assured to you, after you come to know that Heaven rules.

27   Therefore, O king, let my advice be acceptable to you; break off your sins by being righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity.”

28   All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar.

29   At the end of the twelve months he was walking about the royal palace of Babylon.

30   The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honour of my majesty?”

31   While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you!

32   And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.”

33   That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.

34   And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honoured Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation.

35   All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, “What have You done?”

36   At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honour and splendour returned to me. My counsellors and nobles resorted to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me.

37   Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down. 


Tuesday October 16

Put Patience to Work

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward. For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise.

Hebrews 10:35-36

 

Most of us have a distorted idea about patience. We think of it as something designed to help us suffer failure gracefully, but according to these scriptures, it will actually put us on the path to success!

Patience (or being consistently constant) is the power twin of faith. They work together to see to it that the promises of God are fulfilled in your life.

Say, for example, you need a job. You can go to the Word and see clearly that God promises to provide your needs. You can see He takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants. Once you see that, faith takes hold and you shout, “Hallelujah, I’ve got the job I need.”

But what happens to that faith tomorrow morning when you go to three interviews and get turned down all three times? Then what? That’s when patience has to take over! That’s when you have to make a decision to stay constant, to act as if nothing’s changed.

The truth is, if you based your confidence on the Word of God, nothing has changed. It says exactly the same thing it said yesterday.

So, if you’ll put patience to work, you know what you’re going to say after those three unsuccessful job interviews? You’re going to say, “Hallelujah, I’ve got the job I need!” just like you did before.

You see, faith opens the door to God’s promise for you; and patience keeps it open until that promise is fulfilled.

Do you have your faith sights set on a promise of God today, a promise you’ve been waiting on for some time? Don’t let the delay discourage you. Put patience to work. The Word guarantees you will receive your reward.

From “Faith to Faith” by Kenneth & Gloria Copeland.

 

Tuesday October 16

Scripture Reading:   Hebrews 6:10-15

 

10   For God is not unjust to forget your work and labour of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

11   And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end,

12   that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

13   For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself,

14   saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.”

15   And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.


Wednesday October 17

Living the Love Life

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.   

John 15:13

 

We often think of “laying down your life” for someone else in terms of dying. That’s what Jesus did. He loved us so much He laid down His life by dying in our place so that we could live.

But now, He’s asked us to lay down our lives in a different way. He’s asked us to show our love, not by dying for others, but by living for them.

Exactly what does that mean?

Sometimes it means giving our lives by spending time in prayer for someone. Other times it means giving of ourselves with love and understanding. Many times it means laying down our own selfish desires in order to meet the needs of another.

Romans 15:1 puts it this way, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”

When you lay down your life, you live to please God instead of yourself. You let your life be guided by His love. If love leads you to the person next door, you follow. When love calls you to intercede for someone in need, you yield.

Commit yourself today to lay down your own life—and take up the love life. Say:

“Father, in Jesus’ Name, I see from Your Word that You were willing to give of Yourself, in the person of Your Son, for all men. I understand that because Jesus is Lord of my life, I, too, am called to give myself to others. I choose to accept that calling today.

“I’ll give of my time. I’ll give of Your love in me. I’ll be strong and lift up those who are weak. I’m willing to be available to be used of You so that those around me might experience the abundant life You have provided.

“You have loved me, Lord, with the greatest love there is. I count it a privilege now to share that love with others. I thank You for it in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

From “Faith to Faith” by Kenneth & Gloria Copeland.

  

Wednesday October 17

Scripture Reading:   Galatians 5:22-26 & Galatians 6:1-3

 

Galatians 5:22-26

22   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23   gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

24   And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25   If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

26   Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

 

Galatians 6:1-3

1   Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

2   Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

3   For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

Thursday October 18

From Tradition to Truth

Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalm 103:2-5

 

Is there actually a divine purpose behind the bad things that happen in your life? Could it be that the sicknesses and calamities you experience are somehow a part of God’s plan for you?

Before you can ever begin to experience the healing, delivering power of God, you’ve got to know the answer to those questions. You have to settle them once and for all. If you even suspect that God is the source of your misfortunes, you won’t be able to believe Him for deliverance from them. Your faith will be crippled because you’ll think that by escaping those things, you’ll be opposing His will.

In order to receive all the benefits God desires to give you, you must be absolutely sure that He is a good God. You must be certain that His will for you is health, not sickness; prosperity, not poverty; happiness, not sorrow—100 percent of the time! Psalms 103 alone is enough to prove that’s true. But if it’s not enough to convince you, there are many others too. One of the best known verses is Psalms 136:1 that says, “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever.”

If religious traditions have robbed you of the goodness of God, if they’ve taught you He brings trouble into your life so He can teach you something, start today washing those traditions away with the truth. Get out your Bible and let God Himself tell you through His own Word that He is the God who heals you (Exodus 15:26). Dig in to the Scriptures and discover for yourself that He is a God of mercy (Psalms 86:5), loving kindness (Jeremiah 9:24), and compassion (Psalms 145:8).

Put your doubts to rest and open your heart to receive the truth about your heavenly Father. It’s the only thing that can truly set you free.

From “Faith to Faith” by Kenneth & Gloria Copeland.

  

Thursday October 18

Scripture Reading:   Psalm 89:1-28

 

1   I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.

2   For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.”

3   “I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David:

4   ‘Your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations.’” Selah

5   And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O Lord; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints.

6   For who in the heavens can be compared to the Lord? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the Lord?

7   God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around Him.

8   O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty like You, O Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You.

9   You rule the raging of the sea; When its waves rise, You still them.

10   You have broken Rahab in pieces, as one who is slain; You have scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm.

11   The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; The world and all its fullness, You have founded them.

12   The north and the south, You have created them; Tabor and Hermon rejoice in Your name.

13   You have a mighty arm; Strong is Your hand, and high is Your right hand.

14   Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face.

15   Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance.

16   In Your name they rejoice all day long, and in Your righteousness they are exalted.

17   For You are the glory of their strength, and in Your favour our horn is exalted.

18   For our shield belongs to the Lord, and our king to the Holy One of Israel.

19   Then You spoke in a vision to Your holy one, and said: “I have given help to one who is mighty; I have exalted one chosen from the people.

20   I have found My servant David; With My holy oil I have anointed him,

21   with whom My hand shall be established; Also My arm shall strengthen him.

22   The enemy shall not outwit him, nor the son of wickedness afflict him.

23   I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague those who hate him.

24   “But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him, and in My name his horn shall be exalted.

25   Also I will set his hand over the sea, and his right hand over the rivers.

26   He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.’

27   Also I will make him My firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.

28   My mercy I will keep for him forever, and My covenant shall stand firm with him.

Friday October 19

Don’t Let Division Stunt Your Growth

And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions…

1 Corinthians 3:1-3

 

Envying, strife and divisions had reduced the early Corinthian Christians back to the natural, or carnal, state that they were in before they were born again. It had so stunted their spiritual growth that they couldn’t understand the things the Apostle Paul wanted to teach them.

Satan has sent the same spirit of division among us today. He knows that a house divided against itself will fall. He also knows if we all come together in the unity of our faith, we’ll arrive at the full stature of Christ Jesus (Ephesians 4:13). So he has assigned a spirit of division to operate in our personal lives, our church lives, our social lives and our family lives. His goal is the same as it was in Corinth: to bring envying, strife and division, and to stunt our spiritual growth.

But we don’t have to yield to that spirit. Instead Paul says, “[by] speaking the truth in love, [we] may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ” (Ephesians 4:15).

Compare “speaking the truth in love” to “envying, strife, and divisions”. Diametrical opposites, aren’t they? You can’t do both of them at the same time. As you speak the truth in love, you grow up. As you envy, fuss and separate from one another, you go back to babyhood.

Don’t let Satan stop your spiritual growth by giving in to the spirit of division but speak the truth in love and “grow up into Him in all things!”.

From “Faith to Faith” by Kenneth & Gloria Copeland.

  

Friday October 19

Scripture Reading:   James 4:1-11

 

1   Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?

2   You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.

3   You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

4   Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

5   Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?

6   But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

7   Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

8   Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

9   Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.

10   Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

11   Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.

Saturday October 20

Prescription for Life

If any one intends to come after Me, let him deny himself [forget, ignore, disown and lose sight of himself and his own interests] and take up his cross, and…follow with Me. For whoever wants to save his [higher, spiritual, eternal] life, will lose it…and whoever gives up his life [which is lived only on earth] for My sake and the Gospel’s will save [it].   

Mark 8:34-35

 

When Jesus said those words, He wasn’t just giving us a prescription for getting to heaven. He was telling us how to live a superior life right here on earth.

You see, there’s a high life that we can live right here, right now. But to get in on it, we have to lay down the way of life that most of us are accustomed to. We may have to let go of the very things we’ve been trying so hard to latch on to. We have to set our hearts instead on doing what God wants us to do.

That’s what Jesus did. He didn’t live His life for Himself. He lived it completely for God. He did only what the Father told Him to do—and He lived in total victory.

It’s time to realise that getting born again is not something we do just to miss hell. Our purpose is to please God—to lay down our lives in order to fulfil His desires. To be His special possessions in the earth and to do whatever He tells us to do. Our top priority is to give ourselves to Him and to live in communication with Him. To spend enough time with Him that we can hear His voice and respond in obedience.

Only when we do that will we be genuinely fulfilled. Only when we do that will we be able to live the high life we’ve been longing for.

From “Faith to Faith” by Kenneth & Gloria Copeland.

  

Saturday October 20

Scripture Reading:   Acts 20:7-24

 

7   Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.

8   There were many lamps in the upper room where they were gathered together.

9   And in a window sat a certain young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep. He was overcome by sleep; and as Paul continued speaking, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.

10   But Paul went down, fell on him, and embracing him said, “Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him.”

11   Now when he had come up, had broken bread and eaten, and talked a long while, even till daybreak, he departed.

12   And they brought the young man in alive, and they were not a little comforted.

13   Then we went ahead to the ship and sailed to Assos, there intending to take Paul on board; for so he had given orders, intending himself to go on foot.

14   And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and came to Mitylene.

15   We sailed from there, and the next day came opposite Chios. The following day we arrived at Samos and stayed at Trogyllium. The next day we came to Miletus.

16   For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he would not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the Day of Pentecost.

17   From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church.

18   And when they had come to him, he said to them: “You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you,

19   serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews;

20   how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house,

21   testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

22   And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there,

23   except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me.

24   But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.


Sunday October 21

Covenant Prosperity

“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.   

Deuteronomy 8:18

 

What is God’s reason for prospering His people? Is it so we can watch bigger TVs? So we can buy finer houses and more luxurious cars?

Establishing God’s covenant on the earth and giving to those in need: Those are God’s purposes for prosperity!

I’ve had some people tell me, “Well, Brother Copeland, Jesus’ ministry was poor and He got along just fine.” That’s ridiculous. All the way through the Old Testament God promised material blessings to anyone who would walk perfectly and uprightly before Him. If God had failed to bless Jesus financially, He would have been breaking His own Word.

Jesus never built a worldly empire for Himself. But that doesn’t mean He was poor. It means He was the greatest giver who ever walked the face of this earth—and it’s about time we started following in His footsteps.

If we’ll start giving, if we’ll start taking care of the needs in people’s pocketbooks, we’ll be far more likely to win their hearts.

What do you think will happen to the heart of a starving nation when you bring in a 747 full of food, clothes and medical supplies to them in the Name of Jesus and His love? The hearts of those people are going to soften! They’re going to be willing to listen to what we have to say about Jesus.

Don’t you ever let anyone tell you it’s wrong to want to prosper. It’s wrong for you not to want to prosper when that prosperity can mean the difference between heaven and hell for millions of people.

Forget about your own little needs. Raise your vision and set your mind on giving to meet someone else’s, on establishing God’s covenant in the earth. Then stand fast in faith and get ready to enjoy the greatest prosperity you’ve ever known

From “Faith to Faith” by Kenneth & Gloria Copeland.

  

Sunday October 21

Scripture Reading:   Deuteronomy 8:11-18

 

11   “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today,

12   lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them;

13   and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied;

14   when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;

15   who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock;

16   who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end—

17   then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’

18   “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.