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Monday December 10

Seek God First

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:33

 

Whenever Ken and I talk about living by faith, I know there are some people who think, Oh, that’s easy for you. You’re preachers. You have it made! And, in some ways, we do. We have it made because our calling demands that we give God our attention, and giving God your attention always brings success.

But we haven’t always lived that way. In fact, the first time I ever saw Kenneth Copeland, he was about as far from a preacher as I figured you could get. He flew planes and sang in nightclubs. As for me, I was a college girl who said she would never marry a preacher and who had never even heard about the new birth.

Right after we got married, Ken went into a business enterprise that we thought was going to make us rich. So I quit my job and went to work for this new company. Two weeks later it folded.

We ended up sleeping on a rented rollaway bed that sagged in the middle. We had a wrought-iron coffee table Ken made in high school and a black and white TV. Nothing else. No refrigerator. No stove. I cooked in my coffee pot and an electric skillet and used a cardboard box on the porch to keep our food cold.

We were flat broke. Unemployed. Deeply in debt. I had nowhere to go. No furniture. No nothing.

Then one day I picked up the Bible Ken’s mother had given him for his birthday. In the front she’d written this verse, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” I turned and read Matthew 6. It said God cared for the birds. For the first time in my life it got into my heart that God cared where I was and what I was doing. I figured if He cared for birds, He cared for me! I knelt in that bare room and told Jesus that if He could do anything with my life, He could certainly have it. That’s all I remember saying.

I had no idea I had just been born again. Two weeks later Ken found a new job. We moved to a new furnished apartment and bought a better car. In the midst of it all, something else happened—Ken got born again.

Don’t worry if you don’t “have it made.” We certainly didn’t when all this started. Just stick with God and let Him make you. He is a good God who is good to all (Psalms 145:9).

Make a decision in your heart to seek Him first. Then all the other things will be added.

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

 

Monday December 10

Scripture Reading:   Psalm 128

 

1   Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways.

2   When you eat the labour of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.

3   Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house, your children like olive plants all around your table.

4   Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord.

5   The Lord bless you out of Zion, and may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life.

6   Yes, may you see your children’s children.

Peace be upon Israel! 


Tuesday December 11

Spread Peace This Christmas

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  

Luke 2:13-14

 

Christmas is a very important time of year. It’s a time of year when the whole world is hearing the message of the birth of Jesus. It’s a time when people are tender-hearted…the perfect time to plant seeds of love in the lives of those you meet.

Sometimes those seeds may just take the form of a kind word in the middle of rush-hour shopping. Other times, you may get the opportunity to pray and minister to someone. But whatever the situation, keep a sharp eye out for even the smallest chance to assist people.

I’ve had some outstanding experiences giving a few dollars to someone in need. As they are taking the money, I tell them, “This money is from the Lord Jesus Christ. I serve Him. He is the One who instructed me to help you.”

It’s amazing how many people are ready to hear what you have to say when you say it in love. They’re starved for someone to really care. Be that someone this Christmas season. Spread the Word about the peace that’s available in Jesus. Tell about His goodwill toward men.

Who knows how many of those small seeds may one day take root and bring one more precious person into the glorious kingdom of God?

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

  

Tuesday December 11

Scripture Reading:   Luke 2:1-20

 

1   And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.

2   This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.

3   So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

4   Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,

5   to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.

6   So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.

7   And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8   Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9   And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.

10   Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.

11   For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.

12   And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

13   And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14   “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

15   So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”

16   And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.

17   Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.

18   And all those who heard it marvelled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19   But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.

20   Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.


Wednesday December 12

Tune In

For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.  

1 Corinthians 14:2

 

Have you ever looked around at your own life or the life of the Church and wondered why it’s taking the Lord so long to get things in order?

If so, let me tell you something I learned a few years ago. He’s not the One who’s slow. We are!

It’s not God’s fault that the Church still has spots and wrinkles. It’s not His fault that we’re not living in total victory. He’s always ready. He’s the great “I AM.” We’re the ones who fall short.

Compare it to turning on a radio. If you don’t have it tuned to exactly the right frequency, you won’t be able to hear the station. It’s not the station’s fault. It’s sending out signals perfectly. The problem is, you haven’t tuned in to it.

That’s what’s happening with you and me. We haven’t fine-tuned our spirits enough to pick up the voice of the Spirit. Oh, we pick up a few things now and then, but mostly we just fade in and out. We don’t stay on God’s wavelength all the time.

How do you adjust your spiritual tuner?

By praying in the spirit. Praying in other tongues is the fastest, most effective method I know of to tune in to God—because instead of praying your own thoughts and plans, you’re praying His!

The Bible says that when you pray in tongues, you’re speaking mysteries to God. In the spirit, you’re calling forth parts of God’s plan you don’t even understand with your natural mind. By the unction of the Holy Spirit, you’re praying the perfect will of God.

You see, God knows how to deliver His people. He knows how to turn us into the glorious Church without spot or wrinkle. He has a plan that will do it. And if we’ll tap in to that plan and start releasing it into the earth by praying in the spirit, praying according to His will and not our own, this age will draw to a close quickly. If we’ll all get our minds and hearts in tune with what God’s doing, there will be an explosion of the power of God that will turn this world around!

Start adjusting your spiritual tuner today. Spend an hour praying in other tongues. Set your spirit on God’s wavelength and just see how quickly the spots and wrinkles begin to disappear from you.

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

  

Wednesday December 12

Scripture Reading:   1 Corinthians 14:1-19

 

1   Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

2   For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

3   But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.

4   He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.

5   I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.

6   But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching?

7   Even things without life, whether flute or harp, when they make a sound, unless they make a distinction in the sounds, how will it be known what is piped or played?

8   For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle?

9   So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.

10   There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance.

11   Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me.

12   Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.

13   Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.

14   For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

15   What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.

16   Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?

17   For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified.

18   I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;

19   yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Thursday December 13

Don’t Panic

Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.  

Proverbs 16:3

 

Right now you may be on the edge of a major decision…about to make a change in your job or your church or your personal life. You know you need divine guidance. And you’re hoping desperately to hear from the Lord.

If that’s your situation, don’t panic. Being led by the Lord isn’t some complicated process that only the spiritual “pros” can master.

I found that out years ago when I was a new believer. I wanted to live in a way that was pleasing to God, but I didn’t know how to make decisions that were in line with His will.

Then one day as I was studying The Amplified Bible, I came across Proverbs 16:3. Immediately, I latched on to this verse and began to use it in my life—and I can tell you know from experience, it works!

It will work for you too if you’ll do what it says. Roll your works over on God, commit your ways to Him, trust them wholly to Him. He’ll start adjusting your thoughts to be like His until, at some point, you’ll just know the right thing to do. Of course, faith is involved. One of the requirements is trust, and you won’t be able to do that without feeding on God’s Word. Then as you practice rolling your works upon the Lord and trusting Him, you become more confident in your ability to hear. Start now with whatever problem is bothering you. Pray and trust God with it. In other words, believe you receive when you pray. Stop worrying and begin believing.

Learn to live this way and it doesn’t matter whether you’ve been a Christian 30 minutes or 30 years, your plans shall be established and succeed!

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

  

Thursday December 13

Scripture Reading:   Psalm 37:1-7

 

1   Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.

2   For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

3   Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

4   Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

5   Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.

6   He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

7   Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

Friday December 14

No Deposit – No Return

Blessed is the man that fears the Lord, that delights greatly in his commandments…. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.

Psalm 112:1,7

 

Are you ready to face a crisis? Don’t wait until one hits to find out. Prepare yourself now.

That’s what a couple of my Partners did. They faced a situation that would have made many people panic. But when the crisis hit, their hearts were so deeply established on the Word of God that their first response was not one of fear but of faith.

What affected me most when I heard their testimony was one particular phrase they kept using:

No Deposit—No Return

What they meant by that was that if you don’t take the time to deposit the Word in your heart now, it won’t be there later when you really need it. You’ll end up in a crisis with only doubt and unbelief instead of the faith and power you need to see you through. In a situation like the one this couple faced, that could be deadly.

You see, their 2-year-old son had suffered a fall that had cracked his skull and critically injured his neck. He had no feeling in his arms and legs and was unable to move. Yet as they rushed him to the emergency room, a great sense of peace rested on them. Rather than crying with fear, they prayed in faith and declared, “By Jesus’ stripes, our son is healed!”

Sure enough, within hours, their boy was totally restored. Even the X-rays verified the fact that a miracle had taken place.

What’s important to understand about that story is this: The victory was not won when the damage to that little boy’s body disappeared. It was won all during the days and weeks and months before when his parents were listening to tapes and studying the Word and praying in the spirit. It was won because these people had spent time building a foundation on the Word so that when this storm came, they were able to stand.

Now is the time for you to build a rock-solid foundation! Don’t wait around until you’re faced with a crisis. Get the Word in your heart in abundance now, so when you really need it, it will flow out in power.

Remember: No deposit—no return. Start making those precious deposits today!

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

Friday December 14

Scripture Reading:   Ps 112

1   Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments.

2   His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed.

3   Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.

4   Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

5   A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion.

6   Surely he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.

7   He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

8   His heart is established; He will not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies.

9   He has dispersed abroad, he has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted with honour.

10   The wicked will see it and be grieved; He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked shall perish.

Saturday December 15

A Carefree Christmas

Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.    

Philippians 4:6

 

Can you really have a merry Christmas even when you have a thousand and one pressures bearing down on you? Yes, you can—and you don’t have to leave the country to do it. No matter how intense or how trivial the problems are that you’re facing right now, you can have the most wonderful, most carefree Christmas season you’ve ever had in your life; and you can start having it today.

As a believer, you’re probably familiar with that scripture that says to be anxious for nothing. But, have you ever taken it seriously enough to put it into action? There’s a good chance you haven’t because you haven’t understood just how dangerous those anxieties are. You probably haven’t realized that they’re a deadly part of the devil’s strategy against you.

That’s right. Worry is one of the chief weapons of his warfare. If he can get you to worry about them, he can use the financial pressures and family pressures and scheduling problems that are just a “normal” part of everyday life to weigh you down and drag you into more trouble than you think possible.

Medical science tells us that a high percentage of the people hospitalized in the U.S.A. are there with ailments caused by worry and tension. Yet, a great many believers worry without even thinking about it. They’ll worry about being too short or too skinny. They’ll stew over this and that and not even realise they’ve been sinning.

“Sinning?”

Yes! For the born-again, Spirit-filled believer who owns a Bible—worrying is a sin. So, even if the Christmas cards are late and 45 people are coming to your house for Christmas dinner, don’t worry.

Instead, do what the Bible says to do. Pray, making your request known to God…and praise Him for the answer. Then you’ll have peace.

Now, go ahead and have a truly merry Christmas, you carefree thing you!

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

  

Saturday December 15

Scripture Reading:   Matthew 6:24-34

 

24   “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

25   “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

26   Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

27   Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28   “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;

29   and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30   Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31   “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

32   For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

33   But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

34   Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.


Sunday December 16

Run Him Out of Town

Stand therefore…having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.  Ephesians 6:14-15, The Amplified Bible.

 

Preparation. When it comes to fighting spiritual battles, that’s a word you’d do well to remember. Most believers don’t pay much attention to it. They don’t prepare themselves in advance. They fiddle around until the devil makes his move, then they jump up and try to fight him with the Word… and they usually lose.

I used to do the same thing until the Lord taught me differently. I used to wait until my meetings began to pray for their success. As Satan would come against them from one direction, I’d fight him there. Then he’d move around and attack them in another area, and I’d fight him there.

One day the Lord showed me that by waiting until the last minute to take my stand, I was giving Satan time to build up his forces against me. And consequently, I was losing many of my battles. Then the Lord said something to me I’ll never forget. He said, if they had kicked Al Capone out of Chicago when he was just a small-time operator, he wouldn’t have been so hard to handle; but they waited until he became a first-class criminal with his forces built up around him. Then it took an army to bring him down.

When I heard that, I made up my mind never to be caught unprepared again. I started praying about those meetings weeks in advance, getting the stage set spiritually before they ever began. Instead of letting Satan get his forces entrenched, I started throwing him out before he got a single foothold. When I did, I saw more victories than I ever had before.

Don’t let the devil catch you off guard. Be prepared! Start praying and speaking the Word of faith now over your family, your business, your church. Get your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Then if Satan causes trouble, you’ll be well-equipped to run him out of town.

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

  

Sunday December 16

Scripture Reading:   1 Samuel 17:12-51

 

12   Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehem Judah, whose name was Jesse, and who had eight sons. And the man was old, advanced in years, in the days of Saul.

13   The three oldest sons of Jesse had gone to follow Saul to the battle. The names of his three sons who went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, next to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.

14   David was the youngest. And the three oldest followed Saul.

15   But David occasionally went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.

16   And the Philistine drew near and presented himself forty days, morning and evening.

17   Then Jesse said to his son David, “Take now for your brothers an ephah of this dried grain and these ten loaves, and run to your brothers at the camp.

18   And carry these ten cheeses to the captain of their thousand, and see how your brothers fare, and bring back news of them.”

19   Now Saul and they and all the men of Israel were in the Valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.

20   So David rose early in the morning, left the sheep with a keeper, and took the things and went as Jesse had commanded him. And he came to the camp as the army was going out to the fight and shouting for the battle.

21   For Israel and the Philistines had drawn up in battle array, army against army.

22   And David left his supplies in the hand of the supply keeper, ran to the army, and came and greeted his brothers.

23   Then as he talked with them, there was the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, coming up from the armies of the Philistines; and he spoke according to the same words. So David heard them.

24   And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were dreadfully afraid.

25   So the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel; and it shall be that the man who kills him the king will enrich with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give his father’s house exemption from taxes in Israel.”

26   Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

27   And the people answered him in this manner, saying, “So shall it be done for the man who kills him.”

28   Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.”

29   And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?”

30   Then he turned from him toward another and said the same thing; and these people answered him as the first ones did.

31   Now when the words which David spoke were heard, they reported them to Saul; and he sent for him.

32   Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

33   And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”

34   But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock,

35   I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it.

36   Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”

37   Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

38   So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail.

39   David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off.

40   Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.

41   So the Philistine came, and began drawing near to David, and the man who bore the shield went before him.

42   And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking.

43   So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.

44   And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”

45   Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

46   This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

47   Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

48   So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

49   Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.

50   So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David.

51   Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.