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Monday July 22

Nothing to Lose

Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

Isaiah 3:10-11

Have you ever been afraid to give yourself totally to the Lord because you think you might be deprived of some pleasure in this life? Chances are, you have. That's because Satan is working overtime to convince you that he can really make your life worth living. But don't believe him for a minute. The real truth is, yielding completely to the Lord won't cost you anything that's worth having. It will only cause you to live life to its fullest!

Jesus' life on earth was a perfect example of a totally yielded life. He was a walking example of the benefits godly living brings. Everywhere He went, Jesus made the deaf to hear, the blind to see, the lame to walk. He lived in perfect peace and absolute victory.

That all sounds pretty good to me. All He missed out on was the devil getting dominion over Him to steal, kill and destroy. In fact, the devil couldn't do anything to Him until, by the Father's will, He laid down His life. Until that time Jesus walked in total victory over the enemy.

Do you think you would miss out on a lot if you lived that way? Of course not! You can walk in that same anointing and power and glory of God that Jesus did.

Do you have to give up your whole life to do it? Yes! You have to trade your life for the life of God. You have to trade your sickness for His healing, your poverty for His prosperity, your anxiety for His peace, your sin for His salvation.

So why hesitate? When it gets right down to it, you really have nothing to lose.

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

Scripture Reading:   Psalm 37:7-23

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.

8   Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.

9   For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.

10   For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed, you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more.

11   But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

12   The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth.

13   The Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming.

14   The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct.

15   Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

16   A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.

17   For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.

18   The Lord knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever.

19   They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

20   But the wicked shall perish; And the enemies of the Lord, like the splendour of the meadows, shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away.

21   The wicked borrows and does not repay, but the righteous shows mercy and gives.

22   For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth, but those cursed by Him shall be cut off.

23   The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delights in His ways.

Tuesday July 23

Can Strangers See Jesus in You?

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

Acts 4:13

How would you like to be so full of the glory of God that it's unmistakable to those around you? How would you like for people to be able to know just by looking at you that you'd been with Jesus? It's entirely possible if you are born again and filled with the Holy Spirit. The same mighty power that changed you inwardly when you were saved can so revolutionize you outwardly that even strangers on the street will be able to see Jesus in you.

One of my favorite testimonies is the one Jerry Savelle tells of the time he was in a shopping mall with his wife, Carolyn. He was sauntering from one store to another, casually passing time until Carolyn finished her shopping.

A woman walked up to Jerry and said, "Will you pray for me?" Since he didn't know the woman, he was puzzled. "Out of all the people in that mall, how was it that you picked me out?" he asked.

She said, "The Lord told me to come to this mall and someone would be here who could pray for me. I came here looking for that person. I noticed a beam of light. It would go into one store, wander around, then go to another store and wander around some more. I followed the light until I found where it was coming from—and it was coming from you!"

What was that light? The glory of God! It was shining from Jerry much like it shone from the face of Moses when he came down from Mount Sinai. And that radiant presence of God brought healing to that woman when Jerry prayed.

Just as the fact that Peter and John had been with Jesus was unmistakable, so was the fact that Jerry Savelle had been with Jesus when that lady walked up to him in the mall.

When you spend time with Jesus, it will be undeniable. His power and His glory will be reflected in you to the world. And His presence upon you will meet needs everywhere you go. Take time to be with Jesus today!

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

Scripture Reading:   Acts 4:1-20

1   Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them,

2   being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.

3   And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.

4   However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.

5   And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes,

6   as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.

7   And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”

8   Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:

9   If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well,

10   let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.

11   This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.

12   Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

13   Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marvelled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

14   And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.

15   But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,

16   saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.

17   But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.”

18   So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.

19   But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge.

20   For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”

Wednesday July 24

Leave the Past Behind

But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:13-14

Spiritual bumps and bruises. Inner aches and pains that just don't seem to go away. Most all of us know what it's like to suffer from them but too few of us know just what to do about them.

We limp along, hoping somehow those hidden wounds will magically stop hurting, thinking that maybe (with a little extra sleep or an extra helping of dessert) that nagging sense of depression will finally disappear.

But does it ever happen that way? No!

I know. I've been there.

But thank God, I'm not there anymore. You see, over the past few years, I've faced some fierce spiritual battles. And I've found out those battles can leave you bruised and beat up on the inside just as surely as a fistfight can leave you bruised and beat up on the outside.

Before I was born again, I learned just how physically devastating a real slug-it-out kind of brawl could be. Yet as bad as I felt, a few days rest would take care of me.

The healing of a bruised and beaten spirit, however, doesn't come that easily. In fact, the passing of time often worsens this condition. The reason is this: Instead of putting painful failures behind us, we often dwell on them until those failures become more real to us than the promises of God. We focus on them until we become bogged down in depression, frozen in our tracks by the fear that if we go on, we'll only fail again.

But there is a way out. If depression has put you into a spiritual nose dive, all you have to do to break out of it is to get your eyes off the past and onto your future—a future that's been guaranteed by Christ Jesus through the exceeding great and precious promises in His Word.

Chances are, that won't come easily to you at first. Your mind has probably had years of practice in focusing on the past. Like an old horse that habitually heads for the barn, your thoughts will probably start galloping in that direction every time you give them any slack.

So, don't give them that slack. Keep the reins tight. Purposely meditate on the Word of God. Replace thoughts of the past with scriptural promises about your future and be diligent about it. Then, instead of being a wounded soldier, you'll become the conquering warrior God made you to be.

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

Scripture Reading:   Philippians 3:12-21

12   Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

13   Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,

14   I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

15   Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.

16   Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

17   Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.

18   For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

19   whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things.

20   For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ,

21   who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

Thursday July 25

Don't Let Your Faith Slip

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

Hebrews 2:1

Something very serious has been happening to the Body of Christ. We've often let the things which we have heard—the message of faith and righteousness—slip.

I'm not just talking about those believers who've been so surrounded by religion that they've never heard about the power that's theirs in Christ Jesus. I'm talking about those of us who have heard the Word and have known the thrill of living by faith.

In my own life, for example, there were times when I'd pray for healing. I'd say all the right words, "Thank God, I believe I receive..." and all that. But inside I'd be thinking, I wonder why God isn't healing me?

You see, even though I'd said that I believed I was healed, I hadn't really. I'd staggered at the promise of God, believing what my body told me instead of the Word of God.

I don't care how long you've been a believer or how long you've been practicing the principles of faith. You can easily slip into unbelief about the promises of God. And, when you do, it will cost you dearly.

"But if slipping into unbelief is so easy," you may say, "how can we avoid it?"

Hebrews 4:11 tells us: "Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief."

We must labor! Not by working with our hands and feet or struggling to get God to do something, but by spending time in God's Word—hanging on to the promises of God by faith day after day. We must labor by hearkening to the Word and refusing to let it slip.

Don't get casual about the Word. Don't make the mistake of thinking, Oh I know all that faith stuff. I know how to receive my healing. If you do, you'll slack off and one of these days the devil will catch you unprepared and steal you blind.

Instead, dig more deeply in the Word than ever. Labor! Be diligent to keep your faith from slipping—and you won't have to fall!

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

Scripture Reading:   Hebrews 10:23-39

23   Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

24   And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,

25   not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

26   For if we sin wilfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

27   but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.

28   Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

29   Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

30   For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”

31   It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32   But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings:

33   partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated;

34   for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.

35   Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

36   For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

37   “For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry.

38   Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”

39   But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

Friday July 26

Feast on the Word

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Matthew 4:4

The Word of God is to your spirit as bread is to your body. When your body feeds on physical food, it produces a physical power called strength. When your spirit feeds on the spiritual food of the Word, it produces spiritual power called faith. And just as you can't eat one meal and then feed on the memory of it for several weeks, you can't just remember what the Word says and stay strong in faith. You have to read it. Even if you've read it a hundred times, you need to read it again.

Try this: Close your eyes and see yourself slicing a lemon. Now stick that lemon slice between your teeth and when I say, "Three," bite down on it so hard that the juice squirts into your mouth. One. Two. Three. Bite!

Chances are, you have such a vivid memory of what it's like to bite on a lemon that your mouth is watering right now. But let me ask you this, "Have you received any nourishment from that memory?" No.

Remembering the Word of God isn't enough. You must continually feed on what it says. Get it out and read it. Go to church and hear it preached.

One day, you'll read a familiar verse...a verse you've read thousands of times before...and suddenly God will give you the greatest revelation you've ever had. A completely fresh revelation from that old familiar verse! And it's likely to be exactly what you needed to know about your current situation.

Yes, you can feed on the Word that is on deposit in your spirit. But remember this: You can't get continued results if you don't spend time in prayer and in the Word of God allowing the Spirit to nourish you daily.

Don't try to live on the memory of your last spiritual meal. Replenish the force of faith within you. Feast on the Word of God today.

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

Scripture Reading:   John 6:48-58

48   I am the bread of life.

49   Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

50   This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.

51   I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

52   The Jews therefore quarrelled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?”

53   Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.

54   Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

55   For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.

56   He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

57   As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.

58   This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”

Saturday July 20

Give More—Not Less

There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.

Proverbs 11:24

When money gets tight, it's always a temptation to cut down on your giving. After all, it seems like the logical thing to do. Don't do it! You'll end up cutting off the flow of God's financial blessings just when you need them most.

I faced that kind of situation just a few years ago. This ministry had fallen behind financially—$1 million to be exact. Gloria and I had been living by faith for 20 years at that time. We knew firsthand that God would meet our needs—"according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). We'd seen God prove that over and over again, not only in our personal lives but in the life of our ministry as well.

Yet this particular time, all the prayers and the faith that had brought us victory before just didn't seem to get the job done. In fact, as time went on, the situation grew worse instead of better.

By the end of the year our deficit had grown to be $1 million.

Frustrated and weary, I finally went to God one day and laid the situation out before Him. "Lord," I said, "You see the condition of this ministry. I need $1 million just to break even."

"Oh no, you don't!" the Lord replied.

I could hardly believe it. How could He possibly be telling me that I didn't need $1 million? Hadn't He looked at the books? Hadn't He talked to my accountant? I was stumped. All I could figure was that I'd misunderstood something. So I went through it all again.

Again He said, Oh no, you don't.

Despite my initial confusion, as I kept asking and listening, I began to understand what the Lord was telling me. He was saying that the red ink on the books wasn't the only thing wrong. There was a bigger problem behind it.

Then He showed me what I needed to do was to start giving 10 percent of the ministry's income into ministering to the poor.

To the natural mind that looked like no solution at all. How do you solve a deficit by giving away what money you've got? But when I applied that solution, the $1 million deficit began to disappear.

Remember that next time the devil tries to put the squeeze on you. Break his hold on your finances by giving more instead of less. It won't be long until the prosperity of God is poured out on you!

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

Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 17:1-16

1   And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”

2   Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying,

3   “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan.

4   And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”

5   So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan.

6   The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook.

7   And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.

8   Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying,

9   “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”

10   So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.”

11   And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”

12   So she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”

13   And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son.

14   For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’”

15   So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days.

16   The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.

Sunday July 21

The Key to Confidence

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

1 John 3:21-22

You can never get away with disobeying God.

Some people think they can. They think that if no one finds out about it, it won't hurt anything. After all, God is merciful. He's not going to hold it against them, right? And if no one else knows...what's the difference?

What they don't realize is that their own hearts will start giving them problems. Their own hearts will start to condemn them. Everyone else may think they're great. They may be spouting faith talk all over the place, but when they come before God in prayer, they'll be filled with doubts and fears that keep their prayers from being answered.

That's one of the reasons why it's so important to live in obedience to the Lord. A life of obedience will give you a spiritual boldness you've never had before. It will give you a boldness in prayer, a boldness in faith. It will give you a confidence toward God, as the Apostle John says, that those who are trying to get away with sin don't have.

I'm not saying that you have to be perfect—that you should never make a mistake. Just that you should walk in obedience to the light you have. Take the time to listen and be responsive to the Spirit of God. When He tells you to do something, do it.

As you do, that confidence will rise up within you. It won't be something you mentally drummed up or talked yourself into. It will just be there. Instead of being consumed with doubts and feelings that the Word of God isn't going to work for you, you'll find yourself filled with faith that it will. You'll begin to trust God and to flow with Him. You'll come to a place the Bible calls "rest in the Lord."

Remember this: Even though the eternal price for your sins has been paid, a life of disobedience will still cost you dearly. It will cost you the boldness that is rightfully yours in Jesus. It will rob you of faith and rock you with fear.

Don't let the condemnation of your heart cut your confidence short. Do the things that are pleasing in God's sight and walk tall in the kingdom of God.

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

Scripture Reading: 1 John 3:21-22

21   Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.

22   And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.