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Monday

March 1

Let God Rub Off on You

For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning...to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness].

Romans 8:29, The Amplified Bible

 As a believer, you're destined to be molded into the image of Jesus, to grow in spirit until you look just like Him. God's supernatural power began that process the moment you were born again. You were changed on the inside instantly. How successful you are in allowing this change to progress to the outer man is mostly up to you. We grow up spiritually just like we grow up physically.

What can you do to speed this growing process along?

Spend more time pursuing the things of the Spirit than you spend pursuing the things of the flesh. Become dedicated to the Word of God and to fellowship with Him. Be willing to pull aside from the busy things of life and get alone with Him, so He can guide you, teach you and share His likeness with you.

Have you ever noticed that if you spend time around people who have strong personalities, you will automatically be affected by them? You'll find yourself doing the things they do. Their mannerisms will rub off on you. You can't help it. They just influence you, especially if they are people you respect and admire.

The same thing is true in your relationship with God. If you spend enough time with Him, He's going to rub off on you! His ways will become your ways.

So make yourself available to Him by praying in the spirit and worshiping and loving Him. Hang around His Word and the people who love His Word and live it.

Before you know it, you'll begin to notice yourself changing. You'll find your character becoming more like His. You'll begin to think like He does and talk like He does and even act like He does. His image will begin to shine forth in you!

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

Scripture Reading:   1 Corinthians 3:5-18

5   Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one?

6   I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.

7   So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.

8   Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labour.

9   For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.

10   According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.

11   For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

12   Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,

13   each one’s work will become clear; for the day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.

14   If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.

15   If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

16   Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

17   If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

18   Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.

 

Tuesday

March 2

Defeat Your Giant

Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?

1 Samuel 17:26

 You may be facing a giant today. He may be a giant of sickness or failure, of financial shortage or another kind of trouble. But don’t let him scare you. You have a secret weapon. A weapon that once turned a shepherd boy into a bear-busting, lion-killing, giant-slaying champion. That weapon was a blood covenant with Almighty God.

Back in David’s day, circumcision was the sign of that covenant. So, when he called Goliath uncircumcised, David was saying: “This guy may be a giant; he may be strong; but he has no covenant with God and that’s why I will defeat him.”

Just like David, you, too, have a covenant. But yours is better. You see, the covenant David had, offered a wealth of blessings to those who kept it, but it also included curses for those who broke it.

Yours doesn’t. Yours is a new covenant that Jesus bought with His own blood. It doesn’t depend on your ability. It depends on Him and what He has already done. He has done it all! All you have to do is believe it and receive it.

Right now, read Deuteronomy 28:16-68. That’s a list of the curses Christ has freed you from. You might even call it a list of the giants Jesus has already slain for you. It contains every diabolical thing the devil could ever use to destroy you.

Read them and rejoice. Those are the things God has healed you of and delivered you from!

Don’t let any giant intimidate you. You have a blood covenant with Almighty God. There’s no uncircumcised circumstance on the face of this earth that can take your victory away from you.

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

Scripture Reading:   Galatians 3:13-29

13   Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),

14   that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

15   Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it.

16   Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.

17   And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.

18   For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

19   What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.

20   Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one.

21   Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law.

22   But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

23   But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.

24   Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

25   But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

26   For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus

27   For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

28   There is neither Jew nor Greek, there. is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

29   And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

 

 

Wednesday

March 3

Called to Be Peculiar

I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

John 17:15-16

 Being peculiar. That's not something most of us work to achieve, is it? But, you know, we should.

God has called us to be peculiar—to stand out from the rest of the world as living proof of His power and His love (1 Peter 2:9).

He doesn't, for example, want us to share the ailments of the world. He doesn't want us to share their sickness and poverty and failure. He's never wanted that for His people.

He gave us a physical illustration of that during the time the nation of Israel was held captive in Egypt. Pharaoh had refused to set the Israelites free, so God had allowed a thick darkness to cover the whole land. The darkness was so dreadful throughout Egypt that no one moved for three days.

"But," says Exodus 10:23, "all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings."

What a thrilling example of how God wants us to live. We should be glorifying God by the miraculously victorious lives we lead. We should constantly have people telling us, "I've heard how God healed you," or "I've heard how God prospered you and saved your children!"

So don't hold back. Put the Word of God to work in your life and dare to receive the rich blessings that belong to those who believe. Start using the Word to draw boundaries around your life, to paint spiritual warning signs for the devil. Signs that say:

Off Limits! According to God's Word, I don't belong to you anymore. My family doesn't belong to you. My health doesn't belong to you. My money doesn't belong to you. My ministry doesn't belong to you. I belong to a different kingdom. Now, back off in Jesus' Name!

Does that sound a little peculiar? Good. That's exactly what God has called you to be!

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

Scripture Reading:   Exodus 10:20-29

20   But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the children of Israel go.

21   Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt.”

22   So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days.

23   They did not see one another; nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.

24   Then Pharaoh called to Moses and said, “Go, serve the Lord; only let your flocks and your herds be kept back. Let your little ones also go with you.”

25   But Moses said, “You must also give us sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.

26   Our livestock also shall go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind. For we must take some of them to serve the Lord our God, and even we do not know with what we must serve the Lord until we arrive there.”

27   But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go.

28   Then Pharaoh said to him, “Get away from me! Take heed to yourself and see my face no more! For in the day you see my face you shall die!”

29   So Moses said, “You have spoken well. I will never see your face again.”

 

 

Thursday

March 4

Let the Revelations Begin

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

1 Timothy 2:3-4

People go to great lengths trying to wring knowledge from God when all they need to do is go to the Bible. God's not holding Himself back from anyone. It's His will for every man and woman to walk in revelation of Him.

"Well now, Brother Copeland," you might say, "God's not going to give all these sinners out here a revelation." Really? Why do you think He sends evangelists to preach to them? Why do you think He sent His Word? To reveal the truth!

So, if you want to know that truth, just open the Book and read it. All of it...not just the parts that are in red. Those aren't the only parts Jesus said. He said everything in Genesis. He said everything in Exodus. He said everything in Numbers. He said everything in Deuteronomy. He said everything in Leviticus. He said everything in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. He said everything in Romans. He said everything in the Book. He is the Word!

In fact, if you'll read Galatians 3, you'll discover that every promise made to Abraham was for Jesus! It was the promises that brought Him. It was the promises that enabled Him to heal and deliver people. He didn't minister by some special power no one else could have. He based His ministry on the revelations He'd received through faith in the written Word of God.

When the devil came to tempt Him, He didn't fight him off with a special legion of angels who'd been assigned to protect Him because He was God's Son. He fought him off with the phrase, "It is written."

God has equipped you to do the same. He's given you His written Word, and He's given you His Holy Spirit to help you understand it. He's more than ready to give you the knowledge you need. You don't have to wring it out of Him—just open the Book and let the revelations begin.

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

Scripture Reading:   John 16:7-15

7   Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

8   And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

9   of sin, because they do not believe in Me;

10   of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;

11   of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

12   “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

13   However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

14   He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

15   All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

 

 

Friday

March 5

Be Consistent

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Hebrews 13:8

Years ago, God spoke a phrase to Gloria's heart that I've never forgotten. She'd been asking Him to teach her to walk in the spirit, to operate more fully in the supernatural power of God.

In consistency lies the power, He said.

That revelation was tough for me. In the natural I'm anything but consistent. My human nature tends to be up one day and down the next. But, praise God, I don't have to depend on my human nature to get me by. I have Jesus Christ living within me and He's the same yesterday, today and forever!

Jesus isn't fickle. He doesn't change His mind from one day to another. He's constant, and if you'll press in to Him, He can cause you to be that way too.

Most believers don't do that. That's why there are so many "faith failures" around. They stand on the Word one day and fall off of it the next.

What we need to do is "continue." Jesus said if we'd continue in His Word, then we'd be His disciples. He said if we'd continue, we would know the truth and that truth would make us free (John 8:31-32). There's a revelation of God that comes from consistency that the inconsistent person will never see.

Determine today to be consistent. Don't try to base today on yesterday's Bible study. Base today on today's Bible study. Start with the Word today, stay on the Word all day, and end the day with the Word. Then tomorrow get up and do it all again!

There's power in constant consistency. So don't be an "off again, on again" Christian. Continue in the Word every day.

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

    Scripture Reading:   Colossians 1:14-23

    14   in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

    15   He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

    16   For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

    17   And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

    18   And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the pre-eminence.

    19   For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,

    20   and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

    21   And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled

    22   in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—

    23   if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

     

     

     

    Saturday

    March 6

    Victorious Praise

    When he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers to sing to the Lord and praise Him in their holy [priestly] garments as they went out before the army, saying, Give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and lovingkindness endure forever!

    2 Chronicles 20:21, The Amplified Bible

    Praise precedes victory!

    You can see a graphic example of that in 2 Chronicles 20. There, the Bible tells us that a multitude of forces was marching against Israel. The army of Israel was so outnumbered, they literally didn't know what to do. So they fasted and prayed until they received a word from God. "Be not afraid or dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's" (2 Chronicle 20:15, The Amplified Bible).

    Do you know what they did in response to that word? They put together a praise choir! That's right. They appointed singers and praisers and sent them out in front of the army! And when that choir began to sing, the Word tells us that "the Lord set ambushments against the men...who had come against Judah, and they were [self-]slaughtered" (verse 22).

    When it was all over, not one Israelite had fallen—and not one of their enemies had escaped. What's more, when they came to take the spoil, they found so many cattle, goods, garments and other precious things, it took them three whole days to haul it all home.

    Now, that's victory! And it all began with praise.

    Are you looking for that kind of victory today? Then stand up and shout, "Glory!" After all, you're in the same situation those Israelites were in. You have an army marching against you, but Jesus has already defeated it. He won that battle for you on Resurrection morning.

    All that's left for you to do is trust Him and begin to praise. Sound out those praises today. Speak them, sing them, declare them in the face of your enemy. Once he hears them, he'll know he doesn't even stand a chance.

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

    Scripture Reading:   2 Chronicles 20:1-11 & 12-22

    1   It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat.

    2   Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar” (which is En Gedi).

    3   And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

    4   So Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.

    5   Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court,

    6   and said: “O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?

    7   Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever?

    8   And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying,

    9   ‘If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’

    10   And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir—whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them—

    11   here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit.

    12   O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”

    13   Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the Lord.

    14   Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly.

    15   And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

    16   Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel.

    17   You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”

    18   And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord.

    19   Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with voices loud and high.

    20   So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.”

    21   And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.”

    22   Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.

     

     

    Sunday

    March 7

    Expect to Hear His Voice

    The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.

    John 10:27, The Amplified Bible

     So many believers are unsure of their ability to hear God or know His voice. They're always afraid that they won't be able to tell when the Spirit of God is talking to them.

    What they don't realise is this: Hearing the voice of the Spirit is a privilege that the Bible says belongs to every believer (Romans 8:14). All we have to do to exercise that privilege is to receive it by faith and put ourselves in a position to hear.

    Next time the devil tries to tell you that you can't hear God's voice, remember that.

    Jesus said His sheep will know His voice and a stranger's voice they will not follow. That is a promise of God to you today. You see, the Spirit of God will never guide you in opposition to the written Word of God (John 16:13). So, if you're not familiar with what the Word says, you'll find it more difficult to discern His leading.

    Get familiar with God's voice by meditating and studying the Word of God. Follow God's instruction to Joshua and meditate on it day and night. Act on what you find in the Word, not just when it's easy but every time. Be obedient even in the slightest things.

    That continual obedience to the written Word will bring you into maturity and tune your inward ear to the voice of the Spirit. You'll soon be able to recognize it as easily as you recognize the voice of your dearest friend.

    So, instead of wondering about it, start expecting to hear from Him.

    Then start sharpening your spiritual ears by spending time in the Word.

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

    Scripture Reading:  John 10:1-9

    1   Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

    2   But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

    3   To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

    4   And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

    5   Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

    6   Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.

    7   Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

    8   All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.

    9   I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.