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IMG_1317 (1)‘Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” ‘

Luke 8:43-48 NKJV

As we come face to face with the start of a new year, which will bring its own share of mountain tops and valleys, let’s make it our commitment to go after the Lord this year with the desperate urgency of the women above. With everything that life had brought her thus far in her life, she was broken, empty and completely depleted. But this low place was the perfect place for her to have the encounter of a lifetime.

In spite of everything you have come up against this year, just know that it is a setup to have an encounter of a lifetime with Christ. She could have lost all hope. She was afflicted with a disease for 12 years that no one could rescue her from. It was so bad that it caused her to not be able to see her family, live a full life, or fulfill her purpose in life. But with just one encounter with Jesus, her desperate thought and action to touch Him set her free!

‘For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” ‘ Matthew 9:21 

As we leave one year and enter into another, let’s decide to make this our heart’s cry. And to be made well can mean different things to different people. Maybe your ‘well’ is having a healthier mindset. For another, it may mean to finally let go of fear and walk in confidence. For someone else, it may be finally grabbing ahold of your purpose or your identity. And for another, it may be literally seeking Christ to heal you of a sickness or an ailment that is plaguing your body. Whatever this ‘well’ is for you, it can only be gotten in the presence of God.

Grinding to the top won’t get you what you need or long for and neither will getting a certain job, or finally getting into a relationship. These are not the remedies that will fix the wounds that have been opened in your life. It is only the presence of God that satisfies and fulfills. It is only spending time with Him that will produce the promises you are looking to manifest in your life. Everything you desire is connected to Him. He will provide the wisdom you are in need of to know what to do, how to do it, what to pray, and who to connect to. He will also be the One to provide the strength to let go, say yes, yes no, move on, stand up, and press forward. This new year, choose Him!

So, cheers to a new year with new adventures, manifested prayers, promises fulfilled, broken ties, nights of prayer and incredible encounters with the Spirit of God that will shake the earth to its core!

‘But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. ‘ Matthew 6:33 

Enjoy this lyric video of ‘Give Me You’ by Shana Wilson below. God Bless!

 “Give Me YOU” SHANA WILSON lyrics

All Bible verses have been retrieved from bible.com. Shana Wilson’s ‘Give Me You’ video was retrieved from Youtube. The photo image was retrieved from online. 

Be Humble

The devotional that follows is not one that I have written. Repeat, THIS DEVOTIONAL WAS NOT WRITTEN BY ME!

I was reading on the YouVersion Bible App this morning, catching up on a devotional I’m doing with a good friend of mine (sshhhhh, I’m a few days behind…lol). And while on my stroll through, I walked into the arms of a devo beauty talking about humility. It was such an awesome reading, I thought I’d share it with you all. Humility is not always an easy thing to walk in. Pride can slide in really quick, and knock the humility right out of us if we aren’t careful. I was really blessed by this reminder this morning and it is something I will be meditating on.

As you read it, allow it to challenge your thinking and sink into your heart. When you’re finished, whisper a prayer to God. We could all use some help in this area😊. I hope you enjoy. God bless☺️🤗

“Our church has a lot of influence, and with that comes a stewardship of influence. I feel responsible to leverage the influence—the platform—we’ve been given. Additionally, we live in a culture that applies constant pressure through social media to “build a platform.” It seems so natural to want to be insta-famous. And that’s not all bad.

Many people use their platforms for good. However, that pressure can become dangerous very quickly. It’s actually quite easy to justify self-promotion. I find in myself a growing obligation to clarify when an idea was mine or to make sure others know that I created the thing others are applauding. It’s sad, but it’s true . . . and it’s so dangerous.

1 Peter 5:6 says: Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

This is so clear. My role is to humble myself under God’s leadership and sovereignty. God’s role is to do the lifting. When my heart is healthiest, God is doing the lifting. When my heart is nastiest, I’m jockeying for position and fighting for credit and applause.

Today, focus on humbling yourself under God’s leadership and sovereignty. Let what God says about you be what defines you. Take the role of a servant and embrace it, whether anyone notices you or not. Take advantage of every opportunity to lift someone else up, even if it means you might not get the credit or the applause for something you initiated.

Your job: to humble yourself.
God’s job: to lift you up.

Clay Scroggins
North Point Community Church”

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:6-7 NKJV

“This devotional content was retrieved from YouVersion Bible App. I do not own its contents.”