Today is a special day for us as Immanuel’s Church family!! Together we are praying and believing the Lord for a total elimination of our debt (and yours). Our goal is to give more than we ever have into the work of the Kingdom. Our meditation for today is Malachi 3. There are so many precious truths unfolded for us in this chapter. It begins with the promise that the Lord, whom we seek and desire, will come to us. It also gives us another exciting promise that as we willingly and obediently give to Him our tithes and offerings, He will “…throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” (Yes, indeed He is always “more than enough”). This precious chapter concludes with the Lord writing in His special book of remembrance the names and conversations of each of His treasured children. He obviously loves to hear us speaking often of His goodness and mercy. And because He loves hilarious givers (II Corinthians 9: 6-8), I believe He also records our laugh of faith in giving! Rejoice, dance, laugh and clap for the best is yet to come!
In the days ahead, may all of our ears be open to more clearly hear what His Spirit is saying to His Church. We are living in strategic times, and our prayers must also be specific, determined and boldly based on Scripture. Let’s continue to believe for:
A national outpouring of His Spirit
Revival in Israel and the Arab Nations
The Gospel to penetrate into every unreached people group
You are loved and appreciated, and in the days ahead, you will experience the joy of knowing that He is indeed “More than Enough”.
Today’s life-changing meditation comes to us from Proverbs 3: 1-10. Proverbs is one of my favorite books; reading and studying it unlocks for us some profound kingdom principles. Today, we learn about prolonged life and prosperity, about divine guidance and the importance of trust. These few verses also instruct us on humility and health issues. In verse 9, we are presented with a wonderful admonition to honor the Lord with our wealth and our possessions. As we so honor Him, He promises us that our “barns will be filled to overflowing, and our vats will brim over with new wine.” In other words, as we honor Him with our “time, talents and treasure”, He will pour back into our lives the amazing riches of His grace and of His provision! Celebrate today with your family and friends that our God is always “more than enough”. Prayerfully prepare along with your family what it is the Lord would have each of you give and commit to tomorrow, on our church’s commitment Sunday for “More than Enough”.
As we are nearing the conclusion of our prayer and devotional journey of “more than enough”, let’s expect a move of His Holy Spirit that exceeds all we can even ask, imagine or think. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. ( Ephesians 3: 20-21) Not only is our God “more than enough”, but according to His own Word, He is immeasurably more! This very day beloved Lord, I celebrate and rejoice in Your extraordinary and lavish love for me, and for all that concerns me. (Re-read Ephesians 3: 14-21) May the way I think, the way I speak, and the way I spend my money demonstrate to those around me that I assuredly know that, “You O Lord, are more than enough”.
Sometimes when God allows us to face alarming circumstances, our first response in the natural is fear! Today, as we read II Chronicles 20: 1-30, we see God’s divine strategy for victory demonstrated for us. As you ponder this powerful chapter note that Jehoshaphat moves from alarm to resolve. He calls for a season of prayer and fasting to actively seek the Lord in trouble. His prayer is quite strategic (vs. 5-12), and it releases a prophetic strategy: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” II Chronicles 20:15b As the people are commanded to take up their positions and to face the enemy with song, praise, and worship, an amazing victory is won. Not only do they defeat the enemy, but they plunder the enemy’s camp. In versus 25-26, they carried off so much plunder that it was more than they could carry. As we resolve to praise, pray and prophetically proclaim His Word, our God is always “more than enough” to win every battle. Today, declare His victory over every circumstance in your life, in your health, in your finances, and in your family! Shout the shout of faith.
Would you like to enlarge your understanding of the Lord today? Do you need a fresh revelation of how great our God really is? Then together let’s read all of Isaiah 40. This chapter has changed my life!! Isaiah sees Him as all-powerful and sovereign. Isaiah is also captured by the beautiful picture that He is tender and gentle as a good Shepherd. Our God is sovereign over the affairs of men and nations (good to remember this when watching the daily news). He is the creator, designer, and architect of the whole universe! But the Lord appears somewhat perplexed by the complaint of His own cherished people in verse 27. “He doesn’t see me nor does He seem to care,” they complain. To these charges against Him, the Lord emphatically reminds them that He is “more than enough” to give strength to the weary, to increase the power of the weak, and to so empower those who “wait” on Him. His people will soar into their destiny as an eagle. Lord, today let me live in the revelation of how great You are, and teach me to wait upon You, so that I may be refreshed, replenished, and revived. Lord, pour out Your Spirit on me, my family, our church family, and this nation. I worship You, great God!
Thank You today, Lord for the continuous joy of discovering more of who You are, and of who You have made us to be as Your cherished children. Lord, you encourage and instruct us to be lavish, generous givers because that’s who You are! You desire to work excellence into us in all we are, say and do. But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you see that you also excel in this grace of giving. II Corinthians 8:7. Thank You, Lord that I am learning to trust You to be “more than enough” on even deeper levels in my life. Help me teach my family to be lavish, generous givers to You, Lord. Today, Lord release within us, as a church family “hilarious giving.” (Ponder II Corinthians 8)
It is always God’s desire to save the lost, and to revive the hearts of His people with a fresh outpouring of His Holy Spirit. But, He amazingly looks to His people to cooperate with Him in prayer, petition and praise to accomplish His purposes. Ponder Hosea 10:12. Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. Hosea stresses the importance of heart-preparation in preparing for the rain from heaven. We are admonished to “plow up” the soil of our hearts, and to seek the Lord until He comes. A man of God once wrote “The prepared heart becomes the praying heart that prevails with God.” Lord make my heart tender that your intercessions may be on my lips! Pour out Your Spirit!
Today, let us together prayerfully read this extraordinary account regarding David’s preparation for the building of the temple. (Read with your family or friends all of 1 Chronicles 29, and discuss what you learn from this inspiring account.) David had certainly discovered one of the important keys to the Kingdom – everything he was and had was freely and willingly given to the Lord for His use. In I Chronicles 29:14, 14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. David is humbly amazed that he and the people are given this unique privilege to generously give to the work of the Kingdom. Today, pray, and then discuss with your family what is on His heart for each of you to give to our Immanuel’s “more than enough” financial adventure. Thank You, Lord that you have birthed this vision to be totally debt-free in the hearts of our pastors and our leadership. We believe You for our whole church family to be debt-free, and for each one to have “more than enough” to meet every financial need!
Repeatedly throughout the Scriptures, we are told that we are surrounded by much activity in the spiritual realm. I often wonder how differently we would live if we actually focused on Paul’s admonition in 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” When Elisha’s servant became overwhelmed by the enemies strong forces he ran to Elisha petrified and fearful (Read II Kings 6: 8-18) Calmly Elisha prayed: O, Lord, open his eyes so he may see. Thank You, Lord that You have made us more than conquerors in every situation. Thank You that those who are with us are “more than enough” to defeat those who are against us! Lord, open my eyes, the eyes of my family, and open the eyes of Your people to the eternal, unseen realm of “more than enough”.
Jeremiah is called the “weeping prophet”. He writes the book of Lamentations as one who pours out his heart like water in the Presence of the Lord. His tears flow like a river because of the destruction of his beloved Jerusalem. Because of sin and disobedience the judgment of God comes upon His people. Yet in the midst of all this darkness, Jeremiah makes a declaration of truth that shines like the brightness of a beautiful day: 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” 25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Thank you Lord that no matter how dark things look, you break through into our lives with Your love, compassion and faithfulness! We celebrate that You are a God who is “more than enough” to meet all my needs! Lord, today I ask you to comfort all those who are walking through a “dark night”.