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Devotion:  by Cavélle               
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by Elsabe Briers

We have a continual choice to live either in the flesh or in the Spirit.  Every day there might be situations or
opportunities that could arise that could cause stress or anxiety if we allow it to do so.

If we are born again and Spirit-filled, we are part of another Kingdom – the Kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy
in the Holy Ghost.  

As you prayerfully bring the present subject of a situation before Him in dependence on His move on it, it will
create an expectancy and anticipation in you to be sensitive to His leading and prompting.  This is where the test of
patience comes in and He is watching your heart to see whether you truly trust Him, keeping your hands off, while
you worship Him.  While you wait on Him to bring all the details together in the right timing, rejoice in the fact that
He is sovereignly in control of the details.  So, stop worrying and live easy and free like a little child in the grace of
your Father’s caring for you, enjoying the glory of His Presence while you worship Him. He works actively and
creatively behind the scenes, preparing things for you beyond your wildest imaginations.  Then “suddenly” He brings
the unction, together with the instruction to move.

Unction is the active ingredient necessary for perfect function.  It is simply the quickening of the Holy Spirit in a
given moment with a “knowing” on the inside that your mind and will had nothing to do with it.  When the unction
of the Holy Spirit comes, it is the opportune time to act on His leading.  Do not procrastinate, argue or delay, for
you will lose the flow of His timing and the further move of the Spirit.  When He breathes on something, it is time for
you to move on it and obey His prompting and the more promptly your response, the more astounding the results
will be.  A circle of flow will be set in motion and acceleration will come by you moving in sync with the Holy Spirit  
and Him activating others into the flow to bring His perfect will into manifestation.

This is the way of flowing easily and supernaturally in the Spirit’s ways and it doesn’t make sense to the natural
mind, because His ways are higher than our ways.
Rom. 8: 5-8, Gal 4: 6, Is. 64: 4, Is. 40: 31, Is. 55: 9

July 21:        The Seasons of Our Lives
by Cavelle

"
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven"  Ecclesiastes 3:1

As we grow in our spiritual walk, we oftentimes find ourselves being jerked out of our normal routine of doing things
and propelled into a whole new way of living.  For most people, this is very hard to handle especially since we as
human beings are so reliant on being settled and secure and have our lives in order.  It is the status quo to have a
'normal' life.  In more ways than one is it unsettling to embrace change, especially if it affects our lives in the eyes of
others.  But yet many people are walking through changes in their lives and in their surroundings.  The question at
hand is what is your security in?  What is most important is to stay settled in God and find your security in His love
and not in the earthly things that so easily find their place into our hearts.  Surprisingly, finding full security in our
God is an unrealized issue for many Christians, but it is not until one has walked through the trials and testings of
our faith before we can truly distinguish the earthly things that has a hold on our lives.  Therefore, the sooner you
start enjoying and rejoicing in the season you are in, the sooner you can walk free of the entanglements of the
world.  Some seasons are difficult to walk through and are almost overwelming, but you will not be tempted above
what you are able to bear (1 Corinthians 10:13).  Embrace God's grace as you follow the cross road, for in that place
you will not be overwelmed even if it feels overwelming.  God will sustain you as you transition to finding your
security and fulfillment in His perfect love and protection.

Then there are other seasons that are totally enjoyable and you wish they will last forever.  Thank our Maker for
those seasons for he has reserved them as a blessing for our lives.  It is in those difficult seasons that you are
planting the seeds that will sprout forth in the season of blessing and increase.  "
That I will give you the rain of
your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy
wine, and thine oil.
"  Deuteronomy 11:14.  

Therefore embrace every season of life with total confidence and assurance of God's unfailing love and promise of
securing you in His mighty right hand, for I am yet to see the righteous forsaken and his seed begging for bread
(Psalm 37:25).  In due season you will gather in your corn an your wine and oil.

"
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold
temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be
tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ
"  
1 Peter 1:6-7

July 22:        Peace from Within
by Cavelle

How often do you find yourself in a place of fear, anxiety and turmoil?  Some are so used to being in fear that they
do not even realize that there are no peace in their lives.  But i
f you come to a place where peace has escaped you,
the first step to recover God's peace is to come to the realization that there is no peace.
It is important then to stop and
choose to enter into God's rest and to capture those thoughts that want to run wild, pulling you into every
direction.  We like to quote the famous verse that says; "
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
"  Philippians 4:7, but let's look at the preceding two verses
that puts the ball in our court. It says: "
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation
be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
Philippians 4:4-6.  Here Paul explicitly
directs us to rejoice, to be friendly and to pray with thanksgiving.  The word 'moderation' translates as being
friendly, peaceably, gentle or patient.  Let your friendliness be made known to the people around you.  You can do
this by being at peace in your soul.  If there is no peace on the inside, peace will not flow out of you to the people
around you.  Have you ever been around someone who makes you so nervous you don't want to be around them?  
Contrary, have you ever been around someone who just overflows with peace and God's love?  Are you such a
person?  The world is full of fear and anxiety and depression and it longs for true peace that only comes from being
with God.  

Therefore rejoice and set your mind and your affection onto God and not on the things that pull you away from that
peace (Colossians 3:2).  Jesus, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) is the one we look to, saving us from the depression
the world lavishes onto its prey.  It really is an issue of trust.  If we are at peace within, our trust is fulfilled in God's
love.  That doesn't mean our peace can be jerked out of rhythm, but oh how much easier it is to come back into
sync with Peace itself.  Therefore examine your heart and identify the area where there is no peace and make
peace in that place as you switch to trusting in the Father and not in your own ability to make things work out.  
There is a place of perfect peace that one can find when the fullness of God's perfect love has been worked
through in your heart. The realization of that perfect love replaces fear with trust.  Perfect love hold no fear.

"
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."  
Isaiah 26:3

July 23:        Shine His Light Into The World
by Elsabe Briers

Matthew 5:14-16 “
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light
a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let
your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.


Jesus is the light inside of us and the more we look into His glory, the more we will be transformed and the brighter
His glory will shine over. "
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed
into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord
."  2 Corinthians 3:18

The question is whether we are doing the works that we see our Father doing.  These are the works that He has
fore-ordained for us to walk in (Ephesians 2:10).  Any other “works” are hay and stubble and have no rewards in
heaven and cannot glorify the Father, for He has no part in it.  Only those works, which He has prepared for us to
walk in, will shine with His light and glorify Him.   

"
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we
should walk in them.
"  Ephesians 2:10

July 24:        Faith verses Fear
by Gretchen Rodriguez

If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child
cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
”  Mark 9:23

How can this man say that he believed and yet in the same breath confess unbelief? Wouldn’t that be considered
double-mindedness? Yet, the Lord saw faith and brought deliverance to the man’s child. How can that be? Faith
believes with the heart regardless of whether outward circumstances calm the mind. It takes faith, sometimes
trembling faith, to be able to look fear in the eye and say, “I believe God’s Word.”

Many times after great impartations from the Lord to strengthen our faith, just when we think we could never doubt
again, thoughts begin to bombard our minds. These are thoughts from the enemy to steal, kill, and destroy your
faith. He tries to get you to agree with the thoughts he afflicts you with as if they are your own. However, for those
who have chosen to believe with their hearts, chosen to set their minds on things above, what you believe is what
your heart knows to be true. We must submit ourselves to God and resist the enemy knowing that he must flee and
take those fearful thoughts with him! The enemy comes to trick us and make us believe that we are doubting; he
wants us to believe we are being double-minded after we just told the Lord that we believe. Yet, it isn’t until we
take those thoughts that come from the devil and make them our own, that we become double-minded. There have
been many times I have felt great faith in an area only to be consumed with thoughts that begin to doubt the very
Word of God that filled my heart with faith. Remember, the battle field is the mind. We must be careful to watch
what we allow ourselves to meditate on.

What you believe in your heart will come out of your mouth, so listen to what you say if you aren’t sure what you
believe. If you find yourself doubting, shake it off. And, if you have truly become double-minded in an area, simply
repent and fill yourself with God’s Word that infuses you with faith!

Remember, there are differing levels of faith. Sometimes faith feels natural and effortless and we stand in total
peace and complete trust. But for those who are fighting the good fight of faith, remember, Jesus can do much with
little!

One last thing, many focus on the rebuke the disciples received when they cried out for the Lord to save them in
the midst of a storm, and forget that He actually did save them because of the faith they had!   

And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the
sea; and there was a great calm.
” Matthew 8:26

July 25        A Highway of Love
by Cavelle

"
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends."
Proverbs 17:9

There will always be those people in your life that want to scratch you the wrong way and they make it so hard for
you to love them, while love is really all they are seeking.  Many times we want to just go our own way and separate
ourselves from them.  Although there are times where one should not get mixed up in certain people's company, yet
there are times when the person you can stand the least, be the one you need to stick around for.  For what
purpose?  For the very sake of love.  Did Christ not die to give us His life, thereby presenting His unfailing love
towards us?  We who are sinners?  Love is the essence of the Gospel.  Faith and hope is important but the greatest
of it all is love.  ("
But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians
13:13 ASV).  Agape, meaning the 'God-kind of love' is what Jesus requires when He asks us to take up our cross and
follow Him.  What does it mean to take up our cross?  It means that we choose to walk God's way above our own
way, despite the cost.  Can we pay the cost?  Can we love the unlovable to the uttermost with that same love that
Jesus poured out and lavished on us?  Jesus calls us to a higher way and that is a highway of love.  Let us love with
God's love and allow ourselves to manifest His presence and His glory out to those who seem to be rejecting it.  Who
are they?  They might be sitting next to you each Sunday in Church.  It is not necessarily the person out on the
street that needs to be loved with an unconditional love.  

Agape love can bring so much healing.  I know in my own life, if it wasn't for the undying love of the people around
me, God's love shining through their actions, I doubt that i would experience the freedom I walk in today.  That love
covers.  We as Christians know when we mess up, and God is smart enough to show us in a gentle way by the
conviction of the Holy Spirit when we are in sin.  We don't need another person to constantly tell us how we
messed up, but instead, we need to just be loved for who we are.  In the say way, can we in turn love the difficult
people in our lives and see them through the eyes of Jesus?  Don't reject them and talk behind their backs, instead I
want to encourage you to choose the highway of love and pour out God's unfailing love onto them and cover them
with Agape?

"
Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave
itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil; rejoiceth not in
unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things,
endureth all things. Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall be done away; whether
there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall be done away.
"
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ASV

July 31, 2009        Becoming Perfect
by Gretchen Rodriguez

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith
worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

James 1:2-4

For many of us, the word patience reminds us of the suffering we must endure to become patient. I remember many
years ago, as a new Christian, I would pray, “Lord, please make me a patient person.” It did not take long for me to
realize in order for God to answer my prayer, He would have to give me something to be patient about!

Why would God tell us to “count it all JOY” when we are going through unpleasant situations? Because of the
perfecting work of patience.

The steps go something like this:
First we find ourselves in a trial or temptation with an opportunity to rejoice and be happy. I recently heard
someone say that praise is like a bridge that takes us over the waters of adversity.   

The second step is that our faith is tried; we have to wait for the manifestation of a promise, which works patience
in us. Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him.”  Remember, praising God is not contingent
upon what we see with our natural eyes. It is fueled by faith.

The third step is that if we let patience work the work of perfection in us, eventually we will come to the final step.
It doesn’t happen over night, but it does happen. I compare it to working out. I work my muscles and even though it
may not appear to be doing much at first, if I am diligent, eventually I will see the fruit of my labor. Patience works
perfection in us.

The final step is the most desirable and it definitely makes up for all of the previous steps! We will be “perfect and
entire, wanting nothing.” WOW! That means what it says: Perfect, whole, wanting nothing. That includes all of the
promises that pertain to the spirit, soul, and body. It means being perfect in our love walk, our relationship with God
and man, our health, our finances, gifts of the spirit, the list goes on. What are the promises of God that you believe
for?

It is this work that God does in us; this perfecting work of patience that truly has the ability to change our lives; to
make us PERFECT and COMPLETE, lacking NOTHING!

August 1:        Rising Up On Eagle's Wings
by Elsabe Briers

When God wanted to show Moses the Promised Land, He took him up on a mountain.  We cannot see from the
limitation of our own mindsets, therefore we need to position ourselves on the watchtower to see what the Spirit is
saying. We need to ascend in praise unto Mount Zion, which represents the Presence of the Lord.

As we wait on Him in praise and worship, He gives us eagle wings to soar on the windstreams of the Holy Spirit,
showing us vistas that we could not even dream of, so that we get heavenly perspective to see our destiny in Christ.

Isaiah 40:30-31 “
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.  Even the
youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:  But they that wait upon THE LORD shall
renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they
shall walk, and not faint.
” – KJV

This is the place where we are strengthened to soar above  our circumstances and get divine strategy and
instruction by the revelation of the Spirit from the Throne of grace.  His vision surpasses our own limitations and
opens up His dreams for our lives, showing us what He has in store for us.  Now we only need to come into
agreement with His heart’s desires for us and stand still, watching Him bringing it to pass as we simply obey His
instructions.

See into the Spirit Realm by PRAYER – the key to discern our adversary’s strategy and to receive God’s strategy and
His Word for my situation as a two-edged sword in my hand and in my mouth the Sword that brings division between
soul and spirit and stops all the arguments of the flesh and the devil.

The key to dispel fear is that your spiritual eyes be opened to see the Lord in His love, splendor and majesty.
Let Him minister to you with His Word and be transformed by the power of Holy Spirit.  Then receive a fresh
anointing so that He can touch the broken and hurting and sick and oppressed through you.  
All Scriptures are in KJV (unless otherwise noted)
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