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DANIEL FAST DAY 18: "What's in a name?"

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What's in a name?

First Lady Barbara Duncan

 

John 18:5 Jesus said to them, “I am He.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them.
As the chapter unfolds, the troops and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees were questioning Jesus’ identity. He repeatedly told them who He was. “I am He.”


As I began to learn more about Word of God, back in 1997, I named our baby girl, Azell, “daughter of destiny.” Daughter of destiny carries the meaning that God has destiny for this child and she will fulfill her calling. I gave her this name in the hope and prayer that Azell will become what her name implies. God has the right and the power to cause anyone He names to become what the name implies. “I am He, Jesus of Nazareth.” When the Son of God came into the world, His name was not left to chance. “You shall call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

God chooses names for the sake of revealing things about Himself that will deepen our love for Him and enlarge our admiration and strengthen our faith. Jesus came to SAVE us. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Who is Jesus?

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1-2). Jesus was with God in the beginning of time. It continues in verse 14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His  glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” God took on humanity and lived in a physical body. Jesus said, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). He didn’t say that He was simply like the Father. He said that they were “one.”

Jesus is God! We must receive Jesus as our personal Savior. John1:12 says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” There’s life in Jesus!

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DANIEL FAST DAY 17: "When the answer No"

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When the answer is "No"

Elder Arlene Coleman

Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour
has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You,  2  even as You gave Him
authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal
life.  3  This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ
whom You have sent.  4  I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which
You have given Me to do.  5  Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory
which I had with You before the world was
. John 17:1-5


Ever interceded on someone’s behalf and believed God with every fiber of your being? Yet,
when the answer finally came, it wasn’t the outcome you’d expected?


What does it mean to intercede? It means to ask on someone’s behalf; to plea a case; to act as
a mediator; or to stand in the gap. Jesus is the great intercessor; our mediator between God
and man (1 Timothy 2:5). Just as Jesus interceded on the behalf of His disciples, today He
intercedes for you and I as believers and we should do likewise.


It was a beautiful ordinary spring morning in May 1999. The kids were heading off to school and
my baby sister, Tee Tee, and I were heading to work. About mid-day, I saw my sister in the
vending area getting a snack. She mentioned to me she had a headache. Little did I know our
lives were about to change forever.


Several days passed and my sister’s headache persisted. Finally, on the fourth day, I took her
to a doctor who was unable to diagnose her condition. Immediately, I drove her to a nearby
hospital and she was admitted for tests. Her health began to rapidly decline before my eyes.
Family and friends were called to intercede on the behalf of my sister. Our church family, in
Tulsa, OK at that time, was also interceding for God to work a miracle in her body. What began
as a simple headache turned critical and my sister passed away. We found comfort knowing
she was with the Lord.


Yes, I interceded for my sister to be healed in Jesus’ name. I trusted God and placed her in His
care because He loved her. (1 Peter 5:7). However, the answer was not as I expected. I once
recall Dr. Oral Roberts, a great evangelist, saying, “God knew something about the situation I
didn’t know,” when he received word that his daughter and son-in-law had died in a plane crash.


While we certainly want our prayers answered as we desire, rest assured God knows something
about the situation we don’t know (Isaiah 55:9). God doesn’t make any mistakes.
God is faithful. When was the last time you interceded on the behalf of someone? Have you
ever interceded in prayer for someone and the answer was “no.” Take time during the fast to
earnestly pray and intercede for someone else.

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DANIEL FAST DAY 10: "The Believers Without A Sign"

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THE BELIEVERS WITHOUT A SIGN

40 And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was baptizing at first, and there He stayed. 41 Then many came to Him and said, “John performed no sign, but all the things that John spoke about this Man were true.” 42 And many believed in Him there.

The world lives for shiny, sparkling and spectacular things. The glitz, glamour and gold! Always looking for the next best thing. Often, Christians desire the same. We need to see “signs and wonders” in order to believe. Jesus spoke about this in earlier chapters in the book of John. Signs do matter, especially on the road when you are driving a vehicle. The signs assist us with getting to our destination safely. Experienced drivers put their trust in the signs. However, the text informs us in verse 41, “John performed no sign.” Unlike Moses, Elijah, and Elisha, John the Baptist did not perform any signs to cause someone to believe in his ministry, yet all that he said about Jesus came to pass.

Verse 41, “but all the things that John spoke about this Man were true.” Therefore, don't underestimate your ability to encourage someone to find Jesus. You may not have the fancy words nor be able to preach like TD Jakes. You may not be able to sing like Elder Monica Hall or write poetry like Minister James “Holy Smokes” Claiborne. However, the biggest sign that you can ever show
anyone is your life is how you treat people. Your sign is how you
love people. Your sign is how you show grace to others.

John 10

These are the greatest signs that you could ever give to
someone. Give people the truth about Jesus Christ. And what he
has done in your life as a believer. Remember Jesus’ sign says
6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through Me.” - John 14:6 (NKJV)

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Be secure in what God has called you to do.
Learn how to assist someone to the next level of their
assignment.
You don’t have to be spectacular, just be who you are and be
consistent.
The signs that John the Baptist revealed were his words and
ministry about Christ.
As a result, many believed in Jesus Christ.

Dear Heavenly Father, help me to stay focused on my
assignment in life and to be faithful with the mission you have
given me. I will be a good steward of my time, talents and
treasures, so that YOU may be glorified! In Jesus name. Amen

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DANIEL FAST DAY 9: "Come"

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I WAS BLIND

9 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from
birth…
23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” 24 So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.” 25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
Note: Review the chapter to get the context.

Amazing grace is a Christian hymn published in 1779 by English poet, clergy man John Newton. He wrote the words from a personal experience. He grew up without any religious convictions but his life’s path consisted of questionable decisions including the Atlantic Slave Trade. Recognizing that this was morally wrong, he cried out to God for mercy. He converted to Christianity with the message of forgiveness and redemption that is possible to all human beings regardless of their sins and that their souls could be delivered by God’s amazing grace. Like many of us, we’re born spiritual blinded by the truth of scripture that says:


Romans 3:23 (NKJV)
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Just like this man that Jesus healed, we need a touch from the Master in order for us to receive our spiritual sight. We should then go and tell someone what the Lord has done for us. That is exactly what this man did in this story. He testified about what God has done. Do you have a testimony that someone needs to hear?

Let me testify to you right now!!!!
Calvin’s testimony is:

Amazing Grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I'm found I was blind but now I see!!! Praise God, Praise God, Praise God, Praise God, Praise God, Praise God, PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!! I am going to learn how to play “Amazing Grace” on my guitar. Holla at your boy this Sunday at FFC and that will tell me who actually read this devotion….lol

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for your amazing grace! I recognize that I was a sinner saved by your amazing grace. I was blind but now I see, therefore I receive your grace and forgiveness. Holy Spirit help me to extend this wonderful grace to everyone. In Jesus name, Amen

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DANIEL FAST DAY 8: "Come"

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Come

1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Now early[a] in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him, and He sat down and taught them. Mount of Olives is the highest point in the Hills East of Jerusalem. Jesus often would get away from the crowd and get alone with His Father and His disciples for quiet time and devotion; A place of strengthening and encouraging each other.

In verse 2 notice that Jesus began his teaching early in the morning. The words “came” and “taught” are a continuous action in the Greek. The people continued coming to Jesus and he kept teaching them about the Kingdom of God.

His very mission in life was to worship His Father, along with teaching and
ministering to the people. This was Jesus way of teaching us through his demonstration of how all men should walk and live their lives. What we read in the text is that people came to Him continuously. People wanted to speak to Him and bask in His presence.

I believe this should be our story, that people should not run from us but come to us. In your prayer time ask God to bring people your way that hunger and thirst for righteousness. The Holy Spirit will give you the words to say and help you to create an atmosphere where God can touch someone's heart.

Let’s look at some crumbs from Jesus’ life through these two verses.

  • His life of devotion to His Father.
  • His life of worship to His Father.
  • His life of teaching and reaching the people.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, My desire is to have a Mount Olives experience with you. One
of devotion and worship. I want to be a magnet for your Kingdom. Holy Spirit rest
on me and work through me so that I may touch someone's life for your glory. In Jesus Name, Amen!

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DANIEL FAST DAY 7: "He Knows"

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He Knows

John 7
28  Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying, “You both know Me, and you know
where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not
know.  29  But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me.”

Jesus cares for all of us so much that HE KNOWS our struggles with family, betrayal and even
your own emotions. HE KNOWS!

FAMILY: Within John 7 Jesus truly demonstrates to us that “HE KNOWS.” He knows that
sometimes we are believing for something, praying for a miracle and trusting in Him, but our
own family may not believe with us. When you feel that your own family is not with you that
can be a major discouragement. But guess what? In verse 5 Jesus went through it as well, when
His own brothers didn’t believe in Him. HE KNOWS!

BETRAYAL: HE KNOWS that some people are just not for you and may even betray you.
Jesus went through the same thing in verse 12 as they murmured and talked behind his back, but they wouldn’t say it out loud. Then further in scripture one of his own disciples/friends betrayed him! HE KNOWS!

EMOTIONS: And lastly, HE KNOWS your emotions and feelings. HE KNOWS when you are
happy and even when you marvel of Him (verse 21) and even when you are angry or upset with
Him and/or others (verse 23). Have you ever said, “People don’t understand me” or “People just don’t know how I feel,” but HE KNOWS!

Jesus continually proves to us in John chapter 7, that HE KNOWS all and truly cares for those
who love and believe in HIM. So, do YOU REALLY KNOW HIM? Are you actively seeking
HIS heart and not HIS hand? The more we seek HIS heart, the more HE will reach out and give
us HIS hand!

(Note: to receive full understanding on this devotion please read entire chapter 7)

Prayer:

Dear Lord, thank you for KNOWING and understanding me. I am grateful for your
unconditional love and grace. As I began this new year, please help me focus on going ABOVE
& BEYOND my family issues, my “haters,” and my emotions. In JESUS name, AMEN!

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DANIEL FAST DAY 6: "He Knows"

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He Knows

John 6:41-42 (NKJV)

41 The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” 42And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”

Have you ever been rejected? Has someone ever turned his or her back on you? If you are breathing, the answer is “yes.” When you allow rejection to dominate your life, you then become a person who lives for acceptance, which can become toxic. In verse 42, you see how they attempted to downsize Jesus platform and with His parents and an association of a controversial engagement and birth. Many people did not want to believe that Mary was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, they tried to discredit and discourage Jesus. Now think about people in your life that may be family, friends or foes that try to bring up your past failures.

When you finally make a decision to live a life above and beyond mediocrity, the average person will do their very best to keep you down or just turned their back on you. Perhaps the person who comes against you could be the very person God uses to get you to your destiny. Therefore, I say to you that rejection is not always final or fatal. It is just part of the process you have to go through to reach your best. It teaches you to trust the process.


Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)


Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own
understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct
your paths.

Remember, God is directing your path and sometimes in life man's rejection is God acceptance. In Isaiah 53:3 we are reminded, by accepting God’s word and God’s ways that rejection comes with the territory.


Isaiah 53:3 (NKJV)

He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted
with grief.

In order to graduate from average into your greatness, you must deal with rejection. Rejection from God's perspective can help you develop into the person God wants you to become. Therefore, walk in your greatness and don't allow someone's opinion of you to become your reality.

You are who God says you are!

This year, 2018 you will live a life of “Above and Beyond!”

Confess that, Believe that, Received that, and Be that!

Prayer


Heavenly Father, teach me how to handle rejection, knowing that Jesus had been rejected by so many, yet He did not waiver nor doubt Himself. Holy Spirit, strengthen me so I can deal with rejection, knowing that I am accepted by You and that is greater. In Jesus Name, Amen

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DANIEL FAST DAY 5: "Rise up, Take up your bed, and Walk"

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John 5 (NKJV)


A Man Healed at the Pool of Bethesda


5 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda,[a] having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.[b] 5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” 7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.

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A great number of people were suffering from infirmities. He was waiting for his miracle by the angel stirring of the water. Not realizing that the one that is asking the question created the angels and the water. Therefore, Jesus didn't need any of these elements to perform a miracle in this man’s life, who has been suffering for 38 years of his life.

Jesus saw his situation and asked a question, “Do you want to be healed”? Notice that the man didn't say ‘yes’. He began to explain what was wrong when Jesus came to make it right. The Omniscience of Jesus knew his plight and He came to heal and deliver this man. Isn't the story similar to ours sometimes when we are in a situation, looking for something or someone to make it better? When Jesus is the midst, He is ready to heal and deliver us from our situation.

However, at time we wanted to tell Him how and why we are in this place of discomfort. I believe that we all can find comfort in this story to recognize that God is always there to tell us “Rise, take up your bed and walk,” and deliver us from our plight, pain, and problems.

Prayer:


Heavenly Father, thank you for your healing and delivering power. Regardless of how long I have been dealing with discomfort and disappointment in my life, I am confident that you see my situation. I am ready for my miracle so that I can experience the “Above and Beyond” life that you have for me. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

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DANIEL FAST DAY 4: TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD

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Do you have to be a righteous person to receive a miracle from God?
Can you receive a blessing from God when you are not on top of your
Christian game?

A Nobleman’s Son Healed

46 So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water
wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at
Capernaum. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into
Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son,
for he was at the point of death. 48 Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you
people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.”
49 The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!”
50 Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed
the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. 51 And as he was
now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son
lives!”

This story is about a Gentile centurion from Capernaum whose son was
sick and when he heard that Jesus was in Cana he went to Jesus and
begged Him to come to Capernaum and heal his son because he was at
the point of death.
Note: Capernaum to Cana was about a 15 miles journey.


Now Jesus could have translated himself to Capernaum however Jesus
had to stay on schedule, therefore Jesus sent his word and told him “go
back home your son will live”.


And this nobleman who was a Gentile believed the words that Jesus spoke
to him and he went back home and his son was healed.


Here is some crumbs from this text:

  1. First of all, we learn that Jesus was approachable the fact that this Gentile who was serving King Herod ( a secular King) would come and asked Jesus to heal his son shows that Jesus was touchable to the people
  2. Second, Jesus stay on schedule as we will see in John chapter 5 He heal a man in Bethesda who had an infirmity for 38 yrs.
  3. Thirdly, Jesus sent His word and the nobleman believed and his son was lived.

We can also believe and take God at His word. If a gentile nobleman can
take Christ at His word. How much more should the children of God hold on
and trust that God will take care of His children.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, today I will take you at your word. I am a covenant child
and chosen by God .The blessings of Abraham belong to me, therefore I
believe and receive all that God has for me. I can live a life that is “Above
and Beyond” when I put my trust in Gods word.
In Jesus name

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DANIEL FAST DAY 3: God So Loved The World

John 3:16-17 (NKJV)


16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For
God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the
world through Him might be saved.


Can you remember your most memorable letter you wrote or received?
Think about it, just the fact that God loves the sinner, the prostitute, the
thief, the street person, the liar, the deceiver, the adultery, the fornicator,
etc…


John 3:16 is one of the most beloved and recognizable verses in the Bible.
The verse is full of love and encouragement. Just to know that God loves
you with an unconditional love and His desire is that no one perishes is
very comforting.


Let us examine this most beloved verse.
Jesus revealed God’s great love towards all mankind.


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1. God loved the world.

1 John 4:16 (NKJV)
16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is
love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

2. The evidence of God’s love was that He gave.


Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still
sinners, Christ died for us.


3. The reason God gave was to save the lost.


1 John 4:9 (NKJV)
9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His
only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

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I want to challenge you this year to really be intentional about receiving
God’s love and giving God’s love.
We are living in a time where people are looking for encouragement and
comfort. I believe that we have the answer in Christ.
Let’s spread His love with those who are hurting and bring healing to them
by sharing John 3:16-17.


Prayer


Heavenly Father, I receive your love and I will share it with others. Holy
Spirit lead and guide me to people who need a touch from you. I want to be
a bearer of good news and help people to live “Above and Beyond” their
circumstances. In Jesus Name, Amen

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DANIEL FAST DAY 2: ABOVE AND BEYOND

 

John 2:1-5 (NKJV)

2 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” 4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”

Have you ever expected God to perform a miracle in your life?

If so, how high were your expectations and were you confident that God could do it?

It’s interesting that Jesus’ mother shared this issue with him concerning no more wine at the wedding. As far as we know, Jesus had not performed any miracles yet. So, what was Mary expecting Jesus to do? Maybe purchase wine from their neighbors? Nonetheless, she had the ultimate confidence that her Lord would come through and save the day.

Jesus gave them instructions, they obeyed, and a miracle occurred in their midst. 

The life lesson that we should take away from this story is that we need to exhibit the same confidence that Mary had in Jesus. She showed us how to approach the Lord with a need and believe that He will come through. The Bible reminds us here:

Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

Don’t be afraid to ask God for the miraculous. God is waiting for you to ask with faith and confidence, knowing that He will answer your prayers. Won’t He do it? Won’t He do it?

If you want to live “Above and Beyond” you must have the confidence of Mary and believe God like never before. Believe that God has a blessing with your name on it! Believe that 2018 is going to be your best year yet. Mary’s message was concise and to the point “Whatever He says to you, do it.”

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  1. Be confident that God is bigger than your situation.
  2. Don't hesitate to make your request known to God.
  3. Expect God to perform miracles in your life.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, today I see you bigger than any problem or situation I may face. I know that you answer prayers and I am confident that you hear me and will do mighty exploits in my life. I am ready to live a life of “Above and Beyond.” In Jesus Name Amen

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DANIEL FAST DAY 1: ABOVE AND BEYOND

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God.

What are you saying about this New Year?
What are your expectations for this New Year?
What are you planning to do differently this New Year?
All of these questions can be answered by what you say. Your words have
the power to create what you are believing God for this New year.

Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV)

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Let us start this year off speaking the word of God over our lives, family,
friend, and foes.
Allow the Word of God to create possibilities in your life that you never
experienced.
The word of God will empower you, encourage you, and enable you to
accomplish great things that God has ordained for your life.
Therefore our words and confession must line up with the word of God.

Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV)

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all
that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.

This Year 2018 theme is “Above and Beyond”

I want your confessions this year to be victorious.
I want your confessions this year to be full of faith and Hope.
Create an atmosphere that is pleasing to God and see yourself growing in
your relationship with Christ.
See yourself doing great things for the Kingdom of God
Start with the right attitude and be mindful of what you are say.

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1. Let's begin this new year by speaking the word of God.

2. Let's begin this new year by having a spirit of faith.

3. Let's begin this new year by believing for the miraculous.

Prayer for Today:
Heavenly Father, this year I commit the words of my mouth will be full of
hope, faith, and love. I am determined to speak your words over my life and
others. Holy Spirit help me to stay focus to speak your promises and not
the problems. This year is going to be “Above and Beyond” my thoughts.
In Jesus name. Amen

Pastor Calvin Suncan

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