Daily Devotional Reading

Inspiration for Living Above the Fray by Pastor Jimmy Pruitt

Wednesday February 24, 2021

Help

I received a late night text from someone who was in crisis. My heart was wrenched with compassion on his behalf. There are so many suffering from a myriad of circumstances and it can be overwhelming.

The only way you can truly bear another’s burden is to take it straight to the One who promises to hold your hand and says to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.” - Jimmy

PRAY: "Father, I don't have the strength to carry this burden or to hold this sorrow. I bring it to you and I lay it down at the cross and I plead the blood of Jesus over it. Take my hand, as You promised, and help me give this over to You. In Jesus' name, amen."

Tuesday February 23, 2021

Something New

God is not only a promise maker, he is a promise keeper. He is consistently bringing new opportunities, experiences, and encounters our way. Get ready and let your hope rise.

Whatever you may be facing, God is making a way where there was no way and he is creating streams in the desert to nourish, restore, and sustain you on the journey. Let your hope rise today. - Jimmy

Saturday February 20, 2021

No Regrets

We are coming out of what has been called a historic winter weather event in Texas. No power, water, or heat and single digit temps for days on end made for a dangerous scenario. Critical decisions had to be made in the crisis that had serious implications and in some cases consequences.

As a family we had many conversations as we huddled under blankets in a dark house with dropping temps and decided we did not want to look back on this and have regrets regarding our attitude, thoughts, words, or actions.

It’s a matter of perspective and God’s word speaks regarding our waiting upon Him and receiving the strength and resolve needed to endure, persevere, and even thrive with hope, faith, and a positive mindset.

Live life in such a way that you will look back on crises and difficult seasons with no regrets. - Jimmy

Friday February 19, 2021

Be A Kind Human

Faith (my youngest) and I made a run to a convenience store to pick up a few things during this disastrous winter weather event. I was grateful the roads were passable.

The store had been picked clean and few items were left. Faith picked up some random things, but was careful to leave the last of anything she purchased.

I asked, “Why did not buy the last of the items?” She said, “I wanted to leave some for others who need it.” Pure hearted and full of grace for others even at her expense. That is what it means to be a kind human. - Jimmy

Wednesday February 17, 2021

Today I Choose Joy

We have a large brushed metal sign in our home that reads, “Today, I Choose Joy.” Most days I don’t have to consciously choose to be “joy-full,” however I woke up today thinking “Many will have to make this an intentional choice.”

We are in day seven of one of the worst weather events in our living history in Texas. Snapped power poles, rolling black outs that come randomly throughout the day and night, and impassable roads are raising the tension levels to dangerous places.

Family, this is a mind game and the enemy of your soul enjoys this playing field. He is an opportunist who leverages pain and frustration in order to break you and cause you to think, process, and react out of primal flesh patterns. Don’t fall for it. Today, choose joy in the midst of this storm for this too shall surely pass. - Jimmy

Monday February 15, 2021

Think Life Speak Life

King David was a man after God’s heart. A beautiful epitaph to mark a tumultuous life. You can hear the depth of his heart cry to the God he loves and trusts.

What you say and what you think matters. In fact, they work together like a hand in a glove to bring about shifts and change. Think Life. Speak Life. - Jimmy

PRAYER PRACTICE: “Abba Father, thank you for giving me the grace to both think life and speak life. My desire is that that every meditation of my heart would always be pure, pleasing, and acceptable before You eyes. I break every agreement with “stinking thinking” and negativity both in my mind and in my words. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Sunday February 14, 2021

Connecting to Joy, Contentment, and Peace

No matter what is happening in the world or even your own life, you have much to be thankful for. The practice of gratitude is is your direct connection to joy, contentment, and peace.

When was the last time you stopped to give thanks to God for all He has done and is doing on your behalf, even in the midst of turbulent times? Pause. Breathe. Restore. Repeat. - Jimmy

PRAYER PRACTICE: “Father, I am grateful for the mercy, grace, and love that You show me each and everyday. As I pause in this moment, I breathe in Your presence and I receive Your restoration of my mind, body, and spirit. Thank You for this new day! In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Saturday February 13, 2021

Slower Still

Circumstances and life events have a way of slowing things down. Where I live, we are in the midst of a severe winter weather event that is causing outages, downing trees, and leaving thick layers of ice on everything exposed.

We went from 75 mph to 0 in a matter of hours. Slower still.

Perspective is everything in these moments. You can be frustrated and angry about the interruptions, or you can slow down and take the time to rest, recover, and restore. It’s your choice and I would encourage you to enjoy the slower still, take a pause, and breathe in His presence. - Jimmy

Friday February 12, 2021

Imagine If You Will

A few years ago there was an advertisement that stated, “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste.” I couldn’t agree more.

God has gifted you with the capacity to think, create, discover, appreciate, and imagine.

Today, look for ways to engage your sanctified imagination by discovering, appreciating, and celebrating beauty.

Notice the sunrise, ice crystals on a branch, the movement of clouds, or morning light streaming in through a window.

Beauty is everywhere and you have only to let your mind dwell there. Don’t waste the gift. - Jimmy

PRAYER PRACTICE: “Father, thank you for the gift of my mind. I consecrate my thoughts to You today. Would You give me the grace to see the beauty You have laced into this world? Would You grant me peace of mind as I fix my thoughts upon You? In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Photo: Jason Banks Texas Hill Country

Thursday February 11, 2021

Turn Your Rudder Change Your Course

What you think matters. Like the rudder of a great ship, your thoughts determine the direction of your life in all matters great and small.

Turn your rudder, change your course. Change your thoughts, change your life.

As you commit all that you do to God, He brings your thoughts into alignment with His thoughts, your desires with His desires, and your plans with His plans. - Jimmy

PRAYER PRACTICE: “Abba Father, thank you for giving me the ability to think well. I consecrate and commit everything I will do today and I trust that you are causing my thoughts to come into alignment with your will, desire, and plans. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Wednesday February 10, 2021

A Simple Abundant Life

What you meditate on imprints your mind and becomes a compass that influences the quality of the life you live. Jesus’ gift to you is an abundant and overflowing life. Your thought life is a key to this gift.

Your mind, words, and actions emerge out of the overflow of your heart. You leak out what you are full of. Solomon understood the principle of guarding what goes into the the mind.

The scriptures wise counsel? Be mindful and intentional what and how you think, because your thoughts determine and define the life you will live. What are you thinking about today? - Jimmy

Tuesday February 9, 2021

35,000 A Day

It's estimated that the average adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day. This highlights how important our thought life is in determining our course throughout a given day.

What you think about matters. An oft quoted cliche, “As the head goes, so goes the body,” is on point. So, how will your “head” go today? Your thoughts determine your paths. - Jimmy

PRAYER PRACTICE: “Father, thank you for the gift of thinking well. I consecrate my thought life to You this day. I give careful thought to the paths I will walk and I choose to live intentionally and on purpose today. I will be mindful and present in each moment with gratitude for the joy of living this life with You and for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Monday February 8, 2021

Search Me

Have you found yourself feeling anxious and on edge? Are fearful thoughts bombarding your mind? You are not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S.

David’s heart cry was that God would know him, even when he was plagued with anxious thoughts. It’s an honest request laced with vulnerability and transparency.

Take a moment to pause and ask God to examine you and know your heart and anxious or debilitating thoughts. Then receive and allow His peace that surpasses all understanding to guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. - Jimmy

PRAYER PRACTICE: “Abba Father, thank you for the gift of Your presence in prayer. Would you examine my heart in this moment? Where there are anxious and destructive thoughts, would You so fill me with Your peace that passes understanding that anxiety, fear, and negativity will have not room to remain and must go. Would You set a guard around my heart and mind today? I receive Your shalom, Your peace, nothing missing and nothing broken. By faith, I am whole, integrated, and peaceful. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Sunday February 7, 2021

D.W.E.L.L.

The art of lingering, dwelling, and meditating on key elements of the scriptures have been all but forgotten in our busy and frenetic world. It’s time to re-engage the art of Christian meditation and move into a deeper place in Christ.

With the advent of the internet age, our attention span has been significantly diminished to the point that many are no longer reading books, blogs, or anything that contains more than 140 characters.

Use this simple practice of D.W.E.L.L. and let the Holy Spirit restore your soul and refresh your heart and mind. - Jimmy

A Simple Practice: “D.W.E.L.L.”

Deliberate - intentional, purposeful and paced reading of God’s Word. Slow down.

With - be still and just be with God in conversational and listening prayer.

Engage - the practice of Christian meditation i.e. stillness, slow deep breathing, measured slow reading of God’s Word. Start with the Psalms.

Linger - in His presence. Schedule time to be with God and His Word. Put on instrumental or worship music. Don’t rush through it. Focus on being present and in the moment.

Live - the unhurried life i.e. slow your pace, take it down a gear, refuse to be caught up in the frenzied pace of the culture.

Saturday February 6, 2021

You Become What You Behold

Your thoughts are like the rudder of a great ship and they can turn that ship in the roughest of waters and hold its course. Remember, we become what we behold and as the head goes, so goes the body.

If you realized just how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think another negative thought. Fix your mind on those things that bring life, hope, joy, grace, and peace, for you have the mind of Christ. - Jimmy

PRAYER PRACTICE: “Father, thank you for giving me the mind of Christ. You empower me to set the rudder of my thoughts on course with Your will and Your purposes. By faith, I choose to focus on what is hopeful and life-giving today. I break any agreement I have made with “stinking thinking” and I use my sanctified imagination to think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praise-worthy. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Friday February 5, 2021

Out of Your Mind

The world in which we live is not always a kind place. In fact, the prevailing culture tends to wage a mostly silent war on our thought life. In our formative years we were assessing, “Is the world a safe place? Do I belong? Am I heard, wanted, and valued?”

Depending on how you interpreted early childhood events, home environment, and interactions with the world, you came to conclusions regarding your place in the world. All of this before the age of 7 and it charted a course for how you would view the world going forward.

Much of how you react and respond to life events was determined by your interactions before you could reasonably filter out negative and destructive forces. Now, as adults many wrestle with the residue and fall out of those early interpretations.

Deeming the world as unsafe and dangerous, now our interactions in relationships, work environments, family dynamics, and daily decisions are impacted and viewed through a potentially distorted lens.

Your faith life is impacted and affected in a similar fashion. With relationships and connection being the highest values in God’s heart, you can see how the distortions from your past can taint and color your interactions with God and God’s family i.e. the Church. Is it any wonder that church drama, splits, self-centeredness, human agendas, and ineffectiveness abound? The Enemy of our souls knows us all too well.

Enter Jesus. Reconciliation, restoration, renewal, healing, integration, growth, maturity, and wholeness are yours in Christ. However, it does not just happen all at once. You now navigate a new path and Jesus rewrites the narrative of your life moving forward! Hope is restored. Discovery is the new norm. Joy floods your soul. Expectation and grace mark your life as you continue to mature.

Embrace the journey as you travel from distortion and dysfunction to wholeness and maturity, “For we have the mind of Christ and hold the thoughts, feelings, and purposes of His heart!” - Jimmy

PRAYER PRACTICE: “Abba Father, thank you for opening a path and charting a course for my journey in faith. Thank you for giving me the very mind of Christ so that I can interpret well, think well, and ultimately act well along the way. Thank you for giving me a new lens through which I now see and interpret the world, the lens of Jesus. I have the mind of Christ. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

#mindofchrist #thinkwell #hope #grace #faith #wholeness #soulcare

Thursday February 4, 2021

Think Life - Choose Life - Live Life

There are a lot of good and wonderful people who are simply stuck. Life has taken turns that were never wanted or expected. The daily grind has created a numbing sense of boredom and lethargy. Life has lost its luster, vitality, and joy.

Among the many amazing gifts that God has given us, choice ranks in the top tier. He has given you and I the power and ability to choose our thoughts, create a path, and shape our mentality.

Dr. Caroline Leaf says this in her book Switch On Your Brain, “As we think, we change the physical nature of our brain. As we consciously direct our thinking, we can wire out toxic patterns of thinking and replace them with healthy thoughts.”

The author of Deuteronomy records God’s admonition to us regarding the gift of choice. We can choose life over death at any given moment and literally rewire our brain i.e. be transformed by changing the way we think. (See Rm 12:2 NLT)

Wherever you are right now, as you read this, take a moment, pause and engage this Prayer Exercise out loud, slowly, deliberately, and with intent:

PRAYER EXERCISE: “Abba Father, thank you for giving me the life-changing gift of choice. I am humbled and grateful that You give me the choice between life and death in any given moment, like right now. Therefore, right here and right now, I choose life! I choose to walk in the grace, strength, and expectation that You are filling every fiber and cell of my being with Your life, power, and purpose! I break any agreement I have made with dark, negative, and destructive thoughts, and I choose to dwell upon that which is life-giving, joyful, and filled with hope. Thank you for freedom, hope, joy, and life and I receive Your life right now! In Jesus’ name, Amen!”

Wednesday February 3, 2021

Mastering Your Runaway Thoughts

We must understand and cultivate the mind-body-spirit connection if we are to live a healthy, whole, and overflowing life. Neglect any of the three parts and you will think and feel out of balance and out of sync.

The scriptures give us practical tools for dealing with destructive and critical thoughts. One such tool is to take your negative thoughts captive and submit them to Christ.

Do dark fear-based thoughts sneak up on you and disrupt your peace and steal your joy? God has provided a way to capture and eradicate “stinking thinking” out of your mind and replace it with thoughts that produce life, joy, hope, and peace. - Jimmy

PRAYER EXERCISE (Pray Out Loud): “Father, thank you for providing tools for dealing with these dark and destructive thoughts. I break any agreements I have made with these negative thoughts, I take them captive, and I submit them to You Jesus. I refuse to nurse and rehearse them and they will not gain a foothold in my mind. By faith, I release every negative, dark, critical, judgement thought to You and I receive the mind of Christ which is producing life, peace, and joy in me. In Jesus' name, amen."

#thoughtlife #mindbodyspirit #hope #mindfulness #thinkwell #grace #practicaltheology

Tuesday February 2, 2021

The Soul Becomes Dyed with the Color of Its Thoughts

The condition of your thought life and the health of your soul are critical for maximizing God’s purposes for your life. Do not underestimate the value of the mind - body - spirit connection.

Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius put it this way, “The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts” and King Solomon wrote, “For as a man thinks within himself, so is he.”

Like a three spoked wheel made up of mind, body, and spirit, if one is off, the whole wheel is out of balance. God wants to bring positive and life-giving transformation by changing the way we think.

It is vital that you take time to feed your soul the hope-laden, grace-laced, love-draped, dream-building, faith-filled, life-giving words found in the scriptures.

Spend time in God’s Word daily and allow God to transform you by changing the way you think, the way you interpret events and the way you see the world around you. - Jimmy

PRAYER: “Abba Father, thank you for giving me the mind of Christ. I hold the thoughts, feelings, and purposes of Jesus in my mind and I consecrate my mind to You. Thank you for changing and transforming me day by day by changing the way I think, the way I interpret events, and the way I see the world into the person You created and designed me to be. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Monday February 1, 2021

As The Head Goes...

“As the head goes, so goes the body.” It’s a simple cliche, but the truth is profound. Your thought life leads the way in terms of actions, behaviors, emotions, and even physical well-being.

Our understanding i.e. thought life must be based solely in our identity in Christ. Another way to say it is, we must embrace and believe who God says we are versus who culture or the enemy says we are. - Jimmy

PRAYER: “Father, thank you for calling me Your child. I am not on the outside looking in, I am on the inside looking out. You have called me “Your own,” and I embrace who You say I am. I am who You say I am, and I am Your own. Thank you for being a good Father and for loving me with all that You are. In Jesus’ name, amen!”

January 31, 2021

The Damage Path Of An EF-5 Tornado

A friend once told me, “God gave you two ears and one mouth, you should listen twice as much as you speak.” Add anger to the mix and all bets are off. Words fly without discernment or discretion and the result looks like the damage path of an EF-5 tornado.

Anger strips away the filters we need and unleashes us to say what we normally would not say. This leads to regret, pain, broken and strained relationships, damaged reputations, and harm to our witness as followers of Jesus.

Today, refuse to give in to a mentality or spirit of anger. Confess, give over, and release your anger to God and let Him flood you with grace, mercy, peace, love, and joy. He is waiting on you to surrender your anger to Him. - Jimmy

PRAYER: “Abba Father, I confess anger to You and I choose to give it over and release it You. I break any and every agreement I have made with my right to stay angry and my entitlement to revenge. Thank you for cleansing me and renewing my mind by the washing of the pure water of Your Word. I receive forgiveness, grace, mercy, freedom, hope, joy, and peace. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

January 30, 2021

Do You Have A Fever?

Anger, like a low grade fever is settling into our culture. It’s not the spikes that are concerning, it’s the ongoing hidden infection that causes damage over time. At least when it’s out in the open and exposed, it can be treated, released, and healed.

Have you checked your temperature lately? Examine your heart for a root of bitterness taking hold like a low grade fever. If so, let it go and give it over to God. He can break your anger fever and you can once again experience His peace and grace. - Jimmy

PRAYER: “Father, injustice is rampant in our world today and I have fallen into the trap of bitterness and anger. Like a fever it has gripped my entire soul. I stand before your Grace Throne and by faith I receive Your grace for healing, peace, and restoration. I break any agreements I have made with anger, entitlement, and victimization. I give everyone and everything to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

January 29, 2021

My Morning Habit

Mornings are a great time to come before God and reset your mind, body, and spirit for what the day will bring. Apparently, David felt the same way.

Engaging a morning routine is a great way to bring balance and equilibrium to your life. Have you noticed the tone of your morning sets up your attitude, outlook, and mood for the day?

I find it best to engage my morning habit at about the same time and in the same place when possible. Do you enjoy a morning habit? Feel free to share you morning routine as a way to help others along their growth journey. Have an amazing day! - Jimmy

My Morning Habit:

• Conversational Prayer - relaxed and casual. “Good morning Lord...”
• Scripture Reading - not long, simply searching the Bible for His word to me for the day.
• Worship - typically soft instrumental music to provide a non-distracting backdrop.
• Journaling - this has evolved through the years into the daily devotional, like the one you’re reading now.
• Biblical Confessions and Affirmations - I like to use verses about my identity in Christ and speaking out loud how God sees me.
• Coffee - I enjoy about 2 cups during my morning habit and I thank God for it just as I would a meal.
• Gratitude - All through the morning, I pause to thank Him for everything in my life, starting with what is around me in the moment.
• Mindfulness - I try to be as present, grounded, and in the moment as possible.
• The One Minute Pause - John Eldredge has produced a wonderful App I use everyday. It’s like rebooting your mind and spirit.
• Wrap Up - I end my time in the morning with another simple, “Thank you Father,” and move on into the day with joy, gratitude, and faith.

PRAYER: “Father, thank you for the grace to engage and enjoy my morning habit with You. Thank you for meeting me in the quiet of the morning, before the busyness of the day begins. Like David, I speak to you in the stillness, in the quiet, and in the peaceful moments before I embrace this the new day. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

January 28, 2021

Do You Feel Robbed?

I cannot remember a time in my life when more people were living with an ongoing sense of anger and frustration. A global pandemic, a divisive election, and insecurity about the future. All of this is in our face everyday.

These and other factors play into a life-draining cultural fatigue that becomes the seedbed for fear and anger. Left unchecked it will steal your peace, kill your joy, and erode your sense of well-being.

Present your anger to God. He can handle it. You’re not going to run Him off or disgust Him with your frustration. Be direct and to the point. He will gladly lift it off your mind and heart and restore your peace, joy, and sense of well being.

PRAYER: “Father, I am angry at what has happened. I feel robbed and powerless to do anything about it. However, I refuse to let the sun set one more day on my anger. I release my anger to You and break every agreement I have made that feeds and facilitates anger. By faith, I receive Your peace, Your joy, and the restoration of my heart. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

January 27, 2021

All Things

“All things...” It’s easy to miss this when things are not going the way we had hoped or even the way we had prayed. Disappointment has a way of distorting and perverting our view.

No matter what you are facing, God has way of creating beauty out of ashes and turning graves into gardens. Rest in the truth that what is happening now is not the end of your story. He’s got this, better yet, he’s got you. - Jimmy

PRAYER: “Abba Father, I trust You. I know You’ve got this and You’ve got me securely in your capable hands. I choose to rest today in the truth of Your Word, You are working all things for good, even if I can’t see it yet. I will trust in You and I will see a victory. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

January 26, 2021

Show Up and Shine Out

As ominous and foreboding as darkness can be, it is no match for light.

Even the smallest amount of light will illuminate an entire area, for light and dark cannot coexist in the same space.

God created and empowered you to shine bright and eradicate darkness. How? Just by showing up and shining out.

Wherever you go and whatever you do today, know that you are lighting the way so that others can see with definition and clarity. - Jimmy

PRAY: “Father, thank you for creating and empowering me to shine bright. I receive and release the light of your presence as I go about my day. Keep me mindful that everywhere I go, Your light is shining on me, in me, and through me to touch, bless, and encourage every person I encounter today. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

January 25, 2021

What Do You Need Right Now?

I lived in cotton country in my teens. I could look out any window in my house and see white fields of cotton that looked like a snowy tundra. I learned something about agriculture:

The kind of seed you plant will be the kind of harvest you receive.

Do you need grace? Plant grace into others.
Do you hope? Plant hope into others.
Do you need encouragement? Plant encouragement into others.
Do you need friendship? Plant friendship into others.
Do you need joy? Plant joy into others.
Do you need peace? Plant peace into others.

Sow today for an abundant harvest tomorrow. - Jimmy

PRAY: “Heavenly Father, I understand that what I release and sow into the others will come back to me as a harvest. What goes around comes around. Today, I will plant seeds of love, joy, and peace everywhere I go, confident that I will enjoy an overflowing and abundant harvest. Thank you for giving me Your sure and true Word for this day. In Jesus’ name, amen!”

January 24, 2021

Receive and Release

Jesus did not always speak in parables, mysteries, or obscure language. Most of the time He was direct and clear. Today’s verse needs no parsing of the Koine Greek language to understand this is a command, order, precept, or injunction. We are to receive and release love to others as He loves us. Be a river not a reservoir. - Jimmy

PRAY: “Father, what an honor and joy it is to take the love you give me and radiate that love to those I encounter as I go about my day. I am grateful that love is a fruit, product, and proof of the Holy Spirit’s abiding presence in my life. I receive your love and release your love through me right now. In Jesus’ name, amen!”

January 23, 2021

So You Want to Comment on That Post?

For some in our nation, it’s a time of celebration and hope, for others, it’s a time of mourning and fear. Either way, for you who have placed your life and eternity into Christ, this is your time to radiate love and demonstrate grace.

When you love “in deed and in truth” you enjoy a life with no regrets. You live today with tomorrow in mind. You do not leave a swath of wounded hearts, damaged souls, and broken relationships behind. You are marked by love, joy, and peace.

THINK: Pray before you post, comment, converse, or pass along that article or video. Read everything online with a discerning mind. Not everything in your newsfeed is true (shocking I know). Think about and picture the people who will read what you write, post, or comment (There are real people on the other side of that screen). Ascertain, “Is this really going to make a difference or am I just venting my own anger, opinion, or frustration?” Ask, “Is this helpful, hopeful, life-giving, positive, or encouraging?” - Jimmy

PRAY: “Father, thank you for the grace and ability to love in both deed and truth today. You are love and You are abiding in me and living Your life through me, therefore those I connect with today will experience Your perfect love. Holy Spirit, check me before I post, speak, comment, criticize, or judge today. Thank you for the grace to radiate love and demonstrate grace and therefore bring honor and glory to Your name. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

January 22, 2021

Hated?

Don’t be surprised as you read the news, take in entertainment, and witness the legislation that comes out of the world. Should we expect anything different from those who have rejected a relationship with God?

Don’t fall into the trap of wanting to be loved and embraced by the world. While you are not an enemy of the world, you can celebrate the truth that you are not of this kingdom. You were chosen out of the world and set you apart for His glory and delight. - Jimmy

PRAY: “Father, thank you for choosing me and setting me apart for Your honor and Your glory. I am thankful that while I an ‘in’ the world, I am not ‘of’ the world. As a citizen of another kingdom, I want to make the most of my time on this planet. I receive Your grace to grow and develop as You and I, together, navigate the landscape of life in this world. In Jesus’ name, amen!”

January 21, 2021

Alienated and Enemies

There are four key words to celebrate, “once were” and “yet now.” This is great news for you today. As a follower of Christ you are now restored to friendship and harmony with God as it was always intended to be.

Jesus presents you as holy, without blame or fault, and above reproach in His sight! Thank Him for the “once were” and enjoy and celebrate the “yet now!” - Jimmy

PRAYER DECLARATION: “Father, I once was alienated from you and even an enemy of all that is good and holy. Yet now, Jesus has restored our relationship as it was meant to be from the beginning. Therefore, in Christ, I am restored, I am reconciled, I am holy, I am blameless, and I am above reproach. In Jesus’ name, amen!”

January 20, 2021

The Power To Guard Your Heart

The battle that is raging is for your heart. There is an enemy whose sole purpose is to cause you to lose heart.

If you lose heart, you will stop fighting for the advancement of the things of God in your mind, will, emotions, spirit, and physical well-being.

God has given you what Paul calls “the weapons of our warfare.” They give you the power to walk the walk and fight the good fight of faith.

Guard your heart. Don’t give in to the din of cultural rhetoric. Stop swimming in the cesspool of news and propaganda. Reduce your screen time. Refuse to comment or post unless it is life-giving, positive, or hopeful.

You can recover what the enemy has stolen from your spirit. The war for your heart is a winnable war. - Jimmy

PRAY: “Father, I know there is more to this life than anger and disappointment. Therefore, I take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ, I cast down every imagination, and every high and lofty thing that exalts itself against knowing You. I refuse to give my heart away to the spirit of the age and I will not give in to the constant call of our culture to throw in the towel regarding my walk with Christ. I am a “Victor” not a “Victim!” In Jesus’ name, amen!”

January 19, 2021

Genuine and Authentic

The greatest indicator of your devotion to Christ is not how passionately you worship, how fervently you pray, how many spiritual gifts you display, or how many times you have read through the Bible.

The true mark of a fully devoted follower of Jesus is the genuine love you have for other Christ followers. Authentic love reveals the true condition of your heart. Love well today. - Jimmy

PRAY: “Father, thank you for the love you have for me. Today, I choose love and by faith, I believe You will genuinely and authentically love others through me. I receive the fulness of Your love both in and through me. In Christ I am a ‘life-giver’ and a ‘love-leaker.’ In Jesus’ name, amen.”

January 18, 2021

Pierce the Dark

Just because the world appears to be a dark place, does not mean you have to give into and be overwhelmed by the darkness.

Driving away darkness is Jesus’ specialty. He shows up, light shows up, darkness dissipates. It is both a natural and spiritual law.

Take a moment to reset and renew your mind by acknowledging you are His and you abide in the light of His presence and glory. - Jimmy

Pray Out Loud: “Abba Father, I’m grateful that you sent your Son into the darkness of this world. As the brightest light ever created, His very presence drives out all darkness and replaces that darkness with light, love, joy, grace, hope, and blessing. I dwell in and live in the light of Your glory and grace. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

January 17, 2021

More Than Enough

No matter what this world throws your way, there is more than enough Grace (power, strength, ability, authority, and favor) available to give you exactly what you need right when you need it. - Jimmy

Pray Out Loud: “Father, thank you for keeping me securely in Your capable hands. Today, I choose faith over fear and hope over despair. I am Your sheep and I listen for Your voice in this very moment as You lead me and guide me through and over everything that comes my way this day. In Christ, I am an overcomer and victor and, according to Your Word, I reign in this life! In Jesus’ name, amen.”

January 16, 2021

The State of the Nation?

Jesus’ promise of abundant and overflowing life is not conditional upon the state of the nation where you happen to reside. It is a personal promise to every individual who identifies as a follower of Jesus.

In this moment you can choose, by faith, to change your perspective and receive His life-giving promise. No need to ask, it’s already yours to receive. - Jimmy

Pray Aloud: “Father, I reject and resist the thief’s attempt to steal, kill, and destroy my hope, my love, my joy, my peace, my perspective, and my life. I receive and embrace your promise of overflowing and abundant life right here and right now. In Jesus’ name, amen!”

January 15, 2021

Our Freedoms in Peril?

The topic of freedom has been spoken of much lately in my circles. Some are fearful that their civil and religious freedoms are in peril.

Here is what I know to be true: In Christ we will always and forever be free. Our freedom in Christ supersedes anything that comes our way in this world.

Take a moment and thank your Heavenly Father for the freedom you have in Christ and through the Spirit in this very moment. - Jimmy

Pray Aloud: “Father, I am forever grateful that Jesus the Son has made me free in spite of the affairs of man in this world. In Christ I am free indeed! In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

January 14, 2021