Thursday, February 11, 2016

THE GRACE OF DIGNITY / A Peaceful and Quiet Life



This is the forth of five devotions and music videos

with the theme from Galatians 5:22
The Fruit of the Spirit is Peace


(Adapted from 1 Timothy 2: 1-4; 1 Corinthians 13:5)

I read recently about a woman who met George W. Bush, III in 2002 when he was President. She was invited to the White House to attend a conference and she had the pleasure of speaking briefly to the President and the First Lady about their faith in God. She said that his words were spoken with great power and authority and he held himself with dignity and honor. When the then-president gave an order, those under his command carried out his wishes without hesitation. Although George W. Bush, III was and still is a dignified and honorable man, the place he held as the Commander in Chief of the United States of America, the highest authority in our land, placed him in a position to be honored and esteemed. Not only did he deserve our respect as a man of faith but the office he occupied for eight years esteemed him the highest of respect and honor from all over the world.

This woman who met the President found it easy to give a good report and testimony of her encounter with this prestigious man and his wife. It seems that we don’t hear such testimonies today about our President. Everywhere I turn, I hear negative, degrading and detrimental reports and remarks about a man who occupies the same honorable position as President Bush once held.

No matter what our opinion is of either man; no matter our view of how the highest office of the land is being occupied; and no matter our estimation of either man’s character, we have to esteem the Word of God as our final authority. Paul, speaking to Timothy, gave him instruction about treating those in authority with respect and we are given the same instructions 2,000 years later.

“I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions,
and thanksgivings be made for all people,
for kings and all who are in high positions,
that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life,
godly and dignified in every way.
This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,
who desires all people to be saved
and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Father, forgive me for critical words spoken about leaders of my country, my state and my community. Forgive me for judging leaders according to my estimation of their abilities and accomplishments. I have decided that when I speak and give my opinion of anyone in authority over me, that I will filter my words through the instructions of Paul that he gave to Timothy and to me.
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A PEACEFUL AND QUIET LIFE

Verse
I urge you that supplications,
Prayers and intercessions
Be made for all people
And for those in high positions of authority
Chorus:
That we may lead a quiet and peaceful life,
Godly and dignified in every way.
This is good and pleasing in God’s sight.
And this will draw all men
To the knowledge of the truth to be saved.
Bridge
Don't be undignified or rude.
Lead a peaceful and quiet life,
Godly and dignified in every way
Don't be rude or uncouth
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WALK OUT PEACE / Follow Peace


This is the 3rd of 5 devotions with the theme of
“The Fruit of the Spirit is Peace”

(Adapted from Romans 12:18; John 14:27; Hebrews 12:14; Galatians 5:22)

Walking in love every day involves walking out peace.Sometimes our love walk may not appear to be very rewarding and we have to make sure we are following peace. We have known people whom we thought to be very godly and spiritual, but when they were faced with the choice to forgive, they refused. They also would not graciously accept an apology.

When we ask for forgiveness and we are not forgiven by the other person or when we apologize and our apology is not accepted, we must realize that we have done our part. The Word says to do all that we can as far as it depends on us. The unwillingness to forgive is not our responsibility. It is our responsibility to ask for forgiveness and apologize. If we are not careful, after asking someone to forgive us and they do not, we risk becoming unforgiving of their un-forgiveness. So now we have to forgive them for their un-forgiveness and drop the whole thing. Leave it with them and God. Paul wrote

If possible, as far as it depends on you,
live at peace with everyone.

Father, my love walk today involves following peace with everyone. When I am confronted with unforgiveness on someone else’s part, I will seek a peaceful solution. I will be quick to apologize in order to help a person trapped in unforgiveness to apologize. I will humble myself to demonstrate humility to bring about peace. But Lord, if my efforts are not received, I will let it go. I will forgive again and I will live in peace. Thank you for the grace on my life to live in peace with everyone.


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FOLLOW PEACE
Devotion: Walking Out Peace
(Adapted from Romans 12:18; John 14:27; Hebrews 12:14)
Verse
As far as it depends on you live at peace with everyone
My peace I leave with you, live at peace with everyone
Chorus
Follow peace with all men, without holiness
No man will see the Lord, live at peace with everyone

© LoveWalkMusic WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Monday, February 8, 2016

PERFECT PEACE / Peace Be Still

This is the 2nd of 5 devotions with the theme from Galatians 5:22
“The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Peace”


Perfect Peace
Song: Peace Be Still
(Adapted from Isaiah 26:3; Mark 4:37-41)

And He was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow:
and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

If I do not have perfect peace in every circumstance and situation in life then I am living beneath my privilege as a believer. Jesus said,

“My peace I give unto you.”

Father, I have perfect peace in you today. I know that in every circumstance, I am loved by my Father. Father, I go to your word and remind myself of how much you love me. You loved me so much that You gave Your only begotten son so that I would not perish.

I confess today that I will not perish eternally. I will not perish financially. I will not perish physically. I will not perish emotionally. Father, You will keep me in perfect peace because my mind is continually, and steadfastly, and securely upon You.
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PEACE BE STILL
Devotion: Perfect Peace
(Adapted from Mark 4:37-41)
Verse 1:
When we began our journey the sailing was smooth
But as we progressed, all control we seemed to lose,
The tempest was tossed, I thought all was lost,
I approached the prince of peace,
I wondered how could He sleep
I said, master carest not that we perish,
He seemed to marvel at our unbelief
Then He spoke these words so peacefully,
Yet He spoke with such authority
Chorus:
Peace be still, Peace be still,
He speaks unto the winds and waves
And even they obey
Peace be still, Peace be still
All you have to do is pray
And all He has to do is say
To the storms of your life, “peace be still”.
Verse 2:
You may be going though the storm of your life,
You may think your drowning
Going down for the third time,
Like the disciples had done all they could do
They approached the Prince of Peace,
You can approach Him too
Just like He spoke to the waves of the sea,
He will speak to the storms of your life
And all of them must cease
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LOVE IMPARTS PEACE / Peace

This is the 1st of 5 devotions 
with the theme from Galatians 5:22
“The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Peace”


(John 20:19-23; Galatians 5:22)

The disciples were behind closed doors. They were afraid. They thought they were next. Jesus walked right through the wall and sent their fears out the window! Jesus spoke peace to comfort them and gave them strength. His salutation was not just empty words. His words covered them with peace. Jesus showed them His hands and His side. When they saw him and heard him speak, they were filled with joy and fear left.

Have you ever been afraid or stressed and you read a couple of scriptures and you immediately could sense the peace of God? God's power is based on love and His love dispels fear and imparts peace. When we speak His Word, it has the same effect on us and others as Jesus' words had on the disciples that night they were hiding and so fearful. His words brought change to their hearts that night and his words still bring change today to the hearts of men.

Father, thank you for your word. Thank you for the power of your words that impart peace. I commit to speak your words of peace and comfort to others today. I receive Your peace and I impart your peace to others today.

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PEACE
Devotion: Love Imparts Peace
( John 14:27 and 20:19-23)
Chorus
Peace I give to you;
My peace I leave to you
Not as the world gives give I to you
Verse 1:
Do not let your hearts be troubled,
Do not let your hearts be fearful
Don’t be agitated, don’t be disturbed,
Don’t you be unsettled
Verse 2
I have not given unto you a spirit of fear
I have given unto you a spirit of power,
A spirit of love and a sound mind
Bridge
Be anxious for nothing but in every circumstance
With petition and thanksgiving
Make your requests known to Me
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WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Saturday, February 6, 2016

THE JOY OF THE WORD / What A Joy

This is the 7th in a series of 7 devotions 
and music videos
with the theme from Galatians 5:22
The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Joy



(Nehemiah 8:10)

God’s Word is perfect.  It has the power to change our hearts and to restore us into right standing with God.  The Word of God has the power to shed light on our path and give us the hope of eternity.  It has the power to make us wise and heal our bodies.  The Word has the power to keep us from sin and the power to defeat the enemy of our souls.  God’s Word has the power to travel via the words of our mouth around the world and it has the ability to accomplish that which God intends.  The Word is always relevant and never out of date or out of style.  It is always appropriate and fitting for every situation.  Because the Word of God is perfect and complete, it has the power to give us joy.  And that joy becomes our strength.

One’s success in life is calculated by joy.  If we have true joy, it means we have meditated on the Word and followed its precepts and accomplished victories and achievements on a daily basis.  Only God’s Word has the power to give us success daily and that is the source of joy. 

Father, I believe Your Word and I place Your Word on the highest place in my heart.  I live by Your Word and I make decisions based on the guidance of Your Word.  It gives me great joy to know that my days are successful and my assignments will be complete because the Word is made flesh and lives inside of me!  What a marvelous truth!  What a joy!
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This is the seventh devotion and it is the impartation devotion
Father, we believe that we receive and impartation of joy, not the kind that the world give but we receive Your joy.  We receive joy unspeakable and full glory. 





WHAT A JOY
Devotion:  The Joy of the Word
(Nehemiah 8:10)
Verse
For this day is holy to the Lord 
And not grief-some or depressed 
For the joy of the Lord is my strength 
And my stronghold
(Repeat) 
Chorus 1
What a joy to know You are mine 
What a joy to know to I am saved
What a joy to know that I am on my way
Bridge
I’m on my way to all He has for me 
I’m on my way to the victory
I’m on my way, 
I am one of the redeemed 

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Friday, February 5, 2016

LIVING WATER / Springs Of Living Water

This is the 6th of 7 devotions with the theme from Galatians 5:22
“The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Joy”



(Adapted from John 4:1-15; Galatians 5:22)
It’s the Noon hour. Jesus and his disciples are traveling to Galilee. They stop at Jacob’s well near Samaria. Jesus probably felt a prompting of the Spirit to linger at the well. Knowing the disciples were hungry, he probably consented to their request to go on into Samaria and bring back food. Let’s look at this scene where Jesus is sitting by the well and a Samaritan woman approaches to draw water.
“Would you draw a cup of water for me?”
The woman, surprised that this Jewish man spoke to her, said, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink of water?”
“If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me for a drink and I would give you living water.”
“Sir, you have no bucket and this well is deep. Where would you get living water? How can you offer me better water than my ancestor Jacob, who built this well?”
“Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never ever thirst again. The water I give will be like an artesian spring within you, a gushing fountain of endless life.”
“Sir, give me some of this water . . . “
This woman has encountered the Messiah. He offers her living water. Her thoughts may have been . . . “That would be great! I’ll never have to walk to this well again! Wait a minute. What is living water? Is he really looking at me? Why is this man talking to me? Living water… It feels like His eyes are looking right into my soul! His eyes are full of love! Living water… God’s gift would be the Messiah. . . Is this not the Messiah? Could this be the Messiah?”
Jesus didn’t see a cultural difference at the well that day. Through the eyes of love, He saw a woman who needed to lay down the world’s water and take a drink of living water. Love looked beyond her need of worldly means to her need for spiritual fulfillment. Love looks beyond the ordinary and sees through God’s eyes.
Father, I come to you daily for a drink from this spring of your living water. I will not go to Jacob’s well looking for the world’s water. You are the only source of life and hope for me. As I walk it out in love today, I want my life to direct others to this fountain of living water also. I drink in living water. . .
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LIVING WATER
Devotion: Living Water At Jacob’s Well
(Adapted from John 4:1-15; Galatians 5:22)
Verse 1:
Tired from His journey He sat down
By Jacob’s well
By Jacob’s well
A Samaritan woman comes to draw
Water from Jacob’s well
Water from Jacob’s well
But this time she finds . . .
Chorus 1:
Springs of living water
Springs of living water
Springing up unto eternal life
Springs of living water
Springs of living water
Springing up unto eternal life
Verse 2:
She could not keep it to herself
She had to tell her friends
And everyone she knew
And everyone she could find
Come and see a man
Come and see a man
Come and see a man
Come and see a man
Chorus 2:
Is this not the Messiah?
Repeat 5 times
And she found . . .
Springs of living water
Springs of living water
Springing up unto eternal life
Repeat
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

JOY, THE FINAL RESULT OF LOVE / Joy

This is the 5th of 7 devotions with the theme from Galatians 5:22
“The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Joy”


John 16:20-22; Galatians 5:22
I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that you shall weep and grieve, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful but your sorrow will be turned into joy. A woman, when she gives birth to a child, has grief (anguish, agony) because her time has come. But when she has delivered the child, she no longer remembers her pain (trouble, anguish) because she is so glad that a child has been born into the world. So for the present you are also in sorrow (in distress and depressed) but I will see you again and then your hearts will rejoice, and no one can take from you your joy (gladness, delight).
When Jesus was crucified, the world was glad. They mocked Him. They spat upon Him. Jesus looked beyond their hate and saw their need. He laid down His life for those very individuals. Hebrews 12:2 reveals that “For the joy that was before Him, He endured the cross despising the shame”.
Father I take off offense and I put on love. I confess today that I love with the same kind of love that you expressed when you laid down your life for the very ones who mocked You. Through Your eyes of love, I see past all of the small stuff. Through Your eyes of love, I see each individual as one for whom Christ died. I know that the final result of this kind of love will be a joy that no one can take away from me. It is only in practicing Your love that I ever realize Your joy which is unspeakable and full of glory.
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JOY
Devotion: Joy, The Final Result of Love
(John 16:20-22; Galatians 5:22)
Verse:
You have loved righteousness
You have hated lawlessness
Therefore God, even your God has anointed you
With the oil of gladness
With the oil of exalted joy
With the oil of gladness above your companions
Chorus:
Joy, joy, joy, joy
Well, it’s joy unspeakable and full of glory (repeat)
The world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away



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