Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WHEN I LOVE / Stevens Charge

This is the 2nd of 7 devotions with the theme of “Forgiveness”


(Acts 7:56)

How many times have I forgiven this way, “Lord, I forgive that person, but Lord, you get them! Make them see that what they have done is wrong!” That is actually not forgiveness but a charge against the offender.

When Stephen said, “Don’t lay this charge against them,” the next thing that happened was, Stephen saw the heavens open and he saw Jesus standing at the right hand of the Father. First, the throne of God is in the seventh heaven and not in the first heaven. Jesus’ official position is seated at the Father’s right hand. So, it appears that Stephen’s forgiveness was so powerful that the Father and the Son were immediately translated from the seventh heaven to the first heaven. Jesus stood from his official seated position in honor of Stephen and personally escorted Stephen to heaven. The forgiveness that Stephen practiced was very powerful with God.

As the stones were hitting his body, Stephen was telling the Father that he was pressing no charges against them and asking that He forgive them. Could I forgive the same way? 

Father, I want to forgive like Stephen forgave. I want a heart of forgiveness.   I want to express forgiveness for any and every offense. Thank you for putting a heart like Stephen’s in me.

©LoveWalkPublishing Devotion Authored by KentCliffordCooley


WHEN I LOVE
Devotion: Stephen’s Charge
(1 Corinthians 13; 1 John 3:14-15; Acts 7:56)
Verse 1 and 2
When I love, when I (1. am patient) (2. forgive), when I am kind
I pass from death unto life, when I love
When I hate, when (1. I am jealous) (2. I’m Unforgiving)], when (1. I am rude) (2. I’m self seeking),
I am held captive in spiritual death, when I hate
Chorus 1 and 2
So, I’ll take action, (1. I’ll apologize) (2. I will forgive),
I’ll humble myself and (1. get) (2. keep) myself inside of love, inside of light, I’m back inside of love,
I’m back inside of light
Bridge
When old Steven was accused, as the stone were striking his body and he was dying
He forgave, he stayed inside of love
Father lay not this sin to their charge, he saw the face of God
And Jesus standing at the father’s right hand
He stayed inside of love
©LoveWalkMusic WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Sunday, September 28, 2014

LOVE COVERS SINS / Forgiven, I Forgive

This is the 1st of 7 devotions with the theme of
“Forgiveness”


(Adapted from John 8:11; 1 Peter 7:8;)

How many of us are without sin? Not one. Do I have a right to an opinion about another’s sin? Absolutely not. Am I supposed to judge or measure sin? No. Am I supposed to love the person living in sin? Unconditionally. What if the sin is really bad? Jesus said to the adulterous woman,

“I do not condemn you. Go and sin no more.”

We have our own ideas about measuring sin, whether our own or something we observe. If love rules my heart, I will not sit in the judgment seat because Jesus didn’t. Love is a choice. Jesus chose to love this woman and not condemn her even though he hated the bondage of her sin. He pulled her away from sin’s grip. He saw her separated from her sin. Shouldn’t we do the same? Condemnation condemns us for our sin. Conviction calls us to repentance and frees us from our sin and from guilt.

I know of a woman in prison that killed her husband because of an affair. She is paying a price with her physical freedom and she pays a price every time she looks into the faces of her two sons that look just like their dad. With much counsel, she separated herself from guilt and condemnation and received Jesus’ love. She now leads a prayer group in the prison and counsels others! If you ask her how, she would tell you, “I am separated from sin, guilt and condemnation. I know what Christ has done for me and I know what He will do for others. I receive His love and forgiveness and I extend that mercy to others.”

When I look at another’s sin and have any conclusions at all not based on love, I am exercising religion just like the adulterous woman’s condemners. When I look through my Father’s eyes, I see a separation from sin. The most effective thing I can do is speak love and mercy over that person’s life and ask God to make Himself real to them.

Lord, I do not condemn myself or others for sin. I envision myself and others separated and freed from sin. I want Your love, extended through me, to demand mercy to cover sin whether it be my own or another’s. I receive mercy and love and I extend the same to others. I know that this attribute of love is what led You to the cross to secure mercy for me. I am one for whom You died. Thank you for revelation of your extended mercy and love to cover all sin no matter how severe. I apply that revelation to my life now and I will do the same for others.

© LoveWalkPublishing Devotion Authored by Rebecca Cooley




FORGIVEN, I FORGIVE
Devotion: Love Covers Sins
(Adapted from John 8:11; 1 Peter 7:8)
Verse:
Love does not resent
Close the door on resentment
If I will forgive
I’ll close the door to resentment
Chorus:
I’m forgiven and I forgive (repeat 4 times)
Bridge:
You gave so much for me that day on Calvary,
I stand before you forgiven
I will not resent
Much has been given me
And much do I give
© LoveWalkMusicWordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CARE PREVENTION / Walking & Talking w/ You

This is the 7th of 7 devotions with the theme from 1 Peter 5:7
“Casting Care”

CARE PREVENTION

(Adapted from Romans 11:16; 1 Corinthians 13:5; 1Peter 5:7; 1 John 1:7; 1 John 1:9;)

The first fruits of our day belong to the Lord. Scripture says,



"If the first fruit is holy, the whole lump is holy."


Morning prayer is a preemptive strike on the enemy and we begin our day with a huge advantage. It is the best time to cast our care so that we can begin our day care-free. It is the best time to confess our sins so that we can begin our day sin-free. As we emerge out of the darkness of the night, it is in the morning that we choose to walk in the light as He is in the light. It is in the morning that we find ourselves in a mode of fellowship with the Lord that lasts all day. We can truly pray without ceasing all day when we establish fellowship in our first waking moments. Talking to God in the morning is the best investment you can make in your day.


And when you add thanksgiving, you bring much pleasure to Your Creator!

Gratitude reduces the amount of care you will have to cast on the Lord. It is the ounce of prevention that is better than the pound of cure. An ounce of thanksgiving is better than a pound of care.


So go ahead, get your feet wet from the dew on the grass. Take a walk with Jesus this morning.

WALKING AND TALKING WITH YOU

(Adapted from Romans 11:16; 1 Corinthian s13:5; 1Peter 5:7; 1 John 1:7; 1 John 1:9; )
Verse 1: 
My feet are wet from the dew on the grass in the morning, 
walking and talking with You.
Verse 2: 
I cast all my care on the one who cares for me in the morning, 
walking and talking with You.
Verse 3: 
I confess all my sins to the one who is faithful 
to forgive and to cleanse from all unrighteousness.
Verse 4: 
I walk in the light as You are in the light in the morning, 
walking and talking with You.
Verse 5: 
O what fellowship, O what joy divine in the morning, 
walking and talking with You.
Verse 6: 
I am Yours and You are mine in the morning, 
walking and talking with You.


© LoveWalkPublishing WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Devotion by KentCliffordCooley


This is the impartation devotion:
Father, it has been settled once and for all.  I cast all my care upon You, all of my care, because You care for me.  

MY BEST FRIEND / Casting All My Care


This is the 5th of 7 devotions with the theme from 1 Peter 5:7
"Casting Care"


(Adapted from 1 Peter 5:7)

Do you have a best friend? A best friend is someone who accepts you just the way you are. You can tell your secrets to your best friend and trust him/her not to broadcast them on facebook. A best friend forgives and keeps coming back around. A best friend is loyal and believes in you. A best friend cares about how you feel. Your best friend may have a temperament just like you or you may be opposites but you enjoy each other’s company. My husband is my best friend. He is all of these things I have described and even more.

But there is a friendship I have that is closer than the companionship of my husband. It is a friend I can give all of my worries and cares to. If I tried to give my cares to my husband, he would not know what to do with them and if he took them, they would weigh him down and be a burden.
At one point, Jesus told his disciples that he no longer called them his servants but he now called them friends. Their relationship changed to a more personable one. Jesus referred to them as close friends.

Scripture indicates that our relationship with God can be personable as a close friend. Jesus is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Jesus said, “If your earthly father would give good things to his children, how much more will your heavenly Father give to his friends?” Scripture bears out that there is no relationship more personable and more loving than the one we have with Jesus.

"Give all your worries and cares to God,
for He cares about you."

Father, I cast my care upon you knowing that you really do care for me. You care for me as your child and as your best friend. My friends could let me down and even my husband doesn’t have all the answers that I need. I am glad that I can say that Jesus is my best friend!

 © LoveWalkPublishing - Devotion authored by Rebecca Ann Cooley




CASTING ALL MY CARE
Devotion: My Best Friend
(Adapted from 1 Peter 5:7)
Verse:
Jesus is a friend indeed and he sticks closer than a brother to me
I don’t have to bare my burdens alone
As a matter of fact, I don’t have to bear my burdens at all
Chorus
Casting all my care on him for he cares for me
Casting all my care on him he will meet my every need
I won’t take the care of it, I lay it at his feet
Casting all my care on him for he cares for me
Bridge
And he said he no longer just calls me a servant anymore
But now he calls me his friend, He calls me his friend
© LoveWalkMusic WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

EXCEPT FOR THE BLOOD / Past, Present & Future

This is the 4th of 7 devotions 
with the theme from 1 Peter 5:7
“Casting Care”




(Adapted from 1 Corinthians 6:11; 13:6; Romans 6:14; 1 John 1:9)

You may have heard the catch phase,

"If the devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future."

Another great catch phrase is,

"My PAST is under the blood, my PRESENT is on the altar and my FUTURE is in God's hands."

The psychology of the world teaches that there can be no disconnection from our past faults and failures. Alcoholics Anonymous teaches that the alcoholic will always be a recovering alcoholic. That would be true if it were not for the blood of Jesus. Because of the blood, and only by the blood, is there a disconnection of sin.
According to Romans 6:14, because of the blood, sin shall no longer have dominion over me.
According to 1 John 1:9, because of the blood, I am forgiven and cleansed from all my iniquities.
And according to 1 Corinthians 6:11, because of the blood, I am washed, sanctified and justified.
I confess my sins to the One who is faithful to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. And I cast all of my care upon the One who cares for me. Thank you, Father that I am free and care free!





PAST, PRESENT And FUTURE
(Adapted from 1 Corinthians 13:6; 1 John 1:9; 1 Peter 5:7)
Verse:
My past
(past is under the blood)
My present
(present is on the alter)
My future is in God's hands
(My future is in, my future is in God's hands)
(Repeat)

Chorus:
I'm confessing
(confessing all of my sins)
All of my sins
(confessing all of my sins)
To the one
(to the one who is)
Who is faithful to forgive
(faithful to forgive)
And I'm casting
(casting all of my care)
All of my care
(casting all of my care)
On the one
(one who cares for me)
Who cares for me
(one who cares for me)

© LoveWalkPublishing WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MY SOURCE / Jesus Is A Fountain



This is the 3rd of 7 devotions 
with the theme from 1 Peter 5:7
“Casting Care”


(Adapted from 1 Corinthians 13:5; Genesis 16; 1 Peter 5:7)

The story of Hagar and Ishmael is a classic of God's will and man's will differing. Sarah insisted that Abraham have relations with Hagar to bear him a child. Sarah took control and manipulated Abraham and Hagar to get what she thought she wanted. When Ishmael was born, Sarah had a bigger problem than she previously had and it was not long before Hagar and her son were sent away into the desert. Why did God tell Abraham to send Hagar and Ishmael away? Perhaps it was because it was not the will of God in the first place. Do you think that God intended to care for the needs of these two fugitives even though they were outcasts? He absolutely did.

What if Hagar's child had died in the desert? Would Abraham and Sarah have been held responsible for the death of the child, Ishmael? God told Abraham to heed to the word of Sarah and to send Hagar away. Therefore God was solely responsible for Hagar's and Ishmael's well being. Abraham and Sarah were released from caring for the woman and her child when Abraham obeyed God.

As Sarah's handmaiden, Hagar had always depended totally on her. She was her source for every need. In the desert, do you think that Hagar looked to God to fulfill her needs? In her eyes, Abraham and Sarah had failed her. She was in the desert and her child was dying of thirst.

God wanted Hagar to understand that Abraham was not her source. He created a miracle in the desert to provide for her. My employer may be the one who writes my check every week but God wants me to know in no uncertain terms that my employer is not my source. God alone is my source of every need that I have.

Just as Hagar cast her care on God and did not turn back to seek out Abraham or Sarah, I should not cast my care on those who could cut me off and send me away tomorrow. I should cast my care on the one who cares for me.

Father, I act on what I have read in the instruction manual of 1 Peter 5:7 concerning my cares. You are the one who cares for me. So in total abandon, I relinquish all my care upon the One who cares for me. I will bear these cares no more. My cares are not my responsibility anymore. They are Your cares and they are now in Your capable hands.




JESUS IS A FOUNTAIN
(Adapted from 1 Corinthians 13:5; Genesis 16)
Verse 1:
You can't keep living the way that you're living
You've got to find the answer and I know where to go
There ain't no joy and there ain't no peace
Till you find the shepherd of the fold
Chorus:
Jesus is a fountain of living water
If your down hearted and heavy your load
Jesus is a fountain of living water
He's life to a thirsty soul
Verse 2:
Hagar laid her child in the bushes to die
Everything looked like death
Then a fountain of water sprang up in the desert
When Jehovah Jirah gave her her request

© LoveWalkPublishing WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR CARES / Casting All Your Cares




This is the 2nd of 7 devotions 
with the theme from 1 Peter 5:7
“Casting Care”

(Adapted from Psalm 46:1; John 8:32; 1 Corinthians13:5; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Peter 5:7

Every need or desire has an outcome to which it can be fulfilled. If you wanted to build a deck, you would hire a carpenter. If you needed someone to go before a judge on your behalf, you would seek out the best attorney in town. If you needed assistance with understanding your computer, you would find a teenager or maybe even a child. 

Our Father wants us to know that He can handle our cares. He has the power and capability to fulfill any need that we could ever have. All we have to do is to give our cares, our concerns and our worries to him. We cast our cares and we receive back from Him grace, mercy, strength, deliverance or whatever the fulfillment of our need happens to be.

"Give all your worries and cares to God, 
for He cares about you."

He really, really cares for you.

Father, I relinquish all of my cares on you now. I look to no other to meet my needs. There is not a person on this earth who cares for me like you do and no one could ever fulfill the desires that I have like You can. I cast my cares on you for you really do care for me.

© LoveWalkPublishing
Devotion Authored by Kent&RebeccaCooley



CASTING ALL YOUR CARES
Devotion: What To Do With Your Cares
(Adapted from Psalm 46:1; John 8:32; 1 Corinthians13:5; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Peter 5:7)
Verse:
He's a very present help in time of trouble
He's a very present help in time of need
When you call on Him
He'll be there on the double
If you need a friend
He'll be a friend indeed
Chorus:
Casting all your cares on Him for He cares for you
Casting all your cares on Him for He knows what to do
Are you aware that you can cast all your cares?
Are you aware that He cares for you?
Bridge:
In total abandon, you can cast your cares, He intercedes
In total abandon, you can cast your cares and you'll be free
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WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
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