Daily Devotionals ’13
8 – August 2013 Devotionals
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
August 1, 2013
1 John 4:8-10 (NIV) – “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
Yesterday we talked about following the love (agape) of God in order to flow in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Today’s scripture confirms this idea.  1 John 4:8 doesn’t just say that God shows us love, it says God is love!  There is no way we could have the divine, Godly love of “agape” on our own.  It is God Himself.  We can’t produce it.  When we realize that God loves us so much that He sent Jesus as our atoning sacrifice for our sins, we can receive Jesus as our Savior.  Now God by the Holy Spirit dwells in us.  We now have agape (love) dwelling in us.  When we sense this love for our fellow man, it is evidence that God by the Holy Spirit dwells in us.When we sense the overwhelming compassion and love of God, we can be sure that God desires to minister through us.  This love, or agape, is from the Holy Spirit, and is a supernatural love, a divine love.  Since it is from the Holy Spirit, we also know that the gifts of the Holy Spirit will be present as well.  Follow the love of God that is shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Spirit, and you will also flow effortlessly in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  This is how God desires us to minister the good news of Jesus to the world.Blessings,
Mike Popovich
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
August 2, 2013
1 John 4:8-10 (NIV) – “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
Yesterday we talked about following the love (agape) of God in order to flow in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Today’s scripture confirms this idea.  1 John 4:8 doesn’t just say that God shows us love, it says God is love!  There is no way we could have the divine, Godly love of “agape” on our own.  It is God Himself.  We can’t produce it.  When we realize that God loves us so much that He sent Jesus as our atoning sacrifice for our sins, we can receive Jesus as our Savior.  Now God by the Holy Spirit dwells in us.  We now have agape (love) dwelling in us.  When we sense this love for our fellow man, it is evidence that God by the Holy Spirit dwells in us.When we sense the overwhelming compassion and love of God, we can be sure that God desires to minister through us.  This love, or agape, is from the Holy Spirit, and is a supernatural love, a divine love.  Since it is from the Holy Spirit, we also know that the gifts of the Holy Spirit will be present as well.  Follow the love of God that is shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Spirit, and you will also flow effortlessly in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  This is how God desires us to minister the good news of Jesus to the world.Blessings,
Mike Popovich
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
August 3, 2013

Romans 8:26-27 – “Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities.  For we know not what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  Now He that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

When we pray in the spirit, we are praying in tongues, and tongues are a gift that came with the Holy Spirit.  When we don’t know how to pray, we can simply pray in tongues.  It is a perfect prayer and always gets answered; as we do this the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us according to God’s will.  For example, if you don’t know how to pray for your children, you can ask the Holy Spirit to pray for your kids according to God’s perfect will; then simply pray in tongues.

The word “groanings” in the above scripture is the Greek word “stenagmos.”  It is only used twice in the entire Bible.  It literally means a sigh, groaning or breath directly from the Holy Spirit.  The only other time the word is used is in Acts 7:34 when Peter was explaining how the nation of Israel was delivered from Egypt.  When God heard their “groaning” the nation of Israel was delivered, every one of them were released with silver and gold, and not one person had any sickness or disease.

So what does this mean for you and I today?  The Old Covenant is a picture of what is available in the New Covenant.  When we pray in the Spirit, God hears our “groanings.”  As you pray in tongues, we are delivered from lack, sickness and disease, family strife, etc.  The same groaning that delivered Israel from bondage, restored everything lost, and removed all sickness and disease is available to us when we pray in tongues. Praying in tongues brings us into our promised land of rest and allows us to receive everything Jesus died for when we pray in the Spirit.

Blessings,
Mike Popovich

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
August 4, 2013

1 Corinthians 14:4-5  – “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.  I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.”

Apostle Paul clearly desires for us to pray in tongues and prophesy.  In the church it is more profitable to prophesy because the entire church is edified.  When you pray in tongues, you edify yourself.  I want you to understand what it means to edify yourself.  The Greek word for edify is “oikodomeo.”  It literally means to build up and strengthen a house.  In 1 Corinthians 3:16 Paul explains that we are the New Testament temples, or house that the Holy Spirit dwells in.  Just like the physical temple in the Old Testament had three parts, we have three parts (body, soul and spirit).  So when we pray in the Holy Spirit, our body, soul spirit are built up and strengthened.

When we pray in tongues, it helps strengthen our physical bodies from sickness, disease and weakness.  God does not desire for us to be sick or weak.  He desires for us to use the divine gift of praying in tongues to strengthen our body.  Praying in tongues will also edify our mind, will and emotions.  God does not desire for us to be depressed or emotionally unstable.  Praying in tongues will edify our souls.  It strengthens our minds and emotions.  You never have to suffer another day of depression again.

We can enjoy joy in the Holy Spirit.  God desires for our entire body, soul and spirit to be built up and edified.  Praying in tongues is the divine gift He has given us to edify the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Blessings,
Mike Popovich

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
August 5, 2013

Luke 11:13 – “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

All of us have probably received a gift that has overwhelmed us with thanksgiving, joy and appreciation.  Jesus is saying that if we understand how to give good gifts on earth, how much more does our heavenly Father know how to give good gifts.  Our earthly gifts won’t even be in the same league.  They will truly be good and overwhelm us with joy.

These heavenly gifts come with the Holy Spirit.  We can cast every care upon the Lord because the Holy Spirit is our Comforter.  If we need any comfort, as we pray in the Spirit we will feel rested and refreshed, and experience the joy of the Lord.  If we need direction or guidance, Isaiah 48:17 says, “Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
The Holy One of Israel: 
“I am the Lord your God,
 Who teaches you to profit, 
Who leads you by the way you should go.”  We don’t need to feel anxious about making decisions, The Holy Spirit will lead us and His paths are profitable to us.  Everything we could ever need is available to us in the Holy Spirit.

The nation of Israel understood if God was with them, no weapon formed against them would prosper.  They would emerge from every battle victoriously.   God’s presence ensured abundance, wholeness,
health and joy.  Every day remind yourself that God is with you.  The Holy Spirit will never leave you nor forsake you.  The more you realize this precious gift of the Holy Spirit, you will live a life of shalom,  a life of total victory and peace in the Lord!

Blessings,
Mike Popovich