Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
Prayer Can Impact Our Lives, Community, and Nation

Prayer Can Impact Our Lives, Community, and Nation

June 20, 2018

Message Summary Our prayers can impact our community and our nation if we will pray to God and plead on behalf of the people – we live in a time when we need for God to intervene., as Jesus tells us in John 14:13-14: “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.". Hosea words, in Hosea 14:1-5, ring even more true for us today as we navigate the uncertainties arising in our lives and in our country: “Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. Take with your words and return to the LORD; say to him, ‘Take away all iniquity; accept what is good, and we will pay with bulls the vows of our lips. Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride on horses; and we will say no more, ‘Our God,’ to the work of our hands. In you the orphan finds mercy.’ I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them. I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon.". Our prayers can make a difference; and, hopefully, our prayers will stay the hand of destruction that is coming our way because we have ignored God and left Him aside and told Him we do not want Him in our lives or the life of our country. Pray as Paul advised us in Romans 12:12: “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.". Pray; we can have an impact with our prayers!

Today’s Affirmation: Today, I affirm that because I am in Jesus ChristGod isn’t finished with me yet. (Philippians 1:6). “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:14).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Five Needs of Fathers”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – The Promise of Belief (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA):  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/

Scripture Reference (ESV): Hosea 13:4-9; John 14:13-14; Romans 12:12; Psalms 149:1-9.

n Your Relationship with God, Pray Always — Don’t Give Up!

n Your Relationship with God, Pray Always — Don’t Give Up!

June 19, 2018

Message Summary: Often, when we pray, we know that additional prayers for the same issue are not needed. However, at other times, it seems we must pray continuously. Irrespective of the period of time we feel we must commit for the same issue, we must continue to pray and not give up – this means we pray and don’t give up on God. As Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirt. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.". The Lord will be faithful, in His time, to accomplish His good work in us, through us, and for us. He will be faithful to meet us in our times of need – He will be there even when we don’t think that we need Him.

Today’s Affirmation: Today, because of I am filled with the Holy Spirit, I will not be controlled by my Self-centerednessRather, I will walk in the Spirit’s fruit of Love. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22f).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Five Needs of Fathers”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – The Promise of Belief (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA):  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/

 Scripture Reference (ESV): Romans 1:9-10; Galatians 6:9-10; Matthew 6:5-8; Psalms 148:1-14.

God Is in All Our Life Circumstances

God Is in All Our Life Circumstances

June 18, 2018

Message Summary:  If the Lord is in our lives, then our lives’ circumstances somehow relate to Him. The Psalmist tells us, in Psalms 100:2-5, that God is with us because He made us: “Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to generations.". Therefore, practicing the presence of Jesus in our lives helps us to stay in tune with Jesus’ influence in our lives. Being in tune with Jesus presence, in our lives, is like listening to an FM radio station – we must tune into the right station and then listen. Tuning into the right station, for the presence of Jesus, requires that we maintain an awareness of our circumstances and their relationship to Jesus. Additionally, we must maintain a constant conversation, through prayer, with Jesus; and we must look to see how God is involved in the events surrounding us.

Today’s Affirmation: Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Anger. Rather, I will abide in the Lord’s Forgiveness. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Five Needs of Fathers”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – The Promise of Belief (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA):  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/

Scripture Reference (ESV): 2 Corinthians 4:13-15; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18; 1 John 1:5-10: Psalms 147:1-20.

Where Is God’s Involvement in Your Life?

Where Is God’s Involvement in Your Life?

June 17, 2018

Message Summary: Where is God’s involvement in your life? God’s “life interventions”, in your life, can provide either a success or a setback. For example, we lose a job; or we get a job. God can turn our world upside down. It’s not that we have done anything wrong; it’s the Holy Spirit working out God’s purpose in your life. We need to hear what the Angels said in Mathew 1:20: “an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.’”; and we need to hear what Jesus said in Mathew 6:34: “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”. If we follow the lead of the Holy Spirit in all aspects and seasons of our lives, we can see the birthing of another miracle in our lives.

Today’s AffirmationI affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, JesusI AM RIGHTEOUS IN GOD’S EYESGod made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Five Needs of Fathers”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – The Promise of Belief (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA):  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/

 Scripture Reference (ESV): Mathew 1:19-22; Mathew 6:25-34; Luke 1:28-35: Psalms 147:1-20.

How Can We Return to God During These Tough Times in America?

How Can We Return to God During These Tough Times in America?

June 16, 2018

Message Summary: In the Bible, we can find five exhortations, from the Lord, that are right on point for these tough times in America: 1) Do not fear; 2) Continue to tithe; 3) Get out of debt; 4) Help our brothers and sisters in need; and 5) Pray. The people in Malachi’s day were withholding what was God’s, and they were paying a price. But even in those conditions of sin, God said to the nation, in Malachi 3:7, “From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’.”. God does not change – God today is the same faithful Creator of the Universe as He was in the time of Malachi. Return to God, both as an individual and as a nation; and see how God will bless us!      

Today’s Affirmation: I affirm that because I am in Jesus Christ,  I will entrust to Him my futureI know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.  (From 2 Timothy 1:12).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “The Ultimate Call of a Father”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – The Promise of Belief (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA):  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/

 Scripture Reference (ESV): Malachi 2:1-17; Malachi 3:7; Malachi 3:16-18; Psalms 146:1-10.

In Our Hurting World, God Wants a Better Life for Us

In Our Hurting World, God Wants a Better Life for Us

June 15, 2018

Message Summary: We live in a hurting world, but God wants more for us. To achieve God’s desire for our lives, we must stay in fellowship and communion with God; and we must let Him work in our lives. In Colossians 3:17, Paul challenges us: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”. We need to live the Christian life in whatever we do – at home; in our jobs; in the way that we drive; and in the way that we treat our friends. If we live our lives, in all places and situations, in the name of Jesus, we will live a better life in our hurting world.

Today’s Affirmation: Today, because of I am filled with the Holy Spirit, I will not be controlled by my Insensitivity. Rather, I will walk in the Spirit’s fruit of Gentleness. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22f).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “The Ultimate Call of a Father”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – The Promise of Belief (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA):  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/

cripture Reference (ESV): Colossians 3:16-17; Matthew 21:21-22; 1 Corinthians 10:31Psalms 145:1-25.

What Is God Up To in Our World?

What Is God Up To in Our World?

June 14, 2018

Message Summary Can we tell what God is up to in our world, in our time, in our church, and in Our Country? Are we a part of what God is doing, or are we just reacting to what God is doing – thereby, creating conflict and division? Paul, in 1 Corinthians 5:4, promise us the impact of the presence of the Holy Spirit on our personal lives and the lives of our communities: “When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus.”. When the Lord is leading, and directing, it seems that we are wrapped up in our agenda and our way of doing things; therefore, we miss God’s presence – we miss the Holy Spirit. 

Today’s Affirmation: Today, Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Past Failures. Rather, I will abide in the Lord’s Grace. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “The Ultimate Call of a Father”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the VideoThe Promise of Belief (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA):  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/

Scripture Reference (ESV): 1 Chronicles 16:11; 1 Corinthians 5:3-5; Psalms 139:1-24; Psalms 137:1-9.

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Being Born of the Spirit”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Scripture Reference (ESV): Matthew 5:6; Matthew 5:10; Psalms 112:1-6; Psalms 144:1-15.

Spending Time Alone with God

Spending Time Alone with God

June 13, 2018

Message Summary Jesus said, in Mark 2:27-28, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So, the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”. Therefore, practice a weekly Sabbath – worship and rest. This practice of the Sabbath is to build back into our lives a time alone with God each day. In Mark 1:35, Mark tells us about Jesus: “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He departed and went out to a desolate place, and there He prayed.". If Jesus needed to spend time in prayer, doesn’t it make sense that we need to spend time in daily prayer as well?

Today’s Affirmation: Today, I affirm that because I am in Jesus ChristHe will supply all my needs. (Philippians 4:19). “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:14).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “The Ultimate Call of a Father”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – The Promise of Belief (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA):  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/

Scripture Reference (ESV): Mark 2:27-28; John 16:33; John 10:10; Psalms 143:1-12.

Your Problems Are Not Too Big for God

Your Problems Are Not Too Big for God

June 12, 2018

Message Summary: God is faithful – our financial issues, our debt, our health issues, and our sins are not too big for God. God is faithful, and He is trustworthy. Why not take all those things in our lives that are creating anxiety to God? In Psalms 9:9-10, the Psalmist encourages to put our trust in God: “The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.". Also, Jesus tells us, in Mathew. 6:33-34, that we can put our trust in Him and not be anxious about our problems: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”. Our God is a faithful God.     

Today’s Affirmation: Today, because of I am filled with the Holy Spirit, I will not be controlled by my AddictionsRather, I will walk in the Spirit’s fruit of Self-Control. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22f).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “The Ultimate Call of a Father”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – Pentecost – The Day of the Holy Spirit; the Promise Fulfilled” (All Saints Anglican Church; Peachtree City, GA):  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/

 Scripture Reference (ESV): Mathew. 6:25-34; Mathew. 10:19-20; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Psalms 142:1-7.

Give Thanks to God, and Call Upon His Name

Give Thanks to God, and Call Upon His Name

June 11, 2018

Message Summary:  Give thanks to the Lord and call upon His Name. Our government has set aside an annual national holiday of Thanksgiving for all Americans to offer prayers for our country; our many blessings; and our special blessings for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. However, thanksgiving to God, for Christians, should be a lifestyle; and followers of Jesus should not need a special day to give thanks to the Lord. As Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 1:2-4: “We  give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers  loved by God, that he has chosen you.”. Sadly, we Christians need a special day because we get immersed in our lives; and we don’t stop to give God thanks. Give thanks to the Lord and call upon His Name.

Today’s Affirmation: Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Hatred. Rather, I will abide in the Lord’s Love. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “The Ultimate Call of a Father”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – Pentecost – The Day of the Holy Spirit; the Promise Fulfilled” (All Saints Anglican Church; Peachtree City, GA):  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/

 Scripture Reference (ESV): 1 Chronicles 16:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22; 1 Thessalonians 1:2-4: Psalms 141:1-10.