Dear Friend,

Should we expect following God’s plan for our lives to be without discomfort?

People enjoy feeling comfortable. Whether it’s eating at their favorite restaurant, or enjoying their favorite movie, everyone has their own favorite things in life that make them comfortable. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel comfortable; it’s human nature.

However, according to research from a prestigious university, people only grow when there is discomfort. That means that being in an unfamiliar situation can help you to discover something new about yourself.

And that’s exactly what following God’s plan does. It takes you out of your comfort zone into new experiences. My friend, God created you for something much more than happiness and convenience. He created you for a divine purpose.

But when we insist on having it easy all the time, when we demand that God’s plan for our lives be without discomfort, when we will only say yes to Him when it’s convenient for us, we lose the joy of the journey He has called us to.

The calling on your life will most likely be deeply uncomfortable at times. But you will never experience true growth and fulfillment without stepping into the unknown and trusting God’s master plan for your life. Today, I challenge you to risk discomfort to experience the joy of knowing you are in the center of His will.

Your Best Yet,

– Dr. John Barton

Dear Friend,

Do you know the words you speak can impact the outcome of your situations, and in fact set the direction of your life?

The tongue, though a small part of the body, is capable of unleashing tremendous power.

Proverbs 18:21 says: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Words are powerful. They can build up or they can tear down. They can bring joy or they can bring pain. That’s why we need to be careful of what we say and always choose our words wisely.

Everyday, we are presented with situations and circumstances that call for us to respond. The ways in which we use our words reflect the way that we think. Hence, it is extremely important to invest time renewing our minds to the Word of God.

When we understand the power of our words and realize that we can choose what we think and speak, our lives can be transformed.

Your Best Yet,

– Dr. John Barton

Dear Friend,

I believe that one of the hardest lessons in life is learning to let go. Whether it’s hurt, anger, failure, or control, letting go is never easy—especially when you’ve held on for a long time.

However, letting go is oftentimes the only path forward to peace and freedom. It clears out toxic thoughts from the past and creates empowering thoughts for the future.

Letting go means we let go of our timelines for when certain things in our lives need to happen. We let go of the way we need situations to unfold. We let it all go!

In essence, letting go means trusting God and surrendering to His greater plan for your life. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Your Best Yet,

– Dr. John Barton

I want you to take a moment right now and reflect on God’s goodness in your life. Do you realize that it is only by His grace and mercy that you are still here today? If it had not been for the Lord’s hand of favor on your life, the enemy would have destroyed you!

Every battle you won and every obstacle you overcame is just a reminder that if God be for you, nothing or no one can stand against you! The good news is He did not bring you this far to leave you here. As you continue to go with God all the way, He will take you higher!

Today, I am praying that you would not remain discouraged in your current circumstances. I’m asking the Lord to give you a greater vision beyond where you are right now. In our final week of prayer and fasting, we will be making powerful faith confessions over every prayer request. You still have time to submit yours this week.

Let’s come into agreement that if He did it back then, He will do it again. But this time it’ll be greater than ever! 

– Dr. John Barton 

I often find that whenever God is about to do something new in my life, it always comes with a fresh sense of excitement and expectation in my heart.

Excitement, because something new is about to spring forth. Expectation, because I am ready to lay hold of it. And I hope and pray that you are just as excited and expectant for what God is about to do in and through you this year. Are you ready to lay hold of it?

Despite the obstacles that may surround you, don’t lose sight of the opportunities God is bringing your way. If you are believing God for some specific things this year, allow me to partner with you in prayer. Send me your prayer requests today, and let’s believe God for the impossible!

– Dr. John Barton

To experience God in fresh ways, we can no longer cling to our busy schedules and normal routines of life.

God is calling us to to reset and make quality time with Him our top priority. This is an opportunity for us to create new rhythms that have Him at the center of everything we do.

In the midst of a noisy and chaotic world, it becomes more and more crucial to make time for God. As we embrace what the Lord is doing, imagine the impact we could have on this world.

Scripture Focus:

“After sending the people away, he went up a mountain to pray by himself. When evening came, he was there alone.”– Matthew 14:23 (GWT)

The Bible doesn’t just tell us to pray, but rather to pray believing. If we are specifically told to believe when we pray, then it must be possible to pray and not believe. Therefore, not all prayer brings results.

It’s not enough to exhort men to pray; we must believe what we pray. Believing takes the emphasis off of prayer itself, and puts the focus entirely on God. It is all about Him and His promise to do what He said He would do!

Scripture Focus:

“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” – Mathew 21:22(KJV)

There are days when you just need to be reminded that everything is going to be alright.

Things might appear dark or uncertain at the moment, but don’t ever lose hope. Hope is the belief that what is currently seen is not the end of the story, but that something greater is ahead.

Trials are only seasonal—oftentimes a long, difficult season. But if you’ll keep trusting and standing on God’s promise, you will get through this. It may take some time, but in the end, everything will be alright.

Scripture Focus:

”The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.” – Psalm 34:19 (NIV)

Any architect knows that a solid foundation is essential to any building project. Once the foundation is laid, you can proceed with the rest of the plans.

Likewise, your spiritual foundation is vital to building the kind of life that glorifies God. Following the blueprint of God’s Word will enable you to overcome in every area of your life.

In essence, a foundation based on the Word of God produces a steadfast faith that empowers us to see victory and withstand whatever comes our way. 

Scripture Focus: 

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.” – Matthew 7:24 (NLT)

As Christians, we hear much about the surrendered life. But what exactly does it mean to surrender?

The surrendered life is the act of giving back to God the life He gave you. It’s relinquishing control, rights, power, comfort, or anything that would keep God from having first place in our lives. In essence, it’s totally placing our lives in His hands, to do with us as He pleases.

Jesus lived a surrendered life. He said things like “I seek not my own glory.” “I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things…for I do always those things that please him.”

In other words, Jesus never did anything on His own. He made no moves or spoke no words without being instructed by His Father. He was our perfect example of how we should live a life of surrender.

Scripture Focus:

”For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” – John 6:38 (NKJV)