Greater Than Ever

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 

Are You Ready?

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

Make Time For God

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)

Pray and Believe

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)

Everything Will Be Alright

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)

A Solid Foundation

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)

The Surrendered Life

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)

Win The War

Have you ever felt like you were in a war you couldn’t win? There are times in life when we feel helpless to fight the battles we’re facing. But no matter what kind of war you’re in, God has already given you everything you need to win. 

The only way you can win this war is when you allow God’s peace to flood your mind. If you are having trouble finding peace in your life, you must first understand the source of the conflict that is troubling you.

The war you are facing may have little to do with your surroundings and more to do with what’s going on within you. It’s not so much about changing the outward circumstances; it’s about the condition of the heart. 

Scripture Focus:

”But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind.” – Romans 7:23 (NLT)

What Does God Require of Me?

Do you find yourself constantly asking, how can I be used by God? How can I live an effective and productive life? What should be my aim and focus in life?

One thing the Word of God makes very clear is that God made each of us to fulfill a purpose. It is not required that we have a title or human accolades and recognition in order to be effective for the Lord. Our influence doesn’t even have to be limited to one place. God can use us anytime and anywhere if we are just open and available to Him.

Rather than focusing on status and position, our aim and focus should be to please God and make the best use of our time, talents, and treasures for His glory. Doing our best unto the Lord, with whatever we have been entrusted daily is what God requires of us, and that’s what ultimately pleases Him the most!

Scripture Focus:

”Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”– Colossians 3:23 (NLT)

Determine to Keep Going

The decision to start something is relatively easy. But once you’ve started, it’s the decision to keep going that matters most.

Rarely is anything in life achieved by quitting. Since there will always be problems to face, unresolved problems have a way of just following us wherever we go.

Anyone who made any significant achievement in human history did what was necessary, when it was necessary, for as long as necessary. And they endured and overcame adversity along the way.

So, if you are tempted to give up on your God-given dreams, don’t. Resist the urge to quit and determine to keep going. God promises that if you endure through the struggle and press through the pain, your appointed season will come.

Scripture Focus:

“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.” – Galatians 6:9 (MSG)