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It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Prideful?


Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 16:18

The bing online dictionary gives the noun definition as “a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.” This could end up being too proud over something and therefore setting yourself up for a huge letdown or discipline from the Lord for being too haughty. 

When you think of the word pride what comes to mind? Maybe being too proud to associate with a certain group. Maybe the gay Pride movement which can end up getting in people’s faces to prove their point. Perhaps being proud of a child’s achievements. Pride has many connotations. For purposes of this devotion today it is to say to not ever get to the point you feel puffed up or better than anyone. You are one ‘fall’ away from being humbled.

Next time you think of the word pride just remember the humble will be the ones exalted not those beating on their chests over their achievements. 

PRAYER: Father I don’t ever want to feel like I am better than I am because of awards, accolades, schooling, or anything else. Help me never think of myself more highly than I ought to but to always give you the glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Confusion Abounds


God is not a God of disorder but of peace-as in all the congregations of the LORD's people. 1 Corinthians 14:33
Welcome to 2018 where what is wrong is celebrated and what is right is condemned and called hateful. It is enough to make a person want to head for the hills and hibernate. Alas God is indeed not the author of all this confusion. The sector of confused individuals that puzzles me the most are those who can’t figure out if they are male or female. That is easy. Whatever sex you are born with is what you are.
Satan is the author of confusion and is working overtime at times getting even believers to buy His lies. God came for freedom and those who the Son sets free are free indeed it says in John 8:36. We as believers are to be in the world but not OF the world or in other words living by a set of standards that is found in one place only that being the Bible. 
Maybe you don’t struggle with confusion per se but find yourself listening to news commentators as your authority more than God’s word. Confusing spirits are everywhere and it is critical to stay grounded in truth so you can be a light in the chaotic world you encounter on a daily basis. Now go stay free from confusion and share God’s love with a hurting world. 
PRAYER:Jesus made the little children. All the children of the world. He made no mistakes. He came to set us free. I choose to walk in this freedom and not let the earthly experts confuse me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Spiritually Wilted?

You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion is not from him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. Galatians 5:7-9
Do you ever feel spiritually droopy or wilted? Similar to a plant that does not get water to keep it growing.Perhaps you have let your walk with God become too mundane and routine and have no real feeling behind it. Maybe it is your adult children who have drifted away from their faith roots and could seemingly care less about a relationship with the Lord anymore. Whatever and whoever, know that Satan is behind the lethargic attitude you or someone else gets that they no longer passionately love Jesus or feel He is necessary.

If it is someone else you are praying for to get excited and turned on to things of the Lord again, just keep praying. Don’t assume the role of ‘Holy Spirit Junior’ as it is sure to backfire. Most people reading this probably already have a desire to be closer to Jesus or would not have sought out this devotion. Keep on praying, reading good devotions, and reading God’s word. Get things out of your life that interfere with time with God such as maybe Sunday at the lake or on golf course. No guilt intended,  just saying.

The Sabbath day is a day to worship the Lord and meet together with other believers.  Some people may think they are fine and decent people without that but believers need each other. Parents are commanded to teach their children as it says in Deuteronomy 6:6-7.  Find a church you get excited to go to and go! Jesus is knocking on your doors heart. Let Him in.

PRAYER: Many times busyness of work and play leaves little time for what really matters. Oh Lord I give_____________ to you and ask you draw them to you and convict them of their need for you. Also help me not get wilted but keep nourishing my spiritual roots daily. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Break Camp

Cast all your anxiety on him for he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

For anyone who has ever gone camping once the camping is done you break camp or in other words take down the tents and put your gear away and get ready to go back home. You can’t keep camping out. 

At the gym I go to, in the weight room there is a sign that says “no camping out”.  In other words you don’t stay on one piece of equipment but you move on so as to respect others wanting to use it as well. Likewise you need to stop ‘camping out’ with your problems once you have given them to God. As today’s verse says you want to ‘cast’ or throw your cares onto the Lord. You pray so why not relax and trust He hears you? Waking up fretful every day shows a lack of faith in the Almighty.  Worry will just make you sick. 

What has you weighed down today? Trust and obey and ‘break camp’ after you have given it to God. 

PRAYER: I know that many times I can’t seem to believe that you hear me Lord yet I know you do. I know the enemy is the one trying to get me to ‘camp’ on my fears. I choose to break camp. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Down Time



After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 1 Kings 19:12

Do you allow yourself time to sit and do nothing or are you constantly on the go? When you are always filling up your schedule with no down time usually what suffers is your quiet time with the Lord. I know it happens to me. 

Being constantly busy is very detrimental to maintaining a healthy spiritual life. Obviously those who work 40 hours or more have to find creative ways to establish a quiet time but it can be done. Many times in the Bible we are told to be still. Being still is essential and a key to hearing from God. 

How are you going to make some down time this week? 

PRAYER: I hear you speak to me in your word when I turn off all the noise. I pray for those who have work schedules that they don’t neglect reading your word. I realize the enemy wants me to get busy then Jesus doesn’t get first place. I choose to make time to be still. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Loving Your Enemy...A Tall Order


But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! Matthew 5:44

Love is such a buzz word these days but should be our ultimate aim always. It is considered the first and greatest commandment. Do you have people you know in your life who don’t like you or maybe even hate you? Hate such a strong and misused word these days too. Simply when one disagrees they are said to hate. That is not true. 

Is it possible to love your enemies? To turn the other cheek so to speak? How about to commit to praying for those who mistreat you? Your mind has to stay fixed on Jesus in order to be able to accomplish this immense task. God wants you to love.  It is very hard to pray and forgive someone who you know has been talking about you behind your back, spreading rumors and lies, but with God’s help you can fight and win this battle. This is not to say the person is going to come running to you with open arms but your heart will be more peaceful if you can give up what you may see a your right to be ugly back. 

Today try to not dwell on bad stuff and ask God to help you to share his love even with unloveable people. 

PRAYER: I am grateful that I can love and forgive even when the person I am forgiving may not even know I have released them to you. It is not my job to hold grudges and be ugly but to forgive and love. Help me Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Long Lines, Broken Fences, And Other Perils


Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16


Stuff in life just seems to happen and you have to roll with the punches so to speak. Recently part of our cattle fencing blew over in a storm in a field where there were seven cows grazing. This non farm girl had to run like a crazy person to get them rounded up without the help of DAVE and in a thunderstorm. A few days ago I stood in a line for over an hour in order to get a new military ID.  Most people don’t complain when waiting in line to meet a celebrity which I have also done. The point is sometimes the unexpected or bad happens and you can not let it ruin your day. 

In the military,  soldiers are trained to deal with all sorts of scenarios so you become well prepared for the unexpected. But even if you never were in the military you have to develop coping skills so as to not explode when things in life go haywire. Roll with the punches the saying goes. 

Is something unexpectedly crazy going on in your life right now? Have you taken a breath then prayed and tried to just relax? Give it a try and don’t freak out and each situation that comes along just breathe and say “Ok God you have got this” then go and seize the day ahead of you. 

PRAYER: Father I know you want me to be still. Also I know sometimes many things happen for a reason. You work all things together for good so help me be calm in the midst of a storm. In Jesus’ name. Amen.