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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.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

When He Spoke...You Can Speak



As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed-the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. Romans 4:17

In the Bible God  speaks to us through His words. If you are His follower you can claim His promises and speak truth into a situation. To do this you need to know his word and that requires reading and studying it. 

Colossians 1:9-10 has been a favorite verse I pray and personalize for many family members close to me. It says “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the LORD and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” 

Satan will attempt to get you to stop praying and convince you it has no power. If he is successful eventually your prayer life will dry up and he has won. Don’t let that happen! Be strong in the Lord and claim His promises!

PRAYER: Dear Lord I thank you for your word. Forgive me for those days I don’t even open it. Also forgive me for other days when I don’t even bother to wholeheartedly pray. I believe your word and I choose to let it guide and strengthen me daily. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Barrier

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11

Recently I sprayed the barrier around our home with insect killer to make sure no unwanted ‘guests’ entered. This ‘shield’ was to stop these bugs in their tracks. I almost sound like a commercial for ‘Raid’. 
Is there a barrier around your life to protect you from the attacks of the  enemy?
You protect your home and property but what about your spirit?  Protection is necessary in order for you to be strong in the Lord and fight spiritual battles that are sure to come your way. 
Your protection comes from knowing and reading the word of God and claiming His promises in certain situations. If you don’t make time in your day for quiet time how will be able to withstand attacks from Satan? Many people are well intentioned but then just let their Bible gather dust. The enemy rejoices when that occurs. Stop now and get that protective barrier up daily!
PRAYER: Help me Lord to get my mind under submission to the Holy Spirit and not allow situations or people to drag me down into depression or despair. I choose to daily  read your word even when I don’t feel like it. Help me break strongholds of laziness keeping me from growing strong in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Fear Not

I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalms 34:4
What brings fear to your heart? It is natural for many things to bring fear but know this that the Lord is with you as your comfort. If you can focus on Him and not what is scaring you or robbing your peace and joy you will feel 100 times better.
Fear is a response that is part of our created human makeup but you don’t have to let it disable you or get you freaked out. For the purpose of this writing I am not referring to naturally frightening things like roller coasters, rappelling off a sky scraper, black bear standing right in front of you, sky diving, flying and the like, but things like death, terminal illness, the dark, and anything that gets you anxious or scared. 
Life has challenges for sure but it is how you choose to handle these that counts. Let God be your comfort. The enemy of your soul, Satan, is the author of fear and confusion and bad junk. Say “Lord I have this and with your help all will be well.” Now go face your fears with peace and assurance. 
PRAYER: Father God I don’t want to let uncertainties of life get me fearful. The remedy to a fearful spirit is having one where you are Center place. I choose to let you be my comfort. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Capture Thoughts


We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
What you choose to think about is pretty important. Thinking about things comes as a result of where your mind ‘camps out’ at. Is it ‘camped’ at suggestive movies or television programs? Is it ‘camped’ on the past and mistakes you have made? Is it ‘camped’ trying to figure stuff out? 
You get the point. It is essential to make your mind dwell on good things and you do this by putting good things into it. Think good things and do it on purpose. If you are constantly putting things into your brain/mind that drag you down then obviously your thoughts are not focused on ‘above’.
Intentionally decide that you will start your day with scripture. Today is 8 December so read both Psalm 8 and Proverbs 8 to get your started. Make time to sincerely have a prayer time. This may take finding a quiet uninterrupted place. For some with little ones at home that may be difficult. Whatever it takes make sure capturing wrong thoughts becomes a priority. 
PRAYER: Every day when I get up I can choose what to think or not think. It is up to me. I choose to think on things above and resist the devil’s attempts to get me to dwell in a pit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday, December 7, 2018

This Is My Country


It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

Back in junior high I was in a choir that sang the song ‘This is My Country’ and it’s lyrics have stuck with me to this day. Freedom is a priceless commodity here in these United States and as the late 40th President Ronald Reagan said “freedom is only one generation from extinction” and that is not a statement to be taken lightly. Evil men and women are always lurking to try to steal the American dream. 

On this day in 1941 the Japanese did a surprise attack on the naval fleet at Pearl Harbor thus provoking the US into World War 2 which had begun in 1939. If we are not on guard daily as citizens and a country, this could in fact happen again.( Remember the Twin Towers on 1 September 2001.) Obviously not from the Japanese but anti American forces who despise liberty, truth, Christianity, and freedom. 

What can you do? Pray for your leaders. Don’t hate those you disagree with or who are doing evil but pray the Holy Spirit would grab their hearts and transform them. Demonic forces are behind the evil not a human man. Don’t wish evil on anyone but pray for God to do His work. Speak up when you see something not right. Above all thank the Lord daily for your gift of freedom and for the ‘greatest generation’ who answered the call to protect and defend our country in World War 2 and for those service members still serving. 

PRAYER: Thank you for freedom. I lift up our President to you and His cabinet as they daily make crucial decisions for our nation. I pray for morality to return to this land. I pray for God to be first place in all areas of government. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Hurt, Assumptions, Moving On


But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:44

Don’t let wrong thoughts be your dwelling place. I have to keep ‘writing on’ because I don’t want to keep being a pit dweller. Perhaps when I heal myself I too can help others get some relief if you too experience this.

May I first applaud those not on Facebook because social media is a huge source of dwelling in the wrong places. You are not a mind reader and there is no way you know what anyone is thinking. Don’t even go there. Lift the name of Jesus’ higher than the issues you are dwelling on. Only Satan wants you to grovel and become incapacitated for The Kingdom.

Let stuff go, be still, and be quiet. God loves you and that is all that matters. Go shine for Jesus! 

PRAYER: Lord my stronghold is in my mind and thoughts and I know you are much greater than any strongholds. I choose to run hard after you. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 




Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Embrace Where You Are...Age Wise


Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure. The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old. Proverbs 20:28-29

If you live an average life span you will be around for a while. So many people get caught up with the number of how old they are. You turn 31 and freak out. Get to 40 even worse. Then look out for 50 and beyond.

Why dread your age. Be thankful for each year and each spot and wrinkle that pops up.
Every person is valuable in God’s eyes even though when you reach a certain number you may feel like your life is over. Only if you don’t change your attitude it is. If you are young respect those who have a few years on you. You could in fact learn from them. If you are ‘getting up there’ in years, don’t check out of society or having fun. You have lots to give and much fun to have. Keep learning. 

Today look in the mirror and praise God for who He created you to be no matter what your chronological age. To God Be The Glory!

PRAYER: I thank you Lord for my life and every year of it I have lived. Help me continue to shine for you no matter how old or young I am. In Jesus’ name. Amen.