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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.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Broken Roads


Behold, my servants shall sing for gladness of heart, but you shall cry out for pain of heart and shall wail for breaking. Isaiah 65:14

Plank or wooden roads were built in the end of the 1800's into the early 1900's. Stage coach drivers were happy to have these as well as the first automobiles,  as it made their ride much smoother than on a dirt path that often got muddy. They indeed helped the progress of this great nation.Wooden planks  could rot or break and need repair. Similar to pavement today which needs repair. These roads became broken. 

In our life we can experience 'broken roads' such as divorce, death of a child, unfulfilled dreams, financial losses, lawsuits, court battles among other things. These 'broken roads' can be used by God for a person's growth and for God's glory. If you have experienced any 'broken roads', at times it is difficult to see how God could have a purpose for this. First of all,  God did not cause the broken road but He can redeem it and use it. 

Are you experiencing a 'broken road' in your life my friend. Know that God has not abandoned you so don't abandon Him. Cry out to Him as He is only a prayer away. 

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for helping me navigate through my broken roads in life. Thank you for the lessons I learned as a result. I choose to cling to you as my strength so if any other roads ahead get broken you will be there to help me get through. In Jesus' name. Amen.




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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Need A Realignment?



How can a young person stay on the path of purity?By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.Psalm 119:9-10


Our motor vehicles all need to be cared for properly in order to last a long night time. Oil changes, car washes, tune ups, and re-alignments. I wonder how many of us require a 're-alignment' of sorts in our walk with the Lord? Chug holes that come upon us by surprise or hitting a curb can do damage to our tires if the vehicle is not given a re-alignment. 

To get re-aligned with our Savior Jesus Christ we need to be still and sit at His feet and listen to His voice. Through the rush of our daily activities it is easy to get into bad habits of hitting the 'chug holes' of life and then not going to your repair center to spend time alone and refresh and re-align yourself. I choose a quiet spot in my home either in bedroom or living room and have my Bible, a notebook, and sometimes a Bible study or devotional book. You have to be committed to make this 're-alignment time' happen daily. It may be harder on weekends, if there are small children around or if you have to go to work, but it is essential to do so Satan can not trick you and take your thoughts captive to his lies. 

Is it time to put a spiritual re-alignment on your to do list? 

PRAYER: I know I say I need to spend more time with you and yet I often rush into my day where you are my last thought. Forgive me Lord. I know that Satan is roaming around trying to distract believers and make them believe lies of this world. Help me prioritize my life so you are truly first daily! In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, February 5, 2016

C.I.N.O.?


And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." Matthew 22:37
Some who follow politics may have heard the term 'R.I.N.O.' which stands for 'Republican In Name Only' referring to those in that political party who may say they are Republican but their votes and actions prove otherwise. Well in the Christian world how many of us would fit into the category 'C.I.N.O.' meaning 'Christian In Name Only?' Hopefully no one reading this.

A person in either of these categories has no real commitment for what they are supposed to stand for. They may 'name the name' but not 'walk the walk' and be faithful to the cause. No one can really put faith in them to do what they say as they are two faced of sorts. I could say a C.I.N.O. might be a person who simply joins a church and punches the church ticket one hour on Sunday but there is little other evidence in their life of a commitment or love for Christ or things of the Lord. It is easy to fall into this category and Satan would love to lull more believers into it. You follow the culture instead of following Christ and His word found in the Bible, which never changes by the way. Other things squeeze God out of your day. Things like social media, hanging out with friends, reading the newspaper, too much television. Many things become way more important than relationship building with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Where are you at today? Take a look at the way you spend your time. If someone saw your schedule or your Facebook page would they know you loved the Lord and were not ashamed of Him? Just something to ponder. Be blessed today and go shine Jesus' love on those around you.

PRAYER: Forgive me Lord if I ever act ashamed of you. Forgive me when I spend more time on Facebook than in your book. Help me to re order my priorities so I can have a deeper relationship and walk with you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Soft Answers




A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1


Unless your career field is that of a military drill sergeant, in most cases in dealing with people,  being kind, yet firm, works better than barking orders at them. In your day to day activities, especially when dealing even with those closest to us, using softer speech is much more effective and less harmful than yelling ever will be. Screaming at someone hurts feelings and causes misunderstandings. 

Just remember this when dealing with co workers, store employees, telemarketers, waiters, and all other people you may encounter in a normal week. Anger stirs up things sometimes that can lead to many horrendous consequences. The enemy Satan of course would love you to talk ugly all the time as then arguments are stirred up. The devil is all for chaos on not peace. When your tone of voice indicates you are upset then all sorts of harmful things can occur. Best to not even go there. If someone else is trying to pick a fight with you do not react back to them with an angry tone. 

This week why not practice being soft in your speech to all those people who come across your path. 

PRAYER: I choose this day to not allow things to upset me and cause me to be harsh or ugly. Forgive me for times I have a slip of the tongue and hurt someone with my words. Help me forgive those who have hurt me. In Jesus' name. Amen. 


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Lead Me To The Cross



For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.1 Corinthians 1:18

What does the cross of Jesus Christ mean to you? You don't have to look far in a crowd to see someone wearing a cross necklace or medallion. It is a nice thing to do, but how many who wear this symbol of Christ are really knowing what it means and living a life pleasing to Him? 

The cross is powerful and is an offense to many. Monuments with the cross have been a subject of lawsuits to remove them because of what they stand for and that is Christ and His death and miraculous resurrection. Even if these non believers are successful in taking down crosses,  Jesus and God are not going anywhere. 

The world in 2016 is becoming more and more hostile to believers and those who choose to live out their faith according to the word of God without compromise. Even here in America we are starting to see Christian persecution although not yet on the scale of some nations who die for their faith. Don't be afraid to live out your faith everywhere you go and speak up for the truth of the cross of Jesus Christ. 

PRAYER: I love the word of God. It lights my path and gives me comfort. Help me not get so comfortable that I don't reach out with the message of the cross to a hurting and lost society who needs you desperately. The truth will indeed set us free. Bring revival Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Punxsutawney Phil And Why Do We Care?





But He replied to them, "When it is evening, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.' "And in the morning, 'There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times? Matthew 16:2-3
Today is Groundhog Day a day celebrated but few people even know why or when it started. If the groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil,  in Pennsylvania, emerges from his hole under the ground and sees his shadow, supposedly we will have six more weeks of winter. Yeah I say because I like snow. 1886 was first year reporting was done on it and now the residents of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania are in the news each year as this groundhog performs for the press on Gobbler's Knob. Americans like to have cute holidays and celebrations. It is part of our culture.

So what does all this have to do with a Christian devotion? Punxsutawney Phil may be cute but I doubt he is a weather forecaster. There may be something to it as many who follow Farmer's Almanac predictions also will tell you. But Phil is not a fortune teller and we are not to rely on manmade things anyway. We are so smart about saying the sky is red so it is going to rain tomorrow but know very little of the signs of His coming.

The signs are getting pretty evident these days with all the disregard for truth and morality even in the levels of our highest offices in the land. Feeling good, being loving, tolerating, political correctness, not offending, have seemed to make us lose all common sense. There is a standard of truth that NEVER changes my friend and that is the Bible. Talking media heads, college professors, presidents and the like may try to twist it and confuse it but God's word is true, period. Don't allow the enemy to take you captive.

PRAYER: Lord you are good and righteous altogether. Your word is truth. I pray for those who may know you but who are being sorely misled by Satan's tricks. This world will pass away. Help me be vigilant in sharing the truth with others. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Do The Right Thing!


To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

Don't ignore the little voice inside of you tugging at your heart.  That is the Holy Spirit nudging. Whether you have accepted Christ or not, every one has that conscience of right or wrong inside of them. Sometimes we can have earthly smarts and think we are just fine the way we are. That indeed is a dangerous state to be in thinking we are okay without 'religion'.

Many who read these devotions already live for Jesus so it is like preaching to the choir so to speak. Perhaps you have been praying for a loved one who has lost his or her desire to 'do the right thing' and God hears you, so don't give up hope. Even those of you who know the Lord need to be on guard that you are also not led astray. Satan is a roaring lion waiting to catch us off guard. 

The best thing to do is daily make sure you plan your day around Jesus. Don't just pencil Him in for a quick five minute prayer and short Bible verse, but make a point of insuring He is the most important thing in your day. That for sure will help you do the right thing.

PRAYER: Help me to keep you first on my life so I learn what it means to do the right thing. I pray for those in my family who may have wandered away from their first love and pray you will draw them back. In Jesus' name. Amen.