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

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Turn To Your Bibles


The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.Proverbs 18:10

Who do you turn to when life gets crazy like it has been for we ‘comfort junkies’ this past 20 weeks? A virus originating in China comes to our shore and now it is necessary to eradicate it and not settle for having to mask up the rest of our lives. That is what the enemy wishes would occur. 

This enemy, Satan, yes he is real although many churches make no mention of him and thus do not give their congregants the tools to fight him off. This is called spiritual warfare and we are in it big time right now.  Spiritual warfare helps you become equipped with tools found in scripture to expose lies, fight deception and evil strategies and help the ‘spiritually blind’ to see. See Ephesians chapter 6 in New Testament. 

A major prayer going on for some 20 weeks now has been the Unite714 prayer. I urge all followers who are serious about taking authority and seeing this virus eliminated to join in twice daily and pray the prayer for the week. It is all found on the website www.unite714.com. This is not a time to be fearful but to be on your knees for a major revival. Take heart, God is in control, he did not cause the virus but he can and will make good come from it. 

PRAYER:Lord God I thank you so much for life, Liberty, your healing touch. I pray for a major move of the Holy Spirit to come quickly. Help followers lean in and press on and run their race to win. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Are You Facing In The Right Direction?



3Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. 25Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him. Matthew 4:22-25

Have you ever noticed cattle eating in a pasture? Usually they are all facing the same direction and in a group or herd and moving in sync. They are eating some pretty good grass the farmer has grown for them. Why in the same direction not sure but just notice some time. 

Kind of made me think about people and how so many go with the crowd even if the crowd is wrong. A herd mentality of sorts. The old saying if so and so jumped off the bridge would you do it too? 

There are right directions to go in life and then those which totally throw you off course and can mess up your life. The good thing is God can take those messes you may have gotten yourself into and turn them around for the good and make them your message of redemption for the world to see. So my friend, are you facing the right direction in your life? 

PRAYER: I am grateful Lord to those people who guided me in the right direction starting with my parents at infancy and childhood. I am grateful for those who prayed for me and still do. Thanks for the opportunity I have to lift others up in prayer and standby for a move of the Holy Spirit in their lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen..

Sunday, August 9, 2020

United We Stand, Six Feet Apart



Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Psalm 133:1

Today’s title sounds like an oxymoron. How can we truly be united standing apart?

I want to talk about unity. Our fractured nation right now is reeling from orchestrated rioting, bashing law enforcement, perceived racism fueled by being misinformed and trusting the media and the ever present masking controversy has ignited the fire causing friends and family to be at odds with each other. This country is playing right into the hands of Satan. 

James 1:19 is a favorite verse of mine which simply states “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” Realize this is Satan waging war and having many believing news more than trusting in God and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide them.

Before you get upset this is not an anti masking writing but simply stating how believers need to gird themselves with the word of God which is part of your armor and recognize many attacks originate from and being kind and loving is what followers of Christ need to do even when provoked. Do not engage in arguments which don’t do anything but hurt your witness. Love one another. Pure, plain, and simple. 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus help me to be a good representative of your kingdom in these unprecedented times. Let me shine your love to a hurting and confused world. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Saturday, August 8, 2020

How Are Your Orchards and Groves?

 


“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” – John 15:8

How is your spiritual fruit? Have your ‘orchards and groves’ been choked by vines, invasive species, thistles, and weeds such as lying, gossip, backbiting, sheer hatred,bickering, stealing, worry, obsessing over things, and  social media confusion?

It may be time to apply some heavy duty weed killer meaning getting serious about letting stuff go and focusing on your own walk and growth in Christ and not allowing Satan to distract you. How much time do you spend daily talking to God or doing Bible reading compared to the clamoring voices in the world that attempt to take you off course?

The fruits of the spirit(Love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, and self control) need fertilizer to keep beautiful blooms in your spiritual garden. Satan loves to trip you up just as you are determined todo things differently. Run your race and yank up those nasty weeds causing fruit to my ripen.(See Galatians 5).

PRAYER: Father I know when I get off course and let the world and its’ ways captivate me soon I am in the mode where my ‘fruit’ gets rotten and is no good. That is not how you designed me so give me strength to recognize stumbling blocks and avoid them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday, August 7, 2020

National Guilt Museum


Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1


Recently on an interstate highway from the distance I saw a billboard which I thought said ‘National Guilt Museum’ and was thinking that would be quite an odd and unusual museum and wondered what the displays would look like. I chuckled  as I drove closer and saw it said ‘National QUILT Museum’ a whole different meaning.

So have you ever been guilty of guilting someone? Maybe you don’t do it on purpose and may don’t  even realize you are. I don’t think anyone intentionally wants to bring mental anguish and guilt upon a close friend or family member but it happens.

I guess the key to stopping guilt would be to be content in life where you are. Don’t repay evil for evil or try to get revenge for being hurt or left out. It is certainly not Christlike. If you have been told you guilted someone, many parents have been, ask God to keep a watch on your thoughts, your mouth, and give you a Christlike attitude. It takes practice especially if you have been a guilter but you can do it with Holy Spirit as your guide. 

PRAYER: Father I feel terrible when I have been told by someone I was trying to guilt them. I know this is NOT from you nor does it bring me closer to kingdom.Deliver me from this terrible trait. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

God’s Alarm Clock...Don’t Hit Snooze



Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20
 
You probably like the snooze button on the alarm clock where you can lie in bed a little longer and grab a little more sleep. 

If God had an alarm clock I would not recommend hitting the snooze button. If he is calling you or speaking to you now is not the time to run away and hide. Many of those ‘called’ by God did not want to serve or did not feel qualified. At times God used the most unlikely people to do His kingdom work.

For decades it has been speculated that the ‘last days’ are upon us yet scripture clearly says “no man knows the day or the hour”(Mark 13:32) The thing is you don’t want to be coasting along and giving no thought to your spiritual life. All humans are said to be born with a God shaped vacuum in their heart. Only God can meet your deepest needs. You are either moving towards God or away from Him. Are you going to jump up and get going when God calls you?
 
PRAYER: Jesus I do need you and I confess many days I feel like I am okay on my own and life is pretty good. Help me Lord to stay focused on kingdom work and running the race to win. Help me guide others as well.In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Stay Still And Be Alert




You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.'"2 Chronicles 20:17

What a year it has been! What is happening? Will normal ever return? 

In the midst of all the changes this pandemic has created there are glimmers of hope. Sure this disease has interfered with our lives and even caused the death of some, but what are you and I supposed to take away from all this when it is over? Many theories are swirling about  but believers need to stand on the word of God not engaging in social media debates. 

First stay focused on God. Next don’t forget that in order to focus on God it is necessary to be still long enough to have a quiet time and read scripture. Thirdly play some praise and worship music and just soak in the lyrics and lift your hands and burdens to the Lord, he will sustain you and bring you peace. Go now and try to bring a some joy to another persons life. 

PRAYER: Lord during this time and every day I need you in my life. Forgive me for many days when other things seem to shove you out. I pray for those I know who consider being a Christian only a title without any time with you Lord. I choose to make you really first before Oprah, Dr Phil, Wall Street Journal, TV news, or any other distractions that do nothing for my spirit. Help me. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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