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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, September 25, 2018

Culture Shifting But The Bible Is Not

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20-21
Okay welcome to 2018 the year of compromise. No it is not but it has happened on a huge scale because we let it. The modern culture may approve all sorts of despicable things but that does not make them right. I won’t elaborate but I think you know what I mean. 
Even some so called ‘churches’ approve this sinful behavior and many of their flock are misguided by false teaching. 2 Timothy 3:12-13 says “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” That is exactly what is happening. Deception is rampant maybe even among those friends and family you are close to. What you need to do is pray for the Holy Spirit to bring conviction because right now the god of this world has them blinded. 
Stand strong in your faith. Stay in the word. Turn off the news because it filling your mind with things that purposefully will make you agitated. Stay peaceful. Stay prayerful. Pray for those who are deceived and also those spreading evil in this world. God is on the throne and He is not going anywhere. The world around you may be like Sodom and Gomorrah but you stand firm with a spirit of love and shine in the darkness. 
PRAYER: Oh Lord how I love your word. How I pray for those who are misled to come to a true knowledge of the truth and thirst for you as if in a dry weary land. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monday, September 24, 2018

The BUSY Badge Of Honor...Say What?

Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun. Ecclesiastes 2:11

I had been pondering the subject of American busyness and how it seems like many do it purposefully because if they don’t they feel less than noble. Then at the same time I was pondering it must have been a Holy Spirit thing because my pastor spoke about it in church about the same time. 

Why do parents of young children enroll them in back to back activities? Children need to learn the art and discipline of being still, reading a book, appreciating the beauty of nature that God created. Then we adults, shame on us. Many who do not have a 40 hour per week job sometimes feel compelled it seems to fill up all the extra hours with activities as it is hard to sit and be still. Those of us not employed may feel an urge to get in all sorts of volunteer work seemingly to feel worthy. When oh when is there time for the family?The home?  What’s shameful about having some space on your calendar with nothing there? 

My challenge to each of my American readers is to try to chill and be still. Don’t sign up for every worthy cause. Don’t guilt yourself when you don’t. Spend some alone time, without your phone turned on, to read God’s word, listen to birds, take a walk or hike in woods. Don’t rush through life and never take a breath.  Learn to tame the busy monster and enjoy life to the fullest!

PRAYER: Lord I don’t want to constantly be filling up every moment and need to learn the art of saying no and being still. I pray for those reading this that they too will examine their schedules and see what can be cut out so they can slow down and enjoy life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Staying Cool Regardless

           Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,  casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for     you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
What has you flustered today? The enemy sure loves to disable Christians by making them shoulder all their burdens and not trusting their Heavenly Father has got their back. 

Did you ever sit and think about worry? It accomplishes not one single thing! You pray right? So why then continue to fret over something totally out of your control? Each of us has probably done it but it is time to get a grip and stop and focus totally on God and His immense love for you and for whomever  it you are lifting in prayer.

Stop saying “well I’m just a worrier” and instead be bold in your faith and say “God is way bigger than this little issue and He has it” and once you do that go do something else and above all praise God through the storms of life. 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus I need you. Every hour I need you. Forgive me for the times I have picked my burden back up and not left it at the altar. I know you have my back. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Have You Lowered Yoir Standards? Why?

Jehovah is on my side; I will not fear: What can man do unto me? Psalm 118:6

The past few years have been scary for believers. We know Jesus is on the throne and He will protect us and He is greater than any persecution man can bring upon us. But things have happened in America  we never thought we would ever witness and it is purely a work of demonic spirits working through people to bring this Christian nation down. Many buy into the lies. 

First, never under any circumstances lower your Christian standards,  which by the way never change and are in the Bible. Don’t follow the culture follow the Bible. For one I pray Hollywood would become Holywood. Love should always be your foremost aim as well as humility. Just because a ‘sin’ is legalized does not make it okay in the eyes of God. 

Be strong my friend. Pray for those you know who may be stumbling or confused. Confusion is from the enemy. Don’t compromise your values and do what you know to be right. Love those who may disagree with you and don’t argue. Pursue peace and holiness.

PRAYER: These are confusing times Lord but you are my standard Lord, not the world. I pray for those who may be buying into lies of the world that you would lift the scales from their eyes and open their hearts to truth found in your word alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Stop Your Grumbling

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky. Philippians  2:14-15

It sure is easy to grumble and find fault isn’t it? You can almost fall into a pattern of griping if you are not careful. I have a challenge for you.

Try to look for ways to bless people and be kind to them. Overlook little minor screwups and if there is a problem try to be gracious not hateful. Let your countenance be one of joy and love and let smiles radiate from your face. You feel better when you smile and make others feel better as well.

Try to bite your tongue when you feel like reacting in a less than stellar manner to something. Pause, take a breath,  and be like a shining star!

PRAYER:I am sorry for the times I have allowed my emotions to control me and spouted off to someone in a less than gracious manner. Forgive me Lord and help me ask forgiveness to anyone I may have hurt by ugly words. I choose to shine for you and radiate goodness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Life Is Short

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

After recently watching footage from 911 disaster I am once again reminded life is short and tomorrow is promised to no one. This was a horrible day but any day a person loses a loved one before the ‘expected time’, whatever that means, is a bad day. 911 was particularly catastrophic because of the enormity of it all and how it affected all of us. 

When you go out the front door in the morning you may have plans for tomorrow but you don’t even know if today might be the day your heat beats it’s last time. Young and old, no was is immune. No one is guaranteed X number of years. Don’t live in fear of death because if you are a Christian who has given your life to Jesus there is nothing to fear.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” it says in 2 Timothy 4:7. When you leave this temporary dwelling place one day will that verse apply to you? Have you fought a good fight and worked for the kingdom or just for yourself? It’s not too late to make a U turn. Death has no sting except for the atheist and unbeliever who has rejected God. He does not wish any to perish it says in 2 Peter 3:9. Those believers in the Towers at the World Trade Center who believed, were instantly transported to be with their Heavenly Father that day in 2001. The best is yet to come!!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus help me never fear death or how I will die or anything to do with it but instead to embrace life and work for you. I pray for those who say there is no God or who mock you to repent before it is too late. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

What Are You Believing For?

“And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 
For nothing will be impossible with God.”Luke 1:36-37

How many of you have been praying to God it seems forever for a breakthrough in some area in your life or that of a loved one? God’s ways are not our ways and He has an ultimate plan and obviously knows the ‘big picture’. 

Numerous times in the Bible when people got impatient waiting on God the results were not that great but God also redeems man’s screwups. Do a search on ‘people who did not wait on God’ and you will come up with all sorts of accounts. There is purpose in waiting. What if we got everything just when we wanted it? You would probably start taking the Almighty for granted. 

No matter what you are trusting God for today do not,I repeat, do not step in and try to orchestrate things on your own like a miniature Holy Spirit.  Keep believing, keep praying, be still, be silent, and just know God has a plan. 

PRAYER: Oh Lord God I thank you for prayer. I know you hear my prayers. I thank you for how you are working in my life and the life of those I am lifting up daily in prayer. Give me the ability to be still and be thankful. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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