To answer before listening-- that is folly and shame.Proverbs 18:13
How foolish to decide things without the facts. When we rush to judgment on something or make a decision before laying all the details out, big trouble could lie ahead. It sure is hard to wait. If we don't though misstakes can be made. I am trying to learn this lesson on my journey to get published. I will think I have found the perfect self publisher then something changes my opinion. In my rush to get my book into print I certainly do not want to do it any way but God's way.My training ground of sorts is waiting on God. Learning to be still. Learning to slow down. Learning to not jump to conclusions. Learning to have peace in the midst of chaos. This takes self control only given by the Holy Spirit.Does God have you in a training ground to help you learn a spiritual lesson? Maybe it is an office where you need to learn to love your co workers. Perhaps it is with friends and rejection. Maybe it is learning to be content with what you have and not compare. Think on this for a moment and what is it you need to learn and sit at God's feet while you do?PRAYER: I thank you Lord for the things you teach me in my day to day existence. When things fall apart maybe it is time I am still and figure out what it is I need to learn. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13
Going to church is a good thing. The Sabbath day is to be honored and kept but not in the legalistic sense of "let's do this" and then go about the rest of the week without any part of God in your life. It strikes me that only the Holy Spirit can do the "spiritual surgery" to help change a person's heart. Seeds of kindness and love can be planted along the way by believers. Ultimately, loving Jesus is supposed to be a 24/7 operation each day and not just reserved for one single hour each Sunday.Maybe the people that need to hear this message are not even reading this devotion because devotions are not their thing. So if you know people in your life you pray for that the 'spiritual light' will come on in their life keep on praying and trusting God will take care of them. Beware of acting superior to anyone that is not loving Jesus with all their heart. Our job is to love and not judge.In the meantime get excited about Jesus around the clock. Feed your spirit with songs, and tunes, and spiritual songs and lift up your voice in praise to Him.PRAYER: Your goodness is awesome Lord. I love to worship where the spirit of God is alive and the truth is preached. Use me Lord as your witness in the community I am in the rest of the week. I resist the enemy and he has to flee. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Recently I was in another coffee shop attempting to write when a girl answered her cell phone and instead of removing herself to chat, carried on a very loud personal conversation right there. After that she started blowing her nose super loud. I said to myself "Ok Becky time to keep focusing on love, forgiveness, and patience." There are many rude people in the world and the cell phone has caused much more rudeness. It is how we choose to deal with this and respond that matters.
God puts up with lots from us. Thank goodness for His mercy and His grace. We are not by any means perfect creatures but are to learn and grow to try to be more like Him. The saying 'WWJD' which became popular a few years back, really does make us think about "What Would Jesus Do?" In certain not so perfect situations in life ask yourself that questions before you boil over and are sorry for your actions or feelings.
Why not try to emulate Christ in tough situations you encounter today? Things may annoy you but then did you ever think you could annoy others too. Remember to show God's grace to others.
PRAYER: Lord you are good and I am so grateful for your love and grace. Help me Lord to remember to show grace to those around me as we never know what they are going through. Above all help me not judge others as I am not walking in their shoes. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Friday, July 24, 2015
The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. Matthew 13:22
I love fresh vegetables and the sight of a pretty garden neatly kept. Driving past rows of corn planted by area farmers is also nice. Picking blueberries at a local farm is a fun activity walking through the rows of neatly groomed trees. When I lived in Arizona I enjoyed seeing rows of orange trees in groves. I myself am not the best gardener because I am lazy about pulling weeds. A few days ago I was weeding trying to unearth a couple lost watermelon vines. I had to search for the green beans my husband took the time to plant. In both cases I found them finally.What if we let our spiritual garden get clogged up with weeds and did not do anything about it? Sin can overwhelm. The world can throw things at us and confuse our walk with the Lord. We can start doubting the truth found in the Bible. But if we 'weeded' our gardens by reading the Bible daily, studying it, and praying we would have a fruit bearing life.Don't let the weeds of life choke out the word of God in your life. Spend some time getting to know Him better by opening up the word of God. Satan flees when we pursue the Lord.
PRAYER: Help me as I seek to get rid of weeds and thorns in my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
I used to always be trying to figure out things on my own and thus caused enormous worry and stress. One day the light came on, so to speak, and I realized no amount of me sitting trying to wonder why things were the way they were was going to change a situation. Things happen, period. Trying to second guess situations is a waste of productive time.
The verse for today says allot. Trust totally in the Lord. Do it with your whole heart. No halfway dedication. Do not try to figure things out on your own and make judgments yourself. In every aspect of your life submit to Him. This means every area, no holding back. When you do this not only will you have more mental peace but clarity as well. God will guide you and make the way.
When you apply these two verses from Proverbs from your life you will know and be assured God has the controls and He does not need you as His assistant.
PRAYER: Thanks for the peace I have Lord after I totally trust you to run my life and that of my family members. Worry, speculation, manipulation and all the rest have no place in my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory." Psalm 50:15
It is so frustrating to be watching television controlled by satellite during a storm especially if a favorite show. Eventually a message scrolls across the screen, "Lost signal. Attempting to acquire signal." With our mobile devices when talking if you drive into a remote location without a cell tower your signal can also be lost. The good news is when talking with God in prayer our signal is never lost or broken.
Prayer is not just supposed to be done at meals and bedtime but it is an ongoing conversation with our Heavenly Father. He wants to hear from you. Don't treat Him like a genie in a bottle but know He cares for our deepest hurts and loves to hear from you. You can talk to Him in a storm and the signal is always there. You can talk to Him going through a tunnel on the highway and He will hear you.Make prayer a daily habit and really share your heart with the Lord. Get real and pray and don't forget to thank Him for the answers.PRAYER: Lord I thank you for hearing my heart and listening when I cry out to you. I know I need to confess my sins to you too so you hear my prayers as 1 John 1:9 tells me that. I want to grow to be closer to you and I know the way to do it is through a prayer life that is deep and personal. In Jesus' name. Amen.