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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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hurting World Needs Prayer and Care

Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker, and whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished. Proverbs 17:5

 On a recent visit to New Orleans to primarily see The World War 2 Museum, I had to satisfy my curiosity and see the famed Bourbon Street. It is sadly famous for the wrong reason. I should have been 'prayer walking' as I made my way past bars and adult entertainment venues. Some said to me "Why would you even want to see it?" One thing is for sure it made me see the need for prayer in a huge way. I can not even begin to describe the scenes I saw. Thankfully I exited after only ten minutes walking to a safer, quieter, calmer street where we ate supper. There is way more to see in this wonderful city.

This world is full of sad and hurting people and many of them were there on Bourbon Street. These hurting people are on street corners in many of our cities. The product of fatherless homes perhaps, broken marriages, economic downturn, mental illness, abuse, alcoholism or drugs. Only God knows. We are not sent to judge but to pray and reach out and help. It is only the grace of God that keeps us from being on a curb somewhere. We do not know everyone's story so it is best to not judge.

Today when you have the opportunity, first thank God for where He has you in life and look around and see if there is someone who needs a loving touch or smile or even help with a need in their life.

PRAYER: Give me eyes to see and be aware of hurting people beyond my protective 'bubble' Lord. Help me to remember to pray and show your love. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Course Correction

Teach me your way Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness.Give me an undivided heart that I might fear your name. Psalm 86:11

According to the science dictionary, a course correction is in space flight  when the spacecraft has to be returned to its' right path after getting off its' trajectory. Instruments are adjusted to get it back on the right flight path.

Life is a series of 'course corrections' where if you find yourself going in the wrong direction, spiritually speaking,  then it is time to turn around and head the right way. Satan loves to get us off course. His specialty is playing with your mind and thoughts. Maybe making you feel unworthy, too old,too small, or trying to instill fear so that you do not try new things.

Know whatever it is, God is with you helping you along the way. Do not listen to the lies of the enemy. God will guide you on the right course.

PRAYER: Lord I want to stay on the right path and do what pleases you. Help me and guide me on the course you want me to go. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, August 25, 2014

He Walked With God

The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.Genesis 6:6

In Chapter 5 of Genesis, the genealogy from Adam to Noah is given, and by Enoch's name it says the phrase "he walked with God." To me this says lots. It means he acknowledged God and followed His ways. Many others did not have this statement by their names. 

When you die someday will people say you walked with God or something else? Walking with God means you are not self righteous but you also are unashamed.and love the Lord. It does not mean you are better than others but that Jesus lives in you and you want to help others.

Right before the flood in the book of Genesis, not too many people were walking with God. He had had enough and decided to start mankind again with Noah's family. Are you ready to walk with God on a regular basis?

PRAYER: Sometimes I have gone my own way and listened to Satan instead of you. Forgive me Lord. I want to stay on your path and walk with you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

And Suddenly!

Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. Acts 2:2
Several years ago one of my co leaders in Moms in Prayer  used the attribute of God that God is the 'God of the Suddenlies' when she led. It was an awesome attribute.According to sources on the internet the word 'suddenly' is mentioned 41 times in the Bible. God is indeed the 'God of the suddenlies'. Suddenly when we least expect it someday He is coming back to gather up His people. The dead in Christ will rise according to the scriptures and those of us here on Earth will 'suddenly' be gone. It is not something to fear, unless of course you are not right with the Lord, but it is something to anticipate joyfully. 

God will suddenly come and in an instant things will change. No more tears, pain, heartache. His glorious return and we who know Him will suddenly be caught up with Him in the heaven. Suddenly Jesus will appear! Suddenly we will be with Him in heaven. The thought is overwhelming and exciting. Suddenly, in an instant! Poof! 

In the meantime before this 'suddenly' happens, we need to be going about our business here on Earth living for Him and not for Satan. We need to be getting to know Him better by reading his word each day instead of reading People magazine or checking up on everyone on Facebook first. To start why not start with Chapter 24 of Proverbs or Psalms or in other words the chapter that corresponds to the day it is. Read the book of John. Pray and ask God to make himself known to you. Try to ask yourself if what you are doing bring glory to Him. If you are angry at Him for some reason, tell Him you are sorry and ask Him to direct your paths. He will. He will suddenly be with you. 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus thank you for loving me unconditionally. Thank you for waiting for me to give you my whole heart. Forgive me when I have let the world squeeze you out. In Jesus' name. Amen 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I Am A Conqueror!

 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  Romans 8:23

How many times do you get up and instead of taking control of your day, with God's help, you stop and worry or second guess yourself? In our Officers' Christian Fellowship group there used to be what was called 'Pray and Plan' where we would meet and pray what to study in the Bible. God was our director and we were the prayer warriors going to Him for direction. 

If you claim to be a believer in Jesus Christ you need to stand up, stand tall, be bold, be courageous.  Don't pray and 'give' a situation to God then turn right back around and start fretting. Boldly come to the throne. With God's help you are a CONQUEROR, so remember that. 

Today say "God thank you for making me more than a Conqueror and empowering me to stand firm against attacks from my enemy Satan."

PRAYER: I know through you I am a conqueror. I have promises in your word that empower me and give me courage. Help me not be a coward. In Jesus' name. Amen!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Stop Your Murmuring, Christian!

 Do everything without grumbling or arguing. Philippians 2:14

Murmuring, gossip, and complaining are not a good thing for believers. It is so easy to fall into that trap though. How many of us maybe go to church, sing the hymns, pray the prayers and feel all holy, then walk out the door and complain about traffic getting out of the church parking lot? Perhaps we grumble at the local restaurant when not served in a timely manner?  Yikes but we may even say something unflattering about the pastor?

Today is the day to stop this very bad habit. If you are honest with yourself we probably all have done it. Satan rejoices over complaining, grumbling believers as it is sure not a very good witness or a way to get closer to God.

If you know this is you ask God to transfer you into His image to include His speech. Try your best, with God's help, to start off right controlling the words that spew forth from the mouth that is supposed to be spiritual.

PRAYER: I have been at fault in this area Lord and I ask forgiveness. I know Satan is joyful when I fall into his trap of doing this. I choose to let my words bring glory not shame. Help me. In Jesus'  name. Amen.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Preach On

But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark. Matthew 24:37-38

What are your plans for today? Whatever they are go about your day with expectancy of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. If you are teaching school, keep doing it. If you are a clerk, keep working. Perhaps the CEO of a company. Keep leading and directing. If you are a stay home mom, keep raising your children for the Lord.

For all of us who name the name of Jesus we should be 'preachers' of sorts and be 'preaching on' until Jesus returns. Not everyone will accept this and some may mock you,but our job is to share God's love with those in our circle of influence each and every day. We are not to be ashamed of Jesus. Bow your head even in public and thank Him for your daily bread. Many in the world are hungry. Don't be embarrassed someone is looking cause they probably are. In Mark 8:38 it says "If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when He comes in His Father's glory with the Holy angels."

Go now and remember you are His witness so be able to share about your joy if someone asks. If you don't know Him you can stop right now and ask Him to take control of your life.

PRAYER: Give me your strength to not be a coward when it comes to sharing you with others. Forgive me if I have ever acted ashamed. In Jesus' name. Amen.