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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, May 26, 2019

Shine Brighter

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:5
The world around you may seem very dark to believers right now. If all you do is saturate yourself with the changing cultural tide nightly news or the desensitization happening on TV, movies, schools, and cartoons you could get in a real tizzy.
Relax. God has this. Your job is to keep your light shining for the kingdom and get it back to a roaring flame if it is only an ember. Turn off negative news feeds, tv shows and the like that cast doubt as to whether God is in charge. Schedule daily Bible reading and quiet time. Also don’t speak evil of enemies(see Proverbs 24:17) but pray for them as they are under a cloud of satanic deception and may not even want to acknowledge  it due to endearment to a life long political party that has them tricked and held captive.
Today your job is to light the world around you. In your family, your workplace, your church, your recreation endeavors, your grocery shopping, and your night at the restaurant or movies. Don’t be ‘holier than thou’ or self righteous but pray that God will use you to light up the paths around you. Get rid of negativity and look up!
PRAYER: I know it is easy to let Satan make me feel all hope is lost and my beloved nation is going down the tubes but IT IS NOT so help me squish negative thinking and mediate only good from your word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.  

Saturday, May 25, 2019

36000 Feet

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?Galatians 5:7
For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies. Fly up high especially at sunrise or sunset and with a window seat you can marvel at God’s creation. 
How can someone be an atheist? Satan wants people as far from God as possible and works in the minds of those in false religions, with political loyalty, enamored by socialism or communism, gender confused, propaganda tools, and much more to mess up hearts and minds and create immense division. The enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy. 
If you are reading this you may know of people in your family captured by society worldview over God’s worldview. Don’t beat them over the head with the Bible but keep praying for the truth to set them free. 
PRAYER: Father I pray for those whose minds are so politically correct they cannot recognize Satan’s lies and influence over them. I cover America with the blood of Jesus and pray for those people who are being used by the devil to destroy a Christian nation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Ripple Effect

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. Deuteronomy 30:19
Recently I attended the baccalaureate service for my great niece Rylee held in Oklahoma at Jenks High School. The pastor from Guts Church Tulsa spoke and basically talked about choices in life and how all things have consequences. A ripple effect if you will.
Some of the choices we all face are choosing  friends, a spouse some day, job selection. Hopefully you make the choice to have Christian fellowship as a major priority in your life and not be a lone ranger thinking you don’t need ‘religion’ or a ‘brick and mortar building’.
Staying with people who love Jesus is so very important that is why finding a church home is crucial to living life successfully. It is hurtful and heart breaking  for parents when they have raised their now adult children or college bound children to love the Lord then they basically just blow off anything to do with Jesus, Christian friends, or fellowship. You are the sum of who you choose to associate with. For those struggling with hurt from children who basically have erased Jesus from their life, keep praying for them. For those college bound continue to lift up Jesus and pray for their associations in the future. Prayer is powerful. Life and death are in the power of the tongue it  says in  Proverbs 18:21. Believe in positive outcomes  and speak things out that are positive and give your concerns to the one who loves your children more than you do. 

PRAYER: Choices in life are so important. To hang out with the wrong crowd often takes you away from things of the Lord. Help me Lord to remember everything I say and do has an effect on someone. I pray for those who may have put you on the shelf and just aren't growing in Christ right now. I pray that those prodigals will return  to you. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Take Your Medicine

Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation. 1 Peter 2:2
Do you know that reading God’s word is medicine for your soul? This was pointed out during a Mothers Day message at my church where the pastors mother in law would say she was going to bed and going to take her medicine.
It is so easy to coast through life and neglect God’s word. What if you forgot to take synthroid or some other life saving drug or forget to take diabetes medicine? Soon you may succumb to the illness that required this medication in the first place. 
Don’t be spiritually lazy. It is easy to hop in the car on Saturday or Sunday and drive to church and take your medicine with others but what about the other 167 hours in your week? Do you care to get closer to God and grow in Christ or is Sunday quote enough? My friend you need your spiritual armor and your spiritual medicine daily to combat the attack’s of this secular evil world you live in. Don’t let the world shape you. Be shaped for kingdom work. 
PRAYER: Father God I delight in you and pray for those I know who have little interest beyond Sunday. Convict hearts of their need for spiritual growth so the truth is recognized. Help me run from evil. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Rescue Mission

Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.Psalm 82:3-4

Those who are first responders are on a mission to rescue people and keep them alive. You as a believer are a first responder of sorts for the Kingdom. You are to be on the look out for those around you who seem lost and wandering and help those who are lost spiritually. 

Each day you cross paths with all sorts of people. It is hard to know what is going on inside of someone’s heart and mind. A simple smile or kind gesture can often do a wonder for someone hurting. Go deeper when and if you can. Sometimes this means getting out of your comfort zone. Don’t put yourself in a dangerous situation so use common sense too. 

Each day consider yourself on a rescue mission for the kingdom. Let love and kindness prevail. Pray for God to open doors for you to help in these rescues. Some may be people you already know, a friend, a neighbor. Don’t fear because He can equip you to do just what you need in different situations. 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus I am glad to be able to be on call for the kingdom 9-1-1 and to be available to help others who are hurting. Give me the courage and stamina to do your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Influence Your Culture

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. Romans 12:2-3

Don’t get involved? Holocaust. Don’t get involved? School prayer removed from school. Don’t get involved? Abortion made legal. Don’t get involved? Homosexual marriage legalized. Don’t get involved? Keep getting Sports Illustrated SwimSuit Issue in a family friendly store. Don’t get involved? Anti American, Anti Israel people elected to US Congress. Don’t get involved? Islam infiltrates the world. Don’t get involved? Gender confusion becomes the norm.

I have just cited examples of how our culture is shifting. It is not shifting towards Christ but away from the truth found in the word of God. Now there are going to be people saying we are to love ALL people. I never said otherwise. Unfortunately the new kids on the block try to label those who disagree as haters when in fact they are the ones doing the bullying and hating when simply wearing a MAGA hat gets you labeled.

What I am referring to is the proverbial frog in the pot of cold water that ever so slowly the heat is turned up until he is cooked and does not realize it. This is classic desensitizing and done by evil forces who do not like righteousness, truth, God, or democracy. Evil can spin lies, doubt, propaganda and may disguise itself as a political party so those endeared to it cause momma was, are afraid to leave or are just not aware as they feed their minds with fake news, yes fake news. I challenge all of my readers to love one another even those who you don’t agree with. Keep praying. Keep speaking the truth in love. You may have family or friends who fit categories I mentioned above. Just continue to love and give them to the Lord. Know we are in a spiritual battle not one against mankind. Pray for those being tricked to have blinders removed.

PRAYERS: Lord Jesus we are in a battle between God and the devil. I pray those people believing lies of the enemy can have scales removed from their eyes. I pray for good decent people who love America to continue to be voted into office. I pray for a revival in our nation’s news media. I pray for those who have never known you as their savior to be touched by the Holy Spirit and be born again. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Is There Dust In Heaven?

The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.Isaiah 57:1

An odd question to ponder but what do you think, is there dust in heaven?
I got to thinking on this one day when cleaning my house and seeing dusty wood floors, dust on the furniture, cobwebs and said “ugh” and decided that no, there was not dust in Heaven.

Heaven will be perfect and beyond imagination. There is no one reading this who has not been touched by death and usually in a very painful way. Recently I had a dear young lady lose her husband of only 18 months, not even sick? Why? Initially we lash out at God. But death is part of life. My younger son over a period of maybe 10 years starting in 2001, experienced the death of I believe roughly 9 friends three of whom our family knew. Again why?

All I can say is this. If a person has accepted Christ and knows beyond a shadow of a doubt they will be in heaven what is there to dread? People left behind ache bad, are mad, have questions, sometimes run away from their faith. This is what Satan hopes they will do. Just know Heaven is beyond our wildest imaginations and no one runs for an escape exit once they enter upon breathing their last breath here on Earth.

PRAYER: I am unable to comprehend, explain, or understand why babies die, why over 3000 people died on 9-11-01 in New York World Trade Center, or why a young husband is called home early. I pray for supernatural strength and comfort for those grieving unexplainable losses and on a healing journey of recovery. In Jesus’ name. Amen.