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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.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Taking Thoughts Captive

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5

Watching what you think is a true discipline. Not allowing your mind to wander into areas  it has no business in. You have to ‘capture’ your thoughts or in other words don’t allow wrong thinking to occupy your head. 

Yes it takes discipline and practice and the more you occupy it on uplifting things or profitable endeavors the less you will find yourself needing to rein it in. Keeping it focused on ‘things above’ meaning what is good, pure, perfect and wholesome. Not filling it with pornographic images, lewd jokes, bad movie or TV or reading trashy novels or gossip magazines and tabloids.  

Remember Jesus lives in you and knows what you are doing. Take time each day to pray and read scripture and run from evil. This will help you capture wrong thinking. 

PRAYER: Lord I want to think good things and not conjure up stuff or get involved in gossip or junk that doesn’t do a thing for the kingdom of God. Give me strength to acquire this discipline. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Rough Patches

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
Life is not always perfect. Do you ever feel like you are being tested and wonder when it is going to end? Lack of employment, illness, medical bills, lawsuit, jail time, car wreck, failure on a school test, house foreclosure, late bills, no savings. Not making light of any of these but all things need to be kept in perspective. A resident of a slum or Third world nation may gladly assume some of our ‘problems’. 

Often times when you know people suffering it is hard to come up with the proper response or way to keep thee individual from losing hope and giving up on God entirely. It is as if God is a genie and why isn’t He pulling a rabbit out of His hat. God does not work that way. 

1 Peter 1:7 says “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold--though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” “But Lord I thought you loved me, I thought you cared. Why are you deserting me” is a good response. Believe it or not God is working even though the results aren’t evident now. Are you praising Him regardless or shaking your fist at Him. Check you heart and be patient. 

PRAYER: Lord I know you love me and you care for me but I also know you are working on me and my character as well. Forgive me for getting impatient or angry. Help me learn to praise you during the storms of life and look for the rainbow. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Click link for a awesome song of praise: https://youtu.be/uHdcyue0bSw

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

What A Day!

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3

Recently there was a supposed active shooter on a base in Ohio where my younger son was taking two weeks of Guard training. Needless to say since it was reported in the building I thought he was in, not only I but his wife, mother in law and a host of others were concerned. Until we got the all clear it was frightening.

Our minds can really make us go crazy. The ‘what if’s’ of life play a number on your peace. When you think an active shooter is near a family member it is a wee bit unsettling to say the least. You just have to try the best you can to be still. That seems to be my mantra lately, being still.

Good news is that all is well but for many people they do get worse case scenario news and have to pick up and move on albeit not an easy task. I hope I never have to face it but sadly have had many friends who have. You pick up the pieces and move on and don’t get mad at God. Today trust that God is with you and your family no matter what. If you have not trusted him as your savior do it today. No matter what life brings your way storms can make you stronger. We hate to hear that but hang on. God is good.

PRAYER: Your Word Lord I have hidden in my heart so no matter what happens I know you can get me through. Help me stand strong and calm in the face of calamity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Full Time Ministry

As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit-just as it has taught you, remain in him.1 John 2:27

Pastor Jentezen Franklin recently asked the question to his congregation “how many people were in full time ministry” and the answer he was looking for was “everyone”. You may not consider yourself a ‘minister’ in the sense of leading a congregation but once you leave the church building you are in your ‘mission field’ therefore in full time ministry or you should be striving for that.

Each and every day believers enter a mission field. It may be your home with your children, your neighborhood, the market, your office, or wherever you are. Church attendance is not about punching a ticket or earning pins for attendance but way more. Each of us, once we have asked Jesus to be Lord of our life,  have a huge responsibility to be his ‘hands’ and ‘feet’ and a ‘light’ for Him wherever we are. You are not to be a secret service Christian on a covert operation.

Mark 8:38 reminds us to “not be ashamed”. Take time and read the entire verse. It is easy to serve God in a Holy huddle but what about when you lose your comfort zone? Are you doing your part in full time ministry?

PRAYER:I am grateful for opportunities that cross my path to serve you. Help me use what you have blessed me with to be your hands and feet. Forgive me if I have ever made it just about ‘feeding myself’ on Sunday. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monday, August 13, 2018

The Tongue Can Set A Forest On Fire

"So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!" James 3:5

My title may sound odd to you but it is from JAMES chapter 3 in the New Testament about the dangers of that little tongue in our mouths. With the fires spreading out in several western states you can see how it does not take much for homes, businesses, cars, and forests to just vanish and leave a pile of ashes in their wake. So too the destructive power of poorly chosen words. 

Rumors are so easy to spread. Speaking even a prayer concern, if you don’t have all the details, can lead to vicious rumors. It is so much easier to not talk or to ask yourself if what you are going to say is going to benefit anyone. With the internet comes another whole host of problems when emails, texts, tweets just fly with no thought at times. Words can destroy friendships, marriages, careers, and many other things. 

So today before you text, tweet,email, call, or communicate in any fashion if there is any doubt as to if it will cause trouble to the person receiving it better let it go. Sometimes a recipient can blindside us by taking a communication the wrong way. So many things to think about. Best thing is to remember to let your mouth sing the praises of God and be kind to people. Period. 

PRAYER: Help me Lord be careful with the words that come from my mouth. Help me to think more before speaking, emailing, texting, and just try to use my mouth for your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Airplane Mode

           "Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10
I absolutely love flying. I am not a pilot myself, the only one in the family who is not but I take my share of commercial flights and enjoy every bit of it, mostly. When you are traveling in the air if you want to keep your cell phone on it has to be in ‘airplane mode’ so as to not interfere with signals and cause problems. Airplane mode basically keeps you from getting a cell signal.

I actually love the ‘airplane modes’ of life. By this I mean the time when the phone is silent, no television is blaring, maybe just sitting outside listening to birds sing or our cows moo. A break from the norm to be still. ‘Airplane mode’ moments are good for everyone.

Is it time for you to take an ‘airplane mode’ moment and break away from the blaring disruptions in life and sit and listen to God’s voice through His word? 

PRAYER: Lord I love it when I can just be still. Being able to sit alone and open the Bible and read and grow in you. Help me schedule these times regularly and not allow the tyranny of the urgent disrupt me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Click link for a wonderful song of worship to help you rest in God:

Saturday, August 11, 2018

You’ve Gotta Connect

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12
I had been in a funk recently when out of the blue two things happened. First I got an actual letter in the mail from a friend in Arizona. Next I got a phone call from a lady wanting advice on writing. Those two simple gestures of human contact were so meaningful and snapped me out of my stupor. 

Many things can put you on the wrong ‘road’ and one huge thing is wrong thinking. You have heard the saying ‘an idle mind is the devil’s workshop’ well there is truth in that. It is necessary to intentionally not ‘go there’ when it comes to thoughts. Your mind must be disciplined. The enemy will try to captivate you through terrible bizarre thinking and you can’t let it happen. 

Make sure you are making time for one on one with friends and put down the devices when you are with them. Our new generation I fear is not going to know how to have interpersonal relationships beyond their cellphones. Make sure you make friend time a priority as well as family time. And put down the phone when you do. I am guilty of it too. Go somewhere and just sit and be still and let God fill your thoughts.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your human angels you send to help us when we are lonely or down and out. Help me be that angel to someone as well. In Jesus’ name. Amen.