Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Luke 18:1
Do you ever just simply feel overwhelmed with problems and issues in your life? You feel that things will never change and are tired of continually praying about it? You feel like giving up. My friend that is what the enemy Satan wants you to do.I know people who feel like "why should I pray cause nothing changes." Somehow some feel they are just here, and church does not matter, praying does not matter, and reading the Bible is boring. Some folks who were once 'sold out' to Jesus can get into this rut. All I can say is that feeling this way is strictly from the pit of hell and demons are rejoicing. You may be a parent who has had a child turn their back on God. Oh they believe but that is all. Maybe you have a 'lukewarm' spouse who thinks church is good and loves to go but could care less about any other growth during the week. When a person turns away from God they are giving Satan an open door to influence their thinking and actions.If you know someone who has grown cold to the things of the Lord just continually keep them in prayer. Do not become a nag. Let the Holy Spirit bring conviction and change. He may be working on you as well as you endure patiently.PRAYER: Help me be patient as I wait on you Lord. I know are working and at times I may not see it but you are. I have faith so I will continue steadfastly in prayer. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father which is in Heaven. Matthew 5:16
How bright are you shining? Do you think if people were in the same vicinity as you they could tell you were different, meaning filled with the love of Jesus? Are you a 'sunbeam' for God as the children's song goes?
Some ways to show the love of Christ out and about every day is to watch what you say. Glorify God in your speech. In other words, don't enter into gossip or critical speaking or judging others. Next be kind to those around you. Turn a frown into a smile. Let your eyes reflect the joy of the Lord. Do unexpected things for others such a taking a cart back to the line at grocery for someone. Maybe you could buy an unexpected gift for someone. I actually experienced that a few times in life when I was the recipient of a totally unexpected gift and it really made me smile with joy. The giver too received a huge blessing by doing it.
The point is we are supposed to be the representative of Jesus on Earth until He returns and if you claim to know Him personally then you need to make sure you reflect that. Shine on my friend!
PRAYER: There are times I have been less than joyful and help me remember Lord to shine brightly for you. Help me help someone who does not feel up to 'shining' by doing something kind. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Monday, November 23, 2015
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention. Proverbs 15:18
I wasn't sure what word I was looking for in my title, but I get lots of my material not just from my own life, but from 'accidental' meet ups with strangers. A few days ago in Phoenix, Arizona a very negative angry man was behind me in line at a restaurant/bakery and struck up a conversation centered on this negativity. And when I say negative I mean as possibly as you can be and even sprinkled in an occasional F word for effect. When I told him I was going to pray he would be happy he said "I am not a Christian, I am Muslim". I said "That's okay I can still pray. I love everybody!" When I stepped aside a lady in front of me said "you handled that very well."
There are all sorts of people in this world. There are some you can never seem to help. Many things can contribute to reactions of people and we know anger can lead to upheaval and even violence and death. Whenever possible try to share God's love with those you come into contact with. As in this man's case, he just was hateful and almost rage like. I did not consider this meet up as one that 'just happened' but God had a purpose in it. Plant a seed of love and joy. Give this individual some kindness and thus something to think about. Never be mean back, as that solves nothing but does stoke the fire.
Wherever you go today make sure you let the love of God rule your life. You never know who is watching.
PRAYER: Use me Lord to share your love with a hurting and unbelieving world. Guide me and give me wisdom and prepare the hearts of those who need you to receive you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
I love my friends and thanks to the United States Armed Forces have made a good deal of them around the globe. But 'to be a friend you need to show yourself friendly' the saying goes. Sure, not everyone is the kind who has 'never met a stranger' but it takes someone to make the first move to initiate a friendship encounter.Friends are so vitally important to me. Stop for a moment though and think of people who have no friends. Perhaps a prisoner in jail or prison. A elderly person in a nursing home who has no family in the area. It could be a patient in a hospital or even sitting in a chair having chemo treatments administered to them. Maybe a widow who people have forgotten or are afraid to approach after her husband died. A homeless person under a bridge. A new person in school. An abandoned teenager. Many people feel lost and lonely in a world that seems so bustling and thriving.This time of year we remember friends and family but emphasis is also put on the many who do not have families and friends and material goods. What can you do to help brighten a lonely person's day? A simple smile is a good start.PRAYER: Help me be a doer and not just a talker. Bring to mind constructive ways I can build into the life of a lonely person or one who needs a friend. Direct my steps and make me courageous when needed. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.1 Corinthians 1:18
Every day when I write I think it is great that readers get something out of what God gave me to write. Then I think about those people, we all know, maybe some close to us, who think a trip to church on Sunday is enough and seldom, if ever, open the Bible. We can not force it upon them. Only the Holy Spirit can lead them to this desire. The more you push and suggest the more they are less apt to do it, and probably won't get anything from what they read anyway.
If you have a person like this in your life all you can do is pray. You can't shove Jesus down their throat. Definitely don't act like you are better in order to prove a point. Maybe there was a time in your life you thought church was enough and then the lights came on, so to speak. That moment for me was 19 March 1975. After I became 'born again' I thirsted for God's word. I occasionally get teased about preaching or maybe I should go to seminary. Simply because your passion is for things of the Lord does not make you a weirdo. It is awesome!
Just keep praying for those in your life. Some maybe have been led away by seducing spirits or have lost their 'first love.' Don't preach to them but instead show Jesus' love to them unconditionally and let God do the work.
PRAYER: Help me Lord to not get preachy to my friends or family who gave no passion for you. Help them see the light and feel your love. Lead them away from whatever it is that is stealing the love for you. In Jesus' name.Amen.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15This does take planning. I will be honest and say sometimes I am not always the best at it even though I have good intentions. When we know as a believer we have to spend time in the word to grow then it is necessary to set aside time and be free of distractions that will get you sidetracked.Similar to working out in a gym to lose weight and stay healthy takes discipline, spending time with God requires discipline. Sunday is not enough to keep you growing. When you only spend one hour on Sunday it is easy to become complacent and stagnant. All of us probably know those who could care less about getting serious about knowing Jesus better. It is not our job to change people. Work on yourself first and let God do the rest with others.You will do what is important to you. How important is getting closer to God?PRAYER: I know it is crucial to spend time on a daily basis with you. The world throws so much garbage at us and the only way to know the truth is to study your word. Help me not put other things first. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Feelings can not be trusted. For instance, love is more than 'feelings' yet how many marriages break up because the couple no longer 'feel' in love. A feeling is a mood or an emotional state. You can get yourself on an emotional high of sorts and not be rational with your thinking. Your mind can conjure up things that are not even real.When it comes to prayer and waiting on God you may 'feel' like God has abandoned you when in fact He hears your prayers but He works out things for His glory and in His time. Maybe you 'feel' God is really distant from you. Perhaps this is the time to seek Him even more. Keep praying, keep believing, keep hoping. Of course Satan will come at you trying to get you to fixate on wrong thinking. Tell him to get behind you for you are trusting in God.Whatever it is you are trusting God for hang in there, never doubt,and keep looking to the cross.PRAYER: Forgive me Lord when I allow the world to mold my thinking and what I do. I am to be set apart and be able to think like you think. As I wait I ask you to give me strength to get involved in another's life and see if I can meet a need. In Jesus' name. Amen.