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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.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Throw Off Works of Darkness


And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14

We are in a battle of good and evil. The enemy has put us in a mind game. When you hear the word 'darkness' you may say "I don't read horoscopes, play the Ouija board, or go to fortune tellers." Those are obvious forms of darkness even though I have met believers who follow their horoscopes. Only God knows the future, not an astrologer. 

So darkness could be simply opening up the door to the enemy by your choice of reading material or what music you listen to. It can also be through programs you choose to watch on television or at the movies or even live plays you go to. The enemy is sinister and will try to make darkness appear okay. How else would he capture so many innocent victims?

We have to be on our guard because the Satan prowls around trying to destroy us. It says that in God's word too. Ask God to reveal to you any areas of your life that border on leading you from Him and get them out of your life. Keep your heart and mind pure and holy. 

PRAYER: Lord I want to 'walk' a walk pleasing to you. Alert me to any dangers lying in my path that could throw me off course. I look to you for my strength and the enemy has no power over me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Martha's Manna circa 1982-84




For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Back in the 'olden days' before personal and desk top computers there was something called a typewriter. To get info to people you typed a letter and put it in an envelope with a postage stamp and took it to the post office. No instant emails. No tweets. No texts. There may have been faxes. I was in a ladies Bible study at Fort Rucker, Alabama and a older woman named Martha was also in it. She put out a monthly Christian newsletter entitled 'Martha's Manna' which I enjoyed receiving each month in the mail. She also put little books called 'My Little Pocket Book of God' or something like that, in children's birthday cards. I assume that she passed away but  I sadly lost contact with her after moving from Alabama to Arizona in 1984.

When I write my daily email devotion, which is also a Facebook page and a blog, I think of her. I referred to her as an 'older woman' but it looks like I may be fitting into that category too at least to those who are 50 or younger. The Bible says the older woman are to teach the younger(See Titus 2:3-5).  Martha had a passion for the word of God and getting the truth into the hands of others. I too consider what I do as my passion. This is the 'manna' I am passing on to my reader's not for Becky's glory but to serve the Lord and hopefully reach the lost or hurting. This is not for the baby Christian or non Christians, as one person thought my writing was geared to, but it is intended for ALL people, believers or non believers.

Do you hunger for God's word, the 'bread of Life, daily? If not perhaps you need a spiritual renewal to bring about a desire and hunger for God in your life. He is waiting to serve you up the best manna ever. Why not taste and see that the Lord is good!?

PRAYER: I love your word Lord. There was a time when I took it for granted. I do not anymore. I thank you I live where I can openly have my Bible. I know religious persecution goes on throughout the world and it is starting here in America. I cherish your word and will stand up for what is right to keep it. In Jesus' name. Amen.  

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

God Is Not Mocked


Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8

My husband and I were out having lunch after church one day and at the counter of this one restaurant was a young couple. The female was wearing a shirt that had '666' on the back. It was obvious what this was. Whether she intended it or not we all know that this number represents the anti Christ. I felt truly sorry for this girl. She was either blatantly sticking her nose out at God or thought it was cute. 

Many people do their own thing without thought of consequences. Going along with the crowd is not always the best answer. Also doing what is popular in the world may not be right in the eyes of God. The world and its' temporary pleasures can lead to a path of death and destruction. If you are in the world doing your own thing it is my hope you are counteracting life with feeding on God's word or going to a Bible preaching church where truth is taught. 

As the verse above indicates, 'God will NOT be mocked,' and indeed he will not. If a little voice deep down inside is telling you to leave your questionable ways and run back to God, do it! 

PRAYER: I thank you Lord for owning a Bible and knowing it contains the truth. It doesn't change as much as people try to re interpret it. Guide anyone reading this who may be struggling with right and wrong to follow hard after God. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

God LIKES Me!


But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
We are in the Facebook generation. It can be a good tool but also can be hurtful and a time waster. I like it as a way to connect with family and friends and find lost friends. My primary reason for remaining on it is to get the word of God out through my daily God's Lemonade Stand where I have a 'page' people can 'LIKE' or see it on my wall if they are my 'friend'. 

The concept of clicking the little 'thumbs up' icon found after each post on Facebook, can almost become an addiction if we allow it to. Checking back and forth to see who 'LIKED' your post could in fact hurt feelings if you got to into the whole thing. Let's say you got no response from a certain picture you posted. Then what? Do you allow that to set your value and worth? 

God loves and likes you more than any Facebook friend. He likes you and loves you no matter what picture you post or what comments you make. You are His beloved. You were made to glorify Him. Just repeat "God LIKES me!" 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus I am so thankful for your unconditional love and acceptance of me. Help me to only care that you love me and all the other Facebook 'likes' are secondary. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Help My Unbelief



 Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"
I know of people who doubt God or Jesus because their prayers weren't answered. Perhaps a friend or family member died. Maybe a prayer has still not been answered. Whatever the case, because of a situation, a person may choose to not follow God at all or barely at all. To me this is sad because you are either for God or against Him, no halfway.

Jesus wants us to pray and not stop. Some may find this quite foolish, but the alternative is to follow the world and the ways of the enemy, which is Satan. Yes Satan is not a cartoon character. He is the power of evil and darkness of this present world we live in.  When we do not follow or believe God we give him a foothold in our life.

I don't know about you but I choose to believe and keep on believing as I know sometime I will see the glory of the Lord and for that I can not wait.  Who do you choose?

PRAYER: Help me to be patient when I pray Lord and know your ways are beyond my understanding and you have a plan better than any I could dream up. Comfort those who have a hard time believing. Let them feel your presence in their lives. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Shhhh!


Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. Matthew 6:4

Your reward is from God so if that is the case why do some feel they have to announce their good deeds or charity to others? Maybe inferiority or wanting to impress?  The best reward is when you do something for someone either anonymously or do it and do not tell others. The Bible talks about this too when fasting not to go tell everyone but to do it between you and God. Even when praying it says to not draw attention to yourself. The whole thing is about God, period. It is not about us. We are to remain humble in all walks of life. If we have a degree from an impressive University it is not necessary to let everyone know. When you win an award those who need to know will know. It impresses me to hear of military heroes who do not think they deserved a particular award. Humble people will always be exalted. We gain nothing by trying to make ourselves look good or important to others. 

If you have trouble keeping silent about accomplishments ask God to create in you a truly giving and humble heart. Anytime you get the urge to brag give God the glory. All we have is from Him anyway. 

PRAYER: You truly are King of kings and Lord of lords. To you be all glory, praise and honor. In Jesus' name.Amen.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ding


"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.' Matthew 6:19

Anyone who has ever had a brand new car or truck knows the feeling the first time someone opens their car door and slams it into your shiny new flawless bodywork. You come out one day and there it is staring you in the face. The infamous 'ding'. You were so careful where you parked often walking long distances to keep your car looking like new. Never the less, with all those precautions it was bound to happen. Perhaps a thoughtless person or a complete accident. It is not new anymore. 

My thoughts when this recently happened to me was first I was blessed to be fortunate enough to have a new vehicle. Then I thought about God wanting us to be good stewards of our possessions here on Earth but on the other hand not let them consume us and make us OCD. I realized that being mad or upset would not make this little indentation pop back out so I had to deal with it. There are worse things in the big scheme of things. 
 
Do you ever let your possessions control you? As I said before we need to take good care of things God has blessed us with but not let them become idols or gods in our lives.I have in the past broken a favorite coffee mug and get sad but then think to myself, get a grip Becky and move on, Whatever it is that is controlling you why not turn it over to God. Let Him manage the little 'dings' of life. 

PRAYER: Thank you for abundant blessings you have given me. Help me Lord to not allow my 'stuff' to control me. In Jesus' name. Amen.