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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, June 19, 2018

Thorns Hurt!

In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them. Proverbs 22:5

Have you ever pricked yourself by a thorn bush while trimming shrubs? It hurts. They get in amongst plants and really can stick. Our orange trees in Arizona even had thorns.

Thorns remind me of how sly temptations and evil can be. You go along in life and test the waters so to speak and may get involved with something you know deep down is not right. If you don’t turn and run you can get ‘pricked’ by the activity you may be doing wrongly. You may be so deep into something you don’t see it as a problem. God is speaking to your heart but you are stubborn and refuse to listen. Your heart has been hardened to the point you can’t recognize God’s voice.

Are there some ‘thorn bushes’ you need to eliminate in your life? A bad habit? A wrong lifestyle? Group of people you associate with leading you astray? Wrong thinking? God is here 24-7 to help lift you from things you may find yourself stuck in. He has your back and wants you to put weed killer on the thorns in your life. Let Him rescue you today! 

PRAYER: Jesus you are all I need yet at times I find myself caught up in things that choke you out of my life. I want more of you in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Thinking More Highly?

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 12:3

Have you ever caught yourself maybe thinking a little bit more highly of yourself because of your social status, money, education, clothes, or even your church home?

Instead of haughtiness even if only inwardly, why not think ‘highly’ meaning think on God. He loves all of us the same and it does not please him when you and I treat others different because of being uneducated, poor, homeless, or ragged looking.

Today don’t allow yourself to ‘go there’ when it comes to elevating yourself over another. If you have that attitude ask God to deliver you from it. Now go love your neighbor.

PRAYER: It can be easy to slip into acting or feeling superior. You look at all your created people the same. Forgive me if I ever got too big for my britches so to speak. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Dad You Rock!

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4

Besides everyone giving so much honor to moms on Mother’s Day, dads are vitally crucial to the stable healthy family as well. Broken homes without a dad present are epidemic and the dad plays a huge role in the family. The media would love to discredit men in general but in the kingdom of God the man is crucial. 

Satan loves to undermine the family and if he can get media to depict him as a weak buffoon then a portion of his job is done. A dad is the glue that keeps the family together. He is the head as much as Women’s liberation would like to say otherwise. This does not mean he is better, only someone has to be in charge. Many men bailed out on their roles and left many single women struggling to do it all. 

On this Father’s Day no matter what type of relationship you had with your earthly biological Father be thankful for him as you are here! Forgive if he was less than stellar. If you are a dad raise your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Men you are to be the leaders so not to lord over but to be the one God ordained as such. Stand up and assume your God given role. 

PRAYER: Lord I am thankful for my dad. I pray for those who are hurt by dads. I pray for dads in prison and others who hurt their children. I pray you will restore the family. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Standing Up God

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ Mark 12:30

Most everyone probably is familiar with the term ‘standing up’ usually meaning a person has broken a date with someone without notifying them. Have you ever considered maybe when you don’t meet with God every day you are sort of standing him up? Just some food for thought.

Do you prioritize God in your life or just church attendance? Ponder that as well. All of us have probably heard numerous sermons on spending time with God but does it goes in one ear and out the other? You and you alone have to make it happen and you also can’t be someone else’s Holy Spirit to ‘drag’ them into doing this as well.

Start getting up and perhaps download a devotion App to assist you. I use Abide. Next keep the morning news off. You will be cheerier I guarantee and will survive. Next read whatever Proverb corresponds to the date on calendar. Today would be Proverbs 16. Now go give God some quality time!

PRAYER: I don’t want to be complacent when it comes to getting closer to you Lord and regardless of what others do I know it is essential I do this daily. Help me break any strongholds preventing this. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Suit Up!

Finally, be strong in the LORD and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devils schemes. Ephesians 6:10-11

Those first responders who protect our lives whether military, police, fire fighters, or medical personnel answer the call to protect and save lives. Before doing their duties they ‘suit up’ with the necessary uniform and gear in order to perform properly. 

As a Christian you too need to ‘Suit Up’ daily except your ‘garments’ and equipment are the Word Of God and prayer. Take a moment and read a little more beyond today’s two verses down to verse 18 for a full explanation of this armor. 

No soldier going into battle would dare forget their protective gear nor should you as a faithful believer go into life’s daily battles ill equipped. Take time each day to get fully armed and prepare for the onslaught the enemy could throw at you. 

PRAYER:I choose to be alert to the attack’s of the enemy and I will put my armor on daily. Help me not become complacent lest the enemy find a weak point. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Pray First

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
 Luke 18:1

My church in Huntsville, Alabama has key tags that say ‘Pray First’ and I have one on my key ring right now. The purpose of this tag is to look at it throughout the day and remember what to do before anything else.

Pray First.....
Before entering a heated argument.
Before a questionable Facebook post.
Before sending that text or email.
Before going to court against someone.
Before confronting a rude driver.
Before a job interview.
Before getting on the highway.
Before going on a long journey.
Before making assumptions and saying something you regret.
Before a test or making a big decision. 

I could list many more but I am sure you get the point. Before Satan gets the upper hand stop him in his little puny tracks and pray. I know people who think prayer is stupid and won’t do it or even mock those who do. To me that is sad because that is the way you communicate with God. When a person refuses to pray it is almost like they are opening the door for the enemy. Stop now and talk to God. Tell him your fears, your doubts, and let Him hear your heart. Try to make it something you do throughout your day. 

PRAYER: Prayer is a vital link to you. I love being able to come to you with concerns on my heart and to even lift up doubting Thomases. I love it when those answers come through. Help me Lord to be patient knowing you have a ultimate plan. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Love On!

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7
1 Corinthians 13 is known as ‘the love chapter’ unofficially in the Bible. Often read at weddings similar to Psalm 23 being read at funerals. Love is pretty important in all aspects of life. I am not necessarily referring to romantic love but love in general. 
Love is being kind. It is helpful and polite. Love  overlooks an offense and does not hold grudges. It is  forgiving to others even when you may not feel like it. It could be love to a stranger, a friend, a spouse, a family member. Being respectful even when a person has not respected you. Love resists the urge to get back and spew forth hatred. 
Is there someone today you need to show an extra measure of love to? 
PRAYER: Help me Lord to be a loving person even when someone has been less than loving to me. Give me strength to share your love to all those around me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.