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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.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

My Stuff


"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But  store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. Matthew 6:17-21

Our time on Earth many times is spent acquiring earthly possessions some necessary and some not so much. The continual need for ‘stuff’ results in packed attics, cluttered homes, crowded closets, and overflow in storage units. Ask yourself why are you keeping this ‘stuff’. Much of what we have is totally unnecessary. 
Hopefully when you get to a certain age you will begin  to realize it is time to downsize. I used to ask myself  “want or need” before a purchase and go from there. Many of us have way too many things in our own closets so that is a good starting point. 

When you are doing this project to purge, just think about how good it will feel to clean clutter out. Don’t be afraid to give away or throw away. The day you start your project,  pray and ask God for wisdom and strength to do what is needed for a clutter free life. 

PRAYER: I thank you for the blessing of earthly possessions but I never want them to own me or get to the point I am a cluttered mess. Help me Lord to see the need for organization in life and start from there. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Connectivity


Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

In the society we live in today electronic connectivity is extremely crucial to business and other aspects of life. Use of the cell phone nonstop has even created a new condition called ‘text neck’. To be able to use our devices it is necessary to get a good wireless signal wherever you are. At times it can be maddening.

Aren’t you glad that you don’t need a wireless connection or modem to connect to the Almighty maker of Heaven and Earth? He never leaves us, never forsakes us, and He is Good all the time. 

Try something when you are able. Go somewhere and leave you phone and other hand held devices at home. You may think you need them but much of the usage of them is an addiction. How about establishing a new greater addiction and that is to quietness and a paper Bible. Give it a try. Now go and have a blessed day. 

PRAYER: Quietness is a wonderful thing. It is hard to hear your voice Lord when I over-schedule my day. Your voice comes from reading the word of God daily. Many who call themselves Christians fail to get their strength from it daily I included. Help me Lord not to let other mundane unimportant things squeeze you out. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Broken Hearted But Hanging On


The  LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
A broken heart hurts. Not necessarily the kind of broken heart from a relationship break up but the brokenness of your spirit and soul groaning over an issue in your life or a close family member where God has not shown up yet. The waiting period is tough. 
During your time of waiting you have to hang on to God’s rope and not give the devil an opportunity to drag you into despair. No matter what you see, hear, or feel, keep praying and believing God has got whatever situation it is. 
My friend Satan roars around tricking, deceiving, lying to the masses but when it hits home it may be much harder when you have to personalize your spiritual warfare against him. Keep looking up and trusting God for victory. 
PRAYER: Lord how magnificent you are and you care deeply for those crushed and wounded in spirit. Whatever the battle you are there to comfort and I am grateful for that. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Fear/Peace/Trust


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

I love to fly and I am not normally a white knuckle flyer but every now and then when an unusual bump occurs it gets my heart racing for sure. When I was in Alaska hiking on a island inhabited by black bears I didn’t think about being scared till we saw one. 

So what gets you scared? Do you know you can not live life petrified and tensed up all the time?Not only will it give you high blood pressure but will rob you of joy and peace. Trust and faith are the necessary components. 

Whether going in for medical tests, worrying about getting rear ended by a tractor trailer, or encountering an alligator in the Everglades you need God’s perfect peace. Where are you at today? 

PRAYER: Father I know you care for the smallest of creatures and I am no exception. Some fear may be normal but give me strength when I encounter situations like above to be still. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

White Witch


Anyone  you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven-if there was anything to forgive-I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. 2 Corinthians 2:10-11

In the movie ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ a deceptive character called ‘The White Witch’ deceived the children into thinking she was the queen, when she was really the representation of evil. She lured the children with her treat Turkish Delight. She captivated them. 

Satan does that to many people some who even claim to be believers. He plants lies in their heads, gets them hanging out with wrong people, maybe even has them go to a church that has nothing to do with salvation or the Love of Christ. He causes division among friends and family. He destroys churches. He steals joy. He causes arguments and riots. But many scoff at the idea of evil and a devil. Some of these people even embrace sin and evil because the government made it okay. 

Well hear me now. He is like a roaring lion and seeks someone to devour. Stay in the word, he hates that and would rather you read the morning paper or watch TV. 

Don’t be fooled. Satan doesn’t like anyone he has deceived but loves to get them off God’s path and onto his. Confusion is his game plan. Stand firm. Pray hard. Keep on the armor of God. 

PRAYER: Today if you hear God’s voice harden not your heart it says in scripture. Oh Lord I pray for those I know who Satan has baited and they are walking a life not glorifying you. Also help me never get lazy about reading and studying my Bible. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Final Approach


For the Scriptures say, "'As surely as I live,' says the LORD, every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God.' Romans 14:11

As I was on a plane preparing to land in what the aviation community calls the ‘final approach’ I was marveling at the clouds and beauty around me and then also pondering how one day the  ultimate final approach would be entrance into heaven.

Not everyone will get to Heaven and you may say “well that is mean and doesn’t sound like a loving God” but then how many people here on Earth deny Him, don’t follow Him, reject Him. 2 Peter 3:9 says “The LORD is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

Being religious or a seminary graduate is no guarantee of Heaven but having a heart that is truly sold out to Jesus. When it is time for your final approach will you have the confidence the gates of Heaven are straight ahead? 

PRAYER: Lord you are beautiful. Your face is all I seek. I pray for those I might know that feel they are saved but have been led astray by false teaching. I pray for revival to break out in our land. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Designer Bible?


On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:4
There are designer purses, wallets, shoes, coolers,  jackets and a host of other items. Sometimes we humans think it is important to be trendy so money is coughed up for items that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things. There may be those people who can’t be seen in public unless they have a famous brand name for all to see.  

Guess what. God does not care if you or I are trendy but maybe if there was a designer Bible more folks would carry it around to be stylish and cool. Supposedly the Bible is the best selling book of all time but how often do you see someone with it out in public?  Why not carry it along on trips or even get a Gideons New Testament for your pocket or purse. 

It is time for believers to not hide their ‘light’ under a bushel like the children’s song says but to let it shine. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to tote your Bible with you to work, on trips, or out to the park to just sit on a bench and read. No designer style is needed. Just do it and see how your life changes. 

PRAYER: Thanks Lord for the Holy Bible inspired word of God that I have daily access to. The enemy is constantly trying to pervert it, change it, make it illegal but it is here to stay. I pray for everyone who calls themselves a believer to make it part of their daily life, not a coffee table decoration. In Jesus’ name. Amen.