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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, August 17, 2017

Keep Shining The Light....People Need It!



In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Even though the world you live in may be content,  peaceful, financially stable, and comfortable many people do not experience those things. Their world may be full of hurt, disappointment, pain, bad news, homelessness, sickness. This world needs people to be God's hand and feet and shine for Him. 

Are you shining or has your light dimmed or gone out completely? What do you need to do to get it to shine brightly again? First you might start with insuring you are spending time alone with the Lord daily. Facebook may let you find out all about your buddies but it sure is not a tool of joy necessarily and it is a huge time waster. How often have you spent your entire morning checking Facebook and no time in the word? Ouch. 

To shine light to have to fuel yourself so God's light comes out of you. You learn how to be kind, generous, joyful, patient, caring, loving, empathetic, and forgiving by studying the word of God. Sunday is not enough. Start today to shine Jesus love everywhere you go. 

PRAYER: I want to be used to bring brightness into someone's life who is walking in darkness or just hurting. Help me remember to not neglect my daily time with you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Do You See The Light?


The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2

If you have not done so already do yourself a favor and rent the DVD 'The Case For Christ'!  In this true story, Chicago Tribune reporter Lee Strobel, who is a self proclaimed atheist, comes to terms with his beliefs after his wife accepts Christ. In trying to disprove and discredit her new found faith something miraculous happens. Go get this film today! 

Many walk in darkness and do not accept or know the truth. You probably know some of these lost souls. The enemy of the cross of Christ, Satan, has blinded them and deceived them into believing lies. Therefore they walk in darkness whether they think they are or not. Many of these who are wandering in darkness just cannot be reasoned with. It is only the Holy Spirit who can break through the darkness and lies. 

If you encounter those who claim to be agnostic or atheists pray for them. Love them. Jesus loved those who did not love or agree with Him. Don't get preachy and self righteous. Shine the light of Jesus and  pray for opportunities to share. 

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for those times in life you bring non believers across my path. Even believers who are being deceived by Satan. Help me show love and remember to pray for light to break through the darkness. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My 'Sign' Is Jesus!


All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. These are not coals for warmth; this is not a fire to sit by. Isaiah 37:13-14

I am always taken aback when a believer who is a Christian asks me what my horoscope sign is. I don't beat around the bush,I just say I don't believe in horoscopes which to me borderlines on fortune telling. If you are a believer you don't look to the stars to tell you what kind of person you are but you look to God who made you fearfully and wonderfully with no help from a horoscope to define your personality.

To some this tradition of going by a star sign may be rooted in some family tradition or cultural issue your never gave much thought to but I am asking you to think about it now! Why does a believer need to read a horoscope to tell them what kind of day they will have? The Bible is the only book you should get guidance from in my humble opinion.

God made you in His image and created you in a very unique way. Everyone born in a certain month is NOT a certain way and believing that is really from demonic spirits.  Now if I have stepped on some toes I am sorry but really think about what exactly it is and why you dabble in it.  Every person is unique and God has distinct purposes for you no matter what month you were born in. Do a study yourself on what the Bible says about horoscopes and then see if the Spirit isn't speaking to you to cast that practice from your life if are following one.

PRAYER: My hope is in you Lord and in your word. Period. I cast off any works of darkness that may appear innocent but really have nothing to do with my walk with the Lord. Give me strength to always choose the things of the Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Keep Shining The Light...People Need It!



 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Even though the world you live in may be content,  peaceful, financially stable, and comfortable, many people do not experience those things. Their world may be full of hurt, disappointment, pain, bad news, homelessness, sickness. This world needs people to be God's hand and feet and shine for Him. 

Are you shining or has your light dimmed or gone out completely? What do you need to do to get it to shine brightly again? First you might start with insuring you are spending time alone with the Lord daily. Facebook may let you find out all about your buddies but it sure is not a tool of joy necessarily and it is a huge time waster. How often have you spent your entire morning checking Facebook and no time in the word? Ouch. 

To shine light to have to fuel yourself so God's light comes out of you. You learn how to be kind, generous, joyful, patient, caring, loving, empathetic, and forgiving by studying the word of God. Sunday is not enough. Start today to shine Jesus love everywhere you go. 

PRAYER: I want to be used to bring brightness into someone's life who is walking in darkness or just hurting. Help me remember to not neglect my daily time with you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

God Is Taking Too Long!


Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue.If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; Psalm 66:16-18

What is it you have been believing God for and are just to the point of giving up? It is hard to understand what goes on 'behind the scenes' as God orchestrates the answer to your heartfelt prayer.

Know this my friend, if you are following God and doing what pleases Him He hears you. He hears your cries, your anguish, your desperation. But also His ways are beyond knowing. You need to be patient and I often think that is one of the reasons things don't happen instantly in our deliberate manner. You may have a way you want God to deliver this answer but it is not his way. Even when things look beyond hope, hope exists.

While you wait why not try praising Him. There is power in praise. Give thanks to Him for all He has done and will do. 

PRAYER: Oh Lord I love you. I know you care for me and the person I lift to you in prayer. Miracles are needed but you are the God of second chances and miracles so my hope and trust still remains in you while I wait. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Be The Bigger Person


If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. Proverbs 25:21

You know when people are having conflict or someone is gossiping or saying mean and hate filled things about others you know what you have to do? Be the bigger person and show your good character by setting an example in word and deed. Don't chime in and lower yourself to the ugly level of bashing and putting down others. 

My parents used to say "If you can't say something good don't say anything at all." And how very wise and true that statement is. Your words reflect your character or lack thereof. When your mouth opens up don't justify being mean but simply pray that nothing comes out that doesn't edify others. 

If you struggle in this area of being the 'bigger person' God is willing and able to help. Problems with people? Give them to God then stop talking about them. As a matter of fact try praying for them. Yes I said pray for them. Now get going and be that bigger person.

PRAYER: I want the things I say to buildup and not tear others down. Forgive me I ever feel anyone is justified to be treated poorly. You want me to be kind to everyone no matter what. Help me Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Are You Hungry For God?


"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:” Amos 8:11

When it is time to eat either breakfast, lunch, or supper most of us are ready and sometimes eat more than our bodies need. But when it comes to feasting on the Word of God are you hungry? The Beatitudes, found in Matthew chapter 5, states in verse 6, "blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled."

Can you honestly say you and hungry for hearing and reading God's word or has Satan made your love for it cold? The only way to grow to be more Christlike is to 'hide' God's word in your heart as it says in Psalm 119:11 "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."

The prophecy in the key verse above should make you do something to prepare for this 'famine'. Imagine not being able to grab a Bible anytime you wanted and get comfort and strength. Now is the time to be memorizing key verses and not treating it just like another book in your library. Sadly some people can't even find theirs. Hope that does not describe you. If you are more excited about reading a secular magazine than spending time in God's word, better check your spiritual heartbeat. Just saying.

PRAYER: I am so thankful to live in a country where I am free to own Bibles, go to church, listen to Christian radio and watch Christian television. I intend to make sure I don't neglect your word and will pray for family members who have become lethargic and complacent spiritually. In Jesus' name. Amen.