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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, September 1, 2015

Too Far Gone? But God!

Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed. Psalm 119:116

Have you ever heard someone say such and such a person was too far gone and there was no hope? Maybe you yourself have uttered those words. No matter what, there is always hope. Whatever you are believing God for,  do not cave in to doubt, fear, or a time table. God has His own time and His own purposes for the deliverance of our loved ones. It is the enemy, Satan, who puts lies into your head that there is no way this individual will ever change. Don't believe it!

I was thinking about the word hope and how we do not need to be around nay sayers who feed the negative aspect of the waiting game for God's miracle. He answers in His time and in His way. Praying is what you need to keep doing and never give up. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 simply says "pray continually"! No matter how seemingly earthly impossible it seems or how far gone a person appears to be, God is the God of miracles. 

Do you have a situation in your life or the loved of a family member that seems like it will never change? Guess what, it can change. Keep praying and keep believing. 

PRAYER: I believe in hope Lord and I believe in prayer. I know you work things out in your time and maybe it is me who needs to grow through this entire process. Help keep me patient while I am waiting. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Lord of Lords! He Has Our Back!

On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords.
Revelation 19:16

I don't know about you but when it is time, I am sure excited about entering Heaven and seeing the glory of God! Sometimes we might find ourselves just wanting to say "Beam me up Jesus. I have had enough of the corruption down here." God is not through with you yet and has a purpose for you right where you are. Believe it! 

     Just think of it. King of kings and Lord of Lords. Almighty God. Prince of Peace. Deliverer. Sustainer. No more tears. No more pain. No more fighting. No more sorrow. A glorious time awaits those who have asked Jesus to live inside of them and take the controls. We need not worry about calamity and things here on Earth as no matter what, God does have your back.  You may go through hard times but He will deliver you. The story is not over. 

So hang on my friend. The ride may be bumpy but smooth roads are ahead. 

PRAYER: Forgive me Lord for times I have stewed over problems and things here on planet Earth. I know your purposes will prevail. Strengthen me for the battles ahead. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Forgive, Okay?

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another,forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.Ephesians 4:31-32

   Do you find it hard to forgive? Your husband maybe hurt your feelings. Your best friend said something rude or as a joke. A friend no longer wants anything to do with you and says she forgives but goes no further. You were cheated by a business partner. A co worker lied to the boss about you. Someone gossiped about you and you found out. You got a raw deal from a realtor or a company you hired to do a service for you. I am sure you can add more scenarios. 

We are commanded to forgive. We are commanded to love. A person can not truly love unless they can bring themselves to forgive. Sometimes the person you need to forgive my not even be aware of it and you just have to move on and let it go. A lack of forgiveness causes a bitter root to develop. You can not love until you get rid of this bitterness. Being unable to forgive causes divorces, friendships to end, lawsuits, being fired, and a bunch of other stuff. 

If you are weak in this area make it a point to start listing people you need to forgive in your life. It might even be an absent or alcoholic parent. Perhaps a cheating spouse. Maybe a parent who wants nothing to do with you. Perhaps a child who wants nothing to do with you. Begin praying for healing and restoration. God wants love to dominate.

PRAYER: I am thankful when people have asked me to forgive them when I thought there was no hope. Help me to remember to never harbor hate for anyone and to pray for my enemies. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Conforming To This World?

not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

What is more important to you? Modern culture or being a follower of Christ? The culture certainly is not a God friendly place. Movies and TV attempt to desensitize us then good Christian people compromise deeply held beliefs by caving into pressure from the world. We are told times have changed and we need to 'tolerate' the new morality and things like the new definition of marriage. A teen girl, for instance,  even though she is in a growing dynamic church may feel she has to have the latest styles and like the current movies even if they compromise her values. Maybe she will say things don't bother her so she fits in. 

    We are to be lights in this world. I once heard if we were arrested for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict us. Ponder that for a moment. Do you allow culture to mold you? Are you able to walk away from things you know do not please God even though you may be mocked? Do you filter choices through God's eyes? There certainly is enough to drag us down and get us off the course God has planned for us.

Can you be a dynamic follower of Christ in a world that is anything but Christian? This week let your light shine brightly, not in a self righteous way, but in a loving way to those you meet. 

PRAYER: My prayer for myself and for my family is to break their hearts by what breaks yours Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Prayer And Duct Tape

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19

There have been moments before I have thought something through, I speak or send a text or email, and poof. There it goes and it is too late to take it back. Where was the duct tape to put over my mouth before I carelessly let words spew from my mouth? Some people may have a harder time with this mouth control than others but yet it is vitally crucial to get a grasp on the things we say. 
Our words can help build up. They can also be quite destructive. Words can end friendships and even marriages. Words can cause arguments resulting in death and destruction. It is extremely important we master the art of being able to slow down, think, listen, and then speak if necessary. Really meditate on what today's verse says. Memorize it if possible. 
If we are able to just slow down and think before talking our lives would be a whole lot less complicated and stressful. 

PRAYER: Help me Lord get a grip on the words I speak. I want to be able to have the ability to not just talk and talk and not think. Guide me in this area which I am very weak in. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Be blessed! 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Talk Them Off The Ledge

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14

Discouragement and depression are real and serious conditions sometimes needing professional medical help to help a person improve. Often times a situation can seem overwhelming to someone. Servicemen going through  PTSD is no laughing matter and needs professional help. But perhaps you know of someone who is not quite so serious but may need a friend to talk to. Your listening ear could sometimes be the difference in life or death. It is not necessary to hold a degree in counseling to be a friend. 

Satan is the great deceiver. He can keep a person down in the dumps and make them believe a lie that they are not worth anything and life would be better if they were not here. If you yourself have ever had feelings like that first of all talk to a trusted friend. Above all pray. Run to God. If you feel far from God it is not He who has gone anywhere. Psalm 51:10 says "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." 

God loves you my friend. Through the ups and downs this life brings He is only a prayer away. 

PRAYER: Help me be aware of those in my life who may need a touch from a friend or from you Lord. Give me the words to say should I encounter a person in crisis. When I am lonely help me remember to run to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

NOTE: If you feel lonely or even suicidal PLEASE call this hotline number now: 1-800-273-TALK
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Humble Yourself

Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else. Galatians 6:4

No one likes to be around a boastful person very long. It can be easy an easy trap to fall into, especially when maybe it comes to our children. We can be proud of something but don't want to go on and on gushing about it.  "Better to have someone else praise you and not your own lips" it says in Proverbs 27:2. Ask yourself why it is necessary to 'toot your own horn' anyway.

When you have accomplished something that others start praising you for say thanks but do not forget who it is who gives you the ability to do what you do. Give the lord thanks for He has gifted you with your abilities and talents. Above all do not compare yourself to someone else as each person is gifted in different ways. When you are humble to you glory to God as well. 

Matthew 23:12 tells us "For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." So the next time you are tempted to puff yourself up, ask why, then give God the glory for great things He has done!

PRAYER: Forgive me Lord for any times I was boastful about something. I truly do not want to do that. I have nothing to prove to anyone. You deserve all the praise and may I never forget that. In Jesus' name. Amen.