Have you ever tried to play God? You know, trying to figure things out, doing the ‘what if’ game. Often you can waste so much energy trying to figure stuff out when in fact God has it and He has you. Expending energy and brain cells trying to figure it out is useless so don’t do it.What makes you do this? Well for me it is cause I am anxious for an answer to a prayer and wish it could be rushed up a bit. Settling down and waiting on God and His plan after you have prayed is the route to take. Sometimes depending on the situation this is extremely hard to do and requires immense discipline.Do your best and trust God for the rest is something I heard which makes a good deal of sense. Don’t keep asking why, when, how but be still and wait then be amazed!PRAYER: Father sometimes it is so hard to not worry but what good does it do. It is also hard to be quiet and not mess up your work with my needless words. Help me be still. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Friday, May 25, 2018
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Thursday, May 24, 2018
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
Picture an eagle soaring on the heights. Majestic, strong, beautiful, fearless. How would you like to be like that eagle and soar on heights and have victory?
No matter what you are facing today you can do it with the demeanor of an eagle. Soar on new heights. Be fearless. Be strong.
Do you have hope today? Are you able to wait and trust and do it calmly? Do you have an expectant heart? Jesus loves you this I know for the Bible tells me so.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus the illustration of the eagle is how I want to be. Soaring above my problems so that they look tiny. You are mighty and in control and I trust in you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
"But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26In the famous Nicholas Sparks 2004 Hollywood movie ‘The Notebook’ , James Garner’s character Noah Calhoun says to his nursing home doctor “Science only goes so far, then comes God.” He was referring to comments the young doctor made about medical science saying his wife, who had Alzheimer’s, would never recognize him again. Garners character chose to believe in miracles.Who and what do you believe? Do you believe science more than God? God can use science and God made science. But God is still God and miracles have not stopped. As you know in the film which is a fictitious secular film but could happen, Allie, played by actress Gena Rowland, Garner’s wife in the film, did recognize and remember him.Do you discount God’s intervention in things that may seem impossible? Do you trust scientific theories over Biblical truths? Just giving you some food for thought. Never discount God’s intervention. His ways are beyond our ways.PRAYER: Lord Jesus often human ‘experts’ like to discount or try to disprove things that are Biblical and possible. I pray for those people who are confused and want to believe but are having doubts. Clear their minds and direct them to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
I love this verse above and to me I feel it means better to do less, have less, and worry about details and perfection less, and simply enjoy peace and the moment. Instead of scurrying to and fro, pause and breathe.Do you sometimes find yourself on a treadmill of sorts because of things you perceive you ‘have’ to do? It is easy to get caught up in sheer busyness when in fact God wants you to practice the discipline of resting and hearing from Him. Kind of hard to hear God’s voice when the world’s obligations squeeze it out.Don’t be a victim. Enjoy friends and family but also don’t sweat the dust bunnies or cobwebs. Hotdogs work just fine for an impromptu drop in. You will be relaxed and so will others.PRAYER: Oh Lord I yearn for you like a person in a dry parched land. I need you to help me relax, settle down, and stress less. Guide me in what I choose to commit to. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Monday, May 21, 2018
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10Do you ever catch yourself comparing your life to someone else’s? I will be honest and say I have done this. It is not something I am proud of. Perhaps you try to justify your existence if you don’t do ‘too much’ to others who may think your life must not count if you don’t have a title. Comparing is a tool of the enemy, period.
Satan wants to get you discontent with your life as you know it. A bigger house, a different job, a fancier car. You can go on and on and never be satisfied. You can also get in the mode of comparing gifts you may receive and end up feeling bad when you discover your gift maybe not as great as another person. I am telling you folks this stuff is from the pit of hell and needs to be stopped. Comparing can lead to jealousy, feeling of being left out, saying something your regret later.
Right now if this inflicts your life stop and do the following exercise either mentally or written down. List all the wonderful ways God has blessed you. When you catch a wrong thought slipping into your mind causing discontentment right then and there stop and rebuke the thought in Jesus name and start replacing wrong thinking with thoughts that build up. Say “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. I am the head and not the tail.” Now go and thank God for how He made you and how he is blessing you daily.
PRAYER: Forgive me Lord when I slip in to the poisoning of my mind by comparing myself to others. Help me to remember to be myself because everyone else is taken and to give you any bitterness and jealousy before it steals my joy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2
What would Jesus do when cut off in traffic?May seem comical to imagine Jesus driving a car. But if your spouse forgets a special occasion? If a friend hurts you? When you have unmet expectations? Do you apply ‘What Would Jesus Do’ or sink into self pity?
The simple answer is, he would be Jesus. Do you act like Jesus when you get hurt feelings or do you give glory to the enemy by pouting and saying something you regret later? Try to stay focused on ‘things above’ and not your own self interests and concentrate on blessings. That will ‘burn’ Satan up no pun intended.
What do you need to let go of? Are you praising God in your quiet time? Are you fixated on hurt and pain or on joy and hope? Stop now and release any wrong feelings to God, pray, and be still. Don’t nurse wrong thinking.
PRAYER: Oh Lord you’re beautiful. Your face is all I seek. I choose now to get rid of stinking thinking and when it comes to praise you instead. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking at for anyone he can devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Darkness, defeat, and despair do not have to prevail. Beat the devil at his tricks, schemes, and lies. A couple days ago I was crafting a similar devotion and upon its’ completion it vanished into thin air. No amount of searching recovered it. Spiritual warfare was in full swing. I chose to breathe in and relax.
Even though I can not recreate word for word what I wrote and I felt it had a powerful message, I knew how Satan was probably trying to not let others read what I wrote. In some ways I feel I was writing to myself to help me learn things so perhaps that was the intent all along?
Sometimes in life things happen and you may perceive them as really awful at the time or try human reasoning to figure them out, but behind the scenes is Almighty God who always works things out. Are there issues in your life or that of a loved one that keep you on your knees? Don’t run away from God but run to him. Even in your darkest hour He is there. Don’t hate Him, hate the devil!
PRAYER: Oh Lord I choose this day to not let this world and culture shape me or my thinking. I choose this day to trust you are working in the lives of those I pray for. I choose the path of peace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.