Welcome to God's Lemonade Stand

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.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Humble, Humble, Humble...Just Be It!

           A man's pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor. Proverbs 29:23
When you do a good deed do you often secretly wish people knew you did it or even go so far as to mention it or are you satisfied with only God knowing it? That is something for everyone to ponder on for a moment. 

The best example of humility of course is Jesus himself. He did not seek fame, fortune, attention, trophies, or a special parking place had there been one back then. He humbled himself and we too need to follow His example. How tempting it is though to shout your good deeds or boast of your talents from the roof top. If you have done it, and I know in the past I have, God forgives you. 

Press on in life knowing who it is you are serving and when you have done something outstanding remember give the the full glory to God! It is refreshing to occasionally see in play programs or a Broadway 'Playbill' where the cast or crew member mentions giving glory to God. Makes me smile big time! Start today practicing being humble. It will make God smile. 

PRAYER: Father I thank you for forgiving me for times I boasted or tried to point out good stuff I had done. Help me always to remember to you be the honor and Glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Clear History

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 1 Corinthians 13:4-6

Recently I had a potential virus on my phone and was instructed by a knowledgeable person to go into Safari and clear my history. I did that and that problem for now should be solved.

Life brings moments to us that would better off be forgotten and swept under the proverbial carpet so to speak. In other words, clearing your history.  Satan is called the 'accuser of the brethren' and he can bring back horrible memories and sins and throw them up in your face. But then you get right back in his face and say 'God redeemed the years the locust has eaten.'

Just like we are not to keep a record of wrongs and throw things back into someone's face to get revenge, God never throws things up in your face. It is done, over, finished, behind you, buried  in the deepest sea. Now you go forget it too. Next time Satan reminds you of his past, remind him of his future.

PRAYER: I am so grateful for the gift of forgiveness, mercy, and grace and I am glad your mercies endure forever. I refuse to let the enemy bring junk up that happened years ago because you forget it so to should I. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Purge Bad Thinking

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Are you one of those people who occasionally catches yourself dwelling on  the negative or speculating about things that may not have ever happened? Maybe you worry over what you said to someone or how you were perceived. I know I fall into this trap sometimes and it is not a good place to remain so stop it!

It is a spiritual discipline to cast down wrong thinking patterns. You must purposefully make yourself ponder goodness, victory, successes, and joyful moments. Dwelling on your faults and screw ups leads nowhere good nor is wondering what someone may be thinking about you and thinking the worst case scenario.

Get up and say out loud "I am not going to dwell on things that don't matter. I will choose to be content and joyful and press on."

PRAYER: Help me Lord as I seek to discipline my thoughts to not digging a pit of despair.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

This Country Needs A Dose Of Love

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,but against the rulers, against the authorities,against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.Ephesians 6:12

So I risk losing  readers when I dabble in what some call politics. But this writing is not meant to be political but to be honest and forthright.

We just got done celebrating love with the holiday of Valentines Day yet if you look around in many major cities and college campuses it is far from a loving atmosphere.  Even those who claim to be believers are posting mean spirited things on social media. Don't you just know this makes Satan so ecstatic? Don't be misled or fooled. Evil and demonic spirits are alive and thriving in America.

Prayer is our most effective weapon. God doesn't create hate, riots, obstruction, and evil but spiritual demonic forces do. Don't be caught up in the trap of getting sucked into protesting and ugliness. Instead why not start loving and praying. Give it a try. You will feel better. And oh yes, turn off the news. It only stirs the pot.

PRAYER: I love you Lord and I love these United States of America. Not everyone in America loves this country or what it stands for and some are trying to destroy it. Help me remember daily to show love and to pray for those who lead us and the brave men and women in the Armed Forces who protect us from those who want to destroy us. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Is Your Flesh In The Way?

For I know that in me (that is in my flesh) dwells no good thing, for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do, but the evil I will not to do, that I do. -Romans 7:19-20
Our freshly nature has to stay under control. If not, there would be no limits and Satan would have full control of your life. Discipline is required to keep yourself under control. Godly discipline. 
You discipline yourself to not go places that would drag you down or hurt your witness. You discipline yourself to dress a certain way so as not to make the opposite sex lust after your flesh. You discipline yourself to not watch certain movies or TV shows which deep down you know will do nothing to build you up. You discipline your speech as to not curse, gossip, lie. You get the idea right? 
So today be grateful for this body gave you but also remember to keep it under control throughly Godly discipline. 
PRAYER: Father I ask you to give me strength to resist the temptations of the flesh and to live for you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Celebrating The Darkness

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. 2 Corinthians 10:4

Riots, violence, anarchy, revolution, hatred  are all alive and well and cheered on by the media in these days after the election of the new President of The USA. He is trying to do things to get us back closer to our founders intent and many are lashing out in the streets, airports, college campuses, on the Senate floor, and oh yes Facebook. This type of anger is not of the Lord and if you catch yourself falling prey to it you had better run hard and fast the other way no matter what political party you identify with or what the color of your skin.

Satan has captured many people in the entire world, not just America. He works through people to lie,scheme, destroy, fabricate, and manipulate. His mission is not freedom, babies saved, law and order restored but instead the exact opposite. It is time for all people to realize who their real enemy is. Don't be fooled by stories in the press that try to force propaganda on you. This is about having a Godly nation once again and no doubt that is why all the frenzy. I am sad to say I have even heard that our former 44th president is stirring the pot for rising up and causing dissension.

If you claim to be a believer do not fall in to the trap of acting evil and saying hateful things. Remember our job is to pray for our leaders not scorn them. Turn off the news and open the word of God. In it you will find your way back to true peace and joy.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus we need you in America again in a mighty way. I pray for those people who are getting paid to riot. I pray that you will restore law and order nationwide. I pray for those rebellious women in the little pink hats who are stirring up trouble as well I pray for all people to get behind our leaders as they seek to do what is best for our nation. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Fill Er Up!?

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6

For those of my audience over the age of 50 you can probably recall full service gas stations. Actually the state of Oregon still has them by law. At a full service station an attendant would come to your car while you sat comfortably inside and ask you the question "Fill er up?" Next he would ask if you wanted your oil checked and would also wash your windows. Times were great for we baby boomers.

The 'fill er up' concept would be great when talking to people who don't know Jesus or maybe who do but don't do much beyond Sunday to grow in Christ. Fill yourself up on God's promises and truths found in only one place. The Holy Bible. Don't wait for church for a pastor or priest to spoon feed you but jump right in yourself and fill yourself to the brim.

Do you want to receive a 'fill up' today? Start by reading the Proverb corresponding to today's date and soon this habit will have you going to the 'pump' daily.

PRAYER: I am grateful to live in a nation where currently I am able to sit in public with my Bible and read. Many countries make it illegal. Help me to never take studying your word for granted. In Jesus' name. Amen.