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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, January 23, 2018

Fast And Pray



"Even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning." Joel 2:12
This time of year many churches emphasize fasting and praying. Fasting can be from food, sweets, coffee, sugar, social media, or television to name a few. Fasting is something that when you do it it is not to be announced to everyone. (See Matthew 6:16). 

Fasting is done to get closer to God or perhaps for a certain reason or against a stronghold. (See Matthew 17:20-21). You can fast on behalf of another's problem too. Alcoholism, addictions,  breaking a stronghold, pornography, wrong thinking, healing, for National healing and revival.(See 2 Chronicles 7:14). You may be able to come up with many more to add to the list. 

Have you considered a fast? It's a way to get serious about what you are praying for. It shows total devotion to God. But don't announce it just do it. Pray and see if this is what God wants you to do. 

PRAYER: I know fasting is a way to get serious before you Lord and it is not reserved for a certain time of year. Give me direction and humility as I decide on this discipline. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Take Captive


For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

What you think about is extremely important. You may have heard the old saying "an idle mind is the devils' workshop" and to some extent that is true. If you sit around daydreaming with no real purpose you can get yourself into trouble. The verse for today talks about 'taking captive' every thought or in other words let your thought life reflect Christ in you. 

In saying this you also need to be proactive in not having a wandering mind and thinking and imagining things that are not true. Take your thoughts captive is just what it means. Capture them and don't allow wrong thinking. You probably have an idea what wrong thinking is. Tame your mind to focus on 'things above' and not get it caught up in others affairs.

Satan will infiltrate your thoughts in an instant that is why you need to keep God's word in your heart and mind and recognize wrong thinking. Tell Satan to leave you and your thinking alone. Capture those wrong thoughts and cast them away. Jealous thoughts, evil thoughts, lustful thoughts, covetous thoughts. You can do it and God can help. 

PRAYER: Oh Father you are my redeemer. I don't want my mind in the pit of darkness and wrong thinking. I choose to capture wrong thoughts and fill them with heavenly thinking. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

No Excuses....Just Do It!


Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.Proverbs 12:24

Is there something you are putting off doing you know you need to? Exercise, quiet time, breaking bad habits, calling your parents, stopping the gossip habit, getting a better job, getting away from wrong influences? Excuses are way too easy and convenient. You have to make up your mind to do something and do it. Period.

What do you need to get going on? A chore you have been dreading like cleaning the attic? Perhaps writing thank you notes for gifts? Getting outside for exercise daily? Calling a friend you haven't spoken to in a while? Forgiving someone? Scheduling time alone daily with God? Maybe not talking judgmentally of others?

Today make this the day of no more excuses. You know there are things tugging at your heart and now is the time to change direction and purpose to stop the excuses and make a plan. What do you say? Ready, set, go!

PRAYER: Lord I know I have made excuses when it comes to starting a project or getting healthy. Help me stop that now and get motivated to make positive changes. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Strongholds


And  that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.2 Timothy 2:26

A stronghold is just what the word implies. Something that has a 'strong hold' on you to the point it is dragging you down and influencing you. Satan is a master of creating strongholds in  a believers life. Convincing you that wrong is right and right is wrong is a good example. 

Our world has developed a secular worldview where if you saturate yourself too much with liberal news media you will start to believe the lies. For instance, transgenderism, I am sorry, is not right. But yet society says it is okay and our last President even allowed tax payer dollars for a convicted felon in military prison to change his gender. Something just isn't right. Don't start getting sucked into the belief it is. 

There is right and wrong. Good and evil. It has been that way since the beginning of time. Saying something is wrong does not make you hateful although our present world tries to make the righteous truth believers haters. Strongholds have captivated many and maybe some close to you. Don't argue with them but lift them up to the One who can break strongholds and set the prisoners free. 

PRAYER: Oh Lord there are all sorts of strongholds people can get caught up in. Lord help me focus on you and your word so I am not tempted to believe the lies of Satan and get enticed. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Get Up, Get Out, Get Moving!


I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Pastor Paul Daugherty of Victory Christian Church Tulsa had these three action statements in a recent sermon. They make a lot of sense if you are stuck on something in your life. Maybe you need motivation for a task ahead of you. Don't just sit there vegetating but make yourself take action. God can help you.

Face life head on. Stand up. Pray. Get motivated and then hop to it! Don't get stuck in self pity or regrets of the past. Live for now. Don't sit around stewing over something. Seek God and keep seeking Him!

The past doesn't have to define you. There is hope for your future. You just have to believe and keep pressing on and know God is your strength.

PRAYER:Lord I thank you that through you I can charge ahead and have Victory in my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

DeClutter Your Life


Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

Too much stuff can eventually drive a person bonkers. This could be too much paper junk mail. Too much electronic junk mail. Too many unworn clothes in your closet. Too many boxes in your attic or storage. Just clutter in general. When you get rid of it your mind can feel more peaceful.

Some personalities can tend to be all over the place or if not careful a person can just have plain too much activity in their life. If that occurs it is necessary to declutter your calendar as well. You can’t act like Superman or Superwoman forever for eventually your mind needs a rest.

Sitting and just being still is a great discipline. No TV, no mobile device, no reading material, no music playing. Just let your mind and heart rest. While you do this try to have a good scripture verse to meditate upon.

As you approach the end of the first month of 2018 make sure you learn the value of resting and being peaceful.
PRAYER: Oh the beauty of nature. The gentle wind or the sound of ocean waves. The chirping of a bird. You are there Lord in  all of it. Lord help me learn to declutter my life and be still. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Drop It!


The righteous shall move onward and forward; those with pure hearts shall become stronger and stronger. Job 17:9

I was recently watching Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina talk about being offended. So many people today are offended. The main tool of the devil is to lie and divide.

His point during the short message was how it is so important to not dwell on misunderstandings, disappointments, unmet expectations, but instead to learn to drop things and move on. It is when you continually harbor things in your heart against a spouse or a friend that a huge wall of resentment goes up. Guess what, Satan is overjoyed because he is creating this division which if not dealt with an break up marriages and destroy friendships. 

Do not dwell on past hurts but learn to move ahead and seek reconciliation and to always be willing to forgive. Above all do not give the devil a foothold. Stop Him in his tracks but moving on. 

PRAYER: I know Lord it is necessary not  to harbor past resentments and hurts as they only are wall builders and dividers. I choose to love and move on,regardless. In Jesus’ name. Amen.