"I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves." Matthew 10:16
The world we live in here in 2016 can cause us concern, fear, anxiety, and paranoia but only if you let it. Who do you believe? What can you do?The one standard that never changes is Jesus Christ. Even though many individuals, groups, and sadly our own government try to erase His existence, He is not going anywhere. If your mind constantly feeds on a steady diet of bad news then naturally you may be fearful of tomorrow.God is the author of peace and you can choose peace, love, stillness, and quietness as you stay grounded on God's Holy Word. Don't let the enemy cause you to be scared. Keep praying and keep the faith.PRAYER: You are Supreme over all things. When I see stories on the news that make me want to run and hide you alone can see me through. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:16What or who takes center stage in your life? Your job? A hobby? A cause? Would you say you love Jesus and are you more than just a Christian in name only? Many questions to give some thought to.Today's verse is pretty easy to understand. No one likes anything lukewarm. When you think of your walk with the Lord, is it non existent or on fire or just ho hum? Now I am not referring to all the good things you do or your devotion to a particular denomination, but your love for the Lord and your desire to please Him and live for Him.So here in lies the question..."If you were arrested for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?"(author unknown). Answer the call and follow Him.PRAYER: Help your joy radiate in my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Corinthians 9: 24-25
I love to run and am thankful I still can. Granted I am not as fast as I used to be but still enjoy it. In life each of us is a 'runner' pressing on in this race we call life.
Sadly I have known people who have taken their own lives and those who attempted to, but thankfully failed. My heart goes out to especially the parents and families of these individuals. Life is not a bed of roses all the time and there will be challenges. Don't catch yourself judging these individuals who gave up on their race. That is not your job.Fix your eyes on the cross of Christ. If you catch your mind drifting into negative thinking patterns immediately get into the word of God. Talk out loud and tell Satan to get behind you and that you belong to Jesus. Keep pressing on to the finish line!PRAYER: Lord Jesus sometimes it is so hard to keep on keeping on. You gave me life and have a reason for me being on planet Earth. When negative thoughts come into my mind I will counteract them with praising you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle. Proverbs 18:19
Taking offense, being hurt, getting angry and shutting someone out is not a characteristic of a believer. Being offended is earthly and only leads to hurt feelings, misunderstanding, and angry.
Has someone ever offended you? Probably the answer is yes. Have you ever offended anyone either intentionally or unintentionally? Probably another yes reply.
Just as today's Bible verse indicates, the offended person is very hard to win back. Very sad. The definition of offended is resentful. Not a fruit of the spirit obviously. So if you struggle with this ask God to help you. If you have offended someone go make peace.
PRAYER: I thank you for forgiveness and mercy. Help me be extra careful that I don't cause offense. Help me to learn to let go of past offenses in my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed — always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-10
There is much in the world today to get a person discouraged and overwhelmed with paralyzingly fear. Feeling at times our own government is out to get us, you may say "where is God". I know one thing. God rules and reigns and is the Supreme Commander In Chief.
Your enemy Satan would love nothing better to destroy this once God fearing nation of the United States. When evil is allowed to seep in you see the consequences. Yet many are blind to this evil and call those of us who speak out, hateful, racist, bigots and other names.
Satan is the great liar and deceiver and he wants total control. He hates prayer. He hates Christians. He loves confusing people and making them believe lies. Pray for those you may know being made to believe lies. Pray for those who have ended friendships with you over politics. Above all pray for our leaders and America.
PRAYER: Lord I love freedom and I hate the enemy Satan. He tricks so many into so much that only the Holy Spirit can set them free. Guard our hearts and deliver us from evil. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Do 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
As a soldier in the US Army later also married to a soldier there was a familiar acronym TDY which stood for Temporary Duty. This was when a soldier was sent away from their home base for an additional duty for a few weeks. Not necessarily deployed as in wartime. Once I did TDY as a Reserve Evaluator.
As a Christian we are TDY of sorts as well. This world is not supposed to be our real home and it is not! We are TDY waiting for our ultimate assignment to the heavenly kingdom. That is if you have asked Jesus to be Lord of your life and are sold out to Him.
If you become too in love with the things of this world it becomes where your affections lie. Being here on Earth is so very temporary. It is a training ground for our real home in Heaven. Are you allowing this world to shape you too much?
PRAYER: I thank you for the place I live. I know many are not as blessed in other parts of my country and the world in general but help me never fall in love with temporal things. Use me as your instrument to spread your love while I am here. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
Okay so it's 2016 and everyone is into social media, the latest craze being a Pokemon app. Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat, and many more sites beckon us to waste valuable time peering into others lives and playing games. A challenge for today's parents whose children knew nothing but electronic devices is to back away from them and do other things. We adults probably need to listen up as well and ask how much time we're using these sites and what are we gaining from them.
Many wonderful things can be found on the internet(God's Lemonade Stand) but if people in society just sit glued to tiny screens all day long the valuable social interaction of face to face communication is lost. I sat by a young woman on a flight from DC several years ago who was concerned her generation was going to lose the ability to have face to face interaction.
So what do you do? First, similar to other things, discipline is required. Do other things besides being on communication devices throughout the day. For those with full time jobs this is no problem but others with free time may tend to gravitate to their mobile devices. Stop and make sure you are giving Jesus quality and quantity time. Maybe using a paper Bible to get you away from looking verses up on computer. I guess the main thing is to make sure you are not neglecting God's word and your quiet time to check statuses of friends and family. Believe me I am preaching to the choir of one, myself.
PRAYER: Lord help me as I seek balance in my life online and offline. Convict me of what I need to do that is really important. In Jesus' name. Amen.