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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.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

GOD CAN DELIVER FROM DARKNESS

There may be a huge problem you are dealing with in life and you feel there is no way out. You doubt, question and fear for the future. Instead try exercising faith, trust and holding onto God's promises. God has the power to deliver. Say it is a problem with your  child who has maybe taken the wrong path in his life.The promise in Jeremiah 31:16 which says "But now this is what the LORD says: "Do not weep any longer, for I will reward you," says the LORD. "Your children will come back to you from the distant land of the enemy." The promises of God are throughout the Bible and give us hope when we feel all else is lost. You may feel no one cares and a dark cloud is hanging over you. Psalm 126:5 says "Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy."

Satan is real and it is he who causes you to despair and be in a pit you feel there is no escaping from. That is why it is vitally important to stay in the word of God each and every day. If you are puzzled and do not know what to read just simply pick up the Bible and read a chapter in Psalms or Proverbs. As I have mentioned in previous devotions since there are 31 days in a normal month and 31 chapters in Proverbs, try reading whatever chapter in Proverbs corresponds to the day of the week it is. Religion is not what you are after but you need to seek a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Many find 'religion' boring but Jesus is anything but boring.

Colossians 1:13 says "For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son." In Moms in Touch prayer ministry we often pray this verse in the form of a prayer and add a persons name to it. The verse is Acts 26:18 which says "to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.' The word of God is powerful. Have faith and be steadfast and keep believing. Believe and receive or doubt and do without.

You may think you are beyond hope or someone you know is beyond hope. You are never beyond hope with the promises of God in the Bible. Satan will try to get us to believe a lie. First and foremost say to yourself "I am made in the image of Christ. I want to be Christlike. Is what I am doing Christlike?" Ask God to help transform you into the image of Jesus and to do things that please him.

You have to continually maintain an attitude of praise and never start digging yourself into a pity party hole that is hard to escape from. God is not a God of pity parties but of victory parties! Those kind are much more fun to attend and have a better outcome.

Romans 12:1-2 says "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer 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." Do you truly want to be conformed to the image of Christ? He can and will help you!

God is our marvelous light and he delivers from the dominion of darkness. When I think of darkness I think of depression or evil. When I think of light I imagine happiness and peacefulness. Where do you want to be today? Do not allow the enemy to trick you and defeat you. Stand strong in the power of the Lord.

PRAYER: Father I come against any evil forces trying to drag me into a pit of gloom and despair. Father I know what is right and wrong and what pleases you and makes you sad. It is my desire to lead a life pleasing to you and to cast off works of darkness that may be in my life. Father open my eyes so I am not deceived by the enemy. Give me the desire to get into the Bible daily to know the truth which will set me free.In Jesus Name, amen!


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