Thursday, August 31, 2017
"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?" Psalm 8:3-4
This past August 21st was a day like none other to stand in awe of the absolute glory of God our creator. The total eclipse of the sun and some call it The American Eclipse. I was blessed to view it from the Totality zone and indeed words can't describe this two minute spectacle.
Take some time to just read the Psalms and praise God for all His mighty works. To think of His creation and how the planets just hang in the sky and the stars twinkle. The big ball of fire called the Sun that keeps us warm and gives us light. On this Eclipse day temperatures in the totality zone dropped by ten degrees. My son said he even heard crickets chirping. God is so good.
Take time to be in awe of creation. Don't worship creation and creatures, even the Bible says not to, but worship the creator, God Almighty, who spoke it all into being.
PRAYER:Oh Lord I am in awe of all you have done and made for us to enjoy. Thank you for the Eclipse show for it was a site like none other. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
I know of a few people right now enduring dicey family and extended family situations and my heart aches when they share things with me. Obviously to protect them I can not go into details but sometimes when stuff happens you wonder "why me God" or "why is this happening"? Honestly I don't know and am puzzled on what is the right solution. How do you counsel or respond to someone with a deep ache or hurt in their heart?
In reading the verses for today whatever you may be going through stop and read this verse out loud and think what it means. Then ask yourself if you emulate what the verses are talking about. Sometimes it hurts to keep loving unconditionally but for healing it is necessary.
Keep praying, keep trusting, keep believing. There is a hope and a future for all those who love the Lord. Ask Him to show you what to do in whatever you are going through. Cry out to Him. He cares.
PRAYER: Life is tough at times and interaction with many people can be tricky. You have placed me here Lord to show love, not hate. Be kind, not rude. Give me supernatural ability and strength to know how to endure. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Depending upon what is happening in your life right now you may or may not feel joyful. Did you know being joyful is actually a choice? Have you ever tried laughing just for the fun of it? I have heard it is supposed to be good for you. I recommend doing it in private and not a public place.
You can indeed have joy unspeakable. You can be filled to overflowing. Don't be whining and complaining about all the horrible stuff in your life but instead write down all the ways you are blessed and what you have to give thanks for. Sure life throws curve balls occasionally but many home runs as well.
Just like the children's song I used for my title, you can choose a childlike frame of mind and put on a happy face. Grey skies indeed are going to clear up. You just wait and see.
PRAYER: The Lord is the 'lifter' of our heads. When I feel down I know I can cry out to you for restoration of my joy. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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Monday, August 28, 2017
"But this is what I commanded them, saying, 'Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.' Jeremiah 7:23
I absolutely loved the movie 'Evan Almighty' starring Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, and Lauren Graham released back in 2007. It was a modern day fantasy take of Noah's Ark where Carell's character, Evan, was tasked by God to build an ark. Not going to spoil it but try to rent it on Netflix if you can.
The ark referred to in this movie was not just a literal ark, which he did build, but also an acronym for 'Acts of Random kindness'. Interesting isn't it? These 'acts' could be ways to show love to those you encounter daily. Be on the lookout for hurting people.
Does God speak to and through people still today? Does He have people build arks? Not necessarily but He is still in the business of doing His work through people. Perhaps you are one He wants to work through.
PRAYER: Thank you for the ways you work through people today to get your work on Earth done. Help me look for ways myself to show love beyond the call of duty. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
Do you know what silver or silver plate look like when they get tarnished? In order to keep them shiny you have to polish them and give them the proper care and handling. Sort of like a relationship.
Whether a friendship, marriage, dating, or relatives such as siblings, in laws, parents, you have to do your part to keep it 'shining'. I know of people who have had tarnish on their relationship with various family members for quite some time. But as the saying goes, "it takes two to tango" so don't think that it is the other person who is all bad. Are you doing your part to help, forget, forgive, let go,and move on? Maybe things aren't fair. That hurts. Try your best to not speak poorly no matter how bad the other person is. Maybe Christian counseling is deemed necessary in extreme cases.
The verse today speaks of the enemy coming to kill, steal, and destroy. We could add distort the truth as well. The enemy of course is Satan and he gets his jollies destroying families, friendships, and marriages and loves it even more when those hurt can't sincerely forgive. Some may be exceptionally hard to love and pray for but please try to do it. Perhaps it is even a one sided attempt but still do your best. Just keep praying and polishing with those prayers.
PRAYER: Mean people are ever present in the world Lord and many of them need a good dose of love and prayer to turn them around. Help me to show love to those I may not necessarily agree with or humanly love. Give me the ability to love with your love. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
As I look out at what is the near end of our seasonal garden it is becoming overgrown with weeds. Earlier in the season I maintained it and it was not so bad. Now it looks out of control.A life that gets cluttered and too busy can start to resemble my overgrown 'weed patch' with thorns and thistles. If you don't get your life in control by prioritizing certain things and putting God first you can easily choke out the work and word of God and allow Satan to enter your peaceful 'garden plot'.
Does your 'garden' need to be tended to? Are you allowing weeds to choke God out of your life? What do you need to do today to start 'blooming' for Him again?PRAYER: Lord help me to seek you daily. Give me the ability to say no to too many things that would squeeze you out of my life. Help me to look around for those who need help in their 'gardens' and spread your love. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Friday, August 25, 2017
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20
You have all probably seen the those TV infomercials trying to sell something like cutlery, mops, vacuums, facial cream and the list goes on and the announcer in a cheery voice will say towards the end of the commercial "But wait!That's not all!" In advertising this a tactic to reel you in and maybe get you to buy something you don't need just because you get one more for free.For Christians do you realize we too have a Heavenly Father who is saying in effect "Wait child! That's not all!" meaning there is way more to being a believer than just a 'taste' of Him on Sunday or a nibble here or there. God wants you to live a victorious fulfilled life here on Earth and not just attend a church. There is so very much more.Dive into the Bible. Find a good Christian radio station. Attend a dynamic growing church where you can't wait for Sunday to roll around. Bloom where you are 'planted' and shine the love of Jesus wherever you go. Don't allow the enemy to have you stuck in a denominational pit just because your family was there. Go where you feel the Spirit of God moving and the truth indeed will set you free. Now that is the best 'free' thing ever!PRAYER: Lord I thank you for your wonderful gift of eternal life. I know my time is so temporary here on Earth and you have a wonderful place prepared for those who give their heart to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57Many of you may be familiar with the phrase which I chose for today's title. In other words it is a way to let others know you have walked in their shoes or gone through something as well. For my husband it was cancer twice.What have you gone through in life and can say you were victorious and have that coveted hypothetical tee shirt? Whenever you go through things God miraculously can give you strength and you even learn things. Even if the thing you go through turns out humanly wrong such as in an earthly death, if you don't turn your back totally on God He can grant you the ability to help others going through trials.
God can and will be your ever present help in times of trouble as it says in Psalm 46:1 if only you will invite Him into your life and heart.
PRAYER: I need you every day Lord through ups and downs and Unexplainable things that go on in life. Open my heart to listen to when you are speaking to me. Help me shut out wrong voices that tend to drag me away from you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. JAMES 1:19-20It is an understatement to say there are a heap of angry people right now in the US of A. Angry pro Nazi Racist lawless protestors are creating havoc, murdering, scheming, burning the American flag and our main stream media fuels the fire right on their side to sort of be a propaganda machine. First, turn OFF the news lest you cave in and get angry right along with these angry souls. Next start praying, not hating.Those reading this from The United States who were born here or immigrated here legally, know what we have is a miracle from God and we are unique as a nation. Our history is just that, history, and many scenarios combined to get us where we are today.If you truly love the Lord you are supposed to love your fellow man even the mean despicable ones who commit these atrocious acts and also those enemies of our land terrorizing us due to our way of life. Today make a point to pray, read the word of God, turn off the TV, and lift our nation and its's leaders up in persistent prayer.PRAYER: Father we need you oh we need you. The violent protestors need you. Bring revival to this land and to the hearts of those who hate. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal faithfully are His delight. Proverbs 12:22
In this day and age it is so common place to tell lies. Almost to the point you don't know what or who to believe. This practice is detestable to God.
Everyone has probably lied at one point or another but know now it should not be occurring at all. Even people on witness stands with their hand on the Bible have lied and as well as presidents taking the oath of office on a Bible. It is utterly shameful.
What little lies are in your life? There is no such thing as a white lie. Somehow when you say it was just a 'white lie' it seems to seem less like a lie but it is still a LIE. Start today to purge all things from your life that are less than truthful. Tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God.
PRAYER: Lord I have lied in the past and was ashamed of myself. I always want to be a person of truth, integrity, and good character. Help me never be tempted to lie. In Jesus' name. Amen.
NOTE: There was a Hollywood movie out entitled 'The Good Lie' which at first I did not want to see just because of the title but it was a true story about Sudanese siblings resettling in the United States and one brother let his brother use his passport because they looked alike. His brother said "But that is a lie" to which he responded "but it is a good lie" trying to give his brother a chance for a better life. It is a 2014 release starring Reese Witherspoon. Not a Christian film, PG 13.
Monday, August 21, 2017
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2
Well the big day is finally upon us. Today for the first time in 99 years there will be a total eclipse. Special viewing glasses are being sold. The populace is being warned what to do to protect their eyes and their camera's. Many doomsday people may come out of woodwork warning it is the end of the world.
There is a greater darkness than this less than three minute 'outage' that will occur and that is a lifetime of darkness for those who reject Jesus. There is dark, meaning Satan and his demons, and light, meaning God and His angels. You are either on one side or the other.
Today while you experience this phenomena think about where you stand with Jesus and how you can spread his 'light' to a lost world full of darkness.
PRAYER: Lord I thank you for the marvel of your creation and this eclipse today. To you be all the glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
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 10:5Most of you have probably been past construction sites where demolition is occurring. Here in my area the most recent demolition was a gigantic mall to make way for a new modern complex. Dump truck loads of debris had to be hauled off somewhere.Did you realize sometimes in your mind it is necessary to get out the 'wrecking ball' so to speak, and clear out wrong thinking in your head? Satan likes to get into your thought life and in the book of Revelation he is called "the accuser of the brethren". If Satan can captivate you through wrong thinking he has won half the battle. Don't let him!Take captive wrong thinking by counter acting it with positive thinking and speaking the word of God out loud. Don't dwell on past wrong scenarios in your life. Leave the past in the past. Start tuning up your mind with scripture each and every day. Capture all those wrong thoughts and destroy them and do it NOW!PRAYER: Lord I know it is essential to take wrong thinking captive. I need discipline to do this each day. Help me maybe do a fast from stinking thinking as Joyce Meyer refers to it. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. Hebrews 11:25
I bought the neatest wasp trap at a local big box store and am on my third one. It looks like a bush and the wasps little brains probably think it is and fly right into it and voila never leave again. Stuck tight buzzing for help.
I thought about how the enticement of sin is sort of like that sticky wasp trap. You may be lured into a trap of seemingly innocent sin that could affect your life for a long time. Sin is not without consequences even though forgiveness and grace are available why fall into it in the first place.
If you hang around good Christian friends, read your Bible daily, attend Sunday worship, and stay away from bad junk you are less likely to stumble. Recognize evil and run hard and fast from it.
PRAYER: Lord I need your strength to not get caught up with wrong people or in sinful behavior. Help me Lord and forgive me for the times I have gone astray. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Friday, August 18, 2017
How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! Psalm 133:1
On Sunday at my church and probably yours as well, it is wonderful to gather and praise and worship the Lord. A good message is preached and now believers are stoked up for the rest of the week. But does that good feeling make it outside the walls of the church? Does the message 'stick' or is it just a formality to go to church? It shouldn't be.
Our church encourages note taking and even if yours doesn't maybe it would be a good practice to jot a few things down. Believers come together in unity and perhaps many are there who do not believe or have never accepted Christ as their savior.
Don't just attend church then forget everything and become a different unchanged person the rest of the week. Practice what is preached. Love, hope, joy, forgiveness, kindness, mercy, grace, generosity. Let your life reflect the love of Christ. Don't allow Satan to turn you into someone hateful and unforgiving the rest of the week. This may even involve loving people who can't stand you. Jesus did all the time. Now go out and act like Christ or why even bother attending on Sunday?
PRAYER: There was a child's song that said "Lord I want to be a Christian in my heart, in my heart" and I truly want to act Christlike 24/7 in this hurting messed up world. Give me your strength to do so. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Even though the world you live in may be content, peaceful, financially stable, and comfortable many people do not experience those things. Their world may be full of hurt, disappointment, pain, bad news, homelessness, sickness. This world needs people to be God's hand and feet and shine for Him.Are you shining or has your light dimmed or gone out completely? What do you need to do to get it to shine brightly again? First you might start with insuring you are spending time alone with the Lord daily. Facebook may let you find out all about your buddies but it sure is not a tool of joy necessarily and it is a huge time waster. How often have you spent your entire morning checking Facebook and no time in the word? Ouch.To shine light to have to fuel yourself so God's light comes out of you. You learn how to be kind, generous, joyful, patient, caring, loving, empathetic, and forgiving by studying the word of God. Sunday is not enough. Start today to shine Jesus love everywhere you go.PRAYER: I want to be used to bring brightness into someone's life who is walking in darkness or just hurting. Help me remember to not neglect my daily time with you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2If you have not done so already do yourself a favor and rent the DVD 'The Case For Christ'! In this true story, Chicago Tribune reporter Lee Strobel, who is a self proclaimed atheist, comes to terms with his beliefs after his wife accepts Christ. In trying to disprove and discredit her new found faith something miraculous happens. Go get this film today!Many walk in darkness and do not accept or know the truth. You probably know some of these lost souls. The enemy of the cross of Christ, Satan, has blinded them and deceived them into believing lies. Therefore they walk in darkness whether they think they are or not. Many of these who are wandering in darkness just cannot be reasoned with. It is only the Holy Spirit who can break through the darkness and lies.If you encounter those who claim to be agnostic or atheists pray for them. Love them. Jesus loved those who did not love or agree with Him. Don't get preachy and self righteous. Shine the light of Jesus and pray for opportunities to share.PRAYER: Thank you Lord for those times in life you bring non believers across my path. Even believers who are being deceived by Satan. Help me show love and remember to pray for light to break through the darkness. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. These are not coals for warmth; this is not a fire to sit by. Isaiah 37:13-14
I am always taken aback when a believer who is a Christian asks me what my horoscope sign is. I don't beat around the bush,I just say I don't believe in horoscopes which to me borderlines on fortune telling. If you are a believer you don't look to the stars to tell you what kind of person you are but you look to God who made you fearfully and wonderfully with no help from a horoscope to define your personality.
To some this tradition of going by a star sign may be rooted in some family tradition or cultural issue your never gave much thought to but I am asking you to think about it now! Why does a believer need to read a horoscope to tell them what kind of day they will have? The Bible is the only book you should get guidance from in my humble opinion.
God made you in His image and created you in a very unique way. Everyone born in a certain month is NOT a certain way and believing that is really from demonic spirits. Now if I have stepped on some toes I am sorry but really think about what exactly it is and why you dabble in it. Every person is unique and God has distinct purposes for you no matter what month you were born in. Do a study yourself on what the Bible says about horoscopes and then see if the Spirit isn't speaking to you to cast that practice from your life if are following one.
PRAYER: My hope is in you Lord and in your word. Period. I cast off any works of darkness that may appear innocent but really have nothing to do with my walk with the Lord. Give me strength to always choose the things of the Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Monday, August 14, 2017
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16Even though the world you live in may be content, peaceful, financially stable, and comfortable, many people do not experience those things. Their world may be full of hurt, disappointment, pain, bad news, homelessness, sickness. This world needs people to be God's hand and feet and shine for Him.Are you shining or has your light dimmed or gone out completely? What do you need to do to get it to shine brightly again? First you might start with insuring you are spending time alone with the Lord daily. Facebook may let you find out all about your buddies but it sure is not a tool of joy necessarily and it is a huge time waster. How often have you spent your entire morning checking Facebook and no time in the word? Ouch.To shine light to have to fuel yourself so God's light comes out of you. You learn how to be kind, generous, joyful, patient, caring, loving, empathetic, and forgiving by studying the word of God. Sunday is not enough. Start today to shine Jesus love everywhere you go.PRAYER: I want to be used to bring brightness into someone's life who is walking in darkness or just hurting. Help me remember to not neglect my daily time with you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
What is it you have been believing God for and are just to the point of giving up? It is hard to understand what goes on 'behind the scenes' as God orchestrates the answer to your heartfelt prayer.Know this my friend, if you are following God and doing what pleases Him He hears you. He hears your cries, your anguish, your desperation. But also His ways are beyond knowing. You need to be patient and I often think that is one of the reasons things don't happen instantly in our deliberate manner. You may have a way you want God to deliver this answer but it is not his way. Even when things look beyond hope, hope exists.
While you wait why not try praising Him. There is power in praise. Give thanks to Him for all He has done and will do.PRAYER: Oh Lord I love you. I know you care for me and the person I lift to you in prayer. Miracles are needed but you are the God of second chances and miracles so my hope and trust still remains in you while I wait. In Jesus' name. Amen.Click link for a song of praise:
Saturday, August 12, 2017
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. Proverbs 25:21
You know when people are having conflict or someone is gossiping or saying mean and hate filled things about others you know what you have to do? Be the bigger person and show your good character by setting an example in word and deed. Don't chime in and lower yourself to the ugly level of bashing and putting down others.
My parents used to say "If you can't say something good don't say anything at all." And how very wise and true that statement is. Your words reflect your character or lack thereof. When your mouth opens up don't justify being mean but simply pray that nothing comes out that doesn't edify others.
If you struggle in this area of being the 'bigger person' God is willing and able to help. Problems with people? Give them to God then stop talking about them. As a matter of fact try praying for them. Yes I said pray for them. Now get going and be that bigger person.
PRAYER: I want the things I say to buildup and not tear others down. Forgive me I ever feel anyone is justified to be treated poorly. You want me to be kind to everyone no matter what. Help me Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Friday, August 11, 2017
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:” Amos 8:11
When it is time to eat either breakfast, lunch, or supper most of us are ready and sometimes eat more than our bodies need. But when it comes to feasting on the Word of God are you hungry? The Beatitudes, found in Matthew chapter 5, states in verse 6, "blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled."Can you honestly say you and hungry for hearing and reading God's word or has Satan made your love for it cold? The only way to grow to be more Christlike is to 'hide' God's word in your heart as it says in Psalm 119:11 "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
PRAYER: I am so thankful to live in a country where I am free to own Bibles, go to church, listen to Christian radio and watch Christian television. I intend to make sure I don't neglect your word and will pray for family members who have become lethargic and complacent spiritually. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:44
Do you allow people so much control over you that the bottom drops out when a friend walks out? Friendships have uncertainties cause you never know what is inside someone's head and can't control them.
Choose today to not allow broken friendships or ugliness to derail you. Stay on the track of peace, joy, love, grace, forgiveness. Jesus had people problems so He understands rejection and that type of pain but He did not allow it to control Him or let it fester.
Today you have to make a decision to move ahead beyond the pain. Pray for those who hurt you or misuse you. As hard as it is, you have to shake it off. Believe me I know how hard it is as I have had this problem more times than I care to remember. Don't seek revenge or wish evil on these people who hurt you but sincerely lift them up in prayer.
PRAYER: Father it is so hard to be rejected but then I don't need to tell you that. Oh Lord help me love despite hatred that may be encircling my life. Help me to maintain joy despite my circumstances. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. Psalms 115:3
'God things' or whatever you want to call them, how many times has a person called right when you were thinking of them or you avoided an accident when you got a stop light that frustrated you. All kinds of examples exist. I have had people tell me they were 'thinking' of me just at a certain point in life when I needed prayer. You can probably start a little journal and keep a list of your 'God things'. The 'world' may call it luck or chance but I beg to differ.
Life has twists and turns, good things and not so good things. Many people come across our path, some for a reason or a season. Some of these cases are in the 'God thing' category. I have a long time friend who I just happened to meet at the same time her family was registering at the school counselor office moving to the town from Phoenix where we also moved from. Small world, maybe? God thing, for sure.
Start paying attention to the little moments in your life many of which are really big moments. God uses all sorts of people and situations in your spiritual journey so don't write them off and stay tuned for your next 'God thing' as it may be right around the corner.
PRAYER: Thanks for the times you have spoken to me through people, events, or situations. With you nothing is impossible. Thank you how you work in my life on a daily basis. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
When you raise children, often times the 'God equation' is forgotten. Even many who don't darken the door of a church somehow make it there for infant baptism which is the tradition in many denominations and families. Although a nice family occasion and 'religious ritual' even for those who do it, it is still the parents responsibility to raise their child to love the Lord and walk with Him daily. My husband was baptized as an infant and a year ago decided he wanted a 'believer's baptism'. Now as an adult who loved the Lord it meant something and His heart truly was changed.Point being, whether a baby or adult baptism, don't neglect raising your child in a church where later on he or she will become hungry for the Word of God. There is a saying, "Going into church won't make you into a Christian any more than going into McDonalds will make you into a hamburger." Ponder that statement for a while. Don't be afraid to change denominations or churches if you feel lethargic and stale. Walking with Jesus is supposed to make you feel alive. Raise those little ones to be excited about Him too.PRAYER: Lord I want to be a Christian in my heart, in my heart. These words are in a familiar child's worship song and they ring true. Help me remember to sing songs of praise around the little ones in my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Monday, August 7, 2017
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Are you fully relying on God? That is what the above acronym means. When you pray do you trust God or keep fretting? Didn't you pray? Don't you believe? God is not on your time table.
In order to not waste your days worrying and fretting, it is necessary to truly let God be God and trust that He has your back. Don't sit around conjuring up doomsday stories or 'what if' scenarios in your head. Satan is the master of bringing on fear. Who are you going to rely on? Will you do it 'fully' or only be partially in?
Start each day thanking God for a new day and being excited for what He has in store for you. Don't allow negative fearful thinking even come in. Nip it in the bud with praise and thanksgiving.
PRAYER: I want to do more than just remember the acronym above but I want to live that way. I want to knock down any fear barriers and faithfully trust you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20In the 1982 classic blockbuster Hollywood film, ET, the extraterrestrial who crash landed in a California backyard occupied by a very young Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas, was lonely to go back home pointing his boney little finger towards the sky and saying "home". The classic line from the movie was "ET Phone Home".I often think about God looking down on us and wishing many would 'phone home' so to speak or in other words, give Him the time of day, at least sometime. We are His creation yet many don't believe and choose to ignore this fact totally. There are others who pay homage to Him by saying "I am a Christian" but that is just about where their devotion ends.
Where is your heart? Do you love God or are you agnostic, complacent, or just what I will call religious? God isn't about religion but is about relationship. Are you desiring to 'phone home' or in other words do you miss your Heavenly Father? Today if you hear His voice do not harden your heart. Let Him into your life today.PRAYER: Lord I love talking to you in prayer. I pray for those whose hearts are not fully yours. Keep knocking on the door of their hearts. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Do you not know that when in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24
Do you feel stuck? Unmotivated? Discouraged? No way out? Do you realize feelings like that do not originate with God? Our enemy, Satan, is the one who causes you to be down in the dumps. He is the master of negativity.
Sometimes it is necessary to just push through those feelings. I have had them and once I had to say out loud "In the name of Jesus I will mop this floor!" Sounds comical but when you are trapped in depression speaking the name of Jesus is the best thing EVER! You might even have to shout "Satan I am bought with the blood of Jesus and redeemed from your curse so leave me alone".Ok know that God loves you and Satan hates you. God has a wonderful plan for your life. Find a good dynamic growing Bible believing church and go regularly. Read your Bible. Start staying away from those things pulling you away from Christ. You should know what they are. Now go have an awesome day. Jesus Loves You!
PRAYER: Yes Jesus loves me the Bible tells me so. A child's' song but it rings so true. Forgive me for allowing the thinking of this world to entrap me and drag me down. I cast off that stronghold in your mighty name. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Friday, August 4, 2017
"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
No one has a perfect life. Often times you may assume a certain church leader or Bible study teacher has it all together when it reality they may be hurting greatly or going through something no one is aware of. Often times the messes of this life turn out to be our 'message' or testimony later on.
Just because you have accepted Christ does not mean your problems go away. What it does mean is you are better able to get through to the other side. No matter what happens in life do not turn your back on God. Why is it when bad stuff happens many times people get angry at God? Why not blame Satan for a change?
Just know that trials do indeed make you a stronger person as pat an answer as that is. Problems develop your character and make you into a better person. The main thing is to stay in the word of God. By reading you can grow and get what you need to see you through trouble that may come your way.
PRAYER: No matter what Lord I trust you. When answers to prayer seem slow in coming I know you are still there. Your ways are not our ways. Help me trust you and remember that. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 1 Corinthians 3:2Parents who have newborn babies don't want them to stay a baby forever. It may seem cute to have this little tiny human, pure and innocent, but if they stayed an infant it is not a good thing. Can you imagine going to junior high in diapers, or crawling when you are in grade school. Also if your baby continued to eat Gerber baby food, or drank infant or toddler formula, that too is not wise. Eventually they have to grow up.Likewise spiritually it is necessary to grow up. Many people are under the impression to baptize a baby, join a church, or go on Sunday is enough to be able to say you are 'religious' and sort of have made it in that 'church life category'. First I hate the word religious. I am not religious, I love Jesus. When a person seemingly is going 'too crazy' for the things of the Lord often times a label is given to them by those who don't understand. It might even be from other 'church people'.This Earth is NOT our home. Why not use the time you have now to get to know Christ better. If you have not asked Him to be Lord of your life, do so. Baptism alone does not save you no matter what a 'religious leader' may have said. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Once saved shouldn't it be a natural thing to want to be mature in Christ and get some spiritual meat? Put down that pacifier and get strong in the Lord.PRAYER: It is easy to go through life being spoon fed even for those who attend church on a regular basis. But Lord I don't want to stop there. I desire maturity. I pray for nay in my family who may have grown complacent to desire to grow in you again. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,2 Timothy 3:16
Football season is upon us all over the US. I could care less as I am not addicted to it nor is my husband but for those who are it is a big event.
In football the coaches use a 'playbook' to write out moves for the players to make. Players follow this guide the coaches have drawn up for them in order to hopefully have a successful game.
Our 'playbook' in life is our Bible. Here in the US many of us may have numerous Bibles but sometimes they just gather dust. If the 'playbook' for life is not followed then you are likely to follow the wrong crowd and do the wrong things. Hopefully you don't fall into the category of a complacent Christian who just exists but never reads the rule book of life. Start today to pick up God's playbook, The Bible, start reading and maturing in your walk with Him.
PRAYER: Father God I am sorry when I have gone my own way and not followed the playbook you have laid out for me. I know the enemy jumps for joy when I neglect it because then he has more power over me. I choose to follow your word. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017
You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 1 Corinthians 3:3
What makes people get jealous? First, it is not an emotion from God so let's get that straight. But most of us have felt it at one time or another if we are honest. It is not listed as a 'fruit' of the Spirit so how do you nip this monster in the bud?
Possessions, talents, feeling left out, money, being in the loop, family issues, appearance, comparison. It is not good. Why do we let it occur? Mostly if you let your mind dwell on negative you can conjure up so many things that are not real. Satan loves it when we get jealous. From there he might have you say or do something you regret terribly and even ruin a relationship.
PRAYER: Oh dear Lord I want to not even entertain jealousy in my life. Forgive me when I have let it rear its' ugly head. Help me replace it with praise. In Jesus' name. Amen.