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It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and knowledge of scriptures and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Hitting Rock Bottom



The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. Proverbs 24:16

What does it take for some to completely 100% embrace grace, forgiveness, redemption, and healing? The devil is at work overtime lying and deceiving people, some who were getting set free. The enemy sticks his foot out and trips them. 

This is warfare full out assault. When a person turns their backs on friends and family who were speaking truth and trying to help it is demonic warfare. A simple visit to a wrong friend posing as a right friend is all Satan needs to make a person who was falling continue to fall. 

Good news is the story is far from over. Whatever the issue is God hears the prayers of moms, friends, dads, prayer groups, and sometimes when God has a plan to really use the person to help thousands get set free from whatever is dragging them down the enemy works even harder to cause arguments and belittling of family and friends who were on the broken persons side. If this is describing a situation in your life or someone you know, keep fighting and knowing Satan will not be victorious and your loved one will be hearing the truth again. 

PRAYER: My heart aches when I hear of stories or even if it is my story of people who are misled and therefore mislead others sometimes claiming to have great Bible knowledge. Satan is attacking and I claim the blood of Jesus over all family members or any friends being deceived. Set them free. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Just Keep Praying

 


Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Are you carrying a heavy burden sometimes too painful to want to share with others or perhaps the enemy has convinced you to keep it a secret. Don’t do that friend, you need prayer support!

Never ever give up on the issue or person you are crying out for. Maybe things seemed to be improving and it flip flopped. Satan loves to drag people back into the muck and convince them that is the place to grow and have friends.

 The truth is, the word of God is alive and if you follow it and continue in war against the enemy, you will have victory and see your friend or family members rescued once and for all. Press in and stay the course and don’t listen to the lies of the enemy. 

PRAYER: Father I know the battle for souls is constant so I choose to not listen to taunts of Satan and the lies telling me nothing will ever change. I am pressing forward with your help to squelch the lies of the enemy. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Prying Into Another’s Business Can Wreak Havoc



But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.1 Peter 4:15-16

Have you ever been caught up in a conversation which ends really as a gossip chain because every person is speculating and no one really knows all the facts. I confess I have and it leaves me uneasy, ashamed, and sad at myself for not be slow to act and slow to speak. 

As the Navy says “Loose Lips Sink Ships” and it can even happen in church or prayer chains. Don’t speculate. Don’t allow the enemy to create division in the body. Keep your nose in your own business. 

If you are with others and they start speculating and getting gossipy don’t enter into the conversation. Maybe even take the action of saying “Gotta go now” and get away from the temptation of this horrible habit when no one really knows. Make sure to keep prayers confidential if someone asked you to as well. Just saying, 

PRAYER: Father I left my hands to you in praise and adoration. Thank you for being there for me in prayer. Keep me from judging or gossip and help me to love others as you would. In Jesus’ name. Amen .

Friday, June 24, 2022

The Message Failed To Send

 

“The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. The LORD preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy. Psalm 145:18-20

 

Most of you who use cell phones or computers have probably faced text messages and emails not going through with the error message ‘The message failed to send’ and in some cases it saves you from spur of the moment embarrassment.

Did you know that when you talk to God in prayer it goes  through the wonderful cyberspace of open communication with the Almighty.  Now anyone can pray it does not take some training on a new language or changing your voice or saying Thee or Thou. Simply talk to him. 

Ask God if there is anything in your life that displeases him. Also pray for friends or family that are far from God whether they know it or not. Get real with Him.  Now go share your heart with God. 

PRAYER: Father I need you. There was a time that I thought I could do things on my own or my own way. Forgive me. Help those I know who have religion but not a personal relationship with you. Guard my heart and mind so I don’t fall into sin. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Being Misunderstood



I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

Sometimes I try too hard to be liked or make peace that is just my nature. Maybe it is a middle child thing. I don’t want others to not like me so stupid Facebook does a number on me. I choose to post my devotion on it and then move on. 

Have you ever been misunderstood by a dear friend or family member because of the breakdown of non verbal texting communication which has left many relationships in the therapy pile? The rule should be just don’t say anything that comes into your head and why say anything. 

If a relationship is in ruins because of a misunderstanding,  go in person and mend it before further breakdown. Above all pray. Let God handle your overburdened sad heart. 

PRAYER: I thank you for the gift of friends and sometimes talking too much, speculating, being in their face too much can create a division in a friendship. Things take time and an understanding has to be reached and forgiveness obtained. God is my best friend who always understands and wants me around even when I mess things up. Help me roll with the punches and learn the art of stillness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Communication….Very Vital



Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. 
James 1:19

On a flight recently the lady in the seat next to me said “Habla Espanol” and unfortunately even though I took Spanish in college I can’t speak but a few words. The day this occurred ironically the Lenten devotion I read was about communicating. 

Today my son and his lovely bride are celebrating 10 years of Holy matrimony aka marriage. Communication is one of the pillars of a good marriage relationship. It is give and take, understanding, learning when not to speak, and being kind and putting the other person first. 

How are your communication skills? Do they need some work? God wants you to be kind, loving, and also still. Why not work on that today? 

PRAYER: My heart breaks for those whose communication led to fights and divorce. Also for those estranged from family members who have refused to forgive and thus begin healing. Help me Lord to make this verse the center of my married life and elsewhere. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Dedicated to Jon and Amber Miller. 
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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

#ButGod

 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. Genesis 8:1

 The news media and their counterparts, the US Government majority party, are super experts in stoking flames of fear and hatred by twisting stories to attempt to get a desired outcome. Don’t fall ‘prey’ to their tactics but  instead ‘pray’ and put down the remote and the paper. 

Get into the Word instead of stockpiling food and building a bunker. Trust God because He has a plan even amidst the chaos and seeming doomsday.  


It is Satan who is wanting you fretting, fearing, and freaking out. Instead be bold in your faith and show him who is boss. 

PRAYER: I love you Lord. I love freedom. I choose to stand strong, stay in the word and attempt to point people to Jesus. In Jesus’ name. Amen.