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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.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Evil In Our Midst!

The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes. Proverbs 21:10

There is good and evil. Right and wrong. Wicked, bad, wrong, and immoral is how the dictionary defines the word evil. Satan is evil. God is good. You are either for God or against Him. You are either doing God's work or being sucked into the world's system. Satan is called the 'prince of the power of the air' in Ephesians 2:2. Many people may be serving him and assisting him without being aware of it because he is sneaky, deceiving, and subtle. And oh yes, did I mention, evil?

In these United States right now evil seems to be winning out when a government tries to dictate rules and behaviors to its' formerly freedom loving people. Guess what? God is still on the throne.  Psalm 37:1 reminds us not to fret because of evil doers and we in fact should not. We as believers need to pray we are not taken captive slowly by things of the world that can get us believing wrong or acting wrong. Stay in God's word and do not change it to be politically correct but instead insure it is 'God correct'.  Because of immoral laws passed by a Supreme Court who is only supposed to interpret laws we as Christians stand up against a society accepting of evil practices and may soon find ourselves ostracized for standing up for the truth.

Do not fear but make it your daily aim to get into God's word and know right from wrong. God and His laws and truth will win out over any evil in the end.

PRAYER: I am very thankful for my Bible. Many countries believers can be jailed or killed for speaking out for Christ. May we never get to that point here. Help those I know stand on guard against deception often masquerading as something that is okay. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Restoration! It Can Happen.

And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10

Restored relationships with friends, a parent, a sibling, or a spouse are indeed possible. Different things drive wedges in relationships and sometimes human nature takes over and forgets the 'God nature' and gets selfish. Often times other factors enter in that we can speculate about but have no true knowledge of. Recently I had a friendship restored with a long time friend who I knew in one of many places I have lived. Out of the blue this friend wrote me through messaging on Facebook and asked for forgiveness. Oh my goodness what an extreme surprise and joy this was.

I know of people waiting for healed relationships between siblings. This might be healing of a step family situation. Being rejected hurts no matter who it is that has done it to you. If a family member, I can imagine the wound would be very deep. Once again, hope is held out for restoration. Many situations can separate people and if you have been hurt, you need to keep praying and to also be willing to forgive.

Start today and give your painful situations to the Lord. Don't ever hate or seek revenge. Just keep praying and wait and see what God does. 

PRAYER: I am thankful for the gift of love. I am thankful for people who choose to forgive and love when treated poorly. Help me Lord to keep looking to you for restoring relationships that may have gone bad. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Too Far Gone? But God!

Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed. Psalm 119:116

Have you ever heard someone say such and such a person was too far gone and there was no hope? Maybe you yourself have uttered those words. No matter what, there is always hope. Whatever you are believing God for,  do not cave in to doubt, fear, or a time table. God has His own time and His own purposes for the deliverance of our loved ones. It is the enemy, Satan, who puts lies into your head that there is no way this individual will ever change. Don't believe it!

I was thinking about the word hope and how we do not need to be around nay sayers who feed the negative aspect of the waiting game for God's miracle. He answers in His time and in His way. Praying is what you need to keep doing and never give up. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 simply says "pray continually"! No matter how seemingly earthly impossible it seems or how far gone a person appears to be, God is the God of miracles. 

Do you have a situation in your life or the loved of a family member that seems like it will never change? Guess what, it can change. Keep praying and keep believing. 

PRAYER: I believe in hope Lord and I believe in prayer. I know you work things out in your time and maybe it is me who needs to grow through this entire process. Help keep me patient while I am waiting. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Lord of Lords! He Has Our Back!

On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords.
Revelation 19:16

I don't know about you but when it is time, I am sure excited about entering Heaven and seeing the glory of God! Sometimes we might find ourselves just wanting to say "Beam me up Jesus. I have had enough of the corruption down here." God is not through with you yet and has a purpose for you right where you are. Believe it! 

     Just think of it. King of kings and Lord of Lords. Almighty God. Prince of Peace. Deliverer. Sustainer. No more tears. No more pain. No more fighting. No more sorrow. A glorious time awaits those who have asked Jesus to live inside of them and take the controls. We need not worry about calamity and things here on Earth as no matter what, God does have your back.  You may go through hard times but He will deliver you. The story is not over. 

So hang on my friend. The ride may be bumpy but smooth roads are ahead. 

PRAYER: Forgive me Lord for times I have stewed over problems and things here on planet Earth. I know your purposes will prevail. Strengthen me for the battles ahead. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Forgive, Okay?

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another,forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.Ephesians 4:31-32

   Do you find it hard to forgive? Your husband maybe hurt your feelings. Your best friend said something rude or as a joke. A friend no longer wants anything to do with you and says she forgives but goes no further. You were cheated by a business partner. A co worker lied to the boss about you. Someone gossiped about you and you found out. You got a raw deal from a realtor or a company you hired to do a service for you. I am sure you can add more scenarios. 

We are commanded to forgive. We are commanded to love. A person can not truly love unless they can bring themselves to forgive. Sometimes the person you need to forgive my not even be aware of it and you just have to move on and let it go. A lack of forgiveness causes a bitter root to develop. You can not love until you get rid of this bitterness. Being unable to forgive causes divorces, friendships to end, lawsuits, being fired, and a bunch of other stuff. 

If you are weak in this area make it a point to start listing people you need to forgive in your life. It might even be an absent or alcoholic parent. Perhaps a cheating spouse. Maybe a parent who wants nothing to do with you. Perhaps a child who wants nothing to do with you. Begin praying for healing and restoration. God wants love to dominate.

PRAYER: I am thankful when people have asked me to forgive them when I thought there was no hope. Help me to remember to never harbor hate for anyone and to pray for my enemies. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Conforming To This World?

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

What is more important to you? Modern culture or being a follower of Christ? The culture certainly is not a God friendly place. Movies and TV attempt to desensitize us then good Christian people compromise deeply held beliefs by caving into pressure from the world. We are told times have changed and we need to 'tolerate' the new morality and things like the new definition of marriage. A teen girl, for instance,  even though she is in a growing dynamic church may feel she has to have the latest styles and like the current movies even if they compromise her values. Maybe she will say things don't bother her so she fits in. 

    We are to be lights in this world. I once heard if we were arrested for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict us. Ponder that for a moment. Do you allow culture to mold you? Are you able to walk away from things you know do not please God even though you may be mocked? Do you filter choices through God's eyes? There certainly is enough to drag us down and get us off the course God has planned for us.

Can you be a dynamic follower of Christ in a world that is anything but Christian? This week let your light shine brightly, not in a self righteous way, but in a loving way to those you meet. 

PRAYER: My prayer for myself and for my family is to break their hearts by what breaks yours Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Prayer And Duct Tape

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19

There have been moments before I have thought something through, I speak or send a text or email, and poof. There it goes and it is too late to take it back. Where was the duct tape to put over my mouth before I carelessly let words spew from my mouth? Some people may have a harder time with this mouth control than others but yet it is vitally crucial to get a grasp on the things we say. 
Our words can help build up. They can also be quite destructive. Words can end friendships and even marriages. Words can cause arguments resulting in death and destruction. It is extremely important we master the art of being able to slow down, think, listen, and then speak if necessary. Really meditate on what today's verse says. Memorize it if possible. 
If we are able to just slow down and think before talking our lives would be a whole lot less complicated and stressful. 

PRAYER: Help me Lord get a grip on the words I speak. I want to be able to have the ability to not just talk and talk and not think. Guide me in this area which I am very weak in. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Be blessed!