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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, July 31, 2014

The Shelter



For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His  dwelling, He will hide me in the shelter of His sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:5

When the word 'shelter' is spoken what comes to mind? I think of a shelter house in a park also called 'ramadas' in the Southwest. Also the picture of a mother Eagle sheltering her eaglets under her massive wings is another word picture. A storm shelter is something people here in my area of the country might think of as we have lot of tornadoes.

A shelter is basically a place you go to seek refuge and protection. It could be from the sun, from storms, from your enemies. God is our shelter and He is our strength. Whenever the 'storms of life' threaten you He is there to protect you. All you need to do is call on Him.

Will you let God be your shelter?

PRAYER: I am very thankful you are my ultimate shelter from anything that comes my way. Thanks for watching over me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Death Will Come



 The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart.The devout are taken away and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk up rightly are taken into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. Isaiah 57:1-2

Recently I have known of about five people who died before the "time" everyone thinks they should pass on. I guess maybe this would be 85 on up. When a baby, child, thirty something or baby boomer dies, we are shocked and especially if they were not ill. I can not imagine the immense grief this causes the family of the deceased. I know several friends this has happened to. Of course we love our family and no one wants anyone to die.

 While we are here on Earth we need to be living for the Lord as you never know when it is your time to die. We either enter heaven with Jesus or enter hell for eternity. It depends on the choice to accept or reject God. This life is only every temporary. James 4:14 says "we are a midst that vanishes" so with that in mind why are we so upset when death comes knocking on our door? As a believer, it is something we should be looking forward to. In the recent movie based on a true story 'Heaven Is For Real' ,a young boy has the true life account of seeing heaven while he was in a coma in the hospital. He said "It was wonderful"!

 Do you have peace that if you died today you would be with Jesus in heaven? If not stop now and ask Jesus to be Lord of your life.

PRAYER: Lord you are good and marvelous and I look forward to being with you in heaven some day. Help prepare my family and friends for when that times comes to rejoice that I am in heaven. I thank you for saving me from my sins. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Coming Attractions



You must also be ready for the Son of Man will come at an hour that you do not expect Him. Luke 12:40

Two things are certain and that is we are born and we will die. No one can escape that. In the 1980's movie 'Forever Young' Mel Gibson plays a military pilot who voluntarily subjects himself to being frozen since his fiancĂ©e had been in an accident and was in a coma.  This is not something we normally do although it is talked about today. I say why? Why are people afraid to die and why do we think it will be so wonderful to go on and on and on?

Of course death brings immense sadness but it also brings the promise of eternal life for those who have asked Jesus to be Lord of their life. Being a nice 'church member' and making sure you go to church are admirable but Jesus needs to be part of our life and our desire the rest of the time. Is He your consuming fire? Heaven is going to be wonderful. Not even the best Hollywood script writer is able to recreate it or even imagine it(See 1Corinthians 1:9).

Don't be left behind when Jesus returns. Make sure you are living for Him and He is truly Lord of your life. Don't take a chance with being left out of heaven.

PRAYER: I need you every hour of the day. There have been times I have ignored you and done my own thing. Forgive me Lord. I want you in my life and I want to be with you when you come back for those who have accepted you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Click link to listen to a wonderful song of praise to get your day started:
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Monday, July 28, 2014

How Is Your Fruit?



 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. John 15:2

 How is the "fruit" in your life? Your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self control? We have fruit trees in our yard and occasionally if they are not producing fruit they have to be cut back. At times this makes the tree look ugly but the results will be great. Galatians 5:22-23 discusses the fruits of the Spirit. Take a moment and look those verses up.

Is your "fruit" moldy, dried up, tasteless, bitter? If so perhaps it is time to work on fertilizing that fruit with things like prayer and Bible reading. The pruning referred to in the key Bible verse is when trials and situations come into our life to help us develop better healthier fruit.

So how is your fruit?

 PRAYER: I know I can not grow 'good fruit' for the kingdom without certain things occurring to help me grow spiritual fruit. Guide me successfully through these times so I can become more Christlike in what I say and do. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Our God Reigns


The Lord has established His throne in heaven and His kingdom rules over all. Psalm 103:19

Today it seems as if Biblical prophecy is being fulfilled before our very eyes. Read the book of Ezekiel. So much of what is going on in the Middle East and Holy Land is right there in the word of God. Our times are indeed in God's hands. We do not need fear calamity if we know Him as our savior. Certain things are indeed going to happen. Jesus is coming back for His own someday.
Do not let the political situation or the headlines frustrate you too much for we see much of what is happening right there in our Bible. Trust in God. He is our hope.

God indeed does rule over all!

PRAYER: Lord I have perfect peace even in the turmoil around me as I know you are above any earthly leader and you have a plan. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Defender



Surely God is my help.The Lord is the one who sustains me.Let evil recoil on those who slander me. In your faithfulness destroy them. Psalm 54:4-5

Have you ever been threatened with a lawsuit or perhaps bankruptcy? Things like that can tend to shatter your peace and get you wanting to run for the hills. Somehow the fear or the word "lawsuit" tends to make the normal person a little freaked out. Years ago a girl tried to sue me over a fender bender. Believe you me during that time frame, until the case was settled, I completely got into the word of God in a search for verses about God being my defender. I prayed for the young lady who wanted to hurt me. I knew it was an attack from the enemy.

If you are going through troubled times and lawsuits are involved,  know that God is your defender. He goes before you and can and will bring peace in the midst of a storm raging around you. God alone sets the captive free. Trust Him in good and bad times.

Cry out to God and let Him defend you.

PRAYER: Thank you abba father, daddy, for being my strength, hope and defender. In Jesus' name.Amen.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Love People, Period!



He answered, "Love the Lord your of with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27

'Love'  is a pretty simple command but how many of us really do it? Love those who hate you. Love those who are different. Love those who don't love Jesus. Love when you don't feel like it. Love indeed, does come from a pure heart. Love is from God.

When we don't show love to those around us we are giving our enemy Satan, more fuel for his tiny little fire. He loves it when there are arguments, contentions, and disagreements. It is easy to fight and bicker but hard to forget self, be humble and show true love to all those you come in contact with.

If you are tempted to argue with someone stop for a moment, say a silent prayer, and show love when you don't feel like or. Love wins in the end.

PRAYER: I know your command is to love one another. I choose to do this even when it is hard. In Jesus' name.Amen.