'Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'
Recently in the city of Dallas Ebola struck. Widespread panic set in primarily caused by the news media. Guess what? I also was in Dallas this month and was not a bit worried about it. If you constantly feed your mind on fearful topics naturally you will start to be afraid. I started to read the free daily paper at my hotel then threw it away. All it was doing was inciting fear in article after article.You may not be scared you will contract Ebola but there may be something else that you allow to consume your life. Fear paralyzes people. Don't allow yourself to fall victim to this. Fear can stop you in your tracks. News flash, fear is not from God. God offers peace. The enemy is the one who loves to scare us. In order to stay peaceful and unafraid feed your mind on good things and do not dwell on those issues that make you a nail biter.Concerning being in Dallas, I was there in the epicenter of the Ebola concern in the US and I was there with the Moms in Prayer ministry for their 30th birthday celebration. Women from 44 countries flew in. No one was fearing dying of Ebola. This event was planned over two years ago and God knew that 1300 praying women would be here in the center of it all. Faith over fear wins every time.PRAYER: Lord Jesus I choose to separate myself from those things that incite fear in me. When I start to be afraid I will turn to you and your word not the newspaper. Help me have discipline to be peaceful. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness." Jeremiah 31:3
Wow 113 likes! That must be some person or quite a post. If you are all tied up in your worth based on Facebook then you need to know that 'likes' don't make you better or worse and you should not base your life on them. Forget about it and charge on. I was stuck on it for a time being then thought to myself how stupid it was for me to be checking this status as the only one who truly matters whether they like me is Jesus. My worth is not based on if someone likes a Facebook post or not. That type of living can be superficial at best. Let's say someone has 16 likes and you have none. There you go comparing then getting feelings hurt. Over what? Something really in the big scheme of things that matters little if at all. Or maybe you could have lots of likes and start feeling popular and superior.
The one person you should trying to be impressing already loves you no matter what. That is our Lord Jesus Christ. Even when we slam the door in His face and ignore Him He still is there loving you unconditionally. He does not need Facebook to communicate this love to you. You are very special to Him and are fearfully and wonderfully made. Your life has meaning and a purpose and He does 'LIKE' you and lots!
So next time you catch yourself looking to see which of your Facebook friends 'likes' something you posted, just remember that Jesus likes you yes He does, for my Bible tells me so.
PRAYER: Lord I need self control to not always be going checking my status on Facebook. Every time I am tempted too help me maybe pick up the Bible and read it instead. It holds much more value than my 'likes'. In Jesus' name.AMEN.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
22:6What causes a person who was madly in love and passionate about Jesus as a teen to literally run away from God? Many parents fear that when their child goes off to the big liberal university that all they taught will go down the drain. Professors start teaching things that are totally contrary to what the church or parents taught then intellectualism takes over and transforms this once godly young man or woman into something the mom and dad never thought they would see. All the truth of God's word is now challenged by their all knowing child.
Parents if this describes your child please do not despair. Many have walked this confusing and lonely path often times alone, fearing sharing it would change a person's opinion of them. Stuff happens in life and parents have 18 years to impact their son or daughter for the Lord. Nagging does not help but only the Holy Spirit and lots of patience.
If you are on this journey now just stay on your knees and know God is working even when it does not seem so. Resist the urge to "preach" as it further alienated the adult child. God is in control and the story is not over.
PRAYER: God you are good and your hear my prayers. Guide those with young children to mold their children for Christ because the world won't. Give me patience as I wait for changes. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Do everything without grumbling or arguing. Philippians 2:14Are you kidding? You think I can do everything without a single complaint or grumble? How is that possible? Sure things upset us and we react to those things at times. The point is,do not get caught up griping about everything that does not go the way you thought it should. If you do, you have fallen into the trap of being like everyone else. Why get so upset about a wrong order at a restaurant? Perhaps your service was bad. I am sure you can come up with a list of things you maybe have grumbled about in your past.What to do to stop this behavior? Try thinking of good things or happy things and make believe Jesus is with you. He is you know. There may be some so accustomed to griping because they grew up around it and are not aware they picked it up. Try to make yourself aware of how you treat others and catch any slip up when it comes to being a complainer.Before you know it you will be able to turn the other cheek on many things that previously upset you and will be showing more of God's love to those around you.PRAYER: Forgive me Lord when I have become a griper or just looked for bad things. Help me look for good things in my fellow man. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." 1 Corinthians 15:33
Parents always delight when their children choose good friends. While they are still under your roof from ages birth to 5, it is pretty easy to control friendships but once they enter the "world" it is up to you to pray and for them to choose wisely. This is not to say parents of young people should sit around fretting about relationships but indeed your job is to pray and keep praying. Even when the picture may look bleak God is not done yet.
Bad friends can lead youth into immoral activity, drunken binges, drugs, pornography, and a life of crime and take them away from their church upbringing. Many a heartbroken parent has wondered what happened and why their son or daughter chose what they did. God uses all things to draw us back to Him. Sometimes a person might have to be flat on his back before he bothers to look up to the Savior.
Do not be misled. You can not continue to live a life away from God and full of sin and get away with it. The lusts of the flesh may entice but my friend run fast and far away from them.
PRAYER: Lord I need you every hour. Lord I pray for those I may know who are disinterested in you. Lead them to the cross. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6
When you awaken each morning what is the first thing you think of doing? Turning on the morning show? Reading the newspaper? Checking your Facebook page for likes? Going out for a morning walk or run? Hey what about God? He is the very first thing that should come to mind if you are a believer. Spending quality time with Him daily is what helps you grow and puts your spiritual armor on for the day.Have you lost your first love and that being for the Lord? Have other 'priorities' squeezed Him to the back of the bus? Maybe it is time to take account of your life? Perhaps you are hanging with the wrong groups of friends who do not love the Lord and may in fact make fun of 'religious' people. Whatever the reason, God is calling you back to Him. Stop running away. Maybe you are involved in an activity you know deep down in your heart displeases the Lord even though the world condones it.Friend it is time to stop what you are doing and take account of your life. God does love you no matter what but He wants to have fellowship with you and not just for a tiny little 60 minutes on Sunday. Ours lives get so busy we often times forget about the one who gave us our life and put us where we are. Run back to Him today!PRAYER: Father God I love you and there have been times when my busy day squeezed you out. I know it is wrong. I know I need you each and every day. Lord my desire is to stay on track from this day forward. In Jesus' name. Amen.Click link for a song of worship:
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17
Recently the stock market plummeted and panicked investors watched thousands of dollars disappear into thin air. Of course in a upturn things could get better. There is nothing wrong with saving but you must remember to not trust in your savings, your stocks, your gold, or your 401k.
Things happen and wealth disappears. Sometimes greedy tyrants take it away to try to control us. The point is everything we have belongs to God. It is He who gave us the power to gain wealth. Just do not freak out when the market crashes and don't live above your means. Be good stewards of what is entrusted to you. Share and tithe as well.
Why not stop and give thanks to God for all your abundance. This means whether you live in a tiny home mansion. Just know God is in control and He will take care of you.
PRAYER: Thanks Lord for all you have blessed me with. Help me to look for legitimate ways to help those going through hard times. In Jesus' name. Amen.