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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.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Easy For You To Say!

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have for God has said "Never  will I leave you and never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5

 Do you ever find yourself uttering this above phrase or thinking it?  Maybe jealous over someone's possessions  not even considering what they went through to get there. Things may look like 'easy street' for some but we do not know the whole story of their life and the struggles and things they faced to get where they are. Sadly our own government has perpetuated this jealously with their income inequality stance.

Basically jealously is not a fruit of the spirit but it is something that the enemy creates in getting us desirous of the position of another or what they have.  You can even be jealous of another person's looks. The key is to be thankful for who you are and what God has set forth for you to do. He makes the sun to shine on all of us.
God wants you to be happy with what he has blessed you with and not be whining that you are unhappy. Your situation could always be much worse.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for my many blessings. Some days I may catch myself being envious and I do not know want to be. I want to look to you and not other people. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

No Time For God

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.Matthew 6:24

God allows certain things for a reason. Sometimes there are people who want nothing to do with church, God, or the Bible as they have no time for Him and are disappointed or angry because of a death of someone close.  Perhaps they think they are 'good enough' and Sunday is their only day for recreation and they certainly do not care to be in a stuffy formal church wasting their time. Only the Holy Spirit can bring conviction of this to those wandering away from the Lord. It may be hurtful to parents who see their adult children turn their back on God or maybe not raise their grandchildren for the Lord.

 This world we live in today is a challenge for the believer. Wrong things are being made to seem right and even accepted by some believers. The truth is the truth but Satan has made God's word twisted to some who want to accept a lie as truth. If a believer follows the guidelines in the Bible they are old fashioned to some or a little freaky.

We are not going to answer to our friends. We are not going to answer to someone at the lake. We are not going to answer to someone on the bike trail. We are only going to answer to Jesus. His heart is broken when He knows there are people who have accepted Him that are being distracted by the enemy.

Wherever you are today ask yourself am  I close  to God or running from Him. No one knows the day or hour of Jesus return. Do you desire more of Him? If not maybe it is time to rededicated your life to Christ or ask Him in your heart for the first time.

Make time for Jesus my friend! It is your choice.

 PRAYER: Lead me to the cross Lord and help me as I seek to turn from things distract me from the truth. I run to you Lord. I want to honor you Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mean People Deserve Love Too

And the second is this. 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' Matthew 22:39

Allot of you may think my title is ridiculous. "No way Becky. People who treat me mean do not deserve my love at all! Why should I love someone who talks down to me and acts like they can't stand me."  Why indeed! Maybe because God says to? Love covers a multitude of sins it says in 1 Peter 4:8. Love has a transcending power through cultures and generations. Showing love can break through the hardest exterior.

Sometimes even when you show love you may not instantly get love back but keep on showing love. Whether to an unloving and verbally abusive spouse, a arrogant clerk,a rude disrespectful child who was taught otherwise, or anyone you encounter who just seems less than joyful.

Love has the power to heal a wounded heart. Love is from God therefore when we see examples of the beheadings by the ISIS rebels we know there's no part of our Holy God Jehovah Jireh living in them.God can transform really evil people though as it happened in the Bible.

Who do you need to show love to? Sometimes it is necessary to overcome evil and bad behavior with good. That's in the Bible too.

 PRAYER: Lord I want to show your love to all those around me even when it is hard. Help me to remember to pray for the unloving and those around our world who are just plain evil. Help me love through you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Seven Deadly Words

Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish. Proverbs 18:13

A couple months ago I saw a Christian movie that was entitled 'The Seven Deadly Words' and basically it centered around a church unwilling to change or adapt with a new pastor. Now I am not talking about compromising morality or changing the Bible, but not willing to accept new ideas or programs. The seven deadly words were "that's the way we've always done it" or something similar.

If a person becomes rigid and unwilling to talk about a new idea then they won't go very far. This could even apply to families where one spouse is unwilling to listen to an idea and make compromise. Compromise sometimes helps save relationships. It can also help save organizations. The key word behind all this would be 'love'. Demonstrate love in whatever you are deciding. Do not always think it is your way or the highway. We see this demonstrated in our government and it shows arrogance to the utmost especially in a government that is supposed to be for 'we the people'.

What about you? Are you willing to listen to the facts and others opinions before moving forward? The most important thing is to keep Christ in the center and pray for wisdom before any major decision.

 PRAYER: Let my words be few and well thought out. Help me Lord not domineer and try to get my own way. Help me be a kind and willing listener. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Stay In Shape For Your Job

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1
This past September 11 was the 13th anniversary of the horrific attacks on our country at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Similar to 2001, I could hardly believe my eyes as I watched it replay on the History Channel all day. One of the firefighters wives was being interviewed about how the entire NYC firefighter battalions were ordered back to work. Her husband had been out jogging to stay in shape for his job. As we all saw on the news coverage of firefighters bounding up several flights of stairs to rescue people. Indeed running up steps takes a very fit and disciplined person especially when running into danger.

It was necessary that day in order to cope or deal with this tragedy to be strong spiritually as well as physically and emotionally. Why didn't God stop this? Why did this happen? Chaplains were called on to bring peace in the unexplainable.

Are you spiritually fit? If you had to deal with comforting others in a situation like this would you be able to or would you be mad at God? Good things do come out of bad. Yes there was terrible loss and grief and the grief continues, but there were good stories too. Whatever you are going through hold on to God. He is your help and our hope.

PRAYER: I thank you Lord that no matter what life brings you are there for our shelter. I can cry out to you any time day or night. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Peace With People

Peace I leave you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

Are you irritated in certain situations such as bad traffic, waiting in line, dealing with co workers or a boss, a slow waitress? If so then you know you need to probably work on developing a peaceful spirit and not one constantly agitated. People who are not peaceful can tend to easily explode and could make a scene. If you are a believer in Christ and want to attempt to live for Him and emulate Him around the clock then ask The Holy Spirit to indwell you and fill you with perfect peace.

When a person is less than peaceful they go through life always angry or upset. Things do not go their way and they 'pop a cork' so to speak. This then could escalate into a angry words, a physical confrontation and from there, who knows what. It is necessary to get a grip on being a peaceful person and being peaceful with others.

It is your choice. Peace or restlessness and worry. Only you can decide.

PRAYER: There have been times in my past Lord I acted less than peaceful. I choose to be peaceful and not allow the craziness of life to turn me into an upset person. Give me your strength. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Unexpected News

 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of one of His faithful servants. Psalm 116:15

 I was preparing for a night of fun with one of my best girlfriends when the phone rang and she called to let me know her sister in law, who was fairly young, had just unexpectedly passed away. Obviously besides being unprepared for something like this you are confused, sad, and not sure what to do next. I listened and then prayed with her over the phone.

 Sooner or later each of us will get some sort of unexpected news because all of us are going to eventually die. We all wish we could maybe plan to just die at about 95 laying in bed at home surrounded by family, certainly not as a baby, a teen, a young spouse, or a fifty something person. The best thing to do with a person going through this grief is to just be there, hug them, let them talk. Don't start saying "well they are in a better place" even though we may know that. No one wants to have to say goodbye to a spouse, sibling, parent, relative, or dear friend but the time is going to come.

The best thing to do is enjoy life to the fullest and reach out and help and comfort those who need comfort. Don't just say "Let me know if I can do something" which is the standard statement but maybe send them a gift card for a restaurant. Perhaps a bouquet of flowers. The best thing to do is to be there and pray.

PRAYER: Give me the words Lord God to comfort someone I may know who is grieving. Show me creative ways to reach out. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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