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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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fear Monster

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6


There are different types of fear. Some are healthy and some unhealthy. Recently I was in Dallas, Texas which has seemed to be in the news a good deal because of the Ebola scare. I was in the airport but I was not fearful. Ebola is a deadly disease but we can not be thinking we are going to contract it just because we flew in a plane to Dallas.Some people are deathly afraid of a thunderstorm. Other fears would be fear of snakes or perhaps a bear attack. What better time to discuss fear than on Halloween. 


 Fears can paralyze you to the point you stay inside your house. But then you might  be afraid your roof will cave in. The point being life can not be led by being fearful of every turn you make. You will drive yourself crazy being afraid of everything. At Halloween people seem to delight in  scaring others. Vampire and murder movies abound in the movie theaters. Some say it is a holiday for Satan since occult activities seem to be prevalent more at this time as well. Sometimes people think fear is fun but it can border on being a problem where the individual needs to seek out counseling.

Whatever your fear, know that you can unlearn fears and have God's perfect peace. A life of fear keeps you from fully trusting God to take care of you. Why not run to Him today and trust Him to lead you and guide you through the things that normally would make you run and hide? 


PRAYER: When I am afraid I will trust in you Lord. I have my strength and my hope in you and the enemies schemes will not paralyze me with fear. In Jesus' name. Amen.


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Helpful Not Hurtful

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians  4:29
   
The things we say are very important and how we say them. We probably all have heard the saying "if you don't have anything good to say don't say anything at all."  Ever had the experience with what you said being taken totally the wrong way or as they say , out of context? Once the words are out of our mouth it is too late. It is so easy to talk but not so easy to think before we speak. 

As this verse in Ephesians says make sure nothing unwholesome comes out of your mouth. This would not just mean cursing and things immoral but would mean words that could hurt or offend as well. 

Why not try to see if today everything you say or even think is a good, wholesome, pure thought. This might mean you have to not read the newspaper or watch television or even listen to the radio for that matter unless it is a Christian station.  Discipline yourself to thinking kind, uplifting, encouraging and wholesome thoughts. See if you don't feel better in the long run. 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus I am in this world but I do not want to get caught up in the world and its' thinking and actions. Help me discipline myself to thinking good and speaking kindness to everyone I come into contact with. In Jesus' name. Amen.




Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Code of Conduct


Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel. Philippians 1:27

I served in the United States Army and we had a Uniformed Code Of Military Justice known as the UCMJ and a Code of Conduct to abide by. Military members are under strict discipline and must adhere to certain standards of conduct in order to protect this nation from enemies both foreign and domestic.

Life has a Code of Conduct too and that is called The Holy Bible.  If we read it and do what it says we can stay out of trouble. The problem is too many do their own thing and go their own way.  If you adhere to the guidelines set up by our Heavenly Father life will be much better. Testing the waters and getting involved in a sinful existence only takes you away from God and closer to Satan. Many do not want to hear that name but he is not a Halloween character in a little red suit but is roaming the earth with his demons seeking to destroy, deceive, kill, and steal. He is a master liar and loves to weave a web of deceit and captures many people to go right along with his cunning schemes.

Don't be fooled. Open you Bible and read it daily. Know what is right and wrong and stay on the path that is narrow as broad is the path that leads to destruction. 

PRAYER: Lord I love you word and it is my desire to know it and follow you. Help me be alert to the enemy schemes and avoid them. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

S.W.A.T. For The Lord



Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:10-12
The acronym S.W.A.T. means 'Special Weapons and Tactics' and refers to the special teams in law enforcement called out in special situations to handle complex issues. I was in a local coffee shop one day when a group of them came in for coffee on way to training no doubt. They were in their camouflage and had gun holsters on and their badges.
As a believer we too are on a S.W.A.T. Team for the Lord. Our special weapon is prayer and claiming the promises in the Bible. We are armed and dangerous and with the armor of God can defeat the attacks of our arch enemy Satan who roams the Earth trying to destroy us. So many fall into his trap because they are unaware of his schemes and deceit. 
Most people own a Bible. It is your greatest weapon against the devil but has to be more than a coffee table decoration. Use it daily to fight the lies of the enemy. 
PRAYER: I thank you for the privilege of having a Bible and actually several Bibles. They will do me no good if I just look at them. I choose to get the power inside by opening and reading it daily. Satan will attempt to get me making excuses but I refuse to listen to him. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Backing Away



 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
If you are blessed with a personality that does not bug anyone be grateful and thankful. After 60 years of life I am still working on trying to be friends with everyone which is virtually impossible. When a close friend who is like a sister almost takes her friendship away though it really is painful. No one is prepared for something like that.

Perhaps a personality quirk drove her bonkers and she broke and could take no more. Who knows. I am always grateful for friends God has blessed me with over the years. I have learned lots from them and grown from the friendships. I have many lifelong friends who are always by my side. When you get blindsided by friends sort of disowning you it is shocking and hurtful. 

If you are there today with me and have gone through this do not be mad at these people but pray for them. You may have done something and or they may have a deeper issue that is bothering them and you sent them over the edge so to speak. Continue to love and pray for them but leave them alone. Maybe God will reignite that friendship flame some day and maybe He won't. Move on and give thanks 

PRAYER: Lord I thank you for the friends in my life since I was born in 1953. You have indeed showered me with blessings. Forgive me when I have irritated people and teach me how to not do that. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Staying In Shape


For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8
I love to work out and I am thankful all my body parts are pretty much in working order. I know a simple sickness or accident could change that overnight. But in the meantime I am thankful for God's blessing of being able to run, jump, hop, dance, skip and walk without trouble. It is important no matter what your age to keep moving and active as much as possible. If you don't use your muscles they get flabby and if you do not use your joints they may freeze up. 
Similarly with our spiritual life we can become lethargic. Everything else becomes more important than spending time with God each day. Some excuses would be "We know we should but I just have to get out the door. I used to love to but God hurt me and took my friend. Church seems boring and the people are phony. I have other things I enjoy doing on Sunday." I am certain you can add to the list or maybe you are reading this and you are away from the things of the Lord and are more on the devils' side than God's side. You think you do not need to do life with God. 
God is calling you back. He is knocking at your hearts door. He wants you to strengthen your spiritual muscles so you can fight the onslaught of the enemies attacks that are coming now and will continue to come. Do not go into the world spiritually flabby. Work out each day with God.
PRAYER: Draw me close to you Lord and never let me go. Bring my family members back that have strayed from your teaching and restore their first love for you. In Jesus' name. Amen.



Saturday, October 25, 2014

Epicenter


'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.'Isaiah 41:10
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.