When tragedy strikes, be it a national disaster such as this which claimed the lives of thousands of citizens of the United States and other countries as well, most of us lean on God. Maybe He was not there initially in your life but you find yourself crying out to Him. Many say where was He during 911? He was still there. I can not answer why nearly 3,000 persons of all nationalities and faiths lost their lives that day but I do know it certainly brought unity. Many times good does come out of bad.Wherever you are today, be it in the United States or another country, know that God is watching over His people. He is a good God and He does not like evil. He will rule and reign when all is said and done so do not turn your back on Him.
PRAYER: Give me ears to hear the needs of others and the ability to reach out to the lost,confused,sad, grieving, and hurting. Help us keep our eyes open to evil and be discerning of the tricks of our enemy Satan, who does not like freedom. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Do 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
Who do you listen to, man or God? By God I mean the word of God. Seems as though in our world today many people want to make up their own rules for morality, purity, evil or good. There is only one way to do things and it is found in the word of God. You have to read it and not change what it says.
Recently a mega box office smash 'romantic' movie, was released in theaters on Valentines' Day. This movie had the wrong view of sex and as I hear was filled with it. I am not judging you or condemning you if you caved in an went to it because of the media hype, but we are to be different, not like the world. There is not much on the three main television networks in prime time or at the cinema that is wholesome anymore either. You almost have to have satellite or cable to watch anything pure. I am not innocent. A Christian friend and I went to a suspense thriller once that ended up making us blush. We should have both left but we did not.
We have a choice, God's way or the world's way. If you're a believer, try to have the mind of Christ. I am pretty sure Christ does not like going to movies or sitting through 'entertaining' television filled with sex, nudity, and violence. The truth has been perverted in our world and we see so much garbage it sometimes is hard to discern as we become desensitized to right and wrong. Rule of thumb, do what pleases and brings glory to God.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus forgive me for the times I have allowed wrong images and words to enter my brain. I know that I am supposed to be a representative of you and I want to stay pure and holy. Guide me and convict me. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14
We are in a battle of good and evil. The enemy has put us in a mind game. When you hear the word 'darkness' you may say "I don't read horoscopes, play the Ouija board, or go to fortune tellers." Those are obvious forms of darkness even though I have met believers who follow their horoscopes. Only God knows the future, not an astrologer.
So darkness could be simply opening up the door to the enemy by your choice of reading material or what music you listen to. It can also be through programs you choose to watch on television or at the movies or even live plays you go to. The enemy is sinister and will try to make darkness appear okay. How else would he capture so many innocent victims?We have to be on our guard because the Satan prowls around trying to destroy us. It says that in God's word too. Ask God to reveal to you any areas of your life that border on leading you from Him and get them out of your life. Keep your heart and mind pure and holy.PRAYER: Lord I want to 'walk' a walk pleasing to you. Alert me to any dangers lying in my path that could throw me off course. I look to you for my strength and the enemy has no power over me. In Jesus' name. Amen.Click link for a song of worship:
Monday, March 2, 2015
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12Back in the 'olden days' before personal and desk top computers there was something called a typewriter. To get info to people you typed a letter and put it in an envelope with a postage stamp and took it to the post office. No instant emails. No tweets. No texts. There may have been faxes. I was in a ladies Bible study at Fort Rucker, Alabama and a older woman named Martha was also in it. She put out a monthly Christian newsletter entitled 'Martha's Manna' which I enjoyed receiving each month in the mail. She also put little books called 'My Little Pocket Book of God' or something like that, in children's birthday cards. I assume that she passed away but I sadly lost contact with her after moving from Alabama to Arizona in 1984.
When I write my daily email devotion, which is also a Facebook page and a blog, I think of her. I referred to her as an 'older woman' but it looks like I may be fitting into that category too at least to those who are 50 or younger. The Bible says the older woman are to teach the younger(See Titus 2:3-5). Martha had a passion for the word of God and getting the truth into the hands of others. I too consider what I do as my passion. This is the 'manna' I am passing on to my reader's not for Becky's glory but to serve the Lord and hopefully reach the lost or hurting. This is not for the baby Christian or non Christians, as one person thought my writing was geared to, but it is intended for ALL people, believers or non believers.Do you hunger for God's word, the 'bread of Life, daily? If not perhaps you need a spiritual renewal to bring about a desire and hunger for God in your life. He is waiting to serve you up the best manna ever. Why not taste and see that the Lord is good!?PRAYER: I love your word Lord. There was a time when I took it for granted. I do not anymore. I thank you I live where I can openly have my Bible. I know religious persecution goes on throughout the world and it is starting here in America. I cherish your word and will stand up for what is right to keep it. In Jesus' name. Amen.Click link below for a song of worship:
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Galatians 6:7-8My husband and I were out having lunch after church one day and at the counter of this one restaurant was a young couple. The female was wearing a shirt that had '666' on the back. It was obvious what this was. Whether she intended it or not we all know that this number represents the anti Christ. I felt truly sorry for this girl. She was either blatantly sticking her nose out at God or thought it was cute.
Many people do their own thing without thought of consequences. Going along with the crowd is not always the best answer. Also doing what is popular in the world may not be right in the eyes of God. The world and its' temporary pleasures can lead to a path of death and destruction. If you are in the world doing your own thing it is my hope you are counteracting life with feeding on God's word or going to a Bible preaching church where truth is taught.As the verse above indicates, 'God will NOT be mocked,' and indeed he will not. If a little voice deep down inside is telling you to leave your questionable ways and run back to God, do it!PRAYER: I thank you Lord for owning a Bible and knowing it contains the truth. It doesn't change as much as people try to re interpret it. Guide anyone reading this who may be struggling with right and wrong to follow hard after God. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"
I know of people who doubt God or Jesus because their prayers weren't answered. Perhaps a friend or family member died. Maybe a prayer has still not been answered. Whatever the case, because of a situation, a person may choose to not follow God at all or barely at all. To me this is sad because you are either for God or against Him, no halfway.
Jesus wants us to pray and not stop. Some may find this quite foolish, but the alternative is to follow the world and the ways of the enemy, which is Satan. Yes Satan is not a cartoon character. He is the power of evil and darkness of this present world we live in. When we do not follow or believe God we give him a foothold in our life.
I don't know about you but I choose to believe and keep on believing as I know sometime I will see the glory of the Lord and for that I can not wait. Who do you choose?
PRAYER: Help me to be patient when I pray Lord and know your ways are beyond my understanding and you have a plan better than any I could dream up. Comfort those who have a hard time believing. Let them feel your presence in their lives. In Jesus' name. Amen.