Thursday 9.19.13

Do you know of someone struggling right now? It could be yourself or someone close to you. Do we take the time to pray for that person? The bible tells us not grow weary and lose heart. Doesn’t that seem hard to do these days. Everyone is weary and it is hard not to lose heart. That is when we focus on everything around us and fail to look to God. We should have a passion to pray for others and hope that others are praying for us.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James 5:16

Wednesday 9.18.13

God’s power has no limitations. Often due to our limited understanding and limited faith, we place limitations on God. We are to trust Him with everything. Everything!!!! That means don’t hold on to anything that troubles you. We like to feel like we have some level of control if we worry about something. Only will God work when we let go and let him have total control.

Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.
Psalm 77:14

Monday 9.9.13

I admire people that work in the health field especially people that work in the ER.  I always wonder what is going through their head when they deal with life and death situations.  How do doctors know what decision to make?  Experience, knowledge, talent, etc?  We may not have stressful jobs in that sense what when life has stressful situations, how do we handle them?  We never what the day will bring.  Spending time in the Word guards our minds and thoughts and allow us to focus on Him so that when the unexpected happens, our emotions don’t take over but our confidence in our knowledge of the truth.  The truth will be our foundation in the time of the storms.

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Matthew 7:24-27

Tuesday 9.3.13

Summer has come to an end and now we embrace the beginning of Fall.  Looking forward to cooler temps, less bugs, football season, etc..  We are use to the seasons and the changes in weather.  The variety keeps us out of our comfort zone and always ready for a change.  Our life has different seasons as well.  Nothing ever stays the same.  You start off your life trying to figure out who you are and what to do with your life.  If you have  children, they grow up and go off to college or start careers and families of their own.  Your worries change from one thing to the next.  Whatever the case may be or where you are at in life, one thing  is for sure.  Nothing stays the same.  There is only one constant in life and that is your relationship with the Lord.  He will never leave you or forsake.  He loves you.  Through our seasons of life, sometimes good, sometimes bad.  He is the same.  We can worry about all the unknowns and allow our emotions to get the best of us.  Or, we could say Lord here I am, I can do nothing without you.  When we do that our life starts to have hum to it.  Maybe life will take you for a ride but one thing you can count on is God is the same today, tomorrow and forever. Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before;and God will call the past to account.  Ecclesiastes 3:15

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,

    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
     a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
     a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
     a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
     a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


Monday 8.5.13

Do you ever feel stagnant?  What is the definition of stagnant? One is, not flowing in a current or stream.  Have you ever seen a pond where the water is not moving?  Most of the time it is not a pretty sight.  The other definition is, not advancing or developing.  Many people feel that way about our economy.  Whatever comes to your mind when you hear the word stagnant, do you think of yourself.  Do you feel that way in your job?  Has it become a repetitive part of your life, the same thing day in and day out.  Do you feel stagnant in church?  You attend but you are just going through the motions and not experiencing growth in the Lord.  What about at home?  We all fall into routine.  Is there relationships being built and time spent together at home?  Are you advancing or developing in these areas?  Or, are you like the nasty pond that the ducks don’t even want to swim in?  We fall into complacency and Satan uses our weaknesses to draw us from where God wants us to be. God is greater and our weakness is no barrier to the purpose of God.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  2 Cor 12:9.  If you answer yes to any of the above, go to the Lord and lay your burden at His feet.  We have to actively seek Him and make efforts to grow and resist being stagnant. 

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.
2 Corinthians 4:7-9


Friday 7.26.13

The definition of intimidate is  to make timid or fearful.  What intimidates you?  People, places or things?  What about the unknown.  Do you know people that worry about things that have not even taken place yet? What drives out fear?  Love.  There are different translations of the bible but the  King James Version uses Charity instead of love.  The defintion of charity is: benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity, 1 Corinthians 13:13.  Charity is the highest form of Christian love.  If our focus was on charity more in our life instead of the all unknowns, how would that change our outlook?  When you beleive in Jesus Christ there is no unknown.  You have a certainity that no matter what happens on earth, our love in Christ has reserved us a permanent home with him in heaven.  That should cast out all fear.  I heard a man say that had been recently saved and was dying of cancer, He was a winner either way.  If he died, he got to be home in heaven and if he lived he got be with his wife and kids.  Our outlook is very broad when all is well but when when we realize we have no control it sharpens our vision.  Love your family and friends and allow Christ to be seen as ruler of your life, because he has the whole world in his hands. 

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.  1 John4:18

Thursday 7.25.13

There is a devotion called Battlefield of the Mind.  The title is representative of what we fight every day, our mind.  In Philippians 2, it tells us to have the same mindset as Christ.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
 rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
 And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

We have been accepted in God by Christ.  We are of one mind, that makes us like minded as Christians.   The battlefield we face everyday can be guarded by God’s Holy Word.  If we are in God’s word and allow it to flow through our thoughts and actions we are a testimony to others about His love and power.  But, when we judge and slander we hinder that and stir up strife.  We are to esteem others better than ourselves.

 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.  Philippians 2:3-4

Sunday 7.21.13

Have you ever tried to understand something that just made no since. Sometimes we try to figure out why things happen, but there is no rhyme or reason. When you are in the midst of a trial in your life or something bad happens unexpected, we usually have to fight bitterness and confusion.
You might ask the question,where do we go from here? Our minds try to comprehend the now, but remember God sees the big picture. Ask Him to help you understand and to guide you. He will help us out of the ruts in the road but we got ask for help.

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

Saturday 7.20.13

Have you ever had a fall out with a family member and didn’t speak to them for a long time?  You don’t really know why or understand what has happened to your relationship with someone you love.  Rejection from a family member can be devastating and wreak havoc in our life making us feel abandoned.  We cannot control what decisions other people make but we can control our attitudes and our heart.  We should pray for a forgiving heart because Christ forgave us.  Bitterness is a terrible thing that can poison our life.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:31-32

Friday 7.19.13

Did you ever roll your eyes or make a face behind your parents back? Did you ever go off and pout because you didn’t get your way? When we were young we would ask for things and sometimes those requests were granted and sometimes they were not. If you have children you do the same thing. If we gave our children everything they wanted, would they appreciate it?

As children of God it is the same. We make our requests to God and sometimes we get them and sometimes we don’t. How do react to God when he says, “No”. Do we feel like life is unfair and we don’t understand. Just remember next time you tell your children,” I love you and it is for your own good!” Know that is how God feels when He makes decisions in our life because He wants what is best for us!

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ-to the glory and praise of God.”
Philippians 1:9-11