Saturday, October 25, 2014
God Sees Our Sins NO More!
Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
At the very second we received our salvation; God took our sins and cast them as far as the east is from the west. He blotted them out,
and knows them no more. We stand before God justified and righteous as if we had never sinned. What an amazing blessing! Jesus did not only died for our eternal salvation; but His precious blood covers us and cleanses us white as snow. Satan likes to toy with us and bring up old sins creeping them back into our minds; reminding us of who we once were. That is the key word “once” we are no longer slaves to sin or slaves to Satan. We can speak the name of Jesus and demons will flee, (James 4:7.) We have authority over sin and Satan, there is power in the blood of Jesus. When we yield to God and rebuke Satan and sin, the power we process scares even Lucifer himself. It is not us that scares him, it is us realizing just who we are in Christ and how strong we are thorough our mighty Savior. We are victorious and can stand against any sin, demon and giant, because we have a stone that is name Jesus that will bring down any evil that is against us and we will prevail in Christ.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the strength I have through Christ. I am thankful that You have forgiven me not just for my past or present sins but my future ones as well. I am thankful there is not a sin that remains in Your thoughts, and my past no longer has a hold on me. I pray that as Satan comes knocking at the door with my past, I will remind Him of his future, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Partakers Of Christ’s Sufferings
1Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
We know there are trials that face us all. It is not how many trials we have or even how bad the trials are that counts, it is how we handle the trials. If you look through the Bible at all of the prophets and men and women of God, you will find they all faced trials. It is not unusual for trying times to come. It rains on the just and on the unjust. It is important how we handle that problem. The Christian who is persecuted for his faith is a partner in the same kind of suffering Jesus endured suffering for doing what is right. When his glory shall be revealed; Believers who are persecuted for their faith are partakers of the same kind of suffering the Savior endured for obeying and serving God with faithfulness, loyalty and love, (Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.) While Jesus is presently glorified in heaven, His glory is not yet fully revealed on earth. All will rejoice, but especially those who have been persecuted and martyred will more fully understand, (Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.) A Christian who is persecuted for righteousness in this life will have overflowing joy in the future because of his reward, (James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.) Such an awareness of future joy enables him also to rejoice at the present time. These are problems that come from serving the Lord, spoken of here. Paul thought it an honor to suffer for Christ. We should feel the same way. God cannot trust all of us with suffering for Him. Some would fold up under great trials. Others get stronger in that trial. When the suffering is in the name of the Lord, it should thrill us that God can trust us with that big a problem.
Most gracious Heavenly Father I praise You that You find me worthy to suffer for Christ. I know many trails will come against me, it is not the degree of it that will count, it will be how well I maintain during the heat without melting. It is a privilege to be saved, and a great honor to shine for Christ, I pray I can suffer for His name and stand against my enemies knowing when I am weak, You are strong, in Jesus name, Amen.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
The Good & Bad Glorifies God!
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Life in general is like baking a cake; you need different ingredients in order to make a delicious one. Alone sugar, milk and vanilla taste good; while flour, baking powder and cocoa by themselves taste bad! But when you add sugar warm milk and cocoa together you get yummy hot chocolate. Like our lives as believers we have good moments and bad ones too. The good ones make us smile while the bad ones leaves us feeling discouraged. At the end of the day when the good and bad is mixed together and done, we can lay our head down and go to sleep. Life with the good and bad times holds many lessons that we can take and add to our new batch each day. When I make a new recipe I always make it more then once trying different ingredients in order to find the right taste. This is how our everyday life is, we know that yesterday not starting the day off right with prayer and God’s Word; turned out to be a difficult day of running in circles. Today we got up and start this day off with praying and listening to God through prayer and His Word, then tonight when we go to bed we can reminisce on how great the day has been. No matter what comes at us in life, good or bad, it all comes together for the good and glorifies God. When our life’s lessons and ingredients are all said and done, we will be in heaven in our glorified bodies at the feet of Jesus; now that is a great recipe!
Most gracious Heavenly Father thank You for this new day. I am grateful for my good times and bad, they blend together giving me a great day that glorifies You. I can take from my day and see what I need to change in order to stay on Your path and shine for Christ, in Jesus name, Amen
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
We ARE Conquers In Christ!
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Trials and temptations are two words that us believers are very familiar with; we go through them almost on a daily basic. God is not the one who brings temptations on us, because He is of love and not evil; but God will allow temptations and trials in us, (James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.) God allows those temptations and trails in order to strengthen our faith, and that we may gain patience, (James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.) Though God may not be the one who tempts you, He is the one who enables your ability to overcome those trails and temptations. He has given us believers all the tools we need in order to rise above those snares and be victorious. He has supplied us with our comforter, (John 14:26-27,) His Word, (Matthew 4:4,) prayer, (Jeremiah 33:3,) and strength, (Philippians 4:13.) With a sling and a stone we can face any giant and conquer him in the name of our Lord. There is not a single thing in this entire world that can stand against us, because with God all things are possible to overcome, (Matthew 19:26.) Even death has lost it sting with us believers; because our Savior, Jesus Christ died on the cross at Calvary and on the third day He rose from the grave and with that He conquered death and gave us who believe in Him everlasting life, (1 Corinthians 15:55-57 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.)
Heavenly Father I praise You for my salvation. I am a conquer here on earth through Christ and death has no hold on me, because my final destination is in Heaven! I pray that as each new day begins and trails and temptations come knocking at my door, I will answer it with confidence because the battle has done been won by my Savior! Thank You Lord! In Jesus name I pray Amen.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Choosing a Bless Day!
Deuteronomy 11: 26-28 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:
And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
Each day that God gives us is a blessing, (Psalm 118:24). How we choose to live this day can be a blessing or a curse, (Deuteronomy 11:26). That decision is entirely up to us; and is a choice that makes huge difference at the end of the day. When God brought us out of our Egypt (pit) and placed us on the righteous path (wilderness) all He ask is that we follow Him. By walking daily with Him in His Word and spending time in prayer talking to Him and listening. God told the Israelites that every place that the sole of their feet walked on was theirs, (Deuteronomy 11:24). We are given the same choice daily, which way we walk determines whether we will be blessed or cursed that day. God wants to bless us abundantly above and beyond what we could ever imagine; but it starts with faith. Dying to ourselves and picking up our cross and following Jesus, (Luke 9:23), walking with God in His Word daily, (Psalm 119:105), and staying in constant communication with God daily through prayer, (1 Thessalonians 5:17). God has made it so simple, yet we make it so hard. In the morning when we rise, we have a choice; either obey God or just go through the day with our own fickled emotions. Depending on the choice you made will reflect on your day of either being blessed or cursed!
Gracious Heavenly Father, I praise You and thank You for my salvation. I am thankful that You hold tight to Your promises of blessing me, when I stay faithful to obeying You daily. Thank You Lord for Your abundant blessings and the ones to come, in Jesus name, Amen
Monday, October 20, 2014
Good Tree Harvest Good Fruits
Luke 6:43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
It is that time of year again; pecan picking. I am a proud owner of 4 pecan trees; with good size pecans might I add. Now all my trees look full, healthy and strong. Even when I pick up my pecans I can not tell how good of a harvest I have this year; every pecan is brown with some black speckles on them. It is when I start cracking the pecans open that I will truly see the fruit of my trees this year. The harvest that each tree bares will show the kind nourishment it received. Depending on the amount of rain that fell will depend on the mysteries that lie behind those hard shells. We believers are like those pecans, we look the same on the outside; but after a harsh winter and long hot summer, the fall reveals our growth. It reveal how much of the Living Water we allowed to soak us, or did we desperately try to survive a drought without the guidance of the Word. Just like the pecan trees in the spring we went through many rough storms of high winds, but after the rain claimed and the sun poked around the dark clouds. There is a rainbow that shines it magnificent colors on our beautiful green cocoons that hold the very essences of our reasons for living. To be strong trees that bare good fruit that glorifies God to those that are lost watching how we handle all of lives weather in each season.
Heavenly Father thank You for Your abundant love, grace, mercy and blessings. I know that drinking from the fountain of the Living Waters and consuming Your Word daily is what helps me to grow strong and be able to with stand many storms. I pray that at harvest time my fruits with bare the life I have lived to serve You, in Jesus name, Amen.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
Your life is a walking bill board for Jesus. We believers must witness for Christ with our lives as well as our lips. The way you live and the way you show love to others is your sermon. We will have many opportunities to share the Gospel; sometimes with words and sometimes by our actions. Many see the way you respond to trails in life or how you love with patience and see a message. There are times when the quietness of our everyday actions speak loudly, revealing our love for the Lord. In our desire to share Christ with a broken world, let’s not ignore the power of our silent witness. Live the kind of life, that when others mention your name, you are recognized as a child of God!
Heavenly Father I pray that my everyday life is a great witness to others of the love I have for Christ. I pray to not only speak the Gospel, but to also witness silently with my actions of love, humbleness and patience. I pray others will always see You Lord when they see me, in Jesus name, Amen.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Power In The Name Of Jesus
Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
There is power in the name of Jesus; when we speak His name demons flee, and God causes even our enemies to live at peace with us. (Proverbs 18: 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.) (James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.) The mightiest warrior in God’s army and greatest enemy to the devil is a believer who knows how powerful the name of Jesus is and who they are in Christ. If God is for us who then be against us; our own selves! We cause more trouble for ourselves due to not realizing our authority in The Lord. When storms blow in, just the mention of Jesus name, the winds calm and the waves descend to small ripples. We need to be the kind of Christians that when our feet hit the floor in the morning; the devil hides and his demons tremble, because like David we come to fight with the mighty name of Jesus!
Most gracious Heavenly Father thank You for my salvation and freedom of bondage to fear. I praise You Jesus for Your mighty name that causes the devil to flee and demons to tremble, I pray that Your name will be my first response and not my last resort. In Jesus Holy mighty precious name I pray, Amen.
Friday, October 17, 2014
God Sees ALL
Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
God is the judge of us all, He is not a “got you” god! He is not out to destroy us, the God we serve is “LOVE. He wants to have a intimate relationship with each one of us and bless us above and beyond that we could ever imagine. Many people like to say “God is the only one allowed to judge me!” They are completely correct, and that should be the main reason you want to be saved and have that personal love relationship with God. No He is not gonna put you out on a stage and reveal your darkest sins. But if you chose to not accept Jesus as your Savior with the reward of eternity in heaven; then you will bring judgment on yourself to spend all eternity separated from God in Hell. You can hide all your dark sins from those in the world and put on a front that you are good; in all reality God sees all. He sees our good, bad and future of who we can be walking in the light of Christ. God is omnipresence, He is everywhere at all times. God and all the heaven’s rejoice when one person is saved and God’s heart breaks when He has to bring judgment on the lost and cast them in Hell for all eternity. God is love and He sees all! It should burden our hearts as it does God’s to bring the lost to the saving knowledge of Christ. We have a message and that message is, “For God so loved the whole world, (John 3:16.)
Heavenly Father I am thankful for my security of eternity in heaven. I pray to continue reaching out to the lost daily to bring them to the saving knowledge of Christ, and to tell them God loves them and wants to spend eternity with them in heaven, in Jesus name, Amen.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Remember Our Faithful Leaders
Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
Each one of us have someone who led us to the Lord. We should always highly regard that person. The fact that they listen to the Lord and followed through witnessing to us. We are not to worship them, God is the only one to be worship and be given the glory. However we should set them apart in our hearts, as the one who cared enough to share the Gospel. We each have a Pastor, youth minister, Sunday school teacher, Awana leader, Bible study leader or mentor that guides and leads us in the Word of God. Again we need to keep in our hearts of remembrance of those who make it their life mission to minister and lead others to Christ and in the Word of God. These men and women of God spend precious time preparing themselves in prayer and in the Bible to guide each of us. Our Pastors do not just sit behind a desk all day; no they spend endless hours working as our shepherd, leading, praying, preparing, visiting, listening..etc. The position of a Pastor is to teach his congregation how to live a victorious godly life in Christ after they are saved; and that is a full time job! The position of a youth minister is to lead teens in the Bible and teach them how to apply God’s Word in their life as they live in a crazy world full of temptations. Life as a spiritual leader is not always easy and can be demanding and challenging, but ask each of them what makes it worth their time; the answer will be love and the rewards of seeing someone come to know Christ as their Savior. Take some time today and thank those who make it their priority to lead you daily in Christ and in the Word of God. Being a servant of God is being a volunteer to others.
Thank You Father for my Pastor and Sunday school teacher; for my oldest daughter’s youth minister, for my son and youngest daughter’s Awana leaders. These individuals make it their life mission to raise my family up in the Word of God, I am thankful that You Lord have given them a servants heart. I love our faithful followers of Christ at church eager to serve others and I pray for each of them, in Jesus name, Amen