Sunday, September 21, 2014
A Sincere Vessel
Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
Today I learned in Sunday school, what the word sincere was used as in the Bible to describe a pottery that was unwaxed, meaning genuine or pure vessel. While living in the world we end up with many cracks in our life. Of course we want others to see us as prefect so we just do a temporary mending job that way our flaws will not be seen. The Corinth’s would take wax and temporarily fill the cracks on the pottery and then paint it, making the vessel look authentic. How often did we do this before we came to know Christ as our Savior? Praise God we have the Creator Himself willing and ready to take us in His mighty hands and reshape us into a pure and genuine vessel that can be used by Him and not leak from the temporary patches of wax. We are to be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work, (2 Timothy 2:21).
Heavenly Father, thank You for this message today. It was much needed. I no longer have to live a temporary patched life, I can live knowing You, my Creator has take me back to the pottery wheel and has molded me into the vessel You Lord desire me to be, in Jesus name, Amen.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Renewed Strength Day by Day
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Wait upon the Lord, is having patience after we pray, knowing God will answer in His timing. He will grant us with a his strength in our trials as we wait upon His answer, (2 Corinthians 12:8-10). The frailty of man gives God the opportunity to pour His strength into us when we ask for His help. When we pray, we must believe and patiently wait for His answer. The strength of the Lord in us makes it possible for us to do all things, (Philippians 4:13). We just need to keep our eyes on the Lord and know that during our tough times we can have strength to endure and not grow weary or faint. God can renew us and gives us the abilities to keep pressing on day by day, (2 Corinthians 4:16).
Heavenly Father thank You, for the deliverance of renewal each new day. Life can get you down, but when we come to You and bare all our heart, You will renew us and strengthen us to keep pressing forward. Even when I am weak, I am my strongest in Christ Jesus, name Amen.
Friday, September 19, 2014
God’s Amazing Beauty
Psalm 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
When we take our small children to the zoo or to a wildlife resort; we stand at amazement starring at God’s beautiful creations. The peacock’s magnificent colors in each feather and how they flair out like a fan. The bright pink feathers of a flamingo as it miraculously stands sleeping on one leg. The great defined structure of the mighty elephant and the odd long neck on a giraffe. You can’t help to feel like a kid again as you stand in front of each animal face to face with only glass between you. The white tiger is always the main event, along with the ocean’s blue sharks and colorful fish. We can’t help but let our minds run wild imagining the life of an ape or chimpanzee as they swing from branch to rope in their inhibition made special for them. It is a day that we get to spend with our children mesmerized at the beauty of God’s creation. This is exactly how God sees each of us! He sees each one of us as beautifully, marvelously and wonderfully made! He took time with each one of us in our mother’s womb, craving and patting and molding our every detail. Our hair, eye and skin color is exactly to His desire. He gave each of us our own unique personality and talents. We are as beautiful in God’s eyes as the mighty whales, colorful humming bird, bright red lady bug, green tree frog, yellow Python and galloping zebra. God created a world all around us and in us full of beauty!
Heavenly Father, thank You for the amazing and beautiful creations all around me. Thank You for taking Your time and great love to form each of Your creations with astounding mysteries that lie within each creature and human. You love each of your creations and You made each of us unique and beautiful to the eye of it’s Creator. I pray to never forget that You made me with not just love but with Your hands too, in Jesus name, Amen.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
God does not want us sitting around worry about anything. What does worrying about something do for us anyways, can it add to our lives? (Luke 12:25) No! Worrying actually takes away from your life, it robs you of peace, joy, happiness, security and love. When we worry we take on the burdens that should only be placed at the foot of the cross. The best advice we can give and take, is give it to God and go to bed! Let God take those worries and He will make it all work out for the good, (Romans 8:28). All we need to do is keep our eyes focused on Jesus and know He will guide us and supply us our every need and have faith that each step we make will be secure in the Lord, (Psalm 121:1-3). Jesus made it clear in Luke 12:32, don’t be afraid, don’t worry! You’ve got the kingdom of God to look forward to for all eternity!
Thank you Heavenly Father for that promise of eternal life. Give me peace that exceeds my understanding when I start to worry. In Jesus name, Amen
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Rebuke The Devil
Matthew 16:23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
There will be times when God will guide you to do something, and others will not understand. They will give there opinion or try and talk you out of what God has called you to do. We have to make the right decisions for our children and our family, and when God says move; follow through and don’t question Him. Jesus gives us the best answer for those who come against us and try to rebuke what God has commanded, get thee behind me Satan. When those we love who are among the believers stand against a direct order from God; know that it is not their heart that is against you, but the spiritual warfare of the devil. When others come against you, pray that God will open their eyes to see what He has ask you to do. When a fellow believer is doing something God has ask and you do not understand, pray that God will give you a heart of discernment. We as believers are not called to blend into this world, we are called to obey God and follow through when direction are given by Him. We are to deny ourselves pick up our cross daily and follow Jesus, and sometimes that means we have to let go of the material things of this world that hinders our walk, (Matthew 16:24). What may seem small in your eyes may be a battle in another’s life that is restraining them from fully serving God. What good does the message do in our hearts, if we are allowing the world complete control of our lives? We believers can not grow in Christ if we are more focused in the world and not in the Word. What we feed our hearts, is what others will see in our lives and that is what we will be judged by, (Matthew 16:26). When God says move and you follow, know that others may not understand and support you, but God will reward you for being obedient, (Matthew 16:27).
Most Gracious Father thank You for calling me out of this world and giving me specific directions on where to move. I know that others will not understand and that they will not support me at times for what you have ask of me to do. But I also know the devil will use other believers against me to make me grow weary and buckle. I made the choice 3 1/2 years ago to follow Christ and not this world and that is what I intend to do, in Jesus name, Amen.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Christ Enables Us To Press On
Psalm 30:10 Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper.
Many of us will face moments in life where we will wonder if we can keep going. Our healths may fail us, we may lose our job, those we love dearly and are close to us pass away. Will we find our relationship with The Lord real enough to keep us pressing forward? The writer of this psalm reminds us of God’s presence, promise and faithfulness. When we are deeply depressed, we can cry out like the psalmist, (Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper, Ps 30:10). God will give us healing and comfort, (Psalm 30:2-3). As believers in Jesus, we will never lack what we need to preserve, The Lord will always be near to the broken hearted, (Psalm 147:3). When our faith is in all-sufficient, Christ enables us to press on.
Heavenly Father, I thank You that even when I am tempted and discouraged to give up, You give me the rest and assurance to keep moving forward. I am thankful for Your grace and blessings of peace that only You can give me, in Jesus name, Amen.
This momma is about to get radical! I am about to give the devil a black eye! I am gonna warn you now, u will probably get offended by what I am about to say mom and dad, but it is only because it is the truth! When I had to swallow the truth it did not go down well for me either! But when I looked at the big picture, I was thankful God gave me the backbone to stand up not just for my kids, but for our kids of this generation! We have missionaries out their in the front line at school, they are the preachers and messengers allowed in school to spread the gospel. Our jobs as parents is to raise them in the Word to be soldiers in the army of God. But their not gonna be the missionaries of this generation if they are being exposed more to the world then the Word! I recently watch the movie about Steve Job and it got me to thinking, did Steve and Mark (FB inventor) and all the others who created some sort of social media truly benefit or destroy this generation? Granted I use a iPhone and social media everyday..I will say this much I am thankful it was not around when I was 13 or even 25 or 30..I am glad I only had FB for a short period of time in my life while I was lost and did not cause much damage. When I rededicated my life back to Christ at 31 social media became my mission field. But how stupidly I sat down at the poker game with the devil and played my best, but he knew exactly which card to play and how to get me to look the other way as he played a few tricks he had up his sleeves! I allowed my child at the age of 12-13 to have complete access to the entire world through the greatest invention of this generation the grand iPhone! Oh but the game did not stop there, and I know by this time you are thinking I have sat at that very card game myself thinking I have complete control. :/ I then allowed Facebook, I thought I can keep track of my child I have a FB too, then another card is played Instagram, again I have Instagram I can keep track of my child. Ha ha ha was the evil chuckles of the devil. Snapchat, KIK..etc all started being played before I even knew it I had been played by the devil and my child was knee deep exposed to the world, handed to her by “ME!” I see absolutely nothing wrong with the iPhone or social media if it is used wisely..and I have to laugh at the comment because we have grown adults who can’t even use it responsibly! Let me ask you a question mom and dad when is the last time you snooped and I am talking snooped out your kids social media and iPhone???? Again I will point out, don’t give me the privacy comment, when it comes to your child, this world and the devil, privacy doesn’t exist! Take a good long look at the world that you are allowing to influence your child…kids as young as 5 are getting FB and Instagram accounts, I am guilty! I have so much respect for parents who do not allow social media in their kids lives till 16-18. As of today it will no longer be allowed in my children’s lives till they older, and learn responsibility, respect for their selves and others. We are to busy trying to keep up with the speed of this world, that our kids are getting lost in it. When you allow worldly influence in your kids lives and ur parenting you have no control, stop kidding urself. Open your eyes and take a stand for this generation of missionaries!!!!!!!
Monday, September 15, 2014
Deuteronomy 15:15 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee:
We once were slaves to sin in this world. Living day by day in the bondage of some form of addiction, trying to fill a void in our lives. A void only Christ was able to fill, to bring that peace we longed for. The devil had us stung up like a puppet, manipulating our every move. Asleep wondering aimlessly through our days without a thought of regret to the degree of pain we caused. Some of us were held tightly in drugs or alcohol looking for a way to dull the aches of life. Others in the bondage of pride, self glorification while battling the constant roller coaster of being on top. Whether shopping, eating or sex we all have been delivered from the chains that once shackled us. We need to remember we once were sinners lost in this world, living for our next chance to sin. The feeling of our deliverance should always be at the back of our minds; serving as a constant reminder of God’s amazing grace. Jesus went to the cross to justify us and redeem us of our past, present and future sins, (Romans 3:24). As new creatures in Christ we no longer desire to live our lives out for the pleasures of sin, (2 Corinthians 5:17) Our new nature is to thrive and shine for Jesus, who lifted us up from the pit and established our path, (Psalm 40:2). Never forget where God brought you from!
Heavenly Father I am so thankful for my salvation, through the shedding blood of Jesus Christ Your Son on the cross. I am grateful that You have extended to me Your amazing grace I do not deserve. I pray to never forget the pit You pulled me from and than set me on a solid foundation to build my new life in Christ. I pray to share my testimony of redemption with others to lead them to Calvary, in Jesus name, Amen.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Be Still For God Is In Control!
Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
God gives us direct instructions in this verse, and that a to be still! His reason for wanting us to be still is because we are too busy looking for a way to solve our situation. He wants us to literally sit down criss cross apple sauce with a bubble in our mouth and hands in lap, keeping our eyes on Him. God is in control and there is no small or BIG situation in our lives He can not handle. The problems is that we want to cry out to Him, but not hand our troubles over. We want to still keep meddling with them and frantically trying to fine a answer on our own. If we fickle humans would just learn to prayerfully hand our burdens over to God and watch in amazement as He makes all things work together for good, (Romans 8:28). When we hand our problems over to God and walk away knowing He will take care of them and praising His name whether He answers yes, no or not right now; God is glorified through our faithfulness. When others see how we trust God and not wallow in our despairs, He is exalted! We have a choice, just like our parents and teachers have always taught us, do it right the first time and you will have better results. Trust God know that He can handle any burdens in your life, but you must trust and obey; because there is no other way!
Most Gracious Father in heaven please forgive me when I don’t trust You with my troubles. You are the very creator of this entire world and universe, there is nothing that You can not handle. I pray that I will always have faith and trust to exalt you among others, so that You will be glorified through all my burdens I give to You, in Jesus name, Amen.