Saturday, August 1, 2015
Be Courageous In The Call
Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
After Moses died, God called on Joshua to finish leading the Israelites into the promise land. I can imagine, Joshua may have been intimidated by the shoes he was filling. God has called each of us believers out for a purpose to service His kingdom. It is easy to become quickly discouraged when we see the amazing works other believers are doing to glorify God. He called you and only you out of this great big world to fulfill the purpose of His will in your life. Let your testimony speak for itself. Be a leader and an example of who Christ is by the strength only He can give you daily. We have been given the most amazing opportunity in life, and that is to live in such a way that, our life preaches louder then words. Be diligent, pray and seek God daily in His Word, (Jeremiah 29:13.) Let God fill you with the courage you need to walk humbling in His will daily, servicing His kingdom through His call on your life.
Heavenly Father I praise You for my salvation and the call to service Your kingdom in my life. I pray I can live a life that will bring You glory. I pray for Your strength to fill me to the very brim and give me the courage I need to walk in Your will daily, I pray my life will point others to the cross of Christ, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Do NOT Be Afraid
Psalm 56:9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.
When I read over each prayer request that has been posted, I think about how hard the enemy is at work. He knows his time is short, so he is working over time to distract and hinder the children of God. Throughout the Bible God’s says 365 times, “to not be afraid.” For if our God is for us, then truly who including the devil can be against us, (Romans 8:31.) No matter what the devil throws at us, if we humble ourselves and submit to God, the devil most flee, (James 4:7.) There is nothing our enemy can bring against our flesh that will ever remove us out of the mighty hands of God, (Romans 8:38-39.) We may suffer with hardship while here on earth, but there is nothing that can compare to the glory that awaits us in heaven. (Romans 8:18.) I pray that we can grab hold of these truths and dig our heels in the promises that God has given us. We are His beloved ones and He will fight for us and He will win!
Most gracious Heavenly Father I pray for each individual who are in need of prayer tonight. Lord I ask that You wrap Your loving and mighty arms around them, and give them the sweet peace only You can give. I pray for the many needs of those reading this, in Jesus precious holy name I pray, Amen.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Be NOT Ashamed
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
When I get to heaven, after I have spent time in the presence of God and on my knees worshiping my Savior Jesus Christ. Then after I have rejoiced and hug the necks of those I love who have gone before me. The first Bible person I want to speak with is Paul, I want to hear his amazing testimony of the Gospel and soak in his wisdom. When you study the life of apostle Paul, you quickly catch on he is not very liked among the unsaved. He was not ashamed of being a follower of Christ. Neither ridicule, criticism or physical persecution, could curb Paul’s boldness he had to share the Gospel. He had been imprisoned, chased and smuggled out of towns, laughed at, regarded as a fool and stoned, but Paul was eager to continue preaching the Gospel. Paul was called to preach the Gospel to the Gentile nation, that is anyone who is not a Jew. Though God chose Israel to be His nation that witness and gave them distinct privileges. Jesus Christ’s ministry was first to Israel and through them was salvation given to the world. We Gentiles have been grafted into the will of God. What a blessing it is to inherit what God promised Israel. Heaven is our heirloom that we received on the day of our salvation, through Jesus Christ our King. We should never be ashamed of our heritage, and be bold like Paul to share this great promise; that all who believe on the Lord shall be saved and inherit the kingdom of God, (John 3:16.) No one is exempt from the kingdom of God or from the Gospel we should be bold to go tell ALL the world of salvation Jesus, (Matthew 28:19-20.)
Heavenly Father I am so grateful for my salvation in the Lord, Jesus Christ. I pray to never be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ who saved me. Like Paul there will be those who don’t like me for standing on the foundation of Your truth and sharing it with all whom I come across. I pray when they come against me, I will still stand bold and preach on with my life and lips, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Wednesday, July 30, 2015
By Faith We are Conquers
1 Samuel 17:40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
God anointed this little shepherd boy as Israel’s future king; but before this young man had a crown placed on his head, he was first placed in many battles. The very first battle David faced was the one with Goliath. When God sent him into the front line, David took more than just a sling and a stone, he took faith. Faith is the most important weapon we can ever use to fight our enemy with. God will deliver us from our battles, but we first have to step out in faith with our stone in hand. Our battles have already been won through the finish work of Jesus on the cross. Now all we have to do is step out in faith. Don’t let the giant scared you, that God has already brought down with His stone; Jesus.
Heavenly Father it is so easy to take one look at our giant and want to flee. I am thankful that through my Savior I can stand brave and fight with faith. The battle against my enemy has already been won through the cross. I praise You Lord that I can step out in faith, sling my stone, and Jesus will do the rest! I am more than a conquer through Christ, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Tuesday, July 28,2015
Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
There are more Bibles sold in the world than any other book yet it’s the most misunderstood, misquoted and ignored book as well. Instead of honoring the Word in our homes, it sits dusty on a shelf. If only we knew the privilege it is to have direct access to God’s Holy Word. He speaks to us directly through each precious page, impressing our minds through the Holy Spirit as we prayerfully read His words. The more we study and pray, the closer our relationship with Him grows. We can go to His Word for guidance, wisdom and comfort. We can listen for God’s voice as we study the Bible and hear Him speaking. We serve an amazing God, who loves us so much that He wants to communicate with His children directly.
Heavenly Father I praise You for Your Word, I am thankful for Your guidance through the Bible. I pray to to daily search out the pages of Your heart to hear the whisper of You voice in this loud world. I pray to make Your Word the foundation of my life and home as I raise my children in the Bible, in Jesus name I pray, Amen
Monday, July 27, 2015
Keeping Your Heart Clean
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
I am a proud owner of a cottonwood tree. Anyone who is familiar with this tree knows that they lose their leaves in the summer time. God has blessed Texas with a abundant rain fall this spring into early summer. It is late July in the temperature is just now starting to get up into the high 90’s and low 100’s my grass is not yet scorched from the Texas heat. Instead my grass is luscious and green, but the cottonwood’s leaves that fall daily cover the beauty of my yard. Every other day I have to go outside and rake up the leaves to keep my yard clean. Yesterday evening when I was outside doing this chore, it made me think about how we are to daily cleanse our hearts of sin. If we allow sin to build up then our beauty will slowly fade as we lose our joyful heart to corruption of sin. I love this beautiful Psalm 51, written from the heart of King David, when he was repenting of his sins with Bathsheba. He had come to many crossroads after laying lustful eyes on a married woman. He went from lust to laying with her, causing her to conceive a child. Another crossroad of events came about when he tried covering up what he had done with the wife of one of his most prominent warriors that was off fighting in a battle, David himself should have been present. He summoned Uriah to come home from battle in hopes he would lay with Bathsheba and all would be well. When the faithful warrior would not go into his wife, David did not just plot his death, but sent him to the front line of battle to be killed, (2 Samuel 11.) All these sins piled up on this Kings heart, like my yard his heart’s beauty was hard to see covered with sins. God sent the prophet Nathan to reveal the King’s sins he desperately tried to cover up, through the story of a rich man wanting a poor man’s sheep, (2 Samuel 12:1-4.) When David became angry at the situation, Nathan said, “Thou art the man, (2 Samuel 12:7.) When David’s sins had finally found him out, (Numbers 32:23,) he dropped to his knees and prayed this amazing pray of Psalm 51 to God. We need to daily repent and not allow such bs to pile up like my cottonwood tree on our beautiful hearts. When your joyful heart is fading do to u repented sin, other’s are not able to see Jesus in you.
Most gracious Heavenly Father I am so grateful for Your abundant and amazing grace. Lord I know I stumble and fall daily, I am thankful You hear and bless my prayers of repentance. I can not brag about my love for You, but rather brag about Your beautiful love You have for me. I pray daily to come before Your throne and cleanse my heart of sin, so that my joy and love for Christ can be seen, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Sunday July 26, 2015
Walk The Talk of The Spirit
Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Our walk should be such that the world around can look at us and see Jesus in us. Let us be wise to remember, that we may be the only Bible that some people are able to read. We maybe the only example of Christ in some individuals lives. Yes, as human beings we Christians are being read and studied daily. We are watched and examined on how we handle situations in our life as a believer. Do we truly walk the talk that we claim? When someone calls us out on stumbling or labels us as a hypocritical Christian, instead of being offended; take the time to do an inventory on your life as a follower of Christ. Just because we are Christians does not mean that everyday is a good day, but everyday should not be a bad day. And when it is a bad day, after we get with Jesus and have an attitude change, our first priority should be to go to that individual and make it right. Because it is not about us, it is about Jesus! It is not how we claim to live, but rather how we live in the eyes of unbelievers. The greatest sermon you can ever preach to bring others to Christ, is not by mouth, but how you live claiming the name of Christ. Remember when you are turning others away from you as a believer, you are as well turning them away from Jesus who you claim to follow.
Heavenly Father I know I am not prefect and that I am a sinner saved by Your amazing grace. Daily I stumble and fall, leaving bad taste in another’s mouths that know I follow after Christ. I pray that when I become aware of it, I can humble myself before You and that individual. I pray my daily walk with You leaves evidence of who You are as our Savior, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Moms Raising Warriors For Christ
Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
A sweet friend of mine sent me such an encouraging text message yesterday. It is one all of us moms need to be reminded of daily. The message read, (The words of the Proverbs 31 woman are no where recorded only her works, but her works are almost an entire chapter of scripture. To be used as an example for generations of women to follow. Don’t let satan discourage you that your ministry isn’t important. Taking care of your husband, children and home is a the ministry, that will impact your family for generations. Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman that feareth The Lord, she shall be praised.) The greatest ministry us moms will ever be apart of is our home. Loving, serving and guiding our husband and children in the Word with a heart like Christ is where the army of God begins. Many of us moms are stay at home moms and sometimes we feel like we don’t do enough for the kingdom of God. Remember God gave you the ministry of being a mom, who’s job is to raise the next generation of disciples for Christ’s Great Commission. Never feel like you aren’t doing enough for the kingdom, when God has called you to raise up warriors!
Heavenly Father thank you for sisters in Christ. I am so thankful for their encouragement and reminder of who I am as a godly mother, servicing Your kingdom in the ministry of being a mother raising warriors for Christ. I pray that this message will be exactly what other moms need to as a reminder of the amazing work they are doing for Your glory, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Friday, July 24, 2015
It’s ALL About Jesus!
Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Each of us believers are on a personal journey with Christ, whether it be fitness, college, career..etc. The journey I have been placed on now for about six months with God is fitness. Yesterday I seen a picture on Pinterest, that I have seen many times before, but this time it made me stop and reflect, is my fitness journey reflecting the Gospel. The quote read, (it takes 4 weeks for you to see your body changing, 8 weeks for your family and close friends and 12 weeks for the world to see.) I had to stop and ask myself, is my fitness walk a reflection of Christ? Can I see a difference in my spiritual life from who I once was? Does my family and close friends see my fitness journey built on the foundation of God? Lastly do I reflect Christ to those that come across my fitness path? Our personal journeys God has placed us on are important, these journeys help us to see our weakness, so that we fully rely on His strengths. These journeys are also a witnesses for others to see what Christ is doing in our lives, that He can do for them too. But if we are promoting the world and not Jesus, we have miss the entire reason why God has placed us on this personal journey. When other people notice your changes, is Jesus the one who is glorified?
Heavenly Father I pray that this fitness journey You have placed me on reflects ALL Your glory. I pray that others will see You as my foundation that I have built not just my entire life on, but as well my fitness journey. Lord I praise You for the daily strength in You can provide me with daily to conquer my goals. I pray when others see me they see You, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Thursday July, 23 2015
Seek God’s Heart Daily
1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
No matter if you just got saved last night or have been walking with the Lord for 50 plus years, daily open His Word and seek His heart. God will always be found by those who prayerfully and diligently seek Him, (“Jeremiah 29:13,”And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.) Never place God in a convenient box, to pull Him out only when you need something. Faith and salvation should never be based on our convenience. Our walk with Christ, should be our number one priority in our life daily. We can not grow, if we are not being fed. Jesus answered while being tempted in the wilderness by Satan, “it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God, Matthew 4:4.” Our prayer life should not be for emergency only. Daily we need to come face down at the feet of our Father in the throne room of grace and pour our hearts out to Him. God can not hear prayers that we do not lift up to Him, (Matthew 6:33.) When His children lift their prayers up to His ears, God will answers in His timing and according to His will, (Philippians 4:19.) Never cease striving until you have seen God face to face,-Oliver Cowdery.
Most Gracious Heavenly Father, daily I pray to seek Your heart through prayer and Your Word. Lord I pray that no matter how crazy my day may get, to keep in mind that spending precious time in Your presence is all I need to embrace my day. Lord I pray not to roll out of bed and get to my day on the prayers of yesterday, but start fresh with a new prayer for each new day, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.