Monday, August 19, 2019

August 19

Aren’t you afraid? I’m not talking about the fear of man, what can he do? He can only take your body and has no control of your eternity.  If there is any fear, it should be what we are doing to ourselves by not believing that the Almighty God is who He says He is. We have made the opinions of others, and how we appear, more important than following the Word of the Lord. We have a fear of not fitting in, and seek to impress the world so we may be looked upon in a different light. We see this all the time, especially in social media, where a person will make sure their BMW, or other fancy vehicle is displayed in their pictures. I’ve even seen it where someone will show other people’s wealth in photos, just to make others think it is theirs! Why in the world would you care? We are heir to the kingdom of God! There is nothing higher than that. Earthly wealth will disappear, or someone else gets it when you die. Study the Lord, learn of His attributes, and seek to please Him.

So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6

Sunday, August 18, 2019

August 18

Are you striving over disappointments or rejection? Go to a place where you can find peace in the living God, the God of our salvation. It is only through Him that all of our burdens are lifted, but it is up to us to unload the heavy weight; release it to Him and walk away. Stop stressing over the things you cannot control. You have done your best, and have kept from sin, and yet the outcome has still not gone your way; there is a reason, you are not in control, God is! Wait on Him, have faith that all things will work out in His timing, and not before. Trust in Him, and be patient as He works out the details of what is to come. 

If this sounds like you, you're not alone, I am also dealing with disappointment. I have a plan and have done my part, but cannot go on to the next adventure until God makes His move. I know things will work out, but it is in His timing. Waiting is hard, but what else can we do?

"Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!" Psalms 27:14

Saturday, August 17, 2019

August 17

Back in July, I mentioned that I had gone to the Caladium Festival in Lake Placid. While I was there I bought three bags of caladium bulbs. I could tell they were ready to sprout, so I hurried and planted them. One by one they began to break through the ground like a sleepy child stretching out its arms awaking the beauty that was coiled up within it. There must be something supernatural about the soil in which the living seed was planted, because after only seventeen days, my caladiums are bursting with color and beauty. When you’re planting the seeds of God’s Word, the ground may or may not be ready, but you are to plant the seed anyway. The seed may fall onto rocky ground, or possibly get choked out by thorns, but that’s not for us to decide, we are to spread the seeds of salvation through Jesus, just as He commanded. It’s He who determines whether they receive it or not. 

Today, we are seeing very vocal believers falling away, getting choked out by the thorns of riches. Don’t be alarmed by this, Jesus said it would happen. Those are the ones getting tangled in the wiry thorns of fame and fortune. If you want an explanation of what’s going on, read Matthew 13:1-23. Jesus taught the parable, and gave an explanation.

As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” Matthew 13;22-23

Friday, August 16, 2019

August 16

Have you ever became desperate to hear from the Lord? You think you’re not hearing Him, but it’s usually because the noise around you is drowning out His voice. A couple of years ago, I went on a retreat, and was required to take a chair, a Bible, and a notepad into the woods. I was given a few verses to look up, and some tasks to complete, and when I finished, it was as if I had tuned into a new frequency, giving me the ability the hear the Lord more clearly. It wasn’t the task, it was the commitment of time given to the Lord, it was being alone, and away from the busyness, with nothing on the agenda but to sit and listen to what God had to say. It’s amazing how He can speak to you through His creation. He created everything for a reason, not only for our comfort, and for our need, but I believe there is wisdom to be found within it. Look how Jesus used parables to teach the disciples, and He used the things around them as tools. Get away for a few hours to sit with the Lord, you’ll be amazed at the things He will reveal. 

And the hand of the LORD was upon me there. And he said to me, “Arise, go out into the valley, and there I will speak with you.” Ezekiel 3:22

Thursday, August 15, 2019

August 12

Even though you have been cleared of all charges, you remain in chains. The enemy’s power over you is so strong, you don’t know how to be free. You replay in your mind, over and over again the reasons for your captivity, because no other being could possibly release you from the consequences of your heinous acts, not even Jesus. You say you know Him, but you do not rely on Him completely, and feel that you haven’t suffered enough for the crimes you committed against Him. When will you fully believe that your sins are forgiven? He did not come to torment you for your past transgressions, He came to relieve you of them, so you will become a powerful and useful tool for His cause, and so you will live your best life while you are in this world. Reach down deep, and clear yourself of the charges, and turn away from the power of darkness to the power of Jesus. Give up the guilt and use the scars of your past to help release others from their imprisonment. You say you want peace, well, this is how you get it.

to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ Acts 26:18

August 15

We are not Ezekiel, who was sent to the people of Israel to warn them of their wickedness, but we do have a mandate to follow. We may want to shrink back and let the world go by and continue in their evil ways, and let them deal with the consequences of their own actions, but if we don’t warn them, we could be held responsible, and their blood could be on our hands. The world we live in is detestable, and the vulgar and profane acts of evil are not even hidden anymore; corruption is practiced openly for all to see. If you really believe in the Almighty, your confidence in His protection will help carry you through. I’m not saying you should become a news channel, but I am saying that you are responsible for those you come in contact with, your family, and your friends. Give them a warning about their actions, if they continue in their ungodly ways, leave them to the wrath of the Almighty; then you can be sure that you’ve done all you could do. 

If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. Ezekiel 3:18-19

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

August 14

Most days I just live my life in a usual manner, then the next day, God helps me turn it into a message. However, this day, as I was walking on the beach, I began to notice a pattern to what I was seeing. I found fishing bobbers, and a very large lure, and then more bobbers! Then I remembered the previous day, where I had found the buoys from crab traps. I also noticed that I was seeing a lot of soles of shoes. What does all of this mean? For one thing, there was a lot of trash on the beach that I wasn’t prepared to pick up! But, what is the significance of what I was seeing?

*Bobbers and lures are fishing equipment, we are to be fishers of men.

*The buoys were loosed from their traps, meaning the traps are lost forever.

*The soles of the shoes are now separated from their shoe.

My interpretation: The tools for fishing were lost at sea, and are now trash. Those buoys on shore mean the traps are now lost forever, and what was trapped will now die at the bottom of the sea; those are the people who will never know Jesus. The soles that were separated from their shoe, are the lost souls, never to be recovered.

Time is short, people die without knowing Jesus, and His return is near. Act before it’s too late. Use your gifts/tools to bring others to Jesus before those souls are lost forever. He has made you fishers of men, go fishing!

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  Matthew 4:19

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

August 13

After spending a long day on the beach, then relaxing by the pool for a time, I came back in to find that dinner was being prepared. It’s not usual that someone other than myself prepare a meal; what can I say, I’m a pretty good cook, and no one cares to challenge me. However, on this day, I found a delicious meal, perfectly created, with an enticing aroma filling the air, and Richard, my husband, was responsible! If you aren’t allowed time for rest, God will divide your time, and carve out a portion for you. When you are married or have a family, your time is not your own, and the demands of a spouse or children will sometimes wreak havoc on your body and weigh you down mentally. But God, in His great love for us, will set aside a time for our rest, and will stop the world from moving when we need a break. Are you getting a break? Pay attention, you may be resting without recognizing it. Remember to thank God for giving you that time, and thank anyone else who may have helped.

And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. Mark 6:31

Sunday, August 11, 2019

August 11

We’ve all been dealt a few blows, but who are we to complain. Most would say, “if I had more money, things would be better.” Yes, maybe some things would be better, but that brings on other troubles. Rich or poor, you will always have issues; the form of them may be different, but issues still. That’s why God’s way is the best way, He does not see you as rich or poor in the material sense, but in the ways of your heart. If you do not show love and compassion, you are poor in heart. If you do not know Jesus, you are poor in heart. We know the Way, our path is clear, and it runs straight to Jesus; this makes us rich, even though we may be financially poor, our Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and we are heirs. Your goal should be to trust God in all things, He has already written the outcome, and you can’t change it by anything you do, but you may delay it by trying to control it. Relinquish control, do your part as he guides you, sit back and watch the magic happen, as God’s outcome is better than anything you could ask, hope for, or imagine!

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

Saturday, August 10, 2019

August 10

It’s always a great day when you find out that a new soul has been brought into this world, and will be marked for the Kingdom of Heaven. You might say “how do you know he will go to heaven?” It will be the only way he knows, because he will be brought up living, and breathing the Lord Jesus. Our family is so pleased to find out that we have another boy being knitted together in his mother’s womb. It was quite exciting to find out his gender; according to the scientific test, the Y chromosome is present, making our new baby a male. Isn’t it incredible how far this new generation has veered from the truth? If the Y chromosome is found, a boy is being formed, if all that is found is X then a girl is being formed. There is not even a question in science about gender. Science proves God’s intention. People may want to live in a fantasy world by pretending to be the opposite of what they are, but they are just lying to themselves. We will continue to believe the truth, and our new baby boy will be taught the truth rather than the lies created by the enemy. God created one man and one woman; there is no mention of anything in between. Know the truth and live by God’s word alone.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  Genesis 1:27

Friday, August 9, 2019

August 9

I have a former neighbor that loves bromeliads as much as I do, maybe more, because she has them all over her yard. As I passed her home one day, I noticed she had piled some of her bromeliads out by the road to share with passersby. I couldn’t help myself, I had to stop and take a portion. She has been blessed with an abundance, her cup was overflowing with a bountiful harvest; so much that she couldn’t help but to be generous, even to those she doesn’t know. What she shared was the best of what she had; they were beautiful and in full bloom! As disciples, this is our lot; we are to share the blessing of a clean slate that was afforded to us by Jesus. Let others know that they don’t have to live overwhelmed by their past sin, and that Jesus will wipe their slate clean too, they just have to believe in Him. Share your best blessing; your cup is overflowing, let it spill out onto others.

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16

Thursday, August 8, 2019

August 8

There are days when I feel weak, and other days that I feel strong. Those days of weakness are the days that the Holy Spirit swoops in and takes over if I let Him. I’m having one of those weak days where I can’t find the words to encourage you. He reminded me that my mission is to train believers to break bonds and live free, so here is a quick lesson in how you can help me accomplish my mission. Recognize that some of the root causes of your imprisonment are fear, unbelief, trauma, and rejection. You can probably trace all of your mental/heart issues back to one, or all of these! The key to overcoming them is to be honest with yourself, trace it back to where it began, confess - ask for forgiveness, or give forgiveness (though you’ve already been forgiven, it helps to say it), repent - change your ways. Jesus has made us whole, but because of our chains, we continue to look for ways to heal. You’ve been healed, you just have to accept it.

When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” John 5:6

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

August 7

How can you read the book of Acts and not believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit? When I was growing up, there was no mention of that type of baptism; but some grew up in a charismatic church where all the emphasis was on it, and pressure to perform was the norm. I understand that there are those who want the outward signs of the Holy Spirit baptism so badly that they mimic those who have received it in order to appear more spiritual in their congregation, but they are only lying to themselves, because the signs, or fruits of the Spirit are not evident within them. In the Old Testament, when the Holy Spirit came upon Saul, he prophesied, and in the New Testament, they spoke in tongues and prophesied, so there was, and still are outward signs of His existence within you. Whether you speak in tongues, prophesy, or have whatever gift you’ve been given, you will definitely exhibit the fruits of the Spirit, which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. You should strictly examine yourself for these things, because a tree will be known by its fruit.

And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. Acts 19:4-6

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

August 6

Do you ever hear noises that you can’t figure out? I kept hearing a grinding noise that sounded like someone was using an electric sander, so I went outside to see if I could hear where it was coming from, and didn’t hear it anymore. Then it started again, so I went outside again, I heard nothing. I decided to look out the front window and noticed that someone was in my neighbor’s driveway, so I expect that what I was hearing was a vacuum cleaner, and that the car was the cleaning lady’s. It can be the same way when hearing God’s voice. We hear it either through the scriptures, dreams or visuals, through nature, sermons, or other ways; God is not limited in how He communicates, we are the ones limited in our hearing and understanding. Just like me confirming that my neighbor had a cleaning lady at her house, God will give you confirmation that it is His voice that you are hearing, so listen carefully.

And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, Acts 18:9

Monday, August 5, 2019

August 5

I’m just like any other girl, I don’t want to admit that I’m getting older. Because of that, I kept my hair dyed to my youthful color of brown. As I began to get too much gray, it became harder and harder to keep up with the coloring because of the extreme contrast that showed up within a week or so. I decided that blonde would be easier to maintain, but then I grew tired of it, it was just too much and didn’t look natural. For over a year I have left my hair untouched, and I am happier than ever about the beautiful color the Lord has given me. All those years of dying my hair was comparable to me fighting the Lord as He was trying to refine me, and now I’ve surrendered. He takes all of us through the refiner's fire to remove the dross and purify us from the harm that we’ve taken on from all the damage caused by our sin, and the pain from the hurt caused by others. He teaches us along the way, and we become wiser. Do you think that God made us this way on purpose? As the pigment grows out, and silver or light gold appears upon our heads, we age but also mature in the Lord. Maybe your gray hair is a gift, and a sign showing your maturity in Him.

Happy Birthday to the one I’m growing old with, my husband Richard. 

Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31

Sunday, August 4, 2019

August 4

How do you put everything together in your mind? We read bits and pieces of God’s Word daily, but forget what we read four days ago, and it takes remembering and understanding all of it for us to know God fully. I want a full understanding, but fear that complete understanding could mean my demise, because we cannot fully understand everything about God until it is revealed, and revelation may mean death. He is an infinite God and until we are brought into infinity, and break free from this body and the limits of our mind, we can’t possibly know Him completely. It is the Holy Spirit that helps you, so today, pray for Him to open up your heart to reveal as much about God as you can bear and still live. Ask Him to free your mind of the things that cause you to be limited in your thinking of Him. If we break through what is limiting us, maybe more of His power will be unveiled.

The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. Psalms 119:130

Saturday, August 3, 2019

August 3

Maybe it’s my age, or maybe just my personality, but I try to find out and overcome the lies that we’ve all been taught to believe. I’m especially interested in the lies that have been spread by the pharmaceutical companies and the food industry, so they can sell their drugs and the food that we shouldn’t eat. Many of them pay for the research and then cherry-pick the results so they can bend it in the direction they want it to go. One example is the study of cholesterol and heart disease. They found out that high cholesterol is not associated with heart disease, and the guy who did the study many years ago only used a small portion of the information from his findings in his report. His study should have shown that there was no association, but for some reason he decided to swing the results in a different direction. Now, if your total cholesterol is over 200, your doctor puts you on a statin! They’ve lowered that number over the years to try and keep selling that drug. Pretty soon they will have the whole United States taking a statin. 

Why am I telling you this? Because the enemy is the source of lies! If you think someone came up with this idea all by themselves, you're wrong, his fingerprints are all over it. This lie causes worry, anxiety, and turns us to puting chemicals in our bodies that we don’t need. Your doctor is not a god, just human. If they want you to take a medication that you don’t know about, do your own research, dig deep because you only get this one body, and you want it to be as healthy as possible. You may want to pray for the Holy Spirit to expose the lies you’ve been believing.

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

Friday, August 2, 2019

August 2

This is my third month of reading through the entire book of Psalms in a month, and it just dawned on me that the Lord is teaching me how to pray and communicate with Him. I can just hear Jesus say, “you knucklehead, how long does it take for you to learn?” I’m sure that’s why he continually repeats Himself throughout the Bible, He knows that some of us are very dense. A lot of times I will rebuke the enemy in the middle of my prayer to God; then wonder if it was appropriate for me to do that. I got confirmation that it is okay, King David did it! Here’s the thing, open your mouth and pray, God already knows our heart. If the wicked are assailing you, or coming after you in any way, cry out to the Lord, and ask Him to rebuke their evil ways! David did it and he was a man after God’s own heart. Use prayer instead of vengeance, let God sort out the details because He is a just God, can see the full picture, and will fight for you. 

Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping. The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer. All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment. Psalms 6:8-10

Thursday, August 1, 2019

August 1

As many know, Florida is the lightning capital of the United States. We had a tremendous storm roll through, which seemed normal, until a strike near our home knocked out our cable, and caught the cable box on fire! It was so quick, that all we saw was the strike. Not only did it catch our box on fire, but it knocked out part of the power to our house! For normal people this would have caused a major disruption in their way of living, but I am married to a very talented man, who jumped right into action. The cable is fried, and we will have to wait for the repair person to fix it, but he figured out the problem with the electricity, and made his way to Home Depot to get a replacement for a breaker that was ruined. The good news, nothing was hurt that couldn’t be repaired and we are still alive today to tell about it. 

In many places in the Bible, Jesus is described as lightning. His return will be like lightning, He will shine bright, but in that moment there will be rejoicing and suffering all at the same time. Isn’t it funny that in my house, it was the cable entertainment that was destroyed? 🤔It may be a living prophecy.

Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. Psalms 91:9-10

For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. Luke 17:24

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

July 31

Try as you may to turn the Word of God into something that makes your sin not a sin, but you will not succeed. You may say that God would not put undue burden upon you and give you a desire for something He considers immoral, and that’s true, but the desires you have come from a tainted, sinful world, not God. The reason you stay in the mess you are in is because you haven’t given your whole life over to Jesus, including the sin you cherish. Your desire for Jesus must be stronger and more powerful than anything else within you. So, if you keep “messing up” doing the same thing that’s causing you trouble, allow God to redeem it! Turn it over to Him, and let Him handle it by removing it from your life. It’s only through His power that you will overcome, and be released from the talons of the enemy. If anyone tells you that you can keep on sinning or continuing in an immoral lifestyle, and that it’s okay with Jesus, they’re wrong! The chances of Jesus saying “I never knew you,” are quite high, and you may need salvation.

For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.” Acts 15:28-29