Saturday, May 6, 2017

May 6

If you have enough faith to believe that Jesus has saved you from an eternity in hell, then you must also believe that there are good and evil forces that exist among us here on earth. I'm not saying than you should blame everything that happens to you on something other than yourself, God did give us a free will, just understand that we are not alone. This is not just something made up by the overly spiritual, it's biblical! Revelation 12:4 says: His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. Here's the great news, the forces of good out number the forces of evil three to one! If you are in a frightening situation, don't panic. When you feel that you are being overtaken, quiet yourself and cry out to the only one who can help you, Jesus. He will send help! Take notice of how you feel after turning it over to Him. I hope you find peace today knowing that you are protected.

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. Psalms 91:11-12

Friday, May 5, 2017

May 5

The hardness of this world is just temporary, so it is important for us to avoid placing too much emphasis on the physical. I love the country song, Temporary Home by Carrie Underwood. It explains the attitude that we should have concerning our ambassadorship here in this world. One day we will live in a world without the evil that we now have to contend with. What are the eternal things we need to focus on? What are the things that will last forever? Our relationship with God! We need to be focusing our lives on the unseen: our unseen God, our unseen King, and our unseen Companion, the Holy Spirit. These are the Beings we will exist with in our eternity and we need to make them our focus. If we focus our lives on Him, the physical things will become unimportant and our priorities will be in order. Change your view of this world to an eternal one, doing this will change your life.

as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May 4

If you haven't noticed in the headlines and on social media, Satan is a destroyer of children and families. Anyone who tries to stand in his way is at risk of being torn apart. My sister-in-law, who is a social worker that unites families, was in a near tragic car accident. She had been meeting with a woman who had mental issues just before she left her office. She said that the car that hit her almost rolled right on top of her. As she recalled, it looked as if a powerful force lifted it over her car preventing it from crushing her. The woman showed up at the accident scene! However, God had two of His workers there too; a paramedic to help her and a friend to comfort her. She's still alive, Satan lost yet again! If this is not a picture of a spiritual war between good and evil, I don't know what is. God is so much stronger and more powerful than Satan, and if you have been sent by Him, He will protect your life for His service. 

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 2 Corinthians 4:7-10

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 3

My father-in-law was in the Navy. The ship he was on docked in Hawaii for a few days. He would come and go never really noticing that he was walking right past an aircraft carrier. He was so close to it that it looked like a wall. It was so big that he couldn't see it! New York City has very large buildings. From a distance those buildings look small. However, as you get closer and closer, the buildings become bigger and bigger. When you finally stand next to one, it's hard to see the top. It's a matter of perspective. How big is God to you? Is He relegated to the pages of a book, a minuscule word or a created image? The closer you get to Him the bigger He becomes. I want Him to be so big in my life that I move about in His shadow never seeing Him, but knowing that He is there and is that big wall of protection. Draw closer to Him so that you live in His shadow.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalms 91:1

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May 2

Imagine only having a short notice to pack up and move like the Israelites had when God released them from their bondage in Egypt! Not only that, but once they were free, they had to learn a new lifestyle after being in captivity for so long. This is a similar process we go through when we leave our bondage to sin and become free in Jesus. Learning how to be free can be a challenge when all you've known is captivity. Most people don't even realize that they are slaves to their sin. There is a simple question that you can ask God that will help begin that process of freedom and it is this: "God, what sin am I being held in bondage to?" After you ask that question, wait quietly for the answer, He will whisper it to you. Then ask Him for forgiveness and to help you to break that bond. This is not a one time prayer and needs to be repeated often, but once you get your freedom, you never want to go back!

Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:34-36

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 1

You might know that you're within God's will for your life if the enemy comes after you with a vengeance. If there is a weakness within your family, that's where he will attack you. He is the interceptor of communications, and causes confusion, and doubt. He whispers lies and makes you see things that are nonexistent. There is the urge to give up, cut your loses, and maybe even turn around and go back to the slavery of Egypt! DON'T DO IT! The promised land is just beyond the next hill and Jesus is right there with you! Stand strong and don't you dare take off your armor! Polish it and add strength if need be, but stay on guard. Pay attention to the signs of oncoming turmoil, a check in your spirit, anxiousness, and so on. Pray through each moment. As your shoulders begin to tense, whisper a prayer. Just say to the Lord "help me", and He will hear you. It may not be over, but prayer will prepare you for the next battle. 

When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. Psalms 91:15

Sunday, April 30, 2017

April 30

There are days that I just want to stay in bed, but when God calls you out, you get up! He will sometimes call you out of one place to move you on to another to help fulfill His purpose for you. Though there may be nothing wrong with where you are, you may only be there for a time of growth and preparation. It can be a scary thing to venture out of the comfort of what you know, but when you're stepping into God's plan, the only scary part is stepping out of the boat. The sea is vast and full of uncertainties, but our Savior is right there; if we follow His instructions and walk toward His voice, we will walk on the water right to Him. When God is calling you to step out in faith, you will recognize His voice, you will know when it's time, and even if there is a twinge of doubt, He's right there to grab hold of your hand and rescue you from your doubt. Trust in Him and the plan He has for you and step out of the boat into that plan!

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid." And Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me." Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" Matthew 14:27-31