Saturday, March 31, 2018

March 31

We were ransomed by His blood. From what? From death, the stronghold of Satan. Satan dangles death over our heads every day. If you’ve ever been in the truck with my husband, you’ll understand what that means. Every now and then I’ll forget that I’m the daughter of the King and will let fear grip me when it looks as though we are going to plow into the back of a slow motorist. I’m not sure why I concern myself being he’s been involved in fewer accidents than I have, and the fact that if I’m taken out by death, I’ll have uninterrupted peace and will no longer be in the clutch of Satan’s kingdom. The only reason to fear death is if you haven’t been redeemed by the blood of Jesus and accepted Him as your Savior from your sin. However, for those who have been redeemed, when Jesus comes to rule the earth, we will have the highest positions in the Kingdom and will all be priests and kings! I can only imagine.

And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth." Revelation 5:9-10

Friday, March 30, 2018

March 30

This is a Good Friday! As you read through the Gospels and follow the steps of Jesus, you wonder, as loving and perfect as He was, why did the people of that day choose to let Him be killed. I’m not shocked. Look at what we do today; 4383 babies are aborted daily here in the United States, that’s equivalent to 183 per minute! Innocent beings, never once sinned. Why? They’re inconvenient and they point out the sin of the parties involved. Jesus was inconvenient and made sinners aware of their own condition. Jesus no longer walks on the earth in the flesh and yet He gets crucified every single day by those who deny His deity. There was a time not so long ago that Jesus was revered, but now His followers are blasted and heckled for believing in Him. Jesus told us to hold on to what we have until He returns, so that’s what I’m repeating today; hold on to what you have until His return!

I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. Revelation 3:11

Thursday, March 29, 2018

March 29

I finally got HOA approval to redesign the landscaping in my yard, which only means that I have to get started with the backbreaking labor of trying to remove the old plants that I didn’t want, and take out the weeds and grass where the new plants are going. I ended up staying out until 7:00 pm! How’s the garden of your heart? Do you need to do a little re-landscaping by clearing out the old, useless, unproductive branches, and plant some new things? We all have issues that weigh us down and crowd out the good because we haven’t taken control and held captive every thought. It’s the perfect time to do a little digging around in your mind to see what you need to get under control. Start by asking the Holy Spirit to help you pinpoint areas in your life that need to be redeemed; then take control of it in the power of Jesus name. Freedom is just a prayer away!

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:5

March 28

Every two years I have to complete continuing education to keep up my licensing. This year I waited until the last minute and with only three days left I finally got it done! I don’t like to admit this, but even though it’s an open book test, I can never seem to make 100%. The questions are hard, but the answers are harder! They may change one word to make the answer just slightly off and though it resembles the book, it’s not exactly right. This is such a good comparison to what we have to deal with when it comes to the people bringing the Word of God. Their words seem good and right, but could be slightly off, causing you to be led astray. Jesus warned us that this might happen and will happen! He said that we would recognize them by their fruit. How do you know what fruit is good? We have to be diligent in our efforts to stay in tune with the Holy Spirit and know our Bible.

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Matthew 7:15-16

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

March 27

We are in a season of great joy. As we approach Passover and Resurrection Sunday, we should reflect upon all that the Lord has done for us. From the simple answered prayer to the payment for all of our sins, offer praise and thanksgiving to our Lord and Savior. His sacrifice was great, and in anticipation of what was to come, He cried out to the Father to take His cup from Him if it was His will. We recognize His pain, as we sometimes ask for Him to do the same for us. Reflect on His sorrow, but accept the gift, because now we will not have to make payment for and get what we deserve for our own sin. Continue to pray for those who’ve yet to accept His gift. We can see the Son beginning to rise in the east, that beautiful glimmer of hope just on the horizon. Stay awake, be ready!

And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will." Mark 14:35-36

Monday, March 26, 2018

March 26

Have we, as parents done something wrong? A large part of the responsibility is laid upon us, but we need to stand back and take a look at the big picture. When the enemy attacks you, where are you most vulnerable? Issues of your family! If he can tear the family apart, he will accomplish everything he wants. It looks as though the enemy is having his way in our society today. He’s made us feel as if some children are a mistake, therefore we abort them. He’s made drugs easy to access so the minds of parents become toasted, bad decisions are made, and grandparents end up raising their children. Parents no longer control their children, the children control them. Where we fail, the government swoops in and picks up the slack, teaching them a way that no longer resembles the way God intended. Have we fallen so far that we can’t recover? Cry out to God, He needs to hear from us.

And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. Mark 13:12-13

Sunday, March 25, 2018

March 25

When Jesus told us that the greatest command is to love God and the second is to love others, He didn’t list any exceptions. Can you love someone who sins differently than you? What if they have a different political view? I’m here to tell you that you can! Jesus loved all people regardless of the way they sinned. However, He did encourage them to turn away from it and sin no more, but that’s because He knows what will happen in the end. You can’t help someone turn from their sin if you butt heads with them. The conversation needs to be open, at least on your part. You’ll get nowhere if you can’t talk. All people wanted to be around Jesus, even the Pharisees, though some were trying to find ways to trip Him up. Regardless of what you might think, you’ll never reach anyone for Jesus if you only go after people who are already saved. Be kind to those who are different, Jesus was!

Jesus answered, "The most important is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." Mark 12:29-31