Friday, April 26, 2019

April 26

If you can read your Bible, and fail to notice that the enemy has dominion over this world, then you have been deceived, and may be lacking the Holy Spirit. It seems more evident now that so much of his folly is out in the open for all to see, and yet most are ignorant of it. He is very cunning, and underhanded in his ways. He has convinced a large segment of society that the lie is the truth, and they are doing his bidding. How can we overcome the powers and principalities of this dark world? By the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony. We have to stand firm in our belief, and not waver in our commitment to Him. Trust that He will get you through this battle, and then hold on tight to the One who loves you the most. We must pray! Stay in constant contact with Him. There is no need for flowery prayers during the heat of battle, just open communication. Cry out, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!” The enemy will hiss at you like a mad cat, and run the other direction! There is power in the name of Jesus! He is our Savior, and wants us to call on Him.

And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Revelation 12:11

so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, Philippians 2:10

April 25

Our God is so loving, thoughtful, and kind. Have you ever felt God reach down and give you a kiss on the cheek? His kisses are not ordinary because He’s an extraordinary Father. I went to visit a friend whose husband recently passed away, and in a small shrub near the door, there was a cardinal momma sitting on a nest of eggs. She said that they have been waiting and watching for the new chicks to hatch, and come out of their shells. Such a beautiful distraction from the pain of losing someone you love. Today, I would like for you to pay attention to the subtle reminders that the Father is watching over you, and for you to embrace the beauty of His love. It may be something as simple as a flower growing in the crack of the sidewalk, the smell of jasmine, or maybe He will gift you with something that only He knows you love. I hope that you feel special, because you are, and you are loved without measure.

so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

April 24

What does it mean to be blessed? Many people have the wrong idea about what that means in the eyes of God. Humanly speaking, being blessed means being healthy, wealthy and wise! But, of course, God sees it differently, and measures it in His way. For God, being blessed means you have all the spiritual blessings, which opens the door for His outpouring. There are more blessings to be found throughout the Bible, but these are the few that I pulled from Ephesians 1:3-14

Spiritual Blessings:
We are chosen and accepted (vs 4)
We are adopted through Jesus (vs 5)
We are redeemed and are forgiven (vs 7)
We are given insight into the mystery of His will (vs 8-9)
We are united with Jesus (vs 10)
And all of these culminate with the guarantee of our inheritance by being sealed with the Holy Spirit (vs 13-14)

Earthly wealth, health, and wisdom are not even part of the picture. Change your mind to be thankful for your spiritual blessings; we’ve done nothing to deserve them, they are all a free gift!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, Ephesians 1:3