Saturday, January 1, 2022

January 1, 2022

Every year, I ask God for a word to carry throughout the year that I can look back on to see his fulfillment.  2021’s word was “water,” which was fitting; water represents the Holy Spirit and cleansing. We need to trust that God fulfilled his word and that supernatural cleansing took place during 2021 without a physical flood like in the day of Noah. Eventually, we will see what he did; it’s not for our eyes yet.

For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 2 Peter 3:5

I inquired of God last evening what my new word would be for 2022. My answer came this morning; my new word is fire! Fire represents the presence of God, cleansing, judgment, strife, and more. We have nothing to fear, but those who’ve chosen to follow Satan, and God already knows who they are, may soon face the fire. 

But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. 2 Peter 3:7

Ask God for a word and write it down, so you don’t forget it. Share it here because it would be great to see what God is saying to his children and piece together a prophecy for this year.

Friday, December 31, 2021

December 31

If I ramble today, forgive me. I’m a bit anxious about tomorrow, the beginning of 2022. Gasp! In early 2014, I began seeing 222 everywhere, and since then, I have been trying to figure out the meaning. When I started seeing it, I prayed because if it was from the enemy, I wanted him to flee, but if it was from God, he deserved praise; I didn’t know if it was a warning of pending distress or a blessing. If it was a warning, I needed the cover of prayer, and if it was a blessing, I needed to praise the One who was blessing me. I become a bit stressed when I see it because, more often than not, trouble has followed it; not serious trouble, but uncomfortable issues. Maybe God intervenes because of my prayer. One time I saw it, there was a car accident that backed up the traffic for over an hour, and the accident was at mile marker 222! This type of thing happens all the time! I know now that it’s not from the enemy because the 222’s would have stopped already. After all, I pray every time. 

The point of today’s message is to pray for 2022, that it will be a blessing rather than a curse and that God will make good of what the enemy intends for evil. 

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:21

Thursday, December 30, 2021

December 30

Last evening we decided to go to the lovely little town of Dunedin for dinner. The route guidance took us through the tourist section of Clearwater Beach; we knew better than to go that way because of the overpopulation of that area. It was a nightmare! We got stuck in traffic for over an hour! With all the beautiful beaches in Florida, it seems that the only beach people from out of state hear about is Clearwater. My advice, don’t go there, it’s not worth the hassle. After agonizing in stop-and-go traffic, our nerves were shot, and our anxiety was off the charts; plus, we were hungry! We should have taken the road less traveled, but no, we had to subject ourselves to chaos. 

This scenario is the perfect example of our life in Christ. When you are the elect of Jesus, and you follow him closely, you are on the road less traveled. Most people choose the chaotic route where worldly living keeps them enticed by the draw of sinful desires. We have chosen a more leisurely lifestyle where peacefulness and tranquility draw us closer to Jesus. Christian living is far from boring, but in the end, we will be home with Jesus rather than cast into hell where chaos lives eternally.

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7:13-14

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

December 29

We’ve gone out to dinner for the last two nights. That’s usual for us, but we are taking a bit of a vacation before the new year. Much to our surprise, many people have had the same idea; the restaurants were packed both nights. It seems like people are finally going back to work, and life is beginning to feel somewhat normal again. However, living in the last of the last days, you cannot call it normal; it’s anything but ordinary. Those awake can never be lulled back to sleep and can see the coming destruction of those around us if they don’t awaken to the truth. We’ve been under the spell of the devil for far too long; he has infiltrated every aspect of our lives. 

To help you start filtering out the lies, you must resolve to read your Bible daily. Though it doesn’t seem like it would make a difference, I can assure you that feeding your mind wholesome food will enable you to begin seeing the truth.

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 1 Peter 4:7

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

December 28

I had to meet a home inspector early Monday morning. On my way there, I encountered a large semi-truck blocking the entire road, so I had to find a different route. Before I got to my destination, the road I chose was blocked by a pickup truck; it looked like someone had forgotten to put it in park, and it rolled into the street; I was able to go around this roadblock. After the second roadblock, I said to myself, if this happens again, I’ll know God is speaking to me, and it happened! The inspection was completed, and I headed back home, only to find that the road to my home was blocked by a tree removal company’s truck, but I could squeeze by. All of this happened within a short period; I can’t make this stuff up!

The big truck represents God and his protection; he blocked that path to protect the person I might encounter on that particular path and possibly me. The other two roads, he allowed me to squeeze by slowly and carefully with his help. It’s no coincidence that I was headed to an inspection; God made me aware that he was inspecting me.

This whole scenario played out within an hour of my passing these roadblocks, and I could see why God completely blocked my interactions with a particular person because I was a little salty about them. However, he did allow two minor interactions with others involved to accomplish his intentions. The lesson, which I learned well, is not to dismiss anything as coincidence when God is at work in your life. The following verse applies to me, but it’s a good lesson for everyone.

Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9

Monday, December 27, 2021

December 27

After I finished writing my devotional yesterday, I took a long walk on the beach. It was still fairly early, so the sun hadn’t made its way over the tops of the high rises lining the shore. Anytime I ask the LORD to teach me something, he is faithful to answer. He drew my attention to the shadows cast by the buildings; it was still cool, so I tried to hurry past the shade so I could feel the sun on my skin. There was a shadow, then sun, and as I continued walking, the pattern repeated. I walked about a mile until I reached a beach park where there were no more buildings; it opened up to the beauty of the full sun. 

When I turned to walk back, nearly the entire beach was drenched in sunlight, but as I drew closer to home, where the beach narrows, three very tall buildings were still casting their shadow, they are all part of the same complex called Ultimar. I can’t make this stuff up! The last building that I pass is called the Finale’, and my building is called The Harbour. 

The walk we take during this lifetime is like walking in the shadow of the buildings, where you have shadowy days and sunny days, good and bad. Those days are nearing the end. The Ultimar represents the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and is the shadow of the Almighty, where it is the ultimate safety. We are nearing the Finale,’ and soon, we will reside in a safe Harbour. Be patient in your adversity; it’s almost over. We can look forward to a thousand years of peace where the LORD Jesus will rule and reign, and his light will shine continuously.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalms 23:4

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

Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years. Revelation 20:6

Sunday, December 26, 2021

December 26

My daughter overheard someone speaking negatively about me the other day; they had accidentally called her without knowing. Taking into account the nature and character of the person on the other end of the phone, I dismissed it. She only heard a snippet of what they said, but they were disparaging me and said they “didn’t know how I could write a devotional.” So instead of becoming hurt because another person thinks ill of me, it fueled me to do more because I know that the enemy meant it for evil, but God will use it for good. I don't need to mention this incident to them because they spoke out of their character, and their father is the devil, and that’s punishment enough. 

The only reason I’m telling you about it is that you need to know that you will be mischaracterized at the hand of the enemy, but you should never allow it to stop you from doing what God has called you to do and continue trusting the one who judges justly.

When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 1 Peter 2:23