Saturday, April 29, 2017

God's Got It

The Word declares, "as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Often, we can travel through life and when we take a glance back at the year past, we can clearly see the Hand of God in our lives. We can mark circumstances, difficulties, successes, and failures - but if we would be honest with ourselves, we would also see that God knew exactly what He was doing. At the time of trouble, we may have felt abandoned. In God's silence, we may have questioned where was God. But now.... there is no question that God had it all under control.

Sometimes, we are too self-sufficient. We are so smart, experienced, and seem to have all the answers. And often, we jump out ahead of God and try to guide Him, as to how to handle our situation. We want instant answers and are quite impatient. We fail to understand that His timing is perfect. But if we could just talk to ourselves today, it would be important for us to remember, "God's Got It!" And "as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His ways higher than ours".

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Real War

Often, Satan disguises Himself as Light and as a Sheep, but Jesus refers to him as "the father of lies" in John 8:44. The enemy of your soul loves to create doubt in your heart for what God said. He wants to cause you to waver in your trust in God's Word. He wants to back you up to the last time things didn't go so well for you. He wants to remind you of all the times that you questioned where God was.

But I want you to remember something today...if it's the only thing you remember. The Real War is in your mind. Your adversary will quote half truths to you. He will remind you of doubts, sickness, failures, troubles, and times of desperation. Do not give in. Do not give up. But trust in God and what He declared in His Word. You can stand on Truth.

John 8:31-32, "Jesus therefore said to those Jews that had believed Him, If you abide in My Word, then you are truly My disciples; and you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free." It's time you and I conquer the Real War.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Marriage 101 ~ Just for Women

Use Ephesians 5:33 as your guide for the way you begin to speak toward your husband. Practice kind and uplifting words to the man you chose to spend your life with and give him honor. Scripture teaches, respect and honor your husband. Notice him, regard him, honor him, prefer him, venerate him, and esteem him. Prefer him over yourself, praise him, love him, and admire him exceedingly.

With practices like this, your marriage will blossom and you will soon have a husband that stands tall and walks in reciprocal ways toward you, his loving wife. As you strive to treat him as God desires that you treat him, and bathe him in prayer to the Heavenly Father, the cycle of old will change and he will begin to treat you with the honor and respect you also deserve.

Through these kind practices of words and attitudes your relationship will flourish and become what brings you great fulfillment and peace.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Family Prayer

I encourage you today: do not allow busyness to rob you of spending time in prayer as a family. There is nothing quite like building up faith in your children and the connection through the spirit your family will make when they pray together. Strong families pray together. The Father is the Priest of the family and he should strive to pull the family together as often as possible for prayer.

We live in the age of technology. Kids eat dinner on the couch while playing with their iphones and communication is greatly lacking. Human interaction is lacking in most families today and parents need to take charge. Turn off the television and put away the phones long enough to eat dinner together, pray together and have family conversation.

Deut 11:18-23, “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth. For if you will be careful to do all this commandment that I command you to do, loving the Lord your God, walking in all his ways, and holding fast to him, then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you."

You can be a great influence in your children's lives, but you must take charge again. Do not allow your children to dictate your schedule and your decisions for how they should be raised. Take charge. Put your family back together, it's not too late.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Defining Marks

Often, when the authorities are searching for someone they first want you to describe the person and any defining marks. Every Christian should carry the marks of Christ. We should have defining marks like love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. But we should also be defined by maintaining a secret place of prayer.

Sometimes, its' easy for the Christian to pray publicly or in a group for a specific need. However, when we neglect our private prayer time and fail to worship God in personal prayer, we are disobedient. In Matthew 6, Jesus instructed us, "When you pray, go into your room/closet and shut the door and pray..." There is nothing that will replace a personal, intimate time alone with God in prayer. We must strive to discipline ourselves daily to keep that appointment with God. Prayer strengthens our walk with God. Prayer lights a flame back into our spirit. Prayer connects us to a Sovereign and personal God who desires to guide our steps and speak to us daily.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Laugh Out Loud!

Did you know that laughter is like medicine? If you are weary or discouraged or even depressed with your present circumstances....Laugh out loud. Watch some good, clean Christian comedians on youtube and just laugh. Find a way to stop dwelling on the negative influences in your life. Make a point to detour your mind from its' normal path of the mulygrubs. Laugh out loud, then laugh some more.

There have been devastating times in my life when I wanted to weep, but a Scripture welled up in my heart. Proverbs 17:22 declares, "A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones." Find a way to laugh, and then laugh some more. It will brighten your day and also those around you. Your attitude can make the difference deep on the inside. A positive and cheerful attitude often will change the atmosphere.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Let Sickness Flee

The Psalmist declared the praises of God in Psalm 103:2-3, "Bless the Lord O' my soul and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases." The enemy seeks to destroy your body, mind and attitude, and spirit with one strong swoop. I admit the adversary sometimes swings hard and his punches are swift blows. But through the power of God and what Christ already did for you at Calvary, your health can be completely restored.

Muster up victorious faith today. Read the healing Scripture. And let your spirit man declare, "God will restore health to me and heal me of my wounds, says the Lord" (Jeremiah 30:17). "God sent His Word and healed me, and delivered me from my destruction" (Psalm 107:20). "And so I will serve the Lord my God, and He will bless my bread and my water. And He will take sickness away from my midst, says the Lord" (Exodus 23:25).

God said, "I am the Lord who heals you" (Exodus 15:26). And Jesus Himself bore your sins in His own body on the tree, that you having died to sins, might live for righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed" (1 Peter 2:24).

Saturday, April 22, 2017

God's Promises

The Word declares in 2 Corinthians 1:20, "For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the Glory of God through us."

It is certain that God withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly. His Promises are sure. As you seek God's face, stand strong on His Word that declares precious promises of peace, blessing, deliverance, healing, freedom, restoration, and forgiveness. Ask God now for the petitions of your heart. Ask God specifically for what you desire of Him, and then, reread 2 Corinthians 1:20 aloud, as a declaration of your faith. Stand on this promise. It is for you.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Be Willing to Go!

Face it, we like to stay put. We enjoy the security of being in a comfortable and familiar place. However, God may be calling you to "GO!".  In Isaiah 6:8 the prophet heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me."

God has an eternal plan for you just as He did with Noah, Moses, Jonah, Esther and Jesus. These individuals were not just a part of God's plan, they were His plan. Had they not have been willing....had they not have cooperated with what God wanted them to do, history would have changed.

Seek God today for His Plan for you. Humbly show Him that you have a willing heart to GO where ever He calls you to GO.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dream Big

God is an incredible God who does not work against your dreams and aspirations. As you walk in daily fellowship with Christ and feed your spirit the daily Word, God takes your big dreams and shows you how awesome He is. He will take the very desires of your heart and hand them back to you sprinkled with diamonds on a gold platter. When your inner man walks in unity with God, He peals back the sky and gives you opportunity, doors and gateways bigger than you could ever dream.

Life is certainly not perfect or smooth all the time.There are ups and downs. There are deep, dark valleys and high and lofty mountains. But when your hand grips God's tightly....there is no stopping your dream. Trust Him today for all you desire. Lean on Him to direct your path. Watch Him perform the astounding in your life.