Look Up And Give Thanks

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.2 Corinthians 3:4-6

Do you  have trouble with comparisons or feeling down over stuff? The enemy knows your weak areas and is likely going to attack you where you are most vulnerable. 

During a time like this it is best to be still, talk to a reliable confidant in your circle of friends for prayer, and don’t act in haste. 

Get your mind off whatever it is dragging you down and look up to Jesus the author and finisher of your faith. So much time is wasted on speculating, fretting, being fearful but you know it takes discipline but you can change your thinking before you open your mouth without thinking or send a text and put a relationship in jeopardy. Where are you at today? Are you faithful in trusting God’s timing and can lean on him.

PRAYER: Today is a new day to start fresh getting rid of old habits and trust you for seeing me through. I choose to throw off hindrances dragging me down. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Fifty Years…Wow!

Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow. Psalm 144:4
I just attended my 50th class reunion and I don’t feel any different but fifty years is a big span of time for we humans. As I watch TV today and see the changes at night in many violent crime shows versus the peaceful happy family shows of the 60’s and early 70’s.

Also in the span of fifty years my home had been torn down as had my grade school and junior high replaced by new modern facilities. Many classmates had passed away even before their 68th birthday.  

Life is a gift from God and God knew exactly when we were to be born. We are here for such a time as this. Are you grateful for your birthdays or bemoan getting older? Be thankful for each year and each breath you take. 

PRAYER: Thanks Lord for the gift of life, and for milestones in life never to dread but to celebrate. Help me use each day of my life to serve you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

God Can Change Hearts!

Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.Psalm 37:1-4

Have you ever caught yourself despairing about something that hasn’t even happened yet and in fact may be a couple years away? Or a seemingly humanly impossible situation that seems like no miracle could ever occur?

Newsflash. I too have to remind myself God is over all situations, all of them, ALL. Fabricating scenarios for the future to make you worry now is a tool of Satan. And thinking God can’t turn around a humanly impossible situation is also wrong cause He still does miracles.

Try to relax and live each and every day with hope and promise. God is in the business of setting captives free and of doing what humans think he can’t! 

PRAYER: Father I thank you for working miracles to show your awesome power. Help me testify to your goodness when something good occurs in my life or a prayer is answered. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Be A Servant At Every Level

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, Colossians 3:23 NIV Bible gateway

What does it mean to serve? Maybe to do something because you want to not because you have to. Even in paid employment you could act as a servant not expecting a bonus check. 

Your real boss is the Lord Jesus Christ. Everything you do should be done as if God writes your job performance or in other words with excellence. Serving makes you feel a part and not just consuming. Remember when Jesus’ washed the disciples feet, he was serving them as back then feet in sandals were dusty and dirty. Could you wash someone’s feet you did not know? Ponder that for a while. 

Check your attitude on serving and be willing to do even the most menial of tasks as every thing is important. 

PRAYER: Lord I thank you for opportunity to help serve others or to fill a spot when needed even if inconvenient. Help me not wait to find a task that needs done but to be always looking. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Ponder Yet Be Silent

Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Psalm 4:4“Anger rests in the bosom of fools” it says in Ecclesiastes 7:9.

Words and their usage is so vital to relationships. Every person from a teacher, coach, parents, siblings, spouses, pastors can build up someone or ridicule and belittle them leaving a scar for life. Who doesn’t remember being called a name by a school bully?

God is almighty and his words are never hurtful but are used to teach, soothe, educate, and guide you to a relationship with him. An earthly father may have messed up using words that stung and still stick with you today.

Today is the day of new beginnings choosing to forgive hurts that words caused and not to seek revenge.

PRAYER: Use me Lord to speak kindness and encouragement to those around me even a stranger we might encounter during the day. Help me not be guilty of being hurtful with my words. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

For further teaching on your words and how they can hurt or help read the Following verses Proverbs 15:23; Ephesians 4:31-32;Hebrews 13:14; Psalm 19:14

Mouth Trouble

But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:36-37 NKJV Bible gateway

We all do it probably. Not stopping to think and blurting out something we wish could be taken back such as innocently telling my daughter in law I had trouble getting the top off Tide Pods as it was too adult proof not thinking now she may not think my home is safe for the grandchildren if I have Pods in the house. 🤐

It is so easy to just speak and give little thought to how it is received. It is clear words can make or break a relationship. They can bring comfort or turmoil. They can convey love or hatred.

God created us very unique and the mouth and the ability to verbalize is one of the best things ever. But don’t misuse your ability to speak by belittling, cursing, criticizing instead use it to lift others up and show gratitude and kindness. Think before you speak.

PRAYER: If only I could wind back the clock and erase mistakes I had made with words but that is impossible so instead help me stop and think before always rushing to speak and being misunderstood. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Well Done!

The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’” (Matthew 25:21 NLT)

How are you making a difference in the world around you? Each believer has a certain giftedness to share with others. You start growing and stretching when you discover your gift and get out of your comfort zone to serve others. 

This could be welcoming people at church, teaching in kids church, volunteering in your community, writing letters to prisoners or shut ins, and add to the list. You truly grow in Christ when you don’t just exist to feed yourself. 

Wherever you go daily shine like a beacon of hope as many around you are hurting deep inside. You never know how smiling and being kind might touch another’s life. 

PRAYER: Lord help me daily to reach out and do something for the kingdom and then to not tell everyone. A secret service follower who gets blessed by just doing it. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Honest Best Policy

But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the LORD; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23

You can run but you can’t hide is a saying you might hear referring to being sneaky, dishonest, cheating. Eventually the ugly deeds will be found out and your conscious will let you know as well. 

Basically if you see sinister persons seemingly getting away with something don’t trouble yourself over it as God will not let evil men cheat forever. 

Further Psalm 94:23 says “He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the LORD our God will destroy them.” Crime just does not pay in the long run. 

PRAYER: Lord I thank you for your word which is my guide for righteousness and truth. I know it is demonic forces that infiltrate our world attempting to overthrow a democracy and freedom.Lord keep me safe from any tricks of Satan and I pray for those entangled in a web of sin. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodnessof the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13 Bible Gateway

Here it is 2021 amidst a debatable election and coronavirus our plate is pretty full. Guess what, God is at work, just you wait and see! 

Concentrate on following God and nothing else. Everything you do, do it as if you were working for the Lord yourself because you are. Embrace some of the pain because God has a plan. 
Similar to disruption in your own life when you hurt and wonder where God has gone. He is carrying you my friend you have to lean in and believe and trust.

Don’t daily feed your mind with stuff causing you to doubt and fear but get up daily praising God and thanking Him that your best days are yet to come! 

PRAYER: Father thank you for trials and troubles for it is through them I learn to be closer to you. I choose to start each day praising you regardless of my situation, I know you are at work behind the scenes planning great things!! In Jesus’ name. Amen. #Biblegatewayblogger

Put Fear In The Back Seat

He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.Psalm 103:12

Struggles are part of life. Sometimes you may have brought them on yourself with your disobedience to God and truth. But regardless God forgives, heals, sets free if only you would take Satan out of the drivers seat and make him sit behind you!

Fear is downright disabling. Some fear is not uncommon such as fear of storms, fire, heights, snakes, or spiders but to overwhelm yourself non stop with things you have no control over will wear you down.  Satan is the author of fear and torment. 

You may have fear brought on by past sin thinking God is going to get you. My friend if you sincerely repented of your sins they are gone washed whiter than snow. Today is the day to pick up the shield of faith and boldly run your race to win. 

PRAYER: Lord thank you for peace only from you when in fact I do my part and keep in the word and stop paying homage to Satan’s devices to short circuit my faith. Help me as I choose to guard my heart and be bold. In Jesus’ name. Amen.