Count Your Blessings….They Are Many

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. Psalm 68:19

It  is so very easy to get negative and down. Why just the other day I was down on myself and it was my birthday for crying out loud.

There is no one immune from the attacks from Satan that bring discouragement and a host of other feelings not from heavenly places. If you begin to feel this way, step back, stop, and start praising God for what you do have to be eternally grateful for.

If  you woke up today angry, despairing, forlorn, hurt, or feeling sorry for yourself,  I have an assignment for you. First start the day with prayer. Next open up your Bible and read a Psalm or Proverb. Next get a sheet of paper and start listing your blessings. It won’t take you long to realize just how blessed you really are.

PRAYER: Your steadfast love never ceases. Your mercies and blessings are new every single morning. Forgive me when I complain and don’t say thank you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Stop Imagining Things That Are Not True

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2 Corinthians 10:5

I refer to the enemy allot almost to the point I sometimes remind myself of the late comedian Flip Wilson saying “The devil made me do it” but in fact Satan, aka the devil, is real and not a laughing matter and evil can seep into your heart if you allow it. Take for instance when you think someone is thinking something they are not and end up saying something and cause a big misunderstanding.

It is necessary to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. When you catch yourself thinking things about something or someone and wondering if they don’t like you or are talking about you there is no merit for that. Stop then and there and cast that wrong thinking down and say out loud “Get behind me Satan. You will not cause me to think wrong thoughts.” Jumping to conclusions is a dangerous past time and can create much havoc in your life if you don’t get it under control of the Holy Spirit.

When a wrong thought crops up counter act it with a positive thought or a scripture. Better yet choose to purposely ‘not go there’ in the first place and keep your mind on good things that build up.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus I know when I have wrong thinking it is not from you. Help me to train my mind with your help to cast away wrong thoughts. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jealousy, Envy, Dislike,Hatred

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax gatherers do the same? And if you greet your brothers only,what do you do more than others. Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:43-48

Do you suffer from any of the four conditions mentioned in my title? Maybe someone has a gift or talent you wish you had. Perhaps a person is smaller than you and you struggle with your weight. It could be someone has a personality that just rubs you the wrong way. Maybe you just struggle with being able to like someone because you are so different. Whatever it is know that we are to love, rejoice with others, be happy for the success of others.

When a person starts comparing themselves that is a tool in the enemies arsenal to bring you down. How can you expect to walk in the spirit if you are acting fleshly? It is impossible. Satan will rob your joy, your peace, and make you start having wrong thinking patterns. Love, true Christian love, means just that. Love. Period. How can you say you are loving and walking with Christ if you can not truly let envy, jealousy, dislike, and hatred go?

Your assignment,and hopefully you will accept it, is to capture wrong thinking and start making yourself love those you would rather not mess with. Ugliness attitudes should not find a home in your life. If you struggle, give it to God to transform you. That is His specialty.

PRAYER: Lord just loving those who love me is no big deal but really trying to love those who humanly may annoy me is a job that can only be done through Christ. If I claim to know you I need to let earthly feelings of resentment, hurt, anger, envy and many others go. I give any and all of this to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Insecurity, Acceptance, Being Loved

For the Lord shall be your confidence and shall keep your foot from being taken. Proverbs 3:26

Here it is my birthday week and I am having all this fun with friends that I am blessed with and I did something I should not have done. I noticed one ‘unlike’ on my Facebook Devotion Page entitled ‘God’s Lemonade Stand’. I was crushed. Everyone wants to be ‘liked’ and especially when it comes to someone liking what you write, it is crushing to be ‘unliked’. That is what is bad about the whole Facebook thing. Anyway, I reminded myself that my identity is not from my ‘likes’ but it is from the Lord. I have to sear that in my brain. But why my birthday week?

Probably all of us have gone through some sort of insecurity be it from your past or whatever. You just have to remember that God is your best friend. Don’t let the things of this world and your Facebook ‘likes’ or ‘unlikes’ run your life. Your life is based on Jesus, not things where your value and worth are from superficial things. If you struggle from this, let God hear your heart. Know that He is your source. Run to Him.

Today know that God loves you. Pray for those people who you may have trouble liking or even loving. Cast your cares,doubts, fears upon Him.

PRAYER: Lord I love you and I thank you that even if the whole world ran out on me you are always there. Thank you that you love me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Roller Coaster Drop

We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8

I am what you could call a ‘coaster enthusiast’. I just absolutely love roller coasters the scarier the better. Thing is, even though I love them, it is always a little frightening going on one for first time and not anticipating that first drop at top of a very high, and often times steep, track. Then whoosh off you plummet.

Even though as a believer in Christ you know not to fear death some people often wonder what it will be like. Similar to what to expect on those roller coaster drops, many do not really know. Why be concerned? If you love Jesus and have asked Him into your heart once you die suddenly you will be in heaven. No more worries about earthly concerns but just enveloped in the peacefulness of heaven.

Do you know that if you breathed your last breath, got hit head on and died, had a heart attack, sudden onset of cancer or another disease that you have the assurance of heaven? It is not about church membership or a particular denomination. It is not about how good your are. It is about knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and savior and asking Him to be Lord of your life.

PRAYER: I pray today for those people reading this who may be uncertain of their salvation. Satan would have us worry and even deceive us into thinking we are okay when in reality it is time to repent and ask Jesus to take the controls. Bring conviction on those who need to let Jesus be Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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