Love Is-Part 4

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.1 Corinthians 13:7

If this verse were applied in ever facet of life there would be much less hurt and pain in life. Loves bears, believes, hopes, endures. Just imagine.

Are there areas in your life that need a dose of this verse to saturate your whole being? Even when talked to ugly or snubbed or whatever, apply it and be encouraged.

Everyone needs hope and you can hope, pray, and believe for things and rest knowing your Heavenly Father hears you and loves you. Maybe on the endurance part you have reached the end of your rope and can’t imagine taking any more. That is exactly the response Satan wants from you in order to get you to completely give up and give in. March on and keep the faith.

PRAYER: Forever your word is settled and I know that you want me to press on with whatever in life is happening now and to stay always hopeful. Give me strength. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Love Is-Part 3

It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 1 Corinthians 13:6

You are born you die. It is the in between of living that you are given an opportunity to shine for Jesus. Part 3 of the love series says love is not happy with wrong doing.

So let’s see, wrong doing. Being ugly, hateful, vindictive, hurtful, wishing evil on those who hurt you or hurt others.

Wouldn’t you rather seek to be truthful and kind no matter what kind of garbage you have to deal with?

Love does make the world go around and love means more than a mushy Hollywood movie. Love seeks the best for other people. Satan likes to get in the way and confuse what real love is. Ponder that and go have a blessed day.

PRAYER:May I always know what Christlike love is and show it to those in my path. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

STDFST

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58

What does it mean to be steadfast? The letters that make up my devotion title today were seen on a car tag here in Idaho. I just love figuring out messages the owners are trying to convey. It was a Marine Corps owner so it may have even had to do with standing strong for this nation. 

Steadfast means to be unyielding, unwavering, determined. Ephesians 4:14 speaks of not being like children tossed about who can’t make up their minds but to be steadfast as well. 

Being steadfast is a very important character trait to develop and it is done by not getting entangled in worldly affairs that can draw you away from the Lord. It is also keeping your mind focused on things above(Philippians 4:8). How are you in the steadfast department? 

PRAYER: I need you to be my stronghold every minute of everyday to help me not get tripped up and sucked into the deception the enemy throws at me. I choose steadfastness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Are You Prideful?



 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

“No not me” you might say but what exactly is pride as it is classified as a bad thing in God’s Word.  It could be excessive concern over others thinking you don’t qualify or aren’t good enough. Or excessive self esteem to the point of acting haughty. 

Think of being too prideful to stoop down and help someone from another economic status than yourself. Pride can in fact lead to a fall. 

You are never to toot your own horn or get in someone’s face but instead to seek ways to lift others up and bring glory to God. 

PRAYER: Father God I need you each day to help keep me from acting like I  too big for my britches. Help me to remember to reach out to others without wanting anything in return. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Hitting Rock Bottom

 The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. Proverbs 24:16

What does it take for some to completely 100% embrace grace, forgiveness, redemption, and healing? The devil is at work overtime lying and deceiving people some who were getting set free. The enemy sticks his foot out and trips them. 

This is warfare full out assault. When a person turns their backs on friends and family who were speaking truth and trying to help it is demonic warfare. A simple visit to a wrong friend posing as a right friend is all Satan needs to make a person who was falling continue to fall. 

Good news is the story is far from over. Whatever the issue is God hears the prayers of moms, friends, dads, prayer groups, and sometimes when God has a plan to really use the person to help thousands get set free from whatever is dragging them down the enemy works even harder to cause arguments and belittling of family and friends who were on the broken persons side. If this is describing a situation in your life or someone you know keep fighting and knowing Satan will not be victorious and your loved one will be hearing truth again. 

PRAYER: My heart aches when I hear of stories or even if it is my story of people who are misled and therefore mislead others sometimes claiming to have great Bible knowledge. Satan is attacking and I claim the blood of Jesus over all family members or any friends being deceived. Set them free. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Trying To Stop Worry

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done (Philippians 4:6 NLT).

Easier said than done to stop worrying. First no one is born a worrier. Sure we are born sinful but you are not designed to fret all the time. What kind of trust does that show you have in God to bring beauty out of ashes? 

Various seasons of life bring out different things to trust God for. Has anyone ever told you when you begin to speculate or fret that you need a hobby or a job because probably those people who are full time stay home moms or employed outside the home can’t waste company time on their own issues. 

Self discipline is what is needed. Getting your mind ‘camping’ in the right place and ‘breaking camp’ where the sludge of problems starts to affect your time with the Lord is what is a key ingredient in conquering this. Now go today and read the book of John chapter 1 pray and release your cares to the Father. 

PRAYER: This and every day are days you made for me to enjoy and help impact the world around me. It could be only a small thing like a smile or hug but Lord I trust you to work out things I have been carrying burdens for and know that only you can bring change. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Dissing Fellowship

“Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25, ESV).

I have heard of those who say they can be a Christian without going to a church building and yes probably true but what about the all important fellowship and growth aspect? 

I know in my life I need contact with other like minded believers. No one says you have to kick any non believers under the bus but the Christ centered fellowship you have strengthens and enables you to build the right kind of friendships. 

Maybe you have not found a life giving church but instead one full of religion. Religion is all about rules and Jesus is about grace, love, and forgiveness. Especially if you have little children get them plugged into Kids Church before friends with no background in Christ lead them down the wrong path. 

PRAYER: Today when I hear you speaking to my heart I choose not to harden it. I choose to listen to the voice of truth and not the clamoring ungodly voices of this world. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Note: I have included a link for a church planting organization I  am very familiar with. If you don’t have a church to call home plug in your information for where you live to find a church near you to make a difference in your life. 

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Take Route 66

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.2 Timothy 2:15


I am not suggesting you go on a coast to coast road trip on the infamous Mother Road Route 66 but to dive into God’s word ,The Bible, which contains 66 books. The ‘route’ to knowing God. 

Many to include myself,  have not read through the entire Bible but it has so much within its’ pages. It is a book filled with parables, promises, prayers and a guide book for life. It is the same for the ages as God’s word never changes. 

The Bible is not scary and everyone should have a version they can understand. If your church offers Bible studies sign up for one. Satan wants you to be fearful and feel unqualified that is only so he can defeat you, for without the word you lack power. 

PRAYER: I stand on your promises daily Lord found in the word. My heart aches for those people who are churches but no nothing about how to use the Bible. Bring revival to our land and a huge hunger for the word. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Smackdown With The Devil

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.James 4:7 NIV Bible Gateway

Seems like an odd title but I was in one of my funks one day and after witnessing a glorious sunset I came home and got down to business. I realized Satan was getting into my head causing me not to be glorifying and praising God. 

So I said “look here Satan I am a child of God and I intend to grow closer to Christ daily and refuse to allow this world to mold me or get me fearful.” Sometimes you have to just stop and realize you can’t run crippled through your day ignoring the word of God or its’ power. 

When you are in funny moods or find yourself slipping into what ifs or comparisons you need to get a grip and that grip should be on God’s word the Bible. Start in the book of John and just read. Truly it will bless you and do it daily and see if you can’t just smack down the devil too. 

PRAYER: Lord you are beautiful. You are amazing. You have compassion on me when I feel down but you are the glory and lifter of my head. I choose joy. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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Too Busy Not To Pray


But this is what the LORD says: “Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save. Isaiah 49:25

You may go to church and even be in Christian fellowship but do you get down to the nitty gritty of spiritual warfare? By this I mean is there an issue in your life or that of a family member that maybe the enemy wants to keep you distracted so you become lethargic and too busy to really go to battle. 

I was reading through the book ‘A Woman’s Guide To Spiritual Warfare’ by Quin Sherrer and Ruth Ann Garlock and I had a light bulb moment. You may have good intentions about lifting up your child or family member before the Lord and telling the stinking enemy he can’t have him or her because they are called by God but you get so caught up with TV or other mundane stuff you don’t settle down and get seriously busy in warfare. 

Simply stayed you deal with good versus evil. God and the devil. Period. Our modern culture has practically rewritten God’s word. Do what you know is right, keep seriously praying and watch God work. 

PRAYER: Lord thank you for reminders to me that I need to not give up and know that you are on the throne and on control. In Jesus’ name. Amen.