More to Come

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Devotion: John 14:3

My sweet friend Connie, has a very innovative way of signing her texts.  She always writes: more to come…  I love that!  It’s her way of saying, Let’s see what happens next.  It leaves me in suspense and I can hardly wait to get another text from her.

What if we lived our lives like that?  On a daily basis we watch with great hope and expectation.  We ask ourselves, “What will God bring today?”  Whatever He brings;  we trust that it will be for our good and His glory.

Have you ever heard someone say; “The suspense is killing me!”   The signs of the times are every where.  Jesus is coming soon!  Are you watching on a daily basis for “more to come…”? Open your Bible to see what God has to say about the Day of the Lord.  Prophecy is being fulfilled right before our very eyes!

God has a perfect record of doing what He said He would do.  I can wait patiently and expectantly, trusting His perfect timing to fulfill His promises of His future return.

My dear friend; “Lift up your head, for your redemption draws nigh.”  There is more to come.  Will we be persecuted for our faith?  Millions have been.  When will Christians be caught up together to meet Jesus in the clouds?  He knows the exact day and hour. His ways are higher than ours and His timing is perfect.  We must trust Him with the “more to come…”

Wringing our hands with worry and anxiety; will not bring Jesus back one second sooner.  He wants us to go about our daily lives and wait patiently for the “more to come.”  Let’s live each day; as if this could be the day, He would split the eastern skies.

Prayer in Motion:

Jesus, I wait with great expectation for the “more to come…” You are such an awesome God and I can hardly wait to behold Your face; to behold You in all of Your glory. I love You Lord Jesus! It’s in Your Name I pray.  Amen

 

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Down on Your Knees

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Devotion:  James 4:7-10

Imbedded in my mind; is the memory of my mom or dad coming into our childhood bedroom, to read a night time Bible story. Before going to sleep; we would get down on our knees beside the bed to pray. Getting on our knees meant serious business. We were kneeling before the throne room of God, talking to Him about our concerns.  It is now a treasured tradition.

Some nights we would pray about our lost family members. Mom was steeply involved in an organization called Women’s Missionary Union, so we would pray for homeland as well as foreign missionaries.  By example Mom and Dad taught my sister and me, how to praise, confess, thank our Lord for His blessings and intercede for those He has given us.

It’s a beautiful sight to see people come to the altar and kneel before the Lord our God.  It’s not only a sign of humility but dependency upon the One who created us to worship Him.

One day every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Every eye shall see Him as He is, even those who chose not to believe; however, then it will be to late for them.

The Lord is faithful to all those who call upon Him, to those who call upon Him in Spirit and in truth.  He doesn’t care as much about our physical position, as He does the condition of our heart.  You can pray to Him sitting down, standing up, lying down, hands lifted, arms down, kneeling down, eyes open, eyes closed.  Man looks at the outside.  God looks at the heart.

If you can, try kneeling once in a while, just to be reminded of your position before a Holy God.  He is after all, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, You are my King!  I bow before You today in worship.   I honor You Jesus.  You hold my heart, my mind and body in Your hands.  You know every breath, every cell, every thought I have, even before I think it.  You are my Master, Jesus, my teacher, the love of my life.  I re-commit myself to You this day.  I love You Lord.  In Jesus Name I pray.  Amen

 

Rehearsing Regrets

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Devotion:  2 Corinthians 7:10

When one’s heart is in bondage to sin; that person’s self – blame turns to shame. All over this world, people have believed the lies of Satan and are bound up; body, mind and spirit, by a mountain of regret.  Regret willingly takes and holds captive it’s hostages. For some; it’s been a life time.

If they only knew, Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost and that “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”  Why do we hold onto our regrets for so long?

Rehearsing regrets; all those “if onlys”, adds bigger doses of regrets to the already existing ones. Stop rehearsing them!  You need to release your regrets to Jesus.  He takes our sins from us and “removes them as far as the east is from the west and remembers it no more.”

He died for our sins and regrets and by His stripes we are healed.  We can’t undo our regrets but we can heal from them. Don’t go back and pick them up again.  They are in God’s sea of forgetfulness.  He’s forgiven you; so forgive yourself and move on.  God has great plans for you, to give you a future and a hope.  He will use the pain of your past, to help others to overcome their own regrets.

Godly sorrow is not to be regretted.  Release all other regrets into the hands of a loving God; who longs to take what Satan meant for evil and turn it out for your good and His glory.

Prayer in Motion

Jesus, today I release my regrets into Your hands.  You are for me and not against me.  Forgive me for condemning myself when there is no condemnation in You.  Thank You Jesus.  It’s in Your Name I pray.  Amen!

 

 

Soul Starvation

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Devotion: Matthew 5:6

My husband and I love to eat with our friends and family.  Good food and fellowship around the table, uplifts our spirits and satisfys our hungry stomachs.  There’s lots of laughter; as well as serious conversations, that transpire at meal time. We feed our growling tummies; the glorious food, our nostrils have smelled cooking on the stove.

From one meal to the next, we are constantly planning what we will eat.  Unless we intentionally set aside times of fasting, we rarely deny ourselves the pleasure of eating.  It’s so hard for people in America to comprehend true hunger or starvation. We rarely miss a meal or a snack.

Do we take time to feed our starving spirit?  Feeding our spirit is the opposite of feeding our tummies.  Out stomachs naturally crave food and nourishment; however, our souls must exercise the discipline of reading the Bible, praying, and regular fellowship with a body of believers, in order to keep our spirits from starving.  There’s work to be done, in order to develop a hunger and thirst for righteousness.  We must plan to nourish our souls because unfortunately; it will not happen automatically.

Hungering and thirsting for righteousness, takes discipline and practice.  In order to have a well fed soul, a Christ follower must regularly practice planting, watering and fertilizing his spirit.

Here are a few suggestions.  Plant the seed of God’s Word daily into your heart.  Water that Word with your prayers.  Pray It over the people God has given you and pray It over yourself.  Ask the Holy  Spirit to bring those words to your remembrance, so that your spirit will be deeply satisfied. Soul starvation should never happen in a Christian’s life.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, please help me to feed my spirit, as much as I feed my flesh.  Develop in me a true hunger and thirst for righteousness. Teach me to rely on Your precious Holy Spirit, on a moment by moment basis.  I do love You dear Lord.  In Jesus Name, Amen!

 

 

 

Image Consultant

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Devotion: 1 Corinthians 15:49

I believe God instilled in women, the desire to be beautiful.  He created us in His image and as His image bearer, we should desire to look radiant at all times. We need to be beautifully set apart from the influence of the world.

My dear friend Sheri Braendel, is an amazing fashion expert and image consultant.  She can quickly identify your shape; as well as the best colors and styles you should wear.  She travels all over the U.S.A. and even to other countries; to speak to women about style.  At special week-end gatherings, she will train women how to share this wonderful information, with women in their sphere of influence.  She also shares her hope and faith in the Creator and Redeemer of women.  They are all beautiful, no matter their shape or size, color or race.

As deeply as we desire to look our best; we should also desire to reflect our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  He paid a great price, not to provide us with beautiful earthly garments; but with the radiance of His glory.

As quickly as Sheri can identify your fashion style; even unsaved people can recognize if you are set apart.  They may not understand why you respond differently to adversity, or those difficult circumstances; however, they will know, “She’s different.” You look up when you walk.  You smile when you enter a room. Your conversation brings light instead of darkness.  You do not join in with the latest gossip.  You speak truth in love.

Your Heavenly Image Consultant wants to talk to you about bearing His image.  Do you desire to be as beautiful on the inside of your temple, as on the outside?  Study His manual, our God given Bible.  Pray and converse with Him on a regular basis.  He will teach you all things.  Go and be beautiful!

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, may I consult You on a daily basis. Help me to beautifully reflect Your image.  I want to reveal Your glory to all who are around me.  May Your Light so shine to all the people with whom I come in contact. May they see the good works I do, for Your honor and glory and come to know You personally. In Jesus Name.  Amen!

 

God’s Run Away

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Devotion: Jonah 1:1-12

Direct disobedience to the Lord God; does not go well for the one disobeying.  Normally, there are severe consequences put into motion.  Let’s examine these verses to see what happened to Jonah.

  1.     God asked Jonah to arise and go to Ninevah
  2.     Instead of going to Ninevah, Jonah fled to Tarshish from the         presence of the LORD. He was God’s run away.
  3.     God wasted no time in sending a great wind on the sea.               The raging waters became so tumultuous, the ship was               about to break up. 
  4.     Wishing to lighten the load, the mariners threw the cargo             overboard.
  5.     Jonah went down to the lower part of the ship and went to           sleep.
  6.     Captain asked Jonah to arise and call on His God.
  7.     The men cast lots to determine Jonah’s sure fate.
  8.     Jonah admitted his guilt.
  9.     The ship’s crew asked, what shall we do with you Jonah?
  10.   Jonah accepted his punishment and asked them to cast               him into the sea.

Will you arise and obey God’s calling on your life?  The first time Jonah arose; but in disobedience.  The second time he was asked to arise; he had to face the consequences of his disobedience.  We know the rest of the story.  He was swallowed by a great fish. He began to cry out to God in the belly of that fish and God heard his prayer.  Three days later; he was vomited out of the fish’s mouth.  God asked Jonah a second time to arise and go to Ninevah.  Surprise, surprise; He decided to obey and go!

Oh dear reader, we belong to the Lord.  Why would we choose to run away from his calling on our lives?  The consequences can be long and arduous.  Let’s decide to obey the first time.

Prayer in Motion:

God, You are so faithful to me.   You will not allow me to get away with disobedience. Thank You for loving me enough to chastise me when I need it.  You are such a good and amazing God.  Thank You Lord for always bring me back, when I try to run away.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

 

 

All Alone

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Devotion: Job 7:16-19, Psalm 4:8, Psalm 86:10

It was my grandchildren’s bedtime.  “Leave me alone,” my two year old grandson declared.  I wasn’t sure if he felt bad or what; so I left him in his room and went to read a book to his sister.  He finally navigated over to Ryann’s room, crawled up on the bed and listened to the night time story. He really didn’t wish to be alone.

Do you ever find yourself wanting to be left alone?  Job had lost everything; his children, his herds, his crops.  All had been taken from him; so he complained to the Lord, in the bitterness of his soul.  After he lost all that was near and dear to him; God allowed Job to be struck with boils all over his body.  He never cursed God, as his wife had suggested; however, in his misery he said “Let me alone.”

Job felt alienated.  He hated his life.  Even in his sleep, he was visited with terrifying dreams.  There seemed to be no escape for poor Job.

Do you ever feel all alone; in your circumstances, your job, your calling?  Thoughts like, My life is different.  No one feels like I do. I am alienated from the “in crowd.”  I just don’t fit the mold.

Satan wants you to believe your God has forsaken you, but God has promised.  “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” His eyes are on you continually.  His thoughts of you are as the grains of the sand.  He is with you, always. You are never alone.

Prayers in Motion:

Lord Jesus, thank You for never leaving me nor forsaking me.  I am truly never alone.  Your Holy Spirit dwells within me and You are my constant companion and friend.  You are with me through all of life and You will be with me when I die.  I love You Lord, in Jesus Name.  Amen!

 

 

Every person needs encouragement.  We all sin and fall short of God’s glory; however God has bountifully supplied mercy and grace, new for every single morning.