Someone Stole My Sign

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Devotion:  Exodus 20:15

I had a sweet sign given to me by Tamera and Danny Benton. You may have seen them in your area.  It’s a bright yellow sign to stick in your yard saying, “Thank You Jesus.”  It was gone.  I thought Ben had moved it to mow.  It must have happened sometime during broad day light because my husband came home early to mow the grass and it was gone.

Why would someone steal it; unless they were mad at the word of our testimony?  It doesn’t change a thing.  We are still forever grateful to the One who gave His life for us. I’ll probably buy another sign because I’m not defeated that easily.

I would say that whoever took it needs Jesus in their heart. Would you help me pray for this person’s salvation?  They obviously need to know Him and the power of HIs resurrection. God loves them just as much as He loves you and me.  Ask the Lord to speak to his or her heart in an unusual way.

Right now, we plead the blood of Jesus over their souls.  It could have been some young kids just trying to be funny.  Let’s pray for conviction and repentance in their spirits.

I pray they will hear the words this week; “Thou shalt not steal; or let him who steals, steal no longer.”  We serve a God who is always ready to forgive; so we must stand in forgiveness for anyone who sins against us.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, may I readily forgive anyone who sins against me. You love them with an ever lasting love.  Draw them to Yourself so that they may have eternal life.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

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Too Late

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Devotion:  Matthew 25:1-13

I’ve heard many people use the phrase; “better late than never”. That’s not the case in this parable Jesus taught.

Jesus loved to teach using parables.  Using earthly comparisons; parables help people understand kingdom principles.  Jesus had just departed from the temple with his disciples. After teaching all day long; He went with them  up to the Mount of Olives.  They had many questions about all they had just heard.

Right in the middle of His parable; we find the word “behold.” Behold means to look, observe, discern, watch, examine, witness, pay attention or heed.  They had no idea when they were to behold their bridegroom.  It had grown late; so everyone was sleeping.  No one expects company at midnight. These brides were not expecting to “behold” their bridegroom at this late hour.

All ten brides arose; however, only five were ready with oil for their lamps.  The five unprepared brides begged for oil from the prepared brides.  The prepared could not share with the unprepared lest they run out of oil.  Even though the unprepared brides rushed out to buy oil;

“It was too late…”

The bridegroom came and took the five who were ready into the wedding.

“And the door was shut.”

No other chances!  It’s so sad.  Even though the five unprepared begged for the door to be open, the bridegroom said, “…I do not know you.”

Now Jesus was comparing this parable to the day of His coming. He is our Bridegroom and we are His bride.  Those who have a personal relationship with Him, will go to dwell forever with Him in His House.

“No man knows the day or the hour.”  My dear reader; are you ready?  I cannot bear the thought of anyone being shut out of heaven.  Tell everyone Jesus is coming soon!

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, I pray You will bring to mind anyone who does not have a personal relationship with You.  May I tell him or her the good news of Your gospel message.  I love You Lord.  May I watch and pay attention, be looking with great expectation for my Bridegroom.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

 

 

A Moment of Silence

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Devotion:  1 Thessalonians 5:17

What in the world does that mean?   In a day when everyone wants to go his own way; there are few who are willing to “be still and know that He is God.”  First of all; many government and big name corporations have taken God’s Name off the walls and out of their day to day conversations unless His Name is used in a profane way.

I know people who have been chastised for talking about the Lord on the job.  No one can keep you from praying quietly before your meal or even before a meeting.  We read His Word and hear our pastors preaching the truth of His Word on the Sabbath Day.  Most pastors always pray aloud before they give out their sermon.

So why have a moment of silence?  Do people bow their heads and think nothing?  Why can’t we say the word pray?  “The fervent, effectual prayers of a righteous man avails much.” Here’s the definition of a moment of silence.

“Silent prayer, including moments of silence practiced during other group activities, have been practiced by Quakers for more than 300 years. Since silence contains no statements or assumptions concerning beliefs and requires no understanding of language to interpret, it is more easily accepted and used than a spoken prayer or observance when persons of different religious and cultural backgrounds participate together.”

Most heads are bowed and eyes are closed during moments of silence.  Prayer to the One True God of the universe offends only those who do not believe in Him.  I just wonder how many people actually pray a prayer during a ‘Moment of Silence.  That is known only by the One who created us to pray to Him.

Prayer in Motion:

Dear Lord, I pray You will bring our nation and world to repentance, so that we can pray to the God of the Universe versus having a moment of silence at all public events.  In Jesus Name I pray.  Amen.

Setback or Comeback?

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Devotion:  Romans 8:28

I heard Pastor Andy say, “God works through setbacks.”  He also said; “We are not to sit in the setbacks.”  We learn from them and then we move along.

There can be setbacks physically, financially, or emotionally. This world will trip you up when your eyes are fixed on it.  However our God is a God of the come back.  He will work all things together for our good and His glory.  All things.  The good, the bad and the ugly.  It’s so hard to remember this promise when you are in the middle of a trial.

How do we turn a setback around to a comeback?

We examine the circumstances, not for the purpose of dwelling there; but to examine the cause.  Was it us?  Did we cause the setback or did someone else?  Whatever or whoever the cause; there is always a remedy.

The Bible promises:  “My God shall supply all of my needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.”  All means all, no matter what, when, where, why or how the setback came about.  The reason for examining the cause; is to see where restoration needs to take place.  We know that we live in a fallen world.  It happened after Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden.

We all sin and fall short of the glory of God.  Daily we need to ask Him to search our hearts and see if there is any wicked way in us.  Ask Him to create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us.

He made a way for us to come back to Him…  Not one time, not two times, not three times but till we go to be with Him in eternity. That’s the kind of God we serve; the God of the Comeback.  He will be with you in the setback but there will be a day of the comeback.  When the setback comes to an end; you will get up and move along.  Praise the LORD.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, thank You for being the God of the comeback. Through every setback; You will draw me back to Yourself.  My days are numbered, so may I live them so that they are pleasing to You Jesus.

Am I Satisfied?

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Devotion:  Genesis 25:8

Satisfaction!  Customer satisfaction.  Relators strive for it.  Retail people strive to be kind to their customers.  I believe Chick Filet began the phrase, “My pleasure;” when a customer would say thank you.  Now I hear it everywhere I go.

As you think back over your life; whether you are young or more mature, are you satisfied with what the Lord has done?  Do you focus more on the great and mighty things He has done; versus the trials and tribulations life has brought?

Whether we are in the middle of a trial, or looking back at one; let’s remember God Himself is fighting for us.  If God is for us; who can be against us?  That very word should bring the realization that You are a victorious warrior.  He fights for you on a daily basis.  Do not succumb to the enemy’s tactics.  He will use your most prized relationship to bring you dis-satisfaction. That’s who he is.  “Our God is greater.  Our God is stronger. Lord, You are higher than any other.”

Are you satisfied with what you currently have or are you always seeking more?  I’m not saying more is bad; but when will enough be enough?  I’ve heard some very wealthy Christian people say; if they lost everything they had; they would still be satisfied.  Now that’s deep contentment.  Paul said whether he had little or much; he would be content.    He was a man that found himself often at one end or the other of the wealth spectrum.

There are so many areas where we may find ourselves wealthy or lacking.  If we can say we are content, no matter where we are physically or monetarily; I believe our Lord is pleased with us.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, I am satisfied with You.  You have meant so much to me.  I realize my days were numbered by You before there was one of them.  I am content with what You have given.  I love You and praise Your Holy Name.  In Jesus Name I pray.  Amen.

 

 

Embrace Grace

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Devotion:  John 1:17

Grace; we crave it.  We demand it from others but do we give it as easily as we receive it?  It’s amazing to realize how much we have been given grace from the God who created us and fashioned us in His image.   In spite of our sinfulness, He continues to pour it out until there is not room enough to receive it.

Can we embrace the grace God has abundantly supplied for us while resisting the bitterness and anger that so easily besets us? I want to and I know you do too!  It’s fully our choice.  Through the scourging; beatings and piercings; Jesus provided sufficient grace for us all.  It is by His stripes that we are healed.  Freely He bestowed grace upon you and me and is ready to pour it out on any who will come to Him.

Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you for my power is perfected in weakness.”  When we are weak, He is strong. When we come to the place of realization that life is more about Him than about us; only then can we begin to embrace that marvelous, infinite, matchless grace.  That is what He desires for all His children.

“Grace, grace, God’s grace; grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt.”  This line came from an old hymn I often sang in a little country church.  I knew the song and the words but as a little girl I didn’t let the meaning sink into my heart.  Now it means more to me than ever.  I want to tell the world about the wonderful grace of Jesus.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, may I embrace the grace You have readily provided for me.  Thank You seems trite.  I don’t even have words to convey my fervent love for this amazing provision to this undeserving child.  in Jesus Name.  Amen

 

 

Joyful Chaos

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Devotion:  Psalm 100

Joyful chaos sounds like an oxymoron.  Those two words seem to be polar opposites of one another.  How can there possibly be joy in chaos?  Who ever heard of such a thing?

If you have a job or a family or both; you know that life in general can be chaotic.  There are always challenges, shuffling kids from place to place; keeping your home and yard clean, providing meals for your family and repairing things when they break. (Those seem to happen at the most inopportune times.)

Some families are loud but oh so much fun.   There can be singing; (for some this involves making a joyful noise) or dancing in the middle of the living room floor.  There can be lots of laughter and game playing at any given time.

                                That’s joyful chaos!

I submit to you; that there was joyful chaos even in Jesus day. Can you imagine some of the conversations between Peter, James and John?  According to Scripture; I know there was much serious talk but there must have been laughter as well between the disciples.  They served their community together. They preached God’s Word.  They healed the sick.  They ate together.  They walked and talked together.  They had to deal with the Pharisees.  Life was chaotic even in Bible times.

They encountered hypocrites as well as persecutors and yet they had reason to rejoice.  Their names were written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Heaven will be full of all kinds of personality types.  I believe there will be laughter in heaven, no chaos of course because God is a God of order.  God created us to laugh and be joyful. After all; He says; “A merry heart does good like medicine.”

Try to be joyful in the midst of any chaos life may bring.   Think of it as joyful chaos.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, I want to be joyful in the midst of the chaos in the world. Jesus, may I keep my eyes on you.   May I choose joy in the midst of chaos.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.