To Fear or Not to Fear?

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Devotion:  Isaiah 41:10

I am afraid.  There are many things of which I am afraid.  I’m afraid of getting cancer. I’ve seen too many friends and loved ones suffer from this horrible disease.   I am afraid of heights.  I won’t walk close to the edge of a mountain.  I don’t have hind’s feet for high places.

Snakes scare me to death. I think of the devil when I see one. I won’t even watch scary movies because they come back to haunt my thoughts.

I fear that I might hurt someone’s feelings. I want everybody to be happy all the time.  (Unrealistic, right?)

These are only a few of the things that strike fear in my heart.

In the Bible, God says 143 times; “Fear not.”  56 times He says, “Do not be afraid.”  That’s in the New American Standard version.

God says He “is not a God of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  Every time an angel appeared to one of God’s servants, what was the first thing he would say?  “Fear not.”

God is watching over us always.  We need not fear what man or animal or life can do to us.  God is with us always.  We need not fear to strike our foot against a rock.  He promised to never leave us nor forsake us.

We are “to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.”  One thing is for certain.  “In this world, we will have tribulation; but we are not to be afraid for Jesus has overcome the world.”

Prayer in Motion:

Lord,  help me not be afraid of what man can do to me.  You are with me always.  I need not fear height, nor depth, nor any other created thing.  If You are for me, who can be against me?  My life and my times are in Your hands.  I trust You, Lord, to accomplish all that concerns me.  My life is in  Your hands.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

 

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Stumbling Blocks

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Devotion:  Romans 14:13

I never want to place a stumbling block in another person’s way; not a brother or sister in Christ, nor a non-Christian.  There are times; believers cause one another to stumble.  It can happen by our words or our deeds.

Just because we don’t want to be a stumbling block does not mean we haven’t or we won’t be in the future.  God is mindful that even though we are saved; we still live in our earthly vessels.  He knows we are “but flesh.”  It’s not an excuse for us to go out and sin.  It’s just a fact that we will sin.  Romans 3:23  “For all sin and fall short of the glory of God.”

Let’s encourage one another to pray; “Lord, help me not to be a stumbling block to a fellow believer or a non-believer.  Jesus please “Let our light so shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven.”

There was a time in my college days that I decided to try a mixed drink.  There was a brand new believer at the event and I could tell by the look on her face that she was disappointed.  I know it was a stumbling block for her.  The Holy Spirit convicted me deeply so I went to her immediately and apologized.  I repented before God and asked for her forgiveness.

If there is anything you are about to say or do that would cause another Christian or non-Christian to stumble; just don’t say it or do it.  Matthew 18:6 tells us: but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it [a]would be better for him to have a [b]heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”

We need to take being a stumbling block very seriously!

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, please forgive me for every time I’ve been a stumbling block.  Mercy, it makes my heart sad to think about it.  Holy Spirit; convict me before I say or do something that would become a stumbling block to Christian or non-Christian.  Thank You Jesus.  I love you so.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

 

 

 

Wonderful Words of Life

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Devotion:  John 6:50-53

Jesus was rejected by His own Jewish tribe.  They complained because the Lord called Himself, “The Bread which came down from heaven.”

I cannot eat really good bread that is full of gluten.  I’ve had people ask me, “What is a gluten?  It’s the stuff that makes the bread soft and delicious.  It’s the glue that holds the bread together.  It’s important to the texture and taste.

I’ve jokingly said; “When I sit down to the table at the marriage supper of the Lamb; I’m going to say, “Jesus, please pass the bread.”  I’ll be asking the Bread of Life to pass the heavenly bread.  Does it get any better than that?

Jesus, the Master Teacher had the best way of explaining things. However, the Jews were blinded to His explanations.  They wigged out when Jesus talked about “eating His flesh and drinking His blood.”  It is truly the only way to have eternal life.

Jesus, You are the Bread of Life.  It is by Your blood, our sins are covered.

While the Jews stumbled over the words of Jesus;  they brought life to us Gentiles who were grafted in.  Hallelujah!  Praise Your Holy Name.

Read the words of this beautiful old hymn.  Sing it if you know it or google it and listen to its melody.

  1. Sing them over again to me,
    Wonderful words of life,
    Let me more of their beauty see,
    Wonderful words of life;
    Words of life and beauty
    Teach me faith and duty.

    • Refrain:
      Beautiful words, wonderful words,
      Wonderful words of life;
      Beautiful words, wonderful words,
      Wonderful words of life.
  2. Christ, the blessed One, gives to all
    Wonderful words of life;
    Sinner, list to the loving call,
    Wonderful words of life;
    All so freely given,
    Wooing us to heaven.
  3. Sweetly echo the Gospel call,
    Wonderful words of life;
    Offer pardon and peace to all,
    Wonderful words of life;
    Jesus, only Savior,
    Sanctify us forever.

Prayer in Motion:

Thank You Lord for being the Bread of Life.  May I be a sweet smelling fragrance to those who are hungry for the Bread of heaven from this day forward.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

 

The Right Perspective

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Devotion:  Proverbs 9:10

There are two doctors.  One uses his knowledge to serve the people he treats.  The other uses his knowledge to perform abortions.  What is the difference?  One knows and fears the God He serves. He believes in the sanctity of life. The other has no fear or acknowledgment of God Most High.

What’s the difference?  Right and wrong perspective.  One is a doctor who does not believe life begins at conception.  The other doctor who knows God believes God formed that baby in his or her mother’s womb.

Let’s examine the definition of perspective:

Today, perspective is used much like standpoint. Just as standpoint once used to mean simply the physical place where you stand but today also means the way you “see” things as a result of who you are and what you do, the same could be said about perspective.

I want you and I to see things from God’s perspective.  The Bible tells us, “His eyes are searching to and fro; looking for those whose hearts long to be completely His.”  I want my heart to be completely His.  I want my eyes to look to the Author and Finisher of my faith.

How big is your God?  Do you believe He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond what you can ask or think or imagine?  Are you treating Him like a god or the only God?  There’s a big difference.  Are you seeking Him for wisdom? Proverbs 3:4-5 tells us to “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not unto your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”

Prayer in Motion:

Jesus, may I glorify You on earth as You are glorified in heaven.  You are so dear to my heart.  I want to have ears to hear the truth and eyes to see from Your perspective.  I love You Jesus!  It is in Your Name I offer up this prayer.  Amen!

 

 

Great Faith

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Devotion:   Luke 7:1-9

Today’s scripture is a picture of great faith.  What is the one thing for which you are believing God?  Every one of us has something for which we have been praying.  How are you praying?  Are your prayers faint-hearted?  Barely believing?

This man was desperate for his servant to be healed.  He knew Jesus as the Son of God.  He knew what Jesus was capable of doing.  He believed all Jesus had to do was speak a word.  The Word of God only had to speak and his servant would be healed.  Jesus said in all of Jerusalem he had never seen such great faith.

I want that kind of faith.  Great faith!  The Bible also says in James 4:3; “You have not because you ask not or you ask with wrong motives.”  Ask yourself, “Is my motive pure and holy?”  What is the thing for which I am believing God?  Does it line up with His will?  Jesus said to His Father before He went to the cross. “Not my will but Yours be done.”

Do I really want God’s will versus my own?  I want my prayers answered yesterday, but does the thing for which I am asking God line up with what He wants?  Our God is faithful.  He is a God who hears and a God who sees.  He knows what’s going on in your life.  Every single detail.  He’s got you and He’s got this. He will accomplish what concerns you.

Can you and I trust Him till we see this thing come to pass?

Prayer in Motion:

Lord help me to trust You with great faith, believing You will accomplish what concerns me.   Help me to be longsuffering with the things You have placed in my path.  I want to be a person of great faith.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

 

Reflection’s Angle

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Devotion:  1 Corinthians 13:12

I have a massive mirror from floor to ceiling in my bathroom.  My grandkids love it.  They dance and make faces and try to find the right spot where there are hundreds of themselves at a certain angle.  It’s crazy.

I, on the other hand, am always desperately trying not to look at myself in this truth-telling mirror.  I don’t want to see myself at any angle, the wrinkles nor the sagging skin.  God and my husband are the only ones who see me as beautiful.  Ben is only looking through the eyes of love.  Thank goodness for that!

God’s Word tells us “Man looks at the outward appearance.  God looks at the heart.”  What does God see when He looks at your heart in His reflective mirror?  How is your soul doing?  Prayerfully; your soul is reflecting the beauty that is more than skin deep.  That’s my prayer for you and me dear reader.

Is your heart healthy?  Physically and spiritually?  God left you with His powerful Holy Spirit.  Is there any iniquity you are harboring in your heart?  It will surely cloud the glory God wants to shine to others through you. God says “If I regard iniquity in my heart; He will not hear my prayer.”  His words, not mine.  That’s His angle.

I want the sin out of my heart so that I will glorify my Father who is in heaven.  I certainly want Him to hear my prayers as I offer them up to Him.  Who wants to pray a prayer that only hits the ceiling?  No one.  Not you.  Not me.  Not now.  Not ever.

I want to reflect God’s angle.  I want to pray what’s on His heart for those He has given me.  I know you desire the same.  Let’s do this together.  The Bible says; “A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”

Prayer in Motion:

Show me Your angle Lord when I pray.  May I reflect You. Show me Your glory when “I glorify You on earth as You are glorified in heaven.”    Thank You, Lord, for always teaching me and never giving up on me.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

Unanswered Questions

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Devotion:  Matthew 7:7

Many of us stand on this amazing promise and yet, with all our asking; heaven seems silent.

I love to use questions when I teach.  Maybe it’s because I have so many unanswered questions in my life.  Questions bring pause to our lives, especially those souls searching ones.  They cause us to look deep into God’s Word as we desperately seek for peace in the waiting.

Will you be ok if you don’t find an answer or at least not the one you wanted?  Although He has all the answers; God never promised to answer every question.  He wants us to trust Him whether or not we get the answer we want.

I was asking questions of my mom and dad at a very early age, like, “How did God get here?”   Even in my childlike mind; I thought everything must have an origin.  My wise mom sat down with me and explained that God is without beginning and ending.  He is the I AM and there’s never been a time He has not existed.

My mom taught me about great faith.  Mom believed she could have a child in spite of doctors saying there is no way apart from adoption that you will ever have a child.  I’ve shared with my past readers that even in the midst of faith believing prayer; mom and dad started the adoption process.  They had pastors come and pray over them, anoint them with oil, continually asking God for a miracle baby.

Nine months later I was born.  Two and a half years later my sister was born.  Oh, dear reader, I want that mountain moving kind of faith.  I’m asking God to move quite a few mountains that have as yet refused to be moved.

In the secret places of my heart, I have wondered why those mountains have not as yet been moved.  God alone knows.  It’s ok to ask Him why but it’s never ok to turn your back on God, to assume He hasn’t heard the cry of your heart.  He heard.  Yes, He did.

For all of us who have unanswered questions; may we encourage one another to keep on asking, keep on seeking and keep on knocking on heaven’s door.  Pray for one another to remain in prayer, believing God for all of our unanswered questions.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord God, I will never give up asking, seeking and knocking on Your door.  I get to wait with You, wait on You and wait in You.  I acknowledge there is no better place to be.  Thank You for never leaving me nor forsaking me.  I trust You always to answer my questions.  I remain in You and know that You are in me.  I trust You Lord.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.