Web Editor32021-08-03T07:32:54-06:00October 18th, 2021|
“But he who glories, let him glory in the LORD. For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.” (II Corinthians 10:17, 18 NKJV)
It is good to glory in the Lord because it keeps you from getting into an area of pride. Pride is always the way down, and glorying in the Lord is always the way up.
One thing that often happen to pastors, on their “way up” in the ministry, is that they begin to exalt themselves. The mistake that each of us makes—at least once—is to look at “our” successes and to believe that these things have happened because of our own abilities. Sometimes we forget that God DID these things and we are only the vehicles for His work. When we begin to walk in pride, we then stumble and fall.
I have found that the Lord really DOES want to exalt us—but He doesn’t want us to exalt ourselves. Sometimes we count all of the wonderful things that WE have done, but they are actually all the wonderful things HE has done. Be a blessing-counter!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Today we count our blessings. We thank You for each of them. Every advantage, every benefit that we have, truly comes from You, and we praise You for it.
“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” I Peter 5:7 (NKJV)
Have you ever looked at photographs of our President BEFORE their term of office began and then AFTER it had ended? Some of the men had, during that time, visibly aged YEARS beyond their actual stay in office. Each man had carried the cares of an entire nation of his back. The extreme MENTAL worry had caused a very PHYSICAL deterioration.
When you worry, you are carrying your cares. Worry is very dangerous. Your body, mind, and emotions were not designed to carry worry. In some cases, worry causes mental breakdown and physical collapse.
Today let’s cast our cares on the Lord. I want you literally to do this: lift your hands up as though you were holding all of the cares and worries that have plagued you. Say, “Lord, I cast all of my cares upon You.” Literally take your hands and CAST those cares upon the Lord.
Now wave at those cares and say, “Good-bye, cares. You are not mine. You belong to my heavenly Father.” He will take care of YOUR cares and turn them into a blessing.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Today we are not going to worry. We thank You for making provision for every area of our lives. We believe that You will take care of the things that concern us.
Web Editor32021-07-12T17:46:59-06:00September 27th, 2021|
The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people. – (Genesis 49:10 NKJV)
In the scripture above, Jacob is prophesying over his sons, the 12 tribes of Israel. He prophesies that Judah is going to produce a Shiloh.
What does Shiloh mean? I see Shiloh as rest. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Wow! This is Jesus in the very book of Genesis telling us what He will be in us and through us.
Sometimes we try to work it out and provide for ourselves and we don’t rest in the Lord, rest in His Word, knowing that He has seen ahead of the problem you are in today. But He has made a provision for you so that you can come to Him and rest!
How do we enter God’s rest? We walk in His Word; we walk by faith.
When I get up in the morning I say, “Good morning, Father. Good morning, Jesus. Good morning, Holy Spirit. This is your beloved, Marilyn, here to enter Your rest.” You might think, “That is so arrogant!” Really? In the New Testament He calls us “beloved” over forty times. So, am I wrong when He said it, that man times, that I am His beloved?
Folks, having Jesus in your heart and seeing Him in every book of the Bible and every day of your life is really a love affair! We are His beloved and we can rest in Him!
Dear heavenly Father, we are Your beloved sons and daughters. Thank You for providing a Shiloh, a place of rest, for us from the very beginning!
Web Editor32021-07-12T08:36:33-06:00September 20th, 2021|
“You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” Psalm 45:7 (NKJV)
We want to be a joyful people. We want to enter into the joy of the Lord because the joy of the Lord is our strength. If the devil can steal your joy, he will steal your strength.
Have you noticed that evil people—wicked men and women—are not very joyful? It shows on their faces and in their attitudes. They are full of despair and hopelessness. Why? Because they do not love righteousness, and they don’t hate wickedness. The way to live in joy is to love righteousness and hate wickedness. Sin puts people in a place of despair and despondency.
Look, instead, at the faces of people who are free from sin. Have you ever noticed the face of a person who has just accepted Jesus Christ as Savior? There is such joy and happiness that radiates from someone who has experienced the new birth. Sometimes it looks like 20 years have just been instantaneously wiped away—like a divine face lift. But even better—it’s a divine FAITH LIFT!
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You that the joy of the Lord is our strength. We enter this day with the strength of the Lord, and we will worship You and praise You throughout the day.