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21October

Moments with Marilyn

October 21st, 2021|

Forgive and keep forgiving those who have hurt you or influenced you in a negative way.  Keep releasing them to God’s care. ~Marilyn Hickey

19October

Psalm 103:2-3

October 19th, 2021|

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases. – (Psalm 103:2-3 NKJV)

18October

Be A Blessing Counter

October 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.

In Jesus’s Name,

Amen.

15October

Weekend Action Plan

October 15th, 2021|

Identify where you may be leaving God out.  Repent and make necessary changes so that other’s can see that God is the “real deal” in your life.

5October

Psalm 118:14

October 5th, 2021|

The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. (Psalm 118:14 NASB)

4October

Good-bye Cares

October 4th, 2021|

“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.

In Jesus’s Name,

Amen.

30September

Moments with Marilyn

September 30th, 2021|

You will receive healing only by reading and meditating on God’s Word.  You must feed continually upon His Words of life, health, and healing. ~Marilyn Hickey

28September

Malachi 4:2

September 28th, 2021|

But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.  You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. -(Malachi 4:2 NASB)

27September

We are His Beloved

September 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!

23September

Moments with Marilyn

September 23rd, 2021|

The only way you can continually move in faith is to become a man or woman of the Word-that is the only way faith can come.  (Romans 10:17) ~Marilyn Hickey

21September

Psalm 1:1

September 21st, 2021|

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. (Psalm 1:1 NLT)

20September

Get Your Faith Lift Today

September 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.

In Jesus’s Name,

Amen.

17September

Weekend Action Plan

September 17th, 2021|

Hurting people hurt people.  Seek forgiveness from those you’ve wronged out of anger and pain.

16September

Moments with Marilyn

September 16th, 2021|

The more you put your faith into action and live in a way that demonstrates your faith, the more your faith drives your actions. ~Marilyn Hickey

14September

Proverbs 17:17

September 14th, 2021|

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.  (Proverbs 17:17 NKJV)

13September

Cast Your Burdens onto Jesus

September 13th, 2021|

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.  -(Psalm 55:22 NKJV)

Jesus came to carry our burdens.  But so many times we try to carry them alone and, in doing so, we absolutely break ourselves mentally, emotionally, and physically.

When one of my close relatives died, I saw his wife carrying the grief and sorrow.  I could see that it was physically robbing her health.  She was a born-again believer, so I called her one day and asked her if Jesus had carried her sins.  She said, “Yes, He has.  You know that He has, because I’m a born-again believer.”

I said, “But you are still carrying your griefs and sorrows.  Jesus not only carried your sins and sicknesses, He also carried your griefs and sorrows.”

When my relative heard and received this message from God’s Word, it was as though a great burden had been lifted from her shoulders.  The light from the Word had penetrated the darkness of her grief.  That very day she cast her grief and sorrow on the Lord and was set free.

Jesus, I declare that this day I will cast my burdens on You.  Help me see that You know how to provide for that which is committed into Your hands.  Amen.

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