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25January

Philippians 4:19

January 25th, 2022|

And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 ESV)

24January

What God Has Blessed

January 24th, 2022|

Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.  Isaiah 65:24

We read in Numbers 22-24 that Balak, king of Moab, was afraid of the Israelites, whose reputation had spread throughout the land as a powerful nation blessed by God.

So Balak summoned Balaam, “Now come and put a curse on these people, because they are too powerful for me.  Perhaps then I will be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land.  For I know that whoever you bless is blessed, and whoever you curse is cursed” (Numbers 22:6).

Balaam discovered, however, that he could not curse God’s people.  Every time he tried to prophesy evil, he prophesied good.

Finally, he said to the king of Moab, “I don’t know what to do.  I can only speak what God puts in my mouth; I can’t curse what God has blessed.” Isn’t that wonderful!  And just think, Jesus took the curse for us so that we’d be blessed!  You can’t curse what’s been taken to the Cross!

God is so good to His people.  The Israelites probably didn’t even know that this battle was occurring.  They were probably just going about their business without any clue that the king of Moab was trying to put a curse on them.

Isaiah 65:24 says that before we even know what to pray for, God already has an answer for us.  How many times has God protected us, sent us angelic protection and like the Israelites, we were not even aware of it?

Dear Heavenly Father, You say in Your Word that angels move at Your command.  We take hold of Your Word, and we ask that angels will help carry it out.  We take hold of the promise that You protect us, watch over us, and neither sleep nor slumber.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

20January

Moments with Marilyn

January 20th, 2022|

(Philippians 4:13)

Have you got an enemy army behind you?  A Red Sea in front of you?  Then you need to know that you serve a God of “I cans.” ~Marilyn Hickey

18January

Philippians 1:6

January 18th, 2022|

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. – (Philippians 1:6 NLT)

17January

Avoid the Quicksand

January 17th, 2022|

“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4 NKJV)

God’s will is to deliver us from fear.  When I was pregnant with Sarah, my son caught the measles.  The doctor and everyone was frightened.  They thought that I would catch them and that, through this disease, my unborn baby would be deformed.

I sought the Lord about it.  I knew that God had given me this baby supernaturally.  He had caused me to be pregnant even though the doctors had said that it could never happen.  I knew that if God could give me a baby, He could also keep my baby healthy.  I did not get the measles.  Sarah was not harmed, and she leads a very normal, healthy life.  It was only as I sought God that I was set free from fear.

Fear can be just like a pit of quicksand.  The more you struggle in it, the deeper you sink.  But once we realize that fear can be avoided and bypassed, then God is free to work His supernatural wonders in our lives.  When you find yourself caught in the “quicksand” of fear, stretch out your hand to God and let Him pull you free!

Dear Heavenly Father,

Help us today to see You and recognize that fear comes from the devil.  We will resist fear, in Jesus’s name, and be set free.

Amen.

13January

Moments with Marilyn

January 13th, 2022|

Healing is not just for you; it is for you to bring forth in others!  Jesus said we are to lay our hands upon the sick, and they will recover. ~Marilyn Hickey

11January

Proverbs 31:16

January 11th, 2022|

She considers a field and buys it; with the fruits of her hands she plants a vineyard. (Proverbs 31:16 EVS)

10January

The Mysteries of God Revealed

January 10th, 2022|

And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables…” (Mark 4:11 NKJV)

I have found that God does not want His Word to be a mystery to us; He wants it to be a revealed truth.

When I find passages that I don’t understand in the Bible, I write a question mark beside them and ask the Father to reveal the answer to me.  If I’m patient, eventually God will give me a beautiful revelation.

Once I didn’t understand why God had not allowed Moses to enter the Promised Land.  I knew Moses had been disobedient when he hit the rock twice (see Numbers 20:11).  But if I had been Moses and was forced to listen to a bunch of complainers for forty years, I would have been tempted to hit the people instead of the rock!  So, I put a question mark by that verse and asked the Lord to give me a revelation.

The Lord said to me, ‘Moses DID get to enter the Promised Land!  Moses went in on the Mount of Transfiguration with Elijah and Jesus.’  I turned in my Bible to Mark 9 and there is was:

There he [Jesus] was transfigured before them…and there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.  (vv. 2, 4)

And the Lord said to me, “With whom would you rather enter the Promised Land—murmuring Jews or Jesus?”  And I thought, “You win, You win!”

Isn’t that awesome?!  We know the mysteries of God through revelation knowledge!

Dear Heavenly Father, open my eyes to behold wonders from Your Word today.  Give me hearing ears and seeing eyes to receive the revelations that You have for me.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

6January

Moments with Marilyn

January 6th, 2022|

The Word is what will cause your family to overcome its inherited family iniquities. ~Marilyn Hickey

And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony.  And they did not love their lives so much that they we were afraid to die.  (Revelation 12:11)

3January

God’s Mercy Never Runs Out

January 3rd, 2022|

winter scene: road and forest with hoar-frost on trees

“Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him” (Psalm 32:10 NKJV)

Have you ever been to the grocery store to buy some sale item—only to find that the store had “run out” of it?  You had two choices:  go somewhere else or go home empty-handed.

When it comes to God’s mercy, He’ll never send you somewhere else and you’ll never go home empty handed—because His mercy will never “run out”!  The Word promises that His mercy will endure forever.

There have been times when I know that I failed God and missed the leading of His Spirit.  I have been openly rebellious to His Word, and yet I have claimed His mercy and found that it always surrounded me.  I was fenced in with His mercy, which never runs out.

Sometimes we say that our PATIENCE runs out.  But I want to assure you that God’s MERCY never runs out.  I’m not giving you an excuse for sin because God does not have “greasy grace.”  But when we repent and turn from our sin, He has mercy.  Remember, God’s mercy is all around you and never runs out.  Call upon God’s mercy today; it is always available to you.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You today for Your mercy—the mercy that never runs out.  Your mercy endures forever.  Thank you that it is available to us during our times of need.

In Jesus’s Name,

Amen.

28December

Hebrew 11:6

December 28th, 2021|

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6 ESV)

27December

Look! The Lamb of God

December 27th, 2021|

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” -(John 1:29 NIV)

God has called me to travel all over the world to share His Word.  Many of the countries He calls me to aren’t exactly in love with Christians, and they’re not exactly in love with women, so I have to have faith in the blood of the Lamb to protect me!

The Lamb is a symbol of sacrifice throughout the entire Bible.  Revelation 13:8 even refers to Jesus as “the lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.

In Genesis, in the story of Cain and Abel, Abel brings a lamb from the flock and his sacrifice was acceptable to God.  So, we see that the Lamb is a sacrifice for us as individuals.

In Exodus, each Israelite family sacrificed a lamb and smeared its blood on their doorposts so that the death angel would pass over their houses and not take their first born.  Here we see that the Lamb is for our family.

In Leviticus, the Lamb is sacrificed for the nation.  So, He’s a Lamb for me, for you.  He’s a Lamb for my family, for your family.  And He’s the Lamb for our nation—for the United States, for America.

John the Baptist, however, had the greatest revelation of all.  He said, ‘Look at Jesus!  He is the Lamb, but He’s the Lamb for the whole world!’

Lord, I declare that Christ is the Passover Lamb for me, my family, my nation and the world!

23December

Moments with Marilyn

December 23rd, 2021|

Generational blessing cannot be confined by time and space or stamped out by circumstances. ~Marilyn Hickey

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