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7December

1 Timothy 6:12

December 7th, 2021|

Fight the good fight of the faith.  Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.  (1 Timothy 6:12 ESV)

6December

The Lord Our God is One

December 6th, 2021|

“Hear, O Israel:  The Lord our God, the Lord is one!” Deuteronomy 6:4 (NKJV)

People often say to me, “I don’t like the Old Testament.  During that period, God was a harsh God of judgment and punishment; a God of discipline and not of compassion.  I like to read about Jesus in the New Testament more.”

I want to remind you that whatever Jesus is, the Father is also.  Jesus Himself declared that He and the Father are one (see John 10:30).  So, the Son didn’t change the Father’s mind about love, compassion, or healing.  Christ was the very expression of the Father’s love clothed in human flesh.

Moses, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote these profound words, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one” (Deuteronomy 6:4 NKJV).

Does that word “one” mean only one person?  The Hebrew word achad or echad used here for one means “united,” “a collection of thoughts,” “to be like or together.”

“Unity” must involve more than one.  For example, two people are united in one marriage.  The United States of America isn’t a single state, but a collection of states working together as one.  But I particularly like the definition: “collection of thoughts.”  What an interesting and precise revelation of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  They think alike!  Consequently, Their purposes are united, Their words are united, and all Their actions agree.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for this revelation that You are One God, united with Jesus and the Holy Spirit as One loving and compassionate God, not just in the New Testament but from the very beginning.

3December

Weekend Action Plan

December 3rd, 2021|

Examine your thought life.  Take up your weapon of warfare (scripture) and go to battle to reclaim territory where you’re feeling defeated.

2December

Moments with Marilyn

December 2nd, 2021|

God’s desire is to bless you, to bless your children, and to create a line of generation who both know His blessing and are determined to pass it on. ~Marilyn Hickey

30November

Job 9:10

November 30th, 2021|

Who does great things beyond searching out, and marvelous things beyond number. (Job 9:10 ESV)

29November

Speak God’s Promises

November 29th, 2021|

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…” (Revelation 12:11a NKJV)

The book of Revelation makes tremendous promises to those who are overcomers.  Revelation 12:11a tells us very simply how to gain the promises: through the blood of Jesus.  When we speak God’s promises to our circumstances, to ourselves, or about the devil, we literally overcome whatever problems we are experiencing.

The paralyzed man at the pool of Bethesda was a real “overcomer.”  After waiting 38 years for his healing, the man one day met Jesus, who told him to “rise.”  Jesus challenged what seemed impossible.  The man rose up, took his bed, and walked.

Many times, I have had to speak the Word to overcome fear.  I had to tell my mind, “You’re not going to be in fear.  You are going to trust the Lord.”

David spoke to his soul.  When the devil attacked David’s mind, he told it to get in line with God’s Word.  Speak God’s Word to your mind too.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today we thank You for the blood of Jesus.  We choose to take the Word because it will grow and prevail in any circumstance or situation we face.

In Jesus’s Name,

Amen.

25November

Moments with Marilyn

November 25th, 2021|

We need to honor God as our Source and in our abundance.  Giving to others and furthering the spreading of the Gospel honors God. ~Marilyn Hickey

23November

1 Corinthians 1:9

November 23rd, 2021|

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9 NKJV)

22November

God is the Source of Blessing

November 22nd, 2021|

As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. – (1 Kings 11:4).

I was walking the other day because I try to exercise regularly, and I was asking God for what I always think are big things: “I need this…I need that…I want you to get me in this country…I want you to do this…” And the Holy Spirit just said to me so sweetly, “Stop trying and let Me work.”

Have you ever tried to help God?  I think when we try to help God, we get into carnal thinking instead of listening for what God wants, and then we can do some stupid things.

After God gave Solomon wisdom, riches, honor and length the days, something happened.  I don’t know where he got turned around, but Solomon suddenly decided he needed help God.  He didn’t trust God to give him peace with all the nations, so in his carnal man he began to marry the daughters of the countries around him in order to try to keep peace with the nations.  But they were idolatresses.  And instead of converting to Solomon’s God, the began to turn Solomon’s heart away, and he began to worship their idols.  How sad!

Now folks, when we do well, let’s not get into pride saying, “I got this by my own brilliance and my wonderful physique,” but rather we need to acknowledge that God is the source of our blessings.  Remembering this is key to keeping us from trying to “help” God; instead, we trust that in His power, all things will come to pass, in His way and His timing.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for all the blessings in my life!  I know that You don’t need my help, but that You will use me to do Your will when I quit trying to go my own way!

16November

Romans 8:28

November 16th, 2021|

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28 NIRV)

15November

Meditate on the Good Things

November 15th, 2021|

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer” – (Psalm 19:14)

As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.  Whatever we think about is going to come out of our mouths.  Out of the abundance of our hearts will our mouth speak.

It is very important that our minds meditate upon the good things of God, upon His Word.  MEDITATE means “to go over and over.”  I find that when my mind wants to dwell on ugly, negative things, the best remedy is to memorize certain scriptures or chapters of the Bible.  Then I begin to speak those scripture aloud, and my mind lines up with the Word.  God’s Word becomes the abundance of my heart from which my mouth speaks.

Another special blessing that comes from meditation on the Word is that the scripture will become stored in you—like data in a computer.  Then when you need the Word in a hurry, you just push a spiritual button and out it comes—ready to be ministered to any situation or circumstances!

Dear Heavenly Father,

Let us take hold of Your Word today.  Let us memorize it, think it, speak it, act it, eat it, dream it, and live it.  We know that when we are grounded in Your Word, then every word that comes from our mouths will be acceptable to You.  Our words come from Your strength.

In Jesus’s Name,

Amen.

11November

Moments with Marilyn

November 11th, 2021|

When you hunger and thirst after God, your attitude will change to faith and courage, and you will receive His blessings. ~Marilyn Hickey

9November

Luke 16:10

November 9th, 2021|

One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.  (Luke 16:10 ESV)

8November

Forgiveness Never Wears Out

November 8th, 2021|

“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”  Mark 11:25 (NKJV)

When we pray the Lord’s prayer, it says that we will be forgiven our trespasses IF we forgive other.  One morning the Lord spoke to me about a certain situation and asked me to forgive someone.  I said, “Lord, I have forgiven that person at least 500 times.  My forgiveness is just about worn out.”

God answered, “No, your forgiveness never wears out because MY forgiveness never wears out.  When I forgave you, it was by My grace.  You received My grace.  Now the grace that forgave you also lives in you, and you can forgive with the same grace.”

His words were such a blessing.  I immediately began to forgive this person—not with my own forgiveness—but with the forgiveness that comes from God’s mercy.  In faith I forgave.  And in faith I was forgiven.  Now when I pray early in the morning, I just say, “Lord, I forgive anyone who has ever hurt me—even before they do it!”

Dear Heavenly Father,

Show us the victory of being a forgiving people.  Show us the victory and Your power of forgiveness in our lives.

In Jesus’s Name,

Amen.

5November

Weekend Action Plan

November 5th, 2021|

Take inventory of prayer life.  Identify if you are only praying to move the hand of God; and allow Him to also change your heart.

2November

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

November 2nd, 2021|

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  (Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV)

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