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26October

The Glory of His Plan!

October 26th, 2020|

Save me, O God!  For the waters have come up to my neck.  I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.  I am weary with my crying; my throat is dry; my eyes fail while I wait for my God.

O God, You know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from You.  (Psalm 69:1-3, 5 NKJV)

Do you really understand what Jesus did for you on the Cross?

Not only did He die for you, He bore your sin so that you would be free to accept His sacrifice and receive eternal life.

As you read Psalm 69, thoughtfully consider this awesome sacrifice by the Son of God.  Sincerely thank God for His plan of redemption because it has allowed you to escape the sure judgment of the King of kings.

Praise Him continually for His tender mercies, which will be extended to you throughout the ages to come.

20October

Proverbs 14:30

October 20th, 2020|

A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. -(Proverbs 14:30 ESV)

19October

Renew your Mind Daily

October 19th, 2020|

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” -(Romans 12:2 NKJV)

When we act like people in the world, we CONFORM to their standard.  But the Word of God TRANSFORMS us:  It renews our minds and causes us to think like Him.  The word for TRANSFORM is the same word as “transfigure.”  When Jesus spoke with Moses and Elijah, He was transfigured.  There was a glow from within.

When your mind is renewed with God’s Word, your mind also begins to glow from within from God’s Word.  Then, because of the renewing of your mind, you will know what is good, you will know what is acceptable, and you will know the perfect will of God.

It is very important to have a continual process of renewing our mind.  Renewal can be achieved by reading, meditating, and “chewing” on God’s Word in a daily way.  Then we make right decisions.  Because we live in and associate with the world, our thoughts can, at any moment, conform to the world.  That’s why it is so important to meditate on God’s Word daily.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Help us today to meditate on Your Word and to keep our minds renewed with a daily reading of Your Word.

In Jesus’s Name,

Amen.

13October

Psalm 119:93

October 13th, 2020|

I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life. –(Psalm 119:93 ESV)

12October

A Cure for the Evening News

October 12th, 2020|

In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.  (John 16:33 NIV)

Because of the peril of today, sometimes, if Christians are not careful, we can become adversely affected by what we see instead of what we know by faith.  Jesus tells us to be cheerful in the midst of troubled relationships, finances, or health.  And though you should be concerned, don’t let the condition of the world get you down.  Remember that we know how the story ends…and it is a happy, happy ending!

If you do become depressed or anxious about situations surrounding you, begin to praise God.  Turn to Psalm 67; it’s bursting with praise and promise!  Memorize the words so they will be hidden in your heart, then begin to speak or even sing them!  Praise your way through this life, knowing that the conditions we face are not permanent.  One glorious day we will live in a righteous world under the reign of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Let’s live this life in an overabundance of praise to God for His supernatural intervention even before we see His miracles manifested!

 

6October

Proverbs 12:25

October 6th, 2020|

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.  (Proverbs 12:25 ESV)

5October

Bless the Lord

October 5th, 2020|

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:  Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases” (Psalm 103:2, 3 NKJV)

The word BLESS is a very powerful word.  However, if we do not mix blessings with faith, then we lose the benefits promised to us.  Basically, the Bible tells us that we are to bless three things:  1) We are to bless our circumstances.  Never murmur against them.  What we bless will bless us.

2) We are to bless our enemies.  Never talk against them or criticize them.  Never do evil to them.  When we bless them, then, in turn, they will bless us.  When a man’s ways please the Lord, He will make his enemies to be at peace with us.  3) We are to bless the Lord.  You might say, “The Lord doesn’t need to be blessed.  He is already blessed.”  But when we bless the Lord, He blesses us back.

Remember, when we bless the Lord, He forgives all of our sins and heals all of our diseases.  Spend time blessing the Lord today!  If you sow blessings, you will reap them.  He will bless you back!

Dear Heavenly Father,

Help us today not to murmur and complain against our circumstances, but to bless them.  Help us to not murmur against our enemies, but to bless them.  Above all, help us to bless You.  Throughout the day we will take time to bless You, Father, with our hearts.

In Jesus’s Name,

Amen.

29September

Proverbs 22:6

September 29th, 2020|

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – (Proverbs 22:6 ESV)

28September

Your Inheritance from Father Abraham

September 28th, 2020|

“If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” – (Galatians 3:29 NIV)

The rewards promised to Abraham are the same rewards God holds out to you as you live a righteous, faith-filled life of obedience to the Lord:

Fruitfulness — a life and legacy of increase, influence, and effectiveness on the earth, for you and your heirs.

A heritage of natural and spiritual heirs — your physical children (adopted and biological) and your spiritual children, entrusted to you by God, to spread your legacy of fruitfulness over space and time.

A supernatural place of provision and protection — the place or places to which God will lead you to establish and benefit you and your family, the place where He will cause you to influence others for His glory.

24September

Moments with Marilyn

September 24th, 2020|

 

Troubles that exist in your family tree may have started generations ago.  The good news is this, what you do today—right now and in the days to come—can start a new pattern! ~Marilyn Hickey

22September

Proverbs 17:22

September 22nd, 2020|

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” – (Proverbs 17:22 ESV)

21September

Blessed are the Peacemakers

September 21st, 2020|

“He who is of a proud heart stir up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.” – (Proverbs 28:25 NKJV)

Strife always brings problems.  Out of it comes every evil work.  Sometimes it is very difficult not to respond to people who speak against us.  One time I was very upset because a woman had told some terrible lies about me.  I wanted to respond by telling her off, but the Lord said, “Vengeance is mine.”

The Lord told me that He would fight for me and that I should bless my enemies.  I made the decision not to enter into the strife.  If was the Lord’s problem, not mine.  If any fighting were to be done, the Lord would have to do it for me.

God prospered me in that situation.  I will never forget it, and I remind myself of it when I have new opportunities for strife.  Strife is a luxury you cannot afford; it is too expensive.  Strife will cost you time, energy, and your mental peace and well-being.  If you want to be a victorious Christian, stay out of strife.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Help us today to see the pitfalls of strife.  Help us to rebuke and resist strife with all of our hearts.  You said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.”  Help us to see that we cannot be a part of strife.

In Jesus’s Name,

Amen.

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