Devotional

God’s Word Lives On

Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever… (1 Peter 1:23 NKJV)

Can you imagine what it will be like to live eternally?  God’s Word gives us eternal life because it IS eternal.  His Word live and abides forever.  Whenever we stand on His Word; trust in His Word; act, think, speak, and meditate upon His Word, we have latched hold of eternity.  Our physical bodies may die, but God’s Word in incorruptible, it will continue to work and bring forth fruit.

I heard a wonderful testimony from a man whose grandfather spent five minutes a day praying over each grandchild.  There were nine grandchildren, so he prayed 45 minutes each day.  Today all of those grandchildren are in full-time ministry.  Why? Because God’s Word lives on, even though our physical bodies do not.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Help us to put our faith in Your Word.  Help us not to give up, but to know that when we take hold of the Word, we take hold of eternity.  The Word will never let us down because You uphold all things by the Word of Your power.  Thank You today that Your promises endure forever. 

Amen

God’s Word Lives On2019-04-08T14:00:00-06:00

All Nations, Every Tongue

Shout with joy to God, all the earth!All Nations, Every Tongue
Sing the glory of his name;
Make his praise glorious!…

All the earth bows down to you:
They sing praise to you,
They sing praise to your name.
(Psalm 66:1-2, 4 NIV)

Therefore God exalted him [Jesus] to the highest
place and gave him the name that is above every
name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should
bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ
is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
(Philippians 2:9-11 NIV)

One day—yes, one day—God’s glorious plan will be revealed in a way undeniable. And on that day, not only will all of creation and all people know that Jesus is Lord, but that knowledge will so overwhelm humanity that they will fall to their knees and confess the truth that Jesus is the Messiah.

What a great and glorious day that will be

All Nations, Every Tongue2019-04-02T11:10:22-06:00

Establish Your Thoughts

Commit your works to the Lord,
And your thoughts will be established. –(Proverbs 16:3 NKJV)Establish Your Thoughts

Do you every have problems with your thought life? The devil can put all kinds of junk and trash into our minds. I hate that. Sometimes I think it happens because we have seen a movie that wasn’t good or because we have seen something questionable on television. Somehow the enemy has done a number on us.

But I have found a way to establish my thoughts: I need to commit all of my works until the Lord. Many times, I have awakened in the night and started to worry. Then I’d catch myself and say, “Lord, I commit my works unto You.” Soon my thoughts come back in line, and I can go back to sleep.

The devil would like to harass us through our thought life. But if we will commit our works unto the Lord, our thought life will come in line. I know that you want your works and thoughts established in Him.

Dear Heavenly Father,

In the name of Jesus, we commit our works into your Hand. We thank You that our thoughts are established and our minds are renewed. We have the mind of Christ. Jesus was made unto us wisdom for this day, and we praise and glorify You for it.

Amen

Establish Your Thoughts2019-03-21T14:07:04-06:00

Free to Choose

Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse! You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today. But you will be cursed if you reject the commands of the Lord your God and turn away from him and worship gods you have not known before (Deuteronomy 11:26-28 NLT).

You can choose to spend time with Jesus and how closely you will listen to and obey what he tells you. You can choose what you will allow into your mind and heart. You can choose what you believe. You have free will to make countless choices and decisions every day.

Because of this amazing gift—the God-given freedom to choose—we have the privilege to choose lives of blessing for ourselves and our families. Even if you don’t have the benefits of growing up in a godly family, even if you come from a long line of hard-core sinners, you can choose a life that will bring blessing upon you, your children, and your grandchildren.

Free to Choose2019-03-21T10:48:27-06:00

Why is one hour of such extreme importance?

Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What? Could you not watch with Me one hour?” Matthew 26:40 NKJV

Jesus had called his disciples to pray with Him for one hour. Why is one hour of such extreme importance? Why did He call them for exactly one hour? Because if they had prayed for one hour, they would have been kept from temptation. Jesus later told Peter that he would not have denied Christ if he had spent that time in prayer.

An early prayer a day keeps the devil away. Early in the morning I like to name my day—that is, I name it what I believe God wants it to be. Perhaps He wants it to be a day of victory, maybe He wants it to be a day of wisdom, or a day of revelation. I believe that my day will be in line with what I name it.

Jesus has again given us authority in His name to name things. We can name our day, and our day will get in line with what we name it. Take that early hour of prayer. It can keep your whole day in victory.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Help us daily to have an early time in prayer to set our day off right and give us a day of victory.

In Jesus’s name,

Amen

Why is one hour of such extreme importance?2019-03-18T09:44:29-06:00

It is Never too Late to Change Direction

No sensible building contractor begins a house without a blueprint. If he does, it will be obvious in the end that there was no plan. You may smile at this, but unfortunately, many individuals go through life without a plan, which can end up as disastrous as building without a blueprint. In fact, it is a much greater tragedy, because the value of a house cannot be compared with the value of a life. A house, for whatever purpose, is temporary; a life has an eternal purpose.It is Never too Late to Change Direction

You may agree with what I’m saying, but perhaps you’ve made mistakes of you think your situation can’t be changed. Are you now reaping the result of living years without goals? Maybe you’ve just become a Christian, and you see that your goals have all be wrong. Is it possible to start over again? Well, let me tell you about a man who did.

This man’s name was Saul. At the height of his career, Saul had his eyes “opened” to see that he was building his life on the wrong goals. Saul had firmly set goals he thought were right, and he was ardently fulfilling them. However, his goals were all wrong, which is as bad as having no goals at all. This was the same Saul whose name Jesus changed to Paul, the same Paul who wrote most of the New Testament! It certainly wasn’t too late for him to set new goals and change his life, just as it isn’t too late for God to work a turnaround in your life.

It is Never too Late to Change Direction2019-03-07T14:30:25-06:00

Turning Sorrow into Joy

…But your sorrow will be turned into joy. (John 16:20b NKJV)

God has always delighted in turning curses into blessings. Balaam tried to curse God’s people; but every time he went up on the mountain to curse them, he ended up blessing them. Finally, he said, “I can’t curse what God has blessed.”

Are you in a time of sorrow or crisis? Remember: the bigger this crisis, the bigger the opportunity that God has for transforming crisis into a miracle.Turning Sorrows into Joy

I remember one time with I felt very defeated. We had a prayed for a young woman with leukemia, but she had died. I felt like I never again wanted to do a healing prayer. But the Lord spoke to me about the three Hebrews who would not bow down to the image of Nebuchadnezzar. God told me, “That’s Faith!”

The Hebrews also said, “If He doesn’t deliver us, we still won’t bow down.” And God said, “That’s Faithfulness! Marilyn, I’m growing two things in you, faith and faithfulness. Will you still be faithful to My Word when it appears that your faith has failed?”

God had taught me something very special about the prayer of faith for the sick. My sorrow was turned into joy, and the seeming defeat, into faith.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We pray the You will take hold of our sorrowful circumstances and turn them into victory. Help us turn each disadvantage into an advantage that will bring glory to Your name.

In Jesus’s name,

Amen­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Turning Sorrow into Joy2019-02-26T11:06:57-06:00

Free to Choose

Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse! You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today. But you will be cursed if you reject the commands of the Lord your God and turn away from him and worship gods you have not known before (Deuteronomy 11:26-28 NLT).Free to Choose

You can choose to spend time with Jesus and how closely you will listen to and obey what he tells you. You can choose what you will allow into your mind and heart. You can choose what you believe. You have free will to make countless choices and decisions every day.

Because of this amazing gift—the God-given freedom to choose—we have the privilege to choose lives of blessing for ourselves and our families. Even if you don’t have the benefits of growing up in a godly family, even if you come from a long line of hard-core sinners, you can choose a life that will bring blessing upon you, your children, and your grandchildren.

Free to Choose2019-02-25T14:47:26-06:00

Look Up!

Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near. (Luke 21:28 NKJV)

Some people always look down: other always look around. But God didn’t call us to look down, around, or even back. He called us to look up.

When God told Noah to build the ark, He instructed Noah to make only one long window—right near the top, because the only place he wanted Noah to look was upward. If Noah had looked outward, he would have only seen the endless rain, the floating debris, and the people screaming for help.Look Up

The secret for our strength today is to look up. Make a decision right now to look up to our heavenly Father, Who is supernaturally supplying all our needs.

One summer our ministry went through a terrible financial crisis, when thousands of dollars and checks had been stolen at the post office. As a result, we could not pay our bills. The circumstances seemed overwhelming. But when I began to look up, my redemption came. For God truly gave us a miracle and supplied all our needs within in 30 days.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We pray that new faith would rise up in our hearts. We will look up, life our heads, and see Your plan of deliverance. We thank You, Father, for you quick answer to prayer, as You hasten to perform Your Word.

In Jesus’s Name,

Amen

Look Up!2019-02-13T13:10:01-06:00

Blessings for an Upright Heart

I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me (Psalm 119: 7-8 NIV).Blessings for an Upright Heart

There are two “I wills”—one in verse seven and one in verse eight. Here, the psalmist has the best of intentions, He wants to follow God’s Word with his whole heart. He admits he doesn’t yet know all there is to know about God, but he commits to a lifelong learning experience.

Praising goes hand in hand with learning. When you turn your heart to praise God, you become motivated to learn more about Him. At the same time, the more you learn about Him, the more you are compelled to praise Him! This wonderful, unending circle will improve your heart, your mind, and your life.

Notice that your praise cannot be half-hearted. You must praise Him with upright heart. This means your praise will be sincere, and it will be for God alone. You may love your church and your pastor, but your praise is to be for God alone. You may adore your family, but your heart must always be directed to God.

Blessings for an Upright Heart2019-02-13T12:34:00-06:00

Faith Must Always Produce a Work.

…And by works faith was made perfect (James 2:22 NKJV).

We can “talk” faith, but if we don’t have any fruit following it, we have not brought forth what God wants—our faith has not been perfected.

Sometimes we are so involved in our own little family that we forget Jesus was sent to feed the whole world. We are a part of not only a spiritual revival, but also a physical renewal. We cannot say to hungry children, “Be fed,” and then let them starve to death. Faith must always produce a work.Faith must always produce a work.

We cannot merely go around saying, “The Word works.” We must act like the Word works; then it will produce fruit. One night I was murmuring over a situation. My son Mike said, “Mother, you say that what things you desire when you pray, believe that you will receive them, and you shall have them. Have you really prayed for your need? If so, then don’t you really believe that you will have it?”

The Word was like an arrow to my heart. I then repented to the Father and my family for murmuring.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We come to You in Jesus’s name. We thank You that the Word is working in us and that we are not just “talking the Word, but also acting the Word. We are not “make-believers,” we are believers making the Word work. The you, Father, that you are perfecting our faith today.

In Jesus’s name.

Amen

Faith Must Always Produce a Work.2019-02-04T13:43:27-06:00

God’s Will for Your Wholeness

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well (3 John 2 NIV).

When we talk about healing, we almost always think of physical healing, but God’s healing is for the whole person.God’s Will for Your Wholeness

Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the apostle Paul prayed, May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.

May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:23 NIV). God wants all of you well. His Word declares that healing is for your entire being—your spirit, your soul, your body.

Where you are and whatever your circumstance, the Lord wants you whole. If you have a broken heart, He wants to heal it. If you have a broken pocketbook, He wants to heal it. If you have a sick, infirm or broken body, the Lord wants to heal it. Wholeness is the will of God for every individual, and certainly nothing is too difficult for the One who created the universe and fashioned your physical body. The Lord is able to heal your circumstances and your relationships just as easily as He can heal your body—if you’ll only ask and believe.

What needs healing in your life?

God’s Will for Your Wholeness2019-01-24T12:09:15-06:00

“Lord, read my Bible? I read my Bible all the time. What are You saying?”

Your words were found, and I ate them,
And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart;
For I am called by Your name,
O Lord God of hosts.
(Jeremiah 15:16 NKJV)

Some years ago, Wally and I were on vacation in New Mexico. We had left a horrendous problem in our office, and though my body was in New Mexico, my head was still in Denver. I was in torment, and the Lord told me, “Read your Bible.” I thought, “Lord, read my Bible? I read my Bible all the time. What are You saying?” Read Your Bible

But the Lord said, “You are not reading enough of the Bible for this problem. Your problem is an elephant, and the Word you have read today, in comparison, is an ant. You need to read enough of the Word until it becomes the elephant and the problem becomes the ant.” I literally consumed the Word until it became the elephant.

When we went home, the Word was so strong in my heart that I began to understand our problem clearly. Six months later it was beautifully resolved.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Give us such a hunger for the Word that, instead of thinking “coffee” in the morning, we will think, Where’s my Bible?” Instead of a midnight snack of ice cream, give us the midnight snack of more scriptures. Let us have a consuming hunger for the Word of God.

In Jesus’s Name,

Amen

“Lord, read my Bible? I read my Bible all the time. What are You saying?”2019-01-24T11:07:12-06:00

Rejoice, Pray, Bless

Rejoice, Pray, Bless

I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth (Psalm 34:1 NKJV).

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV).

Praise, blessing, prayer, joy—these qualities and behaviors should be what distinguish Christians from the rest of the world. If most of your thoughts do not fit into one of these categories, if your day is mostly about fear, anger, jealousy, ambition, etc., then you are not in God’s will for your life.

We can’t be reminded often enough to count our blessings.

Ask God to help you live a thankful life, full of joy and blessings for others.

Rejoice, Pray, Bless2019-01-16T14:00:26-06:00

We are called into fellowship?

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

We are called into fellowship? Can you imagine the Lord calling US to fellowship? We usually feel as though we are calling upon Him for fellowship. But God loves fellowship with us.

One morning I was lying in prayer on my couch, I was telling the Lord what a privilege it is to live for Him. He spoke to me and said, “You don’t live for me, you live with me. We live together, and we are seated together in heavenly places. We meet together in daily fellowship when we join in prayer.”

When we pray to the Father, both Jesus and the Holy Spirit pray with us. They intercede for us as we fellowship together.

We are never alone because He is Jehovah-Shammah—the Lord Who is present. Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Why? Because He has called us into this fellowship.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Help us to live in continual fellowship with You on a day-to-day basis. Thank You that the Fellowship of Jesus is sweet. Thank You that we walk daily in newness of life. Thank You that we walk daily in the Spirit and in fellowship with Your Son.

Amen

We are called into fellowship?2019-01-16T13:59:22-06:00