Avoid the Traps

25 May

ScriptureJohn 9:1-23

God’s Message to Us: (What God is saying to us through these verses)traps

DISABILITIES DON’T COME as a curse from Me.  I began the world in a perfect state, free from illness and death.  All was going well until I created man and woman with a free will and gave them some boundaries.  The temptation came to them to expand the boundaries—to make themselves greater.  The consequences to yielding to this temptation released Satan into the world to create sin and sickness.  All temptations, disabilities, and evil come from him! 

  • Adoration: We praise You for creating us this perfect world.
  • Confession: We are sorry we are just like Adam and Eve and disobey.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank You for being our shelter when Santa batters our lives.
  • Supplication: Help us to be Your hands and feet of mercy to the disabled.

SATAN’S POWER IS limited but mankind has been falling into his traps since the beginning of time.  His traps have consequences, and should I remove all consequences it would also remove your free will.  Free-will means you can make choices but you must live with the result of those choices.  Disabilities and illness are what Satan uses to discourage and turn people away from Me.  I created the world perfect and he lured mankind away from Me.  I override his power by providing you with peace during life’s storms.  I do not take away all your storms, but I go with you through them. 

  • Adoration: We are so blessed to have You on our side.
  • Confession: We are sorry for blaming You for illness instead of Satan.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank You for Your perfect plan for humanity.
  • Supplication: Help us to make wise choices to avoid bad consequences.

SATAN IS THE father of lies.  His temptations to “stretch the truth” are an everyday occurrence.  His goal is to turn the world against My people—those who follow Jesus.  Lies are his mode of operation.  He fights relentlessly against those who stand up for Christ.  His greatest victory is when a believer caves and turns from following Christ’s path of life.  The heart turns dark and all manner of evil flow from the heart that turns from Christ.  Remember, it is your free will to choose the path to follow and I am with you moment by moment with you reach out for Me.  I will never leave nor forsake you.  You can do this with My abiding presence.

  • Adoration: You are with us—we are encouraged and blessed.
  • Confession: We are sorry we are so easily beguiled by Satan’s temptations.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank You for this reminder to choose to follow Christ.
  • Supplication: Help us to overcome temptations to evil by your powerful presence.

God’s Question for me:  When the storms of life are raging will you stand by Me?

God’s Promise to me: When you draw near to Me, Satan is shut out of the equation. 

 

 

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Open our Eyes and Ears

24 May

ScriptureJohn 8:28-59

God’s Message to Us: (What God is saying to us through these verses)eyes open

JESUS CAME TO earth, from heaven, to deliver My message of love and salvation to the world.  Born in an impossible way, to a virgin, lived a sinless life, and performed miracles that are impossible to anyone else.  Scores of those who witnessed this realized that He was indeed the Messiah who had been promised so many years earlier.  All the prophecies came to their fulfillment in Christ.  Those who rejected him closed their eyes and ears to His message because they wanted to remain “in charge.” 

  • Adoration: We are grateful for Jesus’ willingly enduring suffering for us.
  • Confession: We are ashamed that we aren’t willing to stand up for Him faithfully.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank You for Your Word that reminds us of Your calling to us.
  • Supplication: Help us to open our ears and eyes to Your message and share it.

DISCIPLES OF JESUS are those who believe that He was the Messiah.  While on earth He said, “blessed are those who believe because they have seen Me, but more blessed are those who believe and have not seen Me.”  He was talking about you dear reader.  You may think it would be such a blessing to have been alive in Jesus’ day and seen Him.  But you are more blessed that those people because now you have My Spirit with you continually.  I’m with you through whatever you must endure and give you the peace and strength you need. 

  • Adoration: We are so blessed by Your Spirit of truth that dwells with us.
  • Confession: We are sorry that we ever worry or fret, forgetting You are here.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank you for the blessing of Your nearness always.
  • Supplication: Help us to share Your blessings with all those our lives touch. 

TRUTH SETS FREE!  Jesus came to earth as My Truth embodied.  Just as it is today, so it was back then.  People are unable to see the plain truth because of their selfish biases.  No one could point a finger at Jesus without four pointing back at themselves.  But they were desperate to deny Him and keep hold of their traditions.  Even to this day, they still deny Him.  He offers them life eternal and they spit in His face.  The world rejected Jesus and they will reject you, but you must still serve faithfully as My ambassadors of love and forgiveness. 

  • Adoration: We are so grateful to recognize Jesus as Your truth embodied.
  • Confession: We are sorry we don’t speak up for Jesus cause more often.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank you for considering us worthy of standing up for Jesus. 
  • Supplication: Help us to willingly face rejection to be loyal to our Lord Jesus Christ.

God’s Question for me: Can I depend upon you to stand for My Truth when the world turns against you?

God’s Promise to me:  My peace that passes understanding will overshadow any and every sadness, temptation, or trial that will ever come your way. 

 

 

Eyes of Faith

23 May

ScriptureJohn 8:1-29

God’s Message to Us: (What God is saying to us through these verses)success

POINTING FINGERS ARE often trying to hide their own guilt.  No one is sinless but often so eager to point fingers at another’s fault.  Jesus responded wisely to the pointed fingers in this passage at a woman caught in adultery.  The old law had been very strict about the sin of adultery and said the person was to be stoned.  Jesus suggested that those among the accusers that were without sin to cast the first stone.  They all walked away.  Instead of condemning the woman Jesus told her to go her way but sin no more. 

  • Adoration: We are all so blessed by Your merciful dealings with us.
  • Confession: We admit we are not so merciful with others.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank You for reminding us of our need to show mercy.
  • Supplication: Help us to spend more time focusing on our faults, instead of others.

WALK BY FAITH not by sight.  When you make all your decisions based upon what you can see and touch you miss the bigger picture.  Making decisions on the narrowness of your experiences blocks My power from working in your life.  Look to the future with eyes of faith, knowing that My power is available to bring about My purposes for your life.  Then beseech Me for the resources to bring it about.  Remember, we are dealing with issues of eternal importance, not the color to paint your living room.  Focus on the eternal and minimize the insignificant. 

  • Adoration: We are so blessed to have You as our constant helper.
  • Confession: We are sorry for our lack of faith and focus on the mundane.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank You for Your ever-available help as we seek to serve You.
  • Supplication: Help us to walk by complete faith in Your power to rescue us. 

BEYOND YOUR HORIZONS are vast stores of resources to carry out My will on earth.  They are available to those who believe Christ came to earth as My ambassador.  To lack faith in Christ is to lack faith in God.  My Word is the instruction manual for accepting Christ.  Believe, heed and proceed into amazing ministries that I will unfold before your eyes.  When you believe in Christ, really believe, my resources, beyond your horizons, come into plain view.  I will not abandon you but be your constant companion. 

  • Adoration: Your Word is living and active and enlivens our spirits.
  • Confession: We are so sorry for walking by sight rather than faith.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank You for Your vast stores of resources
  • Supplication: Help us to believe Your Word and step out in faith.

God’s Question for me:  Do you focus on straightening out others, or using your eyes of faith let My love work through you?

God’s Promise to me: There is nothing that can ever happen to you but what I am right there with you providing My boundless resources for peace and joy.

 

 

Accept the Facts

22 May

Scripture:  John 7:28-53

God’s Message to Us: (What God is saying to us through these versesfact as truth

A PERSON’S CHARACTER is best shown by what provokes them.  A thief is provoked because he was caught.  An honest person is provoked when he is accused of dishonesty.  In this passage Jesus was provoked at the false accusations from the religious leaders.  He provided ample evidence that He was indeed My messenger.  They all were struggling to figure out how anyone could provide more convincing evidence that healing the sick, raising the dead and feeding the crowds.  To believe in Jesus was to give up their authority to Him.  They refused to do that—whatever kinds of proofs Jesus provided. 

  • Adoration: We are grateful for the assurance Jesus was indeed sent from You.
  • Confession: We all struggle with submitting our self-wills to a higher power.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank You that we know You only have our best interests in mind.
  • Supplication: Help us to so live that others can see Jesus reflected in our lives.

BE CAREFUL ABOUT rejecting what you don’t understand.  Mankind always interprets information based on what they already believe.  If they are content with the information they currently have—they reject additional information.  Jesus was crucified because the Jewish leaders rejected the new information He brought them.  They had been looking for a saving Messiah for years but had their preconceptions of what he would look like, be from, and what He would do for them.  They expected this Messiah would honor them and not upset their current “way of doing religion.”  Mankind is like this even today. 

  • Adoration: We are grateful Jesus was willing to go against the flow.
  • Confession: We too get so set in our beliefs we can’t accept innovative ideas.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank you that Jesus laid His life on line for our sakes.
  • Supplication: Help us to willingly lay our lives on the line for others.

SADLY, POLITICS SHOW up in every area of life—even the church.  That is why My Church is so divided today into many different denominations.  That is sad enough but when those denominations condemn one another and don’t cooperate and work together, it is even more sad.  Why not cooperate on the many things that unite you instead of the few things that divide you.  Don’t you realize you can help one another?   What a witness to those outside the church to see Christian people working together instead of against one another. 

  • Adoration: We praise you for Jesus call to us to live in unity.
  • Confession: We are so sorry we have wasted so much time dividing over issues.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank You for Jesus’ forgiveness that is for us all.
  • Supplication: Help us to continually look for causes to unite rather than divide.

God’s Question for me: Will you stand up for Jesus instead of a denomination?

God’s Promise to me: When you look for areas to unite on I am freed to make even your differences melt away and give you mutual benefit.

 

 

Seeds of Evil

21 May

ScriptureJohn 7:1-27

God’s Message to Us: (What God is saying to us through these verses)villan

EXPOSING EVIL IS not a popular past time!  It wasn’t when Jesus walked the earth and it isn’t today.  The opposite of exposing evil is accepting evil—as though it were good.  Evil often appears as a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  You may not even notice that goodness is being compromised, for a period.  Wherever there is opportunity for much good—evil will be present.  Do not be surprised!  Satan uses every opportunity to plant seeds of evil to destroy the good. 

  • Adoration: Jesus was not afraid to call out evil when He saw it.
  • Confession: We too often turn the other way when evil is evident.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank You for Your Word that exposes evil.
  • Supplication: Help us to obey Your Word, avoid evil, and call it out.

BEWARE OF PRETENSIONS!  When something sounds too good to be true, it usually isn’t.  There will always be those trying to gather a following by stretching the truth.  Jesus’ life delivered My Truth to the world, but it seemed too good to be true.  He fed the hungry, healed the sick, walked on water and spoke with confidence and wisdom.  The religious community refused to accept Him because He was calling them to clean up their act.  They knew a Messiah was coming but they wanted to choose their own Messiah that affirmed them.

  • Adoration: That Jesus came from You there is no doubt.
  • Confession: We still dislike being called to clean up our act.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank You for Jesus’ willingness to speak Your Truth.
  • Supplication: Help us to willingly speak Your Truth also.

ACCEPT THE FACTS!  Jesus’ teachings came from heaven’s throne.  If you disagree with anything He taught you either don’t understand it or are unwilling to obey.  No man has ever been able to do the things He did—and then rise from the dead.  People will follow anyone who comes up with some “new” revelation only if it lets them remain in their comfort zone.  The miracles Jesus did show that He had power from on high.  Mankind didn’t want to make any life changes, so they rejected Jesus, My gift to humanity. 

  • Adoration: We acknowledge that Jesus came from heaven and are grateful.
  • Confession: We are sorry we too often are unwilling to make life changes.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank You for the abundant life Jesus offers all.
  • Supplication: Help us to spend our lives sharing this wonderful good news.

God’s Question for me: Can I depend upon you to share Jesus’ message of salvation?

God’s Promise to me: I am with you and will give you the words to say that people need to hear. 

 

 

Big Problems–No Worries!

18 May

ScriptureJohn 6:1-21

God’s Message to Us: (What God is saying to us through these verses) david

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE when you put your trust in God.  Consider for a moment your past life.  How many impossible situations did you find yourself in?  Health?  Finances? Relationships? Emotions?  They don’t look nearly as impossible from this side of the fence, do they?  What difference would it have made if you had simply brought your problem to Me, trusted Me and worried less?  In this passage was an impossible situation solved by Jesus. We specialize in helping you walk through impossible situations in grace and peace.    

  • Adoration: How wonderful we have you to trust in and not worry.
  • Confession: We’re so sorry for the countless times we have worried.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank You for Your promises to be with us always.
  • Supplication: Help us to simply trust You and be a faithful example.

THE NEEDS ARE great, and you feel overwhelmed!  Every cause for concern is My call to pray.  I am here for you.  I love you!  My peace can take you through impossible circumstances. Remember how I was with Moses against insurmountable odds?  Then there was Noah, Job, Joseph, David and I could go on and on.  Put yourself in their shoes and then think about what you are facing.  That puts your life into perspective.  This is a fallen world, with many challenges and problems.  My gift to you is My presence and peace as you travel life’s difficult roads.

  • Adoration: Your presence gives us peace that passes understanding.
  • Confession: We admit we worry so often instead of praying.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank You that Your peace is available always.
  • Supplication: Help us to turn to You in all our concerns of life.

STORMS WILL COME into your life and try to capsize your boat.  During every storm call upon Me and I will come and be with you.  I specialize in doing the impossible for those who trust in Me.  When you fret and worry you negate My help.  Turn your worries over to Me and experience my complete peace in the face of whatever concerns you.  And remember, My presence doesn’t always mean I will take away all your problems.  In this world you will have problems but take heart for I have overcome this world and you will too one day. 

  • Adoration: We are honored to have Your presence on life’s journey.
  • Confession: We too often act as though we had no God to care for us.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank You for Your assurance of being with us.
  • Supplication: Help us to be a helping hand and peaceful influence on others.

God’s Question for me: Will you bring all your worries and care to Me and ask for My wisdom and presence to see you through?

God’s Promise to me: The closer you draw to Me, and the more you aim to follow Jesus, the closer you will find Me in your times of great need!

 

 

Why Read the Bible?

17 May

ScriptureJohn 5:25-47

God’s Message to Us: (What God is saying to us through these verses) Bible reading guy

WHAT REALLY MATTERS is not what you say you believe but what you do!  Even Satan believes—but trembles.  To tremble in belief is to tremble because you know the right thing to do but refuse to do it.  Jesus demonstrated the right things to do and calls His followers to follow in His steps.  He selflessly gave Himself to benefit others, not considering the personal cost.  To so live will result in life eternal.  It will be worth it all. 

  • Adoration: You have gone to great lengths to show us the path of life.
  • Confession: We are sorry that we stray from Your path far too often.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank you for Jesus’ willingness to set the example.
  • Supplication: Help us to commit anew to following Jesus’ path of sacrifice.

POLITICIANS PROMISE HIGH but often deliver low.  Jesus promises high and it is up to you to believe His Word and put it into action in your life—to receive the “high” that He provides.  Politicians say what the people want to hear to win the popular vote.  Jesus delivered My message of Truth to mankind, not to win the popular vote, but to invite mankind to the abundant life—here and for eternity.  The rewards are truly “out of this world.”

  • Adoration: We know we can count on Your Words of truth.
  • Confession: We know what You want of us but fail so often at carrying it out.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank you for the abundant life You promise. It is true!
  • Supplication: Help us to pass on Your message of salvation to others.

DON’T MISS THE forest for the trees!  The Bible is not an end in itself.  You do not win brownie points for reading the Bible over and over.  The value of reading is to guide your decisions, your actions, into following in Jesus’ steps.  Life change is the value in reading.  In school you read a book to pass the test then you often forget what you read.  You read the Bible not merely for information, but for transformation.  Transformation leads to eternal life.

  • Adoration: We praise You for the amazing information in Your Word.
  • Confession: We are sorry we don’t often let it transform our thinking.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank You for Jesus’ sacrificial example.
  • Supplication: Help us to transform our lives based on the information in Your Word.  

God’s Question for me: Does reading My Word make a difference in how you pray?

God’s Promise to me: My Word provides the information you need–My Spirit engages with your spirit as you read–transformation comes as you heed!

 

 

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