Tonight I pray that you allow yourself to grow strong in the Light of HIS Presence! The world around you is moving so quickly that sometimes you feel overwhelmed. He is the calm at the center of your life during the storm!!! Your weakness does not make Him angry or want to give up on you. On the contrary, it attracts His mighty power so that it can flow into your heart when you yield yourself to Him. Never forget that when you are at your weakest He will saturate you with His power!!! Don’t go to the world for sustenance instead be still and know that He is God. Rest in Him… Yield up everything to Him, for it is when we are still and trusting in Him that He can become our Light, Salvation and Strength to bring us through the hardest times in our lives, so that we can be a blessing to others. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I Love You All!!! God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/56gz8Y
Not the Time to Stop
You, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith.—Jude 1:20
A sign posted at the end of the road on an airport runway reads, “Keep moving. If you stop, you are in danger and a danger to those who are flying.” We could apply the same principle to the Christian life: Keep moving. If you stop, you are in danger.
Why should we keep moving? Because we have a natural tendency to slip back into our old, sinful ways. Just as a car parked on a hill will naturally roll backward when shifted into neutral, we will naturally go the wrong way if we shift our Christian lives into neutral and stop seeking to learn and grow as believers.
Take a flower and a weed for example. Our old nature, that part of us that doesn’t want to obey God, is like a weed. Our new nature is like a flower. Now, my wife Cathe loves to grow flowers. She will tend them, care for them, fertilize them, and pull any weeds that get remotely close to them. And in the time it has taken for those flowers to grow a few inches, a weed will have found a crack in the sidewalk and has grown eighteen feet tall. How much nurturing did the weed need? None. It simply took off. Like Cathe’s beautiful flowers, our new nature needs nurturing. We need to do the things that will build us up spiritually. But if we cease to do those things, that old nature will come back to haunt us.
The Christian life isn’t just about obeying commandments. It is also about wanting to please the Lord, wanting to grow, and wanting to become more like Him.
I have to agree with Pastor Greg that it isn’t that we have to be in the Word that we should want to spend time with Jesus because we love him and want to visit with him. It is when we do this that we will nurture our walk with Jesus by getting the proper care and feeding in the Word and in prayer so that we can grow up to be mighty men and women of the Lord!! Have a Simply Heavenly day and may God bless you all!!!
Ask for Help
Everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. —Luke 11:10
The Bible tells the story of Simon Peter, who was out walking on the water with Jesus. When the impossibility of the situation began to dawn on him, however, his faith faltered. He cried out, “Lord, save me!”
How easily Jesus could have said, “Where is your faith, Peter? You made your bed; now lie on it. Try swimming.” But the Bible says, “And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him” (Matthew 14:31). Immediately. I like that.
When you begin to sink and cry out, “Lord, save me!” He will immediately reach out. But you must cry out for His help. That is hard for some of us to do.
As a kid, I spent a lot of time at the beach. When I was out bodysurfing one day, a big set of waves started coming in. So, I did what I was supposed to do: I swam toward the waves and went under them. When I looked up, there was another set. I swam under those too. One set after another came. The people on the beach were looking like little ants. Suddenly, I felt exhausted — with no strength left and nothing to hold onto. In that moment, I knew I was in trouble.
I realized I had two choices. I could cry, “Help!” and the lifeguard would come running with his life preserver. When we got to shore, my friends would laugh, and I would never live it down. Or, I could drown with dignity.
I cried out! A lot of us don’t want to admit our need. We don’t want to cry out to God. We want to maintain our dignity. But every day of my life, I need the best God has to offer. And you do too.
This devotional from Pastor Greg speaks to my heart today. Many times we all need a little help and I am so happy that I can cry out to Jesus and He hears my voice and will pull me up out of the deep water and into His loving arms. Thank you Jesus for being my Savior, my Rock and my Redeemer!!! I hope that you all have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
TONIGHT I PRAY that you know that you are HIS for all time; nothing can separate you from HIS love since HE invested His very life in you. You can be assured that He will take care of you. I pray that you get a real hunger for His Word so that as your thoughts flow freely you won’t feel anxious or alone. Keep bringing yourself back into His Presence through His Word and through prayer. Trust in Him and refuse to worry about anything. Let Him be your Strength and your Song. He will meet you in the midst of whatever you are going through and lead you through it. His capacity to bless you is unlimited. I pray that you trust Him every step of the way. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!! God bless you!!! http://dlvr.it/54j3SH
Tonight I Pray that You put on the full armor of God as the world continues in its downward spiral. I pray His protection over every one of you as you go out into the world to share the love of Jesus Christ in these last days…. Never forget who you belong to as you are out there in the dark, a spark of Love to light up this dark, cold, and unforgiving world. Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and allow yourself to fall into the security of HIS everlasting arms!!! Never forget that He walks along beside you throughout your entire day. From the time you open your eyes in the morning until you close them at night Jesus is with you!!! Hallelujah!!! Let His Presence brighten even the dullest day. Open your eyes to the realization that He is the lover of your soul. The One that gives you His Peace. The One that will be victorious!!! In the meantime, “Be Joyful in Hope, Patient in affliction, and Faithful in prayer.” He is with us even until the End. Stand on this promise!!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen.. I love you all!!! God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/53R5TB
TONIGHT I Pray that you will have keen discernment, wisdom from above and a heavenly perspective to see with the eyes of God! God has raised you up for such a time as this - He is advancing His people in this time of transcending and taking back what has been held in captivity. I pray a great harvest of souls come to know the Lord through your life, purpose and ministry! Your family will be saved and see the goodness of the Lord! May the Spirit of God help you increase in the knowledge of God and set you on fire for the purpose of God! Release all un-forgiveness, bitterness, hurt, anger and rejection in the name of Jesus! May the Lord perfect your faith and walk in His love and grace… In Jesus name I pray…. Amen and Amen… I Love you all!!! God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/52KyMG
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
I have had so many of you ask me how you can get over your fear of sharing Jesus with people. The most important thing to remember is that you keep it simple and share what the Lord has done in your own life.
Many of you were raised as a Christian and just don’t believe that you have an exciting enough testimony to move someone. That simply isn’t true. I believe that every single time someone comes to Jesus Christ it is a miracle.
My grandson is a great example of the simplicity of sharing the love of Jesus Christ. He is twelve years old and just goes where the Spirit leads him.
He went to an interview for a school he wants to attend next year and when the teacher asked him what he likes to do in his spare time he told her; “I like to play soccer, football and swim. But my favorite thing is to spend some time with Jesus every day. He is my best friend in the whole world.” She looked at Alaka’i and told him, “I wish I had that kind of relationship with Jesus.” Alaka’i told her that she could have that kind of relationship with Him and asked her if she would like to pray with him. He held her hands and prayed with her to ask Jesus to come into her heart and forgive her of her sin and to bless her as she begins her walk with Him. In Jesus name, Amen. The woman had tears in her eyes as my grandson finished praying with her and she thanked him for taking the time to share Jesus Christ with her.
I don’t know if my grandson will get into that school but I was so happy that he shared the love of Jesus that I no longer cared if he got into the school. Then yesterday while out with his parents they stopped to get ice cream. As he was licking his ice cream cone he noticed a woman with a large brace on her leg. He heard her tell another woman it hurt. As they got up to leave he gave his mother the last of his cone to hold and he went to the woman and asked her if he could pray with her. He put his hand on her shoulder and prayed that Jesus heal her leg and take away her pain. She was so nice and she began to cry. She told him that she felt blessed.
As Christians we need to show people that Jesus loves them in how we live our lives and the joy of the Lord that we have. If we can be sensitive to the Holy Spirit inside of each one of us and follow where He leads us we will be so very blessed and be a blessing to others.
Did the woman with the brace find Jesus as her Savior? I don’t know but she did see the love of Jesus in action and it touched her heart. Maybe the Lord was using Alaka’i as one of many to lead her to salvation. Not only was she blessed but I was blessed when my daughter came home and shared it with me. Each one of us can be used by the Holy Spirit if we are open to Him. God is good all the time!!! I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
Tonight I Pray that the Lord will give you HIS peace. I pray that you stand on your faith realizing that He is our strength and our shield and that even before we arise from our beds He is at work in our lives. The Lord is the stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who trust in Him. He loves us with an amazing all-encompassing love that is perfect!!! He will provide us with the strength that we need to move forward in our walk with Him. I pray that whenever you start to feel afraid you hold tightly to HIS hand. He will lead you on the road ahead and no matter how dark or foggy it may seem He knows the way!!! He is always alert and active and He will protect us from all dangers. I pray that you put all of your trust in our good Shepherd Jesus and you can begin to rest in HIS sheltering Presence!!! Walk in that faith!!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen!!! I Love You All!!! God Bless You!!! http://dlvr.it/4zy2mJ
Through the StormThat day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” —Mark 4:35
In the gospel of Mark, we find an interesting story in which Jesus invited the disciples, some of whom were seasoned fishermen, to join Him on a little boat trip across the Sea of Galilee. But on the way over, they encountered a sudden, violent storm.
Now the question would arise, did Jesus know that a storm was coming? The answer is yes. In fact, you might even say that it was a part of His curriculum that day. It was all part of teaching the disciples to believe what they claimed to believe.
We don’t want to make light of what these disciples were experiencing, because I’m sure this was a very harsh storm and a terrifying experience. Several on board had seen many storms on the Sea of Galilee, so it had to have been a most unusual storm for the disciples to be so gripped by fear. According to Mark’s gospel, the waves were breaking over the boat and filling it with water. The disciples were very afraid, but they didn’t have to be.
Before they left, Jesus had made a significant statement they apparently had forgotten about: “Let us go over to the other side.” And when God says, “Let us go over to the other side,” it means you will get to the other side. He didn’t say it would be smooth sailing. He didn’t say it would be an easy trip. But He did say, “Let us go over to the other side.”
Often we are gripped by fear and cease to think logically when we forget God’s Word to us. That is exactly what happened to the disciples. But Jesus was on board with them, and He was there to see them through.
I really enjoyed this devotional today! Pastor Greg makes everything so easy to understand and I am so happy I have Jesus so I never have to fear anything because He is in my boat. I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day. God bless you!!!
God’s Free Gift
The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 6:23
Many years ago, I was given some free tickets to Disneyland. I was walking around the park having a good time, but I started to feel guilty because I had two extra tickets. I thought maybe there was someone outside who wanted to come in but perhaps couldn’t afford it. So I decided to go outside and find someone to give the tickets to. I noticed some kids hanging out in front of the park. I walked up and said, “Hi. I have two free tickets to Disneyland. Would you like them?”
“What are you doing, man?” “Just two free tickets,” I said.”How much is it going to cost us?”“It won’t cost you anything. I have some extra. I would just like you to have them.” “No.” I went to someone else. “Hi. I have these two free tickets to Disneyland. I would like to give them to you.” Again and again, I received the same response. It took forty minutes to give away those tickets.
People are suspicious, and the same is true when it comes to spiritual things. We say, “The way to be forgiven of your sin and to have eternal life is to turn from your sin, receive Jesus Christ into your heart as your Lord and Savior, and begin to follow Him.”
People respond, “That’s too easy.
What’s the catch?
What else do I have to do?”
In our pride, we want to think we have something to do with our salvation. But if we will come to God on His terms and do what He says, then we will be forgiven of our sins and have the assurance of eternal life.
As I was reading this devotional from Pastor Greg I was so blessed. When we meet someone who has something “for free:” we are often skeptical and untrusting. But the beauty of Jesus and His Gospel is that it is a free gift and there is no catch. His Word is true!!! I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day! God bless you!!!
TONIGHT I PRAY that you grow strong in your weakness!!! Stand on your faith depending on Him to help you to make it through this day. I pray that you get an insatiable hunger for HIS Word so that He can develop your ability to trust in HIM fully, rather than leaning on your own understanding. So that we can stand firm in our faith in Jesus, relying on the Lord for everything in our lives. Never doubting that He will strengthen us as we need it. I pray that each of you realize that this is how we grow strong in our weakness. WALK IN HIS AUTHORITY!!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!! God bless you!!! http://dlvr.it/4q8wg4
Crowded Out The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity. —Luke 8:14
I have always been amazed by weeds. You can take a little flower, plant it in the perfect location, water it, and make sure there are no pests to threaten it. You can do everything possible for that flower, and it will slowly grow. But then, in the same amount of time, some weed springs up from a little crack in the sidewalk and that weed chokes out the flower.
But the weed doesn’t suddenly burst out of the ground, grab the flower, and start shaking it. The process is gradual. First, there is a flower growing, and then the weed appears. The next day, the weed is a little closer. And on it goes until the weed starts to wrap itself around the flower and choke out its growth.
That is what Jesus was describing in the parable of the sower when He spoke about those who are “choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity” (Luke 8:14). This isn’t something that happens overnight; it happens over a period of time.
I also find it interesting that it is the “cares, riches, and pleasures of life” that prevent the seed of God’s Word from maturing and producing fruit. These aren’t necessarily bad things in and of themselves. But these are good things that become the most important things and choke out the spiritual things.
This is not a picture of someone who says they don’t want to pray, read the Bible, or go to church. Rather, this represents someone who thinks those are good things to do. But over time, they start losing interest, and the things of this world become more important to them than the things of the next world. And that is what chokes them out spiritually.
I think that Pastor Greg gives us all something to think about here. We should give our spiritual lives a check-up and see just where we stand. Do we care more about the things of this world or are our thoughts and lives centered around Jesus Christ. Time is short. Don’t wait get right with the Lord today. God bless you!!!
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