Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..


Tonight I Pray as you close your eyes in sweet repose, that the Holy Spirit keep a watch over you as you rest.  I pray that He guard your heart and mind while you sleep.  I pray that your mind will focus on His Words as you learn to rest in Him; I pray that you think on these things as you sleep;  whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good…  I Pray that as you sleep the Holy Spirit will grant you His peace so you can relax in His everlasting arms. I pray that you awaken refreshed and ready to start your day with a thankful heart realizing that when you are truly thankful your visits with Jesus can be more intimate and fill you with gladness!!!  I pray that you realize that that we were made for this.   In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!  God bless you!!!♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6n399q

Word of the Day…August 31, 2014…

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Questions

by Charles R. Swindoll

but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;  1 Peter 3:15

Tom Skinner, the gifted black evangelist, penned a book with a title that won’t let me go: If Christ Is the Answer, What Are the Questions?
I like that … not only because it’s creative, but because it strikes a chord in my soul that harmonizes well with the voices of many searchers in society.


Far too many sheep in the fold have turned a deaf ear to the questions of goats outside the gate. We are busily engaged in a mutual-admiration campaign, complimenting one another’s wool … or gloating over our position in the pen. The fence that separates us from the goats is all too often more like a sound-resistant one-way glass. This “glass fence” produces two serious and sad results:


1. It absorbs and muffles the outside sounds so that what we hear are not the actual questions goats are asking.


2. It reflects back to the goats not only their own hopeless appearance but a distinct silence that says, in effect, “Sorry, we have no answer,” or “We’ll just ignore that, since you’re not teachable and only want to argue.”Oh sure, there are exceptions … but you’ve got to agree with me that most sheep have stopped considering the questions and have started analyzing the answers.

Now, I’m not saying we never make a stab at it. I am saying, however, that our stabs are usually quick thrusts of doctrinal daggers in technical verbiage familiar mainly to sheep, not careful throws of javelins in the jargon of the goats that hit the target with a telling effect. Sheep are satisfied, it seems, to bleat out answers to questions nobody’s asking … or beat goats about the head and shoulders with dull biblical clubs backed up by a defensive, threatened attitude. My fellow sheep—-that simply will not lead to a harvest of grateful goats. Bleeding, assaulted goats don’t submit; they fight or flee.


Christianity is completely credible. Objective, honest, historically documented evidence in favor of the basics of our faith is massive in fact and impressive in volume. But there is many a goat who is hung up on some question(s) that tethers him outside the fold. His search is often genuine, his thinking is usually logical … and he is looking for evidence that makes sense, facts that hold up under intelligent investigation.


These questions are like ropes tossed over the fence. They are not necessarily designed to create an argument or slam our faith to the mat. They are often intellectual inquiries—-occasionally theoretical—-that force us to think (which many sheep stopped doing when they walked through the gate). If we view these ropes as lifelines, we’ll grab hold and not let go. If we consider them as foolish arguments or an unimportant waste of time, we may miss choice, irreplaceable opportunities.


The apostle Peter put it this way:
always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. (1 Peter 3:15)


He precedes this command with a reminder that we should feel neither troubled nor intimidated. The slightest noise gives woolies the willies. No need! Especially if we are “ready to make a defense.”
Sheep on the front lines today are those who have come to know and love the Answer … but are able to handle the questions with wisdom and gentleness. This means that we must stay inquisitive and alert.
Maybe the reason we’ve stopped answering questions is because we’ve stopped asking them.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

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Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..


I Pray TONIGHT that you forgive all those who have hurt or sinned against you and that you are healed from every wounded area in your life. Even now, a balm of Gilead flows to you from the throne room of heaven! I break any mentality of a victim, for Christ has made you victorious! I call forth a personal revival in your life - that the Presence of God would consume and overtake you - that God would be first in your life with preeminence and priority over all things concerning you! I command all impediments to your destiny to be removed and bind every hindering and debilitating spirit in the name of Jesus! I command doors of opportunity and elevation to be opened and doors of lack and struggle to be shut permanently - let all stolen virtues, goodness and blessings be retrieved for the glory of God! YOU ARE FAVORED!!! In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen and Amen. I Love you all…  God bless you!!!  http://dlvr.it/6mc2yN

Word of the Day… August 30, 2014….

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God’s Selective Memory

by Skip Heitzig

I once read that we don’t really forget anything. Everything we see, do, read, or hear is seared into our hard drive. Well, having it in the hard drive is one thing; recall is quite another. We forget people’s names; we forget our promises. We also forget God. How easy it is to go through the day and get so busy with the world around us that we forget God gave us breath and saved us from our sins. Forgetting is typically thought of as a human attribute, but there is something even God said He forgets.


In Jeremiah 31, Jeremiah prophesied how God would bring Israel a Savior and establish a new covenant with them: “I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” (Jer. 31:33-34).


In this text, God promised that He would forget. That’s a bit unnerving. It sounds irreverent because God is omniscient; He knows everything (see 1 John 3:20). So when we talk about God forgetting, we need to lay down a few ground rules.


First of all, God doesn’t forget to maintain His creation. The Bible says concerning Jesus, “In Him all things consist” or are held together (Col. 1:17). He lavishes the earth with sunshine and rainfall. He opens the doors of heaven, so to speak, and lets the sun out in the morning and parks it inside in the evening. God keeps all of that going. There are a hundred billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, but scientists tell us there are billions and billions of galaxies beyond that. God doesn’t forget that.
Second, God doesn’t forget His children. Like I talked about last week, Jesus said, “If God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Matt. 6:30). If God does indeed maintain His universe, He won’t forget His children.

Listen to this beautiful promise: “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you” (Isa. 49:15). Even though it’s possible for a woman to neglect her own child—in some tragic cases, it happens—God said, “I will not forget you.” To Him, you’re not some number or face in a crowd. You’re an individual. It could be that friends and family have forgotten you—but God will not forget you.


Third, God doesn’t forget His promise. Specifically, He promises to save for eternity anyone who calls on Him through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.


So then, what is the one thing God said He forgets? It is your sin. It is my sin. I want your heart to lay hold of that truth. When I say, “God forgets,” it’s not an accidental act of forgiving; it’s a purposeful choice of not remembering. Do you know why? Because Jesus Christ did such a good job of washing away your sin that there’s no stain left. There’s nothing left to remind God of it. Jesus “was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him” (Isa. 53:5). God has chosen not to remember our sins because of what Jesus did. God’s selective memory is one of our greatest benefits. Let’s rejoice in that today!  I hope that you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

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Word of the Day… August 29, 2014….

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Dropped

David said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”    —2 Samuel 9:1


Mephibosheth was only five years old when his father, Jonathan, and his grandfather, Saul, were killed on the battlefield. Imagine, if you will, life as he had known it up to this point. The privilege and potential of his pampered life as a prince could not have prepared him for the hard life he would face in the future. There was life in the palace as a young prince, with people waiting on him hand and foot, and he was being raised by his godly father, Jonathan. Life was good for this young boy.
But there were dark clouds gathering in his world. In one moment, through no fault of his own, his entire life would change forever.

Jonathan knew things were going to change. That is why he persuaded David to make an agreement to look out for his descendants. He made David promise to show kindness to his family forever. David willingly made that promise—and he kept it.


When news hit the palace that Saul and Jonathan had been killed on the battlefield, the nurse who was caring for Mephibosheth, in her frenzied state, dropped this little boy on the ground. As a result, he was crippled for life.


Perhaps you have gone through hardships in your childhood. Maybe something traumatic has happened to you. You have been dropped in life, so to speak. You wonder if anything good can come out of your life.
Mephibosheth was dropped in life, but God intervened. In fact, God specializes in taking people who have been dropped and picking them up again. That is just what David did for Mephibosheth. And that is just what God will do for you. I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

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Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….


Tonight I pray that you refuse to worry!!!  Look to Jesus for everything that you need He will never leave you or forsake you!!!  I pray that you get a real hunger for His Word in these last days so that you can hide His Word in your heart so that you will have it there when you need it.  Rest in the comfort of HIS Presence and remember that ALL THINGS are possible through Him!!!  When worry tries to wedge its way into your thoughts, remember that you have a Shepherd who will take care of you and you need not worry at all!!!  Though sometimes this fallen world can seem dark and dangerous, know that the safest place that you can be is in HIS will for your life.  For He has a plan for you and they are good!!!   Simply thank Him and trust Him for all the good that will come out of this trial. Rest in Him and He will strengthen you and prepare you for what lies ahead!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!  God Bless You!!!♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6ljw4R

Word of the Day… August 28, 2014…

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Living with Purpose

When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord. —Acts 11:23


If you were asked to complete the sentence “My purpose of life is …” what would you say? As Christians, I know we would quickly say, “God.” But let’s be honest and not just say what we think is the right thing to say. What really is your purpose in life?


To put it another way, where do you channel most of your energy? What do you think about the most? What is the most significant thing to you in life?


Some people, if they answered honestly, would say, “My purpose in life is to have fun.” Someone else might say, “My purpose in life is to experience pleasure.” Another might say, “My purpose in life is to be successful.” Another might say, “My purpose in life is to make money.”


The book of Acts tells us that when Barnabas came to Antioch, he exhorted the believers there “that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord” (Acts 11:23). And Paul said, “[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly]” (Philippians 3:10, amp).

Paul knew where he was going. And if you don’t know where you are going, then you won’t know whether you get there. Paul was essentially saying, “My purpose in life is to know Him. Yes, there are other things that I do, but my primary purpose is to intimately, deeply, and personally know God.”


Is that your purpose in life right now?  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

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Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….


Tonight I Pray that you get a real hunger for the Word of God so that you won’t be deceived by churches that just want to tickle your ears and not preach the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I pray that as you grow closer to the Lord through His Word that you will be able to have HIS eyes and discern the wolves in sheep’s clothing from genuine shepherds who preach the Word of God.  I pray that as you dwell more in the Word that the Holy Spirit will lead you where He wants you to be, realizing that He goes before you and also beside you, so that you are never alone. I pray that HIS Peace be with you as you rest in Him.  Allow it to settle over you and enfold you in His loving Presence!!!  Jesus love is the same Yesterday , Today and Forever!!!  Walk in the warm light of HIS Great Love!!!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen!!!  I Love You All!!!  God bless you!!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6lDyBj

Word of the Day… August 27, 2014….

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Backing Off,

Part Two

by Charles R. Swindoll

Jesus Teaches at the FeastAfter these things Jesus was walking in Galilee, for He was unwilling to walk in Judea because the Jews were seeking to kill Him. Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was near. Therefore His brothers said to Him, “Leave here and go into Judea, so that Your disciples also may see Your works which You are doing. For no one does anything in secret when he himself seeks to be known publicly.

If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.” For not even His brothers were believing in Him.  So Jesus *said to them, “My time is not yet here, but your time is always opportune.  The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil.

 Go up to the feast yourselves; I do not go up to this feast because My time has not yet fully come.”  Having said these things to them, He stayed in Galilee.But when His brothers had gone up to the feast, then He Himself also went up, not publicly, but as if, in secret. So the Jews were seeking Him at the feast and were saying, “Where is He?” There was much grumbling among the crowds concerning Him; some were saying, “He is a good man”; others were saying, “No, on the contrary, He leads the people astray.”  Yet no one was speaking openly of Him for fear of the Jews.  But when it was now the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and began to teach.  John 7:1-14


As we’ve been discussing, there are certain times when it’s necessary to keep quiet, to relax, to back off. Intensity often leads to futility. Like the little boy who plants the seed and then nervously digs it up every day to see if it is growing. Waiting is as necessary as planting and fertilizing.


When the fish aren’t biting, banging on the water with an oar won’t help. You can’t get sap out of a hoe handle. Nor can a relationship be corrected by legislation and force. Remember, God says there is a “time to shun embracing” (Ecclesiastes 3:5) just as there are times to embrace. “To give up as lost” (3:6) may, on some occasions, be the wisest response, though extremely painful. Sometimes that means simply being silent and allowing God to work. In other words, back off so God can move in. This is never more essential than among family members in a home. Allowing some slack in the rope is, at the right time, a mark of real wisdom.


What a difficult pill for up-tight parents to swallow! Kept edgy by impatience, rigidity, and unbending determination, they foolishly rush in where angels loathe to tread. The result? Exasperated kids. Rooms choked with threats and irritating pressure.


Young guys can do this with girls they date. She wants room to breathe, some space to think things out for herself, but he continues to smother. We can do this with people we have offended. They need time to reason, freedom to forgive without being hurried. To push for a quick closure is like a hard-sell salesman pressing you to buy when you are trying to decide what’s best. The faster he talks and the harder he pushes, the less interested you become in buying—-even something you need. The wise salesman knows when to allow you the privilege of deciding for yourself—-when to back off and leave you alone.


Nobody is able to eat while they’re weeping. Serving more food isn’t the answer. The appetite will return when the agony subsides … and not until. That takes time.


Stop and think. Think first about your family. Then your other friends. Are you being wise or foolish? Are you using force or providing freedom? Are you being pushy or patient? Are you intimidating by your intensity … or backing off and relaxing? Are you allowing the ground fog to roll back, or are you launching blindly into dangerous flight?


Want to go deeper? Read John 7:1-14 and notice how Jesus “backed off” on occasion. Study closely His words throughout John 7 to find the keys for knowing when to back off and when not to. I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!  

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Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….


TONIGHT I PRAY that you seek His face so that you will find fulfillment of your deepest longings.  I pray that when you see the beauty in this world that you will recognize His Glory and abiding Presence ever near to you.  He is here for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear Him.  I pray that His precious Holy Spirit lights up all of the dark corners of our minds with HIS light and love, so that He will literally glow through us as a beacon to others who are lost in the dark and cold.  If we let our pride go and give everything to Him, His Glory will reflect through our lives to save a dying world.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen….  I love you all!!!  God bless you!!!♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6kj1Ff

Word of the Day… August 26, 2014….

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Backing Off

Part One

by Charles R. Swindoll

A Time for EverythingThere is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—A time to give birth and a time to die;A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.A time to kill and a time to heal;A time to tear down and a time to build up.A time to weep and a time to laugh;A time to mourn and a time to dance.A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.A time to search and a time to give up as lost;A time to keep and a time to throw away.A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;A time to be silent and a time to speak.A time to love and a time to hate;A time for war and a time for peace.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


Kids are nutty.Some friends of ours in Texas have two little girls. The younger child is constantly on the move, rarely winding down by bedtime. So the nightly affair has become something of a familiar routine. A story from her favorite book. A drink of water. A prayer. A song. Her doll. Another drink of water. A kiss. A hug. A third sip of water. A trip to the bathroom. A warning. Another kiss. You know, the whole bit.One night her dad decided he’d be Mr. Nice Guy, the epitome of patience and tolerance. He did it all. Not once did he lose his cool.

When Miss Busybody finally ran out of requests, her daddy slipped out of the room, heaved a sigh of relief, and slumped into his favorite chair by the fireplace. Before he could stretch out and relax, however, there was a piercing scream from the jitterbug’s room. Startled, he dashed down the hall and rushed to her bedside. Great tears were rolling down the little girl’s face.”What’s wrong? What happened?”“I burnt my tongue.”Baffled, he tried again, “You what?”“I burnt my tongue!”

she yelled.”How in the world did you do that?” he asked.”I licked my night-light.”That really happened. She couldn’t control her curiosity. She simply had to discover how it would feel to lick that little thing that glowed so warmly and serenely by her bed. Rude was her awakening to the fact that lights are strictly for lighting … not licking. And tongues are made for tasting … not testing. You and I realize that the best thing our little friend could have done was to stay in bed, keep her tongue to herself, and allow the light to fulfill its appointed function.But she didn’t—-and she got burned.In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Solomon, the wise, passes along to us a list of various types of “appointed times” on earth.

Among them he mentionsa time to heal … a time to shun embracing … a time to give up as lost … a time to be silentI see in these words of counsel one strong undercurrent of advice: BACK OFF! It is often wise to relax our intensity, refuse to force an issue, allow nature to take its course, “let sleeping dogs lie.” Backing off, says Solomon, provides opportunity for healing to occur, opportunity for perspective to break through the storm clouds of emotion and illuminate a difficult situation with a fresh understanding.When the time is right, things flow very naturally, very freely. To rush or force creates friction-scars that take years to erase.

Take it from one who has learned this difficult lesson the hard way—-keep a tight bridle on your tongue, relax, and settle for a good night’s sleep. Otherwise, you’re going to get pushy, you’re going to get caught with your tongue in the wrong place … and you’re going to get burned. I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!  

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Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….


TONIGHT I PRAY that you linger in His Presence for a while each day. So that the Holy Spirit can teach you in how to rest in Jesus.  I pray that the Holy Spirit shows you that starting your day alone with the Lord Jesus is essential preparation for a successful day.  He will equip you with everything that you need.  He knows what is going to happen to you this day and if you walk with Him you will not grow weary or lose heart.  I pray that as you learn to rest in Jesus that you will grow as a Christian.  Relax in Him and He will get you ready to face anything that will come your way this day.  Just hold tightly to His hand and keep your eyes on Him.  Rest in the Light of His Mighty Presence so your spirit will be filled with the warmth of His great love and let that love just shine through you!!!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6kBcVR




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