TONIGHT I PRAY that you will not let anything or anyone come between you and the Lord and His Holy Word. I pray that each one of you will realize how fortunate we are to have a completed Bible to get us through these last days! So many people are being deceived by false prophets preaching a gospel other than that of the Lord Jesus Christ! I pray that all of you will test everything to the BIBLE. It is a supernatural book unlike any other and if you pray the Lord will reveal the truth to you. He will show you the right path to take. I PRAY WE RECEIVE HIS POWER AS WE STAND ON HIS WORD!!! Listen for HIS voice and you will hear it in your deepest being. We are blessed and loved to be able to hear from Him so directly. We must respond to Him with a heart of thanksgiving. Building our house on HIS firm rock, where life’s storms can never can never shake our faith or our walk in Him. That He will fill us with His strength, faith and knowledge to make it even until the end. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!!! God bless you!!! Maranatha!!!♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/55XL65
The Dark Side of Serving Others
by Charles R. Swindoll
For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:5-9
Read the words of the apostle Paul—-an honest, humble, transparent servant of God:
For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves. (2 Corinthians 4:5-7)
We Christians have received a priceless treasure (the glorious gospel) in a very frail and perishable container (our weak bodies). There is a reason. So nobody will have any question about the source of power, it must be of God and not of any human origin.
And so—-to verify just how frail our humanity is, Paul lists four common struggles servants live with. I’m calling them consequences. Let’s see all four in the two verses that follow before we analyze each one in the next few posts.
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)
If you have a pencil handy, you might circle the four terms in your Bible: afflicted, perplexed, persecuted, struck down. These are four consequences of serving God. Although we’ll unpack and apply these terms in the next few posts, take a moment and read those verses again—-emphasizing words you’ve circled.
Have you experienced these consequences—-yet?
I am so looking forward to part two tomorrow!!! Have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!:):):)
Tonight I Pray that you will trust in the Lord for everything in your life. I pray that as you walk in Him your problems will diminish in the light of His love, because it is then you will realize that you are never alone. I pray that as you come into His Presence and rest in the Lord all your other problems will be secondary to your relationship with Him. I pray that you savor each moment as you practice being in His presence and simply resting in the Lord Jesus.
I pray that you talk to Him about every aspect of your day, including your feelings remembering that your ultimate goal is not to control or fix everything around you but to give them to Jesus.
For it is when we can let go and forgive those who hurt us that we will display a true heart for God.
I pray that you allow the Holy Spirit to guide you moment by moment teaching you that without forgiveness, you can never truly live in the fullness of the Lord…
Ask HIM to help you to let go and forgive so that you can be forgiven and finally have the freedom to change every relationship in your life. Your family, your marriage, your children and every person you come in contact with.
Forgiveness can heal families, reconcile marriages and change the world!!! The first step to eternity with God begins with forgiveness!!! I pray that each of us learn to forgive so that we can live in this powerful expression of love for all eternity!!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen.… I love you all!! God bless you!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/557fSF
It’s Your Choice
As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore. So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.” John 6:66-69
Did you know that someday you and I will be individually responsible for each and every choice we have made? It’s true, and we shouldn’t be surprised to learn this, for we know that it is true regarding the decisions that we make on a daily basis. I have the choice today to do what the Lord would have me do, or I can choose to do what I want to do. This freedom of choice can get me into a lot of trouble or it can be the source of much joy. What I choose to do will generate an effect, and that matters to God. It will also eventually matter to me as well. What I choose today will determine many things in my future. Many people followed Jesus because it was cool to see miracles and to get a free meal. But once Jesus called for a commitment, choices had to be made. And from that time on, Jesus’ fledgling church began to diminish in numbers. The people had to make a choice: “Will I follow Christ no matter what?” or “Will I give up Jesus to do what’s easy for me?”
Have the decisions that you’ve made recently drawn you closer to God or pushed you further away from Him? Are you choosing today to do what is right versus what you “feel” should be done? Regardless of our choices, you and I will answer for them the day we stand before the Lord. I strongly suggest that you choose Christ in everything. Listen to Peter, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” By Peter’s own confession, he was choosing to side with Jesus rather than with what was popular at the moment. Obviously, at that moment, Peter had made the right choice, but as time went on it became increasingly obvious that Peter had made the best choice. Today, Peter is in heaven, but where will your choices put you? Where you spend eternity is your choice. Spend it with the God who loves you. Choose Jesus and live forever!
I really love this devotional from Pastor Jack Hibbs. I couldn’t agree with him more. Someday we will all stand before Jesus and I want to know that I made the right choices in my own life and walk with Jesus Christ. One of my choices is to always pick the Book that HE wrote over anything that the world offers. There are all kinds of books, movies, videos, studies and programs that provide methods of discerning and understanding who you are, why you are alive and what your purpose is here on earth. Sadly, many of them stray from the simplicity of what is true. The simple truth that is found only in what God says. The great thing about our Lord is that He equips His Saints with everything they need in this life and it is called the Bible. I will choose the Bible so that I can stay in His Word, Will and Way for my life until He calls me home. 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
An Appointment with God
The Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”—Genesis 3:9
In addition to walking in harmony with God, Amos 3:3 provides another nuance of meaning. It also gives the idea of keeping an appointment. Did you know that you have an appointment with God? You do. It is there, written in eternity. In fact, God wants to meet with you on a regular basis.
I wonder just how many times each day that God wants to speak to us, but He can’t get a word in edgewise. The Lord might say, “I have wanted to talk to you for a long time, but you are too busy. This morning I wanted to talk to you, but you didn’t have any time for Me. You read the newspapers and watched TV and talked on the phone. You never opened the Word. You never prayed. At lunch I tried to say something, but your prayer was so fast. Later I tried to talk with you. You have been so busy. You have an appointment with Me. Why don’t you keep it?”
Remember how Adam had an appointment with God every day in the Garden of Eden? He would hear the voice of the Lord in the Garden in the cool of the evening. One day Adam missed that appointment because of sin. God said to Adam, “Where are you?”
I wonder if the Lord would say that to some of us each day: “Where are you? Where were you? I have been looking for you. I wanted to speak to you. I want you to walk with Me, and I want to walk with you.”
Just imagine, the Creator of the universe wants to spend time with you! Is there any appointment that is worth keeping more than this one?
This devotional from Pastor Greg rings true with all of us. We can get so caught up in our daily drama that it is easy to put the lord Jesus on the side until we finish what we think is so very important I can’t imagine an appointment that would be more important than spending time visiting with Jesus. We just need to make the choice to put Him first in our life. I hope that you all have a Simply Heavenly day. God bless you!!!
Tonight I pray that you be still in the presence of Jesus!!! Even though everything in the world seems to take all of your attention, Nothing in this world is as important as spending time with Jesus!!! I pray that you let nothing take the focus of Jesus out of your life. While you wait in His Presence, I pray HE will do his best work in you: transforming you by the renewing of your mind. I pray that you not skimp on this time with the Lord Jesus, or you may plunge headlong into the wrong activities missing the richness of what he has planned for you. Do not seek the Lord for what He can give you, remember that He is an infinitely greater than any gift He may impart to you…. When He is the ultimate desire of your heart, you are safe from the danger of idolatry. As you wait in His Presence enjoy the greatest gift of all: Christ in you, the hope of Glory! In Jesus name we pray, Amen and Amen!… I love you all… God bless you!! http://dlvr.it/54GWrT
And Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, does not believe in Me but in Him who sent Me. He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me. I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness. If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.” John 12:44-50
Jesus again explained again that He was just bringing a message from God. And it was a message that brought light and life. He wasn’t coming into the world to change it, He was coming to save the world. The Old Testament is summed up in one sentence: God promised to destroy death. The New Testament tells us how He did it. “I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.” The world is already judged. “Whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”
When we share the truths of God with people, as we tell them what God says, we can have the same confidence in our message. “And I know that His command is everlasting life.” We are the messengers of that which brings life. That life brings joy unspeakable and full of His glory!!! Have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
TONIGHT I pray that you would stand on the truth of His Word with wisdom, knowledge and understanding! He has given you the keys to the Kingdom that whatsoever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatsoever you loose on earth would be loosed in heaven according to the Word of God. Let your will be bound to the will of the Father that you will be constantly aware of His purpose for your life. I decree that you are bound to the truths of God that you will not be deceived by the many subtle deceptions of the enemy. Stand up for the truth of the Lord Jesus and His Word!!! You are bound to the blood of Jesus Christ for miracle working power to restore, heal, protect and preserve you, in the name of Jesus I pray, Amen and Amen… I Love you all… God bless you!!! http://dlvr.it/53rsvq
Going His Way?
Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?—Amos 3:3
I have a German shepherd that was a former guide dog for the blind. Because he had slight hip dysplasia, he was put up for adoption. When we got him, he was perfectly trained. We could take him anywhere. He was happy to sit next to us. Another dog would walk by and he couldn’t care less.
Then I got a hold of him. I would unleash him and let him run around in the park. Day by day he started getting worse. The next thing you know, he was lunging at dogs and taking off after cats and rabbits and squirrels.
I called the people we got him from and asked what went wrong. They told me I couldn’t let him do all that “dog stuff.” I couldn’t let him stop and sniff where he wanted to sniff. I couldn’t let him chase rabbits. They gave me a little muzzle like device to put on him. Gaining control of his muzzle meant he would obey, because it would hurt to pull away. When I took the device off him, he was in sync with me again.
We can be like that with God sometimes. We are running around and being crazy, doing what we want to do. So the Lord has to pull us back into line because He wants us to walk with Him.
To walk with God means that I must get into harmony with Him. I must go the direction that God wants me to go.
How about you? Are you walking with God today? Or are you pulling against Him, trying to do things your own way? If so, then it’s time to stop, ask God’s forgiveness, and get in sync with Him once again.
This is a really good devotional today from Pastor Greg Laurie. I think that we all have found that in our walk with Jesus we sometimes get out of step with Him. I have found this happens in my own walk when I am not in the Word and have taken my eyes off of Jesus and put them on something or someone else. I know that when I am in the Word my walk with Jesus comes right back in sync and my life is harmonious again. Have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
If you think about it, we belong to the greatest company in the world: the church. We have a product and our product works; it’s called the gospel. We have offices worldwide. We have pretty great benefits in this company: forgiveness for the past, purpose for the present, and hope for the future. We also have a retirement package that beats every other company’s: heavenly rewards and the promise that our Savior will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).
I like to call it a family business. And for the business to run well:
We need God’s people. In 1 Corinthians 12:7, Paul wrote this: “The manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.” We need the gifts that each of us has, and we need all of us working together in concert. The Bible says, “God sets the solitary in families” (Psalm 68:6), and His cure for isolation and loneliness is the family called the church. God designed us to need each other. “And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26).
We need God’s principles. When we gather together, we gather around the Bible. We are what I call a textual community. We believe the Bible to be the Word of God, and that is where we find God’s principles. Paul called the church of the living God “the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). As we live, we need to hear the sure, steadfast “thus saith the Lord.” It’s food to our souls.
We need God’s purpose. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul wrote, “I do not want you to be ignorant: You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led.” The implication is, “This is what you used to be like; you had no purpose. Now you do.”
There are a lot of causes you can join, but if you want a cause to live for, live for the salvation cause. When Jesus’ parents found Him in the temple answering questions, Jesus said, “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49). If we could wake up every day and say, “I’m going to be about my Father’s business because this is what God has called me to do,” that’s a wonderful, wonderful way to live!
We need God’s presence. One of the reasons we gather is because we remember what Jesus said: “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). We experience God’s presence in a very unique way.
If we make church about us (“I’m here because it’s all about something I need”), then we have missed the purpose and the focus. However, if we make the focus about Him, learning about Him that we might glorify Him, there’s a payback: satisfaction happens. Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
There are no unnecessary members in the body of Christ. God has you here for a purpose. When you engage with other believers with God’s plan and purpose in mind, there’s no greater way to live. There’s no greater company—or family—to be part of!
Thank you Pastor Skip for this great devotional!!! This really blessed me!!! I can’t tell you how many young people tell me that they don’t believe they have a job to do in the Body of Christ. I believe that as Christians we are all called to be missionaries. Whether it is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ next door or on the other side of the world.
We each have a place in our Father’s business and the best way to serve the Lord is to get involved. Serve where the Lord leads you. In an area where you have a passion. It might be in small groups, music, teaching, feeding the poor or moving across the world to be a missionary. Get on your knees and ask the Lord where He would like you to serve. I hope you all have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
TONIGHT I PRAY that you realize it is simply impossible to praise or thank God too much. The Bible He tells us that He inhabits the praises of His people. Sometimes your adoration is the spontaneous overflow of joy, in response to radiant beauty or rich blessings. At other times your praise is more disciplined and measured… an act of your will. I pray you realize just how much the Lord loves you and dwells equally in both types of praises. Thankfulness, also, is a royal road to draw Him nearer. A thankful heart has plenty of room for the Lord Jesus. When you thank Him for the many pleasures that he provides you with you affirm that HE is God, from whom all blessings flow. I pray that when adversity strikes and you are thankful anyway, your trust in His sovereignty is a showpiece in invisible realms. I pray that you fill out the spare moments of your life with praise and thanksgiving. This joyous discipline will help you live in the intimacy of His Presence. Walk in that joy and light!!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!! God bless you!!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/534JVP
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