TONIGHT I PRAY that the love of God would cover and heal you in every wounded place that the enemy would try to operate through vulnerabilities! Lord, pour out your love and power over every seed planted of bitterness, indignation, wrath, and resentment from relationships that have ended in strife, anger, rejection, and separation! You are the One who binds and heals the brokenhearted. You are the One who picks me up when I fall. Let Your anointing destroy every yoke in the name of Jesus! I declare emotional healing and wholeness over you by the unconditional love and acceptance of God! MAY YOU FEEL HIS PRESENCE NOW!! Walk in the warmth of HIS LIGHT!!!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen. I Love you all… God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/7GfF4n
Pray—Don’t Lose Heart
“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” —Jeremiah 33:3
What a remarkable verse. What a magnificent invitation! God spoke these words originally to the prophet Jeremiah when he was imprisoned by an evil king who hated his messages from the Lord. So there he was, imprisoned and with an uncertain future, and God was saying, “Call to Me. Pray to Me. I will answer you. I’ll show you things beyond what you could have ever dreamed.”
And He says the same thing to each of us. But He won’t show us those “great and mighty things” unless we do call. In Luke 18:1 we read that Jesus “spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” If you ever needed an answer for why you ought to pray, that is the best one right there. Jesus told you to. Beyond the simple blessing of obedience, however, those of us who pray will experience the joy and satisfaction of answered prayers — such as the salvation of a loved one, a divine healing, or God’s special provision in our lives.
Prayer is God’s appointed way for our obtaining things. James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask.” There are potential answered prayers waiting for you … answers that you won’t receive unless you ask for them.
Maybe you have wondered, Why is it that I never seem to know what the will of God is for my life? Again, you do not have, because you do not ask. Why is it that I never have the opportunity to lead people to Christ? You do not have because you do not ask. Why am I always just scraping by and never seem to have enough? You do not have because you do not ask. Why do I have this affliction or problem that won’t go away? You do not have because you do not ask.
Let me be clear here: I am not suggesting that if you pray, you never will be sick again, never have an unpaid bill, or never wonder what God’s will is for your life. But I am saying there are many times when God will indeed truly heal you, provide for you, and reveal His will to you. He’s just waiting for you to ask. I hope that you were as blessed as I am by this devotional from Pastor Greg!!! Have a Simply Heavenly day!! God bless you!!!
Tonight I Pray that you realize that the Creator of the Universe loves you and He has chosen to make His humble home in your heart!!! If you are listening to Him you will hear Him whisper to you as you go through your day. I pray that you don’t get distracted by the noises of the world and allow them to take your mind off of the holy whispering of the Lord. Find a quiet place where you can be still and know that He is God!!! I pray that you let Him fill you with His Love, Joy and Peace that flows from His Living Presence. Though you are only made of dust He has designed you to be filled with heavenly contents. When you are weak He can shine more brightly through you!! I pray that as you go through this day that you allow Him to give you the strength that you need to make it through any tribulation that comes your way. That the Light inside of you will shine brightly and be a beacon for the lost so that they will see you and can find their way home. In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen and Amen!!! I Love You All!!! God Bless You!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/7G4jfd
Why Do We Suffer?
by Charles R. Swindoll
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us, you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1:3-11
Of all the letters Paul wrote, 2 Corinthians is the most autobiographical. In it the great apostle lifts the veil of his private life and allows us to catch a glimpse of his human frailties and needs. You need to read that letter in one sitting to capture the moving emotion that surged through his soul.
It is in this letter alone that he records the specifics of his anguish, tears, affliction, and satanic opposition. In this letter alone he spells out the details of his persecution, loneliness, imprisonments, beatings, feelings of despair, hunger, shipwrecks, sleepless nights, and that “thorn in the flesh”—-his companion of pain. How close it makes us feel to him when we picture him as a man with real, honest-to-goodness problems … just like you and me!
It is not surprising, then, that he begins the letter with words of comfort—-especially verses 3 through 11 (please stop and read).
Now then, having read those nine verses, please observe his frequent use of the term comfort in verses 3-7. I count ten times in five verses that the same root word is employed by Paul. This word is para-kaleo, meaning literally, “to call alongside.” It involves more than a shallow “pat on the back” with the tired expression, “the Lord bless you …” No, this word involves genuine, in-depth understanding … deep-down compassion and sympathy. This seems especially appropriate since it says that God, our Father, is the “God of all comfort” who “comforts us in all our affliction.” Our loving Father is never preoccupied or removed when we are enduring sadness and affliction! Read Hebrews 4:14-16 and Matthew 6:31-32 as further proof.
There is yet another observation worth noting in 2 Corinthians, chapter 1. No less than three reasons are given for suffering—-each one introduced with the term “that.” Can you locate them? Take a pencil and circle the “that” in verses 4, 9, and 11. Quietly, without a lot of fanfare, the Holy Spirit states reasons we suffer:
1. “That we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction …” (v. 4). God allows suffering so that we might have the capacity to enter into others’ sorrow and affliction. Isn’t that true? If you have suffered a broken leg and been confined to crutches for weeks—-you are in complete sympathy with someone else on crutches, even years after your affliction. The same is true for the loss of a child … emotional depression … an auto accident … undergoing unfair criticism … financial burdens. God gives His children the capacity to understand by bringing similar sufferings into our lives. Bruises attract one another.
2. “That we would not trust in ourselves …” (v. 9). God also allows suffering so that we might learn what it means to depend on Him, not on our own strength and resources. Doesn’t suffering do that? It forces us to lean on Him totally, absolutely. Over and over He reminds us of the danger of pride … but it frequently takes suffering to make the lesson stick. Pride is smashed most effectively when the suffering comes suddenly, surprisingly. The express trains of heaven are seldom announced by a warning bell; they dash suddenly and abruptly into the station of the soul. Perhaps that has been your experience recently. Don’t resent the affliction as an intruder—-welcome it as God’s message to stop trusting in your flesh … and start leaning on Him.
3. “That thanks may be given …” (v. 11). Honestly—-have you said, “Thanks, Lord, for this test”? Have you finally stopped struggling and expressed to Him how much you appreciate His loving sovereignty over your life? I submit that one of the reasons our suffering is prolonged is that we take so long saying “Thank you, Lord” with an attitude of genuine appreciation.
How unfinished and rebellious and proud and unconcerned we would be without suffering! Alan Redpath, the beloved evangelist and former pastor of Moody Bible Church in Chicago, once remarked;
When God wants to do an impossible task, He takes an impossible individual—-and crushes him.
Here is another statement on suffering I heard years ago. I shall never forget it:
Pain plants the flag of reality in the fortress of a rebel heart.
May these things encourage you the next time God heats up the furnace! I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did! I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
Tonight I Pray that we realize that there is nothing that can separate us from His great love. He is always right there for us no matter how hard life has gotten. I pray that you put all of you trust in Him as you walk with Him daily. It is when you make the choice to choose a different trail that you take yourself out of the light of His great love!!! I pray that as soon as you realize that you have strayed away from the path He has planned for your life that you call out to Him. “Jesus I want you as the center of my life and I trust you with every part of my life.” When you do this you will be back on the path with Him. For He says; “trust in me and I will make all of your paths straight.” I pray that He gives you a great hunger for His Word so that you will grow in His Will and Way for your life and never fall away or forget the promise that He has made to all of us. “ I am with you always even until the end of the age.” Let this assurance fill you with His Peace and Joy so that you can rest in the light of His Love. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I Love You All!!! God Bless You!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/7FfDSc
Life in Two Dimensions
He raised us from the dead along with Christ, and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. —Ephesians 2:6
A Christian is someone who lives in two dimensions. The apostle Paul explained it this way: “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth” (Colossians 3:1-2, NLT).
These verses are saying that believers truly do live in a spiritual dimension — where we walk in the Spirit and know God in the Spirit. Yet as human beings, we also live and move in physical bodies here on earth. Our challenge as Christians, then, is to transfer what we have in the spiritual realm into the day-to-day ebb and flow of events in the earthly realm.
When I travel to another country and pass through its borders, I still maintain my U.S. citizenship. When I went to Israel a few years ago, although I had my passport that indicated I am an American, I had to live in their culture. As a result, there were a few things I needed to adapt to. When I needed currency, for example, I took funds from my bank in the U.S. and converted them into shekels to use in Israel. Of course, I didn’t know what the exchange rate was, so on my first day there, I may have tipped someone fifty dollars to carry my bags to my room. (He was really nice to me the rest of the day.)
As Christians, we have riches, treasures, real assets waiting for us in heaven. When the Bible speaks of the heavenlies, however, we need to recognize that it is not only talking about something waiting for us in heaven after we die. It is also talking about the supernatural realm. So before we can effectively walk as believers, much less engage in spiritual battle, we need to learn about the supernatural resources God has given to us. We also need to understand they are treasures God wants us to start tapping into in the here and now, as well as in the by and by. They are provisions available to any believer who is walking with God. I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
Tonight I pray that the Lord will bless you as you thank Him through the storms of your life. That He will blanket you with His peace and you will become aware of His Presence in your life. I pray that as you release your worries to Him, it will clear the way for you to seek His face unhindered. Let Him free you from the fear hiding deep inside you. Sit quietly in His Presence and allow His warm light to soak into you and drive out all of the darkness inside you. That your thankful attitude will open the windows of heaven and His blessings will fall upon you through those openings into eternity. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!! God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/7FC1Pk
Promises, Not Explanations
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. —1 Corinthians 13:12
We all have legitimate questions: Why did this happen? Why didn’t that happen? And of course, I have mine, too. But the truth is, even if we had some of the most troubling questions in our hearts answered, we wouldn’t be satisfied. The answers would only raise more questions! The Bible doesn’t promise us a peace that necessarily gives understanding, but it promises a peace that passes human understanding (see Philippians 4:7).
I received a letter from Warren Wiersbe, a great author and Bible teacher, after my son went to heaven. He said, “As God’s children we live on promises, not on explanations. And you know as well as I do the promises of God.” He went on to say, “When we arrive in heaven, we will hear the explanations, accept them, and we will say, ‘May God be glorified.’ “
In my time of grieving, I found myself with many questions and didn’t seem to have many answers. Nevertheless, here’s what I know for sure: I know my son, Christopher Laurie, is with the Lord. And I know one day all of my questions will be answered. In our opening Scripture we read, “We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist.” The King James Version says, “For now we see through a glass, darkly.”
It reminds me of a car with tinted windows. Someone drives by, and you’re straining to look through the glass. You’re saying, “Who’s in there?” That’s how it is for us sometimes. We try to look at heaven. We try to figure out the big questions of life. But it’s hard to make it out. Maybe we see a little silhouette, but we’re not even sure about that.
But one day the view will be clear to the farthest horizons, and we will see as clearly as God sees us now. Until that time, “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!!! Have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
Tonight I Pray that whenever you feel distant from Jesus, whisper HIS name. For it is when you do this you are putting all of your trust in Him and this will help you to restore your awareness of His Holy Presence. In this fallen world that we live in so many people claim to not believe in Him but use His name in cursing every day. I pray that we bless the Lord at all times; that we allow His praise to be continually on our lips, so that our souls can boast in the Lord! I pray that as we fellowship with others we will magnify the Lord and exalt His name together!!! I pray that the Holy Spirit will move within us all and teach us that there is no fear in His Love which shines on each one of us continually. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I Love You All!!! God Bless You!!!♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/7DgzxK
We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. —Philippians 3:20
An old chorus begins, “This world is not my home, I’m just a passin’ through.” That is literally true. The Bible says that when you put your faith in Jesus Christ, you become a citizen of heaven because that is your real home.
That is why we find ourselves with a deep-down longing for something this earth can never deliver. And that is also why we always will be a bit out of tune with this world and all it celebrates. Have you noticed?
Sometimes the world will parade its toys and its so-called pleasures before you, and you’ll find yourself saying, deep down in your spirit, “That just leaves me cold. That is not what I desire. That is not what I want at all.” As followers of Jesus, we’ve tasted much, much better things than these.
C. S. Lewis described this longing with these words: “There have been times when I think we do not desire heaven; but more often I find myself wondering whether, in our heart of hearts, we have ever desired anything else.” He went on to say of heaven, “It is the secret signature of each soul, the incommunicable and unappeasable want.”
I liken it to a homing instinct that God has placed inside some of His creatures. We all know that some animals have a mysterious ability to migrate or travel great distances to very specific locations. It’s like a natural GPS system that God has placed inside them.
One of these days we’ll be going home too — home to a place we’ve never been. Heaven is more real to me than it has ever been because of those who are already there. My son Christopher is there, as is my mom, and the father who adopted me. Friends I have known through the years are on the other side now, and so are many familiar faces from our church.
Don’t get me wrong: There is much wonder, beauty, joy, and fulfillment in this life God has given us on earth. But what makes all these things even better is the sure knowledge that the best is yet to come. I couldn’t agree more!!! I hope you all have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
I pray TONIGHT that the Lord would go before you and make the crooked ways straight - that this will be a week of supernatural favor and divine intervention for you! The Lord will open doors of opportunity to show forth His goodness and magnify His glory in and through you! That He will fill you to overflowing with His Spirit. I pray that the wind of the Holy Spirit blow His fullness into your life in Jesus’ name! Be clothed with power from on high and anointed with fresh oil!! Expect His GREATNESS to be demonstrated in your life! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I Love You All!!!! God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/7D4fR9
Our Present Possession
God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. —Colossians 1:19–20
Many of the blessings the Bible promises are still in our future. The hope of heaven and our new, wonderful resurrection bodies is still ahead. But the peace of God? That is our present possession. That is something that belongs to us here and now. From the first moment that we place our faith in Christ, we can begin to experience the peace of God.
Philippians 4:7 promises, “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. “I know this peace in my life, and if you belong to Jesus, I’m sure you know it as well. I can think back to the day when I put my faith in Christ at age seventeen. One of the first things I remember is a sense of peace filling my heart. It was as though someone had slipped a heavy backpack from my shoulders. It wasn’t until later when I read that the Bible promises peace.
Many people think that peace is simply an absence of conflict or anxiety. To imagine it on a dial, they think if they could get the needle out of the negative red zone and up to “normal, “they would be experiencing peace. But biblical peace is much more than that. It is a strong, elevating, positive good in our lives. It isn’t just an absence of anxiety; it is the presence of something wonderful beyond our comprehension.
Peace has been given to us as a gift from God because we have been justified by faith. It isn’t describing a feeling; it’s describing a fact. It doesn’t come from what we are, but from what He has done.
It’s a cause and effect in our lives. The cause: being justified by faith in Christ. The effect: peace beyond any human explanation. But you can’t have the effect without the cause. In other words, you can’t have the peace of God until you first have peace with God. If we are fighting with God and continually resisting His plan and purpose for our lives, then we won’t experience His peace. I hope that you all have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
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