Make the Right Choice
I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. —Deuteronomy 30:19
When I first became a Christian, I decided that I would somehow find a way to live in two worlds. I was planning to hang out with my old friends and still be a Christian. For a time, I felt as though I were in a state of suspended animation. I wasn’t comfortable with my old buddies, but I wasn’t quite comfortable with the Christians, either. So I decided to be Mr. Solo Christian. I even said to my friends, “Don’t worry about me. You’re thinking I will become a fanatic and carry a Bible and say, ‘Praise the Lord.’ It will never happen. I’m going to be cool about this. I won’t embarrass you, but I’m going to believe in God now.”
However, as God became more real to me and I began to follow Him more closely, He changed my life and my outlook, and my priorities began to change.
There are people who will discourage you from growing spiritually. They will say, “I think it’s good that you are a Christian. I go to church too, at Christmas and Easter, and for weddings. But you’re getting a little too fanatical. You actually brought a Bible to work the other day. We were so embarrassed. You’re no fun anymore. We’re glad you have made changes in your life, but don’t become too extreme.” There are people like this who will discourage you.
When this happens, you have the choice to either do what God wants you to do or to go with the flow. Are you going to let people hold you back? Are you going to let people discourage you from wholehearted commitment to Jesus Christ?
This is a good devotional today from Pastor Greg and I really like that he speaks to a strong walk with Jesus Christ and putting Him first place in your life. After what Jesus did in my life I will never be ashamed of him again and I will serve Him all the rest of the days of my life. I hope that you have a Simply Heavenly Day…. God bless you!!! :):):)
TONIGHT I pray that every good thing presently eluding your purpose should flow into you in the name of Jesus! Release for your harvest! May there be a wave of God’s glory and a move of His Presence, Power and Person to hit this earth in an unprecedented way! HE is gracious to you; If you call upon HIM, He will answer you. All you who wait for Him Weep no more. Salvation is here. Cry out to Him for help! HE will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: That HE will guide you. He has gone before you and will make a way where there seems to be none. I pray that you follow Him closely. I pray that as you stay close to Him, you will find that it is In HIS Presence that there is peace and joy!!! Trust in Him, lean on Him, and don’t be afraid of falling, for HE shall always catch you and set you back on your feet. I pray that as You abide under the shadow of HIS wings, that HE will hide you from the enemy. The enemy may look for you, but he will not find you. Stay close to the Holy Spirit. You abide in Him and He will abide in you. NOTHING shall by any means harm you. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen. I Love You All!!! God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/5RSy4x
My dog practices selective listening. When he doesn’t like what I am saying, he acts as though he doesn’t understand me. If he is in my room at bedtime and I tell him to leave, he looks at me as if to say, “What?” It’s as though his hearing is gone. On the other hand, he can be asleep behind closed doors, and if I go downstairs, open the cupboard, and pull out his leash, he suddenly has supersonic hearing. He is right there at my side. When he likes what I want him to do, my dog hears and obeys me. But when he doesn’t like what I want him to do, my dog doesn’t hear and doesn’t obey.
We can be the same with God. When God tells us to do something we like, we say, “Yes, Lord!” But when He tells us to stop doing something, we say, “God, I think you’re cutting out on me. There’s too much static. I’m not hearing you clearly.”
Jesus said, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:14). He didn’t say, “You are My friends if you do the things that you personally agree with.” God has told us in His Word how we are to live. It is not for us to pick and choose sections of the Bible that we like and toss the rest aside.
If God tells you to do something, He says it for good reason, and you need to obey Him. If God says not to do something, He also says it for good reason. Even if you don’t understand it, obey Him.
I really enjoyed this devotional today. It isn’t always easy to listen to the Lord and follow what He wants us to do. But when you look back at your life and all of the stupid things He has saved you from…It’s like Thank you Jesus!!! Hallelujah!!! I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day. God bless you!!! http://dlvr.it/5R4ltd
Tonight I Pray you are constantly aware of HIS great Presence in your life. I pray that you realize that He is the one that directs your steps if you will allow Him to. Hold tightly to His Hand and let Him lead you step by step through life. I pray that you don’t worry about the uncertainty of the future, the secret things of the future belong to the Lord Jesus and as you trust in Him He will take them into His keeping and relieve you of the load that you carry. I pray that you cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you. Whenever you find yourself worrying about what is going to happen in the future, give it all up to Jesus and He will show you step by step the journey ahead. Trust in Him to open the up the way before you as you walk in the light of His great love and unfailing grace. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen. I Love You All!!!! God Bless You!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/5QvzrC
The Return of the Son of Man”There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.… Luke 21:25-26
Last night we had the first in a series of blood moons. This is from O’ahu and shows it from beginning to end. The sky was clear and it was beautiful outside!! It was spectacular to see and it gave me cause to praise Jesus for what He has created. However, I do not believe that this blood moon what the Bible was talking about here. It implies that the whole world would see it and Israel could not even see the blood moon last night. It is going to happen during the Tribulation shortly before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
The events that this Scripture speaks of is the wrath of God that is going to happen at the end of the Tribulation and not before the Rapture of the church. Are these moons coming rare? Yes they are falling on four Jewish holidays. Even though the people of Israel could not see these blood moons. I think that if God had something in mind for Israel and the church they would at least be able to see it.
It seems that people are getting so excited over these teachings. What has interested prophecy teachers is not just the number of lunar eclipses in the next two years but the timing of the eclipses. In both 2014 and 2015, a full lunar eclipse will occur on the first day of Passover and the first day of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles). In addition to the two lunar eclipses of 2015, two solar eclipses will also occur. Similar lunar eclipses in back-to-back years have happened seven times since the time of Christ. Some of those have occurred in years of significance for the Jewish people, such as 1948 (when Israel was granted statehood) and 1967 (when the Six-Day War was fought).
References to a moon like “blood” are found in two passages of the Bible. Joel 2:30–31 says, “I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” In Revelation 6:12, John describes one of the seal judgments of the Tribulation: “I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.” Other passages refer to the moon being “darkened” (Matthew 24:29; Joel 2:10).
A tetrad of lunar eclipses—and the timing of those eclipses in the Jewish calendar—is fairly unusual, but not unprecedented. So the fact of the eclipses, while interesting, is no proof that Jesus will return by 2015. Furthermore, John’s and Joel’s descriptions of the signs of the Day of the Lord could refer to solar and lunar eclipses, but there are other possible explanations for those phenomena, such as changes in the atmosphere (mentioned in Revelation 6:12).
The blood-red moon theory is just that—a theory. Even as a theory, it comes close to doing what the Bible warns against: setting dates for the coming of the Lord. “About that day or hour no one knows” (Mark 13:32). So let’s all use the time we have left here to share the good news of Jesus Christ to all we meet. Have a Simply Heavenly day! God bless you!!!
Tonight I Pray that you have the desire to seek out the Lord and delight in spending time with Him! Realize like Mary did that there is great importance in just sitting at the feet of Jesus. When we wait upon Him, He will lead us where He wants us to be. I pray that you know that you have the Creator of the universe as your Lord and He loves you! What more could you need? I pray that you realize that it is when you are not connecting with Him at a deep level that you have a lack in your life and walk with Him. Our part in this life is to learn to put all of our trust into Him, refusing to worry about anything! I pray that you will forget what is behind you and press on to what is ahead the prize which God has called us heavenward in Jesus Christ!!! Walk In that LIGHT!!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!! God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/5Pz7JV
For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4
I am so glad that when I read scriptures like this one I know that the promises are true and my hope is secure. These promises are the quiet confidence. It is a supernatural certainty. When the Bible speaks of hope, it is not the hope of this world. Rather, it is somethingaltogether different. In fact, the Greek and Hebrew words that translate to “hope” speak of certainty. In the Bible, the word “hope” means a strong and confident expectation.
We get that hope from the Lord Himself and the Word of God. This is a lasting hope that gives me assurance each day!
How does our faith and hopes get stronger? Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. Our faith also gets stronger when we are tested. It is during those times that no matter how hard life gets we can stand on these scriptures and the Lord will carry us through the trial. When He does we grow stronger in Him and His Word. He is our refuge and our strength in every storm.
Of course, you don’t have to build your faith on what I tell you. Try it yourself. Trust in the Lord and stand on His Word and then wait upon the Lord. He will keep His promise and lead you into His joy, love and light. I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day. God bless you!!! ♥♥♥
I Pray TONIGHT for an increase in revelation knowledge, wisdom and understanding. You will walk in supernatural favor and be anointed by the Most High God! I bind every spirit of rejection, failure and defeat over your life, your family, your finances and your calling! You will be blessed in everything the Lord has assigned you to do! You will hold HIS hand and walk through storms, only to come out of that storm and into the SON’s Light!!! I pray that the Lord break any fear, intimidation and anxiety that holds you back from fulfilling your dream and destiny in the name of Jesus! BE BLESSED! Amen and Amen… I Love you all!!!… God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/5PWlSM
Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which You have done,And Your thoughts toward us;There is none to compare with You.If I would declare and speak of them,They would be too numerous to count. Psalm 40:5
One of the things that I love so much about the Lord is how He thinks about us. It is amazing to me that God is thinking of me. And yet we are told here that His thoughts towards us cannot be counted. God is continually thinking about you, His child.
Psalm 139:17-18 says that God’s thoughts towards us are more than the grains of sand by the seashore. He is the Lord over all creation, yet He is so mindful of each of His creatures. Jesus said that He cares about the hairs of your head and the sparrows that fall (Luke 12:5-6). He is thinking about you now.
Sometimes I think He just wants us to breathe Him in, so that He can bless and restore us. Lift up empty hands of faith to receive His precious Presence. The Light, Life, Joy, and Peace that will flow freely from the Holy Spirit when we turn our focus to Him. Today I am just going to rest in Him and be blessed! I hope the you make the choice to rest in Jesus on this Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
TONIGHT I PRAY that you refuse to worry! In this world there’ll always be something enticing you to worry. That is the nature of this fallen world that we live in. Things are not as they should be. So the temptation to be anxious is constantly with you, trying to worm its way into your mind. I pray you realize the best defense is continual communication with the Lord, richly seasoned with Thanksgiving. I pray that you stay aware of HIS PRESENCE, allowing Him to fill your mind with His Light and Peace, leaving no room for fear. I pray this awareness lifts you above your circumstances, enabling you to see problems from HIS perspective. For when you do this with HIM you can keep the wolves of worry at bay. I pray that you never forget WHO lives within you. He can bring order to your day and help you to control your thoughts and actions. You only need to make the choice of how much of Him you want in your day… In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I Love You All!!! God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/5P2gLB
I read a story about a ship that was discovered a number of years ago in the Arctic Ocean. It was manned by a crew that had frozen to death: the captain was standing over his captain’s log as if he was writing an entry in it, and people were lying in hammocks and different parts of the ship. The entry in the log showed that they had been drifting around for thirteen years before being discovered. The writer of the article called the ship “a floating sepulcher, manned by a frozen crew.”
I read that and thought, Now there is a description of religion at the time of Jesus Christ and a description of much of religion today. Everyone’s in position, but nothing’s actually happening. No life. Dead.
Paul wrote about the religion of the Jews in Romans 10: “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (v.3-4).
I grew up in a religious home. Though I went to church and I knew all about God—that He had a Son who was born of a virgin and died on a cross—I lived in the spiritual ignorance that Paul wrote about and used to live in (see Phil. 3:4-9 and 1 Tim. 1:13). It’s the ignorance of believing that doing good will get you to heaven.
So many religious people have a whole system worked out where they work hard to reach their own standard of righteousness and feel good about doing it. Then they say, “I deserve heaven. I worked hard for it. I’ve gone to church my whole life.”
I love working in my yard. I’ll go out and work, and after a while I’ll say, “Woo! Look at me! I pulled a weed!” You do get a sense of accomplishment when you work hard for something and you see the job well done. But we should never carry that feeling or mindset over onto our relationship with God.
Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill” (Matt. 5:17). In other words, Jesus came to fulfill all the requirements of the Law of Moses that nobody else could. Jesus lived a perfect life and then died for our sins. Trying to get to heaven by your own works and righteousness is like telling God, “I can do better than that. I can do better than the perfect righteousness that only Your Son could ever attain.”
Many believers still want to live under the Law, whether that’s by keeping the Sabbath or certain dietary restrictions. But you need to realize you’re not under the Law; you’ve been given the righteousness of God through faith in Christ. And the only kind of righteousness God will accept is the righteousness He freely gives. That’s why the religious person has trouble with the grace of Jesus Christ: it sounds way too easy. But you don’t get saved by doing good works; you do good works once you’re saved. Good works are the demonstration, not the method, of getting saved.
If the only righteousness that God will accept is the kind He gives, and the kind that He gives is the perfect righteousness of His perfect Son, you can’t do any better than that. May our approach to God be not one of human achievement, but may we trust more and more in the already finished work of Christ on the cross.
What a great Word from Pastor Skip Heitzig today. Sometime we allow our flesh to get in there and try to get us to believe that it is by our works that we are saved, when nothing could be further from the truth. We are saved by God’s free gift called grace through faith and not of our “works” lest any man (or woman or boy or girl) can boast. Jesus said it all in three little words… “It Is Finished”….
I hope that if you don’t know Jesus you ask Him to be your Lord and Savior today! Simply pray this: Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You took the pain and the sins of world on the cross to give me new life. I ask You to come into my heart and to give me Your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive You now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow You and to serve You all the days of my life. Thank you so much for loving me, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ Jesus! You are Born Again! God bless you!!! http://dlvr.it/5NrNnf
TONIGHT I PRAY that you will rejoice and be thankful!!! That as you walk with the Lord through this day, practice trusting and thanking Him all along the way. For it is when we trust in Him that His peace will flow into us. Thankfulness lifts you up above your circumstances. I pray you realize that He does His greatest works through people with grateful, trusting hearts. Rather than planning and evaluating, practice trusting and thanking the Lord continually. I pray that as you rest in the Lord Jesus, a shift will take place that will revolutionize your life. Walk in that faith! Walk in that trust!!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen. I love you all! God bless your sweet hearts!!!!♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/5NfkDX
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