I Pray TONIGHT that the Lord take away all feelings of uncertainty and being out of control. We pray that YOUR perfect love would cast out all fear tonight and replace it with confidence in YOUR sufficiency. Tonight as we hold tightly to the hand of Jesus, I pray you allow Him to lead you through the darkest night. He knows the road ahead and can bring us all back into the light of HIS love and grace. WALK in that light so that you can be a beacon to a lost world… I pray that you trust Him in all areas of your life. The harder it gets the tighter you hold His hand. Knowing that He is always before you. One step at a time. Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all of creation, can separate you from HIS loving Presence. Stand on that faith!!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!! God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6PyNlr
God’s Safety Net
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. —Romans 3:23
Visitors to San Francisco can’t help but be amazed at that architectural wonder called the Golden Gate Bridge. During its initial phases of construction, a number of workers lost their grip and fell to their deaths in the San Francisco Bay. Needless to say, this slowed down the construction process quite dramatically. The builders were trying to think of a way to remedy this, so they did something that had never been done before. A giant net was installed under the construction area. The workers knew that if they did fall, the net would catch them. It wouldn’t be a pleasant experience, but they would live to tell about it. The result was they could work without the fear of dying. They were able to move quickly and finish the project.
Did you know that God has put a safety net under you? By that I mean, when you slip, when you fall, when you make a mistake, it doesn’t mean that your name has been blotted out of the Book of Life and that you are now persona non grata with God. Because He came into your heart, forgave you, and committed Himself to you, He now protects you, sealed you, and justified you as a result of that commitment.
The fact is that we as Christians will sin and fall short. The Scriptures, as well as our own experiences in life, tell us this is true. According to 1 John 1:8, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” This is not an excuse for ungodly living. Nor is it a license for sin. It is a simple acknowledgement of reality.
This is a great devotional today from Pastor Greg!!! I am so glad that I have Jesus as my Lord, Savior and safety net!!! I hope that you have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!! http://dlvr.it/6PjX9n
Tonight I Pray that you never feel guilty for taking the time to seek out the Lord Jesus! When you do this it is in answer to the Holy Spirit within you. Nudging you to spend time visiting with Him, in prayer and communion. I pray that you recognize that He can transform you into an exceptional Christian when you turn over all of your passion to HIM and that His Love satisfies soul hunger like nothing else can!!! I pray you know that as His child made in His image, that you were designed to only find fulfillment through Him and His great and all-encompassing Love!!! Since this world is not our home I pray that you keep your eyes focused on the Lord and what He has for you. For He turns even dullest day bright and adds sparkle to the most mundane of tasks. Step out in faith allow His Presence to light the path before you where ever you may go. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I Love You All!!!! God Bless You!!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6PSQ6Y
The Ultimate Family Reunion
I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. —1 Thessalonians 4:13
Have you ever had a significant reunion with a member of your family? Maybe it was someone you thought you would never see again or someone you had been separated from for many years.
But then again, maybe there is someone who was taken from you quickly and unexpectedly. There are things you wish you had said to that person, regrets that you now have. There is something to learn from that. If there is anyone in your life you need to say something to, say it now while you can. Tell that person you love him or her. Let that person know what he or she means to you. Do something to communicate with them because you never know when their time may come. Then again, you never know when your time may come, either.
The good news is there will be a family reunion for every child of God, a day when we will see those believers who have died and are in heaven.When his young child died, David said, “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me” (2 Samuel 12:23). That is the hope of every Christian. Our friends and loved ones can’t come to us, but we will go to them someday.
You can join them one day in the great reunion when the Lord comes for His church, as described in 1 Thessalonians 4:17: “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
It will be the ultimate family reunion. Woo Hoo!!! What a great devotional from Pastor Greg!!! I can’t wait for that day!!! I hope you all have a Simply Heavenly day!!! Maranatha!!!
When things in life turn sour, people are apt to complain: “God, why would You allow this to happen? You can’t be in this!” Don’t be so sure.
Let’s look at an episode in the life of Jacob. After he tricked his older brother into giving him the right of the firstborn, he fled to where his relative Laban lived. You probably know the story: Jacob fell in love with Laban’s beautiful young daughter, Rachel. He then served Laban fourteen long years for both Leah and Rachel, though he really only loved Rachel. After Rachel bore their son Joseph, Jacob told Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own place and to my country” (Gen. 30:25). Laban convinced him to stay for another six years, and that’s where we find him in Genesis 31.
Ever since Jacob began living with Laban, there had been tension between the two, though they seemed to adjust to it. But in Genesis 31, we see that tension turn into friction: “And Jacob saw the countenance of Laban, and indeed it was not favorable toward him as before. Then the Lord said to Jacob, ‘Return to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you’” (Gen. 31:2-3).
Notice how God prepared Jacob to move back to his home. The first thing He did was put the desire in Jacob’s heart. After Joseph was born, Jacob had said, “I need to go back home. My heart is there. I need to be back in the covenant land of Abraham and Isaac.” But he didn’t go back. However, that desire never left him. He didn’t act too quickly on it, but God put the desire deep in his heart.
This is an important principle in our lives. The first thing God does to move us from one experience to another or one place to another is put a desire deep within. David wrote in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” When you delight yourself in the Lord, the desires you have are the desires God plants within your heart. However, those desires need to be confirmed; you don’t want to impulsively act on every desire you have.
For Jacob, the nest was getting stirred up, so he thought, It’s time to get out of here. What I feel in my heart is now being confirmed by the circumstances the Lord has placed around me. The friction between him and Laban caused Jacob to seek a new direction. Here’s the principle: the Lord stirs things up by circumstances. They may not be favorable, but it could be that the Lord is doing something to move you along.
"Then the Lord said to Jacob, ‘Return to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you’" (Gen. 31:3). The word of the Lord came to Jacob and confirmed what he felt in his heart and what the circumstances were telling him. When life turns sour, God may have some sweet blessings right around the corner. Don’t complain. Don’t moan. Just say, "What opportunities might God have in store if I trust Him and move forward?"
After this, Jacob talked to his wives, and they confirmed what he heard from God and felt in his heart (see Gen. 31:14-16). After God puts something in your heart, after the circumstances line up, and after you hear the voice of God through His Word, seek confirmation from God’s family. The Bible says, “In the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Prov. 11:14). Get counsel from the body of Christ. Run it by somebody who has maturity and insight.
Eventually, the Lord did bring Jacob back to the land of his fathers. So here’s food for thought: maybe you’ve been praying that God would do something different and great and move powerfully in your life, yet something unfavorable or unpleasant has happened. Have you ever thought that this could be part of the answer to that prayer? That God is going to put something in your heart (or perhaps already has), that the circumstances are lining up with that desire, and that now God will speak through His Word and confirm it with His people? I encourage you to let God move. Let Him stir the nest.
I really enjoyed this devotional from Pastor Skip Heitzig! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
TONIGHT I pray that you give all of your worries to Jesus. They are too heavy for you to carry, soon you will stagger under the load and eventually fall flat. I pray that you discipline yourself to live within the boundaries of today. Stop judging and evaluating yourself, for this is not your role. And don’t compare yourself to other people this produces feelings of pride inferiority; or sometimes a mixture of both. Trust in the Lord to lead you along the path that is uniquely tailored for you. I pray that you don’t look for affirmation in the wrong places: your own evaluations, or those of other people. I pray you come to the realization that real affirmation comes from the Lord Jesus and His unconditional love for you. If you let Him He will move mightily in your life. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!! God bless you!!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6NT6Zt
by Charles R. Swindoll
”Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27
The scene is familiar: a hospital lobby with all the trimmings … soft sofas and folded newspapers … matching carpets and drapes illumined by eerie lighting … a uniformed lady at the desk, weary from answering the same questions … strange smells … and lots of people.
Everywhere there are people. A steady stream pours in and out, the faces marked by hurry and worry. Surrounding me are small clusters of coffee-sipping groups talking quietly or looking into space, blinking often, lost in a world of their own anguish. Some sit alone, restlessly studying the same page of a paperback for 10 minutes. A surgeon in faded green garb suddenly appears, bearing news to the waiting.
Frowns cut in. Lips tighten. Heads shake. Tears flow. Everyone stares—-momentarily identifying with the strangers. Soon it’s quiet again, increased apprehension mounts … and life goes on.
If I were a bug on the wall of this sterile establishment, I’d remember other places I’d clung to in my insect excursions—-other scenes of apprehension:
In the classroom, observing the new teacher on her first attempt with junior high schoolers. In the cramped study of the final-year med student as he crams the night before his oral exams. In the airport as a dad waves good-bye to his son leaving for overseas duty. In the nursery as an exhausted mother sits through the night beside a baby with a raging fever. In the car traveling cross-country, moving a family to an unfamiliar neighborhood with unknown streets and untried challenges. In the store of a businessman, squeezed in the inflation vise, wondering how he’ll make payroll on the first. Apprehension. It’s as American as a Chevy or TV dinners. And it’s strange. Apprehension is a notch or two above worry, but it feels like its twin. It isn’t strong enough to be fear, but neither is it mild enough to be funny. It’s in the category of a “mixed emotion.”
In some ways, apprehension leaves you crippled, immobile. It’s an undefined uneasiness—-a feeling of uncertainty, misgiving, and unrest. What frustration is to yesterday, apprehension is to tomorrow.
Paul had it when he set his face toward the heavy horizon over Jerusalem. His admission is found in Acts 20:22:
“And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there.” (NKJV)
A lot of emotion was packed into those 21 words. How did he feel? Bound in the spirit. Why was he uneasy? Not knowing the things that will happen to me. That’s apprehension. It’s no sin, nor is it reason for embarrassment. It is, rather, proof positive that you’re human. Unfortunately, it tends to smother your pleasant dreams by placing a pillow over your faith. Apprehension will strap a short leash on your vision and teach you to roll over and play dead when scary statistics and pessimistic reports snap their fingers.
Paul absolutely refused to run when apprehension whistled at him. Openly acknowledging its presence, he nevertheless stood his ground with the ringing words of Acts 20:24:
“But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus.”
Apprehension is impressive until determination pulls rank on it and forces it to salute. This is especially true when determination has been commissioned by the King of Kings. I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
TONIGHT I Pray that you give all of your worries to Jesus. They are simply too heavy for you to carry, soon you will stagger under the load and eventually fall flat. I pray that you discipline yourself to live within the boundaries of today. Stop judging and evaluating yourself, for this is not your role. And don’t compare yourself to other people this produces feelings of pride inferiority; Or sometimes a mixture of both. Trust in the Lord to lead you along the path that is uniquely tailored for you. I pray that you don’t look for affirmation in the wrong places: your own evaluations, or those of other people. I pray you come to the realization that real affirmation comes from the Lord Jesus and His unconditional love for you. If you let Him He will move mightily in your life. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!! God bless you!!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6N3sYv
Set a Prisoner Free
As for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. —Genesis 50:20
The word oops is not in God’s vocabulary.
Isn’t that great to know? God is in control. We, on the other hand, can’t control everything that happens in our lives, even though we try. But there is one thing we can do, and that is forgive. We can forgive those who have wronged us. We can forgive those who have taken advantage of us. We can for-give those who have slandered us and made fun of us. We can forgive those who have betrayed us.
You may think they don’t deserve it. But remember, you have been forgiven. Therefore, you should be forgiving. Of course, you aren’t going to feel like it at times. You may see him or her and feel your blood begin to boil. That is when you need to say, “As an act of faith, as a step of obedience to Jesus Christ, I forgive this person.”
I has been said, “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” You should not only forgive to help that person, but you also need to forgive for your own mental and spiritual health. Just let it go. Put it into the hands of God and determine not to be tormented by it one day longer.
Is there someone you need to forgive today? Are you harboring a grudge toward someone? Forgive. Forgive whoever it is that has hurt you. As Ephesians 4:32 tells us, “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
Thank you Pastor Greg for this timely devotional!!! This speaks to all of us!!! We all need to make things right with the Lord before His coming. If you have had an argument even if you believe that you are right go and ask forgiveness and give it to Jesus so that you can truly be free from it!!! When the Son sets you free you are free indeed!!! Have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
TONIGHT I PRAY that you realize just how much Jesus loves you!!! I pray that you keep your eyes focused on Him so that when the waves of adversity roll over you and you are tempted to give up you won’t. As your circumstances consume more and more of your attention, and you are losing sight of Him, reach out for HIS hand instead. He is right there beside you. He is fully aware of your situation, and he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you were able to bear. Call out to Him… “Jesus help me.” And He will. He will never leave you or forsake you. Don’t be afraid to put all of your trust in HIM… Stand on that faith!!! I pray that He give you a real hunger for the Word of God so that you can grow in His Word, Will and Way for your life. In Jesus name we pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!! God bless you!!!♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6MCFT6
Not All There Is
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.—James 1:12
Not long ago, I had a conversation with two people after church.
One was in a wheelchair with a severe disability, and the other was speaking at length. I listened to her for a while, and then I turned to the woman in the wheelchair and said, “Well, how are you doing?”
“I am doing fine,” she told me.
But then her friend said that she actually had just had two brain surgeries to remove cancer, and they were successful.
I looked at this young woman with her disability, someone who had just come through such a difficult time, and I thought, And where is she now? She is at church.
I think of all of the excuses people come up with as to why they can’t make it to church. They have a cold, or it takes too long to get into the parking lot, and so forth. Yet here was this young woman who, despite her severe disability and recent surgeries, was at church, praising God and saying she is doing fine. I was touched by her example.
So I said to her, “You know, the Bible promises a special blessing and crown to those who have suffered in this life. I admire your faith. You are an inspiration to me.”
James 1:12 says, “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him” (NLT). It all will be made up to us in the life to come. Have you lost something to follow Jesus? Whatever losses you may have incurred for following Christ will be more than made up to you.
Make no mistake about it: Our life on earth isn’t all there is. There will be rewards for our faithfulness to God. I enjoyed this devotional from Pastor Greg and I hope that you enjoy it as well. Have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
Of Parrots and Eagles,
by Charles R. Swindoll
Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace [c]to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13
Eagle thinkers ask the hard questions, take strategic risks, search hard for the whole truth, and soar high above mediocrity. Parrot people enjoy the predictable, routine, rehearsed words of others.
As we discussed yesterday, the church is overrun with parrots and virtually devoid of eagles. Too harsh? You decide. Who are the eagles today who offer fresh-from-the-mountain insights about world missions, biblical doctrines, evangelism, Christian education, apologetics, and the disciplines of the faith? Who are those who forge out creative ways of communicating the truths of Scripture so that it’s more than a hodge-podge of borrowed thoughts and rehearsals of the obvious which tend to paralyze the critical faculties of active minds?
Eagles are independent thinkers.
It’s not that they abandon the orthodox faith or question the authority of God’s inerrant Word … it’s simply that they are weary of being told, “Stay on the perch and repeat after me.” Eagles have built-in perspective, a sensitivity that leaves room for fresh input that hasn’t been glazed by overuse.
The church today is in desperate need of eagles—-people who come to their tasks with the abandonment of that keen-minded Jew from Tarsus. If you need an illustration, read Romans. Like a careful midwife, Paul assists in the birth of doctrine, allowing it to breathe and scream, stretch and grow, as God the Creator designed it to do. And he isn’t afraid to say it for the first time, using a whole new vocabulary and style that is as original as it is accurate. There’s not as much as a parrot feather on one page of that one-of-a-kind letter.
So then, which will it be? If you like being a parrot, stay put. But if you’re an eagle at heart, what are you doing on that perch? Do you have any idea how greatly you’re needed to soar and explore? Do you realize how out of place you are inside that cage? Even though others may not tell you, eagles look pretty silly stuck on a perch picking over a tasteless pile of dried seeds.
I’ve never heard anybody ask, “Eagle want a cracker?”
I hoped you enjoyed this as much as I did. Have a Simply Heavenly day!! God Bless You!!!!
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