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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Word of the Day... May 6, 2015...

The Sovereign Hand of God
by Skip Heitzig 

There are only two books in Scripture that are named after women, and they're two of my favorites: Ruth and Esther. Ruth specifically is a great picture of how God used ordinary people as part of His plan to deliver a nation and the world from sin. It's a story of how God sovereignly takes events in our lives and weaves them together for His glory and for our good, according to the principle in Romans 8:28: "We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

The book of Ruth opens with a man named Elimelech, who lived in Bethlehem with his two sons and wife, Naomi. Bethlehem is the breadbasket of Israel, but at this time there was a famine in the land. So Elimelech got up one day and decided, "Put everything in the trunk, honey; pack up the camel; let's move to Moab." Now, he and his family had no reason to go over to Moab. It was a cursed land, and the Moabites worshiped a god called Chemosh through infant sacrifice. But the grass literally looked greener on the other side. So they went, and their two sons married Moabite women—one of whom was Ruth.

While they were there, tragedy struck (see Ruth 1:3-5). In three short verses, Naomi became a widow and childless. If you were to go back ten years earlier to when they arrived in Moab, I bet they felt like they had made the right choice, don't you think? They saw how green it was, and they settled in—until the day that Elimelech died and Naomi's world fell apart. All of that to say that the worst that God has for you is better than the best the Enemy has for you. And the Enemy will make it look so green and lush and pretty: "Forget waiting on the Lord; it's about time you take control." But the worst that God has for you is still better than the best the Enemy has to offer.

Now, if the book of Ruth ended right after this, it would be a depressing read! But it was just the beginning of God's providence and how He rules and overrules human error. In Ruth 1:6, Naomi heard that the famine was over in Bethlehem, and she and her two daughters-in-law made plans to return. While they were on their way, "Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, 'Go, return each to her mother's house'.... So she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. And they said to her, 'Surely we will return with you to your people.' But Naomi said, 'Turn back, my daughters'" (Ruth 1:8-11).

It was at this moment that one of the most important, decisive moments in history was taking place. And I'll tell you how important it was: Where was Jesus born? Bethlehem. Why was Jesus born in Bethlehem? Because it was the city of David. Why was it the city of David? Because David was born there. And why was David born there? Because his grandpa Obed was born there, and Obed was born there because his parents, Boaz and Ruth, got married and settled there—this same Ruth. So much was resting on this tiny decision.

And Ruth told Naomi, "Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me" (vv. 16-17). And so Naomi returned to Bethlehem with her daughter-in-law Ruth. What a journey it was so far: choices that were made, the sad fallout of these choices, but the providential hand of God who brought a foreign woman, a Moabitess, to embrace the one true God as her God and to continue the line of the Messiah.

So I want to encourage you to trust the Lord right where you're at, wherever you're planted, wherever you find yourself today, and not move too hastily or run away, but to ask, "What is God saying? How is He moving?" And even though we don't necessarily understand, I pray we would live believing that not only does God rule in the affairs of mankind, but He can even overrule when we make mistakes.  I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night...

TONIGHT I pray that every good thing presently eluding your purpose will flow into your through the Lord Jesus! I pray that there may be a wave of God’s glory and a move of His Presence, Power and Person to hit this earth in an unprecedented way! I pray for revival that He will lead many people to Him during these last days!!!  I pray that HE is gracious to you; that when  you call upon HIM, He will answer you.  I pray that all of you who wait for Him you will Weep no more. Salvation is here!!! Cry out to Him for help! HE will instruct you in the way which you should go. 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 peace and joy In HIS Presence!!! 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 when you are 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!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... May 5, 2015...

Because I Said So
by Skip Heitzig 

The words Because I said so are sort of the trump card that every parent uses when they don't want to explain all of the ramifications as to why they want their child to do something: "Why can't I eat that bug?" "Because I said so!" In that same vein, the commandment that parents love to quote and children hate to hear is the fifth one: "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you" (Exodus 20:12). This commandment is the one that gets tested throughout a parent's lifetime by their children—especially in the teenage years. But how does this speak to us as adults, both generally and specifically?

First of all, we need to understand that the Ten Commandments divide all of life into two categories: our relationship with God and our relationship with people. The first four commandments represent the vertical plane; the next six, the horizontal plane. And the fifth commandment takes us right to the very heart of all relationships: the basic parent-child relationship. Why is this first on the list in the second table of the law? Because it applies to everyone. Every person has parents or has had them. The parent-child relationship is the foundation.

The Pharisees once asked Jesus, "What is the greatest commandment?" and He boiled all of life down to two: vertically, love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and horizontally, love your neighbor as yourself (see Matthew 22:34-40). And the first neighbors that you have are your parents. It's a very precious relationship.

But here's the irony of it: family relationships are also very precarious and shaky. Our greatest failures in life are usually in this area of relationships.

Why is this? One reason is unrestrained pressure from our culture. Over the last several decades, our culture has mounted an unrelenting attack on the family and family values. Another reason is untended priorities. People just don't make family relationships an important part of their life. A final reason is unsteady parents. What adds to the rockiness within a home, in many cases, are parents who will not make the right kind of spiritual commitment. It's one thing to say, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6), but you have to walk that way yourself first.

Let's go back to the commandment and see the scope of it specifically. Notice the commandment doesn't say, "Honor your father or your mother—one or the other." The idea is you honor both of them. Not, "I can't honor my mother and father—they're not even believers," or, "They didn't love me, so I don't need to respect them." No—honor your father and your mother. Both should be honored.

And here are a few thoughts to walk away with: first and foremost, relationships are the very precious core of who we are. We were wired for that. But, number two, the family relationship is being attacked by our culture. The world has tried to alter and restructure the meaning of the family, and sadly, the church seems all too willing to accommodate to their whims and value system. So, my message is simply this: fight your culture; be a revolutionary. Break the cycle, and reverse the trends. If you're going to get anything right, get family right. You know the biblical truth: "Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap" (Galatians 6:7).

I'm not sharing this with you so you feel guilty about what you've done in the past. I believe that at whatever point in your life you decide to change, God will honor that. I don't mean everything will be perfect, but nothing gets families together faster and better than the Creator of families.  I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night...

Tonight I Pray that you learn to rest in the Presence of the Lord.  In this world where there are so many distractions that clamor for your attention. I pray you seek out His will for your life so that He can direct your steps. The Lord does His best work when we are spending time in His Presence.  Nothing should be more important than your time with Him. For it is when we entrust our concerns to the Lord that He will lighten our load and take them into His care and keeping.  I pray that as you spend time with Him, that He will renew your mind, body and spirit.  I pray that He fills you to overflowing with His Holy Spirit!!!  Be still and know that He is God, for as you wait in His Presence you will receive a most precious gift; His Perfect Peace!!!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen….  I Love You All!!!  God Bless you!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... May 4, 2015...

Living Between Two Worlds
by Skip Heitzig 

If you ever travel to a foreign country, you're going to need the right documentation to be admitted across their borders. I made the mistake one time of getting all the way to the Los Angeles International Airport to travel to Singapore, and I forgot to pack my passport. I heard the words "Can I have your passport, please?" and my heart just sank because I knew I didn't have it.

The eternal journey is far more serious than a trip overseas, and you have to make sure that you have the right documentation, so to speak. Not your works, not by wanting to go to heaven, but only by the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. But how do we live on earth responsibly while moving toward heaven eventually? How do we strike that balance between being citizens of the earth and citizens of heaven? Let's look at four points the apostle Paul modeled for us in Philippians 1:19-26.

The first point from this passage is that Paul was wrestling with a predicament. It's pretty obvious that Paul was in an emotional dilemma. He was in prison facing a trial, and he didn't know if he was going to live or die. And he was doing mental gymnastics: "I don't know which would be better: to go to heaven or to stay on earth." In verses 23-24, he wrote that he was "hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you." We would say he was between a rock and a hard place.

And this brings us to our second point: deep in his heart, Paul wanted to depart this life. The language he used describes the shoving off of a ship setting sail or the breaking up of a camp to move on to a permanent location. And for Paul, it was all about that permanent destination: to be with Christ. This is what makes the death of a believer so sweet. Anything we've encountered of Jesus in this life is going to pale in comparison to actually being in His presence and seeing His face, and Paul knew that.

But despite this, Paul was willing to persist: "Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you" (v. 24). Here, Paul was weighing what he personally wanted against the needs of people that he loved. That's the mark of a spiritual person. Even in prison, he was thinking of how other people could benefit from his ministry, and he was determined to be fruitful.

Let's conclude by looking at how Paul summed up this whole experience. Though he was wrestling with a predicament, wanting to depart, and willing to persist, above all he was going to wait with a passion: "According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (vv. 20-21).

Only somebody who says, "To live is Christ" can say, "To die is gain." Just try to recast that sentence according to whatever your life motto happens to be. "To live is money, and to die is to leave it all behind," right? You don't take it with you. Or, "To live is notoriety, and to die is to be quickly forgotten." But if you can say, "For me to live is Jesus Christ," then you can say, "To die is gain."

You have to be ready to die, but you also have to be ready to live until you die. You need to have the eternal in mind as you move through the temporal. That was Paul's way of living. We all live in an in-between world, and we're all invited to heaven. Many of you have perhaps already made that choice. But to those of you who are still considering that choice, I'm going to say this: make the choice sooner rather than later, because you don't know when your last day will be. While it is still called today, you have time to make a choice. I pray you'll do that.  I loved this devotional today and learned so much!!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….

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!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... May 3, 2015...

Discipling As Many As Possible

Now the serious Christian wants to escape both extremes. Yet he is much concerned about the whole matter of numbers and is eager to find the will of God for his life and ministry. Should he go out for larger crowds or accept smaller ones as the will of God for him? Does success in the Lord's work depend upon numbers? Is it possible to make up in quantity what is lacking in quality and so accomplish the same result? 
Perhaps an illustration or two might help. If our country should be visited by a famine and you were put in charge of feeding the starving in your section of the city, would numbers matter? Most surely they would. Would it not be better to feed five hungry children than two? Would you not feel obligated to feed hundreds rather than tens, thousands rather than hundreds? Certainly you would. Or if a ship sank and your church were given a rescue boat, would numbers mean anything? Again the answer is yes. Would it not be better to save ten than two, 100 than fifty? 

So with the work of God. It is better to win many than few. Each lost one brought home increases the joy among the angels and adds another voice to the choir that shall sing the praises of the Lamb. Plainly Christ when He was on earth was concerned about the multitudes. And so should His followers be. A church that takes no interest in evangelism or missions is sub-normal in every way and desperately in need of revival.
I loved this devotional today and learned so much!!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!

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