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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..

TONIGHT I pray that Jesus will nullify every curse of impossibility over your life!!!  I pray that the Lord will send His axe of fire to the root of all problems that are interfering with your destiny and cut them down! I speak restoration back to everything that has been lost to you spiritually and materially in the name of Jesus! God has given us hundreds of promises not simply for us to read and enjoy, but that we might boldly declare them to bring us victory. Let The Angels be dispatched to bring forth your harvest! I Pray that you walk in HIS favor!!!! In Jesus name I pray,  Amen and Amen…  I Love you all… God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... January 25, 2015....

by Charles R. Swindoll
but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”  Acts 1:8

It's a cartoon I've smiled at again and again. 

There are two Eskimos sitting on chairs, fishing through holes in the ice. The fella on the right has draped his line through your typical disk-like opening . . . about the size of a small manhole. 

The Eskimo on the left has his line in the water too. He also waits calmly for a nibble. His hole, however, is more like a crater, a Rose Bowl-sized opening that reaches to the horizon---in the shape of a whale. 

Now that's what I call vision. 

Smile all you please, but you gotta hand it to that Eskimo on the left. He's ready! You can be sure that his fellow fisherman thinks he's a nut. He might even be mumbling words of criticism, like: 

"How greedy can you get?" 

Or "Man, talk about a showoff!" 

But there's one thing he must admit about his buddy, he's thinking big! The time he spent preparing for the catch was both extensive and tiring---he probably wore out three saws hacking and chewing through all that frozen stuff. But there is nothing that tugs on his line---and I mean nothing---that he won't be able to handle. From the very start of the project, the man has been visionary. 

Vision becomes contagious. You can't sit very long beside a fisherman like that without enlarging your own hole in the ice. Something down inside us admires a person who stretches our faith by doing things that are filled with vision. Initially such actions might appear to be foolish. That occurs when we don't know the facts behind the action. 

For example, I heard some time ago about a couple of nuns who worked as nurses in a hospital. They ran out of gas while driving to work one morning. A service station was nearby but had no container in which to put the needed gasoline. One of the women remembered she had a bedpan in the trunk of the car. The gas was put into the pan and they carried it very carefully back to the car. As the nuns were pouring the gasoline from the bedpan into the gas tank, two men were driving by. They stared in disbelief. Finally, one said to the other, 

"Now Fred, that's what I call faith!" 

It appeared to be foolish. Trouble was, those doubters just didn't have the facts. And were they ever surprised when those nuns went ripping by them on the freeway! 

So much of what we undertake lacks vision. We cut our tiny holes in the ice and make plans to go home cold and hungry. And then if we're not careful, we'll find ourselves criticizing and scoffing at those who, as Luis Palau puts it, dream great dreams and plan great plans. "Sensationalists," we call them. Or worse---"foolish." 

Jesus, however, when he called Andrew and Simon, promised: 

"Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men." (Mark 1:17) 

The two fishermen probably thought too small. I gather this idea because Dr. Luke records their reaction the time they caught two boatloads of fish. They were dumbfounded! But Jesus replied with insight: 

"Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men." (Luke 5:10) 

It seems as though Jesus realized their inborn "fear" of something sizable. He challenged them, "Don't be uneasy. With My help, you'll catch people just like you caught these fish." 

How long has it been since you've punched a hole in the ice and thrown out a line? Sure, it may mean "breaking the ice" with "pre-Christian" neighbors or colleagues at work---getting beyond the slick surface stuff like the weather and sports and the condition of your lawn. It may mean investing some time, taking some risks, and putting out some effort in practical acts of loving compassion. Fishing for men and women is no casual thing. 

Are you expecting success? Listen to Joe Aldrich: 

For many, the first step in neighborhood evangelism is attitudinal. If they think they will be successful or unsuccessful, they're right. What we anticipate in life is usually what we get. If you say, "I can't do it," you're probably right, especially if you firmly believe you can't. God says you can. Who do you intend to believe? . . . It's true, where there is no vision, people (your neighbors) perish. 

Take another mental glimpse at those two Eskimos. Be honest now. Which hole are you fishing in? I loved this devotional today and learned so much!!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night.....

Tonight I pray that you come to the Lord Jesus and rest in His Presence!  Feel His peace envelope you like a warm blanket on a very cold night.   You are not alone for He will never leave you or forsake you!!!  I pray that you lay everything at the feet of Jesus and lean on Him when times get tough in this world. For it is when you put all of your trust in Him that you will feel His complete peace.  For whosoever believes in Him, will have the rivers of Living Water flowing within him.   Don’t allow the people in this world to push you to walk according to their expectations, for when you do this you awareness of the Lord within will grow dim.  Let the light of the Holy Spirit flow through you sharing Living Water that gives real life that will last for an eternity!!  I pray that you allow the Holy Spirit to speak through you giving you words of amazing grace as you live in the Light of HIS love!!  In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen and Amen….  I Love You All!!!  God Bless You!!!♥♥♥ 

Word of the Day... January 24, 2015...

"One Thing"    
    One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.  —Psalm 27:4 

David wrote, "One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek . . ." (emphasis added). In other words, the one thing that really excited him was spending time in the presence of God.

Mary knew this one thing too when Jesus came to visit her and her sister Martha in the little village of Bethany. She sat down at His feet, absolutely riveted by everything He had to say.

Martha, a diligent, hardworking woman, wanted to impress the Lord with the fine meal she was preparing. Who wouldn't, if you had a guest like Jesus? Can you imagine Jesus showing up at your house? You would want to offer Him your best, right? You wouldn't give Him a microwave dinner or last night's leftover spaghetti. You would want to prepare a special meal.

As Martha was working away in the hot kitchen, she undoubtedly kept looking for Mary. Where's Mary? I can't believe she's not in here. Finally in frustration, she came out—probably with her hands on her hips—and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me."

Jesus replied, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:41-42).

Mary figured out one thing, and that was the importance of sitting at Jesus' feet. What is your "one thing"? What gets you out of bed in the morning? What keeps you going, even through heartaches and trials and disappointments?

In Philippians 3:13-14, the apostle Paul said, "But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (NIV).

Paul said, "But one thing I do." He didn't say, "Twelve things I dabble at." In other words, Paul's life had a strong focus that helped him prioritize everything else.  I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Word of the Day.... January 23, 2015...

God Starts . . . and Finishes    
    We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  —Romans 8:28 

There are times in our lives as Christians when God will do things or fail to do things that we want Him to do, and it won't make a bit of sense to us. And because we don't see the big picture, we may falsely conclude that God has abandoned us. But we need to trust Him during these times, remembering that Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith. In other words, what God starts, He completes.

Remember that wonderful word from the first chapter of Philippians? "There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears" (Philippians
1:6, MSG).

It seems as I get older, I get distracted and forget things all the time. But what if God forgot about us? What a frightening thought. Imagine being in the midst of a fiery trial as God is watching and waiting for that moment to take us out of it. Then the phone rings, and He's gone for a decade! Thankfully, God never forgets about us. He remains—forever and ever—in full control. He knows exactly what He is doing. He will complete what He has begun.

Sometimes in the middle of that process, we may think the Lord is missing it. But He isn't. We're the ones who are missing it. From our limited human viewpoint, we think of the temporal, but God lives in the eternal. We are thinking of today, but God is planning for tomorrow . . . in fact, He's already been there. We are thinking of comfort, but God is thinking of character. We are thinking of an easy time, but God is thinking of how to make us better people.

So let's trust Him. Whatever our circumstances or hardships, let's believe His promise to His children: all things are working together.  I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Word of the Day... January 22, 2015....

Sin in the Camp
by Skip Heitzig 

What should we do when there's sin in the body of Christ? According to Matthew 18:15-18, there's a process to follow. I've discovered that most Christians don't follow this process. They'll say, "Oh, I just forgive that brother or sister in my heart," or they harbor bitterness or gossip about what happened and don't deal with it the right way. But Jesus Himself gave us three steps to take in this process.

Number one: when you've been hurt by a brother or sister, go privately to that person and tell them how they have sinned against you (see v. 15). The purpose here isn't to vent or win an argument; it's to win the brother or sister back, to bring reconciliation. If they say, "You're right. Please forgive me," it's over. Reconciliation has been achieved.

If, however, the person is recalcitrant and obstinate, then you are bound by Scripture to take step number two, which is to get some help (see v. 16). Get one or two mature believers and approach that person as a group, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses, everything can be established (see Deuteronomy 19:15).

If the person still refuses to repent, step number three is to seek the help of the church (see v. 17; see also 1 Corinthians 5:1-8). Until confession and repentance is achieved, you treat that brother or sister courteously but firmly. You treat them like an unbeliever, because that's how they have chosen to act. You can still say, "I love you and expect to see some real repentance in your life as a genuine follower of Christ," but you should have no fellowship with them. This shows people the seriousness of sin in the camp. Frankly, you don't find this practiced in many churches, and that's unfortunate, because it's as plain as the nose on your face when you read the New Testament: the administration of forgiveness has to be done in stages. 

If you read on in Matthew 18:21-22, Peter asked Jesus, "'Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?' Jesus said to him, 'I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.'" I know some of you are counting: "Well, that's 490." But that's not the idea; the idea is that you forgive as many times as somebody sins against you, and when they ask for your forgiveness, you're lenient to them.

Jesus told a story to make this idea stick (see vv. 23-35). The servant who owed ten thousand talents to his king (that's millions of dollars in today's economy) owed a debt he wouldn't be able to pay in his lifetime. And the application is simple: God is the king. We're all sinners before Him and owe a debt we can't pay. But Jesus Christ paid that debt for us.

So, if a Christian wrongs you, there's a process you go through. If at any point in the process you personally refuse forgiveness, you are the ultimate hypocrite, because you have been forgiven the ultimate debt. Since we are forgiven people, we can't be bitter toward anyone. We can't be unloving toward anyone. Because if we are, what makes us any different than an unbeliever? If we truly are redeemed, then we ought to reflect that redemption and extend the love that has been extended to us toward others.

Today, find that brother or sister who has wronged you, and make it right. Follow through with these steps. Get other Christians and the church involved, if necessary. It's beautiful how this process works. The truths about sin in Matthew 18 are far from simplistic, but they are simple, straightforward, and unmistakable. I pray that we would deal with the sin in our lives head-on and be part of this process of reconciling brothers and sisters.    I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night.....

TONIGHT I PRAY that you put all of your trust in the Lord your God and refuse to worry.  For HE is your strength and your song when you are unsure and feeling wobbly.  When the storms roll into your life and you are feeling helpless and unsure, look to Him!!! Take shelter from the storm in HIM.  Wise is the one who understands the seasons. Storms don't last long. They quickly pass.  "Look, here comes Jesus walking on the water, calming the storm. The Lord says,   Be at peace." I pray that you stand on your faith in His Word, remembering that He is your strength and He can empower you to make it through any trial.  As you walk with the Lord in faith you have one foot in heaven and one on earth… Trust HIM to carry you through this storm.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

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