Word of the Day Series

Start your day the Simply Heavenly way by joining me in a Bible study where we read and learn the Word of God!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….

Tonight I Pray that You touch all who are suffering with Your healing hand. I pray that as we grow in our walk with Jesus that we learn to place all of our trust in Him alone.  Just say “I trust You Jesus as you go through difficult times.  This simple act will allow you to see the Lord in every situation, and when you acknowledge that He has total control over everything.  When you view everything that happens in your life in this way, fear will begin to lose its grip on you.  As you lose your fear you will begin to grow in the light of His love and grace. I pray that you never forget to thank Him and praise Him for His love and peace!!  Stand on that faith and He will continue to strengthen you and keep you close to Him.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…..  I Love You All!!!  God Bless you!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... July 31, 2014...

Encounter on the Damascus Highway, 
Part One
by Charles R. Swindoll
So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.  Romans 10:17

Various methods are employed to communicate the good news of Christ to the lost. Some of the approaches appear to be successful and effective on the surface, but underneath they leave much to be desired.

Take the Academic Approach, for example. The thinking behind this method is: Let's all discuss the world's religions. Because it's reason centered, it attracts both genuine and pseudo intellectuals. The modus operandi is invariably a vague discussion that shifts from Bahai to Buddhism . . . from the pros and cons of no prayer in public schools to the rapid growth of the Rajneeshies in the 80s. This approach is educational and occasionally quite stimulating, but it suffers from one mild drawback—no one ever gets saved! Specifics regarding salvation by grace through faith are frowned upon. The direct discussion of forgiveness of sins through Christ's blood at the cross and His miraculous resurrection is about as welcome in a sophisticated rap session on religion as a life-sized bust of Martin Luther would be in the Vatican.

Perhaps the most popular is the Mute Approach, which promotes: I'm a silent witness for God. The best you can say about this method is that no one ever gets offended. That's for sure! The saint who settles for this self-centered approach could be tagged a Clairol Christian. No one knows for sure but God. Somewhere down the line this person has begun to swallow one of Satan's tastiest tidbits: "All God expects of you is a good, silent life. Others will ask you about Christ if they are interested in hearing." You know, I can count on one hand (and have fingers left over) the number of people in my entire life who have suddenly come up and asked me about Jesus Christ. While no one can discount the value of a godly life, that alone never brought anyone into the family of God. "Faith," please remember, "comes from hearing" (Romans 10:17).

Okay, so I've given you some methods that don't work. I'd like to tell you about one that does. I submit to you the Philip Approach. This Christ-centered method is set forth in a series of seven principles drawn from Acts 8:26–40. I hope that you are looking forward to Part two as much as I am.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly Day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Word of the Day... July 30, 2014...

The Secret Place
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  —Psalm 91:1

When you were a child, did you ever have a hiding place — a place you would run to when you were afraid or wanted to be alone? God wants to be your hiding place. The good news is that you can retreat to this hiding place wherever you are. When you are tied up in bumper-to-bumper traffic, you can retreat there. When you are having a conflict at work and don't know what to say or how to deal with it, you can immediately retreat into that secret place of the Most High as you live in fellowship and communion with God.

It is not only dwelling there, but it is living under the shadow of the Almighty. Have you ever tried to walk in someone's shadow? It can be done, but you have to stay really close. That is exactly the picture here in Psalm 91:1. God is saying, "I want you to be so close that you are actually in My very shadow." If you do that, it will give you the courage to face life.

Remember the story of the great prophet Elijah, who boldly stormed into the court of wicked King Ahab and Queen Jezebel and declared that it would not rain, except at his word? Where did he get the courage to pull off something like that? Though Elijah was in the court of powerful monarchs, he recognized that at the same time, he was in the presence of an even more powerful Monarch. He was dwelling in the secret place of the Most High.

If you kneel before God, you can stand before any man. Are you walking in this fellowship with Him?  I hope that you enjoyed this devotional from Pastor Greg as much as I did.  What a mighty Lord we serve!!!  I want to be so close to Him that I can walk in His shadow so that I will decrease and He will increase within me!!!  I hope that you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  Maranatha!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….

Tonight I Pray that you listen to the love song that our Lord is singing to us through His Word and worshipping Him.  I pray that you realize that He really wants to spend time with us for the pure pleasure of it!!!  When you take delight in sitting in the Presence of the Lord you begin to get just a small taste of the eternal pleasure that He has prepared for us!!!    Sometimes the voices of the world will try to distract you and I pray that you don’t listen to them.  Challenge them through His Word. Don’t allow daily life can get in your way.  Instead, wait upon the Lord and He will reveal Himself to you.  There is immense hidden treasures waiting to be found by those who seek Him and get into His Word.  Stand on that faith and connect with the Living God!!!  Whisper His name and you will find Peace in His Presence!!!  In Jesus name I Pray, Amen and Amen!!!  I Love You All!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day.... July 29, 2014...

Exposing Dead Faith
"What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,' and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself" (James 2:14- 17).

Jesus said, "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven" (Matt. 5:16). Your righteous deeds illuminate the path to God by reflecting His power and grace to others. That brings Him glory and proves your faith is genuine.

Your deeds also serve as the basis of divine judgment. If you practice righteousness, you will receive eternal life; if you practice unrighteousness, you will receive "wrath and indignation" (Rom. 2:6-8). God will judge you on the basis of your deeds because what you do reveals who you really are and what you really believe. That's why any so-called faith that doesn't produce good works is dead and utterly useless!

James illustrates that point in a practical way. If someone lacks the basic necessities of life and comes to you for help, what good does it do if you simply wish him well and send him away without meeting any of his needs? It does no good at all! Your pious words are hypocritical and without substance. If you really wished him well, you would do what you can to give him what he needs! Your unwillingness to do so betrays your true feelings. Similarly, dead faith is hypocritical, shallow, and useless because it doesn't put its claims into action—indeed, it has no divine capacity to do so.

I pray that your life will always manifest true faith and that others will glorify God because of your good works.  I loved this devotional from Pastor John today.  Faith without works is dead and each one of us should be a light shining in a very dark world!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Word of the Day... July 28, 2014....

While We Wait
I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.   —John 9:4

As we look at how dark our culture is today, we wonder if we can ever really make a difference. It seems so overwhelming. It seems as though darkness is spreading and light is receding. It is like the time Isaiah described when he said, "What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter" (Isaiah 5:20).

To illustrate that very point, I could cite movies that are popular right now. We celebrate that which the Bible says is wrong and offensive to God, and we laugh at that which the Bible holds forth as standards we should live by. The good news is that the same Holy Spirit who set the early church in motion can use us if we are willing.

It's interesting to note that in the first century, the question on the disciples' minds was, "Is the end of the world near?" That same question is on the minds of many today. What Jesus essentially said to His disciples was, "This isn't the time for that. My purpose is to rule and reign in the hearts of people. Don't be so concerned about when I am going to do that. Rather, be concerned about what you should be doing while you wait."

The same principle holds true for us. Don't worry about when. He will return when the time is right. What we should be committing ourselves to, what we should be interested in, is what we are supposed to be doing as we await the Lord's return.

This was a great devotional today.  I know in my own life I am looking for His coming, but I will be about my Father’s business even until that day!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Word of the Day... July 27, 2014....

All Things
It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.
—Psalm 119:71

Did you know that everything you have experienced up to this point in your life can be used for good? That isn't to say you haven't experienced hardship. That isn't to say bad things haven't happened to you. But it is to say that God can work them out for good.

That includes the experiences of your childhood, whether good or bad. That includes your parents, whoever they may be. That includes your education, your present employment, or your lack of it. He will work all things together for good.

I went through hardship as a kid. I came from a home that was broken many, many times over, a home of alcoholism. I wouldn't wish my childhood on anyone. But God used it to make me the person that I am.

In the same way, God has used what you have gone through to make you the person that you are. So let it be worked together for good, and accept God's promise to you: "All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). The phrase work together also could be translated "working together." In other words, it isn't over yet!

Maybe you are going through a process right now in which God is working things together for good. You don't see it yet. But you are a work in progress. Be patient. You have God's word on it: He will work all things together for good to those who love Him and are the called according to His purpose. God is ultimately working all things for good — not just the good things, but all things. 

This devotional from Pastor Greg spoke to my heart today.  There is something that happened to each one of us in our past that helped to make us into the person we are today.  If we are open to the Holy Spirit in our lives He will use that to help someone else!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…

Tonight I pray that you realize that the coming of the Lord is near.  He is richly present in all the areas of our lives and we are connected to Him through Love!!! I pray that you would have eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to you!!! I declare that the Spirit of the Lord rule more and more in your heart giving you the victory in every area of your lives!!! I speak deliverance from any false reliance on your own strength - you will not have to carry burdens not designed for you. YOU ARE FREE! I pray this in the name of Jesus!!! Amen and Amen… I Love you all… God bless you!!!♥♥♥

Word of the Day... July 26, 2014...

God's Word on It
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

Without a doubt, Romans 8:28 is one of the greatest verses in the Bible. It is one that is claimed quite often by believers, especially during times of hardship. And so it should be.

But let's make sure we meet the criteria of the text: "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose" (emphasis added). Do you love God? Are you the called according to His purpose? Romans 8:28 does not apply to you if this isn't true of you.

There are times in our lives when things seem to be falling apart, when they don't make any sense. Some people will say, "It is the fickle finger of fate." Or, "Que sera, sera. Whatever will be will be. The future's not ours to see."

True, the future is not ours to see. But the Christian can be confident that God is in control and has a master plan for his or her life. We can know that we serve a sovereign God who is good. As I have often said, we may not know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future.

The word used here for good does not necessarily mean that the event in and of itself is good, but that its long-term effect will be useful and helpful. It is hard for us to imagine certain things working for good. The Bible isn't saying tragedy is good. Rather, it is saying that God can take a horrible thing and make good come as a result of it.

I hope you love this devotional from Pastor Greg today!!!  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!  

Friday, July 25, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…

Tonight I Pray that we come to You Father with a thankful heart for allowing us to be alive during this special time in the history of this world!!!  We are so grateful that we were chosen to be the generation that ends the time of the church and gets to be swept up into the Rapture.  Please dear Father give us a humble and thankful spirit.  Give us Your strength so that we can make it to the finish line racing like sons and daughter of the Living God Almighty!!!  That we share the Good News of Jesus Christ and His Saving Grace with all that we meet.  Gives us all a great hunger for Your Word so that we can be the mighty men and women of God that You planned for us to be in these last days. So that we can all live in Your Will, Word and Way for our lives even until the end. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen.  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... July 25, 2014....

Envy, Part Two
by Charles R. Swindoll
 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me
Philippians 4:11-13

Shakespeare called it "the green sickness." Bacon admitted "it has no holidays." Horace declared that "tyrants never invented a greater torment." Barrie said envy "is the most corroding of the vices." Sheridan referred to it in his play The Critic when he wrote, "There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as this." Philip Bailey, the eloquent English poet of yesteryear, vividly described it as "a coal [that] comes hissing hot from hell."

And speaking of hell, no one has done a better job of portraying envy than Dante. In his Purgatory, you may recall, the envious sit like blind beggars by a wall. Their eyelids are sewed shut. The symbolism is apt, showing the reader that it is one of the blindest sins---partly because it is unreasonable, partly because the envious person is sewed up in himself. Swollen with poisonous thoughts. In a dark, constricting world of almost unendurable self-imposed anguish.

Envy in Scripture? Look at the facts. It sold Joseph into slavery, drove David into exile, threw Daniel in the den, and put Christ on trial. (If you question that, better check Matthew 27:18.) Paul tells us that it's one of the prevailing traits of depravity (Romans 1:29) and a team member that plays in the same backfield with profanity, suspicion, and conceit (1 Timothy 6:4).

The answer? Contentment. Feeling comfortable and secure with where you are and who you are. Not having to "be better" or "go further" or "own more" or "prove to the world" or "reach the top" or . . .

Having some big struggles with envy? Eating your heart out because somebody's a step or two ahead of you in the race and gaining momentum? Relax. You are you---not them! And you are responsible to do the best you can with what you've got for as long as you're able.

Remember, the race isn't over. And even when it is, a lot of things you got hot and bothered about during your lifetime won't even show up in eternity. I don't care how many trophies or awards or dollars or degrees may be earned or won on earth, you can't take 'em with you. So it isn't worth the sweat. Death always cures "the green sickness."  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!  

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….

Tonight I Pray that you trust in the Lord for He is our strength and our song!!!  Spend time with Him for the pure pleasure of being in HIS Presence!!!  I pray that you enjoy His companionship by waiting upon the Lord and be in His Word then He will reveal Himself to you.  Put away all thought of the tasks of your day and allow His Presence to be imprinted upon you!!!  I pray that you don’t allow your fears to block the flow of His Spirit. When you feel yourself slipping you may lose sight of Him at times. But as you move towards Him and call out to Him in your thoughts, words and prayers and you will become aware of His Presence.  Remember that He is our Strength and our Song and in these last days we need to remember to share that strength with others as we continue our journey together toward heaven. For it is in Him that we live, move and His Spirit will sparkle through us as a light in a world that is growing dimmer with each passing day.  I pray that as we rejoice in the Lord together that we will become a reservoir for His great love that will flow into the lives of others.  In Jesus name I Pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!  God Bless You!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... July 24, 2014...

Envy, Part One
by Charles R. Swindoll
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.  Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.  Galatians 5:25-26

What exactly is envy? How does it differ from its twin, jealousy? Envy (the more sophisticated of the two) is a painful and resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another . . . accompanied by a strong desire to possess the same advantage. Envy wants to have what someone else possesses. Jealousy wants to possess what it already has. Jealousy is coarse and cruel. Envy is sneaky and subtle. Jealousy clutches and smothers. Envy is forever reaching, longing, squinting, thinking (and saying) sinister insinuations.

When you stop and think about it, envy is the worse of the two. God declared several times in His Word that He is a "jealous God" . . . but not once did He say He had envy.

Envy finds acceptable ways of expressing its resentment. One favorite method is the "but" approach. When I talk of someone I envy, I may say, "He is an excellent salesman, but he really isn't very sincere." Or "Yeah, she has a brilliant mind, but what a dull teacher!" Or "The man is an outstanding surgeon, but he doesn't mind charging an arm and a leg."

Another favorite avenue of expression envy enjoys to travel is the "reversal" approach. Someone does a good job, and I cast a shadow over it by questioning the motive. An individual gives a truly generous gift, and we mutter, "He's obviously trying to make an impression." A Christian couple buys a new car and a few pieces of nice furniture. Watch out! There will be somebody who will squeeze out an envious comment like, "Well, they probably don't tithe. We'd have a lot more money to spend if we didn't tithe."

One wag wrote this doggerel:
I hate the guys
Who minimize and criticize
The other guys
Whose enterprise
Has made them rise
Above the guys who criticize.¹

The "unfavorable comparison" approach is equally cynical. The baritone does a commendable job on Sunday as an envious pew-sitter thinks, "Compared with so-and-so, he's a dud." Or "If you think my neighbor has a nice lawn, you ought to take a drive out to Palos Verdes. Those places will make the Franklins' grass look like it has the mange!"

It's a curious fact that envy is a tension often found among professionals, the gifted, and the highly competent. You know, doctors, singers, artists, lawyers, business men and women, authors, entertainers, preachers, educators, athletes, politicians, and all public figures. Strange, isn't it, that such capable folks find it nearly impossible to applaud others in their own field who excel a shade or two more than they? Envy's fangs may be hidden, but take care when the creature coils . . . no matter how cultured and dignified it may appear.

God's Word strongly admonishes us against envy; fortunately, it also tells us how to tame the monster within. We'll talk about that tomorrow.  I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..

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!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day.... July 23, 2014...

God's Safety NetAll 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!!! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..

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!!!! ♥♥

Word of the Day... July 22, 2014...

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!!!  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Word of the Day... July 21, 2014....

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!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..

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!!!! ♥♥

Word of the Day... July 20, 2014...

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!!! 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..

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!!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... July 19, 2014...

More Like God    
    The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, "The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin."   —Exodus 34:6–7 

An unforgiving Christian is a contradiction in terms, an oxymoron. To say you are a follower of Jesus Christ and yet harbor unforgiveness in your heart is simply wrong.

Jesus touched on the issue of forgiveness time after time. It was a theme of so many of His parables, it was part of His prayers, and He hammered on this issue again and again in the private talks He had with His disciples.

You are never more like God than when you forgive. Alexander Pope wrote, "To err is human, to forgive is divine." We reflect the nature of God in such a dramatic way when we are willing to forgive. If you really want to be like the Lord, then you need to be a forgiving person because He is a forgiving God.

Exodus 34 gives us this description of God, "The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin" (verses 6-7). Therefore, if we want to be like Him, we should do the same.

Jesus taught us to pray, "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors" (Matthew 6:12), but He also taught us to pray, "Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (verse 10). What is going on in heaven? The worship of God, the exaltation of Christ, and the granting of forgiveness. Therefore, we should be worshiping God. We should be exalting Jesus Christ. And we should be forgiving one another.

Thank you Pastor Greg for another great devotional!!!  As we grow closer to the Rapture of the church we have to learn to put pettiness aside and forgive one another.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Word of the Day... July 18, 2014...

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!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..

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!!!♥♥♥ 

Word of the Day... July 17, 2014...

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!!! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Word of the Day... July 16, 2014...

Of Parrots and Eagles,
 Part Two
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!!!! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..

I pray TONIGHT that every good gift assigned to your life be released to you... All held up blessings and harvest are opened for you by the hand of God! May you have a deep, holy, hunger for God's truth! Let all the enemies of your soul be confounded in Jesus name - I speak His peace and wisdom, to cover your heart, soul and mind! I declare all adversity to be converted to triumph in your life for the glory of God! The Lord will enable you to hear His direction clearly! NO MORE CONFUSION... You WILL walk in clarity!!! Through one man’s (Adam) sin, we all became sinful; however, through one man’s (Jesus) act of righteousness, we all have right standing with God (Romans 5:12-20). So we thank you for your love in sending your SON to give us the greatest gift, forgiveness of sin and an eternity with Him. In Jesus name, Amen and Amen I Love you all… God bless you!!!♥♥♥

Word of the Day... July 15, 2014...

Of Parrots and Eagles,
 Part One
by Charles R. Swindoll
And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end,  so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:11-12

We are running shy of eagles, and we're running over with parrots.

Content to sit safely on our evangelical perches and repeat in rapid-fire falsetto our religious words, we are fast becoming overpopulated with bright-colored birds having soft bellies, big beaks, and little heads. What would help to balance things out would be a lot more keen-eyed, wide-winged creatures willing to soar out and up, exploring the illimitable ranges of the kingdom of God . . . willing to return with a brief report on their findings before they leave the nest again for another fascinating adventure.

Parrot people are much different than eagle thinkers. They like to stay in the same cage, pick over the same pan full of seeds, and listen to the same words over and over again until they can say them with ease. They like company too. Lots of attention, a scratch here, a snuggle there, and they'll stay for years right on the same perch. You and I can't remember the last time we saw one fly. Parrots like the predictable, the secure, the strokes they get from their mutual admiration society.

Not eagles. There's not a predictable pinion in their wings! They think. They love to think. They are driven with this inner urge to search, to discover, to learn. And that means they're courageous, tough-minded, willing to ask the hard questions as they bypass the routine in vigorous pursuit of the truth. The whole truth. "The deep things of God"---fresh from the Himalayan heights, where the thin air makes thoughts pure and clear---rather than the tired, worn distillations of humanity. And unlike the intellectually impoverished parrot, eagles take risks getting their food because they hate anything that comes from a small dish of picked-over seeds . . . it's boring, dull, repetitious, and dry.

Although rare, eagles are not completely extinct in the historic skies of the church. Thomas Aquinas was one, as were Augustine and Bunyan, Wycliffe and Huss. So were G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, Robert Dick Wilson, J. Gresham Machen, W. R. Nicoll, and A. W. Tozer.

Many of the reformers qualify, as do John Newton, George Whitefield, and a long line of nonconformists---original thinkers whose lives were interwoven through the treasured tapestry of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries.

And in our day? We could name some . . . but they are increasingly rarer, as the "Entertain Me" philosophy of the public outshouts those who plead, "Make me think!"

Have you fallen prey to a similar mind-set? Do you find yourself contentedly sitting on your perch, pecking at dry morsels rather than longing for the skies? Think about it.
I really hope that you enjoyed this as much as I did!!! God Bless You!!!  Maranatha!!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..

Tonight I Pray that you remember that the Lord is your lamp and that He will turn your darkness into light!!! With His help you can advance against anything!  Trust in Him and do not be afraid. For He knows your capabilities and if you allow Him to He will help you to become all that He created you to be!!! You can withdraw from Him into the darkness and denial or you can come into the radiance His Presence!!!  If you face you sin head on with Him, it will lose its grip upon you. I pray that you realize what it means to have Him as your strength and your song.  I pray that you share His joy by living in His Presence and rejoice in the journey with Him as you walk towards heaven singing His Song!!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen. I Love You All!!!  God Bless You!!!!  ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... July 14, 2014...

Through the Fire
He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
—Job 23:10

God specializes in putting us in situations where only He can delivers us. That way, we can't "thank our lucky stars" or compliment ourselves on our own cleverness or resourcefulness. Rather, we must say, "Only God could have done this." The Lord wants to receive the glory for what He does. And He clearly says in Scripture that He will not give His glory to another (see Isaiah 42:8).

It reminds us of a man who knew something about suffering, whose very name, in fact, is synonymous with the word. I am speaking, of course, of Job. Here was a man who lost his children, his home, and everything he owned, including his health.

Job had a lot of questions, the same questions that many of us have. He said, "Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, that I might come to His seat! I would present my case before Him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would know the words which He would answer me, and understand what He would say to me" (Job 23:3-5).

Job honestly admitted what he was struggling with. Then he added what would become a classic statement of faith: "But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold" (Job 23:10). Job was saying, "I don't know what's is going on. I don't know why God has allowed these things to happen. But I know this: when I am tested, I will come forth as gold." That was God's objective for Job. And it's His objective for you, too.

This was a great devotional from Pastor Greg.  I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did.  God Bless You!!!  Maranatha!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..

I Pray TONIGHT that the glory of God cover every aspect of your life - that every good gift your heavenly Father has for you is released in the name of Jesus! Reject every evil spiritual load placed on you be removed - every evil imagination and plan contrary to your life will fail woefully! From the ashes you will rise to proclaim the mighty name of Jesus - let His love call your name! Every doorway and ladder to satanic invasion in your life will be abolished forever by the blood of Jesus! Every plan of impossibility is set to naught - you are engineered to succeed - created in the image and likeness of God! You have been blessed and given dominion!! Walk it out... In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…   I Love you all...  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... July 13, 2014...

God's Specialty    
    Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for Him. Isaiah 64:4 

I know it is hard to imagine sometimes what God is up to in your life. You see a blank canvas, but God sees a finished painting. You see a piece of coal, but God sees a refined diamond. You see an untalented person, but God sees a mighty man or woman of God.

This is also true of those we see in Scripture. We see an impetuous, impulsive Simon, but God sees a strong, decisive apostle named Peter. We see a conniving, manipulative Jacob, but God sees a godly, trusting man named Israel. We see a young, naïve Joseph, but the Lord sees a brilliant, wise world leader. And when it was all said and done, Joseph was able to look back and say to his brothers, "You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good" (Genesis 50:20). He recognized that God used the things that happened to him to mold him into a compassionate, forgiving leader of many. He was clay in the Potter's hand. He trusted in the Lord.

God specializes in making something out of nothing. I wonder what He is doing with you right now? You are a work in progress, and He isn't finished yet. If you are still alive and reading this, God has more work to do in your life! Most artists usually don't like someone looking over their shoulders, trying to second-guess what they're about to do. "Wait until I am done," they will say, "and then you will see."

So trust in the Lord during those times when it is hard to see what He is doing. Don't allow the hardships you face to make you a bitter person. It's time to let go of that. Rather, allow them to make you a better person.  I hope that you enjoyed this as much as I did.  God bless you!!!  Maranatha!!!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..

Tonight I Pray that you come to the realization that our Lord Jesus will never leave us.  When He ascended into heaven His parting words to us were; I am with you always… I proclaim this promise to all that will listen!  Stand on your faith in Him through His Word.  Respond to His Presence in your daily life and come to the realization that when you center your life around HIS glorious promise, you will be blessed beyond all your expectations!!!  When HIS Presence is the focal point of your consciousness, all of the pieces of your life will fall into place.  As you gaze at HIM through the eyes of your heart, you will begin to see the world through His perspective.  Just knowing that He is with you even until the end of time makes every moment of your life meaningful and one worth living.  Stand on your faith in Him and hold tightly to His hand as He leads you through the twists and turns of life.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!!  God bless you!!!! ♥♥


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