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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Don't hold back forgiveness..

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…

TONIGHT I Pray that you realize that the Lord is with you and for you!!! As His children we face nothing alone!! Don’t get anxious about the things of this world and leave Him out of the picture. I pray that you fix your eyes upon Jesus. He is the Lord that sees you always and I pray that you put all of your trust in Him. I pray that the Holy Spirit will touch you and breathe new life into you. I pray that you receive the Fire of the Holy Spirit and as you walk IN HIM your attitude on life will change as you become a new creature in Christ Jesus and learn to rest in the Lord and trust Him for everything in your life. God never promised us that our lives would be without troubles. What He did promise us is that we will never have to walk through those hard times alone.  That He will be with us even until the end of time and lead us into the light of His great love.  I pray that the Lord convert all your trials and tests to testimonies so that He may be glorified through you!!! In Jesus name I pray. Amen and Amen…. I Love you all ... God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... January 31, 2015....

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice.  1 Samuel 15:22 

Saul had been commanded to completely wipe out all the Amalekites and their cattle. Instead of doing so, he preserved the king and allowed his people to take the best of the oxen and of the sheep. When called to account for this, he declared that he did it with a view to offering sacrifice to God; but Samuel met him at once with the assurance that sacrifices were no excuse for an act of direct rebellion.

The sentence before us is worthy to be printed in letters of gold and to be displayed before the eyes of the present idolatrous generation, who are very fond of making a show of obedience but who utterly neglect the laws of God. Never forget that to keep strictly to the path of your Savior's command is better than any outward form of religion; and to pay attention to His precept is better than to bring animals or other precious things to lay upon His altar.

If you are failing to keep the least of Christ's commands to His disciples, I urge you to be disobedient no longer. All the pretensions you make of attachment to your Master and all the devout actions that you may perform are no substitute for disobedience. "To obey," even in the slightest and smallest thing, "is better than sacrifice," however pompous. Forget the Gregorian chants, sumptuous robes, incense, and banners; the first thing that God requires of His child is obedience; and even if you gave your body to be burned and all your goods to feed the poor, if you did not listen to the Lord's commands, all your formalities would profit you nothing.

It is a blessed thing to be teachable as a little child, but it is a much more blessed thing, when one has been taught the lesson, to carry it out to the letter. How many adorn their temples and decorate their priests, but refuse to obey the word of the Lord! My soul, do not share in their deceit.  I loved this devotional today and learned so much!!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Word of the Day... January 30, 2015....

A Word for the Lonely    
    The Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed. 
—Deuteronomy 31:8 

Years ago, Roy Orbison recorded one of the great rock and roll classics, entitled, "Only the Lonely." A couple of the lines from the song were, "Only the lonely know the way I feel tonight . . . Only the lonely know the heartaches I've been through." That song resonated with a lot of lonely people who knew what it was like to be isolated, rejected, or abandoned.

Maybe you've been abandoned—perhaps it was by your parents, your spouse, or your children. Or maybe you even feel that you've been abandoned by God Himself. There are many people who feel estranged and alienated from God. Even if they have everything they want in life, they may still face a deep, inner loneliness.

We read in John 5 of a man at the pool of Bethesda who was in a seemingly hopeless situation. He had been abandoned. He was uncared for and unable to help himself. What's more, he'd been in that condition for many long, weary years. He must have been desperately lonely.

In this account, we learn that Jesus changed the man's life forever. It's a story that tells you and me how to change as well. Before Jesus brought transformation and healing into this man's life, however, He first asked him a rather pointed question: "Do you want to be made well?"

What if Jesus asked you the same question? Is there something that needs healing or changing in your life? Do you want to be made well? Maybe it's an addiction to a certain vice or a lifestyle you are trapped in. Maybe it's something you've tried to shake time and time again. Or maybe it's an old hatred or resentment, nursed along over the months and years and becoming more and more toxic with the passing of time.

Jesus turned the course of this man's life around forever, giving him the ability to live a life free from loneliness and the power of sin. We can live that life too—the ability to break old habits and to forgive old hurts and resentments. He has all the transforming power we need, but we must "want to be made well."  I loved this devotional today and learned so much!!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…
Tonight I pray that you realize that the coming of the Lord is near even at the door!!!   I pray that He is richly present in all of the areas of your life and that you 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 pray that the Holy Spirit will rule in your heart, mind and spirit giving you the victory in every area of your life!!! I pray that the Lord deliver you from any false reliance on your own strength – so that you will not have to carry burdens that were never designed for you to carry. You are free in the Lord Jesus!!! And when the SON sets you free you are free indeed!!! Trust in Him to lead you into the light of His love so that you can be in HIS Will and Way for your life. In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen and Amen… I Love you all… God bless you!!!♥♥♥

Word of the Day... January 29, 2015....

Professional Cleaning    
    Away then with sinful, earthly things; deaden the evil desires lurking within you; have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires; don't worship the good things of life, for that is idolatry. God's terrible anger is upon those who do such things. You used to do them when your life was still part of this world; but now is the time to cast off and throw away all these rotten garments of anger, hatred, cursing, and dirty language. Don't tell lies to each other; it was your old life with all its wickedness that did that sort of thing; now it is dead and gone. 
—Colossians 3:5–9 

Spring means many things to us. But one of the most notable things that comes with spring is spring cleaning, when we go through our houses and take care of all the messes that have built up over the months.

I heard about an interesting custom in Italy for New Year's Eve. At midnight, the windows of every house open, and everyone pitches out whatever they absolutely hate—furniture, clothes, dishes, unwanted wedding presents—they all come crashing to the ground. Now, I would call that serious housecleaning!

I have to confess here that I'm not the tidiest person on the planet. Ironically, I like to be in tidy surroundings. But in contrast, my wife, Cathe, is Mrs. Clean. She just loves to clean and does it all the time.

In our spiritual lives, too, some of us allow messes to develop. Becoming neglectful, we allow anger, bitter attitudes, lustful fantasies, or unconfessed sin to remain in our hearts. Before we know it, we find ourselves reaping the inevitable results of sin. Before long, we're crying out, "Oh God, get me out of this mess!"

And then there are others who live their spiritual lives the same way that my wife cleans house. They're careful to cultivate and maintain their relationship with the Lord, constantly asking God to search their hearts, and confessing their sins before God (as David did in Psalm 139:23-24).

You and I need to be cleansed from sin on a daily basis. How much better it is to ask for that on a regular basis than to allow a major problem to develop in our lives. We need a professional. Essentially, we need God himself to come and clean house.  I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Word of the Day... January 28, 2015....

Do not be conformed to this world.   Romans 12:2 

If there is any possibility of a Christian being saved while he conforms to this world, it can only be so as through fire. Such a bare salvation is almost to be dreaded as much as to be desired. Reader, would you like to leave this world in the darkness of a desponding deathbed and enter heaven like a shipwrecked sailor climbs the rocks of his native country? Then allow the world to squeeze you into its mold and refuse identity with Christ or to bear His reproach. Would you like to have a heaven below as well as a heaven above? Do you want to comprehend with all saints what are the heights and depths and to know the love of Christ that passes knowledge? Would you like to receive an abundant entry into heaven? Then do not live as a friend of the world.

If you would attain the full assurance of faith, you cannot do so in communion with sinners. If you desire to be on fire for God, realize that your love will be dampened by the cold rain of a godless society. You cannot become a great Christian, you can never be a mature believer in Christ Jesus while you give in to godless maxims and modes of life. It is incongruous for an heir of heaven to be a great friend with the heirs of hell. It has a bad look when the servant is too intimate with the king's enemies. Even small inconsistencies are dangerous. Just as small thorns make great blisters and little moths destroy fine clothes, so little frivolities and little indiscretions will rob your testimony of a thousand joys.

Professing Christian on the fence, you do not know what you are losing by your conformity to the world. It cuts the tendons of your strength and makes you crawl when you ought to run. So for your own comfort's sake and for the sake of your growth in grace.  I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night....

TONIGHT I pray that even in the darkest storms you grow strong in the light of HIS Presence.  Know that your weakness does not repel Him.  On the contrary it attracts HIS power, which is always available to flow into a yielded heart.  For it is when you are weak that He is strong. I pray that you do not condemn yourself for your constant need of help.  Instead, come to Him in your neediness; Let the light of HIS love fill you to overflowing! A yielded heart does not whimper and whine when the going gets tough.  It does not rebel against the Lord.  Instead it steps out in faith and all courage and thanks the Lord even in the hardest of times.  For it is when you yield yourself to Him and His will that you give Him the ultimate act of trust.  It is in that quietness and trust you will find your strength. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I love you all!!!  God bless you!!! 

Word of the Day... January 27, 2015....

    The angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!" And he added, "These are the true words of God."  —Revelation 19:9 

I like the word supper. That's what they call dinner in the South. We say, "Let's have dinner." But in the South they say, "Let's have supper." My grandmother (we called her "Mama Stella") was a great southern cook who knew how to throw down all those southern goodies: fried chicken, black-eyed peas, collard greens, and mashed potatoes made from scratch. And of course her crowning achievement was her biscuits. (It seems perfectly reasonable to me that God would utilize my grandmother's skills in the wedding supper of the Lamb!)

Not only will we be eating together at the wedding supper of the Lamb, but we will be in some pretty good company as well. In Matthew 8:11, we read that "Many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven" (NIV).

Can you imagine that? Can you picture yourself sitting down for lunch with Abraham and Isaac—or the apostle Paul or C. S. Lewis or C. H. Spurgeon?

Heaven will be amazing beyond description. And that's why the Bible tells us we should all be a lot more heavenly minded. In Colossians 3, Paul wrote, "Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God's right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth." (verses 1-2, NLT).

Read that last sentence again: Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. Yet that is exactly what we spend the majority of our time doing! We think about things that we're concerned about or stressed over. The Bible isn't saying, "Don't think about these things." It's saying, "Don't stress and worry about these things." Let heaven fill your thoughts instead. Because when you do, everything on earth gets placed in its proper perspective.  I loved this devotional today and learned so much!!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Word of the Day... January 26, 2015....

Keeping Our Focus    
    I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. —Philippians 3:12–14 

Everyone who has run a race knows that you can break your stride by looking over your shoulder to check out how your opponents are doing. Many races have been lost when the leader looked back. When you see that finish line, that is the time to give it everything you've got . . . because sometimes it's mere inches that separate one runner from another. You must stay focused.

This is the idea behind Paul's statement in Philippians 3:13. The apostle was saying, "Don't look back. Don't look behind you."
When God promises, "I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins" (Isaiah 43:25), He isn't predicting a lapse in His memory. God is saying, "I will no longer hold your sin against you, because my Son has paid for it on the cross."

In the same way, then, we need to do what God does: forget our past. Yes, we certainly need to learn from our mistakes and remember some of the bitter lessons we've learned. But we no longer need to be controlled by our past.

That's what Paul meant by "forgetting what is behind." Think about the horrible things Paul had done. He shared responsibility for the death of Stephen and had to carry that in his conscience until his final day. He knew that he was responsible for terrible deeds. But he was able to put his past in the past. And we need to do the same.  I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

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!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... January 21, 2015....

Walking Together    
    He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.  
—1 John 2:6 

The word walking speaks of regularity, of moving at a certain pace. The Bible tells us in Genesis 5 about Enoch, who walked with God. But what does it mean to "walk with God?" Is it just a religious cliché?

The prophet Amos asked, "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?" (Amos 3:3). The idea is to be walking in pace or harmony with another.

I have a problem with this when I walk with my wife. I always walk a little faster than she does. Every time, I find myself walking out ahead of her. Then I'll stop and wait for her to catch up. So I'll try to walk more slowly, but the next thing I know, I'm walking fast again.

When it comes to walking with God, some of us want to run ahead of Him. Others lag behind. What we need to do is move in harmony with Him. We need to stay close to Him and make a continual commitment to do so. Referring to our daily relationship with God's Holy Spirit, the New Testament says, "Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit" (Galatians 5:25, NIV).

But what does this mean in practice? How do we do this? What does it look like to "keep in step with the Spirit"? It means we take time for the things of God. It means that when we get up in the morning, we take time to read the Bible. If we neglect the Word of God, it will show in our lives. Abiding in Jesus also means that we spend time in fellowship with God's people.

Make time for the things of God. And don't wait for time to simply materialize; deliberately carve out room in your schedule. If it means an hour less of sleep, fine. If it means skipping a meal, okay. If it means missing a television program, so be it. Do what you need to do because these things are essential to spiritual growth, to abiding with God, and to bearing spiritual fruit.

And this walk with God is a walk—the best of all walks—that will bring indescribable richness to your daily life.  I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Word of the Day.... January 20, 2015....

The Shores of Lake Contentment, 
Part Two
by Charles R. Swindoll
Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.  I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.  For I can do everything through Christ,* who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:11–13

What a beautiful scene in the soul is Lake Contentment! Undisturbed by outside noises brought on by the jackhammers of exaggeration, those who enjoy the lake know what relaxation is all about. They know nothing of any winter of discontent—or spring or fall or summer, for that matter. Such an existence breeds security and happiness.

Paul lived on that lake once he got his life squared away. He's the one, remember, who wrote:

If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. 
(1 Timothy 6:8)

That's a pretty simple list, isn't it? Something to eat and a place to live. Period. Just before he said that, he mentioned:

We have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. (v. 7)

Funny how our lives often contradict that statement. We find ourselves clawing, grabbing, hoarding, saving . . . seldom releasing, seldom giving. The wealthy John D. Rockefeller was once asked, "How much does it take to satisfy a man?" With rare wisdom he answered, "A little bit more than he has."

Does contentment mean I need to sell all my possessions and never buy anything new? Does it mean I cannot have nice things? No—it just means those nice things don't possess you. If all this seems suddenly appealing to you, a warning is in order. Becoming a contented person is a process, never an instant decision. The same man who mentioned being satisfied with food and covering earlier in his life admitted:

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. 
(Philippians 4:11–12)

Go back and reread those first three words. Now look at the extremes of his life: "humble means . . . prosperity . . . filled . . . hungry . . . having abundance . . . suffering need." On the yo-yo of life, he had learned to relax and enjoy whatever circumstances came his way. Somehow he had taught himself the discipline of saying, "I don't need that," and "That isn't really essential."

And then when things opened up, the apostle had no anxiety encountering "the good life." Balanced as he was, Paul equally enjoyed hot dogs or a filet mignon . . . a vacation on the Riviera or under the bridge . . . a gold-covered, diamond-studded, velvet-cushioned chariot Seville or a dirty burro with a limp. How? His focus was right on target. He held every earthly "thing" loosely. He refused to leave Lake Contentment in search of some shallow stream that was sure to dry up.

You can do that too. But it will take the grace of God and all the discipline you can muster.

Especially when advertising bombards you more than three hundred times a day.

 Becoming a contented person is a process, never an instant  decision. 

I loved this devotional today and learned so much!!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….

Tonight I Pray that you all thank the Lord for the family that He has placed you in.  I pray that each and every one of you realize that if you allow Him to He will use you within your family.  He loves you with an everlasting love which flows out from the depths of eternity. Before you were born HE knew you!!! There is no barrier between you because His blood continues to cleanse you from your sin.  I pray that you meditate on Hid Word and the strength of His Great Love. Many waters cannot wash it away or quench it.  I pray that you realize that the ultimate protection against sinking in the storms of life is to develop a strong true relationship with Jesus! Hold on tightly to His hands and walk with Him along life’s road in His Peace!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen.  I Love You All!!!  God Bless you!!!♥♥♥ 

Word of the Day... January 19, 2015....

The Shores of Lake Contentment, 
Part One
by Charles R. Swindoll
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6:19-21

A number of years ago I read that, believe it or not, the average American is exposed to about three hundred advertisements a day. Today that number has very likely increased! 

The magazine in which I read that fact had more pages dedicated to advertisements than articles of interest to the reader. Shiny, slick, appealing print and pictures designed to hijack your concentration and kidnap your attention. Before you realize it, the Madison Avenue Pied Piper has led you into a world of exaggerated make-believe, convincing you that you simply cannot live without . . .

a new digital camera stuffed with extra zoom and more memory 
an elegant diamond solitaire (a diamond is forever!) 
a fully-loaded SUV to pull your new outboard 
a set of Firestone's finest 
Carter's Little Pills "specially coated to pass right through your stomach releasing their action only in your lower tract" 
Or two dozen other double-page, full-color missiles that explode in your mind with the messages, "Try me, you'll see" and "You deserve the very best." 

Such bombardments do a number on us. Some of the results are obvious. They stimulate our curiosity, they urge us to buy goods or services, they make us aware of what is available, they announce new products, and---of course---they shape our tastes, habits, and customs. That's all well and good, since it's "the American way" and intricately interwoven into our economy. After all, it's a mega-billion-a-year business. 

But there is a subliminal message that detonates deep down inside our heads---silently yet forcefully. Like shrapnel, thoughts are embedded in the brain, conveying a damaging message if we're not careful. 

And what is that message? 

In a word, it is discontentment. Dissatisfaction. It creates (if we let it) a restless drive for more . . . or better . . . or bigger. Three hundred times or more a day it chips away at the dam that supports one of the last reservoirs of inner peace known to man---contentment. What a beautiful scene in the soul is Lake Contentment! 

Any of this sounding familiar? Is the dam of contentment in your life being chipped away? We'll talk more about this important topic tomorrow.  I loved this devotional today and learned so much!!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Word of the Day... January 18, 2015....

Fresh Courage    
    I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. 
 —Philippians 1:6 

Are you discouraged today? Afraid of an uncertain future? The Bible tells the story of a time when Jesus' disciples were not only discouraged, but they were actually in terror for their very lives.

Jesus had told them to get into a boat and go over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, and they obeyed. But when they were a considerable distance from land, a fierce storm arose that terrified them. Jesus, who had been on a mountain praying, went to meet the disciples, walking on the water. Thinking He was a ghost, the disciples cried out in fear. So Jesus immediately told them, "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid" (Matthew 14:27, NIV).

There are two simple reasons the disciples didn't have to be afraid: First, Jesus would help them weather the storm. And second, He had told them to go to the other side, which meant they would reach the other side. Where God guides, God provides.

Jesus knows where you are at this very moment. As complicated and tangled as your situation might seem to yourself right now, it's all perfectly clear to Him. He knows what you are thinking, feeling, experiencing. He's telling you to be courageous because He is with you, and there is a brighter tomorrow for you. Even if you've failed, even if you've made a mistake, it isn't over. You can still learn from that mistake and get out of the situation in which you find yourself.

God has a future for each of us. Jeremiah 29:11, one of my all-time favorite verses, says, "For I know the plans I have for you . . . plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (NIV). God will complete the work He has begun in your life. Take courage!  I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Word of the Day.... January 17, 2015....

In His Hands    
    Since his days are determined, the number of his months is with You; You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass. —Job 14:5 

The Bible says that our days are numbered, which means there is a day coming (we don't know when) when we are out of here. We can worry about that, or we can simply trust that God knows when that day will be. It doesn't mean that we take up bungee jumping off of bridges or try swimming with sharks, putting our lives at unnecessary risk. But it does mean that we recognize the fact that our lives belong to God. We are in His hands.

This is a very comforting thought because it means that until God is finished with us, nothing will happen to us. That's great to know. But it also means that when our number is up, it's up. When that day comes, there is nothing we can do to turn the clock back.

So what are we to do? As we have already read in these pages, the apostle Paul said, "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21). So we should praise God for each new day, thank Him for the opportunities He provides, for the blessings He gives us, and for our family and friends. We should take time to smell the flowers and bounce a little one on our knees. We should savor the sight of a rainbow or a tree painted with the colors of autumn or the blue surf rolling in across a sandy beach. And of course we should be available and willing to serve Him in whatever plans He has for us.

God values you. He loves you. But if death came for you today, would you be ready? If not, you would face a certain judgment. That's the last thing God wants to happen to you. That's why He sent Jesus to die on the cross and shed His blood for every sin you have ever committed.

Only the person who says, "To live is Christ" can then say, "To die is gain." That is a person whose soul is right with God.  I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….

TONIGHT I Pray that every satanic giant standing against you to begin to fall after the order of Goliath in the name of Jesus! Every mountain of problem (in whatever area of your life) to be moved and cast into the sea! (Isaiah 50:7) - says the Lord God will help you; therefore you will not be confounded... you will not be ashamed! I bind every spirit of fear, discouragement, self-pity, depression and defeat in the name of Jesus! I pray for a spirit of power and love and a calm and well-balanced mind for you! Let the Holy Spirit incubate your life with freshness and refreshing power! WALK IN HIS VICTORY!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I love you all!!!  God bless you!!

Word of the Day... January 16, 2015...

"Be All There"    
    Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. 
—Psalm 90:12 

It's hard to explain when someone's life has been cut short, dying at a relatively young age. We expected that person to live a much longer life. But who is to say that it wasn't his or her appointed time to go? Who is to say that it wasn't the exact length of life that God had preordained for that man or woman from the very beginning?

In the book of Acts, the apostle Paul says of King David, "Now when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors" (Acts 13:36, NIV). David, great a man as he may have been, served God's purpose in his own generation and then was taken off the scene.

That is why we want to make every day count. To paraphrase the words of Moses in Psalm 90:12, "Lord, help us to realize our lives can end on any day, so please show us how to use each day wisely."

We don't know when our day will come. We don't know when we will have "served God's purpose in our own generation." When God calls you home, you're going home! You can live on vitamin C, zinc, and echinacea. You can drink green tea, eat tofu, and avoid all the toxins you can, but when your number is up, your number is up.

On the other hand, you will be around until God is done with you. You won't go before your time. You may or may not be the healthiest person, but you will live to the time that God has appointed for you—and worrying about it won't extend your life for one moment.

At the same time, however, we aren't to take foolish risks and "put the Lord to the test." We can be assured that we are here until God is done with us. As the apostle Paul said, "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21). So let's make the most of the lives God has given us. As missionary Jim Elliot once wrote, "Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God."   I loved this devotional today and learned so much!!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

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. 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... January 15, 2015.....

The Privilege of Prayer    
    You want what you don't have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can't get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don't have what you want because you don't ask God for it. —James 4:2 

It is my firm conviction that some Christians today don't have God's provision, healing, or blessing in their lives simply because they haven't asked for it.

I'm not saying that God will give us everything we ask for. But I am saying that many of us are going through life, missing out on many of the things God has for us. The Bible says, "You do not have because you do not ask" (James 4:2).

Some Christians pray only as a last resort, when everything else fails, after they've called all their friends and all their relatives. When no one can help them, they say, "What else can I do? All I can do now is pray." But prayer should not be a last resort. It should be our first resort, the very first way we turn.

The old William Cowper hymn says, "Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees." The simple fact is the Devil doesn't want you to pray. He will do everything he can to distract you, divert you, or discourage you from turning to the Lord in prayer. Why? Because he is afraid of the power that can be exercised through prayer. He whispers, "Don't pray. Try this. Try that. You aren't worthy to pray. God won't hear you. Prayer is boring, anyway, and you're no good at it." He will do anything to keep you from approaching the throne of God.

The Lord gave us this invitation in the book of Jeremiah: "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know" (Jeremiah 33:3, NIV).

Prayer is a privilege given to the child of God. God will hear the prayer of an unbeliever who calls out to Him for forgiveness, but only a person who has put his or her faith in Christ can have a prayer life. So pray with fervor. Pray with energy. Pray continually. Don't give up, because you never know what God will do.  I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…

Tonight I pray that you realize that Jesus wants you to be ALL HIS!!!  That your security rests in Him alone.  Not in other people, not in circumstances but to be ALL IN for Jesus Christ!! I pray that when you begin to feel distant from Him that you just whisper His name in loving trust.  Jesus Help Me!  By whispering his name you are restoring your awareness of His Presence in your life.  I pray that you realize there is danger in misplaced dependence on other people to make you feel good and wanted.  This can border on idol worship when the place that belongs to the Lord is given over to someone else. People are not perfect and they are unpredictable.  They can lead you into destruction and this is not pleasing to the Lord.  It will hinder your walk with Jesus when you allow someone else takes His place in your heart! I pray that you rejoice in HIM always in all circumstances and realize that every good and perfect gift comes from Him. Even when that gift comes to you by way of human hands. I pray that you get a mighty hunger for the Word of God so that you will fall in love with Jesus and realize that anything or anyone that gets in the way of your walk with HIM needs to go. I pray that you become the mighty child of God that He intended for you to be!!!  Walk In The LIGHT of HIS Great love!!!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen….  I love you all!!!  God bless you!!!♥♥♥

Word of the Day... January 14, 2015....

He himself has suffered when tempted.  Hebrews 2:18  

It is a common thought, and yet it tastes like honey to the weary heart—Jesus was tempted as I am. You have heard that truth many times, but have you grasped it? He was tempted by the very same sins into which we fall. Do not separate Jesus from our common humanity. If you are going through a dark room, remember Jesus went through it before you. If you are engaged in a sore fight, remember that Jesus has stood foot to foot with the same enemy. Let us be encouraged—Christ has borne the load before us, and the blood-stained footsteps of the King of glory can be seen along the road that we travel at this hour.

There is something sweeter yet—Jesus was tempted, but Jesus never sinned. My soul, it is not necessary for you to sin, for Jesus was a man, and if one man endured these temptations without sin, then in His power His followers may also flee from sin. Some new believers think that they cannot be tempted without sinning, but they are mistaken; there is no sin in being tempted, but there is sin in yielding to temptation. Here is comfort for those who are greatly tempted. There is still more to encourage them if they recall that the Lord Jesus, though tempted, gloriously triumphed; and as He overcame, so may His followers also, for Jesus is the representative man for His people.

The Head has triumphed, and the members share in the victory. Fears are unnecessary, for Christ is with us, armed for our defense. Our place of safety is the embrace of the Savior. Perhaps we are tempted just now in order to drive us nearer to Him. Blessed be any wind that blows us into the harbor of our Savior's love! Happy the wounds that make us seek the beloved Physician. Tempted ones, come to your tempted Savior, for He can sympathize with your weaknesses and will comfort every tried and tempted one.  I loved this devotional today and learned so much!!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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... January 13, 2015....

Box Canyon    
    Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.  —Acts 12:5 

In some of the old TV Westerns of the 1950s, the desperados (always in black hats) would be making their escape with the stolen loot from the stagecoach robbery. Suddenly someone in the posse chasing them (usually in white hats) would shout, "We have 'em now! They've ridden into a box canyon!" And everybody knows there is no way out of a box canyon.

There are box canyons in life too, seemingly impossible situations where there seems to be no way out and nowhere to turn. Surrounded by insurmountable obstacles, you find yourself temporarily paralyzed, not knowing what to do. Those are the very times when God invites us to pray.

In Acts 12, we find the story of how God took a tragic, even hopeless, situation and turned it around. It was accomplished by the power of prayer, the kind of prayer that storms the throne of God and gets an answer.

Both James and Peter were in prison. Tragically, James was put to death. But Peter was still incarcerated, awaiting his fate. Though all doors were closed, one remained open: the door of prayer. The church recognized that "we use God's mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments" (2 Corinthians 10:4, NLT).

Prayer was and is the church's secret weapon. Although the Devil struck a blow against the church, the church gained victory through prayer as Peter was miraculously released.

Sadly, we don't pray often enough. Yet it is essential that Christians learn more about effective prayer because all of us will certainly face difficulties, hardships, problems, and more than a few box canyons. So we need to discover what God can do through the power of prayer.

Prayer for the Christian should be second nature, like breathing. We should automatically pray, lifting our needs and requests before the Lord. Jesus said that we should always pray and not lose heart (see Luke 18:1). Prayer is something we should never avoid and never grow tired of. Prayer should be woven through our day like a bright gold thread woven through a piece of fabric. The more we pray, the more we will see the kingdom of God break through the darkness of seemingly impossible situations.  I loved this devotional today and learned so much!!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Word of the Day... January 12, 2015...

...man greatly loved.  Daniel 10:11  

Child of God, do you hesitate to appropriate this title? Has your unbelief made you forget that you are also greatly loved? Surely you must have been greatly loved, to have been bought with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot? When God crushed His only Son for you, what was this but being greatly loved? You lived in sin and rioted in it; surely you were greatly loved for God to have been so patient with you. You were called by grace and led to a Savior and made a child of God and an heir of heaven. Doesn't this all prove a very great and superabounding love?

Since that time, whether your path has been rough with troubles or smooth with mercies, it has been full of proofs that you are greatly loved. If the Lord has chastened you, it was not in anger; if He has made you poor, still in grace you have been rich. The more unworthy you feel yourself to be, the more evidence you have that nothing but unspeakable love could have led the Lord Jesus to save a soul like yours. The more disapproval you feel, the clearer is the display of God's abounding love in choosing you and calling you and making you an heir of heaven.

Now, if such love exists between God and us, let us live in the influence and sweetness of it and use the privilege of our position. We should not approach our Lord as though we were strangers or as though He were unwilling to hear us—for we are greatly loved by our loving Father. "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?"1 Come boldly, believer, for despite the whispers of Satan and the doubts of your own heart, you are greatly loved. Meditate on the exceeding greatness and faithfulness of divine love this.  I loved this devotional today and learned so much!!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!


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