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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Monday, November 30, 2015

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


Faith Identification with Christ

If we would be followers of Christ indeed we must become personally and vitally involved in His death and resurrection. And this requires repentance, prayer, watchfulness, self-denial, detachment from the world, humility, obedience and cross carrying. That is why it is easier to talk about revival than to experience it.


To avoid personal involvement with the cross we have become adept at finding or creating religious projects to soothe our conscience and make things look good. Among these may be named evangelism and foreign missions. These are good, scriptural activities, incumbent upon all Christians, but all presuppose that they who engage in them should be holy, Spirit-filled and totally committed to God. To carry on these activities scripturally the church should be walking in fullness of power, separated, purified and ready at any moment to give up everything, even life itself, for the greater glory of Christ. For a worldly, weak, decadent church to make converts is but to bring forth after her own kind and extend her weakness and decadence a bit further out.


I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….


TONIGHT I PRAY that you thank the Lord frequently as you journey through out your day.  When you do this it enables you to pray without ceasing and it allows you to become more aware of His Pleasure shining upon you and your prayers become a sweet aroma to the Lord.  I pray that you thank Him throughout the day for it will bring you His Presence and Peace. When your mind is occupied with thanking the Lord, you will have no time for worrying or complaining. If you practice thanking Him consistently negative thought patterns will gradually grow weaker and weaker.  I pray that you draw nearer to Jesus with a grateful heart, and let His Presence fill you with His Joy and His Peace. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I love you all!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

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


Disciminating Reading

I hope my readers conclude right here that I have contradicted myself in the above paragraphs. It will indicate that they have been reading with their critical faculties awake. But actually there is no self-contradiction present. I have warned against harmful books and declare that there is no harm in reading in fields far removed from the standard evangelical meadows considered safe by the timid souls who think they must defend Christianity and protect the faithful from the effects of alien ideas. I'll explain. 

By harmful books I do not mean those on a high intellectual level, such as the classics, poetry, history, political science and whatever falls within the category of the liberal arts. I mean cheap fiction (religious or secular), shallow religious chop suey such as is found in so many religious magazines, the world of religious trash designed to entertain the saints; I mean the self-glorifying religious adventure stories written by the brethren of the restless feet who refuse to take any responsibility or to stay in one place long enough to plant a single tree or lay a single foundation, but who always manage to spin an exciting yarn when they get back home. I mean the "digest" type of religious literature, precooked and predigested, to be ingested with a minimum of effort and in the shortest possible time. Such matter not only affords no nourishment for the soul, but its continuous use creates a parasitic mind in the reader, gives him a morbid appetite for wind and makes the reading of serious religious books not only distasteful but impossible. 


I deliberately omit from my list of dangerous books the vulgar and the unclean. I take it for granted that no Christian would stain his soul with such literary putrefaction. At least I am quite sure that no one who reads this page will need to be warned about such books.



I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!


Saturday, November 28, 2015

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


It Starts with the Family
"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you."  —Exodus 20:12


Few things in life can bring us as much pleasure or pain as our families. When things are working well in the family, it's great. When things are not going so well, it's tough. Parents have tension with children. Children have tension with parents. Husbands have tension with wives. Wives have tension with husbands. Then there are the in-laws. Families are complex. But God established the family.

In the Ten Commandments, before a word is said about how we treat one another, God starts with the family: "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you" (Exodus 20:12). 

In Genesis we have God bringing Adam and Eve together. He started with the family. He created the family. And He—and He alone—defines the family. God loves the family.

There is only one picture that God gives to a lost world to show His love for the church and the church's love for Him. That is marriage. He says, "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her" (Ephesians 5:25), and "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord" (verse 22).

Effectively, here is what God is saying: "Look at this Christian couple right here. See the way that husband loves his wife? That is how I love this church, My people. See how that wife loves her husband? That is how My church loves Me."

Because of that, when a Christian family starts to unravel and when Christian people get divorced, that is devastating in many ways to the testimony of believers in a given community.

It has been said that a family can survive without a nation, but a nation cannot survive without the family.


I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Your Love Guard me Through The Night.....


TONIGHT I Pray that you realize what a mighty GOD we serve!!!   There is nothing too difficult for Him.  I pray that you realize He uses weak ones like us to accomplish His purposes.  That your weakness is designed to open you up to HIS powers!!!!   Walk in HIS glory and do not fear your limitations or the days demands against your strength.  For it is when we trust in Him with all of our heart, mind and spirit that He will see us through each challenging situation.  Our Lord is not a careless GOD.  When He allows difficulties to come into our lives He will equip us to fully handle them.  We are never closer to God then when trials come upon us. Relax in His Presence and trust in His strength to bring us through every storm. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

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


Let Him Lift That Load
For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God's laws.  —James 2:10

The Ten Commandments were not given to make us holy; they were given to show us that we are not holy. The commandments were given to show us that we need Jesus. The Bible says they are like a schoolmaster (kind of an old King James word). The idea is that of a disciplinarian. The commandments were given to say, in essence, "You can't do this on your own."

They are like a moral mirror. When you look at them, you say, "Uh-oh. I'm not measuring up." Every one of us has broken the commandments.

Someone may say, "Yeah, that might be true, but I haven't broken that many. I've only broken a couple of them."

Maybe. Or maybe not. The Bible says, "For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God's laws" (James 2:10). If you have broken even one commandment, it's enough to keep you from God and to separate you from Him. 

The commandments were given to drive us into the open arms of Jesus. That's why Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).

Have you ever been carrying around something that was very heavy and had someone say, "Here, let me take that from you"? That is what Jesus is saying. "Let Me lift that load. Let Me ease your pain. Let Me give you relief. Right now. Come to Me," He says.

That is the message of what happened at the Cross. He died for our sins and paid the price for every wrong we have ever done. And if we will turn from our sins and believe in Him, then we will be forgiven.

I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

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


FAITH AND PRAYER

In Hebrews we find a long list of benefits which faith brings to its possessor: justification, deliverance, fruitfulness, endurance, victory over enemies, courage, strength and even resurrection from the dead. Then, everything that is attributed thus to faith might with equal truth be attributed to prayer; for faith and true prayer are like two sides of the same coin-they are inseparable! Men may, and often do, pray without faith though this is not true prayer, but it is not thinkable that men should have faith and not pray. Whatever God can do faith can do, and whatever faith can do prayer can do when it is offered in faith. It should not be considered strange, then, that an invitation to prayer is an invitation to omnipotence, for prayer engages the Omnipresent God and brings Him into our human affairs. According to the Bible, we have because we ask or we have not because we ask not. It does not take much wisdom to discover our next move. Is it not to pray and pray aga in and again until the answer comes? Let us not fail the world and disappoint God by failing to pray!

I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Your Love Guard me Through The Night.....




I Pray TONIGHT you experience the love and Presence of God in an unprecedented way! That you will KNOW HIM - personally and intimately! Let the love of God crush every seed of rejection, anger, bitterness, and resentment in the name of Jesus! I pray that All blockage to your spiritual, emotional and physical release is being broken right now! I pray that you will walk with the Holy Spirit and allow Him to blow away all debris that causes clutter in your spirit and soul!  I pray that He give you a real insatiable hunger for His Word so that you can grow into the mighty man or woman of God that He intended for you to be!!!  I pray that through His Spirit you will experience total renewal!!!  In JESUS name I Pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love you all!!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

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


GOD HAS A REMEDY

Seekers and inquirers have often voiced this deep question of concern: "Why does God forgive? and how does God forgive sin?" There is plain teaching throughout the Old and New Testaments concerning God's willingness to forgive and forget. Yet there are segments of the Christian church which appear to be poorly taught concerning God's clear remedy, through the atonement of Christ, for the believer who has yielded to temptation and failed his Lord. God knows that sin is the dark shadow standing between Him and His highest creation, man. God is more willing to remove that shadow than we are to have it removed! He wants to forgive and that desire is a part of God's character. In the sacrificial death of a lamb in the Old Testament, God was telling us that one day a perfect Lamb would come to actually take away sin. That is how and why God forgives sin now. In John's words: "We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitia tion for our sins" (1 John 2:1-2a).

I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Your Love Guard me Through The Night.....




TONIGHT I pray that you really begin to believe that Jesus loves you with an everlasting love.  Sometimes the human mind cannot comprehend the Lord Jesus’ constancy. You allow your emotions to flicker and falter in the face of varying circumstances, and you tend to project your fickle feelings unto Him. I pray you look beyond the flux of circumstances and discover HIM gazing lovingly back at you. This awareness of HIS Presence strengthens you, as you receive and respond to His Love. Never forget that He is the same yesterday today and forever! I pray that you allow HIS Love flow into you continually and you realize that your great need for HIM is as constant as the outflow of His Love is for you. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all… God bless you!!!!♥♥♥

Monday, November 23, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…



Tonight I pray that you see yourselves only through the eyes of the Lord and not those of other people. Realize that it is nearly impossible to discern what others actually think of you. Moreover, their views of you are variable: subject to each viewer’s spiritual, emotional, and physical condition. The major problem with letting others define you is that it borders on idolatry. I pray that you realize that when you desire to please others it dampens your desire to please the Lord your creator. Tonight take that step in faith and see yourself through the eyes of the One who created you. His gaze upon you is steady and sure, untainted by sin. It is through His eyes you can see yourself as one who is deeply, eternally loved. Rest in His loving gaze, and you will receive His deep peace. I pray you respond to His loving Presence by worshiping Him Spirit and Truth. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all… God bless you!!!! ♥♥♥

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


Livng for the Will of God

The temptation to gear our lives to social consequences is frightfully strong in a world like ours, but it must be overcome all the way down the line. The Christian businessman when faced with a moral choice must never ask, How much will this cost me The moment he regards consequences, he dethrones Christ as Lord of his life. His only concern should be with the will of God and the moral quality of the proposed act. To consult anything else is to sin against his own soul. 

Again, the pastor when facing his congregation on Sunday morning, dare not think of the effect his sermon may have on his job, his salary or his future relation to the church. Let him but worry about tomorrow and he becomes a hireling and no true shepherd of the sheep. No man is a good preacher who is not willing to lay his future on the line every time he expounds the Word. He must let his job and his reputation ride on each and every sermon or he has no right to think that he stands in the prophetic tradition. 


And the same principle is binding upon the religious writer and editor. The scribe who will trim his copy to hold his job is unworthy of public confidence. The editor who will reject an article or a paragraph of an article because he is afraid to accept it is standing in the shadow of the fear of consequences. The publisher who allows desire for profit or the fear of losing sales to decide what books he shall print is on a moral level not too far above the money-changers Christ drove out of the Temple. All these examples point up to a grave modern evil, permitting temporal consequences to decide eternal issues.

I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2015



TONIGHT I pray that you take all of your weakness and give it to Jesus.  In return He will give you HIS peace.  Realize that He is with you and for you and that you face nothing alone!!! I pray that you realize that He is the Creator of the universe, yet He chooses to make His home in each of our hearts.  I pray that the Holy Spirit will quiet your mind so that you can hear His still small voice within you….  He speaks continually to all of us His words of Joy, Peace, Comfort, Life and Love.  Tune your heart to receive all of the messages of abundant blessings.  I Pray that you come before Him with a heart of gratitude and be still and allow His Spirit to move mightily in your life!!! So that you can walk in the light of His love by practicing the discipline of thanksgiving. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I love you all!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

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


Make Time to Pray

"Am I faithful in prayer?" Ask yourself that. "Well, I'm busy," you say. Yes, you are busy. So was the Lord Jesus. So was Martin Luther. Luther said, "In the morning I have so much work to do that I am going to have to pray longer today." Are you faithful in prayer, and do you meditate on the Word? How much of Scripture have you read lately? Have you read it wth meditation and tenderness? These are a few questions. You can answer them evasively and the snow lies there. Or you can answer them honestly and see the springtime come to your heart. Put yourself in the hands of the One who loves you infinitely. If you have failed Him, you will have to admit that there is a rut or snow on the meadow. Tell Him so--don't hide it. He will not turn His back in anger and say, "You disappoined me and betrayed me." There is a balm in Gilead, plenty of it. The balm and healing in the blood of the Lamb will get you out of the rut.

I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…



Tonight I Pray that you trust the Lord to bring you through every storm in your life!!!  That when you pass through the waters of affliction and they seem to get deeper all around you, remember that you are precious in HIS sight and that He loves you!!  He will never leave you or abandon you!  Though many times you may lose sight of Him, He is constantly aware of you and your circumstances.  I pray that you rest in Him dear one forgetting about the worries and cares of this world.  Put all of your focus on Him and allow Him to let His Presence envelope you in HIS Peace.  He is Emmanuel God with us and He is with us through every part of our life. The good times and the storms that rage!!  I pray that you will hold tightly to the Lord during the storm He will hold you up and keep you safe even in turbulent waters.  In Jesus name I Pray, Amen and Amen.  I Love You All!!!   God Bless You All!!! ♥♥♥

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


Truth Revelations

That we must often receive new truth into minds already cluttered up with old truths, half-truths and scraps of downright error, and fit it into the total in such a way that it will appear right and ?feel? right to the heart, makes it extremely difficult for us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The camel may squeeze through the eye of the needle and be well on his way before some of us can rid ourselves of our hindrances and get our minds clear for the free reception of God?s unadulterated truth. 

Lest the bare statement of the facts tend to discourage someone, let us look at the other side of the question. Undoubtedly God knows our frame and remembers that we are dust. We should not berate ourselves too much for this weakness. Even an apostle had to have a vision from heaven to free him from some of his old misconceptions and open his heart to a new order of truth (Acts 10:9-16). And we should remember that it does not take a perfect understanding of all truth to save a man and bring him into communion with God. Furthermore, God has sent us a Teacher in the person of the Holy Spirit (John 16:12-15). If we humble ourselves and come to God as little children, He will reveal His Son in us and favor us with revelations of spiritual truth unknown to the wise and the prudent (Matthew 11:25-27).

I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…



Tonight I Pray that the Holy Spirit gives all of you get a real hunger for His Word, so that you can grow strong as a Christian and become the mighty men or women of God that HE has intended you to be.  I pray that you seek out the face of the Lord so that you can dwell in His Presence and Peace no matter what trials you are going through in this world.  That as you begin to trust in the Lord you will be able to have as much of Him and His peace that you desire through living in His Word Will and Way for your life. In this world we will always have trials that cause us to worry.  However, when we begin to put all of our trust in HIM, we will learn that He will be our ever present help in times of trouble. I pray that you hold tightly to His hand and He will lead you into the light of His love.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!  God Bless You!!!♥♥♥

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


Faith Despite Feeling or Sight

A fanatic is somebody seeking desirable ends but ignoring constituted means. Seeking to get out of the religious rut is a desirable end. It is right and it is in the will of God. But trying to do it in a manner that is not according to God"s constituted means is all wrong and gets us nowhere. When they want to get blessed, some people try getting worked up psychologically. There are some who, while they have not studied psychology, are master psychologists. They know how to manipulate audiences, knowing when to lower their voices and when to raise them, when to make them sound very sad and all the rest. They know how to get people all worked up. . . . Some people try group dynamics. We all sit around together and practice togetherness, and by practicing togetherness we finally work up some spirituality. What is needed is some old-fashioned, salty horse sense. I am sure there are 189 mules in the state of Missouri that have more sense than a lot or preachers who are trying to teach people how to get the blessing of God in some way other than by the constituted means. When you get people all broken up, dabbing at their eyes and shaking, what is the result? It does not bring them any closer to God. It does not make them love God any better, in accordance with the first commandment. Nor does it give any greater love for neighbors, which is the second commandment. It does not prepare them to live fruitfully on earth. It does not prepare them to die victoriously, and it does not guarantee that they will be with the Lord at last.

I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…


Tonight I Pray that you realize that in this world you will face adversity.  We live in a fallen world so you need to take everything to the Lord in prayer.  I pray that even in the midst of the worst storms or roughest seas that you will whisper the name of Jesus and know that the Holy Spirit will bring you through any problem that comes your way.  That even in the middle of a storm HE will fill you with HIS JOY!!!  I pray that you realize that you are infused with the Holy Spirit and you need to allow HIM to move, for it is when we are weak that He will be strong and He will be our anchor in the storm, as we rest in the shadow of HIS almighty Presence. For it is when you return to Him and rest in HIM that you shall be saved.  Your quietness and trust shall be your strength! In Jesus name we pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!  God Bless You!!!  ♥♥♥

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

The Easiest Place to Get a Hardened Heart
Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.  —Hebrews 3:12–13

Where is one of the easiest places to get a hardened heart? Any place where God's people gather. It isn't in a bar or around a bunch of people who are doing wicked things. No, the easiest place to get a hardened heart is where you hear the Word of God being taught. Knowledge brings responsibility. And the same sun that softens the wax hardens the clay. The same message that transforms one life can cause another to say, "I don't believe."

If you go to church or a Bible study week after week, hearing the Word of God but refusing to believe it, you can actually get an irreparably hardened heart. I am not saying that you shouldn't go to church. But I am saying that you should go to church with the right heart, with an open heart. Otherwise, you could get a hardened heart. You could be judged by the very message that should have set you free.

That's why preachers' kids and others who were raised in the church are often some of the most notorious sinners. They've taken God's Word for granted and hardened their hearts against it.

The J. B. Phillips translation of Hebrews 3:12–14 says, "You should therefore be most careful, my brothers, that there should not be in any of you that wickedness of heart which refuses to trust, and deserts the cause of the living God. Help each other to stand firm in the faith every day, while it is still called 'today', and beware that none of you becomes deaf and blind to God. For we continue to share in all that Christ has for us so long as we steadily maintain until the end the trust with which we began."

May God help us to keep tender hearts.

I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…



TONIGHT I Pray that you realize that the Lord is with you!!  That no matter what your circumstances may be you can find joy in the Lord Jesus!!!  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 the Lord that sees you always and put all of your trust in Him. I pray that you remember that He has created this day and He is present with you whether you sense HIM or not.  I pray that you talk to Him about what is on your mind and rejoice in knowing that He understands you perfectly.  He has been right where you are and knows exactly what you are going through.  He can bring you pure joy in the midst of the most terrible day.  Walk with Him and bask 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... November 18, 2015....


CONFESSING OUR LOVE

Consider with me the appealing Old Testament story of the beautiful young woman in the Song of Solomon. Deeply in love with the young shepherd, she is also actively sought out by the king, who demands her favor. She remains loyal to the simple shepherd, who gathers lilies and comes to seek her and calls to her through the lattice. In many ways, this is a beautiful picture of the Lord Jesus, of His love and care for His Bride, the Church. In the scriptural account, she does turn her loved one away with simple excuses. But condemned in heart, she rises to go out and search for him. As she seeks, she is asked: "What is he above others that you should seek him?" "Oh, he is altogether lovely," she replies. "He came and called for me, and I had not the heart to go!" But at last she is able to confess, "I have found him whom my soul loveth!" He had been grieved but He was not far away. So it is with our Beloved-He is very near to us and H e awaits our seeking!


I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…


Tonight I Pray that you stay conscious of God in every single area of your life.  Trust that He knows every single inch of the journey that you are on and that if you allow Him to hold your hand He will lead you through this walk and you will realize that His way is perfect even in the worst of situations.  I pray Faith into your life so that you may hunger for HIS Word and as you eat from His Word you will grow strong and HIS light will Radiate from deep within you!  I pray that the Holy Spirit within you protect you from the trials ahead equipping you to face whatever comes your way through HIM!!!  Stand In The LIGHT of HIS Strength and Love!!!  For it is when you are IN the Light of HIS Presence that you will be enveloped in His Peace and Joy!!!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love you all!!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

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


Faithless Action and Action less Faith

Rightly understood, faith is not a substitute for moral conduct but a means toward it. The tree does not serve in lieu of fruit but as an agent by which fruit is secured. Fruit, not trees, is the end God has in mind in yonder orchard; so Christ like conduct is the end of Christian faith. To oppose faith to works is to make the fruit the enemy to the tree; yet that is exactly what we have managed to do. And the consequences have been disastrous. 

A miscalculation in laying the foundation of a building will throw the whole superstructure out of plumb, and the error that gave us faith as a substitute for action instead of faith in action has raised up in our day unsymmetrical and ugly temples of which we may well be ashamed, and for which we shall surely give a strict account in the day when Christ judges the secrets of our hearts.

I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Monday, November 16, 2015

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


GOD'S GRACIOUS ACT

We do well to remember that mankind is only one order of God's beings or creatures. So we wonder: How could the Infinite ever become finite? And: How could the Limitless One deliberately impose limitations upon Himself? In the book of Hebrews we learn to our amazement that God took not upon Him the nature of angels, but He took upon Him the seed of Abraham. We would suppose that God in stepping down would step down just as little as possible. But instead He came down to the lowest order and took upon Himself the nature of Abraham-the seed of Abraham. I like what John Wesley said concerning this mysterious act of God in stooping down to tabernacle with us: we should be sure to distinguish the act from the method by which the act is performed. Do not reject a fact because we do not know how it was done, Wesley advised. With the saints of all ages, we do well just to throw up our hands and confess: "Oh Lord, Thou knowest!"

I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

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 pf the Day... November 15, 2015....


Imitating the Imitators of God

Spiritual experiences must be shared. It is not possible for very long to enjoy them alone. The very attempt to do so will destroy them. The reason for this is obvious. The nearer our souls draw to God the larger our love will grow, and the greater our love the more unselfish we shall become and the greater our care for the souls of others. Hence increased spiritual experience, so far as it is genuine, brings with it a strong desire that others may know the same grace that we ourselves enjoy. This leads quite naturally to an increased effort to lead others to a closer and more satisfying fellowship with God. The human race is one. God made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and He made the individual members of society for each other. Not the hermit but the man in the midst of society is in the place best to fulfill the purpose for which he was created. There may be circumstances when for a time it will be necessary for the seeker after God to wrestle alone like Jacob on the bank of the river, but the result of his lonely experience is sure to flow out to family and friend, and on out to society at last. In the nature of things it must be so.


I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…



TONIGHT I PRAY that You live your faith and that it becomes a verb instead of a noun in your life.  I pray that you can trust that you will never face anything alone… Absolutely Nothing!!!  When you begin to feel anxious know that you are focusing on the world instead of our Father.  I pray that you realize the only remedy to this is to keep your eyes upon Jesus. Verbalize your trust in Him, The Living One that sees you always. I pray that you trust Him to get you through not only this day, but all of the days to come.  Has He not commanded us to be strong and courageous?  Where do we find this strength and courage we find it IN the Lord Jesus Christ!!! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (JOSHUA 1:9.)  Stand on that faith and meet HIM in the Present.  Receive the gift that HE has for you, as your Lord and Savior!!!  When you are looking for HIM you will find Him. Bask in the light of His love and saving grace!!!   In Jesus name I Pray Amen and Amen…  I love you all!!! God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

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


The Truth about a Hardened Heart
"A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah."
—Matthew 16:4


There are people who know God is real. They know God is powerful. And they know God changes lives. But their hearts are so hard that they won't believe in Him.

That was Pharaoh. We read again and again in Exodus that Pharaoh hardened his heart. Exodus 8:15 tells us, "But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and did not heed them, as the LORD had said." Later we read, "Now the LORD said to Moses, 'Go in to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, that I may show these signs of Mine before him' " (Exodus 10:1). That isn't a contradiction; it's just two sides of the same coin. It's true that Pharaoh hardened his heart. But it is also true that God hardened Pharaoh's heart.

Does that mean that Pharaoh had no choice in the matter? No. You see, God gives each one of us freewill. He will not violate that freewill, but once we have made our choice, God may, in effect, strengthen us in that choice.

The word hardened could be better translated "strengthen" or "stiffen," and that is what was happening in Pharaoh's case. He decided that he did not want to believe, and his heart got harder and harder and harder. Pharaoh had more than enough evidence to be convinced of the truth. Think about it: Pharaoh saw miracles—big miracles. Pharaoh heard the word of God. And that knowledge brought responsibility. To turn from the truth is to become entrenched in darkness more thoroughly than ever.

Sometimes we think, If I could just perform miracles, I know that all of my friends would believe in Jesus. They wouldn't. Miracles won't cause them to believe, but the message of the gospel will.

I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Friday, November 13, 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... November 13, 2015...


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


The end of a year is a time of reflecting and remembering what God has done. But there comes a point where I say, "That was then; this is now." And I put the past behind me. Paul says he is forgetting the past, the things that are behind. The word forget doesn't mean to fail to remember. What it means is that Paul no longer will be influenced or affected by what happened before. To forget, then, means that we break the power of the past by living for the future.

Now that's wonderful when we think of sin. Because when we sin and then come to God and repent of it, and He forgives us, we can trust in God's promise: "For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more" (Jeremiah 31:34). God isn't suggesting that He will experience a lapse in His memory concerning your sins. What He's saying is that our sins no longer will affect our standing with Him or influence His attitude toward us. So if you have sinned, if you have failed this last year, you can put it behind you. You can forget the things that are behind.

Remember, to be His disciple, Jesus said we must take up the cross daily and follow Him (see Luke 9:23). Let's not be satisfied with what has happened in the past. Forget about it and move forward.

I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…



Tonight I Pray that you take the time to spend some quiet moments in HIS Presence.  I pray that as you rest in Him you can forget about the worries of this world and focus on Jesus alone. For it is when we are weak that His strength is able to come through and transform us body, mind, spirit and soul. For it is when we are soaking in the light of His Presence that we will experience a nearness to Him, that will enhance all areas of our walk with Him. I pray that we are all open to His love and blessings!!!  I pray that each one of us realizes that when we are tuned into Him, we can rest in true peace and serenity as His beloved child. Trust in Abba and hold tightly to His hand as He leads us through the mazes in this world, for it is when we are resting in Him that our faith will grow and we will be leaving ourselves open to His blessings!!!  I pray that you reach out and hold tightly to His hand as you walk in this world, allowing Him to lead you through the mazes and turbulent times!! In Jesus name I Pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!  God Bless You!!!♥♥♥

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


In the Pursuit of God - The Sacrament of Living
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31 

One of the greatest hindrances to internal peace which the Christian encounters is the common habit of dividing our lives into two areas, the sacred and the secular. As the seas are conceived to exist apart from each other and to be morally and spiritually incompatible, and as we are compelled by the necessities of living to be always crossing back and forth from the one to the other, our inner lives tend to break up so that we live a divided instead of a unified life. 

Our trouble springs from the fact that we who follow Christ inhabit at once two worlds, the spiritual and the natural. As children of Adam we live our lives on earth subject to the limitations of the flesh and the weaknesses and ills to which human nature is heir. Merely to live among men requires of us years of hard toil and much care and attention to the things of this world. In sharp contrast to this is our life in the Spirit. There we enjoy another and higher kind of life; we are children of God; we possess heavenly status and enjoy intimate fellowship with Christ. 


This tends to divide our total life into two departments. We come unconsciously to recognize two sets of actions. The first are performed with a feeling of satisfaction and a firm assurance that they are pleasing to God. These are the sacred acts and they are usually thought to be prayer, Bible reading, hymn singing, church attendance and such other acts as spring directly from faith. They maybe known by the fact that they have no direct relation to this world, and would have no meaning whatever except as faith shows us another world, `an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.' (2 Corinthians 5:1) 


Over against these sacred acts are the secular ones.They include all of the ordinary activities of life which we share with the sons and daughters of Adam: eating, sleeping, working, looking after the needs of the body and performing our dull and prosaic duties here on earth. These we often do reluctantly and with many misgivings, often apologizing to God for what we consider a waste of time and strength. The upshot of this is that we are uneasy most of the time. We go about our common tasks with a feeling of deep frustration, telling ourselves pensively that there's a better day coming when we shall slough off this earthly shell and be bothered no more with the affairs of this world. 


This is the old sacred-secular antithesis. Most Christians are caught in its trap. They cannot get a satisfactory adjustment between the claims of the two worlds. They try to walk the tight rope between two kingdoms and they find no peace in either. Their strength is reduced, their outlook confused and their joy taken from them. 


I believe this state of affairs to be wholly unnecessary. We have gotten ourselves on the horns of a dilemma, true enough, but the dilemma is not real. It is a creature of misunderstanding. The sacred-secular antithesis has no foundation in the New Testament. Without doubt a more perfect understanding of Christian truth will deliver us from it. 


The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is our perfect example, and He knew no divided life. In the Presence of His Father He lived on earth without strain from babyhood to His death on the cross. God accepted the offering of His total life, and made no distinction between act and act. `I do always the things that please him,' was His brief summary of His own life as it related to the Father. (John 8:29) As He moved among men He was poised and restful. What pressure and suffering He endured grew out of His position as the world's sin- bearer; they were never the result of moral uncertainty or spiritual maladjustment. 


Paul's exhortation to `do all to the glory of God' is more than pious idealism. It is an integral part of the sacred revelation and is to be accepted as the very Word of Truth. It opens before us the possibility of making every act of our lives contribute to the glory of God. Lest we should be too timid to include everything, Paul mentions specifically eating and drinking. This humble privilege we share with the beasts that perish. If these lowly animal acts can be so performed as to honor God, then it becomes difficult to conceive of one that cannot. 


That monkish hatred of the body which figures so prominently in the works of certain early devotional writers is wholly without support in the Word of God. Common modesty is found in the Sacred Scriptures, it is true, but never prudery or a false sense of shame. The New Testament accepts as a matter of course that in His incarnation our Lord took upon Him a real human body, and no effort is made to steer around the downright implications of such a fact. He lived in that body here among men and never once performed a non-sacred act. His presence in human flesh sweeps away forever the evil notion that there is about the human body something innately offensive to the Deity. God created our bodies, and we do not offend Him by placing the responsibility where it belongs. He is not ashamed of the work of His own hands. Perversion, misuse and abuse of our human powers should give us cause enough to be ashamed. Bodily acts done in sin and contrary to nature can never honor God. W herever the human will introduces moral evil we have no longer our innocent and harmless powers as God made them; we have instead an abused and twisted thing which can never bring glory to its Creator. 


Let us, however, assume that perversion and abuse are not present. Let us think of a Christian believer in whose life the twin wonders of repentance and the new birth have been wrought. He is now living according to the will of God as he understands it from the written Word. Of such a one it may be said that every act of his life is or can be as truly sacred as prayer or baptism or the Lord's Supper. To say this is not to bring all acts down to one dead level; it is rather to lift every act up into a living kingdom and turn the whole life into a sacrament. 


If a sacrament is an external expression of an inward grace, then we need not hesitate to accept the above thesis. By one act of consecration of our total selves to God, we can make every subsequent act express that consecration. We need no more be ashamed of our body-- the fleshly servant that carries us through life-- than Jesus was of the humble beast upon which He rode into Jerusalem. `The Lord hath heed of him' may well apply to our mortal bodies. If Christ dwells in us we may bear about the Lord of glory as the little beast did of old and give occasion to the multitudes to cry, `Hosanna in the highest.' 


That we see this truth is not enough. If we would escape from the toils of the sacred-secular dilemma the truth must `run in our blood' and condition the complexion of our thoughts. We must practice living to the glory of God, actually and determinedly. By meditation upon this truth, by talking it over with God often in our prayers, by recalling it to our minds frequently as we move about among men, a sense of its wondrous meaning will begin to take hold of us. The old painful duality will go down before a restful unity of life. The knowledge that we are all God's, that He has received all and rejected nothing, will unify our inner lives and make everything sacred to us. 


This is not quite all. Long-held habits do not die easily. It will take intelligent thought and a great deal of reverent prayer to escape completely from the sacred-secular psychology. For instance it may be difficult for the average Christian to get hold of the idea that his daily labors can be performed as acts of worship acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. The old antithesis will crop up in the back of his head sometimes to disturb his peace of mind. Nor will that old serpent the devil take all this lying down. He will be there in the cab or at the desk or in the field to remind the Christian that he is giving the better part of his day to the things of this world and allotting to his religious duties only a trifling portion of his time.And unless great care is taken this will create confusion and bring discouragement and heaviness of heart. 


We can meet this successfully only by the exercise of an aggressive faith. We must offer all our acts to God and believe that He accepts them. Then hold firmly to that position and keep insisting that every act of every hour of the day and night be included in the transaction. Keep reminding God in our times of private prayer that we mean every act for His glory; then supplement those times by a thousand thought-prayers as we go about the job of living. Let us practice the fine art of making every work a priestly ministration. Let us believe that God is in all our simple deeds and learn to find Him there. 


A concomitant of the error which we have been discussing is the sacred-secular antithesis as applied to places. It is little short of astonishing that we can read the New Testament and still believe in the inherent sacredness of places as distinguished from other places.This error is so widespread that one feels all alone when he tries to combat it. It has acted as a kind of dye to color the thinking of religious persons and has colored the eyes as well so that it is all but impossible to detect its fallacy. In the face of every New Testament teaching to the contrary, it has been said and sung throughout the centuries and accepted as part of the Christian message, the which it most surely is not. Only the Quakers, so far as my knowledge goes, have had the perception to see the error and the courage to expose it. 


Here are the facts as I see them. For four hundred years Israel had dwelt in Egypt, surrounded by the crassest idolatry. By the hand of Moses they were brought out at last and started toward the land of promise. The very idea of holiness had been lost to them. To correct this, God began at the bottom. He localized Himself in the cloud and fire and later when the tabernacle had been built He dwelt between holy and unholy. There were holy days, holy vessels, holy garments. There were washings, sacrifices, offerings of many kinds. By these means Israel learned that God is holy. It was this that He was teaching them. Not the holiness of things or places, but the holiness of Jehovah was the lesson they must learn. 


Then came the great day when Christ appeared. Immediately He began to say, `Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time...,but I say unto you...' (Matthew 5:21-22) The Old Testament schooling was over. When Christ died on the cross the veil of the temple was rent from top to bottom. The Holy of Holies was opened to everyone who would enter in faith. Christ's words were remembered, `The hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. ... But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.' (John 4:21-23) 


Shortly after, Paul took up the cry of liberty and declared all meats clean, every day holy, all places sacred and every act acceptable to God. The sacredness of times and places, a half-light necessary to the education of the race, passed away before the full sun of spiritual worship. 


The essential spirituality of worship remained the possession of the Church until it was slowly lost with the passing of the years. Then the natural legality of the fallen hearts of men began to introduce the old distinctions. The Church came to observe again days and seasons and times. Certain places were chosen and marked out as holy in a special sense. Differences were observed between one and another day or place or person. `The sacraments' were first two, then three, then four, until with the triumph of Romanism they were fixed at seven. 


In all charity, and with no desire to reflect unkindly upon any Christian, however misled, I would point out that the Roman Catholic church represents today the sacred-secular heresy carried to its logical conclusion. Its deadliest effect is the complete cleavage it introduces between religion and life. Its teachers attempt to avoid this snare by many footnotes and multitudinous explanations, but the mind's instinct for logic is too strong. In practical living the cleavage is a fact. 


From this bondage reformers and puritans and mystics have labored to free us. Today the trend in conservative circles is back toward that bondage again. It is said that a horse after it has been led out of a burning building will sometimes by a strange obstinacy break loose from its rescuer and dash back into the building again to perish in the flame. By some such stubborn tendency toward error, Fundamentalism in our day is moving back toward spiritual slavery. The observation of days and times is becoming more and more prominent among us. `Lent' and `holy week' and `good' Friday are words heard more and more frequently upon the lips of gospel Christians. We do not know when we are well off. 


In order that I may be understood and not be misunderstood I would throw into relief the practical implications of the teaching for which I have been arguing, i.e.,the sacramental quality of every-day living. Over against its positive meanings I should like to point out a few things it does not mean. 


It does not mean, for instance, that everything we do is of equal importance with everything else we do or may do. One act of a good man's life may differ widely from another in importance. Paul's sewing of tents was not equal to his writing an Epistle to the Romans, but both were accepted of God and both were true acts of worship. Certainly it is more important to lead a soul to Christ than to plant a garden, but the planting of the garden can be as holy an act as the winning of a soul. 


Again, it does not mean that every man is as useful as every other man. Gifts differ in the body of Christ. A Billy Bray is not to be compared with a Luther or a Wesley for sheer usefulness to the Church and to the world; but the service of the less gifted brother is as pure as that of the more gifted, and God accepts both with equal pleasure. 


The `layman' need never think of his humbler task as being inferior to that of his minister. Let every man abide in the calling wherein he is called and his work will be as sacred as the work of the ministry. It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it. The motive is everything. Let a man sanctify the Lord God in his heart and he can thereafter do no common act. All he does is good and acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For such a man, living itself will be sacramental and the whole world a sanctuary. His entire life will be a priestly ministration. As he performs his never so simple task he will hear the voice of the seraphim saying, `Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.' Lord, I would trust Thee completely; I would be altogether Thine; I would exalt Thee above all. I desire that I may feel no sense of possessing anything outside of Thee. I want constantly to be aware of Thine overshadowing Presence and to hear Thy speaking Voice. I long to live in restful sincerity of heart. I want to live so fully in the Spirit that all my thought may be as sweet incense ascending to Thee and every act of my life may be an act of worship. Therefore I pray in the words of Thy great servant of old, `I beseech Thee so for to cleanse the intent of mine heart with the unspeakable gift of Thy grace, that I may perfectly love Thee and worthily praise Thee.' And all this I confidently believe Thou wilt grant me through the merits of Jesus Christ Thy Son. Amen.

I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Wednesday, November 11, 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... November 11, 2015...


Two decades after World War I, which officially ended November 11, 1918, the U.S. passed legislation to have a legal holiday on each November 11th, honoring veterans who served in that war. As time marched on and more wars were fought, Veterans Day became a national holiday honoring American veterans of all wars.

Before personally knowing someone who fought in a war, I didn’t give much thought to Veterans Day, other than the commercial aspect of a few good sales. When I think of my previously flippant recognition of this important day, I am ashamed.

My father fought in world war ll in the Navy on the U.S.S. Nashville.  They were called the humble heroes and though he never really talked about at home, I found out that they truly were heroes when I read a book about them.  I never had the chance to thank him for his service and I am so very proud of him.

I have a nephew J.D. who fought in Iraq as a Marine and did many tours of duty there.  Though he never really talked about it.  He was fighting for our rights to live with freedom that many countries do not have.  I am thankful for every person that has the courage to serve our great country!  Freedom is not free and I am so very thankful for these great warriors who are willing to lay down their lives for us and they ask for nothing in return.  That is true bravery.


King David, who commanded armies and trusted in the Lord during times of battle, wrote these words in Psalms 3:

O LORD, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. So many are saying, "God will never rescue him!"

But you, O LORD, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy mountain.

I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.

Arise, O LORD! Rescue me, my God! Slap all my enemies in the face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked! Victory comes from you, O LORD. May you bless your people.

Some may question how God can allow the tragedies witnessed in war. This much is true: murder and strife came with the fall of mankind, Cain killed Abel, wars fill the pages of scripture, and God's chosen people hated and crucified His only son, Jesus Christ. But despite the evil deeds of mankind, God still showers people with love (John 3:16) and offers us eternal life with Him.

May we all feel the supernatural love of Christ to help us through times we still can’t make sense of and to guide us into His precious peace that surpasses all understanding.

I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  God bless you!!!  Maranatha!!!  

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…



Tonight I Pray that you become aware of your deep need for the Lord Jesus!!!  He is our strength.  People who think they don’t need Him are only fooling themselves, because they are relying on their own strength instead of that of the Lord!!!  I pray that you realize that when you rely on the things of this world you are setting yourself up to fail.  Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and allow Him to be your strength every day of your life…  I pray that you come to the realization that we are living in a fallen world and if we don’t keep our eyes on Jesus it can weigh us down.  If we give this all to Jesus He can lighten our load and even carry us when we can no longer walk.  I pray that you cast all your cares on Him so that He can lift you up to the High places where He dwells, so that you can bask in the light of his great love!!!  In Jesus name I Pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!  God bless you!!!♥♥♥ 

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