Mighty and Merciful

Our God is so mighty that He would strike people dead if they touched the Ark of the Covenant, and yet, merciful. Many times in the new testament, we see Jesus stopping and healing people in the crowd because He had compassion on them.

“And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.”

Matthew 14:14

What an amazing father we have, who put all the stars in the heavens, created all the beauties of the planet, who has power to conquer all things. And yet, He has such a kind heart for us. He desires that we turn our hearts and lives to Him and develop a deep relationship with Him.

Please leave a comment about the beauty of your relationship with God.

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Protection from Attack

I am not one to go around blaming the devil for every circumstance I don’t like, yet we do live in a spiritual world. I’m not sure we always recognize how the spiritual realm drives people’s behavior.

In the movie The War Room, Elizabeth (played by Priscilla Shirer) has a mentor who tells her she is fighting the wrong enemy by fighting and with and trying to fix her husband. When Elizabeth took her mentor’s advice and started warring against spiritual enemies, things started to change in her life and relationship with her husband.

All we need to do is use God’s tools. We can put our swords down and get on our knees. Sadly, in our nation, random acts of violence are becoming more commonplace. Our most powerful weapon is prayer. Claiming almighty God’s protection over His people.

Personally, if you feel attacked by someone, claim the victory stated in Isaiah 54. Focus on the right enemy.

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

– Isaiah 54:17

Please leave a comment. How do you need God to protect you today?

Rejoice in the Lord

God calls us to rejoice in all things. Even if circumstances are not bright right now, our rejoicing in the Lord will turn our hearts and minds to Him and away from the frustrations and challenges of earth.

In the passage below the psalmist is calling Israel to a time of remembering, celebrating and spreading the word of God’s work on behalf of Israel, because of God’s covenant with Abraham.

Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works! 3 Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! 4 Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!

Psalms 105:2-4

We live with the new covenant. Our covenant with God is based on His grace through Christ’s death and resurrection. And, we have blessing of a deep and personal relationship with God. So, when things of this earth don’t feel like they are going so hot, remember what God has done for you. What are the blessings He has bestowed on you? Thank and praise Him for all of those, especially His gift of eternal life through Christ.

And that eternal life starts now, today on this earth.

Please leave a comment of something you can thank God for today.

Solomon’s Wisdom, God’s Blessings

King Solomon was greatly blessed because of his request for wisdom. The Lord appeared to him early in his reign and said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”

Essentially Solomon requested wisdom, and the Lord was so pleased with the fact that Solomon didn’t request riches, long life, the life of his enemies, that God gave him wisdom, and, riches, honor and long life. God wants to bless us everyday, but first He wants our hearts and a relationship with Him.

This interchange is found in 1 Kings 3, as you see below.

And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. 7 Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. 9 Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”  1 Kings 3: 6-9

God was pleased with this and said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, 12 behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. 13 And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days.” 1 Kings 3:11-13

What are you requesting of God? Are you seeking Him for wisdom? When you seek Him with all your heart, what wisdom does He give you? Please leave a comment. Be blessed!

 

Hopeful Mindset

How do we keep a hopeful mindset when it feels like circumstances aren’t going right? Here’s an excerpt from a post by Gloria Copeland, on KCM Ministries’ Faith to Faith Daily Devotional.

“A friend of mine once met a born-again Arab woman in the Middle East who was living proof of that. The woman was caught in a life most of us would consider almost unbearable. She was living in a war zone that had been torn up by violence. She faced the danger of bombs and bullets every day.

Now that Arab woman had no hope in the natural. Her country was being destroyed around her. She had to go to Israel to work and get money for her family because there were no jobs where she was, no way to make money. Things around her seemed to be going from bad to worse, but she told my friend she had hope because she knew that Jesus was coming back for her. And that hope kept her going.

So, if you’re feeling hopeless, get your eyes off this world and get them on the soon return of Jesus. Not only will that raise your spirits, the Bible says it will purify you. It will cause you to live uprightly, to separate you from the sin and failure of the world around you. It will lift you into the joy and victory of God.”

The story makes me realize how fortunate we are to live in America, and, that as more acts of violence appear in the news that we have to remember that our safety, our hope is in Christ.

Please leave a response about how you keep a hopeful mindset.

Can You Have Money and Not Riches?

I believe it is true that you can have money and not riches. When you look at your life in the context of the quality of life, what are riches? I’m not saying that money is evil, because it isn’t, yet if the acquisition of money is your prime motivator in life, you could be very empty inside.

What if you have money but no integrity? Or poor health, or a bad attitude? In that case I wonder if the money created riches in your life?

Personally, riches include no worry because I know that ultimately God is in charge. Even when circumstances don’t go as planned, I have peace that God will provide. Sometimes that’s about me depending on Him and following what He directs me to do. He expects me to use the gifts He has given me, and how cool it is to be able to encourage people, to help people learn new skills, to get paid for writing!

For me riches include great health and a wonderful family, being able to coach and help others achieve their goals and dreams. Working, using natural gifts that God has given me is such a blessing.

What are your riches? How do they make your life deeply joyful? Please leave a comment.

The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

Wouldn’t it be great to walk in God’s strength, and joy as only God can give, and not our own? It’s hard to do sometimes. Here’s what the psalmist says”

Psalm 89:15-17

“Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance. 16 In Your name they rejoice all day long, And in Your righteousness they are exalted. 17 For You are the glory of their strength, And in Your favor our horn is exalted.”

Next time you feel like you are struggling with anything and not focusing on the joy of the Lord, stop and remember Him. It doesn’t mean the struggle will immediately disappear, but your attitude toward it can change. I believe joy is deeper than happiness. It transcends our circumstances. When I don’t feel joyful, I stop and thank God for his amazing blessings. That attitude of gratitude brings back the joy!

Please leave a comment about your experiences of living with a joyful heart. Have a joyful day!

Speak Words of Life!

Amazing how the power of our words can impact our own lives and the lives of others. The impact of what we speak to ourselves in thought and out loud is a spiritual principle as well as a scientific fact.

Proverbs 18:21 says

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

I think this applies to how we pray, which should focus on speaking God’s promises, and how we talk to people and ourselves. If you say (think) to yourself, I’m just not good at remembering names, guess what. You won’t be good at remembering names.

I think it’s so cool how scripture weaves into science. The fact is, many people speak affirmations daily to keep their mindset in the right place. What we speak verbally, the sub-conscious mind, which drives our behavior, hears and acts on! One of my affirmations is “I glorify the Lord in all things.” Saying that is a GOOD way to start the day!

Over the last few weeks, I have not spoken affirmations at the beginning of each day, due to a heavy work and travel schedule. I found myself in a bit of a mental challenge and thinking about the wrong things . . . people and situations I really don’t have control over. This morning I went back to my routine of adding affirmations to my prayer and reading-the-Bible time. It’s put my mind in the right place.

Please leave a comment about how positive words impact you. I love to hear from you!

 

Faith of a Mustard Seed

” . . . for assuredly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17: 20, New King James

Just a tiny bit of faith and calling on God can produce such big results! Moving mountains! Yet, why in our walk with the Lord do we lack faith? Earlier in the passage Jesus told his disciples that the young boy they prayed over was not delivered and healed of epilepsy because of their unbelief.

Our unbelief comes from not believing in the depths of our hearts that God can and does work miracles. Sometimes He works those miracles in his own way. Many times when I pray with people for healing, I ask that God will give us the faith to believe that He can heal us. I never pray, “Lord, if it is not your will to heal . . .” because I believe that sows doubt and unbelief regarding God’s healing power. In a world where we feel we can and must control everything, faith can be pretty tough to achieve.

Pray with faith, and if you lack it, ask the Lord to give you the gift of faith. May the Lord bless you with deep faith in Him today!

Please leave a comment about your walk of faith.

Bless the Lord, O My Soul!

Psalm 103 is one of my favorite scriptures. It exalts our Lord and speaks of all that He does for us. When we bless God and praise Him it lifts our spirits, and helps us focus on Him and “all His benefits.”

When I have a rough day in Corporate America or in life for that matter, speaking Psalm 103 actually lifts my heart to a different place. It focuses my mind on the higher things of this life. It produces that gratefulness in my heart that is so fulfilling and joyful.

In fact, lately, when I am falling asleep at night, the last thing I think of is what I am grateful for. It’s a perfect setting for restful and renewing sleep. And, I wake up with that song on my heart. The song of gratefulness, of joy, of delight in the Lord.

Please leave a comment about what you are grateful for!

Psalm 103 – A psalm of David

Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. 7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. 9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. 14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more.[a] 17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, 18 To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. 21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. 22 Bless the Lord, all His works, In all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

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