Let’s be more than just noise or a gong or crashing symbols. LOVE!


LOVE!!!

Why do you say what you say? Is it because you LOVE?
Why do you act like you act? Is it out of LOVE?
Why do you go where you go? Is it because you LOVE?

LOVE should be our driving force, our “raison d’être”, the answer to why are you doing that? Let LOVE be the reason for why you are doing what you do and saying what you say and going where you need to go.

LOVE!!!


Are you married? How do you view marriage? Is it about loving or getting your own way? Is it about loving or trying to control? Is it about loving and sacrificing? Marriage was created as part of a larger plan.

24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.

Genesis 2:24

31 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”

Ephesians 5:31

As husbands we need to love (being considerate and tender), cherish, honor, express his love for her by telling her and not being consumed with self, provide for the financial needs, be active in discipline and rearing of the children, and be an example as the head of the family. (Eph. 5:25 and 28; and Col. 3:19 and 1 Peter 3:7 and 1 Timothy 5:8, 1 Timothy 3:3-5)

Do you realize how huge LOVE is and how important it is? It requires that we sacrifice ourselves for the other person.

Love is the highest form of maturity. It often requires a sacrificial gift. If love doesn’t require some sort of sacrifice on our part, we probably don’t really love the other person at all. If there is no sacrifice in our actions, we are most likely reacting to something nice they did for us, or simply pretending to be kind to gain some control over them.

TRUE LOVE GIVES.

It is important to understand that true love gives of itself. So our decisions should always have our spouse’s interests at heart. When you do, you’re giving of yourself.

God’s plan and desire for our marriage is big and it starts with LOVE.

God’s desire is for husbands and wives to love each other sacrificially and unconditionally. This means you don’t get your way all of the time. But the good news is, when a husband and wife sacrifice their selfish desires, they will have a triumphant marriage!

— Notes from today’s devotional —

(Indented, Italic words are copy/paste from the devotional)


Sacrifice in Marriage

1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

1 Corinthians 13:1

Prayer Starter:

God, I want to walk in true love in my marriage. I make a decision today to not always push for my own way, but to be willing to sacrifice for my spouse.


Fearful to fearless

When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.

Acts 9:26-28 (TNIV)

Biblical Truth:

A trusting friend can help dismiss unfounded fear, how wonderful it is that we have a friend in Jesus.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. I lift up this day and give it into Your hands so that we may accomplish everything You desire in and through my life. Lord, I praise You for my wife – the incredible woman she is and the blessing she is in my family. Help me Lord to be the man of God and husband You planned for me to be in her life. Help me Lord to be the man of God and father our children need in their lives. May the actions, the words, the looks, the time glorify You and help all of us draw closer to You. Lord You are my rock and my fortress, my ever present help in times of need. Help me Lord to say what You want me to say, do what you want me to do, go where You want me to go. Lord, thank You for the incredible demonstration of LOVE you provided through Jesus who gave it all that we could be reconciled back unto You. Lord, may every thought, every word spoken, and every action taken glorify, magnify, exalt, honor, and bring You praise today in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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Reflecting on this week…

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What is taking up your time? What is taking up all your efforts?


Don’t let the little distractions get in the way of the big plans. Don’t worry about the little things that bug you, but rather focus on defeating hatred and prejudice with LOVE. Help building unity and strength rather than allowing the little things to breakup or divide. So today’s lets not get caught up in the small things, but let’s focus on the important and big things.


Ever notice the divisions in the church? How many denominations are there? How many “independent” churches are there? Even so, God only produced 1 Bible, one message for us to receive. God had one thing to tell EVERYBODY, one single plan for how we are to conduct ourselves and how we are to relate to one another and with Him.

It’s hard to believe how many denominations and independent churches there are today, yet there’s only one Bible, one message. It’s evident that God has one thing to say to all people, a single plan for our conduct and relationship with Him.

What creates the division? Pride? Narrow-mindedness?

But over the years, because of our pride and narrow-mindedness, we’ve felt the need to develop a myriad of churches and church groups, even different versions of the Bible, to suit our own strict interpretations of what we believe the Bible says.

We are human and make mistakes. So if anyone of us believes we are right and someone else is wrong, then you probably haven’t realized where you are wrong yet.

I’ve come to realize that none of us are 100 percent correct. Most of the things we fight over are petty. In Matthew 23:24, Jesus told the Pharisees that they strained out a gnat but swallowed a camel. They had gotten so picky about the little things, it prevented them from dealing with the things that were truly important.

So let’s change how we look at things. Let’s come together in agreement about the truth. There is power in unity in the love of Christ. So let’s use that power to share LOVE and defeat hatred.

As long as we allow prejudice, hatred and division to continue to have a place in our lives, we’ll be powerless to stop it. Only agreement and unity in the love of Christ will bring the power to defeat prejudice. We can defeat hatred by allowing love to overcome our critical, divisive attitudes toward others.

— Notes from today’s devotional —

(Indented, Italic words are copy/paste from the devotional)


Worry About the Camels, Not the Gnats

24 Blind guides! You strain your water so you won’t accidentally swallow a gnat, but you swallow a camel!

Matthew 23:24

Prayer Starter:

Holy Spirit, help me to not waste my time worrying about gnats. I realize that I must defeat hatred and prejudice with Your love and be unified with others in the body of Christ.


Fearful to fearless

After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to look more closely, he heard the Lord’s voice: “I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look.

Acts 7:30-32 (NIV)

Biblical Truth:

God is the same yesterday and today, listen to His spirit and be refined through faith. Exalt the majesty and glory of God!


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. I praise You Lord for the Word that You bring into my life and for the truth that shines through and the
hope that is built up. Lord, Your LOVE is so great and so mighty that it can defeat anger and pride, hatred and prejudice, anything the enemy sends out way. Help me today Lord to stand firm on Your Word and Your promises so that in everything I think or do, it is a great reflection of who You are. Lord, grant me wisdom and discernment to accomplish Your will. Help me Lord to be transformed and become more like You. Help me to focus on the uniting works rather than division. Help me Lord to draw people together in love and unity rather than allowing hatred and division to pull them apart. May today be a great day that bring You praise, honor, and glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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Do you realize how big nothing is? How about everything?


Everything might try to get you down or separate you from God’s LOVE, but God’s Word tells us that none of that stuff can. God’s Word tells us that:

  • death which separates us from the world can’t separate us from God’s love
  • life which is temporal, fragile, and mortal can’t separate us from God’s love
  • angels which aren’t in alignment with God who are jealous that we were created in God’s image and devils who are working with Satan, who try to use temptation and accusation to knock us down, however, even that can’t separate us from God’s love
  • principalities – civil magistrates – can separate us from one another physically, however, they can’t separate us from God’s love
  • powers – false teachers and civil magistrates – who are able to do tricks to try and lead people astray, deceiving many, but they can’t separate us from God’s love
  • things present – the pressures, worries and temptations of today, the present evils, the afflictions of this life may get us down, but we aren’t out because they can’t separate us from God’s love
  • things to come – the worries of tomorrow, the good and the bad, the prosperous and adverse, the afflictions and difficulties, we need to remember God will never leave us nor forsake us… Nothing can separate us from God’s love
  • height – which is the heavens, the stars, don’t have control over you. the height of honor and power don’t have control over you. Nothing can’t separate us from God’s love
  • depth – which are earth, hell, meanness and adversity, policies in men and devils don’t have the ability for nothing can separate us from God’s love
  • creatures – there are so many things that have been created in the sky, on the earth, and in the waters, however, even they can’t separate us from God’s love

So by God’s love let’s get up today and be all that God wants us to be. For we are to be more than conquerors. So let’s hold onto our faith and step out today to shine and share the love of God with those around us.


Have you faced a time where you were misused, improperly used, used up, or been injured because of being maltreated?

Abuse means “to misuse, to use improperly, to use up or to injure by maltreatment.” The effects of abuse can be devastating and long-lasting. Many people never recover from it.

There are many types of abuse and the results are always terrible.

There are different kinds of abuse: sexual, emotional, verbal, physical. No matter the form, the results are always terrible. It will keep you from functioning properly and prevent you from receiving and experiencing the righteousness, peace, and joy of God’s kingdom.

Joyce shares her story… and that there is hope!

I understand this firsthand because I was abused throughout my childhood. Thankfully, I don’t just know the power of abuse, but I know the great power of God’s love. Because of the love of God, my past doesn’t have to affect my future anymore.

If you’ve been abused in the past, understand today that God loves you. Nothing can separate you from His love. He has made a way for you to be free from your past and to enter true Kingdom living.

So are you in a place of pain, struggle, or sorrow? Are you feeling far away from God? Are you looking for hope? Then turn to Jesus for in and through Him there is hope for newness of life. His love is so much bigger than our past that He is able to heal us and restore us, those setback of life can be transformed into a setup for the incredible things He can and will do in and through your life going forward. He can free us from the past so that we can enter into the true Kingdom of God and life in the presence of His love. WE CAN’T BE SEPARATED FROM HIS LOVE for God’s Word tells us “Nothing can separate “nothing can ever separate us from God’s love”.

— Notes from today’s devotional —


God’s Love Is More Powerful Than Abuse

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

Romans 8:38

Prayer Starter:

God, I’ve been abused and misused, but I won’t let my past affect my future. Overwhelm me with Your love today so that I can experience Your freedom from abuse.


Fearful to fearless

The leaders saw that Peter and John were not afraid to speak, and they understood that these men had no special training or education. So they were amazed. Then they realized that Peter and John had been with Jesus.

Acts 4:13 (NCV)

Biblical Truth:

The boldness of our Christian witness is perplexing to the unbeliever. Let our behavior, attitude and conversation always be a reflection of Jesus.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for Your Word that was spoken while we were at camp and that You have spoken over me today through Your Word. I praise You Lord for loving me no matter what. Forgive me and help me Lord to walk in Your ways today so that with the boldness and trust in You, my behavior, attitude, and conversations will always be a reflection of who you are. Lord, give me the confidence and courage to step into Your plans. Grant me the wisdom and discernment as to which way to go. Lord, there is nobody like You and my hope and trust are in You. As I look to this day, I look to You to guide my steps. I have made a plan, but I need to You guide my steps so that in and through it all You may receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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How do people know what you believe? Is it based on who you are being? Is it based on what you are doing?


Are you just going through the motions? OR Are you changed on the inside?

I remember when I was a born-again Christian who was actively involved in church life, but I was not getting victory over my problems. I thought that if I acted like a Christian and looked like I had my act together, I would be happy. But doing the right thing wasn’t enough. I needed a change on the inside.

Doing vs. Being…

Acts 1:8 speaks of receiving God’s power to be His witnesses. Notice it does not say to do witnessing but to be witnesses. Doing is a different thing than being. I had my outside polished up, but my inner life was a wreck. Quite often the inner turmoil exploded, and then everybody could see I wasn’t quite what I appeared to be.

In my case God took me on quite the journey. In University I heard Him call and went through the confirmation process, but missed the truth about it being about a living relationship with Him. When we moved because of work and planted ourselves in a church I was saved, I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior and knew that it was about a living relationship with Him. I was part of a spiritual emphasis week where the baptism of the Holy Spirit was preached and prayed over the congregation where I received it. I was baptized in Water being obedient to follow Jesus’ example. And the coolest part of all this journey that started with a big move was that my wife went through the same experience with me and we share this testimony. We also then participated in Cleansing Stream. That was an incredible experience for me and lifted many burdens from me and transformed my responses. God can help you to be transformed on the inside which is even greater than the outside transformation. As the Bible says, our words are the overflowing of our heart. So we need to clean house inside so that the outside can be.

Have you had the opportunity or experience of asking God to be the LORD of all? Have you stepped up and asked Him to help clean up the inside so that  you can be His witness?

Thankfully, I came to the point where I was desperate for a move of God in my life and knew there had to be more than what I had experienced in my relationship with Him. As I cried out to Him in prayer for help, He touched my life in a powerful way, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit gave me a real love for God and His Word and like never before. Now I was no longer faking it.

If you haven’t received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and would like to, I am going to say this prayer over you today and if you would like to receive it, I pray that You will receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and allow Him to take you from doing (showing on the outside) to being (transformed on the inside).

Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for Your Word that is so true and powerful. Lord, we try so hard to do it all in our own strength, but I pray over the readers of my blog Lord that You will baptize them with Your Holy Spirit today so that they can start being all that You have with them because You fill them up completely on the inside with who You are and who You want them to be. You clean out the old and bring in the new so that the burdens and the weights of the past are cleansed and the power and the promises of God lift them up and forward. I pray Lord that cleanse any unforgiveness and fill their hearts with forgiveness and
hope, grace and joy, mercy and unconditional love. Lord, may today be a great day for the glory of Your Kingdom and may in and through it You receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

I encourage you to receive this same Holy Spirit power. Let Him take you from ‘doing’ to ‘being.’.

— Notes from today’s devotional —


Let the Holy Spirit Take You
from ‘Doing’ to ‘Being’

8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 1:8

Prayer Starter:

Holy Spirit, give me Your power so that I can go from ‘doing’ to ‘being.’. I want to love and follow You from the core of who I am.


Fearful to Fearless

What David said are really the words of Jesus, “I always see the Lord near me, and I will not be afraid with him at my right side. Because of this, my heart will be glad, my words will be joyful, and I will live in hope.”

Acts 2:25-26 (CEV)

Biblical Truth:

Look to the confidence of Christ during hardship knowing, like Jesus, that the Father strengthens and guides and that a glorious end will be the Lord’s pleasure.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for Your Word and this time to spend with You. I praise You Lord that You desire us to be your disciples. Help me today for You have seen my schedule to make this day one that is made up of great and glorious things that will bring You praise, honor, and glory in Jesus’ name. Lord, my hope and trust are in You and I know that even when there are trials and tribulations, storms and mountains, You are greater and stronger. I know that You can calm the storms and throw the mountains into the sea. I also know that You can grant me the wisdom and discernment on how to step out to walk over, go around, or even go through. Help me Lord today to have the wisdom necessary to BE the man of God you desire me to be and shine for You to give You the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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  • Genesis 47
  • Genesis 48
  • Genesis 49
    • Prophesy of Jesus
      • 8 “Judah, your brothers will praise you. You will grasp your enemies by the neck. All your relatives will bow before you.9 Judah, my son, is a young lion
        that has finished eating its prey. Like a lion he crouches and lies down; like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?10 The scepter will not depart from Judah,
        nor the ruler’s staff from his descendants, until the coming of the one to whom it belongs, the one whom all nations will honor.11 He ties his foal to a grapevine,
        the colt of his donkey to a choice vine. He washes his clothes in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes.12 His eyes are darker than wine, and his teeth are whiter than milk.

  • Genesis 50

Ever wonder why I get up so early? Ever wonder why I seem like a morning person?


It is my time to spend with God and get my head on straight.
It is my time to seek wisdom and prepare for the day that is ahead of me.

I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in your words.


How do you start your day? Why do you start it in that way? How does it help you get ready for what is ahead of you today?

How do you start your day? Do you hurriedly get out of bed and barely make it out the door on time? Do you turn on the TV? Do you go exercise? Whatever your morning routine may be, the most important question you need to ask yourself is, “What role does God play when I start my day?

Are you thankful for what you have? Do you know how you can be a blessing to others today?

…know that the very best way to start my day is by giving thanks to God for what He’s done for me and asking Him how I can be a blessing to other people.

Focus on the good things God has done in your life. Praise Him for them. Consider the problems and challenges He has gotten you through so far. Praise Him for them. Consider how He has healed and transformed you so far. Praise Him for them. God loves you and cares for you.

Need some joy and peace today as you start your day? Turn to God thanking Him for what He has done and asking Him to help You with what is to come. Let the joy of the Lord be your strength.

When you learn to set your mind on God each morning, He’ll give you all the peace and joy you need to live for Him as you go about the rest of your day.

— Notes from today’s devotional —


The Best Way to Start the Day

147 I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in your words.

Psalm 119:147

Prayer Starter:

Lord, I make a decision today to pursue You first thing when I get up every morning. Nothing is more important than seeking You and receiving Your peace and joy.


Fearful to Fearless

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

John 16:33 (AMP)

Biblical Truth:

Though our world is filled with trials and tribulations we should not be afraid, for our calling as Christ followers is to be confident because He has already conquered the enemy.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and all that will be in it. I praise You Lord for the incredible joy that comes from Your Word and hearing it preached. I praise You Lord for having overcome the world so that through the trials and tribulations that I have and will face, I can stand firm on the rock of my salvation, Jesus Christ, who gave it all for me and has overcome the world. Thank You Lord that You are my strength and protection so that I do not have to be afraid, but can walk in the confidence that You are with me, that You will never leave me nor forsake me, that You provided a way, and that You have already won the victory. Lord, I thank You for this time to get my day started and for Your Word that never returns void. Help me today Lord to have the focus and the wisdom I need to accomplish Your will. I know that this is going to be an interesting week and so I lift it up to You asking that You grant me the wisdom and discernment to accomplish the things You put before me. May You be glorified by my words, thoughts, and actions. May I do things that shine light into the lives of others so that they can learn more about who You are and how important it is to have You as a part of their lives. Lord, I lift up this day putting all my
hope and trust in You that You may receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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