Don’t let the fire go out because the sun is setting!


Shine in the darkness. Shine your light so others in the dark will be sent in the right direction. Allow your refreshed, renewed, and rejuvenated self to show up even larger than before so that everyone can see and experience the overflow of God’s love into their lives. Now that realize the importance of making time, start to plan the next time now. Continue to stir and add to the fire never allowing it to go out.

Let’s be active participants in life. Let’s be active partners with God and with those He brings into our lives. Let’s come alongside them and journey with them. Let’s give them the attention they deserve so that they realize they value and how much you appreciate them. Let’s be authentic not allowing bitterness to take root but rather to allow forgiveness to ensure that love is being poured out. Let’s not only make a difference but also pass on the difference.


Don’t let the fire go out just because the sun is setting, the world needs the light now more than ever.


Today’s reading from God’s Word is:

  • Ezra 10
  • Ezekiel 41
  • Ezekiel 42
  • Acts 22:22-29
  • Revelation 15
  • Psalms 134

Let’s realize the situation and weep those who weep and celebrate with those who celebrate.

How important is alignment to the truth in your life? Will you reflect on God’s Word and align to what it says?

Remember the truth for the truth will set you free. Speak the truth in love so that can be heard and received by others. Allow the truth of the Word lead you and guide you, instruct you and correct you.

Jesus at the cross completed the law. Jesus’s second coming will finish the time of judgement and wrath.


So where are you at today? Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a recommitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it.

Let’s pray:

What will last? FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE!


Ever considered what is most important? Ever considered what can’t be destroyed? Ever considered what matters most?

We know from the bible that faith, hope, and love will remain, will last and that the greatest of these things is love!

God is love and there is no darkness in Him! So the best thing we can do in and with and through our lives is to imitate God and live a life of love towards others! What does that mean, what should we do?

1Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. –from Ephesians 5

Do you see people in need? Will you step out of your comfort zone and serve them in Jesus’ name?

Do you see people who are hungry? Will you give from what you have that they would be fed in Jesus’ name?

Do you see people who are thirsty? Will you give them a drink in Jesus’ name?

What other needs do you see around you? How can you help them in Jesus’ name?

Do they need clothe? Will you give them clothe in Jesus’ name?

Do you see people who are downcast or sad or depressed? Will you be someone who will come alongside them to comfort them in Jesus’ name?

Consider right where you are at today! Consider the needs around you, and there are needs! Do you realize the problems people are having relationally? Do you realize the stress and burdens they are carrying? Do you realize that just because they are pretending to be ok on the outside that if you were sincere and authentic with them you may learn of a need that you would have or could have missed? Will you help others through love as Jesus taught us in Matthew 7? Do you remember when Jesus was asked what the most important commandment was and He said “Love God” and “Love people”? Imagine if everyone lived out their lives to glorify God! Imagine a world where everyone lived their lives loving other people as much as they loved themselves! Imagine a world where things moved from selfish to selfless! What a different world it would be! Imagine with a country! Imagine across country borders! Imagine around the world! Consider the conflicts taking place today and it would be different if everyone took hold of the “golden rule” (Matthew 7:12Luke 6:31) and the impact it would have between people from different countries, backgrounds, heritages and how it would stop polarizing things and causing people to be drawn together!

So, will you go out today to make a difference, leading with LOVE!


Six Keys to Good Relationships

Day 268: Bible In One Year 2017

  • Be filled with the Holy Spirit … Psalm 112:1-10
  • Be transformed into the likeness of Jesus … Ephesians 4:17-5:7
  • Become like the compassionate father … Isaiah 63:1-65:16

Keys:

  1. Authenticity
  2. Passion
  3. Work and generosity
  4. Encouragement
  5. Grace
  6. Purity

Checkout the devotional that dives into these keys.

Today’s reading from God’s Word

Perspective!


Do you know what is really going on in someone else’s life? Then how can you try to judge them? Do you know what really took place? Then how can you try to condemn them? Did they hurt you? Why not forgive them as forgiveness is the key to real freedom and bitterness will eat you up from the inside out. Unforgiveness isn’t a word! Consider all that God is pouring into your hands, so much that it should/could overflow into the lives of the people around you if you will let it. Will you let it? Seek God’s wisdom today so that the perspective you use and you have is His! Let’s focus on how to improve ourselves before we try to be pointing out things in the lives of others. When you point at others you realize you have 3 fingers pointing back at yourself.

Today’s reading goes down this track and goes like this:

37“Do not judge others, and God will not judge you; do not condemn others, and God will not condemn you; forgive others, and God will forgive you. 38Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands—all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you.” 39And Jesus told them this parable: “One blind man cannot lead another one; if he does, both will fall into a ditch. 40No pupils are greater than their teacher; but all pupils, when they have completed their training, will be like their teacher. 41“Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but pay no attention to the log in your own eye? 42How can you say to your brother, ‘Please, brother, let me take that speck out of your eye,’ yet cannot even see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. –from Luke 6

There is a difference between being “authentic” and “sincere”. We need to make sure that we are sincere! Let’s be living the lives that the bible calls us to walk in. Let’s look at things through the eyes of God and respond based on what God’s Word says we should do. Let’s live lives that will glorify our Heavenly Father!

Let’s come together in unity! Let’s not allow the lies of the devil to come in and try to divide us nor separate us! Let’s stand firm! Let’s stand united on the truth! Let’s come together on the foundation of Jesus Christ and pursue His plans and His purposes for the glory of our Heavenly Father! Let’s come together with Jesus in the center so that we can walk in the hope and the truth that a cord of three strands isn’t easily broken! We aren’t supposed to go it alone! Don’t let stress get in the way of completing the work God has prepared in advance for you to do! Let’s grab a hold of the lyrics of a song I heard Coffey Anderson sing “Too blessed to be stressed“!

Today’s reading continues in this frame of mind with…

1So then, my friends, how dear you are to me and how I miss you! How happy you make me, and how proud I am of you!—this, dear friends, is how you should stand firm in your life in the Lord. 2Euodia and Syntyche, please, I beg you, try to agree as sisters in the Lord. 3And you too, my faithful partner, I want you to help these women; for they have worked hard with me to spread the gospel, together with Clement and all my other fellow workers, whose names are in God’s book of the living. 4May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. I say it again: rejoice! 5Show a gentle attitude toward everyone. The Lord is coming soon. 6Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. 7And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus. –from Philippians 4

So don’t worry! Something on your mind? The give it up to God! Pray about everything! Pray without ceasing! Ask God for what you need! Ask Him with a thankful heart! Allow God’s peace that goes beyond understanding to cover you and help keep you at peace and out of stress and worry! Fear Not! Just Believe!

Are you in trouble? Do you need help? Do you need an answer to prayer? Turn to God! Don’t give up! Don’t give in! Keep pressing in! Finish Strong! The battle belongs to the Lord! The victory is already won! And God’s team is victorious!

Today’s reading finishes up with:

1When I was in trouble, I called to the Lord, and he answered me. 2Save me, Lord, from liars and deceivers. 3You liars, what will God do to you? How will he punish you? 4With a soldier’s sharp arrows, with red-hot coals! 5Living among you is as bad as living in Meshech or among the people of Kedar. 6I have lived too long with people who hate peace! 7When I speak of peace, they are for war. –from Psalm 120

Don’t give up! It’s time to move forward…


It may feel like you lost yesterday or that they tried to dash your hope, but don’t give up! God knows what you are going through and will meet you right where you are at. Focus on Him rather than the obstacle.

On the way they said to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” (It was a very large stone.) Then they looked up and saw that the stone had already been rolled back.

God goes before you to prepare in advance the good work that He has planned for you to do. Yesterday you may have felt that you lost everything or that it was the end of your world, however, don’t fear, trust in God! One thing that always makes me laugh is when an angel shows up in the Bible. They always try to calm or remove the fear right before the people scream.

So they entered the tomb, where they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe—and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is not here—he has been raised! Look, here is the place where he was placed.

We’ve been given the ultimate instruction manual direct from God in the Bible. Even before then, when Jesus was with the disciples, He let them know beforehand what would happen so that they could take hope and know what would happen. Now hearing and knowing are different, kind of like hearing and listening. They may have heard what He said, but until the right trigger they probably didn’t realize what He meant since everyone was morning His death. But wait there is more…

Now go and give this message to his disciples, including Peter: ‘He is going to Galilee ahead of you; there you will see him, just as he told you.’” So they went out and ran from the tomb, distressed and terrified. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

Sometimes we need to hear something more than once before we grasp the full meaning. I know on weekends where I am serving at church, I feel it means God thinks it will take me 3 times to fully grasp the full meaning. We see that Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene which provides more encouragement and hope to the others.

After Jesus rose from death early on Sunday, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had driven out seven demons. She went and told his companions. They were mourning and crying; and when they heard her say that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe her.

But what will it take for you to believe? Would messengers of good news do the trick? Would one person sharing their story do the trick? How about two?

After this, Jesus appeared in a different manner to two of them while they were on their way to the country. They returned and told the others, but these would not believe it.

Would a group of people sharing what happened do the trick? Would you need to see it with your own eyes because of a doubting spirit? Would just hearing about it through the Bible do the trick?

14Last of all, Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples as they were eating. He scolded them, because they did not have faith and because they were too stubborn to believe those who had seen him alive. 15He said to them, “Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel to all people. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. Believers will be given the power to perform miracles: they will drive out demons in my name; they will speak in strange tongues; if they pick up snakes or drink any poison, they will not be harmed; they will place their hands on sick people, and these will get well.”

Jesus Is Taken Up to Heaven

19 After the Lord Jesus had talked with them, he was taken up to heaven and sat at the right side of God. The disciples went and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and proved that their preaching was true by the miracles that were performed.

–from Mark 16


There is hope for tomorrow! There is hope for today! Let’s put our focus on God and His will and see how the day will turn out! His ways are better than our ways! His ways are greater than our ways!

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

So don’t lose hope! Don’t give up! Fear Not, Just Believe!

Don’t go it alone! Come together in order to support one another! God didn’t plan for us to live this life alone, but together! That is why we read in Galatians 6:

Bear One Another’s Burdens

1My friends, if someone is caught in any kind of wrongdoing, those of you who are spiritual should set him right; but you must do it in a gentle way. And keep an eye on yourselves, so that you will not be tempted, too. 2Help carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will obey the law of Christ. 3If you think you are something when you really are nothing, you are only deceiving yourself. 4You should each judge your own conduct. If it is good, then you can be proud of what you yourself have done, without having to compare it with what someone else has done. 5For each of you have to carry your own load. 6If you are being taught the Christian message, you should share all the good things you have with your teacher. 7Do not deceive yourselves; no one makes a fool of God. You will reap exactly what you plant. 8If you plant in the field of your natural desires, from it you will gather the harvest of death; if you plant in the field of the Spirit, from the Spirit you will gather the harvest of eternal life. 9So let us not become tired of doing good; for if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest. 10So then, as often as we have the chance, we should do good to everyone, and especially to those who belong to our family in the faith.

So don’t give up! Do good! Sometimes the best thing to do when we are facing something hard is to reach out and help someone else! Press onward and upward! Let’s do good to everyone! Let’s live at peace with everyone within our abilities. Let’s live sincere lives! Some say to be authentic, but the real goal is to be sincere! They may seem similar but they are different! Some may even try to use them interchangeably… but:

Authentic

sincere

So let’s be sincere in how we live! Let’s do good! Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good. Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion. Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times.

Let’s be the new creations that God has created or recreated us to be! Let’s live with Jesus shining through us!

Don’t give up! Celebrate the victories! Celebrate the hope that is within you!

A Prayer of Thanks for Victory

1Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good, and his love is eternal. 2Let the people of Israel say, “His love is eternal.” 3Let the priests of God say, “His love is eternal.” 4Let all who worship him say,“His love is eternal.” 5In my distress I called to the Lord; he answered me and set me free. 6The Lord is with me, I will not be afraid; what can anyone do to me? 7It is the Lord who helps me, and I will see my enemies defeated. 8It is better to trust in the Lord than to depend on people. 9It is better to trust in the Lord than to depend on human leaders. 10Many enemies were around me; but I destroyed them by the power of the Lord! 11They were around me on every side; but I destroyed them by the power of the Lord! 12They swarmed around me like bees, but they burned out as quickly as a brush fire; by the power of the Lord I destroyed them. 13I was fiercely attacked and was being defeated, but the Lord helped me. 14The Lord makes me powerful and strong; he has saved me. 15Listen to the glad shouts of victory in the tents of God’s people: “The Lord’s mighty power has done it! 16His power has brought us victory—his mighty power in battle!” 17I will not die; instead, I will live and proclaim what the Lord has done. 18He has punished me severely, but he has not let me die. 19Open to me the gates of the Temple; I will go in and give thanks to the Lord! 20This is the gate of the Lord; only the righteous can come in. 21I praise you, Lord, because you heard me, because you have given me victory. 22The stone which the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all. 23This was done by the Lord; what a wonderful sight it is! 24This is the day of the Lord’s victory; let us be happy, let us celebrate! 25Save us, Lord, save us! Give us success, O Lord!26May God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord! From the Temple of the Lord we bless you. 27The Lord is God; he has been good to us. With branches in your hands, start the festival and march around the altar. 28You are my God, and I give you thanks; I will proclaim your greatness. 29Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good, and his love is eternal.

–from Psalm 118