THRIVE: Let the excitement energize you!


Happy Today everyone! So there is so much going on these past couple of weeks and it isn’t done yet. Many things extend days till late into the night. Many things are joyful and filled with celebrations. Now we need to harness these emotions and feelings to energize us to finish the good works God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish. Let’s harness these emotions to be able to press in and press on to thrive for the glory of God!

Ever get that feeling in your gut, some describe it as butterflies? It can happen when you are feeling excited and when you are feeling nervous. What I try to do is tell myself something exciting is about or is happening whenever I get that feeling so that my brain does cause me to freak out when that feeling happens. Making that choice allows the energy that is building up to be used for good rather than evil. How about you? Do you allow the feeling to energize you or paralyze you? Do you allow the feeling to help you move forward or hold you back? Why not choose to use that energy to strengthen, motivate, and encourage you to do something great for God!

Last week there was the honor of senior awards and then the senior baccalaureate, yesterday was the senior parade after the last day of school and tomorrow is graduation day. So with all this excitement, I try to use it to help me make progress at work, and at home with extra family here for the celebration. The most excitement this week would have to have been celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. The week’s not over yet and so I am going to choose to harness this energy to help me focus and get stuff done in order to thrive for the glory of God! Let’s allow our faith to overpower and overwhelm our fear! Let’s allow the truth to overwhelm the lies! Let’s make today count!

THRIVE - LIVING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD

Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 8


Let’s decide to make today count! Let’s decide to learn through God’s Word! Let’s decide to live our lives in a way that allows God’s Word to speak in and through our words, actions, and thoughts! Let’s decide to live our lives in a way that will allow us to thrive for the glory of God! Invite Jesus into your life! Invite Jesus into your heart! Begin to live transformed lives!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: God’s timing is perfect!


As we hit mid-workweek the words God’s timing is perfect came to mind. In the midst of the meetings and the conversations, the waiting and the delays, my hope and my trust are in God because even when I don’t see it He does. God’s never late! God’s rarely early! God’s timing is perfect!

Gods Timing is Perfect!

As I consider where things are at, I look to God to help those who are being driven by fear and worry and pray they will cast their cares upon Him. The responses took place out of worry and fear that create ripple effects to others who hadn’t felt much effect to this point and had been able to focus on getting their work done. The fear and worry over the unknown and trying to align with a view, a vision, a perspective that may not fully align with reality will produce even more ripple effects on more people.

Timing is everything!

Today rather than focusing on the unknowns and the uncertainties, let’s focus on God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Let’s focus on how He is trustworthy and dependable! Let’s focus on how He loves us and will never leave us nor abandon us! Let’s focus on how much we can trust Him, even in uncertain, unclear, and volatile times! Let’s lean in on what God’s Word has taught us about THRIVing and decide to pick the right battles! Let’s lean in on what God’s Word has taught us about THRIVing in the midst of struggles! Let’s lean in on what God’s Word tells us when it comes to perseverance!

God's timing is almost never the same thing as our timing, but His timing always proves to be perfect. Trust Him while you wait.

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‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ‘

James 1:2-4

‘If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. ‘

James 1:5-8

‘But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. ‘

2 Peter 3:8-9

‘In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. ‘

Proverbs 16:9

‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. ‘

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. ‘

Jeremiah 29:11-12

‘The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. ‘

Lamentations 3:25-26

‘My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed. ‘

Proverbs 3:1-18


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, ‘

Acts 3:19

Today’s post from Be The Dads is 10 Challenges Every Dad Must Conquer – Day 7


So where are you today? Are you ready to lean in on God? Are you ready to trust God? Are you ready to wait on God? Let’s invite Him into our situation to help us to find peace in the midst of the struggles. Let’s invite Him into our situation to help us be patient in the midst of the challenges. Let’s invite Him into our situation to help us to persevere till His timing is right.

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

Let’s Read the Bible Together (February)

catching up on the days I missed (back to Feb 8th)


THRIVE: Do you realize what is going to take? Overcoming fear! Do you know how to do that? Perfect Love!


Yesterday was interesting as it began filled with tension and stress which started to trigger fear. It caused me to pause longer and lean on God harder. The day closed better than it started which was good as I went from work to a birthday party. I got to spend time picking up pizza and riding along with my wife which helped. I got to speak to an incredible friend and leader too. It is interesting how in our conversation words like karma, reap what you sow, and this morning it came to me, to overcome fear with faith requires perfect love! Why do we have faith? Because Jesus loved us so much He gave His all and gave us the scriptures to help us remember and be encouraged. No need to fear trouble because Jesus overcame the world. No need to fear trials because they should be considered pure joy as they are a tool to allow perseverance to complete its work in making us complete and lacking nothing. Let’s receive the love of Jesus into our hearts, that perfect love that is so large that it will overwhelm and overcome fear.


Let’s grab hold of 1 John 4:18 that says:

‘There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. ‘

1 John 4:18

So we need to grab hold of what this scripture is saying by expanding on it:

‘Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.’

1 John 4:7-21

So no matter what it is that is trying to trigger or cause fear, turn to Jesus! No matter what is trying to create worry or anxiety, turn to Jesus! Don’t try to go it alone! Don’t allow yourself to get isolated and tricked into believing things that you wouldn’t if you had been around your fellow believer friends. Whatever it is, cast it upon God because God cares for you!


Today’s verse of the day:

‘This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. ‘

1 John 3:16

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 6


So are you ready to step into the new world of love? Are you ready to overwhelm fear with love? Are you ready to be filled with so much love that it casts out all fear? Are you ready to refill so that you are topped up and keep topping up throughout the day so that there won’t be any room for fear? Are you ready to start thriving? Let’s invite Jesus in!

Let’s pray:

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

Refining…


What comes to mind when you think of the word refining? Growing up in a mining town the word refining makes me think of the process used to remove impurities from metals. It brings to mind the metallurgical site my dad worked at. I remember the heat used. I remember the concentrator, the smelter, the refinery, and the zinc plant that had a lot of electrical pieces.

Can you think of times in your life when moments were used to refine you? Experiences that were used to help remove impurities from your life? Experiences that were used to purify your heart? Can you think of the process used to get rid of the old responses and behaviors and replace them with new ones from your clean, refined heart?

Ever considered what the Bible has to say about the refining process? Let’s see what we can find:

  • In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
    1 Peter 1:6-7
  • Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.
    Isaiah 48:10
  • And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people’; and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”
    Zechariah 13:9
  • The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.
    Proverbs 17:3
  • But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.
    Malachi 3:2-4
  • Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: “Behold, I will refine them and test them, for what else can I do, because of my people?
    Jeremiah 9:7
  • I will turn my hand against you and will smelt away your dross as with lye and remove all your alloy.
    Isaiah 1:25
  • The words of the Lord are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.
    Psalm 12:6
  • Some of those who have insight will fall, in order to refine, purge and make them pure until the end time; because it is still to come at the appointed time.
    Daniel 11:35
  • Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.
    Daniel 12:10

The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for November 10th


A Consuming Fire


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.’

Hebrews 12:28-29

Let’s take hold of what is being said and dig a bit deeper to get additional context and understanding by using the Amplified version of the bible.

‘See to it that you do not refuse [to listen to] Him who is speaking [to you now]. For if those [sons of Israel] did not escape when they refused [to listen to] him who warned them on earth [revealing God’s will], how much less will we escape if we turn our backs on Him who warns from heaven? His voice shook the earth [at Mount Sinai] then, but now He has given a promise, saying, “Y et once more I will shake not only the earth , but also the [starry] heaven .” Now this [expression], “Yet once more,” indicates the removal and final transformation of all those things which can be shaken—that is, of that which has been created—so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, and offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for our God is [indeed] a consuming fire.’

Hebrews 12:25-29

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you realize that Jesus by humbling Himself and sacrificing Himself has been exalted to be more exalted than angels and more renowned than Moses?
  • Are you comfortable? Don’t become complacent in your faith! Remain true to God!
  • One day we will all come before God and the earth will be shaken.
  • Let’s decide today to live out our lives with God’s grace while we are serving Him in a way that will demonstrate His amazingness and our awe of Him.
  • We know there will be a final destination for everyone and that based on our decision to receive or reject Jesus will confirm that place.
  • Will we come before a throne to determine what type of a steward we have been in and through our lives?
  • Will we come before a thone of judgment to give an account before ending up in the pit?
  • The answer depends on if we choose to receive or reject Jesus.
  • Are you considering how amazingly powerful God is and remembering the punishment and demonstration of power He has shown us through the Bible?
  • Are you considering how gracious God is and how He doesn’t want anyone to perish but would rather they repent and turn back to Him?
  • Fear when described by the Bible is more that we shouldn’t be casual in our relationship with God but rather we should be living in reverance awe of Him.
  • Fear of the Lord isn’t about terror but more about how we live our faith in awe and amazement of who He is and what He has done.
  • Let’s allow our faith, our hope, and our love to grow because of His amazing power!
  • Let’s allow our faith, our hope, and our love to grow because of His incredible grace!
  • Let’s decide to walk out every moment of every day with God!
  • Let’s invite Him into every situation and every circumstance so that we can have the wisdom, discernment, and direction we need to move forward for His praise, honor, and glory!
  • Let’s come humbly before God, like those in the Bible who recognized His greatness and fell on the ground in abject awe.
  • Let’s take hold of the reality that God is the author and perfector of our faith!
  • Let’s take hold of the reality that God is the creator of the universe and everything in it!
  • Let’s take hold of the reality that God is the beginning and the end!
  • Let’s take hold of the reality of God’s greatness as we read about even John a friend of Jesus, fainting at the vision of Him in Revelation 1:17.
  • Let’s take hold of the reality that God is merciful and kind.
  • Let’s take hold of the reality that God is a consuming fire and when we come to Him, it will burn up all the impurities and purify us heart, mind, and soul.
  • So let’s decide today to invite Him in and to help us walk through everything that will be required to remove the sin (the impurities) and make us more like Jesus (purifying us heart, mind, and soul).

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What happens to our faith when we lose sight of the awesome nature of God?
  • In your conception of God, is He both gracious and amazingly powerful? Explain your anser.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The truth is, fear and immorality are two of the greatest inhibitors of performance.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you today? Are you in the heat of the furnace? Are you in process of having the impurities float off the surface? Is your focus on God and His awesomeness? Are you in the process of having your heart house cleaned up? Are you having to let some of the past go in order to grab hold of the future God has planned for you? Are you unsure where you are or what to do? Why not invite Jesus into your life and allow Him to walk through the rest of your life with you so that you will never have to go through any of it alone? Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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What is worst doubt or fear?


Let’s consider what they mean first:

Let’s look up the word doubt and see what the definition reveals to us:

doubt
[dout]
NOUN
a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction.
"some doubt has been cast upon the authenticity of this account" · "they had doubts that they would ever win"
synonyms:
uncertainty · lack of certainty · unsureness · indecision · hesitation · hesitancy · dubiousness · suspicion · confusion · question mark · queries · questions · dubiety · incertitude · diffidence · insecurity · inhibition · unease · uneasiness · apprehension · wavering · vacillation · irresolution · lack of conviction · demurral · skepticism · distrust · mistrust · lack of trust · doubtfulness · cynicism · disbelief · incredulity · unbelief · misbelief · lack of confidence/conviction · wariness · chariness · questioning · reservations · misgivings · suspicions · qualms
VERB
feel uncertain about.
"I doubt my ability to do the job"
synonyms:
distrust · mistrust · have doubts about · harbor suspicions about · have misgivings about · be skeptical about · have qualms about · be suspicious of · be wary of · feel chary about · feel uneasy about · have/harbor reservations about · have a funny feeling about
archaic
fear; be afraid.
"I doubt not your contradictions"
Definition of doubt as found in answer on Bing for define doubt

Now, let’s take a look at the definition for fear:

fear
[ˈfir]
NOUN
an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.
"he is prey to irrational fears" · "drivers are threatening to quit their jobs in fear after a cabby's murder" · "fear of increasing unemployment"
synonyms:
terror · fright · fearfulness · horror · alarm · panic · agitation · trepidation · dread · consternation · dismay · distress · anxiety · worry · angst · unease · uneasiness · apprehension · apprehensiveness · nervousness · nerves · timidity · disquiet · disquietude · discomposure · unrest · perturbation · foreboding · misgiving · doubt · suspicion · the Joe Blakes · worriment · inquietude · phobia · aversion · antipathy · bugbear · bogey · nightmare · neurosis · complex · mania · abnormal fear · irrational fear · obsessive fear · bête noire
VERB
be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening.
"farmers fear that they will lose business" · "he said he didn't care about life so why should he fear death?"
synonyms:
be afraid of · be fearful of · be scared of · be apprehensive of · dread · live in fear of · go in terror of · be terrified of · be terrified by · cower before · tremble before · cringe from · shrink from · flinch from · be anxious about · worry about · panic about · feel consternation about · have forebodings about · feel apprehensive about · have a phobia about · have a horror of · have a dread of · shudder at · take fright at
Definition of doubt as found in answer on Bing for define fear

It is interesting to see that fear comes up in the definition of doubt and doubt comes up in the definition of fear. Fear shows up in the definition of doubt when you speak of doubt as a verb. Doubt shows up in the definition of fear when you speak of fear as a noun.

So as we consider these two and the similarities and the differences, we find that fear can be a good thing but doubt is not. A healthy fear keeps you aware, ready, and can even save your life. Doubt on the other hand causes a gap, a void, a hesitation that stops you in your tracks. A healthy fear can keep you from getting hurt. A healthy fear can help you stay in touch with reality. A healthy fear can notify you of danger. A healthy fear can point out when something is out of place. Doubt isn’t helpful at all! Doubt doesn’t provide you with any good. Doubt causes you to become disheartened, dejected, downcast, and even cause depression. Doubt tries to undermine you. Doubt tries to sap you of your joy and your energy. Doubt tries to corrupt what is good, what is true, what is right. Doubt tries to pervert reality. These lies and deception cause self-doubt. Doubt tries to kill your dreams!

So how will you bring positive to the situation? How will you choose to prioritize and live your life so that there is a healthy fear but not allow doubt to rob you of your hope, your joy, and your future? Where will you turn for hope, encouragement, and love? Where will you go to get filled up with love and from the fountain that can keep you full? Are you ready to live life to the full like God’s plan for you is defined?

Let’s reflect on this reality through God’s Word before we jump into today’s devotional:

‘But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’

Matthew 6:33-34

‘Delight yourself in the Lord, And He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart. ‘

Psalms 37:4

‘I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] ‘

Philippians 4:13

‘The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. ‘

John 10:10

‘For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the L ord , ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. ‘

Jeremiah 29:11

‘You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.’

Psalms 16:11

‘Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, ‘

Colossians 3:23

‘Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] be known to all people. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. ‘

Philippians 4:4-7

‘Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, “ I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” ‘

John 8:12

‘ “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.”’

Matthew 11:28-30

So let’s turn to God for wisdom and discernment. Let’s trust in God in awe and wonder. Let’s take hold of His truth and His promise so as to be able to live our lives according to His plans and live our lives to the full!


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for October 16th


No Doubt Allowed


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. ‘

James 1:6

Let’s expand on this a bit and use the Amplified version to get better context:

‘ James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, T o the twelve [Hebrew] tribes [scattered abroad among the Gentiles] in the dispersion: Greetings (rejoice)! Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind. For such a person ought not to think or expect that he will receive anything [at all] from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides]. ‘

James 1:1-8

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • James shared how we will face trials and how we can consider it pure joy through the process, walking it out with God.
    • ‘Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing. ‘
      James 1:2-4
  • Jesus shared that we are going to face troubles in our lives but that we can take heart because we trust in Him.
    • ‘I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]’
      John 16:33
  • There is benefit to trusting God in the midst of trials and troubles.
  • There is benefit to trusting God in the midst of challenging and difficult times!
  • Problems, Trials, Troubles test our faith!
  • It is in the crucible times when things heat up we develop endurance and perseverance!
  • It is in the crucible times that our faith is built up as we lean in and trust God rather than our own understanding!
  • In these times our faith expands and matures!
  • In these times we grow spiritually!
  • Through these times our trust in God gets stronger!
  • It prepares us to be able to trust God through it all!
  • So rather than trying to go it alone, we need to seek God’s wisdom and direction!
  • Let’s ask God for wisdom and discernment so as to be able to understand the process and the purpose!
  • Let’s invite God into our situation so that we can get the purpose, the plan, and walk through the process!
  • Let’s not doubt but rather ask for wisdom that He promises to give us abundantly and without fault!
  • Let’s trust God and ask Him confidently!
  • Are you like me when I start to doubt when trouble rears its head?
  • Have you ever doubted your abilities? your understanding? other people’s motives? the path forward? or even God’s goodness?
  • Let’s put our focus on God instead of the problem!
  • Let’s remember our God is bigger than our problems!
  • Let’s stop trying to figure it all out on our own and instead turn to God quicker, sooner, earlier, so that we can lean on Him, we can cast our cares on Him, we can receive His wisdom abundantly!
  • Let’s grab a hold of our anchor, our rock who is Jesus Christ so that we won’t be getting tossed and turned like the waves!
  • Let’s build our lives on the rock who is Jesus Christ rather than the sand so that when the waves and wind come our ways, we have solid footing!
  • So let’s ask in faith, humbly admitting to God that we don’t have the answers and what we need is Him!
  • Let’s turn to God for wisdom so that we have a plan, a process, and a purpose and don’t need to get ourselves wrapped in the paralysis that is doubt or caused by doubt!
  • Let’s trust in God’s perfect timing and will and way to answer the problem and situation that we are facing!
  • Let’s trust in God so much that we ask rather than demand in our prayers!
  • Let’s trust in God so much that we ask confidently, trusting that He will answer!
  • Let’s be ready to turn to God’s Word for wisdom and encouragement during the wait!
  • Let’s act when God says GO!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Describe situations when you felt confused and needed God’s wisdom. Did you ask “in faith”?
  • How would you explain what it means to ask for God’s wisdom without doubting?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“God’s laws work all of the time, not just some of the time, and they work whether you believe in them or not.”

Confessions of a Happy Christian
By Ziglar, Zig · 1978

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you living a life of healthy fear? Are you living a life in awe and wonder of God? Are you allowing the enemy of your soul to try and rob you of joy and peace by replacing it with doubt? Are you ready to trust God at His Word? Are you ready to turn to God and invite Him into your very situation? Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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Ever been ask or seen executives being asked “What keeps you up at night?”?


What tends to be the cause of staying awake at night for you? Is it concerns? Is it worries? Is it stress? Is it anxiety? Is it health related? Is it family related? Is it work related? Is there anything that is keeping you up at night?

Ever considered that you have a choice between being kept up at night versus getting sleep? Ever considered that you have a choice between worrying and stressing over something versus giving it over to God? Ever considered that you have choice of staying up all night worrying and stressing about it versus giving it to God since He is going to be up all night anyways?

I can remember many years back when a pastor shared how they had some concerns and after a while said to God, “Since you are going to be up all night anyways, I am going to give this over to you so that I can get a good night’s rest.” How about you? Are you willing to give it up to God? Are you willing to give it over to God? Are you willing to let go and let God? The decision is yours! The choice is yours! Will anything keep you up tonight?



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for October 15th


God Never Sleeps


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.’

Psalms 121:4

The Amplified version expands on this a bit by saying:

‘Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber [briefly] nor sleep [soundly]. ‘

Psalms 121:4

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Are you ready to be open and honest about yourself?
  • Are you ready to be open and honest about what you are going through?
  • Are you ready to be open and honest about answering the questions people ask?
  • Are you ready to be transparent and share the highs and lows of your life?
  • Are you ready to stop hiding behind a mask or persona or image?
  • Are you willing to share your concerns?
  • Are you willing to share your hopes?
  • Are you willing to share your faith?
  • Are you willing to be real and express your feelings and emotions?
  • Are you able to express when you are angry?
  • Are you able to express when you are feeling despair?
  • Are you able to express when you are fearful?
  • Are you able to express when you are confused?
  • Are you able to take these and bring them and give them to God?
  • Are you able to bring your fully exposed self to God?
  • Are you going to give it up to God in order that He will provide insights?
  • Are you going to give it over to God in order that He will provide renewed confidence?
  • Are you willing like today’s verse writer to cast your cares and concerns on God?
    • ‘I will lift up my eyes to the hills [of Jerusalem]— From where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord , Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber [briefly] nor sleep [soundly]. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your life. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in [everything that you do] From this time forth and forever.’ — Psalms 121:1-8
  • We find that God rewards his honesty with hope!
  • We find how wrestling with his doubts strengthens his faith!
  • God’s timing is different than our timing and so we don’t know how quickly this played out but we know that it did and that God let him know that He is aware of what he is going through and is present with him in the moment.
  • No matter what situation we are in, no matter how threatening it may seem or feel, don’t lose hope, turn to God, trust in Him, let go and let God!
  • So whatever we are going through, let’s be honest about it with God!
  • So no matter what we are going through, let’s cast our cares on God because He cares for us!
  • Let’s allow Him to fill us up with more hope, more understanding, and more confidence in Him!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • When have you felt that God is taking a nap and you were on your own?
  • Does being honest with God about your doubts and fears seem right to you? Why or Why not?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The future is as bright as the promises of God.”

William Carey

“It’s nice to know that you don’t have to sit up at night and worry, because God s going to be up all night, anyhow.”

Zig Ziglar
Confessions of a Happy Christian – Page 83

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you stressing or worrying? Take hold of God’s offer to cast your cares upon Him because He cares for you. Are your worries and stresses, anxieties and fears keeping you up at night? Take hold of God’s reality that He is always up and cast your cares on Him, trusting Him to be able to take care of the situation and provide you with answers. Are you ready to let go and let God? Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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Ever gotten to the point of “why so downcast oh my soul”?


Ever been through a lot of time or a long time where hope was fleeting? Ever been through a hard time or discouraging time where hope was lacking? Ever been through a challenging and uncertain time where hope was fading?

How did you go through it? Did it bring unhappiness? Did it bring depression? Did it bring physical illness? Did it bring sadness? Did it bring sorrow? Did it come with a feeling or sense of disappointment? Did it comes with a sense of rejection? Did it feel like it was zapping your spirit and your joy?

How did you respond? Where did you turn? How did it impact you physically, emotionally, and spiritually?

Did you turn to God? Did you turn to God’s Word?

Let’s consider what we can find in the Word of God…

‘Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you restless and disturbed within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall again praise Him, The help of my [sad] countenance and my God.’

Psalms 43:5

What started the problem? What triggered the feelings? How will you respond?

‘Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. ‘

Proverbs 3:5

Put your hope and trust in God! Cast your cares on Him!

‘May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word. ‘

Psalms 119:74

‘My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. ‘

Psalms 119:81

‘I wait for the Lord , my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. ‘

Psalms 130:5

‘Israel, put your hope in the Lord , for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. ‘

Psalms 130:7

‘Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. ‘

Psalms 119:49

‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. ‘

1 Peter 5:7

So are you ready to do it? What do you care about? What is making you worried? What is causing you to be anxious? Speak them and give them to God! Let’s exchange our cares and anxiety for God’s care for us! Let’s exchange our cares and anxiety for God’s love for us! Let’s exchange our cares and anxiety for God’s mercy on us!

We need to get rid of and replace these thoughts that are triggering or causing fear, worry, doubt, and anxiety with God’s Word, God’s love, and God’s presence with us. We need to pick up the antidote for fear which is our faith in God!

Remember how in the Bible it tells us to fear not? Remember how there are enough that we can read one or take hold of one per day? He provides us with a way to go from fearful to fearless! There are references that speak to there not being 365 fear nots, there are many references that give you enough Bible verses to make it through the year.

Check out these reference sites that point to God’s Word to help you find the fear not for today:

So the key to facing the disappointments and the challenges, the trials and the troubles, the anxiety and the fear is hope. Without hope everything else can makes its way in and try to shake up our lives. So we need to turn to God! We need to cry out and call on God! We need to lean on God harder! And in so doing we will be able to use our faith as the antidote to fear. We will be able to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds. We will be able to take heart when we face troubles. We will be able to lean not on our own understanding but trust God rather than being anxious.

So where are you at today? Is all the crazy going on in this world getting to you? Is all the crazy going on in this world shaking you? Step on and stand on the rock of our salvation which is unshakable. Let’s build our lives on Jesus! It doesn’t mean we won’t face problems but it does mean we won’t have to face them alone.

Don’t let your heart be troubled! Let’s take hold of the words of Jesus!

‘ “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God ; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” ‘

John 14:1-4

The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for September 3rd


Heartsick


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.’

Proverbs 13:12

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you think you are invulnerable?
  • Do you think you are bullet proof?
  • How do you handle disappointment?
  • We are just humans after all, as Solomon reminds us.
  • Ever noticed how disappointment hurts?
  • Ever noticed how disappointment can cause physical pain?
  • Ever considered the distance between your hopes and your disappointments?
  • Ever considered the impact of this difference?
  • Ever noticed how this difference between hopes and disappointment tends to have that amount of impact on us?
  • Be it a minor setback or a devastation, it is painful.
  • Pain hurts and is normal.
  • In this world we will have troubles remember and as such that means we will have to face unfulfilled hopes.
  • Check out Psalms and you will get to see glorious praise as well as sobering lows too.
  • The key we learn through Psalms is that when we face the painful, trying times we don’t turn away from God but we need to draw even closer to Him.
  • Let’s pour out our thoughts and pains to God with honesty and allow God to pour back into us the reality of His love, His truth, and His promises.
  • Let’s trust God!
  • Let’s not allow ourselves to be troubled without taking our cause to God and trusting in Him.
  • Let’s allow our hopes to be fulfilled through our trust and prayers to God!
  • Let’s not turn from God in times of troubles but instead lean into Him even more.
  • When things are great, let’s not wander off either to find ourselves alone and in the middle of who knows where.
  • Let’s share our emotions with God! The good, the bad, and the ugly!
  • Let’s be genuine and honest with Him in the midst of whatever we are going through.
  • Let’s seek the Lord with all of our hearts!
  • Let’s dig deeper into His grace!
  • Let’s seek Him for wisdom and discernment to help us know how to navigate the situation!
  • Let’s never forget to give Him the praise, the honor, and the glory He is worthy of!
  • God answers prayer!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Describe a time when shattered hopes made your heart sick.
  • Do you feel permission to be truly honest with God about your disappointments? How would it help you to be honest with Him?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.”

― George Bernard Shaw

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? What are you going through? What are you in need of? Do you know where to go? Do you know where to turn? Where does your help come from? Where does your hope come from? Are you ready to turn to God? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart today? Could today be your new beginning?

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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Do not be afraid. Fear not. How much do you need to hear this?


How often do you need to be reminded to not be afraid? How often do you need to be told fear not? One thing that always makes me smile is when I get to a part of the Bible where there is an angel. This awe inspiring, overwhelming being that shows up and the first thing they tell the person is do not be afraid and the the person goes into shock. It seems that the shock or fear reflex is common to humans and so the angels try to be proactive in their encounters. Be it when the angel shows up to Mary to let her know that she is going to be the mother of the messiah. Be it when the angel shows up to the shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus. (Luke 2:1-12) Be it when the angel shows up to Joseph to tell him to marry Mary. Be it when the angel shows up to Daniel to tell him that he had started to make his way to help him from the start of his praying. (Daniel 10:8-19) Be it when the women got to the tomb looking for Jesus and he was letting them know Jesus was resurrected and so was no longer in the tomb. (Matthew 28:1-10) Be it when the angel appeared to Paul on the boat that was to be shipwrecked and wanted to let him know everything was going to be ok. (Acts 27:1-26) Even when the news being delivered is good, the warning or message begins with don’t be afraid.

God doesn’t want us to be living our lives in fear. God is love and so wants us to be filled with and overflowing in love! God wants us to be bold and courageous! God wants us to put our hope and trust in Him and as such fear not but instead believe! God wants us to receive the gift of the Spirit which gives us power, love, and a sound mind, not fear! So are you ready to live your life God’s way? Are you ready to live your life boldly and courageously? Are you ready to live your life fueled with God’s power and love? Are you ready to live your life with God’s wisdom and as such a sound mind? Why not choose today to receive Jesus and to be transformed so you can live a life a faith over fear? The decision is yours! Choose wisely!


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for July 31st


He is Risen!


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”’

Matthew 28:6-7

To connect the two themes, if we expand what the Bible says one verse earlier, we read: ‘But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”’ — Matthew 28:5-7


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Imagine how devastated Jesus’ followers and friends were after seeing Jesus die on the cross and then be taken down and put into a tomb.
  • Imagine the impact on their dreams and hopes…
  • Imagine trying to make sense of the whole ordeal
  • On Sunday would you have stayed home uncertain and confused? Would you have been like the faithful women who went out to the tomb to show their love for Jesus?
  • Could you imagine how quiet and somber the walk to the tomb would have been?
  • Could you imagine the shock and wonder of seeing the stone rolled away from the opening of the tomb?
  • Imagine seeing the glowing angel sitting on the stone that had been rolled away…
  • Imagine the thrill and amazement of receiving the message the angel had to deliver…
  • Imagine receiving the message “He is Alive!”
  • With the rollercoaster of emotions of the last few day and now to get this message, how would or could someone handle it and respond?
  • How do you respond to miracles? How do you respond to the incredible? How do you respond to the impossible?
  • Would you be ready to run off and tell everyone?
  • Are you ready to share and tell everyone about Jesus today?
  • Could you imagine after such a message getting to see Jesus again?
  • Are you ready to see Jesus?
  • Are you ready to see Jesus if He decides to return today?
  • Are you ready to see Jesus if He calls you home today?
  • Let’s grab hold of the angel’s message – “He is alive!” “He is risen!”

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What do you think that moment was like when the angel spoke to the women?
  • What is the significance in your life that Jesus has risen from the dead?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The entire plan for the future has its key in the resurrection.”

Billy Graham

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you ready to receive this truth? Are you ready to receive this hope? Are you ready to receive this promise? Are you ready to receive this good news? Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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At such a time as this, which invitations will you accept?


Considering the times we are in, would you accept and invitation to an event? Would it matter if it was inside or outside? Would it matter who it was for? Would it matter how many people would be attending? Would it matter what the weather will be like? Would it matter if it was personally delivered? Would it matter if it was handwritten rather than printed out?

Considering the times would be you open to make an invitation to others? An invitation to celebrate? An invitation to serve? An invitation to search your background? An invitation to search your heart? An invitation to search your mind? An invitation to search your worries and fears? An invitation to your home? An invitation to lead or direct you? Would it matter how well you know the person? Would it matter if you knew their intentions were good?

Would you accept or give an invitation at this time?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for May 8th


An Invitation


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.’

Psalms 139:23-24

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • You realize God knows you, knows everything about you, loves you, right?
  • Nothing escapes God’s sight!
  • How does this reality make you feel?
  • Does it depend on how you are behaving?
  • You know you can’t hide from God right?
  • God won’t force Himself on you though, you have to decide with your freewill if you will choose to invite God into your life or not.
  • Will you put your hope and trust in God and ask Him to enter into your heart and help clean house?
  • Will you put your hope and trust in God and ask Him to help straighten out your path in life?
  • Will you put your hope and trust in God and ask Him to strengthen you?
  • Will you put your hope and trust in God and ask Him to pour out His grace into your life in the midst of your mistakes and troubles?
  • Are you ready to do like David did at the end of Psalm 139 and invite God to search your heart, to show you any sin, and to change your life?
  • Will you invite Jesus in and be transformed? Becoming a new creation where the old is gone and the new has come?
  • Will you invite Jesus in and discover that God is for you and not against you? that God loves you and wants the best for you? that God is calling you to partner with Him for a greater reason and purpose of sharing His Word and the Good News with the world?
  • Will you accept God’s love and grace?
  • Will you accept the calling to represent God? to be an ambassador for Christ?
  • Are you willing to give your life into God’s hands so that He can help clean things up and direct your path?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What are some attitudes and beliefs about God that make us want to stay away from Him?
  • God is just
  • God is firm
  • God is good
  • God is light
  • God is love
Do you, like David, want to be sure that nothing gets in the way of your relationship with God? If so, pray these verses to God–and then listen.
  • Yes and I am so glad for God’s Word that never returns void.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Anxiety is the natural result when our hopes are centered on anything short of God and His will for us.”

Billy Graham

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So will you allow love to overcome fear? Will you pray instead of worrying? Will you cast your cares upon God because He cares for you? Will you invite Jesus into your heart so that He can make your path straight? Will you choose to go beyond routines and rituals and step into a living relationship with God?

Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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To Forgive or Not to Forgive that is the question


Do you realize the benefits of forgiveness? Do you realize the consequences of not forgiving? Do you think forgiveness makes you weak? The reality is that by forgiving you are able to take back the power from the one who made you the victim. Do you think forgiveness means the other person is off the hook? The reality is that forgiveness removes the bitter or angry root from your heart and gives you freedom. The reality is that by forgiving them it puts the incident back into their hands and in their court to deal with instead of you needing to carry it around with you. Do you think forgiveness is only for other people? The reality is that to many people they are able to forgive others and even ask God to forgive them but the challenge they have which causes them to carry the burden is that they have a problem forgiving yourself!

This morning I was reading the chapter on Forgiveness in the Death Row Chaplain by Rev. Earl Smith. It goes through various scenarios and various truths around forgiveness. Just because you forgive someone doesn’t mean they won’t have to pay for their actions. Not forgiving though means that even after they are gone (aka death row) you get to carry around memories, the pain, and the anxiety. I would strongly recommend reading the book as I only have 1 chapter left and having gotten to meet the chaplain at a men’s conference, it is definitely worth the read. Where have you been and where does God want you to go? Your past doesn’t define you and so will you be willing to forgive yourself? As you consider and reflect on your day and your life, how will you choose to live it out?

Check out the category in this blog on forgiveness or forgive or unforgiveness which by the way isn’t a word!

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The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for March 26th


The 365 Plan


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: II Timothy 1:7

‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Fear Not!
  • We need to remember that God is bigger than our situation and circumstance
  • Do you realize that the topic of “Fear Not” happens 365 times in the Bible? There is even a site where you can have 1 a day. It’s a book too “Fearful To Fearless
  • Enough for every day! So we don’t need to live a day in fear!
  • We can trust God every day and so rebuke the fear the world sends our way.
  • We can trust God in threatening experiences and situations!
  • We can trust God when facing the most difficult people!
  • God knows we are prone to fear and hence gives us so many reminders and verses to tell us to fear not!
  • God doesn’t want us to be overwhelmed!
  • God doesn’t want situations to overwhelm us!
  • So when things get stressful or difficult let’s change the way we respond and turn to God first!
  • I use the idea in my head that both excitement and nervousness create the same butterflies in my stomach and so when that feeling kicks in I choose to think of it as how excited I am getting about the situation!
  • Let’s choose to trust God rather than run away in fear!
  • Let’s choose to turn to God first, remember how He is greater than any problems or situations that can come our way, His grace is more than enough, and then take hold of God’s ability to overcome anything!
  • Today’s devotional reminds me of the two lion books I read by Mark BattersonChase the Lion and In a pit with a lion on a snowy day. It reminds me how my prayer life has changed to seek wisdom and discernment from God to make sure I am doing the right things and then a prayer for protection and health as I step up and step out in faith to do what God is asking of me and calling me to do.
  • Let’s take hold of Paul’s reminder to Timothy – “if you are afraid, it’s not from God”!
  • Let’s take hold of Paul’s reminder to Timothy – “God is the author of power, love, and right-thinking”!
  • So rather than holding onto fear, let’s count on God!
  • So what situation(s) is/are making you feel threatened?
  • What situation(s) is/are making you feel out of control?
  • What situation(s) is/are making you feel overwhelmed?
  • Are you ready and willing to cast your cares on God knowing that He cares for you?
  • Are you ready and willing to stop when that situation happens, look to God for wisdom and discernment, listen to His assurance through the Holy Spirit, and step forward in faith?
  • Are you ready to take a hold of today’s verse of the day and step up and step out with power, love, and a sound mind?
  • Let’s choose to trust God today!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What are some recurring situations that cause you to run away in fear or fight back in defiance?
  • Challenge my abilities
  • Challenge my integrity
  • Challenge my character

When that happens again, what about God do you need to remember? How will this reflection help you in critical moments?
  • Remember who God says I am
  • Remember who God is
  • Respond in alignment with the Holy Spirit’s leading and guiding!

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So will you face the fear and choose to forgive? Will you reflect on the past and choose to forgive? Will you forgive yourself and forgive others in order to be able to release the past and walk out into your future with true freedom? Will you accept forgiveness from God, from others, and from yourself? Will you allow faith to overcome fear? Will you allow forgiveness to overcome anger, bitterness, and hate? Will you let love rise to the top and be how you lead and live your life?

Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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Do you pray for safety or protection?


Are you being driven by fear or by faith? Are you motivated to live your life reserved or all out for God? Consider what we see in the Bible and in the Lion books my Mark Batterson, I read Chase The Lion first and then I read In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day. Both have a foundation with Benaiah who was one of David’s mighty men and later lead Solomon’s army. Both speak to how lion chasers live different from others. Is your faith greater than your fear? Is your trust in God greater than your situations or circumstances? We learn how Benaiah performed great exploits! We learn how Benaiah struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors! We learn how Benaiah went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion! We learn how Benaiah killed an Egyptian, a huge man and although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club, snatched the spear from his hand, and killed the Egyptian with his own spear! We learn how Benaiah was held in greater honor than any of the Thirty, but he was not included among the Three! We learn how Benaiah was in charge of David’s bodyguard!

So how do you think he prayed when he was getting ready for the day? Do you think he prayed for safety or protection and health? Do you think he desired safety or wisdom and courage to accomplish God’s will and purpose for that day? Do you think he wanted to site back and be safe or get out there in faith to accomplish God’s plans and purposes for his life?

How about you? What’s your prayer? What’s your desire? What’s your motivation?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for February 6th


Living Sacrifices


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Romans 12:1-2

‘I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.’


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • What decision(s) will you have to make today?
  • How will you be able to make the decision?
  • Where will you turn for wisdom?
  • Are you weighing the pros and cons?
  • Are you weighing out the benefits and rewards?
  • Are you weighing the return on investment (ROI)?
  • Are you weighing the opportunity costs?
  • By saying yes what are you ending up saying no to?
  • By saying no what are you ending up saying yes to?
  • Are you using God and His Word to help you weigh out your decision?
  • Are you considering God’s mercy and grace?
  • Are you measuring the value of dedicating your life to Jesus?
  • We get to choose if we will be “living sacrifices” since Jesus already paid the full price for the penalty of our sins.
  • We get to make the choice daily, moment by moment, will we live out our lives as “living sacrifices” to Jesus?
  • What will you follow? Will it be a cause? Will it be a purpose? Will it be the person of Jesus?
  • Will you follow Jesus who loves you so much that He went to the cross and gave Himself in order to make a way for us to be reconciled back unto God?
  • Will you follow Jesus who forgives us and gives us another chance when we slip up?
  • Will you follow Jesus and be called His own? Child of God?
  • Will you choose to be a “living sacrifice” and reflect Jesus’ values in the way you live your life?
  • Will you allow God to transform your mind rather than allow the world to mold you or squeeze you into the ways of the world?
  • Let’s decide to follow Jesus and reap the benefits of the peace of God, the peace with God, and the peace that surpasses all understanding!
  • Let’s choose to walk out the highs of life and the lows of life with Jesus who will never leave us and never forsake nor abandon us!
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What are some of the opportunity costs when a person says yes to Christ each moment?
  • Others may judge you for not going with the flow.
  • You will be able to live your life under the protection of the blood of Jesus.
  • You may be excluded from some things or choose to opt-out of some things.
  • You will be able to have peace with your decision
How is the world trying to squeeze you into its mold? What can you do to have your mind renewed by God’s truth?
  • selfishness
  • pride
  • comparison

QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Our service is to be a living sacrifice of devotion to Jesus, the secret of which is identity with Him in suffering, in death, and in resurrection.

Oswald Chambers

Today’s reading from Tanakh:

  • Exodus 18
    • We need to realize the benefits of delegation
    • We were never made to carry the full burden ourselves
  • Exodus 19

Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

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Did you pray with me?
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2020 – What did you experience? What did you learn?


As I begin this morning with 2020 work life behind me as I take some time with family to relax and rejoice, I started to consider the experiences that took place through 2020. It was a year of transitions. It was a year of trials. It was a year of challenges. It was a year where life got interrupted. It was a year where we needed to have a foundation of grace. It was a year where in the midst of everything going on we needed breakthrough love. It was a year where we needed to prioritize what is really important in our lives and what will last. It was a year where we needed to figure out what was essential vs nice to have. It was a year where we needed to find, create, work to bring unity and love to the table. It was a year where we needed to pay attention and love deeply! It was a year where needed to be refined in order to truly understand love and who we are. It was a year where we found ourselves in uncharted territory. It was a year where needed to realize who our neighbors are and how we need to prioritize and live our lives overflowing with love. It was a year where we needed to care for others and cross the street to help people at their point of need. It was a year where we needed to be willing to cross the street even if it would cost us something or get us dirty. It was a year where we needed to learn to step in when others were stepping away. It was a year where we needed to be willing to pay the price to help others. It was a year where we could get push to the brink and realize how much we need God! It was a year where we needed to realize how much God loves us and is waiting for us to put our focus and attention back on Him. It was a year where we needed to put our priorities back in order so that we could our lives back under control or into alignment with God’s purpose, plan, and will for our lives. It was a year to help us find healing and wholeness. It was a year where we needed to realize what life is truly about. It was a year where we needed to realize what really matters. It was a year where we could choose to go it alone or go it with God. It was a year where we could choose to draw closer to God and our loved ones or isolate and get to the end of our ropes. It was a year where we could find hope and celebration when we turn back to God and realize how much He loves us and has been hoping for our return like the Father in the Good Samaritan parable. It was a year where understanding what truly matters and what is truly going to last can help us make it through the trials and the troubles, the problems and the pains, and allow God to take us right where we are at and change the story.

In a year where I thought having 3 bosses was hard. In a year where I thought 6 different roles was hard. In a year where when I got to those counts coming into December and figured this was going to be the new beginning for the new year. God had another plan. God had a better idea. God opened a door so wide that I couldn’t miss it. God sped up the process to get it done with time to spare and make connections. God chose to meet me where I was at, feeling better, feeling hopeful, and used it to springboard me just before Christmas so that my weariness wouldn’t hold me back from being able to rejoice over the reason for the season, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God was with me through the trials. God was with me through the troubles. God was with me through the challenges. He never left me and He never abandoned me, He had my back. These words resonate with me “had my back” as I know that this all worked out for good because God has my back. Some may think it was specific people and yes God probably was able to grant me favor with people but it was God who was the reason and the purpose behind how and why I was able to make it through. I realized how hurting people hurt people and when you focus too much on your pain you can miss out on what is causing the hurt that is causing them to lash out at you. I realized how trying to go it alone and not having someone to talk to about it can build up emotions that aren’t constructive and in some cases overly destructive. God got me to cross the street and try to help, even though I was clueless of the problem and so just had to lead with love and caring. God got me to pour love and hope into the pain and the sorrow to be able to open the door of communication and be able to hear their heart. I am unsure what they believe or how they will respond but I am praying for them and being available to them so that if or when the time is right and they want to ask about the hope that is in me, that I will be present and prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within me. Why every day is Happy Today! Why the joy of the Lord is my strength! Why I can rejoice in the Lord always! Why as I come to the end of a crazy 2020 my weary heart rejoices!

God opened doors to new relationships. God opened doors to more family time. God opened doors to family prayer and dinner times. God opened doors to family Sunday brunches. God opened doors to be able to lean on Him more. God opened doors to be closer to Him while being isolated from people. God opened doors to new friendships and relationships through regular change. God opened doors of leadership and training through rapid changes and adjustments. God opened doors to relationships and connections through reorgs and process changes and lots of discovery. Thanks be to God who sent His one and only Son! Let’s rejoice as we celebrate the first advent of Jesus heading into the week of Christmas. Let’s rejoice as we celebrate the reality of the second advent when Jesus will be coming back. Let’s rejoice as we celebrate the new adventures that have begun over 4 working days of the last work week of 2020 with new boss, new role, new team and an incredible vision of what God is going to do in and through it all as we close out 2020 and kickstart 2021.


Today’s Verse of the Day:

Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice! [Ps. 37:4.]’

Philippians 4:4

✨MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU✨

The Weary World Rejoices: A 2020 Advent Devotional

The Advent season typically brings joy and Christmas carols, but maybe this year has been hard for you. In this 5-day plan, you’ll discover how those present at the nativity scene responded to God in the midst of their circumstances, and how their stories can give you hope.

— The Weary World Rejoices: A 2020 Advent Devotional

So today’s focus as we read from God’s Word are (Day 3):


My Notes:

  • ‘ And her [promised] husband Joseph, being a just and upright man and not willing to expose her publicly and to shame and disgrace her, decided to repudiate and dismiss (divorce) her quietly and secretly. But as he was thinking this over, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary [as] your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of (from, out of) the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus [the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua, which means Savior], for He will save His people from their sins [that is, prevent them from failing and missing the true end and scope of life, which is God]. All this took place that it might be fulfilled which the Lord had spoken through the prophet, Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel–which, when translated, means, God with us. [Isa. 7:14.] Then Joseph, being aroused from his sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him: he took [her to his side as] his wife.’
    — Matthew 1:19-24

Where are you at today? Are you feeling weary? Are you looking for support and encouragement? Are you wanting to get your journey with God started? Let’s pray together.

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

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Did you pray with me?
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Finishing strong in order to be able to stop and reflect!


As the week is drawing to a close and the last workday for the year is upon me, I look ahead and press forward to finish the year strong. I look to the list of things to wrap up before logging out in order to be able to stop and reflect on everything that took place in 2020. To reflect on the trials and the troubles that took place. To reflect on the losses and tragedies that took place. To consider what the enemy meant for evil and God was able to turn it around and redeem it for good. To consider all the unknowns that became known towards the end of the year. To consider the people and the lives I was able to connect with and the impact it had on each of us. To consider how God’s ways are better than my ways. To consider how I can make plans but it is God who directs my path. To consider how in the midst of how I was feeling that by leaning in on God my response wasn’t as damaging or destructive of it would have been without Him. To consider how hurting people hurt people. To consider how if people are seeming to try or want to hurt you that it may require digging in more to try and get to the bottom of the situation in order to truly understand what is going on and the true intensions.

Today will have enough to work on so I won’t worry about tomorrow or focusing on the reflecting time until I am able to finish strong this day.


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘ Behold, God, my salvation! I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and song; yes, He has become my salvation.’

Isaiah 12:2

✨MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU✨

The Weary World Rejoices: A 2020 Advent Devotional

The Advent season typically brings joy and Christmas carols, but maybe this year has been hard for you. In this 5-day plan, you’ll discover how those present at the nativity scene responded to God in the midst of their circumstances, and how their stories can give you hope.

— The Weary World Rejoices: A 2020 Advent Devotional

So today’s focus as we read from God’s Word are (Day 2):


My Notes:

  • ‘ And Mary said, My soul magnifies and extols the Lord, And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, For He has looked upon the low station and humiliation of His handmaiden. For behold, from now on all generations [of all ages] will call me blessed and declare me happy and to be envied! For He Who is almighty has done great things for me–and holy is His name [to be venerated in His purity, majesty and glory]! And His mercy (His compassion and kindness toward the miserable and afflicted) is on those who fear Him with godly reverence, from generation to generation and age to age. [Ps. 103:17.]’
    Luke 1:46-50
    • Were you put in a tough situation? What was your response?
    • Were you put in a challenging situation? How did you respond?
    • When you face trials or troubles how do you respond? What is your first reaction?
    • Do you realize that God is bigger than any problems?
    • Do you walk by faith and not by site and tell the problem how big your God is rather than telling God how big you problem is?
    • Do you realize how God was using and is using and will use your life story?
    • Are you living your life story in a way to point people back to Jesus?
    • Let’s take hold of and reflect upon all that God has done in and through us!
    • Let’s take hold of everything that Jesus has been able to do in and through us!
    • Let’s take hold of who Jesus is and the price He paid to make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way!
    • Don’t lose hope! Put your hope and trust in God!
    • Receive Jesus and allow God to be your salvation!
    • Trust God and don’t be afraid of what you are going through!
    • Even if you have to walk through the valley of the shadow of death, remember to fear no evil because God is with us, guiding and comforting us!
    • And don’t let it end with you, leave a legacy! Pass it onto to the next generations! Pass it onto the next ages!

Where are you at today? Are you feeling weary? Are you looking for support and encouragement? Are you wanting to get your journey with God started? Let’s pray together.

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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Know what helps take the weight off your shoulders?


Ever gone through a rough year? A year that brought with it so much change that it caused uncertainty that led to worry that the to being anxious? A year where there was so much bad news and fear mongering that it weighed you down even more? A year where it became new and you didn’t know what you could our couldn’t trust or at times even believe? A year where the weighing down of your heart and mind feels like more than you can bare or handle?

What did you do? What could you do? Where did you turn? How did you make it through? We’re you able to fine a way or make a way even when and though you didn’t think there was a way? Who could you turn to to help?

For me it was turning to God each day. Praying. Reading God’s Word that never returns void. Meditating on God’s Word to help me in and through it all. Trusting God and His Word. Holding tight to Jesus and His promises. Remembering verses like John 16:33 that says “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Remembering verses like James 1:2-4 which say: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Remembering verses like Philippians 4:6-7 which say: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Remembering that I am not alone for God’s Word promises that not only will He never leave me nor abandon me but also that He gives me His Spirit who will cover me with a peace that surpasses all understanding. I didn’t always remember them throughout the day but I kept turning to God for wisdom and discernment to get me through each day.

God knows what we are going through and that is why Jesus offers up His way and His plan for us. He says to us “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” in Matthew 11:29-30. Jesus went through troubles and pain to the point of sacrificing Himself in order for us to receive both forgiveness and reconciliation with God. We can receive this gift of grace that guarantees eternity with God. But it is a choice. It is something we need to deal with daily. We read in God’s Word that we need to take up our cross daily when in Luke 9:23Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” So just because we are going to face trouble we don’t have to worry but instead we can take heart because we know Jesus has overcome the world. We don’t need to carry the load alone either because Jesus has offered to trade us and help us carry the load. God has also told us to not go it alone and so He gave us one another. God has blessed me with an incredible wife and an incredible friend who have, are, and will walk with me through this thing called life. We can’t fall into the trap of the devil and isolate ourselves but rather we need to come together with brothers and sisters in Christ for where two or more are gathered God is with us. We need to keep Jesus in the center for a chord of three strands is not easily broken.

Today’s Verse of the Day speaks to this too when it says:

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad. [Ps. 50:4; Prov. 15:13.]”

‭‭— Proverbs‬ ‭12:25‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

So we need that encouraging word. It may come brought prayer. It may come through reading God’s Word. It may come from a friend who sticks closer than a brother. It may come from your spouse. But the key is not to isolate yourself and allow the lies and deceptions of the devil to make it worse. That one encouraging word can break the fear and anxiety.

“He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that He may judge His people:”

— ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭50:4‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

“A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken. [Prov. 17:22.]”‬‬

— ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭AMPC

Yes, worry, anxiety, and fear are real, especially in 2020 and in this world. And yes we have scripture that speaks to not being afraid, not worrying, and not being anxious for anything but today’s verse gives us another option to help us out, something to do, and it empowers us with something we can do for one another as believers. So if today worry tries to way you down, look for an encouraging word either in God’s Word or thru a trusted friend or spouse. Don’t go thru it alone!

And if you aren’t going through this right now, consider how you can be the encouragement for someone else. Let them know that you are praying for them. Let them know an encouraging word from God’s Word. Do something to bring encouragement into their life. Allow your struggle to be an encouragement to others.


They says that hindsight is 2020. If we focus on the trials and the troubles of the past like they are the present and not focus on the overcoming and victories of the past, we can get stuck carrying the weight of worry, fear, and anxiety. We need to learn from the past so that we won’t be doomed to repeat it. We need to lean into God rather than our own understandings. So today let’s take hold of the hope that is in us and available to us through Jesus. Let’s be more than overcomers! Let’s grab hold of the victory that Jesus has already won by His blood on the cross and the words of our testimonies of all He is and has and will do in and through our lives! Let’s be focused on eternity with God!

If you haven’t received Jesus into your heart and accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, why don’t you jump ahead and pray with me and we will wait here for you to come back before we move forward.


The 49 week challenge – Day 329

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With October in the rear view mirror along just past halfway through November, let’s reflect on what we have learned in the past 6 days as we meditate on God’s Word this 7th day. Do you have any highlights or insights from what we have read in the past 6 days? What connections have you made or can you make in relations to our readings from God’s Word? Have you made time to speak with God through your reading time? Have you made time to speak with God as a part of your daily schedule? Are you prioritizing God enough that He gets prime time with you? Have you missed the mark this week and need to turn back to God and confess it and ask Him for forgiveness? Have you taken time to thank and praise Him for the forgiveness that has already been paid for through the blood of Jesus? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the other blessings in your life? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the answered prayers? Do you have any worries? Are you taking hold of His promise not to worry but to give it up into His hands? Let’s ask God for wisdom and guidance for this day! Let’s put our trust in Him!

In a time of change, will you share what God is doing and saying in and through your life with others?

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Today’s reading from GOD’S WORD
– THE BIBLE comes to us from:

‘ And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony, for they did not love and cling to life even when faced with death [holding their lives cheap till they had to die for their witnessing].’

Revelation 12:11

My Notes:

Let’s use John Gill’s Exposition to reflect on today’s scripture.

Verse 11

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb,…. The Lord Jesus Christ, by whose blood they were redeemed and ransomed out of the hands of Satan, that was stronger than they; and by which they were justified from all sin, and so all charges and condemnation were of no avail against them, whether of Satan or the world; and by which they were cleansed from all pollution, both internal and external; and by which even their conversation garments were washed and made white; by this they also, drew nigh to God with boldness, as to their own God, notwithstanding the accusations of Satan; and this they could, and did make use of as a shield to defend them against all his charges; and this being sprinkled upon them, as it gave them an inward conscience peace amidst all, so it was their security from the destroying angel; and under this purple covering they went triumphantly to glory, having through it obtained an entire conquest over Satan: as also

and by the word of their testimony; either by Christ, the essential Word, they bore record of, who is sharper than any twoedged sword, and through whom they were made more than conquerors; or rather by the use they made of the Scriptures of truth, the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, to which they bore a faithful testimony, and to which they adhered, and by so doing gained the victory over Satan and his instruments, whether false teachers or persecutors; and particularly by the Gospel, which they embraced, professed, and preached with constancy and courage, and by their last testimony they bore to it at their death, on the account of it, as it follows:

and they loved not their lives unto the death; they did not value them; they made no account of them; they were not anxiously careful to preserve them; they chose to lose them; they ran to the stake, and willingly and cheerfully laid them down; they did not count them dear unto them, as said the Apostle Paul, that they might finish their course with joy, and testify the Gospel of the grace of God, or bear a testimony to it, Acts 20:24; yea, as Christ has directed, Luke 14:26; they hated their lives in comparison of him, and when in competition with him and his Gospel; and by dying thus they conquered Satan; had they loved their lives, and saved them by denying Christ and his truths, Satan would have conquered them; but dying in the cause of Christ, and for it, they got the victory over him.

— from John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible
Revelation 12

As day 329 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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Are you fearful? Do you dread? Are you afraid?


What do you believe in? Doyou believe in someone that can overcome anything that might try to make you fearful? Do you believe in someone that can overcome anything that might try to make you dread? Do you believe in someone that can overcome anything that might try to make you afraid?

Put your trust and hope in God! Allow your faith to overcome and overwhelm any fears or worries or doubts. With God for you, who can be against you? With God as your light and salvation, whom should you be fearful of or dread? With God as your refuge and stronghold, whom should you be afraid? When worries come your way, cast them upon the Lord because He cares for you. When you face troubles take heart because Jesus has overcome the world. When you face trials of many kinds consider it pure joy, remembering that it is testing of your faith producing perseverance which when it completes its work will leave you complete and lacking nothing.

So let’s walk by faith and not by sight so that we have not reason to fear. Do you know Jesus? Have you started to have a relationship with Jesus? Want to get it started today? Why not jump down to the bottom of today’s post and pray the prayer with me? We will wait here before we take a moment of be reminded and refreshed by worship.


Today’s verse of the day is:

“THE Lord is my Light and my Salvation–whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?”
‭‭— Psalm‬ ‭27:1‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

We need to put our trust and confidence in God in order to overcome fear. By putting our confidence in God fear can be eliminated. E know that this world will throw things our way that will rattle us, we know David had moments in his life and in the midst of these moments he didn’t just run and hide and fear, he cried out to the God who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more that we could ever ask or imagine. His faith was larger than his fear. He knew that God can. He knew that nothing was impossible with God. David had testimonies of how good God is and how God had shown up so many times and so he knew in those moments to turn to God for wisdom and discernment and direction and instruction and hope and rest and strength in his weakness. So we need to take hold of God’s Word and God’s promises. We need to allow ourselves to be filled with the Holy Spirit and allow the faith in us to overflow and overcome the worry, the doubt, and the fear. Yes, the devil comes like a roaring lion but we know that Jesus has already won the victory and overcome the devil. So fear doesn’t have to have he last word. Let’s grab hold of the confidence and security that David was in and at because He knew who the Lord is. He knew God, not just about God, not just some god, but He has a relationship with God that allows him to know he has nothing to fear. Instead of wanting or trying to skip the scary parts, let’s choose to allow God to strengthen us, build up our faith, so that in the midst of it all, He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s allow it to become a testimony that we can consider and remember and even share with others who are struggling with or in life. Let’s allow it to make our faith stronger. Let’s allow it to help us realize how solid our foundation of Jesus really is. Let’s allow it to help us stay on track by aligning ourselves with our cornerstone of life who is Jesus.

So let’s remember we are not alone! So call out to God.

Me your fears and offer them up to God! Let them go and give them into His hands. Cast your cares upon Him because He cares for you. Ask God to help you through your fears. Ask Him to give you confidence that He is with you, never leaving and never abandoning you. Ask it all in Jesus’s name. Hear God’s direction and do what He says.


With September in the rearview mirror how will you live out your today?
With September in the rearview mirror how will you live out your today? Leave the fear behind! 2020 has 2 months left, learn from the past 10 months and press forward in faith trusting God in and through each day! What have you learned from the pat 10 months? How can you apply it going forward? They say hindsight is 2020 so let’s consider what we’ve been through and focus on what is ahead so that what is behind us isn’t where we focus or what is clearest.

The 49 week challenge
Day 303

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 303 link to join me and sign up. It is never too late. The 49 week challenge has 6 days in which to notice a promise to trust, a command to obey, a truth to embrace, a warning to heed, or an encouragement to rest in and 1 day to reflect on what you’re learning and to share it with others, to think back over the week’s readings, to see connections between the various passages of the week. Each day we have time to talk to God and contemplate what is being said through His Word, and even more so on the 7th day.

How interested are you in what will happen today? How interested are you in what will be required of you today? How interested are you in what decisions you will need to make today? How interested are you in hearing from God today? How interested are you in accomplishing what God is calling you to do today? What if it were life and death decision? What if it were everlasting life and everlasting death decision? What if the decision that you make today will determine how you will spend the rest of eternity? Would it make a difference?

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Today’s reading
from GOD’S WORD–THE BIBLE:

My Notes:

  • ‘But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings; yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from the Lord. But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish. They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer, who loved the wages of wickedness. But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness. These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”’ — 2 Peter 2:1-22
  • ‘Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool. Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest. A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools! Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes. Sending a message by the hands of a fool is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison. Like the useless legs of one who is lame is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool. Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool or any passer-by. As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly. Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them. A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!” As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly. Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own. Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death is one who deceives their neighbor and says, “I was only joking!” Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down. As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife. The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts. Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart. Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, but in their hearts they harbor deceit. Though their speech is charming, do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts. Their malice may be concealed by deception, but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them. A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.’ — Proverbs 26:1-28
  • ‘Then the Israelites traveled to the plains of Moab and camped along the Jordan across from Jericho. Now Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites, and Moab was terrified because there were so many people. Indeed, Moab was filled with dread because of the Israelites. The Moabites said to the elders of Midian, “This horde is going to lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field.” So Balak son of Zippor, who was king of Moab at that time, sent messengers to summon Balaam son of Beor, who was at Pethor, near the Euphrates River, in his native land. Balak said: “A people has come out of Egypt; they cover the face of the land and have settled next to me. Now come and put a curse on these people, because they are too powerful for me. Perhaps then I will be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land. For I know that whoever you bless is blessed, and whoever you curse is cursed.” The elders of Moab and Midian left, taking with them the fee for divination. When they came to Balaam, they told him what Balak had said. “Spend the night here,” Balaam said to them, “and I will report back to you with the answer the Lord gives me.” So the Moabite officials stayed with him. God came to Balaam and asked, “Who are these men with you?” Balaam said to God, “Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, sent me this message: ‘A people that has come out of Egypt covers the face of the land. Now come and put a curse on them for me. Perhaps then I will be able to fight them and drive them away.’ ” But God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed.” The next morning Balaam got up and said to Balak’s officials, “Go back to your own country, for the Lord has refused to let me go with you.” So the Moabite officials returned to Balak and said, “Balaam refused to come with us.” Then Balak sent other officials, more numerous and more distinguished than the first. They came to Balaam and said: “This is what Balak son of Zippor says: Do not let anything keep you from coming to me, because I will reward you handsomely and do whatever you say. Come and put a curse on these people for me.” But Balaam answered them, “Even if Balak gave me all the silver and gold in his palace, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the Lord my God. Now spend the night here so that I can find out what else the Lord will tell me.” That night God came to Balaam and said, “Since these men have come to summon you, go with them, but do only what I tell you.” Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials. But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the Lord stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, it turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat it to get it back on the road. Then the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path through the vineyards, with walls on both sides. When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord , it pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So he beat the donkey again. Then the angel of the Lord moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left. When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord , it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff. Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?” Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.” The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?” “No,” he said. Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown. The angel of the Lord asked him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me. The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If it had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared it.” Balaam said to the angel of the Lord , “I have sinned. I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now if you are displeased, I will go back.” The angel of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but speak only what I tell you.” So Balaam went with Balak’s officials. When Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him at the Moabite town on the Arnon border, at the edge of his territory. Balak said to Balaam, “Did I not send you an urgent summons? Why didn’t you come to me? Am I really not able to reward you?” “Well, I have come to you now,” Balaam replied. “But I can’t say whatever I please. I must speak only what God puts in my mouth.” Then Balaam went with Balak to Kiriath Huzoth. Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and gave some to Balaam and the officials who were with him. The next morning Balak took Balaam up to Bamoth Baal, and from there he could see the outskirts of the Israelite camp.’ — Numbers 22:1-41
  • ‘After the plague the Lord said to Moses and Eleazar son of Aaron, the priest, “Take a census of the whole Israelite community by families—all those twenty years old or more who are able to serve in the army of Israel.” So on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho, Moses and Eleazar the priest spoke with them and said, “Take a census of the men twenty years old or more, as the Lord commanded Moses.” These were the Israelites who came out of Egypt: The descendants of Reuben, the firstborn son of Israel, were: through Hanok, the Hanokite clan; through Pallu, the Palluite clan; through Hezron, the Hezronite clan; through Karmi, the Karmite clan. These were the clans of Reuben; those numbered were 43,730. The son of Pallu was Eliab, and the sons of Eliab were Nemuel, Dathan and Abiram. The same Dathan and Abiram were the community officials who rebelled against Moses and Aaron and were among Korah’s followers when they rebelled against the Lord . The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them along with Korah, whose followers died when the fire devoured the 250 men. And they served as a warning sign. The line of Korah, however, did not die out. The descendants of Simeon by their clans were: through Nemuel, the Nemuelite clan; through Jamin, the Jaminite clan; through Jakin, the Jakinite clan; through Zerah, the Zerahite clan; through Shaul, the Shaulite clan. These were the clans of Simeon; those numbered were 22,200. The descendants of Gad by their clans were: through Zephon, the Zephonite clan; through Haggi, the Haggite clan; through Shuni, the Shunite clan; through Ozni, the Oznite clan; through Eri, the Erite clan; through Arodi, the Arodite clan; through Areli, the Arelite clan. These were the clans of Gad; those numbered were 40,500. Er and Onan were sons of Judah, but they died in Canaan. The descendants of Judah by their clans were: through Shelah, the Shelanite clan; through Perez, the Perezite clan; through Zerah, the Zerahite clan. The descendants of Perez were: through Hezron, the Hezronite clan; through Hamul, the Hamulite clan. These were the clans of Judah; those numbered were 76,500. The descendants of Issachar by their clans were: through Tola, the Tolaite clan; through Puah, the Puite clan; through Jashub, the Jashubite clan; through Shimron, the Shimronite clan. These were the clans of Issachar; those numbered were 64,300. The descendants of Zebulun by their clans were: through Sered, the Seredite clan; through Elon, the Elonite clan; through Jahleel, the Jahleelite clan. These were the clans of Zebulun; those numbered were 60,500. The descendants of Joseph by their clans through Manasseh and Ephraim were: The descendants of Manasseh: through Makir, the Makirite clan (Makir was the father of Gilead); through Gilead, the Gileadite clan. These were the descendants of Gilead: through Iezer, the Iezerite clan; through Helek, the Helekite clan; through Asriel, the Asrielite clan; through Shechem, the Shechemite clan; through Shemida, the Shemidaite clan; through Hepher, the Hepherite clan. (Zelophehad son of Hepher had no sons; he had only daughters, whose names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirzah.) These were the clans of Manasseh; those numbered were 52,700. These were the descendants of Ephraim by their clans: through Shuthelah, the Shuthelahite clan; through Beker, the Bekerite clan; through Tahan, the Tahanite clan. These were the descendants of Shuthelah: through Eran, the Eranite clan. These were the clans of Ephraim; those numbered were 32,500. These were the descendants of Joseph by their clans. The descendants of Benjamin by their clans were: through Bela, the Belaite clan; through Ashbel, the Ashbelite clan; through Ahiram, the Ahiramite clan; through Shupham, the Shuphamite clan; through Hupham, the Huphamite clan. The descendants of Bela through Ard and Naaman were: through Ard, the Ardite clan; through Naaman, the Naamite clan. These were the clans of Benjamin; those numbered were 45,600. These were the descendants of Dan by their clans: through Shuham, the Shuhamite clan. These were the clans of Dan: All of them were Shuhamite clans; and those numbered were 64,400. The descendants of Asher by their clans were: through Imnah, the Imnite clan; through Ishvi, the Ishvite clan; through Beriah, the Beriite clan; and through the descendants of Beriah: through Heber, the Heberite clan; through Malkiel, the Malkielite clan. (Asher had a daughter named Serah.) These were the clans of Asher; those numbered were 53,400. The descendants of Naphtali by their clans were: through Jahzeel, the Jahzeelite clan; through Guni, the Gunite clan; through Jezer, the Jezerite clan; through Shillem, the Shillemite clan. These were the clans of Naphtali; those numbered were 45,400. The total number of the men of Israel was 601,730. The Lord said to Moses, “The land is to be allotted to them as an inheritance based on the number of names. To a larger group give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group a smaller one; each is to receive its inheritance according to the number of those listed. Be sure that the land is distributed by lot. What each group inherits will be according to the names for its ancestral tribe. Each inheritance is to be distributed by lot among the larger and smaller groups.” These were the Levites who were counted by their clans: through Gershon, the Gershonite clan; through Kohath, the Kohathite clan; through Merari, the Merarite clan. These also were Levite clans: the Libnite clan, the Hebronite clan, the Mahlite clan, the Mushite clan, the Korahite clan. (Kohath was the forefather of Amram; the name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed, a descendant of Levi, who was born to the Levites in Egypt. To Amram she bore Aaron, Moses and their sister Miriam. Aaron was the father of Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. But Nadab and Abihu died when they made an offering before the Lord with unauthorized fire.) All the male Levites a month old or more numbered 23,000. They were not counted along with the other Israelites because they received no inheritance among them. These are the ones counted by Moses and Eleazar the priest when they counted the Israelites on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho. Not one of them was among those counted by Moses and Aaron the priest when they counted the Israelites in the Desert of Sinai. For the Lord had told those Israelites they would surely die in the wilderness, and not one of them was left except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.’ — Numbers 26:1-65

As day 303 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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Are you going alone? Don’t go alone!


How are you walking into today? Are you aware of your surroundings? Are you aware of the situation? Are you going in alone? Are you trying to do it all in your own strength? Are you aware of what is ahead of you? Do you realize what you are going to face?

What if you found yourself in a Luke 2 situation?

“And when the Feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem. Now His parents did not know this,”
— ‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:43‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

What if you are going into today not realizing that you are going without Jesus? What if you are trying to go it alone without the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit to help you stay on track? What if you are trying to do it all in your own strength and understanding? Don’t you want to end up doing it right? Don’t you want to end up in the right place at the right time? You don’t want to get down the path and then have a panic moment where you realize you left Jesus behind right?

“And when they failed to find Him, they went back to Jerusalem, looking for Him [up and down] all the way.”
‭‭— Luke‬ ‭2:45‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

Do you know how far or how long you are from finding Him? Will you stop and call out to Him because now we know He is waiting for us to come back? Will you choose to follow Jesus, will you choose to return to the Father like the lost or prodigal son did before things get too crazy or will you have to see things get crazy before you make that decision?

Jesus’s parents eventually noticed and eventually found Him. We see with the story of the lost son that when things got really bad that he decided to turn back from his partying ways to His father. Where are you at today? Are you going through life with Jesus? Did you think He was with you and then have a panic attack when you had to try and get back to Him? Did you waste away your wealth and then realize you have to go back to God? Where are you at today?

“After three days they found Him [came upon Him] in the [court of the] temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.”
‭‭— Luke‬ ‭2:46‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

“And He said, There was a certain man who had two sons; And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the part of the property that falls [to me]. And he divided the estate between them. [Deut. 21:15-17.] And not many days after that, the younger son gathered up all that he had and journeyed into a distant country, and there he wasted his fortune in reckless and loose [from restraint] living. And when he had spent all he had, a mighty famine came upon that country, and he began to fall behind and be in want. So he went and forced (glued) himself upon one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed hogs. And he would gladly have fed on and filled his belly with the carob pods that the hogs were eating, but [they could not satisfy his hunger and] nobody gave him anything [better]. [Jer. 30:14.] Then when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father have enough food, and [even food] to spare, but I am perishing (dying) here of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; [just] make me like one of your hired servants. So he got up and came to his [own] father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity and tenderness [for him]; and he ran and embraced him and kissed him [fervently]. And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son [I no longer deserve to be recognized as a son of yours]! But the father said to his bond servants, Bring quickly the best robe (the festive robe of honor) and put it on him; and give him a ring for his hand and sandals for his feet. [Gen. 41:42; Zech. 3:4.] And bring out that [wheat-]fattened calf and kill it; and let us revel and feast and be happy and make merry, Because this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found! And they began to revel and feast and make merry. But his older son was in the field; and as he returned and came near the house, he heard music and dancing. And having called one of the servant [boys] to him, he began to ask what this meant. And he said to him, Your brother has come, and your father has killed that [wheat-]fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and well. But [the elder brother] was angry [with deep-seated wrath] and resolved not to go in. Then his father came out and began to plead with him, But he answered his father, Look! These many years I have served you, and I have never disobeyed your command. Yet you never gave me [so much as] a [little] kid, that I might revel and feast and be happy and make merry with my friends; But when this son of yours arrived, who has devoured your estate with immoral women, you have killed for him that [wheat-] fattened calf! And the father said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But it was fitting to make merry, to revel and feast and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and is alive again! He was lost and is found!”
‭‭— Luke‬ ‭15:11-32‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

Are you able to see the sign of the time? What are you seeing through what is taking place in the world today? In the midst of the storms and natural disasters? In the midst of the wars and threats of wars, of the peace agreements with Israel and the political activities around the world? In the midst of the global pandemic and the rhetoric taking place around cases vs deaths vs vaccines vs cures? In the midst of elections and votes of confidence? In the midst of globalization and the direction towards and away from a one world government? What are you seeing? What are you doing? What are you allowing? What time do you think it is or is about to be?


Today’s verse of the day:

“The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline. [Ps. 111:10.]” — Proverbs‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

Do you want to get it? Turn to God! Invite Him into your heart and your life! Will you choose to respect and obey God? Don’t be a fools and reject wisdom and good advice! It is interesting how we hear from God “few not, just believe” and in today’s verse that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of understanding”. We learn in today’s verse of the day discussion how fear in the Bible has 2 connotations: one is frightened, afraid of what is going to happen but that isn’t what the fear of the Lord is and it is the fear that God tells us not to fear, that is the fear God tells us not to be anxious or worried about but that we are to cast on Him instead. The second is more around awe and wonder. This is more that we are afraid of offending or dishonoring God. So in this way, if we fear the Lord, we won’t be afraid of or enslaved to anyone or anything else in our lives. So to grab hold and consider this, let’s take a look at Psalm 130:4 which says: “But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.” Or in another translation “But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you.” And yet in another it says “But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared and worshiped [with submissive wonder].” Did you catch that? FORGIVENESS! Are you willing to receive such forgiveness? Are you ready to receive such forgiveness? Are you able to receive such forgiveness? It will trigger that feeling of awe and wonder. It will create in you the fear of the Lord. It will start what today’s verse of the day speaks of as he beginning of wisdom and understanding. It will help us to understand this grace we can freely receive. It will help us to receive the grace that was paid for by the blood of Jesus. It will help us to receive and give the unconditional love that is only possible in and through faith in God. Are you ready to be forgiven? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart and life as your Lord and Savior?

If you are ready then I am going to pause here so that you can jump to the bottom of this post and pray with me to invite Jesus into your heart before we start seeing what God’s reading for today will say.


With September in the rearview mirror how will you live out your today?
With September in the rearview mirror how will you live out your today? Let’s finish strong. Imagine it being 4 days before your birthday, what have you learned from the past? They say hindsight is 2020 right? So in the last half century what have you learned? How will it help you live out the next half? What lessons will you apply? What applications will you put into play? How will you finish this race called life strong? Don’t lose hope! Don’t go it alone! Don’t get off track! Let’s walk it out with God each step of the way! Let’s build it upon the firm foundation and align it with the cornerstone which is Jesus!

The 49 week challenge – Day 301

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With September in the rear view mirror along with most of September, let’s reflect on what we have learned in the past 6 days as we meditate on God’s Word this 7th day. Do you have any highlights or insights from what we have read in the past 6 days? What connections have you made or can you make in relations to our readings from God’s Word? Have you made time to speak with God through your reading time? Have you made time to speak with God as a part of your daily schedule? Are you prioritizing God enough that He gets prime time with you? Have you missed the mark this week and need to turn back to God and confess it and ask Him for forgiveness? Have you taken time to thank and praise Him for the forgiveness that has already been paid for through the blood of Jesus? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the other blessings in your life? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the answered prayers? Do you have any worries? Are you taking hold of His promise not to worry but to give it up into His hands? Let’s ask God for wisdom and guidance for this day! Let’s put our trust in Him!

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Today’s reading from GOD’S WORD
– THE BIBLE comes to us from:

‘Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. ‘ — Proverbs 4:26

My Notes:

  • Ever heard the saying think before you leap? or think before take action? or look before you leap?
  • What path are you one? What path have you chosen to walk?
  • Are you going the right way? Are you taking the right steps?
  • Are you going to finish strong? Will you make it?

John Gill Exposition for today’s reading shares:

Verse 26

Ponder the path of thy feet,…. Consider well what path it is, whether right or wrong; or weigh it in the balances of thought, as Aben Ezra; or rather in the balances of the word, and see whether it agrees with that or not. The Septuagint version is, “make straight paths for thy feet”; to which the author of the epistle to the Hebrews seems to have respect, Hebrews 12:13;

and let all thy walls be established; so as to walk on steadily, constantly, uniformly, and not be easily moved out of the ways of religion and truth. Or, “let all thy ways be prepared”, or “directed”, or “disposed”F3; according to the rule of the divine word. Some render it as a promise, “and all thy ways shall be established”F4; when care is taken to look well into them; see 2 Chronicles 20:20.

— John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible – Proverbs 4
F3 (wnky
) “dirigantur”, Tigurine version, Mercerus; “recte apparentur aut disponantur”, Vatablus.
F4 “Stabilientur”, V. L. Pagninus, Montanus; “constabilientur”, Schultens.

Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.

Hebrews 12:13

Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, “Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the LORD your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.”

2 Chronicles 20:20

As day 301 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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In the midst of what is going on, what are you feeling?


Where is that feeling coming from? Is it from God or is it from the devil? Is it producing peace or fear? Is it producing peace or anxiety? Is it based on love or doubt? Let’s consider these when we hear voices speaking or trying to speak into our lives so that we can respond accordingly. If it is God then it will be out of love. If it is God then it will be peaceful, with His peace that surpasses all understanding. If it is the devil who goes around trying to stir up fear and doubt, roaring like a lion, trying to find who he can devour. Let’s take hold of God’s Word and His promises, being anxious about nothing and instead lifting up our cares to Him, casting our cares and anxieties upon Him, because He cares for us. Let’s walk in faith in order to overcome fear. Let’s walk in the love of God that covers all wrongs. Let’s put on the full armor of God so that we are ready to stand our ground. Our battles aren’t against flesh and blood, but rather powers and principalities of this dark world. So let’s take hold of God’s gift of peace. Let’s take hold of God’s promises found in His Word. Let’s love out our today in a way to bring God the praise, the honor, and the glory, in Jesus’s name.


Today’s verse of the day comes to us from John 14 and says:

“Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]”

‭‭John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

One translation finishes this verse with be courageous. Let’s allow God’s peace that surpasses all understanding to guide and guard our hearts. Let’s refuse the lies of the devil that is trying to stir up fear and intimidation. Let’s live out our lives courageously rather than being cowardly and unsettled. So let’s take hold of the peace that God gives in order to be able to stand in faith, being bold and courageous. Let’s take hold of the incredible gift or peace from God and put on the full armor of God so that we can be ready and stand firm. Rather than being swayed or tossed around by our situations or circumstances, let’s stand firm in our faith in God and His sovereignty, His control, and His Lordship. So wherever we are today, let ask God to help us to rest in His peace.


With September in the rearview mirror how will you live out your today?
With September in the rearview mirror how will you live out your today? What can we learn from the past? They say hindsight is 2020, so let’s learn from the past three quarters of 2020 and apply the lessons learned towards finishing the year strong. Let’s be bold and courageous! Let’s allow the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guide and guard our hearts and minds.

The 49 week challenge – Day 280

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With September in the rear view mirror along with most of September, let’s reflect on what we have learned in the past 6 days as we meditate on God’s Word this 7th day. Do you have any highlights or insights from what we have read in the past 6 days? What connections have you made or can you make in relations to our readings from God’s Word? Have you made time to speak with God through your reading time? Have you made time to speak with God as a part of your daily schedule? Are you prioritizing God enough that He gets prime time with you? Have you missed the mark this week and need to turn back to God and confess it and ask Him for forgiveness? Have you taken time to thank and praise Him for the forgiveness that has already been paid for through the blood of Jesus? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the other blessings in your life? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the answered prayers? Do you have any worries? Are you taking hold of His promise not to worry but to give it up into His hands? Let’s ask God for wisdom and guidance for this day! Let’s put our trust in Him!

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Today’s reading from GOD’S WORD
– THE BIBLE comes to us from:

‘ [Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it–a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil, [Lev. 16:2.] Where Jesus has entered in for us [in advance], a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek. [Ps. 110:4.]’

Hebrews 6:19-20

My Notes:

Verse 19

Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul,…. This world is as a sea; the church in it, and so every believer, is as a ship; the port that is bound unto is heaven; Christ is the pilot, and hope is the anchor: an anchor is cast on a bottom, out of sight; and when the ship is in a calm, or in danger of a rock, or near the shore; but is of no service without a cable: and when cast aright, keeps the ship steady: so hope is cast on Christ; whence he is often called hope itself, because he is the ground and foundation of it, and who is at present unseen to bodily eyes; and the anchor of hope without the cable of faith is of little service; but being cast aright on Christ, keeps the soul steady and immovable: in some things there is a difference between hope and an anchor; an anchor is not of so much use in tempests as in a calm, but hope is; the cable may be cut or broke, and so the anchor be useless, but so it cannot be with faith and hope; when the ship is at anchor, it does not move forward, but it is not so with the soul, when hope is in exercise; the anchor of hope is not cast on anything below, but above; and here it is called the anchor of the soul, to distinguish it from any other, and to show the peculiar benefit of it to the soul. Pythagoras makes use of the same metaphorF24;

“riches (he says) are a weak anchor, glory: is yet weaker; the body likewise; principalities, honours, all these are weak and without strength; what then are strong anchors? prudence, magnanimity, fortitude; these no tempest shakes.’

But these philosophical moral virtues are not to be compared with the Christian’s grace of hope, which is

both sure and steadfast; it is in itself a grace firm and stable; it is permanent and can never be lost: and it is still more sure and steadfast, by virtue of what it is fixed upon, the person, blood, and righteousness of Christ; and by the immutability, faithfulness, and power of God it is concerned with; and through the aboundings and discoveries of divine love, grace, and mercy; and from the instances of grace to the vilest of sinners:

and which entereth into that within the vail; the holy of holies, heaven itself; in allusion to the vail which divided between the holy and the holy of holies: the things within the vail, or in heaven, which hope entering into fixes upon, are the person of Christ, who is entered there, and appears in the presence of God for his people; his blood which he has carried along with him, and by which he is entered there; his justifying righteousness, by which the law is fulfilled, the two tables of stone in the ark of the testimony; the sweet incense of his mediation, which is continually offered up by him; the mercy seat, or throne of grace, on which Jehovah sits as the God of grace; and all the glories of heaven; all which hope is concerned with, and receives strength and rigour from: and their being within the vail, is expressive of their hiddenness and invisibility at present, and of their safety and security, as well as of their sacredness; and this shows a difference between the hope of believers and others, whose hope fixes upon things short of these; and likewise the great privilege of a believer, who being made a priest unto God, has liberty and boldness to enter into the holiest of all. The JewsF25 speak of a vail in the world to come, which some are worthy to enter into.

John Gill’s Exposition for Hebrews 6

Verse 20

Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus,…. Christ was a runner; he had a race to run, which lay in going about to heal diseases, in preaching the Gospel, in obeying the law, and in suffering death for his people; which race was run by him with great swiftness, strength, and courage, with patience, cheerfulness, and joy, and is now ended; as appears from the accomplishment of salvation, from his entrance into heaven, and session at the right hand of God; from the glorification of his human nature, and its everlasting freedom from the dominion of death: and this race is run out, as a “forerunner”; Christ is the most excellent runner; there is none like him; there is none that can come up to him; he has out ran and exceeded all others; he has performed in the best manner; he has run out his race first, and has entered into heaven first by his own blood; and he has cleared the way thither, and opened the gates of heaven for his people; and is a guide and pattern for them to follow: and he is the forerunner for them, as well as entered for them; for he was born, and he lived, and died for them, for their good and service; and he is entered into heaven for them, as man and Mediator, and as their high priest; where he represents their persons, appears and intercedes for them, takes care of their affairs, and presents their services; prepares mansions of glory for them, and takes possession of heaven in their name, and opens the way for them to follow him thither; all which gives great encouragement to hope to enter now, where Jesus is: who is

made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek; see Hebrews 5:6. This is repeated here, to lead on to what the apostle had to say concerning Melchizedek in the following chapter.

John Gill’s Exposition for Hebrews 6

As day 280 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

The Sinner’s Prayer

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Don’t give up! Don’t allow yourself to be manipulated by fear!


There will be times when we face things that we think are too big and too overwhelming. There will be times when the devil will use those experiences in an attempt to sway of from continuing down the right path and trying to find a way out. Stand firm on the rock, allow your faith to help you press forward and not give up, and never forget the final destination that is awaiting you. Remember James 1 that tells us to consider it joy when we face trials. Remember Romans 8:28 that tells us how God uses all things for good. Remember Romans 28:38 that tells us how nothing can separate us from the love of God. So no matter what we face today, let’s not give up! Let’s not allow fear to win or drive our decisions and actions.

Today’s reading continuing in Matthew 10 that speaks of the persecution that will come talks to this point.

21 “People will hand over their own brothers to be put to death, and fathers will do the same to their children; children will turn against their parents and have them put to death. 22 Everyone will hate you because of me. But whoever holds out to the end will be saved. 23When they persecute you in one town, run away to another one. I assure you that you will not finish your work in all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
24 “No pupil is greater than his teacher; no slave is greater than his master. 25 So a pupil should be satisfied to become like his teacher, and a slave like his master. If the head of the family is called Beelzebul, the members of the family will be called even worse names!
— Matthew 10 (GNT)

So do not fear! Fear Not, Just Believe! There will be threats, but what is more important, the here and now or eternity? There will be decisions point in the road of life, so let’s choose wisely. Today’s reading continues and brings up the question “Whom to Fear” and speaks to how important you are to God.

26 “So do not be afraid of people. Whatever is now covered up will be uncovered, and every secret will be made known. 27What I am telling you in the dark you must repeat in broad daylight, and what you have heard in private you must announce from the housetops. 28Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather be afraid of God, who can destroy both body and soul in hell. 29For only a penny you can buy two sparrows, yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father’s consent. 30As for you, even the hairs of your head have all been counted. 31So do not be afraid; you are worth much more than many sparrows!

— Matthew 10 (GNT)

We are so valued by God that He doesn’t want us to be walking around in fear. He doesn’t want us to leave that door open for the lies and deceptions and tricks of the devil. So let’s put our hope and trust in God today as we step out to do life. Let’s live lives that confess that we belong to Jesus! Let’s live lives that shine the light that points back to Him who gave it all that we may be reconciled to God! Help those around you by being salt and light. Help those around you by speaking words that bring life not death, the give them a hand up from what they are facing, and come alongside them so that they know that they are not alone. Because of our hope and trust in God, because we have put Him first, we are going to be challenged and in many cases by those we consider to be the closest to us in our lives. Don’t lose hope! Don’t give up! Don’t give in! Put and keep your hope and trust in God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Confessing and Rejecting Christ

32“Those who declare publicly that they belong to me, I will do the same for them before my Father in heaven. 33 But those who reject me publicly, I will reject before my Father in heaven.

Not Peace, but a Sword

34“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the world. No, I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 I came to set sons against their fathers, daughters against their mothers, daughters-in-law against their mothers-in-law; 36your worst enemies will be the members of your own family.
37“Those who love their father or mother more than me are not fit to be my disciples; those who love their son or daughter more than me are not fit to be my disciples. 38 Those who do not take up their cross and follow in my steps are not fit to be my disciples. 39 Those who try to gain their own life will lose it; but those who lose their life for my sake will gain it.

Rewards

40   “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41Whoever welcomes God’s messenger because he is God’s messenger, will share in his reward. And whoever welcomes a good man because he is good, will share in his reward. 42You can be sure that whoever gives even a drink of cold water to one of the least of these my followers because he is my follower, will certainly receive a reward.”
— Matthew 10 (GNT)

So today, let’s hold onto the rewards we know are coming and not give up! Let’s Hold onto the promises of God and press on! Let’s be salt and light, let’s be people who give a hand up to those in need, let’s be people who share and care for other around us, let’s embracing, outreaching, and discipling people into the kingdom of God! Let’s hold onto the power of salvation that was given to us as a gift from God that we may finish the race and win the prize and see the reward that God has prepared for us!

So let’s step up and step forward in following after the Lord of lord and the King of kings. Let’s remember who owns it all and including the end game that will play out. Today’s reading continues this route in Psalm with

1 #

1 Co 10.26

The world and all that is in it belong to the Lord;

the earth and all who live on it are his.
2He built it on the deep waters beneath the earth
and laid its foundations in the ocean depths.
3Who has the right to go up the Lord‘s hill?#

24.3: the Lord‘s hill: The hill in Jerusalem on which the Temple was built.
Who may enter his holy Temple?
4 #

Mt 5.8

Those who are pure in act and in thought,

who do not worship idols
or make false promises.
5The Lord will bless them and save them;
God will declare them innocent.
6Such are the people who come to God,
who come into the presence of the God of Jacob.
7Fling wide the gates,
open the ancient doors,
and the great king will come in.
8Who is this great king?
He is the Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, victorious in battle.
9Fling wide the gates,
open the ancient doors,
and the great king will come in.
10Who is this great king?
The triumphant Lord—he is the great king!
— Psalm 24 (GNT)

Jesus is our Lord and Savior, so let’s make today a day that will glorify Him. Let’s make today a day where our thoughts, our words, and our actions will bring praise, honor, and glory to God in Jesus’ name I pray.

Go will provide a way out! So don’t give up!

God knows how to get your attention! Be ready and willing to respond and do what He asks. When He calls you, He calls you with a purpose for a purpose!

We see this when Moses comes to the burning bush, we get to hear God’s purpose and His purpose for Moses, and the plan…

2There the angel of the Lord appeared to him as a flame coming from the middle of a bush. Moses saw that the bush was on fire but that it was not burning up. 3“This is strange,” he thought. “Why isn’t the bush burning up? I will go closer and see.”

4When the Lord saw that Moses was coming closer, he called to him from the middle of the bush and said, “Moses! Moses!”
He answered, “Yes, here I am.”
5God said, “Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, because you are standing on holy ground. 6I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” So Moses covered his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
7Then the Lord said, “I have seen how cruelly my people are being treated in Egypt; I have heard them cry out to be rescued from their slave drivers. I know all about their sufferings, 8and so I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians and to bring them out of Egypt to a spacious land, one which is rich and fertile and in which the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites now live. 9I have indeed heard the cry of my people, and I see how the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10Now I am sending you to the king of Egypt so that you can lead my people out of his country.”
11But Moses said to God, “I am nobody. How can I go to the king and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
12God answered, “I will be with you, and when you bring the people out of Egypt, you will worship me on this mountain. That will be the proof that I have sent you.”
13 But Moses replied, “When I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ So what can I tell them?”
14 God said, “I am who I am. You must tell them: ‘The one who is called I AM#

3.14: I am who I am … I AM; or I will be who I will be … I WILL BE. “I am” sounds like the Hebrew name Yahweh traditionally transliterated as Jehovah. This name is represented in this translation by “the Lord” in capital letters, following a usage which is widespread in English versions.

has sent me to you.’ 15Tell the Israelites that I, the Lord, the God of their ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, have sent you to them. This is my name forever; this is what all future generations are to call me. 16Go and gather the leaders of Israel together and tell them that I, the Lord, the God of their ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, appeared to you. Tell them that I have come to them and have seen what the Egyptians are doing to them. 17I have decided that I will bring them out of Egypt, where they are being treated cruelly, and will take them to a rich and fertile land—the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

18“My people will listen to what you say to them. Then you must go with the leaders of Israel to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has revealed himself to us. Now allow us to travel three days into the desert to offer sacrifices to the Lord, our God.’ 19I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless he is forced to do so. 20But I will use my power and will punish Egypt by doing terrifying things there. After that he will let you go.
21 “I will make the Egyptians respect you so that when my people leave, they will not go empty-handed. 22Every Israelite woman will go to her Egyptian neighbors and to any Egyptian woman living in her house and will ask for clothing and for gold and silver jewelry. The Israelites will put these things on their sons and daughters and carry away the wealth of the Egyptians.”
— Exodus 3 (GNT)

 

Walk with the Spirit as your guide and counselor.


Feeling frustrated?
Have you stopped relying on God? God has given us the Holy Spirit and His grace to help us walk through anything that comes our way. Frustration his when we stop depending on Him and try to do it all our way.

When we feel frustrated let’s stop, consider, and refocus:

  • Stop and reflect on how are we trying to take the place of the Holy Spirit
  • Stop and consider how and why are we struggling with an independent spirit
  • Stop and refocus on God and putting our dependence on Him
  • Let’s not make it all about us and doing it in our own strength, but depending on God
  • Depending on God is the key to the victory we need every day of our lives
  • When God saved us that wasn’t the end of His help
  • He saved us forever, so when we depend on Him, He will guide us and help us
  • It isn’t about conquering the our human desires, but to resist them and not gratify them by staying in the Spirit
  • Don’t go it alone. Don’t try to do it as an independent, but rather rely on the Holy Spirit and see how God will help you daily.

(Notes from devotional)


I’m counting on God

16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.

Galatians 5:16

Prayer Starter: (from the devotional linked to here)

God, You are all I need. Help me not to trust in myself, but to put my trust in You and to rely only on You.


Heavenly Father,

I thank You so much Lord for this new year and for Your Word that You have planted in my heart. I thank You Lord for Your Word spoken to me daily to guide and direct me, to encourage and enlighten me, and to speak love and life into my day as it begins. Lord, You are my strength and I put all my hope in You. As I look towards this day Lord I lift up my family time today, I lift up Your Word that will be preached, and I lift up the desire to relocate (sell our house and buy a new one). Lord, I know that You know the desires of our heart. I know You have a plan for us and that You will lead me and guide me to the place where You can help us to be blessed and a blessing to others. Help us Lord as we search the place we are desiring. Help me Lord to be the servant of God, the husband, the father, the friend, the co-worker, and the person You desire me to be. Help me to walk in a way that glorifies You. Help me to be someone who makes a difference in a way that directs people towards You. May in this day You receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Verse of the Day

4 “Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. 5 And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength

Deuteronomy 6:4-5


Fearful to Fearless

24 So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD!

Psalm 31:24

Biblical Truth: Hope in God is reason enough to have hearts that are strong and courageous regardless of our predicament.


Chronological

Today – Day 194
  • 2 Chronicles 27
    • Are or will you do what is pleasing to God?
      • In God’s Word we see two categories of people whose names are called out – those who did what pleased God and those didn’t.
    • How do you want to be remembered in the book of life?
    • Be careful and live in obedience to the Lord and see what God can and will do in and through you
  • Isaiah 9
    • There is a messiah, there is a savior, and his name is Jesus. He came that we would have life and life to the full.

6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor,t Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.7 His government and its peace
will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen!

    • Turn back to God before it is too late and you need to deal with the circumstances – the judgment.
    • Beware of misleading leaders and lying prophets
  • Isaiah 10
    • Beware the unjust judges and those who issue unfair laws
    • Store up your treasures in heaven where they won’t rust and can’t be robbed
    • Realize that the World is the Lords and everything that is within it. He knows the beginning from the end.
    • Don’t under estimate the Lord or take the credit that is truly His.
    • A tool isn’t any better than those who are using it, so don’t brag or boast.
    • Give the glory to God, the battle is His.
    • There is always hope for those who put their trust in God.
    • Through Jesus we can find eternal life with God rather than the alternative of eternity apart from God.
    • So put your trust in the Lord fully.
    • Be a part of the remnant who will make it
    • Don’t be one who is filled with pride.
  • Isaiah 11
    • The promise of Jesus is declared to us and complete peace will reign
  • Isaiah 12
        • Songs of Praise for Salvation

          1 In that day you will sing:
          “I will praise you, O LORD!
          You were angry with me, but not any more.
          Now you comfort me.2 See, God has come to save me.
          I will trust in him and not be afraid.
          The LORD GOD is my strength and my song;
          he has given me victory.”3 With joy you will drink deeply
          from the fountain of salvation!4 In that wonderful day you will sing:
          “Thank the LORD! Praise his name!
          Tell the nations what he has done.
          Let them know how mighty he is!5 Sing to the LORD, for he has done wonderful things.
          Make known his praise around the world.6 Let all the people of Jerusalem shout his praise with joy!
          For great is the Holy One of Israel who lives among you.”

Turn back now. Don’t wait till you hit bottom to turn back. Start the upward spiral sooner rather than later.


Joel 2:12

12 Therefore also now, says the Lord, turn and keep on coming to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning [until every hindrance is removed and the broken fellowship is restored].13 Rend your hearts and not your garments and return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness; and He revokes His sentence of evil [when His conditions are met].

God told the people to turn to him while there was still time. Destruction would soon be upon them. Time is also running out for us. Because we don’t know when our lives will end, we should trust and obey God now, while we can. Don’t let anything hold you back from turning to him.


Get off the downward spiral &
Start the upward spiral.
Turn back to God

Downward Spiral
Don’t let lies and hurt, pain and bitterness keep you from turning back to God. Don’t be paralyzed by fear and anger so that you keep doing or not doing in some cases the things that could bring back restoration, healing, hope, and joy. For some it will take hitting bottom before they will turn around and look back to God. For others there will be a trigger a turning point where they will turn back to God, they will give that pain, that concern, that fear, that depression, that anger, that bitterness to God. They will allow forgiveness of others to release them and then ask God for forgiveness for not having been obedient and doing it sooner and find peace and start their way back into the upward spiral. Today are you struggling? Today are you being challenged? I know in my journey, it brought peace, such a peace that it goes beyond description. I know in my journey, God helped me to forgive to the point where the exact situations are gone, but the experience is remembered so that I am able to share it with others struggling through something similar as a testimony that there is hope. Today is your day, Today is your chance. Today is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and all that is within it. I praise You for the hope and truth that Your Word and life have shown me. I praise You for being the same yesterday, today, and forever. Lord, I pray that as I share my testimony of hope that it will bring people to the reality of who You are, not just someone out there somewhere, but someone who is right here with us, Emmanuel. Lord, I pray that it will help people who are struggling to turn back instead of riding the downward spiral, losing joy, losing hope, losing life, but rather turn to God, turn to Jesus who is our advocate, turn back and be reconciled with You. Turn back to You who can heal hurts on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. That Lord as I learned through the song 7×70, the power and freedom that comes through forgiveness. Lord, in all I do and all I say today, may You receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory. Lord, may Your priorities be my priorities and may they lead to incredible blessings for others and encourage to their lives, but ultimately that it would create in them a desire to have a living relationship with You. May You receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory through this day in Jesus’ name. I pray. Amen.


Verse of the Day

25 There is a way that seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.

Proverbs 16:25


Psalm 131

1 LORD, MY heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty; neither do I exercise myself in matters too great or in things too wonderful for me.2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me [ceased from fretting].3 O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forever.

Proverbs 7

1 MY SON, keep my words; lay up within you my commandments [for use when needed] and treasure them.2 Keep my commandments and live, and keep my law and teaching as the apple (the pupil) of your eye.3 Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.4 Say to skillful and godly Wisdom, You are my sister, and regard understanding or insight as your intimate friend–5 That they may keep you from the loose woman, from the adventuress who flatters with and makes smooth her words.6 For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice.7 And among the simple (empty-headed and empty hearted) ones, I perceived among the youths a young man void of good sense,8 Sauntering through the street near the [loose woman’s] corner; and he went the way to her house9 In the twilight, in the evening; night black and dense was falling [over the young man’s life].10 And behold, there met him a woman, dressed as a harlot and sly and cunning of heart.11 She is turbulent and willful; her feet stay not in her house;12 Now in the streets, now in the marketplaces, she sets her ambush at every corner.13 So she caught him and kissed him and with impudent face she said to him,14 Sacrifices of peace offerings were due from me; this day I paid my vows.15 So I came forth to meet you [that you might share with me the feast from my offering]; diligently I sought your face, and I have found you.16 I have spread my couch with rugs and cushions of tapestry, with striped sheets of fine linen of Egypt.17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.18 Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; let us console and delight ourselves with love.19 For the man is not at home; he is gone on a long journey;20 He has taken a bag of money with him and will come home at the day appointed [at the full moon].21 With much justifying and enticing argument she persuades him, with the allurements of her lips she leads him [to overcome his conscience and his fears] and forces him along.22 Suddenly he [yields and] follows her reluctantly like an ox moving to the slaughter, like one in fetters going to the correction [to be given] to a fool or like a dog enticed by food to the muzzle 23 Till a dart [of passion] pierces and inflames his vitals; then like a bird fluttering straight into the net [he hastens], not knowing that it will cost him his life.24 Listen to me now therefore, O you sons, and be attentive to the words of my mouth.25 Let not your heart incline toward her ways, do not stray into her paths.26 For she has cast down many wounded; indeed, all her slain are a mighty host. 27 Her house is the way to Sheol (Hades, the place of the dead), going down to the chambers of death.