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Post  Admin on Thu 21 Oct 2010, 2:30 pm

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"The Fish's Belly"

"So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey." Jonah 3:3

The first time God told Jonah to go to Nineveh, Jonah disobeyed and ran in the opposite direction. But later Jonah obeyed and did what God told him to do in the first place. Between the first time God told Jonah to go and the second time, Jonah found himself in the midst of a storm and in the belly of a big fish. Just think, if Jonah had obeyed the first time he could have saved himself a lot of grief, trouble and pain.

We tend to be like Jonah at times. The Lord will give us instructions and we "run" from it. While we are "running" we go through our own problems that are attached to the disobedience. If only we would learn to just obey the first time, we too could save ourselves from going through some of the things we go through because of disobedience. Disobedience will always take us to a "fish's belly"- a place of darkness, a place where there is no peace, no rest, confusion, distress, frustration, guilt, condemnation, and the list goes on.

Are you running from the command of the Lord this morning? Has He instructed you to go in a specific direction yet you are running in another? Are you ignoring Him altogether and going in your own direction, following your own plan? Are you putting off doing what He has told you to do? Perhaps that explains why you are going through some of what you are going through-- the "fish's belly"?

Have a great day. We could save ourselves a lot of pain and grief if we would just obey the Lord the first time.

For further reading:
1 Samuel 15:22
Romans 8:1
Hebrews 2:1-3

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"Encounter Change"

"And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do." Acts 9:6

Yesterday we talked about having a personal encounter with the Lord. This morning I want to talk a little more on that subject.

When we have a true encounter with the Lord Jesus, something takes place in us. Saul was on his way to Damascus to persecute the church and stop the preaching of the gospel message. When he met Jesus while on his way to Damascus, it brought a change in Saul's life- a change in his purpose, his agenda and in his direction.

We see this true in the lives of all those in the Bible who had a personal encounter with the Lord. Their lives were forever changed. They were not the same people. Saul persecuted the church before. After the encounter he joined the church. Saul imprisoned those who were preaching the gospel of Jesus, afterward he himself preached it boldly everywhere he went. Saul had his life "mapped out". He was fulfilling his own plan, but once he met Jesus it was no longer about his plans in life but about Jesus' plan for him. "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" Saul went in a totally different direction guided by the Lord and not self interest. "And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city."

There is no way that you can stay the same once you have truly "met" Jesus. He is the life changer. He takes us from darkness into light, from death into life, from burdened down to freedom, from confusion to peace and He makes us a new "creation"- that means we stop being the same people we once were. "But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ." (v. 21,22)

If you have had an encounter with Jesus it will be evident- you won't possess the same ole religious only behavior, because you have experienced the life giving power of the One who changes and transforms. Having this encounter just gets you "on the new path" heading in a new direction- His direction and not your own. But daily you have to have fresh encounters with the Lord Jesus. This is why you cannot neglect the place of communion with Him- it has to be part of your daily life. Each time you encounter Him there is new life, new peace, new joy, new direction and new purpose that is imparted to you.

Have a great day. When we encounter Jesus, we are not the same. And each time we encounter Him we change a little more.

For further reading:
Acts 9
2 Corinthians 5:17

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"Encounter Relationship"

"And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven." Acts 9:3

Saul was on his way to Damascus to persecute any Christians that he found there. But something happened to him before he got there. He had a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus. "And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest ." (v. 5) As a result, Saul's purpose and agenda completely changed. He still went to Damascus but instead of arresting the Christians and persecuting the church, he preached the same message he was trying to destroy and became a Christian himself. "Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God." (vvs.19,20)

Why such a dramatic change in Saul? He was already a religious person. He knew the scriptures and he kept the law. It's one thing to be religious, it is another thing to have a relationship. Saul changed from being just religious to having a relationship with the Lord. This happened when he had a personal encounter with Jesus.

A personal encounter with Jesus is what brings about the change. You can't have a relationship with the Lord based on someone else's experience. Just because your pastor, your parents, your spouse, your friend or your coworker has had an experience with the Lord and is a Christian doesn't mean you are. Just because you were born into a Christian family or hang around Christian people doesn't mean that you have a relationship with the Lord. Just because you sit in church doesn't mean you have a relationship with the Lord- look at Saul. It doesn't happen by "association" . It happens by encounter- you have to "meet" Him for yourself.

There were other men who were with Saul when he had his encounter, yet none of them had an encounter with Jesus- and none of them had a change take place in their lives. Have you had this personal, life changing encounter with Jesus? Are you living in relationship with Him or are you just having a religious existence?

Have a great day. A personal encounter with Jesus brings you into a life changing relationship with Him.

For further reading:
Acts 9
Philippians 3:4-8

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Post  Admin on Sat 16 Oct 2010, 12:10 pm

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"Counting My Blessings"
"Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered." Psalm 40:5
God hasn't just done one or two wonderful works, He has done many more than we could count or are even aware of. The same is true in each one of our lives individually. He has done so many wonderful works, answered so prayers, given daily provisions, shown acts of mercy and kindness, that it is impossible to name them all. There is an old hymn that we used to sing when I was a little girl- "Count Your Blessings". It encouraged you to count your many blessing one by one and just see what God has done.
This morning I want to encourage you to take time today to "count your blessings". Too often we spend our time talking about what we don't have, how we feel that God has failed us or we concentrate primarily on our needs. We forget to be thankful for the many things we have been blessed with. So why not take time today to just sit down and thank God for all the wonderful works He has done in your life. Spend some time thinking about your blessings and counting them instead of spending time thinking solely about your needs. When you start counting your blessings, you will quickly discover the blessings become way too many to count.
Have a great day. Count your blessings instead of counting your needs.
For further reading:
Psalm 92:1; 68:19; 75:1; 97:12
Ephesians 1:3
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"Readjust Your Focus"

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12

Your real enemy is not the one that is seen but the unseen one. Your spouse, or ex-spouse, your children, your employer or anyone else who seems to be opposing you is not the real enemy. We do have a real enemy and he is the one who is out to steal, kill and destroy. Our enemy is the devil. He goes about seeking whom he may devour.

We often talk about staying "focused"- focused on the Lord, on His purpose for our lives, on the vision that He has given us, on the mark and prize that is set before us. But we forget we are to "focus" on our enemy. Let me explain what I mean.

One definition for the word focus is: maximum clarity or distinctness of an image rendered by an optical system. When a hunter is in the woods and he spots the animal he wants to shoot, he puts that animal in his sights and gets it focused in order to have a good clear aim so that when he pulls the trigger he will hit his prey. If he doesn't have the animal in his sights and a good clear (focused) image of it he will waste his bullets and the intended target will get away. If we are "aiming" at others and focused on them as if they were the intended target/enemy we will miss the real enemy and he will get away.

My husband is a hunter and ever so often he has to readjust the sights on his gun. This readjustment makes sure that when he sees his intended prey he will have a clear image of it so that he will not miss. We need to make some readjustments from time to time when it comes to dealing with those that we consider to be our enemies. Our "optical system" (sights) is God's word. When we adjust or readjust our attitude toward the person or situation, and line it up with God's word, then we will get a clear image of what is in our sights. It will show us if we have the real enemy or the perceived enemy in them. And we will be able to take a more accurate aim--- and hit the real target.

Have a great day. Are you "focused" on the real enemy?

For further reading:
2 Corinthians 2:11
John 10:10
1 Peter 5:8

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Post  Admin on Thu 14 Oct 2010, 8:37 pm

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"Testimony"

"I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. " Psalm 89:1

Do you mind if I just testify this morning? Yesterday I had the privilege of keeping my little two year old granddaughter. She loves for "nana" to play with her and she loves to go outside. While we were playing outside, "nana" made a discovery-- I am not as young as I used to be! We were playing with a ball on a couple of ramps and I lost my balance and fell off-- boy did I fall! I landed on my back, to be more exact- on my "behind'. The pain was "excruciating" immediately. I could not get up. All I could do was lay there for a while. I started praying and asked my grandbaby to pray and ask Jesus to help me. Finally after a while of fighting through the pain which made me nauseous, and the urge to pass out, I was able to make it into the house and lay down for a while. Honestly, I felt like I either broke or fractured something- my coccyx or hip. But even at that I kept praying the scriptures over myself- "no weapon formed against me shall prosper, and He keeps all my bones so that nothing is broken".

Late yesterday evening I finally wound up in the ER. In the event that I had broken something I didn't want to make it worse, aggravate it, or cause it not to heal properly because of my "lack of knowledge" of the situation. After multiple x-rays, I am happy and thankful to report to you that there were no breaks or fractures! So this morning I am thanking the Lord for His faithfulness, His goodness and His promises.

Yesterday morning I was reading out of the Psalms, and when I finished I felt this overwhelming sense of gratitude for God's promises- the fact that He is faithful as promised, not a man that He should lie and even though heaven and earth should pass away His word will not and there won't be even one of His great promises that fail. Before the day was over, I was "tested" in that very thing- His faithfulness to His promises. Often when you teach on a subject, have a revelation of God's word, or He speaks a particular thing to your heart, you get tried in it. That "trying" or 'testing" will either pull you down or build you up in your faith- how you respond to it determines which.

I am still in pain. It is hard to sit here this morning. I almost didn't send out the devotional because of the sitting, but then decided-- Jesus didn't let the pain He was suffering stop Him from going to the cross and fulfilling God's plan for His life. So this morning, I am not going to let this situation hinder me either. I just had to testify to His goodness! And He is good even when bad things happen. I hope my testimony has encouraged you this morning.

Have a great day. When bad things happen, it will test our faith and reveal the faithfulness of God even in trying situations.

For further reading:
Isaiah 54:17
Psalm 34:20
Hebrews 10:23
Numbers 23:19
1 Samuel 15:29
Matthew 24:35

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"Out Of The Pit"

"He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings." Psalm 40:2

The scripture above is another one of my favorite ones (among many) because it is my testimony. Like the old hymn says, "I was sinking deep in sin far from the peaceful shore. Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more. But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry, from the waters lifted me now save am I."

I was in a deep dark pit of sin, sinking deeper and deeper, dying more and more daily, unable to rescue and save myself. But then Jesus came along and threw down a blood stained rope and lifted me up out of the pit of sin that I was sinking in. Not only did He rescue me and pull me out, but He then set my feet upon a sure and solid foundation and gave me freedom so that I can walk on a path of light and life.

I am well aware of the pit that I once lived in before He rescued me and gave me life, hope and a future. It was a pit of death, but now I have been brought into life outside of the pit- salvation through Jesus Christ. He delivered me initially from the pit at salvation, but after salvation as I walk through life there are other "pits" that are out there that desire to make me their prisoner.

There is the pit of despair. The pit of fear and discouragement. There are the pits of grief, confusion, frustration, distractions and many more. When the doctor gives you a bad report, when you lose your job, when your spouse has been unfaithful, when your children become rebellious, there are pits of fear and anxiety awaiting you. They are so close that you can find yourself teetering on the edge. It is so easy to fall into the pit of we aren't aware of it. But the good news is that He still delivers from the pit.

Perhaps you are in a pit of despair this morning. Perhaps it is a pit of hopelessness. Whatever the pit may be, Jesus still delivers from the pit. This morning He is throwing you a life line out of the pit. He is reaching down to pull you out. But you have a choice. Are you going to stay in that pit or reach up and take hold of His strong right arm and be lifted out?

Have a great day. Life is full of pits, but Jesus still delivers us out of them.

For further reading:
Psalm 94:18; 30:3; 35:7; 69:15; 103:4
Job 33:29,30

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"Waiting Patiently"

"I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry." Psalm 40:1

It is one thing to have to "wait"- none of us like to do that. We want everything when we want it- which is usually "now" or "sooner". But it is another thing to wait patiently. This morning I want to address the subject of "how" we wait for the Lord to answer our prayers and move in our lives.

Often we wait with anything but patience. Most people tend to wait with frustration- frustrated that it is taking so long for an answer. Some get aggravated because they even have to wait. Others are annoyed by the fact that they have to wait. Then you have those who actually get angry because God doesn't answer then at the moment they ask.

God doesn't answer every prayer immediately. In His wisdom the answer may come at a later date. But He does answer- "He inclined unto me". He does hear- "Heard my cry".

You may be in the waiting stage- waiting for an answer. That is not the real issue- waiting is a face of life, even when it comes to answered prayer. The real issue is "how" are you waiting? Take time today to examine your attitude if you are waiting on an answer from the Lord. How are you waiting- with frustration, aggravation, impatience, patience, faith, hope or peace?

Have a great day. Waiting is a fact of life, even when it comes to answered prayer. The real question is, "how are you waiting?".

For further reading:
Psalm 37:7; 130:5
Luke 21:19
Isaiah 30:18
Lamentations 3:25,26
Micah 7:7

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"Love Revealed"
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
This is one of my favorite scriptures. It so beautifully expresses the nature and character of God- giving us a little better understanding of who He is.
In this scripture we see that God loves us. We discover that His love for us is not based on the fact that we are perfect- because we aren't- or that we don't make mistakes- because we do. We also discover that His love for us is not even based on the fact of us loving Him in return. He loves the sinner, the unlovable, the imperfect. He loves those who reject Him, are enemies against Him, who disobey Him, who blaspheme Him. He loves unconditionally, based on who He is and not on what we do.
We also discover that God isn't a "cheap talker". He doesn't say something without demonstrating it. He backs up what He says with action. "But God demonstrated His love toward us." If He says something, He will put action behind it. He didn't just say He loved us, He proved He loved us by doing something for us- providing a way to Him.
"While we were yet sinners". God doesn't wait until all the conditions are just right or perfect to fulfill His plans. He works according to the council of His own will. He didn't wait until we got our "act together" to come and save us from our sins- He reached out to us before we reached up to Him.
"Christ died for us." The great love of God was so perfectly demonstrated in Christ. There is no greater expression of love than to lay down your life for someone. God loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to pay the ransom price for our sins. He didn't send an angel or another human being. Instead He sent His best. He sent that which was most precious to Him- His Son.
Should you be feeling unloved today, take some time out and sit down and read this verse- over and over again- and listen to what it is not only saying but what it reveals. It reveals the incomprehensible love of our truly great and wonderful God who loved you so much. He loved you when you were undeserving, unlovely and at odds against Him. He loved you so much that He gave up His own Son in order to have a relationship with you. He didn't just say that He loved you, He devised a plan to show you that He loves you- and what a great plan it was and what a great love it demonstrated!
Have a great day. God showed us how great His love is for us by sending His Son Jesus to die for us.
For further reading:
John 3:16,17; 15:13
Ephesians 1:11
1 John 4:9,10
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"Angry"
"Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath." Ephesians 4:26
Are you angry this morning- with someone, with a situation, with yourself? (I know I started out with a very pointed question this morning, but it is one that we need to address and get straight to the heart of the subject.)
The subject of anger is one of those things where the church seems to be divided- some teach that you should not get angry because it doesn't demonstrate Christian character; others teach that Jesus got angry so it is all right if we do.
Being angry is not a sin. The scripture above actually says to "be angry". There are times when we should be angry- over sin, when we see injustice, when we see others being abused and mistreated, when we see sacrilege in the house of God. It is a natural human emotion just like the emotion of happiness that we get when something good has happened to us. But having said that, the scripture also warns us in our anger to "sin not".
Anger that is left unchecked, that is not disciplined, that is not controlled will develop into something that is sinful. It will take root in our hearts and come out in "wrath". Jesus ruled His anger, His anger did not rule Him. Had it, when He turned over the tables of the money changers in the temple, He would not have stopped there, He would have called down the wrath of God to consume them all.
How do we keep from crossing the line from anger being a natural emotion to something that is sinful? "Let not the sun go down upon your wrath". There is our answer. When you are angry- for the right reason, not just because someone got on your last nerve or things didn't go according to your plans- then you need to make sure that you don't hold on to it and "stew" over it for days, weeks or years. At that point it is no longer anger but "wrath". So basically what the scripture is saying is, be angry but then get over it. Make sure you are over it before the sun goes down. So even while anger in some cases is not wrong, we are warned not to hold on to it but for a short time- until the sun goes down on that day.
Have a great day. Anger is not a sin, but holding on to it will lead to sin.
For further reading:
Proverbs 16:32; 15:18; 19:11; 14:17
Mark 11:15-17
Psalm 37:8
Ecclesiastes 7:9
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Post  Admin on Thu 07 Oct 2010, 7:58 am

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"Adult Or Child?"

"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." 1 Corinthians 13:11

God doesn't always do what we want Him to do and when we want Him to do it. Just because He is all powerful we think that He should make everything in our lives better. We think He should always intervene so that nothing bad happens. We think He should answer every prayer we pray in the affirmative. Well, we live in a world that is under a curse and we also have been given the gift of choice, so things won't always go perfectly or the way we plan. When they don't go the way you would like, had planned or hoped they would go, are you going to be an "adult" about it, or act like a "child"? Let me explain myself.

Children don't know how to accept the word "no". They always want what they want. If they don't get it, they react with a couple of responses. They pout, get angry, some resort to temper tantrums, screaming and yelling. They are also famous for trying to wear you down through the endless, "but why?", question. A spiritual "child" responds to God when they don't get what they want, the same way.

To be an "adult", on the other hand, means you don't get angry with God. You don't blame Him, you don't threaten not to have anything else to do with Him, you don't turn your back on Him and walk away. (Like children who pick up their toys and go home.) Adults may ask the question "why?", but accept the answer and continue on with God, even if they still don't understand.

Children don't understand why they didn't get their way and will continue to press the issue until you either give them what they want or take measures to deal with their attitude. Adults trust that God has their best interest at heart and that He does, allows, or withholds every thing that concerns their lives based on His great love for them and His own wise council. Children live for the moment- instant gratification, fulfilled desires- and aren't content without attaining it right away. Adults know that God sees ahead and knows everything- the outcome, the consequences and the end result of certain things if allowed- and are content to put the matter in God's hand.

Look in the mirror and ask yourself today if you are a "child", spiritually speaking, or an "adult". Do you get angry with God or accept that He is all-wise and all-knowing and that whether you understand or not He will work all things together for your good? Are you not satisfied until He gives you an answer that tells you what you want to hear, or do you trust that His ways are perfect and leave it in His hands? So where are you at in your spiritual growth? Adult or child?

Have a great day. When things either do or don't go the way you planned or desire, do you act like a child or an adult?

For further reading:
Romans 8:28
1 Corinthians 3:1,2
Ephesians 4:14
2 Peter 3:17,18
1 Peter 2:2

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"What Did You Say?"
"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." Ephesians 4:29
I am going to read this verse from the Amplified Bible because it correctly defines the word "corrupt"-- "Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God's favor) to those who hear it."
In this verse we are told to watch our words- what to say and what not to say. I wonder why it was necessary to tell Christians not to use obscene or foul words, or profanity. You would think that we would never use that sort of speech because we are following the example of Christ, have His nature in us as well as the fact that we are being transformed into His likeness. But evidently it is necessary or the Holy Spirit would not have impressed on the writer to put this verse in there. Since it is in there, there must have been a need for it to be addressed. So we will address it this morning.
What type of words do you say? What "language" do you use? Do you use profanity? Do you have "by words" that you say in place of profanity? Do you say "worthless" things that really have nothing to do with anything? (Some people just like to hear themselves talk.) Do you speak evil of others? Are you always criticizing and judgmental? What about complaining- I know people who would have nothing to say if they didn't have something to complain about? Are you always talking doom and gloom, fear and doubt? Are you always "poor mouthing"? (That means feeling sorry for yourself and talking about how bad things are for you.) Or are your words full of praise and thanksgiving? Is your mouth filled with kindness and words of faith? Do you build people up or cut them down with your words? The old adage says, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never harm me." Wrong! Words can be harmful. Are yours? Or are they beneficial?
Have a great day. Pay attention today to what kind of words are coming out of your mouth. Are you talking like Jesus would talk?
For further reading:
Psalm 19:14; 34:1; 89:1; 109:30
Proverbs 31:26
Romans 10:8
Colossians 4:6
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"Eternal Riches"
"I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches." Psalm 119:14
Years ago a friend was sharing a dream that she had. In the dream she was in a room. In that room was a treasure chest full of gold and a table with a Bible on it. As she looked at both items the Lord spoke to her and told her to choose which one of the two she wanted. It was totally her choice- she could have the treasure chest full of gold or she could have the Bible.
If the Lord asked you to make that choice which would you choose? Would you choose the treasure chest full of gold or the Bible? That may have only been a dream and we may never actually have a chest full of gold within our grasp and have to choose between it or the Bible, but in reality each day we do have to choose between the things of this world and spiritual things. Each day we have to make choices to choose between those things that strengthen and build up our spirit man or our flesh.
At first glance the treasure chest may seem like the better choice of the two. But is it? Would you trade the eternal riches that are found in the words of the Bible for those that are temporary? Once the gold is spent it is gone. On the other hand, the Bible- God's word- will never run out. It will be there each time you need to make a "withdrawal" from its wisdom. Would you trade momentary pleasures for everlasting ones? Would you sacrifice real riches for those that moths and rust corrupt and thieves break in to steal? The riches of this world may see you through a temporary problem today but what about tomorrow?
Am I saying that it is wrong to have riches? No, but when it comes to choosing between the riches of this world and the spiritual riches, when it comes to choosing between that which is temporary and that which is eternal, there should be no contest. The choice should come easily. So today when you have a choice presented to you- read your Bible, have time in prayer, spend a moment in worship to the Father- will that be what you choice or will you choice something else that only brings temporary satisfaction and fulfillment? Choose wisely, your eternity depends on it.
Have a great day. What will you choose today? The temporary riches over the eternal ones, or vice versa?
For further reading:
Matthew 6:19
Proverbs 11:28; 13:7; 23:5;27:24
Mark 10:24
Luke 8:14
Romans 11:33
1 Timothy 6:17
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"Receive Strength"

"Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 2:1

"Be strong". Are you feeling weak this morning? Weak in your faith? Weak in persevering? Weak in standing? The word strong this morning has a two-fold meaning. We aren't just commanded to be strong and not get weak or weary or give into weakness. But the word also means to "receive strength". The Lord is telling us through this word this morning-- don't get weak, receive strength.

If you are getting weak, don't continue to go that direction until you become so weak you just give up. Follow the admonishment that Paul gave to Timothy- receive strength.

Have you ever gone without food or water to the point where your whole body was weak and felt like you could hardly move or function? The remedy for that was what? Food or water. Once you received the sustenance you needed you were refresh and felt your strength coming back. From that point on you were able to continue to go on. Well, there is a remedy for the spiritual weakness that you are experiencing. It's called "grace".

In the times when we are feeling spiritually weak, we need to ask for the grace of God to be poured over our lives and take it in as the "nourishment" that we need. There is no reason for us to remain weak when there is an abundance of all that we need to be strengthened in order to carry on supplied to us- "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:13,19)

If you are weak, don't sit back and get weaker and weaker, do something about it. Pull up to the "table" and feast upon the presence, the word and the grace of God. Your strength will be renewed. Your joy will be restored- the joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). You will feel spiritually refreshed and strong enough to "run through a troop and leap over a wall" (Psalm 18:29). You will regain the spiritual stamina that you need to "go the second mile". (Matthew 5:41)

Have a great day. Don't get weak, everything that you need to stay strong has been provided for you- now feast on it.

For further reading:
1 Samuel 14:20-28
2 Corinthians 12:9
Galatians 6:9

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Post  Admin on Fri 01 Oct 2010, 9:46 am

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"Standing In Faith"
"Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?" Psalm 119:82
Have you ever received a promise from the Lord but it seems as if it is taking forever to be fulfilled? You keep looking for it and looking for it but it doesn't seem to be anywhere in sight? Well, don't give up on the promise of God. He is faithful to fulfill what He has said. Just ask Abraham. God made him a promise that he would have a son- God kept His promise. Abraham had a son in his old age. He had a son at a time in life that looked like the most impossible time for the promise to be fulfilled.
Moses is another one you can ask. God told Moses that He was going to deliver His people from the bondage of Egypt- and He did, He kept His promise. He kept it during the time that was the most discouraging for the people. Their hopes had been raised time and time again, and crushed time and time again-- each time Pharaoh would change his mind.
There are many other examples throughout the Bible of men and women who were given a promise from the Lord and had to stand upon the faithfulness of His word until they saw it come to pass. They had to stand through long periods of time. They had to stand through dark nights. They had to stand through the taunts of the enemy and others who tried to persuade them that their God had failed them and will not do what He has promised. They had to stand even when there was no visible proof that the promise would ever come. They had to stand when all natural hope of its fulfillment was gone. Summed up in a word- they had to stand in faith.
We have forgotten that we have to stand in faith as well. Faith is believing and trusting that God will do what He says He will do when we don't see, hear or feel anything that reaffirms that He will do it. Faith is also remembering Who it is that made the promise to you. It wasn't a mere man, it wasn't your spiritual leader, it wasn't an angel, it was God Himself- who cannot lie, who cannot fail, who cannot not keep His promise.
Have a great day. Keep looking for and waiting on God to fulfill His promise-- that's called standing in faith.
For further reading:
Numbers 23:19
Hebrews 11
Psalm 89:34
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"A Word In Chaos"
"And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Genesis 1:2
The verse above tells us that the earth was without form, void and darkness was upon it. The word for "without form" also means "chaos". Literally, the earth was a place of chaos, empty and covered in darkness. Does that seem to describe your life? Is it full of chaos? Does it feel like it is covered in darkness? There doesn't seem to be any light shining in your situation- you can't even see any light at the end of the tunnel? Then I have good news for you this morning.
I love the next part of the verse- "And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Even in the darkness, even in the confusion, even in the chaos, even in the emptiness, God was still there moving over the situation, watching what was happening, making His presence known. You are not alone, He is there with you also watching over your life.
Just the presence of God watching over the situation did not change it, it changed when God spoke a word into the situation. "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." (verse 3) When God spoke, the situation changed. You need to hear a word from the Lord and things will change in your situation also. It doesn't matter how great the chaos and darkness is, in our verse it covered the whole earth- that is a lot of chaos and darkness. But just one word from the Lord and the darkness and chaos was gone- the light outshined it.
When God speaks a word into your situation, it will change. It will either literally change the situation as it did at creation, or, it will change something inside of you that will lift the darkness and calm the confusion so that you can go through that place. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4) The Psalmist said he was walking "through" the valley of the shadow of death- not translated out of it. But something was on the inside of him that caused him to walk through it with peace of mind, without fear, distress or confusion.
Paul was an example of what I am talking about. Paul wasn't delivered from prison. The end of his life was spent in a dark dungeon bound in chains, yet, Paul pinned the words, "I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." (Phil. 4:11b). How was that possible? Because God had spoken a word into his situation and it changed the situation by changing Paul on the inside. (Acts 21:10-13)
Seek God in prayer and stay there until He speaks a word into that situation you are in. He will speak. And His word will settle and remove the chaos either externally or internally.
Have a great day. One word from the Lord and the chaos clears up-- the chaos that is around us or the chaos that is in our hearts.
For further reading:
Philippians 4:11-13
Psalm 23
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"Caught By Urgency"
"When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was." John 11:6
One day an urgent request came to Jesus from His friends Mary and Martha concerning their brother Lazarus. The request was for Jesus to come and heal Lazarus because he was gravely ill. If you are familiar with the story, you'll remember that Jesus did not go to them immediately but instead He waited for four days.
There are urgent situations that arise in life that need and demand our attention then. (Before I make my next statement, I need to preface it by saying up front that I am not talking about being lazy or negligent in giving attention to important matters. There are matters that need our attention at that moment and can't be put off.) But not every "urgent" situation needs or immediate response.
There are times when we should be still, wait and not "jump" into the situation. When the situation screams at you to make a move now, when it calls upon you to make a decision at that moment, when it demands your immediate attention, it is then that you can make the wrong decision. Give yourself time to seek the Lord and get His counsel as to what you should do. It is all right to wait concerning some matters. Jesus taught us that through this situation with Mary, Martha and Lazarus. What you think you should do at the moment the situation arises may not be the course that God has planned for you to follow.
Jesus could have gone when He first got the request. He could have gone and healed Lazarus and he never would have died. But God had a greater plan in mind. Had Jesus not waited and sought the Lord and allowed the Father to instruct Him in the situation, a greater miracle would have been missed.
So, don't let those things that seem so urgent intimidate you to "do something". Go to God, seek Him for instruction, wait upon Him for guidance and counsel and then follow His leading.
Have a great day. Not every situation that seems urgent is urgent.
For further reading:
John 11
Proverbs 3:5,6
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"You Did It Again"
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28
How many times have you "done it again"? How many times have you committed a situation, or person, to the Lord but you keep finding yourself involved in it trying to work it out or "fix it"? The Lord has told you to take your hands off of it and let Him handle it, yet you keep finding yourself in the middle of it again and again. You may leave it in His hands for a while, but later you find yourself at it again- trying to make it happen.
We all tend to do it-- I have done it. So in prayer the other day I was talking to the Lord about this very thing. I was wondering if I had messed things up so badly, in a particular situation, because of my continual intervention that they could never be fixed. He answered my question by saying, "I am bigger than your 'agains'!" No matter how many times I got involved and made the situation worse by tearing down what He was trying to build up, He is still bigger and able to work it out in spite of me. What peace and joy that brought to my heart.
The disciple Peter was also a "fixer"- he was always trying to take matters in his own hands. But Jesus was bigger than Peter's mistakes and attempts and failures. He accomplished His purposes in spite of Peter's intervention.
Perhaps you keep trying to take matters into your own hands. Perhaps you keep trying to "help" God make that thing happen. Perhaps you keep trying to "hurry it up". If that is you, then like me, you need to stop. You need to take your hands off and resist the temptation to put you hands back on it again. God is well able and more than able to handle it without your help. Your intervention only delays and messes up again what He is doing. If you have done that, remember today that He can take the mess that you have made by your intervention and work it out for good, because He is bigger than your "agains".
Have a great day. You may keep messing it up because you won't keep your hands off of it and let the Lord take care of it, but He is still able to work the situation out in spite of your intervention. So let go of it and let God handle it.
For further reading:
2 Timothy 1:12
Ephesians 3:20
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"Keep The Wall Up"
"He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls." Proverbs 25:28
How do we have the ability to rule over our own spirits? It comes by yielding to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and allowing Him to be the Supreme Ruler of our lives. It comes too by the empowerment of Holy Spirit to do what is right and resist what is wrong. And it comes through living by the Word of God. When you make the Word of God your standard for living, when you allow it to govern your actions, attitudes, thoughts and motives then you have rule over your own spirit, therefore, it is like having "walls of protection" around your life.
Walls were built around cities, not to keep what was in in, but to keep some things out- enemies, wild animals, etc. The Word of God is like a wall of protection and safety to us. When it is the standard by which we live, our lives are safe from the enemy accomplishing His plan to steal, kill and destroy because he can't get past the wall.
The devil (the enemy) came to tempt Jesus in the wilderness but he couldn't find a place to get into His heart or mind to destroy Him because he couldn't get past the "wall"- the Word of God. Each time the devil tried to tempt Him to sin, Jesus "stood behind the 'wall'" of God's word-- "It is written".
As long as the walls are up the enemy can't get in. When the walls are down, he has free and unhindered access. We must learn to keep the walls up by hiding the Word of God in our hearts, by applying it to our lives, by standing on its promises, by making its precepts and principles the governing factor of everything that we do. If we don't then there is nothing to keep him out and he come in and steal, kill and destroy everything that he can.
Have a great day. You have to keep the wall of God's Word up around you or the enemy will come in.
For further reading:
Zechariah 4:6
Matthew 4:1-10
Psalm 119:11
John 10:10
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"Does Your Worship Stink?"

"Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." Ephesians 5:19

It concerns me about all the bickering, complaining and even division in the churches concerning the song service. One group in the church wants to sing hymns, another group wants to sing choruses, another wants to sing country gospel or rap or rock, or whatever other title the music is described by. Granted we all have our likes and dislikes and our preferences. There are certain forms of music that I prefer to sing and hear above others. But we are missing the whole point of what the song service is about.

We call the song service our "worship" time. But we have forgotten what that means. Our "worship/song service" is NOT about us. It is NOT about singing the songs I like or you like. It is NOT about staying updated and singing the songs that are most popular today. It is NOT about singing songs that will reach certain people groups. It IS about worshipping the Lord. Worship time is NOT for us- it IS for Him!

Our worship service is not intended to worship me- by singing my favorite- but to worship Him by singing what brings Him honor and makes His name famous. It is not about singing the songs that make me happy, but rather what will make Him "happy". It is not about stirring me up to worship by singing my favorite song, but it is about lifting Him up. It is about exalting Him- who He is and what He has done. It is part of our worship of Him in spirit and in truth. It is about declaring through song His greatness, His glory, His might and power-- and causing the focus to all be on Him.

Our worship in song is a spiritual sacrifice that we present to God. It sends up an aroma before Him. When the worship is about Him, it is a sweet smelling savor- an acceptable sacrifice, one that He is delighted to receive. When we make it about us, or when we complain about what is or isn't being sung, when we want to sing our favorites, then it ceases to be about Him and becomes about us and the smell that rises up to Him is a stench in His nostrils. (We would be better off not even offering a song of praise/worship to Him.)

Let me sum this up and simply say this-- worship is NOT about us, it is all about HIM. You may sing the songs you want to sing, but if it doesn't honor and glorify who He is, if it is sung with the wrong motive- because it is what you want to sing- then it isn't worship.

Have a great day. May we always remember that it is not about what we sing but to whom we sing.

For further reading:
Colossians 3:16
Acts 16:25
Amos 5:21-23
Judges 5:3
1 Chronicles 16:23-25
Psalm 149:1

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"Prepare Yourself"

Last night when I was praying, I felt like the Lord spoke a word to my heart. That word was "prepare yourself" The word "prepare" means: To make ready beforehand for a specific purpose, as for an event or occasion. A runner will prepare himself for the race by getting on the track and running day in a day out- he doesn't wait until he is in the race to start his preparation. Football players prepare themselves for the game months and months in advance. They will work out, meet for practice and watch their diet- they don't wait until the day of the game to get prepared for it. Olympic athletes prepare all their lives for that once every four year event. Many of them start training as children. Soldiers are prepared through training before they are sent to the battlefield. People prepare themselves for job interviews by making sure they are dressed nicely and have their resume intact when they get there. People prepare for their driving test by studying the rules of the road. Actors prepare themselves by memorizing and rehearsing their parts. It is that way with most endeavors in life.

None of the above mentioned would even think about undertaking these endeavors without first preparing themselves- physically, mentally, emotionally, etc. Yet, isn't it amazing that when it comes to those things that relate to our spiritual life we won't prepare for them. We tend to neglect that area and then try to prepare for it "on the spot" while we are in the middle of it. It doesn't work that way. We have to be prepared ahead of time when the situation arises.

We face temptations daily, so we have to be prepared ahead of time to be able to resist the temptation. We do that by hiding the word of God in our hearts. We have to be prepared for the spiritual battles that come our way by making sure we are familiar with our armor and know how to use each part ahead of time- no soldier waits until he is on the battlefield to try to figure out what his weapons are and how to use them.

When the opportunity arises to witness to someone, when we are confronted about our faith and belief, when a word is needed at the moment, we need to be prepared to give the right answer. We won't give it if we aren't prepared through knowing the scriptures and prayer.

One day we will all stand before the Lord and give an account of our lives. If you aren't prepared for that day, it will be too late then to get prepared. You have to make preparation for your eternal soul in advance- before you get there in His presence.

Preparation takes work and discipline- you can't be lazy and think you will be prepared when the times comes. You must prepare ahead of time- before the battle rages, before the storm comes, before the enquiries, before the winter sets in, before temptation strikes. "If the opportunity arises and you have to go get ready for it, you will miss the opportunity" , Smith Wigglesworth. The point is- you prepare ahead of time and stay prepared.

Have a great day. Prepare yourself ahead of time, don't wait, it will be too late.

For further reading:
1 Peter 3:15
Proverbs 6:6-8
2 Timothy 2:21
Proverbs 31:21

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"Your Giving Is Noticed"

"He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour." Psalm 112:9

God's nature is that of a giver. He gave His only begotten Son to be the sacrifice for our sins. He gives gifts to men. He gives us our daily bread. He gives meat in due season. He gives wisdom to those who ask. And the list goes on and on.

His children should posses the same nature and character of their Heavenly Father. Therefore, we should be givers too. We should not neglect to give to those who are in need when it is in our power to do so. Giving is not always monetary giving, but sometimes it is. Giving is based on the need at the moment. Isn't that what the Father does? Supplies the "need". You may need to give a hearing ear, a strong shoulder, a word of wisdom or encouragement, a loaf of bread, a new dress, a light bill or even a cup of cold water to meet the need.

I want to remind you this morning that whatever you give does not go unnoticed by the Father. He notices everything. He takes note of what you have given and when you have given it. He remembers your giving long after you have forgotten it. He remembers and never forgets what you do for others- even if it is a just a cup of cold water to a thirsty person. He remembers what you give to Him and never forgets it either. "She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her." (Mark 14:8,9)

Our purpose in giving to God and to others should never be for recognition or to receive a reward in return. But the fact remains that what we do give, God does notice, He does remember and He will reward. So don't grow weary in well doing for in due season you will reap if you faint not because the Father is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love. (Galatians 6:9; Hebrews 6:10)

Have a great day. The Father notices your giving and He will never forget it.

For Further reading:
John 3:16
Psalm 145:15
James 1:5,17
Philippians 4:19
Matthew 10:42

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Post  Admin on Sun 19 Sep 2010, 9:00 am

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"Pet Sins"
"...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us..." Hebrews 12:1
I fell back asleep this morning and when I did, I had a dream. As I sat down to write the devotional the Lord gave me the meaning of the dream and impressed on me to share it with you. I was the character in the dream, but it is a word and warning to us all.
In the dream I had two little bear cubs as pets. They were so cute, so playful, so cuddly, and I loved them. But at the same time in the back of my mind I knew it was not a wise idea to have them- they were wild animals, not pets. I knew that one day their true nature would come out. I had a feeling that one night I would go to sleep and in my sleep they would turn on me, attack me and destroy me. (Perhaps I thought this because on occasion I have watched programs on television about this- people had wild animals for pets and the pets reverted to their nature and killed their owners.)
In the dream I also had three babies. One morning I woke up and the two baby cribs were empty. The cubs had killed, and I guess eaten, the babies- they were gone. The third baby was in my arms looking for her brother and sister. At that point not only was I having to deal with my own pain and utter disbelief at what had happened, but I was having to tell this sad little baby that they were gone and comfort her.
The word/warning to us all is this: you cannot have "pet sins" in your life and not expect them to turn on you one day and destroy you and those you love. They may appear innocent and harmless at the moment, but they will turn on you in a dark hour and destroy everything that is precious to you. They not only will hurt you but they will hurt those around you. Ma'am, do you think that that affair you are having isn't going to come back to "bite" you one day? Do you think that it is not going to hurt your family? Sir, do you think you can continue to watch pornography and not be affected by it? Don't you know it will destroy your relationship with those that you love? These are just two of the pet sins that people have, there are many more. But each one, if indulged and not put in their proper place, will leave you hurting and having to "pick up the pieces" from the mess that you allowed to happen. Don't deceive yourself by saying it will never happen, I can handle it. Sin has a nature too, just like those bear cubs, and its nature will come out one day. You will wake up and have to face its destructive power.
If that is you this morning, sin does not belong in your life. The Lord never tells us to nurture sin but to forsake it instead. It doesn't belong in your life. It belongs under the blood of Jesus, or in the sea of His forgetfulness but not in your life- whether hid in secret or out openly. You may think you can handle them and that they are under control at the moment, but don't deceive yourself, it is sin and sin will always have a payday. Fire is fire and if you play with it you will get burned. You can't play with sin and not expect to reap the consequences. They will come and when they do, it not only will hurt you but those around you and it takes no captives but destroys them instead.
Have a great day. Holding on to "pet sins" will eventually lead to destruction, heartache and pain, for you and for those around you.
For further reading:
Acts 3:19
1 John 1:9
2 Samuel 11,12
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Post  Admin on Fri 17 Sep 2010, 12:35 pm

"Freedom"
"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32
Freedom comes with truth. For example, I know the truth concerning the issue of salvation through faith or salvation through works. I know that we are not saved by good deeds. I know that we can't work our way to heaven or favor with God. I know that salvation comes through faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ at the cross. I know that I am saved by the gift of God not the merit of my own endeavor. Therefore, knowing the truth in this area brings me freedom in that area.
Knowing the truth gives me freedom "from" some things. It gives freedom from confusion; freedom from struggle; freedom from deception. It gives freedom from error in that particular area.
Knowing the truth not only frees me "from" the things such as I have named, but it also "gives" some things to me. It gives me peace because I no longer wonder if I am being "good enough". It gives me the ability to stand firm in my belief. It gives me strength to stand in the face of that which isn't truth. It roots and grounds me and places me on a firm foundation.
In His parable of the wise man who built his house upon the rock and the foolish man who built his house upon the sand, Jesus showed us that a wise man will build his life upon God's word (the truth), thus, giving him freedom from destruction when the storms of life come. But a foolish man does not build his house upon the truth of God's word, therefore, he suffers when the storms comes. Summed up, freedom "gives" us life and delivers us "from" destruction.
Have a great day. When you walk in the truth, you walk in freedom.
For further reading:
Matthew 7:24-29
Ephesians 2:8,9
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"Not Condemned"

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Romans 8:1

There are so many Christians who feel guilt and condemnation all the time. It is a feeling that you never seem to be able to get over or away from- even when you feel good, you feel bad. You feel condemned about everything. You feel as if everything that you do is wrong or displeasing to God. You are constantly searching yourself to try to figure out where you have missed the mark, what you have done wrong, if there is sin hid somewhere. Even when you can't put your finger on something, you still have that feeling. You are always apologizing to the Lord, even when you haven't done anything to warrant an apology, because of this constant guilt that keeps nagging at you.

If you are living in a life of condemnation and guilt- from either past sins that you did commit or perceived ones- I pray that today will be the day that your life changes. I pray that you will hear and receive the truth today that will make you free. Let me make something perfectly clear-- the condemnation that you are feeling does NOT come from God the Father!!! It is from the enemy of your soul. It is an oppressive spirit that has camped out to torment you- to steal your peace and joy, to kill your witness for Christ and to destroy your relationship with the Father.

Satan is our accuser. He is the one who condemns us. He is the one who tries to convince us that we are guilty when we are not. God does not condemn you. When He sent His Son Jesus into the world, He did not send Him to condemn us, He sent Him to save us because He loved us. When caught in the very act of adultery, Jesus specifically told the women that He did not condemn her and she was to go and sin no more. God does not condone sin, but He does not condemn the sinner-- nor the saved.

If God did not condemn us when we were sinners, why would He condemn us now that we are saved. So don't buy in to the devil's lies. Don't accept his condemnation. Don't listen to his charges and accusations against you. You were once condemned by your sins, but now you are washed and cleansed and forgiven by the Lord. Start walking in that forgiveness. And when that "feeling" comes upon you, put the truth of God's word on it. Believe God- not the devil, not the feelings.

Have a great day. The devil condemns us, man condemns us, our own hearts will even condemn us, but God does not.

For further reading:
1 John 3:20,21
Psalm 37:33
John 8:11; 32
John 3:17
John 10:10

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