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Believing in God is Simple

 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

 

Believing in God is simple. Nothing just appears instantly.  Just like the watch on the person’s hand in the picture did not just appear on their hand, neither did the world.  It did not just, “Poof,” and all of a sudden existed.  Mankind, no two people have the exact same fingerprint. Of all the billions and billions of people in the world, past, present and the ones that are to come, even science points to the unexplainable and that in itself points to a Creator. Everything has to have a creator, a beginning.

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So, if what we believe about God, that He is the Creator and we find what we know and believe in the Bible, then the whole Bible is true.  If the whole Bible is true, then what is said about Jesus Christ is also true.

Jesus is love personified.  There is a beginning to life and an end.  I for one would much rather believe that there is life after death then ceasing to exist and nothing beyond.   There is so much hatred in the earth, so much sickness, and sadness so, believing in Heaven is a plus! ”He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

To have a place with all that then there has to be an opposite for those who choose not to believe in Jesus and His death on the cross and it is Hell.  There has to be a prerequisite in order to keep the evil out.  Heaven is for eternity, forever and ever and evil is not welcome there.  In school, you do not get to move on to the next grade level if you do not pass.  There are requirements in order to pass, just like heaven. So, you choose which place you want to spend eternity in, your choice.  You send yourself by that choice you make here on earth and your profession of faith or lack thereof.

 

Jesus was beaten beyond human recognition, He was spat on, mocked, a crown of thorns placed on His head, blood running down His face and hung on a cross.  He is and on earth was the sinless Son of God and He endured all that for all mankind.  What part of that is hateful or racist? And what other gods will die for those he loves?   Our God did, He did it for us because He knew that mankind is weak and there is a devil that tempts people who are weak to hurt others or themselves.  By the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, you can have His Holy Spirit within you to help you do and live a life of love that otherwise is impossible in this world.  You receive the grace of God’s love and the benefits of being a child of God, just by asking.  You do not have to do anything, it is free!  Free is good and you are gauranteed a home in heaven when you transition from this life into the next.

So, everything has to have a Creator, and if the Creator-God is true, then the Bible, Jesus Christ, and Heaven are also true.

Curiosity peeked but not ready to ask Him to be your Lord and Savior?  Ask Him for that too, He will answer.  Ask Jesus to show you the truth of Himself and help you to believe.  He will.

To receive Jesus is simple as well.  Just ask!  “Ask and it shall be given to you.”  (Matthew 7:7)

 

Invitation to Salvation Prayer

 

Dear Almighty Father in heaven, I know that I am a sinner and I ask your forgiveness of all my sins. I want to make You the Lord of my life and I want to serve You all the days of my life. I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins. Thank you so much for loving me and waiting on me to come to the knowledge of the truth! Thank you for my salvation. Please help me and guide me in learning your Word so I can be a light to the world. Please, Jesus come into my heart, and baptize me with Your Holy Spirit. I thank You and praise Your Holy Name and ask all this in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

If you just prayed the prayer above, congratulations and welcome to the family of God!  (John 1:12) “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”

You can now be assured of your eternal salvation and an eternal home in heaven.  (Ephesians 1:13-14) “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of His glory.”

 

Read more about God’s love:  https://sandralott.wordpress.com/home/gods-love

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Devotion

Keep God Bigger than Your Trials

 “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

 

I have had times in my life in which it seemed as if the world was closing in on me.  I was dealing with many issues all at once.  I became depressed and had no energy to do anything.  It felt as if things were never going to change and I did not have the ability to solve and take care of any the issues I was dealing with; I felt overwhelmed.

Whatever the reason was for what I was dealing with, I learned that God wanted me to trust Him, put Him first.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) 
I had turned from trust and God’s peace and was making my trial bigger than God. That is what brought on the depression I was feeling.

God wants to be first and with Him at the forefront of your heart and mind and not the overwhelming issues surrounding you, you have His peace.  “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

In Matthew 14:25-32 the disciples were in a boat shortly before dawn, so it was still dark.  Then Jesus came to them walking on the water.  Peter was the only one who cried out, “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” (vs 28) Jesus did and Peter got out of the boat, all fears aside, and he did not stop to reason it out.  He just did it, and he walked on water!  He did not start to sink until he looked at his surroundings.  But even then, Jesus helped him. We can do the same thing, but we will never do it unless we get out of the boat and try!

When you look on, dwell on, worry over the trial, you are making the trial, the issues you are dealing with bigger than God.  You are making an idol out of it.  According to Webster’s dictionary, an idol is anything you give excessive devotion to.  Your troubles are temporary, that is promised.   “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (II Corinthians 4:17)  God taught me to never judge the future by my present circumstances.  They can change in an instant, as quickly as the wind.  We may have to go through trials in order to grow, but an end is promised and so is victory and God is the one who brings it!  “With God, we will gain the victory and He will trample down our enemies.”

God uses the trials of life to draw something out of you, make you aware of sins or things you are doing or not doing that is hindering your walk in Christ, but they are never to harm you. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy, He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this, you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (I Peter 1:3-9)

When I chose to shake off the worry and depression and put my eyes back on the Lord and decide to trust Him, His peace returned. Worrying did not change my situation, it only stole my joy.  That is what the enemy wants!  Decide to trust Jesus, the one who died for you and will not fail you, if for nothing else than to spite Satan!  “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

Remember times past when the Lord delivered you and let that be a source of hope to help you come through every trial you face.  “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us again. On Him, we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us.” (II Corinthians 1:10)

God will show you what you need to do.  He will not leave you helpless.  It is His promise to guide you. “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.” (John 16:13)   He will illuminate the path He wants you to take. “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” (II Corinthians 4:6)

If He wants you to wait on Him and be patient, He will tell you that as well.  “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) You will know it in your heart and you will feel a peace within; He is the Prince of Peace.

As you learn to keep the trials of life in proper perspective, keeping God first, growth happens, and you will move on, the victory won!

Peter was arrested and about to be executed.  And the night before, he was in prison between two guards, and he was asleep!  Would that be you, would it be me?  I am not so sure.  But when you can get to the point of being so at rest in your trial and your faith reaches the heavens, then you know you have grown.  Peter was asleep, and God sent an angel to deliver him! The angel had to wake him up and the chains came off!

Determine to walk through your trials, eyes firmly fixed on Jesus, trusting in Him.  Look at each trial as a growth opportunity instead of a hindrance or a problem to fret over.  Instead of a problem, it will be a tool to draw closer to God. When you depend on Him for wisdom, strength, peace, joy, and faith to get you through victoriously, this is true worship.  True worship comes from the heart and it is a lifestyle. “God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24) You live out your devotion to God as you trust Him and when you allow an offense to roll off and pray for the person instead.  Worship is having compassion and loving instead of passing judgment and it is also praising Him, whenever and wherever your heart cannot hold it in.

As you learn to trust through the trials, you are keeping Him where He belongs, first and bigger than your trials.  When you keep your peace and joy, and worship Him through the trials instead of worrying, you become more and more like Him and that is true liberty!

 

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (II Corinthians 3:17-18)

 

Devotion

Crossroads

 

(Jeremiah 6:16) “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”

  

Like cars on a highway we are all on different paths and at different stages of our Christians walk.  People will cross your path and how you act and react toward them determines how long you stay on your current path.  One person may be further along in their faith than you are, and another person may have faith weaker than yours and their love walk may not be as far along as yours; they may still have idols evident to all that they need to get rid of; but do not judge!  (James 2: 12-13) “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.  Mercy triumphs over judgment!”

 

You do not know where anyone is on their path and where they came from and what hurts they need to have healed and issues they still need to overcome.  There are crossroads that will come your way; decisions you will need to make; what job to take, a ministry to help out with or an answer to give.  Whatever the case may be, do not let confusion cause you to make a wrong decision for you will have to reap the consequences of all choices you make whether good or bad.  Do not let anyone force you into making quick decisions either without first consulting God so you make the right choice.  (Matthew 7:7-11) “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.  Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!”

 

Whatever decisions you make; whatever you act on is what you will have to live with, so do not make hasty decisions; ask God first and wait on His answer!  (Proverbs 19:2) “It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.”  There are also crossroads and intersections that will meet you on your path; people that God wants to use to help you in an answer to one of your prayers.  Be patient with God and trust Him to answer as He says He will.  He may be using someone to help in bringing the answer to your prayers to pass and they have not caught up to where you are; be patient with God and trust Him.  “He will never leave you nor forsake you.”  God is loving in all His ways; the cross of Jesus speaks enough for itself about the love of God.  Trust Him to answer your prayers and provide for you; be patient with Him and trust Him to get you to the next destination victoriously!

 

(Psalm 27:13-14) “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

Devotion

Get Up & Cross Over!

         

(Joshua 1:1-3) “After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide:  “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.  I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.”

  

 

Moses was 120 yrs old when he died.  He was devoted to God and known as “a friend of God.  But it was time for the new generation to rise up; it was time to let the old go and the new to come.  They had been stuck in the desert for 40 yrs due to their lack of faith and disobedience and God was now calling them to rise up and cross over!  In essence, He was telling them to grow up and get some backbone and be the child of God you were meant to be!  We can all gleam from His words, “cross the Jordan River.”    Have you been stuck in a desert and going nowhere?  Their journey should have been 11 days but turned out to be 40 yrs.  Can you relate?  Have you been going around the same mountain again and again?

 

It is time to cross over from desert living to crossing over into the river of life!  (Revelations 22:1-2) “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb  down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”   Stop wavering in doubt and unbelief and have faith; your faith is what will move the mountain that is keeping you from your Promised Land!  (Matthew 17:20) ‘He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

 

Life is not going to present itself to you on the sofa!  God did not pick the Israelites up and plant them in the Promised Land.  They had to travel through the desert.  The desert times are what weed out the impurities from our hearts and stretch our faith.  We discover just how much God loves us in those times.  The Israelites had to step out in faith and walk and fight.  God went before them, He knew what was ahead and already had a plan.  All they needed to do to obtain the victory is trust Him and travel the road of faith.  Trash and take captive those thoughts of fear and doubt and choose to trust God.  (II Corinthians 10:5) “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

 

When you do this and choose to trust God, He will smooth out the rough edges of the road and lead you safely to your Promised Land.  A place in which you are fulfilling the purpose He has for you and everything in your life that was once dead will live and be fruitful!  It is time to get up, grow up and cross over!

 

 

(Ezekiel 47:9) “Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live.”

Devotion

Out of Control: Learning to Let Go & Let God!

 (Psalm 46:10) “Be still and know that I am God.”

  

If you are a person who loves to help and to please people you can get overwhelmed rather quickly if you do not learn to say, “No.”  Part of growing is learning what we can do and what we cannot.  If it is too much for you to handle then maybe it was never meant for you to handle.  Then there are other things that are your responsibility such as rent, electric, water, food, gas etc.  Unexpected problems that want to take your money will pop up all the time and before you know it you have more bills then you have money coming in.  These are also times when you need to “Let go and let God.”

 

Go to God and place everything in His hands and wait for Him to take care of it, trusting at all times that He will.  (Psalm 55:22) “Cast all your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you, He will never let the righteous fall.”  (Isaiah 46:4) “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”  Through every burden you have you know that you can go to the Lord with confidence in knowing that He will help you.  What an awesome show of love!  God promises to take care of your needs and all you have to do is love, trust and obey Him.

 

God’s work seems to be a whole lot harder, because, talking from experience; we sure can make a mess out of things.  (Psalm 68:19) “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.”  But, you must be patient!  (Psalm 27:13-14) “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

 

If life is overwhelming you take note of tasks that you need to let go of and others that you need the help of the Holy Spirit to accomplish and prioritize and “Let go and let God.”  For bills that have become too much and you do not know what to do, go to God in prayer and hand them over and as our verse says, “Be still and know that I am God.”  God will guide you and help as you wait, trusting Him to come to your rescue.  Give God everything you cannot handle, give Him control over every area of your life and then expect! Out of control living is the only way to live!  It is so freeing because you are trusting God to take care of what you cannot and the burden is lifted from your heart.

 

Expect God, your Father come to your rescue and help you in such a way that He will be glorified and your faith will be increased.

 

(Ephesians 3:20) “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generation, for ever and ever! Amen.”

 

 

Devotion

  Prophesy: Can these dead bones live?

(Ezekiel 37:2-7) “Son of man, can these bones live?’  I said, ‘O Sovereign Lord, You alone know.’  Then He said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord!  This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.  I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life.  Then you will know that I am the Lord.’  So I prophesied as I was commanded.  And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.”

 

What words are you speaking over your life?  (Proverbs 18:21) “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”  Are you speaking words of doom and gloom or are you praying and speaking out the promises of God found in His Word?

Our God is a God who “calls things that are not as though they were,” (Romans 4:17).  God’s Holy Spirit is within us and His Word is alive in us! (John 1:1-2) “ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.”  The Word of God is Jesus Christ.  (John 1:14) “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

God’s Word, the Bible and Jesus Christ will sustain us through life if we trust in Him.  (Luke 6:47-48) “I will show you what he is like who comes to Me and hears My Words and puts them into practice.  He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.  When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.”  Jesus Christ is the Rock, the foundation on which our faith is built.  (Isaiah 28:16) “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.”

The very things He did through Jesus Christ, He now does through us by His Holy Spirit.  (Mark 16:15-18) “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.  And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”   But He can’t move to manifest our words into reality if we will not stop speaking death over our lives!

Stop saying, “I can’t” and “It will never happen.”  In the beginning (Genesis 1:3) “God said, “Let there be light” and there was light.” If God’s same Spirit that spoke out creation and it came to be is in us, then we can too!  Have faith and speak it out!  (II Corinthians 4:13) “I believed; therefore, I have spoken.”

Start speaking life!

(Deuteronomy 30:19-20) “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.  Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him.  For the Lord is your life, and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

 

 

 

Devotion

   Need More of God’s Love?

       

(Deuteronomy 27:15) “Cursed is anyone who makes an idol–a thing detestable to the Lord, the work of skilled hands–and sets it up in secret.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

  

Do you need more of God’s love in your heart?  Are you feeling heavyhearted and weighed down?  Then do an honest inventory of your heart.  Better you do it then wait on God.  When He does it, it usually comes in the form of a trial.  (II Corinthians 13:5)Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?  There may be things in your heart taking up all the space leaving no room for God’s love to grow.  And if you are giving excessive devotion or emphasis to it, then it becomes an idol, whether it is an emotion you allow to rule you or even a person, place or thing.

An idol is a “graven image” and in the dictionary graven image means “a carving of a god, representing a god.”  And according to the dictionary an idol means, “Anything you give excessive devotion or worship.”

 Answer these questions: do you gossip, and gossip is gossip even if you are doing it in the guise of wanting prayer for someone?  Whether you are speaking it or listening, you are still taking part of it.  Are you jealous or envious of someone?  Do you hold any bitterness or resentment? Have you allowed in offense to take root in your heart? Is there anyone you cannot forgive?  Holding on to these is not affecting the one you are mad at, it only affects you and weighs your heart down.  Let it go, give it over to God and move on.  You cannot move on with God and have room in your heart for more of His love until you let these negative emotions go.  (Matthew 6:14-15)For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”  Make room in your heart and His love will overflow!  (John 7:38)Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

 

What do you run to for peace?  When you have a problem do you exalt it so much that it steals your joy and, in your heart,, you do not believe that God will help.  Whatever you believe is what you will get, (Matthew 9:29) “According to your faith let it be done to you” Do you have an idol that you have set up in your heart that you need to have in order to be happy and at rest?  What is your source of peace?  God wants to give you peace, but He is “gentle and humble in heart,” and He will not force Himself on you.  If you have set up for yourselves the temporary peace that comes from a bottle, a cigarette or any other form of nicotine or drug or anything else then you have indeed set that up as your idol or god.  God will not force Himself on you and says if that is what you want then they are now your gods, then go to them to get your prayers answered.

(Jeremiah 2:28) “Where then are the gods you made for yourselves?  Let them come if they can save you when you are in trouble!”

He will not share you with other gods.  He wants all of you.  (I Corinthians 10:21-22) “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.  Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than He?”

Get rid of the idols and examine your heart.  Allow God to do some weed pulling and you will have room in your heart for more of His love to grow within you.  (Matthew 15:13) “He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.”

Are you tired of being sick and tired and stuck and not getting anywhere as if you are boxed in?  Then get rid of your idols!  God wants and longs to save and deliver you, but He will not share you!  If you want more of His love, then make room for it.  If you have a pot for a plant, and you put flower seeds in it and dirt, but fill it up completely to the top with rocks, then where is the room in that pot for the flower seeds to grow into a beautiful flower?  This is your heart when filled with negative.  Allow God to show you what needs uprooted, ask for His help.  He loves you and wants you to grow, to heal and be delivered.  His compassion and mercy will never fail you.

(Isaiah 30:18) “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore, He will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!”

He longs to give you His eternal peace, will you receive it?  (John 14:27) “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Trash the idols, repent and make God first in your life and the rest will line up and His love will overflow your heart!

(Matthew 6:33) “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

 

Devotion

 Shhhh!  He’s Listening!

 

 (II Corinthians 4:4) “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

 

 You have been bombarded with issues lately and it seems as if every part of you life has been attacked, your children, your job and your relationships.  Your mind is filled with all sorts of fearful thoughts.  (Proverbs 15:15) “All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].” (Amplified Bible)

Satan attacks your mind and the barrage of thoughts of fear and evil forebodings—thoughts of “what might happen” do not have to stay in your mind!  Trash them!  Satan wants you to keep them, dwell on them and speak them. Life is given to the words that you speak.  (John 6:63) “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you–they are full of the Spirit and life.”

  Don’t speak them, trash them!    (II Corinthians 10:4-5) “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  Start being an aggressive Christian and beware of Satan’s tactics.  (Matthew 11:12) “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it.”  Do not be a passive Christian and expect the Lord to do everything.  He already did it, He died on the cross.  Why do you think the Israelites had to fight in battles to possess the Promised Land?  The battles help us to grow, they strengthen our faith and we discover in the process who we really are and who our awesome God is; our faith grows as a result.

Trash those fearful thoughts and do your homework.  Look up Bible verses pertaining to your situation and the promises of God regarding it and start speaking!  Satan attacks your mind and he hears what you say but he cannot read your mind!  So, what are you saying?  Are you giving Satan more ammunition against you by the words that you speak?  Doesn’t he do enough damage already without you helping him to do his job?  Turn your situation around and start speaking out the promises of God and words of praise!  Satan will not stick around to praise God with you!

 

(Proverbs 18:21) “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Devotion

  It’s Time to Plant Different Seeds!

 

 (Deuteronomy 1:6-8) “The Lord our God said t us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain.  Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates.  See, I have given you this land.  Go in and take possession of the land that the Lord swore He would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.”

 

Have you been going around the same mountain again and again?  If you keep planting the same crop you will keep getting the same fruit.  If you keep planting seeds of worry, doubt, anger, fear and resentment every time the same type of trials hit, then you will keep getting the same results.  It is our faith that pleases God; it lets Him know that we believe in Him and we know that He loves us and wants to bless us.  “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.” The Israelites kept doubting and murmuring and complaining instead of trusting and it took them 40 years to make an eleven day journey. (Deuteronomy 1:2-3) “(It takes eleven days to go from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea by the Mount Seir road.)   In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the Lord commanded him concerning them.”

 

Have you increased the length of your journey?  Do you remember that last time someone did not believe in you or did not think that you could do something, how did it make you feel?  It hurts God as well.  Do you keep reacting the same way with each trial that comes your way?  Are the ways you react a way contrary to the Word of God?  The Word of God tells us to “call things that are not as though they were” and it says if believe in your heart that you have received the answer to your prayer and you will receive it.  The Word says, “the tongue has the power of life and death and those who love it will eat its fruit.”  What are you speaking?  Are you speaking doubt, depression, fear and anger, or are you speaking God’s promises?

 

Whatever you believe and speak is what you will get.  So, if you keep getting the same results and keep going around the same mountain, then plant a different crop!  You can overcome!  (Revelation 12:11) “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did love their lives so much as to shrink back from death.”

 

Jesus died to give us liberty, nail your sins, your worries and fears to the cross and trust Him to bring you through.  (I John 4:4) “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

When you believe God and take Him at His Word, when you speak out and live out His Word God will answer your prayers; in His way and in His time.  When you raise and praise, lifting hands and heart to God in sincere worship you will be victorious.  Satan is not going to stick around and praise God with you.  When the Israelites were fighting the Amalekites, Moses kept his hands raised and as long as they were raised, the Israelites were winning.  When you love and trust God and wait on Him, you will be victorious and your prayers will be answered.  (Hebrews 11:6) “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to God must believe that He exists and rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”  

 

 When you love instead of hate and bless instead of curse, when you show compassion and mercy instead of walking away selfishly, when you trust instead of worry and doubt you will overcome and the seeds of love and trust will take root and its fruit will spring up to an overwhelming crop in your life.  (Romans 12:21) “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.’   Take a good look at how you react.  What results do you get?  If you react in fear, anger and doubt and keep going around the same mountain, then it is time to move, it is time to plant a different crop!

 

(Mark 4:7-8) “Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.  Still other see fell on good soil.  It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.”

 

 

 

 

Devotion

 There is An Exodus Coming Your Way!

 

 (Exodus 14:13-14) “Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.  The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

 

 Do you have bills bombarding you and not enough paycheck?  Maybe you have relationship troubles, wayward children or health problems and these battles have been going on continually for a long time.  Maybe you have all of these at once!  You are weary, but your spirit within will not let you give up; you still have hope.  Do not be afraid, there is an exodus for you!

 

Do not be afraid of the difficulties you face as you near the transition from your wilderness season of one trial after another to your answered prayers.   When God told the Israelites that they had been at the mountain at Horeb long enough, they began to move out and sent messengers to the king of Sihon in order to pass through their territory in peace.  The king would not agree but rejected their plea instead.  God told them not to be afraid that the hardness of the king’s heart would turn out for their good.  “But Sihon king of Heshbon refused to let us pass through. For the Lord your God had made his spirit stubborn and his heart obstinate in order to give him into your hands, as he has now done.  The Lord said to me, “See, I have begun to deliver Sihon and his country over to you. Now begin to conquer and possess his land.” (Deuteronomy 2:30-31)

You do not see it, but God may be allowing the difficulties you are facing in order to give you a blessing through it just like the Israelites.  They needed to trust God, even in the resistance of the people they were coming up against to let them travel through in peace.  Remember the Red Sea?

Do you have a Red Sea moment your life?  A time in which God came through for you in a big way?  Remember that as you transition.  The enemy is not about to allow you to transition with ease, but with the help of the Holy Spirit, you can make it through.  It is promised!  “With God we will gain the victory and He will trample down our enemies.” (Psalm 60:12)

Maybe some of the issues bombarding you are being allowed by God in order for you to release the control, the worry and fear of the “what might” happen once and for all and give Him complete trust.”  God may have something different and wonderful, something big for you going into your new season and may require you to have 100% complete trust in Him.  Is your faith there?

That financial problem that is so huge, it is like trying to destroy Mt Rushmore with a chisel.  What about that health issue or wayward child that you continually worry over?  Stop it! God has it and He is telling you what He told me, “I’ve got this, and it will be okay.”

Recently I had to face the, “stop worrying” issue myself.  I knew the worry and fear was weighing on my heart heavily.  Financial issues out of my control and a wayward son.  I lost one son due to an accident years ago and the one left is my only son now.  His waywardness and the path he is on scares me.  I am scared of losing him too.  That fear causes me to want to control things, so I do not get hurt, so my son will not get hurt.  My control keeps God out of it and healing him the way he needs to be healed once and for all.  God told me I had to release the worry over my bills and release my son to His care.  In my mind’s eye I saw releasing my son meant never seeing him again, just like my other son, the one that was killed.  I hurt and miss him so much.  God told me, “Releasing him is not giving him over to some event that will take him completely from you it is placing him in My hands to set free, deliver, heal, save and restore.  As long as you worry you are keeping him in your hands instead of Mine.”

That brought peace to me and I was able to release my financial problems and my son to Him.  What do you need to release in order to cross over and have your exodus complete?  Do you truly want your new beginning?  How bad do you want it?  It is time to release all your cares to God.  He loved you enough to die for your sins!  Do you think He is going to just leave it at that?  No!  He said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  It is time to trust, time to hand all over in order to set your exodus in motion!  Go to God in prayer and ask for His help in doing so.  “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22)

Step over the threshold of wonder and worry into complete faith and new beginnings.  God loves you and “will not fail or forsake you.”

 

“But now, this is what the Lord says—He who created you, Jacob, He who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.  For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead.  Since you are precious and honored in My sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.  Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west.  I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’   and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—everyone who is called by My name, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and made.”

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

(Isaiah 43:1-7 & 19)