O Lord, as we start our day, may we be of a right and sound mind. Take away anything that displeases you. Let any confusion, anger, resentment, desires of any state of mind that causes us to fall be removed at once. May all discontent and harm of our thoughts not be carried out through our words and actions. Let us live this day according to Your will and purpose, being a godly example to those around us. Lead us into our day that is about Your peace and love. Let righteousness go forth in our steps and out of our mouths. Reside in the temple that keeps You with us. May all that we are, all that we strive to be, be used for the praise and glory of excellence found in You. Bless those who seek You, those who have turned their backs on you, those lost in darkness who have yet to meet you and receive salvation. May Your light shine in those dead areas that will arise and praise Your holy name. Rain down melodies from heaven that the earth will rejoice! Lastly, please be with those who are sick. Heal them from the crown of their heads to the soles of their feet. Restore them in their mind, body and spirit. We welcome You Lord. Draw near to us as we draw near to you. Hallelujah! Thank you for Who you are and all that you are. With all that is within, may we be grateful that you allowed us to live yet another day, not by any thing that we have done, but by Your mercy and grace, we are here. Father, thank you for favor. In the name of Jesus I bring this prayer before you. Amen.
• a child of The Most High
• a new creation in Christ Jesus
• cleansed in the blood of The Lamb
• a friend of Jesus
• a precious jewel
• a member of The Body of Christ
• Abraham’s seed; an heir to the promises of God because you belong to Christ now
I can go on and on but I want YOU to tell yourself who you are in Christ. Add to this list. Tell Satan and his evil spawns who you are NOT. You have the power and authority to shake off that dusty robe of sin that once weighed you down that now you can adorn yourself with the robe of righteousness because you are free in Christ Jesus. Your sins were washed away when Jesus died on the cross for you. Past and present sins. He knew them all.They are remembered no more.
Dear Father, I plead the blood of Jesus over those who seek peace in their heart and mind. May those thoughts of guilt and shame be set loose, stomped on and crushed beneath their feet. May Your abounding love be felt, better yet grounded in fertile soil so that it may take root that cannot be pulled up. No storm in their life is too hard for You my Lord. You are capable to do ALL things but fail. Send in your mighty warriors here on earth to be by their sides to lean on, cry with, pray with and strengthen in the name of Jesus. Peace be still. Thank you Lord, thank You. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
*If you are reading this and you don’t know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, ask Him to come into your life right now and say this prayer:
Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.
I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.
You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.
Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.
God bless you into the family as a born again believer. I pray that you find a church or a group of people who can get you connected to a local body of believers. My prayers are with you as you take the journey as a new creation in the Lord. (( hugs ))
Your sister in Christ,
- Salvation through Jesus Christ (michaelgaither.wordpress.com)
- It Is Finished – Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers (gospelbondservant.com)
THIS COULD BE ANY ONE OF US……………….. NEVER SAY NEVER.
Typically this is not like me to write a random post without the leading of the Holy Spirit but then again, this could be such doing and my emotions and compassion for the lost, broken, and hungry have stepped forward in a bold moment. This message in regards to Feeding the Multitude applies to those who need physical nourishment as well as spiritual. We are called to go out and tend to them. The widows, the orphans, the sick and all. Believe me when I say that I am speaking to myself as well as you because we all need to pitch in and help. We are instructed to do this in an act of obedience and love.
The Outworking of Love
“By this we know love, because He laid down his life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” ( 1John 3:16-18 NKJV )
I could easily throw up a Thanksgiving Day picture fully decorated with all the delighful looking food and happy people, but I choose not to. The foundation of this celebration is about giving thanks to the Lord for all that He has done, bringing people together in fellowship and enjoying a meal. At least that is what I think it is. This is what I have learnt over the years as an adult. I didn’t grow up knowing that I was to give thanks unto the Lord and being grateful for my family and friends. It was just food cooked out of TRADITION. We ate and went our way year after year in my eyes and opinion. I am not, in no way throwing my parents under the bus so to speak. Maybe they didn’t know any better, but it wasn’t until I married that I learned the true meaning. It took some getting used to. ( and I still have a hard time getting in the swing of festivities believe it or not for that very reason ) Ok. Enough digressing. Back to getting on track with what I was saying.
Jesus is calling us out to go boldly in His name to preach the Gospel to the world and to take care of those in need. This place we live in isn’t getting any better and more lives are being lost daily. People are becoming more and more selfish by the minute. Where is the love? Where is the compassion? Do you really think it is good enough to look at the television or newspaper, the man standing on the corner, reading the “junk mail” that asks you to consider sponsoring a needy child over in another country, to drive past a food bank or shelter and say “Lord bless their hearts and provide for them” and so forth? NO. It’s not good enough.
Many of us can honestly say that we are blessed enough financially that we have a roof over our heads, a job, clothing on our back, good health, a good and sound mind to take care of ourselves and our loved ones, but how about the ones who can’t. Do we just rely on the state to take care of them? How about the volunteers willing to give their time willingly to help those who have less than? The answer should be NO. Who is looking out for their spiritual health at the same time? I am sure that some of them are richly blessed in spirit more so than some of us. They may not have a dime in their pocket but their hearts are rich in faith. That is something to think about.
I am not trying to convict anyone at all and if I have offended you, please forgive me, but realize that any given day your life could go from being on top to hitting rock bottom. Then what?? You will be that very same person that the world turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to. We reap what we sow. Now it’s up to you what you can give whether it’s financially or spiritually but being a bench warmer isn’t going to get it. It’s time to get proactive. Not just during the holiday seasons but during every day life.
This painful post is because I was sitting down eating dinner and my eyes began to well up with tears because of a story I read. A man lost everything and is now living under a bridge. Wife left him, he’s without a job and a home. But he was thankful for whatever food the shelter/ sponsoring businesses that rallied together to feed and clothe the homeless supplied. What caught my attention more than anything was that despite his situation, he was willing to share the Gospel with anyone willing to listen to him. In the mean time, he is holding on looking for that day to come when he can get back on his feet.
Prayerfully, I want the Lord to direct my footsteps in the direction He wants me to go to in ministering to the lost. I can say that I know that I know that I KNOW that He is preparing me for something greater in my ministry. It’s all about Christ. Living who I strive to be in Him and taking care of those less fortunate however it may be. To God be the glory. May I be stripped of anything that is not pleasing to Him so that I may live a righteous life through him and be an example to those living in darkness.
Dear friends, I am not asking you to do a thing except pray and ask the Lord to direct your thoughts and footsteps. Think for a minute if you would and try to imagine yourself in the shoes of a sinner without repentance and salvation as well as the homeless person without. You can think back to the lost sinner you once were before Christ came into your life? Can you just imagine how you could live if you didn’t have the basic needs?
This is just Food for Thought.
May the God is Who is able to do all things but fail bless you and keep you always………
When you’ve come to that place along your journey, when you just don’t know what’s what, it is at the feet of Jesus you will find peace and understanding.
Make the time to rest in the Lord; GIVE him priority each and every day. Too many times we get caught up in the busyness of life that we don’t slow down and seek His presence. Not just to bring our problems to Him, but to gain some wisdom, discernment, and knowledge. We need intimate time with the Lord for ONLY he can give us what this world can’t.
For me………… it’s my wellspring. It’s my quiet time that I NEED with the Savior. I have to drop everything else and be at his feet, absorbing all that is imparted. I rather be a Mary in a Martha world. ( read Luke10:38-42 )
May my heart over my actions preside; to choose the better part. That’s where I want to be more and more each day. Don’t you? We can’t live in this world and do right without Him.
Welcome Jesus into your day giving of your first-fruits. There’s no time like the present time. He should be first in our planner/agenda book written in ink, not pencil. God has breathed life into you yet another day. How awesome is that?!!
” O Father, I thank you for be a loving father to us all even when we don’t deserve it. It’s by Your grace that we are here. Your precious Son is the Teacher, willing and able to share with us how to live a godly life. By help of Your Holy Spirit we are able to make a decision and choose the better part before the anxieties of this world scoop us up and blindsight us to the blessings in our day. I pray for my friends that they too will draw from the Living Well. No greater refreshing will ever be found. Anoint the heads of Your children that we may go out into a new day shining the Light of your glory. Blessed be your name in all the earth. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen “
Proverbs 16:21-23 NKJV
“The wise in heart will be called prudent, And sweetness of the lips increases learning. Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it. But the correction of fools is folly. The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds learning to his lips.”
- Martha ‘n’ Me (sfnowak.com)
- ♥♥♥”Above all else, Guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”(Proverbs 4:23)♥♥♥ (mhargiebelicano.wordpress.com)
Praise to God for a Living Hope
3 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, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 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. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 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. 8 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, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.[b] 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,
“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
And this is the word that was preached to you. ( 1Peter 1:3-25 NIV )
Let the redeemed of the Lord RISE up! I come to let you know that you don’t need to walk around as if you don’t have the power and authority to live victorious in Christ! There is no reason why we shouldn’t live expecting God’s promises to come through. He is not a liar and cannot go back on his word. We have come a long way as sinners being washed clean by the blood of the Lamb.
Open your mouth and speak praises unto the Lord for already working on your behalf. Give him the glory and the honor in advance over your afflictions, your worries, doubts, fears, guilt and so on.
Stand strong and courageous in the Lord. SPEAK with authority to those mountains. Jesus didn’t go to the cross for nothing! Be glad and rejoice in his presence, in his goodness, that is everlasting. Your inheritance is waiting for you in heaven. Until it’s your time to leave this sinful world we live in, as long as you walk on this earth, live every day like it’s your last. Trouble doesn’t last always. Weeping may endure for a night but believe your joy comes in the morning.
Too many people in this world don’t even know the goodness of our Lord and Savior. They don’t know that they can receive Him as their God who will love them unconditionally, save them from the pit of hell for eternity, have an unspeakable joy in their hearts, a peace that surpasses all understanding like you do. The Almighty has already delivered you from many snares of the evil one. Don’t think for one moment that he won’t do it again. Be of good patience as you wait for Him.
Share your faith with others so that they too will partake in the hope and inheritance that you already have in the Lord our God, so that they too will dwell with Him forever. REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS.
What a mighty God we serve, the One who we run to for refuge, the One who who keeps his promises and loves us unconditionally. Who is like the Lord?!! Nobody!!! Praise the Lord while you still have life in you….. for he’s WORTHY.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepth Israel shall not slumber nor sleep. Thy Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
( Psalms 121 KJV )
Dear Father God, I pray in the name of Jesus that whomever this is meant for will receive this wholeheartedly. There is a breakthrough on the way. I bind any negativity that will try to stand in the way of the souls who need to hear and receive from You. Thank You for another day to make a difference. Bless each and every person who is able to make a change in their life through Christ Jesus if they just deny themselves and surrender to Your will. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Dear believers, it’s time to get to work. Our Lord and Savior needs us to be about His business. Time is of the essence. Turn that uncultivated land into cultivated. There is a great harvest ahead! Scripture tell us :
Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you. (Hosea 10;12 )
For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: ” Break up your ground left uncultivated for a season, so that you may not sow among thorns.” (Jeremiah 4:3 )
In order to sow good seeds, we must let go of anything that is keeping us from our full potential of walking with Christ. There are things that need to be weeded out….. bitterness, unforgiveness, a hard heart and any matter of such that doesn’t allow us to move forward. You want to bear good fruit right? Ask God to remove anything from you that is just pure junk. I’m calling it junk because it needs to go to the trash. It’s doing nothing more than cluttering your mind and your heart. In no way am I trying to be mean or not understanding because I’ve been there. If you have been following my blog then you know that I have had to release A LOT of things in order to grow. Cast your cares upon the the Lord and let your case be made known. Holding on to matters that is beyond your control will not help you. I can not and will not sugarcoat the Truth. By doing so, I am not helping you at all. Speaking in love and truth is the only way.
In Matthew chapter 13, Jesus tells a parable about a sower. He says that he ( the sower ) went out to sow some seeds and some fell along the path that were devoured by the birds because the Word was heard and not understood.( the enemy will come and snatch was was sown on the heart ), some sown on rocky ground in which the Word was was heard and received with joy but because there was no deep root to keep it flourishing, it died off.( when afflictions, persecutions and troubles come upon you, stumbling happens. You begin to waiver in your trust, your faith, doubting that God will come help you ) Then there were seeds sown among thorns. The Word was heard but the cares of THIS world choked and suffocated it. ( the riches, pleasures, decietfulness, etc.) and it proved unfruitful. Now we come to the seeds that were sown on good soil. The Word was heard and understood. It took ROOT. Now I have paraphrased this as to cut down on typing out the entire chapter. The clue I am giving: please read this chapter in full for yourself. Let God’s Word take root in your heart. Read His Word every day, study it and let it bear much fruit. Gain a clear understanding of His will for you and your purpose in life as a His beloved child. Pray and ask for understanding. He will provide it for you.
As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the Word and grasps and comprehends it; he indeed bears fruit and yields in one case a hundred times as much as was sown, in another sixty times as much, and in another thirty. ( Matthew 13;23 AMP )
Examine your hearts and see what is revealed. It may be a hard thing to do but if you are truly honest with yourself and want to please the Lord, then being obedient to His will and his way rather than your own is the best wayt to go. The Lord wants to do so much for you and through you. Don’t just be a Hearer of the Word, be a Doer of the Word.
I love you and want to see and hear of your growth in the Lord. May the seeds you sow grow and flourish like never before. I’m praying for you! Now go put on your gloves and prepare to get dirty cause it’s time to clean house! I believe in you. If I can do it, so can you.
Be strong and encouraged in the Lord. You can do all things through Him.
All for His glory,
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord for he is worthy! Bless His name with the lifting of your hands!
For unto the Lord we were created to make his praise glorious! Oh people, shout to the Lord with thanksgiving in your mouth. He’s been nothing but good to us. Dance before the Lord with joy in your heart!
You are alive. Living and breathing with a sound mind. A roof over your head, clothing upon your body, food and drink to nourish your body.
Seasons change but our Lord and Savior doesn’t. Live simply in His abundance.
Take nothing for granted. Be content where you are right now. Your storms may be great but the Almighty is greater! He’s everything that we need!
Let the love of the Father be sufficient. He pours down his blessings upon us all like a great ray of sunshine. Do you realize that?!! It may not be the way you expect them but He does. You are reading this, right? You can see, hear, speak, move around and about no matter if you are even disabled in some form, your praise can still reach Him!
Holy holy holy is the Lord God Almighty! Sing a new song unto the Lord, walk in freedom, smile for he delights in you! No greater friend we have than in Christ!
Be blessed people! From my heart to yours, my prayers are with you. Let the blinders be removed so you can live today victorious in Him.
” It is a good and delightful thing to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High,
To show forth Your loving-kindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night,
With an instrument of ten strings and with the lute, with a solemn sound upon the lyre.
For You, O Lord, have made me glad by Your works; at the deeds of Your hands I joyfully sing.
How great are Your doings, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep.”
( Psalm 92:1-5 NIV )