Please find below today’s THREE messages. Rest assured I have plenty more messages on the way thanks to the Lord who keeps me on my toes in my ministry work for Him! Oh, how I love, love, love to love and serve the Lord and tell the world about Him! Can’t wait to do more writing & Video Devotionals and share them with you and others, but in the meantime please enjoy & be encouraged by the ones below. All for the glory of the Lord!
love & blessings,
Please God & Be an Example to Others!
Friend, the verse below in which the apostle Paul is writing to his “son in the faith” Timothy makes emphatically clear to us that the Lord desires for us to strive hard to be pleasing in His sight and to be an example to others when it comes to our words, conduct, love, spirit, faith, and purity?
I am not a to-do list keeper, but numerous people are maybe including you. Isn’t it something how disciplined we try to be when it comes to writing and keeping our to-do lists, accomplishing what we consider to be priorities, striving to do each and every day what we feel is necessary and important, etc.? But if we’re honest with ourselves, is our highest priority day in and day out the Lord Jesus Christ and the Bible and desiring and aspiring to be honoring and glorifying to the Lord in our words, conduct, love, spirit, faith, and purity.
What do our hearts and lives look like in the Lord’s eyes? And what kind of example are we setting for others when it comes to all this?
Friend, will you join me in making this “list” a priority in your life? Will you join me in making the Lord your absolutely number one along with the Bible and what He shows us through the Bible is His will? Oh, what a joy it is when we humble ourselves and live to love and honor the Lord, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, God almighty, Jesus the Christ, Father in heaven, Hallelujah, AMEN!
Father God, please help us all to love you first, to love others as ourselves next, and to bring you joy, pleasure, and glory in our words, conduct, love, spirit, faith, and purity. Help us to be an example to others whereby they, too, will desire to love you first and others next and to please you in all of these areas of their lives. Forgive us for when we fall short, and teach us to grow in each and all of these areas. Remind us when we forget how very important this is to you, precious King. Thank you for your love and patience with us, dear Lord, thank you so much, so incredibly, incredibly much, AMEN!
“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” 1 Tim. 4:12
“Do not do this. This is the flesh,” the Holy Spirit essentially said strongly to my heart just as I was on the verge of reaching out to someone with some strong and choice words.
I stopped in my tracks. Let me be more precise. The Lord stopped me in my tracks. Know what He did quite honestly? He stopped me from falling into sin whereas zillions of times in the past I blocked out the voice of the Lord, fell into sin, and then had to repent. Rest assured I still have this problem. I am so very far from perfect, but the Lord is perfecting me. And He is teaching me that if I keep my heart and ears open to Him, I can be prevented – by Him – from having to end up repenting.
I chose to obey before I took the fall into sin. By His grace alone, I did not have to face the consequences of where I was headed. I could head then in a different direction. His direction. Following the Lord forth.
If you think I avoided falling simply because the Lord stopped me, you are wrong. He didn’t just give me the warning. He gave me the strength to choose His way instead of my own.
Wouldn’t it be something if we could just walk away from sin with perfect ease? Wouldn’t it be something if we always had godly desires and always walked the path He sets before us with no trouble in the least? Oh, but how painful, challenging, and grueling it can be when we tell our flesh NO and choose the Lord and His ways instead! But God, yes, the Lord, He will give us the strength to follow Him. And the love, grace, mercy, hope, encouragement, absolutely all that we need, to go His way rather than our own.
Let us heed God’s warnings. Let us seek and walk in His strength. For His glory, let us humbly – yes, humbly – walk the path He sets before us trusting that He in His mercy will lead us forth, AMEN!
Dear Father, thank you for loving us so much you sent Jesus to die on the cross and to be raised from the dead so when we turn to you and put our trust in you we can be forgiven. Thank you for washing away our sins. For cleansing us. And for teaching us day by day how to leave sin behind. And for your mercy when we have our stumbles and falls along the way. Help us to purify ourselves for you. Help us to walk with you. Help us to walk in your ways. Help us to glorify you. Give us the strength to deny our flesh and say yes to you instead. Thank you, precious God, for loving us beyond anything we can fathom. Lead us forth, oh Lord, lead us on. Thank you, Lord, AMEN!
“then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations…” 2 Tim. 2:9
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Cor. 10:13
“And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” Mt. 6:13
The Magnifying Mission
“Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.” Psalm 34:3
I love this verse because it is so encouraging when it comes to loving, praising, proclaiming, and glorifying the Lord not only as an individual believer in the Lord Jesus Christ but concerning multiple believers together. Not only should we love, adore, praise, honor, worship, rejoice in, glorify, exalt, and magnify the Lord God almighty when we are on our own, but we should do the very same when we are interacting with others!
May I ask you a question? How much of your time interacting with others whether in person or by phone, email, text, other technology, etc. do you spend magnifying and exalting and praising the Lord?
This is a convicting message, isn’t it? What if you and I from now going forward make sure in our interactions with other believers in the Lord Jesus Christ to intentionally keep the Lord at the forefront of our hearts, mouths, and actions whereby we can say we are pointedly, purposefully, and passionately magnifying and exalting Him when we are on our own and when we are blessed to interact with other believers? And what if we go one step further and as the Lord leads us when we are with those who do not believe in Jesus Christ as Lord do the same?
Magnify the Lord, yes! Exalt the Lord yes! Regularly and continually, let us do this, AMEN!
Father, bring conviction through this message please. I know I need it. I believe we all do. There is always room for improvement when it comes to exalting and magnifying you, dear Lord, isn’t there? Help us to be passionate people for you! Help us to use every opportunity you give us at your leading to lift up your name, to praise and honor you, to proclaim you, to adore you, to worship you, to glorify you right down to our very thoughts and words whether alone or with others! You deserve praise every breath and every second of our lives and forever, and yet how far short we fall in this. We can get swept away in our interactions with others by our flesh and theirs. Help us to be true and faithful to you and in all things to have you be our very number one love and priority! Help us in this, oh Lord, and thank you in advance for so doing. AMEN!