Today please enjoy FOUR new little devotionals & a sweet photo with a powerful message! The Lord is continuing to pour TONS of writing through me so much so I am unable to keep up! That said, I would LOVE help in sending the writing to wherever the Lord desires it to go. If you’re led to help with distribution by posting on Facebook, forwarding by e-mail, have contacts with whom you feel I should get in touch, use Instagram, have experience with digital marketing and some time on your hands, absolutely anything the Lord places on your heart in the way of help, please let me know!love & blessings,
CHRIST’S COMMAND – LOVE, LOVE, LOVESad when doggies do naturally what we humans are commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ to do and do not when we bow down to the flesh and the devil instead of humbling ourselves before Jesus and loving one another. Pictured are paralyzed Miss Mercy with disabled Gracie both hit by vehicles years ago before they came into my life & saved by the grace of God. Today, let us remember to LOVE ONE ANOTHER. It’s not about what we FEEL like doing. It’s about obeying God almighty. Let us love, let us love, let us love with the love of the Lord Jesus Christ!
WARNING About Spiritual Warfare!
“Spiritual warfare is so vital to understand and engage in as the Lord leads us,” I wrote to a sister in Christ. “But I also think the teaching of it can be taken to extremes and even falsity,” I continued.
“I was warned years ago to stop focusing so much on the enemy,” I shared with her. “I did not heed the warning. Some years later, I came to understand our primary focus needs to be on Jesus!”
No sooner had I finished writing than I knew I had an important message to share not just with her, but with many.
I learned about spiritual warfare when I was under false teaching, and I became quickly swept away in focusing constantly on the devil and his attacks, temptations, etc. The more I focused on the devil, the less I focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible, and victory in Christ.
Friend, let us be careful not to get consumed with the devil and his antics. Let us work hard to keep our focus on the Lord.
Father, forgive us for when we get ultra-focused on the devil and leave you aside. Probably just what the devil wants. Then he tries to intimidate us and drag us farther and farther away from you through his fiery darts, his temptations, his attacks, his sickening ploys. Help us, Lord, day by day, to focus on you and your Word. Help us to have victory. The victory is yours, dear Lord. This very day as I write this, Lord, I have fallen terribly as I have taken the devil’s bait and sinned and needed repentance and your forgiveness. It’s so easy when darkness looms, Father, to start looking at the darkness. Lord God, help us to walk in your light. Help us, oh Lord, to focus on your glory. AMEN!
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
Got the Grumps?
Grump. Grump grump grumps. Ugh. Argh. Irritability. Moodiness. Anger. Crankiness. Rage. Temper. Icky feeling. Resentment. Bitterness. Bad day. Yuck day. Yuckiness. Ever feel stuck in an uncomfortable place like this? Got the grumps? I sure did one day. I have many, many times in fact. I used to find it acceptable. But the more I follow Jesus, the more I love Jesus, the more I despise feeling and acting this way. Because those feelings and attitude and thoughts when I don’t deal with them quickly can lead me right into sin. That’s what I did that day. Big time. Lost my temper. Got down. Discouraged. Disheartened. More grumps. Right in the midst of it all, the Lord gave me a message. Go figure. He gave me a seven-fold solution. Thought I should share it with you. Got the grumps? Do any or all of this as the Spirit of God so leads you:
PRAY, PRAY, PRAY
PRAISE THE LORD & SING TO HIM
MEDITATE ON THE BIBLE
REACH OUT TO OTHERS FOR LOVE, PRAYER, & SUPPORT TO RECEIVE HELP IN GETTING FREE FROM THE GRUMPS TO BE AVAILABLE FOR JESUS & OTHERS
SERVE THE LORD & SERVE OTHERS
See a common denominator in these? They are NOT about self. They are about THE LORD and OTHERS. Let’s get our minds off ourselves, friend. Let’s turn our hearts and eyes to the Lord and His Word and others.
Father, forgive us, oh forgive us when we have the grumps. Chasten us. Bring conviction. Lead us to repentance. And yes, forgive us Father in Jesus’ name! And please Lord lead us in what you placed on my heart. To love you, worship you, praise you, sing to you, thank you, meditate on your awesome Word, and to serve you and your Creation. All in your name, all for your glory. Get us out of the grumps, oh Father. THANK YOU! Amen!
“I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” Psalm 104:33
……… Feeling Not Enough?
Ever feel like you’re not enough? Or like you’re not doing enough? I sure have. I sure do sometimes. Especially when it comes to feeling like I’m not doing enough. No matter the reasons we have come to feel this way, we still should address them, shouldn’t we?
Friend, NONE OF US is good enough for the Lord. We can never measure up to Him or earn our way to His love, forgiveness, and a forever relationship with Him. But this we receive when we turn from our sins, believe Jesus is the Son of God and is Lord and died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, truly devoting our hearts and lives to the Lord and His ways.
What if we feel like we’re not enough when it comes not to the Lord but to the world around us? Friend, we will NEVER measure up to the world’s expectations and standards. But we weren’t created to please and live up to what the world expects. We were created in the image of God not the world, and the Lord will grow us in His image when we devote our lives to Him. It’s a lifelong process!
What about feeling like we’re not or never doing enough? Some of us are lazy by nature, or depressed and paralyzed in our emotions and unable to move forward, or too anxious to get anything done, or not doing enough for whatever other reasons. Not doing enough, however, is not based on what WE think or on what OTHERS think. If we’re not doing what the Lord calls us to do day by day, we need to make some changes. And He will give us the STRENGTH and all that we need to fulfill His will day by day.
Maybe you’re like me, however. I do lots and lots each day concerning the Lord’s will for my life and ministry, but I still often feel like I’m not doing enough. Friend, this is a FEELING. And oftentimes that feeling comes from the devil’s attacks when he accuses me of being a piece of garbage, a failure, an eyesore to the Lord, etc. Or it comes from the flesh and some false notion that I need to do more to please the Lord than He has given me to do. Once again, no matter the reasons, there is a solution.
How we live our lives day in and day out is NOT to be about how we feel, what others think or say, how others respond to us, what we think, what the devil says in his accusations against us, etc. Our lives are to be devoted to Jesus, and being and doing enough is about Jesus not us, not the devil, not this world.
We are enough in Christ because as His followers our worth, significance, value, and identity are in Him. And we are doing enough when we are living according to His will day by day.
Let’s be careful to keep our eyes on Jesus, on the Bible, on His will for us, and not get caught up in the “not enough” syndrome.
Father, help us, oh help those of us who get stuck in the “not enough” syndrome. Deliver us from it, dear Lord! Help us to know we are enough in you, Lord, and that we are doing enough when we’re doing your will. Deliver us from the awfulness of living our lives with a “not enough” feeling. Instead, help us to turn our hearts and eyes to you. Lord, set us free. Today, every day, and for always. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Cor. 5:21
Your Greatest Cheerleader
We all need cheerleaders in life, don’t you think? I sure do. We need to be loved, encouraged, helped, and supported along this life’s journey, wouldn’t you agree? Especially when we’re facing big challenges, am I right? So who is your greatest cheerleader?
I used to go running to the world, scrambling around from person to person, in desperate search of someone to help me when I faced trials. And I have faced, and continue to face, many trials in my life. But something has changed.
My greatest cheerleader is the Lord. As much as I still seek, find, and am thankful for people who love and encourage me, there is no love, mercy, grace, hope, joy, peace, comfort, wisdom, and encouragement like what we find in the Lord Jesus Christ and the Bible.
Do you spend time alone with Jesus and the Bible each and every day? Do you pray to the Lord and praise Him and listen for His voice and yield to His Spirit as He leads you through life day by day? Oh, well we should! May He be our greatest encouragement. Our greatest cheerleader. Our number one. Our first love! For always!
The KJV Bible version says David “encouraged himself” in people? No. In God almighty! The NKJV Bible says he “strengthened himself” in God.
Oh, Father, how weary I get from the trials of this life, from the devil attacking me, from the devil tempting me, from your tests, from the way people treat me at times, from life’s challenges. But oh, Lord, what rest and refreshing I find when I come to you. What peace and joy when I take time away from my challenges and spend time with you. When I turn to your Word. Lord, please, my Father, help each and every person reading this to make a wholesale commitment to come into your presence daily, with the Bible open in their hearts and lives, seeking and finding you and your magnificent love and all you have for them – encouragement included. Thank you, dear Lord, AMEN!
“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” 1 Samuel 306:6 KJV
“Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” 1 Samuel 30:6 NKJV