Saturday, August 27, 2016

James 4:10 - "Oceans"

"Humble" is not a word that many people like to consider doing but in our spiritual life it is a necessity. We must 'humble' ourselves to the Lord. We must treat Him with respect and realize He is greater than ourselves. I love reading this verse in The Message translation. It reads, "Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet." These words are so very true. The "only way" to be living the way we need to live is by humbling ourselves before Him. We must be comfortable in who we are in the Lord in order. When we are, we will put others before ourselves. We love with His love even when it is hard. The only way for that to happen to be empowered by the Holy Spirit. The way to be empowered by the Holy Spirit is to be filled with Him. Humbling ourselves before Him enables us to walk in His grace, love and forgiveness. It enables us to embrace the gifts He has given us and fulfill the desires of His heart. Humbling ourselves before Him enables us to accept His will for our life. Sometimes that is difficult to do when He takes us out of our 'comfort zone' but when we are living in His will there actually is no such thing. His will shows us what to do and how to do it. There is no fear with 'comfort zones'  but instead there is empowerment. Woo hoo! Yes, our humanness can still creep in and when it does that is when fear will follow. But we can be assured of His love to get us through the tough times the emotions of doubt, fear, loneliness, etc. 

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for Your love, grace and forgiveness. Thank You for taking me into unknown places without fear. Thank You for being the One who enables me to do Your will. Father, I do not always understand why You have us here but I do know it is Your will. Please continue to open doors of opportunity for us. I pray for Your will to be revealed in a mighty way. Thank You Jesus for being My Empowerment. Amen.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

James 4:14 - "Show Me Your Glory"

God took me back to James 4 this morning and in fact He took me verse fourteen. It is 'funny' how things come back to our minds. Last night as I was getting ready for bed I started thinking about tomorrow. I prayed about the 'what ifs' that can happen when someone with MS goes under antiseptic. Throughout the night I had bad dreams over and over. I would wake up and go back to sleep only to have another one. Then the Lord reminded me of this verse. He knows what tomorrow holds. I do not have to worry about it. I need to be strong in Him and allow the Holy Spirit to protect me from anything going wrong. Sometimes it is easier to say those words to someone else than to live them out myself. But I refuse to allow the enemy an open door to make me fearful. "...on earth as it is in heaven." Yes! There is no fear in heaven. Therefore, there will be no fear in me. There is no doubt in heaven. Therefore, there will be no doubt in me. There is no worry in heaven. Therefore, there will be no worry in me. "...on earth as it is in heaven." This is what I am praying over myself today. It is so much easier to pray for others than myself but the Lord is guiding me to do so. 

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the reminder of this verse. Thank You for loving me so greatly. Thank You for enabling me, through Your Holy Spirit, to be victorious over fear, doubt and worry. Father, I know I can't be the only one going through such a circumstance. I pray for others who need reminded of You today. I pray for You to speak through someone to them that will encourage them. Father, I pray You will fill me to overflowing so I can be of encouragement to someone today. Thank You Jesus for being My Everything. Amen.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

James 4:14 - "I Will Follow"

I was thinking this morning about how Mordecei likes to be wherever I am. He trusts me to protect him and to care for his needs. He listens to me. He loves on me. A dog's loyalty to their master is one that goes very deep. The same loyalty is needed by us with our Master. The lyrics from "I Will Follow" were going through my head yesterday and again this morning...

Where you go, I'll go
Where you stay, I'll stay
When you move, I'll move
I will follow

This is the way I live. I want to be going where the Lord desires of me. I love the promise of the last part of this song...

I will live for you alone
You're the one I seek
Knowing I will find
All I need in you alone, in you alone

Amen! He is all we need. As we live a life fully devoted to Him, we will hear His voice to know where we are to go and what we are to do. The first part of this song takes it one step further. He needs to go before us. For many people it is too hard to wait on God. If only more people would realize, it is in the waiting time that He is found to a greater depth. When He directs us to wait, it is for a reason. He has something special for us or He wants us to learn a lesson. No matter what, waiting is a special time when we seek Him. In James 4 he talks about how we should not worry about tomorrow. The Lord knows what is in store for us and we need to wait on Him.

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the promise that You are all I need. Thank You for the many times in the past, present and future that You kept me in the waiting stage with circumstances. Thank You for the lessons that were learned and the ones that will be learned during the waiting times. Father, You know all. You know the career and where it is for my friend. You know the building You have in store for Beaufort Naz. You know all. Plain and simple. I pray for those in the waiting room to be seeking more of You and to not miss any opportunity You put before them. I pray for those waiting to not get ahead of You and manipulate circumstances. Father, I pray for myself to be filled with Your Holy Spirit in a mighty way so people will see and hear You today through me. Thank You for being My Master! Amen.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

James 4:5b - "Thy Will"

The Lord's do we know what His will is? How do we hear from Him? What if His will doesn't make sense? Does He ever change His mind? These are all questions that are asked over and over. Sometimes it is easy to know His will because one hears from Him so clearly. Other times there is a struggle to hear His voice because of where we are in relationship with Him. The peace that comes from listening to Him and walking in obedience is so awesome! Sometimes that peace doesn't happen even when we are walking in obedience because His timing is different than what we think. That does not mean we are not being obedient. It means He has something for us to learn through the experience. Hilary Scott wrote "Thy Will" about a tough time in her life when she miscarried. Her pain is felt in this song. She was in a place where she did not want to be yet the Lord led her through it and her faith became stronger.

Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
I know you see me
I know you hear me, Lord

There are times when we may become discouraged because we think we are doing what He wants and it feels like nothing is happening right. It is in those times we must remember that His will is perfect. His will may not always make sense but it is perfect.

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for this reminder this morning. Father, I am praying for three individuals in particular that are seeking Your will today in specific areas. I pray for Your peace to come down upon them in a mighty way. Father whatever Your will is for them, I pray You will be glorified in them. Thank You Jesus for being My Will. Amen.

Monday, August 22, 2016

James 4:8 - "I Am Not Alone"

This morning I woke up to the words of a song Kari Jobe sings called "I Am Not Alone" and immediately started praying for many who are going through tough times.

I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me [2x]

Praise His Holy Name! He is always with us! I wonder if Noah felt alone as he was obedient in building the ark. Or if Paul felt alone as he spent many days imprisoned for sharing the Gospel. I am sure in their humanness there were times of feeling alone but I also believe in their spiritual lives they knew they were not alone. That is how it is for us today. In our humanness when we go through tough times there are times we feel alone. But in our spirit we know the Lord is with us. In order to have this knowledge one must live a life for Him. Noah was known as "a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God." (Genesis 6:9 NIV). His way of living was the way we should live today. As we draw nearer to the Lord, we will receive His peace in the midst of the storms of life. We will receive His love, mercy and grace to get us through not only the 'good' days but also the 'bad' days. We will still go through tough circumstances because it is through them that our faith grows. The difference is that we will have Him to see us through.

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the reminder from this song this morning. I know You are always with me, no matter what. I am so thankful for that knowledge. I also know Your strength gets me through tough days and strengthens my faith in a mighty way. Father, there are some going through some pretty tough things right now. I am praying they will come to know You if they don't already. I am praying if they are in relationship with You that You will take them deeper. Oh Father, comfort the family who lost their young child yesterday. Put people before them that will love on them with Your love. I pray for them to find You in the midst of their pain. Thank You Jesus for being My Comforter. Amen.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

John 12: 47-48 - "Holy Spirit"

Today will be a life changing day for so many people. Many will make a decision to follow the Lord as they listen to Him speak through a pastor. Some will be for salvation while others will be for sanctification. Some decisions will be for a life-time while others will be for a short-time. No matter whether the decision is taken seriously or not there is one thing that is for sure. Every decision made today will determine where one will spend eternity. The decisions made are serious ones. They are ones that will not only affect people's days on this earth but it will affect the days after leaving this earth. It is hard to watch people allow the ways of the world take over their life. It is hard when people won't accept the Lord. It is hard when people won't embrace a life of surrender. Plain and simple, it is hard to watch people make decisions that pull them farther and farther away from the Lord. I was reminded in John 12 this morning that I am not to judge people. My task on this earth is to share the Gospel. God is the One to save them. He is the One all will answer to on the day of Judgment. My actions are what I will answer for along with the opportunities He gave me that I did not accept. I will pray for people's salvation. I will pray for people who know Him to go deeper with Him in a life of surrender. I will pray for more of Him in myself. I will not fret over what He desires of me because I hear His voice. I will not worry about if I miss an opportunity He gives me because of His love, mercy and grace. I will live a life of surrender which will not include judging others.

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the day ahead! Thank You for those who will make a decision for You today. Thank You for Your love, mercy and grace. Thank You for encouraging me. You are so awesome! Lord, fill me to overflowing with more of You so people will see and hear You through me today. As I prayed earlier for pastors You gave me words like 'boldness in their words' and 'love in their actions' as they gave what You laid on their hearts. You had me pray for some who are hurting to not allow their hurts to hurt others. You had me pray for the Holy Spirit to intervene into services. Father, whatever pastor it is that is going to see the Holy Spirit fire fall onto their service I pray they will listen to You. Oh Father, how we need more of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Thank You Jesus for being My Encourager. Amen.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Psalm 23:6 - "10,000 Reasons"

A few weeks ago the Lord woke me up in the middle of the night to pray for a pastor friend. He told me to pray for protection for his soul. It didn't make sense to me then and it continues to not make sense to me as He woke me up at 2:34 AM last night. I questioned God about if it truly was this man I was to pray for and He assured me it was. I then questioned Him about why and He said, "It is not for you to know, Daughter. Pray." So once again I prayed. It is unsettling to me when the Lord does things 'out of the blue' like this but I will be obedient. When I woke up this morning and started thinking about it, what exactly does it mean to pray for protection for someone's soul? Does it mean he is going to encounter something evil? Does it mean there is something in his life that is not of God? Does it mean he is wrestling with his beliefs? I will probably never know the answers to these questions. I am perplexed by God's request but I will be obedient and pray. 

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for Your favor upon my friend. Thank You for the opportunity to pray for him. As I pray for this dear man, I pray He will put on the armor of God each and every morning before his feet hit the floor. I pray for his ministry to prosper. I pray He will be strong in his faith and not give into any temptation the devil may put before him. I pray the same for myself and all believers. I pray for Your strength to be our strength as we go out into this dark world. I pray for Your boldness to be our boldness as we spread the Gospel. Lord, fill me to overflowing so You will be my actions, my attitude and my words throughout this day. Thank You Jesus for being My Full Armor! Amen.