Peer Pressure

You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. Leviticus 18:3

In short: don’t succumb to the pressures of the culture around us.  Egypt was a corrupt nation full of idols, slavery, and oppression.  Canaan, too, worshiped idols and its land was desecrated by the bloodshed of their own sons and daughters whom were sacrificed to their gods.

God has called me out of the cultural norm and into truth.  I will not follow the practices of the culture, but God alone.

Lord, I pray I would not lean to what looks or feels good but would always look to You in all that I do.  Only You hold the truth; only You are the truth.  In Jesus’ holy name I pray, Lord guide me.  Amen.

Culminate Spiritual Growth

02-24-07

a) “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:35
b) “I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left [everything] for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much [today and for eternity]. Mark 3:29-30
c) …”Are you still holding on to your integrity?” … “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” Job 2:9-10

a) Membership in God’s spiritual family is more important than in our human families.
b) The life of discipleship s a combination of promise and persecution, blessing and suffering. God takes nothing from a Christian without making multiplied restoration in new forms. Christian fellowship develops most deeply in persecution.
c) Trouble and trials and discipline culminates in spiritual gain.

a) God is more important than any human.
b) A glorious restoration will happen when I let go of what He takes.
c) He’s raising me in my spirit, completing me.

PRAISE YOU LORD! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Give and Take

02-23-07

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. May the name of the Lord be praised.
Job 1:21

One’s faith can dissipate in times of calamity – but Gods plan is for our faith to develop and strengthen because His hand is at work for the good of those who love Him. We are to praise God – even when we feel that there is nothing to praise about.

God wants me to trust Him, even as it seems everything has been pulled out from underneath me. He is helping me to be strong and developing my faith.

O Lord, as hard as my circumstance has been, You are there and I know that. Thank You, and I praise. It is easier with You, but so very hard. Stay with me… I need You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wait…

02-22-07

I am still confident… I will see the goodness of the Lord… be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:13-14

God has great plans and we are to trust and endure, having faith that glory will shine and all will be accomplished.

I’ve seen too much not to trust that God is in my midst, not to see that God is working on His master plan. Everything that’s happening is being used for His righteous results!

Hallelujah! I am so glad that all I need to do is wait and listen, then do. It is then that I can be confident and call on You, Lord! Thank You! You are so awesome. Thank You for Your constant care. Three is truly no one else like You! In Jesus name, I pray that I would be a blessing to You today. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

The Vaccine

02-21-07

But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.
Acts 28:5

Jesus is the vaccine against Satan’s poison, making him completely harmless.

In his efforts to defeat God’s children, Satan is sneaky and secretly waiting to pounce from within the shadows. What he doesn’t want me to know is that there is nothing he can do to harm me. I have the vaccine!

Lord, help me in my vulnerable times to turn to You, knowing that it is You alone that can save me. I have no fear against the enemy, he may think he has the upper hand but Your knowledge surpasses all we, YOUR CREATION, can understand or begin to retain. Thank You for Your provision. You make life easier! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Love’s Pursuit

02-20-07

a) …and he spoke with him. Numbers 7:89
b) Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life. Psalm 23:6
c) …I urge you to keep your courage, because not one of you will be lost. Acts 27:21-6

a) God will do what it takes (and shows us how) to meet with His beloved.
b) Goodness and love (God) will follow (pursue) us all our lives, and we will dwell with Him.
c) God has promised that only the superficial will be destroyed, things are working for the good of those that love Him.

When I’m at my worst, it’s always astared with a missed “meeting with God. It never fails to occur. I’m glad that He’s brought me to a place where I can see it coming so I can run back to Him instead of slip further away. Had I initially listened to the Holy Spirit checks, I would not be experiencing my present circumstance, but I know I must hold on through the storm – God will bring us to new grounds, new circumstances, and new perspectives.

Thank You, Lord, for Your steadfastness. Continue to pursue me and teach me through my circumstance. I know You’ll bring us safely through. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Who I’m Meant to Be

02-16-07

“‘I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers and I will keep my covenant with you.'”
Leviticus 26:9

Blessings are the reward of obedience just as intense punishment is the consequence of sin.

I want to do a deeper study of God’s commands and truly be what is pleasing to Him.

Lord, help me to be the child of God You’ve planned, prepared and purposed me to be! Do Your work in me! In Jesus’ name. Amen.