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Faith not fear 


How how can we develop faith that conquers our fears, which loom so large over us like Grey clouds during a storm? The Bible tells us, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). 

Psalm 56:3-4 says, “When I am afraid, I trust in you. In God – I boast in his promise – in God I trust, I am not afraid. What can mere men do to me?”

We must put ourselves in positions to hear the word and study it carefully. God’s instruction must be of such importance that we need it like our bodies need water. Repetition is required in developing strong faith. 

God wants us to rely on His direction in our lives. It’s through the hearing, reading and meditation in the Scriptures that we develop faith that can move mountains. 

Prayer To Start Your Day

Heavenly Father, thank You for this beautiful day that You have made. I thank you Father, that I slept last night and woke up this morning. I understand Lord, but I have not woken up by my power, nor my might or by my alarm clock. But that it is by Your grace that I’ve been given another day in this world. 


I ask Lord that You order my steps today; I ask that the Holy Spirit guide my thoughts, words and deeds. As I go into the world today Lord, I pray that my light shall shine before men, may they see my good works and glorify you, Father. May I be field with the fruits of the Spirit as I interact with people today and let everything I do today be done with love. 

As much as depends on me, I will live peaceably with all men today; I will knowledge You and all my ways and You will direct my path. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.

Planning Is Biblical


This week has been stressfully hectic. I choose not to spend time reading the word but found myself being ministered to by others. Let me restate that…God sent people to me and our conversations turned to the Word of God. He put me in situations where I still was fed His word. One such conversation involved someone who has not yet begun to walk with God. His challenge to me was:

If God is in control and your life is already decided, why should you make plans to do anything? What’s going to happen is going to happen.

We are not puppets in an elaborate stage production. God has given us free will. Our part is to seek His will in our lives so that our plans align with His. God does not want us to live without planning or motivation. Doing so amounts to laziness.

Our planning should be an act of careful submission to God as James 4:13-16 directs us. I enjoy The Living Bible translation:

“Look here, you people who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we are going to such and such a town, stay there a year, and open up a profitable business.’ How do you know what is going to happen tomorrow? For the length of your lives is as uncertain as the morning fog—now you see it; soon it is gone. What you ought to say is, ‘If the Lord wants us to, we shall live and do this or that.’ Otherwise you will be bragging about your own plans, and such self-confidence never pleases God.”

Consider the example set by Nehemiah, a God-appointed leader who used strategic planning. When God instructed Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, Nehemiah begin the planning process. He worked through a strategy to accomplish the vision God had given. He assessed the damage to the wall. He secured the needed resources. He is established leaders and distributed the assignments among them. Anyone who has ever built a structure knows the need for some kind of drawn out plan. Nehemiah humbled himself, sought God’s will, and planned the steps needed to achieve the goal. To God be the glory.

 

Help me keep my mind stayed on You

One way to experience unexplainable joy is to stay focused on God’s love. It’s difficult as the day continues. As you get more wrapped up in yourself, things fall apart. Find your peace in God.

Lord, may nothing separate me from You today. 

Teach me how to choose only Your way today so each step will lead me closer to You. 

Help me walk by the Word and not my feelings. Help me to keep my heart pure and undivided. 

Protect me from my own careless thoughts, words, and actions. 

And keep me from being distracted by my wants, my desires, my thoughts on how things should be. Help me to embrace what happens today as an opportunity… rather than a personal inconvenience.

 Help me to rest in the truth of Psalm 86:13, “Great is your love toward me.”

Words To Truly Live By

In this world, we need a bit more kindness. There is a saying that kindness begets kindness. So if you express yourself to others with kindness, kindness will return to you.

Throughout any given day, there are times when kindness is not immediately returned. There are times when it appears that there is nothing but negativity every where I look. Yes, there are times when I do not act or speak in a Godly manner. It is difficult to stay the course.

When I read this verse in 1 Peter, I praised the Lord for his instruction, meditated on the words, and wrote it down. May this biblical quidance be an inspiration to you when your day is not picture perfect…


The Heavens Declare God’s Glory

The four hour drive from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia and back was something to anticipate. I would savor the time alone – me, the car, my music. It was not until the return drive to Pittsburgh that my mind and heart focused on God. As I crested one high point on the road, there it was – a reminder that God is ever present. The setting sun painted the landscape in pastel shades of blue and pink. I anticipated the road’s every rise, fall, twist and turn as I watched the colors fade to darkness. I had witnessed an amazing, live art show. I was awestruck to the point that I didn’t think to stop the car and take a picture. The scene looked something like this:

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.

Psalm 19:1-6

The experience brought to mind how much I take for granted in life. There are so many “little” things that I, that we all, should rejoice about. Here are some of the things for which I expressed gratitude to God for: 

  • Clean water – more than a billion people on earth don’t have access to clean water to drink, cook, or bathe.
  • The availability of food – approximately 925 million people in the developing world are severely undernourished.
  • My job – I had the opportunity to visit Haiti. Having been unemployed for two years prior, money was tight. I scrapped together $200 for “spending” money. The money exchanger handed me the Haitian currency and asked, “Do you know what you’ve got there?” I responded, “I hope it’s the equivalent of 200 US dollars.” He said, “That’s more money than many Haitian families make in a year.”

Lord, I thank you for the numerous things that I so often take for granted. May I find reminders every day of the blessings that surround me and be mindful not to waste those things. I thank you for the breath within me and for the life that I lead. I thank you for my coworkers. May my light shine so that they see you in my words and deeds. Above all, Heavenly Father, I thank you for your never ending grace and mercy. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


The Greatest Valentine Ever!


Happy Valentines Day! While we are taking time to focus on matters of the heart, let us not forget the most important relationship we have as Christians – the one we have with God. Today, praise God for loving us so much that he gave his only begotten son so that through him we all could be redeemed! My prayer is that everyone who reads this will seek the love of God above all else today.

John 3:16 is often called the Gospel in a nutshell. It is said to be the most often quoted verse in the collection of books that we call the Bible. I love watching football games and look forward to seeing the sign in the stands. 

Let’s keep in mind today and every day what this verse means. Let me call your attention to word “so” as it is used in this verse. Scholars agreeing that the Greek word “houtos” is an adverb of degree. So the word “so” in the verse refers to the degree in which God loved the world. God loves us so infinitely that he gave his only begotten son. 


God loves us with an everlasting love, according to Jeremiah 31:3, a love that never fails as Psalms 136 reminds us. 

So go an share some love today and remember the words of John 13:35: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

God Inclines His Ear to Us

“I Love the Lord” by Isaac Watts (1719)

Because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore will I call on him as long as I live. – Psalm 116:2

This versus snagged me. I got caught on it and had to spend sometime untangling it’s meaning. Surely I have read it before but this time it was different. 

Because the almighty God, the creator of heaven and earth, took the time to hear my prayer once, I will continue praying as long as I have breath in my body. Isn’t that what the psalmist is saying? I think there is more to this verse than that. 

Perhaps we share this experience: The first true prayer that God answered in my life was the prayer that brought me to receive him as the savior of my soul. The sheer joy of being forgiven for my sins and having been restored to God is enough to make me want to praise His name forever. But God didn’t stop there. His grace and mercy are present even when I return to sinful ways. He still hears my voice when I call on him. He is quick to respond. 

Join me in this prayer today: Lord thank you that through your Son we are qualified to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. You have rescued us from darkness and brought us into Your kingdom where we have redemption and the forgiveness of our sins. I pray (insert the name of someone you has not not yet received the free gift of grace) would understand the depth of your love for him/her and that he/she would give joyful thanks to You for the forgiveness of his/her sins. 


Pray For Elected Officials


It occurred to me while in prayer recently that unceasing prayer requires increased thinking. It occurred to me that I have not been praying for our elected officials and others in authority. 

The Bible directs us to do so. It’s easy to get caught up in the headlines, our personal views, or to just ignore political conventions all together. But God does direct us to pray for those in authority. We should express gratitude for the freedoms and rights that we currently enjoy. Just as we pray for God’s will to be carried out in our lives, we should be praying that the hearts of our leaders are turned to God so that they may carry out his will. 

You ask, what if you don’t agree with a certain elected officials stance on a matter/matters? Recognize that God can use crooked sticks to hit straight. He uses you and me, doesn’t He? He can accomplish His purposes through unbelieving people regardless of their willingness to be used by Him. I came a cross a good blueprint. Check it out and amend it for your purposes. Guide Our Government Leaders

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. – 1 Timothy 2:1-2

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