Daily Prayer February 5

I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1–2, NIV

Lord our God, keep us in your Spirit. Surround us with your protection, so that in body and soul we may praise your might and be joyful even in a world full of evil. Shine into our hearts, that we may discern what is right and good and eternal. May you do more than we can ask or understand for those who still walk in darkness far away from you. May your eternal mercy enfold them, and may the earth be filled with thanks to you, the Creator and Father of us all. In Jesus name, Amen. 🙏🏽

 

Prayer to Forgive Others

The cross has the power to free you from grudges and grief and resentment. There is no other way to let go of these emotions that are weighing you down than the cross. Jesus on the cross broke the power of sin and death and bondage in your life.

I want you to think of the person you need to forgive, the person whose offense planted a seed of bitterness in you, and I want you to pray this prayer right now:

Father, only you understand how much I’ve been hurt by this person. I don’t want to carry the pain for another second. I don’t want to be a bitter person. But I need your grace and the power of the cross to release my hurt and to forgive those who’ve hurt me. This is the turning point. First, I need to experience your forgiveness. You know all the ways I’ve hurt others, and I’m so sorry for my sins. Jesus, thank you for dying for me. I accept your grace and forgiveness, and I need it daily. Today I’m turning to you, and I’m choosing to forgive the way you have forgiven me. Every time the memory comes back, I’ll forgive that person again until the pain is gone. Heal my heart with your grace.

In Jesus’ name. Amen. 🙏🏼

By Rick Warren

 

Philippians 4:6

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Have I Not Commanded You!

By Carol Ann Strang

I wrote this devotional late last night. After I sent this to the admin of the group, the Holy Spirit got a hold of me! I was laughing, and felt so my joy! I pray it will be a blessing to you.

Hello brothers and sisters , it is an honor and a privilege to share this scripture verse with you today. Today’s Scripture verse is, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV

The end of 2018 was a very unsettling and disappointing time for me and my husband. I was very sick from Christmas into New Year’s, and unfortunately, I had to

go to the doctors again yesterday. The real shocker of our holidays, was when the lawyer called us. He informed us we had missed a couple rent payments.He also told me the astronomical amount we owed! My husband and I decided the best thing for us to do , would be to move. Our rented duplex was starting to look like a money pit. We didn’t have any money to fix or repair things either.

On top of this , our self-contained classroom had three students who were acting up and causing chaos off and on during the months of November and December. This past month our kitten was acting really strange as well and became very hyper. My daughter discovered recently that her kitten was in heat. Also our daughter is always going somewhere, I texted her more than I actually talk to her face to face. Needless to say it has been a very crazy and stressful time for my husband and me.

We have to vacate our place by February 2nd, and it has to be totally cleaned out. We even are responsible for all the things that the former landlord left in the house. We also have to clean up all the leaves, sticks, and any trash on our property.

As of today, we don’t have a definite place to live yet. My husband and I feel this is the hardest thing we ever had to go through. It is even harder than our bankruptcy procedures in 2006. I have been searching for places that would be a good fit for our family and on a bus route for my husband. As of yesterday, we only have seen two apartment complexes, one house rental , and one duplex. We have one application submitted for a duplex, we haven’t seen yet, and the landlord has over 16 applications!

Yesterday, I had a thorough checkup at the urgent care. The doctor tested for the flu, and it was negative. Last Thursday and this past Wednesday I was very lightheaded and dizzy. The doctor took my blood sugar, and EKG, everything was fine, and all my blood work was normal too. He gave me more antibiotics and told me to rest when I can.

After I Ieft the doctors, I went to Wawa because I was very hungry. The first thing I did was look at my paperwork from the office. I noticed the doctor’s first name was Noah! Then all of a sudden my phone started playing music. The ironic thing was I had no internet! The song playing was, “I am not alone”, by Kari Jobe. It kept playing no matter what buttons I touched on my phone. Then the next song that played, was “Oceans”, by Hillsong. If you have heard these songs before , you know that they both refer to water. Kari Jobe’s song is very similar to the scripture verse in Isaiah 43:2, “when you pass through the waters, I will be with you”. In the song “Oceans”, it states, Jesus calls us upon the waters, “in oceans deep”. Also in the song, the singer states, “I am yours, and you are mine,”. These words line up so well with Isaiah 43: 1, “I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

Finally, I knew why the doctor’s name was so significant. There is a verse in Isaiah 59 that refers to the enemy coming in like a “flood”. It goes on to further say, that, “the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” In my research, I found out that this scripture verse means, “When the enemy shall come in, like a river , the Spirit of God will make him flee.” Also, the word “standard” in Hebrew is nec which means “something lifted up, standard, signal, signal pole, banner, or sign. God is proclaiming who he is and what he stands for. Noah built the ark, he was isolated from the world which was now being drowned in the great flood, but God was with him. Also I told my friend the other day, “that stress is like a “waterfall”, it keeps piling up and pouring over you!”

I had just heard this same scripture verse from a sermon on television, by Steven Furtick, entitled, “Get Back in Gate”. It was a very bold sermon that spoke about getting unstuck, moving forward, taking our rightful position , in-spite of our mistakes, and our shame, even if its uncomfortable and unfamiliar.

The last thing I did before I got out of my car was I looked up. Across the street, I saw these letters, STRIVE. Those moments I was in the car were amazing. My Father God, was telling me he is with me through all the uncertainty and frustration in our lives now. He wanted me to be strong and courageous like he told Joshua.

In retrospect, I realized the two times I became dizzy, I had either recited my woes about being told to vacate our house, or I had been stressed about all the things that needed to be done. I now resolved, not to discuss anything negative or cumbersome. Talking about it only raised my blood pressure. I’m also not going to let other people’s moods affect mine. I also have decided to not get upset or raise my voice any more. I will relax more, worry less and give it over to God.

I shared this to give each of you hope and encouragement. I want you to be opened to any way that God may reveal to you that he is with you. Our Heavenly Father works in mysterious ways. He loves us and his for us. He doesn’t want us to be stressed and unhappy about our circumstances, nor to fear our future.

Blessings

Ever Present Creator.

Remember that you have not been left alone on this orbiting planet.

Surrounded by a universe so vast that your size is like a microorganism in comparison, remember that there is a Creator bigger and more powerful than all of His creation put together.

This awesome and mysterious Creator has not removed Himself from the Creation that turned against Him; rather He made Himself present and He works among us and through us — through you.

Genesis 3:15 is the first reference to God’s promise of His Son, Jesus the Messiah:“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

Before the expulsion from the garden, God had a plan to save mankind; He would not abandon His creation. 

Deuteronomy 31:8,“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Be encouraged that you are never alone. 😇

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Have a Blessed Day! 😇

Attaining God’s Best

Attaining God’s best can be found in Psalm 145:18-19. 

We have seen that idolatry involves giving someone or something priority over the Lord.  It leads to “Missing His Best.”  Scripture also warns us about other obstacles that hinder our receiving God’s blessings.

As followers of Jesus, we know that we are to pray to our heavenly father when we have needs, or desire something.  (Phil. 4:6).  The sad truth is that many of God’s children fail to do so.  Some people may be “to busy” to bring their requests to the Lord.  And some people talk to God in a general or mechanical way, without the genuine heartfelt communication He desires.

Christians should come humbly before His throne, bringing their requests and a submissive spirit. (1 Pet. 5:5-6).  This means that we are to yearn for God’s will above all else, even above, what we think is best. It’s important to acknowledge that God may have something better in mind.  Then, as we faithfully pray, God may remove or alter certain longings, so that our desires begin to align with His.  

The Bible continues to tell us to approach God with confidence and faith, (Heb. 4:16; James 1:6).  This means that when we pray and seek the Father’s will, we should anticipate that He will answer.  As Isaiah 64:4 reminds us that “God acts in behalf of the ones that wait for Him.

Our Father desires to pour blesssing into the lives of His children.  Don’t allow prayerlessness to prevent His best.  Express your needs and wants to God confidently and specifically.  Then submit your will to His, an wait expectantly.  He is faithful-you will see!

God’s Blessings

Today’s Devotion and music is by:

Christa Johnson

Have a Blessed Day 😇

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God’s Blessings:

Our Heavenly Father loves meeting His children’s needs and fulfilling their desires. However, so many Christians walk through life with far less than God’s best.

How can we avoid missing out on the Lord’s blessings?

Psalm 81 provides us with insight. Read Psalm 81.

The writer refers to a time when the Israelites missed the opportunity to receive God’s best. From the book of Exodus, we know that the nation praised him great fully for their release from bondage. Before long they forgot and started worshipping other God’s and complained about their circumstances while out in the wilderness. This unhealthy pattern of living continued all throughout the Old Testament. The people would turn to God during their times of need; but would quickly drift away thereafter, not turning to God until a crisis again.

Psalm 81:8-10 reveal God’s perspective: “O Israel, if you would listen to Me! Let there be no strange god among you…I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you u from the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide and I will fill it.”

In our own lives we might have needs and desires that are unmet; due to disobedience.

Today our idols are less obvious than the statues the Israelites worshipped. Today we might include a job, a hobby, a relationship, or anything that you put ahead of the Lord. Even making decisions based on what others think can be considered idolatry. Our choice should always be made on the biblical principle and the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

Today, ask the Lord to reveal anything that is hindering your receiving His best.

Listen carefully and let Him help you with the areas He brings to your attention.

God is ready to guide and bless you.

Thank you, Lord God and thank You Almighty Jesus, Amen!

Worship at Christmas

Have a blessed day!

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Mathew 2:7-11

For the past couple of Friday’s we have been examining three reactions to Christmas. Today we will talk about the third reaction toward Christmas.

Out of all the reactions toward Christmas, worship is the one reaction that pleases God. Unlike the scribes and chief priests who showed no interest in reporting the birth of the Messiah, or Herod, who responded with hatred, we have every reason to rejoice greatly that Jesus came to the earth in human flesh. We are truly blessed that Christ’s purpose in coming was for His death on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins.

The magi traveled all the way from the East for the sole purpose of worshipping the infant King of the Jewish people. They knew that a star signaled His birth, and they journeyed hundreds of miles to find Him.

The magi believed that God was leading them to the King, and when they finally arrived in Bethelehem, they worshipped the Christ child by humbling themselves and presenting Him with gifts. These were wealthy, respected men, and they considered that little boy to be greater than themselves.

This year we need to compare our response to the Savior with the magi’s example of worship.

Is Jesus the focus of our celebrations, or have we let other interests take first place?

Are we more concerned about gifts for friends and family than we are about self-sacrifice for the Lord’s sake?

It’s easy to become focused on the traditions of Christmas to the point that we lose sight of Jesus.

So let’s step back in time and imagine all the inconveniences, setbacks, and vulnerability the magi endured in their pursuit of the infant King.

Shouldn’t we also be willing to follow Him, no matter what it takes?