Monday

“My child, will you treasure my wisdom? Then, and only then, will you acquire it. And only if you accept my advice and hide it within will you succeed.

So train your heart to listen when I speak and open your spirit wide to expand your discernment— then pass it on to your sons and daughters.” (‭‭Pro 2:1)

No matter how many ‘friends’ we gather around us, aren’t all of us really on a solo journey? Don’t all of us individually look for direction – each day? Yes, people can get into your head and mess with your heart, but there’s only one Master of your heart – Jesus, the One who created you for His Glory!

This is a beautiful Scripture with a golden thread of hope woven through each seam. A promise that GOD’s Wisdom can (and will) bring ‘life’ to all that we hold dear – no matter where they are on ‘their’ solo journey!

In the film: ‘A few good men,’ a Colonel under cross examination blurts out, “You can’t handle the truth!”

Child of the Living GOD, the Holy Spirit that is pounding in your heart right now, is telling you that you can! ❤️

Wednesday

And my Lord will continue to deliver me from every form of evil and give me life in his heavenly kingdom. May all the glory go to him alone for all the ages of eternity! (‭‭2 Tim 4:18‬)

This isn’t just about delivering me from the evil that tries to grab hold of me … this is also about delivering me from the hidden (or camouflaged) evil that I am tempted to grab hold of!

Lord Jesus thank you for delivering me from all form of evil. Amen. ❤️

Tuesday

(Jesus speaking) “Here, then, is the deeper meaning to my parable: The word of God is the seed that is sown into hearts. The hard pathway represents the hard hearts of men who hear the word of God but the slanderer quickly snatches away what was sown in their hearts to keep them from believing and experiencing salvation.

The seed falling on the gravel represents those who initially respond to the word with joy, but soon afterward, when a season of harassment of the enemy and difficulty come to them, they whither and fall away, for they have no root in the truth and their faith is temporary.

The seed that falls into the weeds represents the hearts of those who hear the word of God but their growth is quickly choked off by their own anxious cares, the riches of this world, and the fleeting pleasures of this life. This is why they never become mature and fruitful.

The seed that fell into good, fertile soil represents those lovers of truth who hear it deep within their hearts. They respond by clinging to the word, keeping it dear as they endure all things in faith. This is the seed that will one day bear much fruit in their lives.” (‭‭Luke‬ ‭8:11) ❤️

Sunday

Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived. (Gal ‭6:1)

I read this morning how a young woman decided to end her life rather than continue to face the constant pressure of the Media and it broke my heart. It wasn’t just the sheer waste of a beautiful life that hurt my spirit, it was something she said just before she took her life. Apparently she had tried to confide in a friend, but they had rejected her – telling her she was ‘draining!’

Child of the Living GOD, read today’s Scripture again and be ever on the alert for those around us who are indeed broken and needing help … ❤️

Thursday

In all of my affliction I find great comfort in your promises, for they have kept me alive (‭‭Psa ‭119:50‬)

I was reading a testimony yesterday of someone asking another how he constantly kept his composure when all around him seemed to be sliding into hell. The other responded, “Whenever situations happen and I feel like I’m sliding too, I dig my fingers deeper into GOD and His Promises – I call on His Name to rescue me!”

Lord Jesus, I pray for all those reading this today, let them see and know your manifested Great Grace towards them all today. Amen. ❤️

Monday

From that time on Jesus began to proclaim his message with these words: “Keep turning away from your sins and come back to God, for heaven’s kingdom realm is now accessible.” (Mat 4:17‬)

Temptations will be with us as long as we’re living here in this broken world so you’d better get used to it. However, GOD’s merciful arms are ALWAYS open to his children – they never close.

Child of the Living GOD, turn again and do the things you know are right. ❤️

Friday

Day and night my tears keep falling and my heart keeps crying for your help while my enemies mock me over and over, saying, “Where is this God of yours? Why doesn’t he help you?”

So then, my soul, why would you be depressed? Why would you sink into despair? Just keep hoping and waiting on God, your Savior. For no matter what, I will still sing with praise, for living before his face is my saving grace!

Yet all day long God’s promises of love pour over me. Through the night I sing his songs, for my prayer to God has become my life.

So I say to my soul, “Don’t be discouraged. Don’t be disturbed. For I know my God will break through for me.” Then I’ll have plenty of reasons to praise him all over again. Yes, living before his face is my saving grace! (‭‭Psa 42)

Amen! ❤️

Tuesday

Lord, who dares to dwell with you? Who presumes the privilege of being close to you, living next to you in your shining place of glory? Who are those who daily dwell in the life of the Holy Spirit? (Psa 15:1)

I’d just left Bible College and we were offered a break with some other students in the south of France. Anyway, the Pastor of a small Church asked me to speak some words of words of encouragement at the Sunday service.  

We all prayed most of the night and I was excited. Then, Jesus came to Church… I remember the whirlwind of falling to my knees in abject loathing at myself – all my true thoughts, motives and desires parading in front of me!

The thing is, LOTS of people ran out of the place in fear – the few that stayed were blessed, healed and set free. 

I learned a great lesson that day – GOD is AWESOME! ❤️

Sunday

Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. 

Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting—for he will never disappoint you! (Psa 27:14)

Why do we give up – because we want our own way?

Why are we impatient – because we’re selfish and want it now!

Why do we separate ourselves from our entwinement – because we’ve learned nothing from Eve and like her, we can be easily led.

Why do we need to be brave and courageous – because we need to learn not to run away from hurt and pain and to stand with Jesus and face whatever stands against us ‘both’ full on!

Why do we need to keep hopeful – because GOD has ‘shown’ us how much He cares and even when he seems to fade away He is still bigger than anything that could ever try and rip us away from Him. 

Bottom line – He doesn’t want robots, He gave us free will and revealed Himself to us so that we could decide for ourselves whether or not we would choose Him. 

So to you – Child of the Living GOD, I say choose Life! ❤️

Friday

Jesus said, “…Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it’s not possible to see what I’m pointing to—to God’s kingdom.” “How can anyone,” said Nicodemus, “be born who has already been born and grown up? You can’t re-enter your mother’s womb and be born again. What are you saying with this ‘born-from-above’ talk?” Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit.

“So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.” (John 3:3)

It’s a prerequisite that we can’t avoid to keep. X