Monday, November 17, 2014

DAILY DEVO... remove the stinger

Have you ever been stung by a bee?

If you have, then you know that the fist thing you must do is remove the stinger. As much as it hurts, that little thing must be removed or it could be deadly.

Most likely, if you have been stung in the past, you probably avoid bees altogether to avoid being stung again.

Isn't that exactly what we do when we get stung by "people"? Those who have hurt us, or talked about us, or disrespected us, or made us angry we avoid them as much as possible because we haven't taken the time to remove the "stinger".

Just like a bee sting, it hurts at first but when we pull the stinger out, it begins to feel less painful.

Don't let the sting of unforgiveness, anger, pride, malice, and division keep you from being around the "bees" in your life.

Hebrews 10:21 says to "come near God with a sincere heart and a sure faith because we have been made free from a guilty conscience."

Don't let the bees of life kill your spirit, draw close to God and watch Him take away the sting.







Monday, November 3, 2014

LACED WITH GRACE...Superman strength and power


TODAY I have shared the following devotion with the readers of LACED WITH GRACE. Please go to www.lacedwithgrace.com to read other great devotions.

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I haven't always been interested in the whole super hero thing, but when my boys were young, they all, at one time, tied a cape around their neck and would jump off of the couch pretending to be the next super hero with some great super powers. Sometimes it was Aqua man or Spiderman or Batman but the one that got the most attention would always be Superman! Superman was the greatest and the strongest.

He was the strongest hero until somehow the enemy would strip him of his source of strength. Superman's powers were dependent upon his ability to absorb solar energy in his cells, which he would obtain from stars like the earth's sun. He had a Kryptonian body that was like a solar battery that absorbed solar energy and then converted it into fuel for his strength and power. As long as he had the source of the sun, he was strong. But like anything, in all of the Superman's movies and comics, there was always that one dark side that was out to get him, that one that was always trying to figure out how to cut Superman's solar energy and bring him to the dark side
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We as Christians must realize that we are much like Superman.

None of us have any strength or power without the Son. The Son, which is Jesus Christ, is our source and as long as we are plugged into the source, we will be strong and mighty against the enemy. But just like the enemies of Superman, there is a greater enemy that is out to kill, steal and destroy us. An enemy that will stoop at nothing to get us to come to the dark side.

I always hated the part of the Superman movies where his powers were diminished, but yet, he still tried to run, he still tried to fly, he still tried fight. However, without his strength, he was at a disadvantage. No matter how hard he tried, without the solar energy to recharge him, the bad guys always ended up on top. It is so easy to be brave and strong when you have the home field advantage (when you are strong) but what happens when the tables get turned and you find yourself weak and unsteady in enemy territory?

When I think about the tempter, I remember how cunning and sharp he was towards Jesus. I can hardly imagine what it must have been like for the all knowing, all powerful God of the universe to come to earth to become a human and have to listen to the taunting and ridicule of Lucifer, himself. If Jesus had to listen to it and endure it, what makes us think we will be spared?

We will not be. Listen to what C.S. Lewis says in his book Mere Christianity:
"Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is ...We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means-the only complete realist."
No doubt, Jesus greatest triumph was His death and resurrection, but every day He lived, He too had to overcome the temptations of this earth. This is why so often in the Bible we read that Jesus was praying. At the final hour that the tempter would come, Jesus even asked others to pray with Him. The source of His strength was found in God and even Jesus knew that He must be filled with the strength and power of the Holy Spirit in order to face what was to come.

You and I, my friend, must be re-energized in the power of the Son "for what is to come" or the enemy will easily overtake our strength. Superman had to go to the mountain to get closer to his source, the sun. Jesus went up to the mountain to pray to get closer to His source, the power of God. You and I must find our mountain and tap into it before all of our strength and power is useless and easily taken.
"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed." -Mark 1:35
Today, I'm headed to the mountain to pray. My family, my church, my everything is counting on me to have superman strength, so I need to get closer to the Son! How about you...when is the last time you went to the mountain?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DAILY DEVO...When life feels like a potato

Last night I was peeling potatoes, as I reached in the bag for the last one, I saw how little it was. It was just a runt, hardly worth peeling. So I set it aside.


"Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? But now be strong, O Zerubbabel," declares the Lord. -Haggai 2:3-5


Some of us are like Zerubbabel, feeling too small to be used by God.


The Bible says that we should not despise the day of small things because God's work is not done in size, "not by might nor by power but by His Spirit, says the Lord!"


When we only see the small potatoes in life, we miss the chance for God to do something HUGE!


God has us where we are for a reason. No matter how small or despised that place may feel, God can bring a HUGE blessing out of it. We just have to see outside the box.


? for today...what makes you feel like a small potato?


Trust God with the small stuff and see your faith grow with the even bigger stuff!


Monday, October 20, 2014

DAILY DEVO...beep, beep, what is that sound?

I couldn't figure out where the beeping was coming from until someone pointed out to me that it was my phone. It was letting me know that my battery was low but I did not recognize the alarm.


Sounds like what happens when we allow ourselves to get run down physically and emotionally. Alarms go off but we do not recognize them.


Everyone around us seems crabby, insensitive and trying to pick a fight with us but truth is it isn't "them", it is us. Often times we look everywhere else for the problem instead of looking at ourselves.
We don't recognize the beeping that is coming from within. God is the beeping inside that whispers in our spirit "It's not them, it's you".


"We must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, for fear that we drift away from it." -Hebrew 2:1



? for today...if people around you are on your nerves, have you checked your own battery? Perhaps it needs recharging.


Try recharging with God's peace and joy and see if you get better at recognizing the sounds of the beeps in your life!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Laced with Grace....Honey, I'm bald!

Today, I shared the following Devo with the readers of Laced with Grace. Check this great Christian devotional site out...www.lacedwithgrace.com.


I  heard a story about a man who loved his thick and wavy hair, but one day he noticed he was losing some of his hair. Day after day, his hair was thinning until one day he was left with just one hair on top of his head. One morning he awoke and found his one lone hair laying on his pillow. He jumped up and hollered to his wife, “honey, I’ve gone bald”!

The thing about this story that strikes me is that even though the man did not notice the change until it was all gone, God knew exactly how many strands of hair he had or didn’t have.
“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” -Luke 12:7
As a child, I would get a visual in my head of God counting one strand at a time the hairs on my head. I wondered how He kept track of the ones I lost every single day as I combed my hair out. Did He count the strands every day or just subtract the strands left behind in my brush?

The man in the story couldn’t even keep count, how could God?

What you, me and the balding man from the story need to understand is that it is not about God counting hairs, it is about God knowing every single detail about us. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, that He is not fully aware of.  He knows about our thoughts, our dreams, our heartache, and our insecurities. And He knows about our hair too.

Imagine that, if our hair count is important enough for God to keep track of, how much more does He care about everything else about us?

God cares about you. Every single strand and then some.

PRAYER: Thank You God for caring about me. From the top of my head to the bottom of my toes, You love me. Even when my hair falls out or when my life falls apart, You are there and You know exactly what I need, when I need it. Thank you! AMEN

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

TODAY'S DAILY...WHAT DID YOU HEAR?

We all can hear them talking, but what do we do with what we hear?


"Put your clothes away."
"Don't forget to be home at 6:00."
"I need your report by tomorrow."



Words spoken but fallen on deaf ears. We hear what we want and do what we want with what we hear.


Sounds a lot like what we do with the Word of God!


"Everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock." -Matthew 7:24



If you hear the instructions of where the dinner is and what time to be there but fail to follow the instructions, you will miss out on dinner.


Likewise, reading and reflecting on God's Word is totally useless unless you put it into action.
God doesn't want you to be late for supper, so listen AND obey.


Monday, October 13, 2014

DAILY DEVO...Why being a survivor isn't enough!

Do you feel like a survivor?


You have survived some test, a trial of some sort. Something or someone came along in your life that left you feeling unworthy, useless, unimportant or just defeated. But you survived it!


Going thru difficulties causes us to feel like survivors. But, I would like to point out the difference between a "survivor" and an "overcomer".


To survive is to "continue to exist" while a overcomer "is to defeat."


I don't know about you, but I would rather defeat life's battles than just continue to exist in spite of them!


"Greater is He Who is in you, than he who is in the world." -1 John 4:4b



Don't just be a survivor...become an overcomer!