Thursday, September 25, 2014

DAILY DEVO: do you quack or squeal when you walk?

"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fakest of them all?"

The magical mirror no longer reveals beauty but true identity. It's easy to spot a fake when you know what the real thing looks like. Test me and see. Try taking a fake $100 bill to a bank and see what happens.

What will happen is you will be found out quick because bank employees know what the real $100 bill looks like.

Too many people are trying to be Christian imposters. Phoney. Fake. Not the real deal. But it's not hard to spot the genuine ones from the imposters.

The Bible says we will know them by their fruit...

"You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?" - Matthew 7:16

In other words, we will know the real deal by the way people act. If a duck quacks, then we know it's a duck. But if it squeals, the duck may be something else.

Same is true with people. A Christian cannot be loving to our face, but be picking up knives to throw when we turn our back. If they might have a squealing duck on your hands.

? for today...what happens when you you quack or do you squeal?

Make sure you do what you say and say what you mean. Be the real deal. Not a Christian imposter.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

DAILY DEVO...3 top reasons people do not pray

In observance of today's See You At The Pole, I have devoted myself today to purposely be studying and thinking about prayer.

I don't know if you or your child attended SYATP this morning, but if not, we can still put our focus on prayer and also on WHY we DON'T pray! While many gathered this morning to pray, few will remember to pray tomorrow.

3 top reasons why people do not pray...
1. No time 2. We think it's not important 3. We don't think it makes a difference.

1. Americans spend 63.5 billion minutes a day on social networks...I think we have time.

 2. I wonder how important the Israelite army thinks prayer is now. They went against the city of Ai so confidently, they didn't pray...and they were defeated!

 3. Many people do not have, because they do not ask. You think prayer doesn't make a difference...ask and see what happens.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray without ceasing."

? for today...what is prayer to you and have you prayed today?

Friday, September 19, 2014

DAILY is trash pick up day!

Trash. I hate when our kitchen trash can is overflowing. How awful to grab it when something has oozed and spilled over the side. Absolutely disgusting.

Nobody likes taking smelly trash out, but yet, it is one of those chores that just needs to be done. Imagine if we never took it out how bad the smell would get.

James reminds us that we all must get rid of the garbage that resides within our own spiritual house...
"Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you." (James 1:21)

Just like the garbage in my kitchen, the filth we allow to build up in our lives will leave a terrible stench. Sin has a way of creeping in and building up odors that quickly get out of hand. No aerosol spray can take care of the smell it leaves except for a good Holy Spirit trash pick up!

? for today...what garbage is in your life that needs to be taken to the curb?

Man is concerned with saving the earth...God wants to save your soul! It's garbage pick up day today!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

DAILY DEVO...have you washed up?

Seems like everyone is sick. Sneezing. Coughing. Runny nose. Sore throat. Last week, a local doctor said he had treated 44 cases of strep!

My husband just told me that without a doubt, we are getting the flu shot this year. The flu is said to hit hard.

Shots and vaccinations are good. But do you know what is good too...washing your hands! A regular habit of washing your hands ...can protect you from things like the flu or the common cold.

Not only is it good to wash our hands physically, but spiritually as well. James tells us how to wash our hands spiritually...

"So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your heart's, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world." (James 4:7-10)

What we need today is just a good washing...just like washing our hands will guard us from sickness, washing our heart on a regular basis will guard us from spiritual defeat.

? for today...have you washed the germs off yet today?

Don't let them reside on your hands or in your heart.

LACED WITH GRACE...see the sheep, feed the sheep

Today I have shared the following devo with the readers of LACED WITH GRACE. Please take time to visit this awesome devotion site and hear what other Christian writers are talking about.
This week as God crossed my path with someone in need, I found myself asking “how can the little that I have to offer help?” Oh what little faith and what little expectations I must have of my God!

Yes, it is true that I did not have much to offer, but it isn’t about what you or I can offer! A sack of groceries, a tank of gas, hand-me-down clothes, a pay it forward lunch at McDonald’s… whatever the need, God does not need OUR money to accomplish HIS works, He only needs our attention and our obedience.

I wonder how many of you are like me, and just drive by the homeless man on the corner holding that cardboard sign? How many times have I passed by that way and instead of noticing the “need”, I notice how long the red light takes to turn or how it looks like rain is coming? I notice EVERYTHING except the need staring me right in the face.

Jesus may ask us the same question He asked of Peter… “The third time, He said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?” (John 21:17) And like Peter (Simon), we say, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”
“Feed My sheep!” -Jesus
It really grips my heart and saddens me to see how very uninvolved and insensitive we have gotten towards the things that break God’s heart. Poverty in our cities, homelessness, drugs, crime, babies having babies. You don’t have to look far to see heartbreaking events, not just locally but worldwide; Africa genocide, ISIS massacre of innocent lives, little girls being sold into the black market prostitution ring.

Like me, perhaps you feel helpless with some of these atrocious crimes. And maybe even a little hopeless, wondering what in the world is this world coming to? Often times, when we keep hitting a brick wall, we tend to stop trying to climb.

But the climb requires one step at a time. If not a burger in a sack, how about donating to the local Mission, or take things even another step and pray for our country and our leaders or get involved in a local political campaign or take a missions trip abroad and give aid to a missionary.

Becoming our “brother’s keeper” is not just about feeding their stomachs, we must also be so compelled to feed the spiritual hunger that is prevalent. We, who have been washed by the Blood, who have resurrected our lives and spirits to the moving of the Holy Spirit have been called and challenged to share the same spiritual food with others. It isn’t enough to just feed the stomach, we must feed the spirit man as well.

Surely, the last days are upon us, but until He comes again, we must keep climbing and we must not turn a cheek to what is expected of us…
“Feed My sheep!” -Jesus
When you see the sheep, will you feed the sheep?

PRAYER: Dear Lord, please forgive me for not seeing all of the sheep that you have put in my path. Help me to be more aware of Your call on my life to feed the sheep as you need me to do. Whether through a physical lunch, clothes, prayer or whatever you lead me to do, help me to see the needs thru Your eyes. Help me to not look away, close my eyes or become cold hearted. Every sheep is important to you, even the lost ones. May they all find their way and make the climb with me, to You! AMEN

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DAILY DEV0...give and you will be blessed

This week God crossed my path with someone who had a need. After looking in my wallet, I thought to myself, I don't have much to give, how can my little bit make a difference?

Then I recalled Acts 20:35, "It is more blessed to give than receive."

Yes, there is great pleasure in being on the receiving end, but the true pleasure comes from knowing that we have been used by God.

..."Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters." -Galatians 6:10

? for today...who have you helped today?

It doesn't matter how big or small it seems, we must obey God and take advantage of every opportunity God gives us.

You will be blessed for doing it. I know I was!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DAILY DEVO...Who ya gonna obey?

I'm going to be very frank today - sometimes the things and yes, even the people who mean the most to us can be the very thing that holds us back.

How can something that is such an important part of my life be the thing that holds me back?

Consider Terah's influence in Abraham's life:
Abraham had heard clearly from God, "leave your country and your relatives and come to the land I will show you." But if you read Genesis 11:32-34, you will see a closer look at Abraham's caravan...his father, his nephew and Abraham's wife all traveled with him. Doesn't sound like Abraham left his family like God said.

Partial obedience is disobedience. Abraham learned this the hard way.

? for today ..what or who stands between you and God?

Stop settling for less than what God has for you. Remove the Terah's from your path and follow God. Obey Him fully matter what the sacrifice.