Wednesday, August 23, 2017

DAILY DEVO...strengthen our hands

TODAY'S DEVOTION...

Today's scripture reading in Nehemiah really resonated with me. In particular, it was the prayer of Nehemiah that really spoke to me...

(Nehemiah 6:9) "They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, 'Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.' But I prayed, "Now strengthen my hands."

It has been 14 months since I had hand reconstruction surgery on my dominate hand. I had a major bone removed and I had two implants inserted on the top of my hand. The outcome that we had hoped for hasn't happened. Yet. 

Due to the lack of mobility and range of motion in my hand, it has gotten weak and has lost a lot of muscle mass. 

I have prayed a similar prayer like Nehemiah over and over; for God to strengthen my hand. 

Nehemiah led the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem and he refused to give up. He faced many insults and intimidation from the enemies all around him as well as injustices from his own people (Neh. 4–5). But he sought help from God while taking every defensive step he could.

Despite all of the challenges, the wall was complete in 52 days (6:15). But Nehemiah’s work was not complete. 

Like Nehemiah, my work is not complete either. I may have some physical challenges to get the job done but with prayer, faithfulness and God's help, He will strengthen my hand to complete the work that He has begun. Handicaps cannot hinder God's work. 

Your work is not complete either. I don't know what stands in your way of getting the job done, but may you look to God for the strength you need to stay on task. 

Have a blessed Day. LAURIE


TODAY'S READING: Nehemiah 5:14-7:73, Romans 10:1-13, Psalm 119:81-88

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

DAILY DEVO...we can't see what God sees

TODAY'S DEVOTION...

We cannot even begin to understand God's way of thinking. His thoughts are not the same as ours.

(Isaiah 55:8,9) "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts."

In the book of Isaiah, we come across the Israelites who wanted their enemies to be punished. They also wanted to exclude the non-Jews from God’s people but God had a different plan. He offered mercy to ALL. 

We aren't much different than the Israelites. Hate for our enemies still rages within us and prejudice against race, gender and religion still runs rampant in our society. It is impossible for man to grasp the depth of God's love and mercy for His people. 

It has never been nor will it ever be God's plan for any man, woman, boy or girl to spend eternity away from Him. 

God has a perfect plan for each of us. Even in those times of doubt or lack of understanding, God wants us to trust His Hand and His love, for His ways go far beyond what we can even comprehend. 

Today I choose to love the unlovable, forgive the unforgivable and accept the unseen because God sees far more than I can even imagine. 

Have a Blessed (and love filled) Day. LAURIE


TODAY'S READING...Nehemiah 3:17-5:13, Romans 9:19-33, Psalm 119:73-80

Friday, August 18, 2017

DAILY DEVO...there is NO condemnation

TODAY'S DEVOTION...

I'm not perfect and neither are you. And God knows that none of us are. 

Becoming a Christian doesn't mean that everything will be perfect, in fact, the Bible warns us that trials and tribulations will be great. But thankfully, the Grace of God not only forgives us of our wrongdoing but once forgiven, we are not condemned. 

So many Believers live in fear or guilt of their past mistakes. Even though we ask God (and others) to forgive us, we tend to have a hard time forgiving ourselves. 

But the Bible says: 
"There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1)

Because God doesn’t judge us for all the things that we've  done wrong and have been forgiven for, there is no reason for any Christian to walk around in shame. 

God takes all of our imperfections (and we ALL have many) and instead of using them against us, He uses it for good.

If you are still holding onto some past mistakes; ask for forgiveness and do what God has done ...move on! 

Have a blessed Friday!!
LAURIE


TODAY'S READING: Ezra 7:27-9:4, Romans 8:1-27, Psalm 119:33-40

Thursday, August 17, 2017

DAILY DEVO...who's in charge?

TODAY'S DEVOTION...

Every single day we need to decide who is in control...us or God?

Choosing is sometimes difficult.  We all have areas in our life that we like to control, it's usually in those moments of desperation or failure that we relinquish our control and say, "ok God, I'm giving control to you!"

I've tried to control things before in my life and it just doesn't work. I mess it up every time! But no matter how badly things get out of control, God always seems to show up and fixes what was never mine to fix in the first place.

In the book of Ezra, we find God using King Darius to illustrate this very thing.

The people were always at odds with the authorities to rebuild the House of God after Nebuchadnezzar destroyed it. But King Darius issued a decree that not only allowed them to rebuild God's house but he actually took money from the treasury to pay for it!!

(Ezra 6:8) "Moreover, I hereby decree what you are to do for these elders of the Jews in the construction of this house of God: Their expenses are to be fully paid out of the royal treasury, from the revenues of Trans-Euphrates, so that the work will not stop."

When we allow God to have control, He shows up and gets the job done! I don't know what you need to loosen your grip from; but choose today to give control to God and see how He rebuilds what has been broken.

Have a blessed and victorious day! LAURIE

TODAY'S READING...Ezra 6:1-7:26, Romans 7:7-25, Psalm 119:17-32

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

DAILY DEVO...choose a life that beats for Godx

TODAY'S DEVOTION...

What kind of things find their way into your heart?

If we aren't careful, we may find the things that we allow in will cause us heart disease. I'm not talking about the kind of heart disease that requires a pacemaker. I'm talking about heart disease (spiritually) that need THE Peacemaker. 

If the doctor tells us that we need to make some changes in our life to restore our heart, no doubt we would. However, when God tells us to make changes, we aren't as serious about it. 

Day in, day out, we all have the responsibility of tending to our heart. What we allow in will either be healthy or unhealthy. It's our choice. 

Hiding God’s word in our heart will guard against those things that hurt our hearts and displease God. 

I love the words of the Psalmist when he said, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:11)

The question to consider today is this: what is hidden in your heart - Envy, anger, lust, jealousy or God's Word? One will cause death, the other life.

Choose a life that beats for God. 

Have a blessed day. LAURIE

TODAY'S READING...Ezra 4-5, Romans 6:1-7:6, Psalm 119:9-16


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

DAILY DEVO...finding peace

TODAY'S DAILY...

Finding peace in your life is much more than having a temporary absence of strife. It is more than just having "enough" to squeak by or having a brief time of things going well. Peace, my friend, can only be found in God. 

We try so hard to find peace in other people, relationships, careers, money, investments, even our emotions. But I have found that all of those things will change, fail us or fall away. 

God never intended for His children to live life full of anxiety and worry. Before He left His Disciples, Jesus told them to not let their hearts be troubled...

"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives." (John 14:27)

If you are looking for peace, you will never find it until you trust God. Trusting God doesn't mean everything will be perfect but I promise, you will find a peace that is unexplainable. 

Have a blessed (and peaceful) day. LAURIE


DAILY SCRIPTURE READING: Ezra 1-3, Romans 5, Psalm 119:1-8

Monday, August 14, 2017

Daily DEVO...recognize the idols in your life

TODAY'S DEVOTION...

During my "break" from social media for nearly a month, I noticed something. I noticed how much more time there seemed to be in a day!!!

Clearly, there were other things that I could be doing that time spent on social media was robbing me of. 

We live in a "smart" atmosphere; a world where we are inundated with smart phones, smart tvs and smart apps. Everything we ever need is at the tips of our fingers. 

Have you ever wondered why we are so influenced by the culture around us? Simple - what consumes us becomes us. 

Recently I heard someone say, "we become what we worship". Often times, I think we idolize things that we aren't even aware have become idols in our lives. 

How absurd it must have been for the Israelites to create an idol to worship when God Almighty was with them, longing for their adoration and worship. 

But isn't that what you and I do when we place other things and other people before God?

"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you". (Matthew 6:33)

The world is begging for our attention. But so is God. The question today is...who or what will you serve?

If you are not sure Whom you are serving; compare your time, your passion and your investments - Is God first or last? If He isn't first, you may have some idols in your life. 

My prayer today is that God is given the worship and adoration that He deserves in our lives. No idol (not even Facebook), ever died for you and never will. 

PRAYER: Dear Lord, forgive me for placing other things in front of You. You and You ALONE deserve my praise and honor. AMEN

Have a blessed day,

Laurie

Friday, July 14, 2017

DAILY DEVO...are you devoted to Christ?

TODAY'S DAILY...

Getting off of our regular Scripture reading today, I wanted to take a moment to talk to you about the importance of being devoted to God in your daily life.

"Set your mind on things above,  not on earthly things." (Colossians 3:2)

Have you ever wondered what it would take to accomplish this?

Paul realized that the secret to a life full of contentment first starts with a life devoted to God. He learned to keep his eye on the prize. 

Much like an athlete, who never takes their eye off of the ball or off of their opponent, 
Paul learned to run fast and play hard. And he learned that it is easy to lose focus. 

Life isn't always easy. Sometimes we stumble, get tired, retreat and wonder if it's worth it all. We must keep our eye on the ball and stay focused.

No successful athlete becomes great overnight. No, it takes years of training and practicing. I doubt that Paul became an Apostle overnight with no discipleship or mentoring. In order to get good at what we do, it takes time and it takes practice. 

That's exactly what it is like with our faith. No one can know everything they need to know about Christ overnight. It's a daily walk with Him and each day He reveals something new. 

Reading God's Word daily, pursuing His presence and sharing what He teaches me thru writing devotions is just a small way that I stay focused on Him. 

What keeps you in the game? Are you focused on the prize or have you fumbled the ball?

BLESSINGS. Laurie

TODAY'S DAILY READING: 
2 Kings 21:1-22:20, Acts 10:34-11:18, Psalm 104:24-30

SATURDAY'S DAILY READING: 2 Kings 23, Acts 11:19-12:17, Psalms 104:31-35


SUNDAY'S DAILY READING: 2 Kings 24-25, Acts 12:18-13:13, Psalm 105:1-7  

Thursday, July 13, 2017

DAILY DEVO...intimidation doesn't scare God

There use to be a day that intimidation bothered me. But now that I'm older (and not just in age), but wiser in the Lord, there isn't much that I bow to due to intimidation. 

Don't get me wrong, it still bothers me when I see people, (especially Christians), using intimidation to manipulate things. 

Instead of worrying about it though, I just turn it over to God and let Him handle things. 

Isn't that what Hezekiah did?

In today's Scripture reading we find Hezekiah responding to a letter he just received from Sennacherib; a letter that criticizes the Lord. 

Hezekiah found himself to be in a tight spot. City after city had fallen to Sennacherib and seemingly, it was all Hezekiah's fault. 

As the king, he was responsible for leading his people down the wrong path that led to rebellion. How would he make this right?

With letter in hand, Hezekiah went up to the temple of the Lord...

(2 Kings 19:14) "Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord."

I would say that this was Hezekiah's finest moment in leadership, after making a mess of things, he sought the counsel of the Lord. Hezekiah did not let the intimidation of what others thought to override what God thought. 

There's so much we can learn from this story. Maybe you have received a letter that has left you in a panic or you are being intimidated by someone to do something you shouldn't; I encourage you to do what Hezekiah did and go to Lord and spread it all out before Him. 

What He thinks of the situation is far more important than anyone else. 

BLESSINGS. Laurie 

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Kings 19:8-20:21, Acts 10:17-33, Psalm 104:10-23 


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DAILY DEVO...are you a Dorcas?

In today's Scripture reading we read about Dorcas (Tabitha). Now here is a lady who was a Follower of Christ, a Disciple, the Bible says. 

Dorcas was the very example of what we, as Christ Followers, should be. 

She was full of acts of charity. 

(Acts 9:39) "Peter rose and went with them. When he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them."

Prior to Peter's arrival that day, Dorcas had become very ill and she actually died. When the other disciples learned of her death, they went to get Peter and after he prayed, he said to the limp body, "Tabitha, arise."

She came alive.

(Acts 9:40b) "And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up."

You and I may not see people physically raised from the dead these days, but spiritually speaking, Dorcas represents what you and I as Followers of Christ should be.

We should be found giving to others selflessly and we should die to self and rise up and be alive for the cause of Christ.

Are you a Dorcas in your world?

BLESSINGS. Laurie


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Kings 18:1-19:7, Acts 9:32-10:16, Psalm 104:1-9  

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

DAILY DEVO...I don't want to be blind, I want to see

TODAY'S DAILY...

On the road to Damascus, the Scripture reveals that Saul (Paul) was struck blind. However, when Ananias prayed for Saul, scales fell from his eyes. Literally...

(Acts 8:17,18) "Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, 'Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.' Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again".

There is more to this story that we need to know about. Saul was very religious and thought that he was doing the work of God by persecuting Christians. But on his way, on the Damascus Road, he met Jesus and his sight was taken away. 

When Ananias prayed for Saul, the physical scales were removed from his eyes and he saw things differently. Not only did Saul now see things physically but his spiritual eyes were open as well. It was during this eye opening experience that God changed Saul's name to Paul. And as we all know, Paul went on to do some pretty great things for the Kingdom. 

Many people are walking around with something blocking their vision. I don't mean something in their eye like a cataract. I mean spiritually. 

It makes no sense to me how someone will take eye drops from the eye doctor to improve their eyesight but yet when given the remedy to their spiritual blindness, they refuse the Great Physicians orders. 

I don't know about you, but I don't want to be blind. I want to see. I want the scales to fall off of my eyes and see Jesus. I want to see all that He has for me with wide, open eyes. 👀 Give me some spiritual eye drops!!

BLESSINGS. Laurie


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Kings 16-17, Acts 9:17-31, Psalm 193:15-22  

Monday, July 10, 2017

DAILY DEVO...we are born into sin but don't don't have to live in sin

TODAY'S DAILY...

God sees and knows all about our frail minds and hearts. We are ALL sinners, in fact, the Bible says that we have "all sinned and come short of the glory of God." (See Romans 3:23)

God knows exactly what sin and weakness we are prone to. So does the enemy. This is the battle that we must contend with; to what extent will our sin take us?

The way I see it, we have two choices when it comes to our sinful nature; 1. We bend and allow our sin to dictate who or what we become or 2. We surrender to God and we let Him mold us into who or what He wants us to become.

We surrender or we fall. We live for God or we live for the flesh. We accept God or we deny Him. The choice is really ours to make. 

God remembers that we have all been born in sin. I'm not saying that babies are bad, however, every child born (because of the sin of Adam and Eve ) is born into a world full of sin.

God has given each of us a choice as to what we will do with that. No parent has to teach a 2 year old to disobey. Actually, they have to teach them how to act right (to NOT disobey) because acting wrong is just common nature.

Likewise, Christ wants us (His children), to learn to act right and put away that old sinful nature that we all have.

(Psalm 103:14) "For He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust."

God doesn't want us to live in guilt over our shortcomings but He does want us to make wise choices...He wants us to choose Him over anything else that the world tries to offer.

God does accept us as we are, but thankfully, He doesn't leave us as we are. 

Let Him mold you and make you today as you choose Him and not what makes you weak. 

BLESSINGS. Laurie


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Kings 14-15, Acts 9:1-16, Psalm 103:10-14   

Friday, July 7, 2017

DAILY DEVO...life is but a vapor

In today's Scripture reading, the  Psalmist writes about his own human frailty...

(Psalm 102:11-12) "My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass. But You, Lord, sit enthroned forever; Your renown endures through all generations."

The psalmist understands that his life is nothing more than a flickering shadow but while his time on earth is just a vapor, Gods presence will endure forever. 

I don't know if you ever think about your life and how quickly it is passing, but James puts it quite honestly, "You do not know what tomorrow brings". He then goes on and says, "For what is life? It is even a vapor that lasts for a short time and then vanishes away." (See James 4:14) 

God intends for us to live every single moment significantly, He wants our time here on earth to count for something. We must grab hold of something that will withstand anything and everything. 

What will remain after our vapor is gone?

Anything materialistic will be sold, anything physical will decay but those things spiritually that we hold onto and invest in, will last for all eternity. 

Life is short; eternity is long. Invest well and make every moment count!

BLESSINGS. Laurie

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Kings 8:16-9:37, Acts 7:37-53, Psalm 102:8-17

SATURDAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Kings 10-11, Acts 7:54-8:8, Psalm 102:18-28


SUNDAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Kings 12-13, Acts 8:9-40, Psalm 103:1-9

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

DAILY DEVO...so, you think God can't use you?

Every week I hear the reasons why it's difficult for people to serve the Lord...

"Life is hard", "I'm going thru something", "I don't know the Bible very well", "I'm too busy",etc

We need to understand that when God asks us to do something, He isn't asking for an updated resume or a list of references. He's just asking for a willing heart.

God doesn't save those who are already perfect, that's why He gives us grace. But He does apply Grace to all of us imperfect people so that we can be equipped. Some of the greatest Pillars of the Scripture were far from perfect:

Isaac was a day dreamer, Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper, David had an affair, Noah got drunk. Elisha was suicidal, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer, Gideon was insecure, Miriam was a gossip, Martha worried, Thomas was a doubter, Sara was impatient, Elijah was moody, Rehab was a prostitute, Samson liked a prostitute. Moses stuttered, Zacchaeus was short, Abraham was old and Lazarus was dead.

In today's Scripture reading we see where Moses killed a man...

(Acts 7:24) "Seeing one of them wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down (killing) the Egyptian."

But yet, Moses became a great man for God.

God uses those who are willing to be used and He equips those Whom He calls. It's never about us in the first place; so do you still think God can't use you?

BLESSINGS. Laurie

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Kings 6:24-8:15, Acts 7:17-36, Psalm 102:1-7

Monday, July 3, 2017

DAILY DEVO...look and see

In today's Scripture reading we find the servant of Elisha looking but not seeing...

(2 Kings 6:17) "And Elisha prayed, 'Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.' Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha."

His servant saw the army surrounding their town, but he failed to see the angels that God had placed all around. He was walking in spiritual blindness.

We do the same thing. 

We are looking, but we only see things thru our own eyes; in our own strength. Instead of seeing God's power, we see our weakness. Instead of seeing deliverance, we only see defeat. 

Elisha's prayer is a prayer for each of us today, that we too,  could have our eyes open. Instead of complacency, God's children need to walk in confidence...confidence that God is with us thru every battle and every storm. 

How much more courageous could you be in your battle if you could see the victory instead of seeing yourself as the victim? When you look around; don't just look, open your eyes so that you can see!

BLESSINGS. Laurie


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Kings 5:1-6:23, Acts 7:1-16, Psalm 101 

Friday, June 30, 2017

DAILY DEVO...here comes the Judge

TODAY'S DAILY...

Injustice is rampant it seems. Being falsely accused of something is probably one of the hardest things to fight, not alone understand.

People tend to judge others very harshly, even if they don't have all of the facts.

The Bible tells us that God is just. This means that He is fair and impartial. It also means that He hates the mistreatment of the very people that He created. He hates lying, He hates cheating and all other forms of mistreatment of others. 

God's judgement is not like man's. God judges with righteousness. His judgement does not take into account skin color, age, or gender, He judges the heart and its motives.

(Psalm 98:9) "Sing before the Lord, for He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity."

One day, the final judgement will be made. And when that day comes, all the wrongs will be made right and all the earth will be judged fairly.

If you have been wronged or falsely accused, God will settle it but likewise, how you've judged others will be the same judgement given to you. 

The final verdict will be fair and justly deserved..."Please rise, this Court is now in session - Judge Jesus presiding."

BLESSINGS. Laurie

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Kings 22:29-2 Kings 1, Acts 4:23-5:11, Psalm 97

SATURDAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Kings 2-3, Acts 5:12-28, Psalm 99

SUNDAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Kings 4, Acts 5:29-6:15, Psalm 100 


Thursday, June 29, 2017

DAILY DEVO...love God, hate evil

So many people say, "hate the sin but love the sinner". But after reading today's Scripture reading, I say, "love the Lord, hate evil".

It's easy to become overwhelmed by the evil in this world and hate what goes on around us. 

God hates sin because it separates His children from Him. That's what sin does, it separates. 

For us to say that we hate sin does not mean that we point out the errors of others every chance we get. Rather, our hatred for sin should be a direct result of our love for God.

(Psalm 97:10) "O you who love the Lord, hate evil." 

It's easy to point fingers at people who are living life without God, but yet, hard to recognize sin in ourselves. I see this struggle on social media all of the time, attacks on certain people or people of different faiths. 

While it's good for Christians to stand for what is true, we must remember that we are not called to seek out sin but seek out those who need Jesus.

The best way to love the sinner and hate the sin is to love God. When you love Him, you will hate the sin not just in others but you will hate the sin in your own life.

BLESSINGS. Laurie


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Kings 21:1-22:28, Acts 4:1-22, Psalm 97:7-12 

Monday, June 26, 2017

DAILY DEVO...change your tune

TODAY'S DAILY...

When I was younger and my attitude wasn't what it needed to be, my Momma would tell me, "change your tune".

I suppose that could be some sound advice for us today as well. Sometimes our attitude can get alittle off key and the "woe is me" tune needs alittle "I'm happy and I know it" applied. 

We've been reading in the book of Psalms and it is here that I have noticed that it speaks a lot of "sing a new song unto the Lord." Today's Scripture reading  says it again...

(Psalm 96:1) "Sing unto the Lord a new song; sing unto the Lord, all the earth." 

Today I would like to bring your attention to a key part of today's passage: 

"A new song"

Too many people get caught up in the argument of WHAT songs to sing. Like in church, some want to sing the hymns while others want more contemporary music. I want you to see what God showed me about today's Psalm...it doesn't matter the style, it only matters about the heart. 

Music is a wonderful way to connect to God and He speaks to me thru the words of music. But sometimes the words become repetitive and the message loses its meaning. Not because of the musician playing or the vocalist singing or because God isn't in the song anymore; but because my attitude has gotten off key.

When you come to a place where you can't worship God or sing His praises; it is time for a NEW song to sing. Not a song of yesteryear or woe is me but a new song of what's to come, a new song of praise and victory! 

Ask God today to put a new song in your heart… a song of praise to Him and watch how quickly your "tune will change."

BLESSINGS. Laurie


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Kings 16:21-18:19, Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 96:1-8 
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

DAILY DEVO...God's faithfulness is something to talk about!

I am overwhelmed when I think of all of the great stories, recorded in the Bible and those not recorded, of the lives that have been changed because of Christ.

The great Prophets, the kings, the many servants and you and I all have something in common:  God has seen us through deep waters.

I'm reminded today of the many people affected by tsunami's and hurricanes; what a frightening scare to scramble for higher ground as the water overtakes everything.

Doesn't that describe us when the circumstances of our life seem to overtake us like the flooding waters?

Thankfully, God rescued many of those drowning in confusion, fear and trouble in the Gospels and He rescues us too.

Remembering what God has already done and is still doing is worth paying attention to. Your story of God's faithfulness may not have made it in the pages of the Good News but God's faithfulness is certainly good news to all those yet to hear it.

(John 20:31) "But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name."

If you've never written down your testimony, write God's faithfulness to you down and share it with someone who is drowning and needs to find a (spiritual) higher ground.

BLESSINGS. Laurie

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Kings 10:14-11:43, John 20:19-31, Psalm 93

Monday, June 19, 2017

DAILY DEVO...you can't silence the gospel

The growing suppression of religious freedom is being witnessed more and more each day.

Ministers and Missionaries are being harassed and dictated as to what can/cannot be said from a pulpit, prayer is being removed from schools, christians are being banned to speak out about their faith.

Think that is unbelievable?

A student at Sonoma State University was ordered to remove a cross necklace because they were told by school administration that "it might offend someone." 

People have been trying to silence Christians for 2000 years, however, isn't evangelism the very core of Christianity?

The very nature of the message that Jesus brought was the "Good News". Matthew even wrote what Jesus wanted us to do with the Good News...

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations….” 

People can try to put faith under wraps and close the mouths of the Believer but everyone knows that Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. They may not believe in their own heart but it cannot be denied.

Even Pilate couldn't deny it as we see in today's Scripture reading... 

(John 19:20-22) "Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”

Even during the humiliating death of Jesus, it was recognized by those responsible that Jesus WAS indeed the King of the Jews. 

The Gospel cannot be silenced, not even by an angry mob who killed the very Son of God. 

It is not a time for us to be silent about our faith! We must open our mouths and stand upon the Word of God and let our voice be heard. 

How about it ~ How many have heard you stand up for what you believe?

BLESSINGS. Laurie


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Kings 7, John 19:6-24, Psalm 91:11-16