Daily Guidance

Do you realize that each day that we awake to the opportunity to know the one true and living God? He is only a prayer away and even though he is not visibly seen to us, it is by faith in him and what is said in his Holy Word (the "Bible")that we reach out.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Do you REALLY know how much God loves you?

In the Bible the book of Matthew chapter 6, Jesus is teaching on just how much God the Father loves us. If you haven't read this chapter, please do and when you read it know that it is for YOU. Read it just like Jesus was standing before you or sitting next to you saying the words of that chapter directly and only to you.

I want to write about the part he taught about concerning the birds, mainly sparrows and ravens. Jesus said for us to 'take no thought (means DO NOT WORRY) for your life as far as what you shall eat, what you shall drink or what you shall put on (clothing). Look at the fowls of the air, they don't sow, they don't reap, they don't store up but yet.....God the Heavenly Father (and here I have to say, Hallelujah) he feeds them. Aren't you of more value than these birds?'

Are you getting this? Do you know that you are so much more valuable than a bird?

The enemy of all of us, Satan or the devil does not want us to know just how much God loves us. All the enemy wants to do is throw up to us every mistake we have ever made and tell us, 'do you really think God loves you'. Yeah that is exactly what he beats us up with lies, lies and more lies, no wonder Jesus said that the devil was the father of lies. Satan told the first lie ever recorded in the history of man. He told Eve, 'did God really say'..he brought doubt and yes confusion. Satan is the father of lies. Let's leave that for another message and let me teach you your value to God.

Do you wonder why you struggle with various trials? Do you wonder why you fight poverty or sickness or some form of constant harassment? Can I tell you the answer?

YOU don't realize how valuable you are and how much God loves you....he loves you regardless of how many mistakes you have made! Yes he loves you, please believe me that he does. Can I let you in on a little secret?

He knew you before you were formed in your mother's womb! He knew every mistake, every sin, every wrong choice, every heartache...he knew it all and he knows what mistakes are in your future. How do I know that? Because the Bible says in Isaiah 46:10 that he (God) knows the beginning from the end. You see he knows everything about all of us and yet....oh yes and YET he loves us.

The verse that is so familiar to most Christians is John 3:16, 'for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believe in him shall not perish but have everlasting life'. What I want you to grasp and realize is how much you are valuable to God. When you can realize how much he loves you all the struggles of life become less prominent.

When you realize that you can cast all your cares, troubles, heartaches and sickness upon him and he will take it and work it out.....your life will become so much easier.

Don't look at your past anymore. Speak out loud to yourself and declare this, "I am not dwelling on my past failures. Today I realize just how much God loves me. I am more valuable than the birds of the air. He will feed me, clothe me and provide for me all my needs. I accept his love for me, right now I accept that God loves me and I am someone special to him".

I truly believe that today will be a turning point for you. Know that I pray for you a special prayer today that God reveals himself to you in such a way that  you cannot doubt his love.

This is my prayer and thought for today.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lonesome Valley

There an old southern gospel song called, Lonesome Valley and it has been resonating with me this past week. Some of the words are: ‘you’ve got to walk that lonesome valley, you’ve got to walk it by yourself, for no one else can walk it for you, you’ve got to walk it by yourself.’

Of course there are more verses in the song and the words tell you that momma had to walk it, daddy had to walk it and some of your friends had to walk but… they all walked it alone. Now I know there are Christians out there that just refuse to admit that ‘Christians walk through valleys’….well I am here to differ with you, WE DO!!!!

Lonesome?? Oh yeah it is lonesome. A valley like this can be the most lonesome place you have ever experienced. Sure it helps to have family and friends that stand with you during tough times but bottom line, you walk that valley and it is lonesome and sometimes dark but you walk it alone.

Where and when does comfort come? It comes when you pray and seek God’s help and comfort. Is he there? Can he hear you? Even though you feel like your prayers are not going anywhere and the loneliness is overwhelming, God is there and yes he hears your prayers and your cries in the night.

‘This too shall pass’ and walking the lonesome valley isn’t permanent even though when you are in that valley time goes by every so slowly. Take heart and be assured that at certain times in all our lives we experience the lonesome valley. Don’t fail to pray to God and ask him for help. He does hear you and he will move the circumstances for you. Somewhere ahead you will walk out of that lonesome valley and be able to look back on it. You will find peace and contentment again I promise you that for you see I have walked that Lonesome Valley myself.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Understanding Spiritual Warfare

The little girl was about 3 and shy, when someone ‘new’ tried to strike up a conversation she would put her little hands over her eyes, in her way of thinking; “if I cover MY eyes then THEY can’t see me”.

 Is that the mentality of most Christians today when it comes to spiritual warfare? I think it is. Just like the ostrich that sinks its’ head in the sand when the adversary approaches and the childish act of covering the eyes clearly believing they won’t be seen, well sadly that is most Christians. Not all but most.

 The Bible clearly gives us instructions and guidance on spiritual warfare. One scripture says that Satan goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, another says, ‘put on the whole armor of God as to resist the whiles of the devil’. I could fill page after page of scriptures about what WE are to do as Christians to fight the enemy for ourselves. But what do we do? What do we do when the enemy comes in like a flood? What do we do when it feels that all Hell has been turned against us?

What do we do?

 As a Christian you have been given the power to use the name of Jesus to defeat every enemy that you have. You have been given the Word of God, which is the Bible, and every word in it has power because it is real, it is holy and it is truth.

 If you don’t know a scripture to quote, let me give you one. In John 10:10 the verse is: ‘The thief comes but to kill, steal and destroy, but I (this is Jesus speaking) have come that you have life and life more abundantly’. So you say, “Thief, who has come to kill, steal and destroy me I command you in the name of Jesus to leave me now. I am a child of the most high God and I have been given the name of Jesus to use against you. Also I have the blood of Jesus applied to my life because Jesus died on the cross, shed his blood so that I can be born again, become a child of God and have eternal life so therefore you have NO authority or power over me, leave me now!”.

 It helps to memorize those words but if you can’t quote them, then read them out loud to your enemy. Shout them if you have too. Until you feel the heaviness of the situation is gone, I would keep right on speaking these words if you have to say them every day, do it!!!

 Remember you are going to have difficulties, you are going to have thoughts come at you, at times you are going to feel discouraged but the great news is that you can say the Word of God and your situation will change. Don’t accept bad times and think there is no way out; pray to God and speak out to the enemy to leave you alone.

 Don’t be intimated by the words ‘spiritual warfare’, it doesn’t mean you are going to cast demons out of someone (unless that is your God given calling) it means that you have authority to speak the Word of God over your life. It means that the enemy has to leave your situation when you use the name of Jesus.

 I pray that you understand this writing. I pray that you will have the words to say and that you are strong. I am praying for you today.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Remember Happiness???

Remember Happiness???

 There are times in all of our lives where we feel in our emotions sadness and emptiness. Where is happiness? Does it exist anymore? Is it possible to have it again?

 Do you remember happiness? As you look back on your life even as a child doesn’t it seem like it was such a happy time? I know that there are many who might read this that didn’t have constant happiness because of an abusive childhood however try to remember something that brought you happiness.

 Did (as a child) happiness come from playing in the rain? Catching fireflies at night? What about smelling cookies that your mom was baking? Do you remember taking a walk with your best friend?

 Now that I have you thinking about happiness let me assure you that you can have that happiness again!

 God has told us in the Bible (Nehemiah) that ‘the joy of the Lord is your strength’. Joy you ask, “How can God give me joy? “ Isn’t he somewhere in Heaven and he is God and doesn’t have knowledge of me”?

 Yes he is God and yes he is in Heaven but he does have knowledge of you, he created you and he loves you.  For all his creation of humans on this earth he has given us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can’t be seen or heard with our human elements but he can be found in our spirit. So now you are saying, “My Spirit”?
 If you can believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he came to this earth from Heaven about 2000 years ago, and he died on a cross and supernaturally you can be born again, well then you can have his Spirit live and dwell in you! Long sentence I know but I had to get that all in.

Now back to joy and happiness. Even if you are already a Christian and have already accepted Jesus into your life and you haven’t experienced any joy or happiness in such a long time, then just hold on. I am writing this and you are reading this because God wants you to know joy and happiness again.

How? By realizing that you can find a peace in your mind by saying and believing this, “I am a Christian, I am not going to let my circumstances dictate or rob me of joy.  I know from the words in the Bible, (which are God’s words) that he wants me to laugh. ‘A merry heart doeth good like a medicine’, that is a promise in the Bible for me and I take that promise now because I need that medicine of a merry heart…. now”.

Do you remember a time when you laughed? Do you remember something that made you happy when you were a child? I want you to think about it and try to relive that moment. Take the time to go there in your mind. I am praying that you decide it’s time to be happy! Be determined to find happiness and joy.

This is my thought and prayer for you today! What is that I hear??? I believe I hear you laughing!!!!




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What test are you facing? What trial is before you?

Why read the Bible?

Life is so full of tests. When you and I were in school most of the time we studied the material that we knew or the teacher told us would be covered on the test. Life as a Chrisitian has tests that we can't study ahead of time for because we don't know what that test will be about.

I have a secret for you! If you study the Word of God, if you hide it in your heart, when the tests come, and they will, you can be sure that the Word of God contains your answer.

Jesus said that in this world we will have tribulation, but to be of good cheer because he had overcome the world. Remember also that the Bible says, 'greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world'.

Sometimes testing comes to make us study more of the Word and to learn more about what Jesus has done for us. However the tests come, remember they will come. No there isn't a passing grade like the tests in school; however the tests will determine where are weaknesses are!

Study the Word of God, let that Holy Word get deep down inside of you and it will lead you and guide you into all truths and the tests will be there but you will pass them. On the other side, if you you fail one test then you know the area that you need to concentrate in so that you don't fail again. Trust me ... we all fail tests and some of us on a daily basis. Learning from test failures is the sign that we are knowledgeable and growing into a mature Christian.

Make yourself read the Bible, don't go a week and realize that you didn't even pick it up....prayer and reading God's Word is essential to passing the tests of life.

That is my prayer and thought for today.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The story of the Prodigal Son, what role do you play?

‘Coming home, coming home never more to roam, open wide those arms of love, Lord I’m coming home. I’ve wasted many precious years…’ and the old Gospel song continues with words of repentance for living a life estranged from the presence of the loving Father God.

One of the most heartwarming stories in the Bible is the one of the Prodigal Son. The story is found in the 15th Chapter of Luke.

Yes I have ‘been in church most of my life’ and heard many sermons preached on the Prodigal Son but let me give you another perspective of the parable.

Can we compare the son that left with his inheritance to all of us that are alive, all of us that have the knowledge of Jesus (Yeshua) and knowing that he died on the cross for all of our sins? Yes I know there was another son and he was the ‘good’ son and the ‘obedient’ son and I will want you to decide which son’s role do you portray, is it ‘grace’ or ‘works’???

There is a lot of preaching and teaching on ‘grace’ and ‘works’ in this day and age. I do disagree with the teaching that allows the ‘Christian’ to live an unholy, ungodly life and chalk all their sins up to, “well God’s grace will ‘overlook’ all my sins and weaknesses and I am okay in his eyes”.  This is baloney (pardon my vernacular) and false teaching.

Sure we all sin and God does forgive ALL our sins but to deliberately sin over and over and use God’s grace??? Well my friend I can’t judge but I believe this is treacherous waters that you tread on.

But, let’s get back to the 2 sons and their situation.

The Bible states that the Father ‘gave all’ to his sons at the time of the younger son’s decision to leave and go out on his own. The older one surely lived by ‘works’ didn’t he? He stated to his Father in so many words that he ‘always done right’ and yet the Father never prepared a party for him or killed the fatted calf, or gave him a ring and certainly not put ‘new’ shoes on his feet.

The younger son, let’s call him by the verb ‘grace’; he spent his portion of his inheritance didn’t he? He spent it on whatever he wanted, all kinds of sins. When we are in the world, before our conversion to Christianity we commit various sins of our own choosing don’t we? Nobody but us picks the ‘sins and pleasures’, we do. Just like the younger son in our story.

Now the older son, who we will name use the noun ‘works’,  was one who actually, physically worked. Luke tells us that it was when the older son was ‘working’ in the fields that he heard the commotion coming from the house and he asked his Father’s servants ‘what was going on in the house’?

‘Works’ (and I think he immediately went to the house) questioned his Father as to what was going on? Is that you?? Do you resent that a sinner can be changed immediately regardless of their past life and God can elevate them and prosper them and bless them? Are you the older son or the younger son? Now I know, don’t think ‘how can I be a ‘son’ when I am a female? Just put gender aside and let’s try to place ourselves in the role not the gender.

Do we question, why to God? Do you realize that all the promises in the Bible are yours? Do you realize that it is ‘grace’ that gives you faith to believe in what the Bible says to you?

Works is just that, works! You try to follow the 10 commandments, you attend church, you tithe, you dress right and as that saying goes, you don’t chew and you don’t hang around with the ones that do’. Please hear what I am saying. We do and should live a holy life just as Jesus (Yeshua) did when he was on this earth. But it isn’t works that will save you and guarantee an eternal life in Heaven, it is ‘grace’.

The message of the younger prodigal son is such a sweet message and it covers such promises that we have. I feel that there are some reading this who see themselves as the Father or parent.  Don’t be discouraged. The Father ‘was looking’ when he saw his son coming down the road. Please keep looking for your son or daughter, never stop! Keep praying for that lost son or daughter, never stop! If your role in this story can fit the Father and that you have lost hope as the parent, then dust off your feet, pick yourself up and go look down the road and with faith and hope, see that son or daughter walking back to you and God. Nothing is impossible with God. He knows your pain and your suffering. Please start looking, I pray hope to you and this very moment for that lost child….i pray and command the forces of evil and darkness to release that child now and that they have clarity of thought and purpose no matter where they are or what they are doing. God IS going to bring them home.

‘Works’ or the older son had strong resentment against his younger brother. He couldn’t understand ‘grace’ and I think all of us that were raised or taught by the church and maybe our parents that rewards come from ‘works’ have a tougher time understanding.

My prayer to you if your role is ‘works’ in this story, is that you allow the Holy Spirit, who is the great teacher, to open your mind, heart and will to see what ‘grace’ is all about.

If you are like the younger son and you need ‘grace’ then at this very moment I pray for God’s grace to surround you and assure you that he loves you and will forgive you and restore all that you ‘gave away’. Trust me, I have so needed God’s grace and you know what? He is the Father and my Heavenly Father he welcomed me back home and he put a robe on me and he put a ring on my finger and best of all, he put new shoes on my feet. He put new shoes that is a symbol of my new walk, my walk of grace.

Do you need the Father to put ‘new shoes’ on you? He will you know. He loves you just as he loves me. You are his child, oh you may be in the pig pen or out in the world willfully sinning, but he will take you and restore you. Turn to him, talk to him and let his ‘grace’ do the rest.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Do you feel disconnected from God?

Sometimes our connection to God through our prayer life and reading his Word gets ‘disconnected’. Disconnected? How you ask?
May I compare it to a ‘lightening bug’?
I was raised a country girl and way before cell phones or mp3 players or even computers we spent a lot of times outdoors yes even in the winter time. However in the summer time I, along with my 11 brothers and sisters would stay out as late as we could just to enjoy the summer evenings. Among our fun things to do (well we thought it was fun) was to catch ‘fire flies’ or lightening bugs as we called them. Now for any of you readers that don’t know what a lightening bug is, let me ask you to Google on the internet and see a picture of one.
A lightening bug is a small bug about the size of a common house fly that had the ability to fly and they were only out during the nighttime. What makes them unique is that they have a small part of their body that glows or lights up.
We would find a jar with a lid which usually was an old Mason jar with a somewhat rusty lid. We would break off a few blades of grass and place them in the jar in case they ‘got hungry’. The quest had begun and the fire flies were plentiful. After running the gambit of our yard and having successfully gathered more than enough of these illusive bugs, we would set on the porch with our natural flashlight and just stare at the wonder of their light and yes it was sort of mesmerizing to watch.
Now you are wondering what is the connection of a lightening bug to my prayer life and the Bible? Let me compare it to those fire flies. You see there was another part of catching those fire flies and it was a little cruel but as kids you don’t always think of the harm (if in fact it was harmful).
Sometimes we would run and catch another one (not one in the jar) and we would pull off their body part that was lit and glowing. I know, it might seem cruel but we did it. We would watch and even timed was how long that light would glow without it being on the body of the fire fly or lightening bug. Oh I imagine it was only a few seconds until the glow would dissipate and then we would catch another one and yes do the same thing to it.
My point is this, just like that part of the lightening bug eventually could not glow and give off light when it was disconnected to the body we also can lose our ‘light’ if we disconnect ourselves from praying and reading the Bible. After a while it gradually will grow dim and then will go out. It is so important as Christians to stay connected to what is important and what will sustain us and keep us strong in the Lord and the power of his might (Eph. 6:10).
If you live in an area where those lightening bugs or fire flies are, look at them a little differently now. And like those bugs, stay connected to the body of Christ. Keep praying even if you feel like you are not ‘getting through’…pray to God and praise him for what he has done in your life. He will sustain you, he will meet your needs and most importantly, he loves you .. yes you!! He loves you and I want you to know that today. No matter who you are, no matter what your situation is, he loves you and wants to help you. Just ask him, talk to him and let him into your heart by faith.
This is my prayer and thought for today.