Month: August 2021

You Have An Attitude!

You have an attitude, but is it the right one?  Is it an attitude that honors the Father in heaven?  Do you need an attitude adjustment?  We are quick to detect the attitude in others, especially in those who are ungrateful, arrogant, and self-sufficient.  Remember the attitude you had when you were a teenager?  Maybe not you, but many teenagers have the attitude that they know everything.  That attitude of omniscience carries over into adulthood for some.  But we all have an attitude towards certain things like money and possessions and even death.  But what is your spiritual attitude?

The apostle Paul voiced his attitude in a fair well speech to the elders at Ephesus.  See if you can pick up on Paul’s attitude from what he said.

SCRIPTURES

“And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, 23 “except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. 24 “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.“. Acts 20:22-24

What a great attitude to have concerning God’s will for your life and the mission of the Gospel.  In a way, Paul’s attitude reflects that of a 4 year old with his mind set on doing what he wants.  Paul had a spiritual stubbornness about him and a dogged determination to stick to the mission of the gospel.  Paul’s attitude was a “nothing-can-stop-me” attitude.  Paul even had an attitude about himself and the threats against his life.

Let me tell you that Paul didn’t have a death wish, but he did have an attitude towards death.  When the threat of death can’t stop you, then you are unstoppable.  Spiritually, we need to be unstoppable with the good news of God’s love and salvation.  Today, why not join me in asking God to give you a selfless and unstoppable attitude for the life-saving mission of the gospel?

The Arrows are Beyond You

“Look, the arrows are beyond you.”  That was an encrypted message sent by Jonathan to David who would eventually become the king of Israel.  When Jonathan, the son of King Saul, found out that his father desperately wanted to kill David, he went to the field with his bow and arrow to shoot the arrows and to give a message of warning.  Jonathan was speaking to a young boy who was with him telling him where the arrows were so he could fetch them, but he was also speaking to David who was nearby.  This manner of secret communication was set up by David and Jonathan so David could escape for his life or return to his place with King Saul.

SCRIPTURES

“Then I will shoot three arrows to the side, as though I shot at a target; 21 “and there I will send a lad, [saying,] ‘Go, find the arrows.’ If I expressly say to the lad, ‘Look, the arrows [are] on this side of you; get them and come’–then, as the LORD lives, [there is] safety for you and no harm. 22 “But if I say thus to the young man, ‘Look, the arrows [are] beyond you’–go your way, for the LORD has sent you away.  I Samuel 20:20-22

When David yelled out, “Look, the arrows are beyond you,” he was telling David that his life was in danger.  He was telling David, you are still in the strike zone of King Saul’s weapons.  He was telling David, you need to run for your life if you want to stay alive and fulfill God’s purpose for your life.  Still today, there are many people who live within the danger zone of the enemy.  Just like it was with David, everyone has a decision to make, to either stay in the danger zone of the enemy or to move to a place of safety.  The arrows of death of the enemy are long range, but there is only one place to go to be out of reach of the enemy. 

 By faith we escape the danger zone by placing our lives in the hands of God.  God is our place of refuge we should be running to.  God is our strong tower, our shield, and our buckler.  When you give your life to Jesus and accept His free gift of salvation and eternal life, you are out of range from the enemy.  That doesn’t mean difficulties will not come to your life, but it means that nothing can ever separate you from the love of God.  

Messengers

Whose messenger are you?  You are a messenger and may not realize it, but you speak a message every single day of your life.  You can be a messenger of the world and be a strong advocate for what the culture around you thinks and likes.  You can be a self-messenger that speaks mostly about yourself.  There are even people who are messengers of Satan who spew out dark sayings disguised as something spiritual and godly.  Included in this list of messengers are false messengers of God who say what they know people want to hear.  They are also called false prophets.  False prophets are like some politicians who will say whatever pleases the people to keep the attendance up and the cash flowing.  But you’ve got to know this, God’s heart is that you will become one of his messengers.  God takes messengers who were once messengers of someone else and makes them a messenger of His.  A great example of this messenger transformation is found in I Samuel 19.

“Then Saul sent messengers to take David. And when they saw the group of prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing [as] leader over them, the Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied. 21 And when Saul was told, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. Then Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also.”  I Samuel 19:20-21]

Three groups of messengers of Saul became the prophesying messengers of God.  They changed their message and their mission and spoke of the glory and majesty of God.  It’s also been suggested that these messengers prophesied of David being the King.  But how did those messengers change?  The messengers of King Saul came under the influence of God through the a group of prophets who were with Samuel prophesying and the Spirit of God came upon them.  That wasn’t their mission or goal, but that’s the power of God’s Spirit and the power of godly influence.  Let me ask you, when do you come under the influence of God’s Spirit?  Hopefully that happens when you attend church services or Bible study groups.  The messengers/prophets of God were instrumental in this spiritual transformation.  Godly influence grows one messenger at a time.

I was once a messenger of the world and never had anything to say about God, or Jesus, or heaven, but today I am a messenger of the true and living God and my Savior Jesus Christ because He changed my life!  Messengers are all around you and you are one of them.  Whose messenger are you?

If You Failed

If you failed yesterday, start over today with a heart and mind to live in victory.  We do fail, and we fail more often than we would like to admit.  We fail more than people know and we fail in areas that in our minds we shouldn’t be failing in.  Let me just start by saying, we fail mentally to have the right thoughts circulating in our minds.  The enemy loves to invade our minds with thoughts that are anything but uplifting.  We fail mentally when we judge others or entertain thoughts that are self-defeating.  We also fail when it comes to temptations.  Our flesh and old nature still craves what it has always craved and the enemy knows where and how to tempt us.  We fail in our actions or the lack of action.  You should have done something maybe to help someone, but you didn’t.  The enemy that you can’t see wants you to see yourself as a failure because you do fail, and so do I, but that’s not how to see yourself.  It’s true that we fail at home and at work.  We fail the people we love the most and it happens more than once or twice, but that doesn’t make you a failure.

Here’s what you need to know about the failures in your life, mine too!

  1.  Our failures let us know how much we need God’s power and presence in our lives.
  2. Our failures are there sometimes to help us stay humble before God and others.  (We don’t have it all figured out after all.)
  3. Our failures are there as immediate history lessons.  Let’s learn from our failures, and move on doing our best to avoid the traps of temptations and mind games from the enemy.
  4. Our failures serve to remind us that we need the mercy and grace of God.  They should make us grateful to God for another chance in the next day or the next opportunity to get the victory.
  5. Our failures can turn into testimonies for others to hear who know something about failures, but haven’t experienced yet the grace of God in every failure.

If by chance you failed yesterday, get up today and go again.  If you need to apologize for something, then do it and then go again with victory in mind.  Be who God created you to be in this world today.  He didn’t create you to be a failure, but one who constantly looks to Him and leans on Him in faith.  You are not a failure!

A Prayer for You for Family

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“Holy Father, I lift up my family to You today.  I thank You for placing each member of my family in my life and I thank You for how You are working in each one’s life.  Father, I thank You that I can mention their names before You and You already know everything that is going on in their lives.  God, help me be a source of strength and encouragement to my children and my spouse.  God, I know I fail so often, but my heart is to show them my love.  My heart is for them.  Father God, I pray that You will bless our relationships with each other and cause us to know You as a family.  God, bring joy and peace into their hearts and bring others who know You into their lives as well.  Father, You know their needs and I know You can reach them, even in times when I can’t.  I pray that You will deliver them from temptations and give them a spirit of knowledge and wisdom.  Deliver them from the attacks of the enemy and open their eyes and show them the path You would have them go down.

Father, I love my family and I know You love them even more.  God, I pray that You will cause them to become seekers of You.  Father, I pray that You will guard them and protect them from evil and darkness.  I pray that You will grow them spiritually and cause them to be the best they can be at their jobs.  Help me, Father, to be what my family needs me to be.  Help me be sensitive and understanding.  Help me be compassionate and merciful.  Help me be purposeful and always point my family to You.  Father God, show me today that You are working in my family’s life.  Thank You, Father, for inviting us to come into Your family.  In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.”

 

A Prayer for You for Discernment

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Holy Father, I come to you today with a humble heart knowing that you are the God who sees all things.  I give you my life and submit to your authority over me.  Father God, I know you said in your Word that the last days will be full of great deceptions and lying wonders, so I come asking for spiritual discernment.  Unless you open my eyes and let me see, I will remain blind to what the enemy is doing all around me.  Father God, open my eyes and give me understanding for the times that I live in.  Father God, my family and friends need me to be able to tell the difference between what is false and what is true.  Lord, I don’t know if I’ve ever lived in a more confusing time, and I know Your word says that You are not the author of confusion, but I know who is.  Jesus, you rebuked the religious leaders of your day because they could forecast the weather, but they were blind to Your presence.  Father God, You know the truth about what is going on in our world and in our own country.  Lord, You know the truth about diseases and viruses and vaccines, and You know the truth about greater agendas and men who still want to rule and control the world.  Father, it seems too much for me and too overwhelming to me, but that is why I have come today, because You see all things and know all things and You have the power to protect and guide.  Give me ears to hear and eyes to see what You would have me do in this time of deception.  I look to You in faith to show me the way and give me the faith to follow You no matter what.  I ask this in Jesus Name, Amen!

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