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Psalm 68:1

Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered, And let those who hate Him Flee before Him.

Satan!  He is real!  And he wants me and you!  He will use our weaknesses, our shame, our scares, our whatever to distort our view so that we will place blame on everything but him.  Our focus will become alert on objects that are not the real enemy.  The real enemy is Satan.

The main way to get our focus back is to pray.  Keep the Lord close to our hearts.  Allow Him to bring light on the subject, clean off the glasses of our minds and wipe the fog away.  Our focus will be clearer when we remember who our enemy is and Who our Savior is.

No more missing out on the beautiful!

Lord, I am amazed how You work.  How You can make clear those things that have stayed blurry in my life.  I am so grateful that You help me stay focused by being willing to listen to me and be living within me. Lord I pray that I will not allow Satan to take hold of my view. I know that he wants to destroy any beauty that is in my life so I will remain on my knees in prayer to You.   Lord, please be with my family and friends.  I pray that will look to You only.  Amen!

 

Innermost Being

Proverbs 20:27  (NIV)

The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on one’s inmost being.

Proverbs 20:27 (GNT)

The Lord gave us mind and conscience; we cannot hide from ourselves.

Proverbs 20:27 (NLT)

The Lord’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive.

Proverbs 20:27 (NKJV)

The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inner depths of his heart.

I will admit that there have been and are some “innermost being” of my parts that I don’t want exposed by the light of the Lord.  But yet I eagerly seek Him for my life.  I seem to contradict myself at times.  I am learning how to recognize those contradictions  in an attempt to allow the Holy Spirit to make changes in human spirit.  Whether I want to ignore those places within me that are ugly or not, the Lord will shed light on them if I’m sincerely seeking Him.  The question to myself then would be, “how long do I want to suffer with the consequences of my ugliness?”.

So I ask you, “Are you ready to allow the Lord to shed light on your innermost being?”.

Lord I praise You! You are the most gracious, loving part of my being.  And I’m grateful.  Lord, I pray that I will continue to seek Your guidance and give in to the leading of the Holy spirit in my being.  Changing me, molding me, sculpting me into the person that You have designed me to be.  One that is not ashamed of my innermost being and one that will use it to bring You glory.  Lord, please be with my family and friends.  My heart aches for those that walk around daily, not understanding the freedom that comes with allowing You to shine Your light on them. Amen!

Promise of Renewal

Ezek 36:26

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

This is a promise from God.  He promises to give us a new heart, to put in a new spirit.  Sin, whether it’s ours or those around us can callus our hearts.  It’s been roughed up by our circumstances and bruised too many times to count.  It becomes hard towards others for fear of being hurt and suffocated. Those are all consequences of sin!  But we can rejoice because the Lord of yesterday and years gone by is the same Lord of today.   He will renew our heart, removing the battered spirit and placing a new one within us.  The Holy Spirit will dwell within to soften our hearts, learning to love, to feel, to praise and hear Him calling us.  Gently saying “I love you most!”.

Lord, You speak to me many ways. And I’m grateful!  I’m grateful that You came through on Your promises to renew me.  Redeem me from my past and give me a spirit, the Holy Spirit, within me, so that I could love again. Softening my heart so that I could feel.  Thank You!  Lord, please be with my family and friends.  Smooth out the rough spots in their hearts and allow them to feel Your change within.  Amen!

Vantage Point

Psalm 146:8
The LORD gives sight to the blind.

Luke 16:15
[Jesus] said to [the Pharisees], ‘You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.’

Ephesians 1:4
[God] chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.

Yesterday morning I stepped into the auditorium at church through a door that I don’t usually enter from.  As I stood there I looked at the stage and asked “did they get new carpet?”  The answer was “NO”!  I guess from that spot in the room the stage looked different.  My vantage point at that moment changed my view.

And that made me think!  Wouldn’t it be something to have the vantage point of God.  To be able to view our surroundings, our circumstances, our relationships, our acquaintances, and even our sin through a different understanding.  A God’s Eye View!  I bet we’d be more thankful, more peaceful,  more trusting,  more forgiving, more grace filled, more loving and more accepting of His mercy.

Lord, I want to see the world through Your eyes. Help me to love as You love.  Lord be with my family and friends.  I pray that they will start to see their value from Your vantage point.  Amen!

 

Past

Isaiah 42:9

Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

We all have one!  A past!  Regardless of what it looks like, it needs to stay there….. in the past!  See what we  have learned from it, grow, change, share but never pick it back up again.

God has promised that He will make things new and that is what we need to grab hold of and never let go. Use our pasts but not let them define us!  The Lord always has something to teach. He will always use the bad for good. And He will never use it against us.

So focus on what is in front and not on what is behind!

Lord, my past is ugly and I’m so grateful that You already know that and love me anyway.  I pray Lord that with each passing experience, I will learn something and use it to bring glory to You.  I pray that I will keep my eyes on the future and the great things that You have planned out for me.  I pray that I will continue to trust and not dwell.  Lord please be with my family and friends.  Help them to understand that the past is exactly what it says, THE PAST! I pray that they will cling to Your promises of a new life each day.  Amen!

Still

James 1:4

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

This has not been my strong suit in life.  Many years of depending on myself to get things done, believing that I was the only one I could depend on.  And then I meet Jesus and all that changed!

So if you’re sitting there feeling like it’s up to you to conquer the world, please hear me, Jesus did that for you.  Simply be still and move only when He is leading you!  You may ask,  “How will I know when He is moving me?” and the answer is, “The more  you are seeking Him, the louder His voice gets.”

Lord I thank You for being dependable!  Please help me and my friends/family learn how to be still with You.  Amen!

Resist

James 4:7

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

The devil is very real!  Make no mistakes, he is working diligently to steal us away from our families.  We must resist him.  And there is only one way to do that…….. submit to God’s leading.

Lord, I thank You for giving me a way to resist the devil.  For providing me with the tools that are needed to understand his craftiness.  For always being available to me.  Lord, I pray that I will daily seek out the knowledge through Your words that will give me the strength to fight.  I  ask  You Lord to reach into the lives of my family and friends.  Help them understand the real evils that surround them and how to turn to You alone for protection.  Amen!