And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.
The link that God created in us. What we consider an emptiness that we all try to fill with some means or another like drugs, alcohol or other junk is actually a link to our heavenly Father. It was created by Him for a close communion with us. He loves us and wants to be in close communion with us. He loves us and made a way for us. What we see as an emptiness is actually a provision. A link to Himself. We are loved, valued, wanted and created for a purpose with a link. A link to the Father to be whole. To be complete in Him. Thank you Lord for the link. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father, but through Him. (John 14:6)
“Not everyone who calls out to Me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of My Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to Me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in Your name and cast out demons in Your name and performed many miracles in Your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from Me, you who break God’s laws.’
Therefore, My dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in My presence, but now much more in My absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.
Most holy heavenly Father,
We adore You. Thank You for always being here for us. Time after time Your arms of love, mercy and compassion are wrapped around us. You are great Lord and so worthy of our praises. Thank You for comforting and strengthening us. We love You. Boy these are some words that we never want to hear You say to us, “I never knew you. Get away from Me, you who break God’s laws.” You are righteous, holy, just and true. We know that You will be saying that to those who do not know You. Those who continue to sin and break Your laws. Oh how sad for them. It is a place I hate to see anyone in, eternal separation from You, oh God. Please open peoples eyes to the truth of Your word. People need to wake up as this is serious business.
We need to be doing the right things for the right reasons at all times. Help us to be blameless and pure before You. I see You, even now, lighting up the skies with Your children. We are like stars in the sky. We will hold firmly to the word of life. Your word is our clear direction. Help us to look to You for our answers. Give us the strength to stand firm in our belief. We will not go to the left or to the right, floundering like ships tossed in a storm. (Proverbs 4:27 & Ephesians 4:14) Rather, we will go strong being rooted and grounded in our most holy faith, depending wholeheartedly on You, no matter what comes our way. (Ephesians 3:17) In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Here Comes the Rain! The Lord says, “Let the rains of My presence fall on you now. The light rain has begun to fall in your life, but the heavy rain is on its way! Every dry place is being touched, even now. “I’m coming in! I’m coming in! I’m coming in to touch your […]
Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.
2 Timothy 4:3
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.
So what do we do? Watch and pray. (Matthew 26:41) Stand firm in what we know to be truth. (1 Corinthians 16:13) Jesus said in Matthew 7:21 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers'” That tells us that there will be some that have a form of godliness but inwardly do not know our great Savior. They are those who are out proclaiming what they think and not what the word of God says.
2 Timothy 4:1-2
I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: 2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
There should be no watering down, taking away from, changing to fit our needs, or leaving certain parts out of the word of God. (Revelation 22:19) Remember 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
The devil and his demons and generals will try to trick and deceive us. We have to be on guard with the armor of God active in our lives. We have to know the truth. In John 8:31-32 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
You are our great Creator, Redeemer and Friend. You have called us by name. We are Yours! (Isaiah 43:1) You have given us truth in Your word. We do not have to believe the lies of the enemy. We see his trickery and scheming. We are not blind to his devices. Thank You for Your all-powerful word which can smash any and All lies of satan. Lord, pour Your Spirit on us so that we can be like the five wise virgins who were prepared. (Matthew 25:1-13) How can we be the light as a city on a hill if we don’t have Your oil? (Matthew 5:14) We cannot. We must follow You wholeheartedly, not being led astray. Help us to fully digest all of Your word. We need Your continued help to die to the flesh and live by the Spirit. (Romans 8:13) Help us, so that we can bring glory to Your great name. Let our eyes be opened and our hearts purposed to serve You completely. Fill our minds with Your word and direct our path. For we ask all things in Jesus’ name. Amen
But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. And have mercy on some, who are doubting; save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.
You are holy. You are infinitely wise. You know everythingso nothing surprises You. I pray that our thoughts would align with Your thoughts and our will with Your will. We need You like never before. Build us up Lord. Teach us to pray in the Spirit. Help us stay in Your love by loving all people, even our enemies. We do wait anxiously for Your return. It is so exciting to know that someday soon we will be going home. No man knows the exact hour or day but we do know it is sooner than it was yesterday and we long for that day! (Matthew 24:36) Help us to show mercy, for You have shown us the greatest mercy. (Micah 6:8) Let us hate the sin and love the sinner, showing nothing but Christlike love to all. (Psalm 97:10 & Romans 12:9) Fill our mouths with the words that You would have us to speak. (Psalm 81:10) May we always shine forth Your great love in this dark world. We won’t lose hope. (Philippians 2:15) We know You are coming soon. (Revelation 22:12) We love You. Thank You for everything. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
As they were going out, a mute, demon-possessed man was brought to Him. After the demon was cast out, the mute man spoke; and the crowds were amazed, and were saying, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees were saying, “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.”
Men’s minds are twisted so bad that they call evil good and good evil. As you can see it even happened in this verse to our Lord and Savior Jesus. “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.” How ridiculous is that? Why would satan want to throw himself out of someone? Makes no sense. The things that we thought ten years ago was bad has now become acceptable in mainstream America. Every year our country keeps accepting more and more evil, calling it good.
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
Why is it that people are calling good people bad? Those who have values and stand up for what is right are condemned. Listen, right is right and wrong is wrong. The bible says in Isaiah 5:20, ‘Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.’ We need to be praying and seeking the Lord with all of our hearts. The bible says, let every man work out his own salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12) I just want us to realize that one day we will all have to stand before the Lord and give account of what we have done while on this earth whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:10) Let’s make sure our hearts, minds and souls are cleansed by the word of God. He will reveal the truth to us if we allow Him to. (John 14:26)
With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against Him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.
But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from Him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
Back in 1989, Janie Tinklenberg, made up the acronym WWJD. Ask yourself the question, what would Jesus do? Ask that question when faced with any moral decision. Seek His truth according to His word. He will lead and guide you in all truth. The time to seek the Lord is now! (Isaiah 55:6) I could list a bunch of things that I know to be wrong, but I feel that the Lord wants us all individually to come to Him and figure things out. Study the word of God to show that you aren’t ashamed and can rightly interpret what He is saying to you as an individual. (2 Timothy 2:15) Let God speak to your heart through His word and prayer.
How awesome are You. You ride in splendor and majesty. Righteousness and justice are Your middle names. You hold all mercy, compassion, truth and love. You are perfect. Lord, we see the evil in our world. It seems like people “are hopelessly confused” even now. The wickedness just seems to multiply daily. People hold no truth in their hearts. Their eyes are darkened. They believe lies. They have no wisdom. Everyone does what is right in their own eyes. I am so sorry for the state of our world. Men are lovers of themselves and not lovers of You. They have a form of Godliness but deny Your power. (2 Timothy 3:1-5) I do not understand why their hearts have become so cold. (Matthew 24:12) It seems as if people just do not care. There is such animosity and division. Father, You are not the author of these things. You are the Author of peace, love, hope and goodness. I pray that Your will would be done on this earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10) Come Lord Jesus, we need You. Rescue us, set us free and while we are still here, give us the strength to go in Your great love and be Your witnesses. Fill our mouths with words from Your Holy Spirit. Help us, while we are still here, be a beacon of hope, shining Your light in this dark world. We will give You all of the praise for we ask everything in Jesus name. Amen.
The people went out to see what had happened; and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting down at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they became frightened. Those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was demon-possessed had been made well.And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes and the surrounding district asked Him to leave them, for they were gripped with great fear; and He got into a boat and returned.
When fear grips a person it paralyses them, keeping them from walking in the fullness of God. Faith and fear cannot coexist. You either believe or you don’t. Step out in faith believing and see what the Lord will accomplish through you. He is amazing.
Luke 8:43-48 NASB
And a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. And Jesus said, “Who is the one who touched Me?” And while they were all denying it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing in on You.” But Jesus said, “Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that power had gone out of Me.” When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling and fell down before Him, and declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
All power is in Jesus. So much power that if we just have faith, we can move the mountains in our lives. Mountains of doubt, sickness and disease can be removed by our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Remember without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6)
Matthew 9:24-25 NASB
He said, “Leave; for the girl has not died, but is asleep.” And they began laughing at Him. But when the crowd had been sent out, He entered and took her by the hand, and the girl got up.
I believe the body of Christ is sleeping. We need to wake up and realize the great power that is alive in us! Seek the Lord on this matter. You have gifts inside of you that God has placed there. (1 Corinthians 12) You have power inside of you, the power of the Holy Spirit. (Jude 1:20)
Great and mighty are You! We have tasted and seen that You are good. (Psalm 34:8) We exalt You as King of all kings and Lord of all lords. You are God Almighty and there is nothing that You cannot do. We praise and worship You in the beauty of Your holiness. (Psalm 96:9) Thank You for Your word!
Wake us up, Lord. Help us to walk in Your strength and power. Let us show Your Light to all those around us who are in the dark and walking without hope and without You. They are miserable! Let us bring hope to doubters, joy to those in misery, strength to the weak, love to all, and peace to those in turmoil. Let us be patient ones who are full of kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
We rejoice that our names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:20) We humble ourselves and are excited to see what You are going to do in our lives. We will go where You send us, do what You tell us and say that which brings honor to Your name. We will walk in the strength and power of Your Holy Spirit. We will deny our flesh and walk in the Spirit. We will have faith and we will step out in our faith. Because we know we are never alone. You have promised to be with us to the very end. (Matthew 28:20) You have us in the palm of Your hand. May we bring You joy for we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
Jesus gave us the same power to calm the seas. The same power that the Father used to raise Jesus from the dead is at work in us! (Ephesians 1:19-20) We just need to have faith! Without faith it is impossible to please God! (Hebrews 11:6) Speak peace to your storms. Do it without doubt, because he who doubts is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:6-8) We have our feet planted in the word of God. Our strength comes from Jesus. There is nothing that He cannot do! His power is alive in us! We have to believe. Believe in Him, His power and His word. If only we had the faith, we could be flipping 4-wheelers (literally)! Read my blog titled, ‘Revealing God’s Power’ to see how he flipped a 4-wheeler for me.
Don’t give up, child of God! Have faith. His words are true. (Psalm 119:160) What He has said He will do. (Numbers 23:19) We are safe in His hands.
Dearest Lord, our heavenly Father,
All praise honor and glory to Your holy name now and forevermore. You are awesome! We raise our hands in surrender to Your greatness. We praise You and ask for Your help in our lives. We need to understand and appropriate Your great power, Lord. Please reveal to us, in our innermost being, that You are alive and all-powerful. Help us to speak to the storms in our lives and realize we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. (Philippians 4:13) That is Your word, Lord and You are not a man that You should lie. (Numbers 23:19) What You have said is truth. We have solid ground to be anchored in. We do not need to waver. Help us to draw nearer to You so that we can hear, understand and apply Your great word to our lives. We love You and want to be fully functioning in the great power of Your Holy Spirit. Help us as we walk, to continue dying to the flesh and living in Your Spirit, so that we could bring You honor. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Let’s worship today with Peace Be Still by Hope Darst
Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.
Father God, Lord of all creation,
This is so sad to me. There is no hiding anything from You. I come before You totally open. I am saddened over this verse. It hurts my heart to see these very words being played out in our world. Tears are falling for You to catch Lord. I know I am safe in Your presence. I know that one day You will wipe away all tears. Right now it hurts to see. (Prayer partners: please take a moment to pray as the Spirit would lead you).
Father, be merciful to us. Be merciful to the United States of America. Be merciful to our sons and daughters. Let Your Spirit fall fresh upon us. Help us to shine Your light of love. Nothing can block Your Light. We need Your infilling of the Spirit to accomplish what Your plans are for our lives. We are nothing without You and everything with You. Let Your Holy Spirit fire fall fresh on us. Let us be the prophesiers. Let our youth be the ones who see visions. let the older people dream dreams. Pour out Your Spirit, oh God. (Acts 2:17-21)
Father, I want to sing this song to You. Please receive it as part of our prayer today.
Your love will never grow cold! We need Your love so desperately! If there is anything that we are holding onto that would make our hearts cold, oh Father, please reveal it to us so we can ask for Your great forgiveness. Let us not be cold or complacent in any way. We cry out to be the city that You have set on a hill. (Matthew 5:14) Let the warmth of Your love permeate from us, let it emanate to those around us, radiating so brightly that people would come to Your great Light and have life. Let our lives be a sweet aroma, bringing You great joy. (2 Corinthians 2:15) We surrender to You. Have Your will and way in our homes, hearts and lives. Let no weapon that has been formed against us prosper and silence those who speak against us. (Isaiah 54:17) May we go in the strength and power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In Whose name we pray. Amen.
Let’s worship today with Terrify the Dark by Skillet
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
Isaiah 53:1 NKJV
Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
You are our loving heavenly Father and we adore You. Thank You for Your word. Every day You give us a new opportunity to draw near to You. We seek You Father with all of our hearts. Help us to quiet ourselves so that we can hear from You. Let Your words sink deep into our minds and hearts.
Father, I ask that hearts everywhere would be softened to Your truth. I pray that people would be able to see that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. There is no other way to heaven. No other way to You but through Jesus.
I repent for those whose hearts are hardened. I am so sorry that some people love the darkness more than the Light. I pray that they would see the Truth. I don’t understand how or why anyone would reject You. To look at You is to look at love. You are holy, just, righteous and true. You are beautiful and powerful. I love You and thank You for Your gift of love. I worship You and claim You are worthy of all praise. Thank You for everything. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.
Here’s the white flag. I surrender to my Lord and Savior. I pray that His will will be done on earth as it is in heaven. He alone holds the answers to all the questions. He has all the solutions in the palm of His hand. No problem is too big for Him. Everything will work out for His glory. He will have His way. (Isaiah 46:10) We, as humans, do not know what is best. Not truly. Not 100 percent. We cannot see the end from the beginning. What if God has ordained that the person who doesn’t believe in Him will have their own Saul to Paul moment..then they will be a servant of the Lord…
It is possible. Just think, then if that person became president wouldn’t you have wanted to pray desperately for him? Remember Jesus saying to us to love our enemies? (Matthew 5:44) I am pretty sure that means pray for them. What better way to show our enemies love, then to pray for their salvation? Have we so quickly forgotten that we were once covered with sin? What if no-one had prayed for us? Our families? Our children? This is serious business. We aren’t called to be mockers! (Jude 1:18) We aren’t called to divide. (Jude 1:19) What we are called to do is love and pray for all. Let’s look to the Lord’s prayer for our example.
“This, then, is how you should pray: ” ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Dearest heavenly Father,
Your name is holy. We don’t know how to pray sometimes. So we’re following Jesus’s great example. Thy kingdom come and thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We pray Your will be done for the upcoming election. Nothing can thwart Your will. What You have purposed will come to fruition. I love that we can trust in You in all things. You are our King no matter who is president. We pray for all parties because that is what we are supposed to do according to Your word. I pray for all those running for office that they would know You as their Lord and personal Savior. Father, help them to see the error of their ways. Let a great cleansing start in every single one of their lives and the lives of their families.
I pray that Your love would pour out over America. I ask that the leaders of all 50 states would recognize their need for You as their Savior. Pour out over our leaders and those running for office in all departments. I pray for Your Spirit to pour out over the newscasters. Yes every single one of them. Oh Father, let them see You. Let them see You in us, Your children. I pray for an outpouring of Your Holy Spirit over our homes, schools, neighborhoods and businesses.
I ask that: blinders would come off, people would pursue peace, and America would truly be great because we would be a country that has turned back to You! I beg You to come down and shake things up. Oh, if all the people got just a small taste of Your love….they are empty Father and that emptiness can only be filled with Your great love. Forgive us our debts as we forgive those who have trespassed against us. We need wisdom from above so that we would not be lured by the enemy or the flesh into temptation. Protect us from evil. Help us, as Your army, the church, to rise above! Help us to walk in a manner worthy of our calling. (Ephesians 4:1) To not be turned to the left or to the right, but that our faces would be turned straight towards You and Your purposes. (Proverbs 4:27) We want to be pleasing in Your sight, oh Lord, our Redeemer. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in Your name.(Psalm 20:7) The Lord God Almighty. Jehovah Jireh our Provider. The One and Only true God who Was and Is and Is to come. In Your name Jesus we pray. Amen.