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"From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised," Psalm 113:3.

Heavenly Father, You are a great and awesome God, majestic, wonderous, highly exalted and to be praised. Thank You for Your abundant blessings. Transform us into Your image as we gaze on You and praise Your name.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

WE ARE NOT

"As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;"

Ephesians 4:14

This year, we've been talking about who we are in Christ. But today, I'd like to focus on who we are NOT to be in Christ. We are not to be children. We are not to be carried away by false doctrines. We are not to be tricked into believing like the world on issues that are black and white in the Bible. What happens when we are craftily deceived? We may not know it or experience the harmful effects of the serpent's bite immediately. But, the vile bacteria of his sting of deceit will cause us to rot from the inside out. How do I know? That's what's happening right now with my lab, Abby. A snake struck her two times, but apparently it was a "dry strike" with little or no venom. However, the vet explained that a snake's mouth is filthy; filled with bacteria. Abby didn't show signs that she'd been bitten until a full day after it happened. She's gradually become worse and worse; even with treatment. The sting of the serpent is vile. Jesus said Satan is a serpent and deceitful. If we don't want the vile bacteria of his lies in our lives, we must guard our thoughts and beliefs; holding firmly to Biblical truth. We are NOT to be children, carried by every wind of doctrine, trickery, and craftiness in deceitful scheming. 

Heavenly Father, the only way that we can avoid the serpent's vile sting is to hold close to Biblical truth. Thank You for giving it to us so clearly. If we have strayed, help us quickly return. If the poison of worldly thinking is already running through our veins, cleanse and heal us.

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Wednesday
Oct152014

WE ARE GIFTED

"When He ascended on high,
He led captive a host of captives,
And He gave gifts to men.”
"

Ephesians 4:8

Sometimes it's hard to believe. I know. Pastors tell us we're gifted, and we just don't buy into it. We look around at other people, and think, "Yes, he's a gifted teacher. She's gifted with faith. He's gifted with administrative abilities. She's gifted to be a great encourager. Me? I have nothing." BUT, as with many of our innate thoughts, we're wrong. We have to put on the new self and mind that are ours when we become Christians. And, one of the "newbies" is "we're gifted." This gifting is not a natural talent with which we're born. Rather, it is as Ephesians 4:8 states, it is related to Christ's resurrection celebration and pouring out spiritual gifts on all His followers. If you are a Christian, He gave you a birth day gift. It's not wrapped with paper and bows. It's in your new inner man and is to be unwrapped and used for Christ's kingdom. When you use it, it will make you super happy. It's like you finally find yourself and your purpose for existing. Have you unwrapped your gift? Are you using it? It opens up like gift wrapping tissue being flung from a gift bag when you're walking in step with Christ. Here are a few of the fun ways you'll see gifts being expressed. Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. If you don't immediately identify your gift, why not start by exercising your faith and encouraging others? (2 of the gifts!)

Heavenly Father, Thank You for the gifts of Your Spirit. What a joy to serve You with them!

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Monday
Oct132014

WE ARE RECIPIENTS OF GRACE

"But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift."

Ephesians  4:7

What does it mean to you that you were "given grace." Do you know what "grace" means? It's a word that is spelled closely to "grave." Change the "v" to "c" and it changes your destiny - your eternity. You see, because of graCe, your soul does not go to hell when your body goes in the graVe. Because of graCe, you're forgiven. Your graCe filled soul goes to heaven when your body goes in the graVe. For what does the C stand? Christ. His love, compassion, goodness, and sweet favor extended to us on the cross.  Raise your eyes toward heaven. Bow your knees. Call out to God, a God of GRACE and glory. Praise Him. Then, ask Him to USE the graCe He has extended you to serve others with the graCe gift He's given you. 

Heavenly Father, it overwhelms me when I meditate on Your GRACE, and that I am the recipient of it. Thank YOU! I sing Your praises and ask You use me to pour out Your graCe on others. 

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Friday
Oct102014

WE HAVE GOD'S POWER WORKING WITHIN US

"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,"

Ephesians 3:20

Do you think you're "hard wired" genetically and can't change? Or perhaps your habits are so deeply ingrained that you've given up and ceased striving to change or improve? If so, your mind is not in alignment with God's, but it can be believing this one little verse. Read Ephesians 3:20 again....slowly. As a Christian, you have a dynamic force at work within you that overrides your innate inability to change. We can change because of "HIM who is able." So, yes, maybe we're not able to change on our own, but we have "HIM WHO IS ABLE to do FAR MORE ABUNDANTLY BEYOND." And, God's "far more abundantly" ability is BEYOND all that we even ask or think. We have God's "power that works within us." It is HIS power that even drives you to read this post. He is working within you. Our job is to BELIEVE HIM, turn to HIM, and grow in HIS WORDs. I'll have more on this in a new study on which I'm working. I can't wait to share it with you. In the meantime, pray for me - that all God wants me to share with you about "how we change," He first works in, out, and through me. 

Heavenly Father, You give us hope. More importantly, You give us truth. We can change; not because of our innate ability, but rather because of YOUR POWER WORKING WITHIN US. What a great hope, and we thank You!

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Wednesday
Oct082014

WE'RE ROOTED and GROUNDED in LOVE

"you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge,"

Ephesians 3:17-19a

A few days ago I was dismayed to discover that the cucumber plant I had planted in my vegetable garden was gone. I had noticed it wasn't thriving like the other plants. I had noticed it was looking poorly. But I thought it was simply off to a slow start. Then, one day, it was simply gone. Since I'm fairly new to gardening, I had no idea what happened. I wondered, "Did my dog dig it up? Did another animal get into the garden and eat it?" I had no clue. A few days later, I noticed a second plant was beginning to look poorly and observed a few holes in the leaves. I inspected the plant, but didn't see caterpillars or other insects on them. However, I decided to play it safe and sprayed them with an organic bug spray. And, so, we are like the plants. God has rooted and grounded us in the fertile soil of Christ's love. We lack for nothing. However, we must be on guard for sometimes unobservable but very real infestations of greed, bitterness, pride, and overly busy schedules that eat away at the leaves and fruit God intends for us to bear. God has rooted and grounded us in love. What's eating away at you? 

Heavenly Father, sometimes we feel that something is wrong, but we don't know what it is. We know in our minds that You have rooted and grounded us in love, but something is "eating away" at us. Please show us what it is. We pray that we thrive in the garden of Your love and bear the fruit of Your love to others. 

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