Rolled!

Empty Tomb

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. Luke 24:1-2 Web

Today is Easter; the day Jesus said He would rise and live. It is proof that He had conquered death, to show He was in control. It is the day you were given freedom from the accusations of the devil. Jesus was sacrificed on the cross for our sins. We are no longer ruled by the great deceiver! If we take it, we have been given the chance to live a life free of the persecution that the devil throws at us daily.

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for the sacrifice that You’ve given me. For living through the turmoil, the anguish and pain. Because of this You have paid for my weaknesses. In Jesus Name Amen

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Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for the sacrifice that You’ve given me. For living through the turmoil, the anguish and pain. Because of this You have paid for my weaknesses. In Jesus Name Amen

Today is Good Friday. It is the day you were given freedom from the accusations of the devil. Jesus was sacrificed on the cross for our sins. We are no longer ruled by the great deceiver! If we take it, we have been given the chance to live a life free of the persecution that the devil throws at us daily.

When He was cursed, He didn’t curse back. When he suffered, he didn’t threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness. You were healed by his wounds. For you were going astray like sheep; but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 2 Peter 2:23-25 WEB

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You are Good Enough

I hear the statement “I am so bad there is no way that He’d ever accept me”. We are told something different in the Bible. Those whispers that you keep on hearing that tell you you are not good enough do not come from God. He tells us: “This is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”  John 6:40 WEB  For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him. John 3:17 WEB

When we follow Jesus and have the relationship that He desires. He will help us through this life. We will experience things that hurt, things that are joyful, and sometimes things that are unexpected. God will walk with us every step of the way. He has not told us that we are going to be rich beyond our wildest dreams, He’s not a genie in a bottle. Likewise we have not been told that we need to live like a popper. Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. For most certainly I tell you, whoever may tell this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and doesn’t doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is happening; he shall have whatever he says. Therefore I tell you, all things whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received them, and you shall have them. Mark 11:22-24 WEB


All of us sin we are not different than anybody else, sin is sin, And he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world. This is how we know that we know him: if we keep his commandments. 1 John 2:2-3 WEB

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Your patience, putting up with my anxiousness that comes from my lack of trust. My always thinking I know better. My unwillingness I have not letting You take over. Lord I have an issue with letting anyone take the wheel. I cannot say it enough. Thank you for Your kindness! In Jesus Name Amen

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God’s Grace

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Your patience, putting up with my anxiousness that comes from my lack of trust. My always thinking I know better. My unwillingness I have not letting You take over. Lord I have an issue with letting anyone take the wheel. I cannot say it enough. Thank you for Your kindness! In Jesus Name Amen

Today I was praying and God directed me to look into some of Charles Spurgens writings and the first thing that came up was something so good I had to share it.

Then Yahweh’s angel replied, “O Yahweh of Armies, how long will you not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which you have had indignation these seventy years?”  Yahweh answered the angel who talked with me with kind and comforting words. Zechariah 1:12-13 WEB

What a sweet answer to an anxious inquiry! Let us rejoice in it. O Zion, there are good things in store for thee; thy time of travail shall soon be over; thy children shall be brought forth; thy captivity shall end. Bear patiently the rod for a season, and under the darkness still trust in God, for his love burns towards thee. God loves the church with a love too deep for human imagination: he loves her with all his infinite heart. Therefore let her sons be of good courage; she cannot be far from prosperity to whom God speaks “good words and comfortable words.” What these comfortable words are the prophet goes on to tell us: “I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.” The Lord loves his church so much that he cannot bear that she should go astray to others; and when she has done so, he cannot endure that she should suffer too much or too heavily. He will not have his enemies afflict her: he is displeased with them because they increase her misery. When God seems most to leave his church, his heart is warm towards her. History shows that whenever God uses a rod to chasten his servants, he always breaks it afterwards, as if he loathed the rod which gave his children pain. “Like as a father pities his children, so the Lord pities them that fear him.” God hath not forgotten us because he smites-his blows are no evidences of want of love. If this is true of his church collectively, it is of necessity true also of each individual member. You may fear that the Lord has passed you by, but it is not so: he who counts the stars, and calls them by their names, is in no danger of forgetting his own children. He knows your case as thoroughly as if you were the only creature he ever made, or the only saint he ever loved. Approach him and be at peace.

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You are Good Enough

There was a rock hound named Rob Cutshaw owns a little roadside shop outside Andrews, North Carolina. Like many in the trade, he hunts for rocks, then sells them to collectors or jewelry makers. He knows enough about rocks to decide which to pick up and sell, but he’s no expert. He leaves the appraising of his rocks to other people. As much as he enjoys the work, it doesn’t always pay the bills. He occasionally moonlights, cutting wood to help put bread on the table. While on a dig twenty years ago, Rob found a rock he described as “purdy and big.” He tried unsuccessfully to sell the specimen, and according to the Constitution, kept the rock under his bed or in his closet. He guessed the blue chunk could bring as much as $500 dollars, but he would have taken less if something urgent came up like paying his power bill. That’s how close Rob came to hawking for a few hundred dollars what turned out to be the largest, most valuable sapphire ever found. The blue rock that Rob had abandoned to the darkness of a closet two decades ago — now known as “The Star of David” sapphire — weighs nearly a pound, and could easily sell for $2.75 million. 

John MacArthur, Grace to You Newsletter

Do you or have you ever consider yourself worthless, not good enough, or inadequate? Do you look at those around you and say “man they really have it together, I could never be like that.” Do you feel like no one loves you, cares about you, and that you’d never be missed? God wants you to know that you are just like this sapphire to Him, you are priceless even though you do not see it yourself.

Did you know that Christ hung out with the “sinners,” not the people sitting in the temples? He would hang out with the people everyone else classified as losers and misfits. We’re told that we are all the same in His eyes the person that is sitting on the street corner or the CEO of a multi billion dollar company. Your local homeless shelter volunteer and the person that is sitting on death row.

Without Jesus in their lives they are lost and hurting just in different ways, we all have something we are working on.  He repeated so many times that He came to save those who did not know his love. They questioned Him why He would do that and attacked Him because of the company He chose to keep. Do not ever think that you are not good enough. He loves you; in His own words: For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Luke 19:10 Those that are sitting in church have been found that does not mean they are perfect. They are still working every day with the help of Gods love and direction. Never forget only one was free of sin, Jesus Christ, we all have our battles. Nobody is above you and nobody is below you!

Dear Heavenly Father, sometimes I have to admit that I do not understand what you’d see in a person like me. I mess up all the time, I am not always bad but I fall short sometimes. You suffered and got nailed on cross to put a road block between me and the devil. Lord thank you. In Jesus Name Amen

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Thankful For Family

Psalm 128:3

Rudyard Kipling once wrote, “all of us are we–and everyone else is they.” A family shares things like dreams, hopes, possessions, memories, smiles, frowns, and gladness…A family is a clan held together with the glue of love and the cement of mutual respect. A family is shelter from the storm, a friendly port when the waves of life become too wild. No person is ever alone who is a member of a family.

Fingertip Facts

So today you might be standing in line waiting with 1000 other people. You’re trying to get the best deal of the year on that gift that is the must purchase item of the year. When you think about, it takes love, patience, and even a little madness to deal with the chaos that is Black Friday. Something to remember when you are out there: Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV

Always remember the best gift that you can ever give your family is an introduction to Jesus Christ. Use the examples that Christ has given us for the family we have been gifted with. Jesus laid down His life, John 3:16, so that His family, that’s you, was protected from the junk that the devil throws at us. Make sure the foundation your family is being built around is the love and direction of Jesus Christ. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Psalm 128:3 ESV Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:3-5 ESV

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the family you have given me. From the start, I was given a dad and mom that looked to you. Through the example my grandparents gave I learned to love. It was not always smooth, sometimes just plain messy. But the family I had and have now is exactly what I wanted and could not do without. Thank you again. In Jesus Name Amen

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Thankful For Sacrifice

It is said that Cyrus, the founder of the Persian Empire, once had captured a prince and his family. When they came before him, the monarch asked the prisoner, “What will you give me if I release you?” “The half of my wealth,” was his reply. “And if I release your children?” “Everything I possess.” “And if I release your wife?” “Your Majesty, I will give myself.” Cyrus was so moved by his devotion that he freed them all. As they returned home, the prince said to his wife, “Wasn’t Cyrus a handsome man!” With a look of deep love for her husband, she said to him, “I didn’t notice. I could only keep my eyes on you- -the one who was willing to give himself for me.”

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Have you ever considered what sacrifice is? The definition of sacrifice is: to surrender or give up, or permit injury or disadvantage to, for the sake of something or someone else. Most parents would sacrifice themselves for their children not only financially, but even give their lives to save them. Some of us sacrifice our time to help others. Some will stand up and walk the line for the rest of us in the military. There are those through out history who have given their lives to make sure that our nation is free. The biggest sacrifice that anyone has done or will ever do for you is what Jesus did for us on the Cross. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 ESV But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 ESV

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the sacrifice that You did for me. Lord to know that I have been forgiven for the stupid things that I due gives me comfort. I cannot thank you enough that You were willing to suffer for someone like me. In Jesus Name Amen

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Thankful We’re Chosen

A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder–a waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life, and, having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you.

Thomas Carlyle

I am thankful to be chosen and to be where we are. If you are here it is because He wants you to be here, He has also chosen you. Not because we appreciate it but because He is quickening your heart. He wants you with Him having eternal life. You are one of His children, John 1:12 ESV. The only way to get to know someone is to learn about them, who they are, and what they stand for. In the words of Jesus He says: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide”. John 15:16 ESV

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for choosing me. Just like it says in 1 Peter 2:9 You took me out of the darkness and helped me to see the light. Looking back I can see that You were always there. Thank you Lord for taking the blinders off so that I know see clearly. In Jesus Name Amen

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Thankful for His Protection

Thankful to be walked through chaos

Lorrie Anderson, missionary to the head-shrinking Candoshi Shapra Indians of Peru, was looking for a quiet place for her daily time of Bible reading and prayer, so she went down by the edge of the river. After reading the Bible, she took up her prayer list. Eyes closed, she did not see the deadly anaconda weaving through the water until it struck, burying its fangs into her flesh. It withdrew to strike, hitting her arm again and again as it held her screaming in its coils. It reared up for the death blows. Then suddenly, the giant snake, never known to release its prey, relaxed its grip and slithered off through the water. While Lorrie was being treated, a witch doctor from a nearby village burst into the hut and stared at her. She couldn’t believe Lorrie had survived. She said her son-in-law, also a witch doctor, had chanted to the spirit of the anaconda that morning and sent it to kill the young missionary. “I’m certain,” Lorrie said, “that except for the protection of God, it would have worked.” 

Daily Bread, August 13, 1990

We are so thankful for the protection that God gives each one of us everyday. We have been told, and we speak from experience, that: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43:2 ESV

Throughout the Bible we are told many times that He protects His children. He has told us that we will be safe from weapons Isaiah 54:17, enemies Psalm 138:7, and even death Psalm 23. I have had many experiences with how much God protects us. Car, motorcycle, and snowmobile accidents I walked away from. Being shot at multiple times, He has protected me and there have been people that have tried to destroy me. Ultimately God has protected me from the plans of the the devil Ephesions 6:12.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for protecting me through all of the chaos, turmoil, sickness and everyday life. Thank you for protecting me from my own stupidity. Thank you for protecting me from people that have not had the best of intentions. Thank you Lord for being the teflon that keeps these things away. In Jesus Name Amen

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Thankful

Thankfulness seems to be a lost art today. Warren Wiersby illustrated this problem in his commentary on Colossians. He told about a ministerial student in Evanston, Illinois, who was part of a life-saving squad. In 1860, a ship went aground on the shore of Lake Michigan near Evanston, and Edward Spencer waded again and again into the frigid waters to rescue 17 passengers. In the process, his health was permanently damaged. Some years later at his funeral, it was noted that not one of the people he rescued ever thanked him.

Our Daily Bread, February 20, 1994

One of the most forgotten complements that we can give is a simple thank you. Think about how much you appreciate it when someone thanks you. Look back and reflet on how much God has done for you. He gives us peace, love, and direction. He is our light in the dark when we need it the most. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you. Thank you for all that You do for me. You give me strength when I feel to weak to go on. You give me light when it seems to Dark to see any way out. In Jesus Name Amen

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Calming Direction

The awesome thing that God has done for everyone is not just 3:16. He has given us an owners manual that will help in every aspect of our lives. Giving hope, directionlove and peace.


For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4 ESV

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Worthy

He created everything; the air we breathe, the people we love, yeah even the ones we don’t. The people who have been created all of the good things we have, and yes, even the bad. But that is why He put us here, it’s to take care of the wrongs. You have been created for a time like this. He knows you; remember you got all of this, sometimes it’s rough, but He’s there. Don’t you think that makes him worthy of honor and praise?

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
Revelation 4:11 ESV

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Division

It Has To Stop

There seems to be something going on everywhere we turn. The division that has become an expected normal. The violence that appears to have gasoline being pored on it, always keeping it going. The lies that are getting told and accepted as truth. It feels like we are in a flood with our heads under the water not being able to breathe. Never forget God is there to help you walk through everything that is going on. No matter if it is around the world or if it is your personal life He has your back.

What God Says

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. Romans 16:17 ESV

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, I feel like I am surrounded by so much uneasiness, there seems to be turmoil every place I turn. Lord I need You. As I open this bible show me the direction and directive that You intend me to walk, Lord surround me with Your fiery chariots that Elisha had around him in 2 Kings 6:17 and have them remove the attacks, whispers, and distractions. In Jesus Name Amen

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Who told you to condemn

Condemnation, it’s everywhere I look there is an overwhelming “everyone sucks” mentality that seems to have gone into overdrive. If you do not agree with someone you hate them. If you believe different than them you are an idiot. People that are in charge using the “stuff” that is going on to support a personal agenda that is not the best for everyone. Everyone has come to expect the worst in every situation. Sadly everyone has become guilty until proven innocent, where innocence is just an opinion of the beliefs in that person’s mind.

“It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.”

Voltaire

When it comes down to it, we need to realize who is throwing the gas on the fire. Do not forget, there is only One that is in a position to help. Understand that in the midst of the chaos, there are some that would not give you a fire extinguisher if they had it. The condemnation is part of a deception to keep hate, mistrust and anger going. Always remember that God sent a fire extinguisher to help us deal. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:17 ESV

“If we hear, in our inner ear, a voice saying we are failures, we are losers, we will never amount to anything, this is the voice of Satan trying to convince the bride that the groom does not love her. This is not the voice of God. God woos us with kindness. He changes out of character with the passion of his love.”

Donald Miller

If Jesus Christ did not come to condemn, why do so many think they have the right to do so? When looking around, we are able to see what is right and wrong. We need to take some advice from Jesus himself. “And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? Luke 12:57 ESV

“The most confused you will ever get is when you try to convince your heart and spirit of something your mind knows is a lie.”

Shannon L. ALder

When we look around and see things that we know are not right, turn our heads and ignore it we are also part of the problem. That does not mean that we should act like everyone else. When you see others acting like that, remember the feeling it creates inside you. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21 ESV

Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. Romans 14:13 ESV

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By The Hand

There seems to be something going on everywhere we turn. The division that has become an expected normal. The violence that appears to have gasoline being pored on it, always keeping it going. The lies that are getting told and accepted as truth. It feels like we are in a flood with our heads under the water not being able to breathe. Never forget God is there to help you walk through everything that is going on. No matter if it is around the world or if it is your personal life He has your back.

What God Says

The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. Psalm 121:5-6

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, I feel like I am surrounded by so much uneasiness, there seems to be turmoil every place I turn. Lord I need You. As I open this bible show me the direction and directive that You intend me to walk, Lord surround me with Your fiery chariots that Elisha had around him in 2 Kings 6:17 and have them remove the attacks, whispers, and distractions. In Jesus Name Amen

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Validation

Call on Him praying and worshiping always. When you pray and worship you are talking to and praising God Himself. You know how much you appreciate it when those who you love talk to you and validate that you exist. Thinking about it in this perspective it gives a little insight into the relationship that is being built when doing both of these. Get to know Him, you will not regret it!

God’s Direction

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
John 4:24 ESV

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for being there for me. Thank you for the support and the strength that You have given me. Thank you for getting me through the tough times and being with me during the good times. In Jesus Name Amen

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Freedom’s Use

Embrace Freedom

There are times when we get comfortable in the freedom that’s been given to us. Sometimes with out realizing it our focus gets turned to ourselves. We don’t always know what’s best. We forget all that God has done, is doing, and will do. We make decisions that do not take into account what is best in God’s eyes. Instead it is what enhances our agenda. Embrace the freedom that’s been given to you by God. Let go of self. When you control everything it can become overpowering. When you turn it over to God the peace is awesome. Let God guide every foot step so that the path ahead is sure and true never having to worry about a cover up.

God’s Direction

Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 1 Peter 2:16 ESV

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, I give all of this to you, Lord, I am on my knees. Give me the direction you want me to go, block my input so that I will only see what You want. Light the way and make it so bright that I can see and not doubt. Lord take the scales off of my eyes so that I will see through unfettered eyes. I am Yours, Lord, use me for what You need to accomplish. In Jesus Name Amen

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Strength Training

Rest in the Lord wait for His direction and walk in His strength. Spread your wings and fly leaving the “stuff” that’s weighing you down and never looking back. Resting in the Lord would include focusing on Him. Praising Him and surrounding yourself in His word. Like any other exercise regiment the best way to keep up your strength is through repetitions. Always praise Him, always focus on Him, and always listen to the words He has given us.

Triumph

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow.

Thomas Paine

Our Personal Trainer

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 ESV

What God Says

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10 ESV

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, Lord take away the “stuff” in me that is a distraction, purifying my mind and allow me to rest in your excellence.

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Cleansed

There are so many “things” that are out there that will distract us. They will take our attention and direct it in so many different directions that sometimes it is hard to focus on our daily life. We often will categorize what is most important leaving God on the bottom of the list. When losing our focus on God we lose the best coach/leader/director that we have access to. Always consult Him first in every thing that you do.

Work is hard. Distractions are plentiful. And time is short.

Adam Hochschild

What God Says

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10 ESV

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, Lord take away the “stuff” in me that is a distraction, purifying my mind and allow me to rest in your excellence.

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Nothing to Big

When everything around us, you know the “stuff” that keeps on kicking at the door. It always seems to never end and keeps piling up. The pile is getting so large it’s hard to take a breath or relax because of what’s around the next corner. Know that you are not alone. When it seems like you can’t take another step without stepping into another problem. Take the first step and move forward. What’s impossible to you is workable with Him.

Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.

Arthur Conan Doyle

He can get it done

“What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
Luke 18:27 ESV

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Words

We have been told in Proverbs to bridle our tongue. The gossiping does not lift anyone up but in the end makes those who do it look like fools. Some like to say look at what they are doing, even make up lies. This helps them reassure themselves that they are “better” in their own minds or to even be hateful trying to destroy someone. The gossip does not help anyone. Deal with what needs to be dealt with. We all have something to live through. Your “stuff” is yours stop trying to infect others.

Wisdom

Gossip Dies When It Hits a Wise Person’s Ears

Unknown

Ruined

Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.
2 Timothy 2:14 ESV

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No Road Blocks

We always try to convince ourselves that we’ve done too much, we’re too bad to be saved. Why do I even try? He has reassured us that it is our “stuff” that separates us. He told us nothing on this earth will keep you from His love! Stop accepting anything else! Like I stated the only thing that will keep you from knowing Him is you. He is waiting for you to take the step and open the door.

Nothing

nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39 ESV

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By The Hand

Kept

The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. Psalm 121:5-6

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, I feel like I am surrounded by so much uneasiness, there seems to be turmoil every place I turn. Lord I need You. As I open this bible show me the direction and directive that You intend me to walk, Lord surround me with Your fiery chariots that Elisha had around him in 2 Kings 6:17 and have them remove the attacks, whispers, and distractions. In Jesus Name Amen

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ESV

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YouVersion

“YouVersion” Android Bible app: A mission to share the word with the whole world. https://www.youversion.com/

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Let Go

In God’s Hands

We seem to have a lot of “stuff” that controls our actions. Have we ever asked ourselves if it’s truly what God wants or is it our own ambitions guiding the path we’re traveling. I can tell you that I sometimes convince myself that my personal wants are from God but if I truly take a look I realize I’m doing it out of a motive that had nothing to do with God but everything to do with my own gratification. I know that it is hard to let someone else take the wheel. Through experience I have learned that when I let Him take control of things are always better. Not always smooth or for that matter easy, but always has been the right thing in the end.

Always Trust Him

“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” Luke 22:42 ESV

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, I give all of this to you Lord I am on my knees. Give me the direction you want me to go, block my input so that I will only see what You want. Light the way and make it so bright that I can see and not doubt. Lord take the scales off of my eyes so that I will see through unfettered eyes, I am Yours Lord use me for what You need to accomplish. In Jesus Name Amen

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Distractions

Distracted Squirrel

In the world today there are so many #distractions. There is always something that takes you away from getting to the point you need to be. These distractions will take you away from simple stuff like house work, a job, family and so much more. Sometimes it’s temptation; someone that you are interested in that you should not even consider, or porn (which supports #humantrafficking) a purchase that you do not need, or even a new and better way to believe. You might be listening to people who are telling you what you should be or even how you cannot do it, you know “you’re not good enough”, He tells you that you are: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 ESV. People/yourself telling you that you’re dumb, you’re weak, or you do not fit societies “norm”. These distractions that we have put in front of our path are road blocks that the devil uses to stop us from getting rid of the “stuff” that needs to go!

The definition of Distraction: a state of mental uncertainty, a state of wildly excited activity or emotion, the act or activity of providing pleasure or amusement especially for the public (Social Media), someone or something that provides amusement or enjoyment.

Stop the distractions with these steps that God told us to do: Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil. Proverbs 4:25-27 ESV So ask yourself what is causing the uncertainty to complete the task in front of you? Is there something that is “Waxing your ego” causing a interruption? Do you sit down in front of a screen and the next thing you know you have lost 2 hours of your time? If it is distracting you through it in the garbage move on and don’t look back! No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV God’s #gotyourback all you need to do is #trust Him and #moveforward. Make the #move and know that what’s behind you stays there it is not worth your time, invest your time in something that is worth it!

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Citation:

Open bible info
Editor: Stephen Smith. Publication date: Apr 10, 2020. Publisher: OpenBible.info.

ESV

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Bible Gateway

“BibleGateway.” BibleGateway.com: A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages., http://www.biblegateway.com/‎.

Merriam-Webster

“Distraction.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/distraction. Accessed 19 Feb. 2021.

Daily Bread

Breaking bread

Daily Bread Psalm 119:105

Daily Verse

God, keep me out of the clutch of these wicked ones, protect me from these vicious people; Stuffed with self-importance, they plot ways to trip me up, determined to bring me down. These crooks invent traps to catch me and do their best to incriminate me. Psalm 140:4-5 MSG

Incriminate: to accuse of or present proof of a crime or fault, to involve in an accusation; cause to be or appear to be guilty; implicate, to charge with responsibility for all or part of an undesirable situation, harmful effect.

Synonym: allege, attack, attribute, blame, implicate, indict, prosecute

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, Psalm 138:7 ESV Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. Lord with everything that seems to be going on right now around the world, around our country and within our communities. I just want to thank you for being there when we need you the most. In Jesus Name Amen

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Citation:

Open bible info
Editor: Stephen Smith. Publication date: Apr 10, 2020. Publisher: OpenBible.info.

ESV

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

MSG

Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

Bible Gateway

“BibleGateway.” BibleGateway.com: A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages., http://www.biblegateway.com/‎.

Thesaurus

Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

Dictionary

Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preserve

Daily Bread

Breaking bread

Daily Bread Psalm 119:105

Daily Verse

Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have planned to trip up my feet. The arrogant have hidden a trap for me, and with cords they have spread a net; beside the way they have set snares for me. Selah Psalm 140:4-5 ESV

Arrogant: making claims or pretensions to superior importance or rights; overbearingly assuming; insolently proud, characterized by or proceeding from arrogance, or a sense of superiority, self-importance, or entitlement.

Synonym: aloof, bossy, cavalier, cocky, haughty, imperious, pompous, presumptuous, pretentious, smug, vain

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, Psalm 138:7 ESV Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. Lord with everything that seems to be going on right now around the world, around our country and within our communities. I just want to thank you for being there when we need you the most. In Jesus Name Amen

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Citation:

Open bible info
Editor: Stephen Smith. Publication date: Apr 10, 2020. Publisher: OpenBible.info.

ESV

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Bible Gateway

“BibleGateway.” BibleGateway.com: A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages., http://www.biblegateway.com/‎.

Thesaurus

Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

Dictionary

Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preserve

Daily Bread

Breaking bread

Daily Bread Psalm 119:105

Daily Verse

Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men; preserve me from violent men; They devise mischiefs in their heart; continually they gather together and stir up wars. They sharpen their tongues like a serpent’s; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! Psalm 140:1-3 AMP

Devise: to contrive, plan, or elaborate; invent from existing principles or ideas.

Synonym: arrange, come up with, concoct, construct, craft, create, design, discover, forge, formulate, hatch, invent, mastermind, prepare, work out

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Psalm 32:7 ESV Lord it seems like right now everything around the world is falling apart, there are people attacking people that do not deserve to be hurt. There are others that are in the background thinking that they are puppet masters controlling people convincing them that when hurting each other they are justified do what they are doing because it is for “good”. Lord help them to see your peace the peace we have been told about in Psalm 4:8 ESV In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Cover this world with Your love and peace so that we may all sleep within Your loving safety. In Jesus Name Amen

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Citation:

Open bible info
Editor: Stephen Smith. Publication date: Apr 10, 2020. Publisher: OpenBible.info.

ESV

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

AMP

Amplified Bible Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.

Bible Gateway

“BibleGateway.” BibleGateway.com: A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages., http://www.biblegateway.com/‎.

Thesaurus

Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

Dictionary

Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preserve

Daily Bread

Breaking bread

Daily Bread Psalm 119:105

Daily Verse

God, get me out of here, away from this evil; protect me from these vicious people. All they do is think up new ways to be bad; they spend their days plotting war games. They practice the sharp rhetoric of hate and hurt, speak venomous words that maim and kill. Psalm 140:1-3 MSG

Rhetoric: undue use of exaggeration or display; bombast, influencing the thought and conduct of an audience.

Synonym: bombast, composition, discourse, elocution, eloquence, fustian, grandiloquence, magniloquence

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Psalm 32:7 ESV Lord it seems like right now everything around the world is falling apart, there are people attacking people that do not deserve to be hurt. There are others that are in the background thinking that they are puppet masters controlling people convincing them that when hurting each other they are justified do what they are doing because it is for “good”. Lord help them to see your peace the peace we have been told about in Psalm 4:8 ESV In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Cover this world with Your love and peace so that we may all sleep within Your loving safety. In Jesus Name Amen

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Citation:

Open bible info
Editor: Stephen Smith. Publication date: Apr 10, 2020. Publisher: OpenBible.info.

ESV

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

MSG

Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

Bible Gateway

“BibleGateway.” BibleGateway.com: A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages., http://www.biblegateway.com/‎.

Thesaurus

Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

Dictionary

Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preserve

Daily Bread

Breaking bread

Daily Bread Psalm 119:105

Daily Verse

Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, who plan evil things in their heart and stir up wars continually. They make their tongue sharp as a serpent’s, and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah Psalm 140:1-3 ESV

Preserve: to keep alive or in existence; make lasting, to keep safe from harm or injury; protect or spare, to keep up; maintain.

Synonym: conserve, defend, freeze, keep, perpetuate, protect, retain, safeguard, save, secure, store, sustain, uphold

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Psalm 32:7 ESV Lord it seems like right now everything around the world is falling apart, there are people attacking people that do not deserve to be hurt. There are others that are in the background thinking that they are puppet masters controlling people convincing them that when hurting each other they are justified do what they are doing because it is for “good”. Lord help them to see your peace the peace we have been told about in Psalm 4:8 ESV In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Cover this world with Your love and peace so that we may all sleep within Your loving safety. In Jesus Name Amen

Getting to Know Him

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Citation:

Open bible info
Editor: Stephen Smith. Publication date: Apr 10, 2020. Publisher: OpenBible.info.

ESV

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Bible Gateway

“BibleGateway.” BibleGateway.com: A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages., http://www.biblegateway.com/‎.

Thesaurus

Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

Dictionary

Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preserve