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When All You Want is a Peaceful Home

So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”  Acts 16:31

Whether a home is large or small, doesn’t matter as long as love is there.  Maybe you live in a house that is not yet a home.  ”It’s too much God.  It’s too much fighting, too much arguing, too many hurtful words and complete misunderstandings, too much stubbornness and rebellion!  Lord, I can’t take this anymore!  Fill this home God!  Fill this home with Your peace and Your love.  Show me what to do.”  I want you to know, God hears you and He’s saying, “I’m with you.  Be encouraged and comforted. Have faith in Me and obey My Word, and I will invade your heart and home with My peace.  I will flood you with My light of truth.  I will fill every corner and every crack in the wall with My love.”  Do you believe that?  God is the Great Home Renovator.  He comes in only when invited, and He completely turns everything around. He changes the lighting and creates the kind of atmosphere that no one will want to leave.  So how does He do it?  When God wants to change the atmosphere of the home, He begins by changing the people in it.  He always answers by changing you, strengthening you, empowering you, and filling you.  It doesn’t mean you are the problem.  No, you are the answer. You are the one His Spirit uses to bring the change you have prayed for.   A heart that is at peace with God and a life that is surrendered to Him, will gradually change the atmosphere of any place.  It’s like a Glade scented plug-in that is small, but wonderfully powerful!  Before long, the entire house smells great.  If you cooperate with God, He will change your atmosphere and make your house a home.

Prayer:  Father God thank You for Your Word to me.  I receive every single word in my heart and show me how to apply it in my life.  The same thing You accomplish in my heart, I pray you accomplish in my home.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Don’t Work Overtime for Man’s Approval

“By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.” Romans 5:1-2 (MSG)

So many of us go throughout our life trying to please people, trying to make people happy, trying hard never to disappoint those we love. The reward may be their smile, but the consequence can be exhaustion, depression or constant self-criticism. You don’t have to work hard to please God and win His favor. You are favored because you are His daughter. Because of the sacrifice of Jesus, He’s pleased with you today. There’s nothing you can do for Him that will make Him love you anymore than He already does.
Dear Father,
Forgive me for looking to man for something You have already provided for me: acceptance, approval, a sense of belonging. I belong to You Lord and truly there is nowhere else on the planet I’d rather be. Keep me in Your love. Hide me under Your wings. I live for You and for You alone. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Honey, You Are Blessed!

So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.” Luke 12:32 (NLT)

Settle this within yourself this morning of how tremendously blessed you are. It’s not when you get the desires of your heart that you will become blessed. No, you are blessed right now! Discontentment can tell you that you need this or that before you can truly be happy. Only to find that when you finally get those things you really want, you are now on to the next thing. Never really satisfied. The people of Israel wandered in the desert for forty years, looking to reach the land that God had promised. Their hearts were full of complaints and murmurings. They were frustrated with God, with their situation, upset with Moses, and at each others’ throats because they couldn’t see how blessed they really were. Although living in tents isn’t the Ritz, living in God is. They had forgotten their rich heritage and the mighty God they served. It’s insulting to God when we don’t see how blessed we are already. If you know the King of kings and the Lord of lords. If you have a relationship with Almighty God. If you can go to Him and pray to Him. If you are a daughter of the King, then sister girl, you are blessed!

Prayer: Lord, You are so good and faithful to me. Thank You for all that You have done for me. Help me to walk throughout this day with a thankful heart. I have nothing to complain about and nothing to murmur about. I could be dead, but I’m alive. I could be lost, but I’m found in You. This means more to me than any substance. I’m Your daughter and You are my God and I’m content with that. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Live in the Now

“But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13 (NLT)

When we are so focused on who we are going to be, we miss living in who we are right now. Who are you right now? Today? You don’t have to work to be who you already are. If you have received Jesus in your heart, you are right now a daughter of God, a light in the earth, His ambassador and in Christ right now. Not tomorrow or the next day. Don’t live another day longing for who you will be once you really get this Christian thing down-packed and have done enough, prayed enough, gave enough, studied enough, and fasted enough. Jesus lives in you and has made you fit and equipped to be a tremendous blessing to those around you right now.

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for helping me understand who I am in You today. I am Your daughter and You are my God. Thank You for gracing me to live in the now. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Desperate Enough To Believe

“He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:34 (NIV)

Have you ever been in a room filled with people yet you felt so alone as if no one present could really see you? Well, you are not alone; and there is a God who sees you. You do not have to carry your burdens alone. You do not have to pretend that everything is okay when you are around others. Tell God about it. God has promised to take our burdens as his own because he cares for us. His only requirement is that we surrender them to Him and believe that His answer is in our best interest. There was a woman with an ‘issue of blood’ who spent all her money and resources in an attempt to fix her own issue. For twelve years, she trusted promises that were broken and followed remedies that made her condition worse. She was desperate to be healed but her faith was in the wrong place. Yet one day, someone told her about a Man who was a Healer for those who believed in Him. So she chose to put her trust in Jesus and believe that He would heal her. This woman believed in Jesus so desperately that she knew that even if she could not get to Him to tell him her problem-a simple touch of his garment would be enough. ”He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:34 (NIV)

 

Our Father who art in Heaven, there is someone who is in pain right now. The doctors have diagnosed them based on what they can see alone. But Lord, we know you as Jehovah Rapha, Our Healer. With one touch, all health can be restored. With a Word, illness has to flee! Your word alone is Holy. Your Word alone is enough. Increase our faith in you Father so that our testimony will bring glory to your name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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Keep Walking in Grace

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)

The more we have in life, the more we discover we need. The more we need, the more we have. May we not be so full of ourselves, that we have no room for grace. May we not allow our accumulation of temporal things to confuse our extreme spiritual poverty. May we not fall from grace because we fail to see how desperately we need. If not for the keeping power of God, we cannot be kept. If not for the wisdom of God, we are foolish. If not for the love and compassion of God, we remain strangers and not daughters. If not for Jesus, we have no Savior. No anchor for our soul. If not for grace, we are utterly powerless against a life of sin and can do nothing. If not for truth, we remain lost and in spiritual bondage. Our need is beyond great. Jesus started his Sermon on the Mount with “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” He wasn’t referring to poor in money. But blessed, happy, fortunate, and well off are the destitute and beggarly in spirit. Become so aware of your need that like Mary, you sit at His feet. Don’t allow thoughts of condemnation to torment you. The enemy is condemned already, but you are loved. The enemy is sentenced to spend eternity in hell, but you have found grace in God eyes. See your own powerlessness apart from the supernatural grace of God. See His hand on your life and live in awe of Him. See God’s invisible and protective shield all around you sister, instead of focusing on those fiery darts pointed at you. See your desperate need and how God has come to meet it.

Prayer: Father, I need all of You living in me, teaching me, guiding me, keeping me, pouring through me and strengthening me. Without You I am nothing and can do nothing. Help me see and stay reminded of my spiritual condition without grace. Open my eyes and help me see Your truth. I receive grace to keep walking in grace. I thank You and love You Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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He Knows You

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

Isn’t it fascinating to find that our Heavenly Father takes on many names in the Bible? He is Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6), Friend (Mathew 11:9), Physician (Mathew 9:12), Redeemer (Isaiah 41:14), Comforter (Jeremiah 8:18) and so much more. Only He can be all these things for us and He uses His children to be various things in His Kingdom. God has created us all unique. He knows what makes us laugh and what makes us cry. He knows our strengths and our weaknesses. It is so important to understand that we do not have to fit into a religious prototype for God to use us. God utilizes our unique qualities and by the anointing of His Holy Spirit, enables us to carry out the plans He Has for us. God needs you to be the way He designed you to be. He is the great craftsmen and He does not make junk! The very thing that makes you different is what God utilizes to serve a specific need in His Kingdom. When we embrace this truth, the Body of Christ can truly be an effective light for this world, with all its members moving in their fullest potential to glorify Him.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for helping me to embrace who I am in You. Keep me humble as You use me to expand Your kingdom and help me to not compare or compete with my fellow believers. Help me to grow in the things of God and to develop a heart to serve others. I desire for You to be the focus in my life and I trust the plans You have for me. I thank You for the boldness to go out and be all that You called me to be. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

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Fight, Lady

“God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.” Ephesians 6:10-12 (MSG)

Have you ever had the urge to fight? When you were young, you may have had to fight to get home from school, or fight to keep your lunch money, or fight to protect your siblings. Some of us have a long history of being brawlers who refused to be bullied by anyone. Well, when you come to know the Lord, your fists and weapons will no longer do you any good. You need spiritual weapons to fight a spiritual war against a real spiritual enemy. Don’t let the enemy push you around and dictate what will be. You have authority in Christ! Submit to the authority of Jesus. Use the Name of Jesus. Plead the blood Jesus. Speak the words of Jesus. Walk in the authority you have in Jesus. Draw a line of protection in the Spirit and make your decree. Don’t ask for anyone to stand in prayer and fight for you, if you’re not willing to fight for what you believe too. You can’t beat the enemy with your fists, but you can be victorious over the enemy through your faith in God. Fight, Lady!

Prayer: Father, I’m tired of seeing the enemy operate in my life and in the lives of those around me. You didn’t accomplish all that You did through Jesus for me to sit down in defeat. I want to get in the fight but I realize this fight isn’t physical. It’s spiritual. It can’t be won with arguments, or my fists or with my attitude. It can only be won by my faith in You. Strengthen me Lord for this spiritual battle. I choose to fight the good fight of faith! In Jesus Name, Amen.

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His Love is Not Performance-Based

“And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.” Mark 1:11 (NLT)

Understand that before Jesus ever raised anyone from the dead or healed the sick, His relationship with God the Father was affirmed and it brought the Father great joy. That’s the same with us. Before we go off and accomplish some great task, or save the world, God is already smiling on us. Not because of anything we’ve done but because of who we are to Him. We are His daughters through Jesus. Receive today, in this very moment, where you have been placed in Christ. Receive what God has freely given you. Choose not to try to earn your standing in God as His beloved daughter or give it up because of feelings of unworthiness. You are a daughter of God and He loves you not because of anything you’ve done but just because He does. Receive His love.

Prayer: Dear Father, I receive today, in this very moment, where You have placed me in You. I am Your daughter in Christ and You love me, not because of anything I’ve done but just because You do. I receive Your love. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Everlasting…

“All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].” Proverbs 15:15 (Amplified)

While sitting in the car one day, I was letting my feelings and thoughts get the best of me. Circumstances in my life felt uncontrollable and difficult for me to process. Instead of casting my cares on God, I self-medicated with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. My pity party was going terribly, terribly great. For hours God allowed this to go on, until the Spirit of God spoke up in my heart, “My life is everlasting.” Those words ministered to my core. When you feel drained of life, and discouragement and disappointed has dried up your joy that was flowing like a river, remember God’s life and love is constant and is everlasting. It never runs out. This is how a glad heart, which is someone that is receiving life from God, can have a continual feast regardless of circumstances. Life events may be hard to process at times, but you can receive the life of God right in the midst of the driest seasons in your life. God is your rich and abundant supply of joy. He is your constant supply of love. He is your wellspring within you springing up into everlasting life. Let God be Who He is in your life.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for loving me. Please forgive my wrong thinking. When I feel drained, discouraged and disappointed, help me stay reminded to receive Your everlasting life and the truth of Your Word. You never stop loving me. You are always there to give me what I need. You are my very present help in time of trouble. Thank You. I receive Your love and Your life. My heart will be glad and I will have a continual feast regardless of outward circumstances. I approach Your throne and receive mercy and find grace to help me in my time of need. In Jesus Name, Amen.

(Read John 4:14)

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