“Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.””
1 Kings 18:37 NIV
This morning I got to talk to a friend about discouragement in our life and how we need to be closer to God instead of relying on ourselves. Matthew 7:7 says ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be open to you. This verse reminds me of Mark 5: 24-34 so Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for 12 years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought,”if I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered,” and yet you can ask,’who touched me?'”but Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her,”daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” So just to clarify, God is telling us that if we ask, seek and knock He will help us in whatever is going on in our lives. We need to have enough faith knowing that all we have to do is touch the very corner of his cloak and he will fix what is wrong. As of right now I have been hearing of so many of my friends that have fallen ill or have something wrong with them medically and they’ve been dealing with it for a while. It’s not only their problems but physical, financial, emotional, and spiritual problems that are happening on both their end and in my family. Without prayer and faith in God these can seem like extraordinarily large mountains. However through prayer meditation and study he will help us through these problems that aren’t so big to him.
“Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.”
Proverbs 17:5 NIV
Dear Heavenly Father, You care so deeply about every person You create. And when I love people the way that You do, I reflect Your generous love to a broken world in need of hope. Thank You for giving me the opportunity to do that. Thank You for showing me what true love looks like! Today, show me who I can serve. In Jesus’ name, Amen.🙏❤️🙏
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness and guilt And cleanse me from my sin. For I am conscious of my transgressions and I acknowledge them; My sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned And done that which is evil in Your sight, So that You are justified when You speak [Your sentence] And faultless in Your judgment. I was brought forth in [a state of] wickedness; In sin my mother conceived me [and from my beginning I, too, was sinful]. Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part [of my heart] You will make me know wisdom. Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean; Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness and be satisfied; Let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a right and steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted and return to You.”
Psalms 51:1-13 AMP
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
Matthew 7:13-14 ESV
Dear Heavenly Father, I don’t want to store up my treasures on earth. I want to use everything I have to love and serve Your Kingdom. Help me to pursue a mindset that puts You above everything else so I can hold anything I have with loose hands. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
When I left God several years ago I was a moral person. I didn’t want to admit it but I was really a hypocrite. I was a goody-two-shoes. Blinded to my sin of pride and self-righteousness. I foolishly let my sin come between me and God. When I became an honest sinner that is when I saw my need for a savior. God showed me my sin was the same as murder. In 2007 God gave me a dream that I had murdered someone. It was so real, so frightening and I could feel the weight of my sin. It was unbearable for me to bear. I cried out to God to show me who I murdered. In the dream, I saw myself looking in a deep, deep grave. Then I would wake up terrified. “God, who did I murder?” As I sobbed, “Please Lord show me! I can’t take the weight of my sin any longer.” I picked up my Bible crying. As I opened it up to Genesis 6:3 it was underlined in my bible. The first part of that verse says; And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man.
Next to that verse, I had written DO NOT MURDER YOUR SOUL. I started crying and knew it was my soul that I was murdering. Thank God for his love, mercy, and grace. He is the Good Shepard that comes and brings us home.