I love listening to prayers from different people. Some prayers are very eloquent, some are short and sweet and then you have all the others in between. Sometimes you get tricked into thinking someone is going to have a lengthy prayer, just to have them turn around and say,” Jesus, please heal this man.” I love it. On occasion I have problems expressing my feelings to God. Every once in awhile I feel like screaming at him and anger because I don’t understand something. Then there’s times where I just don’t understand what to pray for. I will give you an example of what I’m talking about. I used to pray asking God to relieve me of my anger, what I should have been praying for was God to fill my heart with love and understanding, which in turn kicks the anger out of my mind. All of these things we end up learning through time and patience. God wants to hear from us in all our circumstances, whether it be anger, sadness, confusion, happiness, or just to chat as a friend. The holy spirit intercedes for us to God helping us and guiding us to what needs to be said. So please don’t shy away from prayer today. There is no such thing as a wrong prayer. So long as you are pouring your heart out to God that’s all he wants to hear. Romans 8:26 likewise the spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we no not what we should pray for as we ought: but the spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Let’s talk about insecurities. All through, growing up, I was insecure about everything. From the way, that my breath smelled, to my weight, my size, and being able to get along with others. Just getting, and keeping friends was difficult for me. I always felt like an outsider that everyone around me was judging all the time. I weighed in between 250 to 285 lb during my adult life, most of which was due to lifting weighting. I stand at 6 ft tall and look like a police officer. My muscles grow abnormally large and people quite often stare at me. I’ve even had people come across the gym to grab my arm and shake it saying, “I wish I could be as huge as you.” In my mind, however, I was quite the opposite. I was always the fat kid even at my strongest. I’ve had struggles even through my marriage in feeling adequate for my wife in many different ways. Even though my wife has never made me feel insecure.
When I started walking with God, for the first time in my life, I felt secure in my life. God accepts us just the way we are. He doesn’t tell us to go to the gym and run 20 miles and eat like a bird. He will use us, however, whenever and whatever we look like. When we are reading our Bibles, being still, listening to God, and fellowshipping with others we get, “THE GLOW,” as I like to call it. This is when we are so in tune and intimate with Jesus that we are filled to the brim with His Holy Spirit! I gotta say that that feeling is outstanding, to say the least. If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “Floating on cloud nine,” this would be that. The insecurities, worries, and doubts about yourself just fade away and you are left with the ultimate comfort that the God that created our entire universe, “Treasures you.” Once you have this immense approval and feeling of overwhelming love it will never matter what others think of you. Psalms 34:4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me and delivered me from all my fears. Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they show walk, and not faint. Isaiah 41:10 Fear not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea. I will help thee; yea. I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and of a sound mind. These are just a few of the many verses the Bible has on this topic. If you would like to be more secure in God’s love and please join me in prayer this morning. Dear heavenly Father, thank you so much for yet another beautiful day. Thank you so much for all the blessings in our life including all the little ones that we take for granted every day. Heavenly Father helps us to keep focused on you today on your needs, on your will, and what you would have us do. Lord, we know that your love is the only one that truly matters. We were made in your image to be like you in heart, soul, and mind. Help us to be the best version of what you intended us to be today. Getting rid of all of the worries fears and anxieties in this world. In Jesus’ precious name amen.
“For here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to take you out of these countries, gather you from all over, and bring you back to your own land. I’ll pour pure water over you and scrub you clean. I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands. You’ll once again live in the land I gave your ancestors. You’ll be my people! I’ll be your God!”
Ezekiel 36:24-28 MSG
“God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it, He throws caution to the winds, giving to the needy in reckless abandon. His right-living, right-giving ways never run out, never wear out. This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.”
2 Corinthians 9:8-11 MSG
I frustrate myself quite a bit by living in the future or the past. The past telling me that I’m not good enough and reminding me of all my faults and failures. The future I think is even worse, wanting to know what’s going to happen with jobs, my health, even with friends and family. To keep our focus and walk with God in a straight line, we need to focus on the now, be in the present. The past is already gone, the future hasn’t come yet. How can we give ourselves fully to God if we’re living in the future or the past? Living in these moments causes us to fear and doubt. If we come to Jesus and lay all of our problems worries fears and doubts at his feet we can live in this moment. But if we are carrying around baggage from too far behind or too far ahead they can drag us down, defeating us before we even get started. If you were going to love your wife fully do it now. If you want to raise your children the right way start this very second. If God asks you to do something for him jump on it. Anything that needs to be done and is important, do it because tomorrow is not guaranteed. Sometimes I will see someone suffering from a problem in their life and I will not go and talk to them because I don’t feel as though I’m qualified enough because of something that happened to me in the past. In the meantime, that person is going to suffer. On a very rare occasion, I will not give money to someone for fear that I will be broke in a week or two. But if we live in this very moment, if we are still we can hear God. He is calling us to have peace and to walk in his footsteps. If you have a problem like myself with walking in the future and the past instead of in this very moment then please join me in prayer. Heavenly Father I don’t want to be burdened with anything from my past or think too far ahead. Help us to be in this moment right here and now. Please remove our struggles worries and fears from us today so that we can walk humbly with you. We want to be able to have a nice day and to be able to help people along the way. Thank you for forgiving us for all of our sins and trespasses Lord. Thank you for being with us in us and around us in Jesus’ precious name amen.
I messed up royally with my first two kids. I was the father that shouldn’t have been. Always arguing with their mother, getting drunk, and watching TV instead of spending time with them. They were pulled out of bed in the middle of the night just to watch their father being arrested for fighting at a bar after he called their mother to pick him up. They had front-row seats to watch their father fail at everything and it filled them with negativity. Many years later I was blessed with a new marriage and a beautiful baby girl. I swore that she would never have to see her dad act that way and be full of positivity. I have had my moments where I haven’t been the greatest father but God has guided my wife and I to show her his words and love. If there’s one thing in life that I get right it will be that our daughter knows God and all his love. Something that I didn’t have in my earlier, younger life. Once God entered my heart later in life I felt a true love that no one person can give. He changes the way that you perceive things. He is full of love, compassion, and Grace amongst a whole lot more. Just because we have a couple of pitfalls in our parenting doesn’t make us a bad parent. It makes us stronger and smarter. We just need to fold our hands and pray to ask our heavenly father to show us how to be the best parents. To make us stronger as an individual and as a family unit. We have shown our daughter through God how to love and pray and give. Nowadays it seems like our daughter is showing us what to do! She brings tears to my eyes quite often at the huge heart that she has and I thank God every day for that gift. So if you are a parent and you think you’re a failure or that you can do better please pray with me now. Heavenly Father only you can show us how to be the best parents possible. We humbly come before you asking for your help. Help us to be the best parents for our children. Show us what it means to love greatly and to cherish every moment that we have with our children. Fill us with your Holy Spirit so that when we speak to our children it’s you speaking through us to encourage and inspire. Help us to make the best disciple for you Lord. In Jesus’ precious name amen.
Revelation 3:20 behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with me. Yesterday I had a disagreement with some friends of mine about how to go about helping someone mentally Disturbed. Even though what I had to say was something that God would want me to say it came out sarcastic and belittling to my friends. I was speaking out of frustration and confusion because they couldn’t see my point of view. I spent the majority of the day pouting and bitter at the unresolved situation. I called a couple of friends to talk it over but it was the last person that helped. He said that the work God had myself and my study partner doing was a Godsend and he didn’t want the group to dissolve. Most over he didn’t believe that God would want me to stop sharing His good news. Had I opened the door to my heart, the Holy Spirit would have come in and shown me how what to say. My friends wouldn’t be upset with me and understood what God wanted me to say. Remember to start your day with an open heart to Jesus. Remember also to listen to Him when it’s time to speak and time to listen. Dear heavenly Father, please forgive me for any of my sins and trespasses. I open my heart’s door to you this morning for you to come in and use me as your vessel. Have me say what you want me to say, see what you want me to see, and hear what you want me to hear. This way I can be a better disciple for you in all areas of my life, in Jesus’ precious name amen.