“THE SOLDIER’S PRAYER”

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”  James 1:5 NIV   Read:  James 1:2-8   Several years ago, I wrote a devotional about a soldier’s prayer.   Since I had so many ask for it again, it bears repeating.   “The Soldier’s Prayer” is told to have been found on the body of a fallen confederate soldier near the end of the civil war.  Which side the fallen soldier fought is of no meaning.  This man had an understanding and appreciation of the richness of GOD’S love.   I pray for each reading this eloquent poem that you gain the understanding and faith GOD wants for you and from you.  Discover the weakness, infirmity, poverty, weakness and life that GOD gave you.  Find joy in our CREATOR so that HE may find joy in you. I asked God for strength, that I might achieve; I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked for health, that I might do greater things; I was given infirmity, that I might do better things . I asked for riches, that I might be happy; I was given poverty, that I might be wise. I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men; I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God. I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life; I was given life, that I might enjoy all things. I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for. Almost despite...

“COUCH POTATO CHRISTIAN?”

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” 2 PETER 1:5-7   Read:  2 Peter 1:5-11   Do you know a couch potato Christian? Maybe, you are asking; ‘What is a couch potato Christian?’ A definition might simply be a person who professes to be a Christian, but is not following CHRIST’S instructions.  You might picture this person wrapped in their robe, lounging on their couch while waiting for the world to pass them by.  Yet, most are going through the motions of everyday life but they are going it alone. A couch potato Christian might go to church on rare occasion when they have nothing better to do or they feel they need to go because it is Easter or Christmas.  For some, it may have been years.  They may hold an opinion that they are a Christian, but they expect others to bring the message to them. Some may go to church regularly, while their Bible gathers dust the other six days of the week.   Others attend church; but don’t ask them to tithe or donate to support the church, missionaries and outreach programs. GOD wants a relationship with us.  That is why HE created Adam…for fellowship.  We are to worship HIM.  HE told Moses HE is the great I AM.  HE stayed with HIS people in their escape from Egypt as a pillar of fire and a comforting cloud. JESUS chased the money changers from...

“DO YOU NEED A PRAYER?”

“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”  James 5:13 NIV   Read:  James 5:13-16   Do you need a prayer?   Who have you told?   Is it a secret?   It should not be.  One of our failures may being so independent, we rely totally upon ourselves.  If you need a prayer, you need others praying for you.  Don’t go it alone. Most of us don’t pray as often as we should…even when we need help from our GOD.   We fail ourselves.  When we don’t pray and talk with GOD, we fail HIM as well.  HE wants us to communicate all of our thank you times as well as our needs. Since we may not do a good job of talking with GOD when we should, we are probably not reaching out to others as well.  When was the last time you asked someone to pray for you?   When was the last time you asked a lot people to pray for you? GOD loves prayer.  James 5:16 tells us:  “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” No matter who you are, there is someone more righteous who can take your praises and your desperate needs to GOD.   They only need to know what you need them to pray. And, don’t forget.  You can send a prayer request to me.  Send your confidential prayer request to revivalministry@hotmail.com.   Be sure to put “Prayer Request” in the subject line.  Your privacy will...

“COMMON SENSE?”

“Even as fools walk along the road, they lack sense and show everyone how stupid they are.” Ecclesiastes 10:3 NIV   Read:  Ecclesiastes 10:1-10   Education is great, but common sense surpasses all that ‘book learnin’.   No matter how educated we are, it seems a waste without a good measure of common sense.  Super strength and a strong back will never replace common sense.   As the old adage says:  “Work smart, not hard.” It seems some are gifted with more common sense than others.   At the same time, even those with the apparent gift of common sense seem to slip into a mental coma and make judgment mistakes that even they will later question.  As they say; ‘been there, done that’. When did you last ask yourself: “Why did I do that?”   Don’t beat yourself up.   We all make those momentary decisions that in hindsight have no validity.   Thankfully, when we ask, GOD forgives our dumb mistakes as well as those mistakes we painstakingly plan. GOD gave us all common sense.   The variable seems to be; some of us appreciate the gift and some of us don’t.   Common sense is best when it is teamed up with prayer and GOD’S will. Common sense seems lost and wasted when we act impulsively and allow ourselves to just do it our way. Think about it.  Pray about it.  Then, do it GOD’S way. Today’s prayer:  “FATHER GOD, Thank YOU for giving me the common sense to come to YOU in prayer.  Help me to understand all the spiritual gifts YOU have given me.   Help me to understand YOUR ways before I act...

“ONE MORE EXCUSE!”

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”  Romans 1:20 NIV   Read: Romans 1: 20-32   I had a young man who worked on a project for me for a few days.   No matter how I attempted to communicate with him, my words seem to fall upon deaf ears.  Five days he was to have started work at a scheduled time.   Each of those five days, he gave me five different excuses for being late every day. He had a pleasant attitude and worked super hard, yet the projects never got finished.  He would start, then decide there was a better way to do the job than instructed.   His efforts would lead him astray.  Then, he would have to undo what he had done and start over…a lot of wasted time and effort.   No matter what he did, he had another excuse for his actions. Excuses are words that attempt to cover up the failures.   Reasons are words that clearly justify our actions.   Excuses are never reasons.   When we have reasons, we don’t need excuses. GOD’S Bible is like that.  GOD had and has a reason for each and every verse.  Each verse has a purpose that we can use to live by and help to help others.  We have excuses.   Excuses of not reading our Bibles are without any merit.   There are no excuses for not reading HIS instructions for us. There are no excuses for reading our Bible and not living our lives...