“PROBLEM SOLVED!”

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.  He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”  Zephaniah 3:17 NIV Read:  Zephaniah 3:14-20   Have you ever had a problem that seemed to take over your life?   Maybe a personal health issue or that of a loved one is burdening your mind.   Financial problems rank high on the list of problems for many.   Marriage difficulties and our children’s (Regardless of their ages) struggles can become obsessions.   Maybe, you are like me.   There are times, I think I can fix a problem on my own.   I can’t solve all my problems and you can’t either.   If you have relied upon others, how has that worked out for you?   There is only one real problem solver. GOD is our great PROBLEM SOLVER!  GOD always has a solution.  Only GOD has true wisdom. HIS way is usually very different than what we planned or imagined would happen in a given situation. If GOD’S problem solving way is so much better than ours, why don’t we just give the problem to HIM in the first place? JESUS told us in Matthew 10:29-31: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” GOD will care for the sparrows and HE will care for you.  Turn all those thoughts you feel...

“HAVE YOU BEEN CAST OUT?”

“Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.” Romans 4:8 NIV Read:  Romans 4:4-8 Have you been cast out?  In past years, did you make a huge mistake that turned others against you?   Maybe, you even have several skeletons in your closet.  We can find those who we felt were our closest friends don’t want to have anything to do with us.   It may be those we work with.   Sometimes those we have worshiped with are those most critical.   Then, being cast out by our own families is most damaging. Remember, if you have sincerely asked GOD to forgive you, HE has.  If others cannot accept the fact of you being forgiven, the problem is theirs; not yours.   That is the time you need to say “Thank YOU JESUS!” and pray for them. Don’t beat yourself up by living in the past by not accepting GOD’S forgiveness and not forgiving yourself.   Don’t live in the past.  The past is over.  Live for today and all the tomorrows GOD has for you.   Read and study the story of Saul (Paul).   Saul hated Christians.   He had them tortured, jailed and murdered.    JESUS forgave him and used him as HIS chosen to minister and take the gospel to the gentiles across Euro-Asia.  Paul did not allow those who had cast him out to influence his new life in JESUS. Don’t sell yourself short.   Use GOD’S forgiveness as your springboard to the new life GOD wants you to have.   Don’t be cast out.  Be cast up! Today’s prayer:   “LORD MY GOD, Thank YOU for being...

“INTENSIVE CARE UNIT!”

“The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.”  Psalm 41:3 NIV Read: Psalm 41:1-3 If all has gone well, I am being released from the hospital about the time you are reading this.  A few weeks ago, I had a routine surgery.  Unknown at the time, but while in surgery I was infected with ‘e coli’.   Last Friday, it erupted into my entire blood system.   In less than 10 minutes, my entire body was infected.   I began to shake violently, could not stand or walk and within minutes more went in and out of consciousness.  My blood pressure dropped in half.   My kidneys shut down.  My heart rate slowed.  I was in severe septic shock!  A doctor later told me a few hours later that at one time I had been “only a few feet from death’s door”.   They did not know GOD’S plan.   As you read this, my labs and vital signs are almost normal.  Thank YOU, JESUS!   But, the story is not about me.   The story is about you and everyone reading this devotional. GOD has a plan for you.   Are you ready for GOD’S plan for your life?  So many in the world are on life support in their own intensive care unit.  They trust themselves more than GOD.   GOD has given you enormous strength and abilities.  But, remember those strengths and abilities are GOD’S, not yours. Are you spending your life in the intensive care unit of this world or are you resting daily in the safe, intensive care of...

“STICKS AND STONES . . . “

“But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”   Colossians 3:8 NIV Read:  Colossians 3:8   A childhood response to a hurtful, slanderous statement or intentional put down was; “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”   While it may sound good, but it is little more than false hope.   Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can and do hurt.   Words can do more damage at times than those sticks and stones.   Children can be cruel to one another, but are not alone in being talked down and criticized.  Adults of all ages are being emotionally destroyed daily.  It may be from an abusive spouse, an angry boss or even a total stranger. Satan uses all kinds of people to carry out his agenda.  You may know someone who attempts to elevate their own agenda by tearing others down.  That’s when you can make a difference! Lift someone up today.   Find a nice thing to say to everyone you meet.   It may be a simple compliment.  Tell them of how much you appreciate their work.   Tell them of how nice they look or thank them for their great smile. Your simple kinds words may be the nicest thing another hears all day.   Your kind words can override the hurtful words and actions of others.   You can make a difference.  Make the difference today. Today’s prayer:   “HOLY SPIRIT, Thank YOU for being with me and lifting me up every day.   Help me lift others up today...

“SAGEBRUSH ADVICE?”

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”   2Timothy 3:16 NIV Read:   2Timothy 3:10-17 Have you ever driven through the southwest United States and seen the tumbling tumbleweeds rolling across the highways and bare fields?  These dried and uprooted sagebrushes tell us a life’s story.   They have no purpose and are being tossed about by the whim of the wind.  There are a lot of people like that.  They seem to have lost their purpose in life having given up on all GOD has for them. Let’s look at two types of advice.   First is sage advice.  Sage advice is what we all should seek.   Sage advice comes from someone we respect.   We acknowledge them as wise beyond their years, prudent and reflecting quality reasoning. Sagebrush advice is based loosely on street smarts.  It may not be of wisdom or of quality reasoning.   It may be good or bad advice and may come from someone like the tumbling tumbleweed.  That is why it is called sagebrush advice.   At one time it was well rooted.   Now it is dead and may have no value since being uprooted and tossed around. The world we live in is full of sagebrush advice.  Don’t listen.  Scripture is sage advice.  No one can be more trusted or respected than GOD.  No one else is GOD.   No one can even come close to GOD’S reasoning.  Real sage advice is GOD breathed. Today’s prayer:   “Thank YOU, LORD, for giving me YOUR word, YOUR Holy Bible, as perfect advice.   Help me discern the difference of YOUR sage...