Our Heavenly Father's hand uplifts us when we turn our hearts and prayers toward Him. Will you count yourself among the saints? Will you personally accept the invitation to experience the peace of Christ and wear the armor of righteousness? Are you willing to face the temptations, snares, and distractions of our dangerous world?
The reality we all come to is that our faith is part of everyday living. It is not separate from it. As we weave our faith into every fabric of our daily lives God will honor our good works. And through our good works we shall honor Him.
Today, let us be cheerful and encourage one another. Let us be a blessing to others and lift them up. Let us honor Christ through gratitude and thanksgiving. For He has given us peace and joy.
Our Heavenly Father is a God of possibilities. And the greatest wisdom reminds us that there are many reasons for us to be confident in the Lord (See Proverbs 3:26 and 14:26). And one of those reasons is so that the Holy Spirit may work through us in revealing our own personal weaknesses
Our willingness to trust God today and every day that we live, entrusting ourselves in Christ, we are rest assured that our future is secure. Confident that He will provide our needs temporally and spiritually.
We have a daily opportunity to develop and strengthen our faith through daily prayer, meditation, and scripture study. And it begins when we submit ourselves over to the care of our Heavenly Father. It begins when we center our faith on Jesus Christ and His infinite atonement. When you commit yourself over to the transformation and renewing of your mind (Romans 12:1-2) you become a man of covenant - a living sacrifice who worships God in spirit and truth (John 4:24). Fashioned unto those good things our Heavenly Father has prepared for each one of us (Ephesians 2:10).
By becoming a man of mighty valor meant that I faced my recovery, my personal journey of healing, and engaged in living a more mindful spiritual life.
My own spiritual journey and recovery has shown what true masculinity is all about. The character and integrity. Finding joy, since happiness requires right circumstances, means to come to a place of experiencing life - regardless of the good, bad, and those ugly moments.
When we turn our thoughts and minds over to Exodus 14:13-15 - there is a reason God wanted to bring Israel out of bondage. To bring them out of a foreign land. To no longer experience the burden and labors of Pharoah. It runs much deeper than God preforming miracles as great signs and wonders unto Pharaoh. Goes even deeper into the blessed hope of bringing the Children of Israel into the land of promise. The simple truth is that the salvation of the Lord we shall see unfold is about reconciling us to Him.
The enticing of the spirit of God or the spirit of the adversary is constant and consistent. Over time, we learn how to choose one over the other. If we choose the right, we are putting on the righteousness of Christ and patterning our lives after his.
I still need to guard myself against impatience, lapses into feeling sorry for myself, resenting the words and actions of others. Above all, I need not permit myself the tormenting excursions into the bitter past. Now that I am spiritually awakened and alert to the danger signals, I know I am improving day-by-day.
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4, KJV ~ JANUARY 1, 2020 DEVOTION ~ We all desire the abundance and success God has promised. The first principle of a spiritual life that is influential and impacting is faith: … Continue reading A Person of Faith
~ JANUARY 2, 2020 ~ For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3, KJV There is no greater love than that of Jesus Christ. his love is perfect, steadfast, enduring, and unconditional. Despite our fallibility and waywardness - Christ, the Good Shepherd, cares for us. What does this … Continue reading Christ-Like Love Changes Everything
~ JANUARY 3, 2020 ~ Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31, KJV Yes, God does have a plan for our lives. However, He expects us to do our fair share of the work in order to be presentable living sacrifices. While many, outside … Continue reading Mindful Christian Service
When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.~ Deuteronomy 4:30-31, KJV ~ ~ January 9, 2020 Devotional … Continue reading Facing Difficult Days
He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.~ Proverbs 10:17, KJV ~ Wise mentors teach others the importance of discipline through actions. Disciplined mentors understand that God doesn't reward laziness or misbehavior. What God expects is His people to lead lives that are above reproach. And, He punishes those who walk in … Continue reading Teaching Christian Discipline
I will attempt to clear out of my life and my mind all the destructive tools previously used. I know they do nothing to bring me to a life with peace of mind and experience an abundant and fruitful life in Christ. I will strive to learn to use the whole armor of God. I will strive to focus on being kind, patient, courteous, and show the love of Christ and our Heavenly Father. With a strong faith and determination, I will do what is necessary to improve my life.
Whether we are rich or poor - we still are beggars standing in need of mercy, grace, compassion, and forgiveness. The Epistle of James reminds us of this reality and truth. Therefore, when we shift our attitudes and perceptions from a worldly concept and false belief, we are able to comprehend and understand the eternal principles of God's divine royal law of love.
Let us approach the throne of God in humble submission. Quietness of mind and heart. Devoting ourselves in praise and worship with eternal gratitude for the gift of the Infinite Atonement through Jesus Christ. His sacrifice provided a way for us to enter into the Kingdom of God.
Once we have found favor in God's sight, through his Son, Jesus Christ, we are moved to seek the kingdom of God on a continued basis. This is our spiritual journey and discipline. We have a right to claim God's Joy and Peace where there is spiritual abundance offered to all of God's children.
The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught,that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary.Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. ~ Isaiah 50:4, ESV ~ The greatest challenge Christians face is fulfilling their own calling where it so often goes against present … Continue reading Strength comes through fellowship
... Is my hand shortened, that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? ... ~ Isaiah 50:2 - ESV ~ Radically surrendering our lives and will over to God is no easy task. Yet, those parts of ourselves we attempt to keep hidden, and keep back from God, means we lack awareness of … Continue reading Hope in God’s divine power
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you… seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Colossians 3:1-17 ESV Spiritual awakening is a process of becoming authentic and genuine. Moving from … Continue reading Spiritual growing pains
Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. ~ 1 Peter 3:9, ESV ~ We have a propensity to return insults with insults and evil for evil. We desire some justice when a sense of wrong has occurred. … Continue reading Repay with blessings
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, ~ Luke 4:18, ESV ~ The most difficult act of our will and … Continue reading Ready to change
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. ~ 2 Timothy 4:7, ESV ~ Our innate desire to control may lead us to an overemphasis on achieving certain outcomes. This may be related to our need for competitiveness and belief that winning is everything. No matter how we … Continue reading Fight the Good Fight
Today's Reading is 1 Nephi Chapter 4 ...Let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord; for behold he is mightier than all the earth, ... let us be strong like unto Moses; for he truly spake unto the waters of the Red Sea and they divided hither and thither, and our fathers … Continue reading The Power of Our Faithful Obedience
...I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of Men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commanded them. ~ 1 Nephi Chapter 3 ~ People approach recovery with the false … Continue reading Confident and Assured in Our Faithfulness
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” ~Deuteronomy 31:6, ESV ~ This life is a miracle and an amazing gift for us. Included is the spiritual awakening promised by our recovery program. Yet, there … Continue reading Our Call to be Strong and Courageous
Today's reading: Genesis 43 - 44; Ps. 11:107, Prov. 4:10-13; Matthew 14:22-36 Take Courage and Know it is God Spiritual growth is not something that happens over night. As we approach the scriptures and read the experiences of each individual, we are enlightened to their own journeys. Each one of them face difficulties. Each one … Continue reading Growing in our Faith