I know that a lot of you have children under the age of 16. This morning, while you are getting ready for school or work, play this song in the house or in the car. Even if all of your children are grown, or you are child at heart that loves God, set the tone for the day and give God a wonderful praise.
The Message (MSG)
A David Psalm, When He Outwitted Abimelech and Got Away
I bless God every chance I get; my lungs expand with his praise.
2 I live and breathe God; if things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy:
3 Join me in spreading the news; together let’s get the word out.
4 God met me more than halfway, he freed me from my anxious fears.
5 Look at him; give him your warmest smile. Never hide your feelings from him.
6 When I was desperate, I called out, and God got me out of a tight spot.
7 God’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray.
8 Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see— how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him.
9 Worship God if you want the best; worship opens doors to all his goodness.
Go with God today. Make today awesome.
I love with the amazing and abundant love of Christ.
I pray that you are in a place of wanting the very best for your life, in God. I pray that our hearts would be in a position of praise, gratitude, love and obedience towards God.
This morning, the Holy Spirit put an urgency in my heart regarding our obedience. God wants so much to bless us, but he has to know that we will be responsible with the blessings he has prepared for us. God requires that we would be obedient with the steps and instructions he is giving us.
Our scripture passage today is from Numbers 20. Moses has led the people of Israel out of captivity from Egypt and they are in the wilderness heading to the promised land. Aaron is the brother of Moses and is also helping Moses lead the prople, as God leads him.
The Problem: The Israelites are getting tired, thirsty, and hungry. They complain to Moses and his brother Aaron, that they were better off in captivity, because at least they had the basic necessities, in slavery.
Needless to say, Moses is already frustrated and under stress. Moses goes to God for instructions.
The Solution: Now, read carefully what God tells Moses to do.
The Curse: What Moses actually does.
This passage shows how we respond to God has a direct correlation to how God responds to us. Ok, lets read…..
The Message (MSG)
20 In the first month, the entire company of the People of Israel arrived in the Wilderness of Zin. The people stayed in Kadesh.
Miriam died there, and she was buried.
2-5 There was no water there for the community, so they ganged up on Moses and Aaron. They attacked Moses: “We wish we’d died when the rest of our brothers died before God. Why did you haul this congregation of God out here into this wilderness to die, people and cattle alike? And why did you take us out of Egypt in the first place, dragging us into this miserable country? No grain, no figs, no grapevines, no pomegranates—and now not even any water!”
6 Moses and Aaron walked from the assembled congregation to the Tent of Meeting and threw themselves facedown on the ground. And they saw the Glory of God.
7-8 God spoke to Moses: “Take the staff. Assemble the community, you and your brother Aaron. Speak to that rock that’s right in front of them and it will give water. You will bring water out of the rock for them; congregation and cattle will both drink.”
9-10 Moses took the staff away from God’s presence, as commanded. He and Aaron rounded up the whole congregation in front of the rock. Moses spoke: “Listen, rebels! Do we have to bring water out of this rock for you?”
11With that Moses raised his arm and slammed his staff against the rock—once, twice. Water poured out. Congregation and cattle drank.
12 God said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you didn’t trust me, didn’t treat me with holy reverence in front of the People of Israel, you two aren’t going to lead this company into the land that I am giving them.”
13 These were the Waters of Meribah (Bickering) where the People of Israel bickered with God, and he revealed himself as holy.
23-26 God said to Moses and Aaron at Mount Hor at the border of Edom, “It’s time for Aaron to be gathered into the company of his ancestors. He will not enter the land I am giving to the People of Israel because you both rebelled against my orders at the Waters of Meribah. So take Aaron and his son Eleazar and lead them up Mount Hor. Remove Aaron’s clothes from him and put them on his son Eleazar. Aaron will be gathered there; Aaron will die.”
27-29 Moses obeyed God’s command. They climbed Mount Hor as the whole congregation watched. Moses took off Aaron’s clothes and put them on his son Eleazar. Aaron died on top of the mountain. Then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain. The whole congregation, getting the news that Aaron had died, went into thirty days of mourning for him.
Family, dont allow your emotions to cause you to miss ALL that God has for you. Obey the Lord, in this season.
I love you with the amazing and everlasting love of Jesus Christ, our Wayshower and Redeemer . Amen.
6 No one is like you, Lord;you are great, and your name is mighty in power.
I’m so very grateful that I have been allowed one more day to learn, grow, teach and love, as Jesus has given me the strength.
One of my favorite worshipers is a woman by the name of Miranda Curtis. There is one song she performs entitied, “Nobody Like You, Lord” that truly ministers to my soul.
Toward the end of the song she sings these lyrics, “Who wouldn’t serve a God like this?” When I tell you that EVERY TIME I hear this part of the song, I begin to weep. The goodness of God floods my heart, mind and soul. My spirit instantly remembers all the times that God has been so faithful.
HEALER, PROVIDER, SUSTAINER, SAVIOR!!!!
I love you, Lord. Thank you for loving me. It is a joy and a privilege to serve you and call you Master and Savior.
Thank you for allowing me to walk with you, Father. I pray that I can always stay close to your side. To be separate from you is anguish and torment. I long for more of your presence. I’m intoxicated by your love.
Who wouldn’t serve a God like you? We love you, Jesus. We bless your name.
If you follow me on Facebook, you will see a video I posted this morning. I encourage you, today, to allow your steps and your actions to be ordered by the Spirit of the Living God.
The book of Ephesians teaches us about spiritual warfare, as far as where and how it is fought.
Amplified Bible (AMP)
The Armor of God
10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. 11 Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.
Family, it is so important to have a mind that is keenly turned toward God. Make sure today that the Spirit of God has your full attention. Do not be tricked, led astray, or deceived out of your purpose all because you allowed the enemy into your mind, will and emotions. May your mind be sound today and may you walk according to the High Calling of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Wayshoer.
Amplified Bible (AMP)
130 The unfolding of Your [glorious] words give light; Their unfolding gives understanding to the simple (childlike). 131 I opened my mouth and panted [with anticipation], Because I longed for Your commandments. 132 Turn to me and be gracious to me andshow me favor, As is Your way to those who love Your name. 133 Establish my footsteps in [the way of] Your word; Do not let any human weakness have power over me [causing me to be separated from You]. 134 Redeem me from the oppression of man; That I may keep Your precepts. 135 Make Your face shine [with pleasure] upon Your servant, And teach me Your statutes.
Be blessed today and walk in your divine purpose. I love you with the amazing and everlasting love of Jesus, the Christ.
I pray that you are well and at peace this morning. First, I want to tell you that you are loved and cherished. The love that God has for you is immeasurable and indescribable.
Sometimes, it is so hard for me to get my mind around the sovereignty and totality of God. When problems or challenges pop up, in my life, I have to remember that God is MORE THAN ABLE to handle all of them.
Living Bible (TLB)
20 Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. 21 May he be given glory forever and ever through endless ages because of his master plan of salvation for the Church through Jesus Christ.
Be blessed today knowing that you will never walk alone.
I greet you with the abundant and overwhelming love of God. This weekend, a very special friend of mine gave birth to a perfectly beautiful lititle baby girl.
I had the pleasure of watching my friend, as she walked on her pregnancy journey. I have talked to so many mommies to be and their fears have been very similar, “Will I be a good mother?” or “How will I know what to do?”
Even though I personally have never birthed a child myself, I still know and understand that if God trusts us enough with one of His gifts then he also equips us with tools for the journey, in taking care of the gift.
This morning, I saw a picture of my friend holding her newborn daughter and the picture said so much. Every initial fear she had was gone. All that the image of her and two day old baby said is, “It is well with my soul.”
I encourage everyone, reading this devotional this morning, to take heart and have peace in knowing that the God that dwells so very richly in your hearts and mind has already equipped you for the journey ahead.
Your journey may not be the birth of a new baby. Your journey may be the changing of jobs, or graduation from school. It may also be the changing of seasons of your life. Whatever change that comes, just know that you are not walking alone.
Allow today’s worship video below to be your soul’s lullaby. Relax in God and let His peace wash over you. Say to yourself, in faith, “It is well with my soul.”
“All this I have told you so that you will not fall away.2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God.3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me.4I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them. I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you,5 but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’6 Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things.7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:9 about sin,because people do not believe in me;10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
The Disciples’ Grief Will Turn to Joy
16 Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”
17 At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”
19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’?20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech.30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”
31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied.32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.
I greet you with abundant love, peace and joy in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Family, I pray that since we last talked that all is well in your heart, mind and soul.
This morning, I came downstairs, in preparation to head to work. I took a moment and just sat on the couch and I began to tell the Lord, “Thank You.” In my prayer, this morning, I asked God to show me how I could love Him more. I want to be able to bring God joy.
Family, can you imagine a lifestyle of wanting to put a smile on God’s face. Not because of anything that we get out of it, but simply because of the Awesome Wonder of who God Is.
The Message (MSG)
14 God said to Moses, “I-AM-WHO-I-AM. Tell the People of Israel, ‘I-AM sent me to you.’”
15 God continued with Moses: “This is what you’re to say to the Israelites: ‘God, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob sent me to you.’ This has always been my name, and this is how I always will be known.
New International Version (NIV)
58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”
Thank you for allowing us to call you, “Daddy.” There have been many days in my life where you have not only been my Father, but you have been my Mother, my Sister, my Brother, my Counselor, my Advisor, and my Husband. In every circumstance you were the “I Am” that I needed in that moment. I love you. I glorify you, and more than anything, God, I Thank You.”
Teach me, every day, how I can show my gratitude to you. Whatever you ask of me, I will do with abundant joy.
I pray that all is well and at peace in your heart, mind and soul. This week, I was meditating on a particular passage from the bible and as I read it, the Holy Spirit just said, “Heart Transplant.”
The passage is Ezekiel 36:26 and it reads:
Living Bible (TLB)
26 And I will give you a new heart—I will give you new and right desires—and put a new spirit within you. I will take out your stony hearts of sin and give you new hearts of love.
Asking God to come into our heart is asking God to perform a spiritual heart transplant. We are inviting God to have his way, on the surgery table, and allowing him to take our old stone heart away.
Are you on the heart transplant waiting list? Have you invited God into your heart?
If not, I invite you to pray this prayer with me:
“Father God, I invite you into my heart. I believe that Jesus Christ is your one and only begotten Son and that he was crucified on a cross, died, and was buried. I believe that Jesus rose from the dead and that He conquered death and sin, so that I may have eternal life. I accept Jesus, as my Lord and Savior, and I want to give my life to you today and forever. Teach me and guide me, as I learn to walk with You. In Jesus name, Amen”
If you prayed that prayer, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You are now a member of the Body of Jesus Christ. You have officially asked God into your heart. If you don’t have one already, I pray that you would find a bible-based church that can help you learn and grow.
I would love to hear from you, if you gave your life to Jesus today. Please write me a note and let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.
Be blessed and know that I love you with an amazing and everlasting love.
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.
We bless you this morning and we thank you for your faithful toward us. Even when we were yet in our dirtiest sin and shame, you loved us. You knew everything about us, even our hidden thoughts. Thank you for loving us. May we never neglect to glorify and magnify your Precious name. Your name is higher than any other name. Your presence is sweeter than any fragrance. Your spirit is more valuable than the rarest gem. You alone, Lord, are God. We bow before you and call you the Holy Anointed One. You are the Ancient of Days. You are the Great Breath that breathed life into all that has ever been. For those reasons, and so many more, we magnify you without ceasing.
In the name of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Wayshower. Amen.
HALLELUJAH and Amen.
Open your mouth today, family, and give God the praise. Magnify God in all you do today. Set the standard for your speech today.