The Affirmation Idol

The Affirmation Idol

    The Affirmation Idol     “You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20: 3 In the book of Judges God’s people continued to return to idol worship. They bowed down to graven images as they served the gods of the people living in the promised land.  We as 21st century believers are just as prone to idol worship but instead of Baal or Ashteroth, ours may be called comfort, control, or affirmation. Have you considered praise from others to be an idol? Of course, there is nothing wrong with receiving or releasing encouragement.  It’s Biblical to …

Desiring God

Desiring God

  Desiring God       The word on the street today is desire. I have been studying Genesis 22 lately and the lesson today is from verse 16.  After the test, God tells Abraham that because you have not WITHHELD your son, your only son I will bless you.  Then God spoke to me and asked what have you withheld from Me that I might withhold My blessings?  I went through a list in my head… time, relationships, attitude, money, talent, etc.  Then He showed me when all my desires are filled I wait longer before my next encounter …

Never Alone in the Storm

Never Alone in the Storm

It has been a very stormy night in Arkansas. It began earlier in the day with heavy rains all during the day in the northern half of the state. There is thunder rumbling in the distance even now in the early hours of the new day. Nobody minds a spring thunder storm but this has been an intense amount of weather. It’s gone on for too long and it hasn’t let up yet. It is relentless. Friends have even spent time in their safe places and some are still there at this hour. Thousands are without power. Oh beloved, the …

Communicating with God

Communicating with God

“And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive—only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.” (Mark 11: 25 The Message) I felt a roadblock in my communication with the Lord. I prayed about it, but I didn’t find inner peace or direction. My tattered red flags whipped in my emotional wind. I asked, When did this feeling of isolation begin? A conversation I had with my husband, Dan, the previous day started it. A difference of opinion grew into …

Focusing on God’s Presence

Focusing on God’s Presence

“I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!” (Ps. 139:7 nlt) Do you sense you’ve lost your way in your spiritual journey? I walk through one door and find the next door padlocked. Yet, as I turn around, the door behind me has closed, too. I find myself plagued by indecision and doubt. How did I get here, Lord? When I finally get past my distress and ask this question, I’m reminded that the Lord promises to always be with me. In Matthew 28: 20, Jesus promised, “I’ll be with you as you …

Who Are You Talking To?

Who Are You Talking To?

Job 38: 4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.” I got a big aha moment about 4:30 am one morning… I had a situation wake me up that I proceeded to pray and tell God how to fix it!!! Imagine how presumptuous that was!!!  But nevertheless He waited until I had carefully laid out my plan and then said something that I say to Drew all the time. “Remember,  Who you are talking to… in essence Who is the Parent?” “Who is the One who knows the most about …

Fall Devotions

Fall Devotions

Day 2 Fall – to lose the old, to have its proper place.  This is just part of the many definitions of what the dictionary says “fall” is.   What is crazy is that the dictionary is talking about fall like ‘I fell down’, not fall like ‘the season’ and yet how appropriate the definition is. I love fall!!  The color change, the weather change, the smell change…..its about change.  But to change means that something must go. As I sit here looking out the window with massive trees all around my back yard, I see it happening right now.  Leaves …

Jesus Is The Best Friend

Jesus Is The Best Friend

“Jesus Is The Best Friend…” You could ever have, When no one else is there He’s there to hold your hand… To walk with you, comfort you, Embrace you in His arms. When the road gets rough and steep, He’ll carry you farther on   John [15:14] (NIV) “You are my friends if you do what I command.” II Peter 3:9b (NIV) “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” John [15:13] (NIV) “Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus calls us …

God is Sovereign

God is Sovereign

God is Sovereign This devotional on the attributes of God is a “quick-read” daily praise opportunity to extol and revere the Lord using words of adoration describing His nature and character with Scripture from the Kings James Version of the Bible unless otherwise mentioned. Day TwoGod is Sovereign. Sovereign is the supreme and total control rule of God. Psalm 135:6 “Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.” Romans [8:28] “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are …

Understand Whose Crisis It Is

Understand Whose Crisis It Is

A 6-Day Look at a Desperate Dilemma From 2 Chronicles 20 Overview Passage:  2 Chronicles 20:1-30 Today’s study:  2 Chronicles [20:14]-23 “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem!  This is what the Lord says to you:  Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.  For the battle is not yours, but God’s….You will not have to fight this battle.  Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you….Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.  Go out to face them tomorrow and the Lord will be with …

Understanding God

Understanding God

“Therefore I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the LORD Almighty, in the day of His burning anger.” Isaiah [13:13] Our God is faithful and His heart is for us, but He is also a wrathful God. He is perfect, and in the same way that darkness cannot remain in the presence of light our imperfection cannot remain in the presence of His perfection for long. We are warned multiple times that His day is coming, the day the whole world will see His power. Here in Isaiah 13, …

God’s Wrath

God’s Wrath

“Therefore I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the LORD Almighty, in the day of His burning anger.” Isaiah [13:13] Our God is faithful and His heart is for us, but He is also a wrathful God. He is perfect, and in the same way that darkness cannot remain in the presence of light our imperfection cannot remain in the presence of His perfection for long. We are warned multiple times that His day is coming, the day the whole world will see His power. Here in Isaiah 13, …