Thankful for . . .


Hebrews 1:14
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?

Of the many things I’m grateful for, there is one benefit I often overlook. My attention was drawn to this fact recently when Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem a Day Challenge prompt was “Watchers.” (

The Watchers

They see me
when my feet fly out from under me
as I bump down the stairs—
when I screech on the brakes
to avoid the creeping car in front of me—
when I close my eyes in sleep
for a night’s rest.

I’m grateful for these appointed ones
always alert,
sent for my protection
from my Creator
out of His heart of love.

What are you grateful for?

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Prosperity of Soul
III John 1:2
Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

Sometimes we get the cart before the horse. We seek fame and fortune while we neglect our soul. We fail to cultivate a relationship with our Creator. Then when we find our life unraveling at the seams, we wonder why.

If we examine this scripture closely we see a directive of right order. John prays we will first of all have prosperity of our soul; then that will show on the outside. That word “prosperity” means “to lead by a direct and easy way, to prosper, be successful.”

When we develop a vibrant relationship with Jesus first, we will also enjoy good health. That word “good health” carries with it the idea of “Having a good opinion free from any mixture of error, one who keeps the graces and is strong.”

How can we have a good opinion about God and what He thinks unless we know His thoughts inside and out by reading and memorizing His word? Then we will have no mixture of error and will prosper.

Father God, may we order our priorities right.
May we know You and Your ways.
May we be free of error messages
and be strong in You.

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Victory Over Sin

victory over sin

Romans 6:14
For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace.

If we are in Christ, then we are new creatures. We have new gate-keepers. We no longer obey Satan’s demands. We have new life and new abilities.

We have power to resist Satan’s temptations. We have a new Master—Jesus. Our old master, sin, has been rendered a fatal blow.

In order to please God, we need to yield to His grace. If we trust Him to love others through us, He will. It’s there for the asking—and sometimes even when we don’t.

Allow His life to flow through you to others. There is no more powerful love than the love Jesus has for us.

Lord Jesus, pour Your love through me
that it may flow out to others
to draw them to You
that they too
may love You
as I do.

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The Valley of the Shadow

valley of the shadow
Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.

There is a deep gorge in Israel between Jerusalem and Jericho called the Valley of the Shadow of Death. The sun only shines there when it’s directly overhead. Shepherds even today, move their flocks through that valley when they guide their sheep to green pasture. When David, who wrote this Psalm, was a shepherd boy, he must have walked that same valley with his sheep.

Jesus is our Good Shepherd. He walks with us with His protection and support, consoling us in our dark times.
Through many years I often wondered why my father taught me to memorize this Psalm at age four. Today, the Lord showed me something.

Daddy fought in WWII in Germany. He didn’t return until after I was three. This psalm must have ministered greatly to him during that time. That’s why He was so anxious to make it a part of my life, even at four years old.

Thank You Lord Jesus for always being with us.
I rejoice that You are our Good Shepherd.
Thank You for Your constant consolation,
Your unending support, and Your sure victory.

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Old Self vs. New Self

Ephesians 4:22-23
. . . that in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

When we become new creatures in Christ, we still have a choice to sin. Satan drops tempting thoughts in our minds. When we entertain those thoughts, they become sin.

Old habits die hard. The old patterns of action and reaction, the old prejudices, the old paths need to be abandoned. Satan used those thought patterns in the past to cause us to sin. We no longer have to obey the old ways. We have a new Lord now.

We need to ask Jesus to help us lay aside the old way and renew our mind. We can’t think two thoughts at once. When Satan drops an old thought into our head, we need to choose to think on what is true, honorable, right, pure, and lovely. We need to speak well of another, according to Philippians 4:8.

When the old self is no longer fed, it dies from lack of nourishment.

Lord Jesus, help me to starve my old self
so my new self may flourish and grow strong,
my mind renewed,
and conformed to Your image.

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Jesus and His Bride

Jesus Bride

Hosea 2:19
(God says) “And I will betroth you to Me forever; yes I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, in lovingkindness and in compassion . . .”

Before we come to Jesus we are like Hosea’s wife. We have gone far from God. We play the harlot as we look to other things to fill the place only God can occupy.

Here, He promises to betroth us to Him and Him alone. He says He will betroth us to Him in righteousness. That word righteousness has to do with redemption. Redemption in the Bible is “to buy back from the slave market.”

Before Jesus becomes Lord over our lives, we are as helpless as a slave on the auction block. Jesus paid His own blood in order to buy us back. We need to come back to Him with our whole heart. We need to make Him number one in our lives.

Lord Jesus, forgive us for our harlotries.
Cause us to be of one heart and mind with You.
May You fill our hearts with Yourself
so we may be Yours, body, mind, and spirit.

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The Spirit Gives Life


II Corinthians 3:6
(God) who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

As believers in Jesus, God has equipped us by His Spirit to be His servants of the new covenant, the new testament, the new agreement.

This new covenant does not depend on pleasing God by following the laws to the letter set out in the Old Testament.
In this new covenant, God supplies the Holy Spirit to enable us to live a life pleasing to Him.

The Holy Spirit equips us to love as He loves. He charges us with His power to do business in His name, just as Jesus did when He physically walked on earth.

We no longer have to operate in our own strength or wisdom. God’s gifts are there for us to minister His love, at His direction, for His glory, praise, and honor.

Thank You Father God for the privilege
of entering into relationship with You.
May I live my life at Your direction
so I may make Your heart glad.

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