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We remember that in Galatians chapter 5 we see verses that contrast the flesh and the spirit. In verse 16 we read: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.


It is interesting that we might tend to do this the opposite way: If I stop fulfilling the lusts of the flesh, then I can (or will) walk in the spirit.


Paul says the opposite: If we decide to walk in the spirit, then we are not in the realm of fulfilling the lust of the flesh.


That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. ~ Romans 8:4


It is interesting (and liberating) to see the pattern here: We do not put the flesh under so that we can walk in the spirit; we walk in the spirit so that the flesh will be put under.






We share this beautiful song with you - a great way to start the day:






Today we join with countless others around the world in the National Day of Prayer. This year's theme comes from Daniel 9: 19 ~ O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.


We have mentioned this prayer before. When Daniel saw from the scriptures that the Babylonian captivity was coming to an end, he did not just sit back and do nothing. He knew that a big change was going to be necessary in the people if they were going to be successful in going back to Jerusalem and the promised land.


So we also need to be diligent in prayer so that we the people might fulfill our part as citizens in the kingdom of God. In our prayer meeting last night, we especially prayed for things noted for this year:




“Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance” (Ps. 32:6-7).




“I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people” (Lev. 26:11-12).




I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and not one will make you afraid. I will remove savage beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country” (Lev. 26:6).




“He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations” (Ps.111:5-6).




“Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and bring their cases to God, and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do. Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.   And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace” (Ex. 18:19-23). 


We also pray for these aspects in our land:


The government

The military

The media


The church



Heavenly Father may our prayers be fervent and effectual that the manifestation of Your Spirit, love and power be mightily seen and embraced - in the Name and in honor of our Lord Jesus Christ.






Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: ~ James 1:19


We are often the opposite in the natural - quick to speak and quick to wrath.


This verse reminds us of the art of listening, which is a great way to show our concern. We open a door with others when we show them that we care about what they have to say.




In the course of a normal day, do we take the time to do something to improve ourselves, to learn, to grow and develop in any way? So much of our days are taken up with the routines we have developed often just to get us through - whether it be our job, family, home, or personal life. We get to the end of our day and we are just grateful we made it through. It's as if we are just treading water.


If you were an outside analyst called in to assess that person's life, on the one hand you could say they are holding their own but yet they are not going anywhere and you do not see much progress.


As our children age, we note the natural/physical growth that just comes on its own. We know that growth in other areas has to coincide in order for this young person to be successful: mental, social and intellectual skills and abilities must be developed.


As Christians we recognize the absolute need to grow spiritually - which will help us to use all our talents and abilities in the right way. We need good character, morals, and discernment to properly assess the situations that come before us.


As we become adults, we pray that we have the skill and abilities necessary for success. We note a particular passage that we all need today:


For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. ~ Hebrews 5:13-14


We remember Jesus and the temptations in the wilderness. He was skillful in the Word of Righteousness and overcame temptation - even using the Old Testament!





We want to emphasize again that what we believe is our choice. That may be new to someone's thinking, but considering the opposite might help our understanding.


People have little trouble deciding and declaring what they are not going to believe. They are ready in a moment's notice to let you know where they stand. They make the choice. If we are in this place regarding a certain matter, we can be very quick to decide  that we do not want to hear it any more and we completely put it away from us. This should be quite apparent.


Thus the opposite is just as true concerning what we choose to believe: we embrace it, take it in, make it a part of our lives and conversation.


Do you realize in either case (whether we are for something or against it), people could look at us and could say they see no reason why we would believe something or not believe ita s the case may be. But that will have nothing to do with the choice we make - we can go merrily along our way regardless of what others may think.


So we say the choice is up to us and throughout the Bible we see the Lord presenting the choice to the people on earth.


May we take the initialstep by deciding that as for me "I will serve the Lord". After I make that choice, I look to the Lord daily to help me make the right choice in this service to Him.




So much of our daily lives could be described as "doing maintenance". For Christians we know there is a spiritual aspect of this as well.


We have to look after things, tend to them, and assess how they are going.


We want to make sure what we have is going right, and we want to work to make things better.


Paul called it judging ourselves in one place.


Words and phrases below remind us of the benefits we have and processes we go through when we make the effort to improve and be more pleasing to God in our walk:




Filled with the fullness of God

Filled with the fruits of righteousness

Strengthened with all might

We are complete in Him

We have obtained mercy

We have grace to help in a time of need

We have all things that pertain unto life and Godliness

Strengthened by His Spirit in our inner man

We have forgiveness when we need it

We are told to depart from iniquity and walk worthy of the Lord

We have everlasting life


Even if we think our lives are a mess with so many things to deal with, we still can start (with God's help) on one thing at a time




Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: ~ Proverbs 3:3


Paul began many of his epistles with the words: grace, mercy and peace ~ I & II Timothy, Titus - John also in the book of 2nd John


Jude began his fiery epistle with mercy, peace and love


And words from Jesus:


But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. ~ Matthew 9:13


But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. ~ Matthew 12:7


In whatever situation we face, we should make sure we stand with the truth and look for a way to show mercy. This will bring blessing to ourselves and others.




Happy Mother's Day. We are thankful for all of those who work diligently to bring up children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and for the work they do for their households.


We pray for a special anointing for you, a God-given ability to deal wisely in the area of motherhood. May you walk each day in the wisdom and revelation of God im every circumstance and situation.


We pray you indeed bear good fruit in your work as a mother.




Have you heard the expression "Don't let circumstances control you"? For many this is not easy. Some think you are saying to ignore circumstances and do not deal with them.


There are certain things that must be dealt with. We have things that must be done, things to take care of, problems to solve, things to maintain - all on a daily basis. What we want is to do all of this as efficiently as we can and see that they do not rule us.


We want to keep circumstances in their proper place so that they do not control our thoughts, cause us to worry and fret, and dominate our lives. We want the Word and Spirit of God to be first and foremost in our thinking, planning, and doing. This indeed is the most effective way of successfully handling circumstances.


Circumstances are meant to be taken care of. We thank God for the ability He has given us to generally do this on a daily basis. We are also thankful that in times of crisis when we need solutions that we do not have, we can call on Him in full assurance of faith (Hebrews10:19-23).


Though every circumstance does not work out exactly as we may want it, we can count on His peace, grace, comfort and power to be working in us and on our behalf. Regardless of what comes we determine to not cast away our faith and confidence but continue to believe that God is at work within us to will and to do of His good pleasure ~ Philippians 2:13


As the body of Christ we are called to stand with each other to rejoice with them that rejoice and weep with them that weep ~ Romans 12:15. Further: "...  that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.  ~ II Corinthians 1:4.  How desperately we need to be the over-comers in this area when people are hurting - may God especially bless us with this grace.




Praying for someone else is very Christ-like. It is a generous and loving act to set aside your own time and give of yourself for someone else. To intercede for someone who needs help is an act of selflessness - that someone else might receive a benefit and some help in their lives.


We all have what seems a thousand things to do. When we set those aside to sincerely intercede and pray for others, we fulfill a lot that Jesus said about prayer. When we do it in secret, Jesus said we would be rewarded openly. A great reward would be the answer to the prayers we pray for others and a breakthrough in their lives.


But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. ~ Matthew 6:6


The Lord will not forget our needs if we make the needs of others a priority in our lives.




But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, ~ Ephesians 2:4


We notice "rich" regarding mercy and "great" concerning love.


May this describe us as we go about our day. Lord remind us of it for ourselves and as we interact with others.




Each of us must intentionally and purposely decide to draw near to God, seek the things of God, to be spiritually minded as opposed to carnally minded, choose that which is good, and determine to follow Jesus daily.


The world will not promote this to you - in fact just the opposite.  Remember that Jesus told us to do the asking, seeking and knocking. This is something we make a specific effort to do. ~ Matthew 7:7


May we show ourselves diligent in our doing trusting to reap good results.


Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith... ~ Hebrews 10:22




 In our last post we talked about the need for each of us to intentionally pursue the things of God, We might also say it this way: We need to take the initiative.


Have you known someone who had no initiative? That person will not get much done. This is true in every area - both spiritually and naturally. We can study and learn all we can with any subject, but we must "do something with it" in order for it to be of any benefit or for it to "bear fruit"


It may be a little awkward at first. Have you every taken any kind of music lessons? It may even be (and sound) painful at first. But you get the results by doing - not just studying,


Help us heavenly Father to be those who take initiative in any area we need it.


We remember the words from James 1:25 that tell us not to be a forgetful hearer of the word but we will be blessed in our deed if we will be doers of the work.




Hebrews 12:3 - For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.


We especially note the words: faint in your minds


How well God knows us and the weak areas we have. We know in any area of weakness - our goal is to strengthen it that it not "give out" but perform properly.


May God help us here not to faint in our minds but be steadfast and unmovable. Thank you Lord for the mind of Christ. ~ I Corinthians 2:16




As Jesus was growing up we find this scripture:


And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. ~ Luke 2:52


What a great prayer to pray - that we would increase in wisdom and stature, and the we find favor each day with God and with man. What a prayer to pray for your children as they are growing up.


It is interesting to see the story of Jesus before this verse - He was about the heavenly Father's business and He was submissive to His parents. Lord we pray this would describe our children as well.


But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. ~ Psalm 5:11-12




This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine!


Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. ~ Isaiah 60:1


For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. ~ II Corinthians 4:6


Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:16


In both the Old and New Testaments, we see that God wants His people to shine. Notice what is to shine - His light in us. It is not our intelligence, good looks, or personality that we should be shining. Granted they can be used for good, but it is dangerous to boast in them.


Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; ~ II Corinthians 3:5


When we make the effort to glorify and honor God, we reap the benefits and blessings. 




Today we pray for men and women in our armed forces and for the families who have lost loved ones in service to our country. We thank God and all of them for their sacrifice.


The word "sacrifice" is a word that defines the meaning of this day. It is the giving of one's self in servie for others. For those of us not in the military, may we be those described in Romans 12:1:


I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.


We note the words "sacrifice" and "service" in this verse. We remember the example of Jesus as we go about or daily "serving".




In continuing our Memorial Day theme, we remember a saying years ago that seemed to be very much a part of our culture/ Those words were:


God and country


Those words were foundational for many of us in the way we thought and conducted ourselves. Many who serve and have served in our military did so with God and country as one basis for their service.


When we think about the "country", it is certainly more than just the land. We thank God for the land and for a physical place to call home. But we might say it this way:


Our military is fighting for and we are standing up for a "way of life" - the type of life, society and culture we want to have.


As Christians we should want our lives to exhibit Godliness, righteousness, and the fruit of the spirit. This is what will bless the land and cause our cities to be set on a hill as a light to other nations. Foe blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord ~ Psalm 33:12


Each of us can do our part for the territory we are in and let those around us know that as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord and that God and country are important to us.





This post will conclude our Memorial Day thoughts for this year. This past Sunday we particularly made this point:


Our service men and women today volunteer to put their lives on the line knowing what could happen. Jesus voluntarily put His life on the line knowing what would happen.


We are grateful for those who have sacrificed in time past and today and we pray for God's mercy and blessing on each family and circumstances. We are eternally grateful for the sacrifice of Jesus willingly for us.


May the  Lord help us to walk worthy of that sacrifice daily - let us set our hearts toward that end.


We particularly pray for those in authority over us this day - for a spirit of wisdom in all of their responsibilities and for good success. That we might be blessed by a good result in them - and that we might live a peaceable and Godly life on the earth ~ I Timothy 2:2




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