Asking God for stuff…

In God we Trust

In God we Trust

The Bible says it, so why can’t you ask for anything you want and get it in Jesus name?

For one thing, if you read the scripture to ask for anything in the name of Jesus, you need to read the rest of the scripture: John 14:13-14, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/pray-Jesus-name.html#ixzz2iS4j48sX

I would always say, God is not Santa Claus, you don’t make a list and expect whatever you ask for. In Luke 11:1-4 we are taught to how to pray. However, if you keep reading vs 5-11 Jesus used stories or parables to teach the meaning of what he was saying. He says that He will give you the Holy Spirit to those who ask. Luke 11:12.

Now if you’re wondering what does the Holy Spirit have to do with asking for provision when you need basic necessities like food, water and shelter? You may say you’re praying for healing or salvation for a friend or family member – why would God give me the Holy Spirit, that’s not what I asked for.

If you come to understand the source of all you ask for is in the Holy Spirit that can dwell within you then you will understand. I was reminded of this as I’m going through the book, Radical, by David Platt. It has been on the New York Times best seller list for some years and a good read to remind us that God our Father is willing to give us everything we need and things we want when it is based on God’s will, not our own.

We’ll need to do a few things before God will give you the desires of your heart. “Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him…” (Psalm 37:5-7a, NIV).

Seek the scriptures for answers. Look things up in your Bible concordance and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Himself to you as to why a prayer is not being answered. You’ll find that everything happens for the God’s purpose and in His time. May His Holy Spirit provide peace and comfort as you wait upon the Lord. “Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.” – Psalm 24:17 NLT

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Make Time for God

Make time for God. Not enough time in the day? What's your relationship like when you run out of time. -Image: Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Make time for God. Not enough time in the day? What's your relationship like when you run out of time. -Image: Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Walking with God. Quiet time with God. In the busy-ness of life we need to make time, because we can. We make time to get up, go to work, spend time with our friends/family, go to the gym, go on vacation – yet so many of us say, “there’s just not enough time in the day to have ‘quiet time’ with God.”

S – Scripture:

Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. ~2 Corinthians 5:14 NLT

Read from: Experiencing God – Unit 2 – Day 3

O – Observation:

Paul wrote in Corinthians that the love of Christ controls us, in the NKJV it says that the ‘love of Christ compels us,’ and in the Amplified Bible it says that, ‘the love of Christ controls, and urges and impels us.’  The love of Christ strongly moves us to love.

A – Application:

In Day 3, Blackaby reminds of the story of Adam and Eve – whom God created for a love relationship with God. When they sinned, they hid from the Lord, when he asked where they were (as if he didn’t already know), God knew that there was something wrong with their relationship.

Are we hiding from God? What would happen if you didn’t talk to your kids, your spouse, your coworkers, for a whole day, let alone, week and months?  Some of you might think, ‘hey I wish I could, but they keep talking to me and no one’s listening.’

Maybe we need to relook at how we spend time with God. Are we going to Him, only when we want or need something? Is it a one-way conversation?  What is “quiet time?”

Daily we need to spend time, reading his word so that we can hear from the Lord, receive guidance, instruction, inspiration, words of wisdom.  When we pray we should start with adoration, how much we love and appreciate the Lord for all that he has done for us. We can then ask for our needs or desires, even though he knows our heart, he still wants to hear from you.  Then, we need to sit in quiet. In the still of time, I can hear the Lord most clearly.

I have found that when I have traveled to foreign countries I hear God best. It’s most likely because I don’t speak the language, although I travel with other English speakers, there’s more time to just watch, observe, and listen. God wants to speak to us – please take that time to hear him, take quiet time daily, you’ll receive the peace he speaks about and promises in scripture.

P – Prayer:

Father, I thank you for your love, your grace, your mercy. You are the true and living God. Forgive me when I rush through my devotions and don’t always take the ‘quiet’ part of my devotional time to hear you. Help me to know and do your will with a joyful heart.

You are my all and all. You are my rock and my salvation for which I shall not fear. Thank you for your blessings, for provision, for health. In Jesus name, amen.

Date: 28 April 2010

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2.0 When Someone Asks About Spiritual Matters

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2.0  Jesus Has You on Speed Dial — Why Don’t You Pick Up?
O – Observation: “No one will ask after spiritual matters unless God is at work in his life.” Blackaby, 2.0 — Is God working around you and you just don’t know? Did you ask God to use you to minister to others, yet you’re not sure if an opportunity arises, if that is really God? The scripture is plain, in John 6:44 — “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.”

If that’s the case, then you should know, that God is already working in a person’s life when they come to you and ask about spiritual matters. When that person comes to you and ask about your faith, why you believe in God, why you go to church, what’s with “religion”.  Know that this is an opportunity that God has created to use you in his Kingdom Work, to share the Good News with this person.

The author of EG aka Experiencing God opens unit two with several key scriptures. It’s interesting how each time I have gone through the EG workbook I am awakened to verses that I have read many times over, yet a new revelation is revealed. That is the power of God’s word. It’s also the reason, if we had no other reading material for the rest of our lives, if we seek God first, to speak to us through his Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit that lives within us; we would never need another book or news source.

The “S” or scriptures for today are three verses that explain that if anyone, even when you and I were asking, and seeking God; it wasn’t because of us or something someone else did. It was because God was drawing us to him, John 6:44 is the best all the verses, it’s plain and simple.

Read from: Experiencing God – Unit 2 : Looking to God

S – Scripture:

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” – Psalm 20:7;

“There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.” –Romans 3:10-11;

“No one can come to me (Jesus) unless the Father who sent me draws him.” – John 6:44

A – Application:

I can apply these verses to my life by remembering that if someone around me is asking questions about the Lord; seeking the meaning of God’s creation; that is the Lord working.

We’ve already ready that we need to seek where God is working and get involved. If we question a situation in our lives and ask, “Is that really you Lord?”  The answer is simple, if someone asks you about God, your faith, why you believe what you believe, consider the answer to be, “Yes”.  God is working in that person’s life, drawing that person to him, and wants to use you to plant seeds, and possible bring that person to a personal relationship to Jesus Christ.

P – Prayer:

Father we thank you for the revelation of your word. There are signs and wonders everywhere. Yet we are only to look at the relationships in our day to day life, to look for the opportunities around us that say, “here I am send me”. God wants to use us in his work. Let us be aware of the situations around us that ask us to participate in his calling to him. In Jesus name, amen.

Date: 29 March 2010

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1.5 Accepting Gods Invitation

O – Observation: The first three realities of the “Seven Realities of God – are about what God is doing around us; God pursuing us; and inviting us to become involved with him and his work.  The other four realties are what are we going to do – how do we react or respond to God’s invitation?

 Reality number four: God speaking and revealing his purpose and his ways, this is the invitation to join him in his work.

 Reality number five: a ‘crisis of belief’ in the example of God inviting Moses to get involved. Moses’ first reaction was to say, “Who am I” and can’t you send someone else to do your work? – Ex. 3:11, 13, 4:1, 10, 13) – this seems to be the common response from a large group of Christians who are not doing as Matthew 6:33, Seeking God First.

Reality number six: We need to make major adjustments to our life to join God in what he is doing.  All too often we find ourselves very comfortable in our daily routine, even if that routine has nothing to do with God’s work. It’s a safe life to stay within the boundaries that we feel no one will reject us nor judge us.  However, the Lord may have other plans and he may be calling you out of your comfort zone to get involved in his work. Will you obey?

Realty number seven: We as children of God come to know God by experience as we obey God and see how God can accomplish his work through our obedience.  This of course is where the life lessons are learned and imprinted into our hearts and minds. These are the experiences that increase our faith and our walk with the Lord becomes stronger.

 Read from: Experiencing God – Unit 1 – Day 5: God Works Through His Servants, Part 2

S – Scripture: Exodus 3:2-8 and Numbers 12:6-8

 A – Application:

Don’t allow fear, laziness, or the unknown – hinder my ability to step out in faith when I feel that God is calling me to get involved with the work that he is doing around me. It is my responsibility to see what God is doing and get take action and accept the invitation. I cannot wait for God to use me; his work is already being done, waiting for me to accept the call.

P – Prayer:

Father forgive me for the times that I have not paid attention to your voice, your direction. Help me to see and hear where you are working and receive the invitation to be used for your glory. Help me to move quickly through the “crisis of belief” and to know that I can do nothing alone, only through Christ – all things are possible. In Jesus name, amen.

Date: 24 March 2010

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The Seven Realities of Experiencing God

1.4.1   God Works Through His Servants

O – Observation:

Blackaby created the foundation of the Experiencing God teaching on what he called the “Seven Realities of Experiencing God,” they are:

  1. God is always at work around you.
  2. God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal.
  3. God invites you to become involved with Him in His work.
  4. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church.
  5. God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action.
  6. You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing.
  7. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and He accomplishes His work through you.

 

Throughout the Experiencing God teaching – the author reveals each part of the Seven Realities to help us understand how to truly “experience” our relationship with Christ. Blackaby refers often to the Seven Realities, so it’s important to know them and understand the meaning. When I studied this I was especially moved by number 4 – God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church. Because of Reality #4, I was able to know when and how God was speaking to me. Especially as I journal and read the bible, journaling helps me to look back at what I learn and in the present, journaling helps me to take a piece of a larger part of the scripture reading and apply it to my life.

 

It’s important to see that S.O.A.P. works well with the Seven Realities – because we can read and have “head knowledge”; however nothing the dictionary definitions of the bible mean nothing unless we apply biblical teachings to our lives.  In Reality #6 – you may find the most challenging – because this is where we apply, “make major adjustments” in our lives and “join God in what He is doing,” not just what we want to be doing.

 

Read from: Experiencing God – Unit 1 – Day 4: God Works Through His Servants Part 1

S – Scripture:

“Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7

 

A – Application:

I can apply this reading and scripture to my life by remembering the Seven Realities of God – mainly by knowing when and how the Lord is speaking to me and making both major and minor adjustments in my life to join God in His work; by doing these things, I am pleasing to the Lord. My desire is work towards the goal, of the Lord saying, “well done, my good and faithful servant.”

 

P – Prayer:

Father, I thank you for your love and grace. I ask that you forgive me for my sins, my actions and words that were not uplifting to others and did not bring you glory. I ask that you help me to remove the pride and ‘chip off my shoulder’, to know and do your will with a grateful heart. In Jesus name, amen.

Date: 23 March 2010

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Greatness Comes from Serving Others

1.3  Learning to Be a Servant of God;    O – ObservationThrough the example of Jesus, we should not expect others to serve us, in the sense that we are always receiving and never giving.  There are some cultures in our society that expect others to take care of them, ask for hand-outs instead of working, if we are physically and mentally able to care for ourselves and help others then we should.  Even with limitations, we should still serve as we are able.   A good example is my brother who was born with cerebral palsy. Paralyzed on his left side, challenged by a speech impediment, balance, and developmentally delayed; he has the spirit of a servant.  He tries his best to help those who are both able and less able than he. If the simplest things like pushing someone in a wheelchair, even though his left hand doesn’t open completely, he will try to push the other person who has no use of their feet. I can and still learn much from my brother.

S – Scripture:  Read from: Experiencing God – Unit 1 – Day 3

“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matt 20:26-28

A – Application:

I can apply this scripture to my life by thinking first how can I help others before I can think what’s in it for me.  There is always a way to give back. When someone wants to bless me by doing things or giving me something, I can receive it by God’s grace and blessing and if the person has no “needs”, I can share a blessing to another person. Service doesn’t need to be to the same person who blesses you, we are all to share our gifts and talents with one another and then give to those who maybe in need of what we have or can do for them.

P – Prayer:

Father thank you for your grace and mercy. Thank you for giving us your Son who died on the cross for our sins. Thank you for Jesus, who with a servant’s attitude, came to serve us, your children, and to give us the ultimate gift. In Jesus name, amen.

Date: 22 March 2010

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Jesus Is Your Role Model

1.2 – Jesus: A Role Model –

 S – Scripture: “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too, am working. I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these.” – John 5:17, 19-20        Reading: Experiencing God Unit 1 – Day 2 Jesus Is Your Model

O – Observation:

In today lesson, Blackaby describes the “Bible as Your Guide” and “What is God’s Will for My Life.” It’s true that we often hear people say, “Why should I follow the laws of the bible, that’s so old fashion.” Or, “What does the bible have to do with what’s going on in my life today?”

As Christ followers God called us to be one of His followers before we even knew his name. When God calls people to follow him, he most likely won’t give you all the details of what your future will be. I know for myself if he did, I probably wouldn’t like what I’m hearing, or I may think, “How can I do any of what he needs me to do?” That’s where faith comes and the Lord knows that we lack faith and understanding when we first come to him that comes with time and studying his Word.

We study his Word, the scriptures, the Holy Bible, so that we can know God’s will and receive His guidance. God actually tells us everything that we need to know through the lives of those who came before us. The bible is a guide, our instruction book to life here on earth and all that we are to do.

If you look at the workbook, Blackaby mentions several scriptures which describe God’s call to men to follow Him, without being given the “full story” of what his expectations were of them. Here are the scriptures and the people mentioned:

  1. Matthew 4:18:20 – Simon Peter and Andrew
  2. Matthew 4:21-22 – James and John
  3. Matthew 9:9 – Matthew
  4. Acts 9:1-20 – Saul and Ananias

One of the most profound statements that I received the first time I studied Experiencing God – was the that we should not be asking ourselves, “What is God’s Will for My Life?” But we should ask ourselves, “What is God’s Will (period).” That’s all, because this is not about us; it’s about what is God’s will and for me to adjust my life to Him.

Through the entire study and throughout the years it the one most quoted section that I remember. I even wrote, “eye opener” in my workbook, back in 2001 when I first read it.

A – Application:

I will apply this to my life by remembering that it is not, “how can I be used for God?” but where is He at work and getting involved in His will.

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for your love, kindness, and mercy. Show me your will and your ways so that I may adjust my life to you. In Jesus name, amen.

Today’s Date: March 15, 2010

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Change Up: Journaling from Experiencing God

With growth there is change. I’ve decided along with my daily devotional readings from various “Reading Lists” of which I have mentioned when I first began my journal earlier this year, I would like to go back to The Experiencing God series and journal on one unit each week for the next twelve weeks.  What’s nice about doing this is that I can review and refresh what I learned in a great study and I’ll have scripture verses and topics that I can expand on in my devotional journal.

I’m also changing some of the format, the SOAP will still be in the journal, however due to the layout of the site, I’ll move the “S” and the “reading from” to another section – which will seem out of out and I appologize to those of you who are accustomed to seeing it in the original form. The reason for this is that this new format online only shows the summary and I need to get the key points to show on the home page. Thanks for understanding, please send me a message if you have any comments on how I can improve this for easy reading.

Although I’m the type of person who likes consistency, and changing Reading Lists may seem inconsistent; as I’ve done it several times since the beginning. However, the goal wasn’t to do one Reading List and journal from that, but to stay in the Word daily and journal from one scripture that stood out to me. It’s been a challenge to journal daily, as many people would agree. It’s easier to do on private notebook at home that no one might stumble upon and read, critique, edit, etc – and I know most people don’t post and critique and make sure their spelling etc is passable. However doing this is something that keeps me growing as to what I feel God is teaching me skills and discipline.  I know people are reading this, so that keeps me going. I also know that as I grow in my walk with the Lord, I can share and hopefully encourage others to do the same through example.

In the coming months, we will have completed a great study by Henry Blackaby and Claude King. Each weekly unit has five daily studies. I’ll pick scriptures and passages from the study to journal on. You can look at their website where I read my daily devotions and see how the study of Experiencing God works very well with their devotional. www.blackaby.org You can also follow along if you decide to purchase the Experiencing God workbook check out Amazon.com or Christianbooks.com (I receive no monetary benefit from the sale or blogging on this workbook) – The only prerequisite to this study is that you have a personal relationship with Christ. You can click here: “How to Know God.”

In 1st Corinthians 2:14, “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” In order to get the most of this you need to have the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God dwelling in you. Take time to make sure that you know:

  • Romans 3:23 – All have sinned.
  • Romans 6:23 – Eternal life is a free gift of God.
  • Romans 5:8 – Because of love, Jesus paid the death penalty for your sins.
  • Romans 10:9-10 – Confess Jesus as Lord and believe God raised Him from the dead.
  • Romans 10:13 – Ask god to save you and He will.

Still not sure if you have a personal relationship with God? Click here – How to Know God – go ahead, check it out. When you’re done, come back and we’ll begin together. I’ll be waiting right here. It’s okay, go on now.

Today’s Date: March 7, 2010

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Surrendering to God

O – Observation:    It’s easy to say that when we give to whatever person, entity, church, organization etc – we feel good. That’s usually a given. But for the most part we don’t give till it hurts. One might say that’s not being a good steward if we gave all that we have.  In another sense if God is asking you to give all that you have so that you are not held by the things of this world, would we be able to give it all up? Our house, car, job, family? That’s a lot to ask for. Jesus wants all of what holds us. He asked it of Moses. He asked it of his disciples. He asked it of the rich man. My question to myself should be what God is asking me to give to him. And what is he asking me to give up, so that nothing hinders me from serving him without excuses or boundaries?

Today’s reading reminds me of the song, “I Surrender All” which I’ll include here. Thanks for visiting and keeping in His Word which binds us and molds us to be the character that He wants of us.

I Surrender All

S – Scripture: Mark 12: 41-43 – Reading: Mark 12 – The Widow’s Offering

41 Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. 42 Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.[j]

43 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. 44 For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”

A – Application:

I can apply this scripture to my life by asking the Lord to allow me to not hold on to the things of this world. I know that the Lord will provide for my needs, but do I trust him to provide? I pray that I can trust and obey.

P – Prayer:

Father I ask that you forgive me for all my sins. I ask that I not hold on to the things of the world. I ask that I am able and willing to give everything and every person – surrender to Christ. So that He is in control over all things. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Today’s Date: March 5, 2010

Thoughts: What You Fill Your Mind With

You Are What You Fill Your Mind With

“Some Christians allow the world to fill their minds with ungodly thinking. Some people seem drawn to concentrate on the negative, choosing to be pessimistic about everything. Some remain satisfied with thinking of the mundane. Others fail to intentionally place Scripture in their thoughts, choosing instead to adopt human reasoning. Others, however, choose to expose their minds to the truths of God – to that which is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and good.

The things you allow your mind to dwell on will be revealed by the way you live.  If you focus on negative things, you will inevitably be a negative person.  If you allow unholy thoughts to fill your mind, ungodliness will become common in your life.  If you fill your mind with thoughts of Christ, you will become Christ-like. What you fill your mind with is a matter of choice. Choose to concentrate on the magnificent truths of God, and they will create in you a noble character that brings glory to God.” ~from Experiencing God, H. Blackaby

S – Scripture:

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—-meditate on these things.
Philippians 4:8

Matthew 12:34 (New Living Translation) “You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.”

O – Observation:

 

Many people think if they don’t “act” on the things that they fill their mind with, then it’s ‘okay’ to continue filling their mind with that same information. I’ve had lengthy discussions with people who say it’s ok to watch things like soap operas, television shows, read romance novels etc – all of which contribute to the values of this world.

The world’s view – which I’ve commented on in the past – is just that, the world’s view. The world says it’s ok to break the commandments of the bible and to do what the majority of the population is doing – do what feels good – not what is right and expected and pleasing to God. Because of this, we need to think about what we fill our mind with. It’s not easy. I noticed over the years that my mind would deem it acceptable behavior (whatever was going on around me) based on what I was watching on TV, or exposed to in the news, and especially the people I was hanging out with.  I needed a positive environment. I stopped watching a lot of regular television programs and only saw Food Network and Home and Garden. I even stopped watching the news as it was filling my mind with stuff I didn’t want to dwell on.

Not long ago, friends of mine, along with many other Christians were fascinated with a so-called love story of a vampire and whatever else I’m not sure. It wasn’t of God. These people described their interest as a love story, nothing more.  However there seemed to be an unhealthy obsession that wasn’t of God. My question to them is, what does the bible say about vampires? How does that mind occupation with these books and movies and actors – help them to grow closer to the Lord? Sure I have interests that are not based on biblical study. I watch things like the Food Network, and like Mickey Mouse, but it’s not devil worship. Nor do I have a morbid relation to people sucking the blood life out of others. 

In addition, I give ample time to studying the bible and doing things that edify my growth to my family and Christ. I believe that if something or someone – draws you away from your family, your responsibilities, and Christ – we need to refocus on why this thing or person is so important and work on that issue – not delve deeper into the fantasy of escape.

If you’re interested on what the bible says about vampires here’s an interesting reply from gotquestions.org click here to read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/vampires.html What’s interesting to note, not only young tween girls are affected by the lore of the story, but young women, both single and married need to search their lives and see if this applies to their life and walk with Christ.

It’s interesting to note – if you study the bible the same about of time that you spend on your other “choices” of mind dwelling – that the Word of God will win – allow God to dwell in your heart and mind.

A – Application:

I can apply these scriptures to my life by remembering that everything I do, observe, and absorb – are things that I meditate on. It may not be my intention to stop and ponder on the many things that I am willingly and unwillingly exposed to in my daily life; however I will balance myself by dwelling in the Word of God daily – through devotions, biblical teachings, readings, radio programs – so that I can draw closer to the Lord and focus on the things of the Lord.

P – Prayer:

Father I ask that you help me to know and do your will. I ask that you forgive me for all my sins. I ask that you guide me and help me to do what is right in your will and be a positive person, a person of passion for you, a person that concentrates on the truths of God – so that my character brings glory to you. In Jesus name, Amen.

Reading: Blackaby’s Devotional 3/4/2010

Phil 4:8 and Matt 12:34

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Today’s Date: March 4, 2010