May 27, 2015
Sue Bohlin from the Watermark Church wrote the awesome devotional.
May 27, 2015
Passage Devotional . KEY VERSE "And now my life seeps away. Depression haunts my days. At night my bones are filled with pain, which gnaws at me relentlessly. With a strong hand, God grabs my shirt. He grips me by the collar of my coat. He has thrown me into the mud. I'm nothing more than dust and ashes." (Job 30:16-19) CENTRAL TRUTH As my favorite pastor says, feelings are real but not reliable. Especially when you don't see the whole picture that includes the unseen spiritual dimension. REFLECTIONS These three chapters are the rant of a man feeling beaten up by "God the Bully." He plaintively protests, "Hey, I'm a good guy! What's up with how horrible my life has turned? I don't deserve this!" Many of Job's complaints are familiar to us in the 21st century, and both his and our faulty perceptions need to be countered by God's truth. We think, "Life used to be better, so it feels like God has abandoned me." But God promises, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5b, ESV). "The respect I used to enjoy from my community has been replaced by mockery and contempt, so it feels like God dumped on me." But God promises, "You are precious in My sight and honored, and I love you." (Isaiah 43:4a, HCSB). "I am plagued by brokenhearted depression, so it feels like God is beating me up." But God says that "He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to all who have been wronged." (Isaiah 42:3) "God won't answer me or even look at me, so it feels like cruelty and persecution." But God's Word tells us in Job 1 that Job's (and our) true enemy was Satan, not God. We have the advantage of having read the first chapter of this book, where we learn about the cosmic challenge between Satan and God over Job. We have perspective Job didn't have. Like Job, we should not trust our perception of cosmic reality; we can't know what we don't know about what's going on in the heavens or what God's long-term plans are for us. We can never see a big-enough picture to be accurate. This is personal for me. Post-Polio Syndrome has brought a "new normal" of elevated pain and weakness. Though nothing compared to Job's losses, I grieve the loss of my "old normal." Like Job, I need to embrace the message of this book that God is God, and I am not. But unlike Job, I have the luxury of having read the rest of the Bible, and I know my good God will eventually restore all kinds of once-lost blessings to me! DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 1. Have you ever felt beaten up by life in a fallen world and blamed God for it? What can you do to rectify that? 2. When bad stuff happens to hurting people in your life, how do you point them to God's character to encourage them? 3. There is a right way and a wrong way to share truth with someone who's grieving. Do you know the difference? (You might want to check out the comments section in a blog post I wrote some time ago, "What Not to Say When Someone is Grieving."). MEMORY VERSES Job 13:15 "God might kill me, but I have no other hope. I am going to argue my case with him."
May 27, 2015
In the name of JESUS, I cover myself and the one reading this with the Blood of JESUS. I ask for giant warrior angels to protect us. As your war club and weapons of war, I break down, undam, and blow up all walls of protection around all witches, warlocks, wizards, satanists, sorcerers, and the like, and I break the power of all curses, hexes, vexes, spells, charms, fetishes, psychic prayers, psychic thoughts, all witchcraft, sorcery, magic, voodoo, all mind control, jinxes, potions, bewitchments, death, destruction, sickness, pain, torment, psychic power, psychic warfare, prayer chains, incense and candle burning, incantations, chanting, blessings, hoodoo, crystals, root works, and everything else being sent my way, or my family member's way, or any Deliverance Ministries way, and I return it, and the demons to the sender, SEVENFOLD, and I bind it to them by the Blood of Jesus, and I cut and burn their ungodly silver cord and lay lines, in JESUS' Name.
May 27, 2015
We are having issues keeping up with the bills on 2 houses, school tuition, clothing, etc. God has provided thus far. We need our house sold without any more worries of someone getting into our shop there, etc. We would be able to do more for the Lord is we can sell this house ASAP. I trust it's sold.....Thank you for your prayers!!!!!!!!! God bless the work you're doing. BTW, I listen every morning and evening going and coming from work until I lose you around Venus/Midlothian area as I work in Dallas..... :-)
May 26, 2015
My friend died in a car accident this morning and the McGee Reeves family is grieving. Please pray for me and them.