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Debris Field

Debris Field

 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.  2 Corinthians 11:3

 Have you ever been driving at the posted speed limit on the freeway and all of a sudden a truck loses a retread tire, an unknown object appears in your lane, or something just causes you to have to swerve and unfortunately sometimes hit the object doing either minor or major damage to your vehicle.  It is one of the moments that if no one is take away by ambulance from injuries,  you just sigh.

There is the 'debris' of sin that can pop up and catch you unaware especially if you are 'asleep at the wheel' no pun intended.  An opportunity for a college student to make the wrong choice morally and succumb to sin.  Maybe it the temptation to cheat on something.  Perhaps breaking a rule at your office.  Threatening divorce to your spouse. Lying about something.  Many 'debris fields' are confronting Christians each and every day.

 To be able to avoid debris fields of sin in life stay in the word of God.  Today for instance is the 3rd of the month so try reading Psalm 3 and then Proverbs 3.  Pray for God to open his truths to you and transform your thinking.

 PRAYER:  I want to avoid debris fields of sin in my life.  Help me to run the other way when the opportunity to sin presents itself.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Purify My Heart Lord

Purify My Heart Lord

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Psalm 51:10

Many of us could stand a good 'heart transplant'.  In other words you may have allowed things to creep in to your heart that tend to make you treat others poorly, think wrong thoughts, hold ill will, and a host of other things.  What is needed is a pure heart set apart to be Holy and love the Lord and things on the Lord. 

You all know the story of King David committing adultery and then murder because of Bathsheba.  Out of this really bad  stuff, flows the Psalms which is full of rich teaching, truth, and wisdom for all.  Your heart can deceive you and can let things in that should not be there. 

The Psalm above is something everyone should recite allot.  If your heart has caused you to do wicked things it is time for a new heart renewed by Jesus.  Often when you are at your lowest point is when God grabs your attention.  Where are you at today friend? 

PRAYER:  I want to be set apart to serve you Lord.  Help me as I seek to guard my heart from things that would be impure or unholy.  I choose to discipline myself for righteousness sake. In Jesus' name.   Amen.

Love Those Who Hate You

Love Those Who Hate You

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.  Matthew 5:44

Social media has created a monster of sorts.  I admire those friends of mine who have not felt the urge to get on it for whatever reason. It has created a new modern phenomena,  that being superficial friendships and the dreaded monster of being unliked or unfriended. Ouch, those words sting don't they?

Don't put too much stock in Facebook first of all.  To be a friend you have to be a friend and that means spending time with your friends and making time for them.  There may be those who have been your friend in real life but now don't like you anymore.  I can't imagine not liking people cause I was taught to love and be kind.  Not everyone is the same. Sometimes deep rooted problems can cause reactions to different people as well so don't  take everything real hard if it happens to you. 

Your job as a follower of Jesus is to love and not hate.  That means the vile politician, the rude store clerk, the difficult co worker, the aloof family member, the divisive inlaws, even those who curse you.  Pray for these people.  Maybe something has hurt a person that has created the monster they have become.  Continue to pray God would help you love them, period!

PRAYER:  Your desire is for me to be a representative of you and your kingdom. I can't do that gossiping, backbiting, hating, and judging.  Create in me a renewed heart full of love and compassion.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Evil Amongst Us

Evil Amongst Us

But evil people and impostors will go from bad to worse as they deceive others and are themselves deceived.  2 Timothy 3:13

America was founded as an experiment of sorts.  A unique and God fearing nation with our Constitution to provide our self governance that people who are citizens must follow.  No dictators, tyrants, or regimes but fair governing.  This is a country people have yearned to come to and immigrants came here legally for decades.  But alas evil men and women have crept in over the years and corrupted what the original intent of this land was for and its' laws. 

The United States laws were founded upon the Bible and Biblical principles.  Satan has never liked this so his minions, as I will call them, who were deceived into doing his work,  have slid in under the radar and have taken a great concept and tried to pervert it and destroy this land and its' God fearing people and laws and instead bring in Communism and socialism which are completely opposite of a democracy. 

There is a saying that "Evil triumphs when good men do nothing" and that has never been more true than right now.  Remember what the Nazi's did to Germany as no one really spoke up and eventually many Jews were destroyed in gas chambers?  Look around you at terrorism right in our own country because we allow people into this country whose holy book says to kill us.  When is this nation going to come to its' senses?  It is time for you not to fear but to pray and do your part soon by voting and also by standing for the truth.  Don't know what it is?  Read the Bible. 

PRAYER:  Lord Jesus I know in the end times scripture says perilous times will come.  It is prophecy. But we need not be lazy and just let it happen when we can pray and speak out for Liberty.  Thanks for blessing this free nation.  May you keep your protective hand over it and root out evil. In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Ten Cents From A Dollar

Ten Cents From A Dollar

You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me.  Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.  (Malachi 3:9-10)

What do you get if you take ten cents from a dollar?  90 cents of course.  That seems like very little money to be able to sacrifice each week yet how many neglect this important principal from God's word of tithing or giving ten percent of your earnings to the Lord?  This money is not yours because God has given you the ability to earn it.  The gift should not be  the last of the money after you pay your bills but the first thing.

Tithing should be a joy and not to be done because you feel like have to.  In 2 Corinthians 9:7 it reads "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."  Do you consider yourself a cheerful giver or do you feel you may border on being selfish with God?

Do you realize all the money you have been blessed with is really God's?  So many people do not understand the principal of tithing and therefore do not participate in it.  Even well meaning Christians can 'rob' God of His tithe.  Why not purpose in your heart that you will start to be a cheerful giver and do it faithfully and see what happens?  Do it from your heart.

PRAYER:  I know your word says where my treasure is there will be my heart and I certainly would rather my treasure be stored in Heaven and not consumed on things that don't last.  Help me to start being a faithful tither but to not announce it to everyone when I do.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Stay Alert

Stay Alert

Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  1 Peter 5:8

My car is equipped with many safety features one of which is if I have left my lane of traffic numerous times and get the warning 'lane departure' eventually another warning light comes on that says "Stay Alert".  Perfect warning not just for driving on busy roads in heavy, traffic but in life as well.

How many of you could use a good sign that tells you to watch out for the enemy Satan for he really is out to get you?  Many live life oblivious to the attacks of the enemy and are honed in more to denominational traditions of man.  Hopefully that does not describe you.  Do you love the Lord more or your particular denomination?  It is something to ponder.

My friend, Satan is roaming and seeking to destroy.  He hates this Christian nation and what we stand for and has had many attacks on our faith in the past several years through those who despise our way of life.  Stay alert my friend and stay in the word of God.

PRAYER:  Lord your word brings me great delight.  Help me make sure I am reminded and convicted of the need to spend time in the Bible daily.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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Letting The Enemy In

Letting the Enemy In

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. "  Matthew 6:19-21

A few nights ago I accidentally left our garage door open all night. When I discovered this early the following morning I was concerned about little critters such as possums or skunks that may have wandered in more than I was thieves. Although both possibilities existed, the animals getting in bothered me more since we live in the country.

In your life do you allow thieves to 'break in' and loot and plunder? You may buy many valuable things then lock them up in your homes,storage units, your cars, storage sheds,and bank lock boxes. Earthly possessions are great but the main treasure to store up that can't be stolen is the word of God in your heart. By doing this daily you have the ability to handle many things that happen in life to include a real physical break in should it occur.

Where indeed is your life treasure?

PRAYER:  Fear can grip me Lord when I think my home has been robbed. I need to insure that my real treasure is you in my heart. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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https://www.godslemonadestand.blogspot.com

Do Your Part

Do Your Part

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.  Proverbs 15:1

Relationships of all kinds take work. I enjoy going to weddings and listening to the vows spoken mostly heart felt and sincere.  How many people in marriages end up letting the flesh control them years after those Christian vows were spoken?  If so shame on us for letting Satan in and kicking God out.

Many who hurt others whether in a marriage or a friend relationship often are stubborn and don't realize it.  If you have suffered hurt from ugly words don't fight back but simply pray for the person.  There may be something deeper going on.  Love is patient, love is kind, love doesn't keep a record of wrongs.

If you are the recipient of someone else's anger or unforgiving spirit just keep praying for a breakthrough.  God hears you.  Above all don't lash out with your own angry words.  Stand firm, be strong, and love unconditionally.

PRAYER:  Father I thank you for helping me stay patient on life through many situations that come my way.  When it involves people I thank you for the extra measure you have provided me to stay calm.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

https://www.facebook.com/GodsLemonadeStand/
https://www.godslemonadestand.blogspot.com

 

Death Happens To Us All

Death Happens To Us All

The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.  Isaiah 57:1

You can't drive anywhere without eventually coming across a cemetery.  This is the final resting place for all of our bodies after our time on earth is up.  Everyone is going to die.  It is nothing to fear.  For those who know Christ it is a Home-going Celebration.

How many of you have either lost a loved one way earlier than expected be it a baby, a teen, a young adult, a spouse in their 50's or 60's?  It could be cancer, still born, miscarriage, vehicle accident, heart attack, or an unexpected stroke . Stuff happens.  No one is ever ready to find out their loved one has passed away.  It is sad.  We want to live forever but that was not God's plan.  We are born, we die.  And there is a heaven and a hell.

Be ready.  Know God has a plan.  Your life is no accident.  The people you impact are no accident.  Try to live your days as a shining beacon of light and share God's love with those you encounter.  Keep looking up!

PRAYER:  Father God I know I have value and purpose.  I need not fear death for Heaven awaits me for eternity.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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https://www.godslemonadestand.blogspot.com

 

Do You Follow Jesus This Close?

Do You Follow Jesus This Close?

He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"  Luke 10:27

My title was actually a bumper sticker I saw which sort of made me smile.  It was the drivers way of saying "Do you have to tailgate me?"  I found it humorous so decided to build today's writing on this theme.

How close in fact do you follow Jesus?  Church goer only? Church member but don't attend? Some Christian bumper stickers and billboards may be a bit over the top but indeed probably the person who created it had the right intent.  The Holy Spirit has to convict an individual of their need for Him as shoving Jesus down someone's throat tends to backfire often with dire consequences.

But really how close do you follow Jesus?  The saying is if you were arrested for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?  Something to think about.

PRAYER:  I don't want to be guilty of not loving you and serving you Lord.  I know in the times we are in people are drifting away as the government almost says certain vile things are okay.  Lord I cling to you and your word.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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https://www.godslemonadestand.blogspot.com


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