Faith To Stand Against Wickedness

The Lord Walks With Us Through Danger

My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.  In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God (Psalm 62:5-7).

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flames scorch you. (Isaiah 43:2)

Be strong in the Lord and stay focused. Though we are knocked down and pushed back, we continue to rise, move forward and conquer.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body (2 Corinthians 4:7-11).

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Faith To Live In Peace

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“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isaiah 26:3 KJV) The King James Version of our devotion helps to put things in a succinct perspective for us as family and friends to fully grasp. It is somewhat difficult nowadays to have our minds focused on something without thought or conversation slipping in concerning COVID-19. Agreed? Well then for the moment, no matter how preoccupied the world has become with this pandemic in conversation, thought or medical urgency…. we can still have “peace” about it. And not just peace that we will stay safe and protected…but  “perfect peace.” (The absolute spiritual calm that we will have  victory during and on the other side of all this.) But we cannot falter in our thoughts of trust for God to carry us through….because we “trusteth in Thee.” Meditate if you will on that today…no matter what else happens. “Dear Lord, we just say Amen for your perfect peace.” (Pastor Rick Thomas)

Throughout the Word of God, we are taught to “fear not.” There is an unchanging spiritual principle that fear becomes a magnet to attract the thing you dread the most. This principle goes all the way back to Job: “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me” (Job 3:25).

Fear negates faith and will rob you of your peace if you let it control you. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline. It gives us peace and rest.

We are taught do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

There is no physical pain, mental or spiritual wound, weakness or infirmity that wasn’t covered by the infinite and eternal sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvary.  He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him,  and by his wounds, we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). 

Meditate, hold fast to the image that our debt has already been paid in full and plead the blood of Jesus over everything. When we speak the Word of God, and it will shut down the voice of fear and all its attachments. His Word is alive, active and will accomplish all that He sends it to do. There is nothing the enemy can do that God cannot undo.

In God, whose word I praise— in God, I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? (Psalm 56:4)

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Faith To Praise and Rejoice

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“This day belongs to the Lord! Let’s celebrate and be glad today. We’ll ask the Lord to save us! We’ll sincerely ask the Lord to let us win.” (Psalm 118:24-25 CEV) Do you feel like winning today over some battle or struggle you seemed to have been dealing with for some time? Well, as you serve the Lord today put a celebratory song of praise in your heart for this might be the day you do win! The Psalmist declared it for himself, “This is the Lord’s day!” Because it belongs to Him let’s celebrate and ask Him to save us and let us win. Family and friends this is our devotion to this “Marvelous Miracle Monday” which gives us cause to celebrate….because we are going to win in spite of Covid-19 or any other negative thing. “Dear Lord, because this is the day that belongs to You and we celebrate who You are. Now grant us victory! Amen ( Pastor Rick Thomas).

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Life

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A Time for Everything- There is a blessing in each season of our lives. We have to let go of the past and start enjoying the new chapter that is right in front of us because the page is eventually going to turn. 

For everything, there is a season,
    a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
    A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
    A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
    A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
    A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
    A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
    A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
    A time for war and a time for peace.

What do people really get for all their hard work? 10 I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. 11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 12 So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. 13 And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.

14 And I know that whatever God does is final.

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Another Day To Give God Praise

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Another Day to Give God Praise
God will complete the good work that He started. When circumstances are looking a bit uncertain (health, family, relationships, finances, etc), the Word of God keeps us in perfect peace. Consider every challenge as a manifestation of the glory of God and He will bring everything under His Word.
Philippians 1:6
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,
Cheryl
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Bible YOUTUBE The Book Of Psalms — Donkey Whisperer Farm Blog

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Be Encouraged and Encourage Someone Else

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Happy Blessed Monday Everybody!!!

The Word of God encourages us to exercise self-control and discipline (2 peter 1:6), and if we stand firm, and we will win life (Luke 21:19).So let’s be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that we can take our stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, we may be able to stand our ground, and after we have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around our waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which we can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And let us pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Be Encouraged and Encourage Someone Else

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Happy Blessed Friday!!!

God refreshes our lives, He anoints us with fresh new oil and gives us hope. That’s why we should never give up on ourselves or anyone else. Where sin abounds, God’s grace abounds even more (Rom 5:20). There are a lot of prodigal sons and daughters that need to understand that it’s never to late to turn our lives around to what is good,  no one has to continue in sin (Luke 15:11-32). No matter how bad life has been, or what you’ve been through- it was only your training ground, not your destiny. We serve a forgiving and loving God who is waiting with open arms for us to return home.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3). Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all (1 Chron 29:11).  May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in Him, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom 15;13).

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Be Encouraged and Encourage Someone Else

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Happy Blessed Thankful Thursday

Let us give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever (1Chr 16:34). Daily let’s enter  into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with high praises. For the Lord is good, His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Let’s  rejoice always and pray without ceasing ( 1 Thess 5:16-18), and everyday  may we be filled with joy , always giving thanks as the message of Christ in all it’s richness fill our lives. (Col 3:16) .

1 Thessalonians 5:24The Message (MSG)

23-24 May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Be Encouraged and Encourage Someone Else

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Happy Blessed Wednesday

God gives peace and rest

When we find ourselves at crossroads, in a really tight spot and we feel that we just don’t know what to do. The devil will begin playing all types of scenario’s in your mind to make us afraid, bring about confusion anxiety and fear. None of that is from God, so immediately cast down imaginations and bring all thoughts under the authority of Christ (2 Cor 10:5).  Never take the unrighteous -quick-fix way it will only leads to further disaster down the road. Never make  hasty or pressured decisions, instead seek and trust God. He will show us the right paths. We can’t see around the corner or into the next hour, but God can and He is already there.  The temptations in our life are no different from what others experience, God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than we can stand. When we are tempted, He will show us a way out so that we can endure (1 Cor 10:13). The Word of God teaches us in Proverbs 3:5-6 to trust in the LORD with all our heart and do not lean on our own understanding. In all our ways acknowledge Him, And He will make our paths straight. The path might get dark sometime, will probably be a longer than we’d expect, we may find ourselves in a really deep valley, or encounter some up hill battles. But the journey on the right path is worth it all!! It’s during our journey that our faith and trust in God becomes stronger, it becomes immovable and unshakable. It’s during this journey that we learn that the Lord is our Shepherd, our guide, our keeper. It’s during this journey that we learn that we are more than conquerors and we can do all things through Christ who strengthens and loves us (Rom 8:37, Phil 4:13). It’s during the journey that we learn and accept that through the blood of Jesus we have redemption from sin, that we have already been set free. We have protection from damnation and disgrace (Eph 1:14). We will no longer be tossed back and forth by the waves of life, nor are we blown here and there by every wind of false teaching, or deceitful scheming which will lead us only into further destruction (Eph 4:14) . While on this journey we find rest, peace and shelter in the presence of God (Ex 33:14). He is our cloud by day and fire by night (Ex 13:21-22). It’s on this journey that the Word of God encourages us ” Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls “(Matt 11:29).

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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