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Power and Authority

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Father, waking up this morning I see (and hear) the might of Your creation. Peals of thunder and pouring rain remind me that You alone are in charge of this world. I cannot slow it down, I cannot stop it. I can only stand in awe of Your power and might!

Jude 25 (<<click  green)

”All glory, majesty, power and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.”

I had read this portion of Scripture yesterday and knew I wanted to look at it again today but hadn’t done so prior to my opening prayer, Lord. Once again You had set my mind down the best path!

“A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E, attitude, attitude, attitude!” That is a phrase that has often been repeated in our home over the years, and what an attitude we have! As a whole mankind has this mindset that we are all powerful, we can do anything we set our mind to, nothing can stop us. Many believe that we have put God in his place on a shelf, in a box marked “Useless Things of the Past.” Oh, but we could not be more wrong!

As I wrote of the storm, I cannot control it. Thinking of the death that awaits us all, I cannot stop it. I can amass great wealth but a fire or a flood or a turn in the world market can quickly bring it all to an end.

King David understood the reality of who we are.

“Our days on earth are like grass
like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
The wind blows, and we are gone –
As though we had never been here.”
Psalm 103:15-16

But You, Lord? The last half of the 25th verse of Jude tells us who You truly are. We claim power and authority but they are Yours alone. We exist on this speck of dust but for a breath – but You are eternity!! Thank You, Almighty God, for providing a way – Your death on the cross – for me to be with You, in Your love, for eternity.

“All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Amen!

June 5th, Mon, 6:28 am

Nip It in the Bud!

Good morning, Father! You have been leading me in prayer the last few days but I feel compelled to write today. Looking forward, I give this day over to You. I do not know what it will bring but I know You will be beside me all the way. Use me to further Your kingdom.

Hebrews 11:4 (<<click here)

In today’s verse, Lord, Abel is commended as a righteous man because he brought a more acceptable offering than Cain, his brother. It was acceptable because it was a blood offering but it was also acceptable because it was accompanied by a right attitude.

First of all, it sure didn’t take long for sin to manifest itself after the Fall. I’m sure there were other things that were just not noted in Scripture but, wow, it didn’t take much to jump from disobedience, to anger, to murder!

Lord, as I look back at Genesis 4 I can see that Cain’s trouble began when he bristled at being corrected. His offering was rejected for it was not a sacrifice of blood. He could have corrected it but he was ticked off and ran with that mindset, instead.

How many times have I let unrighteous mindsets carry me away? Unfortunately my personality is such that even little things can tick me off. You have helped and continue to help me squelch these flair ups but I still have to deal with them on a fairly regular basis. And it doesn’t put a stop to them and my poor attitudes begin to manifest itself in words and actions it can lead me to hurt myself and others – especially loved ones.

Lord, I am so grateful that You continue to work patiently and lovingly with me. I surely need Your constant influence in my life. It’s a bit of a weird thought but with Your help I need to take Deputy Barney Fife’s advice from long ago and “Nip it in the bud!” 🙂 Before bad attitudes and actions even start to develop, as soon as they “bud” they need to be nipped off so they cannot grow and cause harm.

Help me, Lord, to be more like You every day.

May 9th, Mon, 6:24 am

Slander

I am thankful today, Father, for the many blessings in my life, family and friends, a good job (Kohl’s) and a fulfilling vocation (ministry), many, many material things and a loving God who wants to spend time with me!

2 Timothy 3:3b (<<click here)

“…slander…”

When I think of slander Lord, it seems to go hand in hand with gossip. The older I get, the more these traits bother me. Soiling someone else’s reputation or sharing tidbits of truth with little embellishments of our own accomplish no good. It is very tempting to want to hear (and spread) such maliciousness. Yes, we may be displeased with someone’s life choices or responses to things we hold dear which they disdain but how does it help us or others to disdain them in response. No one is lifted up (except maybe our egos), no one is encouraged – nothing changes except the downward slide of our attitudes. Lord, especially amongst co-workers and family may I not participate in such unfruitful behavior. It can be very difficult but please help me to love others even if what they do hurts myself or those I love and care about. Enable me to be the “salt and light” that You have called me to be (Matthew 5:13-16).

Nov 27th, Fri, 2:43 am (Black Friday)