Tag Archives: darkness

Expel the Darkness

Father, I am so looking forward to today! I am eager to share what You have laid upon my heart. I am so grateful that You found me useful in proclaiming Your word. But I guess when it comes right down to it, I am overwhelmingly grateful that You found me period. It is truly an honor and a joy to be Your child. I am blessed beyond measure! Praise Your holy name!

Hebrews 4:14 (<<click here)

Lord, You are a High Priest that surpasses any other. Being fully God and fully man You fulfill that role perfectly! And because You are who You are, we can “hold firmly to what we believe.”

Quoting a current cultural colloquialism, “You got my back.” There is nothing that we can’t handle as long as I rely on You. In and of myself, I will fall. Even now totally random things keep popping in my head. Things that are not of You but I am holding to what I believe. The minions of darkness are not welcome here! You, Jesus, are my Lord and Savior, You are my High Priest. You were the Supreme Sacrifice that eradicates the sin in my life. I, right now, claim Your forgiveness. I, in You, claim the power to overcome! Darkness, you have no power over me. You are expelled from my presence, because the King is here – be gone!

“The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?” Psalm 27:1

Thank You, Jesus; I am an overcomer because of You!

Mar 6th, Sun, 6:19 am

Take My Hand

Father, this hymn seems appropriate this morning.

Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
Through the storm, through the night,
Lead me on to the light.

It makes no sense to feel regret for my frailty for that is a big part of who we are. I know that. You know that. I cannot do anything to make that go away. But what I do, and should regret, is not taking Your hand. Where I am weak, You are strong. When I am tired and worn, You, Lord, are continuously refreshed and ready for battle. Storms may come, darkness abounds but You are not hindered, You are not thwarted. You, the Light, lead me on. Forgive me, Lord, help me to grab hold of Your hand and to not let go. You are my salvation.

Jan 3rd, Sun, 7:51 am

What? Me Worry?

Thank You, Father, for a wonderful day yesterday!  I enjoyed our worship times and am so grateful that we could feel Your presence there. Please, help me more and more to come in time with You…with what You want to take place at both Beulah and Liberty Chapel. Also, thank You for such a great day with Karen and Massey, I cherish our times together! As life marches on, these times, as You well know, get farther and farther apart. Bless our time with one another; Help us savor every moment, Father, thank You for my family!

Philippians 4:6 (<<click here)

“Don’t worry about anything: instead pray about everything.” v6a

I sit here worrying about how to respond to this passage. I sit here praying about how to respond to this passage. That’s just crazy! As I read this passage, my first thought was, “I don’t worry that much.” Now maybe there are things I don’t worry about that others do but I do worry about things. Some of those things to others would be silly. Like, many times I would really like responding to people’s posts on Facebook – I find things inspiring or sometimes posts just touch me, they make me think, they make me realize important things, they bring tears to my eyes. But then I worry, what should I say, how should I say it, will they think I’m stupid, or odd or that I’m out of touch with reality or that I’m putting too much in to what they were saying. And this can occupy my thoughts for hours. That’s just crazy!

Lord, help me…Your Word says, “Don’t worry about anything.” Guide my thoughts and actions in directions that will impact Your kingdom. If something I can say or do will draw someone to You or shed a ray of light into the darkness of this world or will provide others with a quick embrace of Your love… so be it.

Jesus, help me to pray – and act – worrying just keeps the wheels spinning but gets me, nor Your kingdom anywhere.

Lord, You surely work in wonderful ways! I’ve told You “what [I] need” v6b And right now “I thank you for all you have done” v6c and all You will do. You love me and You want me to succeed – not success as the world defines it, but success in that I will more and more fulfill my role as Your child – bringing glory to Your name!

June 1st, Mon, 8:28 am

Clouds Obscuring the Moon

clouds obscuring the moon

Father, I would ask that You would continue to draw me into Your presence. My bed was enticing but I want to see what You have for me today. I earnestly pray that I will never grow weary of our time together.

Philippians 2:14-18 (<< click here)

Lord, I love the symbolism that is brought out in my study Bible, that I am called to not let the cloudiness of complaining and arguing to hide the light of our response to Your Word. Or maybe a little better way to say it is that if we let negative emotions control us it’s sort of like us being the moon, which reflects the light of Your Son and then letting clouds (negative emotions) obscure the light that we are to reflect. It diminishes our light, our witness and instead of drawing people to You the focus is shifted to our negative emotions.

You’re helping me address this in my public life (work, church) but I’m definitely squelching Your aid in my private life. It’s bad enough that I let the negative dictate my “reflection” when I’m alone (driving comes to mind) but it’s really bad when it happens and I’m around Karen. She way too often gets an obstructed view of You in my life – sometimes a little but many times it is so strong that it leaves us in total darkness. This is a “me” thing that I cannot bring under control by myself – I’m blind and weak Only Your intervention can help me get a handle on it. Lord, please “pierce the darkness” in this area of my life with the radiant glory of Your presence and Your love in my life – shine through!!

Lord, I want to be an uplifting (i.e. lifting up to You!) influence in my role as a husband. We have too much darkness in our lives which we have little control over (work, family issues, health, etc.) So I don’t need to add to it. Shine through me, please, I pray. Help me to reflect Your glory, Your mindset in a crooked world.

May 20th, Wed, 6:26 am