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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Do Not Rely On Those Who Are Arrogant and Lie

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Psalm 40:4 (God’s Word Translation) 

Blessed is the person who places his trust in the LORD and does not rely on arrogant people or those who follow lies.

What does it mean to Trust? Webster’s defines trust to mean:

Firm belief in the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing; to have confidence or reliance.

Let’s reread the passage with these insertions:

Blessed is the person who puts his belief in the integrity, the ability, and the character of the Lord and does not rely on arrogant people or follow lies.

We have been praying for our country, our constitution and our president for several months now here at Happy Hour. The time is now to stand firm and put our TRUST in the Lord...and trust in the outcome He has in store for the United States.

 But now is the time to stay the line, trust in the Lord and not listen to “arrogant people” and “those who TELL lies.” We’ve heard so many in the last few weeks, even in the last 48 hours, that unless we use true discernment and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, it becomes increasingly possible to ferret out the facts....and to NOT lead to our own understanding.

Whatever it is you THINK you know about the current political and medical situations, keep in mind that you only have a thin glimmer of what is really going on. If you get your information from MSM, remember you’re only getting told what they WANT you know, with the spin in THEIR direction. If you get your information from social media, be very selective of the sources you follow and believe.

In the meantime, remember what the Lord said about worry in Mathew 6: 25-34:

Do not worry about your life... but seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness so all these things shall be added to you.

 What should we do RIGHT NOW?
  • Keep our eyes on Him.
  • Seek to serve Him better and with more trust.
  • Trust everything will be ok if we let go of the outcome.
  • Trust He will show us right from wrong.
  • We must aside our personal arrogance... and perceptions, and yes, lies and traps we have fallen into and accepted as “truth.”
  • Most importantly, we must trust God knows what He’s doing and trust He will deliver the best outcome for us all
Today’s prayer:

Dear Lord, we are passing through tumultuous times, traveling in unchartered waters. We don’t know what to do next. We’re not sure where to go – or if we should sit tight. We’re not sure if we should fight or hunker down. We’re not sure what our country is going to look like on February 1. We're not sure what to prepare for - civil war or total lockdown. Lord, the most important - the ONLY thing we - we should be preparing for is His return. We must be casting our fears and our doubts on to You. We need to be deepening our trust in You.

Lord, we praise Thee. We worship Thee. We thank Thee for being the One True God that through Your Son, Christ Jesus, we can always turn toward in hope and trust for the Truth. Protect us Lord and forever keep us close unto you. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

New Year's Plan - If I...then He

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Ezekiel 11: 17-21

Therefore say: “This is what the Lord God says: I will gather you from among the nations and assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.  When they return and cast away all of their loathsome things and detestable practices, I will give them one heart, placing a new spirit within them. I will remove their stubborn heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.

When they live by My statutes, keep My ordinances by practicing, then they shall be My people, and I will be their God. 

But to those whose hearts delight in loathsome things and detestable practices, I'll bring the consequences of their behavior crashing down on their own heads, declares the Lord GOD.”

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The Lord gave these words to Ezekiel to tell the leaders of the Jewish people. God made them a promise...that He would return them to their promised land. But as we have seen with many of God’s promises, there are conditions:

  • IF turn away from loathsome things AND
  • IF they cast away detestable practices AND
  • WHEN they live by His statutes AND
  • WHEN they keep and practice HIS ordinances 
    • ....THEN they will be called “My People”  
    • ....THEN He will be their God

IF I, then HE...

...but God also promised that IF WE (continue our bad behavior) then HE will “bring consequences crashing down on our head.”

As we reflect on the monstrous things going on in our country and across the world right now – the WEForum.org terrorism; the failures of congress; the overreach of our governors and lame responses of our state legislators; the complete meltdown of the SCOTUS, we need to remember something: Each of those nameless characters are human beings. They did not uphold their oaths of office ...and are selling out of our constitution, our country, the American people, the people of the world. As I read the verses the Lord gave me today I had to wonder: What consequences will be crashing down on their heads, delivered by the Living God?

As we reflect back over the disturbing things that have happened to each of us individually and collectively throughout 2020, what did we each do for God? Where can you say...and over what behaviors... can you say, “IF I....then He”?

I really don’t support the idea of New Year’s Resolutions. They are mostly lofty and non-specific lists like, losing some weight or getting more sleep or exercising regularly. I read somewhere that about 8% are actually able to stick to them to make substantial changes in our lives. But what if we set 1 or 2 very specific GOALS for ourselves this year, especially in the area of spiritual growth.... what can you put down – in writing – that IF I this year... will be matched by one of God’s promises of “...then He”?

TODAY’S PRAYER:

Dear Lord, we are grateful for the Season of Remembering Your Birth and incarnation into human form for the sake of each of us. We are grateful for your birth, for your sacrificial death and for rising again to sit at the right hand of the Father, for the sake of us all.

The end of the year is a time for reflection, for taking stock of what has happened, what we have done, and what we should have done ...and for taking steps to formulate a plan for doing better in the upcoming year. 

Forgive us for our shortcomings Lord. Forgive our impatience, for our lack of courage, for being obedient and subservient to the WRONG MASTERS. Forgive us for not understanding what giving up our freedoms meant.

Be with those who lost loved ones this year, Lord. Touch and heal their hearts and remind them that if they are part of Your family, they will soon be united again, for all of eternity. 

Lord, humble our hearts. Give us strength and endurance for the days ahead. Give us guidance as to how we may serve You better, more fully and bring more glory to Your name.  

Lord, You declared, and it is written in Your Word, “There is nothing hidden that won't be revealed, and there is nothing secret that won't become known and come to light.” You admonished us to “be careful how we listen; for whoever has [a teachable heart], to him more [understanding] will be given; and whoever does not have [a longing for truth], even what he thinks he has [knows] will be taken away.”  (Luke 8: 17-18)

Lord, we continue to pray for the rightful outcome of our election, the continuation of our country and the prayerful love of our constitution and our bill of rights. We thank you for all You have given us throughout 2020 – for opening our eyes, our minds and our hearts to so much that we have never seen before – and have never before been able to comprehend.

Thank You for being with us through challenging times and through the best of times. Lord, as we move further into uncharted waters, we lean in.  You promised to never leave nor abandon us; we trust You Lord that this is so. 

As we close out 2020, please continually remind us that IF WE draw closer unto Thee going forward, we know absolutely THEN YOU will be there with us, every step of the way, until we see Your Holy face forever with You in Eternity. We ask that They will be done. We as for these things, this or something better, in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

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Friday, December 11, 2020

Have Hope - God Is Still Working On You

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Romans 15:13
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

How can I do this, Lord? He then led me to this: 

Psalm 25:4-5
Make Your ways known to me, Lord; teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; I wait for You all day long.

Here are four ways to choose hope:*

1. Go outside. Step out of your house – take off your MASK - and breathe in the air. Never before in history has the entire planet been muzzled at the same time – and have we been denied OXYGEN. You are alive. Dance. Sing. Hug. 

Give thanks for the simple things and freedoms we still enjoy.  The fresh air – and the sunshine, the snow and even the rain will do amazing things for you – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

2. Read Bible verses on truth, hope, and God’s loveWe did an entire week on HappyHour about hope – go back and review all the readings and prayer for a jolt of inspiration. Put HOPE in the search bar and all the sessions will come up. 

3. Pray for someone else. We’re all struggling right now at some level, whether we want to admit it out loud or not. I see it reflected differently in each of the patients I see. We are sad, anxious, withdrawn, quiet, angry. But if we look to God for our comfort, we will be able to pray for others who are suffering more than we are. 

God gives us as much as we can handle...but sometimes, He gives us a little more, to stretch us, to move us, to teach us – to TRUST that He has everything under control. Praying for others allows us to look outside ourselves; reach for something bigger. Compassion for others makes us grow. Pick up the phone and call someone, don’t just send a text message or email. 

Send a real Christmas card with a hand-written, personal message about how much the person means to you; please don't just sign it and stuff it in the envelope. This year, more than ever, we’re all missing humanity right now....and this is by design. Reach out. Be human. By giving someone else hope, the hope inside you is magnified too.

4. Remember God is still working on you.  At the end of the day, all we need is to cling to Christ Jesus. But remember: we are a work in progress. Rest and be secure in this truth: We are a work in progress. As long as we are still on the top side of the grass, we are as clay being molded by the Father in Heaven. We fail. We get up and try again. We do good works. We mess up. We fall short of the Glory that the Lord would have us be. Reading God’s word, praying, and serving others will lift our eyes away from our heartache and onto God’s purpose for our life. Don’t give way to the darkness - God is still working on you!

TODAY’S PRAYER:

Lord, be with us through this holiday season that is a celebration of Your birth, Your life, Your sacrifice for each and every one of us. Humans are struggling right now Lord. Not just Your children, but all humans. Teach us Your ways. Expand our hearts to be bigger, to share better, to hold more love. Help us to seek You with all our concerns and lay them at the base of the cross. We know You hold it all....give us the grace to lean in.

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Don't Be Afraid: You Have Been Redeemed

Isaiah 43: 1-7, 11

Vs 1- But now, this is what the Lord, your Creator says, He who formed you,

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name; you are Mine.

Vs 2 - When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.

Vs 3 - I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Redeemer And I've given Egypt as your ransom, Cush (ancient Ethiopia) and the people of Seba (its province) in exchange for you.

Vs 4 - Since you're precious in my sight and honored, and because I love you, I'm giving up people in your place, and nations in exchange for your life.

Vs 5-7 - Don't be afraid, for I am with you; I'll bring your children from the east, and gather you from the west. I'll say to the north, "Give them up'! and to the south, "Don't keep them back!' Bring my sons from far away and my daughters from the ends of the earth 
everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.

Vs 11- Yes I AM the LORD, and apart from me there is no other savior.

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What is the definition of redeemed?  Webster’s says:

·      To buy back, to free from captivity by paying a ransom

·      To repair or restore

·      To remove an obligation

·      To exchange something of value

·      To extricate from something that is detrimental

·      To release from blame or debt

·      To free from the consequences of sin


Today’s Prayer:

Dear Lord, Your Word says in so many places that You will do it all for US...if we are His Children and called by His name. We won’t be afraid of what’s coming, no matter what that is. We will steadfastly cling to you thorough Your Word. We will be bold in the world and all will know that we are Your children, Your chosen ones, the Children you have extricated from sin and released from blame. We are grateful Lord for the Blood of Jesus.  

Lord, it is simple, even easy, to lean on You and happily claim to be Christian when times are easy. But when the going gets tough, we learn the lessons of trust. We learn to trust Your Word, Your Truth and release the fear... however it is defined. Thank you Lord for the lessons we learn from sharing this time together....and collectively calling on You for strength, for courage, for patience, for protection. We pray for our families, our friends, our country. Lord pour out Your mercy and heal the divisiveness in our land. Keep us from descending into the Valley of the Shadow of death and war. And yet Lord, we beseech you that Thy Will be done in our lives and in our country. We petition You Lord for all these things...this or something better. In Jesus name, Amen.



Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Surround Yourself With Good People

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Exodus 18:17-23

Moses FIL was concerned that Moses was doing too much and was going to wear himself out. He gave him good advice...good advice for our President.

Now listen to me; I will give you some advice, and God be with you. You be the one to represent the people before God and bring their cases to Him. Pick a few good men; Instruct them about the statutes and laws, and teach them the way to live and what they must do. But you should select from all the people able men, God-fearing, trustworthy, and hating bribes. Place them over the people as commanders. They should judge the people at all times. Then they can bring you every important case but judge every minor case themselves. In this way, you will lighten your load, and they will bear it with you. If you do this, and God so directs you, you will be able to endure, and also all these people will be able to go home satisfied.

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By the time of Happy Hour tonight, most of us have voted and we are now awaiting the anticipated outcome of this difficult election season, I pray that we have selected able, God-fearing, trustworthy men who hate bribes...in other words, those that Hate the Swamp. 

I pray that God will have mercy and show grace and forgiveness to our country...and that by January, we will still be the United States of America 

Today’s Prayer
Jesus has been the cornerstone of our foundation. The Lord isn’t through with our country yet. It looks dark, it looks hard. Jesus gives us hope that does not disappoint. We cling tenaciously to that hope because it’s real. It’s not a pipedream. His power is real, His strength is real and His intentions for our nation are very real. He said whatever is loosed in heaven is loosed here on earth. So Lord, we release all of your provisions from heaven into the earth. Lord, have your way with our nation as we fall on our face with prayers of repentance.

We ask you, Lord, for Your tender mercy and heal our land. Lord, we confess our sin. We’ve sinned by being apathetic. We sinned by pursuing happiness above pursuing You. But God, we are turning back to You with our whole hearts in these final days. We ask that You receive us as a sacrifice that would be pleasing to You. We ask that You will look down on our land and help us to fulfill those words: One Nation. Under God. Indivisible. With Liberty and Justice for All.  In the name of Jesus, we ask for this. Amen.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Should We Submit to All Authorities?

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Romans 13:1-5

Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. 
So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on them-selves. For [civil] authorities are not a source of fear for [people of] good behavior, but for [those who do] evil. Do you want to be unafraid of authority? Do what is good and you will receive approval and commendation. For he is God’s servant to you for good. 

But if you do wrong, [you should] be afraid; for he does not carry the [executioner’s] sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an avenger who brings punishment on the wrongdoer. But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for it is not without reason that they bear the sword. Indeed, they are God's servants to administer punishment to anyone who does wrong. Therefore, it is necessary for you to be acquiescent to the authorities, not only for the sake of God's punishment but also for the sake of your own conscience.

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Crazy laws requiring masks to walk your dog, to be in place in between bites of food, even when having sex. Crazy laws to stay six feet apart, not shake hands and leave a restaurant by 11pm. Legalized spying on your neighbors, deemed Contact Tracing, has pitted friends against each other. And mandatory vaccinations are on the way.....

Worst of all, many if not most churches across America remained closed. One has to wonder who the pastors and priests are taking their direction from...God or the Governor?

I’ve been told that many parishioners have approached their church leaders and have been rebuked, saying that “the Bible tells us to be subjected to government or government authorities,’ such as described in this verse, Romans 13:1

But if you read the entire passage, you can see that the directive must be taken in context: we are to obey rulers or government officials who put in place by God. 

How many of your legislators, your governors, your local school board members or your community leaders ...or maybe even your church deacons...are appointed by God? I don't know about you, but I find it difficult to listen to men who issue tyrannical rules and order "we the people" to stay away from God. 

But as a follow-up, 1 Timothy 2:1-2 gives us something to actively to do: 

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way."

And further, in Psalm 22:28, we are to put God in the middle of it all: 

“For kingship belongs to the Lord, and He rules over the nations.”

Today's Prayer: 
Dear Lord, we pray for our leaders, not just the president and first lady, but for our state and local elected officials. We pray for Constitutional Sheriffs to take charge of our counties. We pray for calm among the chaos. We pray for intelligent voters to select those who would uphold our laws and secure our communities. We pray that Thy Will Be Done, in our country and in our individual lives. In Jesus's precious name. Amen. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Four Powerful Words: Be Still and Know

October 15th, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Psalm 46:1,10

God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.....Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

 

These two verses come from a Psalm that proclaims the power and security of God. In the center of these two verses is one of my favorite phrases in the entire Bible is “Be still and Know.”

 

To be still means to be quiet. To stop fighting. Stop squabbling. Stop being suspicious of each other. Let go of the artificial separations that have divided us. As Catherine Davis said in our prayer time together at www.ChristianRevival.net, “There is only one race – and this is the Human Race." 

 

Pull off your masks and see smiles and full faces of those around you. Be the Child of God you were chosen to be.

 

God’s people need to be still in the midst of the storms of chaos and violence sweeping many of the cities in our country. Once quiet – and in a meditative state – let this verse come to mind:

           

Exodus 14:14“The Lord will fight for you, you have only to be silent.”

 

In the silence comes strength and peace. Visualize the gift of God to our senses. Find the peace of God in the mountains, in the forests, by the ocean, in a cathedral...in our own soul.

 

To Know means to have an understanding. But when I think about Knowing God, it comes with an assurance that goes beyond basic understanding.

  • To Know God is to completely trust Him.
  • To Know God is to believe we can Ask anything and expect to receive it from Him.
  • To Know God is to feel His awesome presence in everything we do. We have confidence that we can rest in His love with an unshakeable peace.
  • To Know God is to find refuge in His strength and expect Him to always be with us in times of trouble

Be Still – and Know....the four most powerful words we can carry in our heart and mind at all times about our relationship with God, our Father.

 

Today’s Prayer:

Dear Lord, quiet our mind, our heart, our spirit. Allow us to find the stillness that allows us to feel Your power and know your strength. To Be Still and Know is the only true way humans can connect with Your holiness, Your power, Your compassion, Your love.

 

We know cognitively that You are omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (present everywhere), omnipotent (all-powerful). Your Word says that we are in “all ways” to acknowledge You and THEN You will guide our lives. Lord, we surrender to Your plan when we can simply Be Still and Know. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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