God Is Opening Doors For Feet Bearing The Good News

Yes, we are all extremely nervous and anxious about the Coronavirus.  BUT, in spite of it all, there is hope.  Not the kind of hope many of us are ‘praying’ for…like “I hope the restaurants will open soon”; or “I hope that March Madness producers will at least show some re-runs on television”; or “I hope the stock market rallies soon”; or I miss my church congregation and hope we resume services before too long”.

Truly, these troubling times are about none of the above.

If you watched the short video above you heard that perhaps these troubling times are actually THE HEAD OF THE HOUSE, JESUS CHRIST, HIMSELF, opening doors for the beautiful feet of His saints that run to carry the good news of the gospel from shore to shore and from region to region and from state to state, to enter in, and deliver God’s Word, that will absolutely sustain lives through sickness and health.

Yes, government officials can shut down all types of sporting events, bars, restaurants, work places, churches, etc., in hopes of slowing the spread of the virus.  And we the people can wash our hands, bump elbows, practice social distancing, and hunker down in place.  BUT only God can speak to the wind, regulate the minds of scientists, medical professionals and government officials, hold back the hand of death and extend love, mercy and joy to all those who are calling on the Name of the Lord at this time.

Therefore, you are humbly invited to share with your family, friends and acquaintances this Daily Devotion video which was obtained from Youtube website:  http://www.Ourdailybread.org 

Allow your electronic devices to serve you well and in truth as they enlighten you concerning a God who cares.

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Scripture Lesson:  “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?Psalms 56:3-4

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God Has Spoken A Word Of Comfort!

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God has another name for this virus…Pestilence…a contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating.

Dear Readers:

Since the Lord our God is with us, who or what can be against us?  Let’s all keep the faith, take care of our families and support those neighbors less fortunate.

During this crises, I will only be posting uplifting Bible Scriptures of comfort and support for my fellowman. 

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Scripture Lesson:  “I will lift up my eyes to the hills.  From whence does my help come?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot be moved, he who keeps you will not slumber.  Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.  The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.  The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.  The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life, your going out and your coming in from this time forth and for evermore.” Psalms 121: 1-8

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God Has A “Vitamin” For That

    •      DRIED PRUNES AND FRESH PLUMS

Today I decided to make a concerted effort to eat healthier.  So, I went into my office and searched my limited library books on healthy living.  To my surprise, I dusted off a book entitled Your Body Can Heal Itself.  Within its pages, the book cover boasted there were 87 foods that everyone should eat.  As I flipped through the book’s pages, my attention was captured by a bold sentence that read:  “Pleasant way to keep cancer at bay”.

Those words grabbed my attention because earlier this morning I had just completed my 16th radiation treatment for breast cancer.  And guess what ‘pleasant’ food product was named to keep cancer at bay?—PRUNES!

Now, prunes are a first cousin to plums and according to the book’s assertions(*), both fruits have a high concentration of antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and K, fiber and potassium.  After Googling the health benefits of those ingredients, I thought, in a humorous fashion, how similar their benefits were in accordance with God’s remedy for healthy living.

Take a look at these ingredients for prunes and plums:

  • Vitamin A – Important for growth and development of the immune system and for good vision.
  • Vitamin C – Necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissue your body can’t produce.
  • Vitamin K – The blood clotting vitamin that plays an important role in bone health by helping to prevent osteoporosis.
  • Fiber – Dried plums are famous for keeping a person ‘regular’ and assist in keeping your digestive system running smoothly.
  • Potassium – Fresh plums helps to support blood pressure, cardiovascular health, bone strength, and muscle strength

Some of you may not know this, but one of my most favorite scriptures is this“Wisdom is the principal thing;  therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”  Proverbs 4:7  (You should also know that the latter part of this verse  is to become my epitaph.)

So, in order to compare the benefits of plums/prunes, I sought the Lord and He heard my cry and delivered me from all my inquiries and gave me an understanding of how His Holy Word benefits me in much the same way as eating right.  The principal difference being that food benefits are temporal; God’s benefits  are eternal.

Now, take a look at God’s biblical ingredients:

The Holy Spirit entered my thought process:  It will be well, my child, in addition to consuming vitamin pills and fruits, to also remember that my Word holds wisdom, truth and knowledge for your growth and development not only now but also for eternity in my Father’s house:

For your growth, development and vision:  My word is a lamp unto YOUR feet, and a light unto YOUR path.” Psalm 119:105  Amen!

For your blood pressure: He (Jesus) did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained  eternal  redemption.  The blood of those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.  How much more, then, will the blood of Christ (that never clots nor is too high or too low), who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! (now and forever more)” Hebrews 9:12-14  Hallelujah!

For keeping you ‘regular’ as I did for Paul: “But those things were gain to me (Paul), those I counted loss for Christ.  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: For whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” Philippians 3:7, 8  Glory Be to God!

In other words, God’s ‘Vitamin’ is the Holy Bible!

(*) NOTE: Information collected from Your Body Can Heal Itself is for information only.  It does not constitute medical advice or practice.

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Scripture Lesson:  Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”  Revelations 3:20

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God Desires That You ‘Use It or Lose It’

When I was a little girl, my daddy use to sing to me this song as he twirled me around and mimicked playing a piano like Nat King Cole: ‘Straighten up and fly right…straighten up and fly right…straighten up and fly right…cool down poppa don’t you blow your top.”  It’s a song about a buzzard taking a monkey for a ride in the air.  Now, while in flight, the buzzard tries to throw the monkey off of his back.  (Click the picture for more lyrics.)

Straighten Up And Fly Right
Straighten Up And Fly Right

Wherein lies the premise for this week’s blog.

I know the lyrics of this song is a stretch in comparing just how many people soar through life’s journey mounted on the wrong set of wings, heading in the wrong direction, about to crash and ending up choking on past failures and unrealized illusions.  Those of us who are Believers in Christ should seek to know what His plans are for our lives.  That way, if we adhere to His plan, we are way ahead of the game, and less likely to go off half cocked.

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”  Ephesians 4:16

What if you don’t have a clue of what God’s will is for your life.  Well, I’m glad you asked. 

Allow me to render the following suggestions that are germane, whether you are a Believer or non-believer.  These points will help you determine if you are operating on God’s time or your own.

  • Regardless of what age you are, reexamine your life’s true accomplishments. Ask yourself if they were true contributors to your success and to the benefit of others.
  • Were these contributors of success truly recognized by others and expressed in a complimentary and audible way to you. In other words, did anyone else validate what you believed you saw in yourself.
  • Along the way, did you listen to your inner voice that prompted you to explore, exercise more faith, or to seek others advice.  Ask yourself; how did I respond.  Did I always do it my way?

I intentionally posed those points above because did you know that all of us have dozens of hidden talents and abilities.  Hopefully, during some phase of your life you have tried to participate in things you have never before tried.  You know that old saying, ‘Try it, you’ll like it’.  It doesn’t matter how old you are now, because you should never give up or stop experimenting.  Scripture reminds us to always consider our hearts and personality:

“Each one should test his own actions.  Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry is own load.” Galatians 5:4. 5

God gives each person at least one gift and to others, many gifts.  Experts say you should not try to figure out that gift(s) until you have experienced a number of things in life either physically or through studying about it.  You may even benefit by taking a personality test.  And don’t forget there is a lesson to be learned in your failures.  Pastor Rick Warren says people rarely see God’s good purpose when there is pain or failure or embarrassment.  But Jesus had this to say to Peter when Jesus washed his feet:

“He (Jesus) came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’  Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.'”  John 13:6, 7

Finally, we all have a spiritual obligation to live within the plans God has for our individual lives.  He will richly reward us if and when we do.  This is true because if we don’t abide you will lose the path to God’s understanding of what is that good and perfect work.   It’s like running a race or practicing for some event.  If you don’t exercise your muscles they weaken and become useless to you.  In other words, you either ‘use it or lose it’.

God’s plans are truly an undeserving gift to us which allows us to soar like an eagle…not a buzzard.  And God’s eagle will never try to throw us off its back.  All we have to do is straighten up, seek Him, trust and rely on His word and operate with a cool head and not  blow our top when something so easily besets us.  (Get the picture?  Now does the song make sense?)

Those persons operating under their own strength will lose it and their reward will be a lie that crumbles and fades.  Therefore…

Scripture Lesson:  “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.  I Timothy 2:15

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