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"I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better." Ephesians 1:17 (NIV)

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NEVER CHANGING EYES OF GOD

 2 Chronicles 16:9
 
"For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him....." ESV 
 
The tender but piercing eyes of God perpetually see us. He never stops noticing. Why do we find ourselves doubting Him like He has forgotten or doesn't care? Have we forgotten that we live in a cursed world? Jesus told us we would have tribulation in this world. He also told us He would never leave us or forsake us. In all our troubles, sorrows, joys, and victories, He is right there with us, never taking His eyes off of us. We can fully trust Him no matter what is going on in our lives.
 
Heavenly Father, how weak we are to question Your faithfulness to us. We give You praise and honor for always having Your eyes on us and preparing us to be with You for eternity. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC
 
 
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BLUEPRINT

 Matthew 4:17,19
"From that time, Jesus began to preach saying, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.' And he said to them, 'Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.'" ESV

The Old Testament prophecies tell all about Christ's coming, His birth, childhood, baptism, and temptation in the desert. He was prepared to do the ministry He was sent to do--to bring light, life, and the blueprint for living amid a lost and dying world. Because He did it, we can carry out our ministry to Him--repent and follow Him.

Heavenly Father, we praise and worship You for Jesus Christ, His life and death that brought us back into right relationship with You. We humbly ask for Your grace to help us complete our part, repenting and growing to be like Him. In His name we pray, Amen.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

HAVING A HEART CONDITION

 
Matthew 15:8
 "This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me." ESV 
 
We can use the Christian lingo, wear our Christian symbols, and go to church every time the doors are open. But, these are only vain forms of religion if our hearts are not surrendered to God. Failing to do the outward acts of traditional religion does not make us impure. However, failing to have a pure and clean heart before God will make all we do in outward righteous acts worthless in His eyes. In fact, without a pure and clean heart, we are lost. Does our hearts match our visible lives?
 
Heavenly Father, forgive us for going through the Christian motions while our hearts and minds are nowhere near. Search our hearts and reveal to us those things we need to change and those things we need to demonstrate more in our actions. We do not want to bring dishonor to Your name by being hypocrites. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
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Friday, July 18, 2014

TRUE AND FALSE TEST, ITS PASS OR FAIL

 Matthew 13:24,25 "He put another parable before them saying, 'The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away." ESV
 
 
Satan cannot uproot true Christians, so he deceitfully plants counterfeit Christians among them. He even goes so far as to plant counterfeit churches, counterfeit preachers and teachers, and in the last days, a counterfeit messiah. Unfortunately, this evil tactic will result in some of the very elect of God being deceived and believing lies. In His time, the true and the counterfeit will be revealed. If we stay alert, hide the Word in our hearts, keep being filled with the Holy Spirit, and always examining ourselves, we will be found as true Christians when our Lord comes to separate the true from the false.
 
Heavenly Father, You have told us that deception would be rampant in the last days. We earnestly pray that you will help us to stay alert, immerse ourselves in Your Word, and stay open to ongoing infilling of Your Holy Spirit. We long to be found as Your true children. In Jesus' name, Amen.
 
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

FAMILY RESEMBLENCE

 Romans 8:16 "The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God." ESV 
 
As humans, we all belong to a family bloodline. Each family has a bloodline that identifies the members as belonging to that family. Each family member has the bloodline in them. Most of the time, others can identify a person as belonging to a particular family due to various physical characteristics and temperaments. As Christians, we belong to the family of God. We are connected by the Holy Spirit, given by God at salvation. Others will be able to tell if we belong to the family of God by our lifestyles and our words. How many of us can be recognized as belonging to the family of God?
 
Heavenly Father, how great is Your love for us that You would make us a part of Your family. We pray that we will live our lives with unquestionable proof by our behaviors and words that we are Your children. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
 
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

FREE AS A BIRD

 2 Corinthians 3:17 "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." ESV 
 
Unfortunately, the concept of freedom in the Bible is tragically misunderstood. Freedom is not being able to do whatever we want to do, because all we have to do is ask for forgiveness and it will be just fine. Actually, freedom is being able to say no to sin. We are no longer held captive by our sinful natures. We are given this freedom from sinning through the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is then we are free to live righteous and holy lives in the sight of God.
 
Heavenly Father, please forgive us for taking advantage of the freedom You paid so great a price to give us. Help us to trust You and be receptive to Your Holy Spirit so that we can truly be free to say no to sin and become more and more like Christ. In His name we pray, Amen.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

FORGET ABOUT IT

 
Isaiah 43:25
 
I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins." ESV 
 
Why do we sometimes continue to feel guilty for our sin when we know we have received forgiveness from the Lord? Why do some "well meaning" people remind us of past sin and mistakes? When that feeling of guilt emerges, all we need to do is remember that God not only forgives our sins, but He also forgets they ever happened. He will never hold them against us. They are gone and forgotten forever. All because Jesus Christ already took the punishment of our sins on Himself, we are totally forgiven, clean, and righteous before God.
 
Heavenly Father, we pray for Your help when we feel the guilt of our past sins. Remind us that You have forgiven us and have forgotten the sins because the price has already been paid for them through the blood of Jesus Christ. in His precious name we pray, Amen.
 
 
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