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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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Friday, October 24, 2014

BY THE WAY, LORD, CAN I HAVE MY PRAYER ANSWERED NOW?

 
Romans 4:17
 
". . .in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist." ESV 
 
People have always been intrigued by magic and miracles. People who gravitate and put their trust in magic are those who want instant answers and a showy display of amazement. After all, we are an "instant" society where things are done by the touch of a button. If we pray and do not get our desired answer immediately, we get disappointed and "faith disabled." If we are walking in the Spirit of Truth, we will know the miraculous workings of God and we will wait with faith and anticipation for His answers to our prayers.
 
Lord, You are the One who created all things and who has all things ordered to play out in time. Forgive us for getting caught up in the spirit of this world where we miss Your mighty works because we are looking for instant and glorious answers right now. Help us to stay focused on You and Your plan for us, so that we will not focus on what we want. In Your gracious name we pray, Amen.
 
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Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC
 
 
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

THINGS ARE NOT GOING GOOD HERE, BUT . . .

 
2 Peter 3:13
 
"But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells." ESV 
 
How often do we let ourselves get caught up in the things that go wrong and create unrest in our lives? Jesus told us that we will have trouble in this life. He said we are strangers and aliens here in this world. Why do we question what God is doing when we know these things? Our Lord has promised us a perfect, righteous dwelling place. All we need to do is look ahead to these great and wonderful promises, and we will find ourselves stronger and more peaceful getting through this life.
 
Lord, forgive us for looking at our circumstances and for questioning Your intentions for our lives. Help us to remember always that we are confined for a short while, in this cursed world. We confess that we question You when things are not going well for us here. Fill us with Your Spirit so that we will continually seek You, and so that we will fan the flames of our faith. In Your great name we pray, Amen.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I MUST BE LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACE!

 
Job 13:15
 
 "Though he slay me, I will hope in him.." ESV 
 
If we see life only by the things going on around us, we are lacking true peace, hope, and joy. It is when we begin to see our lives from God's perspective that we rejoice at His purpose and blessings waiting ahead for us.


Lord, forgive us for looking at the things going on around us and for getting discouraged and fearful. Increase our hunger to rise above these things that bog us down and keep us stuck in stress, frustration, and dissatisfaction. Give us courage to look at our world through Your eyes, we pray in Your name, Amen
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HOW DO WE GET THERE?

 
Matthew 16:24
 
"Then Jesus told his disciples, 'If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.'" ESV
 
 
Following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ is not for the weak and fragile hearted. Following Christ is refusing to recognize personal agenda. It is disowning personal rights and taking on the nature of His fellow heirs of the kingdom.
 
Lord, we can't deny our selves in our own strength. We recognize our weakness and self-centeredness that separated us from You in the first place. Help us to draw from the strength of the Holy Spirit so that we can put our own agenda aside by following You and bringing glory to Your name. In Your name we pray, Amen.
 
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Monday, October 20, 2014

WHERE DID I GO?

 
Galatians 2:20
 
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." ESV

 
Since Jesus Christ willingly suffered the greatest, most horrendous agony by taking our sin onto Himself, how much more do we willingly crucify our sinful nature and allow Christ to live our lives for us? That is the battle we fight here on earth. Crucifying the self is a constant fight, but Jesus Christ gives us everything we need to be victorious. We merely have to move ourselves out of the way, and allow Christ to live our lives for us.
 
Lord, we give You praise for willingly taking our sin to the cross. We fail to keep our sinful nature buried so that we live solely by faith in You. Help us to persevere in living the new life, and totally leaving behind the old. We pray in Your wonderful name, Amen.
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

MORE OR LESS

 
John 3:30
 
"He must increase, but I must decrease." ESV 
 
Many Christians have a tendency to pay more attention to how they measure up as a Christian. They may compare themselves to other Christians and attempt to align their lives with them. Our Christian journey is not about us! It is about the Lordship of Jesus Christ and bringing others to Him. If we focus on Jesus Christ and seeking to be more like Him, our walk will take on His likeness and others will follow. That is our call in this world.
 
Lord, forgive us for getting focused on ourselves and how we are doing as Christians. We know we are to exam ourselves, but we know that seeking You and You alone is the answer to being full of Your Spirit. Help us to keep our eyes on You, so that our footsteps will take the shape of Yours. Keep us from our worry about how we are doing. Let us be so in love with You that we become magnets for You without doing anything but seeking Your face. We pray in Your name, Amen.
 
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Friday, October 17, 2014

ALL OR NOTHING

 
2 Timothy 2:4
 
"No Soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him." ESV 
 
If we have made a total surrender to live for God and for Him alone, there will be no room for getting involved in earthly things and things of the self. Staying focused and keeping the world in its place in our lives is possible only by the grace of God and seeking to be filled with His Spirit. We are humans, and we have need of frequent examination of ourselves to see if there are any places we have let the world weaken our commitment to the Lord.
 
Lord, please help us to look inside ourselves and reveal to us any worldly things we have allowed to control us. Help us to surrender those things so that we will not be hindering Your plan for our lives. In Your precious name we pray, Amen.
 
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