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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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Monday, January 26, 2015

RULES OF COMPETITION

 
2 Timothy 2:5
 
"An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules." ESV 
 
Living the Christian life is much like the life of an athlete. There are certain things required of an athlete who expects to finish first in competition. If these requirements are followed half heartedly, skipped, side stepped, or ignored, there will be no prize. There will be disqualification. The same is true for a Christian. The world may be foolish, and a person can fool himself, but when the real test comes, the winner will be the one who did things God's way.
 
Lord, we need Your help to live our lives according to the Way You have set before us. Forgive us for being lax, taking shortcuts, or simply doing things our own way. Give us hearts of obedience and fervor to do things according to Your will for us. In Your great name we pray, Amen.
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Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC
 
 
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

OH WHAT WE WILL BE

 
Colossians 3:4
 
"When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." ESV 
 
 
As Christians, the Lord Jesus Christ encompasses our whole life. By faith, we walk this earth knowing our eternal reward. When Christ returns, we will be complete in His fullness both in our spirits and bodies. We will be like Him.
 
Lord, what comfort it is to know that here on earth we are with You and that we will be with You totally and completely when You come back to bring us home. Help us to remember this when things get difficult for us here. In Your wonderful name we pray, Amen.
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Friday, January 23, 2015

WATCHING ME BECAUSE OTHERS DO

 
1 Timothy 4:16
 
"Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers." ESV 
 
How many times have we witnessed people who say one thing and do another? We will fall into that hypocritical lifestyle if we do not watch and keep watching ourselves. It is no secret that the goal of Satan is to discredit us as children of God. If he can do that, our walk with God is severely hindered and it could keep others from accepting Jesus Christ as their savior. We have to watch what we say and how we live. Our salvation and that of everyone around us counting on it.
 
Lord, forgive us for being complacent in our Christian walk. If we have caused anyone to stumble because we have not been consistent, we ask for Your forgiveness. We pray that those we have affected by our sins will not be lost, but will come in contact with a consistent Christian, a watcher of his ways. In Your name we pray, Amen.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS

 
2 Thessalonians 3:5
 
"May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ." ESV 
 
Without the Lord's direction, we would be finding all kinds of paths and alleyways that would lead us away from Him. The Lord keeps our hearts pure as we give Him the control to do so. Jesus Christ showed us how to stay within the direction of the Father. We can choose to do the same with patience, until we get to eternity in heaven.
 
Lord, how thankful we are that Your direction keeps us on the right path and for the example of patience and obedience Jesus gave us. Help us to follow Your direction with contentment and joy. In Your name we pray, Amen.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PRAYER THAT KEEPS ON GOING


 
1 Thessalonians 5:17
 
"Pray without ceasing." ESV 
 
How can we pray all the time? We have to do our jobs, do things with our families, and we have to sleep! Prayer is so much more than a few moments of bowing our head and uttering words to God. That is certainly praying and we should be doing that every day. But, continual prayer is a conversation with our constant companion, the Lord Jesus Christ. It may be thoughts, feelings, action, or words. In our hearts we never cease to thank Him, praise Him, seek Him, and need Him. We are in ongoing communion with Him. That put's continual prayer in a different light doesn't it?
 
Lord, how we thank You that we can come directly to You and talk with You anytime, anywhere. Help us to be aware of our continual prayer of intimacy and fellowship with You. In Your gracious name we pray, Amen.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I CAN DO IT

 
Philippians 4:13
 
"I can do all things through him who strengthens me." ESV
 
 
Being a Christian is not for the fainthearted. It's one thing to believe without a doubt that our God can do anything. It's another thing for us to believe we can do all things because He strengthens us. When we find ourselves asking the Lord why is this or that happening, we need to head straight to our faith and fan the flames, or throw on another log if needed.
 
Lord, forgive us for letting our faith become weak. Stir our hearts to keep our faith burning, so when we are faced with difficult things, we will know in our heart that You will provide the strength we need to overcome. In Your great name we pray, Amen.
 
 
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Monday, January 19, 2015

WHAT IS THAT DOING BACK IN MY LIFE?

 
Ephesians 4:22
 
"...to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires." ESV 
 
Sometimes we get frustrated that our old sins and the baggage that goes with them keep cropping back up. That's why we are told in the Word to keep throwing off the old things of our sinful nature that keep getting us sidetracked and hinder our walk with the Lord.
 
Lord, forgive us for getting caught up in our hectic lives, ignoring that we are getting caught back up in things we thought were left behind forever. Examine us and show us those things we need cast aside each and every time they try to creep back into our lives. We pray in Your name, Amen.
 
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