DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Eleven, Day Three

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Eleven, Day Three

 

“Shout for joy, you heavens! Earth, rejoice! Mountains break into joyful shouts! For the LORD has comforted His people, and will have compassion on His afflicted ones.” Isaiah 49:13 (HCSB)

 

While Jesus walked the earth and was carrying out His public ministry, the Jewish religious leaders continued to grow quite frustrated with the growing popularity among both Jewish and Gentile communities. While traveling to Jerusalem for His final Passover celebration prior to His crucifixion, Jesus rode into town upon a donkey. And according to Luke chapter 19, as He rode near to the Mount of Olives His crowd of disciples were joyously shouting of the miracles Jesus had done. At hearing this, one of the Pharisees within the group told Jesus that He needed to quiet His disciples. Then Jesus spoke, “I tell you,’ He replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” (Luke 19:37-40). May we realize the sheer majesty and honor due to the name of Jesus Christ that is sincerely deserved and praise Him in unabashed worship and praise. He is true to His promises and He will indeed show compassion and comfort to His people. May we rejoice!

 

Prayer For Today:

Dear God, in all things, You alone are supreme. In all matters, Your will proceeds. Allow me the boldness to hold fast to these powerful promises of Scripture when I need to breath fresh life so that I may praise You with the rest of Your creation. Teach me to thank You for my circumstances so that I may declare Your victory over adversity. Show me Your ways, Lord Jesus, so that I may bask in the fullness of Your blessing both in heaven as well as here on earth and praise You for Your everlasting goodness, mercy, guidance and grace. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

 

 

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Ten, Day Five

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Ten, Day Five

 

“When you go out to war against your enemies and see horses, chariots, and an army larger than yours, do not be afraid of them, for the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, is with you.” Deuteronomy 20:1 (HCSB)

 

Regardless of the news, here say, or hidden fears deep inside, the living God of all things still reigns. May we, as the Church, repent and return to our first love–the Lover of our souls….JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. Ladies, it’s just that simple…our hearts need to repent of our lusts, our hatred, our prejudices, our comparisons, our anger, our bitterness, our gossip, our hidden and photo shopped rage, our greed, our love for the world and all the unspoken and unconfessed sin. Ladies, God has better in store for each life than simply “getting by”. Regardless of what a photo may try to convey to the world. May we repent of our own agendas and plans. May we admit our need for the Lord in every second of our lives; not simply the chaotic or crazy ones. For when we determine to seek His will amidst all seasons of life, we will come to grips with the fact that when God is for us, we have the majority—period (Romans 8:31).

 

Prayer For Today:

Lord Jesus, You reign over the chaos of this life. Teach me to walk in it more this week as I meditate on the teachings of Your Word. Thank You that Your sovereignty is not limited by the darkness of this world. Thank You for allowing me the opportunity to learn to yearn for more of Your guidance and direction in this time. How amazing it is to walk through this season with the victorious God of Israel, the very One who rescued the Israelites from the oppression of the Egyptians. I humbly ask for Your strength as I walk in the reality that You are supreme over any enemy that comes into the life of __________ (name). In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

 

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Six, Day Six

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Six, Day Six:

 

“When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7 (HCSB)

 

Within the book of 1 Chronicles, there is a brief description of a man by the name of Jabez. His name literally means “he will cause pain” (reference footnote of 1 Chronicles 4:9). Within each of our lifetimes, we will both experience and cause pain. In our times of deep sorrow and great longing, may we cry out to the Lord, as Jabez did. He pleaded with the Lord to be with him, to enrich his territory and to keep him from causing pain to others. The Bible goes on to say that God granted Jabez this prayer of his earnest heart (1 Chronicles 4:10). Much in the same way, Proverbs 16:7, clearly states that those who are your enemies, those who have been inflicted with pain from you, will be at peace with you—when your ways are pleasing in the Lord’s sight. May today be a marker for your heart. Run to the Lord in prayer and ask that He would guide you along the best pathway for your life to bring about good—not evil—in your life, in order to bring the Lord glory. He will do it—just as was true for Jabez and is recorded within Proverbs 16:7. There is no enemy too great for the Lord to subdue. There is no opposition to mighty for the Lord not to overcome. Acknowledge your need for His favor this very day and prayerfully purpose to walk in a way that is pleasing before the Lord.

 

Prayer For Today:

Lord, if it is not arrogant, I too wish for my territory to be expanded for your glory. I too want my enemies to be at peace with me as I seek to follow hard after You. Please grant me the stamina to follow even in the darkest valleys and starless nights. Please help (name)__________ to experience Your richness of blessing and favor, as was true for Jabez and all who seek after You. Thank You for the truth of Your written word, the Holy Bible. Remind me to listen for Your leading this very day. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

 

 

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Five, Day Three

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Five, Day Three:

 

Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6 (HCSB)

 

With honesty and sincerity, our souls approach the LORD for righteousness. When we hunger for the things of God, as a child who is hungry for food, God is faithful to answer our request—each and ever time. The Law of the Old Testament was fulfilled through the atoning work of Jesus Christ. Therefore, as we submit to Jesus Christ, inviting Him to be the LORD of our lives, we are clothed in his righteousness (Romans 10:4). It is through Jesus Christ that we receive righteousness and our souls experience true satisfaction as we bring our desires to the LORD.

 

Prayer for today:

Dear Jesus, thank You for giving me righteousness. I am keenly aware of my own faults and shortcomings, yet as I admit the ways I have missed the mark and take the necessary measures to change, You welcome me into Your presence. Please help (name)________ in the midst of this terribly painful time. You see (name)________tears. You hear (name)________ cries for rescue. Please teach us what righteous living looks like in this specific situation. We trust You and thank You that we are heard by You when we pray. In Your name I pray, amen.

 

God Is There: A Battle Cry Amidst the Battle of The Mind

In the cool of the morning, in the quiet of the night, God is there.

As fears become behemoths and worries turn into dragons, God is there. As death tolls continue to globally rise and fears of every sniffle hinting at potential doom which suffocate your thoughts, God is there. As families try to find joy amidst blaring sirens announcing curfews and food shortages being a global reality, God is ever present.

He encourages us to thrown our fears, our concerns, our disappointments and our deepest regrets before His awesome throne of grace. Not only to bring our troubles, but to personally come—with boldness—into the Lord Jesus’ presence because of His undying compassion and love for you (Hebrews 4:16). Do you hear that?

Right where you are at this very second, the God who made you—loves YOU. He loves your parents who are aging and potentially locked into their retirement facility out of an abundance of caution against this modern day plague. He loves your children as they do not grasp the severity of this super bug as they still eat food off the ground or rub their eyes without washing their hands. God is sovereign over all–over ALL–here me tired soul and battered spirit–God is above it all and intimately in control of it all.

 

16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17 (NASB)

When times of deepest sorrow and numbing grief seem to steal your very voice, the Lord Jesus is there…ready to be your comfort (Isaiah 57:15). The Lord Jesus is ready to minister to your grieving heart (Psalm 147:3). He is ready to save you in the midst of your broken and crushed heart (Psalm 34:18).

Today in the midst of heavy layers of grief and sorrow, may you be encouraged of the love God has for each of you. So much love in fact that He sent His one and only Son to ransom and redeem each soul who would trust His Son, Jesus Christ as their master and only way to wipe the filthy thoughts, words and actions from each personal life.

If you have never made a commitment to follow the Lord Jesus Christ and do not have the peace of eternal security with God and assurance of heaven nailed down in your heart, I invite you to do so this very moment.

Simply pray, Lord Jesus, I have made a mess of my life. I cannot fix all the broken pieces, but I know You take broken things and make them whole. I ask for Your forgiveness of my failings and ask for You to come live in my heart as the ruler and Lord of my life. I believe You lived a perfect life. I believe that You lived a perfect life free from failures and that You died upon the cross to pay for my wrongdoings. I believe that You rose from the dead on the third day and that all who believe in You as Lord and Savior will get to live with You in heaven forever. Thank You for loving me enough to do all that. I accept You into my heart this day (write the date down here)_____________. In my Lord and Savior Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Front Door Evangelism: Living Missionally in 2019

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (CSB)

 

Have you ever stopped and really considered just how convenient the modern day life is? I mean, one can click a few buttons on a phone and within a short span of time—boom!—groceries are delivered! Yet, something struck me a while back regarding our modern age; we are more “connected” than ever, yet STARVING for real person-to-person interactions. No matter where you are, faces are cast downward, not in sadness, but in intense interest of whatever is on their personal glowing screen. My point? People seem more and more preoccupied (and frankly, distracted) with silly cat videos than interacting with the next human sitting in a waiting room with them. My heart longs to connect people with the God who made them—and this new reality of our current first world nation has really been a burden on my heart—until—DELIVERY!

 

And just like that, with one word, the dynamics of an entire way of trying to reach various people groups while being a stay-at-home homeschooling mama changed…we can live missionally for Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20) even while receiving our groceries! How is this possible you may be asking? Well, simply put, we just must be willing to OPEN THE FRONT DOOR.

 

As groceries, pizza, etc. are delivered to your door, a brief one-on-one interaction with a perfect stranger is presented—right on your front door step! No screens. No distractions of this or that. Simply a snippet in time that can beautifully hold the question “In whom are you trusting for your eternal salvation?” Will it catch people off guard, yep. Will it make some people laugh, possibly. But if we TRULY love people (John 3:16) as we are called to love people, it is not a matter of looking good or even appealing to what is politically correct in a given political climate. No, to live missionally for the Lord Jesus Christ is to boldly declare that each life we interact with matters in light of eternity—and Jesus Christ proved it by dying on the cross as the punishment for human failings of all humanity—while He Himself was without fault—to ransom and redeem any and all who would call upon Him to be saved (Romans 10:9-10).

 

May I challenge you? The next time you order delivery (be it for groceries, take-out, etc.) see it as a way of being a missionary…from your own front door! No passport required. No special language training necessary. Simply open the door and be willing to be a bold witness for the Lord Jesus Christ and convey the love of Jesus Christ for that individual in delivery clothing.

 

Remember, it is the Holy Spirit who convicts hearts and wins souls. We are responsible to faithfully share, but it is up to the Holy Spirit to draw people to Himself. So, don’t sweat it if the delivery person isn’t willing to accept Jesus right then and there. But!!! Do not allow that to hinder you from sharing of the powerful, eternal and life-altering truth that JESUS ACTUALLY LOVES THEM (1 John 4:9-10)…and proved it by dying on the cross and rising from the dead on the third day. 

 

27And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.” Romans 9:27-28 (NASB)

 

Well, the time is now church. We can impact the nations of the world right from our own homes now through modern conveniences. The only question that remains is — what’s for dinner? How about DELIVERY