Paul Washer – Demonic activity and apostasy in the church

This 21 minute message is fabulous!  He makes a fantastic comment at the 12 minute mark!

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Syrian chemical attack – false flag event

Please watch this important video. We have been ‘snowed’ by our government and the media. It wasn’t Syria who did this chemical attack. It doesn’t even make sense that they would attack their own people! Tab forward to the 25 minute mark to hear the information on who is really behind it. Then pray, pray, pray that we don’t go to an unjust war!

Are Your Wings Heavy?

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Are Your Wings Heavy?
Do you ever feel like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? Are you cumbered with many burdens?
I think this is common for women, for we wear many hats. We are constantly multi-tasking. Being that we are caregivers by nature, it is only natural for us to try to carry our own burdens, as well as the burdens of others. We even carry these heavy loads to bed with us each night, making it very difficult for us to rest and refresh.
I recently went through a time where I felt completely overwhelmed with the daily tasks before me, along with other situations I was facing – situations of which I had no control. Oh, control! Now there’s another issue which is hard for us! We like to control things. We have so many responsibilities that rest upon us that we try our best to control situations, even when it is impossible to do so!
Isaiah 40:31 tells us that we will mount up with wings like eagles. However, when facing my own struggles, I sure didn’t feel like I was soaring like an eagle. In fact, my spiritual wings felt heavy and I couldn’t take flight. However, if we back up a bit on that verse, there is a key point for us. First, we must wait on the Lord, then He renews our strength.
Waiting on the Lord is not a passive action. In my waiting, I read the Word, prayed, read the Word, listened to encouraging scriptural music, and read the Word some more. Notice that I didn’t say I watched Christian television or read Christian books. I got alone with God! I didn’t want to hear what someone else had to say! I wanted to hear from God. As I read the Word, I was careful to listen for His gentle voice to speak to me, giving me a nugget of wisdom to help me.
Now nothing has changed about the situation I mentioned. The tasks are still the same. The other difficult situation still looms. However, my wings are lighter and my strength has been renewed! I am finding my joy and peace in the Lord, regardless of my circumstances. Another wonderful benefit of hiding myself in the Lord during this tumultuous time is that I am now able to sleep in peace because I know the Lord will keep me safe. (Psalm 4:8)
Are you wings heavy? Do you need to get alone with the Father?
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

David Wilkerson – Conformed to Christ Alone

This devotion is excellent!   It is called CONFORMED TO CHRIST ALONE.   I loved this paragraph because it gives a clear picture of what is happening among many who profess to be a Christian.

Too many Christians want forgiveness — but that’s all. They do not want to be delivered from this present world because they love it. They are attached to their sins and do not want to give up the pleasures of this world. So they cling to a doctrine that says, “I can live as I please — as long as I say that I believe.” Sadly, these Christians do not want to hear about obedience, repentance or self-denial. They would rather live in this world without restraint.

Let it Go

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Let it Go
Do you remember the song from the Disney movie Frozen? Little girls across the nation could be heard singing that famous line, “Let it go….”
The concept of letting things go is one many Christians could stand to learn. In fact, I wish I had learned this concept when I first got saved. However, being raised Catholic for so many years, it was hard to undo the concept of paying penance for my sins. Whenever I sinned, I still felt like I needed to carry the weight of that sin for several days and say a very lengthy prayer of repentance.
Perhaps you feel the same whenever you sin. You carry that heavy load of guilt until your spirit feels bowed over. You don’t feel like you can walk in freedom and joy because of your sin.
May I offer you some hope?
Psalm 32:1-2 tells us that God blesses those whose sins have been forgiven and wiped away. God blesses us because we tell him our sins, without trying to hide them. The result: He forgives us! Yes, it is that simple!
But that’s not all! Verse 5 tells us that along with forgiving us, the Lord also takes away our guilt. In verse 6, we are admonished to pray when we have sinned so that we aren’t swept away by a raging flood. That flood could be a flood of guilt, so we clearly see that we aren’t to wallow in guilt for several days when we have sinned. We are to let it go! Verse 7 tells us the benefits we reap when we confess our sin instead of holding onto it. God protects us from trouble and puts a song in our heart.
I had to chuckle as I read verse 9 because I can see myself in this verse. It tells us not to be stupid like horses and mules. Stubborn would be a good word to substitute here for stupid. Have you ever been there? So the next time you feel like you have to carry your sin around with you instead of immediately repenting and moving on, just remind yourself that it is stupid to carry that weight with you when there is such a better way of dealing with it!
If this is an issue where you struggle, I challenge you today to do what Psalm 34:8 says. “Discover for yourself that the Lord is kind.” (CEV) Confess your sin right away and watch his kindness embrace you and fill your heart with joy and freedom!

© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

A Change of Focus

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A Change of Focus
 
When I go to the eye doctor, he needs to check my vision carefully to ensure he prescribes the right script.  It requires him asking multiple times, “Is this clearer, or is this one clearer?”  We continue the process of checking my focus until we are sure we have the script that is best for my eyes.
 
Sometimes we need to change our focus spiritually.  In fact, I have been battling this recently.  After a long day’s work, I will often hit the on-site gym before heading home. While I used to work out because doing so caused me to drop several sizes, I cannot say that anymore.  My metabolism has changed, so losing weight cannot be my focus.  If that was still my focus, I would have given it up a long time ago.  Instead, I do it for my health.  It is mentally and emotionally good for me, it helps with alleviating back pain, and a good intense workout can help relieve the stress and tension of the day so that I can go home and not take out my frustrations on someone else.  So this change of focus has been a good change for me.  It has helped me to stay faithful to working out, even if I’m not seeing myself drop a size or two.
 
More recently, I have needed another change of focus.  I have been feeling overwhelmed.  I have been working more than full time hours for several years now, and just recently just got a promotion. The promotion means more responsibility and being on-call after hours. Yet, when I get home, I find the housework is still left for me.  I am the one who still does the monthly menu planning, including getting all of the necessary ingredients to complete that plan.  I am the one who pays all of the bills.  Why am I so frustrated and overwhelmed?  I am getting very little help or support at home. I’ll be honest with you — I have battled feelings of frustration and anger over this, not to mention feeling taken advantage of.  There have been times in my frustration where I have vented and it was not a pretty sight to behold.
 
So what was I to do?  Nagging and pleading failed. Leaving reminder notes didn’t work either. First, I had to change MY focus.  Notice what I just said.  I didn’t say I adjusted someone else’s focus.  (Too often, we focus on trying to change the behavior of others.) I adjusted MY focus.  This was hard because I wanted to stay angry, and keep nagging and yelling about how I was feeling and how unfair it was because I felt completely justified in my feelings.  However, I knew it would get me nowhere.  All it did was get me the silent treatment, and still no help.  Can you hear me sigh?
 
Secondly, instead of using the on-site gym at work three days a week, one of those days my workout is simply cleaning the house. While it may not be my preferred workout, at least the house gets cleaned before my day off. After all, who wants to spend their day off cleaning?  And if the house is in disarray on my day off, I can’t relax and refresh, like I so desperately need to do.
 
Thirdly, I have also chosen to focus on the Lord.  I do my tasks as if doing them for Him.  I choose to let Him guide me every day, for His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  I choose to worship Him daily, for He gives me a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.  This change of focus is the one that has made the greatest difference. 
 
What difficult situations might you be facing where you simply need to change your focus?   
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

Happy Resurrection Day!

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