On Level Ground

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On Level Ground

When I was in school, I was one of the straight A students. Being smart wasn’t seen as being cool, so I got picked on a lot. Adding to that, I wasn’t athletically inclined, so I faced even more taunts and teasing in gym class nearly every day. I also wasn’t one of the pretty, popular girls, nor did I have rich parents who were able to purchase a brand new car when I got my license. It seemed some kids were just born with a silver spoon in their mouths! I remember often thinking how life can be so unfair!

However, I found a place where we are all on level ground. We have all sinned. (Romans 3:23) However, that’s not the only place where we are on that level ground. God freely offers His grace and forgiveness to all who reach out to Him! So it doesn’t matter whether we are pretty, athletic, or rich — we can all receive His merciful gift of salvation!
Thank You, Lord, for such a precious gift!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

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Last Days Deception

Excellent information from David Wilkerson, and it is taking place now.

“I Do It Myself!”

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“I Do It Myself”

When my daughter was a toddler, we would often try to help her with things, and hear the words, “I do it myself!” Can you relate?

In our Christian walk, we sometimes take on that same attitude of “I do it myself!” We may struggle in an area, and we don’t want anyone to know. It can be the shame of our sin, but most often, it is our own pride, which stops us from opening up to anyone.

However, there are times when we really need to reach out to a trusted friend who will agree with us in prayer. Sometimes our friend, who isn’t caught in the middle of the issue, can have valuable, wise insights to help us.

James 4:6 tells us that God opposes the proud but gives grace to those who are humble. James 5:16 tells us to confess our sins to one another so that we may be healed.

Sometimes, by simply being willing to step out and admit openly that you are struggling with something, the power of that secret sin begins to lessen. It can be much like someone who was sexually abused. Once they speak out, exposing the abuse, the power their abuser once had over them, diminishes. Many former victims admit that by speaking out, they finally felt like they had the power. The abuser lost his power over them.

It is often the same when Satan has lied to us about our own sin. I remember learning years ago that Satan’s greatest weapon against us is a lie. Don’t let his lies hold you back any longer. If you need help, pray for the Lord to lead you to a trusted friend who can help you get out of his web of deceit.

Don’t be like a toddler, who adamantly declares, “I do it myself!” Let Jesus help you! He is waiting and willing to set you free!
© 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

 

Trick or Treat

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Trick or Treat

The Bible teaches us that Satan is a master schemer.  II Cor. 2:11  His goal is to trick us into bondage.  That bondage can come in many forms. Unforgiveness can leave us chained to the one we refuse to forgive. Food addictions lead us to being overweight, not to mention the guilt and low self-esteem that is caused by our lack of control in that area.  Sexual bondages seem to be rampant in our society.  We can be compulsive shoppers, always looking for a fix, only to find that the thrill of it passes so quickly.  Being overly concerned about how we look may cause us to look good on the outside, but leave us with unseen chains wrapped around us.  Greed has led many people astray and into shackles which seem impossible to loosen.  As we fall prey to Satan, I can almost hear him, deviously laughing, shouting, “Trick or treat!  I got you!”

The Bible is clear that we are slaves to whatever masters us.  II Pet. 2:19.   Paul said in I Cor. 6:12 that he would not be mastered by anything.  The way that he kept from being mastered was by knowing the truth.  It’s in that “knowing” that we can be set free.  John 8:32

I find it comforting to know that even in bondage, God hasn’t deserted us.  Ez. 9:9  While we were still sinners (and in bondage), God still loved us enough to send His Son to die for us.   Rom. 5:8   That is the best treat we could ever have!

Jesus said in Luke 4:18 that He came to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and to release the oppressed.  When He arose from the dead, can’t you just hear Him declaring to Satan, “Trick or Treat! I won!  I have the final victory!”

My dear sister, Jesus won that victory for YOU!  Whatever bondages you may be struggling with, He is still with you in the midst of it, and He has promised to never leave you, nor forsake you.  Don’t be ashamed to bring your shackles to Him.  He would love nothing more than to set you free.  After all, He’s already paid the ultimate price for your freedom.  Let Him unshackle you today!

© 2003, Stacy R. Miller

Politically Correct

Politically Correct

“Politically correct” has become the new buzz word of the day.  It appears the concept of being politically correct has also infiltrated the mindset of many Christians.

I have seen people who profess to be Christians, yet believe there is nothing wrong with being gay.  There are even denominations which are ordaining homosexual ministers.  Yet God clearly condemns this sin.  The Word tells us that those who are homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. (I Corinthians 6:9-10)

I have heard numerous stories of men who profess to be Christians leaving their wives for another woman.  Often, they will say that it just feels right, so it must be of God for them to continue this adulterous relationship.  Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked.  Our hearts will easily lead us astray, so we must follow what the Word of God tells us.  His Word clearly denounces adultery in First Corinthians 6:9-10.

I see many professing Christians allowing witchcraft into their homes through a series of popular books.  The Lord makes it very clear in Leviticus 19:26 that we are to stay away from these things.  In Exodus 22:18, we see that anyone who practiced sorcery was to be put to death.  So why would a Christian allow any kind of witchcraft in their home?

As I have taken a stand against these very things, I have been verbally attacked.  I would expect this behavior from nonbelievers, but these vicious assaults came from people who profess to be Christians!

In a place of Christian fellowship, I was repeatedly bashed when I spoke out against a lesbian witch.  She would pretend to be a Christian, yet was active in circles that flaunted homosexuality and Wicca.  First Corinthians 5:9-11 tells us not to associate with one who professes to be a Christian, yet lives a lifestyle that says otherwise.  When I dared to speak the truth of God’s Word on this issue, I was accused of being on a witch-hunt.

I believe we are living in the days when the love of many will wax cold. (Matthew 24:12) We are living in a time when even the elect are being deceived into choosing to be politically correct, rather than standing firm on the Word of God. (Matthew 24:24)

I have struggled to understand why professing Christians have so blatantly attacked those who choose to speak the uncompromised Word of God.  I have finally come to realize that people who compromise on the principles in God’s Word can not stand the sight of excellence.  They are deeply convicted when someone takes a righteous stand on an issue, and it makes them feel uncomfortable.  The result is lashing out at those who speak the uncompromised truth.

Jesus faced this very thing many times with the religious leaders of His day.  They lashed out at Him, persecuted Him, called Him names, and planned to kill Him.  Jesus assured us that His followers will also be persecuted. (John 15:20)

As we get closer to the second coming of Jesus, things will only get worse.  We need to make a decision.  Will we choose to join the popular crowd and be politically correct?  Or, will we join the ranks of those who refuse to compromise, and be Biblically correct?
© 2006, Stacy R. Miller

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