Soldiers of the Light

Oct. 31, 2023

Here are my reflections and comments from today’s scripture from Our Daily Inspirations App.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, before I read or comment on God’s word, I pray that He prepares my heart to receive his guidance and ask that He uses me as his vessel to comment on His word.

The scripture is from Romans 13:12 “The night is far gone, and the day is near. Let’s therefore throw off the deed of darkness, and let’s put on the amor of light.”

The devotion is titled Soldiers of the Light by John Michalak. The author says our world is a dark place and getting darker. Some examples are our culture is less moral. There is an increase of violence and hatred. It can feel hopeless to fight back against this darkness. The fact that the world is getting darker should fills us with hope because the darker our world gets, the closer we are to a new day when Christ returns. Each day the light of Christ reign comes closer. The more the “enemy rears its head in victory, the closer is his demise. We are encouraged to rise as one does before the dawn for this new day when Christ returns. Every inch of territory the darkness takes, we are to respond as soldiers of light. The darkness is a reason to hope. We are instructed rise up and declare the coming of Christ’s return.

Reflections, Questions, and Challenges for Us: What are some ways we can be soldier of the light on your family, your church, and community?

Here is my response, yours may be different: Some ways I can be a soldier of light to my family, church, and community is remind everyone that God is still on the throne and in charge. Each day of darkness brings us closer to Christ’s return.

My Personal Prayer for us: Dear Lord, help us to embrace the hope of Your return. Fill us with Your Spirit that we may help spread Your light amid the world’s darkness. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Inspirations (2023/31/10) retrieved from Website: Daily Bible. Soldiers of the Light by John Michalak.

I Will Never Forget That Sermon

Oct. 27, 2023

Here are my reflections and comments from today’s scripture from Our Daily Inspirations App.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, before I read or comment on God’s word, I pray that He prepares my heart to receive his guidance and ask that He uses me as his vessel to comment on His word.

The scripture is from Galatians 3:26-27 “For you are all children of God, through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

The devotion is titled I Will Never Forget That Sermon by Darla Noble. Darla recalled the time when she was 10 years old. She professed her faith and was baptized into Christ for forgiveness of her sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Fast forward some years: she heard a sermon that made her realized that how personal her relationship with Jesus is and she wanted that more than anything. She want us to realize how personal our relationship with Jesus is, and us to want that more than anything.

Reflections, Questions, and Challenges for Us: Have you accepted Christ as your Savior? If not, what is keeping you from doing so? If you have, who do you know needs Jesus?  Would you share your testimony with that person and begin praying that they will make Christ Lord of their life soon?

Here is my response, yours may be different: I know many who need Jesus. I have shared my personal testimony with them. Others, I share my testimony through my blogs. For all of them I pray that they will make Jesus Lord of their lives soon.

My Personal Prayer for us: Dear Jesus, thank You for saving us from our sins through Your death on the cross. Please give us a life that demonstrates the gratitude we feel every day. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Inspirations (2023/27/10) retrieved from Website: Daily Bible. I Will Never forget That Sermon by Darla Noble.

Take God Personally

Oct. 26, 2023

Here are my reflections and comments from today’s scripture from Our Daily Inspirations App.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, before I read or comment on God’s word, I pray that He prepares my heart to receive his guidance and ask that He uses me as his vessel to comment on His word.

The scripture is from Isaiah 49:14-16: “But Zion said,’ The Lord has forsaken me, and the Lord has forgotten me. Can a women forget her nursing child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?’ Yes, these may forget, yet I will not forget you! Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. Your walls are continually before me.”

The devotion is titled Take God Personally by John Michalak and Joyverse. To sum up this devotion, The authors say that when God says something, we should take it personally. They go on to say that Christians approach God less as a person and more like an administrative office, checking if we are following rules before fulfilling various requests. We forget that God is deeply personal and seeks us in the most personal way, even more nurturing than a nursing mother. Our pursuit is to seek God personally, directly, intimately. Our first and last thought, and our trust in His care should be as natural as breathing. In conclusion, Take God personally and He always keeps His promises.

Reflections, Questions, and Challenges for Us: What are some ways we can approach God more personally in our prayers, lives, in the way we worship Him at church, and in our devotion time?

Here is my response, yours may be different: To remember that He is God and He is deeply personal and seeks us in the most personal way.

My Personal Prayer for us: Dear Lord, we commit ourselves today to You, person to person. Please fill us with Your heart of love and truth. We know You will never forget or forsake us. May we never forget or forsake You. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Inspirations (2023/26/10) retrieved from Website: Daily Bible. Take God Personally by John Michalak and Joyverse.

The Little Rose Bush

Oct. 25, 2023

Here are my reflections and comments from today’s scripture from Our Daily Inspirations App.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, before I read or comment on God’s word, I pray that He prepares my heart to receive his guidance and ask that He uses me as his vessel to comment on His word.

The scripture is from Romans 15:13: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope in the power of the Holy spirit.”

The devotion is titled The Little Rose Bush by Darla Noble. To sum up this devotion, The author talked about her grandmother’s Heirloom Tea rose bushes. She took some cuttings to remember her dead grandmother by. On one move, they had to keep them in water for several months. She was finally able to get them in the ground and they grew. The rosebushes remind her of many things like her grandmother, family, and that when things appear dead and hopeless, God knows better. With God, there is always hope and joy if we let Him cultivate it in us and trust in his timing.

Reflections, Questions, and Challenges for Us: What seemingly hopeless thing in your life should you turn over to God? What is keeping you from letting His hope, joy, and peace fill you?

Here is my response, yours may be different: For me, it is my anxieties and depression. I am trying and trusting to let God’s hope, joy, and peace fill me.

My Personal Prayer for us: Dear God, please fill us with your hope and joy and peace. Give us the courage to trust You. You always know what is best. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.

Inspirations (2023/25/10) retrieved from Website: Daily Bible. The Little Rose Bush by Darla Noble.

You Can Be the Cause

Oct. 24, 2023

Here are my reflections and comments from today’s scripture from Our Daily Inspirations App.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, before I read or comment on God’s word, I pray that He prepares my heart to receive his guidance and ask that He uses me as his vessel to comment on His word.

The scripture is from Deuteronomy 31:7: “Moses called to Joshua, and said to him in sight of all Israel, ‘Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them; and you shall cause them to inherit it.’”

The devotion is titled You Can Be the Cause by John Michalak. To sum up this devotion, The author talked about the word cause. He states that every effect has a cause. No inheritance has been given that wasn’t cause, or given by someone else. Joshua was to go into the Promised Land and build something that can be passed down for future generations. God promised this inheritance, but Joshua had to make them inherit it. John states that God granted us His Holy Spirit and new life in His Son, but we are charged with passing this inheritance on to others by sharing the Gospel and make disciples in His name. With God’s help, we can be the very reason (cause) someone receives it.

Reflections, Questions, and Challenges for Us: Are there people you have been waiting for god to reach with the message of salvation?

Here is my response, yours may be different: I will pray for you to have the courage to answer God’s call to share the message of salvation with them.

My Personal Prayer for us: Holy Lord, please help us be strong and courageous for You. Make us the cause of blessing and salvation in the lives of others. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Inspirations (2023/24/10) retrieved from Website: Daily Bible. You Can Be the Cause by John Michalak.