Holy Ground!

Sunday, as I joined my Brothers and Sisters in singing “We are standing on holy ground…” I felt the Lord reminding me that we have the opportunity to stand on holy ground no matter where we are. We don’t have to be in church!!

In Exodus 3:2-5, Moses saw a burning bush that did not burn up. As Moses stopped to see the strange sight  “God called to him from within the bush, Moses!  Moses!  ….Do not come any closer…take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

The ground where Moses was standing was not holy in and of itself – it was holy because God was present!  Wherever God is, His holiness is there!  

Prayer:

LORD, may we be a BURNING BUSH that You use to speak to Your people!! May we be a holy people that bring Your holiness to the land! Set us ablaze for You, LORD!!

I Shall Not Be Shaken!!

“I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.  ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭16:8‬ ‭

Have you had times of feeling “shaken” lately?  I know I have.  It may be because of what we have allowed to be before us…what we are focused on. If we are more focused on the news and all that is happening in the world instead of on the Lord, we can be shaken!  If we are more focused on the problems that arise in our day-to-day lives instead of on the Problem Solver, we can be shaken!

Prayer:  Lord, forgive me when I have allowed other things to envelope all my attention and thoughts. I want YOU to be in my line of sight at all times. I want YOU to be my focus and be my right hand. I shall not be shaken!!!

Living Sacrifice

A living sacrifice…are we willing to sacrifice our plans, our schedule, our desires, our lives…and put them in the hands of Almighty God?

This is worship that costs something. This is truly believing that the God of the universe has a better plan for us than we have for ourselves.

Do we trust Him that much? It is a minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, day-by-day choice.

I choose YOU to be the Master of my destiny, LORD! Your way is the best way! Your plan is the best plan! I offer myself as a living sacrifice. I am Your vessel… may You live in and through me! May You be glorified!!

SPEAK LIFE!!

Are we talking too much about all the wrong things going on in our lives or in the lives of others?  
There comes a time when just talking about and lamenting our current circumstances needs to end. 

It’s time to start DECLARING and DECREEING God’s will in our circumstances and in the circumstances that others are facing and in our world!!

“The tongue has the power of life and death…”. ‭‭ Proverbs‬ ‭18:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The Lord is calling us to SPEAK LIFE! SPEAK LIFE! SPEAK LIFE!

“for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Matthew‬ ‭10:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life…”. ‭‭ Proverbs‬ ‭10:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Help us, Lord, to speak forth Your heart, Your love, Your will!! May Your life-giving words flow forth in power and accomplish what You desire!! In Jesus’ Name! AMEN!

Take Every Thought Captive!

“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,”. (2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:5‬ ‭)

I want to be transparent with you about my weak moments. I know this scripture in 2 Corinthians and have even taught it. But, just because we know God’s truth does not mean it is easy to walk it out in our lives.

I have to admit that the isolation and social distancing during COVID-19 has been hard for me.  There are some days that I wake up and I can feel the heavy blanket of depression trying to take over my thoughts.  And that is not a good place to be!  Not only does it affect me but it affects those closest to me. 

Brothers and Sisters!  We all have times when we may feel despair, doubt, fear, frustration, anger, and hopelessness.  But, we need to make sure that we have the right response when and if it happens. 

We are told in God’s word that we are to TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE to the obedience of Jesus! We are to DESTROY speculations and every lofty thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God.

In other words, are our thoughts in alignment with our knowledge of who God is and in alignment with who God says we are?

We don’t have to act upon every thought!  We don’t have to allow our thoughts to dictate how we feel about ourselves or others.  We don’t have to allow our thoughts to be the “rudder” of our lives!

WE are in control of what thoughts we allow to take hold in our lives! If the thoughts we are having are causing us to fear, to hate, to be judgmental, or to feel depressed and unworthy —then we are to TAKE AUTHORITY over our thoughts and replace them with GOD’S TRUTH!!

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬)‭

LORD, thank You for being the Giver of Truth! Thank You for empowering us through Your Holy Spirit to control our thoughts and to not be ruled by them. We bring our thoughts into obedience to YOU!! Thank You, Jesus, for being the way, and the truth, and the life! It is in Your Name that we pray. AMEN!!

~Tina K. Roach