Monday, August 21, 2017

"Ask, Wait And See"

"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."  Jeremiah 33:3

Every person has a favorite verse.  And there are verses that they are more familiar with.  The verse above is one of those.  But is it just a favorite, or a familiar one, or is it one we take to heart and practice. 

Do we call on the Lord when we need guidance and direction, or do we assume we know what to do, what the answer is, what His plan is and what His will is?  Do we call upon Him in faith expecting an answer?  Or are we just "calling"?  Do we wait for His answer?  Or do we get impatient and move on before we hear? 

Perhaps this is why we aren't seeing "great" and "mighty" things happening in our lives, the lives of our families, the church, the nation, our ministries, our businesses, etc.  We either aren't calling, or we aren't waiting for the answer from the Lord when we do.

This verse has a condition and a promise attached to it.  If we want to receive the promise then we need to meet the condition.  And when we meet the condition we need to be willing to wait for the promise to come.

Have a great day.  Ask and wait and you will see great and mighty things. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

"Ignore The Answer And Suffer"

"But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions." Matthew 19:22

When the rich young ruler came to Jesus and asked what he needed to do to have eternal life, Jesus gave him his answer.  He told him to sell all he had, give it to the poor and follow Him.  The young man couldn't, or wouldn't do it, and went away sad.

When we have our answer, we then have a choice to either do what we need to do or neglect it.  For example, we have been talking about other people's expectations of us and it causing us to have an unchristian-like attitude or become offended.  Once we see the problem, we then also have the solution.  But it is up to us to apply the solution or not apply it.

When we realize that it is the enemy trying to steal, kill and destroy us, then we know what our answer is to keep from being destroyed.  We submit ourselves to the Lord, resist the devil and he will flee.  We rebuke him in the Name and Authority of Jesus.  

When we see that we have become offended, then we need to go to God and repent.  We need to ask Him to cleanse our hearts from all offense, hurt, malice, bitterness, unforgiveness and any other unrighteous attitude that we have allowed to inhabit our hearts. Then we need to ask Him to heal our hearts from any damage or scars caused by the offense.

The point is, we can't ignore it and hope it goes away.  We can't sweep it under the rug.  We can't allow offense to stay.  We can't keep holding on to it like the rich young ruler held on to his money.  He wanted eternal life but he wanted his money too.  There is no place for both in our lives.  And if we ignore our answer-- the way out of offense-- then just like that rich young ruler we will miss out on the peace and joy we could be experiencing.  We will miss out on the joy of the relationships that are suffering.  And perhaps we will miss out on eternal life.  Others may suffer because you ignore it, but you will suffer more.  Just ask the rich young ruler.  

Have a great day.  Don't ignore the answer.  Apply it.  Do it.  Or you will miss out.   

Thursday, August 17, 2017


"Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!"  Luke 17:1

When I said yesterday that I had been battling trying to keep my emotions and attitude in check because of the expectations of others and their demands upon me, I didn't realize that three things were going on. 

1)  These expectations by others and the way I would handle them was a test that revealed what was in My own heart.  Was anger there?  Was bitterness there?  Was revenge there?  And so on.  It showed me something about what was in my own heart.

2)  It was also the enemy trying to get to my heart and "poison" it.  He had come to steal, kill and destroy.  Steal Christ character and the Fruit of the Spirit in me.  Kill my desire to be who I should be to others regardless of how they are to me.  Destroy my relationships, my witness and my heart of compassion.

3)  I didn't realize what the "biggy" was that the enemy was trying to do to me until later.  He was trying to get me to be offended and thereby plant a root of offense in me.  Offense is a terrible thing.  It is like a root on a plant and when it gets a firm hold in the soil of your heart it will begin to produce a weed which will produce fruit.  That fruit is not good fruit either.  It is poisonous.  

One minister calls offense the "bait of satan".  Jesus said that offenses will come.  Everyone is tempted to take offense over something.  Usually that something is something small-- though not always.

None of us escape the temptation to be offended.  It is a weapon of the enemy that he uses at one time or other against us all.  Offenses will come, that is not the issue.  The issue is what will you do with them when they do.  If you embrace them, if you hold on to them, if you act upon them, if you let them hardened your heart, if you let them breed unforgiveness, bitterness, hate, malice, resentment, revenge, etc. then in the end you will be the one who will be destroyed by offense.  That is just what the enemy wants.

If you are offended toward someone, for whatever the reason, you need to let it go.  You need to repent for taking up the offense.  You need to ask the Lord to cleanse your heart.  When you do, you will be freeing your own self from the snare that is meant to destroy you. 

Have a great day.  We all have opportunity to be offended-- the devil will see to that-- but what will you do with the offense when it comes?   

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

"Expectations And Suffering"

"That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death."  Philippians 3:10

I have to admit that for the last several days I have been fighting to keep a Christ-like attitude and my emotions in check.  I deal with lots of people from all walks of life-- family, friends, acquaintances, strangers.  And especially because I am in the ministry and help people in various ways.  The reason I have been battling my emotions is because I have been bombarded with other peoples expectations of me. 

They expect me to make sacrifices for them but are unwilling to make any sacrifices for themselves.  They want me to do what they want me to do and if for some reason I can't, they get upset and angry with me.  They don't mind giving you a piece of their mind whether it hurts or not.  They act like they are the only ones who have feelings, you don't.  Their feelings are the only ones that matter.  They don't have anything to do with you until they need something from you.  Then once you give it to them, they forget you-- until they need you again.  They expect you to drop everything you are doing for them.  Yet, they don't want to take the time for you when you need something.

Does it sound familiar?  I am sure most of you can relate to dealing with people who have these same expectations of you.  I wanted to throw myself a pity party but then the Lord reminded me that I was in good company because they did, and still do, Him the same way. 

People get angry at Him when He doesn't do what they think He should do.  They neglect and forget about Him until they need something.  Once He gives them their request they forget about Him until the next time.  They expect Him to do His part but are unwilling to do their part.  He makes all the sacrifices.  He knows what it is like to be rejected, used, abused, taken for granted, accused, betrayed and lied upon even by those closest to Him, as well as the strangers.  He experienced it on earth and is still experiencing it today. 

So, if you are going through something concerning other's attitude and expectations toward you.  Throw yourself a party-- not a pity party, but a party to celebrate the fact that you are fellowshipping with Jesus' sufferings. 

Have a great day.  Other people will always expect more from you than from themselves.  But rejoice because they did, and still do, the same thing to Jesus. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"Judged By The Original"

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works."  Revelation 20:12

The Word of God does not change.  It is the same yesterday, today and forever.  It is forever settled in heaven.  It means the same thing today as it meant when the writers pinned it thousands of years ago. 

You can try to change and rewrite it to make it mean what you want.  You can rewrite it by adding to it or taking away from it.  You can twist it, compromise it, water it down, misinterpret it, write your own rules, but it has not changed.  You may change. Society may change and rewrite it to fit in.  Culture may change and try to rewrite it to fit in.  The times may change and try to make it relevant to the day. 

Regardless of how you, society, public opinion or culture tries to change it, the fact remains that you will be judged by the Word when you stand before God one day-- the same Word that you have tried to change.  But He will not judge you by your version.  He will say to you that although you tried to change the Word, I haven't changed it and that is what you will be judged by-- the unchanged Word. 

He is going to use the Word that He gave to judge you by, not the word that you have twisted and rewritten.  Twist it to fit your lifestyle if you want.  Rewrite it to condone popular opinion.  Rewrite it to fit with the times.  But when you stand before Him, He will judge you from the original Word-- the Word that He gave, which never changes-- even on the Day of Judgment.   

Have a great day.  God's Word hasn't changed.  You can try to change it, but He won't judge you on your version but on the original version-- the one He wrote.

Monday, August 14, 2017

"Reshaped Thinking"

"For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ."  1 Corinthians 2:16

When Daniel and the other Hebrews were taken captive by Babylon, they were placed in the king's palace.  There they were to be trained in the Babylonian language, ways and customs.  Their minds were to be "reshaped" to forget their Hebrew roots and conform to the Babylonian way. 

The enemy is still trying to do the same thing with us today.  He is trying to "reshape" our minds.  He wants us to have a worldly mindset.  He wants us to conform to this world's way of thinking. 

I wonder if he isn't succeeding to a decree.  I have observed that there is very little Christ-like thinking in the church.  We are embracing the world's way of thinking.  We no longer call sin, sin.  We have become accepting of the things that the Lord rejects and condemns.  We have removed the "absolutes" of the gospel and watered them down to mere individual preference.  We are condoning immorality.  We call evil, good.  We use humanistic reasoning to decide what is right and what is wrong-- instead of God's Word.  We are compromising the gospel and replacing it with worldly philosophies.  We don't stand for truth, because we don't know the truth, because we are accepting the world's mindset.  We think more like the world than like Christ.    

This is why we are weak and powerless.  This is why our churches have been reduced to mere "clubs".  This is why we are lukewarm.  This is why we stay in a state of constant confusion.  This is why we can't discern right from wrong.  The only remedy is to first repent.  Then secondly, begin to renew our minds with the Word of God.  If you are a Christian, you are suppose to have Christ's mind in you.  That means you think like He thinks.  Do you?

Have a great day.  Has your mind been reshaped to think like the world? 

Friday, August 11, 2017

"Praying Or Pressing?"

"And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.  And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?  And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me."  Luke 8:43-46

This woman did not pray for her healing.  She did not petition Jesus like many others had.  Instead she pressed through the crowd and came behind Him and touched Him.  There is a difference in praying and pressing.  We tend to confuse prayer for pressing.

When we pray, we make our petitions, our requests, our needs, desires and wants known to the Lord.  But pressing involves getting to a different level with the Lord.  Prayers are answered-- ask and ye shall receive.  But when we press, we receive more than an answer, we receive virtue from the Lord-- not just an answer but an "impartation".

Many people are content to only have an answer.  As long as they got what they wanted, as long as the Lord met the need, that was fine-- that was all they were after.

But we need to be people who will not only ask but press.  We need more than just answers, we need His virtue to flow into us.  This virtue that flows from the Lord is defined as power, strength, miraculous power, ability.  When His virtue flows into us, we are changed.  We are empowered physically, spiritually, emotionally, etc.  We receive miracles.  We gain added strength.  We are made whole.  We are enabled to do what we could not do, go where we could not go, be what we could not be otherwise, endure what we could not once endure, overcome what we could not previously overcome, be bolder than we ever have, be more productive, be more loving, gracious, kind, compassionate, tender-hearted, faithful, bear more fruit, resist temptations, and be strengthened in faith. 

When His virtue flows into us, it is His very nature, character, power and ability that flows into us.  We are no longer weak from our "infirmities".  We are no longer bound by those things that held us captive for years.  His virtue healed this woman, and of more than just a physical disease.  It still does the same today, and will if we will do more than just pray, but press.

Have a great day.  Are you praying or pressing? 

Thursday, August 10, 2017


"Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth."  Luke 8:22

Last night at Bible study we talked about expectations.  We looked at Luke chapter 8 and discussed in each account the expectations of Jesus toward the people and their expectations toward Him.  As I was pondering the account of the disciples in the storm and Jesus in the back of the boat asleep, I drew a conclusion as to Jesus' expectations of His disciples--- us present day disciples included.

First, He expects us to believe His Word.  He told them that they were going to the other side of the lake.  He didn't tell them they were going to drown.

Second, He expects us to take Him at His Word.  Again, He told them they were going to make it to the other side.

Thirdly, He expects us to act upon His Word.  When the storm came up, they tried to control the situation in the natural-- they bailed water.  They tried to handle the effects of the storm, instead of dealing directly with the storm like Jesus did.  They had authority to speak His Word to the storm and command it to stop just like Jesus did, because they had His Word on the situation-- we are going to the other side. 

Lastly, He expects us to have faith.  Faith in His Word.  Faith in what He says.  Without faith we can't please Him.  We live by faith.  Faith carries us to the other side.  Faith makes a way through the storm.  Faith speaks peace to situations.  Faith isn't moved by sight.  Faith hopes, trust and believes what He says-- we are going to the other side.

Are we meeting, or living up to, His expectations for us?  Probably not.  At least not all the time.  I know I don't.  But we should desire to.  We should strive to.  And if we are having trouble, we should do like Jarius did at the end of this same chapter-- pray.  "Lord, I believe, help Thou my unbelief."

Have a great day.  Are you living up to the Lord's expectations? 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

"Destroyed Life - Part 2"

"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us."  Romans 8:37

Yesterday we talked about how life doesn't always bring us good things, along with life comes the bad.  This morning I feel impressed to continue this subject because the Lord wants to bring a word of hope to someone who is feeling hopeless because of the "bad" in life.

There are bad things that happen to us.  We will have "tribulation".  This is not a negative statement.  I am repeating the words of Jesus.  Many things that happen to us are a result of bad choices and decisions we have made.  But most of what happens to us in life is beyond our control.  We didn't cause it.  We didn't do anything to warrant it.  It just happened. 

When bad things in life happen, we do, however, have a choice as to whether we will let them destroy us or not.  That is one thing we have control over.  The word of hope this morning is-- if you are a Christian, a born-again child of God, it does not have to destroy you. 

You can live in victory over it and in spite of it.  The Lord has equipped you with everything you need to be victorious.  He has given you His Word, His power, His authority, His Holy Spirit, His Presence, His mind, His strength, His grace, His righteousness, His fruit, His armor and His promises.  In all things you are more than a conqueror through Him.  Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.  No weapon formed against you shall prosper.  Your weapons are mighty and powerful to even pull down strongholds.  You have been given the keys of the Kingdom.  Use them!  Don't sit back, sit down or sit still while grief overcomes you, while fear captures you, while bitterness consumes you, while depression controls you.  Jesus has given you abundant life.  Draw from that life, take hold of it, cleave to it, believe it and act upon it.  Exercise your faith and walk in the power and victory that is part of this abundant life that He has given you. 

The "bad" of life does not have to destroy you.  The Lord has provided everything you need to destroy its hold on you.  Through Him you can run through a troop of troubles, problems, tribulations, and leap over a wall of anger, bitterness, resentment, self-pity, and hurt, because He has given you victory over it.

Have a great day.   The "bad" that comes your way in life does not have to destroy you.... so don't let it. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

"Destroyed Life"

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."  John 16:33

Life doesn't always bring good things with it.  More often than not it brings the bad.  It brings sickness, disease, heartache, disappointment, trouble, problems, brokenness, death and tribulation.  We can't get away from bad things happening in our lives.  We can't have all "sunshine" and no "rain". But when life happens-- namely when it brings the bad and unwanted-- don't let life destroy you.

Often, we let life destroy us when it brings that which we don't want or when it brings the bad and the things we have already mentioned.  We let it destroy us by us giving into our emotions and feelings.  Our emotions will trigger wrong attitudes.  These attitudes will destroy us when we give into them.  These attitudes are bitterness, anger, resentment, depression, hate, unforgiveness, anxiety, fear, condemnation, shame, guilt, a hard heart, etc. 

The attitude Jesus told us to have was one of "good cheer".  The word cheer means:  comfort, cheer, courage, bold.  In those times- when bad comes our way- we need to take courage and not give up and lose heart.  We need to stand boldly against the temptation to yield to our emotions.  We need to receive the comfort that the Lord has for us.  When we do, the circumstances may not change, things may remain bad, it may not get better, but in the midst of it you won't be destroyed.  You will have the peace of God that passes understanding that Jesus spoke of and promised to give us. 

You can't always choose what happens in life, but you can choose whether or not you will let it destroy you.  So which will you choose? 

Have a great day.  Don't let life destroy you.       

Monday, August 7, 2017

"Who You Are"

"But ye are ..."  1 Peter 2:9a

I wear many "hats" and "roles" in life.  I am a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, an aunt, a daughter, a friend, a business woman, etc.  Spiritually I have many roles as well.  I am a Christian, a minister, light, salt, an ambassador for Christ, a prayer warrior, a worshipper, a teacher, a witness, an encourager, etc.

My roles in the natural are not "compartmentalized" I am all those things.  It is who I am as well as what I do.  There is no separation, although there are times when one is more predominant than another.  This is true of my spirit life also.  Each one rises to the occasion when it is most needed. 

For some reason we think we are only one role instead of all.  We are not.  We are whatever is needed at the time-- naturally and spiritually.  This is seen more in our spiritual lives.  When a need arises in a particular area, we think we can't do it-- it is not our gift or calling.  Many Christians don't share their faith because they say-- I am not a preacher, or a minister.  Many won't pray for someone who has a need for the same reason.  They will call someone who they know is a "prayer warrior" and get them to pray. 

Let me encourage you this morning in this--- if you find yourself in the situation, then God put you there.  And whether you need to be a prayer warrior, a witness, an encourager, a teacher, or anything else, He has not only equipped you to do what is needed, but He has made you into what is needed.  You are that which is needed for the moment.  You are that to meet the need.  So stop putting it off on someone else because you "can't" do it.  It isn't a matter of "doing".  It is a matter of "being".  And He has made you into what you need to be to meet the need. It is Him in you that does it anyway. 

Have a great day.  It is who you are, therefore, you can do it.     

Friday, August 4, 2017

"Unworthy Praise"

"Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God."  Psalm 50:23

Don't withhold your praise from the Lord!  Too often we will withhold it when we have messed up, made a mistake or sinned.  We allow our shortcomings, our faults, our failures to cause us to withhold our praise.  We allow guilt and condemnation from the enemy and self to cause us to hold back our praise.  We allow our emotions and our feelings to cause us to withhold praise. 

Praise is not about us.  It is about the Lord.  We should never withhold it.  When we are feeling all the things that I have listed above, that is not the time to withhold praise from Him.  It is a time to praise Him even more. 

We should praise Him even in our mistakes, faults, sins and failures.  If for no other reason than because He is worthy of the praise.  You may say, "but the praise isn't coming from my heart, just my mouth".  That's all right.  That is why the Bible also calls it a "sacrifice of praise"-- so don't withhold it.  If you make a step of faith to praise Him, your heart will soon catch up. 

Don't withhold your praise because God is worthy of it.  You may not feel you are worthy to give it, but give it anyway.  One day multitudes who are "unworthy" - actually they are on their way to hell and the devil is with them, but before they are cast out into the lake of fire, they will give the Lord one last praise and confess that He is Lord. 

Lastly, don't withhold your praise because it is a powerful weapon.  And though it is directed to the Lord, as you are praising Him and giving Him the glory-- in spite of your mistakes and unworthiness-- a change will begin to take place in you.  The guilt, condemnation, the chains of sin, will begin to fall off and repentance will come, your heart will be refreshed and your mind will be set at peace. 

Have a great day.  Don't withhold your praise from the Lord because you feel unworthy of being able to give it. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017


"It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness."  Lamentations 3:22,23

For the last several days the song, "Mercy Came Running", has been on my mind and heart.  Mercy is an attribute of God.  It is like grace, it isn't earned or deserved.  Most people never give a thought to mercy.  They never think about it being because of God's mercy that they woke up this morning, have a job to go to, had food to eat, clothes to wear, have a sound mind, or any other good thing that is in their lives.  You have heard the expression, "Living on borrowed time"?  Well, we are living on Mercy. 

Mercy is defined as- mercy, charity, clemency, grace, leniency, a disposition to show kindness or compassion;  mercy implies compassion that forbears punishing even when justice demands it.

It was because of mercy that Adam wasn't killed in the garden when he disobeyed God.  It is because of the mercy of God that we aren't consumed when we commit a sin.  Many have this idea, when they are living in sin, that God is "all right" with it, or that He approves of it.  They reason in their own minds that if He wasn't "condoning" it they would have already faced His wrath or punishment.  Not true!  Mercy comes to all just like the rain does-- it rains on the just and the unjust, the good and the evil. (Matthew 5:45)

Never think that He is condoning your sin, especially because He has not judged or punished you, or because it appears that you are being blessed.  He loves you, but He hates the sin you are living in.  The only reason you haven't already been consumed is because the Lord God is a merciful God who does not want any to perish.  His mercy is at work in your life withholding punishment so that you will have time to repent.  It is not because it is His "stamp of approval".  

But, there will come a time when His mercy will end.  It ends once you leave this earth in death.  Then you will face the punishment.  Or it will end before that day when He determines you have had plenty of chances to repent and He is not going to overlook it any longer.  Mercy is part of who God is.  Therefore, He can decide to give it or withhold it.  The choice of whether He will extend mercy or not is solely up to Him.  If you are living under His mercy, while living in your sin, you don't need to take it for granted.  You should not think that He approves.  You need to repent and turn to Him and turn from your sin before mercy runs out.  

Have a great day.  God does not condone your sin.  He is only showing you mercy. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"Trust And Obey"

"If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land".  Joshua 1:19

When it comes to receiving the answers to our prayers and petitions, there are times when we just have to trust and there are times when we have to trust and obey.

When Jarius came to Jesus about his sick daughter, Jesus told him to believe--  just trust.  But there are other times when our trust has to have some obedience behind it.  Here are some examples of what I am talking about.  We are told to give and it shall be given unto us.  We are told to bring our tithes and offerings into the storehouse and He would pour out a blessing on us.  We are also told to "cast our bread upon the water and it shall come back to us in abundance".  The Bible tells us to be doers of the Word and not hearers only.  There are times the obedience may simply be to ask-- you have not because you ask not.  Naaman was told to dip seven times in the Jordan River.  Today we are told to call for the elders of the church and be anointed and prayed for to be healed.  And so on.

There is an old hymn that says to trust and obey.  It always takes trust-- belief, faith.  But it may also at times require obedience.  We have to be willing to do both.  If you are wondering why you aren't seeing more answers and blessings, you should seek the Lord to find out if there is an act of obedience that you need to fulfill.

Have a great day.  It takes trust in order to receive from the Lord, but it may take obedience as well.   

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

"The Active Word"

"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."  James 1:22

When the rich young ruler asked Jesus what he needed to do to have eternal life.  Jesus answered him.  The young man responded by telling Jesus he had done all that He said.  Then he asked another question--- what do I still lack?

Many of you are wondering-- what do I lack?  What do I still need in my life?  What is missing?  Where's my peace, my joy, my victory?  The thing that you lack is the Word of God active in your life.  When I say this, I am not talking about just reading the Word in a devotion each day, or following along with the verses in the sermon on Sunday.  I mean having it "active" in your life. I mean you have it in your hand like a sword, in your mind renewing it and in your mouth speaking it.  I mean it governs, and dictates, your thoughts, actions and deeds.  I mean that it transforms your character and changes your attitude.

The Word of God is life.  It is health-- health to our spirit, soul and bodyIt is truth -- truth sets us free.  It is deliverance.  It is wisdom.  It is grace.  It is powerful-- more powerful than a two-edged sword.  It is hope.  It is faith.  It is enlightenment.  It is strength.  It is victory.  It is joy and peace.  We overcome every, any and all obstacles, plans, schemes and devices of the devil that he tries to use to steal, kill and destroy us.    

If you know without a doubt that you are a Christian but you feel like you are lacking something in your life, check your relationship with the Word.  Is it active in your life?

Have a great day.  What you feel like you are lacking in your life is most likely is the Word of God.   

Monday, July 31, 2017

"The Source Of Blessings"

"Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments."  Psalm 112:1

There are blessings in every area of life for the person who fears the Lord and delights greatly in His commandments.  You will have to read the rest of the chapter to discover what they are. 
But to name a few: 
His children and all the generations that follow shall be blessed.   
Wealth and riches shall be in his house.
He will have light to guide him in times of darkness.
He won't be moved when trouble comes.
He will be remembered when he passes from this life. 
He won't be afraid when he hears a bad or evil report because his heart is fixed in trust in the Lord.
He won't be afraid when his enemies rise against him.  He knows the Lord will fight his battle for him. 
His heart is changed to be more like the heart of God.
His character will be transformed to the degree that he is not greedy but compassionate, caring, giving, a lender, he shows favor to others, he is gracious and he is righteous in character and his affairs. 
He shall be exalted with honor. 

There are many blessings that we desire and strive to receive.  But we can't be flippant about our relationship with the Lord and expect them to come.  We have to heed the commandments, obey them and put them into practice in our lives. If we do, those blessings will automatically come and even chase us down. 

Have a great day.  The fear of the Lord and delighting in His commands bring multiple blessings.

Friday, July 28, 2017

"The Substance Of Faith"

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."  Hebrews 11:1

I think we tend to forget what faith is.  I think we also tend to forget that as Christians, we live by faith.  Faith is the substance of things hoped for.  It is the evidence of things not seen.  We tend to get upset, anxious, fearful and discouraged when we don't "see" things changing or taking place.  Faith is not sight.  Faith will become sight eventually.  But until it does we have to live by faith-- believing without seeing.

Faith is not mere hope so.  It is not make believe.  It is not just a positive confession.  It is not believing hard enough or long enough.  

Faith is not only substance-- it is the foundation for what we believe-- is  has substance.  It has something backing it up.  It has something solid upholding it.  It has roots and grounding.  What is the substance of faith?  God's Word. 

The source that gives faith power is God's Word.  Just because we may "want" or desire something, doesn't mean we can just start believing for it if it has no substance to it.  Our faith is not in our faith.  It is in the immutable, unfailing, unchanging Word of God.  Faith holds on to, trust in, is confident in, is rooted in the faithfulness of God to do what He says He will do.  

We live by faith.  Not by sight.  Not by hope so.  Not by mere desire.  But our faith has to have substance and that substance is God's Word.  We can believe what He says.  

Have a great day.  We live by faith.  God's Word gives substance to faith.   

Thursday, July 27, 2017

"Can Do Strength Or Pride?"

"..... for without me ye can do nothing."  John 15:5b

Children are famous for their "can do" attitude.  You know what I mean, they have an independent attitude.  They don't need your help, they can do it, they know what they are doing.  (All along we know they can't.)  You try to help them and they don't want your help.  They insist they know what they are doing and can do it.  So, what do you do?  You let them.  (At least you let them try.)  Sooner or later they realize that they can't do it and don't know it all.

As children of the Lord, we tend to do the same thing with Him.  We have a "can do" attitude.  We act like we can do it ourselves.  We act like we don't need His help.  We act like we can manage on our own.  We act like we have it all figured out.  Then we later discover that we don't.  But if we are insistent that we "can do it", just like us as parents, He will step aside and let us try it for ourselves.   

While a "can do" attitude can be applauded in many areas, it isn't when it comes to dealing with the Lord.  He doesn't call it a "can do" attitude or see it as a strength of character.  He calls it "pride".  He calls it arrogance and a haughty spirit.  It is not a strength of character.  It is independence from Him. 

I said earlier that just like we step back and let children discover on their own that they can't do, or know, everything, the Lord will step back too.  He does this because He loves you.  This is a chastening method of the Lord.  (Whom He loves He chastens.)  In His stepping back, you will discover that you can't do it because you will fall and fail at your attempt.  (Pride goes before destruction.)  When He steps back and lets you do it on your own, pride will cause you to fall.  Failure will cause you to repent and acknowledge your dependency on the Lord. 

We can't do it/anything without Him.  Are you trying to?  Do you think you can?  Do you really think you are wiser and stronger than He is?  If so, you don't have a "can do" mentality, or  strength of character, you have a "pride" problem.  Repent and confess your dependency on Him.

Have a great day.  If you think you can do it without the Lord, you have a pride problem.       

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

"Peace Defined"

" Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27

Most people define peace as-- the absence of problems.  When all is going well in their lives, they have peace.  But let a storm come, let conflict come, let problems come, let trials hit their lives and there goes their peace. 

Peace is not the absence of problems.  You can still have peace even when in a storm.  You can still have peace when your heart is breaking.  You  can still have peace when your world is falling apart.  Why?  How?  Because it is His/the Lord's peace that you have.

When the disciples were in the boat and the storm arose, they were fearful.  They were afraid of drowning.  They were toiling to try to remove the water from the boat.  They were abandoning all hope.  They were convinced they would perish.  We see Jesus in the same boat and same storm with them.  But we see a different reaction in Him than in the disciples.  He was asleep.  He was resting.  He was at peace. 

Was Jesus in the storm?  Yes.  But He was at peace in it.  He was at peace because He knew the Father was with Him.  He was at peace because He knew that He was in the will of God.  He was at peace because He trusted the Father to take care of Him.  The storm was raging-- it was very present-- but Jesus had peace in the midst of it.  This is the true definition of peace. 

If you are going through a storm, a trial, a problem, a situation this morning, I am not saying that it is not real.  But you can still have peace of heart and mind during it.  That is what real peace is.

Have a great day.  Peace is not defined as the absence of a problem.  It is defined as a state of rest while in the problem. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"What Must I Do?"

"And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"  Acts 16:30
"And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"  Luke 18:18

The age old question-- "What must I do to be saved?"  It was asked by a Roman jailer.  It was asked by a young Jewish ruler.  They both asked, "What must I do?"  The emphasis in the question was on "I".  We think that there is something we can do to be saved, to have eternal life, to enter into heaven, to be right with God. 

We think that there must be some "good work" or "religious deed" that we can do to be saved.  We think that if we keep the commandments, if we attend church, if we are baptized, if we join a church, if we help the poor, if we read our Bibles, if we give offerings to the church, then we are "saved". 

"I" can't do anything to save myself.  I can't do enough good deeds to save myself.  Adam and Eve tried to save themselves all the way back in the Garden of Eden by sewing fig leaves together to cover their sin.  It wasn't possible then, it still isn't possible now. 

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8)  Salvation is a gift.  It is something that is given, not something that is earned.  There is only one thing that you can do to be saved-- receive the gift. 

God loved the world so much that He gave.  He gave the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ His Son.  We don't earn the gift.  We don't work for it.  We don't purchase it.  We believe that it is intended for us.  Then we receive it by faith.  That is the only "work" we can do.  Have you?  Or are you still trying to work for it?  Are you still trying to be good enough to posses it?  You and I never will be good enough or do enough to earn it.  We just have to receive it.   

Have a great day.  There is nothing you can do to be saved, other than put your faith in Jesus Christ to save you.   


Monday, July 24, 2017

"Shut The Door"

"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..."  Proverbs 23:7a

The Bible tells us to guard our hearts.  Whatever gets into your heart, whether it is good or bad, does so by gaining access.  Therefore, we must guard our hearts.  How do we guard them?  How do we stop what is bad from gaining access?  The access point to your heart is a door.  You stop access by putting a "guard" on the door to your heart.  What is the door that leads to your heart?  It is your mind.  Your mind is the door to your heart.

When bad, evil, wicked, wrong, ungodly, negative, unkind, fearful, hateful thoughts come, you have to take them captive or else they will gain entrance into your heart.  They will come right in through the door.  You will be letting them in.  

When these thoughts come, capture them and cast them down.  Don't give place to them.  Don't hold the door open to them.  Close the door.  Close it by renewing your mind.  Counteract those thoughts with the Word of God.  Use your "sword of the Spirit" against them.  Post God's Word at the door.  This is what Jesus did in the wilderness.  The enemy was trying to gain access to His heart.  He was trying to find an open door into His heart.  He used thoughts that would promote pride and lust. (Matthew 4)  But Jesus guarded His heart and shut the door each time to the enemy by capturing His thoughts and renewing His mind with God's Word-- "it is written".  You and I have to do the same.  This is how we protect and guard our hearts.  We close the door.  The mind is the door.  We close it by renewing it with God's Word.

Have a great day.  Close the door of your heart-- stop holding it open.

Friday, July 21, 2017

"Just Because"

"By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name."  Hebrews 13:15
Have you ever received a "just because" gift?  It was given to you by someone "just because".  It wasn't your birthday.  It wasn't an anniversary.  It wasn't a special occasion.  They gave it to you just because they love you.  They gave it to you just because they were thinking about you.  They gave it to you just because they knew you would like it.  Who doesn't like a "just because" gift.  They are special blessings.
When was the last time you gave the Lord a "just because" gift?  When was the last time you spent time with Him just because you love Him-- you didn't spend the time asking for anything?  When was the last time you went to Him for no reason at all other than to bring Him a gift of praise?  When was the last time you just wanted to lavish your love on Him?  When was the last time you just sang to Him, or gave Him thanksgiving, or told Him how wonderful He was?  These are all gifts that we give to Him-- and He loves them.  If it has been awhile, then maybe today you might want to think about giving Him a "just because" gift.    
Have a great day.  The Lord loves "just because" gifts too.  


Thursday, July 20, 2017

"The Known God"

"For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, To The Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you."  Acts 17:23
To many people the Lord God is an unknown God.  They either haven't met Him yet or they don't want to know Him.  Some others think they know Him but they only know "facts and figures" about Him. 
When Paul saw this altar to the unknown God, he begin to tell the people who He was.  He began to make Him known.  Why?  Because it is God's will that we know Him.  He doesn't want to remain "unknown".  He wants to reveal Himself to you.  He wants you to know Him.  He wants you to know Him in a personal and intimate way.  This is one of the reasons why He sent His Son Jesus into the world. 
When Jesus came, He revealed Father/God to mankind-- when you have seen Me you have seen the Father.  He made known His power to us-- He went about healing the sick, casting out devils, raising the dead.  He made known His grace-- neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.  He made known His love-- by dying on the cross to save us from our sins.  He made known His mercy-- I will have mercy on you.  He made known His compassion to us-- when He saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion.  Jesus made known the Father's provision-- He fed the 5,000 with fish and bread.  Everything we needed to know about Father/God Jesus revealed.  He showed us everything from His great love to His tender mercies.  And He let us know that it is God's will that we know Him.
Do you know Him?  Is He still unknown to you?  Do you want to know Him?  You can.  He wants you to know Him.  He knows who you are and He desires that you not only know who He is, but know Him through a relationship.  How do we come to that place of knowing Him?  By calling out to Him and asking Him for that relationship.  Accepting that it came through Jesus Christ and place your faith in Him as the way to come to know the Father.
Have a great day.  The Lord wants you to know Him. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"Ball And Chain"

"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."  Matthew 6:14,15

I read something yesterday that said-- Forgiveness will not change the past, but it will enlarge the future. 

Just because you forgive someone doesn't mean it will change the past.  What happened, happened.  It can't be changed.  It can't be undone.  But on the other hand, holding on to unforgiveness won't change the past either.  Some people hold on to unforgiveness and bitterness toward someone for something that they did.  Do they think that by not forgiving it will change what happened, or make it better, or make it go away?  Nothing can change the past.  But your forgiveness or unforgiveness will change and affect your present and future.

How will forgiveness "enlarge" your future?  For one, you will have freedom to move on.  You will have freedom to accomplish your life's mission.  You will have freedom to pursue life.  Holding on to unforgiveness is like carrying around a "ball and chain"-- it is there reminding you and stopping you from progressing any further in life.  It entangles you.  It oppresses you with its weight.  It slows you down.  It hinders you.

Forgiveness and unforgiveness are choices.  You have to choose to forgive, but if you don't you are automatically choosing unforgiveness. 

Do you want freedom in your life?  Do you want peace?  Joy?  Do you want abundant life?  Do you want to fulfill your destiny?  Do you want your life to have purpose?  Do you want to fulfill God's plan and mission for your life?  Unforgiveness will stop that from happening.  But forgiveness will make it possible. 

Have a great day.  Unforgiveness will weigh you down.  Forgiveness will free you.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"Captured Heart

"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."  Proverbs 4:23

The word issues is also translated fountain.  Our heart has a "fountain of life" in it.  That fountain is Jesus-- the Way, the Truth and the Life.  His life is suppose to be issuing (flowing) from our hearts so that others can taste and see that He is good.  It should be flowing so that they will know that He quenches the thirst of our souls. 

The Bible lets us know that our hearts have a "door" on them.  Sin is always crouching at the door awaiting access. (Genesis 4:7)  When we open the door to sin, sin will come in.  Once it does, it starts taking over our hearts.  It starts holding the life that is in us captive so that it can't freely flow from us.

For example, when bitterness comes in, it takes love captive.  We are so taken over by bitterness that love can't flow from our hearts.  When fear is allowed in, it takes faith captive-- faith can't flow from us.  When we open the door to confusion, peace can no longer flow from our lives.  That is the way it is with any of the characteristics of sin.  It demands to rule the whole heart and takes captive anything that is there. 

This is why we must guard our hearts from opening the door to anything that is connected, or related, to sin.  We must be diligent and watchful because sin is crouching, that means it is in the "ready, set, go" position.  It will move so fast to gain access that it is in the door before you know it.  Keep on guard.  Keep watchful.  Keep attentive.  Don't let down your guard.  Keep your heart full of the life of Jesus. Keep your heart full of the Spirit.  When you do, the door will stay shut to keep out sin.  And when it is open to release the fountain of life in you, that fountain will be so strong that it will be like a "river" that will carry sin away from the door and down stream.

Have a great day.  Guard your heart.  Don't let sin in to hold it captive.   

Monday, July 17, 2017

"Imperfect And Mercy"

"Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy."  Matthew 5:7

News Flash:  Nobody is perfect.  Parents, your children aren't perfect.  Children, your parents are perfect.  Your spouse isn't perfect.  Your boss isn't perfect.  Your employees aren't perfect.  Your relatives, your friends, your acquaintances aren't perfect.  Government officials, our leaders, our spiritual leaders aren't perfect.  Nobody is perfect.  Nobody does everything right all the time. 

We all make mistakes.  We all mess up.  We all do things we should not have done, say things we should not have said, make choices we should not have made.  It is because we are not perfect.  We are "flawed" people.  We were perfect before sin came into the world through Adam.  But the presence of sin took that away. 

There is only One perfect and that is Jesus.  While, as Christians we are conforming and being transformed into His image, we haven't arrived into that state of perfection.  We are in a process of doing so, but it will not be totally accomplished, and completed, until the day when this mortality puts on immortality and this corruptible flesh puts on incorruption. 

So in the meantime, because we are all in the "imperfect boat" and living a life of "could of, should of, would of" we need mercy.  We need mercy because of our mistakes and imperfections.  We need to be shown mercy.  But in order to receive mercy ourselves, we must be willing to give mercy.  Mercy is a two-way street.  If we aren't willing to extend mercy to those who need it, to those who have done wrong, to those who have messed up, to those who aren't doing what we think they should do, to those who aren't making the best choices, to those who aren't lining up with the right way, then we will be cutting off our own mercy.  It is a reaping and sowing principle.  

Have a great day.  When we are unwilling to show mercy to someone because of the speck in their eye, don't forget that there may be a log in our own eye. 

Scripture references:
1 Corinthians 15:53
Matthew 7:5

Friday, July 14, 2017

"Hope Deferred Sickness"

"Hope deferred maketh the heart sick..."  Proverbs 13:12

When our physical bodies are sick, when something causes them to be ill, when we have a disease, our bodies are weakened.  In that weakened state they are susceptible and vulnerable to attacks by other diseases.  In their weakened state they can contract other illnesses. 

When that which we had hoped for does not happen.  When it is delayed.  When it is not working out.  Our hearts become sick-- weak, wounded, ill.  Like our bodies, our hearts become susceptible and vulnerable to attacks, "dis-eases" and spiritual illness.  It is vulnerable to criticism, to bitterness, to unforgiveness, to anger, resentment, frustration, jealousy, and if not "healed" can lead to hate.  Hate then becomes like a "cancer" growing in your spiritual-- destroying your spiritual life.  

We all get disappointed.  We all don't always get what we hoped for.  We all get sad when what we hoped for doesn't happen.  But we MUST when hope is deferred, guard our hearts.  We must protect them.  We must keep them healthy.  Deferred hope weakens our spiritual immune system so we must take our spiritual "vitamins" when our hope is deferred. 

What are those spiritual vitamins that will keep our hearts well and protected even in times of deferred hope?  They are the Word of God-- read it, meditate on it, keep it in your mouth by repeating it over and over again and again.  They are prayer-- go to God with your sadness and disappointment.  They are praying in the Spirit-- this will build your faith (your spiritual immune system).  They are praise-- even if it is a sacrifice to praise, even if you don't feel like praising, praise anyway.  (You will get up out of bed and take your pills/medicine for your body even if you don't feel like it.)Praise is powerful. 

So when hope deferred comes, and it will sometime throughout your lifetime, strengthen your spiritual immune system and don't give into it.  You will be closing the door to other "dis-eases" (the things that go against your ease/peace) when you do.  Actually, you should take your spiritual "vitamins" daily so that your faith will be strong when deferred hope comes and can combat it up front. 

Have a great day.  Keep your spiritual immune system healthy.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

"Quick Fix Mentality"

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."  Galatians 6:9

We live in a "quick fix" society.  We want everything now.  We don't want to wait.  We don't want to have to put forth any effort for it.  Just give it to me now. 

We are like that when we are sick, in pain or hurting.  We want a "wonder pill" that will bring us immediate healing or relief.  We are like that with finances.  We want to win the lottery, we want a hand out, we want to have riches now.  We are like that when we go to God for the answer to a need.  We pray a "microwave" prayer and expect the answer to "pop out" in ten seconds or less.  Young newly married couples want all the luxuries-- cars, a house, all the tools, etc. at the beginning of their marriage.  They want all the things that their parents have.  They just don't want to wait for them.  It took their parents a lifetime to have what they have, but they want it now.   

We are so spoiled!  Our "quick fix" mentality is often a "curse" to us.  Don't misunderstand what I am about to say, please.  But when dealing with sickness, sometimes instead of looking to the doctor to give you a pill that will take care of it instantly, we just need to make some lifestyle changes and the problem would take care of itself.  Some things we face just need some time in prayer.  But we don't want to take the time.  We don't want to "tarry" in our prayer closets until the answer comes.  We want it now, we don't want to waitWe would rather take a hand out financially than get a job and work for it-- that takes too long and is too much effort on my part. 

Hezekiah had to turn his face to the wall when told he had a terminal disease and pray until the prophet returned with the answer.  The woman with the issue of blood had to press her way through the crowd.  Daniel had to fast and pray for twenty-one days for the answer to come.  The disciples had to tarry in the upper room for days before they received the infilling power of the Holy Spirit.  Consider Jesus Himself.  He had to tarry in the wilderness to become empowered for the ministry He would have.  And the list goes on.  

God does instantaneous things many times.  He does miracles often immediately.  But, more times than not, there are things that we have to do.  And those things don't always take a few seconds.  They take time in the prayer closet.  They take weeks of fasting.  They take days of work.  They take lifestyle changes day in a day out.  We need to change our "quick fix" mentality and humble ourselves, take control of our flesh, renew our minds, be willing to do what we have to do and pray for grace to do the things we need to do... and do them until the result or answer comes.

Have a great day.  Change your "quick fix" mentality and persevere.   

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"Bad Day Choices"

"This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."  Psalm 118:24

We all have bad days.  There are days when things don't go as we plan.  Days when pain and suffering come.  Days when things don't go as we hoped they would.  Just bad days.  When those bad days come, we have to make a choice about them.  Are we going to choose to allow them to affect our attitude and cause us to have a "bad" attitude?  Or are we going to choose grace? 

Paul was faced with a thorn in his flesh.  It was not a good thing-- thorns never are.  Had it been a good thing he never would have prayed for its removal-- but he prayed three times for the Lord to take it away.  The Lord responded to Paul by offering him grace.  That was his answer.  At that point Paul had a choice-- was he going to let the thorn cause him to get a bad attitude, get bitter, get frustrated, angry, discouraged, etc., or was he going to choose grace?  Paul chose grace.

When we are having a bad day and chose to respond and react in our flesh to the bad things that are happening, we are going to find ourselves giving into the wrong attitude.  We will give into anger, revenge, frustration, discouragement,  fear, bitterness, hopelessness, confusion, and so on.  But if we will choose grace instead, we will be able to rejoice and be glad.  We will have peace to make it through the day.  We will have contentment.  We will have faith and so on because grace is the agent that produces these types of attitudes in us.  Grace is not only defined as God's unmerited favor.  It is also defined as God's divine influence on our hearts.  Therefore, by choosing grace we will be choosing His influence to direct our hearts.  His influence is one of love, joy, peace, contentment, mercy, strength, etc. Therefore, even a bad day can be a good day when we choose grace.

Have a great day.  Having a bad day?  Choose grace and you will then be able to rejoice and be glad in that bad day. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Enter Light"

"The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple."  Psalm 119:130

The reason so many of us are confused about what we should do, which direction we should take, what decision is the best one is because we are trying to make them in the dark.  What I mean is that we are trying to make them based on our own knowledge and understanding. 

Making a decision, about anything, is like walking into an unfamiliar room with all the lights off and trying to reach a prize that has been placed on the other side of the room.  We have to feel our way around.  We have to assume which is the best route through the room.  We have to try to get our bearings and direction.  But we can't.. it is dark and unfamiliar.  If we were to turn on a light in that room, things would be clearer.  We would see clearly.  We would know where the prize was.  We could easily maneuver our way around to reach it.  Having a light on makes all the difference.

Having the light of God's Word in our situation and decision making makes all the difference also.  The verse says that when God's Word enters it gives light.  Our decisions have to be made in light of, and in the light of, God's Word.  Without it we will be confused, we will be uncertain, we will be unsure and our understanding about what to do will be darkened.  

Are you trying to make decisions in your life?  Are you uncertain of what you should do?  Are you grasping for the right answer?  Bring God's Word into your situation and the light will come on and you will see more clearly what you should do.

Have a great day.  When God's Word enters your situation, it brings light and removes the darkness.   

Monday, July 10, 2017

"At The Throne"

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."  Hebrews 4:16

I wonder why the verse didn't just read-- "Let us therefore come boldly before God" instead of before "the throne of grace"?  When we pray, we are coming before the Lord God, but we are also coming before His throne.  He sits on the throne.  This is where He rules and reigns from. 

A throne represents stability and authority.  And we are told here it represents grace-- God's favor.  So when you go to God in prayer, you are coming before His throne.  This means you are coming before that which is stable.  It is constant.  It is enduring.  It never fails.  It is dependable, firm, steadfast, solid, faithful, safe and unwavering. It doesn't change because the One who sits on it doesn't change. 

When you go before the throne of God in prayer, it also means that you are coming before that which has authority.  In this case, it is the authority of God which means there is no greater authority.  It all begins and ends with Him-- He is the first and final authority in all matters.  There is no power, word, judgment or decree that is above His.  No one can come back later and appeal His verdict.  It stands and stands forever. 

It is a throne of grace.  That means it is a place of favor.  This also means that you don't have to worry or wonder that He is going to cast you aside when you come.  You don't have to be afraid that He will turn you away.  You don't have to be anxious that you will have an audience with Him or not.  You can go with boldness-- confidence-- that He will hear you and answer you. 

Don't sit back when you are in need.  Go to His throne of grace to find your help.  You can trust that when you get there, you will have an audience with Him.  He will not turn you away.  His power, favor and faithfulness will meet you there. 

Have a great day.  Go to the throne of God with your need.