Things That Hide In The Dark

But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. Ephesians 5:13

Hands in PrayerFor a long time, one of my consistent prayers is thanking Jesus for bringing into the light that which hides in the dark. Especially in our community and neighboring communities. He is always so faithful to answer this prayer. But, what do we do with what is brought into the light? Most times, what has been hiding in the dark is unpleasant, shocking, sad and can cause feelings of frustration, anger or overwhelming anxiety. Having these feelings is okay, after all God created us with emotions and feelings. I believe what is important is what we do with these feelings. Will we allow them to drive our behavior in a negative way, or will we do what Jesus always did whenever he was faced with something to heavy for him to carry; He prayed. Scripture tells of the many times Jesus would go off and pray to his Father, especially when something was troubling him.

Please don’t ever underestimate the power of prayer. Lest you think you are not a “prayer warrior”, think again. It is part of your identity in Christ. We are to pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:16). Precious One, ask Jesus to start bringing the things that hide in the darkness into the light. And, don’t stop there, when he does, and he will, pray for the situation. Thank the Holy Spirit for laying his seed of salvation deep into the souls of those who were hiding in the dark. Thank Jesus that those in the dark choose Him! Thank God, I call him Papa, for protecting those in the dark who come into the light from the evil one who will attempt to steal away their newfound trust in Him! Hallelujah!

Finally, did you catch the hope in the above verse from Ephesians? All things become visible when they are exposed to the light, everything that becomes visible is light! Jesus is the Light of the world, (John 8:12), exposing the darkness, and I encourage you not to be discouraged when you hear of the messy ugliness that is exposed by the Light. Rather, rejoice that Jesus has done this and continue to thank him for the good work he has begun and will finish. Join Him; co-labor with Him through prayer.





Hope for Today: 2 Timothy 1:7

lightning-strike-913-1010My verse today is 2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7 has been swirling around in my head for a while now. I even pray this over my family and me, personalizing my prayer with our names. As I was praying this morning the word power stood out at me.

Power, in this verse, means a person or supernatural being who has administrative power; miraculous power. The miraculous power of the Living God lives in us. God gives us His power, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. Resurrection power. This power lives inside those who believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior through the Holy Spirit. Think about that for a moment. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead LIVES inside you!

God wants to work through you with His miraculous power to lead others to His Son and eternal life, to heal the sick, to set the captives free, to be His witness of his sovereignty.

Go ahead, own the resurrection power within you. It is part of your identity. Its also your inheritance and a spiritual blessing from heaven. And, it is your God given authority in Christ. As an ambassador to the kingdom of God, use His power in you to change the lives of those around you.



A Nugget From Job

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I found this nugget of treasure this morning in the book of Job.

If mortals die, can they live again? This thought would give me hope, and through my struggle I would eagerly wait for release. You would call and I would answer, and you would yearn for me, your handiwork. Job 14: 14-15. (emphasis added)

How profound that Job would ask, “If mortals die, can they live again?” And, that this thought would give him hope! Not only hope but that he would be released from his earthly struggles. The gospels teach us that Christ died on the cross for our sins and to give us hope of living in eternity with him when we choose Him as our Lord and Savior. But here, here, Job is already pondering this very thing.

Did you catch the last word? Job knew he was God’s handiwork! This is our identity in Christ; His handiwork. Precious One, you are His greatest masterpiece! Here is a parallel verse to Job 14:15

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good work, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

I’m liking this godly man Job more and more. Have a blessed day resting in your identity in Christ as His beautiful masterpiece.


Standing In Solidarity

10556347_10203188074035924_5704679394930315451_nWhenever you see this picture, join me and others, who are praying for those around the world who are being persecuted for their belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I praise God, that here in our Country, for the time being, we can freely choose our form of worship.

But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 25:15.

Pray also for those doing the persecuting, for it is according the will of God. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2Peter 3:9 (emphasis added).

Shalom, the true peace of Jesus, not the peace of this world. 


All Good Things


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When I was a younger Christian, every time I sensed the Holy Spirit leading me to read the book of Job, it always caused a sense of foreboding or fear. Didn’t God know this book was about tragedy, bad things happening to a man, whom God actually told Satan, was a man of complete integrity? Yes, God knows this, He is, after all, God! He did inspire the Book of Job, the entire Bible for that matter.

This morning I started reading through the Book of Job and the Holy Spirit has given me new eyes to read this beautiful story.  I realize now that my former fear of this book was actually my lack of faith and trust in God. You see, not only did Job lose almost everything he had, (he and his wife survived their tragic loss), at the end of Jobs story God restores to Job twice as much as he had before. Ah, the message of hope!

The Holy Spirit whispers to me, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7. Fear is from Satan, it is one of his age-old tricks that he attempts to use in tempting us to doubt God’s love and faithfulness.

One of the things that always stands out to me when I read Job is that Satan came into the presence of God and they discussed Job. Like it was an ordinary, everyday thing. Let’s listen in to their conversation.

One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. TheLord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”

Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”

Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

First of all, nothing God does is every ordinary, all His works are extraordinary beyond compare! God has given Satan the authority to cause tribulation in Job’s life. But, didn’t God remember he caused Satan and his evil minions to fall from the heavens? Yes, he did, He is God!

A little further into my reading I come upon God telling Satan this, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. And he has maintained his integrity, even though you persuaded me to harm him without cause.” Job 2:3. Did you catch God telling Satan he persuaded Him? Can Satan even do that? Precious One, the answer is no! No one, least of all, Satan can persuade God to go against his character, which is His complete goodness for all eternity.

God knew the end of this story before it ever began. He knew that Job would continue to praise Him, the one true God, regardless of any affliction or tragedy. God did not cause Job’s plight but He did allow it to happen through the schemes of Satan.

Many times God allows trials, challenges and tribulations to come in to our life simply so we will turn to Him in complete trust and dependency. He created us to live a life dependent upon Him and him alone. Precious One, whenever you face a struggle remember that God loves you and is jealous for you. He doesn’t want the struggle to take His place in your life. He whispers to you….

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17.

I believe God gives us the story of Job to show us hard times at their worst, but throughout Jobs story we learn about our own heart condition, God’s love and His hope. Don’t give up hope, remain steadfast in the love of Christ, remembering all good things come from our Father above.


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You Are Chosen For Such A Time As This



The Book of Esther is one of my favorites. I read the entire ten chapters this morning, intrigued by what I sense are some parallels of Esther’s story and what is going on in our world today.

Esther was a quiet but strong woman, raised by her Uncle Mordecai after her parents had died when she was a young girl. Even as a young woman she still sought and followed the advice of her uncle.

Esther was a Jew, but her husband, King Xerxes, did not know this about her when he crowned her his Queen. It was a different time back then! An evil man by the name of Haman, lived in Esther’s kingdom. He was driven by his pride and ego. At one time he was the king’s right hand man and required all the king’s subject’s to bow down to him. And they did! Except Esther’s uncle, who would bow only to God. This infuriated Haman and he tricked King Xerxes into issuing a decree that all the Jews in all 127 provinces of the kingdom be annihilated. Mordecai learned of Haman’s plan and he beseeched Esther to do something.

business_110008020-012914-intHere is what Esther did; she told Mordecai to gather all the Jews together and to pray for her and to fast with her and her maids for three days. Then she would go and see the king and plead her case. She told Mordecai, “If I must die, I will die.” A rather interesting thing to say. You see, during this period of time if anyone went to visit the king without his summons it was an offense punishable by death unless the king extended his scepter to the person requesting his attention, even the queen! Thankfully, King Xerxes extended his scepter to Esther.

The rest of the story turns out well for Esther and the Jews and I encourage you to read or reread this delightful testimony of God’s love. Allowing yourself to be carried away by the Holy Spirit’s description of this time in history.

What strikes me most about the story of Esther every time I read it, is her willingness to seek God on behalf of herself and her people. She fasted and prayed for three days and asked others to join her, knowing she would hear from God. She depended on God with all of her heart that she made plans to visit the king before she had even fasted and prayed and trusted the outcome to God even if that meant she would die.

What is going on in the world today is frightening and in some area’s atrocious is not a strong enough word to describe the actions of others.

But, there is hope! And, it is found in God’s word.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. Psalm 33:12.

Ah, do you see the word inheritance? If you know me, you know I love looking for our inheritance in Christ throughout his word. God chooses to give us His inheritance through our belief in His Son, Jesus Christ! Think about that for a moment, let it settle into your heart and find a permanent place to reside. Everything God has he gives to us through our faith in Jesus! Our position here is to pray for the nations of the world that they would ask God to be their Lord and to share our inheritance with them through Jesus Christ! Guess what happens when we do? The nations are blessed by the One true God! Why? Because the nations and their people are seeking God.

When Solomon had finished the temple of the Lord and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the Lord and in his own palace, the Lord appeared to him at night and said:

“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there. 2 Chronicles 7:11-16. (emphasis added).

The highlighted part of this passage is what I sense the Holy Spirit speaking to the nations, but I think it is important to read it in context with the surrounding verses. When you believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you become a temple for the Holy Spirit to live within you. Don’t miss the promise of the last line!

1232-vintagePrecious One be a Queen Esther! Seek God not only for yourself but for those in your sphere of influence, for your neighborhood, for your city and state, for your Country and for the nations of the world.



Hope For Today: Paper Dolls



When I was young we would make paper dolls. If the paper was folded correctly and cut properly when we unfolded the paper the dolls would be holding hands. That’s what I see with these three verses. They hold hands, one with another.

Be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. James 5:7

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14.

‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10.

In between the rains there is a season of dry. Sometimes we can mistake this as God not speaking to us, wondering, “where did he go?” I encourage you to think about this season as a time of rest and preparation for Esther 4:14, being chosen for such a time as this!

When we realize God has chosen us for a particular assignment we might get anxious or fearful, even asking, “why me God?” I encourage you to ask yourself, “why NOT me?!” That’s when Isaiah 41:10 takes hold of your hand and reminds you, “fear not for I am with you!”

I declare the truth of these three verses over you, that the dry season between the rains is a time of preparing you for such a time as this and that you have no fear of stepping out in faith because the Lord is with you!