Let me start this post with wishing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continued peace, even as our country and the world watches with fear, doubt, reservation, and uncertainty about where our future lies. Dr. King’s dream WILL come true for some parent, somewhere, one day. If you don’t believe it then you don’t believe in God’s power to make right the wrongs, to bring order, and to heal.
Today is the nationally recognized day that we celebrate Dr. King’s birthday. Let it be a day “on” not “off”. Don’t sit back and veg out. Engage and see where you can be a catalyst for positive change, inclusion, and love!
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the L ORD your God is with you wherever you go.””
– JOSHUA 1:9 AMP
Father thank You for today, another day of life here in this body and with these experiences and challenges behind me, in front of me, and ahead of me. I’m grateful. I don’t regret one moment. Thank You.
Father, You know what I’m facing today. You know my pain, anxiety, pressures, fears, doubts, and concerns. You know my strengths and weaknesses, and You know that I don’t always utilize my strengths well. Help me Father. Strengthen me Lord. Fill me with reminders of my strength and courage.
Father, I refuse to let others tear me down. I refuse to let the enemy beat me down. I will keep standing up to those who are obsessed with hurting, punishing, condemning, humiliating, and intimidating me.
With Your loving grace, I will keep rising. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
We say that we know that God is with us always, wherever we go, yet we walk around stressed out, fearful, and in a weakened state. So basically, we acknowledge His presence, but keep thinking “I’ve got this” as we keep foolishly trying to steer the wheel, fight our battles, and spiral out of control.
Our lack of courage and strength leaves an opening for the enemy to slide in and further point out your weak spots and shortcomings. Soon our confidence dwindles and we begin to believe some (or all) of the lies the enemy tells us.
Do the opposite of what the enemy expects. Pray and praise rather than sob and complain. Smile through your pain. Let your tears run short. Focus on your strengths and ask God to magnify your positives and diminish that which is negative.
We will either be a Servant and Soldier for Christ, or we will be a puppet for the enemy. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want anyone or anything tying strings to me and pulling them. God doesn’t do it, so why should I allow another source to have its way with me?
Questions of the Day
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?
3. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?
4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?
5. Who would you like to pray for today?
6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.
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