It’s Up to You!

It isn't what others say about you and it isn't what the devil
says about you that determines your destiny.  It is what you
say about you!
 
When any negative thought comes into your mind, immediately
replace it with the Word of God.  This takes self discipline.
 
Again, it is time to think about what you are thinking about. First,
Identify the negative thoughts that are rolling around in your
brain.  Then, if you don't already have a scripture memorized that
applies to that subject, look up what God has to say about it.
 Replace the negative thought with God's Word.
 
Worry is considering the problem. Faith is considering the promise.
The first step is becoming aware of what you are spending your
time thinking about.  If you are just letting yourself think negative
thoughts all day, you  are probably depressed and negative. 
 
What I am suggesting takes effort and self discipline.  Is it worth it?
Yes! "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he, so does he become."
Every action starts with a thought. Get your thoughts lined up with
the Word of God and watch your choices and life begin to line up
with God's destiny for your life.


Faith

"The land which I do give them, even the children of Israel." (Joshua 1:2)
 
God here speaks in the immediate present.  It is not something He is going
to do, but something He does do, this moment. So faith ever speaks.  So
God ever gives.  So He is meeting you today, in the present moment.  This is
the test of faith.  So long as you are waiting for a thing, hoping for it, looking
for it, you are not believing.  It may be hope, it may be earnest desire, but it
is not faith; for "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things
not seen."  The command in regard to believing prayer is the present tense.
"When you pray, believe that you receive the things that you desire, and you
shall have them."  Have we come to that moment?  Have we met God in His
everlasting NOW?
 
True faith counts on God, and believes it before it sees.  Naturally, we want
some evidence that our petition if granted before we believe; but when we
walk by faith we need no other evidence than God's Word. He has spoken,
and according to our faith it shall be done to us.  We shall see because we have
believed, and this faith sustains us in the most trying places, when everything
around us seems to contradict God's Word.
 
The Psalmist says, " I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness
of the Lord in the land of living." (Psa. 27:13).  He did not see as yet the Lord's
answer to his prayers, but he believed to see; and this kept him from fainting.
 
If we have the faith that believes to see, it will keep us from growing discouraged.
We shall "laugh at impossibilities,"  we shall watch with delight to see how God
is going to open up a path through the Red Sea when there is no human way out
of our difficulty. It is just in such places of severe testing that our faith grows and
strengthens.
 
Have you been waiting upon God, dear, troubled one, during long nights and
weary days, and have feared that you were forgotten?  Nay, lift up your head,
and begin to praise Him even now for the deliverance which is on its way to you.
 


“Let us sing Hallelujah by anticipation” C.H. Spurgeon

I found this quote this morning and loved it!! We have heard
it so many ways. "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy
comes in the morning." "Our light affliction is but for a moment."
Let us praise God right in the middle of the trial, the test,
knowing that the answer is on the way.
 
Dear one, are you going through a trial?  A testing?  Be of
good cheer, This too shall pass.  God's timing is not our timing,
but He is always on time.  And when He fixes things, He makes
it look so easy!
 
"All things work together for good for those who love the Lord
and are called according to His purpose."  That is YOU.  So
just hang in there!  God is working whether you can see it or
not. He is behind the scenes, working all things together and
SUDDENLY, you will see the answer and the pieces will all fit.
Trust Him.


Mrs. Maroney

Years ago I was a first grade teacher in a wonderful Christian
school and I was blessed to have as my principal, Mrs. Betty
Maroney.
 
She was an example to all of us in so many ways.  She loved
the children unconditionally and the teachers as well.   She
was the epitome of organization. She ran our school like clock
work.  The minute she knew of an upcoming event, it went on
the schedule and was discussed at every teacher's meeting.
We knew exactly what was happening when and were always
prepared because of her guidance.  Nothing took us by surprise
and things ran smoothly because of her leadership.
 
But, the thing that impressed me most about this amazing leader
was the way she handled problems of any kind.  If we went to
her about a problem with a student or a personal problem of any
kind, her first response was, "Let's pray about it."  And we did.
Never was a discussion about anything begun without us going
to the Lord in prayer first.
 
What a wonderful legacy to leave to all she worked with.  Put the
Lord first in every situation and He will help you work it out.  Our
own self effort is futile without His guidance.
 
Let's all incorporate Mrs. Maroney's solution into every problem
we face.  Lets , let our first response be, "Let's pray about it."


Which Way?

In life, there are lots of directions we can take. There's
the world's way, there's the devils way, there's our own
way, and there is God's way.
 
Which way do you think works best? Kind of a no-brainer,
right? God's way is always the best.  How do we know His
Way?  By reading and studying His Word.  Remember in
school when the answers used to be in the back of the book?
When you were taking a test, it WASN"T OK to look in the
back of the book for the answers!
 
BUT, in life, when tests come, God wants us to "look in the
back of the book" to find our answers.
 
I was thinking about one particular test that most of us go
through at one time or another in our lives, that of being sick.
What does God tell us about that test?
 
James 5:14,15. "Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call
for the elders of the church. And let them pray over him, anointing
him wth oil in the name of the Lord and the prayer of faith will save
the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed
sins, he will be forgiven."
 
I'm not saying don't go to the doctor, not at all, but I am saying
include God.  Do what He says and believe His Word. Not just
about illness, but in every test you face.  Look in the Word, find
your answer and stand on that word til the answer manifests.


The Truth About JK

In this world of texting, we are all familiar with the abbreviation
JK.  "Just Kidding"  Today, you will learn the ugly truth behind
JK!.
 
Ever heard someone make a mean remark or insulting comment
and then laugh and say, "Oh, I was just kidding!"? 
 
How about the scripture "Out of the abundance of the heart, the
mouth speaks." Luke 6:45  Did you realize that in order for something
to come out of your mouth it has to be in your heart long enough to
bring you to a point to speak it out of your mouth?
 
Listen to what is coming out of your mouth.  Is it lining up with the
Word?  Listen to what is coming out of the mouths of others.  Before
you get into close fellowship with someone, listen to what they are
saying. 
 
Starting today, let's focus on being a blessing and speaking blessing
to and about others. To bless literally means to speak well of.  It's time
to take responsibility for our words. 
 
I taught my children, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything
at all."   God says that "We will give account of every idle word."  Let's be
careful of our words and don't try to soften the harsh ones with JK!
 


Have You Looked in The Mirror Lately?

I was sitting in our favorite spot on the couch, all snuggled up with my grandson,
 Reilly, when he was about 5 years old, when he looked up at me with those
beautiful blue eyes and said, "Gi Gi, are you getting old?"
 
"No, honey, of course not," I replied.  He said, "Have you looked at yourself lately?"
 
Cracked me up! He wasn't being ugly, just making an honest observation.
 
In the natural, I think it should be a law for everyone to have a full length mirror
so they can take a good look-top to bottom, front and back, before venturing out
of the house.
 
In the spiritual, I want to ask, have you looked in the mirror lately?  God's Word is
a reflection of what He wants from each of us as we walk out our journey here on
earth.  When we look into His mirror we can see if our lives are lining up with His
expectations and desires.  And just as we need to look in the mirror daily before
we venture out, we need to find the time to look in God's mirror daily before we
start our day.


John 13:34 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as

I've been attending COTP for 25 years.  And through those many years
there has been the underlying theme from our pastor of LOVE. A loving God,
and loving people.  This was a concept that I had to struggle to understand.
 I had been raised to believe that God was up there waiting for me to do
 something wrong so He could get me. The little experience I had with
church was in a denomination that focused mainly on hell and getting you
saved, but not much on walking in love.
 
Seeing God as a loving father was something I didn't understand for a long
time.  What we are taught and exposed to as children has such a powerful
effect on us.  My parents loved me but they were extremely critical and be-
cause of my personality, I didn't feel loved.  I knew in my head they loved me
but I didn't feel it in my heart.  My daddy told me once in his lifetime that he
loved me.  Now, I don't blame them, I know it was because of the way they
were raised.  But I did determine in my heart that when I had children , I would
do everything in my power to let them know how much I loved them.
 
As I grew in faith and was continually hearing and being taught about the love
God has for us, I also became determined they would know how much God
loved them too.  I would often say, "I love you, but God loves you even more."
 
We are constantly around people in this world, in our families, in our work,
everywhere who need to see the love of God displayed through his children.
That's us! Jesus was the friend of sinners.  He didn't treat them with distain,
He loved them into the Kingdom. He was good to them.  I think He expects
the same of us.  We need to love people right where they are.  Be someone's
example of unconditional love. 


Don’t Run, Stay Put

Is ministry in your heart?  Has the Lord called you to ministry?
What is ministry?,
 
The Lord woke me up this morning and told me to look up the
definition of  ministry-  I found these explanations of the word,
ministry-the act of serving,  a chief servant, give things needful,
supply means of relief,  a subordinate agent, to give aid or
service, attending and serving as a subordinate agent.
 
I realize now as I look back over my life that all of life is either
ministry or preparation for ministry.  Each one of us who have
been bought by the blood of Jesus are in ministry whether we
ever stand behind a pulpit or not. And most often our training
comes from learning to interact with those around us as Christ
would.  I heard it said that people are the medicine bottles through
which God pours out the medicine we need.
 
I remember as a young Christian thinking, God please surround
me with Christians.  Life would be so easy if I didn't have to deal
with all these difficult people!! Well, life might be easier, but where
would the ministry be? I had a real "Light bulb" experience as I
spoke to another Christian at our small group meeting one night.
She was talking about how difficult it was for her when her husband's
family came around because none of them were Christians. I
suddenly saw what it meant to be a light in a dark place.  
 
Often God will save us and set us as a solitaire right in the middle
of a bunch of unsaved people.  What does He expect from us?
Does He want us to run away because it is hard?  I don't think so!
Once people know you are a Christian they are watching you.
They watch how you react in every situation and they hold you to
a higher standard. 
 
What characteristics are you displaying to a lost and dying world?
Do you react like the unsaved in difficult situations?  Or is there
something different about you?
 
Are you looking down your nose at others because of their
"lostness" or because they aren't as advanced in their Christian
walk as you think they should be? Or are you loving them with
 God's unconditional love?
There is no place for pride or haughtiness in God's servants.
 
I remember after I got serious with God, saying to Him so many
times "Thank you Lord for not giving up on me!!" God has been
long suffering with each of us as we grow in Him.  I believe He
wants us to be imitators of Him as "dear children."
 
Are you in a difficult situation-in your family, at your work, even
in your church?  We are imperfect people dealing with imperfect
people and no matter where you go, there will be more imperfect
people to deal with.  Let's back off and take a fresh look at our
situations through God's eyes.  Your steps are ordered by God.
Has he led you to situations where you are dealing with difficult,
imperfect people? Stay put, don't run. Learn the lesson, be the
Light.
 
 
 
 
 
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STUFF

Pastor's sermon was so good yesterday!  As she was speaking
something she said really jumped out at me. She said, "If you have
 so much stuff that you are having to work 80 hours a week to pay for it all,
then get rid of some of the stuff!"

It is so easy in our society to get caught up in buying, buying, buying!
Only to become enslaved to paying, paying, paying!
 
Joyce Meyers says it this way, "If it's not bearing fruit, get rid of it."
 
My daughter, Wendi, is the best person I know at putting this principle
into practice.  She was born organized.  Definitely a God given gift.
Periodically, she goes through her house finding things that she no
longer needs or uses and she gives those things to organizations
that can use them. For her it is a way of life.  It benefits her, because
she isn't covered in clutter and it certainly benefits all the people who
are the recipients of the things she finds new homes for.
 
Unfortunately, I don't have that gift.  My parents went through the
great depression and were savers and keepers.  My mother's favorite
 expression was "this is probably good for something." So we didn't throw
 anything away or get rid of it.  This leads to having a lot of STUFF!! 
 This quality which was passed on to me  from my mother , drives my
 Wendi crazy!!  So , l she and I have begun the process of going through
 my house, room by room, getting rid of stuff.
  We have a stack for Good Will. The women's shelter,
 and many other organizations (I can't remember all the names, but Wendi does.-
she knows the place that every item needs to go to be used best by
someone who needs it most.)
  All that STUFF that has been stuck in closets(gathering dust)
, will be going to new locations where it will be used by people who need it.
 
As I was pondering this principle this morning, I began to apply it to our
lives in general.  Are there things taking up space (time)in our lives  that are
not fruitful? Things that are not lining up with the Word of God?
 Maybe it's time to take a good look, and get rid of the things
that are not bearing fruit, the things that are keeping us from God's Best.
  Maybe it's time to get rid of some of the STUFF.



5 Responses to “Blog”

  1. Clara says:

    Great and inspiring devotionals!

  2. Bobbe Lee says:

    I love this Thank You Jesus & Thank You COPT!!

  3. Bobbie Lee says:

    I have read all that u have sent Gail u r doing an AWESOME JOB FOR THE LORD! I love reading the blogs & devotional!!! Thank you so MUCH!!

  4. Bobbie Lee says:

    Thank You COTP!!

  5. Cindy Puebla says:

    Love reading ALL the great things you are posting. GOD is Amazing… so Loving and caring. Thanks Gail

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