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Isaiah 55:11 ” So is My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

Today marks the 6th Anniversary of Safetypinlove.com!  This Daily Devotional has become a labor of love for me and now spans across 129 countries around the world…reaching countless people for the Gospel.  It has shown me in a real way that God uses common, ordinary people to do His work…and with Him,  anything is possible.  Looking back over the years, the lessons I’ve learned are many…for I’ve grown in discipline, obedience, and trust – Praise God!  Thank you to all my friends that have been on this journey with me from the start…your encouragement and love have kept me going when doubt filled my head .  Thank you to those around the world that have stumbled upon this site…know that it isn’t by chance you’re here…for the Holy Spirit has directed you to God’s Word and His Word never returns void.  Finally, thank You Lord for Your faithfulness, for this is all for Your glory!

Ezra 4:24 ” Thus the work on the House of God in Jerusalem came to a standstill until the second year of the reign of Darius King of Persia.”

The important part of this Scripture is not what is said, but rather the space of time between when the building of the Temple stopped and it was restarted.  For it was 16 years that no work was done at the building site.  How many people do you think looked at the Temple foundation year after year and considered all the work a loss?   We will all have setbacks in life…times when our forward motion is hampered or even stopped for a season… and we don’t know why.   This delay is not a time to declare defeat…for with God, any setback is only temporary in His timetable.  And if we have faith and persevere, any delay will have success in the end.

Job 4:5 ” But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed.”

Eliphaz was one of Job’s three friends that had come to comfort him after the devastating loss of  his children and all his livestock.  In this Scripture he is telling Job trouble is part of life.   When everything is going along smoothly in our lives…Life is good.  We’re happy, healthy, and prone to take God for granted.  But when trouble hits…when we’re stricken with illness, or touched by loss…we change.  We become frustrated and weary when illness strikes.   We become bewildered and fearful of our lack of control during times of loss.  It’s our attitude that changes…not God.  For God remains the same…whether in good times or in bad.  He’s right there beside you…offering comfort and hope no matter what you’re going through today.

Hebrews 3:19 ” So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.”

Moses led the Hebrew Children out of Egypt…but none of them ever saw the Promised Land due to their unbelief.  Instead, they wandered in the desert for 40 years…going around and around the same mountain.  Doubt and unbelief wastes time.  God tells us to do something, but out of unbelief, we say “No!”  So God sends us around the mountain to think about it.  Soon, His tells us one more time the thing He wants us to do.  If we again say “No!”,  guess where He sends us…wandering around that same mountain!  Unbelief wastes time…precious time that we could be changing lives for Christ if we had said “Yes!” the first time.

Isaiah 43:18 ” Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”

A victim mindset builds an altar to all the bad things that have happened and worships there…harping on the past and paying more attention to it than to the future.  A victim mindset is put in place early on when others show sympathy,  so we continue to seek that support and favor…using our past to gain attention.  Soon we are defined only by our past…and not of how God is moving in our present.  A victim mindset chains us to the past… never able to move ahead, and break free.  For every time those old hurtful memories are brought up and dwelled upon…we’re victimized again.

Jude 10 ” Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do not understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals – these are the very things that destroy them.”

Jude was warning the Church that they had allowed false teachers to infiltrate the Body of Believers.  These men were called Libertines, and their corrupt doctrine suggested that Christ’s grace released them from all authority or restraint.  They believed in absolute freedom without any control by God’s moral law.  Their creed was, “Our souls are saved by grace, so whatever we do with our bodies, which will perish anyway, doesn’t matter! So we can do whatever we want, whenever we want to.”  But Jude saw it as blaspheme and corruption both morally and spiritually…and likened them to wild animals… without conscious or control.

Romans 2: 28-29 ” A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God.”

Circumcision of the heart is what the Lord is calling all of us to.  Deuteronomy 30:6 states, ” The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants so that you may love Him with all your heart and with all your soul and live.”  This circumcision of the heart is literally a removing of the flesh…our fleshly self, our carnal nature, to show loyalty and obedience towards our Lord.  This inward work of the Holy Spirit is then outwardly manifested…apparent and plain to all, as the love of God shines forth in our life.