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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!

Colossians 2:7 ” So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

A plaque I saw the other day took me back and really had me thinking…it read,  “What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you had thanked God for the day before?”  Pretty sobering, right?  I know we try to thank the Lord for what we have (especially around the table on Thanksgiving)…but what about thanking Him for things you no longer have.  This could mean thanking God for delivering you from  feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and depression that had once ruled your life.  Or this could  mean thanking Him for complete recovery from illness, injury, or surgery that had plagued you this year.  As the Scripture says, let’s be overflowing with thankfulness in all things…the things we have, and the things we don’t.

Judges 6:27 ” So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the Lord told him. But because he was afraid of his family and the men of the town, he did it at night rather than in the daytime.”

God had instructed Gideon to tear down his father’s  false idols…and Gideon had obeyed, in a fashion.  Instead of doing it in broad daylight though, he did it under cover of darkness, …all because of fear.  He was afraid of what others would think.  Fearful of retaliation, Gideon wanted to obey God, but also wanted to please people.  It’s impossible to be a people pleaser and obey God at the same time…for you end up compromising yourself and your integrity.

Psalm 55:1-3 “Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught at the voice of the enemy, at the stares of the wicked; for they bring down suffering upon me and revile me in their anger.”

Bad things happen to good people…for we live in a troubled and broken world where peace and unity is hard to find.  But that doesn’t mean we have to cave in to all the ugliness around us. God has placed you on the earth at this particular time in history to make a difference…for you to be an influence, rather than being influenced by the wicked around you.  Stand strong in the face of evil…pray without ceasing…tell others about Jesus.

John 1:10 ” He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.”

I think as Believers,  we all smugly think that if we had lived during Biblical times and had witnessed the miracles and teachings of Jesus…we would of immediately realized He was the Messiah.  But would we?  Humanity saw Him as just another man…indeed, a good man who taught with unheard of authority and passion, but still just a flesh and blood human like the rest of us.  Would we have been  able to recognize  His divinity…when the incarnate Jesus Christ…the embodiment of God took on human form and lived among us?  I would hope and pray so.

II Peter 2:19 ” They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity – for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.”

The selfish human nature is always striving for the liberty of self-determination.  “I want to do what I want, when I want to”, is our mindset.  But with that enticement comes deception and seduction as we wander farther and farther off the right path.  And sooner or later, we find ourselves in the middle of perversion, and wonder just how we got ourselves into such a mess.  In the search for freedom, we have instead become a piece of property…owned and controlled by depravity and lies.

Matthew 5:44 ” But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”

Some later manuscripts show this verse as saying, “Bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you.”  Either translation is a tall order to fill. For we are a people who retaliate at the slightest notion that we’ve been wronged.  Taking revenge and repaying evil with evil is touted and even celebrated in today’s social media.  But this verse tells us to do the very opposite.  And our example should be Jesus, who in I Peter 2:23 demonstrates, “When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate, when He suffered, He made no threats.  Instead He entrusted Himself  to Him who judges justly.”  Taking the high road in the face of cruelty may be a clenched fist, gritted teeth type of  grace under pressure, but allowing God to fight your battle is worth it in the end.