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Women in His Presence

by Erica Salazar

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Devotion Jan. 28

Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted……

First of all, I love all of Isaiah 61.  It’s one of those chapters that declares what the Lord promises even in the midst of unpleasantries.  It’s full of future hope along with present duties.

How it starts though is very important.  It is really easy to think that your personality, giftings, and desires to serve bring forth fruit for the kingdom. However, it is very clear that the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord that is UPON you allows you to be sent forth with purpose and productivity.  It also reminds us that the anointing does not need to be earned, but instead is given freely.

 

 

 

 

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Devotional Jan.9th, 2019

Luke 1:6-7 New International Version (NIV)

Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.

Here our two main characters are pretty close to perfect.  They are walking a blameless life that is pleasing to God. However, their situation brings undeserved shame with little hope of change.

Sometimes, life seems really unfair. Sometimes we feel we are getting what we don’t deserve. Sometimes, we think God is punishing us for a past mistake.

This frustration however is self inflicted. Keep a perspective that this is life. We falsely have a mentality of, “If I do this, then I will get that.”

At times life will be exactly what we thought it would be. However, in some important areas of our life, it will be not what we expected at all. Don’t let your situation determine your joy. Keep in mind no matter the hardship, God will some how bring a wave of mercy and a moment of redemption.

57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.  Luke 1:57-58

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking Free

This morning I was praying for someone very special to me. While I was praying, I was seeing that person on a bed chained down. However, he would sit up and the chains that held him down broke off. But, the enemy’s hand came upon him fast and pinned him back down on the bed. The chains were back on and the enemy started whispering lies to him.

I started to pray that angels would block those lies and that the Lord would put his hands on that person’s heart and beat it back to life. Then when he would wake-up and sit-up again, he would reach out to embrace the Lord who was waiting with open arms and unconditional love.

As I journaled afterwards, I started to draw what I saw and asked, “What keeps the enemy from getting a hand in there to pin him back down?”

I asked that because I was seeing a vicious cycle: sit-up, chains break, pinned back down, and repeat.

The word STUCK kept coming to mind.

Although I was praying for someone very specific, the answer was applicable to everyone.

When we sit up from sin, we must embrace the Lord and accept His open arms and love. We can’t be afraid that we have messed up too much. We can’t sit up, but still let those lies lay in our mind. If we do, the enemy just pushes our body back down in the bed of his beliefs.

If we….
1. Sit up from sin
2. Leave the lies on the pillow
3. Quickly cling to the embrace and love of the Lord…..

Then, the enemy’s hand cannot get to us. There is no room between the embrace we have with the Lord. We must cling to TRUTH and LOVE. The enemy’s hand cannot squeeze in between us to separate us from our father. He is not that strong.

James 1:13-15
13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

Psalm 63:6-8
6
On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
7
Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
8
I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me.

To God be the Glory

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