HE’S MORE THAN A FATHER…HE’S MY DADDY!

By Anita Mondragon:
 
Here’s something I pulled from my Promise Box this morning.
 
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. -Eph. 1:3
 
It reminded me that I need to give God Almighty the honor and glory He deserves…for He, indeed has given me everything!  All that I have comes from Him…even down to my children.  So this morning, I want to give it all back to Him, and trust that He will take care of everything.
 
I want to share this little moment with all of you…it was so precious to me!  About five years ago, my youngest and I were having a conversation about God and His goodness to us…how He blesses us, and forgives us over and over, again and again.  My heart stirred as I heard him say, “He’s really a good daddy, isn’t he!  Is it OK if I call Him that?…. If I call Him daddy?”
 
No wonder Jesus said, “suffer (allow) the little children to come unto Me, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven…”-Matthew 19:14
That is the kind of faith we are all supposed to have in our Heavenly Father!
 
Sometimes, I think I’ve failed as a mother, when I see my children go astray from the things they were taught as a child, but then God reminds me that He is in control;  He does it ever so gently when he lets me hear words like…”He really is a good daddy, isn’t He!  Is it OK if I call Him that?…. If I call Him daddy?”
 
Here’s the poem that went with the above verse:
 
“We give Thee but Thine own,
Whatever the gift may be;
All that we have is Thine alone,
A trust , O Lord, from Thee.”-Unknown
 
If you’re worried about your children, or anything…just give it back to “YOUR DADDY!”  And know for a certainty that He will take care of it all!


Power of Three

By Anita Mondragon:

XFINITY says the power of three is everywhere, and that includes its internet, wireless and streaming…

I want to talk to you about the power of three…and it has nothing to do with the internet, etc. I’m talking about the power of God Almighty, the power of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit you can have in your life. If you are a born again Believer, YOU possess the power of these three! God sent His Son for you, Jesus lives in you, and the Holy Spirit was sent to help you! You have daily access to plug into this power by reading your Bible, prayer, and putting on the whole armor of God.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord (God) and in the strength of his might.” -Eph. 6:10
“Therefore God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, that at the mention of the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of those in heaven, those on earth and those under the earth and that every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the Glory of God the Father…
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”-Acts 1:8
Ephesians 6:11-18
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Do you want to have unlimited power with God? Then plug into the POWER OF THREE!



Pretty Sure…or Certain

By Anita Mondragon:
 
Rocket Mortgage has a new commercial out with this quote.  The new commercial states that, “Certain is better!”  The Bible agrees with this idea in regards to your Salvation!  It says, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” ‭‭I John‬ ‭5:13‬ ‭NKJV
 
God wants us to be certain of our salvation!  
 
As may of you already know, my dad was a preacher for over forty years.  Every Thursday night, the whole church would go out on Church Visitation.  We’d go door to door and talk to folks about Salvation.  We always asked the question… “Do you KNOW you are saved and on the way to Heaven?”  We got various answers to this question.  Some folks would adamantly say “YES”.  Some would say, “I don’t know…”  Others would reply, “I’m pretty sure I am…I sure hope so!”
 
God wants us to be certain of our salvation in Him, otherwise the devil can have a field day making us doubt that we have indeed been washed in the Blood of the Lamb.   It says in Romans 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  There is CERTAINITY in that verse!  God promised that if we called on Him with a contrite heart, and repented of our sins, and asked Him to save us…He would.  No doubts.  
 
Don’t go through life doubting and wondering if your salvation is secure.  Jesus said in John 10:28-30 :
28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
 
God said it.  BELIEVE IT AND BE CERTAIN OF YOUR SALVATION!


SAME SONG…SECOND VERSE

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me… -John 10:27
 
My mom had a saying for my brother and I.  We heard it over and over during our growing up years.  She would tell us WHAT to do, and HOW to do something…but being like most children, we did it our own way; then we would have to go back and do it like she taught us.  That’s when we’d hear these words, “I asked you to do it THIS way, and you did it your own way, so now it’s time for the SAME SONG…SECOND VERSE!”
 
I’ve had a few of those same ‘learning’ moments with my Heavenly Father.  I clearly heard His voice direct me to go a certain way, but I decided my way was better….  So the ‘lesson’ has been brought back around several times until I listen and learn.  In my some instances, I’ve had to hear the same song clear up to the 5th verse before I’d do it God’s way!  I’m sure I’m not alone in this!
 
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a new song!  But the only way this will happen is if I learn the first time.  I’m trying more and more each day to hear the voice of God, and follow His instructions!  It’s not always easy, but if I want to learn a different song…a NEW song, then I must listen and obey.
 
Who else is ready for a new song?  Then let’s seek the voice of God, listen with our hearts, and obey His will implicitly…
 
WHO’S WITH ME??


Consolation and Spiritual Suffering

By Anita Mondragon
 
I saw this on Facebook, and was able to relate.  I have been in this place more than once, but when I become still and remember that God is still in control, I am able to wait for His help in my situation.  Just wanted to share this because I know I’m not alone in these feelings.
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great quote from one of Charles Spurgeon’s sermon, Consolation Proportionate to Spiritual Sufferings.  Here is the verse he was preaching from:
 
2 Corinthians 1:5, NLT: “For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.”

Delivered on Sabbath Morning, March 11, 1855, by the
REV. C.H. SPURGEON
At Exeter Hall, Strand.

 
 
“There is a man here quite despairing-almost every hope gone. Brother, shall I tell thee what to do? Thou hast fallen off the main deck, thou art in the sea, the floods surround thee; thou seemest to have no hope; thou catchest at straws; what shalt thou do now? Do? why lie upon the sea of trouble, and float upon it; be still, and know that God is God, and thou wilt never perish. All thy kicking and struggling will sink thee deeper; but lie still, for behold the life-boat cometh; Christ is coming to thy help; soon he will deliver thee, and fetch thee out of all thy perplexities.”
 
-C.H. Spurgeon


The Quick and the Dead

By Clem Fitzsimmons
 
The return of Jesus Christ is imminent. It’s gonna happen.
 

But this time it won’t be as a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes. “He shall come again in glory to judge the quick and the dead, and His kingdom shall have no end” (1 Corinthians 15:23). Jesus is coming back as Judge and this is sobering. Are you ready?

 

A good place to start would be to know that you are truly saved. I know that when I stand before Him on that great day I want to hear “well done, good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:23). No one wants to hear those horrifying words “I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity” (Matt. 7:23).

 

It’s important to remember that God’s kingdom, Christ’s kingdom, is one of power and not pretense. It is one of righteousness and obedience and not a mere profession of fruitless words and empty show. For Jesus said, “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit” (Matt. 7:17).


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All Things

By Anita Mondragon
 
I have a few things I’ve been praying about for sometime now, but I don’t see any progress on the horizon.  I have my moments of doubt, but in my heart, I KNOW that God hears me and will answer in His time.
 
I awoke this morning with a heavy heart, again bringing my petitions before the throne of God Almighty.  He directed me towards my Promise Box.  As I stood before the box, I silently prayed that God would reassure me that He was indeed listening to my pleas.  Here is the promise He gave me….
 
 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.-Romans 8:28

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AN OPEN BOOK

By Anita Mondragon
 
Have you ever heard that old saying, “You think you’re pulling the wool over my eyes, but it’s 99 % cotton!” ?  
 
Most of us walk around every day, wearing a fake smile, ‘doing good things’ but with wrong intentions and motives, acting holy…but not even close, etc.  And be sure…I’m not just preaching to you!  I’m preaching to myself as well!  So today, I want to be transparent…an open book, and confess to you what God already knows.
 
The Bible says Galatians 6:9, NIV: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” … Galatians 6:9, KJV: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
 
Here’s the deal…I’m weary!  I admit it!  I’m ready to faint!  I’m tired.  In fact, for the last two Sundays, I’ve had to make myself climb out of bed, get dressed, and go to church.  Sad… but true!  Am I angry at God?  Hardly! 

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HOME IS WHERE THE HELP IS!

By Anita Mondragon
 
I was watching the movie GI Joe the other night.  That’s where I heard the above quote which I used for the title of this post.
 
Remember the old hymn, ‘Lord, I’m Coming Home’ by William J. Kirkpatrick?  It goes like this…
 
  1. I’ve wandered far away from God,
    Now I’m coming home;
    The paths of sin too long I’ve trod,
    Lord, I’m coming home.
    • Refrain:
      Coming home, coming home,
      Nevermore to roam;
      Open wide Thine arms of love,
      Lord, I’m coming home.

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ADDICTIONS

By Eileen Martinez
 

Jude 1:24-25 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen

Addiction – noun

The fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, activity or practice.

Synonyms: dependency, dependence, craving, habit, weakness, compulsion, fixation, enslavement: informal monkey: informal jones 

Jealous – adjective

Fiercely protective or vigilant of one’s rights or possessions.

Synonyms:  protective, defensive, vigilant, watchful, heedful, mindful, careful, solicitous, attentive.
 
Addictions… we all have them.  They disguise themselves as good habits like exercise, money makers, clout chasers, and for some just plain bad habits.  These are just a few:  Alcohol, nicotine, bad thoughts, low self-esteem. 

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One Response to “Forgiven- A Daily Devotional”

  1. Anita says:

    What a great prayer! As Believers, this is the kind of stuff we should be seeking God for on a daily basis!
    Thanks for the reminder sister Francine!
    -anita

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