Answer The Door

By Anita Mondragon
 

Below is the promise I drew for today.  I have heard this particular scripture used in witnessing to the lost in an effort to bring them to Salvation.  It is used perfectly in context…for it IS Jesus asking to enter the heart of the sinner and save him from his sins; however, it can also apply to those of us that already KNOW Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  Take a look…

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” -Revelation 3:20

In plain English…here is what Jesus is saying to the Believer, (and I paraphrase using my own words)

“Hello?!  I’ve been standing here at the door of your heart for a while now…if you hear me, can you please open the door?  I’d like to come in and have some ‘alone’ time with you! It’s been a while since we talked.  Can we discuss what’s going on in your life?  If you’ll share your troubles with me, I’m sure I can help…”


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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

By Anita Mondragon
 
Do you ever find yourself tired…weary?  Do you feel at times that you are the only one in the boat, rowing towards the shores of Heaven?  I must confess that I do have these feelings from time to time.

I look at folks around me that are in the boat-on their way to Heaven, but they don’t seem to be rowing as hard as I am!  I don’t “row” to keep my Salvation, I “row” because Jesus has saved me from an awful fate, and I am forever grateful to Him for being rescued; but I am also tired, and in need of encouragement!

But God’s Word says:


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Lamb of God

By Anita Mondragon
 

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! -John 1:29 NIV

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Last night, as my son and I said our bed-time prayers, we were entreating the Lord for one of our loved ones, and one of my friends.  They both were taught the things of Jesus, but have deliberately chosen to walk away from the Truth and go their own way.


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Another David

by Anita Mondragon
 

Our Worship service at the Mission on Saturday was such a blessing!  Praying for folks with all kinds of requests.  I was amazed when I realized that none of them asked for prayer regarding their homeless estate.  They were praying for others-family members, friends, strength to witness…it was a real eye-opener to me.

We that are not homeless, usually ask prayer for our “miserable” situation such as a job change because we hate the one we have, a better place to live, a more reliable car ….and the list goes on.

These folks however, are homeless.  They have no job-but wish they did…ANY job; they live in the street, sleeping in door-ways, or beside dumpsters…or maybe a cardboard box; they have no car-reliable or otherwise…yet they were not asking prayer for themselves-only for others!

As happened last time we went, my little “Prayer Warrior” Joe, was standing next to me in the battle against Satan and his demons that seemed to overwhelm the room at times.  I prayed for the last person in line, and when I opened my eyes-Joe was already out in the crowd of people praying for those that didn’t have the courage to get in line and ask for it.

I saw him walk up to someone and presumably ask them if he could pray for them.  They shook their head no, so he patted them on the shoulder, and went on to the next row.  He was undaunted in his quest to pray for those in need.  The man who had been sitting next to the person that refused prayer, called Joe back to pray for him.  He was a big biker looking dude.  Joe grabbed both of his huge hands, knelt before him, and prayed.  I wish I knew what he said in his prayer, for when he was finished, he rose, shook the man’s hand, patted him on the shoulder, and went looking for another person to pray for.  As Joe walked away, I saw this rough-looking biker begin to wipe the tears from his eyes.  He was sobbing now, and could not control the tears as they ran down his face.  His countenance had changed.  My “little David” had struck at least one of the giants in this man’s life with his prayers!

We as adults need to have that kind of faith.  The kind of faith that believes NO ONE is beyond God’s grasp…that NO ONE is beyond redemption.

When we become adults, something happens to our innocence, our belief that ALL things are possible with God.  We begin to reason, and think logically, but forget that miracles still happen if we’ll only believe.  We forget that prayer changes things!  Jesus said, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16    Are we righteous within ourselves?  NO!  We are righteous, or, in right standing with God because of what Jesus did for us on the cross of Calvary.  Because we are washed in the blood of Jesus, God hears our prayers and answers them for Jesus’ sake!

Let’s stop offering obligatory prayers to God.  Instead, let us call on Him, in faith, believing that He will answer our prayers!  Let’s put on the whole armor of God, and walk into the battle unafraid…undaunted by what we see; let’s look with the eyes of a child, and like the little shepherd boy of the Bible-little David…and like my little Joe,  let’s go slay some giants in people’s lives!



AHA! …or DO YOU GOT YOUR EARS ON???

by Anita Mondragon
 

Have you ever had an “Aha!” moment with God?  I myself have had many!  Some of those moments came while I was reading something-usually the Word of God, and a light seemed to come on.  Some were when I heard some words spoken by others more wise than I and at other times, I’ve had these enlightening, mind-blowing moments watching a movie, most of which were non-religious.

Like a miracle from God, these moments seem to come when my Faith is waning.  See, God can speak through ANY circumstance; the Bible says, “He (God) uses the foolish things of the world, to confound the wise.” – I Cor. 1:27

The sad thing is, these “Aha!” moments seem to dwindle as quickly as they appear!  And yes…just like the Children of Israel, I soon fall back into my rut of disbelief and doubt regarding  what God has done, is doing, and will continue to do-even long after I’m gone!

We read the miraculous deeds of God in the Bible, and shake our heads when we read on and discover the same folks that stood in awe of the miracles, are now complaining and standing in unbelief of what God can and will do for them.  Remember the parting of the Red Sea?  You would think that this particular miracle, in and of itself would never be forgotten, and that knowing this…seeing this occur, would surely outweigh any future unbelief; but not so!

We, in this day and age, look down the end of our self-righteous noses, and judge the Children of Israel for their lack of devotion to God Almighty, because after all…look at the many times He delivered them with visible miracles, yet they doubted! “How ridiculous!” we scream, and go on to say how, “If God did a miracle like that for me…I’d never forget!”

But we do forget.  From one trial/deliverance to the next, we forget how God brought us out…rescued us…took us through.

It’s time to stop doubting!  Time to look for the “Aha!” moments that God has for His Believers!  He’s talking all the time, but we aren’t listening.  Turn on your radio!  Listen for the voice of God!

God says….  “BREAKER, breaker…do you got your ears on?”

That’s when we should respond….  “That’s a big 10-4 Good Daddy!  Over…” and wait for God’s instructions!

Over and Out!



HIS LIGHT OF MERCY, GRACE AND LOVE

by Anita Mondragon
 

The veil of sin lay stretched before me;

The night was deep and dark and long…

But then the Light of mercy found me-

No longer blind…on my way home!

 

The Light broke forth upon the darkness,

It lit my way to paths unseen.


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The Land of the Free

by Anita Mondragon
 

The anniversary of the passing of my dad, and my mother-in-law, will be coming up shortly.  I think about them often…them, and other loved ones that have gone on to be with Jesus.  These thoughts are what inspired the following poem.

I still feel the pangs of loneliness from time to time, and, yes…even regret at things I failed to tell them while they were here; things that would have meant the world to them to hear.  Like, “I love you so much!” … or, “I’m sorry that I hurt you!”  I know they are in a wonderful place, and all the bad things, sad things that happened here on earth are far from their minds now.


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How To Receive The Master’s Touch

by Anita Mondragon
 

I drew this from my Promise Box this morning.  “Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths.  Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,(You are the God of my salvation) and my hope is in you all day long.”  Psalm 25:4, 5 I know you all must be getting tired of my Promise Box revelations, and my Teddy stories… But, God reveals so much to me through these two things.  So…here I go again!


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Ask With Confidence

by Anita Mondragon
 

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  James 5:16

Are you seeking God’s face, asking Him for something out of the ordinary?  A miracle perhaps; something other than daily prayers?  If you KNOW Him…have confidence that He will answer!

You may be struggling with health issues.  Perhaps, you are searching for a job.  Others may be praying for the salvation of family and friends, or the return of the prodigal child.  Don’t give up hope.  The word in the verse above is fervent.  It means: having or displaying a passionate intensity.  When we are passionate about something, we do not give up easily.

You may think that you are anything but righteous, and in ourselves, we are not.   Only through the cleansing of sin by Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit can we be righteous. We have no ability to achieve righteousness in and of ourselves. But we can possess the righteousness of Christ, because “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (II Cor. 5:21). This is an amazing truth. When Jesus died on the cross, He exchanged our sin for His perfect righteousness so that we can one day stand before God and He will see not our sin, but the holy righteousness of the Lord Jesus.  This is why we can go boldly before the throne of grace and bring our petitions to God and have confidence that he will hear and answer.

So be confident when you ask God for something in prayer.  Be sure…He IS listening and He will answer in His time!

Go to the depth of God’s promise, ask freely of Him, and receive.  All good may be had for the asking, if seeking, you truly believe!” -Unknown



Lilly

by Anita Mondragon

Here is an Easter poem I wrote back in January of 2008.  I was thinking about the events that took place; I closed my eyes and thought about the day of the Crucifixion…and then the Resurrection; how the earth itself mourned the death of the Creator.

This is a little on the abstract side of writing.  It’s a story of a flower that awakens early in the Spring, only to find she’s been moved from the garden to the hill of Golgotha and is about to witness the Crucifixion of her Creator. 

Tremble before Him all the earth!  Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad and let them say, “The Lord reigns!”  Let the sea resound, and all that is in it.  Let the fields be jubilant and everything in them.  Then the trees of the forest will sing…they will sing for joy before the Lord. – I Chron.  16:30-33

 

‘Neath a blanket of glimmering, soft, snowy white

The naked trees sleep peacefully through the long Winters night.

 

The flowers sleep also, as they dream of Spring

When the sky will be blue, and the grass will turn green.

 

Then Spring dons her bright robe of emerald-green,

As nature awakens from her long, cold dream.

 

Lily stretches and yawns, then bursts forth through warm ground.

As birds upon wing, their sweet songs resound.

 

She’s looking for Daffodil, Violet, and Rose

In the garden so fair where they slept in repose.

 

But to her complete dismay, she awakes all alone

To the snap of a whip, and a shuddering moan.

 

She’s not in the garden…she’s been moved, far away

To a desolate hill, where the sky’s turning gray.

 

Two men hang already, on crosses nearby

For crimes they’ve committed, they’ve been sentenced to die.

 

Bewildered, and shaken, Lily looks all around

Then she turns to the right as she hears a loud sound.

 

Another man with a cross, trudges slow up the hill;

His face soft and kind, yet determination of steel.

 

He walks with a purpose, despising the shame…

But He was born for this moment; it’s the only reason He came!

 

He stops for a moment, and looks in Lily’s direction.

His gaze focused full, soft eyes make a connection.

 

Why!  She knows this man!  Its Jesus, The King…

The Creator of all…even her!  Everything!

 

How could this happen?  What could He have done?

And, what’s wrong with those soldiers?  Don’t they know He’s God’s Son?

 

She knows He is innocent of all He’s accused,

Yet He’s broken and battered…He’s beaten and bruised!

 

His eyes are all-knowing as He searches her heart.

He knows every room there, every secret, each part!

 

He knows she’s bewildered, confused, and afraid

By the things that she’s seen.  Her mind is reeling, and dazed.

 

So He bends down, fingers touching her petals so pure…

And in His eyes, she can see, Mankind’s long needed cure!

 

One drop of His blood falls, and stains her robe of pure white;

Then He picks up His cross and willingly marches towards His plight.

 

She marvels at His will…His tolerance, so great!

Why!  He could call 10,000 angels to come to His aide!

 

But He takes every jeer, every slap – all the loss;

He’s determined to die…up there, on that cross!

 

And as He hangs there, stripped naked between Heaven and earth,

He cries, “Father! Forgive them, for they don’t know My worth!”

 

He says, “It is finished.  What is lost, shall be found!”

Then He closes His eyes; Lily hears no other sound.

 

Then Nature mournfully speaks out loud, as the trees bow themselves to the ground;

The Sky cries great tears, for the Creator is gone…God’s Son, has kept His vow!

 

The Earth shudders, and shakes.

Lightening flashes, Thunder breaks.

 

The Sun is black now, and refuses to shine;

And the Wind, mourns and howls and plaintively whines!

 

As Lily stands all alone, she takes the scene in…

The Creator, God’s only Son, has died for all of man’s sin!

 

Night soon draws neigh, as Lily waits in the dark.

She sees them take His body down, and watches them depart.

 

She hears He’s been buried in a rich man’s borrowed tomb;

The all is quiet, she’s all alone, hoping morning will break soon.

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Three days have passed, and the Sun just rose.

He’s been entombed, in quiet repose.

 

But a new day has dawned!

The victory over death has been won!

 

For a voice calls out, ringing loud and clear…

It falls ever joyous on Lily’s ear!

 

“He has risen…Just like He said!  He is alive…no longer dead!

He has for sin with blood atoned, now sits with God on rightful throne!”

 

All the flowers of the field rejoice, for a new day is born.

There’s no time for sadness…that time, has gone!

 

He was dead…Now He lives!  Earth, bless His name!

Praise God, for sinful man He came!




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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