The Reason He Came

by Anita Mondragon
 

Jesus left His throne in Glory and came to earth for:

THE LAST

Matthew 20:16 (KJV) tells us this…

16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

 

THE LOST

Luke 19: 10 (KJV) says…

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”


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Your Gracious Gift

by Anita Mondragon
 

I went to the Promise Box this morning and found the following:

“Jesus said unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man comes to the Father, but by Me.” -John 14:6

I began to ponder that verse in my mind-asking myself such questions as:

  1. Did Jesus know from the beginning, that He was going to have to die for us?
  2. Did He have anxiety over the thought of having to suffer?
  3. Did He see the picture of the Cross…the hill where three crosses stood…the soldiers casting lots for his clothes…his mother, and Mary Magdalene, weeping at the foot of his cross…all the legions of angels in heaven ready to fight, to rescue the Son of God…all of nature wailing the loss of their Creator?
  4. When He prayed, “Not my will…but Yours, Father” – did he hear some of the angels whispering amongst themselves, “Isn’t there another way for Him to accomplish Salvation?  …There has to be an easier way…”

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Be Not Dismayed

by Anita Mondragon

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”       Isaiah 41:10 KJV

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The above verse came from my Promise Box.  I drew it this morning.  I’ve read/heard this verse many times, but as I read it this morning, the word dismayed caught my attention.  I decided to look it up…to find all the facets of the meaning.

It means:

cause (someone) to feel consternation and distress:

synonyms:appall · horrify · shock · shake (up) · disconcert · take aback · alarm · surprise. concern. perturb

WOW! How many times during the day do unexpected things occur-things that we have absolutely no control over?  Only speaking for myself here…but most days, these things happen more times than I can count!


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Find Out Your Real Destiny

by Anita Mondragon
 

Have you noticed all the commercials/advertisements  on TV, Radio, … all over the internet regarding Astrology, Your Future, Medium’s KNOWING what your future holds- and all willing to “guide” you…for a price?

I don’t know about you, but I am so fed up with these “Astrology Answers” sites-especially on Facebook, popping up every little bit!

They say things like, “The day you were born, is who you are.  Find out your real destiny.”

There were so many on my FB page yesterday, I, in frustration responded to one saying:


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The Aproned Warrior

by Anita Mondragon
 

The most violent of battles that are ever fought…

Do you know who fights them and when?

In history books, you will find them not,

For they are fought by the mothers of men.

Not with tanks, guns or swords, like in wars of today;

But down on their knees, as they kneel to pray!

These battles don’t last for mere days or months,

But they turn into years.

And their weapons of war, are calloused knees,


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Under The Sun VS Under The Son

by Anita Mondragon
 

Yesterday’s message was really great!  Pastor spoke on Ecclesiastes chapter 1.  It was a real eye-opener to me when I realized that even the wisest, richest man on earth at that time said, “Meaningless!  Meaningless!  Utterly meaningless!  Everything is meaningless.”  What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun? (verses 1-3)

I got it yesterday when Pastor was talking…but this morning, I REALLY got it when I saw the mountain of laundry piled high from only three days!  How does that happen?  I just spent one whole day last week washing clothes, bedding, etc…and here it ALL is again!  When you see the picture for yourself, and have to deal with it…it IS all meaningless!  Life and its daily duties seem to never end!

But, Solomon wasn’t talking about laundry! LOL!  I doubt he ever did any for himself!  He was saying throughout the whole chapter that there is NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN that happens in this world; the wind blows, the seasons change, and then it starts all over again…day after day, year after year…or in my case…laundry!

 

However, as Pastor pointed out later in the sermon, when we accept Jesus into our hearts and lives, The Son makes ALL things new!  HE gives us purpose in our lives!  Jesus said in Matthew 5:13-16  (MSG)  13 “Let me tell you why you are here.  You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth.  If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness?  You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. 14-16 “Here’s another way to put it:  You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.  God is not a secret to be kept.  We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.  If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you?  I’m putting you on a light stand.  Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand-SHINE!  Keep open house; be generous with your lives.  By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this (our) generous Father in heaven.

 

So…to all of you…all of us that have the Monday morning blues, knowing this same old humdrum week of repetitive actions has just started…be encouraged!  God has a plan and a purpose for your days ahead!  Look for the purpose in everything, and then act on it.  It’s a new day…a new week!  Let The Son make ALL things new for you!



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!




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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