I Don’t Know You

by Anita Mondragon
 
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘LORD, LORD,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘LORD, LORD, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)
 
You speak to me and call out my name, when others are around;

In pious tones, you thank me that you’re not like those OTHER sinners…there…kneeling on the ground.


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Do It Afraid

by Anita Mondragon
 
Years ago, when I was still in the workforce, our company paid beaucoup bucks for a seminar we all had to take.  It was called, “Integrity Selling.”  I really learned a lot from this seminar.  The Founder and Author of the book must have known a lot about God, and His precepts, for it was Biblical in many ways.  Take a look at the following, and you’ll see what I mean.

Here are some quotes from the book: I GO WHERE I AM AFRAID TO GO I DO WHAT I AM AFRAID TO DO I ASK WHEN I AM AFRAID TO ASK


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The Morning After

by Anita Mondragon
 
We’ve all heard of ‘The morning after pill’.  You know…it’s the one you take in case you got pregnant the night before….

I want to talk to you today about the ‘Morning after pill’ that the devil gives you every Monday morning. Some of us…most of us Believers attend church on Sunday morning.  We get filled with the Holy Spirit, bask in His glory, bathe in His goodness.  We are fired up to spread the Gospel…pregnant with a word from God that He has spoken through the pastor, or someone else, or perhaps we heard Him directly speak to us;  only to lose it all, miscarry, if you will once Monday morning rolls around and we face the cares of this life.


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The Red Solution

by Anita Mondragon
 
Just off of I-70, here in Colorado, stands a warehouse turned dispensary called The Green Solution. It’s very name leads one to believe that whatever ailment you possess…they have the solution, the cure for all of your problems. However, the ‘solution’ is only temporary. It only lasts for a short while. Once the effects of the drug, Marijuana wears off…your problems are back in full force. Your anxiety is still there. Your depression…still there. Loneliness? …Yep! It’s still there.
 
So, if you’ll give me a moment of your time, I’d like to talk to you about The Red Solution.

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Home

by Anita Mondragon
 
“He which testifies these things says, ‘Surely I come quickly, Amen.’  Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20
 
(Come and take us home to be with you) 
 
“There is nothing on earth that can satisfy our deepest longing.  We long to see God.  The leaves of life are rustling with the rumor that we will…and we won’t be satisfied until we do.”  Max Lucado from his book:  When God Whispers Your Name
 
The smell of Chile simmering on the stove…the fireplace ablaze with warmth and light.  Rain falling quietly just outside my window…Home.

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Come The Morning

by Anita Mondragon
 
Weeping may endure for a night, but JOY comes in the morning.”  Psalms 30:5
We had several torrential rainstorms hit our area, and I was very concerned about the birds and their young ones.  Every night, I would pray for them to be safe and dry.  I even gave God some advice on the storms, and told Him that perhaps he should lessen the amount of water He was sending, for although the seeds I had planted were enjoying this downpour…the animals outside were probably NOT as appreciative!
 
Saturday night, I got ready for bed and took a peek out my window to see what the weather looked like.  There was a blizzard going on!  I got in bed and said my prayers, but this time was different.  I said, “Really God?!  You and I need to have a heart to heart…  You’ve gone and drenched these birds for days …are you gonna freeze ’em now?”  I finally fell asleep, totally worried, and a bit peeved that God had not taken my advice regarding the weather situation.

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The Name Of The Lord

by Anita Mondragon

He was more talkative than usual as he climbed the stairs to bed.  Something was bothering him, I just wasn’t sure what it was. We said our bed-time prayers, turned on his favorite story of “Narnia”, and said our “good-nights”.

I had just drifted off to sleep, my body and mind finally relaxing.  Suddenly, I was awakened to sobs of terror coming from his room.  Hurriedly, I ran across the hall, threw open the door, and went to his side.  He was shaking, tears running down his face uncontrollably!  I held him close as I sat on the edge of his bed and asked,


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Where Would I Be?

by Anita Mondragon
 

The other day, I began remembering all the good things in my life…things that God has given to me.  Then, I remembered the days before I knew Him.  What a contrast!  Those days were sad, lonely, and full of despair.  So I sat down and wrote the lyrics to what someday I hope will be a song.  These words were written to the Lord, to express my gratitude for His gracious mercy to me.  They are more of a prayer than anything. 


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A Double Whammy

by Anita Mondragon
 
When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. -2 Kings 2:
 
I must have been like Elisha this morning…I felt like I needed a double whammy to get me started. As I stood before the Promise Box, I was praying for my kids.  I reminded the Lord that He PROMISED to bring them all back if I had taught them about Him when they were young.  He gave me two promises this morning, not only for them…but for me as well.

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Sing Your Praise To The Lord

by Anita Mondragon
 

Praise God in his holy house of worship,  

praise him under the open skies;

Praise him for his acts of power,     

praise him for his magnificent greatness;

Praise with a blast on the trumpet,     

praise by strumming soft strings;

Praise him with castanets and dance,     

praise him with banjo and flute;

Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum,     

praise him with fiddles and mandolin. Let every living, breathing creature praise God!     

 

Hallelujah!-Psalm 150:1-6 MSG


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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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