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Hope in The Midst of the Storm

Hope in The Midst of the Storm

1 King 19:1-18

Have you every been in the midst of a storm and felt nothing but hopelessness. You are not alone and I hope and pray you will be encouraged by this devotional. You must always trust God while you are in the midst of your storm.


Points to Ponder


1. Sometimes an unexpected storm will come in our lives (1 King 19:1-2).

2. There may be a time when the storm (hopelessness, stress, depression, self-doubt) of life will get the best of us (1 King 19:3-4).

3. God will provide spiritual nourishment during the storm in our lives (1 King 19:5-9).

4. You can be zealous for God but still face many dangerous storms but you are not alone (1 King 19:9-10).

5. We must always remain hopeful and trust God to carry us through the storm (1 King 19:11-13).

6. God will always give us strength to overcome any storm we face (1 Corinthians 10:13).

7. God is willing to hear our perspective regarding the storm in our life (1 King 19:14).

8. We can always expect God to send helpers our way when we are in the midst of the storm (1 King 19:15-17).

9. God will always preserve a remnant of people who will not compromise their faith both young and old (1 King 19:18).


Something to Consider


As long as we live, we will face storms in our lives. They will suddenly appear just like a severe thunder storm during spring and summer months or anytime. The storms will cause tremendous lost of life and property.

However, God always give believers and nonbelievers the ability to overcome the storm. There will be times when the storm may overwhelm us but it will never overcome us if we put our hope and trust in God. He will strengthen us during the storm.

The storms might be the results of natural disasters, and conflict within the family, friends, health issues, death, or disagreements with society because of our belief.
Elijah knew God but he felt lonely, hopeless, stress, depression, and doubt because Jezebel wanted his life because he had her false prophets killed. He felt alone because he was the only prophet left. Elijah wanted to die but when God was ready He responded to Elijah and addressed him in love to encourage him, he was not alone and would receive help. God gave him the help necessary to perform the task.


Regardless of our faithfulness and strength, we must always be prepared when the storm arrives in our lives. God will help us by sending others in our lives to encourage us to remain faithful and trust in Him in the midst of the storm or God Almighty may do something supernaturally.


Are you trusting God in the midst of the storm?
(c) 2015 Devotional by Billy J. Strawter, Sr.

Hope in The Midst of the Storm

Devotional:  1 King 19:1-18

Have you every been in the midst of a storm and felt nothing but hopelessness. You are not alone and I hope and pray you will be encouraged by this devotional.  You must always trust God while you are in the midst of your storm.

Points to Ponder

  1. Sometimes an un-expected storm will come in our lives (1King 19:1-2).
  2. There may be a time when the storm (hopelessness, stress, depression, self-doubt) of life will get the best of us (1 King 19:3-4).
  3. God will provide spiritual nourishments during the storm in our lives (1King 19:5-9).
  4. You can be zealous for God but still face many dangerous storms but you are not alone (1 King 19:9-10).
  5. We must always remain hopeful and trust God to carry us through the storm (1 King 19:11-13).
  6. God will always give us strength to overcome any storm we face (1 Corinthians 10:13).
  7. God is willing to hear our perspective

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    regarding the storm in our life (1 King 19:14).

  8. We can always expect God to send helpers our way when we are in the midst of the storm (1 King 19:15-17).
  9. God will always preserve a remnant of people who will not compromise their faith both young and old (1 King 19:18).

Something to Consider

As long as we live, we will face storms in our lives. They will suddenly appear just like a severe thunder storm during spring and summer months or anytime. The storms will cause tremendous lost to life and property. However, God always give believers and nonbelievers the ability to overcome the storm.  There will be times when the storm may overwhelm us but it will never overcome us if we put our hope and trust in God. He will strengthen us during the storm. The storms might be the results of natural disasters, and conflict within the family, friends, health issues, death, or disagreements with society because of our belief.

Elijah knew God but he felt lonely, hopeless, stress, depression, and doubt because Jezebel wanted his life because he had her false prophets killed. He felt alone because he was the only prophet left.  Elijah wanted to die but when God was ready He responded to Elijah and addressed him in love to encourage him, he was not alone and would receive help. God did give him the help necessary to perform the task.

Regardless of our faithfulness and strength, we must always be prepared when the storm arrives in our lives. God will help us by sending others in our lives to encourage us to remain faithful and trust in Him in the midst of the storm or God Almighty may do something supernaturally.

Are you trusting God in the midst of the storm?

(c) 2015 Devotional by Billy J. Strawter, Sr.

 

Touching the Hearts of Teenagers

Touching the Hearts of Teenagers

 Listed below is a true story about an interaction I had with teenagers in a Juvenile Detention Center. I had an opportunity to volunteer my time in a Juvenile Detention Center for 22 years. Working with troubled teenagers changed my career.  Now, I am working with parents, teens, teachers and youth workers to provide strategies to connect with teenagers in the 21st century. Listed below is a story taken from my book Behind the Eyes of Juvenile Delinquents. 

How quickly a heart can be touched

I had an opportunity to visit Jeffery, Duke, Robert, Parker, and Jamal in their unit at the Juvenile Detention Center to read some of the things written in the manuscript Behind the Eyes of Juvenile Delinquents.  When I arrived in the unit, Jeffery, Duke and Jamal were playing cards. Robert and Parker were watching the movie “Spawn” on television.  There were four other young men locked in their rooms for discipline.

Jeffery, Duke and Jamal slowly stopped playing cards and Robert stopped watching television and came to listen to the story as I read.  Then Jeffery, Duke, Jamal and Robert became angry with Parker because he continued to watch television.  They told me Parker worshipped Satan.  I asked the other boys to “leave him alone because Parker was serving his master.  I said, “You tell me you love God but yet you are not serving him.  If you were serving him, more than likely you would not be in the Detention Center.  I wish you were as faithful to God as Parker was to his master.  You are in worse shape than Parker because you know the truth and refuse to live by the truth.”

After those words were spoken, everyone calmed down.  I then continued to read from the manuscript Behind the Eyes of Juvenile Delinquents to Jeffery, Duke, Jamal and Robert.  They were captivated by the words being read because they knew it was about them and me.   They just took it all into their minds as they sat and listened intently.  It’s difficult to describe what I felt.  What struck me most was Parker who had his back turned to us? He got out of his chair, went behind our backs to lie on top of the ping pong table near us.  A glance from the corner of my left eye showed that we now had Parker’s attention.  Parker asked, “Where did you get that information from?”  I told Parker I got the information from the youth in the Detention Center.  Robert said, “He wrote it himself as if he was proud of me.”

Parker continued to lie on the table as I read from the manuscript.  As we continued, to my surprise, Parker got a chair and sat right in front of us.  He listened intently as I continued to read with a smile on my face.  Before I knew it, time was up.

As I was leaving the unit, Parker told me that “he didn’t serve Satan but was trying to determine the right way to go.”  I told him “I understood and hoped he would start going to church.”  Then Parker proceeded to tell me he was going to attend church in the Detention Center.  He also wanted to know when I was going to read the rest of the manuscript to them.

Well, I looked for Parker on the following Tuesday evening but he did not show up.  I told the others to tell Parker I inquired about him.  On Sunday Parker showed up in church.  I was elated to see him.  I never considered that the words I read would have an impact on Parker’s life, but one should never be surprised about the operation of the Holy Spirit.  If no one else reads this book, I  will always cherish the words spoken by Parker.  I hope he will make the correct choices.  I did not force my beliefs on him or try to debate with him.  Parker said he was rebelling against his parents and that he grew up in the church.  I hope he will turn his life over to Jesus Christ.

source: Behind the Eyes of Juvenile Delinquents,

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Our Secret Place

When I read “Our Secret Place” it really touched my heart. It was written by my sister and it inspired me to share it with my followers. Please enjoy and let God speaks to you.

Our Secret Place

By Shirley Strawter

I met with God today in our secret place. It had been awhile since I had been there. I made up in my mind that this morning would be another morning that I would get up, and get out just to walk again. In the process of walking, my heart began to yearn for something greater than the walk itself. I discovered that it was our secret place wooing me to come and visit. Believe it or not, I wanted to go. In fact, I ached to go. No sooner had I headed in that direction, than I could feel the pull of God.

God had not left our secret place, I had.  He was waiting for me. He knew that I would come, and I was glad that I had come. I stood before Him humbled, broken, and inspired! Words tumbled before me, before Him – words of Adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication. I stood in awe of His wonderful, wonderful glory! Such a peace and a holy hush filled the area. I had to lift my hands, my heart, my being, myself to Him in total abandonment. He received my offerings, my presence, and the meditations of my heart. The flames of His love and power lapped up my offerings as if His thirst for them were greater than the offerings themselves!

What can I offer my God who has everything? What gifts could I possibly give Him that would honor His worth? The answer is a resounding “ME”!

I can give Him me, all of me! Whatever contaminations, insecurities, flaws, or inhibitions I have – He wants them all!  The secret places in our spirit and soul are His specialty. He can handle each one of them with perfection.  The Creator God loves His creation, His creatures, and I am so glad that He does.

Do you have a secret place that you can go to and experience God on a whole different level? Does your heart yearn and ache for His Presence?

If so, He waits to meet you there – alone, no cell phones, nothing but your thirst and your hunger. If not, ask Him to stir a hunger and thirst in your heart for a secret place to meet with Him. It will be personal and private, refreshing and fulfilling! In His Presence is fullness of joy, and pleasures forevermore.

My secret place for meeting with God birthed a new outlook on life and this writing – what will your secret place for meeting with God birth?

© June 30, 2011 Shirley Strawter Ministries  All rights Reserved Worldwide

A Fantastic Journey into Jerusalem

We must not forget the sacrifices Jesus Christ made for the
world. He suffered and willingly gave up his life for us. His love for us is
greater than we deserved. I am personally thankful that Jesus made a fantastic
journey into Jerusalem. Jesus has blessed me, my family, and friends during
difficult times. I’m eternally grateful of Jesus commitment to all people. His
mercy and grace give us another opportunity to repent of our sins and he will
forgive us.  I hope you will enjoy this inspirational message (Audio file: A Fantastic Journey Into Jerusalem)

John: 12:12-13, 16, 17-19, Luke:19:29-31,36-40,41-44 Matt 21:4-7, 10,11 Mark 11:8

Points to Ponder

  1. We should be excited about worshipping Jesus everyday of our lives (John 12:12).
  2. We should spread out our hearts, souls, spirits, and minds before Jesus as a testament of our faith (John 12:13).
  3. We must be willing to quickly obey Christ regardless of how strange the request might seems (Luke 19: 29-31).
  4. Food for thought, I wonder if the colt felt it was a privilege to have Jesus as his first rider (Luke 19:30).
  5. Jesus will always fulfill God’s prophecies (Matthew 21:4-5).
  6. There are times when we don’t understand God’s Word but eventually the correct meaning will be revealed (John 12:16).
  7. When we are in the will of God, his purpose will be fulfilled (Mark 11:4-7).
  8. We can’t stop the contagiousness of God’s Word when we are celebrating, and worshipping Jesus (Luke 19:36-40).
  9. We must be willing to share our material processions with Christ whether its cloaks or palm branches (Mark 11:8).
  10. We must cry out for the lost because they can’t see that Jesus’ Kingdom is coming soon and there will be trials and tribulations (Luke 19:41-44).
  11. Jesus will stir the hearts of people when He is in their presence (John 21:10-11).
  12. Jesus kingdom will spread throughout all nations and nothing can contain His words (John 12:17-19).

Something to Consider

We often celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  As we read the bible, we get a small understanding of the peoples’ celebration.  There were people who didn’t like Jesus because Jesus had the tendency to reveal their sins. There were those who expected him to rule on earth as King yet they were blinded because of their own selfish desires, and expectations.

Jesus wept over Jerusalem because he knew the devastation that would come as a result of their rejection of him.  Jesus’ said Luke 19:42 “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace-but now it is hidden from your eyes.”  What a tragedy when we miss an opportunity to receive God’s blessing.  We must focus on every small blessing and the small still voice we hear from Christ so we can act.  We must celebrate Jesus every day of our lives as if He was triumphantly entering our homes, work places, and churches.  Everyone will not love Jesus as we do but they must see how much we love to celebrate and worship Jesus in an awesome manner. We must share the light of Jesus as we live and walk among those who don’t believe Jesus is the son of God.  Jesus is our King, and He will finally reclaim the earth and establish his Kingdom forever.  We will celebrate, and worship Jesus forever and forever with eternal peace and joy.

 

Written by: Billy J. Strawter, Sr.

(c) 2011  EnviCare Consulting, Inc.           All Rights Reserved Worldwide

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Husband and Wife Half Truths Lead To Potential Disaster

Genesis 20:1-17

This post is about Abraham and Sarah’s half truths that impacted the life of people in a negative manner.

Points to Ponder

  1. God will continue to guide and protect us on our life’s journey (Genesis 20:1).
  2. There are times when knowledge can lead us to make wrong choices (Genesis 20:2).
  3. When a half truth is told, it can severely impact the lives of others (Genesis 20:3).
  4. God will reveal to the innocent the wrong choices they have made (Genesis 20:4-6).
  5. There are times when God must put fear in our lives for us to change (Genesis 20:7).
  6. When someone inflicts pain upon you, seek answers with a pure heart as you communicate with them (Genesis 20:8-10).
  7. We must communicate to others that our wrong choices could negatively impact their way of life (Genesis 20:8).
  8. There are times when we will try to justify half truth but it’s still wrong. (Genesis 20:11-13).
  9. God uses others to bless us and give us the power to intercede for others (Genesis 20:14-17).

Something to Consider

 As we travel our life’s journey, we will face Godly people, good and bad people. When we fellowship with them, we must communicate the truth because half truths could negatively impact the people you encounter.  Every husband and wife should always consider how their actions will impact their family and others.  Abraham and Sarah’s fear about what might happen clouded their judgment. The husband and wife took their eyes off the promises. God promised them that they would have a son and they would be a blessing to all nations. They knew God was with them yet fear consumed them. When confronted by Abimelech, Abraham confessed the reasons he lied which was good because it limited the negative consequences.

We often speak half truths because of fear, unknown consequences and because we hate to disappoint others.  Half truth leads to greater pain and suffering.  God looks upon our hearts to determine our motives for half truths to activate his grace and mercy for believers and nonbelievers.  God wants us to speak the truth because it gives us great peace.  Husbands and wives, if you are struggling with half truths in your life, please let go of those half truths.  A husband and wife should always set the standards by speaking the truth which will positively impact their family and the world.  

To every husband and wife in the world,  you must rely on God’s words to guide your tongue. When every husband and wife relies on the Word of God, they will no longer be ruled by fear. God loves you more than you will ever comprehend. God created every husband and wife in His image which means you are connected to God in a very special manner. Trust God to guide and protect you along your life journey. God will always be there for you and God will empower you with the strength to speak the truth. Stand firm with God as you encounter various types of people in the world.

Written by: Mr. Wisdom

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Forgive

This updated post focuses on how important it is for you to forgive those that hurt you to the core of your heart.  When you forgive, it will help you to maintain your Faith. It will give you strength to overcome Obstacles. It gives you the ability to Repent when you are wrong. It guides you closer to God and it will prevent an Infection of hatred from flourishing in your life.  When you forgive, you will also have Victory over your own life without others influencing you in a negative manner. It will keep you from giving in to Evil because of the pain you suffered from someone.

F.O.R.G.I.V.E (Faith, Obstacles, Repent, God, Infection, Victory, Evil)

Joseph’s rejection and forgiveness (Genesis 37:1-11, 50:15-20)

Solomon’s Prayer (1 Kings 8:46-50)

Jesus’ commands (Matthew 6:14-15, Mark 11:25-26, Luke 17:3-4, Ephesians 4:26-27)

Points to Ponder

  1. You must let go of the bitterness you have toward those who have hurt you (Genesis 50:15-17).
  2. Do not hold grudges against those that are jealous of you but forgive them and you will have joy in your life (Genesis 50:18-20).
  3. You must forgive people who sin against you just like you expect God to forgive you (1 King 8:50).
  4. If you don’t forgive people who violated your trust, God will not forgive you (Matthew 6:14-15, Mark 11:25-26).
  5. It is your responsibility as a Christian to forgive people regardless of the number of times they have hurt you (Luke 17:3-4).

Something to Consider

Is there someone in your life that has hurt you to the core of your heart? Your answer is probably yes! You are so angry with them because you don’t understand why someone who claims to love you would hurt you so badly. You might blame yourself or wonder what you did to deserve a broken-heart.

Life is very complex and challenging. However, we all fall short of the glory of God because of our sinful nature. It’s sin that caused an individual to hurt you. Just like it was sin that caused Jesus to suffer and die on the cross for you. He also died for the person that broke your heart and violated your trust. God holds each of us accountable for our own sins.

God  gives you a simple process for healing your broken heart. He wants you to rely on Christ as the source of your strength. Your healing process will begin when you forgive the person or persons that hurt your heart. It will not be easy but when you let go you will find wonderful peace in your life. When you forgive, you are no longer in bondage but free. Enjoy your freedom, starting today, as you forgive those who have hurt you. Remember! You can’t rely on others to heal your broken heart only God can.

Written by Mr. Wisdom

Audio File on Forgive

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Daughters Committed Incest With Their Father

This bible study focuses on the wrong choices a father made and the impact it had on his family especially his daughters.

(Genesis 19:30-38)

Points to Ponder

 

  1. Wrong choices can lead the family in the wrong direction (Genesis19:30).
  2. You must take time to reflect on your circumstances in order to make the right decisions (Genesis19:30).
  3. Making too many wrong choices can lead to fear, stress, and emotional disaster (Genesis19:31).
  4. There are individuals that occasionally engage in sinful actions to justify preserving their family which leads to disaster and disrespect of the Word of God (Genesis19:32).
  5. Thinking in a reactive mode can at times, be very dangerous (Genesis19:33-35).
  6. Drinking too much alcohol reduces your ability to remain in self-control and others can take advantage of you without your knowledge (Genesis19:35).
  7. You  must avoid listening to a family member when they are out of the will of God (Genesis19:35).
  8. Incestuous relationships (sexual immorality) can only lead to conflict within the family (Genesis19:36-38).
  9. There are people who will use deception (in order to preserve their family line) and try to get you to participate in their ungodly way. Sadly to say they do believe they are right (Genesis19:32).
  10. Getting drunk and using illegal drugs are poor examples for you and your family. As a father or mother, you  must model Godly standards for your children (Genesis19:30-36)

 Something to Consider

The people you are close to may willfully make wrong choices because they believe it will benefit the family. Lot’s daughters believed incest with their father was the best thing to do to preserve their family line. History shows they were absolutely wrong. They used deceptive methods to sleep with their father by getting him drunk.

There are people in your life that will also use deceptive ways to convince you to make wrong choices. Your choices must always be based on Godly principles which might isolate you from friends and families. Yet you must not fear the isolation because of the right choices you made because God will be pleased with your actions.

You must pray and solicit counsel from others to assist you when your family situation appears to be hopeless. If you stand for truth, you can potentially prevent disaster from falling upon your family and the world. Incest in the family is very damaging to the life of an individual. Lot’s daughters made a wrong choice by sleeping with their father while he was drunk. Incest is not the answer to solving life problems. You must never engage in an incestuous relationship to fulfill your selfish desires. You will destroy your relationships with the family and others around you.

Fathers, and daughters, you must think about the consequences of your actions. Always reflect and meditate on the situation when your mind is engaged in ungodly thoughts. You must always apply God’s words in the decisions you make.  God will always provide your needs because He said He would.  God’s blessings are greater than what you can provide for yourself. God is watching over you every day seeking to protect and guide you.  All you need to do is submit your will to God. May your family be filled with contentment and joy while they live on earth.

 Written by Mr. Wisdom

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