Morning Encouragement for 7/20/2022

Good Morning,

Whether we know it or not, the demons speak in our ears about  “what we need”, “what irritates us”,  “justification for negative actions”, and many other such negative thoughts. The reason they do this is to get our eyes off of the Lord and what He is saying to us today. These thoughts come from what we witness daily and how someone’s actions affect us. Of course, this all sounds like Mike’s lost his marbles and you would not be wrong in thinking that but bear with me a moment. When you consider all of the turmoil in our world today everything from climate change to the mass shootings, one can not help but wonder who is behind all of this. The individual behind this is our common enemy the Devil. The Devil is not omnipresent nor “omnipotent” he is a created being who deserves great respect. The Devil has many angels or “demons” that are sent to confound us with nonsense and when that doesn’t stop us, more trouble comes into play. That said, the demons, just like the Devil, are not responsible for our actions nor the thoughts that litter our minds, we are. If we want to overcome the barrage, we need to turn our fears, doubts, anger, dislikes, etc. into avenues of prayer.

Readings: Romans 12, John 16:25-33, Proverbs 10:19-25, Psalms 37:7-9.

Famous Quote: Walking with God down the avenue of prayer we acquire something of His likeness, and unconsciously we become witnesses to others of His beauty and His grace.— Edward McKendree Bounds.


My mind gets so convoluted with the fears, angst, dislikes, and anger with the direction life is being taken in our world. The Devil’s helpers come that I may have trouble increasingly and unceasingly but your son came that I might have life and that more abundantly. You are not an interlude or a moment of silence amidst the affairs of the world, you are a completely different pathway that leads us up out of trouble. Please help me today to turn whatever thoughts come against me into avenues of prayer that bring peace to my life. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
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