Morning Encouragement for 11/14/2022

Good morning,

As I read the story morning about Peter in his confession, back about my conversion, which was about 37 years ago. I had been raised Catholic, my entire life. Until that fateful night. So, I knew about Jesus or at least I thought I did. But when the Spirit of The Lord entered my heart I finally understood his mission. You see you can read all about Jesus and even pray to him but until he becomes your personal savior all of that information is simply that “information”. When Jesus gave me the keys to heaven and hell, he gave me the choice of which one to open up just like in the case of Peter.  The church Jesus built on my confession was the ministry he was calling me to and the power that would propel me from the depths of despair to freedom in His Kingdom. I was set free from self-loathing and self-hatred to being able to forgive myself. The thing is, although we are set free, we are also free to go back to that pigstye from which we came. My question for you today is, “what has the Lord set you free from?” and are you still free?

Verse: Matthew 16:13-20, Psalm 103:1, Isaiah 1:19-20.

Famous Quote: “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go” – Abraham Lincoln.

Father,

Thank you for your son’s sacrifice on the cross of Calvery. I am free today to live my life to its fullest because Jesus died for the sins of my life. The world may find this unimportant in the grand scheme of things but like a wedding band, this sacrifice is everything to me. Please help me today to walk in the freedom of Christ Jesus. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. 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 whom 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 with 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).

IHS
MK

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