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Mar 6 22

Remember When You Prayed

by J. M. Farro

   “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2 NASB

   A dear friend of mine who lives in Texas knows that I am an avid mug collector.  Recently, she sent me a beautiful mug that says, “I still remember when I prayed for the things I have now.”  The sentiment on this mug made me start thinking about all of the blessings God has graciously bestowed upon me over the years as a result of my prayers, and how I need to be more thankful for them.

   “I still remember” when a relationship that I cherished for three years suddenly and painfully ended, and I began fervently praying for the spouse that was God’s choice for me.  The Lord introduced me to my husband, Joe, in the autumn of 1973, and we have been together ever since.

   I still remember earnestly praying for children of my own, when at the age of 19, I was diagnosed with a disease that could rob me of my child-bearing abilities, and I underwent a surgery that could prevent me from ever becoming pregnant.  God graciously answered my prayers by blessing me with two healthy sons.

   I still remember praying year after year for grandchildren when it looked pretty certain that I was never going to be a grandmother.  The Lord eventually blessed me with three grandchildren of my very own.

   I still remember when I prayed for decades for Joe and I to be free from debt, and God suddenly opened doors that enabled us to pay off our mortgage and all of our other debts.

   I still remember when I gave up every friend I ever had, after I surrendered my life to Christ for real, and I began earnestly praying for believing friends.  God has graciously blessed me with precious sisters in Christ who love me, and pray for me and my family.

   Scripture says, “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2 NASB)  The Bible makes it clear that the Lord loves it when we petition Him for our needs and desires.  But it also instructs us to be thankful for the blessings that He has already graciously given us.  As my new mug encourages us to do, let’s still remember when we prayed for the things that we have now!

   Lord, forgive me for taking Your blessings for granted, and for failing to give thanks for them on a regular basis.  Work in my heart so that I will always be “overflowing with thankfulness,” according to Your Word. (Colossians 2:7 NIV)  Remind me that the quality of my gratitude can greatly affect my prayer life. (Philippians 4:6)  Thank You that as I continually remember Your gracious answers to my prayers, my joy will abound, and You will be glorified!

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Feb 27 22

Jesus is Calling You

by J. M. Farro

   Jesus stopped and said, “Tell the man to come here.”  So they called the blind man, saying, “Cheer up!  Get to your feet.  Jesus is calling you.”  Mark 10:49 NCV

   In Chapter 10 of the Gospel of Mark, we read an account of a blind man named Bartimaeus who hears that Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.  He immediately cries out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (v. 47)  Then the Scripture says, “Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more.” (v. 48)  We discover in the next verse that Jesus stops in His tracks and says, “Call him.” (v. 49)  I have read this account many times, but this was the first time that the Holy Spirit highlighted the next sentence for me – “So they called the blind man, saying, ‘Cheer up!  Get to your feet.  JESUS IS CALLING YOU.’” 

   I was feeling somewhat down and discouraged at the time, and the Lord knew that I needed some special encouragement.  Here, He was telling me to cheer up, because He was calling me by name, and He was asking me the same question that Mark recorded Jesus saying in verse 51: “What do you want Me to do for you?”  I knew in my heart that this was a precious opportunity from the Lord.  He didn’t want me feeling sorry for myself.  He didn’t want me to be sad or disheartened.  He wanted me to pray, and to ask Him for the desires of my heart, no matter how “impossible” they seemed to me at the moment.  What did blind Bartimaeus ask Jesus for?  The restoration of his sight.  Jesus didn’t tell him, “That’s too hard,” or “That’s a very selfish request.”  No.  Jesus restored the man’s sight immediately, and as a result, he “followed Jesus along the road.” (v. 52)

   What about you?  What would YOU say to the Savior if He asked what He could do for you?  Today, I am urging you – “Cheer up!  Get to your feet.  JESUS IS CALLING YOU!”

   Lord, when I am feeling disheartened or discouraged, help me to turn to You, and to pour out my heart to You.  Remind me often of Your promise which says, “Ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy may be full and complete.” (John 16:24 AMP)  Guard me from doubt and despair when the answers to my prayers don’t come as quickly as I would like.  Thank You for calling me by name, for giving me the desires of my heart – and for cheering me up when I need it most!

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Feb 20 22

Do Not Gloat Over Your Enemy

by J. M. Farro

   “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove…” Proverbs 24:17-18 NIV

   When my husband, Joe, and I moved to our current home over 30 years ago, it didn’t take long for us to realize that the neighborhood children were a bad influence on our young sons.  When we told our boys that they were no longer allowed to spend time with these troublemakers, the retribution from our neighbors was swift and severe.  So much damage was done to our house that our insurance company paid for us to get all new siding for it.  On one of the occasions when my husband called the police for assistance, the mother of one of the perpetrators shouted to the officers, “They deserve it!”  Even the police could not believe this woman’s irrational and malicious behavior.  It was not long after this incident that this lady’s husband left her for another woman, and she has been alone ever since.

   Whenever I think about this neighbor of mine, the verses in Proverbs cited above come to mind.  The Amplified Bible gives us even greater insight into the principle within these verses when it states: “Rejoice not when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles or is overthrown, lest the Lord see it and it be evil in His eyes and displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him [to expend it upon you, the worse offender].” (Proverbs 24:17-18 AMP)  In other words, when we gloat over our enemy’s misfortune, as my neighbor did, we open ourselves up not only to demonic attack, but to divine discipline.

   There is a better way – a godly way – to deal with our enemies.  “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19 NIV)  When we try to avenge ourselves when others do us wrong, God is likely to sit on the sidelines and let us make a mess of things.  But when we turn to Him in humble dependence, and wait upon Him to execute justice for us, He will handle the situation in ways that will cause us to come out on top.  As Scripture tells us: “Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’  Wait for the Lord, and He will avenge you.” (Proverbs 20:22 NIV)

   My husband and I are now on friendly terms with all of the neighbors who mistreated us all those years ago.  God righted our wrongs, and He will do the same for you, if you will commit yourself and your unfair circumstances to Him.  Always remember the Lord’s precious promise that says, “The Lord is a God of justice.  Blessed are all who wait for Him!” (Isaiah 30:18 NIV)

   Lord, whenever I am being wronged in any way, remind me of Your promise that says You “give justice to all who are treated unfairly.” (Psalm 103:6 TLB)  Help me to respond in a Christlike fashion in ways that will bring You glory, and draw others to You through me.  Teach me to pray for my enemies, and to never try to avenge myself.  Thank You for vindicating me, and causing me to come out on top every single time!

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Feb 13 22

Our Destiny and Its Timing

by J. M. Farro

   “Lord, I have chosen You alone as my inheritance.  You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion.  I leave my destiny AND ITS TIMING in Your hands.”  Psalm 16:5 TPT

   I find it interesting that this Passion Translation emphasizes the words “and its timing” when it talks about leaving our destiny in God’s hands.  I believe that throughout the ages, it has been human nature to try to make things happen, rather than wait upon the Lord for His guidance and intervention.  I also believe that in modern times, it is even more difficult to wait for God to act on our behalf.

   For example, I couldn’t help but notice a post on social media last night, where a middle-aged man was suddenly single again, and he asked for advice concerning how to meet someone new.  Most of the people recommended dating apps that they or their loved ones had positive experiences with.  Only one or two people advised him to just go about living his life, waiting for God’s timing and best for him.  I am not saying that I am for or against dating apps.  What I am saying is that today, we have more ways of getting ahead of God’s timing and will for us than ever before.  That means that there are more opportunities for us to be disappointed and disillusioned than ever before.

   The author of this psalm, King David, knew the value of leaving his “destiny and its timing” in God’s hands.  When King Saul was hunting him down and trying to kill him for many years, David refused to try to take the throne before it was God’s timing for him to do so.  The Lord rewarded him by putting a crown on his head, and making him one of the greatest kings in all of history.

   The next verse in this psalm reads: “Your pleasant path leads me to pleasant places.  I’m overwhelmed by the privileges that come with following You, for You have given me the best!” (Psalm 16:6 TPT)  David experienced the “pleasant places” and “privileges” that come with “following” God and His divine plans, and he received His “best” as a result.  You and I can receive God’s best, too – when we leave our destiny and its timing in His hands!

   Lord, please remind me often that it is by faith AND PATIENCE that I will receive the fulfillment of Your promises. (Hebrews 6:12)  Teach me how to walk with You closely throughout each day, being sensitive and obedient to Your voice all the way.  By an act of my will, I choose to leave my destiny and its timing in Your hands.  Thank You that as I cooperate with You and Your plans for me, You will give me Your absolute BEST!

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Feb 6 22

The Destructive Power of Strife

by J. M. Farro

   “Where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” James 3:16 KJV 

   On my way to a doctor’s appointment one afternoon, I was driving in heavy traffic and sensed the Holy Spirit leading me to pray a very specific way, in addition to my usual travel prayers.  “Lord, protect me and my vehicle from reckless and distracted drivers.”  A moment later, a man in the car behind me hit my vehicle’s bumper with his own.  Before I could react, I sensed the Spirit of God telling me, “Keep calm and pray for the other driver.”  As I obeyed, I saw in my rearview mirror that the other vehicle sustained no damage, and I knew in my heart that my own car was also unharmed.

   Later that week, my husband, Joe, called me on his way home from work, and during our conversation, he yelled out that the driver behind him almost hit his car.  Immediately, I warned him to calm down, and to pray for the other driver.  Then I told him about my own experience on the road earlier that week.

   On both of these occasions, the Lord reminded me of a nasty car accident I had been involved in years ago when I was yelling at my oldest son as I was driving him to the library.  Even though I had just finished praying Psalm 91’s protective promises over us, God allowed me to have that collision to teach me the dangers of strife.  He wanted me to know that anger, conflict, bitter disagreements, and strife can open the door to Satan and his dark forces, who are always eager to take advantage of every opportunity to “steal, kill, and destroy.” (John 10:10) 

   So I warn you today out of love and concern for you – avoid strife at all costs.  The Bible says that “where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” (James 3:16 KJV)  Notice the word “every” in this verse, and don’t ever underestimate the destructive power of strife.  Do your best to walk in peace by the power of the Holy Spirit, and shut the door on the devil and his evil cronies every single time!

   Lord, remind me often that You have called me to live in peace. (Colossians 3:15 NLT)  Empower me to walk in peace in my own home, and everywhere I go.  Make me sensitive and obedient to Your Spirit’s leading, so that I will remain under Your divine protection at all times.  Thank You that as I maintain a “no strife policy” with Your help, I will experience Your blessings in full measure in every area of my life!

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Jan 30 22

Do Your Best

by J. M. Farro

   “Be bold and diligent.  And God be with you as you do your best.”  2 Chronicles 19:11 MSG

   If you have been a follower of Christ for very long, then you know that there are times when the Lord calls us to be “bold and diligent.”  In fact, the Scriptures say that “the righteous are as bold as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1 NIV)  That means that no matter what kind of personality we may have, the Lord will expect us to rely on His indwelling Spirit to enable us to act courageously and confidently in what we may consider intimidating circumstances.  The “diligent” aspect of this verse means that God often requires us to persist and persevere, instead of giving in to laziness or procrastination.

   I love how this Scripture says, “God be with you as you do your best.”  In other words, if we will make a sincere effort to please the Lord in whatever He calls us to do, He will release His power in and through us, so we can do in His strength what we could never do on our own, no matter how we tried.  Unlike people, God won’t put unrealistic expectations on us.  He is not a cruel taskmaster, but rather, a loving Father who longs for us to reach our full potential – not on our own, but with His divine help and guidance.

   Many years ago, I heard a godly man say that the entire time he was growing up, his mother told him – “Look your best, be your best, and DO YOUR BEST!”  He took her instructions to heart, and he became one of the greatest evangelists of the 20th century. 

   So be bold!  Be diligent!  Do your best!  And God will be with you to guarantee your success!

   Lord, fill me with a holy boldness that will cause me to continually move forward and make progress in all that You have called me to accomplish in Your name.  Make me diligent and persistent in knowing You intimately and following You wholeheartedly.  Teach me how to do my best at all times, and to excel in all of the work You assign to me.  Thank You that as I shrug off laziness, procrastination, and fear, You will bless me and use me in mighty ways for Your glory!

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Jan 23 22

He Saved Me from My Enemies

by J. M. Farro

   “I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and He saved me from my enemies.” Psalm 18:3 NLT

   This verse of Scripture, penned by David the shepherd-king under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, reveals a powerful divine strategy for winning battles against the world, the flesh, and the devil.  When we are under attack in some way, the attitude we adopt during that time will determine our outcome.  In David’s case, all those years he was hunted down by jealous King Saul and his men, David’s attitude was, “the Lord is worthy of praise.”  And the result was that God delivered His servant David from all of his enemies, and placed a crown on his head.

   What we have to remember in times of trouble is that praise is a powerful form of spiritual warfare.  The Bible says of the Lord’s people: “God’s high and holy praises fill their mouths, for their shouted praises are their weapons of war!” (Psalms 149:6 TPT)  And Psalm 8:2 says: “You have built a stronghold by the songs of children.  Strength rises up with the chorus of infants.  This kind of praise has power to shut Satan’s mouth.  Childlike worship will silence the madness of those who oppose You.” (Psalms 8:2 TPT)  I love how this Passion Translation tells us that the forces of evil can be defeated by the simplest forms of praise.  Even just declaring, “Thank You, Lord, that help is on the way!” can put the devil on the run.

   David was wise enough to call upon the Lord in his time of trouble, and we are wise to follow his example.  The next time you are under attack in some way, lift up your head and your hands and declare, “Lord, You are worthy of praise!”  Maintain an attitude of gratitude and worship, no matter how heated the battle becomes, so that in the end you can share a testimony like David’s that says, “He saved me from my enemies!”

   Lord, when trouble strikes, remind me to turn to You first for guidance and strength.  Teach me how to continually praise You so that my focus will remain on You instead of on my circumstances.  Show me how to worship You in advance for the custom-made solutions that You have in store for me.  Thank You that as I call upon You with praise on my lips, You will cause me to triumph over my enemies every single time!

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Jan 16 22

God-Honoring Priorities

by J. M. Farro

   “The devil loves it when we say we believe, then prioritize everything in our lives ahead of God.” – A. W. Tozer, Pastor, Preacher, Author (1897-1963)

   I find this quote by A. W. Tozer extremely convicting.  I know how easy it can be to profess to love and follow Christ, and yet fail to maintain God-honoring priorities.  We live in a busy world filled with devil-devised distractions, responsibilities, and obligations.  I say this because even though God’s Word clearly instructs us to seek the Lord about how we spend our time, energy, and money, we don’t comply to the degree that would keep us in His perfect will and timing in every area of our lives.

   The Bible says:  “Be careful how you walk, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17 NASB)  How can we best “understand what the will of the Lord is” in every situation, and in every area of our lives?  We dig deeply into the Scriptures, asking the Holy Spirit to help us to understand them, and to apply them to our lives.

   Romans 12:2 (NIV) says:  “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”  We are either going to be filled with the world or the Word.  When we are filled with the world, we are going to think and behave like the world – reaping its death and destruction, and suffering needlessly.  But when we are filled with the Word of God, our minds will be renewed, and we will not only be able to discern God’s will in every situation, but we will reap spiritual and earthly blessings reserved only for His faithful ones.

   I believe that if we would spend more time seeking God’s priorities for our lives with an open heart and a willing mind, we would witness Him and His blessings showing up in our circumstances in greater ways than ever before.  And we would give Him more of the glory He deserves.  Scripture tells us:  “The eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”  (2 Chronicles 16:9 NASB)  I am determined to have a heart that is “completely His.”  How about you?

   Lord, today, I ask You to help me to always make it my goal to please You. (2 Corinthians 5:9-10)  I pray that You would empower me by Your Spirit to no longer live for myself, but only for You and Your purposes for me. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)  Thank You that as I spend time in Your Word renewing my mind, You will lead me along the paths of Your greatest blessings and breakthroughs!  

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Jan 9 22

Seek God Earnestly and Diligently

by J. M. Farro

   “But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He REWARDS those who [EARNESTLY AND DILIGENTLY] seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6 AMP

   This Bible verse states very plainly that we simply cannot please God without faith.  It also tells us that He gives us special rewards when we seek Him “earnestly and diligently.”  When we do something “earnestly,” we do it in a thorough and serious way, intending to succeed.  It means we keep seeking God until we find Him, not resting until we hear from Him in our situation or circumstance.  Doing something “diligently” means doing it energetically and persistently.  It’s the opposite of doing it lazily or shoddily.  We are more likely to be diligent about something if we love doing it.  When we love to seek God, we will naturally seek Him energetically and perseveringly, expecting Him to answer our call, and to fulfill our needs

   In walking closely with the Lord these past 30 years, I have discovered that one of the ways He “rewards” us for “earnestly and diligently” seeking Him, is to make us sensitive and obedient to His Spirit’s leading, especially in desperate times.

   If you want to learn what someone’s relationship with the Lord is really like, watch them closely when they are facing difficulty and pain.  They often don’t know how to pray, how to read their Bible, or how to hear God’s voice.  Often, they will seek out mature believers first, instead of seeking God.  And the results are often disastrous.

   Please don’t be like them.  Don’t seek the Lord half-heartedly.  Seek the Lord diligently and earnestly NOW, so that when trouble comes, you will readily receive the answers, victories, and rewards that He reserves only for His faithful ones.  Today, let me leave you with this precious promise from the Lord: “When you come looking for Me, you’ll find Me.  Yes, when you get serious about finding Me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed…I’ll turn things around for you.” (Jeremiah 29:13-14 MSG)

   Lord, I ask that You teach me how to seek You earnestly and diligently all the rest of my days.  Remind me to always seek You first when I have any questions, dilemmas, or difficulties.  Don’t let me live my life dependent upon anyone but You.  But do send others to help me when it is Your will for me, after I have sought You.  Thank You for the untold rewards that will be mine for seeking You with all my heart!

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Jan 2 22

God’s Antidote for Disappointment

by J. M. Farro

   “I am the Lord; those who hope in Me will not be disappointed.”  Isaiah 49:23 NIV

   I once saw a famous baseball player talking about his faith on television.  He spoke about how placing our confidence in people was a mistake, and how we should only put our hope in God.  In fact, he made a startling statement like, “People will let us down 100 percent of the time, but God will never let us down.”  If I had heard this man talking like this before I became a committed Christian years ago, I might have thought he was being terribly cynical.  But now I know better.  The Bible says, “It is better to trust the Lord than to put confidence in people.” (Psalm 118:8 NLT)  The truth is, whenever we put our confidence in people, or become dependent upon them for our needs, we will be disappointed.  Only God can make the statement – “Those who hope in Me will not be disappointed” – and have it hold true. (Isaiah 49:23 NIV)  Jesus did not have a cynical or suspicious nature, and yet He did not put His confidence in people.  Scripture says:  “But Jesus didn’t trust them, because He knew what people were really like.  No one needed to tell Him about human nature.” (John 2:24-25 NLT)  Jesus loved people enough to die for them, but His faith and hope were in God, not in man.  We need to follow His example. (1 Peter 1:21)

   Years ago, I heard a godly man say that whenever we compromise God’s Word to gain or keep something or someone, we will lose what we are trying to hold on to.  I have learned the hard way that there is a lot of truth to that statement.  If you are involved in a relationship that is not God’s best for you, and you turn your back on the Lord’s will to please this person, you will either watch them slip away from you no matter what you do, or what is sweet between you now will eventually become sour.  Even when we are in God’s perfect will relationship-wise, we will face disappointment regularly.  So why would we want to be involved with a relationship that wasn’t God’s best for us?  If our confidence and hope are properly placed in God, HE will fulfill all our needs and desires.  Even when the Lord uses others to meet some of our needs, we are not to become dependent upon these people, or to place our confidence in them.  While we should appreciate them, we should depend only upon God.

   Some believers compromise their Christian values because they are afraid of being alone.  But those fears are unfounded because God has promised to provide ALL our needs if we let Him, and that includes our social and emotional needs.  Jesus knew better than anyone what it was like to be disappointed and alone.  Just before He went to the cross He said to His disciples:  “The time is coming – in fact, it is already here – when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving Me alone.  Yet I am not alone because the Father is with Me.” (John 16:32 NLT)  Jesus knew that even if all of His loved ones deserted Him, His Heavenly Father would still be there for Him.  That’s a message for all of us to take to heart.  Today, it is my earnest prayer that you will put your wholehearted trust in the only One who can ever truthfully say – “I will never, never fail you nor forsake you!”  (Hebrews 13:15 TLB)

   Lord, right now, I commit myself to You and ask You to bring me into the center of Your will in every area of my life.  Don’t let me compromise my relationship with You to please myself or others.  When others disappointment me, I ask that You comfort me and remind me that Your presence and provision are always available to me.  Thank You that because my hope is in You, I won’t be disappointed!

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