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Oct 2 22

Favor in the Wilderness

by J. M. Farro

   “This is what the Lord says:  ‘Those who survive the coming destruction will find blessings even in the barren land.’”  Jeremiah 31:2 NLT

   This promise from Scripture reassures us that in the hard times that are to come, God’s faithful remnant will not only survive, but will thrive.  Because of their devotion to the one true God, He will bless them with extraordinary and unusual blessings that will make them stand out in a crowd, and that will cause those around them to want a relationship with Him.

    When the Lord allows you and me to walk through a “barren land,” it’s only because He has “blessings” for us there that we won’t find anywhere else.  The trials we experience there are not designed to push us down, but to lift us up and exalt us.  Our job is to remain faithful to the Lord – always keeping prayers of faith on our lips, and praises to God in our mouths.

   Psalm 66 talks about how the Lord sometimes allows His people to be “tested” and “refined” through various troubles and trials. (v. 10 NIV)  These trials will not be able to discourage or defeat us if we focus on God’s promise in verse 12, which assures us: “Yet in the end, You always bring us out better than we were before, saturated with Your goodness.”  Hallelujah!

   The NIV translation of Jeremiah 31:2 says that you and I “will find FAVOR in the wilderness.”  Today, thank God for the divine favor and blessings that will show up right in the midst of your wilderness experience!

   Lord, when You allow me to experience troubled times, remind me that it’s only because You have blessings and rewards for me that I cannot receive in the good times.  Guard me from discouragement and disillusionment, and comfort and strengthen me as only You can.  Equip and enable me to follow You wholeheartedly no matter what comes my way.  Thank You that as I keep prayers of faith on my lips, and praises to God in my mouth, I will experience the victories and breakthroughs that will be absolutely life-changing for me and those around me!

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Sep 25 22

Too Much Thinking and Talking

by J. M. Farro

   “Watch your words and be careful what you say, and you’ll be surprised by how few troubles you’ll have.” Proverbs 21:23 TPT

   I was agonizing over a troubling situation when the Lord showed me a Scripture that says, “If you keep thinking about something, you will dream about it.  If you talk too much, you will say the wrong thing.” (Ecclesiastes 5:3 CEV)  It was true that I kept thinking about my problem, and it was affecting my sleep.  Not only that, but I was talking about it way too much, and I knew that some of my words would have been better left unsaid.

   God has good reasons for telling us not to worry or become fearful.  He wants us to enjoy restful, peaceful sleep each night.  It’s important for our well-being and our health.  He also has good reasons for warning us against talking too much.  He knows that the more we talk, the more likely it will be for us to say things that can seriously harm our relationships and our reputation.

   In every situation, God’s will for us is to trust Him.  When we are truly trusting Him, we will not be dwelling on our problems, and we will get the rest we need.  And our trust in the Lord will restrain us from speaking negative words that can affect the outcome of our situation.  The Bible tells us: “The one who guards his mouth [thinking before he speaks] protects his life; the one who opens his lips wide [and chatters without thinking] comes to ruin.” (Proverbs 13:3 AMP)

   What we have to remember is that our words have consequences, and we are the only ones who can really control what we say.  Proverbs says: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.” (Proverbs 18:21 AMP)  Today, out of my sincere love and concern for you, I issue you this admonition from God’s Word – “Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble”! (Proverbs 21:23 NLT)

   Lord, today I surrender my speech to You, and I pray according to Your Word: “Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3 NIV)  Remind me often that my words have consequences, and help me to always think before I speak.  When trouble comes my way, give me an awareness that the very first words that come out of my mouth can affect my outcome.  Today and every day, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You, O Lord, my rock and redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14 NLT)

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Sep 18 22

Serve the Lord without Distraction

by J. M. Farro

   “I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you.  I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.” 1 Corinthians 7:35 NLT

   I was reading a news article about one of the richest men in the world, and I was shocked to hear him say that he doesn’t like to multitask.  He said that when he is reading his email, that’s all he wants to focus on, and he doesn’t allow distractions of any kind.

   I thought about how this man’s approach to life could apply to the Christian life.  The author of the book of Hebrews wrote about the proper focus of a believer, saying that we should always be “[Looking away from all that will DISTRACT us and] FOCUSING our eyes on Jesus,” in order to follow the Master’s example in every area of our lives. (Hebrews 12:2 AMP)  One of the best ways that we can sharpen our spiritual focus is to spend undistracted, unhurried time alone with God and His Word on a regular basis, listening for His voice, and responding in prayerful obedience.

   As believers, you and I MUST take distractions seriously.  And Jesus Himself gives us one reason why.  “The cares and anxieties of the world and DISTRACTIONS of the age…creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.” (Mark 4:19 AMP)  As powerful as the Word of God is, it will prove ineffective in an environment of fear, worry, and busyness. 

   I love how the Scripture says simply, “Serve the Lord without distraction.” (First Corinthians 7:35 NKJV)  When we follow this divine command, we will not only be closer to our Lord than we ever dreamed possible, but we will also reap untold rewards in our health, our finances, our social life, our career, our ministry – and in every other area of our lives!

   Lord, help me to sharpen my spiritual focus by spending undistracted, unhurried time alone with You and Your Word on a regular, consistent basis.  Teach me how to hear and to heed Your voice.  Remind me to cast my cares on You each day, so that I won’t live burdened and burned out.  Thank You that as I do whatever will help me to serve You best – with as few distractions as possible – You will pour out Your blessings upon me in full measure!

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Sep 11 22

Let Them Off the Hook

by J. M. Farro

   “Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’  Wait for the LORD, and He will avenge you.” Proverbs 20:22 NIV

   One of the best reasons to read and study the Scriptures on a regular basis is to receive instruction from the Lord in very unique and specific ways.  I confess that even though I have devoted myself to the Word of God for 30 years, I can still be pretty “dense” sometimes when the Lord is trying to make a point.  Often, He will show me the same verse over and over until I “get it.”

   Case in point:  The Holy Spirit led me to Second Samuel 24:14 (TLB), which says, “It is better to fall into the hand of the Lord (for His mercy is great) than into the hands of men.”  These are the words of King David, when the Lord makes him choose a form of punishment after the king unwisely calls for an accounting of the fighting men in his kingdom, demonstrating his lack of faith in God.  It took several days, but the Lord’s message to me finally “clicked” in my spirit.  That’s when I realized that I was harboring resentment toward someone who had caused me considerable emotional pain, and there was a part of me that wanted to “get them back” for it.

   After much prayer, I finally understood that the Lord was instructing me to leave the person who hurt me in His hands.  God would deal with them, and He would do it with perfect justice and mercy – something that I could not do myself, especially since I was still angry and in pain.  Scripture says, “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (Romans 12:9 NASB)  God asks us to let those who offend us “off the hook,” trusting that they are not off HIS hook, and that HE will deal with them according to His own divine plan and purpose.  When we cooperate with the Lord in this way, He begins the healing process that makes us whole and draws us closer to Him.  Is there someone that YOU need to let off the hook today? 

   Lord, I choose to believe that You are a just and merciful God, and that You care very deeply when someone hurts me in any way.  Today, I ask that You heal me in my spirit, soul, and body.  Make me quick to forgive others when they offend me in any way.  Help me to entrust all of my hurts to You.  Enable me to expect and to receive Your matchless comfort and consolation.  Thank You that as I look to You to right my wrongs, You will save, deliver, and restore me in miraculous ways!

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Sep 4 22

God will Repay You with Good

by J. M. Farro

   “It may be that the Lord will see my distress and repay me with good for the cursing I am receiving today.” 2 Samuel 16:12 NIV 

   If you know your Bible, then you know that our God is a Rewarder. (Hebrews 11:6)  He has also vowed to turn every bad thing into something good for those who love Him and are living their lives for Him. (Romans 8:28)  So when the Lord allows pain, loss, or hardship to touch our lives, we can be sure that He has a good purpose for it, and that we will profit from it somehow – as long as we keep our trust in Him and His promises.

   Sometimes, the Lord will allow others to treat us unfairly, to lie about us, or to even curse us.  The Scriptures warn us that, “Anyone who wants to live all out for Christ is in for a lot of trouble; there’s no getting around it.” (2 Timothy 3:12 MSG)  So we shouldn’t be too surprised when we suffer persecution for our faith in Christ.

   But there is hope.  And there is a verse in the Bible – words spoken by King David in a time of deep trouble – that never fails to comfort me.  “It may be that the Lord will SEE my DISTRESS and REPAY ME WITH GOOD for the cursing I am receiving today.” (2 Samuel 16:12 NIV)  When you and I suffer distress at the hands of others – whether they meant to hurt us or not – our God is committed to repaying us with good that will more than make up for our pain and humiliation.

   So take heart, dear one.  When you suffer at the hands of others, you can bet that you have some serious rewards coming.  Believe it.  Give thanks for it.  And praise Him for the good that He’s bringing out of your heartache right now!

   Lord, I believe that You are a Rewarder, and that You cause all things to work together for my good, even painful things.  Help me to turn to You first for comfort, healing, and strength whenever I am hurting.  Show me how to view all of my negative experiences from Your perspective, and to respond to them according to Your wisdom and grace.  Thank You that Your eyes are upon me in every distressing situation, and You will “repay me with good” every single time!

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Aug 28 22

God Sees Your Future

by J. M. Farro

   “I am God, and there is none like Me.  Only I can tell you the future before it even happens.”  Isaiah 46:9-10 NLT

   A lady that I know asked me for advice concerning a major decision that she needed to make.  I have ministered to her many times over the years, but I wasn’t sure that I was making any lasting impression on her.  So when she told me that she was praying and asking the Lord for His guidance about this matter, I knew that the seeds that I had planted over the years had taken root.

   This woman had been in business for herself for 30 years.  She was currently renting her place of business, and she just got word from her landlord that she had to vacate the premises within the next two months.  Should she look for another place to rent?  Or should she go to work for someone else?  I understood her quandary, because her decision was going to affect her, her husband, and her two children for years to come.

   I told this lady that if she wanted God’s best for her life, then she needed to tell Him that.  I explained to her that while the Lord can see “the end from the beginning,” we can’t. (Isaiah 46:10 NASB)  Compared to God, we are very shortsighted.  I like to say that while God sees the “big picture” in every situation, we can only see a “snapshot.”  As we spoke, I could tell that this woman was terrified that she would make a mistake that she would regret for the rest of her life.

   We can’t make decisions for other people, but we can point them in the right direction.  We can tell them that God created them with very unique and specific plans and purposes in mind, and that He will keep them on course as they seek His will for all of their decisions and circumstances.  When I have a decision to make, I always think of God’s declaration in Isaiah 46:9-10 (NLT):  “I am God, and there is none like Me.  Only I can tell you the future before it even happens.”  My husband, Joe, and I have been together for almost 50 years, and I know that he loves me dearly.  But he can’t see the future, so while I often ask him for his input when I have a choice to make, I still go to God first, and I allow the Lord to have the final say.

   The Amplified translation of this verse says that God declares “the end and the RESULT from the beginning.”  There are consequences attached to every decision that you and I make.  If we want the consequences to be positive, rather than negative, then we must consult the Lord – and follow His lead – in order to avoid getting the kind of results that we are going to regret later on.  Do you want God’s best for your life badly enough to consult Him in everything, and to submit to His will?

   Lord, I am so grateful that You created me with specific and unique plans and purposes in mind.  Work in my heart so that my first instinct will be to turn to You for wisdom and direction whenever I have a decision to make, whether large or small.  Remind me that only You can see the future, so while others may have good advice and good intentions for my life, they are woefully shortsighted compared to You.  Thank You that as I consult You in everything, and seek to do Your will, I will reap the results that bring me the most joy, peace, and prosperity!

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Aug 21 22

Get Out of the Way

by J. M. Farro

   “Do not be afraid.  Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.  The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”  Exodus 14:13,14 NIV

   Earlier today, I had asked my husband, Joe, to set up a new printer that I had bought for my home office computer.  He started the task, but before he completed it, he left the room and went to do something else.  As I sat there at my computer, I began saying things to myself like, “He doesn’t know how to hook up this new printer.  Looks like I’ll have to do without a printer for a while.”  Then, I got quiet in my spirit and began to pray that the Lord would intervene and help Joe to finish the job he started.  Suddenly, I remembered some things that I had to do, and I got up and left my office.  When I came back, my new printer was set up and working perfectly.  When I went to thank my husband, he told me, “I was just waiting for you to get out of my way so that I could work!”

   Later, the Lord showed me that He often feels the same way Joe does, when He wants to do a work in people’s lives and circumstances, but we keep getting in His way.  Let’s face it, when we have a problem, or we long to see God working in our loved ones’ lives, we can get pretty impatient, and we can start trying to make something happen on our own.  This almost never works because the Lord usually prefers accomplishing His work when we are inclined to trust Him and wait on Him.  Many years ago, I heard a very wise man say that the main reason why Christians lose so many battles is that they try to fight them themselves, instead of relying on God.  I have learned the hard way just how true this is.

   When Moses and the Israelites desperately needed to be rescued from the clutches of Pharaoh and the Egyptians, Moses spoke for God when he gave them this solemn warning:  “Do not be afraid.  Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.  The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:13,14 NIV)  Take special note of the “be still” part of these verses.  Being still in the midst of trouble and turmoil can be very difficult, but many times it is the very thing that will open the door to the miraculous.  One reason why God honors our stillness is that it honors Him.  It shows that we are trusting Him to do what only He can do.   The Message Bible translation of Exodus 14:14 reads, “GOD will fight the battle for you.  And you?  You keep your mouths shut!”  The Lord is prepared to work in your life and circumstances today.  Are you prepared to be still, and to stay out of His way?

   Lord, forgive me for the times that I failed to trust You and wait on You, and I only made a bigger mess of things.  Help me to clearly discern when you want me to act, and when you want me to be still.  When I am in the midst of trouble and turmoil, remind me that You might not do anything, unless I stay out of Your way.  Thank You that as I cooperate with Your plans and purposes, I will see You change hearts and lives!

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Aug 14 22

Maintain Your Faith and Don’t Panic

by J. M. Farro

   “The one who maintains his faith will not panic.”  Isaiah 28:16 NET

   When my husband, Joe, and I were told by our township that our neighborhood would be getting a new sewer system, we had mixed feelings about the matter.  On the one hand, we wouldn’t miss having a septic system.  But on the other hand, we suspected that our new sewers might come with a heavy price tag.  We had hoped that we would have a choice in the matter, but we were told that we would be forced to hook up to the new sewers as soon as they were installed.

   The more information we received from our township, the more distressed we became.  New sewers were going to cost each homeowner many thousands of dollars.  Joe and I had just gotten ourselves out of debt, after decades of having large bills and mortgages to pay.  And now, both of us were retired.  We attended a town meeting to voice our concerns and complaints about being forced to pay for new sewers.  But the people in charge made it clear that they would have the final say in the matter.

   All this time, Joe and I were praying and seeking God for His wisdom and intervention, and we were trusting the Lord to have the last word in our situation.  Then, our township informed us that they were going to give us and our neighbors a tidy sum of money to offset the expense of the new sewers.  Joe and I breathed a sigh of relief, and we gave thanks to God for rescuing us from what surely would have been burdensome debt in our retirement.

   The Bible says: “The one who maintains his faith will not panic.” (Isaiah 28:16 NET)  The Lord made it very clear to me that how I responded to this ordeal from the very beginning could have a major impact on my outcome.  And He impressed upon me that I should resist becoming fearful or fretful.  Just as faith invites the miracle-working power of God into our lives and circumstances, fear can give the devil an open door to bring confusion and defeat.  How do we “maintain our faith” so that we don’t panic in troubling times?  We make a deliberate effort to pray and stand on God’s promises of deliverance, victory, and assistance.  And we absolutely refuse to doubt our God.  Let me leave you with a precious promise from His Word today: “Do not let this happy trust in the Lord die away, no matter what happens.  Remember your reward!  You need to keep on patiently doing God’s will if you want Him to do for you all that He has promised!” (Hebrews 10:35-36 TLB)

   Lord, teach me how to maintain my faith in tense situations so that I won’t panic.  Show me how to develop a working knowledge of Your Word, so that I can pray it and declare it in faith at a moment’s notice.  Thank You that as I focus on You and Your promises – instead of my circumstances – I will reap the blessed rewards You have in store for Your most faithful ones!

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Aug 7 22

God Himself will Provide

by J. M. Farro

   “God Himself will provide…”  Genesis 22:8 NIV

   My eleven-year-old grandson, William, is fascinated with ants.  He can tell you almost anything about the ant kingdom, because one of his hobbies is studying them.  Recently, he decided that he wanted to start his own ant colony.  He got permission from his parents to begin this ambitious project, and then he went about searching for a queen ant.  When he told me about it, I suggested that we pray for the Lord to provide him with the perfect specimen for his ant colony.  William checked all of the usual places where queen ants would normally be found, but he came up empty every time.

   One day, my husband, Joe, stopped by Will’s house to drop something off for my son, John, and his wife, Amy.  As Joe entered their house, John noticed right away that there was a bug on my husband’s neck.  Instinctively, Joe brushed the insect off his neck, and it dropped to the floor.  William bent down to inspect it, and declared, “It’s a queen ant!”  Not only was it a queen, but it was the exact species of ant that Will had prayed for.  Needless to say, we were all stunned, and we marveled at how the Lord provided my grandson with exactly what he needed to start his new project.

   As I pondered over how the Lord graciously answered my grandson’s prayer for his ant project, I thought about Abraham’s words to his son in Genesis 22:8 (NIV): “God Himself will provide.”  Since then, every time I begin to worry about my needs, this promise from God comes up in my spirit.  Sometimes, it’s my healing needs that cause me concern.  Other times, it’s my financial or material needs.  Whatever the need is, I can’t stay worried for very long because this promise always arises in my heart.  God Himself will provide.

   If the God of All Creation cares enough about a little boy’s ant project to go out of His way to provide him with the perfect queen ant, why on earth would He do anything less for one of His children who has even more important needs and desires?  I am reminded of a powerful verse of Scripture that says: “He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?” (Romans 8:32 AMP)  I urge you to believe with all of your heart that the Lord is eager to provide for you – and call upon Him in faith and confidence today!

   Lord, whenever I begin to worry about my needs being met, remind me that You have promised to be my Provider. (Philippians 4:19)  Deliver me from all of my fears. (Psalm 34:4)  And help me to always see You as my true Source of all of my healing, financial, and material needs.  Teach me to always see You as the generous God you are.  Thank You that as I put my trust in You, You will lavish upon me all good things, fulfilling my every need!  (1 Timothy 6:17 TPT)

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Jul 31 22

Answer Their Insults

by J. M. Farro

   “Show me Your love and save me, Lord, as You have promised.  Then I will have an answer for everyone who insults me for trusting Your word.”  Psalm 119:41-42 CEV

   I gave one of my books to a neighbor some time ago, and after she read it, she began mocking my faith in God and His promises.  I confess that I was totally unprepared for her negative reaction, especially since she professed to be a Christian, and she prayed regularly.

   I was so pained by her hurtful speech that I quickly got alone with God, and poured out my heart to Him, asking Him for His perspective in the matter.  He led me to the verses above in Psalm 119.  And He impressed upon my heart that if I would continue to pray and trust Him to act on my behalf in every situation – according to His promises – He would reward me with His supernatural protection and provision.  And He would shut the mouths of those who insult me for believing in Him and His Word.

   I have seen the Lord prove His faithfulness to me in this manner time and time again.  His answers didn’t always come as quickly as I had hoped – but they did always come.  I am convinced more than ever that God loves to reward His faithful ones for their faithfulness.  There are many promises in His Word that bear this out.  One of my personal favorites is Proverbs 28:20 (NET): “A faithful person will have an abundance of blessings.”  Hallelujah!  And the faithless?  They have sealed their fate with their unbelief. (Revelation 21:8)  They deserve our pity and our prayers.

   The next time someone insults you for your faith in God and His promises, ask the Lord to answer their insults with mighty works on your behalf!

   Lord, when I am insulted or ridiculed for my faith, help me to respond in a Christlike manner.  Remind me often that Scripture says that “everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12 NLT)  Give me the right words at the right time to answer those who challenge my devotion to You. (Matthew 10:19-20)  Thank You for Your promise which says that You will show Yourself strong on my behalf because my heart is loyal to You! (2 Chronicles 16:9 NKJV)

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