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May 15 22

Jesus ‘Withdrew’

by J. M. Farro

   “Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities.  When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.”  Matthew 14:13-14 NASB

   There are two words in a verse of Scripture that have given me a unique kind of comfort and reassurance in difficult and painful times.  Matthew 14:13 (NASB) says, “[Jesus] withdrew.”  The reason why He did this is as important to me as the act of His withdrawing.  The Savior had just gotten word of John the Baptist’s execution.  The Lord’s strong personal emotions caused Him to withdraw from His normal routine and from others.

   Scripture reveals that it’s perfectly okay – and perhaps, even healthy – for us to withdraw for a time when we suffer personal loss or disappointment.  We can take this time apart from others to pour our hearts out to the Lord, to pray, to read and meditate on God’s Word, and to receive the kind of comfort and healing that only Christ can give.

   But the next verse in this passage reveals that after a time of withdrawal and seclusion, we need to compassionately remember and reach out to those whom the Lord puts in our path to minister to.  Our acts of compassion are just as important to our healing as our act of withdrawing.

   If you are hurting today, I encourage you to withdraw for a while from your regular routine and the people around you.  Allow the Lord to personally minister to you for a time, so that you can go back out into the world, and minister the love and truth of God to others in a greater way than ever before!

   Lord, when I suffer a loss or disappointment of any kind, help me to withdraw from my normal routine and from others, and to spend some time alone with You.  Show me how to draw on Your strength and wisdom.  Comfort me as only You can.  Give me a heart of compassion that can minister to others when they are the ones who are hurting.  Thank You for healing me, and for filling me with a fresh sense of hope and joy!

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May 8 22

What Does God Want You to Do?

by J. M. Farro

   “If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him, and He will gladly tell you, for He is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him; He will not resent it.” James 1:5 TLB

   Recently, our pet duck, Larry, suffered a serious setback.  He wasn’t oiling up his feathers anymore, so he was no longer waterproof.  We couldn’t allow him to go in our pond because he might drown, but it was in the pond that he did his best preening.  On top of that, he could hardly walk, and he was acting depressed.  For years, everyone called Larry our “miracle duck.”  His breed only lives 6 to 8 years, at the most, but he surpassed that age a long time ago.  This summer, he will be 22 years old.

   As I began earnestly praying for God’s wisdom on the basis of His promise in James 1:5, I basically put Larry “on the altar.”  I told the Lord that I wanted HIS will in the matter, not necessarily my own.  I told Him that I knew without a doubt that He could extend Larry’s life, and I asked Him to do that because it was the desire of my heart.  BUT, I made it clear to the Lord that His will in the situation was what I wanted most of all.

   As the days passed with Larry’s health failing even more, Joe and I talked about asking the vet for something to put him out of his misery.  Then, as I continued to pray for God’s wisdom, He brought to mind something that a waterfowl rehabber told me many years ago when Larry first started having problems walking.  She said to try giving Larry liquid avian vitamins to see if that would help.  At the time, we took her advice, and we have been giving our ducks these vitamins all these years.  But now, perhaps Larry needed a higher dose?  As I began giving Larry extra vitamins every single day, Joe and I noticed that he was beginning to use his oil gland again.  Each day that passed saw him becoming more and more waterproof all the time.  We began putting him in the pond for a while each day, and he started preening his feathers all over his body.  Being able to go in the pond again really lifted his spirits, and he is acting and walking better all the time.

   I shudder to think of what a mistake we would have made if we had ended Larry’s life prematurely, instead of seeking God’s guidance.  If you need some divine direction today, I encourage you to call upon the Lord for His wisdom.  His answer may pleasantly surprise you!

   Lord, when I am facing a dilemma of any kind, please remind me of Your promise to show me Your will in the situation.  Help me to set aside time to earnestly seek You without distractions.  Guard me from the doubt and confusion that would lead me astray.  Thank You that as I commit to seeking Your will and wisdom, You will lead me in the paths of peace, joy, and blessing!

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May 1 22

Pray for Success

by J. M. Farro

   “Please, LORD, please save us.  Please, LORD, please give us success.”  Psalm 118:25 NLT

   In studying the Bible in-depth these 30 years, I have discovered something amazing: God wants His people to be successful in every area of their lives.  But because the enemy of our souls, Satan, and his evil cohorts, are violently opposed to our success, we often have to PRAY for success in order to lay hold of it.  Let me share with you some of the ways that I regularly pray for my family’s success on the basis of God’s Word.

   One of my favorite Scriptures to pray for success in most areas is Psalm 90:17 (NLT): “May the Lord our God show us His approval and make our efforts successful.  Yes, make our efforts successful!”  When my husband, Joe, was making some serious repairs to one of our vehicles recently, I prayed and stood on this verse.  God moved mightily and made Joe’s efforts successful, and we were able to save many hundreds of dollars in the process.  Praying for success can save you a lot of money!

   When my loved ones and I are facing medical appointments, tests, or procedures of any kind, I like to pray and stand on Psalm 118:25 (NLT): “Please, LORD, please save us.  Please, LORD, please give us success.”  Sometimes, I like to pray the Passion Translation of this verse for our health issues: “O God, please come and save us again; bring us your breakthrough-victory!”  I have discovered that praying for success where our health and medical issues are concerned can make all the difference, especially when we pray consistently.

   For decades, my husband, Joe, and I were so deeply in debt that we knew it would take a miracle for us to be debt free before he retired.  Some years ago, I began praying and standing on the Amplified translation of Psalm 118:25 for our finances: “O LORD, save now, we beseech You; O LORD, we beseech You, send now prosperity and give us success!”  Just before my husband retired, God moved mightily and miraculously to deliver us from all of our debts, including our mortgage.  And I know without a doubt that it was, in part, the result of me praying and standing on His promises of prosperity and success.

   Scripture says, “How great is the Lord!  He is pleased with the success of His servant.” (Psalm 35:27 GNT)  When you get a revelation of how much the Lord is committed to the success of His devoted ones, you will be able to pray His “success” promises with confidence, just as I do!

   Lord, reveal to me Your heartfelt desire for me to succeed in every area of my life.  Teach me how to pray in faith for success in my finances, my relationships, my work, and my health.  Guard me from the doubt and unbelief that would prevent me from receiving Your best.  Thank You that as I pray Your promises of success for every aspect of my life, I will enter into a new level of breakthroughs and blessings!

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Apr 24 22

Every Little Hurt

by J. M. Farro

   “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [healing their pain and comforting their sorrow].”  Psalm 147:3 AMP  

   It has taken the Lord many years to teach me how to receive healing and comfort for all of my pains, wounds, and sorrows.  This is mainly because I have a tendency to minimize my pain when someone or something hurts me.  I know that I can be overly sensitive sometimes, and this just contributes to my hesitation to turn to the Lord for comfort.  I basically end up talking myself out of receiving God’s healing when I need it most.

   This morning, the Holy Spirit helped me to realize that someone hurt me two whole days ago, and I still hadn’t asked the Lord to comfort me.  So just in case I had been overly sensitive in the situation, I said, “Lord, I confess that I was deeply hurt by what that person said to me.  Forgive me if I was being overly sensitive, and help me to not be so easily hurt or offended.  I choose to receive Your comfort and healing now, and I thank You for it in Jesus’ name.”

   I have learned that it is best to deal with even our little hurts as soon as possible.  All those little hurts can add up to a whole lot of pain, frustration, resentment, and depression that can eventually paralyze us, and keep us from fulfilling our God-given destiny.  That is simply not God’s best for us.

   The Bible says that the Lord “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [healing their pain and comforting their sorrow].” (Psalm 147:3 AMP)  God wants to be our Healer and Comforter, but He requires our cooperation.  We must bring our brokenness and our wounds to Him, trusting Him to heal us, and to cause them to profit us somehow.  Are you hurting today?  Take the Savior’s words to heart as He tenderly whispers to you – I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.” (John 14:18 KJV)

    Lord, teach me to turn to You first whenever I am hurting in any way.  Don’t allow me to keep my wounds to myself, or to bury them deep inside of me.  Cleanse me of all bitterness, resentment, and anger.  And empower me to love myself and others with Your kind of love.  Thank You for being my divine Healer and Comforter!

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Apr 16 22

No End to His Miracles

by J. M. Farro

   “We cannot understand the great things He does, and to His miracles there is no end.” Job 5:9 GNT

   When my husband, Joe, and I took our duck, Larry, to the veterinarian for his annual checkup, our vet declared, “Larry is defying science!”  Why?  Because Larry will be 22 years old in a few months, and the typical lifespan of his breed is, at most, 6 to 8 years.

   When I think about our vet’s declaration, I can’t help thinking about all of the ways I have seen God “defy science” in my life, and in the lives of my loved ones – by performing miracles that no one can explain.  For example, years ago, I injured my left shoulder so severely in an aerobics class, that doctors said that I needed a new shoulder.  After suffering excruciating pain for more than ten years, I gave my life to Christ, and began praying God’s promises for my healing.  The Lord answered my prayers by working a creative miracle and giving me a new shoulder.  That was 30 years ago, and I am still totally free from shoulder problems.

   On another occasion, my husband, Joe, was diagnosed with a large growth in his neck that gave him blinding headaches.  Three doctors warned us that it was most likely cancerous.  So, every day, I laid hands on my husband, and prayed God’s promises over him.  When he went to the hospital to have a biopsy done, that growth was nowhere to be found, and the headaches had disappeared.  The doctors were left scratching their heads, but we knew that the Lord had worked a miracle in my husband’s body.

   Scripture says: “But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before Him.  He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” (Job 5:8-9 NIV)  When devoted Christ followers have a need, we can “appeal to God” and “lay our cause before Him,” expecting Him to “perform wonders” and “miracles” that no one can fathom or understand.  No one can explain why a duck like Larry can live for 22 years.  Everywhere we go, when people find out about our miracle duck, they are left totally amazed and perplexed.  My husband and I often laugh at the funny expressions on people’s faces when they hear about Larry’s age.  And Larry’s very existence has helped to inspire me, and others, to believe God for miracles of all kinds.

   Jesus said, “What is impossible from a human perspective is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27 NLT)  Today, if you have a need of any kind, I encourage you to appeal to the God who performs miracles and wonders without end!

   Lord, I choose to believe that You are still in the miracle-working business.  Deliver me from the doubt and unbelief that would rob me of Your best.  Remind me often that all things are possible with You, and that it delights Your heart when I pray for the “impossible.”  Thank You that as I cling to You and Your promises in times of trial and trouble, I will see You work wonders on my behalf!

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Apr 11 22

The Foolishness of Resentment

by J. M. Farro

   “Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.”  Job 5:2 NIV

   If I had seen the Scripture above years ago, before I entered into a deeply personal relationship with the Lord and began seeking His wisdom, I might have thought it was a gross exaggeration.  But today, I know just how true it is.  We see the effects all around us – angry, resentful, envious people reaping a bitter harvest of misery, pain, and disease.  If I had my life to live over again, I would avoid these deadly emotions like the plague.  But today, I am experiencing some of the unpleasant effects that negative emotions can have on a body and mind after many years.

   When my husband had a massive heart attack some years ago, he was sent home with some medical information warning him against the number one destroyer of cardiac health.  You might think it was smoking or being overweight, but you would be wrong, just as I was.  It turns out that what does the greatest harm to our hearts is anger.  I heard a godly man say that anger is a form of suicide.  How can we refute such a bold statement when God says in His Word that “wrath kills a foolish man”?  (Job 5:2 NKJV)

   God can and does heal His people – and He has proven that to me personally many times.  But we can shut the door against the flow of God’s healing blessings when we allow destructive emotions like anger, bitterness, and resentment to take up residence in our minds and hearts.  Proverbs says, “A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.” (Proverbs 14:30 AMP)  Unlike the rest of the world, you and I have the power of the living God residing in us through the Holy Spirit to resist and refuse the emotions that can do us serious harm.  Let’s you and I make the most of that power, so we can live the joyful, peaceful, abundant lives that are our inheritance in Christ!

   Lord, cleanse me of all negative and destructive emotions, and help me to cooperate with You in the process.  Heal me in every part of my body, and in every fiber of my being, and teach me to resist and refuse every attitude and mindset that would hinder my healing.  Show me how to discipline my thoughts, and help me to reject every thought that would offend You, or that would do me harm in any way.  Thank You that as I shun resentment, anger, jealousy, and envy, I will experience the unshakeable peace and unspeakable joy that are Your best for me!

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Apr 3 22

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

by J. M. Farro

   “For we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises].”  2 Corinthians 5:7 AMP

   I once read a quotation by C. S. Lewis that said, “Sometimes your reward for doing one task well is to be set with a harder and better one.”  Since I have been walking with the Lord these past 30 years, I have discovered that this quote rings true – God often does reward us with a harder and better task or responsibility when we have proven ourselves faithful. (1 Timothy 1:12)  The problem is that sometimes that newer assignment seems to pale in comparison to our old one.  When that happens, we can become disappointed, disillusioned, and bewildered.

   What we have to remember is that unlike God, we can’t see the ending from the beginning. (Isaiah 46:10)  So we can’t see that up ahead of us in our new position are greater promotions and rewards than we ever dreamed possible.  That is, if we respond to our new God-given assignments with an attitude of faith and obedience.

   I know a man who lost his job, and had to take what he thought was a lesser job, just to support his family.  The Lord blessed him with so many raises and bonuses in that new position, that he wound up making more money than he ever had before.

   Perhaps you have heard that old saying, “Things aren’t always what they seem.”  That’s one way to describe our walk of faith sometimes, and it is one reason why the apostle Paul said, “We walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)  So if you have suffered a loss, and have been given a new opportunity that seems less desirable and more difficult than what you had in the past, pray and believe that the Lord will work it out for your good (Romans 8:28) – and that the BEST is yet to come!

   Lord, whenever I suffer a loss or disappointment of any kind, help me to turn to You first for comfort, encouragement, and consolation.  Give me Your divine perspective in the matter, and empower me to respond in a Christlike way.  Open up new doors of opportunity for me, and give me supernatural favor with everyone involved.  Thank You that as I walk by faith, and keep my trust in You and Your promises, I will reap a harvest of blessings and breakthroughs that will glorify You!

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Mar 27 22

According to Your Faith Will It Be Done

by J. M. Farro

   “According to your faith will it be done to you.”  Matthew 9:29 NIV

   When we started having problems with the heating and cooling system in our home recently, I began lamenting to the Lord about how discouraged I was.  This wasn’t the first time we experienced these kinds of problems, and each time we did, it cost us quite a bit of money to fix them.  I thought about how nice it would be if my husband, Joe, could maintain and service these appliances himself.  Part of me thought, “That’s just wishful thinking.”  But another part of me thought, “What would happen if I prayed for that very thing?”  I decided to write down my request, and to address it to the Lord.  But when days passed, and our house grew freezing cold, I began trying to find other ways to restore our heat.

   I decided to call a local HVAC company, and I made an appointment for them to come to our house.  The service man they sent worked on our system for more than two hours, and charged us hundreds of dollars, without resolving the problem.  After that, I was really discouraged.  The next morning, my husband got out of bed in the wee hours to place an order online for the tools he needed to work on our system, along with the refrigerant that it uses.  When I woke up later that morning, my husband declared, “Isn’t God awesome?  He woke me up early to order the things I need to fix our heating and cooling system!”  I was astonished, and I showed Joe the note I had written to the Lord about enabling him to repair our appliances himself.  Several days later, Joe had everything he needed to restore our system, and God enabled him to get it working perfectly again.

   When I wrote out my prayer request for the Lord that day, I made note of Jesus’ words, “According to your faith will it be done to you.” (Matthew 9:29 NIV)  I knew in my heart that I was asking God for a miracle, especially since my husband didn’t know the first thing about heating and cooling appliances.  I also knew that God was challenging me to trust Him to do something out of the ordinary in our situation.  My faith wasn’t perfect – far from it.  But once I wrote down the petitions that were in my heart – no matter how crazy they sounded – a little seed of hope remained on the inside of me.  That was all the Lord needed to act mightily on our behalf.  What about you?  Is there a need or desire in your heart that God is challenging you to believe Him for?  I urge you to write it down in a note addressed to Him today – and open the door for Him to do mighty things in, for, and through you!

    Lord, teach me how to pray for the desires of my heart, as well as for all of my needs.  Enlarge my faith and my vision, and guard me from thinking too small.  Show me how to write down my prayer requests and petitions, when it is Your will for me to do so.  Thank You that as I turn to You first when problems arise, You will lead me along Your path of victory and success!

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Mar 20 22

Healing for Our Body and Soul

by J. M. Farro

   “So in my sickness I say to you, ‘Lord, be my kind healer.  Heal my body and soul; heal me, God!  For I have confessed my sins to you.’” (Psalm 41:4 TPT)

   I keep this Scripture near my computer so that I can pray it regularly.  It reminds me of the connection between our sins and our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.  And it encourages me to be quick to confess my sins to the Lord, and to receive His forgiveness and cleansing.

   The fact is that confession of our sins needs to be continual because of our continual wrongdoing.  Real sorrow for our sins involves our struggling against them, instead of getting comfortable with them.  Psalm 66:18 (AMP) says, “If I regard sin and baseness in my heart [that is, if I know it is there and do nothing about it], the Lord will not hear [me].”  We have to remember that our attitude about sin will not only affect our health, but it will also affect our prayers.  Proverbs confirms this when it says, “If you close your heart and refuse to listen to God’s instruction, even your prayer will be despised.” (Proverbs 28:9 TPT)  Scriptures like these can be hard to hear, but they are there because a loving God wants us to receive His best in every area of our lives.

   When we refuse to repent for our sins, or we cherish certain ungodly habits or behaviors, our fellowship with God is greatly hindered.  His precious promise to us is First John 1:9 (NKJV): “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9 NKJV)  The Lord doesn’t expect us to remember every sin we have ever committed, but when His Spirit brings them to mind, we should promptly and sincerely confess them, so that our intimate fellowship with Him can be restored.

   King David prayed: “How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?  Cleanse me from these hidden faults.  Keep your servant from deliberate sins!  Don’t let them control me.  Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.” (Psalm 19:12-13 NLT)  I memorized these verses years ago, so that I could pray them regularly.  It grieves me that I am not even aware of many of my sins, and I want to express to the Lord continually how much I desire to please Him.  David’s next verse in this psalm is another good one for us to pray: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (v. 14)  Perhaps you are struggling with health issues today, or even an ungodly habit that is plaguing you.  Seek the Lord about any possible sin in your life, and let Him lead you along His perfect pathway of victory, wholeness, and freedom!

   Lord, I don’t want anything to come between us, so I ask that You show me today what sins may be hindering my prayers and my fellowship with You.  I repent for my sins, and I ask that You cleanse me from all unrighteousness.  Empower me by Your Spirit to obey You in every area of my life.  Thank You that as I serve You with wholehearted devotion, I will experience the abundant life You promised me in Christ!

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Mar 13 22

His Faithfulness Will Be Your Protection

by J. M. Farro

   “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:4 NIV

   When Covid-19 reared its ugly head in 2020, I felt led to begin praying all of Psalm 91 over myself and my loved ones daily.  I had always prayed parts of this amazing psalm over us for many years, but now I was memorizing and confessing every single verse.  This morning when I began declaring it out loud, the Holy Spirit enabled me to see verse 4 in fresh, new ways.  “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”  The Spirit of God spoke to me and said, “God’s faithfulness will be your protection.”  I thought about the Amplified translation of this verse which says, “His faithfulness is a shield and a wall.”

   Then, the Holy Spirit reminded me of Hebrews 11:11 (NIV), which reads, “And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered Him faithful who had made the promise.”  What was the Spirit trying to tell me?  That God’s faithfulness has the power to protect me and my family from harm, but ONLY if I truly believe and trust in His faithfulness.

   Chapter 4 of the Book of Hebrews gives a stark warning to those who doubt God.  “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.” (Hebrews 4:2 NKJV)  We can read, memorize, and declare God’s Word and promises all day long, but if we don’t “mix them with faith,” they will do us no good.  What we have to remember is that real faith is not a feeling or emotion – it’s a decision.  That means that no matter how we are feeling at any given time, we can declare with conviction, “I choose to believe God!”

   Perhaps you are facing a troubling situation right now that is just begging for some divine intervention.  Allow me to leave you with this word of encouragement from the Lord today – “Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful to His Word”! (Hebrews 10:23 AMP)

   Lord, fill me with a sincere passion and love for Your Word, and help me to spend time in it every day in some way, so that I can cooperate with You for the building of my faith.  Teach me how to resist doubt and fear as soon as they come against me, and enable me to mix my faith with Your Word and Your promises in every situation and circumstance.  Thank You that as I continually consider You faithful, You will shield and shelter me from every kind of harm!

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