Friday, March 31, 2017

MY REFUGE AND DWELLING PLACE


Pastor Diane Feola

Psalms 91:9-10 (AMP) Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, there shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.

Psalm 91 continues with its amazing promises.  No evil befalls me, no plague or calamity comes near my dwelling.  Notice though, you need to make the Most High your dwelling place.  Where are you dwelling today?

The Israelites were not touched by the plagues that devastated Egypt.  They were living in the land of Goshen.  Exodus 9:26 says, "Only in the land of Goshen, where the Israelites were, was there no hail."  As long as they stayed in the place God had for them, which by the way was the choice part of Egypt (Genesis 47:6), they were safe from the plagues.

If we stay close to God, stay in the refuge and fortress, we are safe from the plagues and calamities that are coming on this earth.  There are a lot of new and strange diseases, and a lot of devastating calamities.  The Bible says people's hearts will fail them for fear of all the things coming on this earth (Luke 21:26). Yet, God wants to keep us safe in the secret place, under the shadow of the Almighty Whose power no foe can withstand.

Are you safe today?  Are you staying close to your Father?  Close enough to be in His shadow?  That is where safety is.

Confession:  I have made the Lord my refuge, the Most High my dwelling place. No evil befalls me nor does any plague or calamity come near my home.

Today's Bible Reading
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Deuteronomy 16 - 17
Luke 9:7-27
Psalms 72
Proverbs 12:8-9

Thursday, March 30, 2017

I AM NOT AFRAID

Pastor Diane Feola

Psalm 91:5-8 (AMP) You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.  A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.  Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.

We are continuing with Psalm 91, and it just gets better and better.  In these verses, we learn that no matter what horrible plagues or calamities come on the earth, they will not touch us.  Verse 5 is a key.  Do not be afraid!  The enemy tries to make you afraid.  He wants you to look around at all that is going on around you.  Faith in God’s great love and grace will calm all those fears.  God is for you, and because He is, a thousand fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it does not come near you!

Put your trust and confidence in God’s great love for you.  He has made every provision for your care and protection.  He is the Good Shepherd Who watches over His sheep.  His eye is on you.  He has given you the Word, and His Spirit, to make you an overcomer in this life!

This Psalm covers every part of our day: the night, the morning, and noontime.  It also covers all attacks: plots, slanders, pestilence, and destruction.  But in all of that, and all through your day and night, you need to remain inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High.  Lean on Your Father, stay close to Him, and hide yourself in His big shadow!

Today, do not let fear get in.  Cast all of your anxieties, all of your worries, all of your fears once and for all on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully (1 Peter 5:7).

Confession:  Today, I am not afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.  A thousand fall at my side, ten thousand at my right hand, but it does not come near me.  I am only a spectator.   I am inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High!

Today's Bible Reading
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Deuteronomy 13 - 15
Luke 8:40 - 9:6
Psalms 71
Proverbs 12:5-7

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

HE'S THE DELIVERER

Pastor Diane Feola

Psalms 91:3-4 (AMP) For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.  [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.

To continue on from yesterday, when we dwell in the secret place of the Most High, when we say of the Lord, He is our Refuge and Fortress, THEN He delivers us!  He wants to deliver us from every trap of the enemy, and from everything the devil would like to ensnare us with.  1 Peter 5:8 says that the devil walks around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  If we stay close to Father God, we stay in His protection.  And we learned yesterday, no foe can withstand Him.  Hallelujah!

He also delivers us from the deadly pestilence.  There are so many new diseases and strains of diseases.  There are so many who become fearful of flu season, allergy season, AIDS, COPD, cancer, and all kinds of different curses on this earth.  But God delivers us from the deadly pestilence.  When the children of Israel lived in Egypt while the plagues were occurring, the Bible says they were unaffected by them.  They were safe because God was their Protector.  They were in covenant with Him.

He covers us!  We are safe under His wings!  Look to the truth of His Word.  Get the revelation of Who God is to you, in your heart.  It will become your shield that protects your whole body and the buckler (the small round shield that you need for close fighting).  Learn of God's faithfulness.  It will keep you from believing the lies of the enemy.  When he whispers, "Has God said?" (Genesis 3:1), you will fire back like Jesus did, "It is written!"

Today, look to your Deliverer!  He is for you!  He has given you everything you need to be a winner in this life!

Confession:  God delivers me from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.  He covers me with His pinions, and under His wings I trust and find refuge.  His truth and faithfulness are my shield and buckler.

Today's Bible Reading
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Deuteronomy 11 - 12
Luke 8:22-39
Psalms 70
Proverbs 12:4

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

THE SECRET PLACE

Pastor Diane Feola

Psalms 91:1-2 (AMP) He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].   I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!

For the next several days we are going to look at Psalm 91 from the Amplified Bible.  We need to see this Psalm of protection as very personal, and very relevant for us today.  We can grab a hold of this Psalm, and confess it for our families and ourselves.

Right from verse one, we see where we need to stay if we want to be safe.  We need to stay in that secret place, so close to Father God that we are in His shadow!  That is where no foe can defeat us because no foe can withstand His power.

Look at what happens if we remain very close to the Most High.  We are stable and fixed.  Our life becomes very consistent.  We do not have days of ups and downs; we stay steady on the Rock.  We are not affected by all that goes on around us; we affect our surroundings. 

But we need to continually say that God is our Refuge and our Fortress.  Stay in that place of safety by remaining close to Him.  Do not look around you at what is going on.  Stay fixed on Him!  No foe, no lack, no disease, and no evil thing can get near you when you stay so close to Him that His shadow covers you.

Today, lean, rely, and put your confident trust in Him.  He loves you and wants the best for you!

Confession:  I dwell in the secret place of the Most High.  I remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty, Whose power no foe can withstand.  I say of the Lord, He is my Refuge, my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I confidently trust.

Today's Bible Reading
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Deuteronomy 9:1 - 10:22
Luke 8:4-21
Psalms 69:19-36
Proverbs 12:2-3

Monday, March 27, 2017

HE HAS TAKEN CARE OF IT ALL


1 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 am always so amazed when I think of the complete work of our Heavenly Father.  He knew us so well, and He knew that even with all of our sins forgiven and washed under the blood of Jesus, we would still make mistakes and when we did, we would feel the guilt and condemnation of those sins.

We need to understand that once we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, all of our sins, past, present and future, have been washed in His blood and they are gone!  When we do sin, it can make us feel like we are separated from God, however, He does not separate Himself from us.  When we ask Him to forgive us, it gets us back into fellowship.

God has taken care of everything for us and has made confession a way of saying, “Father, I am sorry.  I messed up again, and I ask you to forgive me.  I do not want this sin to hold me back from sweet fellowship with you, so I thank you for the blood of Jesus washing it fully away.”

WOW!  Just saying these few words, and meaning it in our hearts, makes us feel so much better!  Do not let any big sin, or little sin, get in the way.  Blast it with the power of the blood of Jesus.  He promised us that He would forgive us, so go ahead and ask for it!

Also, let me say this.  Once you ask to be forgiven, YOU ARE FORGIVEN!  That means you need to let it go.  I can just see our dear Father hearing us go over and over the same sin and He is saying, “What are you talking about?   I told you that if you confess it, I will forgive you of it and I will not remember it any longer.”

So today, live forgiven, live free, live accepted and loved by the Father.  Once you ask for forgiveness, let it go and lay your head right back in His chest, and enjoy the sweet fellowship that Jesus has provided for us.

CONFESSION:  I am the forgiven one.  I have confessed my shortcomings to God, and He has fully forgiven me and restored me.  God sees me today, just as if I have never sinned.


Today's Bible Reading
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Deuteronomy 7:1 - 8:20
Luke 7:36 - 8:3
Psalms 69:1-18
Proverbs 12:1

Sunday, March 26, 2017

LOOK TO JESUS


Hebrews 1:3 (NLT) The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.

There is just something about the name of Jesus!  His Name is the most beautiful of all names.  This verse shows us that Jesus radiates God’s very glory, and He expresses the very character of the Father.  Jesus said that he who has seen Him has seen the Father.  He and His Father are one.

The reason this is so important is that many times we do not fully understand God, because we have never seen Him.  But when we look into the Gospels and we read about Jesus, He shows us who God the Father is.  You see, Jesus was a healer, and a provider.  He let John lay His head on His chest.  Jesus is the One that calmed the storms and raised the dead.  He is the One who promised those that believe in Him that we will have eternal life.

When we understand that to look at Jesus is to see the Father, we know that the Father will heal us, and the Father will calm the storms in our lives.  He will provide for our needs, and He wants us to lay our heads near His heart and rest in Him.  You see, the Father loves us just like Jesus does.  The Father and Jesus are one, and the great love that Jesus showed by going to the cross to die for you and me is the same love that the Father in heaven has for us.

That is why Jesus said not to pray to Him, but to pray to our Father in heaven in His Name, and He will answer us.  So today, get to know the Father.  He loves you and cares for you.  To know Him is to know life.  So enjoy His presence in your life each and every day!

CONFESSION:  Today, I am going to get to know my Father better.  I am going to read of Jesus from His Word, and see all that my Father is, and the place that He wants to take in my life.  Abba loves me, and I love Him!


Today's Bible Reading
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Deuteronomy 5:1 - 6:25
Luke 7:11-35
Psalms 68:19-35
Proverbs 11:29-31

Saturday, March 25, 2017

HIS GRACE IS AMAZING


Titus 3:5 (NKJV) Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.

Works, works, works!  So many are caught up in works, but God is caught up in relationship. Now I am not saying works are bad.  In fact, we will be rewarded for the works that we do here on the earth.  But too many churches preach that the only way to please God is to do works.

This verse shows us that we are saved by His mercies, and that it is a work of the Holy Spirit.  It says in Ephesians 2:8-9, ”For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.”  You see, salvation is a free gift.  It is God saying man cannot save himself, so He will give Himself for us.

What amazing love the Father has for us!  He knew we could not do it, so He did it for us.  When we work for God, let us not let our love for Him be because of works, but because we love Him so much that we want to help as many people get to know Him as possible.  The Father loves us all, and He desires that none perish, but that all be saved.  So when I work for the kingdom, I work with this mindset.

I want to be a vessel that can be used by the Father for the needs of others.  I want my life to be one that reaches to the farthest places in my prayers, or in my giving.  But in doing this, I need to do it for love and not to earn points with God.  I am saved today because of this great love that God had for me, and I did not deserve it or earn it.  It was His work and I receive it freely, and now I want to give it to as many as possible!

CONFESSION: I am saved today by God’s great love for me.  I could not earn it, and I sure did not deserve it, yet God, in His great love, gave it to me.  Thank You Father for this amazing love that you have given to me!

Today's Bible Reading
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Deuteronomy 4
Luke 6:39 - 7:10
Psalms 68:1-18
Proverbs 11:28

Friday, March 24, 2017

CALL ON HIM


Romans 10:13 (NKJV) For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."

What a short and sweet verse.  So many want to make salvation so complicated, yet this verse puts it out there so simply.  Call on Jesus and you shall be saved.  God does not want us jumping through hoops.  He wants us to enjoy the fullness of life that He has provided to everyone who believes on Jesus.

You see, salvation is a gift, and like any gift, if we refuse to receive it, we will not enjoy it.  But if we receive it, then we can open the package and enjoy all the benefits of it.  And what amazing benefits there are in Jesus!  Salvation means more than going to heaven when we die.  Thank God for that, and we will rejoice for all eternity in this, but if you are like me, you are still living in the here and now, and I need help now to live every day.

This word “salvation” is from the Greek word “sozo,” and it means to save, deliver or protect, to heal, preserve, to do well, and to be made whole.  Wow!  So we see that God has a lot more in store for us.  He cares about us spiritually, mentally, and physically.  Our Father made sure that Jesus would suffer for each part of our lives at the cross.  His thorns were for our peace, the stripes on His back were for our physical healing, and His death and resurrection was for our eternal life.  God is so good!

So today, when you hear the word salvation, or when you say, “Thank God that I am saved!” take it a little farther and say, “Thank God that I am saved and I going to heaven when I die or the trumpet sounds, and thank God that I am healed, I am delivered, and I have God’s peace in my life!  Jesus bore all the bad for me so I could have all the good!”

CONFESSION:  Today, I declare that I am healed, and that I am set free from every addiction that would come against me.  I declare that I have God’s peace in my life, and that God has restored all that the enemy has stolen from me.  Today, I am saved because of the blood of Jesus, my Lord and Savior.

Today's Bible Reading
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Deuteronomy 2 - 3
Luke 6:12-38
Psalms 67
Proverbs 11:27

Thursday, March 23, 2017

FULFILLED IN ONE WORD


Galatians 5:14 (NKJV) For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Can it get any simpler than that?  All of the law, all of it, is fulfilled in one word. So many people try and keep every little part of the law, and when they fail, as we all will, they get into condemnation.  But this verse tells us that all we have to do to live free of that condemnation is to keep this one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself.  We can say it like this: Love one another.

When we think that we are born of love and that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts, living this way should be so easy for us, yet we see that for many, it is really tough.  Why is that?  I believe it is because we are too flesh-minded, or we can say, selfish, instead of being God-inside-minded.

You see, the Holy Spirit has been given to us to be our Helper.  He is our Teacher, and if we will take time to listen to His compassion within us, we will see that He will give us the ability to love even the unloving.

God knows that the only way that we can walk in victory in this life is to let His love flow through us.  People are hurting, and they need His love to be shown to them.  It is such a shame that people go to some churches, and get beat up instead of built up.  What this does is gives them the attitude that God does not love them, so how can His love flow through them?

Today, we need to see that we are love-children of a love-God.  He has poured His love in us, and He wants us to pour it out to others.  He wants us to be His light and His love to a hurting world.  They do not need condemnation, or even our judgment.  They need our love, because our love is His love.

Go ahead and let God work through you.  Remember, the greatest people that ever walked this earth are those who walked like Jesus; those who walked in love.

Confession: I am a love-child of a love-God.  Today, I make a quality decision to walk in His love, and to be a blessing wherever I go.


Today's Bible Reading
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Numbers 36 - Deuteronomy 1
Luke 5:29 - 6:11
Psalms 66
Proverbs 11:24-26


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ALL THINGS WORK FOR GOOD


Romans 8:28 (NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Here is a scripture that I have seen so abused in my life as a Christian.  I have heard people say things like, “You know that tragic accident that person had?  We know it was God’s will and He will work it out for the good.”  Or, someone has a sickness come against them, and they hit them with the same line.

But to understand this verse, you have to read what the Holy Spirit was talking about.  He was talking about prayer in verse 26-27.  Let us look at it.  Romans 8:26-27 says, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

You see, all things work out for good for those that are praying and breaking the power of the enemy.  God does not have sickness or calamity within Him.  Our God is a good God and Father, and every good thing comes from Him.  But there is also a very bad devil that confuses people into thinking that every time he brings a bad thing on a person, it is God, our loving Father, doing it.

No, child of God!  We need to correctly study God’s Word and not be moved about by every wind of doctrine.  Jesus said in John 14:9, “He who has seen me has seen the Father.”  This verse shows us who the Father is, and what the Father does.  Jesus never made one person sick, and then told them that it would work out for the good.  No!  Jesus healed the sick, provided for people’s needs, and brought life to dead people! 

That is our Father God, and now we know the lies of the devil.  So if something is coming against you and it is not good, break the power of the enemy and thank the Father for setting you free.  Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!

CONFESSION:  My Father God is a good God, and every good and perfect gift comes from Him.  All bad comes from the devil, and I bind him from my life today!


Today's Bible Reading
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Numbers 33:40 - Numbers 35
Luke 5:12-28
Psalms 65
Proverbs 11:23