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Chatting with Jesus
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Lord, today, we echo the psalmist in giving thanks, declaring publicly in this broken world, “We give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His unfailing love endures forever,” (Psalm 107:1). We celebrate Your goodness for our immeasurable blessings.

Thank You, Lord, for the blessing of living in America. Although as a nation we are far from perfect, shunning Your precepts, still, You guide us back where we should be. We give thanks, and as one people, may we offer this prayer that the psalmist prayed:
“As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by liv
ing as I should! I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me! / America, (Psalm 119:7, 8).

Thank you, Lord, for inspiring our Founding Fathers to establish our Bill of Rights and our incredible, God-ordained Constitution based on Judeo-Christian principles. We give thanks for godly leaders, who seek to have a heart after You. We’re thankful You give them courage to govern and lead us in the ways of righteousness.

Thank you, Lord, that By Your divine power, You have given us everything we need for living a godly life, and escape the corruption of this world, (2 Peter 1:3). Thank You for Your promise to protect Your “remnant,” those believers who endure corruption, when the leaders have turned away from You, (Romans 9:27).

We are thankful that whether in times of peace or turmoil, You will never leave nor forsake us. And we’re thankful we can take that promise to our spiritual bank. Amen, Jesus.

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Chatting with Jesus

Monday, November 21, 2022

Lord, as we begin this Thanksgiving week, we’re reminded every day should be a day of Thanksgiving. Our seen and unseen blessings are innumerable. Is there any wonder why the psalmist began so many songs declaring Your goodness and unfailing love? All lists of blessings begin with Your goodness to all men.

Thankful for Your plan to redeem fallen man back to You through sending Your son Jesus to pay our sin debt we could not pay. We’re thankful for Your great promise of John 3:16—”For God so love the world [you and me] that He gave His only Son [Jesus], that whosoever [again, you and me] believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” We’re thankful for the hope we ‘whosoevers’ have in You, that this life in this fallen world is not all there is, but we will spend eternity in Heaven with You, and our loved ones who have gone before us.

Thankful You sent Your Holy Spirit to come live inside us once we placed our faith in You, Jesus. Thankful that You hear our prayers, regardless how menial they may seem to us. Your ear is always open when we call out to You. Thankful You rescue us from ourselves.  

Thankful for our family still with us. Thankful to hug our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren. our parents and grandparents, and siblings. Thankful even for our weird uncles and strange aunts who always amuse us at Thanksgiving. Thankful even if it’s me.

Yes, Lord, these blessings are just the tip of Your bountiful blessings and goodness to us. Thankful You are a good God. Amen.

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Chatting with Jesus

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Lord, the psalmist wrote numerous songs about his enemies. He cried out to You—”Rescue me, O God. Destroy my enemies,” (Psalm 18:37) The poor psalmist. Enemies surrounded him. But not me. I’m a good guy/sweet lady. I have no enemies. Who would want to destroy me?

Lord, Your Spirit brought me back to reality. You opened my spiritual eyes to see how enemies surround me too, desiring to kill my soul and my relationship with You.

My biggest and fiercest enemy that wishes to consume me is pride. Oh, how pride boasts. “Look what all I’ve done—all I’ve accomplished, my many achievements.” Pride robs You of Your glory, Lord, and foolishly places it on me. May it never be. All glory goes to You.

Another deadly enemy exaggeration, often called little white lies, or telling half-truths, is really lying. This evil enemy destroys my credibility as a Christ follower and causes other to question the validity of the sacred Scriptures  Other enemies such as doubt, greed, lust, sexual impurity, bigotry, hatred, unforgiveness, destructive addictions, and other countless evils lie in wait to wreck my soul.

I might not be attacked by physical enemies that kill the body, but my enemies are just as deadly, killing my soul. How did the psalmist defeat his enemies? Through continued praise and worship with a grateful heart.

“I will exalt You, Lord, for You rescued me. You refused to let my enemies’ triumph over me.”—Psalm 30:1

May I do the same, Jesus. In Your power. Amen

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Chatting with Jesus

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Lord, we are wonderfully created in Your image. Psalm 139 describes the intricacies of our amazing human body You created. You planned each life before time—as we know time—began. We’re unique. No one else in the world is like us. Scripture explains how You gave our creative being the right of choice: we can choose to follow You, or to follow our own desires. When Eve said, “Here, Adam, you’re gonna love this apple turnover,” the battle to choose began in earnest.

As the psalmist pondered over the direction of his life, (Psalm 119:59) he reminded himself of this eternal truth:

“You made me, You created me. Now give me the sense to follow Your commands”— Psalm 119:73

The psalmist determined to choose Your ways if he were to completely follow You. He’d been deceived into following his own ways one time too many.

Today, I face the same choice: Your way, Lord, or my way? Put another way: Your will, Lord, or my will? And like the psalmist pleaded, “Give me the sense to follow Your commands,” my plea should be likewise.

Who hasn’t made impulsive decisions they later regretted? I certainly have. How many times have I ask myself, “How could I be so stupid?” But here I’m humbled to repentence by new levels of Your tender mercies and incredible grace.

Lord, help me discipline myself to stay focused on You and order my actions and words according to Your standards. Guide me along in my journey with You here and beyond.

Jesus, hear my simple prayer. Give me good sense to completely obey and follow You. Amen.

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Chatting with Jesus

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Lord, how many times did the people who cared about the psalmist ask him, “How’s that abandoning God’s ways thingy working out for you?” Hopefully, many prayed and warned him to turn around—he was headed toward a cliff.

Like many who follow You, there was a period when the psalmist ignored Your edits to live as he desired. After all, he was a believer and took for granted You would bless his actions. God didn’t quite see it that way. Scripture tells of the psalmist’s plight: everything that could go wrong, went wrong. God, You loved him too much to let him continue on that downward path.

In mercy, You opened his spiritual eyes and he acknowledged his folly:

I pondered the direction of my life and turned to follow Your laws. Psalm 119:59

The psalmist was so human, just as we are. When he looked back at the close relationship he once had with You, and where that relationship stood now, did he scold himself—“What was I thinking? I gotta turn this ship around.” Did he humbly bow before You with a grateful heart for rescuing him from himself. He followed You faithfully the rest of his life, living Your blessings.

Lord, may I learn from the psalmist’s experience. When I ponder my life’s direction, may it be staying close to You, trusting Your leading all the way. True contentment and happiness are found living by Your precepts.

In Your love and authority, Jesus, Amen. 

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Chatting with Jesus

Monday, November 14, 2022

Lord, as for Christ followers, life is good but isn’t always fair. How disturbing to see the wicked seemingly get away with their corruption without paying any consequences. For all who love righteousness and justice, this injustice is unsettling.

Nothing has changed over the millenniums. Like many today, I’m sure the psalmist must have wanted to pull his hair out over the injustices. His writings depict his frustration at the wicked thumbing their noses at You, mocking all that is sacred.

“What does God know?” they ask. “Does the Most High even know what’s happening?” They don’t have troubles like other people. They’re not plagued with problems like everyone else. These fat cats have everything their hearts could wish for.”—Psalm 73:5, 7, 11 (NLT)

Lord, these Scriptures describe the corruption of the wicked, but their judgment day is coming. Maybe not be in this life, but judgment is guaranteed, (Hebrews 9:27). You could not have spokenclearer when You told the greedy man, “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth, but not have a rich relationship with God, (Luke 12:21).

The psalmist knew this truth. “Lord, who do I have in Heaven but You? What else could I desire on Earth?” (Psalm 73:25) You are our everything.

I am determined regardless of what I face today, or what may await me tomorrow, my hope rests in You alone, O Lord. I will base my faith on this one thing: despite good or bad circumstances, Lord God, You are good.

Amen.

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Thankful for Our Vets

Chatting with Jesus

Friday, November 11, 2022

Lord, today we honor our veterans. In the prime of their life, millions put their life on hold to serve our country.

Many were stationed in hostile places, facing danger and death every day. Others served keeping the peace, but stealth enemies often proved a threat. Some flew over enemy lands, while others defended the homeland skies. Our Navy sailed the oceans, keeping free and open seas, yet always prepared for any conflict. The Army and Marines slugged it out on the ground against forces opposed to liberty. Brave men and women all who faced some of the most challenging times in history.

Our thanks seem so insufficient for the insurmountable debt of gratitude we owe our veterans. Millions  who made the ultimate sacrifice now rest in peace on sacred grounds around the world. Thousands lost arms or legs, broken in body but not in spirit, fighting the evils that entrapped mankind. Untold numbers came home appearing physically whole yet tortured by demons that accompanied them, haunting their memories from horrors no humans should have to see. Thankfully, most returned safely and now live normal, productive lives.

God, bless and keep our vets. Protect and provice for our homeless vets, abandoned by their government’s promise to care for them. Move upon the hearts of our government officials to do the right things and support them. Protect our vets from a spirit of suicide. Lord, we can’t lose them that way after what they have been through. You have been with them through their many trials and You’ve never abandoned them. As Matthew West sings, You are the God who stays.

Lord, we ask You to reserve a special place in Heaven for our vets. In Your love and authority, Jesus, amen.

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Thankful Ego has to Go

Chatting with Jesus

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Lord, talk about blind. Why do people with obnoxious egos wonder why others cannot see their brilliance? (gag) This political season has tested our patience. Candidates ranted and railed that they must be elected, since only they can cancel Armageddon, which their opponent had scheduled the next week. Their boastful claims make me to roll my eyes, knowing their hot air only increases global warming.

Since the serpent convinced Adam and Eve that the apple would send them to the head of the class, ego, along with its buddy pride, plagues mankind—for those who exalt themselves above others to those who must endure their narcissistic behaviors.

In his day, the Apostle Paul encountered people, who despite being Christ followers, dealt with ego issues. Even though Psalm 139 vividly descriptions our finding our worth in You, ego refuses to go down easily. Paul pulled no punches:

“Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived”. —Galatians 6:1–3 (MSG).

Paul reminded the Philippians believers of the way Christ Jesus thought of Himself.

“He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of Himself that He had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all.” — Philippians 2:5 (MSG)

Should we not also have this same attitude? By all means. Prideful, egotistical, arrogant, narcissistic Christ followers are so shallow and un-Christlike. Sadly, such attitudes turn off more people who are seeking a relationship with You.

May we never fall among that group, Jesus. Amen

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Chatting with Jesus

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Lord, as Christ followers, how often we are misjudged, labeled as bigoted, hateful, intolerant, and at times, downright looney? No wonder in times of weakness, we have even questioned our worth.

We live in a hostile environment that rejects the truths of Your sovereignty. This leaves our fallen world with no shortage of wounded souls. The world chews people up, then spits them out once their usefulness has depleted. Why the broken continually reject Your invitation to a new life of grace and forgiveness through Jesus is bewildering to me. Lord, the world today needs a relationship with You.

As Christ followers, we see how the enemy of our soul dresses up the glitz of this world to offer one surefire thing yet delivers the opposite. Fallen man is the only creature who would rather die than be considered worthless. Who doesn’t want to feel valuable? How many dear souls have been left crushed in spirit after chasing the false promises of “worth and purpose can be attained by your own merits without Christ” only to discover it turned out to be just that—false promises. Seeking man’s approval for our worth always leaves us vulnerable.

Christ followers have great worth. How much? Jesus said our worth is to die for. And He did. He took all our sin and transgression upon Himself when He willingly went to the cross on our behalf.

Lord Jesus, once we understand how the impact of Your Cross gives us worth, no one can ever make us feel worthless again. Amen.

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Chatting with Jesus

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Lord, this day is our opportunity to begin righting the wrongs we have committed against You and our fellow man. For numerous reason, our nation has turned away from You. Our nonchalant attitude toward our God-given rights has created a mess. Lord, we need to return to Your model of government: leaders are to serve their constituents. We have drifted far from that standard.

All Christ followers should vote. Men and women have sacrificed their lives to secure and maintain this privilege. Billions oppressed around the world would crawl over broken glass to have the voting rights we have.

Thankfully, Lord, You haven’t called us to set up a theocracy. Our first amendment rights respect the beliefs of all its citizens, religious or non-religious. Instead, You called Your people to set up a government that is fair and transparent, and to be ruled by just laws, (Isaiah 1:16, 17). We pray Lady Justice no longer lifts her blindfold to wink-wink at injustice but will render justice fairly to everyone.

Every candidate for office is a flawed, imperfect human. No amount of PR money will change this truth. All have fallen short of Your glory. We pray we will vote according to biblical principles and pray for our leaders to turn their hearts toward You, and that our nation will suppress evil and promote good for all people.

As believers, we will pray and vote. That’s our part of faith. And may we continue to trust You whether we agree or disagree with the outcome. That’s also our part of faith.You got this, Jesus, Amen

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