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Matthew 7:7 NASB Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV  No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.

When you live with four kids, you never know what kind of conversation you may have at the dinner table. We’ve talked about everything from hurricane Irma, football games, and dance competitions and sometimes even at the same time. This week, for some reason my kids began telling “Knock-Knock” jokes. Of course, my youngest would repeat ones she just heard as though she was the one that came up with the idea so we heard all of them at least twice. Each time a kid would say, “Knock, knock,” someone would have to answer the traditional “Who’s there?” and on and on. It didn’t matter the outcome of the joke, you still had to reply the same way by asking who was on the other side of the “door.”

There are all kinds of doors in our lives that many times seem to be closed shut with no hope of opening; doors of opportunity, of destiny, of fulfillment. We seem to knock with no reply. A friend reminded me of an old saying that I thought was especially relevant: If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door. Jesus once told his disciples, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matt 7:7 NASB) It is so encouraging to know that what God has hidden behind those “doors,” is not being hidden from us, but rather hidden for us. 1 Corinthians 2:7 says, “No, we declare God's wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.” Rest assured that God’s destiny for your life is not being held back from you, it’s being held for you!




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Satan Will Not Steal My Joy

Satan Will Not Steal My Joy

In my last devotion, I stated that I would be stepping out in faith, would be still, and would wait on God.  After expressing that, I planted my feet and claimed His joy each and every day.  It felt as though Satan laid off for a few days... but he's hit again. It’s no surprise to me because he is a thief and a liar after all.  

It's amazing what a gift positive thinking and claiming peace in the name of Jesus will do for us.  As I began to step out in faith and wait for God to move, I felt as though I were in a constant state of peace, joyfulness, and I felt whole.  With this feeling came confidence, confidence in who I was, who I could be, confidence in the One that guides my life; I hadn't clung to that confidence in a long time.  I felt renewed and refreshed.

God gave His Son so we could have life and have it more abundantly.  This doesn't mean that he wants us to walk through life feeling tied down in bondage, beat down, heavy from depression, doubt, holding onto unforgiveness, have hate in our heart, and live in discouragement -- it simply means that we should possess and exhibit the fruit of the Spirit (joy, love, peace, etc…). Because we have access to all them thanks to the Holy Spirit that resides in us.

So, during these trials, why do we claim and accept the doubt, discouragement, and depression that Satan throws at us when God made available to us His everlasting joy, peace, goodness, faith, etc? We can have those whenever we need it and WANT it.  I don't know about everyone else, but I'm done just accepting what Satan throws at me and laying down; is it even worth the time and energy?  Instead, what would happen if God's followers began accepting His good and rejecting the bad?   Philippians 3:7-8 "... More than that I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.  Because of him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ."

John 10:10 (NKJV) The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.


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