Strength in the Spirit

Most people probably do not understand how much the Spirit of the Lord can do for us. We normally don’t think that the Holy Spirit can help us in our day-to-day activities or help us in times of trial. But, that is why we must remember that Jesus called the Holy Spirit a “helper”.

In Judges 14:5-6 it tells us, “Now to his surprise, a young lion came roaring against him. And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.”

The Spirit of the Lord fell upon Samson and “he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat”. There is strength in the Spirit. Strength that we cannot achieve on our own. Strength that we cannot gain in a gym. When you need it, call upon the Lord to send the “strength of the Spirit” so that you too will be able to tear your lions apart.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Teach Us What We Shall Do

I believe that it is every parent’s desire to do “the right things” for their children. We want to teach them all we can. We want to provide for them all that we are able to. We want to give them all that we have. These are all great, but how do we know what “the right things” are?

In Judges 13:8  we read, “Then Manoah prayed to the Lord, and said, “O my Lord, please let the Man of God whom You sent come to us again and teach us what we shall do for the child who will be born.”

Manoah, the mom of Samson, sought the Lord’s guidance in how to raise Samson. It is a good reminder to all of us that if we truly want what is best for our children, then we must first being with asking the Lord, “teach us what we shall do”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

A Godly Woman

The greatest spiritual influence that I have had in my life was my mom. From the earliest day that I can remember, til the day that she died, she showed me what it meant to love God, honor God and follow God. I am also blessed that my wife is that same influence on my two sons.

In Judges 4:4-5 we read, “Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, was judging Israel at that time. And she would sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the mountains of Ephraim. And the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.

To all the Godly women out there, “thank you”. It is because of your love for God and those around you, that many today can say that they know Jesus. May God bless you, your family, and those that call you friend.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Spirit of the Lord

I have often found that I do not know how to use all of the technology that is available to me via my phone, computer, etc. I am always amazed when I discover something “new” that I can do and how much more I can get accomplished because of my new finding. I am also learning that this does not just apply to technology, but also to my walk with the Lord.

Judges 3:10 reads, “10 The Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the Lord delivered Cushan-Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed over Cushan-Rishathaim.” We read that Othniel was able to do so much more because “The Spirit of the Lord came upon him”.

We, like Othniel, have the Spirit of the Lord available to us. We, like Othniel, can do great things if we allow the Spirit of the Lord to flow from us. I pray that today you are amazed by what the Spirit of the Lord does through you.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!


What Has Made Us Great

I realize that I am biased, but I believe that we live in the greatest country in the world. There are many reasons that we can give for what makes us so great, but I believe that it fundamentally begins with the fact that God has blessed our country. I worry, however, that what has made us great is now what our country is moving away from.

In Judges 2:20-21  it states, “20 Then the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel; and He said, “Because this nation has transgressed My covenant which I commanded their fathers, and has not heeded My voice, 21 I also will no longer drive out before them any of the nations which Joshua left when he died, 

Let me give you some examples of how we transgressed:

  1. We condemn prayer and Bible reading in our schools, but allow vulgar and violent “freedom of speech” that can get away with saying anything and everything.
  2. We will put a person in prison for taking a dog’s life, but legally permit a doctor to take a little babies life.
  3. We place pornography in our grocery stores and then take the Ten Commandments from our courtrooms…

Pray for us to return to what has made us great and remember why it has made us so great.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Why Don’t We Listen?

How many times are we warned to not do something, but we give in to temptation and do it anyways? Not sure what I am talking about? Why do we always touch wet paint when the sign says “wet paint – do not touch”. Why are we always surprised by our hot beverage even though the cup warns us “caution – hot beverage”? The same can be said for our walks.

Judges 2:2  tells us, “And you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.’ But you have not obeyed My voice. Why have you done this?

Why do we not obey God’s voice, when we know what He has commanded us? Is it pride? Is it easier to go along with things? Are we afraid to stand out and stand up? As you read this devotional today, ask yourself, “what is preventing me from obeying God’s voice?”

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Who Shall Be First?

Everyone wants to be first when something good is going to happen, but how many of us want to be first when it is going to require hard work and effort? Yes, I may want to be the first to eat homemade ice cream, but I really don’t want to be the one to make it. When it comes to God’s Kingdom, “who shall be first”?

In Judges 1:1 we read, “Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass that the children of Israel asked the Lord, saying, “Who shall be first to go up for us against the Canaanites to fight against them?”

When it comes to God’s Kingdom, we are all to be first. In other words, we are all expected to spread the Gospel and be God’s warriors here on earth. God doesn’t expect us all to do the same thing, but He desires that we all be involved.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Hold Fast to the Lord

Our youngest son recently took a trip with his school to Washington D.C. The “plan” was for them to take a direct flight from Los Angeles to DC. Unfortunately, the “plan” got changed. What should have taken about 5 hours ended up taking over 30 hours. What should have been a direct flight resulted in an overnight stay in San Francisco. Ultimately, they did get to D.C., but they didn’t get there as they had planned. His “adventure” reminded me a lot of our walk with Jesus.

Joshua 23:8 tells us, “But you are to hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have until now.”

I am sure that we all have a “plan” on how we are going to get to Heaven. Something direct, something quick…. Unfortunately, our “plan” doesn’t always work. That is why we are told “hold fast to the Lord your God”. It doesn’t matter how you get to your final destination (Heaven), what matters is that you get there.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Not One Failed

I have a theory — I believe that we, in general, have short-term memories when it comes to nice things that people have done for us and long-term memories when it comes to hurtful things that people have done to us. Unfortunately, because of our experiences with others on this earth, we have a tendency to think of God in the same way. But, is He really like people here on earth?

In Joshua 21:45  we read, “45 Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.

I pray that with each day, you will take time to remember that “45 Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” The promises that He has given to us remain the same, regardless of what we experience here on earth.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Wholly Follow the Lord

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to be influenced by others? The more time we spend with people, we begin to dress like them, talk like them, act like them. Perhaps we don’t mean for it to happen, but inevitably, it often does. If we are easily influenced, who should we be influenced by?

In Joshua 14:8  we read, “Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God.

While it may be easy to be influenced by others, remember to wholly follow the Lord. Let it be His Will and Word direct your every step. Not the will and word of those around you.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!