An Old Ronald McDonald Doll

Ezekiel 14:4 – “Therefore speak to them, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Everyone of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart, and puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity, and then comes to the prophet, I the Lord will answer him who comes, according to the multitude of his idols,

Recently, while going through old childhood things, I discovered an old Ronald McDonald doll that I had gotten at Mcdonalds over 40 years ago. I noticed that I had written my old Kindergarten teachers name on it (Mrs. Hall). I don’t remember much about it, but I am sure that good ole Ronald meant something to me when I was younger. Now, it sits in a closet collecting dust.

Today in Ezekiel we are warned, “I the Lord will answer him who comes, according to the multitude of his idols”. I made that doll to be more than it was intended to be — just some material stuffed with cotton. The Bible warns us not to take earthly things and make them into idols. Regardless of what it is, be careful to not place things and people before God. The only One to be worshipped in our lives it the Lord.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

One Heart

Ezekiel 11:19-20  – 19 Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, 20 that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.

Many people in the world today are looking for change. In fact, many people, including celebrities, are on TV and social media stating that all of our problems will go away if we just “love one another’. I agree that love is the most powerful emotion we know, but we must remember that before we can love others, or expect others to love, we must all first love God. Personally, I believe that if we all love God, we would not have the problems we currently have.

In today’s passage, were are reminded “Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh,” Only God can change and transform us into a society, country and world that can truly love one another. Let’s not think that changing laws will bring about the change needed, only God can do that.

I pray for blessing today for you on your Journey!

A Mature Christian is a Growing Christian

Ezekiel 2:3 – And He said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you.” So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness.

In a recent sermon, I discussed the signs that make up a mature Christian. No, a mature Christian is not necessarily an older Christian. In fact, it can often times be a younger aged Christian. A mature Christian is one that recognizes the need to learn more, moves closer to God and grows in His Word. Paul tells us that if we do those things, we will attain the goal of eternal life.

In today’s verse, God’s Word is described as “like honey in sweetness”. My prayer for you is to hunger for God’s Word and take the necessary steps to be moving closer to Him. As you read and explore God’s Word, may it “fill your stomach” and taste “like honey in sweetness”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

A Vision of God

Ezekiel 1:1 – Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the River Chebar, that the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.

There is an old saying, “I won’t believe it until I see it”. In other words, what people are saying is that they cannot believe that something is real unless they can first see it. Once they see it, they can have faith that it exists. It is one thing to take this approach with things here on earth, it is entirely different to take this approach with God.

In today’s scripture we read, “as I was among the captives by the River Chebar, that the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God”. May you see the Lord today in all that you do and everywhere you go. No, we do not need to wait for the heavens to open up to see God, we merely have to open our eyes and look all around us.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Hope for Today

Jeremiah 45: 4-5 – “Thus you shall say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Behold, what I have built I will break down, and what I have planted I will pluck up, that is, this whole land. And do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring adversity on all flesh,” says the Lord. “But I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go.”’”

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Daily GPS

Jeremiah 42:3 – that the Lord your God may show us the way in which we should walk and the thing we should do.”

I remember when I was younger that I had to rely on my own instincts and intuition to drive from “point A” to “point B”. I needed to know where I was going and how I was going to get there. With all of our technology now, we no longer need instincts or intuition. We simply need to know how to pull up a location on our phones to get step-by-step directions. Why do we trust an inanimate object so much?

In today’s scripture we are told, “that the Lord your God may show us the way in which we should walk and the thing we should do.” If we look to our phones for directions, then we should remember to start our days seeking guidance from our Lord. I pray that each morning you will make this same request to God — that He may show you the way in which you should walk and what you should do.

I pray for blessings today for you your Journey!

Evil Will Never Stand

Jeremiah 41:11-15 – 11 But when Johanan the son of Kareah and all the captains of the forces that were with him heard of all the evil that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had done, 12 they took all the men and went to fight with Ishmael the son of Nethaniah; and they found him by the great pool that is in Gibeon. 13 So it was, when all the people who were with Ishmael saw Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces who were with him, that they were glad. 14 Then all the people whom Ishmael had carried away captive from Mizpah turned around and came back, and went to Johanan the son of Kareah. 15 But Ishmael the son of Nethaniah escaped from Johanan with eight men and went to the Ammonites.

Take comfort that the evil and violence that is happening in the world today is not new, in fact, in Genesis 6:11 it tells us that “the earth was filled with violence.” Why? Because in Genesis 3 we read that sin entered the world. Just like Johanan in today’s passage, it is up to Christians to rise up, preach the Gospel and be the light into the growing darkness around us. Now, more than ever, this world needs God. May the Lord use you today to stand up and be the light into this world. May you proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to those around you. Evil will not and cannot stand against our God.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Being a Parent to Others

1 Peter 2:2 – as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,

I was recently at a coffee shop and I observed a mother with three young children (from infant to preschool age). While she was mom to all, she interacted with them differently. Obviously, mom spent the most time caring for her infant, a little less time with the two older children. She loves and cares for them all, but how she does it is different.

In today’s Word Peter tells us, “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,“. This scripture reminded me that although we are to help nurture and grow Christians in their faith, how we do it will be different depending on where they are in their walk. We can be a spiritual parent to many, but how we do it will change. I pray that today you will be a blessing to all believers you encounter today.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Keeps Me Up At Night

Matthew 24:6-7 – And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.

I was speaking with an individual recently and they shared with me that they stay awake at night worrying about war. They asked me if that kept me awake at night too. My answer was quick and simple — “no”.

In today’s scripture we are told that there will be wars, but Matthew tells us, “See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet“. I told this individual that it does not keep me awake because the Bible tells us that it must and will happen. I shared with this person that what keeps me up at night is knowing that there are still so many people that don’t know Jesus. Each horrible event that is happening in this world should be a reminder that what people need most right now is Jesus.  If you want to change the world, make it your goal today to tell people about Jesus.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

It Shall Come Back

Jeremiah 31:15 – 16 Thus says the Lord: “Refrain your voice from weeping, And your eyes from tears; For your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord, And they shall come back from the land of the enemy.

I sometimes hear people say that they feel we are “losing” this world to the enemy. Yes, it may seem, at times, that there is more darkness, evil and suffering as time goes on. But, should that really cause us to fear?

In today’s passage, we are reminded that “your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord, And they shall come back from the land of the enemy“. The Bible encourages us to keep working, keep preaching and keep praying for in God’s time, “your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord, And they shall come back from the land of the enemy“. Remember, God can’t lose a battle that He has already won!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!