Devotions and Scriptures of 2017

Trials in New Light

I have a bible App that Scripture pops up everyday for me to read and consider how they play into my day.

Today the scripture read "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
James 1:2"
God doesn't put things into our lives only to make us miserable. He puts trials into our lives because he wants to refine us. He wants to make us better.   He wants to light the  fire under us to have more of a passion for the Lord.  When all is well in our lives we become very complacence, we aren't always giving our whole lives over the the Lord. We just bob around in life with the quietness of the water. But with trials God can place new challenges in our lives, new excitement, new fresh love for the Lord.  New dimensions beyond what we could ever imagine. Maybe if it is just be able to help others that is a big part. New insights to what others are going through.  Give us words to say when only words are needed.  Give us compassion for others that we would have never understood before. God lights our fire.  So when a trial comes into your life, grab ahold of it and give it to God. Let him work in your life and give you more hope, joy, and love for others.  Be discouraged! God is always with you through it all.

By Colleen Rogness

Turning Away From Old Thoughts

If you find yourself without hope and discouragement. Try replacing your old thoughts with empowering new thoughts.  Apply into our lives biblical thoughts that will renew your spirit.

1. I was made for more then to be stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat.
"Deut. 2:3  You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn North."

2.  When I am considering a compromise , I will think past this moment and ask myself, how will I feel about this choice tomorrow morning. " I Cor. 6:19-20  Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you. Whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were brought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

3.  When tempted, I will either remove the temptation or remove myself from the situation.  " I Cor. 10:13b-14a  God is faithful: he will not let you be tempted beyond wen you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. Therefore, my dear Friends, flee.

4. I don't have to worry about letting God down because I was never holding him up; God's grace is sufficient. "
2 Cor. 12:9-10

5. I have boundaries in place not for restriction but rather to define the parameters of my freedom.
" Romans 6:19 I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing  wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. "

Let these statements bump into your new reality and redefine your old pattern of thoughts. And when we change the way we think, we'll be better equipped to change the way we make choices. 

Total Trust

There are  times in our life where what God tells us to do doesn't make sense.  He puts directions in our lives that we say "What Lord? Why do you want me to do that? It doesn't make sense. I think back on a time in my life that God was leading my husband and I to go to Cambodia on a short term mission trip. We would be going half way around the world.  We had 4 small children at home. We aren't in the ministry, just ordinary people. My husband farms and has a truck business and I am a nurse and a mother.  Why would he ask us to do this? But no matter what we prayed God would tell us "I want you to go and minister to Cambodia. There are millions of people there that need to know the Lord. They need the opportunity to hear about God's saving Grace. And that Jesus loves us, all of us in every nation." 
We finally decided we needed to be in God's will, trust him and go where he wanted us to go. He wanted us to say we will go just because you want us to go.  We did go for 11 trips to Cambodia. What a blessing this was in our lives.  We made many, many new friends, and many people in Cambodia heard about the Lord. God took care of of children at home.He  showed us that we were the ones being blessed by the Cambodian people. What a awesome job God called us, normal people to do. It humbles me to know that even if it didn't make sense God was in control and had a plan. A plan to use us.  
Open up your heart today. Let God show you what he wants you to do.  Follow his plan.  And then wait for the blessings to flow upon you. 
"Prov. 3:5-6...Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him."

Remember that God deserves our total trust and complete submission, even when it doesn't make sense.

By Colleen Rogness


Praise Him ! Praise Him!

Many of us wonder sometimes in our life, what is there to praise God for?  We go along in life with one struggle after another. And sometimes it seems like God isn't even there. He is silent in our lives.  He is like our breathe in a cold winter day. Just a whisper of him..  Being a Christian doesn't protect us from struggles in our lives. He never promised us a Rose garden.  But what he does promise us to always be there with us through the tough times.  Psalm 107 describes many of the troubles we face today. We read phrases like "wandered in wastelands, " "hungry", thirsty,"  "lives that ebbedaway," "trouble,", "distress," and "darkness." The psalmist also reminds us that despite the circumstances we still have reason to praise God. This psalm also includes words, such as "redeemed, enduring love, wonderful deeds, satisfies the thirsty, delivered from their troubles." Words that remind us of God's faithfulness. It is God's faithfulness, then, that inspires our praise.  
We can choose to be discouraged, and not trust God. Be negative in all we say or do. Or, 
We can choose to praise and thank God. Beginning our prays with Praise and Thanksgiving produces an atmosphere of positive thinking. 

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." Psalm 107:1

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus our blessed Redeemer! 

By Colleen Rogness

Devotions and Scriptures 2016
"For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast." Eph. 2:8,9
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6
Have you found the new life in Christ?  God died on the cross to offer us the free gift of salvation. We are able to be part of eternal life and have a place in Heaven with the Lord. God is holding out his hand to you. There isn't anything in this world that is free.  But God is offering us free eternal life. A life that isnt  promised to be perfect and free of sin or troubles here on earth. But a free path to live eternally with the Lord. 
God had given us the ability to make choices that are living a path of loving God. A path that our lives strive to be more Christ like. A path of love and hope for the future. Our sins in the past can be all forgiven. We can become a new person. Our life can change... God has promised us peace.

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because  he trusteth in thee." Isaiah 26:3
"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep yur hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:7

Give your life and God and trust him to hold him in his arms and give you peace from doubts, and concerns in your life.  Be faithful to him. God wants you to be on his team. 
Team God!

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all  things are become new." 2 Cor. 5:17
John 10:10 " The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that (you) may have life, and have it to the full."

Compromise vs. Promise

What happens when you take Com away from compromise? You are left with "promise". 
There are many areas in our lives that the world wants us to compromise.  Compromise by telling a lie. Its just a white lie. Compromise by giving in the first drink or cigarette, its just one. Compromise by taking just something small from a store without paying for it. Compromise by doing drugs just because it makes you feel better.  Compromise by doing the worldly thing is and having sex with many different people. There are many compromises we make in our life.  But when we want to compromise we must remember one truth. We were made for God's promises that lead to an abundant life of truth, strength, and joy. Satan's purpose is to kill and destroy.. "My purpose is to give you a rich and satisfying life." John 10;10  
We can't allow the devil to weaken, expose or make you vulnerable. Do not compromise. Refuse to accept less then the peace and abundant life God has promised to us.
I am made to live the reality of God's promises.

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