Are you a dead duck?

Are you a dead duck?

Psalms 118:17 I will not die, but live, and I will proclaim what the Lord has done.

A farmer and his friend went duck hunting. Eventually, they got to talking about the things of God, as they always would. “You’re always talking about these battles you have with the devil,” the farmer’s friend said to him. “It’s so silly – I mean, I’m not even a Christian and I’ve never experienced anything like that.”

“Yes my friend,” the wise farmer answered, “but if you shot two ducks — one was wounded and one was dead — which would you go after first?”

“Well,” he said, “I guess I’d go after the wounded duck – I can always get the dead one later.”

“Mmm-hmm,” said the farmer, “The devil knows you’re a dead duck.”

For those of us who are walking with the Lord today, be encouraged! Our enemy knows that we have potential to do great things for God, and out of fear, he’ll try anything to take us out. This is so very evident by the constant battle we all face.

Let’s stand strong against the devil today! And rise up to the Lord’s calling upon our lives! We will fight and we will WIN! Because if God is for us, who can be against us?! And you know it — there’s still SO much work to be done!!

Open Doors

God opens doors of opportunity before us that no one is able to shut. But we have to realize, sometimes He also closes doors because He has something better in store. We may see a logical opportunity, but just because it’s the logical way doesn’t mean that it’s God’s way. Just because it happened that way before doesn’t mean it’s going to happen that way next time. That’s why you have to stay open and keep trusting in God. If you’re narrow-minded and only look at the door that’s been closed, you may miss the door He has opened behind you!

My friends when you are able to let go of your own agenda and trust God, He’ll make sure you see those open doors. Scripture says His Word is what lights our path. Our attitude should always be, “God, I surrender all to You. Have Your way in my life. I trust Your timing. God, I trust You to do it Your way.” Then, step back and see the open door He has prepared for you!

First let go!

God has an amazing purpose and destiny for you, but the degree to which you’ll fulfill your purpose is largely determined by the decisions you make today about your past. It’s hard to grab hold of your future if you’re still clinging to your past.

Every one of us has a yesterday, a past. For some, it was wonderful; for others, it was bad.

Paul reminds us in the passage below that he was determined to let go of everything that was in his yesterday (good and bad) so that he could be free to reach forward into his tomorrow.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead… —Philippians 3:13 (NIV)

Encouragement

God is faithful and He’ll fulfill every promise He’s made. There’s no disease God cannot heal (Jeremiah 30:17), no heart He cannot mend (Psalm 147:3), no bondage He cannot break (Galatians 5:1), no enemy He cannot defeat (Psalm 138:7), no mountain He cannot move (Micah 1:4), and no need He cannot meet (2 Corinthians 9:8).

He’s a good God and you CAN trust Him!

It matters!

It matters!

I don’t know about you, of whom many may be agnostic or maybe think you are an atheist, but I know as for me…

If I put all my faith in the Word of God and stand firm in my beliefs and find out one day there is no eternal life, then I’m okay with that, because I would hate to put my faith in me alone or worse in this crazy world and the things of this world, and find out later heaven is real … well, you really have no recourse then. Plus you have missed a peaceful life.

I truly believe we all are born with a space inside that can only be filled by God. In order to really know for yourself, you must come with an honest heart. So please think about what I have said. You have nothing to lose but you have everything to gain. No one who has genuinely chosen Jesus has ever regretted it. Think about it. Ask God to open your vision to see He is real. He is faithful and He will let you know! Just simply believe and ask!

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Joshua 21:45
“Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.”

Matthew 21:22
“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

The Bible says that it is foolish not to believe in God. “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’ ” (Psalm 14:1; 53:1).

Something deep in our hearts knows that there is a God who loves us and cares for us. When we deny that knowledge and refuse to believe in God, we are acting foolishly. The Bible says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him [God], for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). If we seek Him, will we find Him? Yes. God says, “You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

The greatest evidence that God exists is the transformed lives of the men and women who have searched for Him and have found Him and have invited Him into their hearts. This experience has convinced them beyond any doubt that God lives and that He lives in their lives each day. For those who have not yet asked God into their heart, God has a special invitation—and a special promise: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him” (Revelation 3:20).