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(CLICK THE TITLE) Good morning everyone. The spirit is high and jumping this morning and ready to minister to us all. This meal, just like all the rest, will keep our spiritual senses sharp. Get ready.

Today’s Prayer

Father, how we miss You when we don’t spend time in prayer and in Your Word and when we are on vacation and miss the teaching and fellowship of our local church. Please, encourage us though Your Holy Spirit to keep on track and come to You even in times of change in our schedules, travels, and relaxation. We want to always thirst for You and be filled with Your refreshing river of life, Your calming peace, and Your Words of wisdom. Thank You, Lord, for being with use always. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Let’s eat.

Beware of the Thief 

But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. ~ Luke 12:39

  This is a message that I have shared before over the years that needs to be repeated so that we don’t get to relaxed and miss things. What are the times when you and I are most vulnerable to being caught off guard by the enemy of our souls? One of those times is just after you’ve had a great victory. Let’s remember the story of when Jesus was baptized and was about to begin His public ministry. He was taken away into the desert to be tempted by Satan.

  Leisure time is another place in which the enemy seeks to take us off our normal routine of personal quiet times. In the normal routine of life, our senses are tuned to the need to draw upon God’s Spirit to see us through the activities of each day. However, when we get away from our routine and go on vacation, we can often drop these routines. We wrongfully think that we do not need to spend time with the Lord during leisure times. This is a grave mistake.  The vacation becomes a test of character.

  During vacations we turn freely to what we love most. It reveals to us what is at the core of our existence. The question becomes, is GOD the first true love in our lives? A teacher friend of mine (and you know who you are) once said to me, “The greatest difficulty we encounter is the summer vacation. Just when we have brought a student to a certain discipline and place in their study habits, we lose him/her; when he/she comes back we have to begin all over again.”

 It is the same in our spiritual lives. It only takes a small crack in the door of our heart to lose our spiritual focus.

 This summer, be on guard when times of retreat are made available to you. Use these times for spiritual refreshment, not just physical refreshment, and you will keep the thief from entering your house.

Quote of the Day

Many people are afraid to forgive because they feel they must remember the wrong or they will not learn from it. The opposite is true. Through forgiveness, the wrong is released from its emotional stranglehold on us so that we can learn from it. Through the power and intelligence of the heart, the release of forgiveness brings expanded intelligence to work with the situation more effectively. 

David McArthur

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Written by Glenn Sterrett, Founder and CEO of the GCKRS™ Helping Hand Foundation.

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