Ardith Keef Daily Devotional

Moving On:

     It is not possible to fix everything. 

     There is much to do and many are in both physical and spiritual need.

     The enemy is in the business of distraction, and most of us are much too easily distracted.  Of course we must deal with circumstances, but far too often the mind spins and gets sucked into the quicksand of the matter that cannot be immediately fixed.

     It is important to take it to Him and to address Him aloud.  This is because you must choose words instead of starting with specifics and wandering off into wool-gathering after a few seconds.

     You may go about your business and still be haunted.  But the Indwelling Holy Spirit will graciously remind you that underneath are The Everlasting Arms.  And that He has already resolved it - it just needs to play out.

     You are a Soldier of The Cross.  It means following hard after Him, and not stopping to look back.

     Do what you can and leave it with Him.  Do the next thing and sing.  It doesn't matter that you don't feel like singing. Do it anyway.  You can govern your body, your countenance and your thoughts.

     Tall Him aloud.  Today.

      Then, look up and move on!

 

Sturm und Drang:

     Some people are easily upset.   You are not allowed.

     This has to be a matter of prayer because you cannot afford to be a sail in the breeze of the enemy.

     Genuine calm is available when there is a realization that God is sovereign over all (even flat tires) and a yielding to the reminder of the Holy Spirit.

     There has to be a vision of what it is like to be solid and to resist a response that reflects the situation or the other upset person.

     I grew up with  father who had determined to never have harsh words.  I never heard him raise his voice or say things he regretted.   He was appropriately scary because wasn't a pushover.

     Many have never seen someone who holds it together when there are showers of abuse or misunderstanding, false accusation or people who refuse to mind their own business.

    Remember what Paul told Timothy?  We are Soldiers, and we are not to be tangled in the affairs of every day life.   We can't avoid them, but we do not need to be entangled by them.

     You are a front line Soldier and you can't afford to be had.

     Give it to Him in prayer and ask for a revelation concerning this matter. 
     Do it aloud.  Then move on and do the next thing.

    

Being Disliked:

     There is nothing quite like having to be around someone you absolutely know can't stand you.

     If that has never happened to you, you should be concerned that you are too much of a people pleaser.

     As a Soldier of The Cross, you are committed to obey Him no matter what, and that will annoy some folks.

     It is a foolish myth that people will  hate Christians only because we hold to the Faith.  I have certainly met a number of Christians who were so obnoxious, I was amazed lightening didn't strike them!

     The real issue is how are you going to relate to the person at work or at church, or even in your family, who you know would prefer to never see you again?  Yet, you must be around this individual.  And, to make it worse, it is  not because if any conflict you have had, it simply appears to be a personality conflict.

    Invariably, this is someone who speaks against you to at least one other person.   There is nothing you can do right.

     Firstly, I would call this person an enemy and pray for them as such.  I believe the biblical principle of praying for our enemies sheds light on the real issue and deactivates our own reaction to being disliked.

     Listen to me:  there is no such thing as a personality conflict.  It is a matter of a lack of lubrication, and that is a spiritual matter.

     Prayer protects you against the flesh reacting, resenting and imagining.  Prayer takes the core out of any effect the other one has on you.  Prayer opens the door for God's creativity in the situation.

     I do not encourage you to always go after the other person to make things right.  There are some who are so influenced by the enemy,  you are better off staying away. 

     But because you have crossed that line when you told the Lord He could do anything with your life, you became a Soldier of The Cross, and that means you are in ministry.    Even if you are in prison.  Or if you are  house bound.  Or if you are raising 12 children. Or if you are roofing houses every day.  You are in ministry and do  not forget it!

     Take this matter to Him, and be completely open for anything.  Review the verses.  Remember there is an enemy who loves to use Christians against Christians.  It's his favorite thing.

     We cannot be occupied with these things.  There is so much to do and time is short.

     Take it to Him aloud.    And listen.

    

Energy For The Battle:

     It is about every hour of every day.

     The things you do well, you tend not to pray about.  This means that you are fragile and vulnerable in those areas.

     Without the fresh Word of God, there is no fuel or light for prayer.  Without prayer, you are naked in a snow storm of the enemy's illusions and holograms.

     So Soldier, buck up and make it a life priority to have a devotional life.  I am one who always wants to share what I have learned in my devotions.  My husband is not like that.  He never talks about it, but the first thing every morning, he takes his Bible and disappears for a while.   And ladies, if he didn't, believe me, I would never consider trying to be his devotions police.  Don't ever go there.

     This is about you and your habits.  Your longing for the Lord.  Your need for intimacy with Him.

     He is always waiting for you.  Do you really believe He delights in you?    It's true.

     Feed on His Word and then meet with Him.  No matter what you have been taught, it does not always have to be the first thing in the morning.  It just has to be.  If there is an emergency, no momemtum is lost if you miss a day.  But get back on track.

     It is about your pursuit of God.  This must be the priority of your life.    When women tell me their children are their first priority, I always say that is a huge and most serious mistake.  Big, big mistake.  You can't have wisdom for raising your chidlren if there is no private time with the One Who holds The Stars in Place!

     Soldier, talk to Him about this so that you can have supernatural help in getting time with Him.

     Do it aloud and do it today.    

Like It Or Not:

     He has put this before you.

     The choice is yours, but it is a decision that must be made by prayer.  So how do you know the answer?

     He has never made His will hard to find.   He doesn't hide behind anything to make it harder for you you to follow Him.

     The real issue is, how committed are you to doing His will?  That is the issue.  When that is resolved, no problem.  The light will shine clearly on the path that is to be taken.

     Tell Him you will follow Him no matter what the cost, and tell Him aloud.

     Then look up and move on!

The Hidden Things:

     2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.    
                                 Luke 12: 2. 3

     We all know that the Lord sees it all.

     Yet, there are still times when you act and feel as though there is something hidden in your life.  It could be anything from a fear to a painful habit.  Or perhaps you are covering for someone else - so common in ministry to find that a spouse is covering for a mate's problem.

      As always, I speak to you as a Soldier of The Cross.  This means you have made a decision to take up the Cross (the place of the death of the flesh), and follow hard after Him. You will follow wherever, whenever, and under all circumstances.  You are eager to be changed.

     In order to do this, He is making your load lighter all the time. 

     Being made in His image, your depth knows no limit.    You are a sojourner and a pilgrim.   He loves you to the extent He will not let you continue to drag the rotten load behind you as you move on.

     Soldier,  this is probably not the time for public confession, as that is usually destructive.  This is the time for transparency in prayer.

    Then look and listen for Him.  You can't do this on your own.

     Stand before Him and let Him lead you in prayer about this.  Do it aloud.
     Do it now.

Blessing and Money:

     The teaching that God's blessing is manifested in financial gain is a cancer in the Christian community. 

     It is not noble to be poor, and it is not a disgrace to have much.  The issue is,  the money is His, not ours.

     God is no man's debtor.

     One of the most neglected yet often quoted verses in the Bible is Matthew 6:11;  "Give us this day our dally bread . . ."

     In teaching the disciples to pray, the Lord made it clear that our provision is to be prayed in daily.   This is rare in all of Christendom.

     When we have plenty, we forget to pray for provision, and we tend to think of the money as belonging to us.  When we don't have enough, we wait until bills are not covered, and then there is pleading and panicky prayer for money to cover the immediate thing.  that is usually followed by letting "certain" people know there is a financial need.

     There are always financial surprises, and no where in the Bible is there one word that promises wealth if you support a particular ministry or person.

     The money is His, and the tithes and offerings need to come right off the top even if there is not enough to meet your on-paper need.   There is a promise about His provision when the first fruits are yielded up to Him.

     Soldier of The Cross,  if you are waking up in the night worrying about money, obviously you are being attacked.  That aside,  learn to pray in the finances.   It results in faith.

     Do it aloud, and do it each day. You must learn to be dependent, not independent.

   

Do The Next Thing:

     So many things are raging about you.

     Perhaps devastation, betrayal, or depression for no apparent reason.  Do the next thing that is before you and do it as unto the Lord.

     Soldier of The Cross, He could come in five minutes from now.  You cannot solve the matter and you cannot pull yourself out of the mud.  But you can do the thing that is immediately before you.   

     Is is grading a paper?  Changing a diaper?   Doing dishes?  Are you obligated to preach or to teach?

     Do the next thing.   We put one foot in front of the other and we move on until He does something else.

     And Soldier, commit this to Him in prayer.  Aloud.
     Look up and move on.

You Never Know:

     It's much too easy to observe someone and decide what he or she is thinking because of the countenance.

     When someone does something or refuses to do something, the enemy loves to bombard the  thoughts with all the reasons why.

     If you don't know for sure, do not try to figure it out.   The scenarios will play out on the screen of your mind, and you will experience real emotions based on a fabrication. 

     Much gossip starts this way.

     Soldier of The Cross,  when strange things happen, do not fill in the blanks with speculation.   Much spiritual murder has resulted from this kind of thought activity.  Only the Lord knows the heart.

     Many things are hidden.  We are not supposed to know everything.  The flesh craves an answer and wants to be in control by understanding.

     It has to be clean. If you don't know for sure, don't guess.

     Leave it with Him. Aloud.
     Today.
    

Justice:

     Yes, Vengeance is His, as He has told us.

     This does not mean you are going to get to see it.  The last thing the Soldier of The Cross needs is to hang around the crime scene,  waiting for the offender to get whacked.

     When we cross over, we will see and understand justice.  Right now, move on.   If you look back to watch,  even though the happenings are in the unseen, you will turn into a pillar of salt and be useless.

     Forgiveness does not mean you are best friends with the offender.  It mean you let it go and move on.

     The worst thing is to be misquoted with devastating results.  Or to have someone report falsely about you to another.  There is always a terrible ripple effect. If it can be straightened out, do it.  But you are a Servant and you are following after Him.  There will be no putting the Cross down so you can settle the score.

     You can't put your hand to the plow and look back.

     If you have decided your life will be about ministry, you will absolutely be maligned and/or betrayed.  Usually by someone you have invested yourself in.

     You must move on.  The Lord might fix it quickly and He might not.  It is a matter to be dealt with in prayer, and it's not easy.

     The enemy will press you to vindicate yourself, but often this is a deterrent to service.  It is one of the hardest things to give up to Him.

     Soldier, look up and move on.

     Tell Him you will leave it at His feet.  Tell Him aloud and tell Him you want to move on.   This world is  not your home, and that fact becomes more and more real when you agree  with Him in prayer.

     Do it today.    

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