Satan’s Plan

Satan held a huge convention with all of his angels. He told the angels that they couldn’t keep Christians from going to church, reading their bibles and knowing the truth. But they could keep them from forming an intimate relationship with Christ. Satan advised the angels that if people began to connect with Christ then his power over them would break. So the devil advised his angles to distract people. When they asked him how to do this, Satan directed them to tempt people to spend and spend, then borrow and borrow. To persuade wives and husbands to work long hours and two or three jobs to afford their way of living, while keeping them from spending time with their children. To overstimulate their minds with the radio, tv, cellphones, tablets, social media, etc. To get the stores to play non-biblical music. To get prayer out of the schools. To overwhelm their minds with news. To flood their mailboxes with bills and junk mail. To have them return from vacations or breaks exhausted and unprepared for the week. To prevent them from enjoying nature by sending them to sporting events, concerts, movies, amusement parks, etc. And when they do go to church, entangle them in gossip and small lies so they leave feeling troubled and unsettled. Satan wrapped the convention up by telling his angels to do all they can to crowd the lives of people with so many good causes that they have no time to seek Christ, but to work in their own strength, sacrifice their health and family for the good of the cause. After the convention was over, the angels of Satan hurried to spread out and begin their assignments of distracting people everywhere.. Has Satan been successful at his plan to distract people? To distract you?

Original Author Unknown
Paraphrased by Author Stacy L. Montgomery

For Those Who Are Hurting

Today, I set aside all that I am going through in my life to pray for those who are hurting emotionally, physically or both. Some of you go about your day struggling to keep your tears in. Your heart is heavy and overwhelmed from carrying your burdens along with the burdens of others. You feel so drained. So irritated. Sometimes, you get frustrated. Right now, I ask the Lord to help you feel His Presence. To help you step into His Holy Spirit and be counseled by His Word. To help you rise out of your hurt and sorrow. It is my prayer that you will turn to the Lord when you feel you can’t turn anywhere else. He is THE ROCK to stand on so that you can find strength. Stay reminded of GOD’S FAITHFULNESS during whatever you may be going through right now. God’s Ways are higher than our ways. His Thoughts are bigger than ours. Lay every burden and every care at His Feet, believing that it’s the safest place for it all to be. The Lord is Trustworthy. He is All Powerful and HE IS ABLE. God loves you and He cares about you along with all that you are going through. He will never leave you. “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved” Psalm 55:22.

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Do You Worship Your Cellphone or Christ?

Well, I pray that your day has been a blessing thus far. Many of us have a close relationship with our cellphone. We spend much time with our cellphones. We make sure our cellphones are with us wherever we go. Before we leave out of the door, we make sure we have our cellphones. During the day, we make sure we come in contact with our cellphones. Some of us are brave enough to come in contact with our cellphones while driving. At night, we lay closer to our cellphones than we do our mates. Now, someone who is reading this is probably saying, “I use my cellphone for this and that.” Look, I am not saying that cellphones are bad but sometimes, our relationship is stronger with cellphones than it is with people and especially with Our Lord Jesus Christ. Some of us worship our phones and not Jesus Christ. He should be THE ONE we spend a lot of time with. THE ONE we wake up to and lay with. THE ONE we allow to be with us wherever we go. THE ONE we come in contact with rather sitting, walking or driving. If our relationship with Christ isn’t healthy, then how can the relationship with others be healthy? We become like what we behold. To worship an idol is to become like the idol; to worship Christ is to become like Christ. “They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors and the statutes he had warned them to keep. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them although the LORD had ordered them, ‘Do not do as they do'” (II Kings 17:15).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

God’s Strength

Weaknesses are insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities. They are circumstances, situations, experiences and wounds that make us appear and feel weak. They are things that we would get rid of quickly if we had the strength. If you are dealing with a weakness, I encourage you allow God to meet you in that weakness. God allows weaknesses so that we can draw near to Him and receive His Strength to overcome. His Strength helps us to endure each day. What is God’s Strength? It is His Power that guides us. His Grace that delivers us. His Might that upholds us. His eye that watches over us. His Ear that hears us. His Word that gives us speech. His Hand that guards us.. His Way that lies before us. His Shield to shelter us. And His Host that secures us. “God is my strength and power, and He ways my way perfect” (2 Samuel 22:23 NKJ).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

When Life Moves Too Fast

Lately, it has felt that my life has been moving way past full speed and my body has been lagging behind. It’s hard to keep up with every day, everybody and everything! Have you felt that way lately? Do you feel that way TODAY? In life’s fast pace mode, we quickly become overwhelmed, irritated, frustrated, and exhausted. Let’s take time today to pray for the Lord to show us how to walk at the pace of Jesus. To remind us that our souls are made to find rest in Him and not in worry. To teach us the voice of Our Father so that we can move to the rhythm of grace. To give us courage to define healthy boundaries and become people with a strong NO and a thoughtful YES. To encourage us when we grow impatient. To comfort us when we grow weary. And to slow us down in His Presence.

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Be Ready

Within the last past month, I have had two disturbing dreams that I have stuck with me. The first dream was related to the world ending involving a massive earthquake. The ground started to crack open all around me. People were falling in between the cracks to their deaths. I stood in much fear trying to hold my balance. I screamed out to my children because I couldn’t find them anywhere. Then, I woke up. The next week, I dreamed that a massive flood came. Everyone around me had been consumed by the flooding waters. There were dead bodies of those who had drowned floating all around me. I was trying to keep me and my children from drowning but could barely stay afloat. Then, I woke up. Because of my relationship with the Lord, I knew He was speaking LOUD AND CLEAR with these dreams. Today, friends, I urge you to get your house in order. Jesus is in preparation to return. Whatever is hindering you from following Christ, address it NOW for tomorrow is not promised. Forgive NOW. Love NOW. Serve NOW. Embrace truth NOW. Encourage NOW. “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Where Is Your Focus?

I am 40 years old. When I was younger, I had no idea that I would end up with five children fathered by different men. I had no idea that I would live in a place what so many people call “the hood” and also living under a housing authority. I had no idea that I would be single at age 40. Yet, God knew. And because of Him, I choose to shine in every area. If I had ten children, I will still shine. If I lived in a shack, I will still shine. If no husband is ever in my future, I will still shine. Why? Because my focus is not on my circumstances. It’s not on where I live or WHAT I HAVE BUT WHO I HAVE. No, my life is far from perfect but CHRIST IS PERFECT. That’s where my focus is. My strength fails me daily but THE STRENGTH OF CHRIST is UNFAILING. That’s where I pull from. Perhaps you may be an area of life where you didn’t expect to be on today. Should you be in this place, remember God’s Promise for you – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29: 11 ESV).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

You Will Make It Through

In my past, many betrayed me that I confided in. I betrayed some who confided in me. I broke some hearts. Many broke my heart. I had my share of choosing to tell lies. And of course, I was told many lies. Bitterness was a weapon I used against some. Many have been bitter towards me. Unhappiness was my home. Misery was my walk and my talk. And guess what? I thank God for it all! Experiencing betrayal taught me honesty. Experiencing heartbreak taught me how to love. Experiencing bitterness taught me kindness. Experiencing unhappiness taught me joy. Misery taught me contentment. God used my past to create the woman I am today. Yes, I cried many times. Yes, it hurt like the dickens. Just as a lump of coal has to undergo pressure, cutting, and shaping to become a beautiful diamond, we have to undergo some rough things to become who God wants us to be. And you know the comforting thing about the process? God is there with us and He never leaves our sides. It may not feel like you will make it through. It may not even look like you will make it through. But know that with God, all things are possible and with Him on your side, you WILL make it through. “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God'” (Mark 10:27 NIV).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Jesus Is

I don’t have a big, fancy home. I don’t have a luxury vehicle. I don’t have the finest clothing or shoes. I don’t have natural, silky hair. I don’t have the body of Beyoncé or Kim Kardashian. I don’t have an earthly husband.. I don’t have 24/7 obedient children. I don’t have perfection. I could go on and on about what I DON’T HAVE, but let me boast that I DO HAVE JESUS and HE is MORE than all of that other stuff to me. As a matter of fact, JESUS can give me all of that other stuff if it is in HIS WILL for me to have it. I didn’t always focus on Christ because my attention was stuck on wanting this and wanting that. Needing this and needing that. All I ever needed was JESUS. I don’t have to have all of that other stuff but I have to have JESUS. When I think of His Goodness and His Love for me, I delight in know that I have HIM in my life. Are you caught in all of the things that you don’t have but want? If so, just look up! JESUS is WHO you need and JESUS has WHAT you need. JESUS is….the Bread of Life…the Way, the Truth, and the Life….our Savior and Lord…our Rock…our Redeemer…the Light of the World…our Peace…the Beginning and the End…our Deliverer…the Good Shepherd. He is Mighty and Worthy. Jesus is the One who sets us free. “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3 NIV).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Remember the Cross

Critics! I have them. You have them. Jesus had them and still do! When dealing with critics, I REMEMBER THE CROSS. People can’t say no more about me than what the Christ said about me. And even you. The Cross said that we all are sinners who deserve eternal punishment. So truthfully, what others say about you is less than what the Cross said about you. Jesus paid for our sins on the Cross and God delights in us because of Christ. When I think of how God loves me, I embrace it because it washes away what others say. Now, I am not talking about constructive criticism because I can deal with that all day long and I respect it. But I am talking about that negative and undeserving stuff! I am talking about those bad accusations that add no measure to my life. When you have a deep relationship with Christ, you will recognize unhealthy and healthy critics. Your relationship with Christ reflects the way you respond to insults and criticism. “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes” (Proverbs 26:4-5).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery