The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector9To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.11The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.12I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
*******************Which are you: a) Pharisee- the dishonest sinner who exalts self above others and shows no mercy or b) tax collector- honest sinner who comes to God for mercy
God is Great!
This morning as I was walking out of my house, I got a call
from a dear friend. He told me that he was thinking of me and asked how I was
doing. I turned on my car and immediately my car displayed “Turn off engine and
check coolant levels.” My friend happens to be an auto guy too and even though
I know a little about cars, I am comforted that he was on the phone with me. I checked to see what coolant I needed and
went to AutoZone. I was greeted by an older
gentleman who confirmed that I was purchasing the right coolant. I continued to talk to my friend about our
current lives and headed to work.
Now all of that may sound like just another day…. But
Today marks 2 years since my dad’s passing on earth. Today God
had one of my oldest friends call me and guide me through my car problems the
same way my dad would, I entered AutoZone (a place my dad was at frequently)
and was greeted by a man that reminded me of my dad for he had the same charming and playful
character. It was like my dad was
reaching out to me today letting me know I am still with you and God was
reaffirming I will never leave you. Even
when it hurts, even when I can’t see, even when I don’t know what to do, He is
there and in control. I might not have
seen waters part, a donkey talk, the sun stand still but I still see God moving
miracles in my life.
Here is a little food for thought.
Things God won't ask on judgment day:
1. God won't ask what kind of car you drove. He'll ask how many people you drove who didn't have transportation.
2. God won't ask the square footage of your house.
He'll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.
3. God won't ask about the clothes you had in your closet. He'll ask how many you helped to clothe.
4. God won't ask what your highest salary was.
He'll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.
5. God won't ask what your job title was. He'll ask if you performed your job to the best of your
6. God won't ask how many friends you had. He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.
7. God won't ask in what neighborhood you lived.
He'll ask how you treated your neighbors.
8. God won't ask about the color of your skin.
He'll ask about the content of your character.
9. God won't ask you how much money you spent on your children. He'll ask you why they don't know and love Him.
10. God won't ask you how many times you have attended Church or how much money you gave. He'll ask you why you didn't tell others about His Son Jesus.
How can any follower of Christ Jesus be in the democratic party?
The agenda of the left is so far from God's commandments.
True believers need to be in constant prayer to put an end to the abomination of the left.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your
soul and with all your strength” Det 6:5
My favorite verse to quote. That sums it all up.
What is Love? It is not butterflies in your stomach, it is
not getting excited, it is not wanting it so badly, IT IS NOT A FEELING. So what is love?
Love is a verb. 1Corinthians 13 tells us Love is patient, kind, rejoices with
the truth, protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres. Love is an action.
Now what is worship?
Worship definition is “extreme devotion or intense love or
admiration of any kind”
Just like love, Worship is an action. Worship is a way of life, it is something you
I think when we worship:
we should Worship the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your
soul and all your strength (capacity).
Psalms, the longest book in the Bible is filled with verbs,
calling us to action. Shout to God, sing a new song, dance before Him, clap your
hands, lift up your heads, tell of His might, stand in aw, meditate on His
truth, walk in His ways, still your heart, cast down your idols, run to Him,
make loud noise, lift your hands, clash the cymbals, praise Him with trumpet
sound, seek His face and tell the nations.
We worship in response to God for who He is and what He has
We must give Him everything we have through a life of
service to Him and to those around us.
Too many of us have been cheating God by saying He is Great,
awesome in power, and singing song of praise without living a life that backs
it up. Words are easy to come by. But our
words must be authenticated by actions.
Isaiah 29:13-14 The Lord says: ” These people honor me with
their lips but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on
merely human rules they have been taught. Therefore once more I will astound
these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the
intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”
All of this can sound intimidating, do you know the saying
“How do you eat an elephant? The answer
is simple “one bite at a time.”
We will have to grow in our faith and relationship day by
day, it won’t happen in a blink of an eye. The more you know him the more you
want to worship God for who HE is and what HE does.
I was reading Number 33... The Lord is speaking to Moses instructing the Israelites to drive out the inhabitants of the Canann before dwelling in the land. But if not, then those that remain will be a thorn in your side...
I was wondering if there is something/someone in our lives that we have not surrendered or removed from our lives that has became a thorn in our side.
The wrong people in your life can and will prevent you from receiving God's full provision.
It reminds me of Paul's thorn. What do you think was causing a thorn in Paul's side???
Some of my advice for parents:
1. speak positive to them. they hear enough negative stuff from school, friends, tv, social media. They need a place of acceptance and love. I know and still remember all the mean and negative stuff that was said about me as a kid... it affects you. Focus on the positive. Maybe they are messing and not good at math but they are good at something and point that out. Let them know God created them with their qualities, personality, gifts....
2. Don't believe them when they say they are fine. Every child hurts just like every adult hurts. Watch out for those silly comments, they are fishing/testing your response.
3. learn to listen!! Sometimes they just need to be heard. Listen and say I love you. wait for another time to teach, preach, give advice.
4. Pray with them. not just for them. Praying with them they will have a harder time committing a sin if they know you are kneeling beside them
5. Don't be afraid to be silly and be kid with them. Meet them where they are. Have fun and make memories. Relax
Parents are teach, train, correct, and love their kids. I don't feel that is a lot of scripture on how to parent but this week I was reminded of the story of Eli. Eli's sons (Hophni and Phinehas) were corrupt and wicked....
11Then the Lord said to Samuel: “Behold, I will do something in Israel 1 Kin. 2:17at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. 12In that day I will perform against Eli 2 Kin. 21:12; Jer. 19:3all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 131 Sam. 2:27–36; Ezek. 12:25; Luke 21:33For I have told him that I will 1 Sam. 2:29–31judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because 1 Sam. 2:22; Ezek. 7:3; 18:30his sons made themselves vile, and he 1 Sam. 2:12, 17, 22did not restrain them. 14And therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house 1 Sam. 2:23, 25shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.”
Are you disciplining your child?or Are you turning your cheek?
I am speaking on a panel this weekend to discuss my parenting experience and offer some advice.
Please pray for me.
Please pray below.
Father,I come to you as your intercessor, standing in the gap for the sins of my nation.I ask You to forgive us for being so negligent to abandon our prayer post and allow complacency to hinder our obligation to pray.Please let the blood of Jesus cover our sins, and forgive our unrighteousness.You said in Your Word that whatever we agreed upon in prayer, whatever we loosed, or permitted on earth would be permitted, and whatever we bound on earth would likewise be bound in heaven.We have permitted evil to reign in this land far too long, and have allowed evil to overtake this land because we did not commit ourselves to prayer on important issues.Forgive us for not taking a stand sooner, for allowing fear and intimidation from those serving the enemy to intimidate Your people into complacency and silence.Forgive us for letting lawlessness rule in our homes, families, and society.Forgive us for not placing the utmost priority and value on human life.Forgive us for shedding innocent blood.Forgive our lawmakers for passing unjust laws that rob the innocent of life.Forgive the greed of the abortionists and those that desire the organs of the babies that are aborted for selfish gain.We have grieved You tremendously and we plead for Your mercy.Please help us overcome all the works of the evil one through our prayers and decrees.I come before the court of heaven as a child of God who has been bought with the precious blood of Your Son, my LORD Jesus Christ.Father, I am not only Your child; I am an heir to the kingdom of God, and I am the bride of Your Son.I appeal to You as one having all authority over the works of the enemy, according to Luke 10:19where it is written, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”Furthermore, it is written that I am raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places, where there is authority to reign and rule with Christ.As a legitimate heir and ambassador to the kingdom of God, I ask that You bring all adversaries and enemies into the court of heaven where a judgment against them will be rendered on behalf of the saints of God.Let this decree serve to bind them with fetters and execute the judgement of Your word without delay.In the name and authority of the LORD Jesus Christ, I bind the demon grouping known as Lilit, Lilith, Lamie and all spirits known as Lilu, lilitu, Irdu lili and Ardat lilit.I bind the spirits of Ishtar, lust, sorcery, the anti-Christ spirit, pride, rebellion, the spirit of abortion, murder, and the spirit of accusation that desires to rule over this nation.I declare that the citizens of this nation will reject the spirit of the immoral, adulterous woman the seeks to destroy them according to Proverbs 5:6.I declare that the citizens of this nation will turn their heart away from the evil, adulterous woman known as Lilith/ Lamie and all spirits associated with her according to Proverbs 7:24-26.I declare the citizens of this nation will reject the seducing spirit of the contentious woman according to Proverbs 27:15-16.I declare that Jesus has rebuked all storm spirits according to Mark 4:39.I declare the citizens of this nation will repent, divorce their pagan wives and renounce spiritual spouses that are prohibited by scripture, according to Ezra 10:2-3, Deuteronomy 7:3-4.and 2 Corinthians 6:14.I declare that the Spirit of Wisdom will save those being tempted and deceived by the adulterous woman, according to Proverbs 2:16.I declare that the LORD will strip away everything that makes the spirit of immorality and the seduction of Lilith attractive according to Isaiah 3:16-18.I declare that the spirit fueling the Feminist Movement known as Lilith will lose its ability to captivate and influence others according to Proverbs 5:20.I bind the spirit of the screech owl and all unclean spiritual birds from operating in my sphere of influence. Let all evil birds be caught in a snare according to Ecclesiastes 9:12.I declare all unclean bird spirits are caged according to Jeremiah 5:27.I declare that people of this nation shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring, according to Leviticus 17:7.I declare the promise of Psalm 91 over the United States of America. We will not be given over to terror at night.I command every evil spirit that attempts to visit people at night to be bound and sent back to the abyss, according to Psalm 91:5. For it is written that what is bound on earth is bound in heaven according to Matthew 18:18.I loose the Holy Spirit, full of Truth, Wisdom, Purity, Discernment, Mercy, Grace and Love.I loose the Spirit of Justice and Judgment over the works of the enemy in Jesus name.Let there be a release of the Fear of the LORD over this nation.I loose the dunamis power of Your might, and ask that the strength of Your hand would move upon the lawmakers, judges, Supreme Court justices, and compel them to overturn injustice.Give us judges that aren’t bought off with a bribe. Your promise in Isaiah 1:26 is that You would give us good judges and wise counselors again.Please give us our liberty back, in Jesus’ name!Let ungodly stewards be deposed from their office and let another more righteous person take their place.Let their authority be stripped from them according to Isaiah 22:20-22.We declare that You will ruin the enemy’s plans and remove the crown from those unworthy to govern.You will give the right to rule to the people who will rule in righteousness, and those You have chosen, according to Your promise in Ezekiel 21:27 and Jeremiah 23:6.Father, there are corrupt politicians, lawmakers, judges, those that work at the abortion clinics, at the CDC and those in the vaccine industry that have conspired against Your people.They have conspired for the sake of evil gain, and have plotted against the lives of the innocent.They seek to destroy our children. YOUR CHILDREN, LORD. Let those businesses who make their gain through immoral means and get rich at the expense of the well-being of others wither and dry up immediately.As You cursed the fig tree and it supernaturally dried up overnight, let the same be done to those who conspire to profit by violence against innocent children and the citizens of this nation.Father, these people have rejoiced at destroying Your heritage. Therefore, let the curse enter the house of the thief that consumes their entire house, as it is written in Zechariah 5:4, and may the thief have to give up the entire substance of his house according to Proverbs 6:31.Bring out the weapons of Your indignation according to Jeremiah 50:25. Let Your arrows be released to carry out the judgment against those bearing the oppressing sword.Those oppressing Your people have refused to let them go. I ask You for judgment with mercy against those that warrant Your judgment and discipline.Free the captives, O God, for it is written in Isaiah 49:25 that You will contend with those who contend with us and You will save our children from the hand of the wicked oppressors.We declare ungodly thrones are overturned and the power of foreign kingdoms are shattered. You have overthrown the driving forces and those that are in league with evil forces according to Haggai 2:2.May the people in this land to turn their hearts back towards You. For it is written in 1 Samuel 12:14-15, “Now if you fear and worship the LORD and listen to his voice, and if you do not rebel against the LORD’s commands, then both you and your king will show that you recognize the LORD as your God. But if you rebel against the LORD’s commands and refuse to listen to him, then his hand will be as heavy upon you as it was upon your ancestors.”I declare You O God have performed mighty deeds with Your arm; You have scattered those who are proud in the thoughts of their hearts according to Luke 1:51.I declare that you frustrate the devices of the crafty so that their hands cannot carry out their plans. You catch the wise in their own craftiness and the counsel of the cunning comes quickly upon them according to Job 5:12,13.I declare that the people in this nation will not harden their hearts against Your commands any longer, according to Hebrews 3:15, and that they will hear Your voice.It is written in Your word, O God, in Psalm 127:3-5 that children are an inheritance from the LORD.You also said that we would not be put to shame when we contend with our opponents in court, so we appeal to the court of heaven and ask to find grace and help in the time of our need.Father, we contend that abortion is an abomination because it terminates the life of the unborn who are made in Your image.You said in Exodus 20:13 “Thou shall not kill.” We ask that all abortion laws such as Roe vs Wade and others allowing abortion to be overturned, and that new laws would be made that protect and preserve human life.Father, create enmity where it’s needed in order to divide loyalties within the Feminist Movement, the Democratic Party, unjust politicians and lawmakers and those in the abortion industry.Let the Fear of the LORD and the conviction of Your Holy Spirit turn their hearts to you.Let their moral convictions return to them. Restore them to their right minds. Bring division to their movement, for it is written that when the strongman is bound then his house can be divided and we can take the spoils.I pray that You also hand select the judge(s) that will hear and decide important case laws.Let Your will be delivered as the final judgment not the will of man.Let our prayers come before you and may You send Your help in answered prayer quickly, O LORD.May it bring you great glory. In Jesus name, amen.I declare this is the time of the LORD’s recompense towards His people, for the judgment of those who conspire to harm innocent life has reached to heaven.Let the arrows be released into the enemy’s camp!Let the evil kingdoms be broken and destroyed according to Jeremiah 51:21.Father, I thank you for granting your people victory over the enemy.Let every evil work be destroyed according to Your word.Let Your angels be released on their assignments. Turn the heart of those marked for salvation.Let those destined for destruction be removed. Save your people O God. Save our children and their destinies.Restore the foundations of morality, justice and righteousness to this nation I pray. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. ~ Laura Gagnon
I pray that Jesus will bring justice and an end to the catholic religion and LGTB groups soon!!