Technical Difficulties

Hi Family,

We are experiencing some technical difficulties with my computer. It crashed and I lost a lot of material that I had prepared for you. I actually took to writing some blogs on my  iPad but as soon as I was about finished with the writings the application I used crashed on me as well. I’m not sure what the problem is, but I’m hoping the professionals can get things fixed. Please keep me in your prayers and I will be back soon! Thank you for your patience. With God all things are possible!

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

 

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Season

We attended our nephew’s wedding this weekend and we had a wonderful time with family. At one point, I had the opportunity to sit and observe everyone fellowshipping with each other. My heart was filled with joy and at the same time I was reminded of the scripture Ecclesiastes 3:1 ”To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” 

It had never truly occurred to me that as I witnessed all of my nieces and nephews getting married and having children that the season in my life was changing. I looked over at my father and noticed that he had aged gracefully. It prompted me to go take a picture with him. Life seems to go by daily without much change, when in truth everything is changing and we miss the changes.

I wondered what thoughts were going through my father’s mind as he sat watching all the festivities. I wondered if he was just like me, noticing that the seasons in his life had changed. Each one of us at that moment was experiencing a different season, but at the same time it was our turn to laugh, dance and enjoy one another.

Life is truly moving, everyday we are faced with the toil of getting the task ahead of us completed. We must remember that we are in a season every moment of our lives and we should find enjoyment in that moment. We do not want to look up and realize that we have missed it all!

Scripture tells us, “What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 3:10-13

I was one of those individuals who could hardly wait until Friday so that I could enjoy my time. When in truth, my time was every moment! Enjoy the gift of life at whatever season you are in because life is moving and if you are waiting for that perfect moment you will miss the gift of life for today!

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

Warning Against the Invitation of Sinful Men

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them. If they say, “Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for innocent blood, let’s ambush some harmless soul; let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;

we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder; cast lots with us; we will all share the loot”—my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths; for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.

How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it! These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves! Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it. Proverbs 1:8-19, NIV

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

Happy Labor Day

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Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24, ESV

Affirmations: Mathew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

Lovin’ Me

I was working in my office when the Holy Spirit prompted me to play some encouraging music in the background while I work. So I pulled up YouTube and started playing some of my favorite artists. YouTube will just keep playing songs or artists you like based on what you selected; if you do not stop it. I was focused on my work when all of a sudden this song Lovin’ Me started playing. I just replayed it over and over again!

It’s just like God to send us a message about his love when we need it the most! The song said that God loves us regardless of what we have done, and he loves us when we least deserve it. The message took me all the way back to how Jesus died for us when we were in our sin. I just sat and meditated on that thought for a while. The song truly blessed my soul! I know I have heard it before, but it spoke to my spirit differently this time. I actually stopped what I was working on to write this short blog so that I would not forget to send it to you all. 

I pray that this song wakes up your spirit like it did mine and causes you to release a holy praise to our Father as the words minister to your soul!

This message is so powerful! Enjoy!

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Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

Psalm 55

Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught because of what my enemy is saying, because of the threats of the wicked; for they bring down suffering on me and assail me in their anger.

My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. I would flee far away and stay in the desert;[c] I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.”

Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words, for I see violence and strife in the city. Day and night they prowl about on its walls; malice and abuse are within it. Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.

If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about among the worshipers.

Let death take my enemies by surprise; let them go down alive to the realm of the dead, for evil finds lodging among them. As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.

He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me. God, who is enthroned from of old, who does not change—he will hear them and humble them, because they have no fear of God. My companion attacks his friends; he violates his covenant.

His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords. Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of decay; the bloodthirsty and deceitful will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you.

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

Prayers for week 8/27 – 9/1

Prayers for week 8
I have been providing you with a prayers from the Abider Series from our church study. I thought that I would start you off with a whole week of prayers incase you would like to pray with us daily. You can locate the whole study series at: https://www.cop.church/resources/sermons-and-study-notes/

Monday 
“Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established.” -Proverbs 4:25-26 Father I thank you for giving me the grace to focus my mind and attention on who You are and what You are doing in my life today. Keep me from the distraction of my own reasoning and discouragement. Remind me of Your power and faithfulness as I trust You this day. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Tuesday
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.” -John 14:1 Thank You Lord Jesus for being my hope and strength. Give me grace today to guard my heart with Your truth and compassion. I thank You that every thought of worry, anxiety and fear will be countered by the power of Your Word of truth, forgiveness and faithfulness. Let my heart be stable and full of joy as I abide in You today. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Wednesday
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9 Lord I acknowledge and celebrate Your Word and commandment to me today. I declare that I am strong and courageous because of Your presence with me and Your grace working through me. Thank You that wherever I go You are there to guide my steps, provide my every need and protect me from every threat. I give You glory and honor in Jesus’ name, amen.

Thursday
“for we walk by faith, not by sight” -2 Corinthians 5:7 Lord I thank You for speaking truth into my life and giving me the object of my hope. By Your grace I will walk (live and believe) according to what You have spoken instead of being moved by my circumstances. Thank You for giving me the assurance and evidence for all that I hope for. It will come to past just as You said it would. Let my heart and mind be filled with thoughts of faith as I live this day to glorify Your name. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Friday
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” -Proverbs 3:5-6 Father in Heaven, I acknowledge that You are the omniscient God. Your wisdom and understanding are far above mine. Give me grace to trust in Your will and ways in everything I face today. Thank You for guiding my decisions even when I don’t fully understand the next step. You are in control and I submit to Your will. I pray these things in Jesus’ name, amen.

Saturday
“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” -Hebrews 4:16 Lord Jesus thank You for being a perfect high priest and accomplishing redemption and righteousness on my behalf. Today I acknowledge and celebrate the grace and mercy as I abide in You and approach Your throne. Your grace is sufficient in my time of need. I declare that when I am weak, I am made strong by Your presence and Spirit that dwells within me. I thank You for forgiving me, providing all I need in You today. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

Friday prayer

 

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I wanted to close this week with one of the prayers from the Abider Series that we’ve  studied at our church. You can review the whole series at www.COP.church

Father,
Your Word says that if I delight myself in You, You will give me the desires of my heart (Psalm 37:4). Lord as I abide in You, I delight in You and I pray that my joy is made full and overflows in Your presence (John 15:11). From this place of joy and intimacy with You, I pray according to Your will. May all that I want, be in agreement with Your perfect will. And to You O Lord be the glory, the honor and the praise. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

Bring it On!

I had been feeling the attacks of the enemy coming at me really hard. I mean it was everyday; like bombs coming to blast me. I remember sitting in my prayer room praying and just talking to God, when I felt the Spirit of God saying, “Tell Satan to bring it on!” 

I was like, God, I don’t want anything else coming at me! It’s already hard for me to bear what I am currently experiencing. I was literately afraid to say those words, but I felt the words being pushed out of my mouth. I said Satan, bring it on! After that I heard the Holy Spirit speak to my heart and say, “Why are you afraid of Satan? That is exactly what Satan wants you to do……fear him!” WOW!

Then God began to remind me of His word, “Did I not tell you that greater is He who is in you than what stands before you? Do I need to remind you that I will never leave you nor forsake you? I told you to trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding and in all your ways acknowledge Me and I will direct your path.” My spirit got so excited that I started shouting, “SATAN BRING IT ON!!! If you think you can beat my God, BRING IT ON!!!!”

We must remember that the battles we face are never ours. When we are in the midst of a difficult time it is usually hard to see God’s hand moving. However, His Word reminds us that the Lord will fight our battles; we just have to be still. If we know that the battle is not ours and we know we are on the winning side we can confidently say, “Satan bring it on!” and then hide in the secret place behind our Father. Amen!

The battle is not ours it belongs to ELOHIM the all powerful one!

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

Provision

The word provision has just been stirring around in my spirit. The dictionary says that provision is the action of providing or supplying something for use. The Word teaches us that God is our provider, he is called Jehovah Jireh the Lord will provide. As I am sitting in front of this computer meditating on this word I am waiting for God to provide what he wants spoken to us in this blog. 

I hear God saying that his provision is already provided to us we just have to walk in faith. Faith is the conduit that brings the provision to us. Our Pastor said to imagine there is a pipeline from Heaven to you and that the pipeline is your faith. The way God gets your provision to you is through the pipeline.

I’m reminded of Moses and the people at the Red Sea. They needed to get across the Red Sea because Pharaoh’s army was chasing them. They were all so afraid and complained to Moses that they were going to die. We can be just like the Israelites when we don’t see the provision. We start complaining to God as well! They were complaining because they did not see their provision. God had already provided what they needed to get across the Red Sea, it was their own two feet. The Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out for help? Tell the people to move forward. Lift up your walking stick and hold it out over the sea. The water will divide, and the Israelites will be able to walk through the sea on dry ground” (Exodus 14:15-16, GNT).

My daughter just resigned from her current position. God had been moving on her heart to step out and trust what he had put inside of her. He had given her a dream that he wanted her to follow. She was of course concerned about her provision and how she would be able to afford to live. Would you believe that once she gave her notice to her old company and activated her faith, God started bringing the provision! Her provisions were already available and waiting for her, but God was not going to give them to her as long as she was trusting in something other than him. 

It always appears to us that what we need is not available because we don’t see it. Our provisions come from heaven through our faith; which is the pipeline. We can have confidence in God that he will provide for us. His word says that our God will supply every need of ours according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19, ESV).

It is imperative that we meditate on God’s word day and night because then we will remember his promises and not get discouraged. Satan will always come and throw fiery darts of fear, but the word says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV). If we know the word, we can cast down the enemy and say what Abraham said when his son asked, “Who will provide the sacrifice?” The Lord will provide!

Our provisions are provided by God and our pipeline to get the provisions to us is faith!

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20