Friday Prayer

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Holy Spirit today I ask You to remind me of what I’ve been taught. Give me the grace and wisdom to know and agree with the will of God for my life and those around me. Replace my selfish desires with God-centered desires. Help me to want what Your will is in every area of my life. I desire to pray with confidence because I know You hear me. May these prayers accomplish much because I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Let the words of my mouth and meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight O Lord. I pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen
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Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

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Get Out Of The Box

I have shared with you in the past readings from my book “The Word for You Today.” I felt lead to  share this one with you today! Enjoy!

If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

In his family’s eyes, David would never be more than a shepherd (See 1Sa 16:11-12). But in God’s eyes, he was Israel’s next king. It’s amazing how people categorize us the moment we’re born. Somebody says you “look exactly like so-and-so,” or convinces you that you’re just an average student,” or a “plan Jane.” And before you know it, you end up believing their assessments and opinions. Evidently some folks considered Timothy too young to be a leader. That’s why Paul wrote and told him, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young” (1Ti 4:12 NIV). Our list of other people’s perceived shortcomings can be harsh and unforgiving. It includes things like being poor, uneducated, physically or mentally challenged, or ethnically different. It even takes into account the foolish mistakes they made years ago. Ask yourself, would you like to be measured with that yardstick? Didn’t think so! When Adam Clarke, one of England’s most prolific eighteenth century preachers, was young, his father told Adam’s teacher he didn’t think his son would do well in school. The teacher replied, “He looks very bright to me.” Adam heard those words—and they changed his life by letting him out of the box his father put him in. Clarke lived to be seventy-two, became a famous Methodist minister, and gave the world one of its greatest Bible commentaries. So get rid of your labels and life-limiting thoughts, and start dreaming. “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?’ When God is in your corner, you can rise to the top like cream!

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

Be Still

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He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10, NIV).

There are different seasons we will experience in our prayer life with God. Lately I have noticed that he has called me to sit still. Although I know that prayer is not a monolog, but a dialog. I seem to do most of the talking when I am praying. 

A few weeks back I went into my prayer room to pray and I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Go sit outside.” I went in my back yard, grabbed a chair and proceed to sit. I felt in my spirit like I was not supposed to say anything. I noticed that everything in our backyard was extremely still. There appeared to be no movement from trees, birds, leaves or anything. I knew God was telling me it was time to sit still. 

Later that week, I mentioned to one of my prayer partners that I know God was calling me to sit still, but I still wanted to pray. She responded that you are praying when you are sitting still. I had to think about her comment. I had become so accustomed to talking and praying in my prayer language that sitting quietly in God’s presence did not feel like prayer. I had missed the quiet time with God. I forgot that the most important part of prayer is listening!

This morning when I was sitting still with God, I heard the Holy Spirit giving me all these wonderful ideas and instructions. I was so excited! I said to God, “This is so awesome! I love this time with you!” I heard the Holy Spirit say, “You are not talking, so you can hear me.” I love that our God has a sense of humor! I just laughed and agreed!

Right before I started to write this article the song Be Still by Travis Green came up on my feed. I knew I was supposed to share it with you at the end of this blog. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/ILK2vNeMwQI Be Still, by Travis Green

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

The Lord Implored to Avenge His People.

O Lord God, You to whom vengeance belongs, O God, You to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth [in judgment]! Rise up, O Judge of the earth; Give to the proud a fitting compensation. O Lord, how long will the wicked, How long will the wicked rejoice in triumph?

They pour out words, speaking arrogant things; All who do evil boast proudly. They crush Your people, O Lord, And afflict and abuse Your heritage. [a]They kill the widow and the alien and murder the fatherless.

Yet they say, “The Lord does not see, Nor does the God of Jacob (Israel) notice it.” Consider thoughtfully, you senseless (stupid ones) among the people; And you [dull-minded] fools, when will you become wise and understand? He who made the ear, does He not hear? He who formed the eye, does He not see?

He who instructs the nations, Does He not rebuke and punish, He who teaches man knowledge? The Lord knows the thoughts of man, That they are a mere breath (vain, empty, futile). Blessed [with wisdom and prosperity] is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord, and whom You teach from Your law, that You may grant him [power to calm himself and find] peace in the days of adversity, until the pit is dug for the wicked and ungodly.

For the Lord will not abandon His people, nor will He abandon His inheritance. For judgment will again be righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it. Who will stand up for me against the evildoers? Who will take a stand for me against those who do wickedness?

If the Lord had not been my help, I would soon have dwelt in [the land of] silence. If I say, “My foot has slipped,” Your compassion and lovingkindness, O Lord, will hold me up. When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your comforts delight me.

Can a throne of destruction be allied with You, One which frames and devises mischief by decree [under the sacred name of law]? They band themselves together against the life of the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.

But the Lord has become my high tower and defense, and my God the rock of my refuge. He has turned back their own wickedness upon them and will destroy them by means of their own evil; The Lord our God will wipe them out. (Psalm 94, AMP)

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

Hail the Lion of Judah!

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“Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?’ But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.’” (Revelations 5:1-5)

Nothing but shots of joy and praise come to my heart when I read this Scripture! John is on the island of Patmos (Revelations 1:10) and God has revealed to him some of the things that will happen in heaven. The scroll that is being addressed in the Scripture is the title deed to our life. When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden they broke our covenant relationship with God. Satan actually became the owner of our lives. That is why Scripture says we are born in sin and shaped in iniquity (Psalm 51:5).

John weeps when it appears that no one can open this title, but the elder tells him to look at the Lion of the tribe of Judah; the Root of David has triumphed. The elder is talking about Jesus who is from the blood line of David and David is from the tribe of Judah and Judah is the fourth son of Jacob. Scripture says that Jesus came to the earth as lamb to the slaughter (Isaiah 53:7) but he returns to the earth the Lion of Judah because Jesus concurred death. He went down to Hades and took back the keys to our life! “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1Corinthians 15:55-57). Hail the Lion of Judah!! 

In the US once a year we celebrate our independence from the British, which is a huge affair. The Country has made this day a national holiday and Americans observe this day with all kinds of parades, fireworks and acknowledgements to those who made sacrifices to give us this freedom. However, there is nothing in this world worthy more of celebration than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He freed us from eternal damnation and offers us all eternal life! Hail the Lion of Judah!!!  Amen!

I have added this song by Beverly Crawford called the Lion of Judah. Pretty powerful song, I think you will enjoy it! https://youtu.be/HmNAbpYtfmw

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

Friday Prayer

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Once again, I have listed our Friday prayer from our Sunday teaching series on The Abider. If you would like to join us in this teaching series, you can do so at http://www.cop.church.

Lord Jesus help me to learn to abide in You in my everyday life. You are an omnipresent God (Psalm 139:7-10). Teach me to acknowledge You and walk with You at home, at work, at school and in all that I encounter. Teach me what it means to abide with You in worship (John 4:23-24). I pray that my offering of praise and thanksgiving is pleasing in Your sight. To You be the glory, honor and praise. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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

Abide

IMG_2078.jpgI hope I can do this article justice because the study that I have received on the word “abiding” has been phenomenal and I want to share it with you.

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:1-7, NIV).

Jesus wants us to know that He is the Vine and the Root. When we accept Jesus as our personal Savior we leave the life of sin and are engrafted into life with Christ. Just like a branch of a tree can be removed from one tree and engrafted into another tree so are we engrafted into a new tree. Our old roots/sins are no longer apart of us because we take on all of Jesus. The way we stay engrafted into the righteous life with Christ is through abiding with Him. We abide through worshiping, learning, and serving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

About a week ago we had a heavy storm in our area and this branch in the picture above fell from the tree. Of course, with me going through the study of us being a branch of a tree it caught my attention. I wanted to know how such a large branch could fall off a tree. A few days later I took a walk past the tree and I could see a fungus that was in the middle of the tree where the branch had fallen off.

I asked God what would cause a fungus in our relationship with Him. I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Every time you say what I am not, you are creating a fungus of disbelief and eventually the branch falls off.” Let me explain: when we speak words over our life that are not in agreement with the Word, Jesus cannot nourish us because those words are not of Him. A tree is nourished from its roots. Our roots are in Jesus Christ and if we are not speaking what He says in his Word, he cannot nourish us. We create a fungus and eventually the branch dies.  This takes us back to the most important part of our relationship with Christ…abiding in Him!

“If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned” (John 15:6).

Father,
We thank you that we have the opportunity to have a personal relationship with you and the freedom to worship you, learn from you, and to serve you.  As we spend time abiding in you we are nourished and we bear much fruit for your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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

Shoes of the Gospel of Peace

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Proverbs 4:26 (NIV) Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.

Psalm 119:105 (KJV) Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and light unto my path.

Paul is the author of the book of Ephesians and he says that when we put on the armor of God our shoes should be of peace that comes from the good news of the Gospel. Paul specifically mentions that the peace comes from the Gospel. If we think of peace of the world it is based on our circumstance or situation whether we have peace. When our country is not at war, then we are at peace. When we have on the shoes of peace that comes from the Word of God we are on a firm foundation without any anxiety or worry. We know that God is in charge so there is nothing to fear. 

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

The Shoes (of Peace & Preparation): “For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.” Ephesians 6:15. Shoes allow us to stand firm and step freely, without fear, while we turn our full attention to the battle at hand. They aid in our movement and defense. The shoes God gives propel us onward to proclaim the true peace, which is available in Christ. Prepare yourself to follow the Lord no matter what. Resource: https://www.wikihow.com/Put-on-the-Armor-of-God.

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

The Majesty of the Lord.

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The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty and splendor; The Lord has clothed and encircled Himself with strength; the world is firmly established, it cannot be moved.

Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting. The floods have lifted up, O Lord, The floods have lifted up their voice; The floods lift up their pounding waves.

More than the sounds of many waters, More than the mighty breakers of the sea,The Lord on high is mighty.Your precepts are fully confirmed and completely reliable; Holiness adorns Your house, O Lord, forever. (Psalm 93, AMP)

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

 God Is Enough

“When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her and he ate” (Genesis 3:5-6, NASB).

During church service today one of the associate pastors taught the message and they read the verse above. The speaker then said that Eve did not trust God enough. She went on to say, (I’m paraphrasing) “Eve did not believe that her Father, God would give her all the wisdom she needed to live and survive on this earth.”

God had provided all that Adam and Eve could ever want, down to gold in the land (Genesis 2); however, since Eve did not have a relationship with her Father, she was not confident in Him to provide for her. This led to her being deceived by Satan. This really made me think about my own relationship with my Heavenly Father and how much I believe Him.

His word says he will never leave us nor forsake us, that He will always provide for our needs; however, I have to admit that I have had doubts about God. When I look back over my life it was never because His word was not true but because I did not know him well enough to trust Him in whatever situation I was dealing with. We can all probably say that in one situation or another we lacked the faith to believe Him like Eve.

The good news is that we do not have to continue with those kinds of experiences. Scripture says, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:1-7, NIV). 

When we spend more time abiding in Christ, studying his Word, sitting with Him, worshipping Him, we become like Him. The Scripture above gives us the analogy of a tree. If you look at any tree, whether it is an orange or apple tree, the branches can only produce what the root of that tree is. That is the same with us; if we are abiding in Christ we can only produce Christ and therefore we will never doubt Him or his Word. The more we abide in Christ the more we come to know Him and the less Satan can deceive us!

Father,
Thank you for your word that gives us instructions on how to overcome the enemy. We ask for forgiveness for the times we doubted you. It is our desire to know you more. Teach us how to change our schedule so that spending time with you is our first priority! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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