Archive | August 2013

Comfort

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”Matthew 11:28-30 

When the dark clouds of trail, struggle, grief, or suffering roll in and settle on us so thick that we can barely see ahead of us, it’s easy to forget there is a place of calm, light, clarity, and peace we can rise to. If we take God’s hand in those difficult times, He will lift us up above our circumstances to the place of comfort, warmth, and safety He has for us. 

Just as we don’t have to beg the sun for light, we don’t have to beg the Holy Spirit for comfort either. He is comfort. We simply have to separate ourselves from anything that separates us from Him. We have to pray that when we go through difficult times, He will give us a greater sense of His comfort in it. 

Dear Lord, Help me to remember that no matter how dark my situation may become, You are the light of my life and can never be put out. No matter what dark clouds settle on my life, you will lift me above the storm and into the comfort of Your presence. Only, You, Lord, can take whatever loss I experience and fill that empty place with good. Only You can take the burden of my grief and pain and dry my tears. Thank you Lord for you grace and mercy. I love you; honor you, magnify you, and lift up your name Jesus, because you are worthy to be praised. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

1 Peter 5:10 

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

Psalm 4:1

Do Not Be Anxious…Trust God

When you are anxious, it means you aren’t trusting God to take care of you. But He will prove His faithfulness if you run to Him. Negative emotions reveal doubt. If we thoroughly trust God, what do we have to be anxious about? Yet we all are susceptible to experiencing these kinds of emotions at some time in our life. Don’t feel bad about having them, but don’t live with them either. Refuse to allow the ugliness of negative emotions to mar the beauty of the life God has for you. 

When we have constant unrest because we are never at peace, it not only makes us miserable, it makes everyone around us miserable too. “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God” (Hebrew 4:9). It’s possible to find contentment, rest, peace, and joy in any situation. Tell God you are making that your goal and you need Him to help you. 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 

Thank You, Lord, that in my distress I can call on You. And when I cry out to You, Lord, You hear my voice and answer. May the joy of knowing You fill my heart with happiness and peace. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

Do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.

Luke 12:29-31

Difficult Times

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:19 

Have you ever felt as though God has forsaken you? Well, if you have, you’re not alone. In fact, you are in very good company. Not only do millions of other people feel that way right now, but Jesus felt that way at one time too. At the lowest point in His life, Jesus said “My God my God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). 

We all have difficult times; Times when we feel all alone and abandoned. But the truth is we aren’t. God is with us to help us when we call upon Him. In the midst of these times, we don’t have to be controlled by our negative emotions. We can resist them by praying and knowing the truth of what God’s Word says about them. 

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34: 17-18 

Dear Lord, help me to live in Your joy and peace. Give me strength and understanding to resist anxiety, anger, unrest, envy, depressions, bitterness, hopelessness, loneliness, fear, and guilt. Rescue me when “my spirit is overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is distressed” (Psalm 143:4).

 In Jesus name I pray

 Amen

Deliverance – part 2

Every time you worship God something happens in the spirit realm to break the power of evil. That’s because He inhabits your praises, and this means you are in His presence. 

Remember that deliverance comes from the Lord, and it is an ongoing process. It is God who has “delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us”. (2 Corinthians 1:10). 

God does a complete work, and He will see it through to the end. So don’t give up because it’s taking longer than you hoped. Be confident that “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). God will not rest until your righteousness goes forth as brightness and your salvation as a lamp that burns (Isaiah 62:1). Deliverance won’t change you into someone else. It will release you to be who you really are; an intelligent, secure, loving, talented, kindhearted, witty, attractive, wonderful man or woman of God. 

Dear Lord, I pray that every stronghold erected around me by the enemy will be brought down to nothing. I know that You who have begun a good work in me will complete it (Philippians 1:6). Give me patience to not give up and the strength to stand strong in Your Word. I call upon You, Lord, and ask you that You would deliver me from anything that binds me or separates me from Your will. Where I have opened the door for the enemy with my own desires, I repent of that. Where I am walking in disobedience, show me so I can turn and live in obedience to Your ways. Give me wisdom to walk the right way and strength to rise above the things that would pull me down (Proverbs 28:26). 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

(2 Corinthians 3:17)

 

Deliverance – part 1

We all need deliverance at one time or another. That’s because no matter how spiritual we are, we’re still made of flesh. And no matter how perfectly we live, we still have an enemy who is trying to erect strongholds of evil in our lives. God wants us free from everything that binds, holds, or separates us from Him. 

Jesus came to set us free from all the things that bind us. He came to lift us above the enemy who wants to destroy us. God hears the groaning of those who are held captive. If you cry out to Him, He will set you free. And “if the Son make you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). 

No matter how strong the thing is you’re struggling with, God’s power to deliver you is stronger. 

Dear Lord, I know that I can’t see all the ways the enemy wants to erect strongholds in my life. I depend on You to reveal them to me. Thank you that You come to “proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18). Without You, Lord, I am held captive by my desires, I am blind to the truth, and I am oppressed. But with You comes freedom from all that. My times are in Your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.

Psalm 31:15

 In Jesus name I pray 

Amen

 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

Psalm 91:14

 For He looked down from the height of His sanctuary, from heaven the Lord viewed the earth, to hear the groaning of the prisoner, to release those appointed to death.

Psalm 102: 19-20

Wisdom and Understanding

Wisdom means having clear understanding and insight. It means knowing how to apply the truth in every situation. It’s discerning what is right and wrong. It’s having good judgment. It’s being able to sense when you are getting too close to the edge. 

We have no idea how many times simple wisdom has saved our lives or kept us out of harm’s way or how many times it will be so in the future. That’s why we can’t live without it and need to ask God for it. We have to pray, “Lord give me wisdom in all I do. Help me to walk in wisdom every day.” 

Wisdom means making the right choice or decision. And only God knows what that is.

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

John 16:13 

Lord, I pray You would give me Your wisdom and understanding in all things. I know wisdom is better than gold and understanding better than silver (proverbs 16:16), so make me rich in wisdom and wealthy in understanding. Thank You, Lord, that You give “wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding” (Daniel 2:21). Increase my wisdom and knowledge so I can see Your truth in every situation. Give me discernment for each decision I must make. Lord, help me to always seek godly counsel and not look to the world and ungodly people for answers. Thank You, Lord, that You will give me the counsel and instruction I need. Thank You that “You will show me the path of life” (Psalm 16:11). I don’t want to trust my own heart, Lord. I want to trust Your Word and Your instruction so that I will walk wisely and never do ignorant or stupid things. Make me to be a wise person. 

 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you.

Proverbs 9:10-11 

If you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 2:3-6

 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and His tongue talks of justice. The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

Psalm 37:30-31

Lord, Guide Me

Sometimes we are very close to the edge of a dangerous situation. But God sees it all because He is above all. If we were to connect with Him on a regular basis and say “Lord, guide me so I won’t fall,” He could lead us away from the edge. 

He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be you shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at you right hand; but it shall not come near you. Psalm 91:4-7 

Dear Lord, I want to dwell in your secret place and abide in Your shadow. Keep me under the umbrella of Your protection. Help me never to stray from the center of Your will or off the path you have for me. Enable me to always hear Your voice guiding me. You, Lord, are my refuge and strength and “a very present help in trouble.” Therefore I will not fear, “even though the earth be removed and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea” (psalm 46:1-2). Thank You, Lord, that “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8). Thank You for Your promises of protection. I lay claim to them this day. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighty.

Psalm 91:1

Choice

God gave us a choice as to whether we subject our will to Him or not. We make the decision every day. Will we seek His will? Will we ask Him for wisdom? Will we do what He says? God’s will is the way we choose to live each day of our lives. 

Our heavenly Father looks out for us and protects us from danger far more than we realize. But it’s not something we can take for granted. It’s something we must pray about often. 

God is a place of safety you can run to, but it helps if you are running to Him on a daily basis so that you are in familiar territory. The Bible says, “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death” (Proverbs 14:26-27).

 Lord , I trust in Your Word, which assures me that You are my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my shield, my stronghold, and my strength in whom I trust. 

When you pass through the water, I will be with you; and through the river, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.

Isaiah 43:2 

Lord, align my heart with Yours. Help me to hear Your voice saying “This is the way, walk in it”. If I am doing anything outside of Your will, show me. Speak to me from Your word so that I will have understanding. If there is something I should be doing, reveal it to me so that I can correct my course. I want to do only what You want me to do. Lord, I pray You would direct my steps. Only You know the way I should go. I don’t want to get off the path You want me to walk on and end up in the wrong place. I want to move into all You have for me and become all You made me to be by walking in Your perfect will for my life now. I also pray for Your hand of protection to be upon me. Keep me safe from any accidents, diseases, evil influences. Protect me wherever I go. Keep me safe in planes, cars, or any other means of transportation. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise

Hebrew 10:36 

Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Ephesians 5:17

 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.

Psalm 91:9-10

God’s Will

God’s will is a place of safety. When we walk in the will of God, we find safety. When we live outside of God’s will, we forfeit His protection. We must regularly ask God to show us what His will is and lead us in it. We must ask Him to speak to our heart so He can tell us.

 Trouble is a part of life. Having fulfillment and peace in the midst of trouble is what living in God’s will is all about. There is great confidence in knowing that you are walking in the will of God and doing what He wants you to do. When you are sure of that, you can better deal with what life brings you. 

Don’t think that trouble in your life means you are out of God’s will. God uses the trouble you have to perfect you. There is a big difference between being out of God’s will and being pruned or tested by God. Both are uncomfortable, but one leads to life and the other doesn’t. In one you will have peace, no matter how uncomfortable it gets. In the other, you won’t. 

Lord, I pray You will fill me with the “knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding”. Help me to walk in a worthy manner, fully pleasing to You, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of Your ways. Guide my every step, Lord. Lead me “in Your righteousness” and make Your way straight before my face”. As I draw close and walk in intimate relationship with you each day, I pray Your will gets me where I need to go.

 In Jesus name I pray 

Amen

 We should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and  carried about with  every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head-Christ-from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Ephesians 4: 14-16 

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.

Isaiah 30:21