Archive | September 2013

Stay Close to God

The things of the world often make us afraid. What kind of input are you receiving from the world? Is any of it causing fear in you? Do whatever you can to stay close to God. Fear disappears in the presence of the Lord. 

The more you get to know the Lord and understand who He is, the more you will reverence Him and fear His displeasure. This is called the fear to the Lord, and it makes you want to obey Him. It’s what draws you closer to God and increases your longing for more of Him. When you have the fear of the Lord, you fear what your life would be like without Him. 

God wants you to walk with Him and talk with Him and have the kind of relationship with Him where He shares Himself with you and tells you things you didn’t know before and wouldn’t know unless He revealed them to you. When you get close enough and quiet enough, He will whisper a secret to your heart and it will change your life. In that moment, any fear you have will be gone. Ask God to speak to you today. 

Dear Lord, show me where I allow fear to take root and help me to put a stop to it. Take away any fear of rejection and all fear of man from within me and replace it will the fear of the Lord. Lord, help me to grow in fear and reverence of You so that I may please you and escape the plans of evil for my life. Thank You that those who fear You will never lack any good thing. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

There is no fear in love; but perfect love cast out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18 

The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.

Psalm 25:14

Don’t live in Fear

God does not want us to live in fear. Fear does not come from Him. It’s the world that teaches us to fear. The things we see in movies, videos, newspapers, and books make us afraid. The enemy can make us afraid of everything, including our future. Worrying that something we fear is going to happen wears us down. But we don’t have to be tormented by fear. God wants us to be free of it. 

There are two kinds of fear: Godly and ungodly. We must pray that we live in godly fear, which is good, and not give place to ungodly fear, which is torment. One of the most common types of ungodly fear is the fear of man, or a fear of rejection. It’s a trap we can fall into without ever realizing it. In order to protect ourselves from it, we have to care more about what God says than what anyone else says. 

We must look to God for approval and acceptance and not to people. If God does not have the first place in our hearts, we are constantly fearing man. 

Lord, You are my light and my salvation. You are the strength of my life. Of whom, then, shall I be afraid? Even though an entire army may surround me and go to war against me, my heart will not fear (Psalm 27:1-3). Free me from ungodly fear, for I know that fear is never of You. Lord, guard my heart and mind from the spirit of fear. What I am afraid of today is (name anything that causes you to have fear). Take that fear and replace it with Your perfect love. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trust in the Lord shall be safe.

Proverbs 29:25

God… Our Healer

No matter how hard we try to do the right thing, we can’t always prevent bad things from happening in our body. We should do the best we can to take care of ourselves, but we will still always need God to be our Healer. 

The motivation for what we do in the area of body care is very important. It will affect how successful we are. If we eat right and engage in proper exercise for the purpose of being a more vital, healthy, energetic, and useful servant of the Lord, this has eternal consequences and you are more likely to stick with it. 

God wants us to live in balance and temperance and to take care not to abuse our body in any way. He wants us to glorify Him in the care of our bodies because we are the temple of His Holy Spirit. 

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). 

Dear Lord, I thank you that You are the Healer; I look to You for my healing whenever I am injured or sick. I pray that You would strengthen and heal me today. I know that in your presence is where I will find healing. In Your presence I can reach out and touch You and in turn be touched by You. Lord, only You know the way You created me. Give me a solid ability to be disciplined about what I eat and drink and how I exercise. Enable me to discipline my body and bring it into subjection (1 Corinthians 9:27). Lord, I want everything I do to be glorifying to You. Help me to be a good steward of the body You have given me. I know that my body is the temple of Your Holy Spirit, who dwells in me. Help me to fully understand this truth so that I will keep my temple clean and healthy. Help me not to mistreat my body in any way. Teach me how to properly care for my health. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

For we know that if our earthy house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

2 Corinthians 5:1. 

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

James 5:14-16

Fighting Temptation..part 2

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. 

The reason the enemy temps you is because he knows of the great things God wants to do in your life, and he thinks you are dumb enough to give it all up for a few moments of pleasure. He knows that not only do you stand to lose from it, but other people will be hurt by your sin as well. When you see his trap, tell him you are not going to allow him to destroy your life or anyone else’s. 

Jesus’ temptation happened just before the greatest breakthrough In His life and ministry. It will happen before the greatest breakthrough in yours, too. Be ready for it. And remember that no matter how great the temptation is you face, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). 

Lord, I pray I will have no secret thoughts where I entertain ungodly desires to do or say something I shouldn’t. I pray that I will have no secret life where I do things I would be ashamed to have others see. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

*The best time to pray about temptation is before you fall into it. After the lure presents itself, resisting temptation becomes much more difficult. The model prayer Jesus taught us to pray as a matter of course is a good place to start 

Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Matthew 6:13.

Fight Temptation

Don’t let the devil rob you of all God has for you by tempting you with impure thoughts. If you ever find yourself with any kind of unholy attraction, confess it immediately before God and ask Him to set you free from it. Then tell Satan you recognize his plan to destroy you and separate you from all God has for you, and you are not going to allow him to do it. 

Temptation can happen any time and often when you least expect it and are most susceptible. When it does happen, the danger is in thinking you can handle it alone. It’s best to take it to God and confess it immediately, and then find someone trustworthy to pray with you about it. 

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

 

Lord, help me to be strong in my mind and spirit so I don’t fall into any traps of the enemy. Do not allow me to be led into temptation, but deliver me from the evil one and his plans for my downfall. 

In Jesus name I pray

 Amen

 Bless is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

James 1:12

Turn to the Holy Spirit for Help and Comfort

When we turn to the Holy Spirit for help and comfort, He will not only give us aid, but He will give us a richer portion of His presence than we have ever had before. We will be blessed when we mourn, because it will be the Comforter who comforts us (Matthew 5:4). 

Every time you rise above the pain in your life and find the goodness, clarity, peace, and light of the Lord there, your faith will increase. God will meet you in the midst of your pain and not only perfect you, but increase your compassion for the sufferings of others. As you continue to live in the presence of the Lord, His glory will be revealed in you. 

Lord, I pray that You, O God of hope, will fill me with all joy and peace and faith so that I will “abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). Thank You that You have sent Your Holy Spirit to be my Comforter and Helper. Remind me of that in the midst of difficult times. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.

John 14:16 

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in as much as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

1 peter 4:12-13