Heal our nation…

Heal our Nation

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Lord Jesus, there is none higher or more glorious.  You are our sovereign God.  As a nation we humble ourselves before the Lord.  Pour out Your, healing.  We ask for the forgiveness of the sins of this nation: murder of the innocent, worship of money and power, self-will and indulgence.  Please forgive us, we are undeserving of Your grace and mercy but beg for it anyway.  Save this nation for the sake of the remnant and we will worship You, with new hearts a lit with a passion to bring You Joy our Lord and Master.  We pull down and cast out entitlement, indulgence, power, money-lust and coveting in Jesus name.  We pour over our nation a new desire for right standing with God a burning commitment for prayer for revival.  Drench us in Your mercy as we seek Your face.  Heal us; bind up our wounds by the power of the blood of Jesus, Amen.

Please be in agreement with and pass this on to other prayer warriors. The Lord’s word says that if we humble ourselves, He will heal our nation.  Please join me in humbling ourselves.  Thank you.

James 5:16 (AMP)

Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].

Triumph of Faith?

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To understand faith we must go beyond the first glance and begin to search the depths.

Faith is trust, hope and the understanding of Christ’s character outside of the concept of earthly time.  We can only trust if we understand the character of God.  We can only have hope if we allow God’s will and timing to exceed our own desires for immediate reward.  Faith by its very nature cannot be advanced without the expansion of time. There must be a laying down of human expectations in order to receive Christ’s supernatural miracles.

No God= No miracles. And yet in our haste and impatience we short circuit the miracles of God.

God promises much if we operate in faith.

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (NIV)

To act in faith is to expectantly move and (BE) before the path is unveiled.  Being is harder than doing. It requires stillness, a self-cleaning setting to identify what is not of God and toss it out.  If it does not strengthen our faith eliminate it.

Eradicate thoughts, words, vocabulary of disbelief, and then actions fall into alignment with God’s word allowing faith to emerge. People often move in faith quite well.  To be in faith, now that is difficult. To be in faith is a greater thing.

Narrow is the gate, as we walk through it allow it to squeeze out any lack of faith. See, Matthew 7:13-14.

Faith is identified as one of the spiritual gifts therefore it can be given. Reference 1 Cor. 12:1-11 to review a great teaching on the spiritual gifts.  God is willing and able to give faith, if we have the courage to ask.

Do you have the courage to ask for faith?

If you are unwilling or lack the courage to ask for faith know this-

There are times we can move within works carrying out our Father’s will on earth as it is in heaven but only for a time, if we have not mastered the skill of being in faith.

I am not throwing out James’s statements without works our faith is dead.  I whole-heartedly agree.  But if our being is wrong and our understanding of God is wrong our works will be lifeless.  They will be puffed up and self-serving.  Without being in faith you cannot conform your will to Christ’s.

Someone once said the only thing we can give God on this side of heaven is Faith, In heaven there is no faith only sight. Seek out faith now, while you are still breathing, so that you might give your full obedience to Christ a living sacrifice.

(The following prayer is only for those who are ready to leave the old and walk into a new level of relationship with Christ- absolute trust)

Prayer:  Lord Jesus I surrender my being to you.  Fill me with an understanding of Your character.  Teach me of You so I might lose my selfish will in Your glory.  Lord Jesus, I give You permission to grow my faith and move within me at a level I have never experienced before.  Take Your servant and do as You want, in order for Your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.  We praise You Jesus and in Your name we say, Amen- let it be.

FREE!

 

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Don’t sit and argue with the jailer when the gates are already open and you are set free!

Move.

Go.

Fly!

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Galatians 5:1 

Freedom in Christ

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.(NIV)

Instructions?

Instructions?

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“Who came up with this idea- Ugh?” I grunted as I smacked yet another mosquito lunching on my forearm.

My daughter’s attempts at smashing the already bent portion of one tent rod into the other one go on perpetually thwarted by the less than comical other side popping out the second she got the current one in.

At my wits end I call for a truce with the tent.  My grumbly group of four mosquito bitten children stand at the ready for their fearless leader’s next command.

“Okay guys this is it, if we can’t do it this round we wait for dad.  New plan Gabe you go to that end and hold it, Gavin this end Grace and I will hold one side and finish it completely before going to the next, and Abby you continue to scream as only a 2 year old can while jamming your finger up my nose and clinging to the only free arm I have left.”  “ I am about to do something drastic, I will read the tents instructions”.

We always had what we needed the right amount of hands and the right amount of desire to see the task through. We even had the folded un-opened instruction sheet.  We were in no way whatsoever communicating and moving as a unit.  We were all doing our best in the way that we thought was best- never consulting the tent manufacturer’s directions.

We have the instruction manual on how to do life.  We just need to open it up.  Is it time yet to call a truce on the battles in your life and ask the Creator for His plan?

Psalm 143:8

Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul.

 

Prayer: Lord Jesus I trust in You with not only my salvation but my life.  I lay down my life and give up trying to do my best in the way that I think best.  I want to hear Your lovingkindness every morning.  Teach me how to walk.  I need Your presence and guidance.  Thank you, Jesus.  Amen

Buried Alive…..

Buried alive….

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Buried alive is, buried alive whether it be in dishes, laundry, words or to do lists.  Any of those before mentioned situations leave you feeling exhausted and hopeless. As a mother you could be buried in the middle of all of those scenarios at the same time.

Frenzied with the back to school rush, I sat perched in the middle of a mountainous mass of clothing desperately throwing items into three stacks in the hopes of reaching a ‘manageable’ amount before me.  One load goes off to Goodwill.  A second to the outfits for now pile and a third to the clothes they will grow into later heap. 

Advice given should also be quickly sorted, so that we do not become entrapped under a pile that steals our very breathe. We are bombarded daily, moment-to-moment with what we should, could, maybe and might do.  Sort these messages according to God’s wisdom.

Some of the things, let’s go with most things the world says should go into the rejection pile.  The second batch of advice we should heed immediately for our own safety.  The third message may be stored for later because it’s depth of meaning needs further exploration or it has relevance for future use.

Few things spoken or written have had any impact on me that were not directly taken from God’s Word or were steeped in God’s wisdom.

We cannot have an impact on others without knowledge and use of the Word of God.  Our message will go into the rejection pile- were it rightfully belongs.

James 3:17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

Prayer:  Lord steep me in Your Word, light me on fire with it’s wisdom and power.  Let my words be aligned with and point toward Your Word and will.  Grant me wisdom to reject messages that lead my thoughts and deeds away from You.

Home before Dark

 

“Home before dark, my special girls.” Grandpa called out, as he bent to kiss the top of Grandma’s head. My sister and I smiled as we finished our breakfast.

We waited for Grandpa on the front porch; the squeak of the swing kept us company as Grandma sang our favorite songs.  Our spirits soared, as we discussed which flavor of ice-cream we were going to devour.  The beauty of the sunset, hushed us momentarily. Darkness settled in stealthy at first, almost drifting in, but now it was fully settled and oppressive in its finality.  The anxiety began to scurry out, the “what-ifs”.  Hadn’t Grandpa promised to be home before dark? If I am so special why do I need to wait? What happened?  Tension grew, as we watched Grandma force smiles through stiffened lips, in between hurried glances at the horizon.  The message, “We should worry”, was heard loud and clear.

Grandpa’s rust red truck burst over the hill; relief flooded us.  The answer to our question would he show up, was answered.  Why the delay- I still do not know.

Hosea 12:6

Therefore, return [in repentance] to your God,

Observe and highly regard kindness and justice,

And wait [expectantly] for your God continually. (AMP)

            The Hebrew word for wait and hope are the same.  If you are waiting you are hoping.  The waiting with expectation puts our hearts out there to be hurt.  When we are given what we think is the lesser thing or worse yet when life is immersed in pain- this is hardly what we expectantly desired.  It wasn’t the ice-cream treat.  We are left feeling unloved and unnoticed as our hearts lay crushed.

For God’s word to say, we should wait continually, not so subtly implies we may need to hope and pray through ‘impossible’ situations.  When we wait, continually expecting the Lord to show up, there is sweetness in the release.  The trick is the release– not to let the anxiety, worries, and “what-ifs” scurry into our lives and take control where God should be in control. I openly confess I haven’t mastered the skill of full surrender yet. I have a hard time submitting control if the waiting has anything to do with my children.  My own pain and struggle is tolerable, but to see my children flounder is torture.

Lord Jesus, we submit our longings and our pain to You.  We proclaim and declare we will not lean on our own understanding, but release our worries to You, no matter how long we wait.  The creator of the Universe has got this and He will show-up.  We praise You for the victory already obtained and we praise You when we do not get what we wanted, when we wanted it.  Grant us the peace that passes human understanding as we continually wait with great expectation for our King.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

 

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Why pray?

Why pray?

The short answer is:  To release the power of heaven onto earth.

If you are at all honest with yourself, then you acknowledge that you need a jump start in your prayer life.  I know I do.

I recently had a bizarre encounter with a friend who had become an ordained minister over a year ago.  His conversion story is quite the dramatic one.  Somewhere in his wandering he picked-up the pesky concept that it is an insult to God to pray for what we need.  He believes that, 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. When I called him to pray. He then went on to tell me that people that pray and ask for release from sin, and help in their daily life, were essentially saying that they didn’t believe God had made them new.   I asked him how giving up praying was going and he had a horrific litany of woes.  Here’s the thing, he still has a ministry he is leading and reads the bible a minimum of an hour a day. What had he stopped doing when his life took the major downward spiral?  He gave up prayer.  He said that he spoke scripture over his life (estimating more than 2 hours a day), but never actually talked to God personally.

Believe that you have the right, obligation and privilege to pray.  Walk boldly into the throne room.  Wait expectantly upon the Lord.

Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV) Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

My favorite part of prayer time is the shut-up time.  When we pray with God, a dialogue not a monologue.  Our prayers are magnified.  When we listen to what the maker of the Universe feels that we need to be concerned about and pray about, all of a sudden there is vast movement in the atmosphere.  Lives are transformed and not just our own.  Ask the Lord who He wants you to pray for. I have discovered more often than not, it’s not me.

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Pray: Lord Jesus magnify my prayer life.  I come to you and ask for mercy and grace.  Reveal to me my heart, help me to know how to pray.   Let your love engulf me so that I might rest in your strength. Reveal to me your plans for my life so that I might walk in obedience.  I proclaim and declare my obedience to Christ.  Give me the next step and I will take it.  Thank you, Jesus for Your presence in my life.  I wait expectantly for your still small voice. I acknowledge you in all things and lay down myself so that I might hear from you. Who would you have me pray for today?  In Jesus mighty name I pray amen.