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“Anything other than God’s plan carried out God’s way and in God’s timing amounts to self-reliance.
Read | Genesis 16:1-6
Has God given you a vision that is as yet unfulfilled? Has He assigned you a task that remains incomplete, though you’ve done everything you know to do?
When the Lord creates “gaps” in our life, such waiting periods are designed for His specific purposes. Sometimes they are meant to prepare us for His pre-ordained answer. He may be waiting to fulfill His plan, because in the meantime there is something He needs to take care of—perhaps a rough edge that must be smoothed or a relationship that must be restored—before He will fully accomplish His purposes. He may also be testing our faith by plumbing its depths and expanding its borders so He can prove Himself faithful. Or He may be using a dry period as an occasion for correction: God will not reward a saint who is living in rebellion.
Oswald Chambers advises us to wait upon the Lord while He prepares us for His answers. It is imperative that we pray and trust God during these periods. We should not act until we’re certain that we have heard from Him. In fact, it can be dangerous to listen to others instead of the Lord. Even people with godly intentions can be wrong—look at Abram’s poor decisions after listening to the seemingly solid logic of his wife. The result was that Sarai’s handmaiden Hagar conceived Abram’s child, which certainly was not part of the Lord’s preferred plan.
Anything other than God’s plan carried out God’s way and in God’s timing amounts to self-reliance. Depend on His Spirit when deciding how to proceed; any other course of action can lead to serious and lasting repercussions.”
This article is taken from In Touch Ministries led by Dr Charles Stanley.
The one who chooses to put on love and offer forgiveness is ready to receive the peace of Christ.
Read | Colossians 3:12-17
Webster defines gift as “something given to show friendship, affection, support, etc.” Using this definition, it seems logical to give gifts only to people we love, not to those who hurt or abuse us. Yet Scripture clearly tells us to offer one of the greatest possible gifts—forgiveness—to those who mistreat us.
To forgive means “to give up all claims to punish or exact a penalty for an offense.” No strings or conditions can be attached, or else it ceases to be a pardon. Ephesians 2:8-9 expands on this by contrasting the gift of salvation with works. Neither salvation nor forgiveness can be earned; both must be freely given. God granted us forgiveness, which we did not deserve and could not earn. And in much the same way, we are to release every offender from any form of penalty.
Unforgiveness is emotional bondage that consumes minds with memories of offenses, distorts emotions with revenge, and fills hearts with churning unrest. Its tentacles reach deep into the soul, affecting both spiritual and physical health. But the one who chooses to put on love and offer forgiveness is ready to receive the peace of Christ. Let God’s Word help you release hurt and anger into His caring hands—then watch as vengeful thoughts are transformed into praise and gratitude to the Lord.
Thankfully, the gift of pardon is not something we have to manufacture in ourselves. This present is wrapped in the love of God and tied with the red ribbon of Christ’s sacrifice. It is freely given to us by the Savior, and our job is simply to pass it on to others.
This article is taken from In Touch Ministries led by Dr Charles Stanley.
Today’s topic is “Being Innocent of Evil”.
I will take no credit for the saying. I saw it on a friend’s Facebook post. When I first saw it, it deposited in my spirit and I started, through the Holy Spirit, thinking on it.
It is relevant for the now!
Well, I can say I am practicing just what the words say, “Being innocent of Evil”.
My dear friends this does not mean we are naïve to the devices of evil or to the tricks and plans of the enemy to destroy us.
This is done through people, not excluding anyone. The enemy will use any individual that is available.
What it means is that we are very much aware that evil exist and that it sometimes geared at us with an attempt to interfere with our joy and the plans of God concerning us.
The Bible warns in Matthew 10:16 (KJV) “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” The enemy is the accuser of the saints and he will try endlessly to rob our joy, if we let him.
Therefore, let us be on our guard and be very vigilant and sober in warfare.
Again, the Bible let us know in 2 Corinthians 10:4 (KJV) “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;”.
We cannot afford to be looking at individuals in our various battles.
“We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”. (Ephesians 6:12)
When evil presents itself, at times it hard not to take offense, but what is Godly is for us to know as children of God what we are up against and to use the tools that God has given us to be victorious.
For reminder the tools are:
1. Spending time in his word
2. Spend time in his presence
3. Spend time praising and worshipping
4. Pray all sorts of pray
5. Speak less and listen more to what the Holy Spirit is saying
6. Surround yourself with Godly people with similar vision
7. Wait on God
In addition, this is where this statement becomes helpful.
“Being innocent of Evil”
If we remain innocent, evil cannot stand and will not prevail.
When the enemy strikes and evil presents itself, if we remain innocent to evil, the real effect will dissipate because evil cannot stand light and can only grow if we feed it.
I encourage you to develop a deeper relationship with God. Moreover, remember according to Philippians 1:6 (KJV) “ Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
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Having appointed us as His stewards and entrusted us with resources, God expects us to give generously.
Read | 2 Corinthians 8:1-7
Today we live under a new covenant established by God through the shed blood of His Son (Heb. 9:15). Based on what Christ did, Romans 12:1 tells us to present ourselves as “a living and holy sacrifice, [which is] acceptable” to the Lord. If you are a child of God, all of your abilities, time, and money belong to Him.
The principle of sacrificial living can be seen in the early church. Those new believers eagerly sold their possessions and property to meet needs around them (Acts 2:45). God blessed them for their generosity—they experienced glad hearts, favor with others, and growing numbers.
Macedonian churches also understood the priority of giving. Even though the believers there were extremely poor, they begged for the opportunity to help financially. Second Corinthians 8:7 says they excelled at the “grace of giving” (NIV).
Under Old Testament law, God required a tithe (a tenth of one’s crops and animals) to support the temple (Lev. 27:30-32). When the nation drifted away from this practice, the Lord sent Malachi to warn them of the consequences for disobeying. By holding onto their tithe, they were robbing God of what was rightfully His (Mal. 3:8). We certainly don’t want to be guilty of withholding the Lord’s money from Him.
Having appointed us as His stewards and entrusted us with resources, God expects us to give generously. When the impoverished widow put two coins into the temple treasury, Jesus praised her sacrificial giving (Mark 12:41-44). If we trust God with our finances as the widow did, we will excel at the grace of giving.
Article taken from In Touch Ministries led by Dr Charles Stanley.
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Six practical ways to bear someone else’s burdens.
Read | 1 Thessalonians 5:14
There are hurting people everywhere, but at times we just don’t know what to say or do to ease their pain. Here are six practical ways to bear someone else’s burdens:
1) Be there. At times the best “method” of helping is simply to be present. During our darkest hours, we don’t need someone who tries in vain to fix everything; we just need a friend.
2) Listen. Don’t attempt to give answers or tell people what to do next. Injured souls frequently want only a listening ear so they can express what’s on their mind.
3) Share. Never parade yourself as someone who seemingly has all the answers. Instead, allow your own pain and failures to help others.
4) Pray. There is power in speaking people’s names before the Lord. When others hear someone talk to Jesus on their behalf, healing often starts to take place.
5) Give. Sometimes helping others involves more than a handshake or warm hug. Maybe they need something financial or material. One of the best measures of sincerity is how much we’re willing to give to others.
6) Substitute. You may know an individual who bears the burden of caring for someone else. If you step in and take his or her place for a while, you are emulating your Savior—He, too, was a substitute.
Because we were unable to do it ourselves, Jesus bore all of our sin and sorrow, even unto death. As a result, we can live happily and eternally in communion with our Father. If Christ did that for us, how can we ever say, “I’m too busy to bear someone else’s burden”?
Article taken from In Touch Ministries led by Dr Charles Stanley. All Rights Reserved.
How to bear one another’s burdens.
Read | Romans 15:1-2
The Bible instructs Christians to bear one another’s burdens. Doing this effectively requires three things.
• Awareness. If you’re not sensitive to the struggles of those around you, how can you help them? Every Sunday you sit in church, surrounded by people who hurt intensely. The Lord knows the depth of their suffering and desires to release them from bondage, but He often works through His children. Thankfully, we have His Spirit to sensitize us to needs in our midst.
• Acceptance. We are not to bear burdens on the basis of how we feel about the other person. Jesus doesn’t discriminate about whom to love or help. If we want to be like Christ, we must be willing to share in the pain of others, no matter who they are. Does this describe you? Or do you limit your support to family and friends?
• Availability. Christians sometimes relegate the work of caring for others to their pastor, figuring, That’s his job, after all. Yet he, too, has burdens. Your pastor wants to help everybody in all possible ways, but if he’s the only one available to offer support for the congregation, both he and the church will crumble. A faith community thrives when people bear each other’s burdens. Ask yourself if there’s a way you can help carry the load.
Scripture tells us the whole law is fulfilled in one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Gal. 5:14). Next to loving the Lord with all your heart, this is the second greatest command (Matt. 22:39). Therefore, when we share another person’s heartache and burdens, we fulfill a great law of God.
Article taken from In Touch Ministries led by Dr Charles Standley. All Rights Reserved.
Every rebuke is a chance to let your Christian character shine by showing love to your critic.
Read | Proverbs 15:31-33
No one likes criticism, but encountering some is inevitable, so we need to learn how to respond in a godly way. Although you might be tempted to become defensive or angry, remain calm and listen. The words may hurt, but great benefits come to those who carefully consider what is said.
If we refuse to accept reproof, we’ll limit our potential for godly character development and spiritual growth. Some of life’s best lessons come through difficult experiences. If the Lord allowed the situation, you can be sure He wants to use it in transforming you into His Son’s image. Whether the criticism is valid or not, whether it’s delivered with kindness or harshness, your goal should always be to respond in a way that glorifies the Lord. Remember that you are responsible only for how you handle yourself, not for how the other person is acting.
When a criticism comes your way, be quiet and listen until the other person has finished. Make direct eye contact to show attentiveness and respect. When your critic finishes, thank him for bringing his concerns to your attention, and tell him that you will consider what he’s said. Ask the Lord if the accusation is valid. Let Him search your heart and either affirm your innocence or convict you.
Every rebuke is an opportunity from God. It’s a chance to let your Christian character shine by showing love to your critic. If he is angrily attacking you, your respect and kindness become a powerful testimony. Criticism is also an occasion to humble yourself and accept the Lord’s correction.
Article taken from In Touch Ministries led by Dr Charles Stanley.
1 Corinthians (DRB) 14:33 “For God is not the God of dissension, but of peace: as also I teach in all the churches of the saints”.
Over this week, I have been thinking about what to write or post. It has been a spiritually high week but on the other hand, while enjoying where I am and trying to just observe and listen and be aware while still operating in the spirit I have seen and heard things that I feel strongly to write about.
I am from a third world country where I was exposed to a culture where while in the spirit or under the anointing it could sometimes get disruptive or should I say disorderly even to the point where it seems that there is no sense of awareness.
Stay with me, my radical friends. I am going somewhere.
I don’t want to you to become disengaged.
However, I feel compelled to share my point on what has been dropping into my spirit.
So here I go again…
Researching the internet.
Just to see how to help put my thought eloquently or to see if someone has it all figured out through the Holy Spirit.
And yes, I found this article on spiritual etiquette.
My conclusion is, even under the strongest of anointing there should be order. As one matures, one can navigate under the anointing without disruption, or disorderly conduct, and be aware of oneself and the others around.
Activate your spiritual senses as you operate under the anointing. The fruits of the spirit is still at work. You can still open your eyes, your should be listening, and can still feel!
I encourage you to read Suzanne’s blog and see if there is anything you can learn from the topic as you grow in your walk with The Lord.
“In the mid-eighties I studied with a teacher who introduced me to the term “spiritual etiquette.” Although most of us are familiar with the term etiquette – which is generally defined as adopting a code of polite behavior in society – pairing it with spirituality is something that’s not often discussed. This is primarily because it’s a pretty charged topic, and the ego can get provoked rather quickly in reaction to what may be considered polite behavior in the area of one’s spiritual life, simply due to how we define it, as well as our ideas about ourselves.
This is the thing though: we cannot delude ourselves into thinking we can compartmentalize our spiritual life, no matter how we define it. We take ourselves wherever we go, and the core of who we are is reflected in everything we do at home, work, school, and socially. Therefore transparency is a non-negotiable factor.
My own teacher had a tough time walking his talk regarding spiritual etiquette. He made some unfortunate mis-steps on the path, and lost his way from what I considered his greatest contribution to transformative self-awareness. However, the concepts he shared deeped resonated within me, and it was this thread of his body of teachings that became my own missive to both learn and eventually teach about. In order to make it more accessible to people of all faiths and beliefs, years ago I merged it within the framework of secular mindfulness practices, which I believe offer universal benefit in terms of a compass to maintain steady footing on our journey.
The words of songwriter Graham Nash have always been a preface to offering these guidelines and core principles: “You, who are on the road, must have a code that you can live by” – so there they are once again.
As we begin this New Year, I’m offering a revisitation of column I wrote in June of 2006 about these core principles, as a way to come back to beginners mind and reflect upon where we are on the path. If we’ve veered off in some area, we can just own it with acceptance, kindness and honesty, and begin again.
During the past fifteen or so years of communicating about how personal behavior directly affects our spiritual growth, I learned this level of transformational work looks deceptively easy and obvious on the surface. But in actual practice it’s challenged many who agree the foundations of spiritual etiquette are a given in any awareness seeker’s life … in theory. Living them in every moment of every day isn’t as easy as it appears! However, the current global situation – and the greater needs of the whole – asks each of us to consciously attend to any gaps that exist in what we believe – and how we show up in the world, moment by moment, in all situations. As David Byrne of the Talking Heads wrote, “This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no foolin’ around.”
In that spirit, here’s a review of the Core Principles of Spiritual Etiquette:
The root meaning for integrity is the same as that for integration; complete, unbroken and united. Integrity is the gauge of the evolutionary status of your soul; the more you embody, the more evolved your level of consciousness. Living a life with integrity means embracing 100% accountability and responsibility for your thoughts, choices, behaviors and actions. It also implies you’ve accepted there is no one to blame for your current spiritual position in life…because no matter what happens, it is your choice as to how you will respond and move forward, and those choices will impact the spiritual consequences. Once you decide it matters to never compromise your soul for anything you desire in life, you are on the way to living with spiritual integrity.
In traditional religious terms, grace is thought of as an act of bestowment from a Higher Power, a gift of divine providence from that benevolent Force which guides and sustains our faith. In terms of spiritual etiquette, I also use the word grace in its more secular form, and describe it as human actions undertaken with beauty of form, conscious composition, humility, common decency and respect, personal accountability, and with an extension of good will and the adoption of the Golden Rule towards others. When we behave gracefully, we are demonstrating a sense of spiritual refinement, class and style.
Behavior that is spiritually graceful embodies the practice of spiritual integrity. Acting with spiritual grace is an art that takes practice to accomplish, and is strengthened by the practice of mindfulness. Learning to act from a point of grace rises from inner stillness and personal strength, clarity and a presence of ego-less poise and confidence. It can be both thunderous and subtle, yet always comes from the heart.
The word “purity” scares people who think it means becoming a nun or a monk. Purity is not about piousness or celibacy or wearing shapeless clothes; it’s about consciously not allowing the things of this world to muddy your soul. Purity isn’t about self-righteousness; it’s about right-use-of-self with no air of superiority whatsoever. Purity protects you from using spiritual principles as a weapon against others, and keeps you from cherry picking which principles appease your ego. Purity is being aware of your shadow potentials and spiritually self-destructive tendencies, and staying one step ahead of yourself. The more you practice self-honest inquiry, you become able to acknowledge and honor where your choices lead you, and are able to refine how you show up in the world a little more each day.
Humility isn’t about seeking to be humiliated. It’s about dropping the ego’s grip on everything you do. Letting go of attention seeking, defensiveness, justification, competitiveness, envy and victimhood, and instead feeling genuine happiness over someone else getting the promotion or a bigger slice of the material pie. Humility is owning your mistakes and making amends and correcting the situation whenever you can without beating yourself up about it. It’s understanding that expecting to get everything that you want without earning it creates an entitlement mentality that can turn you into a spoiled brat and a potential power abuser. Humility is knowing that being “spiritual” does not make you “special” or “better than.” False modesty is of the ego; when you’re humble you can own your brilliance and accomplishments without being taken out by your ego, as denying what you possess inside is denying the Source of whatever gifts and talents you have actualized. Humility allows you to blend into the world instead of clamoring to stand out simply with the knowledge you are merely responding to the inner callings of your place along the journey, knowing that no one is more or less important than anyone else.
Honesty is owning and living the Truth with a capital “T”. Not necessarily the much-touted “my truth,” as that can just simply be your point of view in the moment and may have nothing to do with the real Truth of any given situation. It’s about not lying when it’s convenient or if it will save your butt when you choose not to own up to the facts, or will just make you feel better about yourself and your choices, for the most insidious lies are the ones we tell ourselves. Radical self-honesty is the first step in seeing and owning our shadow behaviors and how they undermine our spiritual growth, and it takes incorporating every other attribute of spiritual etiquette on this list to transcend our self-destructive and non-productive repetitive, reactive behavioral patterns. It’s hard for most everyone to be honest all of the time… but choosing to live your life as honestly as possible in every situation allows you to look in the mirror and sleep well at night.
The power of finely tuned observation is called “seeing” by shamans and mystics. Observation involves paying attention to everything going on around you, and honing your intuitive skills. Awareness, attention and presence are the three components of mindful observation. Observation leads to spiritual discrimination, which has nothing to do with the lower energy of judgment. Discrimination is about using both logic and intuition as allies to comprehend what is really going on with any person or any given scenario and how that impacts the choices you make. Clear observation allows us to distinguish reality from illusion and not become enticed by mirages. Honest self-observation is the key to living impeccably.
Spiritual authenticity means no hypocrisy, double standards or phoniness. It means you can’t complain about what horrible crimes against humanity that power-abusing world leaders are engaging in on a grand scale if you are committing similar types of injustices energetically in your own life sphere. Scale is irrelevant in terms of energy, and there is no justifying hypocrisy. You can’t go around espousing “love and light” in the public eye and then treat the waitress as though she is beneath you, scream at your employees or students, or act like a bitchy diva. Authenticity is about walking the talk for real. Remember, you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can never “get away” with anything on a spiritual level.
Courage is being stronger than your fears – even when it’s difficult. It’s about owning your own mind, believing in yourself in a healthy manner and not being concerned with everyone’s approval. Courage is upholding your deepest convictions regardless of the situation. It’s also about facing your darkest tendencies and doing the work to transcend them. Courage, along with hope, is what gets you through the toughest inner and outer challenges and is the strongest arrow in a spiritual warrior’s quiver.
Without hope there is no primal inspiration to live a spiritual life. Hope engenders faith and makes us survivors and believers in the possible even when present circumstances appear the darkest, bleakest and most grim. We never know what lies just around the bend, and without hope we will give up. Hope also sees there is more to existence than the earthly plane we find ourselves in, as we know all things must pass, including our current physical form, and even in the ravages of disease or poverty there is something beyond what appears to be.
Compassion is the step before forgiveness – without it, then forgiveness can be self-serving, especially if we follow the idea that we should forgive another’s transgressions for our own benefit. Genuine compassion is never self-serving by definition. Compassion allows us to see another as an imperfect human being, yet it’s not about enabling darkness and ignorance in an attempt to express unconditional love. Compassion allows us to see that souls who inflict pain are either suffering greatly in the present, and/or are carving a path for self-created misery in the very near future. Compassion begets forgiveness for that soul yet it also doesn’t imply forgetfulness of the actions or the potential for it to continue. Compassion for ourselves teaches it isn’t okay to be a doormat. And lastly, one of the most compassionate things you can do for a fellow human being is to not enable their darkness or ignorance in any way, even if it requires some mindful assertiveness or even some “tough love” to shine a light.
Empathy is the direct experience of another’s position, and is a unifying relationship on a deeper level than compassion is, as compassion does not require standing in another’s shoes. Although many people envy those who have what appears to be a “charmed” life, it is only by experiencing multiple types of human suffering can we possess empathy. As the saying goes, “No one can counsel an alcoholic as well as someone who has been there his/her self.” Experiencing crisis, adversity, loss, pain, and other “dark nights of the soul” are horrific while we are in the middle of them, but the very things that cause us tremendous suffering can turn out to be major gifts on the soul level when we reach the other side. Every personal trial and tribulation you survive is a deposit in your empathy bank account.
Action means moving the energy. No matter what our intentions, dreams and goals are, they must be followed by supportive actions. Spiritual activism means doing something positive and productive instead of whining and feeling hopeless. In addition, it means doing the work on ourselves, every day, even when we don’t “feel like it.”
Interconnection is about physics; seeing that every thought, choice, action, and behavior has an impact both directly and indirectly upon every other sentient being and the planet. Our practice becomes dedicated to honestly seeing the impact we have, and to make adjustments accordingly. The Golden Rule is an easy rule of thumb to remind us of this, and to adopt it simply because honorable treatment of others is the right thing to do.
If you cannot see the humor inherent on the spiritual path then you will be a boor. If you take yourself so seriously and can’t laugh at yourself, then you will have a much rougher time of it than those who remember to have fun with the cosmic jokes.
On the flip side, if you can’t stand in total awe of the magnitude and depth of all existence, then you will never grasp reverence. Reverence is how we see that the interplay of light and dark without and within is a sacred dance. Reverence is where gratitude is borne in our hearts, where love, selflessness, and devotion all emerge, where personal rebirth and miracles are possible and our deepest meditations open our hearts and minds toward beauty, possibility and lasting spiritual transformation.
May 2014 bring you deeper into your practice of mindfulness, entwined with these core principles of spiritual etiquette, and be a source of strength in your circle.
Well said Suzanne. Great work!
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Think of your responses over the past week. Might there be any irritation, impatience, or words you wish you could take back?
Read | Jeremiah 9:23-24
Yesterday we read about the fruit produced in a Spirit-filled life and noted that all the other qualities are expressions of the first one—love (Gal. 5:22-23). Author Ray Stedman explains, “After all, joy is love enjoying itself; peace is love resting; patience is love waiting; kindness is love reacting; goodness is love choosing;faithfulness is love keeping its word; gentleness is love empathizing; and self-control is love resisting temptation.”
Let’s focus on kindness, which he says is how love reacts. It is revealed in . . .
• Generous thoughts that look for the good first.
• Sensitive words that are spoken to the unruly for discipline and the well-behaved for praise.
• Considerate responses that are made in the face of anger or injustice.
• Intentional actions that benefit others without personal gain.
Think of your responses over the past week. Might there be any irritation, impatience, or words you wish you could take back?
Kindness is not something that we put on for certain occasions, like a piece of jewelry; rather, it is an attribute of God’s that He desires to reproduce in us. Take time to bow your head and acknowledge how kind your heavenly Father has been to you. Confess any acts of unkindness, and receive the forgiveness He promises (1 John 1:9). Then ask Him to continue working through the Holy Spirit to develop the fruit of kindness in you. Tell Him you know that is one of the qualities He delights in and you desire it to be evident in you.
Blog inspired by In Touch Ministries led Charles Stanley
Welcome back to sisters Debbie and Faith (our leaders). They visited the Caribbean Island Jamaica in April. The trip was to do God’s work through this ministry.
Much was accomplished!
Here’s some of what the Lord got done through our leaders:-
(i) About 20 Jamaican families received clothing and financial help.
(ii) We did a one bedroom home construction project (it was completed).
(iii)Our ministry provided much needed kitchen supplies to one family.
(iv) We cooked and served over 100 people in Clarendon, Saint Mary and Saint Catherine, every week for 3 weeks.
(v) We provided spiritual coaching to young adults and teenagers.
(vi) One person re-committed his life to Christ. Many received spiritual healing.
(vii)On a personal note, Debbie and her mother (sister Faith) met the personal needs of an uncle they love dearly.
That was some type of trip.
Thank you Lord!
Let us pray that we can do more in the USA and elsewhere with God’s help. We encourage everyone to be an active participant as we accept charitable support (as a non-profit ministry) for local services in the USA.
Many of us already know we do a lot in the City of Camden, New Jersey.
May God continue to Bless us as we serve Him.
P.S. Don’t forget our grand launch & office opening ceremony coming up in June !!
Stay tuned !!
Isaiah 59:1 (KJV) “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear”.
There is an awesomeness “kind-of-an-experience” you feel when God’s people do care about each other & others. They understand how personal Jesus’ love was to so many.
Today our group is looking so much more like God’s people. Praying, sharing, caring, willing to give time. Willing to even give financially to the causes of Jesus Christ. I had such an experience today. I was a steward to someone yesterday. And today… I experienced the same type of stewardship given right back to me when I least expected it.
Agape love to those 2 wonderful women who showed love to me today. Father God, may we all be like Your Son Christ Jesus.
Please give us the Blessings to move Thy Kingdom work forward, in the days which lie ahead of us. Amen.
God Bless all of God’s fishers of men (and women & children).
It was another day of feeding in Camden, New Jersey and although it was pouring rain, it did not deter us from ministering as usual.
As we gathered, the crowd was thin and the rain kept pouring. By the time we completed setting up the multitude was ready to eat.
We thanked God!
As you can imagine, they were famished because it was raining for two days and no one had been out to feed because the weather did not permit.
The timing was right and we had an opportunity to pray before we went into sharing. We got help and suggestions from the crowd, for the best place to set up. They were receptive during prayer.
Again, we thanked God!
Somehow, things seemed different. People were coherent and seemed to be in a positive mood. We had a few persons come up for hugs and they even kissed us.
That was very different, I am sure you can imagine!
The one that made an indelible impression was Kenya. Kenya was normally dressed in layers and layers of clothing, from his head to his toes because he is truly homeless. Today, he was dressed differently in fewer layers of clothing and he was smiling from ear to ear. Kenya mentioned, “He admired the fact we are always so patient with him and that we are consistent in coming” and he thanked God.
This touched our hearts…
Because, Kenya never seemed to be coherent. He always seemed to be in another world. We thanked God for the encouraging words from him and thanked God that he was talking and sharing his name in a manner, we could understand.
Soon, the feeding was over and it was time to bond some more.
Kenya walked over and asked if we could help him meet Christ.
This was a profound and defining moment for us. We prayed the sinners’ prayer and he asked for help with the Lord’s Prayer.
The day ended on a great high! We had our first soul saved in Camden, New Jersey.
Lord, we thank you.
We thank “A Bite A Yaad” for preparing breakfast for the Street Ministry in Camden.
How do you respond to conflict?
Read | Proverbs 26:4
When conflict arises, we frequently want to rush in and defend our position. Perhaps we even feel justified in blaming others. However, James 1:19 gives different advice for dealing with tension and disputes: “Be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.” In other words, more can be accomplished through a calm approach to the situation.
Scripture also suggests that we . . .• Pray. First, we should ask the Lord to guard our mouth and give us the right words to say (Luke 12:12). Also, we ought to request discernment concerning the root issue, including insight as to whether we might be at fault.
• Aim to see with divine perspective. Our sovereign God works all situations for the believer’s benefit (Rom. 8:28). He not only uses difficulties to teach us but also allows us to demonstrate the life of Christ by the way we respond.
• Forgive. Even if someone has hurt us by causing the conflict, we should forgive. Jesus died to pardon all of our sin, and we, in turn, should forgive others. In fact, if we don’t, our lives will become burdened by resentment and broken relationships.
• Respond. If we’ve done something wrong, we should apologize and ask forgiveness. But if we’re not in the wrong, we can still express appreciation that the other person took time to share his concern. Also, we should affirm that we will carefully consider his comments.
How do you respond to conflict?
Pray for the strength to stay calm and do what is right, even during difficult, emotional situations.
Psalm 51 (KJV)
51 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
In this Chapter Solomon encouraged us to be wise and careful in our conversations. Learning to control our tongue is an important step in self-control.
The tongue- what a study in contrast!
To the physician it is merely a two-ounce slab of mucous membrane enclosing a complex array of muscles and nerves that enable our bodies to chew, taste, and swallow.
Equally important it is the major organ of communication that enables us to articulate distinct sounds so we can understand each other.
However the tongue is as volatile as it is vital. It was Washington Irving who first said, “A sharpe tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.”
It was James, the half brother of Jesus, who first warned: The tongue is like fire…a restless evil full of deadly poison (James 3:6-8). Verbally cyanide. A lethal, restless, flaming missile which assault with hellish power, blistering and destroying at will,
Yet, it does not look anything like the brutal beast it is. It is neatly hidden behind ivory palace gates, it’s movements are an intriguing study of coordination. The tongue can curl itself either into a cheery whistle or manipulate a lazy afternoon yarn. With no difficulty it can flick a husk of popcorn from between two jaw teeth and hold a thermometer just so. Note the tongue can be extremely tricky! It can help you enjoy the flavor of a stick peppermint as it switches from side to side without once getting nipped. Moment later the tongue can follow the directions of a trumpeter, allowing him to play, “Flight of the Bumble Bee” without a single miscue.
On the other hand, watch out! Let your thumb get smashed with a hammer or your toe get clobbered on a chair and that slippery creature in your mouth will suddenly play the flip side of its nature.
Not only is the tongue untamed, it is untamable!
Meaning as long as you live it will never gain control of itself. It defies being tamed.
What can tame Flicker and Trigger and Shamu and Lassie …. but the tongue? Impossible to train!
….It takes… a tight, conscious muzzle on the muscle in your mouth. Harnessing such a wily creature requires a determined mindset… It is a project you have put off long enough. (From Growing Strong in the Season by Charles Swindoll)
Have words ever popped out of your mouth before you thought about them?
Think before you respond.
Never just blurt out answer.
Do not insult someone or carelessly criticize.
Never be sarcastic and be careful how you tease.
Explore these scriptures to and see how it can help you change:
Psalms 34:13; Proverbs 10:19; 21:23; Galatians 5:22-23; James 1:26; 3:5-10; and 2 Peter 1:5-7
Dear Lord Jesus, please help me to control my tongue. Help me to think before I speak. May the fruits of the spirit be evident in my life. Thank you for hearing my prayer and please forgive me of all my sins as I confess them to you. Amen!
“Inspired by Max Lucado, The Devotional Bible”
Proverbs 18:9 NCV “A person who doesn’t work hard is just like someone who destroys things.”
Approach your day in a new way.
Take inventory of how much time is spent driving, working, or eating?
Do this in an effort to eliminate laziness.
Simply ask yourself the question, how much of my time is wasted?
Actively make an effort to be productive in the kingdom of God. Replace wasted time with an activity that has value in the kingdom of God.
Look, search and see if there is an opportunity for you to be more productive. Be honest with yourself.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to see this clearly, then humbly go to the Father and ask Him for help.
Father, God I thank you for today and I thank you that I can be honest and candid with you. Please help me to take inventory of how I spend my time and money. Help me to be an exceptional steward over what you have given me.
Help me to change and help me to totally accept your love for me. I want to be just like you. Open my eyes and help me to be open to growth in this area.
Thanks for hearing my prayer. Amen!
Scriptures to explore
Proverbs 6:6-11, 18:9, Ecclesiastic 10:18, Romans 12:11, 2 Thessalians 3:11-12 and Hebrews 6:11-12
Inspired by The Devotional Bible by Max Lucado
Grace, Not Perfection!
Many of us grow up in an environment that lauds perfection over all.
I know you know exactly what I mean…
Come with me, and let’s explore this deeper!!!
We may get our validation through good works. How many of us are “trophy” wives/husbands/employees; adult versions of the “trophy” children we once were: taken out and dusted off to be shown off when we do something well?
What happens when we exhibit less than model behavior? Sadly, we are taught we are not deserving of praise, we are not even worthy of being noticed. Our self-worth and identity then becomes wrapped up in external validation ushered in by our own perfection. We learn that as we are incapable of sustaining perfection, we are incapable of remaining worthy.
A lot of times that spills over into our spiritual walk.
Again, I know you know this perfectly well…
We are good Christians when (insert any favorable action here) but undeserving of God’s love when we don’t do all He commands.
Ah,my friends, that is the devil working his way to separate us from the all-encompassing validity of God’s grace.
Sure, Paul reminds us in Romans 8:38-39 that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God. That is an absolute truth. Still, many things can make us THINK that God’s grace is not sufficient for our multitudes of sins. Because the world operates on a ledger system (you have to put in in order to take out), we assume we have to do something to earn grace.
Thank God grace is, in fact, unmerited favor!
Allow yourself time to let this take root…
We didn’t do anything to get it and subsequently don’t lose it because we’ve been bad children. (There are consequences to actions, of course, but losing God’s grace isn’t one of them.)
“It is by grace you were saved through faith, and not of yourself.” – (Ephesians 2:8.)
This is when we start to shrink on our walk.
Are you still with me?
This is when instead of boldly going forward we are tricked into thinking that someone who “messed up” as badly as we did could not possibly be qualified to talk about God’s power to transform lives.
Except, THIS is when we absolutely need to talk about it. See, now our story has moved from “because of God, I no longer do this particular thing,” to “because of God’s grace, I am forgiven of this particular thing”.
This is true…
Our emphasis shifts from us to God’s all-encompassing grace. We can declare at the first acknowledgement of our sin, “This is why Christ died for me.”
Let us not be discouraged when we fall. Let us not slink into despair and allow the devil to cause us to doubt our place as children of God. Let us remember God’s grace is sufficient for you, for me, and the guy next door.
We are a “crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God” – Isaiah 62:3
I thank you Father, that through your son Jesus Christ I can live in this truth. I am replacing all lies with your eternal truths about who I am in you.
I pray that the Holy Spirit will help me to process this and show me exactly what needs to change for me to be totally free from perfection and accept Grace for what it truly is.
Father I thank you and I am placing my life in your capable hands.
James 4:6 “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”
What does it mean to be humble?
Father, I pray that your grace will help me to be humble. Thank you for you blessing and your mercy.
Help me to love deeply and don’t shrink back but to press forward.
I have an eternal hope in you and your grace is upon my life.
Lead me and guide me along the way.
Thank you Father, may your perfect will be done. Amen…
Good Morning, Prayer Works Family.
Matthew 28: 19-20 commands us to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Yet, it is imperative to address people’s physical needs, too.
It is difficult for one who is hungry and unclothed to think of a merciful and loving God. Jesus was careful to not only give people spiritual food but he literally fed them, too. He gave them fish and bread when they were hungry.
Remember the feeding of the five thousand?
It is an example to us to not forget the immediate physical needs of our brothers and sisters. He said when we feed the least of His people, we are feeding Him, too.
Won’t you support them with your prayers today?
Today’s food is prepared by A Bite A Yaad, with donuts provided by Dunkin Donuts.
We implore you to follow this example and help someone today.
In these harsh times, there are many of us who need immediate help. You may be the hands of God at work in someone’s life.
Let us be our brother’s and sister’s keeper.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Do you have a lot of worries over circumstances you cannot control?
Dear friend, one ounce of worry doesn’t do an ounce of good. Letting worry creep in means you are giving control of the situation over to a spirit of fear.
If you find yourself worrying about something, stop and occupy your mind in the word of God that will solves the problem.
Get your hands busy and put on a spirit of love by serving others.
Please pass on.
There is no fear in God. xxx
John 14 verse 6 (KJV) “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
There has been an increase in “desperation” by many folks, to reach God by “any means” necessary. We know the “Time of Trouble” is scary. But….. it is not a reason to change the course nor the process that God already has in place. That process is & remains to be Jesus. There are NO OTHER INTERCESSORY persons dead or alive.
Please remember, that good intentions will not get us to heaven, nor will it increase favor with God.
Obeying the Lord’s process & doing so (with a willful heart) will. I know that some religions have saints, scholars, leaders etc., that we may be encouraged, persuaded or even forced in some cases to use as instruments to reaching God. Some religions even encourage money contributions. But “all other methods” or designs by men will fail.
Use the plan already in place.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus is the ONLY WAY.
Proverbs 22:1 (NCV)”Being respected is more important than having great riches. To be well thought of is better than silver and gold.”
What are some of your goals for the next five years? If you haven’t done a five-year goal now is the right time to get one done.
Do your goals promise human recognition or a life that is faithful to God?
Remember that a good respected name does not always mean one of status, but rather one of statue and accomplishment for God.
Perhaps today you are struggling with an idea that God has given you to cast your nest on the other side. However, because you have been fishing all night without a caught you are procrastinating.
You are maybe thinking, it is not a great enough idea, what if the idea will bear no fruit, my net is not big enough, I don’t have enough help, I am truly scared.
Yes, you are maybe truly scared and all the above is probably true, but I am here to encourage you to pull up your sleeves and dive right in if the idea is to help build the kingdom of God.
Every great company, plan, church, great accomplishment starts with an idea and someone with courage to spring into action and do.
Come on, I dear you to spring into action with your idea, create an action plan and remember to consult with the Holy Spirit every step of the way. Choose your talents wisely.
Your Heavenly Father, knows what you need and I can assure you help is on the way.
Father, I thank you for the ability to create wealth for myself and for the ability to help build the kingdom. Thank you for entrepreneurial skills. Help me to be confident in you and to trust you with the ideas you have placed within me.
I don’t have all the answers and the plan is not altogether clear but one thing I know your plan will never harm me. I give you my all and I leave the outcome to you.
Show me you glory and thank you for favor. Amen!
Scriptures to further explore:
1 Samuel 18:30; Ecclesiastes 7:1; Acts 6:3; 10:22; 16:2; 22:12; 2 Corinthians 8:18 and 3 John 1:12
Every word of Scripture is true to God’s central theme: His love redeems those who call on His name.
Read | John 17:17
God wants a relationship with each of us, which requires that we know Him. In the Scriptures, we find the records of His spoken words, His interventions in history, and His coming to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. From this Book, we derive our knowledge of the Father.
How amazing to consider that the full work was compiled from the pens of 40 different men writing in 3 languages on 3 continents over the course of 1,500 years! Gather a group of historians from just one generation, and you will have neither the consistency nor the unified philosophy and mission found in Scripture.
Each book of the Bible reflects its human author’s personality and background. Moses was the political leader of the Israelites in the desert; Daniel rose to the rank of prime minister while a captive in Babylon; and Paul, the well-educated former Pharisee, dictated letters from prison. Yet every word is true to God’s central theme: His love redeems those who call on His name.
In 2 Peter 1:21, we learn why the Scriptures are cohesive: God Himself spoke through each human writer. In some cases, the Holy Spirit brought to mind essential details (John 14:26), such as the material passed down orally for the Old Testament or the gospels. Then, to enable the writing of prophecies, psalms, and letters, God’s Spirit revealed important truths (16:15).
The heavenly Father loves you and wants you to spend eternity with Him. For this reason, He used men from all walks of life to record His gospel message. Read His invitation for yourself.
The Moments That Sustain Us
Take time to hear what your heavenly Father is saying to you through meditation. Here’s how.
Read | Joshua 1:8
Meditation is a vital part of a healthy, growing relationship with God. It is, however, left out of many believers’ lives. So let’s start with basics and ask the key question, How do we meditate?
First, we must devote ourselves to the reading of God’s Word. If we want to hear His message, then we must dig deep into Scripture. This is no mere book; rather, it is the very message of God to His people. We have Scripture in order to know the Lord better. As faithful stewards of this wonderful gift, we must make it an integral part of our lives.
Second, we must learn to pray God’s Word back to Him. When we read a Bible passage, we should lift that Word back up to heaven as a prayer. We affirm the message of Scripture by showing our heavenly Father we are in agreement with what He has said.
Third, we must apply the Word. The Bible is not here for simple information; instead, it was given for obedience. If we do not allow the Word of God to change our life, then are we really placing much value on it?
Fourth, we must submit to God’s will. As we spend time actively listening to the Lord, He will share His plans for our life. As we apply what we have heard, meditation will become more and more instinctive for us. Then, we will find that we hear His voice regularly.
God has a special message for you. It’s imperative that you take the time to hear what your heavenly Father is saying. And when you do, you’ll enjoy the richness of your relationship with Him.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
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Prayer for Citibank employees and customers as the company makes changes.
Prayer for financial breakthrough for members of our group
Tamara’s baby, Lyric and family need prayer
Prayer for the protection of Yemi’s children and the growth of his finances
Prayer for wisdom and spiritual protection for Yemi during this season of warfare
Prayer for Jen, Yemi’s wife
Comfort for Grandma Eula as she lost a son
Praise God for the music in the ministry!
For the last week, my sister has had pain in her leg. She’s part of some program that has a medically supervised diet, and the doctors told her that it was just a cramp in her leg. To drink electrolytes, eat a banana.
The pain didn’t go away.
Today, she went to her acupuncturist, and that’s where she was told that she might have a blood clot.
She went to the hospital and it was discovered that she had a blood clot.
The praise is that the issue was caught before it became serious. Praise God that He took care of my baby sister.
Some back story, I prayed for my sister to be born. I had my Sunday School class praying for her. She has been one of the greatest blessings of my life, and am thankful that the Lord took care of her.
Unless otherwise specified, all Bible verses come from the New King James Version (NKJV).
The text for today is found in Romans 8:28. It’s a verse that we’re all familiar with. But many people misinterpret it. We often hear (especially when going through a storm), “All things work together for good”. What is missing is the rest of that verse. The entire text reads “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”.
This is a verse limited to those who “love God, the called according to His purpose”. So, this would seem to be limited to those who are believers and followers of Jesus Christ.
But how can we say that ALL things work together for good? Don’t tragedies take place? What about when things go wrong? Is God really working out all things for my good? My separation and divorce? Was that good?
Comforting my crying son each time he comes over to my house? Is that good?
YES. Either everything that comes from the Word of God is true, or everything is false. There is no middle ground.
It’s an inevitable fact of human life that: A) You’re going through a storm,
B) You just came out of a storm or
C) You’re about to enter a storm.
But how do we handle this? If we don’t have a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, there can be a pervasive sense of hopelessness. But we as believers have hope. Upon our conversions, the Holy Spirit came to dwell within us. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Hopelessness is NOT one of those things.
The Lord has said that ALL, not some, not most, but ALL things work together for our good. And even set an example of this.
The greatest man to ever walk the planet was brutalized, mocked and tortured before being put to death like a criminal. Oh, and His anguish is recorded in 46th verse of the 27th chapter of Matthew, where He cries out at the realization that He is completely alone. The most important relationship of His existence, severed by the weight of humanity’s sin.
I ask you…was that GOOD?
YES! Because were it not for His death, burial and eventual resurrection, sin would still be a debt hanging over the lives of each of us. We would be lost, biding time until spending eternity, separated from a God who is holy, holy, holy. Jesus’s death was the GREATEST GOOD, yet it only came about through the suffering and death of the One called by the Lord.
Be of good cheer, fellow believer. That setback in your life is often a setup by Almighty God.
Olayemi E. Ogunbase
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Tonight, Pastor Timothy Hohl from Ardmore United Methodist Church gave 10 boxes of food prepared with everything for a complete Thanksgiving dinner.
Along with the boxes were 10 turkeys for Prayer Works Evangelism Outreach Ministries to deliver to 10 families in Camden NJ.
It was a night of jubilee for the families who received packages.
The food was donated by the parishioners and packaged by their youth group.
Thanks to AUMC for blessing our ministry. We are grateful.
Here are the families that were blessed.
Proverb Chapter 5-6
Application of the text on the lies of the world relating to sexual pleasures or sin.
“We cannot stand firm against the lies of the world unless we are firmly grounded in Christ.
Be diligent to read God’s Word, and pray often.
Promise yourself to pray at three different times today.” By Max Lucado
Supporting scriptures on the topic Follow The Lord:
The world promises a lot of comfort to sin that leads to destruction.
God is standing at your heart door knocking, if you decide to open your heart and let him in, He will come in and dine with you.
That quiet dining can lead to eternal peace, rest.
Choose Jesus, choose life eternal!
Choose sin, choose eternal death!
You have the power to choose life.
Father I pray that you will come into my heart and heal me from the disease of sin.
I want to choose you today. Please forgive me of my sins. Amen!!!
If you read this article and repeated the prayer and asked God to come into your heart. Congratulation, you are now saved from sin! You are a child of God.
Please take up the phone and dial Prayer Works Evangelism Outreach Ministries at 856-433-8104 for the next steps in your walk with The Lord.
Prayer Works Café & it’s leaders, (part of the Prayer Works Evangelistic Outreach Ministries) will be feeding more than 100 less fortunate fellow brothers & sisters & kids who have fallen on hard times today. The stewardship feeding program will be breakfast in Camden NJ (by Martin Luther King Drive & the CVS pharmacy). Many thanks to Ms. Faith White’s financial support C/O ” A bite a yard” services. If you would also like to support our ministries, please contact Debbie Miller-Curtis @ the phone numbers provided or by Facebook. Thanks!
Remember, what is done onto the “least” of us, we do it in the Name of Jesus. God Bless !!
Peace, do I have God’s peace or am I just miserable? Can God’s peace be seen in me or everywhere I go, be, live I bring strife and cause issues?
God really wants to change this for you today. Tell him about your struggles in this area and how truly miserable you are. God wants us to face our struggles and ask for help.
I have included some scriptures to help you in time of misery.
How can I find true peace?
How can I have God’s peace?
How can I triumph over fear?
“In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.”
“The LORD will give strength to His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace.”
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.”
“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.”
“LORD, You will establish peace for us, since You have also performed for us all our works.”
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”
“But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall.”
“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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
. . . The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Philippians 4:6-7, 9
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.”
Today at 6:40am
Prayer meeting today 9-18-13: Our message today is titled “NO FEAR”. We’re reminded that the enemy’s weapon remains the same. He’s the master of fear. He applies this tool from his business plan, on everyone. But he has a specific group that he completely hates & loves to beat down all the time.
The group he roars at and goes after (as the Biblical lion seeking a “prey” to destroy)…… is God’s people. Throughout Bible history, satan focuses on victimizing the followers of Jesus Christ.
Because God promised us great rewards if we “hang in there” for Jesus & keep His commands (in love & obedience to Him). Our biggest & best reward shall be the right to enter & live in the Kingdom of Heaven in the presence of God. Something satan will NEVER experience again. How about that? Hebrews 13 vs 6 says, “So we say in confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me”?
Today prayer warriors, as we go forward into the battle field, let us pray & ask God to take away our fears. After all, He is our father, Jesus is our Savior & the Holy Spirit is our guide.
Remember “God is our refuge & strength, an ever present help in trouble.” Psalm 46 vs 1. Blessings to all.
Prayer Meeting led by Kevin Barrett
The Father of Lies (John 8:44) uses falsehood, deceit, and temptation as tools for achieving his goals—and he has chosen our minds as a battleground.
Because faulty thinking leads to disobedient behavior, which impedes God’s purposes for us.
Read | John 8:42-47
We who follow Jesus Christ have an enemy, and his name is Satan (Mark 1:13). A created being, Satan is loose in the world but limited in what he can carry out against us (Job 1:12). Many people consider him nothing more than a figment of the imagination, which allows him to work undetected. While he is a defeated foe (John 16:11), he pretends otherwise.
Let’s look at some of Satan’s objectives:
1. To draw us away from God through both direct and subtle means.
2. To thwart God’s purpose in our lives by getting us out of our Father’s will.
3. To deny God His rightful glory and honor, which results from our choosing to live obedient lives.
4. To destroy us in this world.
The Father of Lies (John 8:44) uses falsehood, deceit, and temptation as tools for achieving his goals—and he has chosen our minds as a battleground.
Because faulty thinking leads to disobedient behavior, which impedes God’s purposes for us. Erroneous ideas produce vulnerabilities like worry or fearfulness, which Satan can exploit to hinder our spiritual progress.
Although setbacks may occur, believers will not be overcome, because “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Scripture says, “Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5 niv). Offer a prayer of surrender: “Lord, I offer You complete control over my mind. Reveal any thinking that does not agree with Your Word, and teach me Your truth.
“You cannot cast a demon out that is nameless.” Benny Hinn
“Deliverance From Demons”
The Spirit of Jealousy
“If you ever find the spirit of jealousy you’ll will find the spirit of murder, you’ll find the spirit of anger,
you’ll find the spirit of rage.” – Benny Hinn
The Spirit of Lying
2 Chronicles 18:22
“This spirit is connected to adultery – it’s connected to evil doing…. profanity, hypocrisy, vanity.” – Benny Hinn
The Spirit of Familiarity
1 Samuel 28:7
“This (spirit) is forbidden by the Lord… astrology, horoscope, fortune telling, the occult.”
” You will find ever evil demonic activity connected to it.” – Benny Hinn
The Spirit of Perversion
“This spirit will cause people to live in error… bring about laziness… lust after women… this spirit amazing also hates God.”
“This spirit always twists the word of God.” Benny Hinn
The Spirit of Heaviness
“This spirit of heaviness carries with it grief, carries with it despair… hopelessness, rejection, self pity… gluttony.”
“Grief that has no joy… a life of sustained grief… a life of sustained despair.” Benny Hinn
The Spirit of Whoredom
“This is the spirit of prostitution… idolatry… never satisfied… it will cause a weak heart.”
“The end result of whoredomness… poverty.” Benny Hinn
The Spirit of Infirmity
“All sickness if it’s demonic its controlled by the spirit of infirmity.” Benny Hinn
The Spirit of the Deaf and Dumb
“This spirit is not deaf and dumb… this is a spirit manifesting in insanity, epilepsy, suicide, seizures, lunatics.” Benny Hinn
The Spirit of Fear
2 Timothy 1:7
“With the spirit of fear there is torment… there is terror, worry, timidity, an inferiority complex, phobias.”
“That spirit will make you feel inadequate.” Benny Hinn
The Spirit of Pride
“This spirit of pride will cause mockery… stubbornness, gossip, causes contentions and wars… causes wrath.”
“Not all pride is wrong – there is that Godly pride where we’re proud of our Heavenly Father.” Benny Hinn
The Spirit of Bondage
“This spirit is also a spirit that manifests in fear… has anguish… bitterness, you see addictions.”
“There is spiritual blindness… unless it is broken they’re unable to receive spiritual truth.” Benny Hinn
The Spirit of Antichrist
1 John 4:3
“The spirit that denies the virgin birth.. denies the deity of Christ… this spirit denies He died on a cross,
this spirit denies the resurrection.” Benny Hinn
Article taken from CBN.com
After Elisha watched Elijah ascend into heaven, the prophet went to the city of Jericho and performed his first miracle. The men of that city faced an environmental crisis: Their water was toxic, most likely because of the sulphur and other chemicals that had rained down upon nearby Sodom and Gomorrah years earlier. This poison had made the land barren (see 2 Kings 2:19-22) and it was probably affecting people and animals as well as plant life.
So Elisha performed a bold, prophetic act. He threw salt in the water and proclaimed: “Thus says the Lord, ‘I have purified these waters; there shall not be from there death or unfruitfulness any longer” (NASB). His proclamation brought immediate cleansing.
This obscure story in the Old Testament offers us a picture of the gospel’s power. The message of Jesus Christ heals us. The Holy Spirit brings life where death has reigned. He neutralizes the poisons that cause spiritual barrenness. He balances the pH level so that spiritual growth and vitality is possible.
All of us would like to enjoy a healthy spiritual life. But the sad truth is that many of us, and many churches today, are barren because of hazardous additives. We have believed a different gospel—one laced with legalism, performance-based religion and salvation by works—when Christ alone is our only source of life.
Jesus Himself referred to these toxins as “the leaven of the Pharisees” (Luke 12:1). He told us that the Pharisees’ brand of religion, which looked good on the outside, was deadly—and contagious.
Have you been infected? You can take your own pH test by examining these eight characteristics of a religious spirit.
A religious spirit views God as a cold, harsh, distant taskmaster rather than an approachable, loving Father. When we base our relationship with God on our ability to perform spiritual duties, we deny the power of grace. God does not love us because we pray, read our Bibles, attend church or witness, yet millions of Christians think God is mad if they don’t perform these and other duties perfectly. As a result they struggle to find true intimacy with Jesus.
A religious spirit places emphasis on doing outward things to show others that God accepts him. We deceive ourselves into believing that we can win God’s approval through a religious dress code, certain spiritual disciplines, particular music styles or even doctrinal positions.
A religious spirit develops traditions and formulas to accomplish spiritual goals. We trust in our liturgies, denominational policies or man-made programs to obtain results that only God alone can give.
A religious spirit becomes joyless, cynical and hypercritical. This can turn a home or a church completely sour. Then, whenever genuine joy and love are expressed, this becomes a threat to those who have lost the simplicity of true faith.
A religious spirit becomes prideful and isolated, thinking that his righteousness is special and that he cannot associate with other believers who have different standards. Churches that allow these attitudes become elitist—and dangerously vulnerable to deception or cult-like practices.
A religious spirit develops a harsh, judgmental attitude toward sinners, yet those who ingest this poison typically struggle with sinful habits that they cannot admit to anyone else. Religious people rarely interact with nonbelievers because they don’t want their own superior morals to be tainted by them.
A religious spirit rejects progressive revelation and refuses to embrace change. This is why many churches become irrelevant to society. They become so focused on what God did 50 years ago that they become stuck in a time warp—and cannot move forward when the Holy Spirit begins to speak in new ways. When religious groups refuse to shift with God’s new directives, they become “old wineskins” and God must find more flexible vessels that are willing to implement His changes.
A religious spirit persecutes those who disagree with his self-righteous views and becomes angry whenever the message of grace threatens to undermine his religiosity. An angry religious person will use gossip and slander to assassinate other peoples’ character and may even use violence to prove his point. Jesus, in fact, warned His disciples: “There will even come a time when anyone who kills you will think he’s doing God a favor” (John 16:2, The Message).
If the poison of religion has seeped into your life, ask Him today to pour a fresh understanding of His grace into your barren spirit.
Psalm 55 NIV
1 Listen to my prayer, O God,
do not ignore my plea;
2 hear me and answer me.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
3 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.
4 My heart is in anguish within me;
the terrors of death have fallen on me.
5 Fear and trembling have beset me;
horror has overwhelmed me.
6 I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
7 I would flee far away
and stay in the desert;[c]
8 I would hurry to my place of shelter,
far from the tempest and storm.”
9 Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,
for I see violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they prowl about on its walls;
malice and abuse are within it.
11 Destructive forces are at work in the city;
threats and lies never leave its streets.
12 If an enemy were insulting me,
I could endure it;
if a foe were rising against me,
I could hide.
13 But it is you, a man like myself,
my companion, my close friend,
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship
at the house of God,
as we walked about
among the worshipers.
15 Let death take my enemies by surprise;
let them go down alive to the realm of the dead,
for evil finds lodging among them.
16 As for me, I call to God,
and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening, morning and noon
I cry out in distress,
and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed
from the battle waged against me,
even though many oppose me.
19 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.
20 My companion attacks his friends;
he violates his covenant.
21 His talk is smooth as butter,
yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,
yet they are drawn swords.
22 Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;
he will never let
the righteous be shaken.
23 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.
Spiritual Maturity Test
Lets see how teachable we are. Lets test to see how well we follow instructions.
Write down what you see in yourself and how readily you are to walk in obedience?
At the end share what you have seen in yourself and what through the Holy Spirit you will look to change about being obedient or humble?
Sharing from the prayer conference this morning on the assignment above was deep.
As we begin to look inward and search and listen we begin to see the real us.
The Holy Spirit also begins to work and show us how we need to change for the kingdom of God.
Through this exercise, we learnt that we should come before God naked ready for worship. Nakedness before God is simply stripping ourselves of our sinful nature. Jealousy, envy, malice, pride, lying, pretentiousness, favoritism, disobedience, murmuring, ungratefulness, stubborn, stiff-nakedness, just to name a few ungodly behaviors that hinder us from living a blessed life and get between us getting intimate with God. “Too much clothes”. Let us lay these things aside as we connect with God.
What is our new life showing?
Can someone see Christ within us in our smile, in our general attitude?
More than what we say it is what we do and we have to remember that our daily lives should reflect Christ.
Have a wonderful day as we grow together and mature in the kingdom of God.
Today is another day to give God glory and to reflect on what area He is trying to mature us through. As Christians, it is absolutely necessary for us to be engaged in an active working relationship with God. All of us can achieve this but there are some deliberate steps to take to ensure Godly success.
In His Presence
Let us practice to be in his presence. Set small goals and celebrate accomplishments. Share with others how you are doing in this area minutely, hourly, daily, weekly and monthly. Soon this will become a habit.
For example if you have never spent time reading the Word or praying to God.
1. Take a moment, preferably as you wake up to read a verse in the Bible
2. Talk to God about what to read and ask Him to reveal how He wants you to talk with him.
3. Listen to what is coming in your spirit or mind (Godly things according to the fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 and Philippians 4:8)
This could be 3-5 minutes. As you continue, the time will become more and there will be a genuine desire to spend more time talking to God and reading his word. It will be like when you have fallen in love with someone and you cannot wait to see and be with that special person. The Psalmist David captured it very well in Psalm 42:1 NIV “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.”
Living a Godly life takes deliberate practice through the help of the Holy Spirit. Keep a journal, write your strengths in the Lord, and write your weaknesses too. Talk to him about them and take deliberate actions to hold yourself accountable in both areas.
Accountability Necessary for Growth
If there is a mentorship, discipleship, coaching or counseling program, at your church seek the Lord and actively seek to be involved in order to be delivered, set free from your past and to help with being developed at various levels in your walk. Being accountable is a necessary step for becoming mature in your Christian walk. This is not just for new believers but again it is necessary for all levels in your walk.
What have you actively done today to ensure you are walking in covenant with Him?
I love you and appreciate all that you do to enhance the kingdom of God.
I am practicing to listen more to what He is saying to me. So while doing everything, my spirit and mind is communing with him. I actively invite The Lord to be in what I do, work or play and before even engaging I will ask God, if this is his will.
I want to be a leader that is different in that even when I am pressed, cast down, neglected or rejected, righteousness and holiness will always shine through. I have come a far way in this area. In the past, I would defend myself in every way possible to ensure there are no misunderstandings where I am concerned. Today, if there is an issue and there is an opportunity for clarification, I will do so and if there is no opportunity, I leave it to God and seek him to help me understand “the why” behind the issue and “what”, His will in it for me is.
Sometimes the learning is to be still and track my growth or to see where there is a deficiency. Other times it is to teach me to listen, be patient, trust him, and be obedient or just to exercise mercy and forgiveness.
God, through the Holy Spirit is helping and I am maturing in this area daily.
I pray that today we will become closer to God and that his voice will be our guiding light. I love you and I will continue to pray for you and ask that you pray for me
In our journey on this narrow road we will come across road blocks in many different shapes and colors. Let us be encouraged that Jesus has already gone before us and made the crooked path straight. Thus what we see before us is nothing but a camouflage. However, if we take our eyes off Jesus for a second and lose our foot hole, let us not worry but look up to the hill (Jesus Christ) from where our help comes from. And don’t even worry about the few minutes we think we lost during that time we took our eyes off Him. As one writer puts it “time as we know it, presents no boundaries to the One who created it”, just continue where you left off, smile!
Let us continue to encourage each other on this journey and we pray that God will bring to our remembrance always that we are our brother’s keeper. Let us continue to pray for each other around the globe, seek God and pursue Him and have Him direct us as to how we should pray and for whom.
Luke 18:1-8 (NIV) “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town that kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary….”
The purpose of Prayer Works Café was born out of the passion to pray. I grew up praying and therefore my life is built on the foundation of prayer. Prayer is a heart communication between man and God.
This is a vital part of a believer’s development. Talking to God can be compared to a conversation with man. The enemy has created several lies around who can and should pray.
The difference between praying to God is that you can be totally candid and through the Holy Spirit over a period of time the conversation will be developed from perhaps one word to several words.
Another dimension can be from words to praying scriptures. Meaning, the Holy Spirit helps with building a spiritual or a supernatural vocabulary. He teaches on what to pray, how to pray and develop a sensitivity around when to pray.
Listening is a key component of praying. Like any conversation there is a messenger and the recipient; this role is interchangeable for the duration of the conversation.
The same is with prayer. We pray and we should be listening to hear what God has to say.
Who should pray?
Hebrews 4:16 (KJV) “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
The only condition in this command is to “…come boldly…” Therefore anyone and everyone should pray. God is very much interested in our prayers. Sometimes He answers immediately and at other times there is a waiting process.
Following the format of the Lord’s Prayer works greatly. Matthew 6:13-19
When to pray
This is a command which means pray always. Therefore we are to be praying every time, everywhere, and anytime. Pray constantly! It’s limitless!
It is important for us to develop a healthy habit to communicate with God on a consistent basis. Prayer is a tool which is used in warfare against the devil.
No prayer and the believer die spiritually, more prayer and the believer steps into a deeper depth, and higher heights with God.
Through prayer a covenant relationship is created with God and man. “A prayer-less Believer is a powerless Believer.”
Deuteronomy 4:24 I am a consuming fire and a jealous God
While I was listening to the speakers and the testimonies at Prayer Works Café Event on July 31, 2012, I heard the voice of the Lord saying “The Church is within you”. I shared for a moment on it but I found myself pondering on this. I just could not let it go. I did not know exactly what this meant and therefore while I was having my Quite Time with the Lord I started to journal about the day’s event and what a blessing it was for all who participated.
When God speaks
I heard again, “the church is within you”. I know I am writing to a lot of persons who know what it feels like to hear God speaks. It’s the kind of voice that you can’t shun. It is the speaking that takes over your entire being, which cause nervousness to the point of tears. It felt familiar because I have been down this road where I know God is speaking and I must obey. Can you relate?
There’s a King within you
I heard again “the church is within you. Then I heard! Why worry about a building or a specific person? Give me glory because my kingdom is made manifested within you. Worship me and do not create idols out of what you see around you. Nothing should take my place. Listen carefully to me, I am God and He that worship me must worship me in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24). I am a consuming fire and a jealous God (Deuteronomy 4:24). Abide in me and I will abide in you (John 15:4). You know this already so let this take root in your heart. Keep your eyes on me, encourage each other, pray for each other, be your brothers’ keeper, pour your lives into the lost and the desolate. Again, if you do this my kingdom is made alive in you. Bear each other’s burden, be a light, don’t lose hope because I am with you”
Today, I am still processing this. But what has been the resounding message is that God is within us and worshiping and serving God should be happening anywhere and everywhere. Our worship should affect our families, friends, associates, businesses, communities, nation and the world at large. Let’s challenge ourselves to activate the kingdom of God within us.
Please help me process this in a way that my life would be changed to be more like you. May my worship be pleasing to you? Thank you God, that through you I am made perfect. As I mature in your kingdom you trust me with different levels of responsibilities. Please help me through the Holy Spirit and may my life be a true representation of you, Lord? Order my steps in your word. Amen.
You are worth more than many sparrows!!
Jesus wants you to be strong through rough times. Having hope with a courageous heart.
You are worth more that what society says about you, what unbelievers say about you.
Your worth is greater that many sparrows not one but many.
A sparrows represents dignity, self-worth and empowerment. They teach responsibility and cooperation.
A sparrow bring luck, good fortune, blessings, love, dedication, trust, freedom, creativity, protection, productivity, joy and safe journey.
If God is aware and takes care of the smallest things on the earth, how much more will he be aware and take care of you as his child.
written by Sammoya Tomlinson
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