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Filling God’s Gaps


“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

Filling GOD'S Gap

Filling GOD’S Gap

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 Gift of Forgiveness


The one who chooses to put on love and offer forgiveness is ready to receive the peace of Christ.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

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.

Being Innocent of Evil


Today’s topic is “Being Innocent of Evil”.

Love

Love

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.

Why?

“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:”

Standing in the face of Opposition


Hello team: Hoping all is well.

Prayer of Freedom...

Prayer of Freedom…

Devotional Notes for today.

What crises threaten to discourage you?

The next time you face a crisis, imitate the person who discovered how to stay focused on God.

Follow these steps when facing opposition:

Read the written Word of God. It sharpens the mind.

Meditate and spend time in the presence of God. Remind yourself that God is with you.

Pray in the situation. Ask God for guidance especially if you have to make a decision. Ask that your decision be ordered in the Word and be right.

Act if the Holy Spirit gives you utterance.

Finally wait! Having done all, stand! When you have done all you can do, what more can you do?

Just put everything confidently into God’s capable hands. He will bring it out OK.

Supporting Scriptures: Nehemiah 6:1-7:73; Job 13:15; 19:25; Psalm 13:5; Daniel 3; 6:7-23; Matthew 9:18-25; Luke 7:36-50; Romans 4:18-24; Hebrews 11.

Inspired by the Devotional Bible by Max Lucado.

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The Grace of Giving


Having appointed us as His stewards and entrusted us with resources, God expects us to give generously.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands

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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Practical Ways to Bear Burdens


Six practical ways to bear someone else’s burdens.

Help!!!

Help!!!

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.

Becoming a Burden Bearer


How to bear one another’s burdens.

We are a people who care

We are a people who care

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.

A Godly Response to Criticism


Every rebuke is a chance to let your Christian character shine by showing love to your critic.

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PWEOM

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.