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When Friends Betray…God Delivers


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.
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.”

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.

 

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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.

 

More of You OH Lord


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.

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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?

Personal Testimony

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.

Why?

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.

Prayer

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

 

A prayer for Boston by Christ’s Kingdom Remnant Representative


Father we give you praise today, on a day, which was not promised, and some sadly never made it through. We thank you that you still stand by us even in the midst of despair and through the wicked acts of those who continue to plan and plot the harm and destruction of our brothers and sisters!

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Father I pray and stand in the gap for my brothers and sisters in Boston who have had to experience the trauma of the calamities set by the wicked.

Father we ask you to have your way in protecting and guiding your children who hear your voice so they can avoid any and all danger and also alert others to what is ahead. Father we pray strength for those of us who have been personally affected by the events that have unfolded over the last 24 hours and we pray that you would continue to provide the peace that surpasses all understanding in the midst of tragedy, uncertainty and death and destruction in Jesus name.

Father according to the power and authority you have given us as your children we bind up the spirit of death and premature death in Jesus name. We bind up the spirit of violence and destruction, we bind up all calamities, all murderous spirits of malice and discord, all premeditated wickedness and assignments intended to hurt or destroy your children.

Father, we bind up all the plans of Satan to further steal kill and destroy.  We bind up jealousy and depravity, rage and anarchy in Jesus mighty name.

Father, we cancel every assignment against your children and we speak that every plot will be uncovered and exposed for your glory.  We come against and curse the root of all the demonic intentions of people trying to benefit from this disaster, Father delay and frustrate their plans of wickedness and control, shut down their operations and dismantle what they have already tried to do in Jesus name.

Father we bind the strong man over Boston right now in faith and according to the Holy Scriptures and we lose the angelic light from heaven into the lives of everyone affected and the Holy Spirits power into their hearts causing them to be strengthened supernaturally for your glory as we read this prayer on their behalf. Father forewarn your children who could possibly be in harm’s way in the aftermath of these events, give a stronger level of discernment to your prophets, intercessors and prayer warriors at this time so they can see what is ahead and warn others.

Father we thank you for your word that says that you never leave us nor forsake us. Thank you for being our only hope in times of death and destruction, uncertainty and wickedness Father, we love you and without your protection we are nothing, we give you the glory and the honor and in Jesus name we pray this prayer to you Jehovah God and in Jesus  name we pray.

When GOD Doesn’t Answer Prayer How “We” Think HE Should by Olayemi E. Ogunbase


I prayed, quoted Scripture, fasted, all things I thought would get God to move in the way I wanted Him to. I thought that having worship music going 24/7, attending the prayer meetings at church and joining prayer groups on Facebook would get Him to move how I wanted.

Re-read the last part of the previous sentence. “Get Him to move how I wanted”. And THAT was the problem. It was based on what “

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God is patient and kind…

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I” wanted, not His will. I (like many of us) found a Scripture that lined up with my particular want & latched on to it. Please understand me, there is nothing wrong with holding on to a Scripture & asking in faith. But what WE want cannot be more important than what HE wants.

He sees our situation through a lens and view that our minds cannot begin to grasp. He sees the prayer request and us through perfect eyes. In addition to that, He not only sees the immediate impact of granting/not granting the prayer request, but the long term, ETERNAL ramifications.

Imagine with me for a moment: You have a 16 year old, newly licensed driver who comes to you saying “Dad (or Mom…I’m a man, so I use “Dad”), for my first car, I would like a Porsche 911 Turbo.” You not only own a Porsche dealership and could easily make this request happen, but the joy that would spread across your child’s face would be a beautiful thing.

But, you know your child. Although there is nothing wrong with a Porsche 911 Turbo in and of itself, that same piece of machinery with an inexperienced driver behind the wheel has the potential to not only destroy the driver, but any passengers in the vehicle and other drivers/pedestrians out on the road.

Our Lord knows us better than we know ourselves. He also knows that many times we will pray for something permanent as a reaction to temporary discomfort, even if that discomfort is actually for our benefit, and will bring us something far better than what we want or THINK we want.

I remember recently praying for a particular job. I wanted this job because of the salary it provided, and also because I thought I would be able to handle working the overnight/graveyard shift, freeing me up for a 2nd part time job during the day. I would have grown sick of the duties in this job in rather short order, and probably would have had a nervous breakdown working a full time graveyard shift job and another job. But all I could see was the pay.

My Father in Heaven answered this prayer with a resounding NO on a Wednesday. I tell you…I was UPSET! Have you ever seen a 31 year old man throw a temper tantrum? God did that day. It was not the finest moment of my walk. I calmed down, and began looking online. I looked for the next four days. On that 4th day, a Saturday, I was scouring job postings and found one that I had missed. I did a double take, because the position for this particular posting paid MORE, offered greater stability and fewer hours. On top of all that, I instantly knew (based on the description) I would like it far more than the previous job I just “HAD to have”. I prayed, put it in His hands, applied, interviewed and GOT THE JOB. I have been with this company since October 8, 2012 and have NEVER enjoyed going to work as much as I do now. Each day, I don’t “have to go to work”. I GET to go to work! I know the Lord blessed me with this position, but also the joy that comes with diligent work unto Him. To top it off, the company called a meeting the other day where they announced “We’ve decided to give you (the staff) 9 additional days of paid time off”.

The point is this. Had the Lord answered my prayer my way, He could have orchestrated it for my good. It could have been okay. But when He answered my prayer for stable employment in HIS way, it was, is and has been “exceedingly and abundantly more than all I could ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).

I close with a command. Get your Bible and go to Proverbs chapter 3, verses 5 and 6. Memorize them and believe in the truth of those words MORE than you believe in gravity.

I love you.

In Him,
Yemi

 

Knowing God Speaks


2 Chronicles 7:15 “Now my eyes shall be open, and my ears attentive unto the prayer that is made in this place.”

It is so important to be in purpose as a child of God and to know God’s voice.  In this world of leadership, everyone will come with what God said and what he did not say. Moreover, if you do not know What He’s saying then you will become confused.

God Speaks

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I was talking with another leader the other day and she mentioned, “Many people has prophesied over my life and today I don’t think I can deal with anyone else prophesying over my life.”

Why?

The prophesies are far from the truth that God has for her.

This brings me to the place of asking the question do we frequently hear from God.

How does he speak?

In addition, what do we do when He is not speaking?

All the above happen at different stages of our walk in the Lord. Sometimes we hear him on a regular basis. Other times He is silent or he is speaking through unfamiliar medium and channels.

Therefore, if we are looking for him to be in a bond fire we might miss him in the tiny spark. We might be looking for a mighty roar and miss the still small voice.

As Christians, we need to develop a healthy walk with the Lord and this walk is one where we are spending quality time in his presence. This includes reading the word, listening, fasting, and praying, but not excludes other Godly practices that the Holy Spirit will reveal as the relationship grows and gets deeper.

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When we do this, we hear him clearly and he speaks softly. He will create moments for us to become familiar with his voice in small and big things.  So for example He will say go right and then doubt creeps in and one goes left. In the wrong turn, His voice will say I say right (training). On the other hand, he will show a situation and say speak this or pray this and if one is not quick then he will ask someone else and then there is a reminder that “God” has spoken.

In my opinion, I think he does this for us not to doubt when he speak and for us to act swiftly in the spirit. Another thing is that God is always speaking and when he is not he has already spoken and the answer remains the same. In that moment, he teaches patience and gives rest while we wait.

If our relationship with him is shaky and we are not in fellowship with him then it will become frustrating for us to be hearing others say God said, this or that.

It is easy to hear from God but it takes discipline to form the right behaviors to be in a place to hear and to move past the noise. God is looking for us to have a relationship with him.  He is looking to commune with man like in the olden days. He wants to speak but most of the time we are doing all the speaking.

What is getting in the way of us hearing God?

There is a “peace” about when he speaks and when we walk in obedience. God will use people to speak to you but he wants to speak directly to you too. Be proactive about the kind of life you want to live for Jesus.

Someone encouraged me a few years ago to start reading my bible regularly, create a time and a specific place where I meet the Lord daily. Replace ungodly behaviors with godly behaviors, find a mentor to hold your hand as your grow.

Now it is my time to pass it on… I urge you today to do the same. God is waiting to talk with you and more so to share secrets with you.

Amen

Stepping Out of Our “Comfort Zone” by Trudy Ross


Matthew 14:22-33 (NIV)

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Step Out

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It has been over a month since the Prayer Works Evangelism Outreach Street Ministry has been launched.  Watching God move has been an eye-opening and humbling experience for me.

The peace that comes with doing the will of God is another experience that words cannot explain.  All I know is that there is an inner peace that takes over your and if I should be honest “that peace” sometimes evades us.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you are too busy to think of anything else but you, and what concerns you?  Or have you ever told yourself “That’s not for me, I cannot do that!”

God has a way to shift us from that place of comfort that we sometimes find ourselves “ok” with.

Being involved in this Ministry has enabled me to step out of that place I called “Normal”. The reality of what is involved in ministering to the needy is such that while in the moment there is no room to zone in on “My Issues”. They become obsolete.

Before a breakthrough there is always struggles and if you are not Spiritually equipped you will quit before you begin. Every Sunday when it’s time to step out into the outreach arm of the ministry, the fight that comes and the pressure that builds up is one that would have you giving up.

We literally have to push past this feeling.

Today we packed the car, as usual, we pulled up and it was time to do what we set out to do.  We prayed again and stepped out. The minute we stepped out of the car you could feel God’s hand on what was about to take place.

First, it was one person and within five minutes or less it was a line as far as we could see.  The look on the faces of the people we saw, was one of complete happiness and hope, even if it was for just a time, THAT TIME, the joy of being ministered unto was something you could actually touch.

Not for a minute did I remember that this was not my “comfort zone” anymore, he had taken me to a new “normal”.

In closing let me ask you this. What is God asking you to do that you have questioned HIM so many times over if he is sure he got the right person?

Try this, step out of that comfort zone.  Let go and let GOD!

Legalizing Homosexuality by Madge Nosworthy


Romans 1:21-32 (NIV) 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

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24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

The question of legalizing homosexuality has reached the Supreme Court. The onus is on the nine members to revise the Constitution, which upholds the Bible Principles that the union of a marriage is between a man and a woman.

A woman came forward to say that she was married to another woman for forty-three years.  It took a woman to take the Bible from the classroom and prayer out of society.

The big question is; are we going to stand and allow another woman to go against God’s law?

Act 2:24 states that we ought to obey God rather than man and Romans 2:21-32 gives a clear picture of the consequences of such actions.

America is the only nation founded on Christian principles.

How soon do we forget?

Let us stop being men pleaser and worship the Creator in truth. Remember our pledge, “One nation under God with liberty and justice for all”

We have to join forces and pray against such evil corruption of legalizing homosexuality. It is no wonder our nation is heading south because we have turned our backs on God. To have equal justice for all is one thing but to legalize a sin is outright lawlessness, which opens the door for the devil to take over and reign.