Prayer: receive what God has for you!

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9a

What you believe you want, may be different from what you deserve.

Thank you father God for today, for your presence in our lives and for your everlasting love. Today I pray according to Isaiah 61. I declare that the Spirit of Lord is upon each of us. We’ve been anointed to bring good news to the poor, to comfort the brokenhearted and proclaim freedom to those who have been bond. We declare freedom, he who the Son sets free is free indeed! May we be solutions for people!

May we be the ones who to announce that the time has come for the Lord to show his kindness and His judgment against the wicked. May we be the ones who comfort those who are sad, and who are mourning. We receive your promise to take away the shame of our lives, and give us a crown instead of those ashes on our head. Thank you Jesus, for taking away our sadness, and giving us the oil of gladness! Thank you God!

Thank you for taking away our sorrow, and giving us new clothes to wear! Thank you for showing us favor, and crowning us with beauty! Thank you for giving us new songs, a new praise and taking away hopelessness. Thank you for raising us up as trees of righteousness, we are plantings of the Lord, so that You are glorified. And all the things which have been destroyed in our lives, you promise to rebuild. You promise to restore, thank you Lord in advance.

You said you will revive our lives and our homes, thank you Jesus. May doors be opened and hearts touch to serve us. May those that do not know us bless us, and show us favor! We are called priests of the Lord, ministers of our God! You said that we will feed on the wealth of the nations and boast in their riches, and instead of shame and dishonor, we reap a harvest of a double share of honor. May we possess a double portion of prosperity in our lands, and revel in your everlasting joy.

You said you will reward us for our suffering and you will be faithful to keep your covenant for us. May we be recognized and honored as blessed for being your people everywhere we go. Thank you Jesus for giving us salvation, for adorning us with the clothes of salvation and precious jewels.

Show your justice to the nations of the world God! May your faithful ones spring up like plants everywhere! In Jesus name, Amen.

 

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Hold on to HOPE!

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord’s people have always been a waiting people.

Charles Spurgeon.

Hope is more than making a wish! Hebrews 11:1 says that in order to have faith we must have certainty and a hope of something. If we do not have hope, then we cannot have faith!

Hope is to desire and expect something to happen. Hope gives us stability as believers. God has given us promises and we wait in expectation, but what happens when we have waited on God, and nothing seems to ‘manifest’? The bible says that when hope is deferred (postponed, delayed) it makes the heart sick, but having hope brings joy (Prov. 13:12, 10:28).

The enemy of our souls works to make and keep people hopeless, but greater is HE (Jesus) who is inside of us than he (Satan) who is in the world (1John 4:4). His greatest success is to discourage us to the point of despair. And despair is the opposite of hope: its the loss of absence of it. It grows from recurring disappointments and discouragements in life. When we lose hope, we lose love, passion, faith and desire for things, including life itself. As the enemy of our souls, Satan aims to kill, steal and destroy our love, hope and faith (John 10:10, 1 Cor. 13:13).

The antidote of despair and depression is to hope, Psalm 42:11 says, Why are you cast down, O my soul? Don’t be discouraged. Expect God to act!

Let’s pray:

Thank you Lord Jesus, for renewing our hope. Thank you for making your word true in our lives, for giving us joy and peace as we place our expectations back to you, I pray that hope overflows in us by the power of your holy spirit. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Social Connections

When Naomi heard in Moab that the LORD had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, she and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there. Ruth 1:6

We associate with people the way we see ourselves.
Joel Osteen

In the book of Ruth, the Bible tells the stories of Ruth, Noemi and Orpah. Orpah and Ruth had been married to Noemi’s sons, but they passed away. Although death can be the end of many relationships, we always have options: we choose who stays in our lives.

We don’t choose who comes into our lives: we choose who stays in our lives. Orpah decided that it was the end of the road for their relationship, she went back to Moab. But Ruth on the other hand decided to stick with Noemi, until the end of the road. She said wherever you go I will go. And your God will be my God (Rut. 2). There was a conviction in Ruth to stay connected to her. There was something in Noemi which Ruth identified with, and although Noemi could not see it, their relationship served purpose. It turns out that Ruth would catch the eye of a wealthy kinsman, who would redeem her life and Noemi’s too.

Redeem:

  • compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something);
  • gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment;
  • (of a person) atone or make amends for (error or evil);
  • fulfill or carry out (a pledge or promise);
  • atone for, make amends for, make restitution for;

God has people on standby to show us favor, and bring resolution to our needs. Some connections seem to have no purpose, but in God all relationships work for our benefit (Rom. 8:28). Certain people come into our lives are for a season, while others are for a lifetime. They either teach us life lessons, refine our character, or lead us to open doors. Choosing the wrong people can keep you from your destiny!

Let’s pray:

Thank you Lord Jesus for bringing relationships into our lives. I pray you increase our wisdom and discernment so that we may choose the right friends, and partnerships. I ask you for the conviction to hold on to the right relationships in our lives, and the courage to walk away from the wrong ones. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

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Friday word: The Judgment of God

And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil. John‬ ‭3:19‬ ‭

To think of God as a merciful God, and forget He is Just: is to underestimate Him.

The scripture says the light has come into the world, but men loved the darkness more. In other words, Jesus Christ came to save us all, but some love their evil deeds more than righteousness.

The mercy of God is so great that it extends to give us chance after chance to change our ways. When we choose not to repent, then it results in the judgement of God and (spiritual) death. Spiritual death is to be separated from God and to come out of His protective covering. For instance, King Nebuchenezzer and King Saul were both judged by God for their pride: they lost their kingdom and their minds. When the presence of God is absent, we are prey to spirits of all kinds (hint: both of these men were tormented by spirits of lunacy/ insanity). Nebuchenezzer repented and was restored, but King Saul did not and was killed in battle. Some speak mostly of the love of God, while others focus on His judgement: but the Bible says He is a great and dreadful God!

The last thing God desires is for us to be afraid of Him, to walk in shame or with guilt for missing the mark (sinning). But we decide if we will honor God or not. Loving the flesh, the things of this world and anything contrary to the word of God, blocks us from the love of God, knowing Him and discerning His will for us! The will of God is not for us to live apart from Him, but that everyone is saved. He desires for us to walk humbly with Him as our God and obey His His word.

The Lord desires to have a relationship with each one of you! Do you love your ways more than you love God? Do you value your opinions, your feelings, your comfort, or any thing else more than you love the Lord?

Jesus Christ is coming again, and this time He will not come to save the world, but to judge the world.

May we be found blameless at His return!

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, I ask you to have mercy on us all. May you awaken our spirits to your love and righteousness. Help us to live as you want us to live. May we be separated from evil, and even the appearance of evil, but never from your presence. In Jesus name, Amen.

Wednesday word: Faithfulness of God

Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall prevent it? Isaiah 43:13

Many Scripture prophecies, delivered long ago, are not yet fulfilled; but the fulfilling of some is an earnest that the rest will come to pass.

Matthew Henry

We can trust in God because we can trust in His character. Confidence in God, is to have trust in His Word and character. The Lord calls us foolish, when we rely on our own strength and wisdom, and cursed when we place our trust in other people.

Isaiah 46 is worth a read;  through the prophet Isaiah the Lord rebukes those who trust in idols and challenges them to compare Him to another god. He says, who can tell the future like I can? And then tells of a man that He would use to deliver Israel from Babylonian captivity (Is. 46:11). This scripture was fulfilled in 538 B.C, by the Cyrus the king of Babylon who released the Jews to return to Jerusalem!

The bible tells other countless of stories about God’s faithfulness. And we can meet people from all walks of life and all parts of the world whom can tell us about the faithfulness of God in their lives as well. For instance: God told Adam and Eve, He would send one who bruise the heel of the serpent: God promised Abraham, he would give him a child and make a great nation of him: God told Moses, he would deliver Israel: God gave Joseph a dream that his brothers would somehow bow down to him. And guess what, God was faithful to His word! He saw Adam and Eve’s sin. He saw Abraham and Sarah’s impatience. He saw Moses hastiness. And he saw Joseph’s suffering throughout the process. God sees us too. God is and will continue to be faithful to us as well.

The word of God is true: what God has said is true, and we can trust in all that He does (Ps. 33:4). Faith doesn’t rely on feelings but relies on God’s unbreakable promises.

Let’s pray:

Lord God we acknowledge you, your greatness and sovereignty. You are the All knowing God. I pray today for revelations of your love, and purpose for each of our lives. May we learn to rest in you and in what you say! In Jesus name, Amen.

 

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Tuesday word: Legalism

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Matthew 5:17

At its heart, legalism is a desire to appear holy. It is trying to be justified before men and not God.

David Wilkerson

The Lord is not a slave master, He is our great and mighty deliverer. He came to set us free: His yoke is light, and walking with Him should not be burdensome (Mat. 11:28).

We are not religious, we are in relationship with God through what Jesus our Savior did on the cross of Calvary. But some people serve God, follow God and even come to God because they fear God, in the literal sense. That’s not the type of affection He desires from us, this is religious legalism.
Legalism:

  •  is setting requirements for salvation: dependence on moral law rather than on personal religious faith.

The Lord does not place rules and regulations on us: keeping religious rituals, expectations and standards is religion.  Habakkuk, said the just shall live by faith: a life formed by faith. We are to walk by faith, like Paul said, we are justified by our faith in Christ. If we seek to be righteous by following the law, then we place ourselves under a curse: Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us (Gal. 3). 

A true relationship with Christ is a lifestyle of faith and relationship. The flesh and Satan do as a team: like using our feelings, our ego and the church culture to enslave us into legalism. The Lord God is not rating our behavior, our prayer life, or our church attendance. God is a loving father, He is not bipolar: sitting us in heavenly places with Jesus and then sending us to hell the next day.

If you fear the judgment of God, more than you enjoy His freedom: the Lord wants you to enter the journey of knowing the love of God on a deeper and personal level.

Lets pray:

Lord Jesus, forgive the body of Christ for operating in self effort and pride. I pray you free your sons and daughters from every legalistic seed planted into their being. I ask you to teach and reveal your finishing work on the cross to those who do not yet know what you’ve accomplished. Help us to adore and worship you in spirit and in truth, and not in appearance, fear of punishment or to fit in. May we be holy, not by appearance, but in integrity: may we be separated from evil and worldliness. May we seek your approval before the approval of men! May your children know your love Jesus, and may they be transformed by it. In Jesus name, Amen.

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