Thursday, May 26, 2011

Words Given

I love hearing the voice of God. Learning more and more to wait upon His voice. Impatience doesn't cut it when you need to hear from Him.

This morning while driving back home after dropping my grand daughters off at school; I was thinking of how often times I become crabby. I don't like being that way. Getting upset with drivers that take chances drives me nuts. Why? So I started to pray. During that time, I said, "Lord, I want so much to be more Christ Like." I got the image that I often do of Christ walking among the people filled with the Fruit of the Spirit. How loving and caring He was. How gentle He was.

Then I said, "It's so hard being a human at times." He spoke to me and said, "It wasn't meant to be easy for you. You have to be strong and fight."

I contemplated those words then it hit me. If it was easy for us, we would become weak. If we become weak, we are sitting ducks for the enemy to come in and steal our souls. We were meant to be warriors, not weaklings letting life take control of us. We need to stand strong and fight for what we believe in.

How do we gather more strength? By reading the Word daily. Believing what it says, and speaking it out. By praying daily. If we ignore the message that He gave us through the prophets, if we don't pray, we are missing out on what God has planned for us. We can't grow in strength if we don't get filled with His Word. We can't expect help if we don't cry out to Him.

Yes, He knows our every need, but He wants us to have a close relationship with Him. He wants us to come to Him with our needs. Cry out to Jesus. Let Him know what is on your mind, what is on your heart and let Him be your guide.

I've learnt over and over again, that we "cannot" do it on our own. When we let God, life is so much better. When we try to do it on our own, life becomes a mess. I've caught myself thinking, "why is everything so chaotic again. Good grief, isn't this enough?" Then I stop and realize, I've been trying to do it all on my own. I've been trying to fix all the problems and not handing it up to Him. When I let go of the mess and say, "Lord, I thank You that You have a hand in this situation. I thank You that You are in control, for I am unable to deal with this," everything starts to settle down. The stress level lessens greatly, I can think again, and can function as one should.

So with all that said, I'll leave you with some Scriptures.

2 Chronicles 7:13-14: If I close the sky so there is no rain, or if I command the grasshopper to consume the land, or if I send pestilence on My people, 14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.

Psalm 121: I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber. 4 Indeed, the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep. 5 The Lord protects you; the Lord is a shelter right by your side. 6 The sun will not strike you by day, or the moon by night. 7 The Lord will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life. 8 The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever.

Psalm 6:9-10: The Lord has heard my plea for help; the Lord accepts my prayer. 10 All my enemies will be ashamed and shake with terror; they will turn back and suddenly be disgraced.

Matthew 10: 32-39: "Therefore, everyone who will acknowledge Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven. 34 Don't assume that I came to bring peace on the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to turn a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 and a man's enemies will be the members of his household. 37 The person who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; the person who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And whoever doesn't take up hos cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. 39 Anyone finding his life will lose it, and anyone losing his life because of Me will find it.

Matthew 17:20-21: "Because of your little faith," He told them. "For I assure you: If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting."

Luke 11:1-4: He was praying in a certain place, and when He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples." 2 He said to them, "Whenever you pray, say:
Your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come.
3 Give us this day our daily bread. 4 Forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves also forgive everyone in dept to us.
And do not bring us into temptation. (CBSV) (Remember, Luke was different with the Lords prayer than Matthew.)

Luke 22:32: But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. and you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.

Romans 8:26: In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groaning's.

Romans 12:12: Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22: Rejoice always!
17 Pray constantly.
18 Given thanks in everything.
19 Don't stifle the Spirit.
20 Don't despise prophecies,
21 but test all things. Hold on to what is good.
22 Stay away from every form of evil.

Isaiah 56:7: I will bring them to My holy mountain and let them rejoice in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar, for My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.

Philippians 4:6-7: Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

What if His people prayed by Casting Crowns

What if we all took a stand and prayed? What if we stood up to the handful of people that want to take God out of the Constitution, out of schools, etc? What if we stood up and said, "NO MORE!" What if we all started praying? Think of all the possibilities if we all took a stand together and started praying for our great nation, for the world! Our nation, our country, the world, God depends on it! He wants us to be a praying nation. Let's show Him we really care. Let's show Him we want Him to bring heaven down to earth. Let's show Him we don't want Satan to take another victim. Let's fight for one another and tell Satan NO! Let's fight for what is right. Let's not let those few consumed with darkness take over. Let's not let them have a voice that takes away the good that we so desperately need in our lives. Instead, let's pray that they too will come to see the light and brought out of their darkness and seek His face.

Pray! We all count on one another to pray. You can pray where ever you are. To say you don't have time isn't true. You can pray any time. In the shower, driving your car, sitting in an office, walking, standing in line, on the toilet. It doesn't matter where you are, or what you are doing, you can take time to pray. It doesn't have to be a long lengthy prayer. Just a couple of words sometimes is sufficient. He knows what we want and what we need, but He wants to hear it come from us. He wants a constant close relationship with us. Talk to Him, be in constant contact with Him. Read aloud a Scripture or true and personalize it, saying you believe that His word is true, and you trust Him to keep His promises.

Pray as if today is your last. Pray like there is no tomorrow. Pray like never before. Simply pray. Let's call upon the Lord to restore us and our great nation. Let's stand and call heaven down to earth.

P R A Y !!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Who You Are

First off, just want to Praise the Lord for bringing some huge break through's through some very dark trials. I'm relieved my husband's season seems to be coming to an end! Hallelujah! It's been a long tough trial, but all is good, for now he has a good testimony to share with many.

My mind was brought to saying a few things on beautiful us. I know I've posted many a time about this subject, yet was brought to talk on it again. I see so many beautiful people struggle with who they are. I went through it and know how it feels. I still resort back to my insecurity at times. The enemy does know our weaknesses, so we must always be on guard.

It breaks my heart to see such beautiful, inspiring people go through life feeling worthless, ugly, rejected, and the list can go on and on. My word to you is, you are beautiful no matter what people may say. Unfortunately of the flesh, people can be very cruel. They themselves that are speaking harshly or giving nasty looks may be insecure with themselves or angry with life. Don't take it to heart. There is one thing you need to remember: Psalm 139:14: I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.

Hang on to that Scripture! You are who you were meant to be. He made you to be beautiful, wonderful you. When you look down on yourself, you are looking down on Him. Remember that. That is what got me past my insecurities. When I look at myself and think; "you are pathetic, your so stupid or ignorant, look at you, you look pathetic!" And on and on it goes; I stop and say, "Forgive me Father. I am who you made me to be. I thank You for that. I love who You made. Give me the strength to believe and follow by Your ways and Your desires." The insecurities came from years of degrading by many. Always being told I was stupid, ugly, worthless, wouldn't amount to anything etc, etc.

Don't shun your creator for who He made you to be. We all make mistakes. Not one of us is perfect. Nor are we to judge one another. So someone doesn't act the way you feel is right. Someone is heavy set, or too thin. They don't dress properly. They have too many tatoo's. They wear their make too heavy. Pray for them instead of condemning them. What difference does it make. They are who they are. You only have to take care of you and if you are a parent, your children as well.

When you look down on yourself, and you portray that image to your children, they are more apt to feel ridiculous to themselves as well. Unfortunately I did not know the harm I was bringing to my kids. I pray they can get past their ill feelings about themselves and the curse be broken. Being in that darkness of self denial is no place to be. We have so much to offer. We all have a purpose, we all have a design, we all have been given gifts to help others.

So lets all take a step off that pity party, gloomy ride down into the pit. Let's take a stand and say no more! We will not stand for listening to negative words! We are beautifully and wonderfully made! I am proud of who I am, for I am a daughter/son of the God most high. He made me who I am today. I will stand beside Him and let Him lead me, not others.

May the Glory of the Lord surround you with peace. May His love for you shine through to others. May you be lifted and filled with His strength and knowledge. If you haven't accepted Christ into your life yet, I challenge you to do so. Believe me, you won't regret it. Perhaps some day I will get my husband to write his testimony on here of what coming to Christ has done for him. He was insecure as well with himself. Thank Your Lord for taking that from him and making him a godly man that hungers and thirsts for You and made him a loving family man!

Be blessed everyone. Hold your head up, but not in a prideful, boastful manner. Walk forward keeping your eyes focused on Him. Do not let the ways of the flesh/world tear you down, for that is the enemy. The Lord does not condemn, only the enemy does that.