Monday, June 5, 2017
You draw me out of the deep
When thick clouds engulf me
When I cannot perceive my purpose
Because I allow doubt to creep in
Like a black widow spider
But faith arises when I speak Your word
Joy wells up within me
When I remember to praise Your undefeatable Name
The enemy, the foe, the avenger who came to steal
The word of God from my heart
Flees in terror
I now see clear skies and a pristine purpose for my life
All because I turned to You my Deliverer, my Jesus
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:1-33
No matter what happens in our lives and in the world we live in, we serve a Mighty God who saves, protects, heals and restores. He can bring good out of the most horrific situations. He can awaken the heart that has lost hope.
We do not always understand why terrible things happen in this world, but I know that man has been given a free will from God. Some people choose to do good and some people choose to live a life of evil.
Today, we pray for those that have been affected by the Manchester terrorist attack…
Dear God of All Comfort,
We ask you to minister to hearts that have been overcome by fear. Lord, strengthen them with your great love. We ask you to comfort those that have lost loved ones, and we ask you to heal hearts and bodies that have been affected by the attack. Lord, touch the nation of England. Draw its people closer to you. Let them come to a saving knowledge of you. Let those there that already know you be instruments of Your grace and peace.
Heavenly Father we come against Satan and speak confusion to his plans. We bind him and his angels in the name of Jesus. We ask that you judge those that have chosen to do such a thing to those that You, Jesus, love so very much. Come Lord like a flood and heal England. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
His twisted hand caught the Savior’s eye
Did Christ ridicule in reply?
He had the man stand before the group
But on the Sabbath day what was He to do?
The Pharisees held to the letter of the law
To heal on the Sabbath to them would be wrong
Jesus, with compassion, asked the man to
Stretch forth his hand
All became well at His command
Perfection overcame imperfection
Wholeness overruled disease’s insurrection
The Pharisees were outraged
At the freedom of Jesus’ faith
How could He heal on our holy day
They conspired to kill the Christ
Death verses Life
On this day when Jesus healed the man
With a withered hand
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Your blood turns black to white
Your love turns wrong to right
Your peace calms storms without and within
Your joy enables the weak and worn to win
Your truth sets the captives free
Your hand makes blind eyes see
Your blood is a miracle cure
Offering healing, making men pure
I trust in You with all my heart
You turn my trouble into art
Your blood ran down the cross
Salvation’s gift can save the lost
Your blood redeemed me as a slave
I’ve now risen with you from the grave
Sunday, April 16, 2017
On the cross I suffered and died. I bore your sins and the sins of all mankind. My blood purchased your salvation and your healing. I am the Lamb that was sacrificed for your wholeness. Behold I died, but I rose again. I live to bring you to Me. I offered up My life , the perfect sacrifice. You are forgiven. I offer you life, resurrection life so one day you can come and live with me. I am the Great I Am, and I love you. I laid My life down so you could know Me. I am the risen Lord who loves you. I bear on my wrists and feet the scars that brought you healing. Come to me and receive My grace,
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
God is love… There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:16b, 18-19 NIV
When I met the Savior, I was conditioned, through years of religion, to believe that God was a harsh Judge. Condemnation and fear were the air I breathed. I had many other fears like a fear of the future and fear of those in authority. After I accepted Christ as my Sin-Bearer, a gradual process commenced.
God began to show me His gentle love through the teaching of the Scriptures, prayer and through the body of Christ. Over time, God’s love drove every oppressing fear away from my life.
Now I know I am free, and I truly enjoy my relationship with my Father God.
This does not mean that God is not a Judge; He is, but He only disciplines us because He loves us.
He is slowly transforming us into the image of Jesus.
If you are battling fear in your life, I would encourage you to look up Scriptures on the love and grace of God. If you don’t belong to a church that preaches and teaches that God is a good God, I would encourage you to find one that does. It also helps to confide in a mature believer and to let this person know of your struggles. They can pray for you and encourage you.
Here is a prayer that will help you take a stand against your enemy, fear…
Dear Father God,
I come against the spirit of fear in my life. In the name of Jesus, I command you to leave me alone. God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). I choose not to fear since God is with me. Precious Lord, I ask you to reveal to me the love and grace You have for me. Let your love wash me of all fear. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen!
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Your splendor, Lord, is like the sunrise
Rays flash from Your hand like lightening
Are we not Your body?
Isn’t there healing in our hands?
Yes, His power extends from our hands
Heals the sick, strengthens the feeble and
Can even raise the dead
So let’s go forth
Spreading the gospel
With healing in our hands
For we do not go in our own name or by our own authority
But in the name of Him who fashioned the planets
And in the name of He who formed the oceans and created mankind
We go in the Name of Jesus
Nothing can stand against us
As we together spread His truth with love
Accompanied with signs and wonders
That He alone manifests
Monday, March 13, 2017
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV
Prayer is vital to the Christian. It, along with Scripture reading, is our bread and butter. Prayer for the believer is to be ongoing. At times, it is mournful when the Holy Spirit shows us our sin or the sin of another - for the purpose of intercession, but it is also joyful – like a dance.
When we ask God for our needs to be met, our plea must be enveloped in thanksgiving. Expectancy should accompany our faith-filled prayers.
But prayer is more than just asking; it is being. Prayer is a relationship with our God. He desires to speak to us and show us things in the Spirit so we can better know and serve Him. He wants to heal us, restore us, comfort us, and discipline us. His discipline comes from a heart of love so that we can grow.
Prayer also is to be rooted in God’s word. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Truth in the Scriptures comes from The Truth (Jesus). When we meditate on God’s word, we are practicing an essential type of prayer, and we are getting to know the Author of the word better and better.
When faced with the command to pray without ceasing, one can become overwhelmed at the idea. I have found that when I start my day in prayer and Bible reading, it becomes more natural for me to live in an attitude of prayer throughout the day. When I fall, I ask for the Lord’s forgiveness, and then I walk on.
As long as we live, we will be learning in this Christian journey.
Let’s choose to incorporate prayer into our daily lives. We will find that our intimacy with Him will grow into something we relish all the day long.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Like a flower that never fades
Is my love for you
Full of glory and of grace
Is your response, faithful and true
You complete me
A gift from God above
You complete me
I’m held captive by your love
Your beauty moves me
Your smile revives me
Your touch renews me
Your lips undo me
I delight to watch and listen to you sing
Praises to the Risen King
When we pray together,
We are ready for any weather
Still troubled days come to us all
When foolish words are spoken
But we have learned through it all
To fix what we have broken
You, my angel, work diligently
In all you set your hand to
You help me to see
There are no limits to what I can do
I have found a noble woman
Generous and strong
I have found a noble woman
I will praise God for you all life long
Sunday, February 12, 2017
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16
Our Bible is a compilation of 66 different books, written by a human authors who were inspired by God. The Greek meaning of the word “inspiration” in the above verse is “God-breathed”. It has been the conviction of Christ followers from many different denominations and persuasions over the centuries that the Bible is a literal representation of the thoughts of Almighty God.
If we believe this, then we must take the reading and studying of the Bible seriously. It is life and food to our souls. It sheds light and direction upon our path. It steers us along the righteous path. It corrects us, teaches us, comforts us, heals us, builds our faith, inspires us, motivates us, and fills us with the Spirit of God. If we believe the Bible is God’s word, then we will listen to godly ministers as they preach and teach from the Scriptures.
We are to approach God’s word with a sense of awe and wonder and with an attitude of respect. As we apply God’s word to our daily walk, we will grow. We will become more and more like our Maker. If you have not developed a habit of reading the word daily, may I suggest that you begin with 10-15 minutes a day reading the Bible?
Find a translation you are comfortable with. I like the New International Version and the New King James Version but there are many good translations out there. I would suggest that you not pick a paraphrase version like The Message or The Living Bible to study. These are great as a second Bible to receive inspiration from, but they are not word-for-word translations of the text.
Approach the word of God prayerfully. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and to reveal to you precious truths from the scriptures. Don’t rush through your time in the Bible. Pause and digest what you are reading. Look for one takeaway from your study. Ask the Lord to help you put into practice a specific commandment that you find in the pages of God’s word. Look for a promise to believe and claim. Above all, enjoy your time with God and in His presence as you meditate and study the scriptures.
God’s word is powerful. Hebrews 4:12 says: “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” God’s word is a mirror where we see the reflection of who we are in Him. The word also exposes our hidden sins and wrong attitudes. God’s word has the power to cleanse us and make us pure.
The Bible is a great gift to mankind. It is filled with the breath of God. Let’s making reading and studying it a high priority in our lives. If we do, we will reap great rewards.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
When temptation roars
When its shadow tries to overtake me
When my thoughts sound like rattlesnakes
I have been given the choice
To flee from Satan’s dream for me
I can resist his venomous tongue
I can speak the word of God
Like Jesus when He was tempted
I can run free over the mountains
Victory is mine when I turn to Jesus
Halleluiah, I am no longer under the evil one’s spell
Freedom is the gift of grace my Father offers
I can dance for joy
Spin and shout
The Deliverer has set me free!
It is not a sin to be tempted
Not a sin to feel temptation’s weight
If I fall, Christ is there to lift me
If I stand, He is there to say, “Well done.”
Glory to God, He makes a way out of every temptation
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
For the plans I have for you are plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Jeremiah 29:11
This is a wonderful and well known verse in the book of Jeremiah. It was spoken by the prophet to the exiles of Jerusalem, who were taken to Babylon. The context of the verse shows that the Lord wanted them to prosper in a foreign land without leaving the country.
When things get tough, our natural response is to want to escape. The Lord desired the Israelites to prosper where they were even though Babylon was not their true home. In fact God told them to pray for the land that it would be blessed. The logic was that if Babylon was blessed they would be blessed also. The Lord through Jeremiah told God’s people to marry and have sons and daughters and have their daughters marry as well. God promised to one day bring them back to their land, but that time was not at hand.
In our fast-paced world, we have a tendency to always want to know the new thing that God is doing. We want the breakthrough, we want the ultimate blessing, but sometimes God wants us to prosper where we are. We have to learn to be content even in the midst of contrary circumstances.
The Israelites did not want to live in a foreign land, but they made the best of it. We are to bloom where we are planted. In God’s timing, we will possess the land of promise.