Prayer Challenge

I want to ask you to say this prayer out loud, if possible.

“I belong to God. I am a holy vessel because I have the Holy Spirit of the Living God. The Lord of Heaven and earth has said to me; “I declare you holy!”. I commit to start believing what He says. I AM HOLY! Remind me daily, Spirit of the Living God, to treat myself as holy, open my eyes to every scheme of The Enemy to treat me as if I'm not. You, God, are Holy. Your word is the truth. This day Father, I chose to believe you! I ask this in the mighty name of your son Jesus Christ, who died on a cross for me so that I could be a coheir to the kingdom of God. Amen”

Monday, July 9, 2018

Verse of the Week - Galatians 2:11

Typed error in the picture: circumcicion should be circumcision 
Paul opposed Peter because he wouldn't take a stand. 
Peter had been following Paul's example of eating with the Gentiles and fellow shipping with them. However, he changed when the strictly Hebrew faction, or circumcision group arrived in Antioch. 
Paul was 100% about sharing Jesus' teachings with the Gentiles and he wasn't happy with Peter for changing his actions and behaviors to make the circumcision group happy. 
Paul said Peter was afraid. 
Peter hasn't changed much has he? He is still the disciple who said he would NEVER fall away from Jesus or deny him. However, Peter fulfilled Jesus' prediction and denied Jesus three times before the rooster crowed after Jesus was arrested. Matthew 26:34  Peter's experience didn't change his later actions did it? He knew Jesus personally and was one of the first disciples to be chosen, but this just illustrates to me how the Lord chooses a weak vessel to accomplish his will. 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Sitting Idly in Park - A Poem About Waiting on the Lord

Sitting Idly in Park

God often takes a lot of time,
As he prepares an amazing new door,
For each of his heirs to walk through.
Doors that will lead to a new adventure in life,
Doors with the purpose of keeping his people,
Moving toward His heavenly throne.
Who doesn't want to arrive,
In front of God's throne to hear,
“Well done, good and faithful servant.”?

As God has us sitting idly in park,
Sandwiched between two doors,
One behind us firmly closed,
One in front of us being prepared to swing wide.
There is no sense in knocking on the front door,
Because God won't answer until he,
Has set the scene and we,
Have prepared ourselves by,
Imprinting His teachings upon our heart,

Then, we will be ready to finally embark,
Upon a carefully planned, exciting journey,
A patiently prepared black belt warrior,
Overflowing with the Spirit of God.
A master of the Sword of the Spirit,
Ready to begin a new task for our Lord.
That is why God often takes a lot of time,
As he prepares an amazing new door,
For each of his heirs to walk through.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Love the Story of Joseph and My Bible Study

A paragraph from my morning reading that I just love.
The story of Joseph is a favorite story that I have read and reread. There are so many lessons to be learned from this story. Bold print is my addition to the quote.
"By the time Joseph married and assumed his new position of leadership, he had spent 13 years in slavery. Was slavery part of God’s plan for him? Proverbs 20: 24 says, “A man’s steps are directed by the LORD.” How then can anyone understand his own way?” Joseph knew that God had a plan for his life, and he accepted God’s sovereignty regardless of what happened. He knew that God had directed his steps into that pit his brothers had dug for him just as He had directed his steps into a place of power. God had shown Himself faithful from the pit to Potiphar to prison to power. Joseph’s sons, in turn, became a living testimony to his conviction that God was with him every step of the way.
TerKeurst, Lysa. What Happens When Women Walk in Faith: Trusting God Takes You to Amazing Places (p. 84). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition. "
Unlike Lysa, I don't believe God directed Joseph's steps into the pit.
Satan caused that to happen because he is the prince of this world, BUT God brought the blessings out of the situation because Joseph continued to honor God with his attitude and godly choices. No matter what happened to Joseph, God was with him and brought blessing out of each situation.
John 12:31-32
31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”
Ephesians 2:2
in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
1 John 3:8
the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers                                                        The title "Prince of this world" was the regular Rabbinic title for Satan, whom they regarded as the ruler of the Gentiles...Jews, as well as Gentiles, have been subjects of the prince of this world the world itself, as opposed to Christ...The world's condemnation is followed by the casting out of its ruler.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Asking in Prayer - Stumbling Blocks and Solutions

Sometimes the Lord just wants us to put ourselves in park, or neutral and wait on his timing.
I have learned that stumbling blocks to answered prayer can be unbelief, sin and wrong motives
Stumbling Block 1 - Fear Causes Unbelief
Do you believe that you will receive what you are praying for? If you don't then you are praying in fear and unbelief. Nothing is too big, too small or too difficult for God. Nothing! God loves you and I. He wants to give us what we pray for when we ask him correctly. The first step in asking correctly is believing we are going to be given what we ask for. He wants us to believe that we are going to receive what we ask for in the name of Jesus.
Fear comes from Satan. Remember this acronym: False Evidence Appearing Real. You and I are the beloved children of God. We are good enough to be given what we ask for in prayer. With God, the impossible is possible. Satan loves to whisper that we aren't good enough, or that God can't possibly give us what we ask for. That is false evidence! Kick it out of your thoughts the minute you catch yourself thinking it.
Stumbling Block 2 - Sin
The sin stumbling blocks can be anger, idolatry - loving someone or something more than God, indifference to need, hypocrisy, unforgiving spirit, and broken relationships.
As a practicing alcoholic addict my personal stumbling blocks, wrong motives, and solutions were and still can be:
  • Anger - Memorize, read, and recite scriptures on anger. Pray with a prayer partner before I blow up (My husband)
  • Idolatry - Nothing comes before God. Not spouses, children, drugs, alcohol, food, job, nothing. God is #numberonepriority 
  • Unforgiving spirit - Forgiveness comes from unconditional love. I might not like someone's actions, but I still have to forgive the person. Occasionally, this requires praying for the person you are unforgiving about to receive what they need to be happy. Do this daily for 2 weeks. 
  • Broken relationships - Yes, I have to apologize for my behaviors and actions towards my fellow human beings. Courage in action is being loving and forgiving regardless of the other person's actions and behaviors. Think of Jesus stopping the stoning of the adulterous woman. Stephen asking God to forgive those stoning him to death, and Jesus on the cross asking forgiveness for those who sent him to the cross. 

How to ask in prayer - Ask with...
  • Perseverance - Perseverance means having faith in and focusing on God to make sure of what He wants and what you want to ask for.
  • With sincerity - Sincerity means from the heart - in love.
  • With humility - Submitting to God in all areas. 
  • In faith - Belief with no doubt that the power of God is present in your life.
  • While abiding with Christ - Letting Jesus into your whole life, not just part of it. He is the vine and you are a branch of the vine. 
  • In Jesus' name - All things come to us through Jesus. We ask in the name of Jesus and ask as Jesus would ask. What would Jesus ask for? 
  • With the mind - Use your ability to phrase your prayer in a manner that is to the point, or "short and sweet." 
  • In the Spirit - No selfishness or self-centeredness. 
#prayerlife #askingJesus 
"Ask and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you" 
John 14:6
"Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
John 14:14
"If you shall ask anything in my name, I will do it." 
John 15:7
"If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you" 
John 16:24
"Hitherto have you asked nothing in my name: ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full"
James 4:7
"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
1 Peter 4:1-2
"Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God"
Ephesians 6:18
"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people."

1. Prayer Guide 9, Principles of Asking, Walking in Fellowship with God - Disciple's Prayer Life by T.W. Hunt & Catherine Walker
2. Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
3. NIV Disciple's Study Bible

Monday, May 28, 2018

Verse of the Week - Galatians 2:10

The apostle showed his charitable disposition, and how ready he was to own the Jewish converts as brethren, though many would scarcely allow the like favor to the converted Gentiles; but mere difference of opinion was no reason to him why he should not help them. Herein is a pattern of Christian charity, which we should extend to all the disciples of Christ. Matthew Henry's Bible Commentary