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, March 28, 2016

Psalm of the Week - 16:11 AKJV - March 27, 2016

In reference to Psalm 16:8-11 Matthew Henry wrote, "these verses may be applied to all Christians, guided and animated by the Spirit of Christ... our hearts and tongues may ever rejoice in him..." 
As I ride my motorcycle down the highway, I am filled with joy. 
In fact, sometimes the joy just bubbles up inside of me until it can no longer be contained and I shout joyfully into the wind. Thankfulness fills my heart that Jesus called me to be a servant for him and I get to ride a thundering V-twin motorcycle, too. Does it get any better than this? 

As a servant of Jesus, I must remember two things.
1. It's all about Jesus.
2. Jesus is love and I must show love.  

Verse of the Week - Matthew 28:6 AKJV - March 27, 2016

...let us remember our Lord Jesus is not here, he is risen; therefore let our hearts rise, and seek the things that are above. He is risen, as he said. Let us never think that strange which the word of Christ has told us to expect;...  Matthew Henry
I am filled with joy as I type this message. My Jesus loves me, he is risen, he is alive, and he LOVES me. Yes, I know I am being loud in typing capitals. Truly, I feel like standing on my back deck and declaring this out loud to the back yard. Yep, I don't care if I get labeled as " that crazy Jesus biker lady." 

As I sat in church, the words "He is risen!" seemed to resound through my heart and mind. Tears gathered in my eyes as I thought about Jesus' sacrifice.

He was nailed to a cross and took the sin of the world upon himself. He took MY sin upon himself. Then, he arose just like he had told his followers he would. 

The angel that delivered this message is described as having "a face like lightning." 
Can you imagine the intensity of lightning contained in a face? Truly, I would believe his words,"our Lord Jesus is not here, he is risen;."  Did you catch the fact that the angel said "our"? Jesus is lord of all in heaven, too. He is a living presence. 

My Jesus is not dead - He is Alive and he is Risen! 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Sallee Shares: War Room Bible Study

War Room is a great, faith-based movie and our church had a free movie night to watch it before starting the bible study.

Leading a bible study for adults is slightly outside of my comfort zone, but I know that Jesus is equipping me with the knowledge I need to be successful in this endeavor. After all, the bible study is all about him and using the word of God daily.

 2 Timothy 2:16-17
16All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Today, I am sharing some of my favorite parts from Session 1.

Session 1 has you evaluate where you are in your personal relationship with God. Are you ice cold, lukewarm, or on fire for the Lord? In the movie, Miss Clara illustrated this point by serving herself hot coffee and Elizabeth a cup of lukewarm coffee.

Revelation 3:15-16
15‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. 

Jesus wants an intimate and close relationship with us. 

Revelation 3:19-20
19‘Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. 20‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 

I love the mental image I have when I read Revelation 3:20.
 Can you see Jesus standing at your door, hand lifted, knocking on your door? He is waiting for you to open the door. Throw that door open beloved one! Greet him with a big smile and exclaim," Jesus! I am so glad you came to see me. Come on in. You are just in time for dinner." 

Day Two of Session 1 - The Armor of God and Prayer
I see pictures in my mind when I read. The ability to visualize brings the bible to life for me. Yes, TV is a poor second to the mental images I see while reading bible verses like Ephesians 6:10-18:
10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
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

Can you see yourself clad in your armor, kneeling in prayer? 
You are a spiritual warrior. I am a spiritual warrior. We are called to pray, pray, and pray more. Join me in this spiritual battle we are fighting. We truly are members of the Lord's Army, but on a spiritual level. Join me in this battle brothers and sisters, for the world is growing darker and needs more prayer warriors. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Psalm of the Week - 118:26 - March 20, 2016

Psalm 118:26 is considered to be a messianic psalm. Therefore, it is also a cross reference for Mark 11:9:
And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord:
Let us praise and thank Jesus this week as we get ready to celebrate Easter Sunday, the day that Jesus arose from the dead.

Jesus, you are the son of God. In all ways I acknowledge you. You are my redeemer, my salvation, my savior. Thank-you Jesus for being obedient and following your father's plan for yourself. Thank-you for being a sin sacrifice for me.

Verse of the Week - Mark 11:9 - March 20, 2016

The beginning of Jesus' last week as a living man.
Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a donkey. People threw their robes on the ground in front of his donkey and shouted, "Hosanna!" Some had seen, or heard Jesus' teachings, miracles, and healings. Most of the crowd believed Jesus was going to be their king on earth. This misunderstanding helped to set up the events that led to Jesus' death on a cross in six days. 

The Roman regional government and the Jewish Pharisees took notice of the shouting throng surrounding Jesus' ride into Jerusalem.
Rome didn't want civil unrest and the Pharisees didn't want an errant teacher to supplant their leadership as a king. There two factions both saw Jesus as a threat. Jesus' days were numbered.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Pray at Your Partner

Anger is destructive to a relationship.
My hubby and I deal with anger in completely different ways. If Bill gets angry, he likes to think  about it for a couple of days and then talk about it. If I get angry, I fume and fuss, but am over it within half a day. See? We are very different. Two years ago, I began using a different approach if I get angry with my hubby.

Now, I am practicing a "take it to Jesus" approach.
Every time I find myself feeling negative about my man, I start talking to Jesus about it.  Sometimes, I just talk about how I feel, but then it gets down to praying for Bill so I can quit being angry.

I am going to fight for Bill against the enemy, Satan.
Beth Moore's bible study, A Fight Worth Having gave me the tools I needed to:

  • stop fighting with my husband
  • start fighting a spiritual battle for my husband
Below are the tools I use.
  • Ask God to equip me with scriptures that will reflect the situation. Then, I write or type them up and use my husband's name. Then when I speak it, I am speaking straight to the situation. When I begin to pray scripture, I am about to do battle. This is a tool for battle!
  • It is time to get mad. There is nothing wrong with getting mad as long as it is focused at the right enemy.
  • Pick up the sword of the spirit (The Bible) and go straight to the enemy we really do have and start calling on the authority of God's word in prayer to your Father about your situation.
  • You will feel yourself begin to fill with faith. Fight with faith. 
  • We have a God that is a warrior. The LORD is a WARRIOR. Exodus 15:3 says, The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.
  • Hold up that shield of faith and wield the sword of the spirit and God is with you, fighting for you.
I have prayed for peace between my husband and myself, financial wisdom, healing, health, and a variety of issues. Sometimes I just ask Jesus to help me be the wife my husband needs.

For additional prayer help check out Jennifer O. White's five, powerful prayers for wives to use.
 Click Here to read Jennifer's prayers. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Psalm of the Week - 32:7 - 13 March 2016

Jesus is my hiding place when daily life gets tough. I know that Jesus will keep me from trouble. This doesn't mean that trouble will not be in my life; it means Jesus will give me a good outcome. I will praise him in the midst of a chaotic day or event.

Verse of the Week - 2 Corinthians 5:17 - March 13, 2016

"The renewed man acts upon new principles, by new rules, with new ends, and in new company. The believer is created anew; his heart is not merely set right, but a new heart is given him."
                                                                                                  Matthew  Henry's Concise Commentary

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Psalm of the Week - 2:7 - March 7, 2016

In the Old Testament, King David was God's choice to be king for his people. God decreed that David was his Son, and he, God, was David's Father. However, this was a special circumstance that didn't normally happen. 

All of us are God's children. He loves us. If you would like to know more about becoming a Christian, Click Here.

Verse of the Week - Luke 3:22 - March 7, 2016

Jesus was praying when heaven opened and the Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, descended on him. Prayer was important to Jesus. In my study bible, the footnote for 3:21-22 says that each time God spoke from heaven to Jesus, or about Jesus, Jesus was in prayer. Therefore, prayer should be important to Jesus' followers.

Love unites the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. When I accepted Jesus as my savior, love united me with Jesus.