His instructions are firm and often repeated:
"Stand firm and see..."
This is the gift God gives to us--to trust Him in every situation.
Nothing is too hard for Him. Nothing.
Our deliverance is in His hands.
He will daily demonstrate His power and authority, if we will stand firm and watch Him do it.
Many of our battles go on inside of our minds. Fear of failure. Fear of not being good enough. Fear of the next disaster.
Victory in those moments is when God established His peace in our hearts. Then we have a revelation of His greatness.
Reman under the shelter of His wings and no harm will come upon us. (A Psalm 91 promise.)
Thank you Father God for fighting the battles for us. Amen.
You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive because you ask with the wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
Have you ever considered the ‘why’ behind what you pray for? Do you even remember what, exactly, you prayed for the last time you went before the Lord God Almighty?
In the highs and the lows--
I will find contentment...
I will...with His help... manage the hard things.
He will show me ways to make it work, to thrive, to use what I have.
ALL-- That's the good and the bad that come my way.
I can face it all...through Him.
I can find my way...with Him.
That's the beauty of this journey.
Even if I can't see where things are going, He will get me there.
Be strong of of good courage,
do not fear or be afraid of them
for the Lord you God, He is the one who goes with you.
He will not leave you, nor forsake you.
To remain stable or fixed in a state. To continue in a place, to accept without objection.
To trust in our God and to believe that He is with us and will speak to us. That he loves us and will take care of us in times of good and bad.
With Him on our side, what do we have to fear? Honestly? He loves us. He wants to walk with us. He wants us to depend on him. Dive into his word. Learn His ways. Learn a better way to live, to love, to get along in this world.
I've been a believer all my life. Yet, understanding how prayer works, how to pray effectively, and even understanding why I want to learn this, came much, much later.
There is something about having God's ear, about knowing that he is not only listening to me, but he wants to listen, to help, to be a part of my life. This deep-hearted understanding has helped to keep me from feeling alone.
Isn't it crazy how alone we can feel at times, even in a world full of people, even in a house full of family? We think that nobody understands us. That nobody really cares. That nobody is listening.
I'm here to tell you that is a lie from the enemy.
It's not true. You are valuable. You have been created for a purpose here on earth and into eternity. God paid a great price so that you can get close to Him.
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7 (ESV)
Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed,
for I am your God.
I will strengthen you.
Yes, I will uphold you with my
righteous right hand...
Get to know Jesus well...
Because the more you know him, the more you'll love him.
The more you love him, the more you'll want to follow him.
The more you follow him, the more you'll become like him.
The more you become like him, the more you become your true self.
Help me to see Your Son clearly in my life. Help me to become a little more like him, each and every day. Speak to me through your word, through your beautiful world, and through your wonderful children, to encourage my heart to seek you more.
In following Jesus and his examples, may I also find who you created me to be, and the perfect plans you have designed for my life.
Thank you, Father, for your loving kindness. Amen
Welcome to my new series of blog posts about becoming an Effective Prayer Warrior. If you want to step out of the mundane, to rise above the chaos of this world and society’s way of thinking, then that change starts with effective prayer. If you want to see changes, but feel they are beyond your abilities to make a difference, I want to direct you to what God said in 2 Chronicles 7:14--
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
This promise is just as truthful as it was back when it was first penned.
Come along, and let’s take a little journey toward learning how to become a true Prayer Warrior so that you can make a difference in the Kingdom of God and the world we live in.
Today, let us rejoice in all the goodness God has bestowed on us.
No matter what is going on in our lives- He will walk beside us through the good and bad.
All we have to do is ask.
Look around. See how the earth in spring shouts for joy?
Joy over renewal. Joy over rebirth.
His mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness.
(See Lamentations 3:23)
I pray that you find your joy-song today.
Share something you are joyful for today in the comments below.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn--
shout for joy before the Lord, the King.
Though I love writing full-fledged inspirational fantasy novels, I have these little stories that I've been hanging on to for years now.
I've always thought it would be fun to write and illustrate picture books. Did you know that I was not only a teacher's aid in an elementary school, but I used to run the children's ministry at my church back in it's early years.? I'm amazed over this, too. Ha!
During that time, when I was first called back to write stories, I'd get these silly little stories that would sometimes hit me at the oddest times. (Usually in the middle of the night, as usual) So, I'd get up in the morning and write them down. When our church was just a small gathering, the pastor would let me read these stories to everyone.
The kids enjoyed them. So did some of the adults.
That was quite nerve-wracking, let me tell you. But I learned something at that time. I learned that I could say things in stories that touched people's hearts. Even helped them at times. I learned the effectiveness of telling a parable.
Sheep's Tale, was the first one to come to me.
Back in February, Mr. Castle and I went on a Caribbean cruise. What a blast we had.
The best memory I have...and there were many...but I went snorkeling for the very first time. What an experience. But it turned out to be more than just a cool excursion, it was a perspective changer.
You look out across the waters, which were beautiful and so clear, and don't even realize there's a whole world just beneath the surface. It's not until you actually go out into the depths, step off the shore, take that plunge, that you are able to see the amazing wonders of God's world.
I'll admit, me and water have a love/hate relationship. I can swim...well enough to get across a pool.
Okay, halfway, but whatever.
I think it's pretty. I love the many blues. I love the expanse.
So long as I'm on shore. Or on a boat. The bigger the better.
This day, I was going in. Oh boy, I was quaking in my flippers, let me tell you. But there was this little voice, an unreasonable, yet persistent voice, that begged me not to miss the opportunity.
I couldn't ignore the voice. So I went in. Despite my better judgement.
Jackie Castle is an author, artist and dreamer. She lives in Texas with her husband, two grown children and her dog, Banjo. She looks for the extraordinary in the ordinary in everything she experiences.
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