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A quote I once heard Ravi Zaccharias say was, Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.”
King David’s sin took him farther from God’s face than he ever imagined. The greatest pain of his life came during his separation from God’s hand of blessing and favor. He couldn’t bear the thought of losing his relationship with the One he loved the most. We can see this in the prayer David prayed after he had fallen into sin.
David prayed, Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. (Psalm 51:1-3, 9-12).
When David came to his senses he cried out to God for forgiveness and God graciously forgave him; however that did not erase the consequences of his sins, for David paid dearly for those sins in his life and the lives of his family.
I'm sure if we knew the consequences of our sin before falling to temptation, how many of us would ever follow through with it? If only we could see beforehand the harm that our sins bring to ourselves and to others I'm sure we would not fall prey to them. Remember Peters admonition in (1 Peter 5:8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: The goal of our enemy is to destroy us and those we love by setting snares for us which will cause us to fall .
If we desire to live for God and in the blessings of God, He commands us to seek Him and His purposes and plans. We need to look down the road and calculate the cost of our decisions. We must keep our eyes firmly fixed on His path and stay true to Him and conscientiously stay focused.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, (Hebrews 12:1)
Listen to a short testimony and song by the Cathedrals Quartet
Numbers 23:19 (KJV): God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?
Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Satan wants to steal the Word of God out of your heart and mind, so that he can discourage, kill, and destroy you spiritually, and then physically. If he can steal the Word of God out of your heart then you will be non-productive for the Kingdom of God. Satan steals through lies, doubt, fear, worry, greed, lust, unbelief, and tradition. Satan is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44).
Let’s Pray: God I ask You in Jesus’ name teach me how to protect Your Word in my life, heart, and mind. God don’t let Satan steal Your Word from me. God don’t let me doubt You/Your Word. Don’t let me walk in unbelief and or tradition. God bless me by teaching me how and causing me to listen, meditate upon, study, receive, and act on Your Word. Bless and strengthen me to always give Your Word first place and final authority in my life. In the good and bad times let me hold unwavering to Your Word. Teach me how to silence the enemy’s voice with his lies, enticements, deceitfulness, and discouragement. Don’t let me cast away my confidence or my hope in You/Your Word. God You are faithful to Your Word. Thank You God for planting Your Word in my heart and mind. God all that I have asked of You in this prayer, please do the same for the writer of this prayer. Amen.
Let The Word of God Dwell Within Your Richly!
Encourager Linda Flagg, M.A., B.S., BCPCLC
Board Certified Professional Christian Life Coach
Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe on those who call evil good," but that's exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We confess that:
We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism.
We have worshiped other gods and called it multi-culturalism.
We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have neglected the needy and called it self-preservation.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn children and called it a choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
We have abused power and called it political savvy.
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the Center of Your Will.
I ask it in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
What awesome insight, humility and honesty!!! Attributes sadly lacking in the halls of government and in our society.
With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep our Nation and wholeheartedly become our desire, so that we again can be called a Nation of People Who Love God!
Please send this prayer to as many of your friends as you can. Let us all help to get God back into our lives and most importantly into the lives of our children & grandchildren.
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Has God called you to be a "Noah" for your family? I know He has called me! I have built my ark and my family are all aboard; the winds and the storm has already hit us, we are now just awaiting the sign from the Holy Spirit that our "promised land" is just ahead! Enjoy this devotion from Rejoiceministries.org
Scroggymommy5 aka Noah
Noah Believed and Obeyed God
"Now the earth was corrupt in Godâ€™s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, â€˜I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.â€™" Genesis 6:11-14
We all have heard or read in Genesis about Noah and the ark. I always am so thankful when I see the many different items in different stores that have a theme of Noahâ€™s Ark. Last year there was even a new family movie out with a modern version of Noahâ€™s Ark, called "Evan Almighty." Noahâ€™s story has a powerful lesson for the world to learn.
I must share with you that more than twenty years ago, my Lord had me read about Noah and asked if I would choose to be a Noah to build an ark to save my own family. Has the Lord asked you that question? What was your answer?
Today please read the story of Noah in Genesis, (Chapters 6-9) comparing your stand to what God told Noah to do. God chose Noah to do His will. Has God chosen "you" to be Godâ€™s example of a righteous and blameless person in your family? God needed someone to listen and obey Him during Noahâ€™s time and He also needs you and me during our time to make a difference. Obedience is not as easy as we think, especially when we are told to do what is contrary to our culture and the worldâ€™s standards. How are you doing in being obedient to Godâ€™s directions and instructions about standing for your marriage? Are you living by your emotions and feelings or by faith and trust in God?
Noah obeyed God, regardless of what his family, friends or anyone else said. As you read the story of Noah you will see that Noah did not debate or ask a lot of questions. He listened to Godâ€™s voice. Noah followed Godâ€™s instructions and he obeyed God.
"Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with Godâ€¦Noah did everything just as God commanded him." Genesis 6:9,22
If Noah had not obeyed the Lord and followed all His instructions the ark would not have survived the floodwaters that flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.
Can you imagine the consequences if Noah had not obeyed God and did not go into the ark at the time God commanded or instructed him to go? As I read about Noah again, you and I always think of the pictures of the two different kinds of animals that follow up the ramp to go into the ark. Imagine all those animals listening and obeying God to get on the ark at the right time!
"You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them. Noah did everything just as God commanded himâ€¦Take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made. And Noah did all that the LORD commanded him." Genesis 6:19-22,7:2-5
I know personally that the Lord told me to pray for Bob before we got the divorce, but the circumstances and comments from my friends that I shared with, confirmed with me what I wanted to hear. I had a right to have a better life and remember, my children. So, I became hardhearted, bitter, resentful and allowed hatred and anger to grow in my heart. I chose to live my life "my way, instead of Godâ€™s way." I chose to listen to others, disobey God and I divorced Bob.
Our Lord did truly hear the cry of my heart and He knew deep down that I "did not" want the divorce, but I did not know what to do â€“ so the Lord sent a messenger with His good news. Our Lord God sends messengers to each of us also even though they may not be a glowing angel. My messenger arrived two months after our divorce at our church. A couple was visiting all day sharing their testimony of their marriage being restored as they sang songs. Ann Downing shared that her husband had been an alcoholic, abusive and a womanizer, but she fasted and prayed for him for five years until the Lord gloriously saved and changed his heart.
That afternoon, I called Bob and said this couple was visiting and their marriage was worse than ours, would he come to church with me that evening. I also asked him to forgive me for giving up on him and the Lord. Bob refused to attend and said our marriage was hopeless, dead and "get on with my life." I went to church that evening, really wanting to hear what Ann had done differently than me. In the evening service they shared their testimony, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and said ever so loudly, "You did not fast and pray for Bob. You gave up on Me (God) and on Bob. I havenâ€™t. I need you to repent and you need to start praying for Me to heal and restore your marriage supernaturally."
That was the beginning of my Spiritual Journey. The Lord got my attention first and started changing my heart. The world today says if you have marriage problems, throw in the towel and try another marriage. Statistics show that second and third marriages do not last as long as first marriages. The solution is to believe that your Lord God can touch and change two hearts and the circumstances that you are facing today in your marriage.
"Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you." Jeremiah 32:17
God does restore marriages! What if Noah had not listened or obeyed the Lord, what would have happened to his family? The Lord told Noah specifically how to build the ark. God was the Architect. God told him what to do and how to do it. Has the Lord been giving you scriptures for hope and direction for you, for your prodigal and for your family? Are you choosing to listen, believe and obey Him?
Can you imagine when Noah shared with his wife and children what God told him to do when no one had ever seen rain? It took approximately the next 120 years to complete the ark. Noah also had to be faithful, trusting and believing the Lord for a season of time, just as you have been called to do. Can you imagine the ridicule that the neighbors and friends would say to Noah for such a period of time? How many times did they tell Noah that there had never been rain or a flood? You are you wasting your time!
What if you really did not hear from God? I want to remind you that when the Lord starts speaking to you through scriptures, music, or many other ways, "Do not listen to anyone else! The Lord has told you what He is going to do and what â€˜youâ€™ are to do alone!" Just like He spoke to Noah. God told Noah He would save His entire family and God told Noah His plan. You have been chosen by the Lord and you are the link the Lord has chosen to use to save your spouse, your family and generations to come. The Lord will give you every detail you need to know or do in preparing and restoring your marriage.
You may go to family, friends, pastors, or counselors for confirmation and encouragement for what you are doing. You are told there is not any guarantee that your spouse will come home. You are reminded by others that your husband or wife have their own free will. If you get discouraged, remember the enemy is trying to cause confusion and for you to be doubleminded for you to give up your stand. Your family and friends may not always understand. Do you think Noahâ€™s family understood? I do not think so, but I know that Noah kept on doing what the Lord told him to do.
Noah was a man of faith and that is what the Lord is asking and teaching you to be today. Are you going to listen to the world or are you going to believe what the Lord has told you He will do? God did not change His mind when the ark was half finished. Ask the Lord for another confirmation. It is all right to ask God to confirm what He has said to you previously. But how many times does He have to tell you before you obey and follow His instructions? Today, persevere, donâ€™t give up, seek His face and He will guide and direct your pathway to see your restored marriage and His rainbow!
"And God said, â€˜This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds. I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.â€™"Genesis 9:12-15
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I am getting ready to leave for Cincinnati for a funeral for a 25 year old that overdosed. This has become all to common in that generation. Heroin is wiping out an entire generation it seems. I am praying for the family of the victim. I pray that the are lead to The Lord to seek comfort strength and peace. I pray if The Lord needs me He will give me His heart, eyes, ears, and words. I pray I walk in His strength.
Lord I ask You to powerfully come into this world of drugs, death, and evil. Lord lead all to You, Lord set these addicts free.
Thank You Jesus Amen
(Matthew 15:13) “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.”
When dealing with deep wounded hearts many people, most of us, want the pain gone any way we can get it. Heartache is not fun and many people reach out to something natural as a way of escape. Natural remedies, whether diving into shopping, or working more, gambling or drugs and alcohol, these things are only temporary and then the when the temporary relief wears off, the emotional pain returns. God, the creator of the heart is the only one who can heal the heart permanently. The heart remembers and all the emotional pain that is put upon you or that you choose to hold on to will not leave until you choose to get rid of it. God gave us free will, because like you and me, we do not want people to love us because we make them and God is no different. It means so much more when they love us freely and since we were created “in the image of God,” he wants the same of us. He does not want robots but a sincere devotion, (Hebrews 10:22) “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” The issue with that, free will works both ways. He can whisper into our hearts to “walk this way” but it is our choice to obey. (Isaiah 30:30) “The Lord will cause people to hear his majestic voice and will make them see his arm coming down with raging anger and consuming fire, with cloudburst, thunderstorm and hail.” When people do not listen, then others get hurt. We hold our children’s hands when they are young and learning to walk, but if they choose to pull away and fall, is it our fault? No, but we are there to pick them up, heal their wounds and continually love them. God is the same; he is the healer, spiritually, emotionally and physically. (Psalm 147:3) “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
The heart is like a garden, (Isaiah 58:11) “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” He plants the fruit of HIS Holy Spirit into your heart like seeds upon salvation. It grows with prayer, time spent with him talking, reading the word and worship. When someone comes along and hurts us, other seeds are planted into our hearts and if we do not give them to the Lord, they will take root. We do not have to hold onto every emotion or thought that comes into our mind. It only takes root into your heart when you dwell on it, speak it and bury it without dealing with it. (II Corinthians 10:4-5) “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” When you dwell on it and do not deal with the negative emotions they will consume you and spill over onto everyone that comes into your path. (Luke 6:44-45) “For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a brier bush. A good man from the good stored up in his heart brings out what is good; and an evil man from the evil stored up brings out what is evil; for from the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”
You do have a choice what you allow into your heart. You can keep it, dwell on it and in that it will grow and overflow. More negative will come out or you can choose to let God handle it, and being no respecter of persons, he will and you will receive the benefit of his light, love and liberty! Your choice, (Deuteronomy 30:19-20) “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”
As a garden, the Lord plants his seeds, his fruit into your heart but like a garden, planting seeds does not automatically get rid of the weeds. If you plant flowers in a garden, will they automatically kill the weeds? No, you must pull them out! The same is true of negative emotions. Do this exercise with me. Get a friend or a loved one and have them sit with you outside. Think of your heart as a cup. Put some seeds in the bottom.
What you will need:
Small rocks, small cup, seeds
While holding the cup over the foot of your friend or loved one, put the seeds in the bottom. Then for every painful memory and heartache and all the emotions it brought, name that emotion, the anger and the unforgiveness it brought. Anger, fear, bitterness, unforgiveness, resentment, jealousy, rage and so on; keep putting the rocks into the cup until it overflows onto the foot of the person with you. You have no control where the rocks fall or overflow, do you?
You do have a choice and the only way to let it go and feel the peace and serenity of God’s love in your heart once again is to let go. Here are some ways you can choose to let go and with every positive step of praying, talking and journaling, take a rock out:
1. Pray and talk to God-this is the most important! “Ask and you shall receive.” Tell God how you feel and especially if you are having trouble with forgiving. Unforgiveness keeps YOU bound, not the one that hurt you! (Psalm 68:19) “Praise the Lord who daily bears our burdens.” He wants you to forgive but understands your pain. (Hebrews 2:18) “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”
2. Talk to a friend in the Lord or if the pain is too deep you may need a counselor. (Galatians 6:2) “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
3. Journal—writing your feelings down is another way of releasing them. As you write down your feelings, pray. God will also speak to your heart and may give you a word to help you to deal with it. Shepherds wrote on their staffs, they carved out important events and journeys and things the Lord brought them through and then passed it on to the eldest son. They would go back and look at it for encouragement. You can do the same with your journal to see past events and emotional issues that the Lord brought you through.
Praying, talking to God, to other people and journaling are ways of helping you to let go of buried emotions. The seeds at the bottom of the cup represent the Fruit of the Spirit within your heart. When you allow the negative emotions to stay and take root they cover up the seeds, leaving no room for growth. You do have a choice and you can choose how you want to release the negative; to God who can deal with who hurt you and heal your heart permanently or keep it buried and let it overflow in unexpected and uncontrolled times and ways. The choice is yours. God says, “Now choose life,” and allow the Lord to heal your heart and make room for His fruit to grow within you. Keeping the negative emotions buried is allowing you to be enslaved again. The emotions tell YOU when and how to react instead of you deciding.
What way are you going to choose?
(Galatians 5:1) “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
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Hi all. I am feeling week. Here is the post for tonight. An old one but good one. Soo u all in the morning.
Knowing God goes beyond what we think, see or feel. It is an inner knowledge of God that cannot be taken from us. When we have this inner knowledge, nothing outward can sway us from our belief in God. We no longer need evidence to protect our faith. We trust God just as much if He does not give us what we want as we do when He does.
This is just a small paragraph from a Joyce Meyer devotional, but it's the one that stood out to me the most. Folks, this is what our stand is a...ll about. Knowing God. In order to have our marriages restored, we need to get to know the God that created marriage. We need to focus solely on Him. At times when we do this, it's going to feel like we are giving up on our stand. THATS A LIE FROM THE PITS OF HELL! When we are completely focused on God, we really are in the thick of standing for our marriage. We really are doing battle against the enemy and he doesn't like it. So what happens when you focus on our Savior to the point you don't care what God is doing to or in your spouse? Satan throws a curve ball. Your spouse is filing for divorce, your spouse says something nasty, your spouse stops communicating, and so on. DISTRACTIONS! That's what they are! Don't fall for it!
If you are like me, you have already fallen for those and many more. BUT, there is HOPE! Get back up, and dust yourself off. You only stumbled, you did not fall. Get into the Word again. Start asking God what these scriptures mean for you. What does God really mean when He tells you you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus? ONLY God should be answering that! If you are hurting over what is going on, consider this possibility. You are focused on your spouse and not what God is saying or doing with you and you alone. This distraction keeps us from facing the things in our life that we do, say, or think that is not pleasing to God, but that God wants to change. If you cannot face yourself, how will your spouse ever see an example of how they can face their own issues. They are reading us. What do you want them to see? The same old stuff, or a strength that they want to run to for help. The only way they can do this is for us to get to know God.
It has been a long time since I posted anything, and if any of you missed me here I am to say sorry. Things have been going good in my life as I lean in to God more. Yes I am still standing for my marriage and God is moving mountains.
Now on with the post titled forgiveness so it must be about forgivness then, right? Nope I'm going to write about baby puppies and little kittens. Yes of course I'm going to write about forgivness.
We live in a world that is extremely unforgiving, every one wants revenge or to get even if someone did something wrong too or around them. Not just that but some people hold a grudge if something good happens to someone else and not them, like if a coworker gets a promotion you wanted or even needed and you were over looked you get angry and upset and if that person gets fired your a little relieved that you get a chance again. Not saying you or I are guilty of anything like this but you get the idea. Its a very cold and unforgiving world out there.
We all know Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood so we can be forgiven for our sins, but what does Gods word say about us forgiving others for their actions?
Matthew 18: 21-22 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, â€œLord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? â€œJesus answered, â€œI tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.â€
That's a lot of forgiveness towards someone. I have two points to make on why we forgive, the first one recently hit me like a water balloon full of cement, it hurt and left a mark.
Point one we need to forgive in order to be forgiven
Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Ouch is right! Is anything more important than being forgiven by God? NO!!! I was watching a YouTube video the other day that made this point so real to me. In this video a pastor died and an angel took him to see heaven. It was beautiful and everything you would expect from what the bible tells us and so much more. Then the angel took him to hell. And man was it a dark scary picture I wouldn't wish that pain on anyone. It wasn't the image of hell that got me it was what the angel told this pastor that freaked me out. He said to him, "if you where to die today this would be your portion."
The pastor said "there is no way I have lead thousand to the Lord there is no way."
The angel replied "because you didn't forgive you where never forgiven."
I will post a link to this clip here as well.
I tell you what that opened my eyes and I went down a list of every single person that had done wrong in my life and I spoke forgiveness to God. I even forgave myself for my stupidity before Christ.
I don't want to chance losing because of my stuberness
As Paul says we must hold on to our salvation with fear and trembling in Philippians 2:12 and again Paul speaking of losing the prize by making his body his slave in 1 Corinthians 9:27.
Can anyone actually sin against you?
I'll leave this answer to you. As the psalmist wrote
Psalms 51:4 Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what is evil in Your sight, So that You are justified when You speak And blameless when You judge.
To me this verse is saying anything I do wrong is against God. If I am lied to by someone is it a covenant between me and them broken? No its a covenant between God and them, even if they do not know it. Being unforgiving to that person for the lie turns us into a judge and is not anger against someone an action of revenge?
Romans 12:19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.
So suming it up it is very important to forgive EVERYONE no matter what. For one so we can be forgiven and second its not us who where wronged but God.
I hope this helps someone and I thank you for taking the time to read it. And as promised here is that link.
Thank you and God bless
Thank You for this giant of an unanswered prayer.
Thank You for the insurmountable wall.
Thank You for the chance to demonstrate faith and trust in You.
If it were easy, it would not have been faith.
And without faith, it is impossible to please You.
Yet, people who came before have done it before,
through the inspiration of Your Spirit,
through relying upon You alone,
they succeeded against all odds.
Since we have such a great cloud of witnesses,
those who came before in whom You are pleased,
we choose this day to trust in You.
Nothing is impossible with You,
and even if the wall hasn't physically tumbled down yet,
we choose to praise You for the chance to bless You with faith
and unconditional trust.
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Joshua 1:7-8: Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.
Let's Pray: God I ask You in Jesus' name bless me with the desire, wisdom, and strength to always seek You, meditate on Your Word, obey Your Word, and do what is right in Your sight so that I may be prosperous and successful. But more importantly that my relationship with You will grow and develop into a stronger, more intimate, trusting relationship. God all that I have asked of You in this prayer please do the same for all those I love, care about, and the writer of this prayer. Amen.
Encourager Linda Flagg, M.A., CS
Christian Life Coach & Youth Minister
1Jn 4:17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
Many of us go through life like a pin machine, being bounced from one bumper to another with no real stability in our lives. These are born again believers I am speaking of.
Why is that?
Because we don't know our identity in Christ and also, most churches teach law and grace which keeps us in bondage to the fear that God is angry with us and because He is, He refuses to help us. This is far from the truth.
Jn 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
Here is a testimony who realized what Jesus has done for her:
This woman was diagnosed as Bi-polar 2 and when she heard a teaching by Joseph Prince on As Jesus is, so are you int this world, she began to confess:
"Just as Jesus brain is, just as His mental health is, so is mine in this world"
She continued, I professed healing like a robot, and I went about my life planning to seek treatment. A few days into it, confessing, As Jesus brain is, as His mental health is, so is mine in this world, she began to notice really odd changes. She had stopped feeling anxious, though anxiety had been part and parcel of her life. As the days went by, she began to receive outstanding knowledge and faith in her heart that she was healed. She doesn't know how it all came about because she was not operating out of faith at all. She is glad to report that it has been 1 1/2 months and she is completely healed. Her mind is completely cleared, her self esteem restored.
Others have taken this verse and said, Jesus, you don't have pain in your body, and neither do I.
Jesus you don't have lumps in your breast, neither do I, for as you are, so am I in this world.
Jesus you don't have eating problems, neither do I, for as you are, so am I in this world.
What ever your need is, Jesus has already dealt with it.
It's not a one time speaking, but it's continual speaking out what Jesus has done and how your body will begin to align to the truth of the one who is truth.
Shalom, shalom (wholeness, soundness, health)
you can go to Joseph Prince's site and read the other testimonies there that will encourage you to press into Jesus.
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Since we have the knowledge of good and evil, from eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we, as humans, can not deny the basic tenant that doing good is good and doing evil is bad. The one who denies this is very insane with a lie of the evil one. Yet this so basic of a tenant is forgotten so often in what we end up doing because our wicked heart won't agree with our reasoning that tells us good good and evil bad. And our culture doesn't help. Do you like the King of Pop, Michael Jackson? He made it cool to be bad. "I'm bad, I'm bad, you know it... who's bad?" Anyway, not surprisingly, since he's no Christian artist, the rest of the song lyrics reflect the fact that he's saying that a Christian man is not a real man. All I can say is Jesus is the King of Kings, and He'll be the one getting all the glory in the end! So what does all of this mean for you and me? Of course nothing without the trust of our Lord Master and Savior Jesus the Christ at our right side, at our hip so that we can swing away at the foes with the sword of the spirit! And who are our foes? Let's look at Scripture: Ephesians 6:12 "For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world's rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." So don't underestimate the powers of wicked forces in others. They are strongly influenced by evil philosophies and rulers if not entirely as with the unsaved. Do your work to extinguish this evil. In the world you will have many troubles, yet fear not for I am ever with you thus says the Lord.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him?? Psalm 8:3-4
This has become one of my favorite verses. We stay so self absorbed with our own lives and thoughts.....but think about it......There is a Creator.....who created all of the universe, the heavens, the stars, the oceans, the mountains....all nature we can see or hear....our Heavenly Father, created.....and yet he sees us as individuals.....and he loves each of us. He knew you when you were being formed in your Mother's womb....and even then, he knew his plans for your life.....None of us are here by chance or accident. And he knows us each one, better than we know ourselves. '
When you really take it all in, it's pretty amazing....and overwhelming.....he loves YOU.....he knows the number of hairs on your head.....or the fact there is none....he knows your thoughts before you think them.....and he knows your heart.....he knows your past and certainly knows your future...He knows if you are happy or sad...he knows your needs and desires..
He created all of this universe, and then he still takes time to look at us, know us and care about us...as a Mother looks at her children and loves them.....even if you don't know him, he still knows you.....if you don't know him, I hope you will come to know him....trust him....for he cares for you...
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Joshua 1:9: Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
James 2:26: For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Let’s Pray: God I ask You in Jesus’ name, encourage me. Let me not give in to worry, fear, doubt, hopelessness, and discouragement. God give me Your strength, faith, courage, hope, and peace to endure the tests, trials, and challenges that You allow to come my way. God don’t let me give up or give in to despair and depression. God quiet me with Your love. Let me know that everything is going to be alright.
God give me a clear vision for the greatness You have for my life and let everything in my life come subject to that vision. Show me my worth and value to You and to the Kingdom of God. Help me to live by faith in You as I continue to work toward fulfilling my God given dreams and goals.
God let me not focus on what I lack or the setbacks, but help me keep my focus on the goodness of the Lord. Help me not to worry about anything but come to You with everything in prayer. God daily let me find myself counting my blessing and appreciating all that You do in my life. God You Are Good and You Are So Good to Me. I prophecy to myself, “ God You are going to come through for me just as You have promised in Your Word.” God You are faithful to Your Word. Strengthen me to always be faithful to Your Word. Strengthen me to continue to honor You with my life, thoughts, and actions. God all that I have asked of You in this prayer, please do the same for all those I love, care about and the writer of this prayer. Thank You Jesus. Thank You Jesus. Thank You Jesus. Thank You Jesus. Thank You Lord Jesus. Amen.
Encourager Linda Flagg, M.A., CS
Certified Life Coach & Youth Minister
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He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
He that dwells...."He".... is anyone who accepts Jesus as their personal Saviour through obedience to His Word.....walking by Faith and in Truth .....
Dwell...to live in, to reside...to make it your home...the place where you live everyday..the place where some feel safest, the place where we should feel safe and cozy..this sometimes does not happen in the flesh and our homes are in caos...but even within that caos and fear there is a place within each of us that is our home...where we live...a place where we can go even if it's only within our mind and our dreams...a place that's safe.....
There is a dwelling place inside each of us that only we can go to.....whether it be in turmoil or in happiness...a lonely place at times... even then, it's a place where we learn to apply the lessons of life, that God has placed before us to lead us to be all we can be not only for Him but so we can live a life that is full of Joy and Peace with laughter and hope... other times it can become a place that is overwhelmed with grief and sorrow along with fear and anger and no one can enter into to help relieve the pressure of life's terms..no one else is welcome into this dwelling because of the pain ...
Where we live... makes us into who we are...our home where we dwell actually shows personality it shows our morals and by the standards we keep it shows if our home is clean or dirty.... the place where we live can show others who we are in Truth and how we respond and act toward good or bad..if we bring God glory and honor or if we curse Him and ask to die.....our "decorations" show the place that shines and is clean and beautiful...(that doesn't even mean with expensive things...it's decorated with flea market finds...the best kind of character shows when time is spent looking for special things for our homes...articles with meaning and no price tag could ever replace it...things from family that has been passed from generation to generation..things that have no value to others but mean everything to you....Our dwelling place is a place for all to see whether it be a good thing or bad......our home the place we dwell inside ourselves...
The Secret Place.....is where He abides...The Holy of Holies...the place that we can now enter ourselves with our petitions and our requests and lay them at his feet with no other mediator but One...Jesus Christ the son of the living God..the Great I Am manifested Himself in the flesh to die for us so we could live and abide under the Shadow of His Wing by Grace and through His lovingkindness and Mercy...."to abide, to wait, to remain, to delay, to remain behind; to survive; to wait for, await; to expect")
The idea is that of having one's home or residence in the most holy place in the tabernacle or the temple, and of sitting with him in that sacred place. What a way of life...what a place to dwell and abide...Under the shadow of the Almighty - Under his protection, as if under his wings. He intended to illustrate, "the blessedness" of the man who thus dwells with God; who makes him his friend; who makes the home of God his home.
Come Holy Spirit...rest upon us and abide within us...Lord touch Your people and guide us to the fullness of Your Truth in Jesus name...
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Sin is the result of believing a lie, righteousness is the result of believing God
We were experiencing revival in our Kingdom Celebration ministry in The Philippines. Kids, youth, and adults were falling in love with Jesus and rejoicing in the presence of God. Many manifestations of the Holy Spirit were evident, all the normal things that seem to accompany revival. Gifts of the Holy Spirit began to be revealed and demonstrated, especially in the youth. Several of the young people began to have dreams and visions. This is what we had been praying for. I thought the people are at a new level of spiritual maturity from now on their focus will be on loving God and living for Him; and that has been true for most of the people.
However, as time went on I began to see that some lives were not changed and some who had wonderful encounters with the Lord turned back to their old way of life. I wondered how someone could be touched by Godâ€™s love in a powerful way and later seem to forget about Him. As I began to seek the Lord about this a portion of scripture repeatedly came to my mind. â€œRighteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throneâ€. It is part of a Bible verse from Psalms chapter 89.
Righteousness is Relationship with God
I thought if righteousness and justice are the foundation of Godâ€™s throne then that should be the foundation of our lives also. Could it be that we had overlooked the foundation teaching of righteousness, I wondered? Righteousness is the foundation of the finished work that Jesus accomplished on the cross. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2nd Corinthians 5:20-21 NKJV) Righteousness is received by believing that Jesus took your sins on the cross and gave you His righteousness. You receive righteousness by faith and you continue to walk in righteousness by faith. Sin is the result of believing a lie; righteousness comes from believing God.
A person can have great gifts, great talents and great experiences given by God; however, we must learn to submit to Godâ€™s will in all things. When the Lord gives spiritual gifts He does not take them back. We can not assume that even the manifestation of a spiritual gift is Godâ€™s approval of a person. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29 NKJV) Everything that is good comes from God. The things that God gives to us can be used to do His will or our will. Relationship with God and learning to do the will of the Father is the goal.
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' (Matthew 7:21-23 NKJ)
Jesus spent the first thirty years of His life on earth developing His relationship with the Father before He began His ministry, which only lasted three years. Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. (Hebrews 5:8 NKJV) We know that Jesusâ€™ life on earth was our model of a perfect life. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:8 NKJV) Jesusâ€™ obedience to the Father was because He knew the Father and loved the Father more than His own life. Jesus trusted the Fathersâ€™ will more than His will; He was willing to give up His will to do the Fatherâ€™s will. Jesus said that He only did what He saw his Father do and say what He heard the Father say. Jesus used all the authority and power He was given to do the Fatherâ€™s will.
As we grow in our relationship with the Lord we learn to trust Godâ€™s will more than our own. When we offer God the sacrifice of love, obedience; giving up what we think we want to do, to do what we know God wants us to do, we then enter into the joy of the Lord and the many blessings of righteousness. We actually walk right into our destiny and receive the desires of our heart by obeying Godâ€™s will. When we trust Him to the point of obedience He leads us to the desires of our heart. When it seems that God is leading us away from our heart desires but we obey we then discover that God had a better way. Since the time of Adam and Eve the choice has always been and continues to be Godâ€™s way or my way. When my way looks better than Godâ€™s way it is deception. Sin comes from believing a lie, righteousness comes from believing God. Godâ€™s way is always the way of love.
Righteousness is all about your relationship with God. The most important thing to God is your relationship with Him. This should be our most important priority also. All the blessings revealed in the Bible are for the righteous. Righteousness means right relationship with God; peace with God, peace is unity. The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever, (Isaiah 32:17 NIV). Therefore, having been justified [made righteous]by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Romans 5:1 NKJV).
Righteousness is Faith Working by Love
Everything we receive from God is by His grace, through faith, not because we deserve it. We can not be righteous by our own efforts. When we believe the promises of God, to the point of obedience, then we receive the promises of God. Righteousness is given by God to those who believe Him. For what does the Scripture say? "ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS", (Romans 4:3 NKJV). Righteousness is received by grace through faith. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation, (Romans 10:10 NKJV) Sin is the result of believing a lie; righteousness comes from believing God.
Righteousness is putting your trust in God more than you trust yourself. Righteousness is expressed by walking in love, with God, and toward people. Righteousness is a lifestyle of walking in love. Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God, (Ephesians 5:1-2 TNIV). The greater the love the greater the willing sacrifice. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. (John 15:12-14 NKJV)
Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness, (Genesis 15:6 NIV). The word used for righteousness in this verse is the Hebrew word Tsâ€™dakah. In the One New Man Bible, which is a translation that seeks to make the Jewish Roots of Christianity come to life; Tsâ€™dakah is translated â€œacts of loving kindnessâ€. So, in the One New Man Bible Genesis 15:6 reads, â€œAnd he believed in the LORD, and He counted it to him for acts of loving kindness.â€ (Genesis 15:6 ONMB). Truly, righteousness is walking in love.
The One New Man Bible Glossary explains why they translated righteousness this way. Tsâ€™dakah is placed here in Glossary because of the expression â€œloving kindness.â€ Tsâ€™dakah is almost always translated â€œacts of loving kindnessâ€ in this Bible. Most translations have Tsâ€™dakah as â€œrighteousnessâ€ but that is really too weak because righteousness means to do what is right, to be just â€“ which God requires. The word Tsedek is a masculine noun meaning righteousness.
Tsâ€™dakah is a feminine noun meaning to do more than is required, such as to do more than just the minimum for someone who is hurting; to truly love your neighbor as yourself. The term is also applied to giving beyond the tithe to charities. Therefore Tsâ€™dakah is translated â€œacts of loving kindness.â€ Tsâ€™dakah is to be done in love, cheerfully, with no thought of a reward.
This definition of righteousness also fits the definition of â€œagapeâ€, the Greek word for love which is used in the New Testament. Agape means actions of compassion. Compassion is the kind of love God is. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. (1st John 4:8-9 NKJV) Righteousness is living in Godâ€™s love, becoming like Him, by loving like Him. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. (1st John 4:16-17 NKJV)
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before You. How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance. In Your name they rejoice all the day, And by Your righteousness they are exalted. (Psalms 89:14-16 NASB) I believe that when your life harmonizes with God a joyful sound is produced which you can feel. It is the sound and feeling of connecting with God in right relationship; the result is joy and peace. For the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking,
but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, (Romans 14:17 NKJV). The righteous walk in the light and love of Godâ€™s presence. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of joy above Your fellows, (Psalms 45:7 NASB).
Jesus says, â€œAs the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved youâ€, (John 15:9-12 NKJV). The fruit of righteousness is always joy and peace; in the same way the fruit of love is always joy and peace. Righteousness is love in action, believing and doing.
Righteousness is faith working by love. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. (Galatians 5:6 NKJV) Righteousness is called a breastplate in the armor of God, it guards your heart.Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (Ephesians 6:14 NKJV).The breastplate of righteousness is also called the breastplate of faith and love. But let us who are of the day be sober,putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation, (1st Thessalonians 5:8 NKJV).
â€œTherefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to youâ€, (Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV). Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6 NKJV)
For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face. (Psalms 11:7 NASB)
That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace, (Romans 8:2-6 NKJV).
In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, (1st John 3:10-11 NKJV).
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord, (Ephesians 5:8-10 NKJV).
But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from Godâ€”and righteousness and sanctification and redemptionâ€”that, as it is written, "HE WHO GLORIES, LET HIM GLORY IN THE LORD", (1 Corinthians 1:30-31 NKJV).
The righteous live by faith. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH." (Romans 1:16-17 NKJV)
Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me,'
(Matthew 25:37-40 NKJV).
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Trials and Obstacles
Trials and obstacles in our lives can require different response, depending on their cause and/or purpose. If the purpose is to strengthen us and to instruct us in the ways of spiritual warfare, we need to embrace the trials and learn the lessons God is graciously teaching us with open hearts and willing spirits. If the cause is sin, we need to turn from the sin and receive forgiveness.
When we are going through a calamity there are two ways to look at it. (1) Is God allowing the test for the purpose of taking us to a deeper level of maturity and strength? (2) Is it a result of sin? (3) Is it both?
1…Pray for wisdom (James 1:5) to know if the test you are facing is from the Lord. God allows tests for the purpose of taking us to deeper levels of maturity and strength (James 1:2-4). Tests can also teach us about spiritual warfare (Eph. 6:10-18).
2…Recognize that the present calamity may be a result of sin. Ask the Lord to convict you of any sin in your life. Confess what He shows you, and receive His forgiveness. Pray for deliverance from the problem and complete restoration. Remember, God loves you and He gave His only Son to redeem you.
Remember in every situation God is with you and He is in control.
When You Think Of Me, Please Pray For Me,
Encourager Linda Flagg, M.A., B.S., CPCLC
Professional Certified Life Coach & Youth Minister
*Taken From The Spirit Fill Live Bible Study Notes From the Book of Judges (Judges 2:11-15, 3:1,2)
The Father says today that I will recompense My Son in the earth even in YOUR EARTH says the Father. I will see to it by My eternal and inexorable purpose that the Cross will pass its dividends into your life as healing, provision and salvation to the full. I will not shor or rob My own Son by failing to manifest My faithfulness IN FULL in your behalf for HIS SAKE. So look up says the Father for there is nothing to earn or to acquire for My Son made FULL acquisition for you on the tree of every promise and every provision. Let your confidence and your assurance today be upon the shed Blood of Calvary says the Father. The blood of My Son is not anemic to save. The efficacy of the blood of Christ does not need to be augmented by your good works or religious strivings. There is power in the blood after all says the Father. Power to heal, power to save, power to turn even the hardest hearts and most difficult situations to your favor and blessing. So REST TODAY in the efficacy of the blood of the Only Begotten says the Father. Set aside all religious striving and moralizing of all such foolishness is vanity and bondage. I have not bound you to obey but rather I have released you to fulfill. I call you Mine and I will produce in your My character and provide to you every dividend that the cross affords to put you over and bring you to the complete fulfillment of My destiny in your life.
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Before I close my eyes,
before I go to sleep,
I want to say 'I love you',
I am yours and yours to keep.
I want to be with you, to love and hold your hand,
I want to be your guy - I hope you understand
I want to meet you soon...and will you be my wife?
I want to say 'I love you', just once before I die
I wonder how you are...
I hope you are doing fine
Just want to say 'I love you'
Take care, love, good-bye
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Saul was one of the witnesses, and he agreed completely with the killing of Stephen.
Persecution Scatters the Believers
A great wave of persecution began that day, sweeping over the church in Jerusalem; and all the believers except the apostles were scattered through the regions of Judea and Samaria.
2(Some devout men came and buried Stephen with great mourning.)
3But Saul was going everywhere to destroy the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into prison.
4But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went.
5Philip, for example, went to the city of Samaria and told the people there about the Messiah.
6Crowds listened intently to Philip because they were eager to hear his message and see the miraculous signs he did.
7Many evil* spirits were cast out, screaming as they left their victims. And many who had been paralyzed or lame were healed.
8So there was great joy in that city.
9A man named Simon had been a sorcerer there for many years, amazing the people of Samaria and claiming to be someone great.
10Everyone, from the least to the greatest, often spoke of him as "the Great Oneâ€”the Power of God."
11They listened closely to him because for a long time he had astounded them with his magic.
12But now the people believed Philip's message of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. As a result, many men and women were baptized.
13Then Simon himself believed and was baptized. He began following Philip wherever he went, and he was amazed by the signs and great miracles Philip performed.
14When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that the people of Samaria had accepted God's message, they sent Peter and John there.
15As soon as they arrived, they prayed for these new believers to receive the Holy Spirit.
16The Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, for they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
17Then Peter and John laid their hands upon these believers, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18When Simon saw that the Spirit was given when the apostles laid their hands on people, he offered them money to buy this power.
19"Let me have this power, too," he exclaimed, "so that when I lay my hands on people, they will receive the Holy Spirit!"
20But Peter replied, "May your money be destroyed with you for thinking God's gift can be bought!
21You can have no part in this, for your heart is not right with God.
22Repent of your wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive your evil thoughts,
23for I can see that you are full of bitter jealousy and are held captive by sin."
24"Pray to the Lord for me," Simon exclaimed, "that these terrible things you've said won't happen to me!"
25After testifying and preaching the word of the Lord in Samaria, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem. And they stopped in many Samaritan villages along the way to preach the Good News.
26As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, "Go south* down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza."
27So he started out, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under the Kandake, the queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch had gone to Jerusalem to worship,
28and he was now returning. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah.
29The Holy Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and walk along beside the carriage."
30Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
31The man replied, "How can I, unless someone instructs me?" And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him.
32The passage of Scripture he had been reading was this:
"He was led like a sheep to the slaughter.
And as a lamb is silent before the shearers,
he did not open his mouth.
33He was humiliated and received no justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth."*
34The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or someone else?"
35So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus.
36As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "Look! There's some water! Why can't I be baptized?"*
38He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.
39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away. The eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing.
40Meanwhile, Philip found himself farther north at the town of Azotus. He preached the Good News there and in every town along the way until he came to Caesarea.
Dear Jesus, I pray that I will never take the Holy Spirit for granted, as Simon did, and that I will always be grateful for Your love and Your priceless sacrifice. I also pray that you would lead me clearly as you did Philip, that I would hear Your voice loud and specific. Give me the strength to love and obey. Thank you. I love you! Amen.
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My Prayer Partners,
I am sure I have blessed you with this prayer in bits and pieces this year. And you are welcome to bless all those you love and care about with this prayer. May God answer this prayer with a Yes, Amen, So Be It in Jesus' name over our lives. Have a blessed Holiday Season and New Year.
Ephesians 3:20: Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
Prayer Focus-Let's Pray: God I ask You in Jesus’ name bless me with everything that I stand in need of and everything that You want me to have. Bless me to prosper, be in excellent health, and cause my soul to prosper in the Word of God. Bless me with an overwhelming desire to grow in the true knowledge of You God, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. As I grow in my knowledge of You, let my love for You grow. Cause me to fall more in love with You, and let grace and peace be magnified within me.
Bless me God with the greatest love and desire to live my life in a manner worthy of You and strengthen me with the power to do so. Search my heart O Lord; and if You see anything that is not of You, deliver me from it. Deliver me from everything in my life that is not of You. Let every desire I have line up to the purpose You created me for. God let the mind that is in Christ Jesus be in me, and bless me with a heart after Your own heart. A heart that lives and beats to please you, a heart that will do everything that You want me to do, so that I will successfully fulfill my God purpose. God from the depths of my heart may I praise and honor You above all things.
God bless and cause me to be a bold commercial, telling the world about You, while walking in love and excellence in Christ Jesus. God let no weapon ever formed against me prosper. Protect and keep me safe from all hurt, harm, danger, the plots and plans of the enemy of my soul. Confound and consume my enemies, cover them with reproach, dishonor, and cause them to turn back. God bless me exceeding abundantly above all that I have ever asked, prayed, thought, dreamed, or wanted. God all that I have asked of You in this prayer, please do the same for the writer of this prayer, all those I love, and all those I care about. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Lord Jesus. Amen.
Have A Blessed Holiday Season and New Year!
Encourager Linda Flagg, M.A. B.S., BCPCLC