Prayer Warriors

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God,” Paul imparts in Ephesians 6:13 (NKJV).

Lord, I lift up Your servants and ask You to encourage them now with wisdom and joy.  Instill a heightened sense of urgency to be real, to not hold back, but to allow Your Holy Spirit and Word to come alive in them, for Your Holy Spirit Fire to convict those around them of sin leading to repentance, and Your forgiving arms, O, Lord God!  Nothing’s hid from Your sight, we come clean to You, Father.

Christmas in August

“Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him,
The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The spirit of counsel and strength,
The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
And He will delight in the fear of the Lord,
And He will not judge by what His eyes see,
Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;
But with righteousness He will judge the poor,
And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth;
And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.
Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins,
And faithfulness the belt about His waist,” says Isaiah 11:1-5 (NASB).

Matthew 3:16-17, “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

4:17 (NKJV), “From that time on Jesus began to preach, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.””

Mark 12:29-31, “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel;

The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

Luke 2:11 (NIV), “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”

John 1:1 (NKJV), “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

“While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you,”” Luke 24:36 (NIV).

 

You Are What You Eat

“Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in them.” says Jesus in John 6:56 (NIV).

Matthew 26:26-30, “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”

“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.  But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Psalm 128:1-2, “Blessed are all who fear the Lord,

who walk in obedience to him.

You will eat the fruit of your labor;

blessings and prosperity will be yours.”

“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16 (ESV).

O Lord, may we be fully conscious and deliberate of what we put into our eyes, ears and mouths, in Jesus’ name, amen.

“Intentional Creativity”

said Xochitl Dixon “While reflecting on the Lord’s magnificent and immense creation, we can look closely at His intentional creativity and attention to detail.” in August 19, 2018, Our Daily Bread.

May we be intentionally good to You, Father God, Lord of all our days, as in the title of Pastor Rick Warren’s book, “The Purpose Driven Life.”  “I’ve inclined my heart to perform Your statues forever, to the very end,” Psalm 119:112.  

“Who can understand his errors?  Cleanse me from secret faults.  Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me.  Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.”  Psalm 19:12-13 (NKJV).

Ruth 2:15-16 (NKJV), “And when she rose up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her.  Also let grain from the bundles fall purposely for her; leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her.”

“Who is wise & understanding among you?  Let him show good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom,” James 3:13 (NKJV).

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“The Lord Will Have to be Enough,”

he said, facing a major challenge, unsure of the outcome.  “The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion,” reads Proverbs 28:1 (NIV).

King David says:

“They all lose their courage and come trembling from their strongholds,” in Psalm 18:45 (NLT)!

Psalm 37:6 (NIV), “He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.”

The battle is the Lord’s (2 Chronicles 20:15)! Who’s side are you on?  “Friends with the world is enmity with God,” reads James 4:4.

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” Romans 8:6-9 (NKJV).

“My God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus,” Paul writes in Philippians 4:19.

“For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness,” Psalm 107:9 (NKJV).

Hallelujah!  The Lord gives the victory!

 

 

“I Will Guide You”

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye,” Psalm 32:8 (KJV).

“I press toward the goal for the prize of upward call of Jesus Christ.  Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you,” Paul writes in Philippians 3:14-15 (NKJV).

“Who is the man that fears the Lord?  Him shall He teach in the way He chooses,” King David says in Psalm 25:12-15 (NKJV).

Jesus said in John 14:26 (NKJV), “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”

Jesus taught in Mt 5:1-10 (NKJV), “And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: 

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

“You Have to Declare It,”

a friend said.  What we believe and need to believe in God’s word has to be said aloud.

The Pastor stated that same day, “Jesus declared His divinity by saying, “I AM,” in John 6, verses 48 and 51.

I am that bread of life.

 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

Romans 10:8-9 (NKJV), “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Psalm 119:72 (KJV), “The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold & silver.”

O Lord, put a guard over my mouth (Ps 141:3), except when declaring the truth of Your Word.

Create a Ruckus

Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” He said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” Matt 21:12-13 (NIV).

Jesus said, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment,” in John 7:24 (KJV).

“Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the Lord in Gilgal,” reads 1 Samuel 15:33 (KJV),” (1 Samuel 15:10-11).

1 Samuel 17: 45-46 (KJV), “Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

“This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”

Vs. 49, “And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.”

2 Samuel 6:14-15 (NIV), “Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.” 

Verses 21-22, “David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord.  I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”

Some people say to live out loud and love out loud.  Dear Lord Father, help me live boldly according to Your righteous eyesight, in Jesus’ name, O Lord.

Isaiah 12:4-6 (NIV), “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name;
    make known among the nations what He has done,
    and proclaim that His name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord, for He has done glorious things;
    let this be known to all the world.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion,
    for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”

Hated By The World

Psalm 68:1 (KJV), “Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered: let them also that hate Him flee before Him.”

Jesus says in John 15:18-25 (NKJV), “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause (Psalm 69:4).’”

2 Timothy 3:10-17 (NKJV):

Paul writes, “But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.  Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.  But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Jesus says to love those who persecute you and pray for your enemies in Matthew 5:43-45 (CEV),”You have heard people say, “Love your neighbors and hate your enemies. But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you. so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. For he causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”