The Persecuted Christian

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Devotion: Psalm 143:3-8

The enemy is out to persecute the souls of God’s children.  He tries to crush our lives to the ground and make us dwell in darkness.  He wants our spirits to be overwhelmed within us and make us distressed.  It’s in these times, we must pray for and encourage one another, build each other up in our most holy faith.  Speak the Word of Life to those whose souls are downcast.  Speak it aloud to one another.  The Word will lift up heads toward the heavens.  Where does our strength come from?  It comes from the Lord our God.

God tells us, “Blessed are the persecuted for they shall see the kingdom of God. If by chance we are persecuted to the point of death, when our spirit leaves the body, we will be present with the Lord.  While we are still living in this world, if our spirit fails, we can refuse to sink into despair.  We cry out to the Lord, who is our trust.  He will revive us and restore our soul.  He will show us the way to go.  Expect to hear from Him. He will destroy our enemies and and deliver us safely to His kingdom.

We are witnessing persecution in other parts of the world.  It could come to America any day.  However, we need not fear what man can do to the body because we belong to the One who will take us immediately to be with Him.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, you say “blessed are the persecuted, for they shall see the kingdom of God.” May we not fear what man can do to us.  God help us to be strong in you and in the strength of Your might.

 

God’s Will Part 2

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Devotion:  Matthew 6:10

Previously, I shared the story of praying for the healing of my Mom.  Jesus healed her by taking her to heaven.  Today, I have a story regarding a young girl named Lori Leatherman.  There were thirty some people at my home, celebrating my friend Michele’s birthday.  Kelly, Michele’s daughter in law, received a text from Lori’s mom, asking for prayer. The doctors had just discovered a tumor in her leg. The birthday celebration came to a pause; as we gathered up in a circle, to pray for Lori.  In a few days, the praise report was sent out.  NO TUMOR!  Jehovah Jireh, the God who heals, miraculously removed that tumor.

Pray; believing God hears and will accomplish His will. I’ve witnessed  miraculous healing through prayer and supplication. I’ve heard fervent prayers prayed for the sick; prayed with the same fervency, as for the one who was healed. God chose to heal them to eternal life.

I shared this because we serve a good God, a God who knows what is best.  He wants us to pray believing Him for great and mighty things, beyond what we can ask or think or imagine.  He promises to accomplish what concerns us.

I have another story about a young man in China.  His friend had been witnessing to him for a few years.  He finally believed and prayed to receive Christ.  People cannot be openly baptized in that nation; so he was baptized in a bath tub.  He had a gaping, infected wound on his leg.  Although he did not ask for healing, when his baptizer brought him up out of the water, his leg was totally healed, new skin, covering the once open wound. I AM; the One True God, chose to reveal Himself to this young man. His will was accomplished.  It always is!

Prayer In Motion:

Lord may I pray effectual, fervent prayers that avail much, Your perfect will.  Help me Lord to always pray believing You will accomplish what concerns me, as well as those for whom I pray. In Jesus Name I pray.  Amen

God’s Will

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Devotion: Matthew 6:10

Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them to pray.  The fourth sentence in the Lord’s prayer states, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

I remember praying desperate prayers; for my Mom who was dying of cancer.  Our pastor, my dad, sister and I knelt around her bed and claimed, “If any two of you agree as touching anything on this earth, it shall be done for them by my Father who is in heaven.”  We agreed.  Right?  We were in unity.  With every ounce of our being.  This, then twenty four year old, started telling everyone my mom was going to be healed.  She actually sat up a couple of days later and talked a little bit and ate a little bit.  I just knew she was being healed.  Within a couple of more days, she was healed, but with heavenly healing. She was with the Jesus she dearly loved.  He whispered to me, Libby, I did heal her, she’s with Me.  “But Lord,” I cried, “That was not what I meant.  I wanted her healed for earth.”

We did not want her to die.  Jesus knew we did not want her to die. He knew we believed with all of our heart that He could heal her. And yet, He did not.  We must always pray, Father if it be your will.  God knows what is best for the person and what is best for us.  With God all things are possible and we have not because we ask not or we ask with wrong motives.

It’s imperative that we pray those words, “Not my will, but Yours be done.”

Prayer in Motion

Dear Lord, may I always pray, “Not my will but Yours be done.”

Giving Cheerfully

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Devotion:  2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Some preachers declare the meaning of cheerful giving in this passage, to mean hilarious giving;  that is giving with uncontainable joy.  Cheerful giving doesn’t hold back.  It goes above and beyond the tithe; above and beyond the least expected; above and beyond the call of duty. We can give monetarily, or through acts of service, to those who truly need it and even to those who don’t want it.

Cheerful giving shines through one’s countenance, as well as their actions and reactions.  If we give as unto the Lord, He always gives back, “pressed down, shaken together and running over.”  It happens every time.  I’ve experienced it and so have you.  It may or may not be in dollars and cents, however it can be in spiritual blessing, an answered prayer, or possibly an absolute miracle.  God longs to give us what we have need of, much of what we want and a lot of what we desire.  When He says He will give us the desires of our heart, I believe He means when our desires line up with His.

The Lord’s mercies are new every single morning and great is His faithfulness.  He promised to never leave us nor forsake us. He gave His life in place of ours. Even though He sweat drops of blood, He went to the cross willingly,  in obedience to His Father. Freely He gave, so that we could freely receive salvation.

Whether we are giving our tithes and offerings or performing our job or ministry, we should do it cheerfully, as unto the Lord.

Prayer In Motion:

Lord, may I give as unto You, no matter what I am doing.  I want to be a cheerful giver.

 

Love, More than Words

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Devotion:  1 John 3:18

The love word, can be used with little thought of its deeper meaning.  I love steak.  I love the Panthers.  I love peanut M&M’s.  Why does the love word easily roll off our tongues; when speaking of food, game players, cars, even a chair? When used flippantly; the love word can lose its passionate zeal, when used to express feeling for a person.

A home can whisper I love you without a word being said.  A favorite meal prepared for a spouse or child, a candle lit room with soft music playing in the background, the laundry all folded and put away; all of these can whisper I love you, to the ones living in your house.

It’s easy to say I love you, but going the extra mile by displaying acts of kindness, proves to someone that you love them. John encouraged us to love in deed and in truth.  If we love people the way Jesus loved them, we will want to do something for them.

Jesus said in Matthew 25:41-45 “Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.”

If we say we are moved by a need and do nothing about meeting that need; it shows the person a lack of concern on our part. Jesus cared deeply for the people God placed in His path.  He loved unconditionally without judgement.  When confronting issues, He spoke truth in love.  Love those people God has placed under your roof with more than words.  Shower them with great love and grace.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, help me love in deed and in truth all those You purposefully placed in my life.

 

Pray with Confidence

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Devotion:  1 John 5:14-15

So many of us throw our prayers upward toward heaven, praying them half heartedly, without really expecting an answer from the God who always hears.  Broken hearts pray prayers between tears and sobs, to a God who stands ready to heal, forgive and restore.  We pray them for ourselves, our family, our friends and our world.

Why would we pray with low expectations; to the God who created us to have fellowship with Him?  He gave His life; so that we could have His Holy Spirit, who stirs us to pray.  He always has a fresh word for us; from His precious Word. We can pray His Word with bold confidence.  Are you praying with confidence regarding that longstanding prayer request?  Remember Abraham? Remember Joseph?  Remember Isaac and Jacob? These men of old prayed with confidence, to the God who heard and would answer at the right time.

How does one know if he or she is praying according to God’s will?  If you pray from His Word, you can know you are praying His heart.  God’s Word tell us, His eyes are always searching to and fro, looking for those whose hearts  long to be completely His.  Are you longing to talk to Him and hear from Him on a daily basis?

You were made to enter His throne room; confidently expecting to hear His voice.  Wait for Him.  He will hear from heaven, forgive our sins and heal our land.

Prayer In Motion:

Oh God, may I confidently and boldly come into Your throne room and expect You to hear my prayer.  I want to pray “fervent, effectual prayers that avail much.”  In Jesus Name, Amen

 

 

 

 

A Great Shout

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Devotion:  Joshua 6:5,20

My husband loves football, I love it, but only when my team is winning.  I am more interested in watching or talking to the people around me.  I have noticed that some fans are yellers, some throw their hands up in the air; others jump up and shout loudly at the coach or the players; when they are disgusted with the play on the field.

This story found in the book of Joshua has always intrigued me. The Lord told Joshua ahead of time, He was giving Jericho into Israel’s hand.  They were to  march around Jericho six days in a row and on the seventh day, they were to blow the trumpets with the ram’s horn and all the people were to shout a great shout and the walls of the city would fall down flat.  This was God’s plan to enable Israel to take over the city.

The Israelites could not make a sound out of their mouths, until the day Joshua told them to shout.  The rams horns were blown continually, as only music could fill the air.  The ark of the covenant followed the rear guard.  They only marched once a day until the seventh day and then, they were to march seven times on the seventh day.  God’s plan. Joshua led.  People obeyed and God gave the city of Jericho into Israel’s hands.

Prayer In Motion:

Lord may I shout to You.  May I sing unto Your Holy Name. In Jesus Name. Amen.  My grandmother used to shout in church.  I wonder what would happen if someone shouted today? You might be pleasantly surprised at what God will do; as You praise and worship Him with a shout.