Tuesday, September 30, 2014

To Hear God's Voice, You Must Be at Peace; and Take the Time to Listen (9.30.14)

My Child, 
You have asked Me for wisdom,
to know how to deal with difficult problems.
However, are you really listening to Me?
It is in your best interest to stop worrying and fretting;
and to have more faith and trust in Me.

Be quiet and pay attention to My still small voice.
I will show you the way, and I will be with you on the journey.

You asked Me for help,
because you don’t understand what to do next.
However, in order to receive the help you need, 
you must silence your frustration and fears.  

You must be at peace, before you can hear My voice. 

You have so many things vying for your attention,
that you are distracted, and not paying attention 
to what I am saying.

Take some time away from it all and quiet your mind. 

Be sensitive to My leading and My direction,
and do not rely on your own understanding and desires.
When you’re at peace, you will be able to hear Me.
When you hear My voice, be obedient to My will.
It is one thing to ask for wisdom,
and another thing to receive it and be obedient. 

I know what is best for you, My Child;
and I will supply all the help you need.

I am the Lord, Your God and
I just need you to take some time to listen
to My voice and be at peace.
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MEDITATE ON GOD'S WORD:

Deuteronomy 4:30-31  - When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

Deuteronomy 7:12 - If you listen to these regulations and faithfully obey them, the LORD your God will keep his covenant of unfailing love with you, as he promised with an oath to your ancestors. (NLT)

James 1:5-8 - If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his way

John 10:27 - My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 


Monday, September 29, 2014

Being Purpose-Filled, Holy & Pure of Heart Before the Lord Our God (9.29.14)

But your iniquities have separated you from your GOD; and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He will not hear. - Isaiah 59:2

When we come into the presence of GOD,
we will always behold one outstanding characteristic
of God's nature: His holiness. 

There is not a blemish in GOD. Purity and impurity do not mix.
If we are to have intimate fellowship with our God,
who is holy, then we must be clean before Him.
 
David asked the question in Psalms 24, “Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place?” He then answered his own question saying, “He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully” - Psalms 24:3-4. Only the pure in heart will be able to enter into the presence of GOD and discover intimacy with Him.

Sin, in the life of the believer, hinders an intimate fellowship with GOD. GOD is pure. GOD is holy. When sin resides within the heart of a disciple, it is impossible for that disciple to walk in deep intimate fellowship with GOD, the One who is absolute purity. 

We must confess our sins, and “He [will be] faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

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~ A Purpose-Filled Prayer ~

Righteous Father, 
You created me for a purpose;
and my heart’s desire is to fulfill
what You have called me to do.

I struggle with being pulled in many directions,
because of all the needs around me,
and I can easily be caught up too often
in busyness or distractions!

Please God, do not let me be deluded
by the comfortable, or satisfied with
less than Your best!

Draw my heart into the depths of Your Kingdom,
here on earth, for the sake of Your Kingdom to come.

May I bring You honor and glory,
in the midst of what You have entrusted to me!

Amen



Sunday, September 28, 2014

God will Direct Your Path, Seek Him in the Stillness & Quietness (9.28.14)

My Child, I am not found in the hurricane, 
but in the gentle breeze.

So do not look for My Will in the loud noises around you, 
but rather in the stillness of your spirit. 

For when things are silent, you will feel a gentle prompting within; 
and when you do, know that it is I, the Lord your God that you are hearing.

For as your Father, I will not shout at you nor shake you.
I will not push you nor demand of you.
Rather, I will whisper to you and woo you.
You will be invited to listen to My direction.

For it is the world, and the enemy, that pulls you 
from direction to direction.
It is the voice of the enemy that accuses
and forces you into his will.
It is the voice of the enemy that makes demands
of you and pushes you beyond what I intended.

So silence those voices.  Seek Me in quietness.

Listen for My soft and tender voice.
Find a place of rest and come so you can hear Me.
Find a moment of quiet in your day today,
and listen to the gentle prompting within,
for I am talking to you right now.

I am trying to get your attention, My Child,
so that I can show you the way you should go.
I will direct your path through stillness and quietness.
You will see that I have been trying to lead you all along
and there are many secrets I want to share with you.

My Child, I Am the Lord your God,
and I am here now, knocking at your door.
I will not bang on the door.  I will only knock gently. 
Come to ME My Child, so we can fellowship. 

I am here.  I am patiently waiting.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Turning Completely to God through Fasting & Prayer (9.26.14)

GOD’s Word tells us that GOD “opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). 

How can we walk in humility before our GOD?  We can recognize that humility puts us in a position to be able to receive from Him.

As individuals, families, churches, communities and nations; we are in desperate need of a fresh touch from GOD… we desperately need to hear His voice, instead of the clamor around us!

We live in a society of an “I’ll do it myself” mentality. However, there always comes a time when “ones self” just can’t do it anymore. Eventually, we realize that we are not GOD, and that we are in desperate need of Him!

That was the situation in Judah during Jehoshaphat’s day. An army from several nations was on the march against them. Outnumbered and in despair, they turned to GOD, fasted and prayed. Their fasting put them in a place of humility where they could pray the right prayer. After they fasted, Jehoshaphat’s prayer was not a prayer asking GOD to bless their efforts, nor to do what they wanted Him to do.

Instead, it was an astonishing prayer of humility in which he said. “O Lord, we do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you (2 Chronicles 20:2-12). Fasting brings us to a proper place of humility before GOD, where we are able to pray prayers of humility, faith and dependence.

Fasting also helps us to focus ourselves upon GOD and allows us to be lead by the Holy Spirit. Doing without food for an extended period of prayer, helps us to put away distractions and turn completely to the Lord. We are living in a time in which GOD is calling His Church back into an intimate relationship with Himself – a time when we come directly to Him and get to know Him deeply.

FATHER GOD,
There is so much I want to know about You,
and yet I continue to go off in a myriad
of different directions, rather than
listening intently to Your still, small voice.

Give me the strength to fast and pray;
so that I can lean deeply
into Your heart and know You better.

Teach me to overcome my flesh
and all that distracts me.
May fasting become a holy habit
that strengthens my faith and puts me in
a posture of complete dependence upon You.

In Your Sons' Jesus name I pray,
Amen



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Trust, Fear Not and Know that God is Able (9.25.14)

TRUST GOD, THE STORM WILL END

My Child,
I come unto you this day to heal, restore
and to bring you closer into My presence.

It does not matter how the storm may rage around you,
I, the Lord your God, am The One who is always in control.
You must trust Me to the end, no matter how hard
the storms are raging in your life.

Always remember, the trial you are going through,
this very thing that has come to test your faith, will end.

My Child, trust Me, the storm you are facing will end.
You must be ready to go on trusting, even until the last hour.
I will make a way when you cannot see your way.
I want you to learn to rely on Me alone.
Trust in My Spirit, not in what you see.
Trust, fear not, and know I am able to do what I promised.

What is it that you fear?
Do not listen to what others are telling you.
Listen only to My voice, only My voice.
Stand on what you know to be true.
Do you remember the last miracle I performed in your life?
Do you remember at how you marveled at what I did?
You said, "I can't believe God did that!!!" and you were in awe.

My Child, I can and will do it again.
What you saw as impossible, I took it and made it possible.
So, why do you wonder if I am able to provide?

Oh My Child, I say unto you this day,
please take time to reflect upon the blessings of the past,
and do not worry.

I have spoken unto the storms and commanded them to cease!
That storm shall be no more.

I am pouring forth upon you a sweet and gentle rain.
It shall renew, strengthen and breathe new life into you.
Embrace what I am doing and do not resist.
I need you to trust in Me until the end, for I will provide.
For have I not always provided for you?

Trust Me, the storm will end soon.
Meditate on The Word - 
Isaiah 43:2 - When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

~ My Prayer Confession ~
Oh Lord,
I confess, there are times when I feel
that I cannot go on.

And instead of keeping my eyes on you,
I look at the storm raging around me.
But Lord, I praise Your Holy name;
for when I cry out, You hear my cry
and reach down and save me,
just as you did with Peter.  

By faith in Your name,
I speak to the storms
blowing in my life.
By faith, I say PEACE BE STILL!

Father, I thank you and I bless
Your Holy name for being with me
and delivering from the raging storm.

Thank you Lord.

Amen


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Renew Your Mind, Rise Up with Renewed Strength & Stretch Out on God's Promises (9.24.14)

My Child,
It is time for you to move beyond your comfort zone
and begin to exercise the freedom I gave you.

Don't allow your faith to dwindle,
for it’s by faith that all things are done.

Do not let the enemy intimidate you any longer, 
do not be afraid.

Stand strong on My Word
and let the enemy know who you are.
Do not allow him to hinder your walk
by reminding you of the mistakes you have made.
Forget about the mistakes,
forget about those who have hurt you
and forget about the things that have discouraged you in the past. 

It’s time to start setting goals of what you aspire to achieve. 
Challenge yourself to get up and go after your dreams. 
Refuse to be a bystander who watches others, who've dared to experiment. 
This is a new day in which I am calling you forth
to do great things in My name.
Stretch out on My promises and trust Me.
Go deep into My Word to strengthen and renew your faith;
and you will accomplish the impossible.

Now lift your face unto the hills,
from whence cometh your help, and keep moving.
Stand strong on My Word
and let the enemy know who you are.

Move ahead with courage, boldness and know that
beyond the shadow of a doubt, that I am with you.

It’s time to renew your mind, rise up with renewed strength
and stretch out on My promises.
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Scripture Reading

Joshua 1:8 - This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Matthew 21:21 - Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this, which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

2 Corinthians 4:8–9 - We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Holy, Strength & Victory Prayer (9.23.14)

Loving Father, 
I long to give You the highest praise
all the days of my life -
for You alone are holy!

My heart wants to sing in Your Presence
and live continually in awareness of Christ's presence
in me, the hope of glory! 

Yet, parts of my weak self are filled with temptations
to allow thoughts, behaviors and feelings,
that are displeasing to You, into my life.

When I find myself in a spiritually dry place,
I sometimes feel entitled to indulge in the very things
that I know grieve Your Holy Spirit.

Fill me, Lord God, with the strength to stand up
to the enemy’s schemes!

My strength comes from You and I do not
have to engage in behaviors or activities that drain the life
from my relationship with You.
Help me to be victorious over the enemy’s attempts
to separate me from fellowship with You!

I want to be holy as You are holy!
Purify my heart, my thought life and my emotions
so that I will only dwell on what is true, noble, right,
pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy! 

I pray this prayer to you Father God,In the name of your son Jesus Christ,

Amen 


Monday, September 22, 2014

Opening Our Hearts to God (9.22.14)

The heart is open to hear from GOD, 
when the heart is opened to GOD. 
At first glance that statement may seem like an oxymoron, 
but it is actually a necessary order of action. 

First, the heart must be opened to GOD. 
There must be a response to His knocking. 
But the opening of the door is not as simple as just saying, 
“come on in,” because in a sense, when the door is initially opened, 
the heart is often too full of other voices 
to receive anything, new or otherwise, from GOD.

The heart makes room for GOD when our ideas, thoughts, 
emotions, sins, dreams and desires of our heart 
are poured out unconditionally to GOD. 
The heart is open to hear from GOD, 
when we pour out to GOD, that which is in our hearts. 

When we pray, we expose our heart to GOD.
Only then does our heart become open to receive 
and understand what God is communicating to us. 

But there is often a fear about exposing an openness to GOD, 
particularly if we have unseemly or embarrassing heart-issues 
that seem contrary to the spirit of Godliness. 

Strange as though it may seem, even people who believe 
in an all-knowing GOD, may somehow feel that there are secrets of their heart 
that GOD does not know about. Hence, there is an attempt to hide 
from GOD, what God already knows. 

We must realize that our hearts are 
totally open and transparent before GOD.
There is nothing that comes out of our heart 
that shocks nor surprises GOD. 

There are no real, "inner-heart" secrets that we may have,
that are hidden from GOD’s all-knowing nature. 
The "barriers" that we may have to "hearing GOD,"
are barriers that we create.  Barriers that we choose to keep in place. 

To hear GOD with our hearts, our hearts must be
consciously and openly exposed to hear and listen to God.
For He has amazing things to share.
Open your heart today, and allow God to speak to your heart.



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Learning to Ride the Storms, Embrace the Wind & Trust God (9.21.14)

As a ship is tossed about in the ocean, too often, you may feel tossed about by your circumstances. However, you may fail to realize that these same waves contain the power to take the boat to its destination. Those strong, powerful winds will catch the sails and transport the vessel through the rough waters; and although it may not be comfortable, it will reach its destination. 

You may tend to complain about the strong winds blowing, and the discomfort they bring; however, these same winds hold the power to push you to your destination. While may be focusing on the discomfort, you are not realizing the power of these situations. Instead of fighting against them, embrace them and learn to ride them.

Learn to ride waves and the situations that challenge you. 

If you learn how to use the 
challenging circumstances in your life.... 
You will rise above them. 

Then, once you do this, you will look up and see that God is the I AM.  He is the One at the helm of your ship. God is the I AM, the One steering you. And yes, God will at times steer you into the wind so that His sails can catch it, and take you where Our Father needs you to be.

Therefore, because you are a Child of God, stop struggling; and learn to yield to what God is doing in your life. Learn to stand in His name and face these situations, knowing that Your Captain is in control of the ship. Learn to rise above fear, and use faith, in these circumstances. 

Instead of avoiding the storms, 
embrace the winds 
and sail through to your destination.

Then, when you arrive to your place of victory, you will see that you are much stronger than when you first started the journey. You will see that through (and by using) your circumstances, God pushed you beyond what you could have ever imagined. You will see that only the Lord our God could have done these thing in your life. And then you will hear the voice of the Lord our God say to you, "Learn to ride the storm, embrace the strong winds blowing in your life, and sail on to victory with Me."
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Acts 27:30-31 - And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship, Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved. 


Friday, September 19, 2014

God is Calling You Out to Come Closer to Him (9.19.14)

My Child,
I see you're anxious and you're worried. 
Why is this when you have Me?

 Don’t you know all things are in My hands? 
I know everything you have endured. 
I know how you chose to stay with Me, 
even when it was easier for you to walk away. 

Come to Me and tell Me what troubles you so much. 
I am watching over you and walking with you, 
although you think I am not there. 

Beloved, I would never leave you nor forsake you.  That is My promise.

I am calling out to you to come closer to Me. 
I desire to give you rest, in the midst of the storm that surrounds you. 
When you find yourself weak and weary, come unto Me, 
and lay all that troubles you at My feet. 
I shall lift the heaviness; and then restore, strengthen, and heal you. 

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 
If you believe that I am GOD, then come to Me now. 
Allow Me to release all that is weighing so heavily on your mind. 
All good and perfect gifts are from My hands, 
and I shall not withhold anything good from you. 
All you have to do is ask. 

Heavenly treasures are waiting for you.

Come closer and allow Me to bless you. 
Come, and I will refresh you. 
My Child, let Me pour My refreshing spirit over your weary soul. 
Why worry when I am in your presence? 
Have faith in Me and trust Me to deliver you. 
Come closer, do not worry and feel the refreshing coming over you, 
bringing peace in the midst of the storm. 

Come closer and do not worry.
 
Meditate on God's Word: Luke 12:25, John 14:1, John 14:27

~ My Prayer Confession ~

Heavenly Father, 
Thank you for always being with me
and being my strength when I am weak.

You are my Rock, when I need a place to lay my weary head.

I thank you Lord for staying close to me
and drawing me nearer to you.

Thank you for pouring a fresh anointing over my life.
Lord, I bless Your Holy name
for You are more than worthy to be praised! 

In Your Son, Jesus' Name,
Amen